Give A Hoot

You know I enjoy challenges, most particularly of the fitness variety.  I am also quite the Instagram addict.  This month, I am combining my two loves by completing a 30-day Fit Photo Challenge, which I first discovered via Chalene Johnson on Instagram. 

How can you participate, you ask?  Good thing for you, I am quite prepared to answer that question!  First, check out and save the picture right there up top.  As I began on July 1, the days of the challenge quite nicely correlate to the days of the month (because some people – not me, of course – can be quite scatterbrained and lose their place at times).  Then start posting your faboo pics on SweatItOut’s Facebook page (link over there to your right), and voila!  You’re knee deep in a new and fun challenge.  Even better – tell your friends and their friends that your pictures are up for the ‘liking’ and the pic with the most likes by July 31 wins a fantabulous fitness goodie basket.  Tell me again who your favorite blogger is…
Why am I doing it?  Well, because I find it motivates me and lately I’ve been requiring excessive motivation.  It makes me think about my workouts, my nutrition, my goals in ways that I, quite honestly, have not been doing as of late.  I have hit a bump in the road, a dry spell, fallen into a fitness funk, if you will.  This body is draggin’ more than usual and I am pulling out all the stops to straighten it out.  So please – join me.  Motivate me.  Kick my virtual ass into gear.  Coffee, Shakeology, and E&E Formula can only do so much. 

Day 2: Healthy Lunch
Day 1: Before/Swimsuit Pic

So, Day 1 was the most challenging, at least for me.  And I am willing to bet for most of you readers.  Bathing suit and/or before pics always have strong embarassment potential.  But I find them to be highly motivating as well, because I am never satisfied with them.  Which translates to working harder on every aspect of my FitLife, including (Day 2: Healthy Lunch) my diet.

Day 3 was easy.  I work out nearly every day in some fashion, so I just had to post what that was (INSANITY, just in case you haven’t been paying attention).

Day 3: Today’s Workout

  Day 4 required more thought, as I typically don’t pay much attention to the scale anymore.  I’m more about definition and the fit of my clothes.  But I do read a fair amount of women’s fitness mags, which means I know what my goal looks like and what a woman my height and stature typically weighs when she looks that way.  So five pounds is my goal for this month; I’ll tack on another five next month.

Day 4: Pounds I Will Lose

Day 5 was “Doing This For.”  I have so many of those, but I chose the following: I do this for events (we all know how I feel about medals and bragging).  I do it so I can play with my kids and set an example for them.  I do it because it feels good.  I do it to look fabulous.  I do it for me.

Day 5: Doing This For
Day 6: Rest

Day 6: Rest.  I am not a good rester, in general.  I have explained in previous posts how it makes me feel guilty, though I quite understand my body requires it.  So to treat my body to the rest it so greatly deserves and to quiet those crazy thoughts, I add in light yoga or extended stretching on rest days.  Case closed, problem solved. 

Day 7: Fitness Gear

Day 7: Fitness Gear.  This month, that means surprisingly little.  For past programs, I had weights, weighted gloves, running shoes, fuel belts…This month, I’ve got my Insanity DVD’s, my fitness magazines, and me.  And check out what that’s done for my abs.  I anticipate I’ll be cutting glass with those suckers by the end of my 60 days.  Don’t be jealous.  There’s still time to get crazy with my challenge group (with the added fun of trouncing Hubby’s P90X group!).

Day 8: Healthy Treat

Day 8: Healthy Treat.  I love me some fruit salad (yummy, yummy – that’s for all you parents of toddlers).  So tonight I layered it up with mango, pineapple, strawberries, and cantaloupe.  Woo, boy!  That was T-A-S-T-Y.
And pretty easy, challenge-wise.  I’ll need to put more thought and creativity into tomorrow’s picture (Day 9: Proud).  But those tend to be my favorites anyway.

So join me, won’t you?  Consider this post your engraved invitation without any box to check for “cannot attend.”  Help a sweaty sista out, friends.  Gimme that motivational push I seek. 
Ask not what SweatItOut can do for you, but what you can do for SweatItOut.  Read my lips: more new photos.  (New.  Not nude.  You guys and your dirty minds…)  There is nothing to fear but fat itself.  And many more inspirational and totally original motivational quotes, all of which mean the same basic thing: do what I tell you.  Take the pics.  Load ’em up.  Find me on Instagram (@miller343) and join me on Facebook, if you haven’t already.  I am a hoot and a half, most days.  Some days, I’m even two or three hoots.  Maybe we can even restore me to a full 10 hoots if everyone rallies. 

In fact, I believe that is how the pictures shall be rated.  On a “hoot scale.”  How many hoots are you?


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