Day 13: Get Organized For Exercise | 30-Day Weight Loss-athon

It’s time for Day 13 of the 30-Day Weight Loss-athon.

All tasks in the 30-Day Weight Loss-athon are adapted from the 52 Weight Loss Missions program.

Read the steps first, then take 10 minutes to complete them.

Move fast, act quickly and stop over-thinking. Ready?

What You Need:

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Phone – in case you need to make calls
  • Internet – in case you need to do research
  • iTunes – if you want a workout playlist.

Step 1

On Day 5 we selected an exercise. Over the next few days we’ll remove obstacles – practical, physical and psychological – that stand between you and your activity.

We’ll make the path of least resistance one that leads directly to your bike, walking route or skipping rope.

Today we’ll start by getting everything organized.

So first, let’s get all our exercise ducks in a row.

For the exercise you’ve chosen, or any exercise you’d like to add to your routine, do you need to:

  • Join a gym?
  • Pay fees at a dance studio?
  • Enroll in a course of swim sessions?
  • Register for boot camp?
  • Engage a personal trainer?
  • Hire, buy, pick up and/or install exercise equipment (eg treadmill or cycle)?
  • Choose a path for your run/walk/jog/cycle?
  • Create a motivating playlist?
  • Tee up an exercise buddy?

Whatever actions you need to take to set yourself up for exercise, make a list of them now.

Step 2

Next, systematically work your way through your list and do each item.

Push past any resistance and do the tasks you may be tempted to put off – you’ll be very glad you did.

Check them off as you go.

Check in!

And you’re done!

Be sure to leave your comment below to check in and stay accountable. If you’re reading this by email or in a reader then please click here to leave your comment.

See you tomorrow!

Michele Connolly

Michele Connolly helps people move from procrastination to action. She believes that taking action on your priorities makes you a happier person. Michele is the founder of Get Organized Wizard and creator of tools for business, home, and personal organization. Her programs are used by tens of thousands of people worldwide.

  • I have this one! Workout clothes right down to shoes ready the night before, get up download my bodybugg, take a 3-6 mile walk (depending on how long my at home work out will be) get home wake up hubbie, do our P90X workouts together, drink my Shakeology, computer time, & then shower, & off to work! I am loving the structure of my morning routine!

  • Part of this is already in place: dvd in machine, work out clothes in the same area. Minor obstacle: cleaning out garage enough to get to and use elliptical on rainy days, and creating a play list for elliptical workout. New: Major obstacle – hubby wants to walk at 6 am! — I am not (and he’s really not either) a morning person. Here’s my opportunity to gain for myself and help him too — so, I’ll give it a try. Wish me luck!

  • 2 big obstacles for me right now are – kids, and sleep. I have 9 kids that need my attention, and because I teach music lessons every afternoon I feel so guilty leaving again to go to the gym. Not trying to make excuses – just saying it like it really is. I’m terrible about getting to bed on time because there’s always so much to be done, and my 6 month old baby is still waking up at night. In order to make this work I have to make bedtime a priority. If I can get to bed earlier it will be much easier to get up early to exercise. If I’m up before kids are up I won’t feel guilty leaving them.

  • Don’t need to do anything new, just keep up what I’ve started.

  • I have a smile on my face after reading today’s mission. I have a treadmill and a cross trainer and a weights machine plus a pool but its a tad cold for that one. so far due to injuries I am only using the treadmill but so far today have got past 13000 steps on the pedometer and resister chips when everyone in the coffee shop at lunch had them. I have lost a kilo since Tuesday and feeling very positive. I have to say, checking in keeps me honest.

  • So I have already decided that I’m going to walk, I’ve decided that unless the kids need to go I’m going to walk up and down the hills in my neighborhood for a more difficult walk or go up on the mountain trails. I’ve decided I won’t stop until I’ve walked at least 30 mins but preferably 3 miles. I have two walking buddies one who I totally depend on and one who is new to our little group starting next week. Right now I thing my main obstacle is pushing past the 3 set days we walk, and going above and beyond on my own. The desire is there but the motivation is not. Otherwise I feel pretty good about Step 13.

  • Stationary bike is jacket and afgan free! Swept around it and have it pointing toward the tv to watch whatever I dvred last night! Doing this one small step at a time makes it so easy and motivating. Thanks you MC.

  • Since my husband and I decided to do the elliptical together in the evenings we moved it to the livingroom so it is harder to ignore or forget. 🙂

  • Walking path planned. That extra piece of equipment that’s been in the garage is coming into the living room! And I found my missing mp3 player – will record my playlist tonight after work.

  • I joined a gym several months ago. I was very faithful and had lost 13 pounds…Until the last two weeks! So, I’m up and going to workout in the morning with my Mom. We finally found something we like to do together.

  • Getting the bicycles tuned for a long ride tomorrow, and more after that.

  • I love these daily challenges. Really gives me a new perspective on things. I’ve been working hard at being more active too, than I have lately.

  • Exhaustion is my main obstacle. Once I get out the door I’m alright.

  • This post inspired me to work out today. It was the push I needed. Thanks.

  • Time to update my MP3 with some catchier tunes to up my pace!

  • I already have everything in place that I need for exercise: good places to walk, comfortable clothes & supportive shoes, an elliptical or music for dancing in inclement weather, motivation, and the exercise habit! So I’m ready to go!

  • This week has been a tough one- colds have prevented most of us from sleeping well and I’ve been up with one of my boys nightly. However, I upped my caffeine a little, that vice I’ll tackle another time:-), and pushed through the 3pm energy slump to workout. With the 21 day habit mentioned below, I’m hoping by next weekend that some of these daily challenges will become old hat.

  • I do have the gym membership but have really wanted to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. So I have been doing some longer walks and on other nights I have done some jogging/walking. And now that I see my sister Luanne is tuning up their bikes we may have to do the same and do some biking trips together this summer.

  • I am planning to buy a work out machine today that I have wanted for over a year and kept putting off. It’s cold & very wet outside so walking or riding is out for me until my yard dries out. Hoping to get to working on the new machine this weekend. Boys off to school in less than an hour which means dance time for me before heading off the mountain for the day!

  • I *think* I’ve already done this one…..I chose a Wii workout every other night. The tv is set up in the bedroom, the disc is easily accessible, I have enough room around me to exercise, I’ve set a time to do it, and I’ve asked hubby and son not to disturb me during that time. Not sure if there is anything more I need to add?

  • Workout routine in place. What has changed is my work schedule so now I have to regroup/rethink my options as my day starts very early and ends lately much later than usual. This too shall pass and things will be back underway and on target 🙁

  • Just made a new workout playlist~syncing right now! So EXCITED I have lost 3 lbs since the beginning of the 30 day challenge! Aired up the tires on my bike and went for a ride last night! Loving it!

  • I was thinking about putting up a sign on the community notice board for other local mums who might like to start a free early morning walk group as all my friends live at least 20-30 minutes away and I need to exercise early in the morning and lets face it no one is going to get up and extra hour early as well as the time to exercise, thought that might be a good way around my excuses.

  • I have the music (Pandora – sometimes The Zombies, sometimes The Neon Trees, sometimes a little Britney) and I have a schedule for my walks. MWF – deliver Avon books/product, TTHSS – beach. Love it.

  • I pulled my weights out today and set them in an area that is ready available, I have a plan to walk every other day for 30 minutes, and each time I take that walk I feel awesome and I feel my confidence building. I really don’t know anyone, in my area who would want to walk with me so now its been fun walking with my boys!

  • I know I have to exercise first thing in the morning to get it done, so I need to get my clothes & water bottle ready the night before. One of my obstacles was the “obstacle course” to get to the bike & treadmill and that has been taken care of.

  • Must be doing something right. I don’t want to lose weight fast (too short for that) but have lost almost 1kg (about 2 pounds) since starting at the beginning of April. That’s with enjoying a bit of chocolate over Easter and a couple of special desserts with friends!

  • Have added my walking schedule to my iPhone so I’ll get reminders and write on another calendar after I’ve walked so I can see my progress. Also have extended my bicycle route on my way to school.

