The 30/30 Challenge-Lose Weight And Feel Great In 30 Days! #EASY! (Best of 2013 #2)

(This post I am so proud of because it got me, and some of you, off of the couch! Speaking of... If one of your New Year's Resolutions is to get off of the couch and lose a few pounds, then this may be just the thing for you!)

A few months ago I caught an episode of "The Doctors," where they were talking about all kinds of different diet and exercise fads. The one that got my attention was the, "30 Day Walking Challenge." Basically, you walk for thirty minutes a day, for thirty days straight. That's it. You don't have to diet, lift weights or fall on your face in a Zumba class.  Just walk for 30-minutes for 30-days.

Here is the motivation you need...

The plan has nothing to do with walking fast, at the same time of day, or even all thirty minutes at once.  You just add thirty extra minutes of walking/activity to your day.  You can even walk as slow as you want!

This is how it worked out for the girl who tested it for "The Doctors." 

First of all, she lost ELEVEN pounds just by walking for 30-minutes a day, for 30-days.  In her recap of the challenge, she said she did not change her diet, nor did she go out of her way to walk daily. She just got creative with her daily routine by instead of taking two buses to work, she only took one, thus making her walk the distance the other normally took her.

She said the first week was hard, and as expected, she felt sore. By the end of the second week, she was feeling noticeably better!

Most of all...

She said that by mid way through the challenge she had more energy, was sleeping better, and all-in-all felt better. That is big! Especially for not doing anything other than just walking. (You can watch the short clip of her experience HERE.  Please do, I think it will motivate you even more!)

Here is the First Time Mom & Dad 30/30 Challenge Plan...

Walk for thirty minutes, for thirty days. That's it! None of that weighing, measuring, starving or dieting nonsense.  This is about enhancing your Mind, Body and Spirit!  Ok,  and losing a few extra stones too!

My hope is that, by the end of the thirty days, you will feel and look better, and even want to keep going!  I know it is possible, because I have already helped one person... me.

I completed that challenge and have also lost a full dress size in the 30 days! I did not diet, though I found myself making healthier choices when I started feel better, and seeing the weight come off. I walked everyday, and like the girl said it was not easy the first two weeks to motivate.  Sometimes I walked longer than 30-minutes, and sometimes the walk was 30-minutes of stop-and-go while Ollie poked dirt piles and hugged trees.

Yes, FTD is responsible for this. 
I really hope you will get in on this awesomeness. Find a friend, dust off your walking shoes, oil up the stroller, get the bus or train schedule and remap your commute...  Skinny bitches, you too! This is about MIND, BODY & SPIRIT!

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