Power Up Community Challengers May 27th, 2010
Along the way we have heard from our featured challengers and now we we have a chance to hear from our community challengers. Here are a few blogs from their perspective:
The Power Up challenge came along at the same time as I was beginning some new healthy behaviors such as striving to drink 8 glasses of water a day and to start exercising regularly. I appreciate the extra help that it provided to stay on track! For others just starting out I recommend making a small list of the healthy behaviors you’re striving for and then posting that list in the bathroom and at your desk, wherever you are on a daily basis. It’s so easy to get busy and forget! It also gives you that extra chance at the end of the evening to make it a successful day.
Working with a personal trainer for a session every so often is helpful for those of us just starting to work out. You’ll have the confidence knowing that you’re doing the activities that are right for the level that you’re at, and not causing potential damage that takes (sigh) time to heal. I’ve always been pretty active, but when I decided to get back into shape in the fall I definitely pushed it too hard too fast, and ended up spending several months repairing the damage I had done instead of getting a little bit stronger each month. Learn from my error, your body will thank you!
My next goal is to change my eating habits. I’d like to eat more locally produced food, and really take advantage of what’s in season. Come on summer, you’ve got the good stuff!
I am an international student. I became a fitness enthusiast after coming to OSU. I did weight training 4 days a week.
I joined power up challenge during the winter term. I was injured in the arm at that time and could not do weights or swimming. But thanks to power-up, I decided to stay active. Then I went online and read some of the stuff on exercise, I decided to work other parts of my body. I also watched numerous power-up videos on you-tube to understand the simple yet motivating objectives of the challenge. This made me decide to do cardio 4 to 5 days a week. It worked. Not only did I keep active during the whole week, but I also managed to stretch myself a lot. I started with basic cycling, elliptical and running. I was doing 8 miles of cycling on two days, 1.5 miles of elliptical and about 2 miles of running per week (about 11 miles per week). As I went on, not only did I increase the resistance at which I was working out but also managed to achieve 25 miles during the week ending May 24. I still spend 2.5 hours per week on cardio, even though I have restarted weights in the gym.
Power up challenge made me feel that I was not alone in facing this challenge. There is a community of people around me who are into their own fitness goals and that feeling was great.
Power-up also helped me seek a balance in life. I enjoyed the encouragement received from power-up towards meditation and simple acts such as climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator, drinking more water, eating more veggies etc.
Finally, it is probably my short-coming that I could not find time to get together with other challengers and interact.
But kudos to power-up challenge which inspires people like me to achieve new, difficult and different things in terms of fitness goals.
Nineteen weeks ago I had the wish of being thinner, more fit, healthier. I wished I could wear a cute black dress out on a date. I wished I could play soccer with my son for more than 10 minutes without getting winded. I wished I had more time to work out. I also wished I had money, that I didn’t have to work and that my mother was healthy.
It was easy for me to have wishes – impossible and out of reach, I never expected to achieve them.
I applied to be a member of a Power Up team but wasn’t selected. I tried to get others in my office to join but found no takers. Headed into the unknown alone and way out of my comfort zone I signed up as an individual. The first few weeks of the challenge set me up for success. I was reminded about GOALS and forced to confront my effortless wishes. I had to think about both why I wanted things and why I hadn’t put effort in before. It was painful. I went to workshops including one on self-confidence that was a turning point for me. I realized that it was not genetics or bad knees or a hectic schedule preventing me from improving my health, it was how I thought of myself.
Somehow in the re-creation of myself after divorce and career change I had decided I was weak. That I couldn’t do things. That where I was at was the best I could do, that settling was inevitable.
How horrible to realize that the only thing holding me back was…me. If I didn’t try I couldn’t fail. Reading the blog, attending the CAPS trainings and doing some soul searching helped me accept that I would never succeed either. It was around week 6 that I actually started challenging myself.
I am still challenged, but when I think positive I know I can do more. I can run. I can cook a healthy dinner. I can speak up to take care of my needs. I can wake up and do better tomorrow after a day filled with M&Ms and sitcoms.
I have had success and fun in the last few months. I think about things like 7 hours of sleep, the stairs and flossing. I still indulge, but it’s no longer mindless and excessive. I’m not wearing a little black dress yet, but last weekend my son and I rode our bikes all over Albany. I have a ways to go, but I am on the right road and I know that I can DO things, which is what is going to help me as I move forward.
For me as a fitness professional, I did not choose a fitness goal to reach, as I have already incorporated exercise and nutrition into my lifestyle. I needed a goal to help balance me out, help me sleep better, and keep my stress and anxiety down. I don’t tend to leave much time in my day for myself, quite time to read, be alone, meditate, really whatever I feel like that day. This desire for better sleep, balance and stress reduction was my goal for Power-Up and after setting aside the time each night and making the effort to get in bed a half hour earlier I was able to make it a habit that I have been able to maintain. I also made the commitment to get 9 hours of sleep each night. This was not always an easy goal to accomplish and many times I left work or chores undone or my husband a little frustrated that I was not finishing a movie with him to get my rest. But I did it for me, to feel better and I did. The tracking and logging in each Monday kept my goal fresh in my mind for the coming week, reminding me again to make the time for myself each evening. I really have noticed a difference in my mood, energy, and over sense of relaxation as I have slept better and felt I have more energy to put into my work and relationships. This has been a great experience and I have developed a more balanced, healthier life because of it.
Thank you to all the community challengers!