Last updated on March 19th, 2017 at 01:47 am
Winter Chill Week 3
It’s definitely not the temperature that is testing our motivation this week. It’s the hustle and bustle typical of this season. With family and friends getting together, workplace parties and last-minute Christmas shopping, finding time and the will to workout has been everyone’s challenge this week. Even though most of us haven’t reached our goals, we are truly seeing the benefit of the Winter Challenge. I’m not alone in thinking that if it wasn’t for the Winter Chill Challenge, there would have been a lot less workouts.
Let’s go on with the Week 3 check-in. If you missed the previous Winter Chill posts, you can catch up by reading: get to know our challengers, Week 1 Check-In, or Week 2 Check-In. Let’s find out how our challengers did in Week 3.The #WinterChill challenge is now in its fourth week, find out how awesome we did in week 3 Click To Tweet
Despite the hustle and bustle of the season, Julie still made time this week for some workouts. Here is what she was up to on Week 3;
- Monday: 45 min NTC body buffer, using 2×15 lbs Dumbbells (ouch!)
- Tuesday: 6.5 km run
- Thursday: 30 min/750m swim & 1 hr/7km walk with Nancy
With 4 out of 5 workouts accomplished, Julie achieved 80% of her goals.
When asked if she did anything fun this week, Julie replied “Yes , my walk with Nancy gave us time to catch up. Also, I had a Christmas party with friends.” Looks like Julie is doing a great job of balancing the home life, work, friends and her workouts during this Christmas season.
Barrie from Hardly A Goddess
Barrie, also brought her A game this week and completed 4 workouts. Here’s what she kept herself busy with this week:
- PIYO – 45 minutes
- SPIN – 60 minutes
- RUN – 45 minutes
- WALK – 30 minutes
Although her goal is to keep active all week, she did manage to stay active on 4 days (more than half of the week). Barrie says ” I will try to keep it slow and steady all throughout this week instead of jamming it in the beginning of the week and then petering out at the end!”
Barrie is also finding it harder this week to find time to work out! She had the following to say ” It is hectic and I am spending tons of time baking and shopping that I usually don’t do! Again, thanks to the recording of the activities, I feel that it motivates me to get out more.” You are welcome Barrie, I wish I could taste all those goodies you are making! You wont be able to taste them, but you can check out Barrie’s baking at Hardly a Goddess .
Susan from Adventures With Suz
There is always an exception to the rule and this week its Susan. Despite the hectic season, she’s on top of her workouts! Even though she’s still recovering from her marathon, she still managed the following workouts:
- Monday – strength training (1 hr, including rowing to warm up)
- Wednesday – performance cycle class (50 min), restorative yoga (1 hr)
- Friday – strength training (1 hr, rowing to warm up)
- Saturday – circuit training (45 min), lap swimming (30 min)
- Sunday – strength training (1 hr, rowing to warm up)
Susan did a great job at balancing her work, her social life and her workouts in week 3. She had this to say “I had a holiday potluck at work Friday and then a holiday party Friday evening. I did make working out a priority and squeezed in a workout Friday right after work and then despite getting home late, I got up for a 7 am session at the gym and swimming. It really helped balance things out. I am missing running so much, but I know a break is a good thing. In the meantime I am enjoying trying other things. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and a happy new year! ” We wish you the same Susan!
Janice from Fitness Cheerleader
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Abigail is thriving on the Winter Chill Challenge. She’s a good model of how to stay motivated when the busy season kicks up a gear. Here is how she kept herself active during week 3 of the Winter Chill:
- Monday: walk 3.5 km, slow stairs 45 mins
- Tuesday: walk 7 km, run 6.5 km
- Wednesday: row 6 km
- Thursday: walk 7 km, swim 850 m
Abigail says “ Your wonderful challenge is giving me the motivation I need to stay active. Thank you! It’s tempting to not make time for exercise when days and evenings are so busy.” I’m so glad you are enjoying this challenge Abigail. It’s also great to get to know one of Julie’s friends better, even if it’s virtually!
Kristen from Run Away With Me
Another Winter Chill Star this week, Kristen was able to achieve her goals yet again even though she found it hard to find the time since she was busy preparing to visit back home. Here is what she did this week:
- Monday: 20 minutes of yoga and PT (Physio therapy)
- Tuesday: 30 minute run
- Wednesday: 20 minutes of yoga and PT
- Thursday: 30 minute run
- Friday: 20 minutes of yoga and PT
- Saturday: 1 hour hike
- Sunday: 20 minutes of yoga and PT
Kristen enjoyed her hike the best this week. “My hike on Saturday was in the woods to find a Christmas tree in the middle of nowhere!” I hope you had a great time visiting your family back home Kristen!
Nancy’s active lifestyle doesn’t slow down just because the demands of the holidays get bigger! She makes working out a priority and her activities this week reflect that. Here is how Nancy did on week 3:
- Monday: Gym 30 min cardio 30 minutes weight.
10 minute walk am and pm (to and from work)
- Tuesday: Volley ball night with the girls: 2 hours
- Wednesday: 30 minutes cardio and 30 minutes weight training
- Thursday: 45 minute walk in the evening with Julie!
- Friday: 10 minute walk am and pm (to and from work)
Amy joined the Winter Chill Challenge in order to get motivated to get back into working out. ! Here is what she did this week:
Wednesday: Run/walk/stairs with Lucie at lunch – 30 minutes
It was go hard or go home with Amy this week. It might have been just one workout, but we sure did make it count with all those stairs! And it’s always great fun to have a coworker to workout with. When asked about whether she accomplishing he goals this week Amy says ” Yes!!! I did something thanks to my motivator … Lucie ?” Thanks Amy, I’m happy to do so and grateful for someone to workout/chat with!
And finally, there is me, Lucie! I definitely found this week hard to stay motivated and on track. I had to work late on Monday and then my little guy was down with a fever for 4 days and that pretty much drained me. Still, I managed the following in Week 3:
- Monday: 30 min of dog walking
- Tuesday: 30 min of dog walking
- Wednesday:30 min of dog walking & Run/walk/stairs with Amy at lunch
- Thursday: 30 min dog walking & 30 min total body workout
- Friday: 30 min dog walking
- Saturday: 1 hour of dog walking
- Sunday: 30 min of dog walking and 12 km run – 77 min
My dog is one of my biggest motivators. Springer Spaniels have lots of energy. Not walking the dog is not an option -ever – so because of him, I get some fresh air and 30 min of walking every day. Thank you Charlie Bing! I did have lots of fun this week as I hosted my family that’s in Niagara for a traditional Turkey Christmas dinner! Now I get to eat lots of left overs all week (and no cooking YAY).
Motivate Me Monday
This week, I’m hoping to accomplish:
Monday: 1000 m swim & 30 min dog walking
Tuesday: 30 min dog walking
Wednesday: NTC workout & 30 min dog walking
Thursday: 5 km Christmas even run & 30 min dog walking
Friday: 30 min dog walking & who knows?
Saturday or Sunday: 13 km run & 30 min dog walking
How do you keep active during the busy December month? What are your workout plans this week? Finally, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!