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2020 Fitbos Challenge

Wow! Can you imagine it’s the FIFTH annual Fitbos challenge?!?


Here are some FAQs about the challenge:

What is the #Fitbos20 challenge?  Set your own workout hours goal for the year, make that goal public by entering it on the first sheet at At the bottom, you’ll notice tabs for each month. This is where you can enter your daily workout times (if you’d rather enter them by week, just put the week’s totals in for one day). The front sheet should update your times.  Remember to put your yearly goal in as hours and your daily workout time in as minutes.

What if I want to do something other than hours, like miles or steps or pushups?
The spreadsheet is set up to convert minutes to hours. For each month, in cell 7 in your column, simply delete the “/60” part of the formula.

How did this start? In 2015, for some reason, I signed up for #500milesin2015. I made it (and did a 10K!) but not without some “knee awareness.” I wanted to still have a yearly goal but be able to vary the workouts, so I started a google spreadsheet in 2016. Each year I always end up slacking for the first half and then amping it up for the last quarter, but I have made my goals!

What should my goal be? I’m doing 200 because it’s (a) 2020 and (b) I’m crazy. Some people are doing 52 hours, some people are doing 314. I try to find the line between possible and believable and that is something different for everyone. We don’t judge.

What counts? We’re not the exercise police. If you think it counts, count it. My rule of thumb is, “Am I not sitting on my butt when I rather would be?” Hiking? Of course. Snow-shoveling? I’ve heard that such a thing is actually quite the workout. Dance-vacuuming? Hey, if you break a sweat and have a clean house, double bonus! Walking around the school during your planning period? Great way to get in some extra minutes and get re-energized! I personally do a mix of walking the dogs when the weather is nice and youtube videos and DVD’s from Jessica Smith when the weather isn’t. I also recently upped my game and started working out with Sydney Cummings-she posts a new video each day!

What if something doesn’t work on the spreadsheet? Yes, I was lazy and just made a copy of last year’s and did some tweaking, so there may be some wonkiness left over. Just shoot me a tweet (I don’t check blog comments very often) and I’ll try to get it sorted!

What if I’m a fitbit user? Sarah Martin (@Sarah3Martin) has a fitbit fitbos challenge group. You can give her your info and she will add you to the group for weekly challenges if you need more (or different) motivation.

What do I get when I complete my goal? Your hours turn green and you get a monthly shout-out on Twitter from me on or about the 5th of each month. As a new added bonus, if you finish your yearly goal, you get to sign up early for next year, meaning you can get a prime column! 🙂  (If you don’t get a prime column this year, some people like to color/fill their name to make it easier to find. Or you could make your own copy of the spreadsheet, put yourself in column B, then just copy and paste your times at the end of the month to the group sheet.)

Who completed the 2019 challenge? Congrats to:

Shelly (@shelleycarranza ) 152 hours (102%)
Tina (@TPalmer207) 126 hours (101%)
Shelli (@druinok) 135 hours (100%)
Kristina (@kqb) 160 hours (102%)
Dave (@daveLanovaz) 185 hours (100%)
Brett (@ParkerMathEd) 100 hours (100%)
Mary Anne (@mahiker) 422 hours (!!) (105%)
Becca (@rphillipsmath) 152 hours (102%)
Jennifer (@hhsmath) 190 hours (100%)
Megan (@megandubee) 242 hours (101%)
Kristen (@fouss) 188 hours (104%)
Danielle (@daniellereycer) 179 hours (120%)
Adrianne (@a_schindy) 52 hours (100%)
Me! 156 hours (104%)

What does it feel like to complete your #fitbos goal?


And to answer your final question, “where do I sign up again?!

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