How are you doing? It is Friday, Day 5. Some of you are behind but that’s okay, you have until Sunday to get caught up. Here’s today’s assignment:

Day 5 of the 21 day Jump Off

1. Ask Yourself. Look at what you’ve done this week. Did you check in every day? Have you completed Day 1-4 assignments? Are you feeling motivated? Discouraged? Scared? Excited? Are you gonna stick this out? Or, are you gonna quit? If you know you’re not going to follow through, ask yourself why you keep quitting. Why don’t you believe you can do it?

For those with already good habits, are you giving it your best effort? Are you eating the best that you can? Are you encouraging other people around you? Or, are you going through the motions because this doesn’t seem hard to you? Just because you’ve succeeded in the past doesn’t mean that you can’t do better, you know, step it up a notch. I met a girl today who is doing my challenge. I asked her how she did on her timed mile. She said, “I didn’t do it. I already know what my fastest mile is.” As an already fit person, she didn’t see the relevancy of the assignment because she runs a 6:25 mile. But what if she could run faster? What if?!? That’s what I wanted her to discover. I want all of us to discover something.

Ladies and Gents, this 21 day challenge isn’t geared toward unfit people. This challenge is for everyone, including me. This challenge is designed to make you better than what you are and to encourage you to see past the surface, look within, and know you have unlimited potential. Don’t miss this opportunity to surprise yourself.

Sending my love.


Jessie · 12/18/2012 at 1:21 pm

Over the past few months, I’ve been more motivated than ever before. I moved to Boston 3 months ago and soon after getting an apt/job etc, signed up for a gym membership and made a commitment to myself to GO. And I have! I go about 5-6 times a week, depending on my work schedule and how sore I feel. I look forward to it every day.

However, when I miss a workout, for one reason or another, I get discouraged. I somehow convince myself that I’ve already “messed up” and that all the work I did previously is wasted. Why is that!?! Since I spent the last few days travelling and fighting the beginning of a cold, I haven’t worked out and feel horrible about it. Now that I’m home for the holidays and don’t have the same structured workout plan to follow, I’ve felt a loss of motivation to go to the gym–which is in my building, btw. :/

This sort of thing has happened before and I know that moments like these are normal–that they are expected, even. I know I will get out of it. But I wish I could avoid them all together.

Angel · 12/17/2012 at 11:07 pm

@Emily. You are in it to win it. Between you and me, I got a little teary-eyed reading your response.

Emily Arden · 12/17/2012 at 11:03 pm

I’m definitely feeling motivated to stick it out this time around. I was in a pretty big slump in a lot of areas – exercise, eating, stress… this challenge came along at exactly the right time to help pull me out of it. I’m grateful for the level of accountability, that definitely helps me keep on the straight and narrow.
I have been sore for the past four days straight, (my calves are literally SCREAMING at me, which is crazy cause it’s the one spot on my body I thought actually was in shape, ha!) I haven’t touched sweets, and I’m feeling a bit more positive about life in general.
I do tend to want to see results immediately, and when I don’t I get frustrated and often give up, but not this time! I’m in it for the long haul. Thanks Angel!!

Michelle N. · 12/17/2012 at 2:52 am

Hi Angel…I’d like to get in on this Fitness Jump Off, if I may. Push-up test (1min=20 on toe+5 on knees). Fastest mile (10:20) was done during a 3-mile run yesterday. I will do those lovely squat thrusts this evening after work and put the results in the comments for that post. I am about 8hrs ahead of the group so that puts me behind a day in getting the workout updates. Not stopping me from participating, though. I’ve been in a workout rut after injuries from some long distance races earlier this year and also moving to a new environment that threw a monkey wrench into my workout routine. I need to get back on track and I think this a wonderful way to start. I’m using this to supplement a fresh running regimen. You’re like my fitness motivation Pusherman… thanks! =)

Elena · 12/16/2012 at 10:58 am

Staying positive today. Pile of vegetables in the fridge to make lunches for the week. Trying to make a point of mindful eating especially on weekends when meal times are not as set in our household. So far so good.

Felisha · 12/15/2012 at 2:34 pm

I’m feeling very motivated today, as I always do in the beginning days of a challenge. To make sure I carry through with my grand plans, I spent the morning making a basic meal template for next week, then filled it with recipes I know enjoy. I made sure to overlap ingredients, and spread out the more time-intensive meals so that I don’t get lazy. I’ve also committed to doing a short, gentle warm up as soon as I wake up. My hope is that it will help me be mindful of all the commitments I’ve made to myself. Thanks for challenging me to be the best that I can be!

Tommy Avent · 12/15/2012 at 12:13 pm

Ok…Note to self…DO NOT GET BEHIND….bad enough to take Angel’s spin class today(first spin class since September 8th…not pretty) but had to do the burpee challenge as well. I’m going to lay down now.
Thanks Angel….and that is meant, not as sarcasm, but as sincere gratitude. I would not push myself like this w/o you.

Slomo · 12/15/2012 at 9:30 am

Such a great post and challenge, Speedy. Thanks for this. I am feeling very motivated by the challenge so far. It was the extra push I needed to do more than just go through the motions. I’m feeling stronger adding your challenges to my routine, and feel like I’m pushing myself more in my own workouts. That said, I can do better with food, and TODAY I will take that photo (that scared me the most). Again, genius what you’ve said here.

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