Okay so I totally missed the Christmas post train didn’t I? Actually, I feel like I’ve missed the holiday season in general. The lead up to Christmas is always an insane time of year for me right up until the week before. In saying that, I’ve somehow managed to finish all my Christmas shopping barring the last few pieces (which I need to wait until I get paid to purchase oops) so I’m starting to focus on what needs to be done. In doing that, I decided it was time for a holiday challenge!
The new year is going to be a huge time for me. A lot of changes once again and a lot of prep work that needs to go into my new job. In thinking about what I need to do, I’ve also been reflecting on what I’ve done this year and there’s one big red flag that hovers over my head feeling unfinished.
At the end of 2015, I decided that I would use my freed up time (courtesy of having moved back home) to focus on getting my career and health on track. Whilst I definitely took some excellent steps for my career, my health actually fell even more by the wayside.
In complete fairness to myself, I spent the first six months of 2016 recovering from a truly incredible amount of torn ligaments in my right ankle. Once I finally did recover, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. One of the many delightful effects of this was that in my left foot, the ankle of which is full of pins from a bad break about six years ago and which has never had the same mobility since, I started to get excruciating transfer pains from my body trying to readjust and cope with the various joint pain I was experiencing throughout. The process of trying to maintain a steady exercise regime in amongst all of this has been, at best, frustrating. In saying all of that, none of the above is any excuse for my poor diet, which has easily been the more significant contributor to my crappy health.
Unfortunately for me, my doctors still haven’t found a balance of medication that adequately controls the arthritis. They assure me that they will but because each one takes a few months to see if there’s any effect, it’s a slow process. Fortunately for me, I’m learning to adjust better and learning what I can and can’t do. I’m also currently technically on holidays which means I have time, therefore making it the perfect time to start a bit of a challenge and try to form some habits. Thus enters the 30 days of Gym-mas challenge!
I basically want to get back into the habit of being more active. Before the arthritis/torn ligaments I was actually pretty active despite my poor diet. I was also losing weight despite aforementioned crappy diet (albeit slowly).
My challenge is simple: over the next 30 days, I need to do at least half an hour of physical activity every day!
I can make my own schedule at the moment but I’m nonetheless pretty flat out. By doing this, I’m going to have to specifically set aside time and that’s a habit I need to get into ASAP.
What sorts of activity?
Although I’m calling this “30 Days of Gym-mas” the activities do not have to pertain to the gym. 2-3 times a week I’ll be seeing my personal trainer for an hour-long session, so that’ll knock those days out easily. I also intend to do some yoga, walks with mates, walks alone, bike rides, gym sessions etc. Basically anything goes as long as it’s active!
What about rest days?
Because I’m not going to be doing anything crazy, I can easily get away without rest days for 30 days. It just means that at least two of my days should be gentle walking rather than anything big.
I’m going to be posting a weekly update summarising what I did each day. For activities where I can track the workouts with my Apple Watch, I’ll post those stats too! I figure this will be a fun way for me to keep track of how much I’m achieving.
Can I join in?
Absolutely! I totally welcome anyone who wants to join me in this challenge! Use the hashtag #30daysofgymmas on instagram if you want to share your activities with us all.
Despite the fact that Christmas, New Years and my birthday all fall within the next 30 days, I don’t want to give myself excuses. Yes, it’s a busy time of year but frankly so is every time of year for me. I’m not at work 10-12 hours a day at the moment so I can make time around those events! The only possible exception might be that shortly after my birthday my mother and I are going to Melbourne together and I’m not sure what I’ll have access to. If I don’t manage to get it done those days (although I imagine I’ll be walking plenty!) then I’ll extend the challenge out by those days.
Here’s the schedule for my upcoming week:
Monday: PT session
Tuesday: PT session
Thursday: Walk with friends
Friday: Gym (or possible PT session)
Sound like fun? Or torture? What do you guys do to try to form habits and keep healthy?
Until next time! xx