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.
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:
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!