  • I’m trying to get to bed a little earlier so that I can pry myself out of bed in time to get in some time on the elliptical before work.

  • Good lesson! We schedule everything around meeting family and work needs. Time to schedule for our needs!

  • My only to do is to get back to the gym this weekend and bootcamp on Monday. I missed Wednesday through today due to strep…curse you strep.

  • I had an opportunity to make some extra cash ( when you’re not working, any little bit helps). Therefore, I did not exercise as well as I like to. But I will jog twice around the park with my weights to make up for it :).

  • gave me the push to ask for some strengthening and toning exercises to do between P/T appts. Now with my stretching band and recommended at-home exercises I can add to what I do at P/T 3x/week.

  • Got a new seat for my bike today, and found a great new walking trail. I have been walking at least a mile 3-4 times a week. Need to move it up to two miles.Feeling great!

  • relocating my stationary bike to a more desirable location.

  • still recovering from my knee injury so no exercise for me. I can’t wait to be able to get out and move again!

  • I got my workout routine all figured out also. Saturday-Sunday- Tuesday-Thursday-Friday, I am at the gym early in the morning at 8.00am. I do 15 minutes of treadmill at moderate space at level 4 incline, and 30 minutes on elliptical (according to my program set up by my counselor at the gym), and I do the muscle machines. Monday and Wednesdays, I go in the gym after my prayer group. Usually 3-4 days a week, my daughter will join me on my workout. Some evenings, if I have nothing else to do and feel energized, I might walk for an hour with a friend or do a DVD walk workout of 3 miles:) My routine and eating habits are working so well right now that I am losing about 3/4 -1 pound a week. I only have about 12.2 pounds left to lose to attain my goal weight and have lost 16.6 pounds and 5 3/4 inches of body fat:)

  • I have been walking everyday for over a week. Well I skipped one day, but made it up the next day by adding onto my usual walk time. I bought a poncho for the rain and moved the wii up to our bedroom(the new tv doesnt have enough rca jacks). Even when my friend showed up an hour early yesterday cutting into my logging and exercise time, I suggested the park after lunch at my house so I could stay on track and use the walking track 😉

  • Yay! Swimsuit came yesterday so I am ready for that one. Signed up and paid for a place to do pool as well as use equipment to exercise. Cool! There are a lot of different options available through the University so I won’t get bored. They even have Zumba! I am excited to begin on Monday! Until then, I will keep walking this weekend while it is beautiful weather out.

  • I already joined a gym and they have zumba classes every saturday morning at 9, no excuses! The rest of the week I either go and work out on the treadmill or elliptical or I throw in an exercise video at home, even if it’s just 10 minute abs.. that video is tough!

  • I’m working on getting moved to a gym closer to me. Currently my membership is for 3 days a week but I’m thinking I might want to make it 5 days. Before I change that though I’m going to work on getting a workout buddy.

  • I have been really lazy this week and haven’t done my exercise. Also been a bit naughty with the easter chocolate so I am confessing up here so you can give me a little slap. Luckily I haven’t put on any weight just stayed the same. I am annoyed at myself but I will get back into the right head space where I need to be. Have been feeling a bit tired so then it is really hard to push myself to jump on that cross trainer. Blah my whinge is over, I shall suck it up and move on 🙂

  • I already go to the gym 3 days a week (that was a feat on it’s own to get back to doing) but needed a push to do something the other days. So, today, I rolled my exercise bike into my bedroom and hopefully that will encourage me to hop on it on my non-gym days!

  • Oh, this is perfect! I have always wanted to try belly dancing, it is supposed to be a great form of exercise. My friend and I are going for a free lesson today, I will sign up for classes. 🙂

  • Checking in. I have a gym membership but have to wait till Tuesday to renew it. There are exercises at home I can do in the meantime…I just have to DO them!

  • I do OK walking outside but need an indoor plan for icky weather. I suppose I could climb up and down my basement stairs but that might get a little boring.

