Here we are at the end of week one of the 7MSN 12-week get-in-shape-by-spring challenge. There is no official sign-up sheet, but if you're participating, let us know how you're doing!
My approach to the challenge is to eat sensibly (sticking to around 1,200 calories per day) and burn more calories than I usually do, mainly by doing what I usually do with more intensity. Wynonna, my official trainer, had a great piece of advice for me early in the week, which I've taken seriously:
Whenever I'm outside doing chores now, instead of my casual, laid-back stroll, I run. For example, I'll scoop a pile of poop, look for the next pile, then run to it, pulling the poop cart behind me. By the time the cart is full, I'm running and pulling a 50-pound load (and sweating and gasping for breath). It's a simple way to burn more calories doing an activity that has be done anyway.
When I started this race-for-the-poop thing on Monday, it was torture, but – like the shred workout DVD – it gets easier by the day and now it's sort of fun.
So how are you getting your exercise? Have any ideas you can share with the group to keep us moving? Do tell!