Yeah. That’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow.
Pulling a fire truck.
Me and my derby team. Pulling. A fire truck.
We’re raising funds for United Way. All funds stay in our local community – go to already existing programs.
I’d like to raise $200. Wanna help?
Click this link and donate. I’ll post pics tomorrow.
In the meantime… I’m preparing for the fire truck pull by… chillaxing at home.
It’s going to be a good time tomorrow.
There is a spark. Not a flame. Not a fire. But a spark.
A bit of something that says… “yes you can”
A bit of something that drives me to move. To walk on my break. To do my ab workout in full view of my mother in law and children.
A bit of warmth that tells me I’m moving forward and finding myself again.
I bit of something, a bit of spark that says… I can do this.
I WILL do this.
One. Baby step. At a time.
I’m done with sabotaging myself (again).
I’m done with feeling gross and fat and lethargic (again).
I’m back to challenging myself and pushing my limits and getting healthy.
It’s good for my physical health.
It’s good for my mental health.
It’s good for the health of my relationship.
It’s good for my relationship with my kids and step-kids.
These two challenges are what I’m going to do for September.
The 30 Day Plank Challenge will send your core strength through the roof! Yes, all you have to do is HOLD this position, nothing else! It looks pretty easy, but it isn’t!
Day 1 – 20 seconds
Day 2 – 20 seconds
Day 3 – 30 seconds
Day 4 – 30 seconds
Day 5 – 40 seconds
Day 6 – REST
Day 7 – 45 seconds
Day 8 – 45 seconds
Day 9 – 60 seconds
Day 10 – 60 seconds
Day 11 – 60 seconds
Day 12 – 90 seconds
Day 13 – REST
Day 14 – 90 seconds
Day 15 – 90 seconds
Day 16 – 120 seconds
Day 17 – 120 seconds
Day 18 – 150 seconds
Day 19 – REST
Day 20 – 150 seconds
Day 21 – 150 seconds
Day 22 – 180 seconds
Day 23 – 180 seconds
Day 24 – 210 seconds
Day 25 – 210 seconds
Day 26 – REST
Day 27 – 240 seconds
Day 28 – 240 seconds
Day 29 – 270 seconds
Day 30 – PLANK FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!!
Burpee & Squat Challenge:
Tomorrow I’m going to get up early enough to do my 1FW workout. And plan my day of food.
I’m committing to getting healthy and fit.
It’s been almost a month since my last blog post.
I’ve been in survival mode – get up, go to work, come home, sleep. Some days I didn’t make it home – went over to my sister’s place and slept there.
My job was supposed to end in 5 days, but I accepted an extension (yay me!) which means another month of work, possibly long hours, possibly little sleep, and not much in the way of exercise.
I’m kinda exhausted.
I am really done with this job but will stick it out and do my best at it for the last 5 weeks because the money is good and at this time, I don’t have another source of income to make my bills.
Sleep is at a premium. I get, on average, about 6 hours of sleep a night. Not much. I can’t wait for school to star…. oh yeah. Teacher’s strike.
At least if school was in then I could put kids to bed at 8.30 and go to bed by 9. I still could but then they’re up at 6.
The job has been a good one. A great learning curve. Something I could see myself doing… when there’s no young kids in my house.
But for now – I need something relatively part time, at home, and not 12 – 16 hours a day.
And I will control the things I can control: the food I eat, a walk at lunch time, and as much sleep as possible.
In the meantime…
One Fit Widow has put on this challenge – No Excuses, No Regrets.
My excuse is lack of time.
I was determined to kick it.
And then… I didn’t.
And then… I had less time.
And I’m exhausted.
And I’m not comfortable with my body – how it moves, how it feels, how it looks.
I know logically to feel better I must first push past that initial excuse and keep doing it every day – because the more I work out, the more I train, the better I eat, the better I feel
And then I won’t be exhausted anymore.
I made excuses. I did not kick my excuse to the curb.
Good thing I can start over anytime….
I hadn’t been at practice since the bout. To be fair – there had only been one practice since then – but prior to the bout, I hadn’t been at many practices either.
I get to the arena and it’s hot. Really hot. Damn hot. (insert Robin Williams from Good Morning Vietnam here lol)
And I’m already dehydrated.
Drink my water.
Get more water.
And do the warm up.
I was a tiny bit worried about heat exhaustion – so I didn’t push myself as hard as I normally do during warm up – I was already fairly warm.
And then Coach starts our practice with laps. The dreaded 27 in 5. Only… I don’t dread it anymore.
I wasn’t pushing myself. I had eaten a huge meal just before practice (BAD MOVE!!!). I was overheated. I was tired.
I still got 25 without pushing. If I had pushed I probably could have gotten 2 – 3 laps more without TOO much effort.
Because I had coasted for a while – and at the end, after I hit 25… I just… rolled for about 10 seconds.
Don’t get me wrong – I was moving hard. I pushed myself to move when I didn’t want to.
But I could have pushed harder. I could have made 27 fairly easily.
Next time? I’m going to push, just that tiny bit harder, to see how fast I can go.
Next time… I’m going to bring more water LMFAO.
It was a good practice. It’s nice to feel strong and powerful. I’ve been feeling lost and weak lately.
I learned two very important lessons from tonight’s bout.
1. If I don’t go to practice – it doesn’t matter that I passed the fit test, I will not be as on my game as I would have been.
2. Just because I managed to dig deep enough to pass the fit test doesn’t mean I actually AM fit enough to play.
I kept up. I had fun. I fell on my ass. I was sent to the penalty box 2X. I fell behind. I got hit. I got hit again. I got hit again. I DIDN’T get hit because someone thought I was “too intimidating” I got hit again, this time between TWO opposing players. I had a panick attack and almost burst into tears when a team member got hurt enough to be taken away by ambulance. I saw her at the afterparty and wanted to cry again. I went to the after party and connected with someone I have a lot in common with. My body hurts. I stink like derby.
I get to do it again in three weeks.
I’ll be at every practice I can. I have a friend coming through town on a couple derby nights – but I think I’ll be ok trying to figure out how to do derby and still see him.
But I need that practice WITH the team – and need to keep my head focussed and in the game.
I can’t wait to do it again in three weeks.
I really need to get an updated derby photo of me :P Although the one below is still my fave: