Journey to the best health of my life (yes, the journey includes olives)

Sprint to May Challenge (STMC)


Sprint To May Challenge

Click here for the STMC official page

The Challenge
I was pointed to the Sprint to May Challenge by a fellow blogger.  I read about the challenge and knew it was something I just had to do!  It’s a challenge to yourself to work towards your goals to be healthier while at the same time (and this is the awesome part) connecting with, and supporting, other bloggers who are just like you!  All the people who have signed up for the challenge are on the path to a healthier life.  As part of the challenge there will be mini-challenges and achievements to reach for.  It’s going to be fun and, best of all, we’ll be able to share our successes while supporting one another through those tough moments.

One thing that sets this challenge apart from other challenges I’ve come across is that it’s getting healthier by doing what works best for you – not by following a particular diet or workout plan.  You just do what’s best for you, and will learn what other people are doing, which you may want to incorporate into your plan.  It’s a win-win situation!

All the people who join the challenge are asked to do a bio … so here goes!

My bio
I’m a female in my early 30s.  I have needed to lose weight from as far back as I can remember.  I struggled for years to find what worked for me and, last year, I think I finally found it – Paleo.  I completed Whole30 in early 2013.  The weight fell off and I felt fantastic.  Unfortunately, I let things slip and by summer 2013 all my old bad habits had somehow found their way back into my life (and the weight came back on).  I let work take over and didn’t focus on “me” for the rest of 2013.  In addition to being overweight I have PCOS – I hope that getting healthier will help minimize the issues I face with PCOS.

I have been going to the gym for about 5 years.  The last few weeks I haven’t gone as often as I’d like (should!), sometimes only once or twice a week.  I also need to focus on my food again – need to get back to clean eating (the holiday season did not help)!  I’m ready to focus on “me” again by taking part in this challenge.

My goals for the Sprint to May Challenge are:

  • Consistency at the gym (4 times per week: 3 weight sessions, 1 spin class)
  • Clean eating – following Paleo guidelines
  • Start to practice yoga again to lower my stress levels (work my way up to at least 10 minutes a day)
  • Leg press: 585lbs – set of 8 (currently leg press 495lbs – set of 12)
  • Push-ups: 20 full push-ups in one go (currently at 6)
  • Bench press: A set of 5 at 95lbs (currently can do a set of 12 at 75lbs)
  • Lose 20lbs from my “weight start date” (I’ll be taking a photo of my weight at some point in next few days and that will be what I measure from)

Come join me!
There’s still time to join  – who’s going to join me?!  Sign up by Jan 15.  Lets support and encourage each other, and maybe even have some healthy competition, while we work towards achieving our resolutions.

Final note

I will be leaving town in a few days for some charity work, and am not back until Jan 18.  I will have limited internet access so if I don’t interact for a few days that’s why!  Best of luck to everyone participating in the challenge – we can do it! 🙂


Author: Foxy-O

I’m a 30-something female who’s striving to be the healthiest woman I can be through diet and exercise. In early 2013 I was introduced to the world of Paleo. I completed Whole30 and had fantastic results. I had finally found something that worked for me! My blog is a jumble of my thoughts as I take the journey through my life. Somewhere for me to unleash my views, my challenges, my failures and my successes (hopefully!).

16 thoughts on “Sprint to May Challenge (STMC)

  1. Excellent bio! I believe all your goals are attainable. I really look forward to helping you reach any, or all, of these goals. Can’t wait!

    • Thanks! To reach any of them I will have to stay accountable to the list daily so it’s up on my fridge to make sure I can’t forget about them 🙂 I’ll also definitely be checking in with the STMC team too!

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  4. Hey great – I just joined as well – so howdy!
    I love your goals – they are so specific which leaves no margin for excuses… I followed your lead and I did the same so that I don’t wimp out on the exercise part. Once I’ve been to the gym – I will commit to just how much I will do there as well…
    Good luck and I can’t wait to read about your progress *happy smile*

    • Welcome to the challenge! I look forward to cheering you on 🙂 You are so inspiring that I’m sure I will be cheering lots!

      I like being specific – it helps in my thought process and plan. Good luck with the gym – i find getting there the hardest part. Once I’m i’m there I love it. I hope you find the same!

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