Day 31 of the 100 Reps Challenge
We did it! Today is the last day of December and therefore the last day of the 100 Reps Challenge. The exercises I’ve chosen today are good for the core and whole body. As I’ve said before, I love abs, so I couldn’t resist the knee tucks. Downward facing dog is a yoga/Pilates pose and that seems appropriate for this time of year because of the association with self-reflection and inner peace. Have fun!
20 stability ball knee tucks (do bicycle crunches, regular crunches, and reverse crunches if you don’t have a stability ball)
20 downward facing dog
Complete this set 5 times for a total of 100 stability ball knee tucks and 100 downward facing dogs!
Fitness Tip: Go slow. You have all day to complete these exercises so really concentrate on taking your time and feeling your body working. Relax, breathe, and congratulate yourself for having made it through this challenge (doesn’t matter if you did every day of the challenge, half of the days, or one day; moving and pushing yourself is definitely reason to be proud! And if you didn’t do any of the challenge, then thanks for putting up with me and my challenge every day for the past month:)).
Happy New Years Eve!
There’s a lot of talk about resolutions at this time of year. I think that I used to make resolutions years ago, but I haven’t the faintest idea what they would have been about. Partway through high school I decided it made more sense to make resolutions in September rather than January because it’s the start of the school year, so I did that for several years. One of the resolutions, I remember, was to be able to do the splits by the end of the year. That was, oh, four years ago? Still have yet to achieve that goal!
This year has been a lot about independence for me. Within a few days of the start of 2008 my heart got broken, so I spent the better half of the year trying to mend that and deal with the depression (and mild orthorexia) that came along with it. I began this blog and have learned more about health in the past year than I possibly ever did in all the rest of my years combined. I experimented with different kinds of fitness and improved my strength immensely and had a lot of fun cooking and baking. Then there was the traveling and moving out of my parents place and rediscovering my passion for writing. I certainly have had a lot of assistance and tons of support, but ultimately I found my way by doing things on my own and figuring out what I want.
While I was belly dancing and enjoying boot camp and taking up fitness challenges and overcoming the orthorexia and going through life in general, I was always working towards goals. I’d decide I wanted to do something and then somehow would find myself following through with it. I’ve always thought of myself as the kind of person who would say they’re going to do something, but then wouldn’t bother to do it. But after looking back over this year, I think that my problem in past years has been that the things I would say that I would do were things that other people wanted me to do, or things I thought I should do, or things that I only half-heartedly wanted to do.
This year was different because of all that self-growth and other cliche things we’re all supposed to go through when we’ve been around for a couple decades (and which we actually do go through- there’s a reason that they’re cliches, after all). I have been listening to more of what all of me wants and from that have been able to find something like a direction, and from there, have made my little goals and resolutions.
It’s for that reason that I do not make resolutions at New Years. Some of us need monumental occassions to get a jump-start on our goals; others of us find them too intimidating or obligatory and don’t follow through with the goals because of that. I’m one of the latter. I think that if I were to make a resolution at New Years, it would only be because I’m supposed to make a resolution, because its expected. I’d only be making a resolution for the sake of making a resolution, rather than making a resolution for the resolution itself.
Throughout the year I am confident that I’ll make lots more mini resolutions and goals, and that’s what works for me. I’ll be making them because I’m ready to make them and follow through and because I really want to do them.
What about you? Do you make resolutions? If you do, do you usually stick with them? What are your resolutions this year? And if you don’t make them, is there any reason for it? I’m curious about your thoughts on this. Enjoy the last day of 2008- here’s to another year passing and a wonderful year unfolding before us!