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30 day challenge ~ Update

Written by Leslie Means


Oh you guys – I failed.  I failed miserably.  September was an insane month.  That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Here’s the thing.  October is just as bad – and wait, November will be busy too.  I know it’s an excuse.  I know I could get my bum out of bed at 5am to work-out.  But I DON’T WANNA!

So – let’s try this again.  The season of candy corn is upon us.  I’m challenging myself to do this again (PLUS) at least two runs, or trips to the gym per week for the next 30 days.


Seems simple, right?  Not when you are my brain.  Apparently I can talk myself out of anything.  I can’t this month.

Are you with me?  Did you try this?  How did it go?  


Last week I saw this floating around online.


I will admit – it had me intrigued.  Usually I don’t buy into these things.  I go about my own workout routine – however I see fit.  But my backside has been planted at this here computer a lot lately (a lot – a lot – a lot) and I think it’s getting bigger.

Which means I need to take action.

Plus, my back hurts really badly when I sit here for too long – and I need something to break it up.  So I started this routine.  I’m on day 7.  I only missed one day (Saturday) because I celebrated my niece’s “off to college party” with my fam.

And I drank a bit of wine.

But I got back on track yesterday.  I use my girls as motivation.  Ella sits on my feet while I do sit-ups.  Seeing this sweet face gives me extra spunk.  


I will admit to feeling more “firm” and it makes me feel less guilty about sitting so log.  I’m trying to incorporate this routine with a few days of cardio too.  (trying – key word).  

Have you done this?  Will you take this challenge with me?  Let me know how it goes!  


About the author

Leslie Means

Leslie is the co-founder and owner of Her View From Home.com. She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well.

She is married to a very patient man. Together they have two pretty fantastic little girls ages 8 and 6 and one little dude born March 2017!

When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.


  • Umm… I’ll leave the situps and pushups to you, Les. =) I’ve been doing the Couch to 5K plan – just finished week 5 tonight! Hoping to run my first 5K in three weeks!

      • Well, I did it… I ‘ran’ my first 5K! I say ‘ran’ because (although I didn’t walk!) I ran very slowly. But I finished it and I didn’t faint or die. =) Maybe, just maybe, I will start this challenge now…

      • ha! Let me know if you finish the challenge. I went running last night – first time in a while! I am sore – but it is good to get back into it!

  • Ultimate fail here too. I thought to incorporate it in a homeschool P.E. routine with the kids. Totally bombed that. I’ve seriously got to work on the “D” word – discipline.

  • Boo!!
    I didn’t do very well either. I got sick. That’s my excuse… you did to!!
    BUT… I did make it to boot camp – most of the time (not including my sick week.)
    I have another 30 day challenge to start in November. 🙂

  • A new month, another shot at this… I did one day 🙁 – I looked at it everyday, planned on doing it everyday but managed to make other things seem more important as the day went on. This month I’m going to try to move it up my priority list. I mean we are talking 5 to 10 minutes a day.

    • Oh Melissa – thank you for your comment. Can I say, it’s encouraging to know I’m not the only one! 🙂 Yes – I’m going to try too. We can do this!!

  • Making friends at the gym who are gym rats is key in going to the gym in my opinion. I have a number of close friends that I met at the gym. We keep each other accountable. It’s not cheesy, It’s support. Plus, who doesn’t need more friends? I hear a lot of people pass judgement about gym rats. None of my friends are meatheads though some of them are musclebound. My friends are young, middle aged, fit, fat, and old. It’s all inspiring. It keeps me going whether I feel I have time or not. There is a great saying I have seen posted that says “Someone who is busier than you is working out right now.” I’m the queen of excuses about being busy so it’s pretty convicting! Good luck to all of us!