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May 20X31 Fitness Challenge Check In #2 - Stress and Unfinished Exercise Business

Posted on the 09 May 2014 by Juliejordanscott @juliejordanscot

May fitness challenge logoI was reminded of something this week: when I get stressed out and pushed to the limit, I don’t do the things that would be the best for me to do. This past week was like that: I had Samuel’s birthday to contend with, a completely overloaded schedule each day and my horizon… well, y’all know what that has within it, so the exercising that I had been doing slid out the window.

All was not lost, though. I did pay attention to small changes I could make like the famous parking far away from a store entrance trick. I did take stairs more regularly and even used my back stairs as a piece of exercise equipment.

I didn’t, however, do my sessions of 20 straight minute of exercise for 4 of the 7 days of this week.

Unless, I pause to reflect,  sex counts. Which it could, I suppose, count as cardio but it isn’t consistently rigorous for twenty straight minutes.

Do I feel like a failure? No and yes. I’m here talking about my lack of accomplishments. I’m here to say my eating stayed in check. I am here to say I didn’t go completely unconscious.

These are all marks of success - in one way.

So, as Scarlet O’Hara said, “Tomorrow is another day!” so off I go to do some more dancing and walking and prancing and skipping. Oh, and I found a great Wonderama Memory from my childhood with “Bob” leading everyone in jumping jacks. A couple of the little girls you see are wearing almost the exact same jumper I was wearing the day I got my period only theirs are a red plaid and my infamous jumper was yellow and gray plaid.

Oh, the things we remember.

Thank you, Jen, for being so encouraging. I know you won’t disown me as a friend for this. THANK GOODNESS! I’m going to keep on keeping on which I think is the best thing at all.

You can still be inspired, too. Visit JVKom.com and add your blog post to the linky and/or follow the hashtag #20X31 on instagram or pinterest! Jen also has a fantastic team of co-hosts: Carly at Optimistic Health, Samantha at 24to30, and Anna at Running Smiles. For the most inspiration, visit and interact with each host.

Now, let's get back to our exercise!

  Reading rilke at griffith parkJulie Jordan Scott is a writer, creative life coach, speaker, performance poet, Mommy and mixed-media artist  whose Writing Camps and Writing Playgrounds permanently transform people's creative lives. Watch for the announcement of new programs coming Summer, 2014 and beyond. 

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