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Happy 4th Of July – Be Independent!

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Hope everyone has an excellent 4th Of July no matter what your plans.  I would be amiss if I didn’t recognize those that have served or are serving our country.  Thank you for your service!

This Independence Day, with the help of my friend Bex and some of my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors, I would like to encourage everyone to be independent.

Stop comparing yourself to others, love your body, and embrace it for all that it’s worth.  Because that is what being FitFluential is all about.

Have a safe holiday.  You can follow my shenanigans on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)

*Don’t forget, there are a few more days left to enter my giveaway to win an invite to Mizuno’s Mezamashii Project and a FREE pair of shoes!

Roadtrippin’ With Chevy To Dirty Girl Indy

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As you know I’ve been getting back to basics with my running lately and one part of the plan was to register for a fun race. When I registered it seemed like the race was a long way away.  I couldn’t believe that once I got settled back into my routine after Italy it was just in time to hit the road to head to Indianapolis for the Dirty Girl Mud Run.  After all of my traveling recently you would think the last thing I’d want to do is hop in a car for a road trip, but I LOVE a good road trip. What made it even better?  The fine folks at Chevrolet were awesome enough to provide me, along with another FitFluential Ambassador, Julie, a sweet ride for our trip.  Pretty cool, huh?

Once again, this is a long post and the best way I’ve found to tell a story is through photos. Be sure to watch my video above to see actual footage of us rockin’ the Dirty Girl Mud Run Indianapolis.

Late last week Julie received the delivery of a kick butt Chevrolet Equinox and on Friday she made her way to pick me up. Upon her arrival we opened our Welcome Package from Chevrolet.  It contained a letter to us, $50 gas card, shirts, pens, shoelaces, and a reusable bag. 

Once we got over the excitement of our goodies I took over driving duties.  Not only do I love road trips, but I love to drive too.

Previous to this road trip Julie and I had never met in real life.  I knew that she was a trail runner and she knew I was a triathlete.  But no worries, we had 5 hours to kill in the car heading to Indianapolis so we had plenty of time to get to know each other.  Suffice to say, once the formalities were over any and all topics were on the table for discussion.  You name it, we talked about it, and the belly laughs began.  We began to wonder if Chevrolet was secretly recording us.  If not, they should’ve been!  Our actions and conversations would have been put to good use in their advertisements.  Oh yes, we sung to the XM radio, danced in the car, and even got semi-trucks to honk their horns at us.  The fact is, girls in a Chevrolet are cooler than hamsters in a box. ;)

We made a few stops along the way.

This rooster was calling our name and we just had to stop to take a photo.

Then we had to have a little fun on a slide and swings just to stretch out our legs.

You know we had to buy some temporary tattoos from a gas station too.  Just perfect for race day.

And of course had to get some grub.  Decently healthy road trip food if I do say so myself.

Before we knew it we had made it to Indianapolis to meet up with my sister and shared our fun Chevrolet goodies with her. 

After hanging out for a bit, catching up, we decided to head out to dinner at Bazbeaux’s Pizza.

While eating we saw this guy rollerblade dancing down the Monan Trail.  What?!  How cool is he??

After eating we worked off some of our pizza by walking around the Carmel Arts & Design District and took some fun pictures with the life-sized sculptures and artwork.

Once we finished there we hit the road again, heading down to the heart of Indianapolis.  We had no plans in mind other than buzzing the ave in the Equinox.  No surprise, but we found ourselves once again belting out songs.  Especially when this came on….

We drove by the Lucas Oil Stadium where the Indianapolis Colts play and had to stop and get this photo.

Before we knew it we were exhausted and it was time to hit the hay.

 

Race Day!!

Prior to race day we received an email from Dirty Girl with recommendations.  One recommendation was to come 90 minutes before your wave start time.  They weren’t joking.  Once we arrived we found a line of cars waiting to park and long lines at the check in.  Thankfully both lines moved fast and smooth.  Unfortunately due to the amount of people at  check in it was hard to find our other fellow FitFluential Ambassadors also running that day. Even so, we were able to meet up with Emily and Renisha, along with Renisha’s friend, Shanna.

Emily, Me, And Julie

Renisha, Me, And Julie

While waiting for the start we checked everything out and took a ton o’ photos.

Before we knew it, it was time to start running.

The focus of this run is to have fun, hence why I signed up and invited my sister.  There are no clocks so you don’t have to race to the finish.  From the get go I knew we’d take a slower pace and enjoy each other’s company.  And we did just that. We ran, walked, laughed, ran, walked, laughed all of the way from obstacle to obstacle.

