by Melanie Chisnall

26 week challenge
27 week challenge
Committed to getting stronger & healthier by 1 January 2022.
26 week challenge


Behind this challenge

Before the pandemic, life was great. I felt healthy, happy, and confident. But, after months without parkruns and baking endless chocolate muffins, I started feeling uncomfortable. Like many of us, I picked up a bit of “lockdown weight” and I’ve been struggling to lose it ever since.

I lost my Dad very suddenly earlier this year, and it’s been a harsh wake-up call to take better care of my health.

Enter this personal challenge.

Ten years ago, I lost 10kgs. I know that if I put my mind to something, I can do it. But I also have a habit of not following through on certain things, especially if the going gets tough.

This challenge is as much a mental one, as it is a physical one. When I feel physically comfortable and strong (and my jeans fit properly), my mental health improves and so does my confidence.

I was in two minds about sharing this challenge so openly. But I know I’m not the only one struggling with motivation to exercise and keep at it. Accountability and seeing progress along the way is where it’s at!

Weekly progress updates

I’ll be updating a short summary here each week, so feel free to follow along – or join me!


Here we go.


  • WEEK 1: 28 June – 2 July: I committed to doing 30 minutes of Daily Burn workouts five days a week. Found myself looking forward to the kickboxing and dancing workouts. Made the mistake of looking at the scale, which inspired this challenge.
  • WEEK 2: 5-11 July: I’m already starting to see and feel progress. Replaced my morning coffee with a warm drink (apple cider vinegar, molasses, honey, and lemon juice) – really good. Still had takeout, but ordered a small pizza instead of a large. This was a good week!
  • WEEK 3: 12-18 July: Invested in a yoga ball and ventured out for a few extra walks and a trip to the gym to shake things up. Continued with Daily Burn and weekday morning 7-minute workouts. Even with the odd take-out, I’ve finally managed to lose that first kilo. YAY!
  • WEEK 4: 19-25 July: Oops. This wasn’t a great week for healthy eating… Or working out every day. Never mind, I’m READY for this week ahead – workouts planned and healthy goodies ordered. Reminding myself –  it’s not about falling off the bandwagon, it’s about getting back up and not giving up! #letsgo