C25K and Week 3 of 30 Days Active Challenge

Hey-hey my fitness gang! How is that hump day going over there?

I’m feeling pretty happy here ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh! That’s right! Happy Birthday to me ๐Ÿ™‚

Yep, I get to eat at least one of those today :) Image Source

Yep, I get to eat at least one of those today ๐Ÿ™‚ Image Source

So I’m done with the 3rd week of my 30 Days Active Challenge and I have to say – it has been the toughest yet. Not only because I felt unmotivated for most of it, but also due to the family/life circumstances playing against me.

So here’s the Week 3 recap of the 30 days active challenge I brought onto myself.

{WEDNESDAY}ย  was a C25K run day.


Hubby and I went on another adventure with C25K – Day 2 of Week 2 is where we’re at. We ran/walked for 2.3 miles at about 13 min. average pace.

The stars were stacked against us that night – my Mr. H. pulled something around his knee and is out of running for now ๐Ÿ™

{THURSDAY}ย  His knee didn’t start hearting until Thursday night after we got home from work.

I ended up staying at home and taking care of him/dinner/house stuff. I tried to make up for no official workout on Thursday by eating well and at least walking more.

dinner salad

{FRIDAY} was a nightmare

Family issue came up big time, which pretty much screwed up my entire weekend until late Sunday evening.

No official workout on Friday, but I did try to stay active and take more steps (I think I pretty much went up and down the stairs at work like every 30 minutes).


I was so tired after Friday events that I was only capable of yoga – or so I thought in the morning anyway.

So I did yoga with Fiona.

I haven’t been to her class in a while and was so happy to get a chance to go – it was wonderful to see how her teaching style has evolved to showcase the strength that I always knew she had. It was a great class and really helped me relax after the stress of my Friday and tune out of everything but what my body was doing in that hour.

Thank you, Fiona. I’m really grateful for that class.

{SUNDAY} Active Day

The family train got back on it’s tracks – everybody was relieved and happy again.

I took a quick bike ride to the swim club choosing to move my legs rather than take a car ride with my folks:

bike ride

Got a quick refreshment in the pool, got back home and went for a run with C25K!


Lessons learnt: more that 2 days’ gap between runs does not feel good; it’s not the heat it’s the humidity that’s the “run killer”. Temperature was nice and pleasant, but it was still very humid. Besides, I chose a route that had me going uphill most of the time (silly). Oh well. That was done and felt good afterwards.

All my efforts on Sunday were rewarded by the FitBit stats in the evening:


{MONDAY} is my new favorite day of the week.

Why? Because that’s when I teach at the YMCA at 5:30 PM and get to see my cycling gang, ride with them and share this incredible energy they create.

I had 7 people in my class this Monday, no newbies, all my regulars and familiar faces. We had a blast!


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{TUESDAY} Swimming

It was hot yesterday! Really-really hot. So we grilled some chicken thighs, packed some watermelon and went over to the swim club, where I did some laps and then we had dinner there.


And then I got home and picked all this goodness in my garden to fuel my challenged body ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


So, what did I learn from this week of the Challenge?

First of all – I learned not to turn one slip up into a slip up week. Life got in the way of my workouts on Thursday and Friday, but I didn’t quit or stop the 30 Days Active Challenge. I kept going. Because it is not a failure. It’s a slip up. You get up and keep going.

Because I pretty much missed two days, I am going to extend my challenge until Augustย 2 instead of finishing on July 31.

And that’s how it’s going to be. Bring on the final week of the 30 Days Active Challenge!

Tell me, guys: what was the best work out you had this/last week?

Stay fit, and keep going!

Lean Lena

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  1. Looks like you are making progress on the c25k program. Running is addictive huh? I’m in Aspen this week and I’m headed out for a hike today. Super excited!
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    • It feels like it ๐Ÿ™‚ It does get a little easier! I just wish it cooled down a little so I could enjoy it even more it is totally addictive!
      Hope you have a great time hiking today!

  2. Happy birthday!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hate when things get in the way of my training, too! Glad it was just a couple of days and that you motored your way through it. Sometimes you just have to drop your head and barrel forward (much like a linebacker). Hope all is well and that the hubby’s knee mends quickly. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  3. Great progress and those tomatoes are GORGEOUS.
    Hope what ever derailed you on Friday is ok now.
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  4. Happy birthday!!! I’m sorry about the family train being temporarily derailed, but it sounds like things are okay now. It also looks to me like you are doing great in spite of the challenges! I wish I was half as motivated as you. I guess once we get the key to our fixer upper home, then I’ll be painting/sanding all day so I’ll just count that as my work out :/ Maybe half of one? Haha, all I can seem to manage is going outside for really long walks with my son [aka going to the grocery store when you have one car and live in rural Netherlands].
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  5. Oh no you didn’t just start a healthy post with a beautiful cupcake shot. I’m so conflicted right now.

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    • Yep, I totally did that ๐Ÿ™‚
      Because I believe that everything must be balanced – hard work with “play”, etc ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Awesome job working up those calories!!! That dish looks awesome too. #wowlinkup
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  7. Sorry you had to deal with all those upsets, but I’m glad everything is back to normal now. Thanks for sharing your story with us! #wowlinkup
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  8. Happy Birthday!!! you go girl

  9. I don’t think you have to workout hard to be active. If I get in my 10K steps on some days then I’m happy. Your dinner on Thursday looks so good. Can you come make that for me? A yoga class is a good way to relax.
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    • Haha, Carla ๐Ÿ™‚ I can come make it for you, no problem ๐Ÿ™‚ Send me the address!
      I always admire your activity on every move! It looks like you take a lot more than 10K steps every day ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. My tomatoes are really coming out also. Today for lunch, I’m having a kale salad with tomatoes and green peppers, all products from my garden. The best workout this week has been walking. I’m resting a little. #wowlinkup
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