  • I have my schedule set in my calendar and my workout buddy is my son and we have our Just Dance video already in the Wii. This daily email from you is a great motivation tool though I must say 🙂 Thank you!

  • On night shift this week, but have exercised to plan, despite the lack of sleep…rest day today though!

  • been working out every morning and walking half and hour at least every day all month.. but… this morning.. I just didn’t.. I couldn’t get my head to do it… but tomorrow is a new day.

  • I’ve made my appointments in my calendar for my walks and pilates sessions. Playlists are done.

  • I had to take the kid shopping for a birthday gift after her dance class today. That meant I wouldn’t have time to run so I ran (with a friend) during her class and went to the store stinky.

  • I have got my path and a beautiful exercise partner, two great personal trainers, Jillian and Bob, (dvd’s)! LOL! So, Let’s get it started! Let the FUN begin! <3 : ).

  • I think I need a reminder and a timer for my dancing exercise. I either skip it when I’m busy or do it for less than 30 min.. so I just need to find the ideal time of the day and set a timer..

  • Already installed the treadmill on the 52 Missions Program, so I downloaded some podcasts to listen to while I walk.

  • Since I’ve already started, I guess there are no obstacles!

  • Home gym is getting cleaned. No excuse not to exercise even if I blow off the non-home gym.

  • Need to pick up my bike trainer and set up. Then need to wake up and use in the mornings.

  • Finally taking advantage of our gym membership! My blood sugar is dropping already 🙂

  • trying to walk every day, and enjoying it, will make walks longer now that I am getting quicker, and vary my walk.

  • I keep reading these, but I’m not doing much moving 🙁 I’ve gotta get my butt in gear.

  • At the moment I can only use the exercise bike as I’ve sprained my crucial ligament.

  • Permission to work on my playlist! Like that! 🙂

  • I have everything I need, so I’m good to go.

  • I have been walking the track Ihave to step it up a little more.

  • Got my treadmill yesterday!

  • I got some workout tops!

  • I cant believe we are on day 13 already!

  • I needed a new playlist!

  • checking In 🙂

  • Got my path and my buddy!

  • Finishing the playlist today! Walking plans for Monday!

  • nothing really to get ready, as I have decided to walk more and push the buggie at a better rythm.

  • I have already joined a gym, have been a member for over a year but hardly use it – with a 4 month old, full time career & an hourly commute each way it’s hard to find the time but I have done it before and with organisation can do it again.

  • I’ve got my new running shoes. The treadmill is all set for the days when it’s not nice enough to walk/jog outside. I set up a time to visit a gym this coming week. I need to update my playlist.

  • Adding some new music to my iPod, and need to get back into the habit of packing my bag for the Y the night before so I can get back to Pilates…will start back to the Y on Monday, and walk a few other days.

  • I have lots of options for working out. I prefer to get my workouts done in the morning so the day doesn’t get so busy that I put it aside. I also workout during my lunch hour for 30 minutes. I am set with workout equipment!

  • It’s good to know I’m on the right track to being an organised person…..already done this 🙂

  • Found out my hubby is a great walking buddy! We have a great neighborhood for a walk path. My pedaler equiptment is always ready- indoors.

  • I need to get more fitness DVDs, the gym isnt an option. Cute workout clothes motivates too. I hate working out in old baggy ugly clothes

  • I’ve got Wii Active & Fit, ChaLean extreme, Hip Hop Abs, 5-25 lb adjustable weights, and a bicycle. I’m set! Now I just need to stick to one of these!

  • This is the inspiration that I needed to work out today. My ankle is slowly healing, I can tell that it is, but I need to push past it as an excuse to not work out.

  • I’m not sure if I checked in on this day… so I am now.

  • All my muscles hurt… personal training after a break of 6 weeks… I´m prepared to exercise, made a video-playlist with workouts, made a music-playlist for my walks… and I learned a lot of exercises I can do with no equipment.

  • I´m trying to be more active in my life! This is a good challenge for me.
    PS I can´t see this post in my facebook today, do you know why?

  • Done!

  • The main obstacule to me is changing my clothes. When I return home after work it’s always hard to do that. So I must work on it!