BHAG alert: 365 days of sweat

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If you were to look up the words “inspiration” and “possibility” in the dictionary we’re quite certain you’d find our former educator, Betsy’s, name listed in their descriptions (hey Oxford, we’re proposing a rewrite). Not only did she find the courage to leave an unfulfilling career in HR to follow her dreams of being a life coach, she also recently crushed a jaw-dropping goal: 365 days of sweat (which is exactly what it sounds like it is).

Rumor has it you set a BHAG to sweat for 365 days. True?
Yes. I am a firm believer of the statement, "you have to live it to give it." As a life coach, I wanted to make sure that I was living a healthy life that had a consistent workout ritual (which I preach often). Not only were my workouts inconsistent, I also knew I was capable of a whole lot more. Last October (2011) I was on a run in a park and the idea popped up in my head. After the run, I came up with a name for the adventure and started blogging that evening. Initially the blog was a way that my friends and family could help hold me accountable to my goal but it transitioned into a beautiful space of inspiration for others.

So did you really sweat 365 days in a row?
Yes and no. I worked out for 365 days in a row but sometimes my body needed a break and I listened. Those days I would walk for 45 minutes in my neighborhood or go to a slower paced yoga class. I did not sweat (much), I just moved. It is important to listen to what your body needs no matter what your fitness goals are. When you are able to truly listen, you will be able to complete the goal a lot easier than if you push it so hard that it breaks.

What did achieving the goal mean to you?
The most important thing that it taught me is how powerful I can be when I fully commit myself to something. Everyone has self doubt and for me it kept coming back to, "you cannot complete anything!" By finishing this goal I was able to prove myself oh-so wrong. Now that I know that I am capable of completing things, my world seems endlessly full of possibilities. That's a pretty wonderful feeling.

Was there ever a point where you wanted to throw in the towel?
There were a few times when I felt like throwing the towel in my husband’s face! However his patience and soft encouraging words helped to keep me going. I have to admit that working out while you have the flu is one of the worst feelings around!

Favourite ways to sweat?
Good ole' fashioned running outside and yoga. Right before my wedding I became addicted to Yoga Sculpt (a power yoga class with weights and cardio) because of the high-intensity it helped lower my stress levels. My advice to future brides? Find a class similar to this and thank me later!

So does this mean you had to workout on your wedding day?
Yes! My bridesmaids and I ran a mile to a local park, where another one of my friends met us to lead 45 minutes of yoga. A few family members also came along for the ride. It was a beautiful way to start a day that celebrated love!

Did you try a bunch of different ways to sweat to change it up?
I did but I kept coming back to my favorites. I found that it was easiest to stick to my goal by doing the tried and true workouts most of the time. The strangest thing I did was going to a fitness concert in Denver called "OMG Fitness!" There were over 1,000 people wearing all white covered with glow in the dark paint, while completing a bootcamp class. I sweated my butt off, danced like a maniac and walked out of the event with my friend in hysterics. It completely pushed me out of my comfort zone and I am always thankful for that - primarily when I am done!

Hit us with some words of wisdom – what else did you learn?
Like anything in life, you make the things that are important to you a priority. If you do not have your health, then you have no life. Deep, right? Take care of your health and cultivate it by providing yourself with a healthy lifestyle. You will thank yourself a thousand times over for all of the benefits that continue to unfold.

Also, let go of the expectations that you have for what your body should look like. I thought that by the end of this my love handles would be non-existent. Nope, although they are smaller, they still linger around like that last guest at a dinner party. Once I was able to let go of what I thought my body should look like, I began to love my body as it is. Same goes with what my body is capable of during workouts. No hefty expectations means less pain. Try it, it feels so much better than hankering for a life of six-pack abs.

Anyone else out there attempt something like this before? 

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My goal is to run 3 half marathons in 365 days. Not as impressive, but considering that last year’s Seawheeze was the first half I’ve ever run (and next year’s will be my third), I’m feeling pretty excited about it.

Comment by Lindsay — November 27, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

So proud of you Betsy!!!

Comment by Cait — November 27, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

This is very inspirational, & working on our on your wedding day, LOVE THAT!!! Go girl!

Comment by Veronica — November 27, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

Now she won’t be able to stop…cos now each new day is so much more significant as its a continuation from day 1…imagine day 1000 #wowZ.

Comment by Lidia — November 27, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

Wow! So may have just motivated me to challange myself…

Comment by ginny — November 27, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

SOSOSO inspirational! Thank you!!!

Comment by Anne Sweetnam — November 27, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

We love you Betsy!

Xo, your Cherry Creek North family

Comment by Vanessa — November 27, 2012 @ 8:23 pm


You are amazing. Reading this gets me pumped up.

You are such an inspiration.

Comment by Brenda — November 28, 2012 @ 4:27 am

This is an amazing idea and an amazing achievement! Do I hear.. New Years Resolution anyone? ;) I love sweating!

Comment by Katy — November 28, 2012 @ 11:05 am

So proud of you Betsy! Thank you for being such an inspiration!!

Comment by Mergs — November 28, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

I love this idea. Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m motivated now to do it myself. Right now I’m sweating 5 days a week. But I can relate to your comment on sticking with something. I think both my body and my mind could benefit from this challenge!

Comment by Jackie — November 29, 2012 @ 4:17 am

Thank you for the inspiration Betsy, you’ve motivated me to get off my behind and do something instead of just talking about it!!!

Comment by Rose — November 29, 2012 @ 4:30 am

After three attempts and 445 days total with an avg of 8.5 miles a day I accomplished the goal of running 365 days in a row to benefit cancer awareness and to inspire folks to get out and get their sweat on as in the end it all starts with how we treat our own bodies. It ended up being a big movement and inspired many to make a change and there are a few folks now trying to do the same thing. I hope it continues to inspire many for years to come. Jax

Comment by Jax Mariash — November 29, 2012 @ 8:21 am

I’m finally up running consistently for 2.5 to 3 miles per day. It is a huge accomplishment, for me. If I’m not at the gym I’m at a hot yoga class, when I traveled to a new city, I would find a local yoga studio. Though I made a commitment to sweat everyday, because it just feels so good, and gets me going. I always have a productive day when that happens..My body has went from a size 18 after post pregnancy, to a size 8 in a pair of lululemon wunderpants! I still have about 2-4 sizes to go, and I will be at my size when I graduated college..I go by clothes not weight, it keeps my closet organized so to speak..Its been three years this process..Patience, commitment, love, and surrounding yourself with positivity. It’s possible..

Comment by victoria — November 29, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

Hey Betsy!

What a lovely post. I just caught this one, not even a week after I completed my own 365 days in motion! It was the first New Year’s Resolution I can truly say that I held through to the finish.

My goal was to move for 30 minutes every day, and like you, it was best done when I returned to my favorite workouts.. Playing hockey, running and doing yoga therefore topped the list.

It was amazing to show those around me that health can be prioritized without compromising other commitments.. At just 30 mins a day, I was still able to work as a full-time student, a tutor, on the board of several school committees, and volunteer. It made for an amazing year, and I have never felt better.

With my body in motion, my mind finds peace. It has served me well!

Comment by Katie W. — January 7, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

Thats amazinng what you did. I running a training program to gain muscles, especially six pack abs, and I always teach that regular training is important for success. And I totally agree with you, if you live the life you teach by your self, your students more likely follow you.

Comment by Uwe — May 6, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

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