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Staying True to My “Why”

Today’s 44 was a great one to get my heart rate up quickly!!!  I did a squat thrust with 4 plank jacks.  Instead of standing in between each rep, I just jumped my knees in and back out because I wanted this to be a shoulder burner!!!

This isn’t quite as hard as burpees but pretty close!!!

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I started blogging exactly 1.5 years ago today.  
365 days of Daily 43s and 182 days of Daily 44s = 547 consecutive days of a daily move and writing a blog post.

When I first started blogging, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing!  I just knew that I wanted to use my blog to document my daily moves!!!  

The first month or two that I blogged, all I wrote about was the exercise of the day and maybe a line or two about something else.  

Slowly, I realized that I could do more than just write about whatever “daily” move I completed and I started to make this space more personal.  I also started following more and more blogs and over time developed actual relationships with some incredible bloggers!!

Screen Shot 2014-03-16 at 8.42.53 AMI think that the blogging community is what keeps me logging in to my little blog space every single day!!!  I love reading other blogs and sharing our lives through comments back and forth!!!

Screen Shot 2014-03-16 at 8.41.46 AMLately, I have been struggling to read and comment as much as I want to while keeping up with my blog and my actual daily life!  I don’t want to compromise the reason behind my blog because I am still very much committed to doing 44 reps of whatever daily move I pick.

Screen Shot 2014-03-16 at 8.57.41 AMI have been trying to figure out how to customize my blog without compromising my intent behind blogging.  My goal has never been to make money from this or to have the most views or anything other than just to be me.  The online friendships were something that I didn’t even know would happen and I feel blessed beyond measure to have “met” so many great people.

I think I have a plan for my blog going forward that will help cut down on some of my stress (I don’t want blogging to be a source of stress) and still allow me to stay true to why I started this in the first place.

Screen Shot 2014-03-16 at 8.58.56 AMI think ultimately, it is about being true to ourselves (in every aspect of our lives) and that is what I want to do!!!

Happy Sunday!!!


I Have a Secret to Share

Today for my 44 I used my step(s) and did some decline plank jacks!

The set-up with the steps – 


I put my feet on the taller of the 2 (it is 8″) and my hands on the other (6″).

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sorry another mirror shot

I “jacked” my feet off and on x 44.  This was a fun way to do a plank hold and get my heart rate up!!!

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feet off

Hard to take pictures while holding a 1 arm plank but you get the idea!!!

I’m trying to increase my mileage (without being too crazy!) so I ran again today.  Just putting in miles – trying to learn to run slow (I tend to get impatient) and not so hard because I know that is the best way to be able to run more often (for me!).

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I keep reading about body image and people who want to make changes in their diets and exercise habits to change their bodies (which is completely fine!).

But, I can say in all honesty that I really do like my body just the way it is.

And, you know what?  It has nothing to do with having a six pack – I know I have one somewhere, I just keep it safely covered up.  It has nothing to do with a perfect butt – mine will never be the super cute shape.  Basically  there isn’t any of me that is perfect.

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And when you really think about it, we all have a different definition of the “perfect” body anyway.  Some people think that perfect is super skinny, some like curves and some (me) prefer strong!!!

I love my body because it is strong and healthy and lets me do the things I love.

I ask it to let me run 5 fast miles and my legs manage to pick up the pace and kick it into gear.  Some days I really push by body and ask it to run more than 40 miles and it will usually somehow find a way to get it done.

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There are days that I think there is no possible way I will be able to accomplish everything I need to but somehow my body finds a way to make it happen.

I love my body because it allowed me to have 2 babies who are now closer to men than babies!!!

There are still nights where I look in the mirror before bed and think, “time to make a change.”   (I know that Chris is nodding his head right now because he is the one who hears that on occasion!!!)

But on most days – I love the body that I’ve been given and that I have worked hard to make as strong and healthy as possible!!!

Do you love your body for the things it allows you to do every single day?

Happy Monday!!! Ha Happy Monday!!!  It was supposed to be back to school but they cancelled all of the area schools last night due to extreme cold, blowing snow and icy roads.  So, the boys can help me finish putting up the Christmas stuff!!!  (I know they are excited!)



Today’s 43 was one of the most difficult that I have done in awhile.  I think it is because it has been 10 (long) days since I ran or did any cardio at all and it shows!!!

The move – plank jacks.  In the plank position, (because clearly I didn’t get enough of that yesterday!)  jack your feet (jump them open and closed like a regular jumping jack).  I did 10 jacks = 1 rep.  (If math is not your thing, that is 430 jacks!!!!!)  This move requires cario endurance plus strength to hold yourself in plank for a LONG time.

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It was good to get a little cardio and technically, this wasn’t a true weight bearing exercise (at least not on my hip!).  But, YIKES!!!  I was sucking air big time.  Hunter said, “It’s only been about a week since you ran.”  10 days, brother!!  That is a long, long time and when you are my age (43) the you lose it a lot quicker!

Usually, I write this after I have finished my entire work-out for the day.  However, I have a couple of things I have to do this morning and then I’m subbing this afternoon (for Hunter’s homeroom teacher!!!) so I’m doing my post with the intention of still squeezing in some pilates later.  Even if I can’t do all 3 sections, I will get some pilates in!

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This seemed appropriate today. If you don’t try – you won’t succeed! (Plus, Michael Jordan is one of my all-time favorites!)

I can’t wait to be in Hunter’s class (and I’m sure he feels the same way!).  Tonight is all about Algebra – several hours of tutoring tonight – almost time for semester finals!!!

Happy Thursday!!


11:25 Pick your Spot Pilates: belly, butt & thighs – Done!!!   Now I can enjoy my afternoon with 6th graders!!!