40 Days of Fitness


Today is Ash Wednesday.  So for all you non-Catholics out there - if you see people walking around with a smudge on their forehead, just ignore them.  They know it's there.  It's intentional.

Today also marks the first day of Lent.  And while I haven't had ashes smudged on my head since elementary school, I do still give something up every year.  For forty days and forty nights, my deep-seated Catholic guilt forces me to abstain from something delightful.  This year, I'm doing things a little differently.*  Instead of giving up chocolate or coffee, I'm going to do 40 Days of Fitness.

I know what you're thinking.  It's supposed to be about "resisting temptation" and blah-bid-dee blah.  Well, I'm resisting the temptation of laziness.  I'm going to work out for a minimum of half an hour everyday for forty days in a row.  I am fully aware that this may be not too far from normal for some of you, but considering I worked out a whopping two times in the month of January, I'd say it's going to be quite the challenge.

I'm hoping the words above will provide some motivation.  The only time I've ever really stuck with a workout routine was when I trained for a 10K in 2010.  It was another Lent thing and in just 40 days, I went from never running more than a mile at a time to running 6 miles without walking or stopping.  I think the difference was that I wasn't doing it to lose weight or change my body shape, I was doing it just to prove to myself that I could.  I decided I was going to do it before I even started.

So I'm deciding now that I will work out (not try to work out) everyday for the next 40 days, starting with an hour of spin this morning.

Btw, I haven't been to a spin class since October.  This should be interesting . . .

*It's not that different.  A friend of mine did it a few years ago.  I'm a total copycat.




  1. "Not far from normal..." - are you kidding? This would be a mega-challenge for me and I would probably have to resort to long walks (that's exercise, right?) and fitness DVDs as I absolutely hate the small and smelly gym down the road and can't run to save my life - well, maybe if I actually had to save my life... ;-) Great idea, good luck xo

  2. That's a great idea. I had a lot of trouble yesterday trying to figure out what I wanted to give up, and finally decided on cussing. Which is going to be interesting, to say the least.

  3. This is what my husband is doing! We call it giving up sloth, which is a deadly sin ;-)

    I have yet to decide. I've toyed with giving up all refined sugar, but I think that would be awfully rough. However, it would be really good for me, as I've been comfort eating candy a lot. Sigh.

    I'm sad that Lent falls right before Valentine's day this year.

    Anyway, I wish you great luck with your quest! I totally think walks count (and you should use them for a light day every now and then to let your body heal up). I'm hoping to get in on the action because my husband and I like going to the gym together, so maybe this will end up being my Lent thing too.

  4. I was going to give up soda and processed burritos but seriously this is a great idea!! I think I'm going to try and do some fitness activity a day for a least 10 minutes a day for lent as well! BEST WISHES!! =)

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  5. Giving up laziness...I love this! I'll be sending good thoughts of fitness your way!

  6. I don't know if you've heard this before, but some research out there shows that you need 21 days (or 3-4 weeks) to form a habit. You may end up exercising for even longer than you intended to. Good luck!

  7. Love this "resolution"! If you ever down in Palo Alto area, stop by one of my classes as a guest! I promise a good and fun workout!

  8. you go girl, i think that's a great goal. spin class = death.

  9. I've never done spin because I'm too scared!

    But best of luck to you! I am doing something similar, although it's more of a post-Carnaval resolution than a Lent-related thing (I'm not Catholic). I just need to go way hard in the opposite direction after all of this weekend's junk and alcohol.


  10. oh man, I so need to do this! My motivation in the winter is sooo lacking! Good luck with your goal, you can do it!

  11. Best of luck! 2013 has SUCKED as far as a work out routine for me - maybe you can supplement mine with your 40 days

  12. Stephanie! You may have just totally inspired me! I am not Catholic, so I don’t participate in lent. But I have always loved the thought of giving something up…I mean, what is 40 days anyways? It will fly by in a jiff! And Lord knows that I have been laaaaaaaazy when it comes to exercise so far this year! Good luck to you, lady ☺ XO Brynn

  13. Well, as sloth is one of the seven deadly sins I think it's highly appropriate for Lent. Good Luck! I admire people who have the convictions to practice Lent. I'm attempting to go Paleo for it (starting Monday b/c it was my b-day yesterday and there is no way I'm starting a diet the day before my b-day). We'll see how I do!

  14. I love this idea!! Hope you're faring well on this commitment so far :)


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