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Ok...here we go. A new month....a new year. Time to get off our collective butts and push ourselves a little bit. This isn't about weight loss so much as it's about living/breathing/moving more...feeling better....improving the quality of our life through fitness. Not to mention pushing ourselves to do a little more than we thought we could.

As always....set a goal for yourself. Something that you know will be challenging. State what your goal is....then come back every chance you get to update your progress.

Make your goal something specific and measurable. XXX miles walking/running/cycling/ellipticing/swimming/crossfitting/weightlifting. Or XXX hours working out this month.....XXX times going to the gym this month....whatever you want.

Here's mine....120 miles running and 12,000 meters swimming. Plus I'm doing the pull up challenge every other day, hoping to work my way up to being able to do a pull up sometime soon.

Everybody join in. This is a new year. Exercise and fitness will make you feel better, help you sleep, speed up your metabolism, increase our strength and stamina, lengthen your life....and make you look better naked. Face it, we could all use that. :)

Edited by Butterthebean

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Finally cleared to exercise and so excited! It's been years since I've been active so I'm going to start off a little slow here and see if I can update and increase my goal once I get started. For now I'm pledging 45 miles on the treadmill walking for January.

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Great to have you marycontrary.

As for updating your goal.....I should have mentioned that in the original post. It's perfectly ok to modify your goal mid month if circumstances dictate. I don't want anyone to feel hesitant about joining because they might not make goal. I didn't make mine for December. I'm happy to admit that.....because I'm proud of myself for setting an aggressive goal and going for it. So there's no shame in my game.

Life happens. Our bodies don't always cooperate. Not the end of the world. Don't let it derail your fitness progress completely just because there are setbacks. Keep plugging away and modify your goals if necessary. Just don't quit.

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I'm in!

Four 80-minute workouts per week (20 recumbent bike, 20 treadmill, 20 BowFlex, 20 more treadmill)

Four stretching sessions per week -- Somatics, floor work....

One to two impromptu walks at lake or elsewhere with a friend.

Three days per week doing my husband's PT exercises with him.

Work on Mindful Meditation and breathing.

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I'm 30 days into the 60 days of Insanity so that is my January fitness challenge, to finish Insanity. Also, to do weights at least 5x a week. I actually don't think that Insanity has done anything positive for my body - no really - but my pride won't let me quit!

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I'm going to start C25K and stick with it if it kills me! So I will post where I'm at on C25K, lift at least three days per week, and I'm doing a 30 day plank challenge.

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January goal:

Gym 5 to 6 days/week

5 - 6 miles/day on elliptical for a total of 30-36 miles/week

30 minute workout 2 to 3 times/week OR weight resistance

circuit 2 to 3 times/week

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I'm still not cleared for exercise but I will make a goal to walk 5 days a week.. :)

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I am really having a hard time getting going with exercise. In my younger days I was an athlete. .. 3 years ago, with my weight fluctuating between 240-250 I did Zumba for an hour or more 4-5days times a week, but since then, not much. I thought with my surgery I would be more motivated to exercise, but then I remembered I had surgery on my stomach and not my head... lol

Anyway, I thought after the new year (haha) I would start. BUT I was sitting here tonight, alone, just looking at all my pretty little Zumba dvd's that I purchased over a month ago, and at 10pm I decided I wasn't waiting until the new year! So at 10:10pm on New year's eve I did 40 minutes of Zumba. I feel like I'm gonna die but feel great too. Anyhoo... I WILL do Zumba a minimum of 3 days every week for the entire month of January. I won't commit to more but I will most likely do more, we'll see. I'm a little scared of committing to exercise right now. But to keep myself accountable I will check in when I exercise (in a shorter post, promise). Thanks for letting me ramble:)

Edited by Seela

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Hello everyone. I didn't make my goal for December so I am going to do it this month. My challenge is 100 miles and 30 day plank challenge. Bring it on 2014!!!

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Me riding my exercise bike at work this morning, starting the new year off right!

Me on the last Sunday of 2013, I am loving my leggings, would have never worn them a year ago!!HA!

Edited by TerryBelieves

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Going to follow my 13.1 app (Pink by Zen Labs) plan in order to do a half marathon this spring or summer. It is four days of running and two days of cross-training a week. I have done many 5ks and one 10k this past year, so 1/2 is the next step! I am also a year out this January, so this app was a present to myself to stay focused and hopefully lose that last 20 pounds. I am also planning on running an actual 5 or 10k each month to stay focused on upping my personal record while having fun.

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I love those leggings Terry!!! And that is fantastic that your work has bikes!!

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Wellllll, I shall attempt this again...sigh*** did NOT make my goal last month - although I must admit I had a terrible cold/sinus infection for about 2 weeks...I will blame that ????.

Definitely get my MMA twice a week again.

30 miles walk/ride - I'm pretty sure I do this, don't always use a pedometer but plan to be more diligent this month.

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I love those leggings Terry!!! And that is fantastic that your work has bikes!!

Emeraldeye, thats my bike I took it to work. I order it because it folds up.

January 1st, 8/100 miles done!

Plank day 1, 65s!

Great way to start off 2014!

YES!

Now to keep this momentum going!

Edited by TerryBelieves

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I will not be cleared to exercise again until mid month, but I should be able to start working on cardio at that point. I am going to set a goal of 50 miles on the recumbent bike.

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