This is a hard post to write.
Eight weeks ago I invited you to join me for a fitness challenge. Despite my loving the workouts and the entire experience, I didn't follow through as well as I had intended. I didn't do every workout, and I didn't write.
I bungled this in a big way.
This was the first time I'd ever hosted a public challenge of any kind. My intent was accountability and fun teamwork, but that's not what ended up happening (for me).
Turns out the threat of embarrassment that hangs over public accountability is NOT motivating to me. Instead, it makes me crumble and hide. I ignored my gut and followed conventional wisdom (the exact thing Christine and I advise against in Minimalist Parenting), and it shut me down.
It's not about perfectionism. I have no problem admitting mess ups or struggles. The private Facebook group set up just for class participants was perfect and I loved participating there. But it was private. By promising to write here every week I crossed a public/private line I didn't know existed for me until it was in my rear view mirror.
I'm sorry. To those of you who took the leap with me: I let you down, and I apologize.
I'm doing things differently this time.
I'm signed up for Alisa's Spring Get Strong Challenge. Her workouts are FANTASTIC and real, the support and flexible scheduling is amazing, and I want to do this again as Asha the person, not Asha of Parent Hacks or Minimalist Parenting. I'm not setting myself up with promises to report as I go. But I will be there. And I hope you will be, too.
If you'd like to join me, sign up here (registration closes Friday, April 4). The eight-week program costs $50, but Alisa is offering Parent Hacks and Minimalist Parenting readers $10 off. Enter SPRING at checkout to claim your $10 discount.
I learned a hard lesson this time. Thank you for bearing with me as I stumble along.
Disclosure: Alisa is one of my oldest and dearest friends. We don't have a professional setup going — this is just me supporting her new business, and trying my best to establish an exercise habit.