I finished the Great Cycle Challenge at the end of last month and kicked both my km and $ goals! In total I rode 331km and raised $278. I've kept up the regular rides with an average of 75km or more each week.
I've been topping that up with a few gym classes (body pump and cx worx -ouch!-) and some hoola hooping with my new weighted fithoop at home too. I just stick on a record and swing my hips, it's fantastic fun.
I'm feeling fitter than I have since before having kids. My posture has improved, my legs are stronger and my core strength is improving but after 3 pregnancies it's going to take some time.
I bought myself a Jawbone UP back in September which has been great motivation. It's a device that you wear on your wrist which records your daily steps and various workouts, your sleep routine and food log. I'm more conscious of my routine and challenge myself to do more steps, bike rides and workouts I also came to realise I eat too much wheat (bread in particular) and sugar (in tea and coffee) and not enough fruit so have been making an effort to change that too.
If you struggle to stay on track with a regular exercise routine and healthy eating I suggest you invest in the Jawbone UP. You can add friends as team members and view each others progress, which really just makes you more competitive and more likely to exercise more and eat better!
My neighbour is currently riding from Mount Gambia to Geelong on The Great Victorian Bike Ride and suddenly my efforts seem very small in comparison. I'm off to the gym!