Burpees on the Hour UPDATE!!!

The month of July is already gone, and it’s been about a month since I have last posted on here. This was definitely a challenging month for me, but definitely a lot of good things to share! Be on the watch for it!

Before all that, however, I should let you know how the Burpees on the Hour challenge went, as promised.

 It was pretty awesome, but I did have my problems with it. Oh, well! That’s what made it a challenge!

Reasons why it was awesome:

  • I was way more prepared to do burpees the next time at the box. Little did they know…
  • I was inspired to look up how-to videos on the web-leading me to discover that the push-up is not required for the traditional burpee! Whaaaat!?
  • It really wasn’t so bad. And I am referring to both the workout and the challenge. Once I watched a few videos, I started focusing more on my jump and less on the push-up. Actually, I stopped incorporating the push-up completely, and just made sure my chest always touched the ground. Easy, yet still an effective workout. Also, I didn’t really think of how rarely I’d be chilling at home. I kept myself busy this month, which equated to only a few days with burpees out of the month.

Reasons why it wasn’t so awesome:

  •  Well, there was only one: monotony. While doing burpees got less challenging, they also got boring. It basically got to the point that I wanted to break my challenge, because I would feel like changing up the movement. I never actually broke it, but for next time, I am going to keep in mind to do like the blogger and her kids who switched up the exercises.

And there you have it! 🙂

Now it’s time for a new challenge. With some other projects in the way, and with the countdown to the semester already started, I totally wasn’t thinking of it. I’m going to need to come up with something soon!

How are your challenges going?

Burpees on the Hour

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So, yesterday morning I woke up to find two new blog posts in my email from some blogs that I follow.

One was about a blogger’s resolution to do “Chin Ups for Days,” which from my understanding  means that she will attempt to do the same number of chin-ups that equaled the date. So, like–one chin-up for July 1st, two for July 2nd, and so on.

The other was about another blogger’s attempt to “Every Hour on the Hour” do some sort of exercise with her kids to keep the body moving, even if they are just relaxing at home.

Now, again, I had just woken up at this time. I had grabbed my phone and checked my email out of habit, but it was still to early for me to seriously think of movement. So, I hit “like” after reading, then went on with my day.

Later that evening I was at the box, as weekday evenings are now CrossFit Prep Course time. (Yes! I’m giving this another try!) The WOD wasn’t too bad. We held our handstands, did some ring dips… But then, we had to do the dreaded burpee.

O.k. I don’t know what it is-but burpees make my soul cringe! I gave those burpees all I got yesterday, but I still couldn’t shake my dislike for the exercise. As I worked through 25, I reflected on what I had read that morning and I’ve now come up with my own resolution.

For the next 30 days, whenever I am just chilling at home, I am going to get up every hour and do the same number of burpees that correspond with the time. So, it’s 5 p.m. right now–I’ve got to get up and do five.

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Here I am checking out my stance as I go down. I am so anal retentive, I swear!

Do I really want to do burpees every hour? That last five wasn’t so bad. It’s the every hour part that sounds a little more challenging, but it’s worth it if it will make them easier.

Actually, this reminds me of  a really good quote,

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle

Perhaps by making a habit of doing them when I’m at home, my burpees will get better! I’ll certainly let you know whether they do or they don’t.

Anyway, I thought I’d share as I’ve been dying to write a “movement” related post. To be in my best shape is one of my main goals for this year and I intend to keep sharing what’s motivating me and what’s working! Hopefully, someone else also gets inspired!

Would you care to join me in my burpee challenge? What fitness challenge do  you want to take on this month? This year?

Woman’s Role

I guess I can be grateful that as a child, food to me was never about hunger. I grew up seeing a lot of hungry children having spent part of that childhood in the Philippines, but I was one of the lucky ones.

As a kid, I was always fed at set times. I don’t really have any memory of ever feeling starved. Only memories of feeling more than full. (My parents are the kind who make you eat every last grain of rice off your plate; every last spoonful of milk from your cereal).

Therefore, the feeling that I really attributed with food in those days was comfort.

When being good in Sunday school was completely painful, my only hope was that the cotton-candy man would be outside with his sweet clouds of pink and blue. In the afternoons, tired from playing outside all day, I looked forward to merienda-our afternoon snack. Usually a banana q-bananas on a skewer with caramelized sugar. And because the sun was unforgiving, I spent a lot of my earned money on tubes of ice candy.

These simple, little delights would be the role of food in my life for a long time. But as I grew a little older, I would begin to feel the need to be more involved with what I was consuming. I actually began to feel that food was MY role-being a girl, a woman in the family. In my young mind was the realization that I would eventually be the one feeding a child…a husband…

I don’t know where this idea stemmed from in my subconscious thoughts, because I hardly even saw my mother cook as a child. (In the Philippines, if you’re middle-class, the help usually prepares the food). However, I can certainly say that that same feeling of accountability still greatly affects how I think about food and cooking. (I am now studying food at university as a nutrition major).

I still have quite a long ways to go before I can have the confidence to consider myself some kind of chef, and it is quite intimidating most times, but to get there I have to continue to try!

I made a recent attempt the other day-stuffed mushrooms. I know a lot of people enjoy these, but no one ever has them unless they’re eating out! I don’t know why, because as I learned, they’re actually quite simple and inexpensive to make!

Here are some photos of the fun!

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The most time consuming part was wiping down each mushroom.

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Not bad for you! Filled with veggie goodness!

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O.k. -I guess not all veggie, but I love cheese!

As you can see, I tried to have fun. Also, I know I am studying to be a dietitian but I am not always trying to be super healthy. I want to learn technique first. But maybe next time I’ll start trying to make my own bread crumbs. I read the ingredients on that Panko stuff, and it’s unnecessarily NOT good for you!!

How about you? Any thoughts on food and cooking?