Sunday, February 28, 2010
We had a crazy busy week, followed by a crazy, but fun weekend. We got to spend the evening at Kim and Nick's house where we got to decompress and discuss everything going on in our lives while the children played. Kim always says we motivate her and keep her going on her positive fitness/nutrition track, but what she doesn't realize is that she does the same for us! While we were hanging out, Kim showed me her 12 week fitness and nutrition plan. We had talked earlier about the fact that she has had some bad weeks where she didn't eat as well as she wanted to or didn't exercise enough. Instead of continuing a downward spiral, she has reached a point in her life where eating clean and exercising is second nature. She is an example for her children and her family and they will reap the benefits! "Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all." -- Sam Ewig. Kim continually rolls up her sleeves and pushes through. Kim motivated me to set goals for myself this week and I can't wait to accomplish each one. Reset your goals this week and don't lose sight of what is important.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I was trolling the internet last weekend and came across an Olympic lifting meet that was being held in Pennsylvania, just two short hours away. Jimbo(famous challenge commenter) and I have been training the Olympic lifts of snatch and clean and jerk, off and on, for the past year and decided to give it a go. Jim's 67 year old dad "Pop's" has been a weightlifter for years but had not trained the Olympic lifts for over a year, wanted to jump in as well.
We talked about this after the Hopper Challenge fitness competition in the fall but feel the need to reiterate the importance of putting yourself out there. There is nothing more motivating than putting yourself out there in front of people and doing your best. It is scary, but only as scary as you let it be. I am reaching a point in life where I do things because they are fun and I like them, not so much because I have to win them. Filtered through that lens you can take the pressure of expectations off of yourself and enjoy the experience. You will still have motivation to train and whatever the results, you will come away feeling great about yourself and motivated to do more. I am not just saying this because I didn't win the meet,(I finished in the middle of the pack) I truly feel you grow by putting yourself out there.
Speaking of putting yourself out there check out Pop's throwing 70kg(154lbs) over his head at the meet, followed by Jimbo with a body weight clean and jerk of 107kg(235lbs) just a year removed from major back surgery.
Put yourself out there. Use your google search box above and find an event. It can be anything you enjoy. Some of our loyal followers are putting themselves out there this year. Jen and Keith are competing in sprint triathlons this year, (Jen's first) and she does the Avon three day walk each year. Megan is going to run a 10k and her husband Joe is planning to run 4 marathons! Patrick is a competitive power lifter with a meet this year, Daira and Gui are running in a 5k and several of you are joining us in October for the Warrior Dash, a 5k run with obstacle course thrown in.(there is still time to join us on that one, google it)
It does not matter what you do, just do something. Sign up for something in the next two months and jump start your spring training. Let us know what you are signing up for in the comments and if you need any help getting ready.