DenaApril 12, 2011

Welcome to Week 2 of the 60-Day SPRING FITNESS CHALLENGE!

Our theme this week is: DETERMINATION.

In Week 1, our theme was ACTION. In Week 2, we’re going to continue to take action and we’re going to add DEDICATION into the mix. It’s easy to start any challenge with energy & enthusiasm, but often we see energy levels drop off as move further into it. If we start to lose interest or get tired, we call upon our secret weapon—DEDICATION—to keep us fighting strong for success!

It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently. —Anthony Robbins

Goals for the Week
The challenge this week is going to be to keep our energy levels up and keep our eyes on the prize!  While this goal ties all of us together, we also have our own unique individual goals. My main goal for the next 60 days is to lose 8 pounds. Each week I also share my weekly individual goals.

Discipline is an exercise of repetition. Not once or twice but until completed. —Unknown

Here are my goals for this week:

  • Five minute meditation each morning before I do anything else
  • Twenty minutes of non-stop movement each morning (stretching, light cardio, light weights)
  • Yoga (Wednesday & Friday)
  • No fried food (except for stir fry)
  • No eating out (I am joining my friend & fellow challenge participant, Brad, in his challenge to stop eating out so much in April)

Accountability Pictures
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve embarked on plenty of fitness challenges in the past. Some have been successful, but the majority have not. Many of my efforts failed because of my lack of accountability. When I know that no one is watching, I tend to slip—cheat a little bit and it’s a slippery slope from there. This challenge is different because I am 100% accountable to the other challenge participants and to my entire Evolution You community!

Here are my Week 1 vs. Week 2 “Accountability Pictures”. It’s still scary, but I know that this is a necessary element of my journey.

Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile…initially scared me to death. —Betty Bender

I can see some minor differences already, but I am definitely going to step it up in Week 2 to produce even greater results! 😉 Remember, if you want to post your own Accountability Pictures, head over to the forum and get to posting!

Call to Action

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen” —Frank Lloyd Wright

As we move into the 2nd week of our Spring Fitness Challenge, let’s focus intently on what we hope to accomplish. Creating positive change can be challenging, but we can always look within to find the determination to move us forward. Some days will be harder than others. It’s alright if we fall down once in awhile; the critical thing is that we get back up—every single time.

Remember that our theme this week is determination. Write the word DETERMINATION in big letters and put it somewhere that you will see it every day—the bathroom mirror, your dashboard, the refrigerator door.

I can’t wait to watch you make great things happen this week!

In love & light,

Comments (4)

  • Michelle

    April 12, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Wow Dena, I really see a difference in your week 1 to week 2 pictures. I am just too embarrassed to put mine up. My body and arms are horrible. *smile* I also need to incorporate some arm work in my work outs as well.

    1. Dena

      April 13, 2011 at 11:14 am

      @ Michelle – Really? Thanks so much. Glad you can see a difference. I’m struggling, but I’m getting there. DETERMINATION! DETERMINATION! DETERMINATION! Good luck this week and let me know how the arm workouts go. 🙂

  • Brad Chaffee

    April 14, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Great week one Dena!

    Somewhere, you left a comment, can’t remember where, that Plyometrics sounded fun. I really think you would love P90X. I believe that with your dedication and willingness to take action P90X could pit you right where you want to be. Plyometrics is hard bit it is SO worth it! Plus, I know you like Yoga and P90X gives you 90 full minutes of it. The entire program uses a confusion technique that keeps your body from hitting a plateau.

    You should google p90x and watch some of the videos of others sharing their AMAZING results. It’s real people and I have never heard of one single negative comment from someone who has done p90x. I absolutely love it and it is giving me great results.

    Anyway, my goals this week are to complete the mother of all workouts, Plyometrics, three times and Kenpo X three times. My shoulder therapy is going well so I’m hoping to be able to get back to strength training soon. This week I will be choosing another Beachbody workout to start doing until I can jump back into and complete P90X.

    I also plan to focus on drinking more water and eating healthier. Last week wasn’t bad but it could have been better. I did lose four and a half pounds though so I’m not complaining. 🙂

    Thanks for the challenge Dena!

    1. Dena

      April 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      @ Brad – 4.5 pounds last week? Wow! You are killing it. That’s so awesome. You know I’ve also heard nothing but good things about P90X! It’s got to be awesome. Perhaps I will consider making the investment. It sounds like that Yoga session might be worth it alone. And the Plyometrics of course. Sounds like so much fun… Hmm.. me wheels are spinning!

      Thanks for the support, Brad! 🙂 Keep it up!

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