Today is Day 4 of my personal 21 day challenge and it is now going well. My long time friend Amanda and J are the two people who inspired me to start doing this exercise, vitamin, eating better thing in the first place. I just wanted to tell ya’ll thanks! 🙂
First I didn’t get much sleep last night because B woke up at just before 3am and didn’t want to go back to sleep for an hour and a half!! Then at 7:30 am, I was woken up to the entire truck shaking (J doing special pushups) and that woke B up too. Needless to say my day didn’t start out so super. I was exhausted, dehydrated (it’s been really warm every night), with dry eyes (because to keep the heat down we have a fan blasting all night, but it helps! Yay!) and mildly disoriented (probably lack of sleep). But I was determined to stick with my challenge. So I gathered up my clothes and vitamins and electronics in need of charging and headed over to the Dollhouse (the guest house where we are parked) to try and get my day going in a better direction. I quickly scrambled up some eggs for the family, taxied it back to the truck and went back to the Dhouse. After scanning through a few ideas for what to do with my workout today, I finally stumbled upon Spark People. It looked like something that might work for me, so I signed up for free using my facebook account and got started. I haven’t had a chance to look really indepth yet, but it looks like a promising site. I did the 12 minute Low Impact Cardio Workout to get warmed up and then started their Day 2 Boot Camp Video. The printable version is really great too if you don’t have streaming video capabilities or just want to reference it later. After watching the Day 2 video, I got an idea! I thought, it would be cool to incorporate this into a AMRAP 10 minute workout for myself today. So that’s what I did! I stopped the video just before the stretches and made a few adjustments to one of the exercises and added 2 more exercises and Viola! My very first workout was created. Here’s the breakdown for those of you who would like to try it. Maybe I’ll get gutsy and have J video me doing the actual workout later this week. It was really fun, easy enough for a beginner and made me sweat like crazy!
Dashaina’s Workout #1
AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible)
One Round Included the Following 6 exercises, 10 reps each:
Wide Leg Squats – 10
Wide Leg Squats w/ Heel Pop and Drop – 10
Pushups – 10
R/L Hip Extension Holding Chair – 10 each side
Knee Huggers – 10
Seated Double Knee Extention with Abduction – 10
I was able to complete 4 rounds and 3 exercises. It was fun and simple enough for me, a beginner. I’m now inspired to make my workout for tomorrow!.
It’s Day 2 of this 21 day Challenge I’ve presented to myself and those of you who wanted to join me. This challenge is not meant for you to have to do the same things as I’m doing, it’s about challenging yourself to start something you’ve been putting aside for the longest time, but something that you really need to start doing. Like that art project you’ve been meaning to spend time working on. Or that room you’ve been meaning to reorganise and clean up, so you can have a real craft room. This challenge is meant to get you to start creating a habit and sticking to it. But a habit that will help you get to your goal of having a super amazing life! It’s about creating a habit and keeping that habit and then getting through those things that always seem to be put off till tomorrow.
I challenge you to find 3 things in your life that you’ve been meaning to start doing on a daily basis that can benefit you in 3 fundamental ways. They should help improve your mind, body and spirit. Those are the things J is always talking about in his ABC club. If you are having trouble thinking of what that could be as I did, let’s brainstorm some ideas.
For example we know what my 3 things are:
Consciously exercising on a daily basis (body /spirit)
Taking my B vitamins on a daily basis (mind/spirit)
*Making better food choices (body/spirit/mind)
You’re 3 things may be the same, but may be completely different as I mentioned before. Perhaps you want to start meditating for 2 minutes everyday for a week and then increase it by 2 minutes ever week until you are consciously meditating for 15 minutes. Or however you want to increase, could be daily you add a minute until you reach your goal. Perhaps your goal is to start walking/running for 30 consecutive minutes. These ideas would help your body and spirit.
The subject I want to talk about today will help improve your spirit and mind. Let’s talk about opening your mind and how this plays into the challenge. Maybe there is someone in your life you are close to who doesn’t believe in the same things you do. What do you do when this happens? Most people I’ve seen or spoken to do one of three things.
- They get really upset and start trying to figure out ways to get that person to change their opinions in a violent manner. (not necessarily a physical violence, this could be emotional or mental too!!)
- They stop talking to the person all together and cut them out of their lives.
- They embrace the person for who they are and try to see things from this new unknown and unfamiliar perspective.
More often than not, it’s one of the first two things. But I want to challenge you to start actively practising the third. This is hard for most people, because we are raised in a culture that embraces similiarity and conformity. If you’re different you’re not accepted and pushed out of the herd, so to speak. If you disagree you are cast out of the family and cut off from all those who were supposed to love you.