Sunday, March 30, 2014

Busy behind the scenes and the 1800 minute challenge

I have been sewing and not just sitting on my ass since the last post – though I did burn through all three seasons of Veronica Mars and watched the new movie twice, but I was mostly lying down for that. Ha.

I've been pattern testing!! Always wanted to do this and really enjoyed the experience. One for Deepika (Pattern Review) and one for Kati over at kate-and-rose. I have to wait to post about both, but will do so when they give me the go ahead. My date in the blog roll for Deepika's pattern is April 5th so check back. I don't know how many details I can give away on this one so I won't give any ;-P

I have a few more unselfish sewing projects that are going to monopolize my time for the next little while. The first two are pillows for my cousin and my mom which I should be able to knock off today and then a couple of costume dresses for the next Summer Players production: H.M.S. Pinafore.

B and I are taking a break from performing this year so I offered to sew. I got to see all of the costume sketches and they are all lovely. I'll check to see if I can share the two I'm sewing with you since some of you may be interested in period costumes... updates on these might be the motivation I need to keep working on them when I have a million other selfish sewing projects running through my head.

Another reason that B and I aren't partaking in the production this year is that we are both going to play slow pitch again. I can't even express to you how much I love playing. I realize that it's slow pitch, but I   seriously cannot stop thinking about running around that field. It's mostly due to the fact that the weather keeps teasing us with a few warm days when the snow melts and then snaps back into -20°C and a small snow storm just to keep us it's bitch.

Dreaming about outdoor physical activity brings me to the 1800 minute challenge.

I already work out pretty regularly and have completed/tried a few BeachBody programs (Chalene Extreme, Turbofire, Turbojam, P90X, T25, Insanity etc... yes, I'm a workout dvd whore and no, I didn't finish Insanity. It's insane.). Now I mix and match what I feel like doing that day/week which puts me in the perfect spot to participate in this new challenge put on by these lovely ladies: 
Erin from Living in Yellow,  Emily from The Freckled FoxAlissa from Alissa Circle, and Alycia from Crowley Party  

Here's the jist from Erin's blog: 
Starting April 1st through May 31st I am committing myself to being physically active for 1800 minutes total. If you do the math that rounds out to nearly 30 minutes a day. I love this idea because it allows me the freedom to do whatever I want, whenever I want. It doesn't mean I have to do 30 minutes everyday, but rather 45 minutes one day, zero the next, perhaps 27 the day after, and so on. Also, being physically active doesn't mean I have to kill myself but rather I can choose to take an afternoon walk, get a quick workout DVD in, lift weights, run on the treadmill, and so on. As long as I reach my 1800 minutes, I don't care how it happens.

Here's what you need to know: 

1. You will want to sign up to be a part of the challenge just so we know who is joining in on the fun (and so that you have a chance to win the amazing grand prize at the end of the sixty days). You can register here

2. Starting April 1st, you will be responsible for tracking your own progress. Don't worry, I've gotcha covered. After signing up for the challenge, you will receive a spreadsheet via email from me which will allow you to quickly track and total your minutes! 

3. Throughout the challenge use #1800MinuteChallenge on Instagram or Twitter so that those of us also participating can follow along and cheer you on. Make sure to follow @livinginyellow@alissamcircle,@thefreckledfox and @alyciagrayce for occasional workout ideas, our favorite playlists, and extra tips + tricks on how to get your 1800 minutes in! 

4. At the end of the challenge (May 31st) those of you who have completed all 1800 minutes will email me your spreadsheet []. On Monday, June 9th one winner will be drawn to receive the #1800MinuteChallenge grand prize. It's still a secret on what you will be receiving but don't worry, we will fill you in on the details as time goes on. Keep in mind that the best prize of all will be how great you feel and look at the end of the challenge. Our prizes will just be the cherry on top ;) 

Who's ready to do this thing?! 

At the moment I'm ready to bust out some pillow covers and perhaps watch the Veronica Mars movie again while I do so because god help me I have a little crush on that Logan fellow... and Piz... and a lady crush on Veronica. 
I need help.


  1. Hmmmmmmmmm...... 1800 minutes in 2 months. That seems totally doable especially since walking is included. But it's not like I want to track one more thing....i say that, though I do track my gym time on my work calendar, but not my walking time.

    My massage therapist does Insanity and honestly, it sounds terrible. I like to feel happy and alive at the end of my workouts, thankyouverymuch.

    I'm interested to see what you have pattern tested!!!

    1. Hi Kyle! Insanity is terrible, or terribly awesome depending on how you look at it. It's bloody hard on the lungs, but after one month my cardiovascular stamina increased by leaps and bounds. I got frustrated with the pushups amid the cardio-chaos – ie: I have crappy upper body strength, and the pace isn't really set up to slowly progress to a point where you can do it with good form. So naturally I got mad and quit. I am in love with turbo fire though.

      I post about Deepika's dress on the 5th... jeeze... that's tomorrow! better get on that!