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Use It or Lose It

I decided to use my bands for the 44 today  – I did a leg abduction with the resistance of the bands.  

I only did one side for this demo – but you can sort-of see that I stepped on the band with my stationary leg to get the resistance.  Besides working my thighs and hips, this is a great balance challenge (I wobbled a lot and had to tap my toe/foot a lot!).  And, of course, I did 44 with each leg!

Then I pulled out one of my favorite workouts – Les Mills Combat – Combat 60 Live – Ultimate Warrior’s Workout.  This workout is awesome because just when you think your legs can’t handle another rep, you switch over to punching again!!!  The hour flies by in a sweaty blur!!!

Screen shot 2013-11-19 at 6.53.17 AMI’m sure that everyone has heard the phrase “Use it or Lose it” many times before.  I think it’s true in lots areas of our lives – fitness, knowledge, some insurance plans, vacation days…

We all know how hard it is to achieve the level of conditioning/strength that we want to be at and many of us have seen how quickly those gains can deteriorate when we can’t work out because of injury, illness or whatever other reason.

Screen shot 2013-11-19 at 6.51.38 AMI think another area that we can quickly “lose it” is our brain power!!!  

Yesterday Jordan was talking about the Trojan War and the guy who suggested that they get in the horse (I can’t remember his name!).  He said, “Didn’t you learn all of this in school?” Ummm…Yes – like 30 years ago!!!  And, I’ve never used it since!

There was a time (in grad school and for a few years after) that I could do a thorough observation of the entire human body, palpating and naming each bone, tendon and ligament as I went.  Now, I can name and identify only a very few of those because it has been 20 years since I really studied and applied all of that knowledge.

Sometimes I look back at all the years I spent in school and wonder how hard it would be to re-learn all that I’ve forgotten.  

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Maybe I should work on actually using some of the information that I’ve learned over the years so that by the time I’m 70 I have at least a little knowledge of something left!!!

What have you lost because you haven’t used it?  (please tell me I’m not the only one!!!)

Happy Tuesday!!!  I’m going to try to learn and apply at least one thing today!!!




For today’s 43 I actually worked my legs a little!  I used this band:

figure 8 band
figure 8 band

I put the band on my right foot and held the other end with my right hand and did a side leg abduction while doing a cross-body curl.

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It wasn’t super pretty (and I had to tap my toe after every rep to keep my balance) but at least I was able to get a little bit of leg action!!  And, you know, this was the kind of 43 that had to be repeated on the other leg to keep things semi-balanced!!!

Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.31.44 PMYesterday I was a little short with both of the boys at different points during the day and later I felt really bad about it – they hadn’t done anything wrong – I just didn’t have any patience.  I apologized and since they understood, I tried to forget about it but sometimes it is hard to let go of things.

We all make mistakes – I probably make at least 10-100 every day!!!  Some are small and don’t affect any one but myself and others are bigger.Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.37.08 PM

When Hunter was younger (1st and 2nd grade), he really struggled with making mistakes.  He wanted to do things exactly right the first time and didn’t want to even attempt things that he felt like he might mess up on.  I think this is something that many adults (like me) struggle with constantly.Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.32.42 PM

It took time but eventually he has learned that mistakes are a very natural part of life and we all make them – and make them often.  He finally realized that he could actually make a mistake, learn from it and move on.Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.32.05 PM

I think that fear of making a mistake (or failing) often holds us back from really achieving greatness.  It is hard to  put yourself out there and risk being wrong or feeling/looking stupid.  But the reward can be so great when you succeed!!Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.32.26 PM

When you really think about it, life would be boring without mistakes.  If we always got things right the first time – YUCK – what would be the point of trying new things?!Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.36.08 PM

When I look back at my life so far, I realize that some of the bigger mistakes I made could have had far worse consequences than they did. (Let’s just say I used poor judgement for an entire semester of grad school!)  Thankfully, I was able to learn from my many mistakes and move on!Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.34.31 PMI think that some lessons have to be learned the hard way for all of us.Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.34.53 PMEven though I make more mistakes than I would like to (in every aspect of my life), I will just keep on trying (and hopefully learning)!  Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.33.17 PM

I will keep asking forgiveness when necessary and also keep trying to forgive myself (much harder!!).  I know that today (and tomorrow and the next day….) I will never be perfect.  But that’s OK!!Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.33.57 PMI think one of the best things that my boys (all of us, for that matter!) can learn is it is OK to fail because it shows that you were trying!!!Screen shot 2013-05-05 at 9.22.31 AM


Do you beat yourself up over little mistakes or just shake it off and keep trying?

Happy Sunday and Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!