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Evolved Mommy | May 3, 2015

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Forcing a fitness habit: 30/30/30 - Evolved Mommy

I’ve been flirting with getting in shape for well over a year now and it’s time to take some serious action to make this a true lifestyle habit. So for February I have made the goal to complete 30 thirty minute workouts in thirty days. Y’all know I don’t have the best track record with consistently blogging a project. Remember when I was going to post one picture every day for a year? That lasted something like a record-breaking 8 days.

Please pray (or send positive vibrations or whatever you do) for me to meet this goal. It is so important to me to meet this goal for a couple reasons:

1. Finish a project completely (exhibit B: I have done “31 Days to Build a Better Blogtwice and never gotten past day 19).

2. I believe that when I complete this goal I will be more fit and more likely to continue to exercise regularly.

 Suit up and show up!

My neighbor runs every day. She doesn’t always put on fancy running clothes. In fact, sometimes she runs in jeans. But she goes. With her dog. With her son. It doesn’t matter if it’s cold or hot. She runs. These aren’t long runs that I can tell. Maybe two miles? But it’s like she does it out of habit. There’s no major planning involved. She just goes.

If I take the “big deal” out of exercise I am certain I’ll do it more.

By big deal I mean this common objections that run through my head:

  • It’s too cold
  • I’ll get sweaty and then have to shower, which means another hour of my life will be gone
  • It’s hard
  • It’s dark
  • Charlie needs a nap and I obviously can’t leave her at home while I go run
  • The gym is far away (who am I kidding here?)
  • Steve doesn’t exercise
  • I need to (fill in the blank) first/instead
  • There isn’t time
  • It’s hot
  • I’m tired
  • People will see me and I look like a fool when I exercise
  • My fat bounces. How mortifying
  • I’ll have to redo my hair

So I need to change the tape (yep, tape because I’m a child of the 80s) that plays in my head. It needs to say instead:

  • Just go
  • Baby, you’re a firework!
  • Suit up and show up
  • You LOVE LOVE LOVE working out
  • This is going to be so much fun
  • GO Stephanie! GO! (My friend Emily taught me this trick. She repeats it over-and-over in her head while she’s running).
  • I’d rather spend 30 minutes being active than 30 minutes sitting on my ass.
  • You are gorgeous!

FYI, I do know that there aren’t 30 days in February. There are no rules for this project. Ideally, I will have one or more days when I work out more than once or for a full hour. A complete hour equals two 30-minute workouts here.

I could really use your support and feedback. Please tell me what has worked for you in the past. Or leave me any words of encouragement that keep you going.


– Stephanie


  1. Same here with sticking with long-term projects. I was gonna read the Bible through last year, and I made it ONE MONTH. I also tried 31DBBB and didn’t get very far. Oh, the things we know will help us and we just don’t do them! But thanks for the encouragement. Maybe I’m trying too much at once. You know, within a two-year period. LOL

  2. Go Stephanie Go! Your photos and the obvious nice weather, on top of lethargy for 3 days makes me feel guilty and dumb that I haven’t the stroller out and rolled with it! Thanks for this!

  3. Soooo… let me know when you start 31DBBB, I’ll do it again with you!

    • You got it. Funny that you know me well enough to know that I’ll do it again.

  4. jennifer

    Matt’s favorite motivational phrase is “Don’t prioritize your schedule, schedule your priorities.” GO Stephanie GO!

    • That is a good one. Thanks for cheering for me!

  5. Lindsay

    Zumba! I am telling you its the best. If you can’t find a class near you, girl get the tapes online and do it. Its the best 1 hour workout because you are dancing and having fun… you will feel so good afterwards and its fun!!!

    • I’ve tried Zumba a couple of times and just can’t seem to get into it. Maybe I’ll give it another shot.

  6. I’m excited for you! This is a big goal but you can do it!

    • Thanks! I’m trying to convince the committee in my head that this is definitely doable. Please keep reminding me of that.

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