Take the 30/30 Challenge with Us

I am not big on New Years Resolutions. I don’t consider this challenge to be one but because, well, it starts right after the new year you can call it one if you want.

I have confessed before that, although we love nothing more than hiking or going on adventures, I pretty much drop the ball when it comes to regular, daily exercise. Oh, we DO get out for walks or jogs but don’t do anything on a regular basis.

I know people who walk their small dogs up to 4 hours a day! There is no way I could manage that but there is a huge gap between sporadic (where we are at) and 4-hour walks a day.

Thanks to diet and the exercise they do get, Chester and Gretel are at a very healthy weight. Me? Not so much. I would like to blame everything that has gone on with me for the last year and medical issues for the lack of activity, the abundant consumption of sweets and weight gain but I can’t. It really boils down to apathy/laziness and lack of commitment.

Chester and Gretel are in great physical shape but I know they could use more mental stimulation. I can see the boredom in their eyes when we are sitting around all day for the third day in a row. Chester has started barking at any and every noise that could be interpreted as someone at our door…like me setting my glass down on the wood table!

The thing is I KNOW that we should be walking every day. I KNOW that dogs make great workout partners. I KNOW I need to get healthier.

I have decided to create a challenge for us. I am making it a goal to walk 30 minutes a day for 30 days starting on New Years Day. I chose something that is obtainable for me while still being outside of my comfort zone. I am not going to hold us to a certain time every day because our lifestyle calls for flexibility. I am not even going to say that the 30 minutes will be completed all at once. There may be some days where we will have to make due with two 15-minute walks.

I know I am not the only one out there that knows they need to start down a healthier road but has failed to do it. I know that Chester and Gretel are not the only dogs that need more exercise and mental stimulation.

So what do you say? Are any of you with us? We would love it if we had some partners in crime and knew we weren’t the only ones challenging ourselves.

UPDATE: If you are joining us, I created a badge you can display on your sidebar to let everyone know. Click here to get the badge.

I will post weekly updates and if you are taking the challenge with us you can let us know how it is going for you. If not, we would still appreciate your support.

Let the challenge begin.


  1. says

    WE ARE IN! GoGo is a pain in the rain for walking, but Pretzel and I are in! There are days I know we won’t get it in (life happens) but the more the better. Great idea!!

    • AdventureJess says

      I might have to make the same adaptation with Chester and Gretel. Gretel doesn’t mind the rain as much. I will try to wait until we get a rain break so I can take them both out but you know how some days go here in western washington :)

  2. says

    Woooo! I love it! And yes, we’re in! Now I can totally justify going to get that cool Fitbit pedometer tomorrow. I NEED it for the challenge! 😛 The Idita Walk starts in February, btw, and you can break it up into any time increments that you choose. So, if you hike an hour and a half on a Saturday, it counts towards your total time. Bunny and I both wear our past year’s pins on our backpacks because I’m geeky like that! And we’ll be celebrating the new year with our annual New Year’s hike, so I’ll be off to a good start. Cn you tell I’m excited?
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  3. Kolchak, Felix & Jodi says

    Oh! I love it. We tend to get a bit complacent about daily walks in the midst of a cold, wet Pacific Northwest winter (*you know*). Mr. Felix has been watching his ounces and a walking challenge might be just what he needs. I can’t promise we’ll be able to walk *every day* (Felix and I melt in the pouring rain. We’re made of sugar) but we’re going to do our best!
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  4. CINDY CHAVEZ says

    I just saw this on Kol’s Notes so count me in. I have three dogs at two different houses that love to go for walks.

  5. says

    We’re In!

    We joined you in the Imperfection Challenge at the beginning of December and it’s been great…I have posted every day this month (some posts better than others)& it’s helped me form the habit…Thanks for that.

    So we’re ready to tackle a new challenge with you…Gizmo & I will be out there New Year’s morning and will add an update to our Follow-Up Friday post.
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    • AdventureJess says

      Glad to have you join us. I did really good on the Imperfection challenge until half way through the month. Hopefully this one goes better. Ha, ha.

