December Challenge!

Hi Faithful Cheez Eaters!

I hope you all had a great extra long weekend! (and thank you delayed schedule so I am actually enjoying my last night off and not releasing software!) As we round third base not only into the work week, but into holiday (and eating) season, I offer up a December workout challenge. This time of year is  busy with shopping, and baking, and traveling, and eating. It’s easy to blow off your workout for one reason or another. But if you don’t make you and your health a priority, no one else will.

I am committing to an extra 15 minutes of workout time for 15 days in December. For me, in order to achieve this goal, I will have to wake up earlier, and as you all know, that is a huge sacrifice for me. I will get in my 15 days before my holiday travel plans. I plan to tack on my favorite 15 minute workout to my regular workout. Maybe you’ve let your workouts fall by the wayside, well, now is a great time to commit to the December challenge and simply find 15 minutes a day to dedicate to you! In 15 days you’ll  spend 3.75 extra hours in the gym. No one wants to do that all at once, but you have 15 minutes a day! My favorite 15 minute workout burns about 100 calories. That’s 1500 extra calories burned this month– not quite half a pound, so nothing to get too excited about, but it’s better than nothing. Now, let’s be realistic, you’ll eat way more than that, but maybe January will be a little less painful and hungry this year.

If you want to try the same workout I’m dong,  you need to register for the site, but it’s free.  If you don’t want to sign up, below is the written version of the workout. I use an 18-lb kettle bell (except for the Russian twists, screw that, for those I use no weight). But if you don’t have a kettle bell you can use a regular weight, or even no weight at all, and still get a good workout. If you aren’t familiar with some of the moves, you can look them up on YouTube, or you know, just sign up for the free site and watch the video. There are lots of great workouts on there!

I read on the Shaun T Facebook that he’ll be putting up extra workouts in December too, so if you like Insanity, or want to try it, be sure to check for those. Just please be careful, some of the moves can be tough on your joints and back.

Leave a comment if you’ll join the December Challenge with me! Let me know how you plan to squeeze in your extra 15 minutes. And also let me know how you’ll spend your 15 minutes.

Workout details:


3 Sets, each consisting of two exercises. Perform 10 reps of exercise #1, then 10 reps of exercise #2, then 9 reps of exercise #1, then 9 reps of exercise #2, and continue to alternate until you perform just one rep of each exercise. Then move on to the next set of exercises and perform those in the same pattern of alternating exercises and starting at 10 reps for each exercise, going down to one.

Set #1: Squats + Push-Ups

Set #2: Sumo Squats to High-Pull + Crunches

Set #3: Squat Presses + Russian Twists



2 thoughts on “December Challenge!”

  1. So *this* is a blog? I’ve been wondering what that word means for months. Well, this is just an online journal on a theme. Common in many self help circles. Perfect for the selfies and lunatics that need an outlet for their ranting and ravings.

    In the true spirit of you and your blog, I hate blogs and people and challenges. But I love holiday eating and eating in general, so I will use your Cold War challenge to bank some salty, bready, cheesy goodness down the road. 10 extra minutes added to regular elliptical workout for 15 workouts. Ugh. I hate exercise.

    1. That’s the spirit. 10 extra minutes of self-loathing in this season of hatred is all it takes. Bring on the cheez!

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