Where Do You Shine?
My son, who you see here is the first to go to the “dark side” when things don’t go his way. He doubted his readiness. He fought me on preparing for his speech. He complained about the community service that he had to do. He did all that and guess what, he kicked butt!
Sometimes we give the ones we love the hardest time. It seems the way of behavior that we “shine” in front of our peers more so than in front of those who support us. We tend to push away from those who want intimacy and walk towards those who don’t even know us.
Here is my son trying over and over to break a board. The same child that says, “I can’t make pancakes”. Go figure – Where do you shine?
Here is a great bench workout for you to try next time you think you need a gym to sweat.
50 Jumping Jacks
45 Knee Ins (Sit on the bench and bring knees in towards body and back out – Abdominal exercise)
40 Forearm Switch Lunges (Forearms on bench, Jump the feet back and forth landing in a lunge each time)
35 Walk Up and Down (Leading with same leg stepping up on the bench)
30 Hold Forearm Plank (Seconds or breaths)
25 Mountain Climbers (Your hands placed at edge of bench and knees come up to touch the bench)
20 Squat Bench Jumps (Face away from bench and make sure when your feet hit the ground you bend your knees enough to have your butt touch the bench)
15 Wide Arm Push Ups (Hands on bench)
10 Tricep Dips (Hands on bench)
5 Seconds of rest
Do You Have A Bench?
It doesn’t help you get a six pack. It doesn’t make your arms look good in a tank top. It doesn’t burn fat nor does it build muscle. Thus the reason why so many people DO NOT stretch, and power yoga doesn’t count.
If you want that six pack then you better be stretching out your torso. Your toned arms need healthy wrists, elbows and shoulders. If you want to burn fat, I hope you are injury free. If you want to build muscle your ligaments and tendons should be supple.
How can you get all this? You STRETCH! Lengthened thighs, flat back, open chest, extended arms, elongated posture – isn’t that sexy?
Is Stretching Sexy?
What happens when you are at your end? When you can’t go any further? When you aren’t able to push past it? When you feel you have given all you have and it’s still not enough?
The common quit. The average let their boundaries define them. The majority say, “It’s too much.”
The elite keep going. The best break through walls. These are the minority – these are the people who ask for help, a “spotter” for life. Who is your spotter?
Who Is Your “Spotter”?
I have yet to meet any woman who says they want more muscular calves. Growing up a petite woman my calves have been my least favorite part of my body. I would tell people that my calves would be best on a 6ft man. The other day I was doing box jumps at the gym and the mirror was to my side. I got a glimpse of those mighty lower legs and realized they were pretty darn awesome. They give my legs shape. They keep me strong. The likelihood of me getting a lower leg fracture is pretty low.
What Body Part Do You Love?
And at that moment every man around me had gastrocnemius envy. So it’s taken me 42 years of fighting my genetics but now I do love my calves.
What body part do you love on yourself?
Here it is, my sweaty dirty tank. I look at this with pride and joy. It’s a symbol of my motivation, perseverance and undeniable effort to become better.
Every time I step my foot into the gym I am wanting to be healthier. Every time I pick up a weight I want to be stronger. Every time I reach for my toes I want to be more flexible. Every time I take a deep breath I want to live to my fullest. Every time I feel my heart pound I want to love deeper.
What symbolizes your desire to be better?
Are You Better?
(If you are wondering why the shirt is dirty it’s be because I trained on an outdoor TRX and dropped to the ground many times going to failure.)
I was blessed to be invited to watch a girls high school basketball game. It was probably the best organized team sports viewing I have ever witnessed. Everyone was there for the love of the game, passion for the court.
At this game, fame and fortune was not a factor. No player was making six figures. These girls were pushing their trained bodies instead of flaunting them. They were focused on the game instead of what they look like. It was obvious they joined the team because they love to play. I watched teenage girls sweat, fall, get up and persevere for the sake of passion.
When was the last time you did something just for the passion?
Are You Passionate?
What do you do when things don’t go your way? Can you roll with the punches? Do you make the best of a situation?
Like when you are at the airport and your connecting flight is delayed, what do you do? I found myself a little spot on the floor, took the strap off my carry on bag and started stretching. It was an unexpected hour of stretching that my body definitely needed and would never have gotten if I wasn’t stuck in the airport.
One set back allowed me to do one great thing for my body. It felt so good to practice a favorite yoga pose of mine, Revolved Head to Knee (Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana).
How Flexible Are You?
I rarely ever use my Costco membership. I don’t see the need for 10lbs of pasta or 24 cups of yogurt. I went today because I wanted the 5lb bag of quinoa which interestingly, Costco was sold out of. So I browsed the rows and found a very large bag of greens for $4.49. I normally buy a small bag of this at the grocery store for $3.99. I suppose I will be heading to Costco more often.
What do you buy in bulk? Please share.
Do You Bulk Up?
Some pain cannot be seen by the naked eye. Can you see on my ankle what has caused me to stop running for a month now? No one knows what I am feeling inside or how it has affected my life.
I have adjusted my workouts and have been very strict with my diet to accommodate for lack of exercise intensity. So anyone looking at me wouldn’t know what I have been enduring.
How Do You Handle Pain?
Like many, hiding my pain has been my survival mechanism. Making adjustments to live with the pain has been another way to manage my life. I am not sure why we do this? I don’t know what makes us wired to hide pain or especially to live with it.
I know that my ankle pain will eventually go away as it is getting better and better with rest and that is what I am doing to heal myself. What are you doing with your pain? How are you healing yourself? How do you handle your pain?