How's It Working Out? Daily Exercise Challenge


How’s It Working Out?  Daily Exercise Challenge – 012


In this episode 012, In this episode, we discuss how things are going with our exercise Challenge 2 weeks in. Jenny wasn’t feeling well for this recording but toughed it out as we discussed whether or not we are competitive and how that serves us!  I also share my love for NFL Football and the New York Jets and Jenny is loving her socks in the cooler weather.


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What You’ll Hear (and don’t want to miss!)


1:41:  We review how the monthly challenge of daily exercise is going so far and any challenges that have come up

3:20: Habits Corner:  On this episode, our online pretend best friend Gretchen Rubin has done a bunch of the work for us and has created a pdf of all of her habits advice regarding exercise in one space.  We share it here.

7:16: Who Are You Anyway?  Today’s question is:  “Are you motivated by competition”?

9:39: What Are You Diggin’ Lately?  Peggy is diggin’ NFL Football and Jenny is loving her socks in the cooler weather.

12:51: You Win or You Learn: Jenny’s win is related to daily exercise.  She’s doing it!!  Peggy’s learn is about taking on the daily exercise challenge during a particularly busy time.

15:46: We wrap it up for this week and encourage you to keep moving with the daily exercise challenge.  Join us in the Facebook group for some accountability for your workouts through the month of September and join us next week for our book report on Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey, MD.


Resources + Links Mentioned in This Episode:


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Facebook Group: Share your workouts here!!

Gretchen Rubin’s resource page where you can find the pdf about habit tips for exercise

NFL Football

New York Jets

Book:  Spark by John J. Ratey, MD.


Key Quotes:


“Despite a rocky start, I’m doing well. I think between getting my expectations in check for how much exercise I would commit to and the act of physically just getting started, I am now feeling the momentum, and it’s starting to feel like a regular part of my routine”. – Jenny discussing her new exercise routine

“I definitely want to win but not at the expense of others. As I’ve gotten older, competition, especially as it relates to big life goals, matters less to me.  I’m more interested in getting to the arbitrary (of sorts) finish line that I’ve created for myself and I’m less interested in what others are doing”. -Peggy discusses how competition fits into her life.


Share your thoughts… We’d love to hear from you!


What was your biggest takeaway or insight from this episode? Are you joining us for daily exercise this month?  We want to know if you are playing along!  Post your daily exercise on the socials using #theimprovementproject.  Leave us a comment or just come and say ‘Hi’ on the socials.  I’m on Instagram and Twitter and Jenny is on Twitter.  You can always get our attention by using the hashtag #TheImprovementProject

We also have a Facebook group. Come over and ask to be added to the group to join in on the habits conversation! This month, I’ll be posting my daily workouts here and I’d love to see yours too!

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The Improvement Project podcast is hosted by Dr. Peggy Malone and Jenny Couse.  Peggy is a health care provider who encourages her patients every day to create better habits associated with their health and wellness.  She is wife to John and mom to fur baby Calvin the fat orange cat.  Dr. Peggy is also a human being on a mission to create better habits for herself and by doing so, she hopes to inspire others to take up the challenge with her!  Jenny is a marketing professional in the international trade sector.  She and her husband Jeff are parents to hilarious 5 year old Ethan.  Her year of monthly habit resolutions in 2015 piqued her interests in how habits are created and best kept.

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Until next time,


Let’s get to work on improving your most important project.  That’s YOU!  Stay focused and get after it!

Thank you so much for listening.

Big Love,

Peggy and Jenny