An unexpected benefit of doing the Postaday2011 Challenge!

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I have been writing about my experience blogging this year and accepting the Postaday2011 Challenge. There are days when coming up with a topic has been hard. Other days, I know exactly what I wish to rant about. There have been quite a lot of useful tips and tricks posted over at the As well, I have signed up for Plinky to get some inspiration. But something completely different and unexpected has come out of this blogging experience.

I have started exercising everyday! To sort ofย coincideย with the blog post. Most of my posts have taken me 20 to 30 minutes in the evening to put together. I thought it was going to take me a long time to write, but as last month went on, it became easier. So, I decided, if I can blog everyday, then why can’t I go exercise for 20 to 30 minutes too? That would only take up about an hour every evening combined. Piece of cake!

I have now gone a week straight, and today while I was doing a 5km run, I smiled. It was also getting easier…I even smiled when I tripped up on a hidden piece of wire and landed flat on my face…Thank you You are teaching me that good habits can be contagious…


58 Replies to “An unexpected benefit of doing the Postaday2011 Challenge!”

  1. What a great benefit of the post-a-day challenge! (I may have to rethink not doing it ..) Congrats .. you’re fresh pressed ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Glad to hear you have taken on another challenge. Running is wonderful and I am grateful for every single day I get to do it. It makes you feel alive and it’s great when you realize you can run so much further than you ever thought possible. Keep it up!!

  3. It sounds great! Good for you! I wish I have time to blog every day, but I set up my goal for 2011: running my first 10k, and I am blogging about it!! Fingers crossed!

  4. Congratulations on instilling two very good habits to your day – the combination of running and posting keeps me sane.

  5. I knew it! I had a sneaking suspicion that blogging could be good for my health ๐Ÿ™‚
    You should check out Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop, too. She has really cool prompts every week, and on Thursday you link your post to her site ( great way to share and read new stuff)! Keep up the writing…and running!

  6. Just like blogging daily, I fervently believe that daily exercise is … well, excessive! Or at least that’s MY story. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Congrats to you, though. You make the rest of us look like total underachievers!

  7. this is so inspirational! and here i thought taking the once-a-week challenge would be hard… you make it seem feasible!
    keep up the awesome work and congrats at being freshly pressed!
    your inspired fan,

  8. OMG, you are my hero! You RUN and you are keeping up with the post-a-day challenge! I find it almost too stressful to create two posts per week! And forget about running…lol….no, seriously… inspirational!

  9. That’s funny. I started exercising 2 days ago and I’ve had an increase in desire to write. Kind of the opposite to you but I’m hoping now that my writing with cause me to exercise. I only blog when I feel like it but I need to exercise even when I don’t feel like it. Anyway, thanks for the thought.

  10. That’s great…wish writing on my blog would motivate me to exercise! Think that is what I like about my blog…sit there in the chair at my desk & relax!…LOL!

  11. This challenge has definitely inspired me to exercise more. Though starting running again is fun, I haven’t set running everyday as my goal. It is too regimented for, and I am a mountain biker. So, I just say I will do some form of exercise everyday. A couple of days ago I couldn’t get out because I was the only parent looking after the kids, so I got on the stationary bike instead. Today, I’m going on a ride.
    Just like the various topics i write on my blog, I like options to not feel forced to do one thing.

    Thanks everyone for your comments! You are the ones inspiring me on the mountain today…

  12. I tried blogging every day and soon realized my quality was dropping. So, now it’s quality over quantity. Congrats on FP

    1. My started out setting the bar pretty low. lol. I decided a while ago to just post whatever I like. There is bound to be someone out there that likes what I’ve written. Thanks for the comment.

  13. I feel like posting on here makes me a better person too! It’s mainly because I write about what I’ve done so if I just sit at home eating biscuits and ice cream, something which I usually made a habit of, it wouldn’t make for a good read.

  14. I also signed up for the challenge, though I opted for the less daunting PostAWeek. Unfortunately, this has not translated into healthier habits elsewhere, as of yet. But running is certainly something I’ve been thinking about. In the spring. When the snow is gone. And the ice. And the cold. Can you tell I LOVE winter?

  15. What a wonderful side effect from the blogging. I have no desire to run (some thing about being completely graceless while merely standing keeps me from it), I have added to my schedule to workout 3 days a week. I found by adding it to my daily calendar and staying after work (I work at a gym) to do it, makes exercising so much easier.
    Congrats on being FP!

