all about the numbers challenge wrap-up

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 in Fitness

For those of you celebrating, I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Mine was wonderful, but with all the hub-bub of the holiday, I forgot to share with you guys my results from the All About the Numbers Challenge. Before I dig into the results, let’s recap the goals of the challenge.

Forty days ago, I set out to give myself a momentum boost heading into the holidays. Not only was I afraid of falling into the typical holiday health slump, but I was also feeling pretty down about the “big” number in my life—the one on the scale. So for forty days, I decided to focus on 10 goals that weren’t weight related. The goals were to:

  1. Complete 2000 fitness minutes
  2. Do a 2 minute plank
  3. Do a 1 minute chair sit
  4. Run or walk a total of 100 miles
  5. Stationary bike a total of 100 miles
  6. Drink 4000 ounces of water
  7. Track my food for 30 days
  8. Eat 200 servings of fruits and veggies
  9. Go 40 days without stepping on a scale
  10. Write and post 30 Operation Beautiful notes

If I achieved all of those goals, I got one big, amazing prize: $200 at the Under Armour outlet for new workout gear. Now that is some motivation!

So how’d I do?

Spoiler alert: I checked off each and every one of those ten goals! And here are my Under Armour bags to prove it:

I honestly thought there was no way in hell I was going to achieve all of those things in 40 days. The first few weeks, I slacked off horribly, but something clicked in week four and I was off to the races. I walked until my feet were covered in blisters. I drank water like it was my job. And I carried no less that four different pads of sticky notes in my purse. I am so proud of myself for seeing this one through. Want to hear more about each goal? No? Too bad, I’m going into detail anyway. :)

Complete 2000 fitness minutes.

  • Original Goal: 2000 minutes
  • Final Total: 2544 minutes
  • Highest Week: 739 minutes (Week 6)

This one was pretty simple. With all the walking and biking I was doing, the 2000+ minutes came easy. Honestly, I didn’t even have to think about this.

Do a 2 minute plank.

  • Original Goal: 2 minutes
  • Final Time: 2 minutes
  • Highest Week: 2 minutes (Week 4)

Do a 1 minute chair sit.

  • Original Goal: 1 minute
  • Final Time: 1 minute
  • Highest Week: 1 minute (Week 4)

I think hitting these two goals early on was part of what sparked me to finish this challenge out right. I was so excited about these!

Run or walk a total of 100 miles.

  • Original Goal: 100 miles
  • Final Mileage: 100.18 miles
  • Highest Week: 33.31 miles (Week 6)

When I made this goal originally, it seemed reasonable because I had planned on running at least a quarter of the miles. But it turned out that walking was a ton easier to fit in my schedule (as in, I can walk 2 miles at lunch and not need a shower, not true with running). So this turned into a 100% walking goal. I’m pretty excited about that number.

Stationary bike a total of 100 miles

  • Original Goal: 100 miles
  • Final Mileage: 100.41 miles
  • Highest Week: 33.01 miles (Week 4)

We have a stationary bike at home, so this one came pretty easily. I’d just set myself up with some TV show on the iPad and pedal away. I also found it really nice to have an option other than walking/running or going to the gym. If I wasn’t feeling working out, I’d at least convince myself to come home and hop on the bike for 20 minutes. That is the kind of habit and compromise that’ll help get me through the holidays healthfully.

Drink 4000 ounces of water.

  • Original Goal: 4000 ounces
  • Final Total: 4184 ounces
  • Highest Week: 768 ounces (Week 6)

The thing I hated the most about this? Keeping track of my water! I drink water all day mindlessly, so it was really difficult for me to be aware of how much I was drinking. I’m happy to be back to not tracking water intake.

Track my food for 30 days.

  • Original Goal: 30 days
  • Final Total: 30 days
  • Highest Week: 7 days (Week 2)

I hate tracking my food. It is so tedious and annoying. But it help keeps me so much more aware of what is going into my body. I wasn’t restricting at all (or even really looking at the calorie numbers) but just knowing what was going in my body helps keep my much more accountable.

