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?

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A Non-Denominational Kind of Lent

I was on the Lululemon blog, reading up on goal setting, when I encountered this idea. The idea that I can have 30 days of “Lent,” despite the fact that I have no religious affiliation. That’s because this Lent of which I speak does not involve the kind of self-denial that a church might recommend. Instead, the effort is about committing to something for 30 days, whether that involves a dose of healthy self-denial or not. It’s the 30 day challenge with a catchier name-YES. I have actually known that I wanted to take on the whole 30 day challenge thing (or in my case, Lent thing) even before my peruse thru the Lululemon blog. I think it can be a great avenue for new discoveries, and it’s a simple way to make life a little more interesting! Here are just a few of the challenges I have considered taking on:

  • Take at least one photo every day
  • Study a topic you would like to master each day
  • Wake up early each day
  • No complaining for 30 days
  • Cook a meal each day
  • Write down what I am grateful for each day

However, these are just possibilities, of course! This list could go on! (Ultimately, I chose to start with Danne’s idea to be a bookworm for a month). I had initially wanted to take on a few challenges all at once, but I was quickly overwhelmed by the thought of it all. So, I finally started off with one, and that’s what I would recommend for anyone else who wants to get started with this.  Begin with one. The last thing you want to see happen is that you gave up all your challenges, because you couldn’t keep up with them. Just get your feet wet, then see where it takes you! Anyway, don’t they say that multi-tasking is truly inefficient? Interested in a 30 day challenge? Tell me, what sort of things might you like to try?