I normally don’t take the bait join challenges because well, I’m frequently at a different level than the target audience. I’m not being pretentious, I just don’t need much motivation to get out the door because I enjoy getting out the door. I enjoy moving. I enjoy the time away from my screaming kids chaotic family. I enjoy quality ME time.
There are a few challenges to which I fall prey. Not so long ago, my Ragnar Relay Chicago teammate Run with Jess put on a week long series of virtual races called the Jelly Bean Virtual Race. She offered a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon & a 21K bike. I took that as a “challenge” and did all 4 events. My theory has always been “Go Big or Go Home”.
I know I’m not a snowboarder but the pic above is just too cool! By the way, can somebody replace that snowboarder with a runner? Love you people with mad skills in graphics & Photoshop!
So I haven’t really been “challenged” since the Jelly Bean but Jeni at Sparkalish Roar threw down a small informal challenge this week. She suggested just focusing on one small goal for the week, like drink more water (which I do) or do 10 pushups every day for a week. Well, the pushup thing is something with which I really struggle. YES, I need this! I’m in the challenge for 10 pushups (minimum) every day this week and hopefully everyday for the rest of my life! So on Tuesday, I did 12 pushups. Sounds pathetic, right? Well, I struggle with upper body strength so this is good for me! You have to remember not to compare yourself to others when setting a goal or accepting a challenge. The purpose of a goal or challenge is to do something for YOU that will improve YOU. So don’t go out and run 30 or 40 miles because TTF you know somebody who does that each week. Focus on choosing a goal that is challenging for you personally.
I have been really focused on dropping the pudge for the Palos Half eating clean this week and drinking my water. Then I added this little challenge to my schedule. TUE – 12 pushups, WED – 15 pushups, THUR – 15 pushups & today I did 17! Whoooooop!
I also upped the ante by eliminating Starbucks from my calorie count occasional routine until after the Palos Half. Jeni upped the ante on her end by adding chin-ups/pull-ups to her routine. Damn, that bitch she is tough! So I went shopping.
In case you are confused, that’s a chin-up/pull-up bar that hubby so kindly put together and installed for me while I was sleeping last night.
I can’t do any, not even one pull-up. How long will it take before I can do 5? Aby sent me a text message that she did 2 pull-ups before school this morning. Great, I love it when my 10 year old is stronger than me. Michael did 4 assisted pull-ups before heading off to a tough day at daycare. Even better when my 2 year old is stronger than me. I WILL conquer this.
How about you? Do anything stupid lately? Have you accepted any interesting challenges? Wanna do some pull-ups with me? Wanna spot me? Go get yourself a pull-up bar at Wal-Mart and for $19 you can suffer accept the pull-up challenge too! How long will it take YOU to be able to do 5 pull-ups? Let’s race to OUR 5 pull-up goal! :)
Challenge yourself, no matter how BIG or small, just step outside of you comfort zone toward a better you!
Happy Friday! Amanda – TooTallFritz