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Using Muscles in New Ways…

Today for the 43, I decided to take some advice from MizFit and be a superhero.  Well,  sort-of.  I did  43 supermans today.  This is a great exercise to strengthen your back – and it actually feels pretty good!

Start by laying facedown with arms and legs fully extended.

easy part
easy part

Lift your legs up and at the same time lift your arms and pull them back so that you are really squeezing your shoulder blades.

pull arms back & hold
pull arms back & hold

Today, I held the above position for a 5-count (you can vary the amount of hold time).  This really was a nice 43.

The rest of my workout today was Les Mills Combat Combat 45 – this one has some really fun moves!!!  Besides my 27 minutes worth of wall-sits, I decided to let that be the extent of the workout today because yesterday about did me in!

It’s funny that you can think you are fit and strong but then you do an activity that you don’t normally do and BOOM – not so tough now!!  Yesterday I experienced that when I spent and hour and a half shoveling snow.

Yikes!  This is gonna be hard!
Yikes! This is gonna be hard!

Today muscles I didn’t even know I had are sore!  Who knew?!?!

Jordan used some different “muscles” yesterday, also.  He cooked dinner for us!  He wanted to do a Mexican bake and planned to just make stuff up.  I recommended that he try to find a recipe to at least partly follow.  I told him that as he cooks more he will learn to just “wing” it!!

Real men cook!
Real men cook!

So much fun to work with him in the kitchen!  And, of course, part of cooking is the clean-up!

cleaning as he goes
cleaning as he goes

He did a great job and dinner was delicious!

looks good!
looks good!

Thanks, Jordan!

Hunter uses his “mental muscles” to solve his Rubik cube:

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3 attempts – all in under a minute!!  His fastest so far is 35 seconds!  Crazy.

What muscles have you worked in a new way lately?

Happy Wednesday!



WooHoo!!!  Fun Friday started off with a great 43!!  I did a Roll & Reach!

  • Start facedown with arms and legs extended. (Every time I was in this position, I did a little Superman lift.)
  • Roll over left shoulder and immediately do a V-sit reaching fingers to toes.
  • Drop back down and roll over right shoulder – Superman again.
  • Reverse moves back to start.
The above is 1 rep.  43 was no joke!!!
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I made the demo yesterday and this morning I added on to the move from the video.  In the demo, I just did the V-sit and then rolled back to the start.  This morning I decided that was far too easy for the 43 so I added the extra steps listed above!  Much better!
I did Pick Your Spot Pilates again this morning – Belly, Butt & Thighs.  I feel sure that I will be a Pilates expert at the end of the next 8 weeks!!! (or maybe just sick of pilates – who knows?)
Goofy grin
Last night we went to Hunter’s orchestra concert at school (6th grade orchestra!!!).  It was a very nice program – you can definitely hear and see the improvement from last year’s programs!!!
Hunter on the cello

I really do like the sound of the cello and Hunter is getting quite good!

Today I get to test my musical ability (or complete lack there-of!).  I’m subbing in the music room!!  Sort-of comical because I have less than zero sense of rhythm, pitch or anything else needed in music.  (Good thing I already know that the plan is to show a video of some sort today – hope it is a good one!!!)

Happy Fun Friday!