Eat 200 servings of fruits and vegetables.

  • Original Goal: 200 servings
  • Final Total: 200 servings
  • Highest Week: 41 servings (Week 6)

I thought this one was going to be easy as can be, but I apparently eat a lot less fruits and veggies than I thought I did. I think it has to do with the time of year. In the summer, I’m always picking tomatoes out of our garden or eating watermelon from the farmer’s market. The fall and winter can be hard for hitting your freggie levels. Lots of veggie-packed soups help me hit the 200.

Go 40 days without stepping on a scale

  • Original Goal: 40 days
  • Final Total: 40 days
  • Highest Week: All of ‘em (I didn’t pull the scale out once)

I’m really loving not having a scale. It might stay away permanently.

Write and post 30 Operation Beautiful notes

  • Original Goal: 30 notes
  • Final Total: 32 notes
  • Highest Week: 16 notes (Week 7)

This was hands-down the hardest of all the ten goals. Mostly because I go to the exact same places all the time! Home, work, gym, library, repeat. It’s hard to leave fun anonymous notes when you are in the same places all the time. Finally, on the last day, I went on a note binge in Walmart. Which was fun and I hope some Black Friday shoppers got a kick out of them. Ready for all the notes?

I have to say, I’m beaming with pride over the completion of this challenge. None of the goals were particularly hard, but I felt the kind of commitment to finishing that I haven’t seen in a very, very long time. It felt so good to be dedicated to something again. All-in-all, a successful challenge! Now to come up with my next one…

If you had $200 to spend on workout gear, what would you buy?

We hit the UA Outlet Black Friday sale and I definitely scored some great deals for my $200. I left with a new pair of pants, a new sports bra, two tanks, three tees, a hoodie, a long-sleeve tee, twelve pairs of socks, plus a “free” $60 UA gift card.  I can definitely see the appeal of Black Friday sales. Especially considering the UA outlet wasn’t very busy at all. No different than a normal Saturday. Me likey.

11 Comments

  1. Congratulations! I am so happy for you.

  2. Well done Cassie!! This is such a cool idea, I hadn’t really taken in the fact that it was 10 goals NOT related to weight, this is such a more positive and healthy way to keep yourself accountable. I am taking notes for future reference…

  3. What a great idea! I suddenly have all these goals that I want to do for myself :)

  4. I love your notes! Will put them up soon!

  5. Congrats Cassie. I love this kind of challenge. I may borrow your idea and create a new workout challenge for myself in the new year now that I know my physical limitations.

    If I had $200 for workout gear I would get: at least 3 new sports bras (that’s a huge chunk of change there), come workout crops, wicking socks and a shirt or two if I had the money.

  6. Congratulations!! Your hard work is paying off :D
    If I had $200 to spend on workout gear, I would go to Lululemon. I do a lot of yoga, and their clothing is so comfortable. I’m hooked :)

  7. Congrats!! 2 minute plank is insane to me!!

  8. Go you! I am so impressed, and proud of you! Talk about your goal-making. You SO deserve both those bags of UA goodness!

  9. Congrats on reaching your fitness goals. I knew you would do it! If I had $200 to spend on fitness gear, I’d get some sports bras, tanks, capris, and maybe some sneakers and socks.

  10. Way to go! Awesome! If I had $200 to spend…. I’d probably get a couple pairs of capris and some tanks… not a big-t-shirt girl, maybe a long sleeve tech shirt, with a little bit of zipper… Oh, and I’d deinitely buy some seriously high quality socks… super cushy :)

  11. Congratulations, Cass! Your goals were incredible, but meeting them is even better. I’m taking notes for goals for myself. I need goals and direction, and the number on the scale is frustrating me.

    If I had $200 to spend on workout gear, I’d definitely get a new pair of shoes, a sports bra or two, some wicking shirts, and a couple pairs of pants.

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