“Back To Me” Self-Care Challenge: Day #3

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So far I’ve done a good job keeping up with the challenges. I cleaned out my closet and dresser of all the clothes that made me feel fat or look fat or just plain ol’ frumpy. So that’s good. I made my “worry list” and have a little less stress upon waking up this morning.

Which brings us to day #3.

Day #3: Bust a sweat

I don’t know about you but I’m constantly complaining of having no energy. I’m dragging from the moment I wake up until about 2 p.m. or so when my brain suddenly starts going into overdrive about all the stuff I have to do in the 45 minutes before my kids get out of school.

So I’m pledging to move more. Our new family “tradition” is to throw on a couple of songs after dinner and have a dance off. No trying to be cool or even be on rhythm. Just move your body and see how crazy you can get. Which is awesome for me since I have no rhythm. I fit right in.

Not only that but I’m back to my daily 1-mile walk. It’s just one time around the block, but there’s hills so I feel like I’ve walked further than I have. Even walking at a slow-ish pace, it still only takes me 15 minutes.

So that’s your challenge – find someway you can move your body to try to get more energy. A few suggestions:

  • Choreograph a dance to one of your favorite songs.
  • Set an alarm to go off every hour and get up and move!
  • Head to the library and get a new exercise DVD.
  • Take a walk after dinner (or before dinner).

What do you do to be active? Let me know how you’re doing with the self-care challenge so far!

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Tara Pringle Jefferson is the founder and editor of TheYoungMommyLife.com.


  1. Im currently doing community walks, Leslie Sansone at home walking DVDs, YouTube videos, OnDemand Exercise channel, using stairs in buildings instead of the elevators, etc. I also LOVE my XBox Kinect and the TONS of games I have which I can play with my little girl … :-)

  2. I am doing Jillian Michael’s #0 day Shred until Insanity gets here and then I will be dead. lol

  3. I definitely want to get in on this. The holidays really slowed me down and I cn feel myself gaining weight. I think I may try walking more cuz I loathe exercise

    • I’m with you…. Every day I say to myself, or my husband, or sister, or anyone whom I think may think I am a fatty right now: “I’m going to start Monday.”. And I have, many mondays have been the great kickoff, only to end by Thursday. It is a vicious cycle. The holidays didn’t help, and now I have a cold. Noooooo more excuses!

      For this challenge I need to resume my run/walk. I will walk at least one mile a day. My son and I love to have dance parties, so we will just have to throw them more often :). The bonus is he LOVES upbeat music, so we can really get our hearts pumping :). I also need to use my Wii fit more! And I will!!!

  4. We walked to the clinic!

  5. I ordered my Jeanette Jenkins DVD’s, I have plans to crack them open when they arrive.

  6. I’ll try to put this to good use imdyliateme.

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