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27 Oct, 2011

The 100 club (a.k.a. my S.A.D plan)

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Challenge me, challenge you

100 club!This is a continuation of yesterday’s post, written as I bask in the glow of my Litebook. ;)

Before I go much further I would like to clarify that here at Casa Fishbowl we stress the importance of healthy bodies, not skinny bodies. We appreciate that good health comes in all shapes and sizes, and good health is many things: eating right, good physical health, and good mental health too.

Last night I took the dog for a long walk. I realized a few things:

  1. 1) Although I completed the Couch-to-5K program last summer (and I struggled) I really do prefer to walk. Fast. I think it might be better for me, and it’s less punishing so I’m more likely to keep doing it.
  2. 2) When I take the dog out for a walk I need to ditch the fancy footwear and opt for running shoes instead. They’re lighter, better for my feet, and help me walk faster.
  3. 3) I need my music. Having music with me keeps me going faster for a longer period of time. Just walking to the rhythm of the music makes a huge difference. My secret love: bass-pumping pop tunes. And sometimes I’ll dance out loud. I’m sure I look totally ridiculous but it’s FUN.

This is one of the tunes I’ve had on repeat. And I don’t really even know what it’s about but I LOVE IT.

So anyway, yes. I had my music and Piper was trotting beside me and we were totally CHEWING UP THE SIDEWALK. I was out of breath. I felt awesome, it just felt so good to be here. Confession: I think I may have cried a little bit … it just felt so great to be alive, cutting through the night air with music in my heart.

I came across this image on Pinterest recently. And you know what, it was exactly what I needed to motivate me to get off my rear end. It’s quick and easy, something I can do at home to get my blood pumping in the morning. And it won’t even take me that long to do it.

My idea (which I alluded to yesterday) was to undertake a series of actions to help me get through the next 100 days. And I’m going to strike it off a calendar I will make just for this purpose.

During the next 100 days I have promised myself that I will do the following:

  • 40 jumping jacks, 30 crunches, 20 squats, 10 push-ups every day (it adds up to 100. Handy eh?)
  • Drink one extra glass of water.
  • Take my Vitamin D.
  • Drink more green tea. Can I do one a day? Instead of a coffee or black tea in the afternoon? Hmm.
  • Give myself a dose of light using my Litebook every morning
  • Remember to eat breakfast before 9:00 a.m.

Baby steps, right? And anything above and beyond what I’ve listed here is pure awesome.

Anyway, that’s the plan. Care to join me? Obviously your list might be different than mine, but that’s ok. Let’s see if we can bust out of those moody blues this year!

Edited to add: I started a page for the 100 Club. It has a Google Calendar on it. Every day I finish my 100 I’m going to write my name down. Anything above that; the water and the Vitamin D etc. is a bonus. And I’ll write that in too. You can use it too! Just send me a note with your email address and I will give you permission to edit it. :)

18 Responses to "The 100 club (a.k.a. my S.A.D plan)"

1 | sassymonkey

October 27th, 2011 at 9:41 am


I could do that, minus the push-ups. (Tendinitis in my wrist – can’t put the weight on it.) The dose of light – is that from your Litebook?

2 | Lou

October 27th, 2011 at 9:49 am


Your plan is great but missing something: dance to Mika every day! Thanks for that link. It just brightened my grey morning.

3 | Misty

October 27th, 2011 at 9:58 am


OK, I’m joining you! Going to start with speed walk today with the doggie. Thanks for this motivation!

4 | Sarah Zahab

October 27th, 2011 at 10:19 am


Wohoo! Way to go, Andrea! You can do it :)

5 | Capital Mom

October 27th, 2011 at 12:02 pm


I am aiming for 40 minutes on the eliptical twice a three times a week. I’ll be thinking of you on your challenge!

6 | Pam

October 27th, 2011 at 1:59 pm


Great plan! Love it. You’re an inspiration. I’m joining in.

7 | andrea

October 27th, 2011 at 2:14 pm


Thanks all! I am glad a few of your will join me. I just finished the 100 (40 jumping jacks etc). Oh man. I’m out of breath! I can’t believe it. How long until it gets easier? :)

8 | andrea

October 27th, 2011 at 2:27 pm


Another question: Should we be keeping track of one another and keeping ourselves accountable? :)

9 | Karen at Virtually There

October 28th, 2011 at 8:52 am


I’m in! I’m going to add: walk to do errands at least twice a week (more challenging in my area of town).

10 | Javamom

October 28th, 2011 at 9:31 am


My naturopath listened to my complaints about same kinds of issues and said:

Do you get enough protein? Especially at breakfast and lunch?


I eat an egg now, or a slice of some meat, at either breakfast or as a mid-day pick me up. Less carbs, even good carbs, during the morning and lunch periods, and this has helped me SO MUCH even a friend of mine commented that I look better (after years of moping).

Breaking the carbs in the morning hasn’t been easy but since I’m not off them, just eating them later in the day (not refined stuff, I’m sure that’s understood), I have been more energetic and less moody.

Which is very unusual for me :) But in a good way!

PS It was also recommended that liquid Vit D drops are better absorbed than pills. I don’t know what’s true or scientifically approved or what have you, but I can say it has helped me.

11 | andrea

October 28th, 2011 at 10:01 am


Thanks all! I’m happy to have a few joiners. I’ll feel more accountable that way. I will be typing small updates into the google calendar I’ve set up for this purpose. (You can access it at the top of the page under 100 Club.)

Sassymonkey – it’s ok if your list is different than mine. And
yes, the light is from my Litebook. :)

Javamom – protein makes a HUGE difference for me too. In fact, I altered my list above to include breakfast. When I don’t eat breakfast I end up snacking more at the end of the day. And I hate that. Thanks for the top re: the Vitamin D drops too. Mine are gel caps. So I wonder if it’s the same kind of deal … ?

12 | andrea

October 28th, 2011 at 10:05 am


I wanted to add one more thing… I went for another walk again last night and picked a route that was twice as long as what I normally do. As I was walking I thought a lot about the people in my life who CAN’T do a 3.5km walk around their neighborhood. I bet they’d love to be able to do what I was doing last night; taking wide strides with a dog at my heels, music in my ears, the wind in my face. What a gift it is to be alive and healthy…

13 | Maranda

October 28th, 2011 at 1:33 pm


What a wonderful attitude you have Andrea. It IS a gift to be alive and healthy.

I’m going to join up too. I need to take all my pills, vitamins and supplements every day, that’s a biggie for me. I think that’s 15 things to swallow (not counting ‘as needed’ stuff). I’ll think on my other small goals too. I need to be more consistent with exercise, I’ll think on what I can add daily.

14 | Jennerknit

October 29th, 2011 at 8:24 pm


I’m in! Was just commenting that we had about 3 months until we started getting more light than today, so 100 sounds perfect! Thanks for the company!

15 | Sasha

October 30th, 2011 at 2:55 pm


Count me in! I’ll figure out what my goal is. I’d like to keep with the ‘100’ theme, so maybe burn 100 calories a day in ‘extra’ activity… will come up with something.

I tried the calendar, I can view it and add it to the set of calendars visible in my Google calendar, but I can only view it. Did you want us to be able to mark it when we ‘do’ our day too?

Thanks for starting this! Your timing is impeccable, I needed something like this.

16 | Sasha

October 30th, 2011 at 2:55 pm


PS I assume that button is for sharing? :)

17 | Finola

October 30th, 2011 at 9:54 pm


I’m intrigued by the litebook. I’m going to go check your previous post now and hope to learn more!

18 | A quickie update on the 100 Club >> a peek inside the fishbowl

October 31st, 2011 at 9:03 am


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