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It’s Time to Stop Trying to be Accepted

Today’s 43 was one of my favorite kinds – a combo move!!!  This one worked my lower body, upper body and core (balance) – it was awesome!!!

I did a side lunge –

lunge right
lunge right

and then pushed off my right foot to a knee lift with a shoulder press –

press to right knee up with shoulder press
press to right knee up with shoulder press

After completing 43 on my right side, I had to switch sides!! 

ready for 2nd side
ready for 2nd side
lunge left
lunge left
knee up with shoulder press
knee up with shoulder press

By the end I was really feeling this move.  I used a 10 pound dumbbell and my shoulders were burning plus I was breathing hard since I combined upper and lower body.

I decided to take the day off from working out – I’m hoping to get in a couple of long runs this next week so I need to rest my legs a little.

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Last night we went to church (it’s been awhile!) and the message was really good!!  The main point was that we don’t have to try so hard to be accepted because we have already been accepted just the way we are!!

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What a freeing thought to know that we are fine as we are and don’t have to try to fit any set mold or preconceived idea of what we “should” be.  I think it is easy to becomes so focused on trying to be the person that we think others want us to be that we lose sight of who we really are.

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We need to remember that what we do, what we wear, where we live – none of those things are what really matter.  The person that we are is what matters and what makes us special!!!

And, because we are accepted for who we are, we need to accept others.  Everyone is worth love, kindness and respect!!!

Screen shot 2013-08-11 at 8.39.25 AMA simple friendly gesture can go a long way in helping someone around us feel accepted!  The majority of people want to feel accepted by others and sometimes a little kindness and respect on our part is all it takes to help them.

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When we truly respect other people it is obvious in the way we treat them!

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This was a powerful lesson for me and one that I plan to remember every day!  There have been many times when I have felt that I had to do something to be accepted but really I just need to be me and treat ALL those around me with respect, kindness and love.

Screen shot 2013-08-11 at 9.04.24 AMHappy Sunday!!!


Beltin’ It Out

Today’s 43 was s single arm bicep curl while lifting the opposite knee.

start (looking rough this morning!!)
start (looking rough this morning!!)
curl - keep knee up the entire time
curl – keep knee up the entire time

After 43 reps with my right arm I had to switch and get my left arm.

little shaky on the balance
little shaky on the balance

Not sure why I’m looking so cranky for the pictures this morning – must have been really focused!!!  I like this type of move because even though the focus was my bicep, keeping my knee up was a great balance challenge/core work!!!

I taught 2 boot camp classes this morning:  6 am (backyard) & 7 am (beach).  Today’s workout was quite a bit harder on the beach – lots of lateral and forward moving and the sand really upped the challenge!!

I’m enjoying the boot camp classes both for the workouts and the great company!!!  I hope that all of the people who have come this week feel the same!!!  :Happy:

I also did Insanity Asylum – Back to Core.  This one really forces me to push myself outside of my normal comfort zone because some of those back moves are hard – hopefully this will help my pull-ups!!!Screen shot 2013-06-06 at 8.42.51 PM

Yesterday morning I drove to Kansas City (about an hour from here) to go to a funeral for a good friend’s Dad.  I was in the car by myself and might have looked a little bit like Chris Farley and David Spade (love Tommy Boy!!!).  

I can’t carry a tune to save my life but that doesn’t stop me from singing full volume when I’m driving by myself!!!  Sometimes there is even some head bopping to go along with the singing – I’m sure I look like a crazy lady driving down the road!!!  

I had my iPhone hooked in so that I could listen to some of my favorite songs and artists.Screen shot 2013-06-06 at 8.46.14 PMA little Toes, Highway 20 Ride and Chicken Fried!!!Screen shot 2013-06-06 at 8.49.45 PM
One of my all time favorite singers!!!  And when he teams up with Alan Jackson, what’s not to love?  It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

And, Shania Twain better look out cause I can belt this song out with the best of them:

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There was a bit of old school music thanks to Run DMC:

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Plenty of country thanks to the Dixie Chicks and Gretchen Wilson (Redneck Woman)!!

Little bit of Kid Rock cause singing about summertime always makes me happy!!!

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Music makes me happy (even with my lack of any sort of musical ability) – singing in the car by myself or in the kitchen while I fix dinner (although I don’t tend to belt it out quite as loud in the kitchen because the boys sort-of make comments if I do) who cares if I am in tune or the right key or whatever – I just sing!!!  Sometimes I get carried away when I’m running and sing along – never a good thing because I’m sure it is louder than I think since I have earphones in!!!  Classy!!!

Yesterday at the funeral, my friend talked a little about her dad and then she played a song which was actually a recording of her singing (hard to sing at your parent’s funeral).  The song – His Eye Is on the Sparrow.Screen shot 2013-06-06 at 9.10.02 PM

While I was listening to the song, 2 lines grabbed me:

I sing because I’m happy,

I sing because I’m free.

And that’s why I belt out songs like I’m part of the Glee cast – because I’m HAPPY!!!  And even if I’m not happy when I start singing, I usually am by the time I stop!!

Anyone else get a little carried away when you start singing in the car/shower/while you run or wherever else? 

Happy Fun Friday!!!