Time for a change and a January challenges update

You may have noticed a few recent changes to my blog.

Rest assured the content will remain the same. I just needed to switch things up a bit. Time for a change. Kind of like changing the paint color in your office or the wallpaper on your computer screen. A little change does a body good!

I was tired of the blue stability ball banner (a friend was too, and told me so!) and thought I would personalize it with some photos of my own. Photos that reflect the main themes of my blog; fitness, healthy eating and knitting! If you look carefully, you’ll see that the tagline has changed too. Blogs, like people, evolve over time.

[Really, I should make YOU guys find the changes, just to see if you’ve been paying attention (like those ‘spot the differences’ pictures my kids so love!).]


There are also a couple of buttons in the right hand margin, representing other websites that I’m now affiliated with. I’ll be writing regularly for Bite Size Wellness and Skinny Ms. and thought I’d make it easy for you to find me there! I’m also an ambassador for FitFluential Inc.; their website is a veritable portal to who’s who in the fitness blogosphere.

But, the more things change, the more they stay the same. (Pretty amazing segue, don’t you think?).

I’ve been diligently sticking with my January challenges.

Today was 19-burpees-day. While I’m finding them less difficult to do, because I’ve chosen the pushup variation, I can’t seem to do more than about 15 in a row. My chest muscles get tired before my legs.

For the last few days, I’ve been splitting them into two sets, giving myself some rest or another exercise to do between sets. My group fitness classes have been helping me out πŸ˜‰ Not sure that they’re as excited about the challenge as I am. Today, I told them ‘we’d’ be at 40 by the end of the month.

The 30-Day No Sugar Challenge has also been going well. Although I must admit to having a moment of weakness, late on Tuesday afternoon. I was out all day and didn’t pack enough food in my cooler (always a big mistake). When I got home I was ravenous and the Cub Scout caramel corn was calling my name (I only bought it because my daughter had to sell a minimum number of bags to get her Popcorn badge and win a $10 Walmart gift card). I stopped myself at a handful (and rationalized it by telling myself’ it had nuts in it and nuts are healthy’). Of course I felt poorly later on. And I’m telling you here to make sure it doesn’t happen again! One of the best things about public challenges is how accountable they make you feel!

While my pullups experiment isn’t part of an organized challenges, it is one of the goals I’m chasing this winter. I’ve been making good progress, increasing the total number of reps each time I include them in a workout. In fact, I was feeling so confident, that I changed the way I attached the band to the bar to make it more difficult.

You’ll notice that there’s less of the band looped over the bar, meaning that it hangs lower and gives me less of an upwards push. Clearly, I wasn’t ready for this progression. I barely managed 5 on my first set and stalled out at 3 and 2 on the 2nd and 3rd sets. I’m thinking that I’ll go back to the ‘easier’ version until I’m able to complete 3 sets of 12 good form reps before I revisit this progression!

You never know if you don’t try!

How are you January challenges (or goals or resolutions) coming along?

Which one are you finding it difficult to stick to?

Drop me a line if you’d like some friendly encouragement!

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  1. Go Tamara! I remember the days when I actually liked burpees. Waaay nicer and more healthful than noseblowees! You will make those challenges! K

    • Well, I made ooey-gooey brownies as a treat for my kids today and I didn’t even lick the spoon! I am so gonna prove to myself that I can kick sugar’s butt!

  2. I hate burpees! haha It was the worst part of the “Filthy Fifty” timed Crossfit workout (contained multiple exercises each 50 reps, burpees was one of them). However they are also GREAT for you so i keep rocking them. Keep up the good work Tamara!