  6. Garth Riley says

    We’re totally IN! And we love the idea. Momma’s working on a guest blog post right now about doggie fitness and weight management which will be published in early January. I’m in really good shape and “perfect” weight per my vet, but momma is a different story, so we need to work on getting her shaped up. She’s pretty good about taking me walking every day most of the time, but sometimes she has difficulty getting motivated when it’s dark and cold when she gets home from work, or when it’s rainy. And I want a walk EVERY day – at least one. And December, January and February are probably the worst months for us, so it’s a great time to do this kind of challenge. We think it’s totally okay to break it up into shorter 10 or 15 minute walks – however you can fit it in.

    We don’t know about this “fit bit” thing but momma uses the free Map My Fitness app on her iPhone and really likes it because it keeps track of time, distance, pace, etc., and even maps out your walk.

    your pal,

    • AdventureJess says

      Be sure to let me know when your guest post publishes. I would love to read it. I have used MapMyFitness but have been using Strava lately. It’s designed for running but works for walking too. If you have iPhone you can try the SlimDoggy ap. They haven’t made one for Android yet so I haven’t checked it out myself…but it looks promising.

  7. says

    This is a great idea for you and the pups and anyone else that does not get out much. Our problem is that mom has us out all the time and we are worn out. We walk 2 hrs+ a day in all types of weather so we won’t join the challenge but it is a wonderful idea for those that aren’t out as much!
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    • AdventureJess says

      That is great. I wish I had the time to take Chester, Gretel and my lazy ass out for 2 hours of walking a day :)

  8. PDogB says

    Hi Jess,
    Life with a Labrador forced the issue years ago. She gets a 1-3 hr. walk EVERY day and year ’round. One walk in the morning or two shorter walks, depending on our human schedules. We feel the benefits of excercise and enjoy the time to relax and bond with the dog every day. She gets smelling, moving legs,socialization and a little training along the way. She is a happy dog without behavioral problems and seems well adjusted in her place in the pack of our family. She keeps us skinny! If you are in Sequim; we’ll make sure you keep the commitment while here!

    • AdventureJess says

      That would be fun. I will let you know when I come to town. It should be withing the next two or three weeks.

  9. says

    Great goal. It’s hard with little dogs to have an excuse to get out in the bad weather. Throw in a bigger dog, like Torrey, and you really need to get out.
    I would love to see your walking pics, post them and tag them #roxysdogwalkpicaday. Facebook, twitter, instagram, and Goggle+ That goes for everyone that wants too. I will be rooting for you when we are walking too.
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    • AdventureJess says

      I am sure they wish they could be out longer. I am just super busy so I had to start with the low-hanging fruit to make sure it was something I could actually achieve. If the mood strikes we will walk longer than the 30 minutes.

  10. says

    We are IN, Jess. As I’ve told others, with the number of dogs here, I always have a walking partner and two, at least, want to get out and motor any time I approach the door. I need to get fit. Your entire post reflected much of what I’ve been thinking now I’m recovered from surgery and done with medical issues for a bit.

    With almost all the dogs back home, they, too, not only need physical activity but mental stimulation as well. I’ll post a 30/30 blog entry weekly and will follow yours. Are you making a badge? I like badges :).

    Here’s to personal and mental fitness in 2013.
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    • AdventureJess says

      That’s great Roberta. I understand how health issues can derail you and make it hard to get back to fitness. I thought about making a badge but I am no good at it. I might be able to come up with one but I always have trouble making code for it…so I just make people cut and paste.

  11. says

    As I have a dog who would destroy my house if she wasn’t walked at least an hour every day, preferably more, I have learned to suck it up and get out there. But before I lived with a wackadoodle dog, I was the epitome of lazy. If I didn’t have to go to work, I probably wouldn’t have left the house much at all.

    This year I am trying to get back into running. It’s something I love to do once I am doing it but have a hard time motivating myself towards. Perhaps I will join your challenge and instead of walking 30 minutes, which I already do, I will vow to run or jog for at least 30 minutes a day. Hopefully this will also help get me ready for the 10K I am signed up for in May. I will do my best anyway!
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    • AdventureJess says

      That would be great if you did it but with running. I am trying to get back to running after years off and with bad knees and back……so I am not sure I will be able to do it. I will sneak some little running spurts into the 30 minutes if I can though. Chester and Gretel love to run :)

  12. Dolly the Doxie says

    Good luck on your new commitment. I actually wanted a dog so that I wasn’t alone taking my walks and it is the best excercise you can do and I believe the best way to bond with your dog. Very proud of you and look forward to following your progress!

