30 Day Challenge: Are You Game??

Last year, around this time, I ran a 30 day challenge. It was designed for those busy moms who needed a jump start into fitness.  Many of them had gotten away from training because of work, kids, schedules, etc. Some of them had been working out but just weren’t sure of the next step. And some just wanted a different focus… to move more from “toning” stuff to building some strength.

Some of my participants worked out in a gym, some worked out at home. So it worked for everyone! I’m running it again. The start of school is a busy time of year and sometimes we get caught up in all that is going on and our workouts fall by the wayside.

You up for a challenge??

Here’s what you need to do sometime this week:

1. Take measurements: Chest (around breasts, under the armpits), waist (around belly button), hips (around booty), thigh (midpoint between your hip and knee) and bicep (midpoint between your shoulder and elbow). These should all be relaxed/ non-flexed measurements.

2. Pushups Test: Time one minute and see how many pushups you can do in one minute. You can do them modified (on your knees) if you want. Just make a note if you modify so when you retest, you can do the same.

3. Situps Test: Time one minute and see how many situps you can do in one minute. (Or you can do a plank test.)

4. Take pictures: Yes. You have to do this. I don’t care if you share them with other people or not. Take them in a pair of shorts and a sports bra (or a bikini).


If you would like to send me your pictures and results, you can, for accountability purposes. (Think about it… if you send it off, you’ll feel more accountable to finishing the challenge!)

Sound good??  We will start on Monday, Sept 10th.  Each day will have a workout and/or a nutrition challenge, tip or a recipe. Also, if you sign up for the newsletter (see over there on the right?), you will be reminded each week of what’s coming up and also a few things that won’t be posted to the site! (Score!)

See you Monday!

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  1. Tina says:

    I am in. I am trying to rehab from a summer injury (broken fibula) so this is perfect!

  2. Kelly says:

    I’m up for it. I need something new.

  3. Brittany says:

    We are game and very excited!!

  4. April Lambert says:

    I’m game!!! I need a challenge to jump start my goals again. Looking forward to Monday 🙂

  5. Chhaya Gupta says:

    Hi Julia,

    I am 28 years old. My height is 5.6′ I weighed 133 pounds 3 years back and have gained almost 20 pounds since then. I feel terrible and don’t really know what caused that weight gain.
    My knees hurt, my back hurts and I feel tired all the time. I feel like I am 60 years old already. It’s the most disgusting feeling ever.
    I go to the gym 3 times a week but usually something bad happens-either to my arm, my leg,my foot and what not and with that goes my motivation. I usually try to go back but this on and off thing sucks.
    I need someone to help me since I wanna feel young again and just wanna get rid of the crap in me. Besides, I need to get fit and feel fit for my upcoming wedding.
    I am so looking forward to this challenge and I am sure this will be a turning point.

    Thank you and I really look forward to start this challenge.

    • Julia Ladewski says:

      there could be many reasons for weight gain, especially if you feel you haven’t changed your eating/exercise habits. It could be hormonal, thyroid, stress, etc. etc….

      Sounds like you’ve fallen into a rut… when you are going to the gym, you feel like bad things happen… and it makes the rut even worse. Don’t get discouraged… focus on the positive! Thanks for being a part of this challenge. I look forward to following your progress!! 🙂

      • Chhaya Gupta says:

        Thanks for the reply and the encouragement Julia! I need a lot of it. I am excited for the challenge. I just hope and pray to make it a success. I am sure this is gonna be something I have been waiting for.

    • Diana Davis says:

      I feel like that, too! I’m only 37! I am on levothyroxine for my thyroid. My doctor says it is balanced, but I know it is still slow. I also have found that I have super low hormones of womanliness, although I don’t THINK I am yet at menopause.

      I work out 6 days a week. I work out like few women at my gym do. I take a break every 6-9 weeks. I eat super fit and clean.

      Every day now, I end it in pain. Legs stiff and aching. I feel like an old lady. yet, at the gym, I feel no pain. It’s odd.

      I have also gained fat I want to lose but can’t shift, and I’ve spent the last 2 years adjusting my workout, giving the adjustment a good fair chance, failing to lose fat, adjusting, giving it a good chance (I mean 2 months of a chance) failing.. repeat…repeat….

  6. Melissa says:

    I’m in. I have been in a rut for about 2 months. I need something to get me back in gear! Thanks!

  7. Audie says:

    I am in, but I do take a yoga class on Mondays beginnin 9/10 & group cycling class wed. I also heavy lift on weekends with my husband, and work a fulltime job with a 1 hour commute and play mom to an active HS Junior daughter, and a 20 year old college daugther living at home.

    I am still skinny fat and need to kick it up the rest of the week. My 1 minute pushups were pathetic and ugly. To be fair I have had 2 wrist surgeries, but still I lack core to keep a straight back all the way to the floor. HELP!!! I NEED to be held accountable so how do I send you my pics and measurements?

  8. Jen Cooke says:

    This is exactly what I have been looking for!

  9. Crystal says:

    I’m ready! My friend Erin sent me this!! yayayayayayya

  10. Susannah says:

    Oh yes, I am so in! I love a good challenge!

  11. Gráinne says:

    I’m in! Have been working at fat loss all summer but have a week away the week after next. Need something to remind me of my goals while I’m away and force me to refocus the minute I come back.

  12. Myra says:

    I’m in! I have allowed my work schedule to get in the way of my training and workouts. This is exactly the extra motivation I need to get my priorities straight again – thank you!

  13. Manasee says:

    Am up for it – Cant wait for Monday

  14. Christie says:

    Can’t wait to try something new!

  15. Bek says:

    Definitely up for a challenge!

  16. NAdia says:

    i just found your website. Im on! 😀

  17. Victoria says:

    I am in!

  18. Roz says:

    Alright, LET’S DO THIS!

  19. Cheron says:

    I’m in for the 30 day challenge. Do we refer back to this page for the daily posts or is it sent through our email?

    I’m new to this so I’m not entirely sure how it works…


  20. Liza Domingo says:

    Hey Julia! I am so in. Question for you though.. Is the challenge good for someone in the later stages of rehab? I had knee surgery the beginning of this year and being conservative with workouts (kinda.. I don’t know what it means to be conservative with workouts but I think it is. lol). Also, I want to send you my results.. even my disgusting pictures 😉

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