the challenge for the week and some “side dishes”

26 Nov

Good morning everyone! (<— yep, I’ve been behind all day!)

Yesterday, I forgot I had to work today for a few hours.  I kept thinking it was another relaxing day of VACATION!  Did you all have a good break?  Mine was nice… I ate, slept, ran, shopped and was all over social media.  It was actually pretty nice to spend some quality time on my own and with Simon.  And on twitter :)

You know what I else I did this weekend?  I signed up for this!

One of my dear gal pals Falon signed up and I basically want to do anything she does so I checked it out.  I’m glad I did – I’m really excited!  You can check out a detailed description here but it’s a program where a bunch of people (over 600) have signed up to complete a different challenge everyday and support one another.  The cool part is we are paired up (with a total of 3 different people throughout the program) with another participant and we motivate and encourage each other.  Isn’t that a neat idea?  What I love about the challenges are they are based on overall health – not simply physical fitness.  This was/is a huge selling point for me.

Another cool tidbit?  I won a roll of Rocktape from Wine to Weights!  This is a brand of KT tape and they have the cutest designs!  I am super pumped!  Thanks Rocktape and Wine to Weightlifting!

Lastly, it’s Monday so what is the challenge this week?  While I was “pinning” this weekend (oh, how I LOVE pinterest!) I saw this on the healthy page.  Here is the deal – 20-30 air squats (wherever you are at physically) before every meal.  For the purpose of this challenge, let’s do it before breakfast, lunch and dinner even if you are a grazer and don’t eat 3 specific meals.

Remember your form for air squats!  You don’t want your knees to bend in toward each other (a problem I have) and as my crossfit coach taught me, before you dip down, push your butt out – like you are closing the car door with your bum when your arms are full of groceries!  Keep your back straight, your chest out – your upper body doesn’t really move much.

Here is a demo – please ignore the speedy way they are doing them in the beginning.  It gets to some good instruction after they are done showing off a bit!

Finally, I think I mentioned I was going for the Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak!  So far so good… even yesterday when I felt like this:

truth

I felt icky and running sounded painful.  Plus, I felt like my legs were tired from the 7 miles I did Saturday.  At the last possible second before the sun went down I got out there.  Rather than the 2.5 miles I planned, I did 4!  My legs were definitely not as sore as I perceived them to be earlier and some of my icky-ness went away for the duration of the run.  Consistency is my friend!

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5 Responses to “the challenge for the week and some “side dishes””

  1. kmhoho November 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    You. Are. Fab.

  2. Tasha @ Healthy Diva November 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    I am doing #elf4health too! I thought today would be more challenging, but it wasn’t that bad. I survived!!!!! How did you do?

    • amysrecipefordisaster November 26, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

      Not bad! I totally lucked out and my work cafe had a tofu stir fry and a mushroom dish with black beans and tomatoes – amazing! Then I classed it up with a waffle for dinner :)

  3. Meagan @ Managing Meagan November 27, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    I’m doing elf3health too!!!!!!

    Um, those air sqauts are intense. How is it possible that I can go out and run a bajillion miles and yet the idea of squats makes my heart start to race in utter panic? LOL!

  4. ~jenniferlynn November 28, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Congrats on the Rocktape!! Whoo!! :)
    And oh squats hurt so good.. lol.

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