Saturday, March 12, 2016

BuzzFeed's 27 Day Squat Challenge

Well, that was a rough week. I learned something about myself that I never wanted to learn. I saw some numbers I never wanted to see. And it scared me. I thought I was going to put this blog on the back burner and let it simmer for a while. I thought I was going to quit entirely. But I changed my mind.

I decided that, instead of wasting all the time, money and effort I've put into this blog, I'm going to do something different. The things that I learned, and saw, that scared me were the numbers on the scale. I hit 400 pounds last week. The number I promised myself I would never see. I felt like a failure. But instead of letting myself become defeated, I thought I'd change.

I haven't changed nearly enough, but I'm stepping in the right direction. I'm trying to eat less snacks, and less take-out/fast food. I'm buying wheat bread and sandwich makings and making a sandwich and a half, or only one sandwich, for lunch instead of eating two sandwiches, a snack and some soda. Okay, fine, I haven't really been drinking soda since last year. But I have made some changes. I buy the wake up wraps from Dunkin instead of the biscuits from McDonald's...usually. I do still have bad influences in my life, and I still have bad days. But I'm working on it.

Here's to the important part, and the real reason for this post. I was scrolling my Pinterest fitness board and kept seeing the challenges I'd pinned. None of them really made me feel like something I would, or could, do. Until I clicked one and it showed the BuzzFeed 27 Day Squat Challenge. I don't even know when it's from, but I looked at it and decided I could do it.

I did my first day today, and I realized it ain't gonna be easy. Just doing the 10 this morning my knees were clicking and I couldn't even get very deep. But I did them. I completed 10 squats. Tomorrow I'll do 15. Then 20 and so on until the last day. Which will be April 7th unless I add 5 every day to extend it to the weekend. I haven't decided yet, but I will update you.

What this means for my blog is that, to hold myself more accountable, I'm going to post a progress update every single day except rest days. They may not be long posts, but I will post something. I'm hoping that with the knowledge that I'm making this public, I will feel obliged to keep going and not to miss a day.

Here's to day one. I also would like to ask anyone reading this to join me, and we can do this together.

Are you going to join the challenge? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. I'm a few days late, but girl, I'm doing this with you! My butt and thighs need a good lift. =) You can do this! You're making small changes and that's a great start. I can't remember, are you on MyFitnessPal? When I was losing weight, I ate pretty much what I did before, only less. As long as I was under my calories, I was good. Maybe tracking your food will help you see how much you need to eat?

    1. I am on mfp, I need to start using it again. But I'm glad you're gonna join in :) I did my 20 this morning and I think my biggest problem is gonna be my knees. We'll see how it goes though

    2. The best advice I got was from Chalene Johnson when I first started my PiYo workouts. Make sure you keep your weight on your heels and not the balls of your feet, to help preserve your knees. And if you feel pain in your knees from it, don't go quite so deep! Your body will eventually get used to it. =) Great job sticking to it!

    3. Thank you, I'll try that tomorrow for sure. I think it might also be just having 400 pounds on my knees. I'm just going keep going so it gets easier.