  16. My first Blog with WordPress was “Texas Poets,” which in a year and half passed 20,000 hits. I closed the blog because of excessive comments outside of the WordPress family attacking anything Christian-based on my poetry site. My current site, which is a little over a year is now, is over 10,000 hits. I do not ever recall seeing a poetry site on “Freshly Pressed.” The beauty of poetry, from my point of view, is how it relates an emotion or observation in such precise terms. Beside blogs relating the daily activity of members (some written, just for sake of writing, with nothing much to say of earth shaking value), we do need more short stories and poetry in the “Freshly Pressed” program. P.S. Congrats on making “Freshly Pressed” and the improvement in your running program.

  17. I think the added benefit of exercise is great! I’ve also noticed that I am more eager to exercise in conjunction with doing the post-a-day challenge. Although I must say that I’m like you in the fact that I sometimes draw a blank when it comes to what to write about some days and other days it’s smooth sailing. But, what I noticed the last time this happened was to just write as it comes to me. If I think of a good post idea, I shouldn’t save it or wait for a “better” time because I will never come back to it! Keep up the great progress!

  18. What a great benefit! I wish I hadn’t read your post, though: now I’m wondering why I can’t make time in my day to exercise. Thnaks for nothing ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I have found that exercising helps me to sort out the plethora of thoughts and ideas I have jumbled in my head, enabling me to find things to blog about. Hope it can help you in the same way. Keep up the great work!

  20. WONDERFUL! You encouraged me! I really want to get back to exercising, which I’ve not done since major surgery in September. Enjoyed peeking through your blog!

  21. What’s nice with this unexpected benefit is that it can lead to many more expected benefits in your health: keeping healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels not to mention the sense of well being and accomplishment. Keep up the good work and keep spreading the news to inspire others to take their own healthy steps.

  22. I’m having the same experience! As I have powered through with writing about nutrition every day, I have started practicing everything I preach, I have accomplished more goals, and I have had more focus. Who knew this could happen? Yay! Congrats to you and keep up the good work!

  23. I am having the same experience as well! Its amazing how one regular, positive change can spawn others. Keep up the good work!

  24. Way to go!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Even I feel more focussed and organized in other aspects of day-to-day life after taking up the challenge.

  25. What an inspiration. My new years resolution was to get out tramping or trekking a bit more, its all exercise – and the benefit of tramping, is that you are out enjoying the great outdoors …
    I have found it has also unleashed a passion to write more too.
    Keep up the good work.

  26. Nice post. I still try the post a week challenge and seriously it’s kinda hard because i’m doing a lot of things. Congrats on being freshly pressed.

  27. I know what you mean! I used to run three days a week (and dreaded them) which was also about how much I blogged. Since starting the postaday challenge, I get up every morning to excercise and I love it! They do get easier. I’m not about to miss a workout now, or a daily blog. Great post. Congrats on FP!

  28. Wow, I seriously wish I could have something integrated into my weekly schedule. I already exercise everyday, and also go for a run in the morning, so I’m pretty fit, if I do say so myself.
    One thing Post a Week HAS done for me, is something great. It’s honed my typing skills to such an extent that I don’t even need to look at the screen anymore! I just know what I’m typing is right! In fact, I’ve typed this comment without a single backspace, also while half playing COD: Black Ops First Strike! Nice, huh?
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!
    Ashley, aka TheEverydayMuser
    ONE BACKSPACE. NO! I typed https instead of http.

    1. Hahaha. Good comment. It must be a zen moment to be able to type and know it must be right!
      Thanks for checking out the site…

  29. Congrats on your good habits! I don’t seem to have any trouble with the writing which
    I love to do, but the exercise, is another ball of wax. Call me terrible but I laughed when you wrote that you tripped, I’m sorry…I don’t have a handle on my juvenile sense of humor, but look how well you handled your anger…

  30. Just stopped by to wish you all the very best in being able to come up with an interesting topic to write on. I wish I had seen this challenge earlier cause I may have liked to take part in it too. I am the sole author of 8/9 blogs and I do know that to come up with an
    “interesting, relevant and helpful” topic is a tall order for every day of the week..for sometimes the muse is working overtime and I just can’t wait to write it all down and sometimes not. I suppose I may well be considered an anachronism in this day and age for truth in all my endeavours is an integral part of who I am.

  31. Hi. Congradulations on the running! I volunteer and just doing that, I have lost a bit of weight! and I’m excited! Good luck! Would love for you to follow my blog? I’m new at it and just trying to figure my way around Word Press!! Have a great weekend!!

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