In 2011 I’m going to be 30! It’s not old, but it’s a whole new decade, and I’m excited about it. I’m not having a hard time; I still feel young (most of the time), and the only thing I’m going to miss is hearing how young people think I am. Now, when people ask my age and I respond with “20-anything,” they always say, “Oh, you’re so young.” I think I may hear that a little less.

I was trying to decide what I wanted to do to celebrate being thirty, and I decided I wanted to challenge myself. My goal is to be in the best shape of my life this year. Matt thinks this is going to be a challenge since I was pretty fit in my youth, but I’m going to try. I haven’t worked everything out. For example, I’m not sure what I’m going to base the status of my shape on–weight, BMI, etc.

I would say that I was in the best shape of my life between eighteen and twenty. But at that time I ran six miles a day and more on the weekends. I don’t do that now and don’t want to devote that much time to running at this point in my life. But that means I may not be as slender as I once was. I just don’t do as much cardio (which really helps burn fat) as I used to, but I’m ready to add more.

One thing I know is that I am going to participate in at least four physical challenges during the year. I have a handful of possibilities up my sleeve, but I’m open to suggestions–so suggest away. You should know that I don’t like swimming or bike riding, so it is unlikely that whatever I pick will involve either.

My blog in 2011 will be more about how I’m doing on my personal challenge for thirty.

But here is your challenge for this week:

Send me ideas!

What do you think should be one of my physical challenges over the course of the year?
How do you think I should determine whether I’m in the best shape of my life?