  13. says

    I never have a problem walking my guide dogs pups 30 minutes a day, but Linus and Stetson don’t always get out for a nice 30 minute walk. Linus, Stetson, and I will join you for the challenge.

    By the way, I remember reading a long time ago on a productivity blog that one way to form a habit is to do something 30 days in a row. Hopefully this challenge will turn into a habit for me in the boys!
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  14. Elizabeth says

    Sound like a good plan. I was going to do a new years resolution where I would either walk the dogs or do the elliptical everyday for 30 min. If I do your thing I can forget the damn elliptical!!!! Ha :)
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  15. AdventureJess says

    You live in Southern California and you were considering running INSIDE on an elliptical. Get out and walk that dog in the sunshine girl! Ha, ha. I look forward to hearing about how it goes for you.

  16. SandyWho? says

    I have a six-month old twiner, and got a FitBit as a holiday gift. We both could use the exercise and companionship. We are going to go for the 30/30.

  17. Denise says

    Great idea! Tara thanks you for this challenge. She loves to walk but has trouble getting her mommy’s butt in gear. Would do us both good in many ways. Helps to be accountable, then once it is a habit hopefully we will continue to walk. Count us in on the 30/30. Yeah! Tara sends her thanks.

  18. says

    Okay…My hands are shaking as I make this commitment. I KNOW Y-Bo, my pup, will be ecstatic when I give him the news that I’ve signed us up for this thing. Adventure Jess, thanks for a brilliant idea–although come a frigid, January morning know that some lazy, overweight baby boomer in Chicago is cursing while she freezes! LOL
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    • AdventureJess says

      Great, I will. These FitBit things seem to be really popular. I work at REI and just found about them recently when I went back to work after a long break. I have a speed-distance monitor that fits onto your shoe.

  19. says

    Great idea! Glad to see folks commiting to join in. I would too… but we already do at least 45 min every day and most days more like an hour, sometimes more. Of course, living in San Diego means we don’t often have bad weather as an excuse to not go out! And having an 18 mo old pup means we NEED to get out there or suffer the consequences!

    I always say, a crazy puppy makes a great exercise plan!
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    • AdventureJess says

      Of course! I really think challenges are about stretching your routine while keeping them manageable for you….making it a stretch but something you have a reasonable chance of success with. There are a few other people modifying this challenge too. It’s just about getting out and doing something regularly.

  20. Carmen says

    My dachshund, Frida, and I would like to join you on this challenge. We barely made it yesterday and I was so mad at myself for putting other things/people in front of my needs/wants. I need to be better about prioritizing me time.

  21. says

    Hey Chester, Hey Gretel, Jet here. Hi Miss Jenn.

    What a pawesome idea… two of our pals have joined you and we would love to as well. We will post the badge and make a mention tomorrow in our Follow Up Friday Post!

    From Mom: Since we do not have a fence, I must take Jetty and JJ out several times a day for business. On two of those occasions we walk 15 minutes or longer.

    If not for them, I probably would never know: how lovely the birds are in the neighborhood, how spectacular the sky is, the smells that pervade the area like jasmine (sneeze, wheeze), how nice my neighbors are and how I can help with the crime watch!

    So thank you for initiating this project. We’re all paws/feet on deck!
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  22. says

    I KNOW I replied to this and asked if I was too late to join in, but I don’t see my post!! :( I just popped back to find the URL to post a link for my update post tomorrow.

    I shall be posting tomorrow and adding the badge – then I link back here, yes? Hope I’m doing it right!
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  23. Peaches & Pocket says

    Pocket and I are starting the challenge late but like the saying goes, “better late than never”. It’s getting colder her in VA but we are up for the challenge.

  24. says

    LOVE the 30/30 Challenge concept, both for dogs and cats. (Well, maybe not 30 minutes of walk a day for cats, but 30 minutes of play and bonding would probably improve a relationship with any cat.) I love Dachsies too and have 2 (technically 1 1/2 I guess) plus 2 other canine furkids who would LOVE to start a routine like this. Their walks/runs are too infrequent, according the them! Glad I came upon your blog!

    • AdventureJess says

      Thanks for stopping by. There is a lady in our neighborhood who walks her cat on a leash. I am a dog walker and one of my clients has a cat that always follows us for the first few blocks. You’re right…neither walk for 30 minutes though :)
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