Weekly Chase: My 30 to 30 Challenge

by Melissa on July 29, 2012

Brace yourselves, guys…I’m ready to tear it up.

Today marks the day I start my 30 to 30 challenge. It’s my own personal challenge to myself as I approach…

My 30th Birthday!!

Let’s face it…I’ve already ended my 20s in a way I never thought I would. I’ve lost weight, I’ve worked toward a fabulous career change, and I’m officially a half marathoner. This past year has been beyond amazing, and I don’t plan to spend the last thirty days of my twenties slowing down. So, not only am I going to challenge myself to some hardcore fitness focus, but I’m going to challenge YOU, too.

The Weekly Chase has been a project that I have been doing for roughly a month now, and some great things have happened with it. I’ve met some incredible women, and I’ve seen them follow through in supporting each other. (I apologize if I fall behind…we’ve been preparing to move, and it should be happening this week! I will catch up!) I’d really like to see more of you get involved…and as an incentive…

I have some big giveaways coming!!!

I’m celebrating my birthday by hosting several giveaways, including products from ZICO Coconut Water, SPIbelt, Vega, Fit Approach (Sweat Pink Laces!!!), and several others. I don’t want to give it all away. 😉 How it’s going to work, though, is like normal giveaways. But, if you’ve linked up that week, then you’ll be able to enter for more chances.

Last week’s goals for me were:

Goal #1: Stretching. I did fairly well on this…but I have to admit, I spent 99% of my time making memories in Chicago. It was terrible leaving my mom back there – I miss her so damn much. So, I got some good stretching in on Monday and Tuesday, but after that…I kind of neglected it.

Goal #2: Plan my mileage and cross training. Check. You’ll see that in a second.

Goal #3: Plan meals. Um, nope. Didn’t hit that one at all actually. This is what my kitchen currently looks like:

So now that we’ve gotten last week’s goals out of the way, let’s talk about my 30 to 30 challenge.

I’m going to be completely and utterly 100% honest with you and tell you that I whined over one thing the day of/after the race: how terrible I felt my arms and love handles looked in my photos. I know, I know. Someone beat me over the head, I had just ran a half marathon. I know. Sometimes, though, you need a little saw-my-photos-kick-in-the-ass to help you set some goals. What I saw wasn’t fat, though. What I saw was that I needed to do some toning up after a 12-week, 23-pound weight loss. After all the training I had taken on, what I realized was that I hadn’t paid enough attention to strength training and stretching.

My 30 to 30 challenge comes at a time when I have a few weeks off from half marathon training (my next is November 17th), and it’s all about the muscles. I’m in it for the strength this go-around. I want to start seeing some definition. I want to see my waistline whittling away (not disappearing, haha). I want to feel stronger, and I want to build a strong foundation for my next round of training. With that and running, though, I need to make sure I’m also focusing on stretching. I have 30 days until I’m 30. I already conquered one hell of a goal and I feel better than ever running into my 30s, but there really isn’t anywhere to go than up from here, right? So why not look and feel even better?

Goal #1: Workouts. I’m breaking them up into three priorities, and I will be focusing a lot on body weight movements, because, unfortunately, with this awesome move comes a gym that’s a bit far away. (I’m asking for a sandbag, a dumbbell set, and a treadmill for my birthday…hint hint hint for those wondering. ;))

  • Strength: Monday – Upper, Wednesday – Lower, Friday – Upper
  • Stretch: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday – Yoga
  • Running: Tuesday – 5 miles, Thursday – 3 miles, Saturday – 6 miles
  • Rest: Sunday

Goal #2: Meals. I’ll be logging my food, keeping my BodyMedia band on, and taking serious note on intuitive signals. If I want results, I know I need be on top of my meals. A big pro to this move? I have tons of space for and amazing vegetable garden next year!!!!

Goal #3: Pampering. I deserve it. I’ve been busting my ass and I need to pay a little attention to this aging (bwahahahahaha) body of mine. (Confession: it pisses me off when I see someone complain about turning 30 like it means “I’m old now”.)

There ya go. Might seem like hefty goals, but I promise it’s just the way I have it all laid out in detail for ya.

So here we go! Be on the lookout for the giveaways, and please feel free to be on my ass about my workouts. 😉

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