58 Day Challenge

The 58-Day Challenge

I‘m taking a page out of the Life Book of one of our coaches and dear friend, Randy Lane

Ever since I’ve known Randy—which has been a LONG time—he’s always amazed me with his personal challenges and discipline. Every year he will pick a month and choose a challenge. I think his first challenge was giving up bread for a month. Since then he’s given up alcohol, soda, sweets, carbs etc all for a month at a time.

He just turned 50 and set his goal to run 50 miles! He woke up early a couple weekends back and ran 30 miles, took an ice bath and then he ran the final 20—all in one day! I have always marveled at his discipline and commitment to his word.

I have given up things before (like I don’t drink alcohol during competition season), but it’s never been a proclamation of the commitment. It’s always been more of just something I do… without the proclamation I can choose to change my mind at any time.

I got up this Saturday morning and thought, “Dang it, it would have been fun to commit to doing something for the 58 days leading up to my 58th birthday—too bad I didn’t think of this sooner.”

As I was driving to Pilates I started doing the math and dang it… if it’s not exactly 58 days until my 58th birthday! So… here I go.

I am going to do some sort of workout every day for the next 58 days.

There… I said it. I proclaimed it! Aghhhhh the pressure!!!

Already I’m starting to think of all of the excuses I can come up with: What if I get sick? What if I’m not some place I can work out? What if I’m traveling and its just too hard to do something.


I’ve actually had a warm-up period the past few days—Wednesday was circuit training in the park with the amazing Marco Reed, trainer at Get Beyond Fit and friend of a friend. Thursday was Salsa class—again with the amazing Marco. Friday was Springboard Pilates, which I was pathetic at because my legs and calves were fried from Salsa.

Those three days were my warm-up. Today I took a normal Pilates class (legs and calves are still fried), but I pushed through it. Yay me! Here we go………

Day 1: ✔️

Anyone out there care to add your own 58 day challenge with me?

To keep with my proclamation I will update my progress each day on Instagram.

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What a great challenge, Miss Val! Once you’ve committed to doing it, you will, esp if it leads up to your birthday. It’s a fun goal. I ‘ve done this for many years aiming to run or now jog/walking the number of miles equaling the years of my birthday in a defined time leading up to it. It’s so special when I hit that mileage which I’ve kept track on with my garmin which I wouldn’t turn off until I hit my birthday. As I’ve gotten older, it’s taken me longer to reach my mileage goal but that’s ok….I make… Read more »
I wish I had seen your post 14 days ago! I have been going through a bit of a rough patch and I am sure that if I complete the 44 day challenge with at least 30 minutes of exercise each day (which I will, and I hope to keep it going for another 14 days at the end!) it will boost my confidence a little and give me a perhaps needed sense of accomplishment. One of my recent thoughts, which I have been trying to put into practice, is finding ways to use what I would call negative energy… Read more »

Aaahhhh…..I’ve slacked on posting every day. Yesterday was a walk with my dog (which should also count as resistance training), some light arm exercises, drank one gallon of water, and did a few random acts of kindness.

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Hi Miss Val! Thanks so much for all your musings. I’d love to join your challenge. Your musing about the desert really resonated. I think changes will be coming in my life this fall and I’m going to be facing my version of the desert. In order to prepare for navigating those changes, I think I need to be in the best physical and mental shape possible – so this challenge is timed perfectly. My goals are to work out every day (even a short workout helps) and to make better food choices (and hold myself accountable by tracking them).… Read more »

I’m trying to get better at reading my bible each day. It remained closed for a couple of years, and now I’m trying to open it and read it every day. I had a bit of a wobble depression wise last week, and I’ve missed some days as a result.

I think maybe I need to make a commitment to going outside even for just a short walk every day.


Hey, Laurie. I can sure relate to the depression. Getting outside helps so much, as does The Bible. I’d be happy to share my daily devotions &/or encourage you to get outside.


58 day challenge
Day 1: two one minute planks, picking 15 lbs of fruit, and drank a gallon of water

Any one else care to share their day?

Awesome plan! I actually was starting daily exercise and also started a daily program just the other day to learn how to pray more deeply based on being rooted in a Bible verse a day, but like you said, I announced this to no one, so it would have been easy to quit if I weren’t putting it out here. Although I have to admit, my birthday is also in August, and I turn 39, so it did occur to me that maybe I could just do 39 days? 🙂I’ll try to follow everyone’s example and be all in for… Read more »
Sarah Spanos

Sounds great Miss Val,(Nouna)! I am going to join the 58 day challenge.

Elizabeth Rosendorf
Go Miss Val!!! You can do it. I’ll join you on the 58 day challenge but some days my workouts will just be some sit-ups, planks, and other resistance training I can do on my own for 10-15 minutes. I love days when I can devote a full one to two hours to yoga/dance but it’s really only possible to do that two or three times per week. It’s realistic to do something small on the days when I can’t do a big group class though, and I’ve heard those smaller workouts add up. This will be great for my… Read more »
Mary Lee

Turning 58 too!! I’m #allin