The challenge is challenging

Okay Debby – you caught me. I have been purposely avoiding talking about TL’s challenge because frankly, I’m sucking at it. Am thinking of quitting because the suggested mileage per week is 42.Think about that for a moment…42miles PER WEEK. SEVEN DAYS to walk 42 miles.

That’s SIX miles per day. Every day. Every week. For many many weeks!! Wears me out just thinking about it.

I’m doing good to get in 10 miles a week (last week was 8). When I signed up for this, I knew I wouldn’t be able to do 2 hours of walking every day, but I thought, “this will be fun and it will get me motivated to work out every day, even though I’ll be a little behind everyone else.” Key word in that sentence is *little*. I’m not just a little behind, I’m waaaayyyyyy behind everyone now.

So maybe it would be better to bow out now, and just keep going at my own pace and do my own little challenge in my head. I don’t know.

I’m this close to dropping out.

In other news, there is this radio commercial running right now for a tanning salon. The woman doing the voice on the commercial sounds like a really bored, deep voiced Romanian woman and she’s talking about the freaking news. I think there may be some joke to this, but it’s over my head. Anyone have any idea what this may be about??? It’s completely annoying and I may never go to this particular salon just because of this commercial. Not that I go to tanning salons – my lily-white legs can attest to that, but if I were to go, I would not go to this particular branch of salons because I find their commercial to be a kin to fingernails on a chalkboard. I’m just sayin…

Weigh in yesterday was not bad, but not good either. I stayed the same this week. Still sitting at 179, but I’m really not surprised I didn’t have a loss. Too many *one bite of this*, and *just a taste or two of that* went on all week. So I’m going to try to be extra careful about tracking this week and getting all my water in. And oh yeah, more walking. I need to start taking some vitamins and supplements – what do you all take? I know I should be taking calcium, and a multivitamin, but what else do you all recommend?

Off to do more work – YAY WORK!!! 😉

5 thoughts on “The challenge is challenging

  1. Yeah, TL’s challenge is a fab idea but there’s no way I could commit to that amount of miles every day. Don’t feel bad if you have to quit. But don’t feel like you have to quit just because you’re behind everyone else, either. Do what feels right for you. Walk your own walk. (That’s a variation on the well known “Run your own run” slogan that runners use for races. =)

    Vitamins–I take a multi vitamin, fish oil, Vit C (cause they taste yummy), and calcium. You can get really nutso with supplements, so I try to stay basic. Fish oil is supposed to help you lose more weight when you are exercising, and I think it does. I get my supps from They have good quality stuff that’s cheap.

    I tanned last summer for the first time in over a decade. I was getting thinner and wanted to show off my legs. I only went a couple times a week and got a very light tan, and kept my legs tan with the daily sunless tanning lotion. But this year, since I’m on that low dose antibiotic that makes me photosensitive, I will have to skip the electric sunshine and just take advantage of the sunlight on my runs. Bad thing is–I already have a tan line where my socks hit my ankle. REAL attractive. =)

  2. Hey Jill, at first I was going to say, DON’T GIVE UP! Believe it or not, it is encouraging to me to see that you are just starting out, and are doing so well (in addition to working and having kids, I think.) But if it discourages you to have to report lower miles, then do what’s best for you. I guess I’m relating because I am not losing weight, and so I don’t want to go to W.W. to weigh in…anyways, I have not walked today, so I guess I’ll go out and get a little bit in. The time is definitely what I have a problem with.

  3. Have you thought of adding to your miles by doing other workouts? You can bike, swim, even do aerobics. Just keep track of the time. One hour of doing any exercise is equal to 3 miles on the challenge. You can also use a pedometer and count your daily steps towards your miles.

    My 90 min karate class gives me 4.5 miles… plus a 60 min workout video… gives me 7.5 miles that day.

    You can do a pedometer and average 3-5 miles just doing your daily errands… plus a 30 min walk in the evening and you have 5-7 miles a day.

    YOU CAN DO THIS… I dont want you to quit… we’ll find a way to get those miles up!!

  4. One of the “You on a diet” docs, Dr. Roizen suggests taking a multi-vitamin twice a day (12 hours apart).

    Regarding walking, do what you can – maybe set a goal to do 30 minutes 3 times a week instead of the 6 miles per day/2 hours per day of exercise. Do what is obtainable for you and would be enjoyable.

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