30 Day Challenge 2016
2016 30 Day Challenge Recap – How They Kept it Going
Over 500 enthusiastic participants took us up on our challenge of exercising 30 times in 30 days and almost 200 reported in to let us know they kept it up every day of the challenge.
We were heartened and impressed to hear keys to success, stories of overcoming struggle and even eye-opening new achievements. Others told of not completing the challenge, but persevering nonetheless.
Prizes were awarded along the way and upon completion. Healthy habits were ingrained, a sense of satisfaction and ear to ear grins were earned. Hope you will join us for the 30 Day Challenge in 2017!
For some renewed gumption or re-inspirement, check out participant responses about what kept them going. And here’s a sampling of those responses:
“The main reason for my wanting to stay moving is because I never, ever, want to go back to where I was. For 23 years, I smoked… a lot, and exercising has helped me to keep the “nic monster” at bay. My lungs and the lack of full air capacity is a constant reminder to myself, the damage I have done to my body. I strive every day to be better than what I was yesterday.”
“My success is my motivation to be a healthy role model for my daughter – I want to live a long happy and healthy life that she grows up viewing as “normal.” :)”
“Some days it was hard, even though I try to be active every day always. These past two weeks we have been hit hard with the flu bug (still here), and I think the reason I could stick with this is because you said just to count any exercise of 30 minutes or more. On a couple of days I just walked – normally I would think that was not enough, but honestly, during this illness stretch even that was hard! But I did it!”
“Once you set the pattern for every day it was easy… some days we walked & went to the gym, we tried different walks & really enjoyed the month! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Next step is prep for the North Olympic Discovery Marathon! :)”
“This May I will be turning 55 years old! As a young adult growing up in Texas, I rode my bike, put in a lot of walk-running miles, and played a lot of tennis and racquetball. 27 years ago, we moved to Blaine, had a daughter and I was diagnosed with an autoimmune illness which could’ve wiped me off the face of the earth, lol… Lucky for me, I’m still standing. With a husband and daughter who are both avid runners, I decided I wanted to do something for myself where I could feel as good as they do after they get home from a run. I decided to join run the edge where I will have to walk, run, crawl, ride my bike 2016 miles in this year. The only thing I’ve ever earned in my life, in the form of a reward, is a perfect attendance certificate back in grade school. This year I want a medal! In my 54th year, I decided to begin making big changes for a stronger, leaner and healthier me. It’s a great way to begin the 2nd half of my life. I decided that my motto for this year would be ‘Fit at 55.’ So, here I am. As of today, I’ve biked 302 miles since January 1st of this year! I’ve biked and walked daily and I’m loving it! I look forward to seeing the pie chart fill up as I race my way closer to the 2016 miles. I love the ‘spinning’ because it is low impact and doesn’t bother my arthritis!”
“My reason for success is this challenge, and also signing up for 2016 miles in 2016 with my running partner. It makes me more accountable, and motivates me to get my exercise/mileage in daily. :)”
“My motivation is to try and run 100 miles at the Pacific Rim One Day event in mid March (if the weather and my body cooperate).”
“The key reason for my success is my friends, who often times would encourage me, regularly would work out with me, sometimes would guilt trip me, and other times would supply the wine afterwards!”
“Key reason I was able to do this challenge is because I love to live by inspiring others. Being a wife, a mother of 4, and coach to many it’s important to make attainable goals and achieve them.”
“Turning 40 this past year & having a teenage daughter, I’m at a point in my life where I am very conscious of how I chose to grow older. I want to keep challenging myself both physically & mentally, not only to keep myself in the best shape possible – but also to show my daughter that yes, you will get wrinkles, yes those gray hairs are inevitable – but as long as you keep pushing yourself you will get so much more out of life. I don’t have to be the fastest & I will always carry a few extra pounds around the middle – but I will be strong of mind & that means more to me any day!”