I started the New Year focused on the word, “Steady,”while beginning a 10 Day Do Over Challenge by Jon Acuff, author of the soon to be released book, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck. The mission for the 10 day challenge was to choose one dream you’d like to chase for 10 days or one thing you wish you could do over. Then spend at least 10 minutes each day for the next 10 days making it happen.
Now New Year Resolutions might be hard to keep, but a 10 day do over commitment? Even this busy working mom of 3 can do that!
Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
My 10 Day Do Over Goal: Create a Home Gym in the Basement!
At first I thought I should do-over my weight loss goals. Having plateaued for several months, then putting on a few pounds over the holidays, I seriously do need to refocus in that area. But I decided to focus on the dark, scary, spidery basement instead. The goal was to clear out one part of the basement to create a home gym.
I gave up my gym membership this fall to save money. Since we have a Y membership for the family and I was working out more at FatWallet with my trainer, it made sense. Then I ended up stopping my training sessions at FatWallet in December. My trainer’s schedule and mine weren’t playing nicely together.
Even though I have been walking the dog with my husband, I have not been getting in as much exercise as I like (and need). And walking the dog is miserable when temperatures drop below zero.
I saw a great deal on a Bowflex right before Christmas and my husband and I made the decision to buy it. Two months of training and gym memberships would pay for it and then we would be money ahead. He promised to help me tackle the basement so we could use it.
Our basement was full of 8+ years of “Just put it down stairs, and we’ll deal with it later,” decisions.
The contents of the clutter include: Baby stuff from our 7 year old, toys, outgrown clothing, books, holiday decorations, folding tables, chairs that need repairing, fans we don’t need in the winter, pictures we’re not displaying, kitchen gadget overflow, and more.
Then, to make matters worse, my husband added to the mess all the bikes, toys, patio and gardening stuff, that normally live in the 3rd stall of the garage, to get our oldest daughter’s car in the garage for winter.
To say it was overwhelming is an understatement.
I had avoided dealing with it since we moved. First because I was pregnant and was trying to get the upstairs organized and unpacked. The because we had a new baby. Then because I’d started working full time outside the home and was just trying to stay on top of the groceries and laundry. I avoided it because it was overwhelming and I didn’t know where to start.
Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.” Mason Cooley
It is all rather synonymous to trying to lose weight, get out of debt or anything else that feels out of control, wouldn’t you say? Getting started is the hardest part.
Here’s what the basement looked like when we started.
With steady progress over the last 10 days we’ve made a huge dent. We’ve taken several car loads to Salvation Army. We’ve tossed out garbage. Empty plastic bins, which were full a couple of weeks ago, now take up about 1/8 of the basement and will be donated soon.
There are boxes behind the Bowflex and punching bag we still need to go through. But I reached my goal!!! We have cleared out enough stuff to have a home gym. The spider webs are gone. We have assembled the Bowflex and we were able to use it for the first time yesterday morning!
The Work in Progress Basement Home Gym Now:
Wes doesn’t know it yet, but I’ve got plans, once we finish clearing out the rest of the basement, to brighten it up with some paint. We have rubber flooring we will be putting down to add some cushion. I’d also like to add more lighting and some pretty/inspirational artwork on the walls. (I’m open to other suggestions if you have them!)
The cool thing about this 10 Day Do Over Challenge was that it didn’t cost us anything except some time and sweat.
Now that I see progress in this area of the basement, the rest of it doesn’t feel as overwhelming as it did. I know that if I stay steady, working on it little by little, I’ll get it done. In the meantime, I’m so happy I can keep whipping my body back into shape in my new clean home gym while I do it!
What one thing do you wish you could do over?
- Is there something you loved doing in the past that you’re not doing now?
- Is there something you’ve always wanted to try?
- Is there something standing in the way of your dream?
I challenge you to commit to 10 days to blogging, tracking your meals, throwing out clutter, or whatever your goal is.