February Fitness Challenge

This year is not about New Year’s Resolutions. It’s about lifestyle changes that I should be able to maintain.

That’s why I am embarking on a February Fitness Challenge. By writing about it, I hope to hold myself and you, my readers, accountable for our own fitness goals.

Last month, I was challenged to train for a half marathon. Having only ran (ok, jogged) 5Ks, I was beginning to realize this goal was not realistic for me. My challenge will come in increments. I am starting off with steps (literally) and food, and working up to running that next 5K.

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Here are my goals for February and how I plan on reaching them.

1. Reach 10,000 steps a day.

I like to have measurable goals. By using a FitBit to count my steps, I am able to see achievement towards my goal throughout the day. Another great app is one that is synced with Samsung phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S5. S-Health is a great app for counting steps, but the full features only work in connection with Samsung wearable devices.

2. Stay within my daily/weekly points.

I am a Weight Watchers member, and have found the program to be successful for me. Two years ago, I lost almost 30 lbs., but unfortunately, inconsistent eating habits and workouts have caused me to gain most of the weight back. This month, my goal is to use my daily points and keep within my weekly flex points.

3. Only weigh myself once a week.

My weigh-in day for Weight Watchers is Thursday. That is the only day I should be stepping on the scale! Many fitness experts caution against looking at those digits since pounds are not necessarily an indication of health. If my goal is to stay healthy and maintain that lifestyle, it should be more about the way I look and feel than the number on the scale.

4. Collaborate and talk with others about my goals.

This is where YOU, my readers, come in. Talk about what you are doing to stay healthy! Let’s help hold each other accountable. Also, check out what some of my favorite bloggers are doing to stay healthy in February and beyond!

Heidi Woodard from MaternalMedia talks about how being a runner shows commitment in every aspect of life.

Erin from Home with the Boys gives 3 tips on how to become a more physically confident runner.

Nicole McDonald from Mom Saves Money takes a 12-week P90X challenge.

What are your fitness goals for the month?

Check out other ways to stay healthy and reach your goals!

Training for a 5K
Losing Weight by Avoiding Your Kid’s Plate
Meal Planning
Come to Terms with Your Own Body Image

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18 comments for “February Fitness Challenge

  1. February 1, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Thanks for sharing my site Jen! I am cheering for you! Love all your goals. You got this! Hopefully this summer we can run together again.
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  2. February 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    When winter comes, I get lazy and don’t keep up with my exercises as well as I should. Because of a hip replacement, I don’t run,.. but I can walk pretty fast when I want to.
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    • February 2, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      I hate winter too! I only want to leave the house to go to work. The first two days of Feb. have been snowy, tough days!
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  3. February 1, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I started January off really well, a goal to do a mile a day. I fell off but have my gym bag packed and ready to start up again for February. Good luck to you!
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  4. February 1, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I’ve had to restrict myself from using my scales. I got to the point where I would weigh myself every morning, and then get discouraged by not seeing a significant change. I realized what harmful behavior that was for my weight loss. I now do it once a week.

  5. February 1, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Talking with other people about your goals is definitely helpful! :] I get lazy in the winter because I don’t want to leave my apartment (I’m a total wimp when it’s cold), but going to group exercise classes with friends helps to keep me accountable. 😛
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  6. February 2, 2015 at 9:42 am

    So hard to keep motivated when it is so cold and snowy outside. We got a full foot of snow yesterday!
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  7. February 2, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I find monitoring steps a great way to stay on track. A Fitbit is a great way to do this.
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  8. February 2, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    I also think it is important to talk about fitness goals with others. Helps keep accountability up and running. 🙂

  9. Debbie Denny
    February 3, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    It is great you have a challenge. Good luck and keep us updated

  10. lazyhomemaker
    February 7, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    great goals to have. I really need to get some goals set for myself as well

  11. February 9, 2015 at 9:50 am

    My workout routine takes a nose dive during the winter months but I try to stay moving by doing little things like parking further from the store entrance. When it’s cold I’ll walk fast :).

    Thanks for sharing this – good luck to ya hun!
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