Create Your Own Adventure

it's almost september, which means the start of the create your own adventure goal setting challenge i talked about here.  in case you missed it, the basic premise is this - each month has a different general topic, such as food, relationships, organizing, etc.  under that general topic, you'd pick whatever you want to work on for the month, such as 'try 3 new recipes' or 'fix up the linen cabinet.'

the link up will be the first thursday of each month, so you'll have a full month to work on your particular goal and write up a recap post.  on the first of the month and at the end of my recap posts, i'll let you know what the challenge theme is for the next month and what i'll personally be working on.  i'd love for you to comment and tell me what your plan is too so i can tweet you encouragement throughout the month.

any questions?

the challenge for september is fitness and the link up about your results will be october 2.  we decided to start with fitness because for those of us that have winter and polar vortexes, it's still nice enough in september to get outside, if that's how you like to exercise.  it doesn't have to be anything crazy, it can be as simple or as complicated as you want.

some ideas for 'fitness':
- walk 1 mile each day
- sign up for a 5k
- only take the stairs
- participate in a diet bet
- work up to heavier weights
- try the jillian michaels 30 day shred (or other workout video)

what i'll be working on:
i move apartments this weekend.  my fitness challenge for the month is just to get used to my new place - there's no elevators, for one, so daily unavoidable stairs are on my list.  i'm on the second floor and the laundry is in the basement.  obviously, it's not a lot, but it's more stairs than i'm used to.  i also need to walk to the train to get to work.  it's less than 10 minutes but (as opposed to where i am now) i cannot just hop in a cab when i feel lazy.  i also might try walking around the neighborhood more to get used to it and find new places.

general guidelines:
1) if you want, follow your hosts not entirely perfect, life according to steph, and keeping up with ashley and cody.  (i like twitter, that way i can follow you back and tweet you encouragement throughout the challenge.)
2) link up your post about your results for the month - we want to hear all about what you did, how you fared, what resources you used, what you'd recommend to others, etc.
3) please link to your actual post about your results.  links not having to do with the challenge will be deleted.
4) feel free to use this button, created by the lovely sarah at venus trapped in mars.

Not Entirely Perfect

will you be participating in september?  what will you be working on?

i included a link up widget today so i could test them out, see if it works.  if you plan on participating in september, feel free to link up your blog below. (a link to the main page of your blog this time is fine.)

30 comments

  1. How fun! I set fitness goals every month as a part of my regular goal setting, but I don't always share them on my blog!

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  2. Does eating at home more count? Lol. I guess I could use our new elliptical that Blake bought at least three times a week. I think combined, we've used it about 10 times! We've had it for two months. What can I say, we love our couch!

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  3. Hey, the apartment we just moved into doesn't have elevators either (we're on the 3rd floor). I can already tell walking up and down those stairs all the time will be good for me.

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  4. Seeing as how I've got 366 days before my wedding day, I'll be accepting the challenge to do some kind of workout every day; even if it's something small like cleaning the house.

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  5. Love this linkup idea. I always feel like September is the start of a new year so what a perfect time to start tackling those goals!

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  6. totally in. i'll be working on organizing my kitchen which is always a choose your own adventure because of my inherent laziness so i'll never know what will happen.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  7. That's an awesome idea! I'm such a lazy person so having challenges like these would help motivate me.

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  8. So glad you started with Fitness. I live about a 10 min walk to my office (and I still drive it) I need this to give myself a push.

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  9. Again, I love this because instead of focusing on everything all at once it can be a building block. I'm glad that you didn't want until January. This works perfectly with our goals as a family this month. We are working out 5 out of the 7 days, and doing a challenge at work.

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  10. Can't tell you how excited for this link up I am! I'm all about goals, and custom tailored? Even better! I will be trying to add new exercises to my gym routines and be consistent with my clean eating.

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  11. I knew I liked the button. haha! this is so great! what an awesome idea- especially like starting with fitness.

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  12. Love it! I was just thinking about uping my fitness goals for September, so this is perfect!

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  13. I'm in, working at home I'm sure I don't get the recommended number of steps a day. So I'm going to figure out what I do get and then set weekly goals to increase it!

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  14. This is great. I'm going to walk at work three days a week. @mjstweets

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  15. Great goals. I have similiar ones. Once the weather cools down a bit I am doing 1mile a day (Walter cannot do the heat, he gets sick so we will wait. I do cardio indoors right now). I am also working on taking the stairs more often.

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  16. I'm participating! I'm using #TULSEPTGOALS to keep track of my progress on twitter. My goal is to workout twice a week.

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  17. yay, so excited. good luck with your goals - mine is to exercise at least 6 days a week. nothing hardcore, yoga, running, youtube video etc.

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  18. I am really excited about this link up and having different goals to work on!

    For fitness, I already work out 5 days a week at 4:30 am. I am doing the Jillian Michael's Body Revolution and will be starting phase 2 next week. For my goal, in addition to the program I would like to do an abs challenge as well. And in phase 1 I skipped the Saturday cardio sesh, but my goal will be to hit the cardio sesh every Saturday as well! Let's do this!

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  19. Love this idea! I found you through Keeping up With Ashley and Cody!

    I am going to have to think of some goals to push me further in fitness! can't wait to post

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  20. So excited!

    www.blogslikeagirl.com

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  21. This is a great idea. I'm training for my first half-marathon, but my cross training has been severely lacking. In other words, I've been doing nothing but running. And that's not a good thing for my body. I'm going to think about a goal and sign up!

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  22. Can't wait to link up for this! Good thing it didn't start today because I might have pretended I was in Iowa city for the game... And well, it didn't end in the most "healthy" way.

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  23. I've been reading your blog for a while, but have never commented. (And hopefully I didn't just come off as a huge creeper for starting my comment that way.)

    Anyway, I wanted to try participating in a link-up (I've actually never done this before), and I really liked the idea of setting personal monthly goals and then sharing the results in a future post. I've been trying to maintain a very regular gym schedule lately, so this fitness challenge will hopefully push me to work a little harder!

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  24. I am so behind! I feel like I remember you moving not too long ago! Either way I love this link up idea!!

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  25. I saw this on Kristen's (See You in a Porridge) blog and I love this idea! I am def going to be participating! Thanks for hosting!

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  26. You'll probably get a lot of exercise in just exploring the new area! I am so in I need to get my butt in gear!!

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  27. I thought it was any adventure you set for yourself, didn't realize it was fitness focused! I have different focuses at this time so I'll hold off. :) Best of luck moving and hope the transition is flawless for you and Hawkeye! Happy Hump Day Stephanie! -Iva

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  28. Uh I haven't read your blog in too long and I totally missed this. (I also missed you FYI). The linkup is closed but I will definitely be joining on this challenge. I just LOVE the idea!

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