Obstacles ranged from:

a hay bale climb

multiple muddy water pits

stepping over and under string that can trip you up

 mud crawl

tire high step

wall climb 

cargo net climb

trudging through thigh high muddy water & using a rope to pull yourself up & out of the trench

Considering myself a veteran runner and having done a mud run prior, I will admit I did not find the obstacles very challenging.  To some, this may have been one of the biggest challenges they’ve completed in a long time.  Either way, the obstacles and distances were attainable, especially with teamwork and encouragement.  It was excellent to see so many people of different walks of life out there having a great time.

The run was an absolute blast and we enjoyed getting muddy.

Yes, we could’ve gotten muddier, but I must admit I’m glad we didn’t since the line for the hoses was long and from what we heard there was very little water pressure.

Thankfully we found a drain that was providing surprisingly clean water that fulfilled our needs.

Soon enough we were all cleaned up and checked out the after party.

Another FitFluential Ambassador, Stefanie, noticed me a stopped by to introduce herself. I’m telling you, there were a ton o’ people there and it was hard to find people, especially people you’ve never met in real life!

 Me and Stefanie

Dirty Girl randomly picked winners to win their choice of plant.  Upon check-in I was told I won and chose a hanging flower basket. I was a bit excited.

I gave my sister a huge hug, told her I was proud of her for joining me on her first ever 5K, and then our road trip home began….

Of course the drive home is never as exciting as the drive there, but we weren’t at a loss for discussion.

We had a few last hurrahs with the Chevrolet Equinox.

And then Julie and I started planning for our next race together.  Hmmmm. Where shall we go next?  Julie dropped me off and I hopped out of the Chevrolet Equinox into my own Chevrolet Aveo.  Hey, what can I say?  I’ve told you before that I love Chevy.

This experience was exactly what I needed.  It was all about getting back to basics along with the fun and enjoyment of running.  I was able to meet new people, make new friends, spend time with my sister while witnessing her run her first 5k, and had many many many belly laughs throughout the weekend.  Yes, that is a win in my book.

If you can believe it, there are more pictures that those I have in this blog. If you know me, you know I love to take photos, so this is no surprise.  If you want to check them out go here.

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)

 

*FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. Chevrolet provided a vehicle for me to drive to and from the Dirty Girl race for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Let’s Get Dirty

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Last week I told you that I’m going back to basics and invited you to come along for my journey.  I know I need a game plan to make sure I stay true to myself and keep my training and racing fun in spite of what’s going on around me.

So what’s our first step in my plan?  Register for a race.  But not just any race.  A FUN race. Enter The Dirty Girl Run. Read: mud run.

Yeah, you read right. Me, getting down and dirty. This shouldn’t come of too big a surprise since I have done a mud run in the past with my friend Tanya. (Don’t try searching for a recap…that was one of those that slipped through the cracks while on my blogging hiatus. Ugh)

Although I had a ton o’ fun at my last mud run, this one will be even more special, because my sister’s going to join in!! I am beyond ecstatic about this.

My Sis and I

I’m hoping my sister won’t mind me saying this, but she is not a runner. Even though she doesn’t run I asked if she’d like to join me so we can do this together and she agreed. Eeek! On Saturday May 12th we’ll both be getting down and dirty at the Dirty Girl Run Indianapolis.

So how in the world did I get my sister, a non-runner, to join in my Dirty Girl Run adventure? Well, there are a few things about this “race” that are different from the rest.

Number 1 – It’s all women. No guys running around strutting their stuff intimidating us.

Number 2 – It’s not timed. No time = no worries about the clock = focusing all about having a good time and no competition.

Number 3 – 5K run/walk with 11 challenging but manageable obstacles

Number 4 – Festival-like atmosphere where we can jam to music and just act crazy!

Number 5 – No medal. Wait, no bling?? How is that fun? No worries! Instead of a medal, a charm is given. Who passes up jewelry? And of course you get a shirt too. Isn’t that one of the reasons we all run races?With all of that I was able to sell the idea to my sister.  She’s either going to love me or hate me.  I think she’ll end up loving me.

If you’re interested in a Dirty Girl Run check out their website. You can also check them out on Twitter or Facebook too.  Currently, they have 8 venues throughout the US this year and chances are they’ll grow even larger next year.

Want to know more? Join us tomorrow, Thursday April 5th, on twitter at 8pm CST using #GoDirtyGirl.

That’s just part of my plan on how I’m going to stay true to myself and keep my training and racing fun.  More to come….

I’ve stated the first step in our plan, called my race, and even got my sister to join in.  Now it’s your turn.  Head over to my Facebook Page and tell me what fun run you’re doing to get the fun back into your running and who you’re going to get to join you!  Also, I need your help. What fun runs do I need to add to my list??

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)

 

*FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

TMI – Going Commando & Operation Kill The Pooch

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I had no plans to do another post today. That went out the window.

It’s unseasonably warm in Ohio today. 54 degrees.  Normally I’d wear shorts but with winds of 26mph I chose to try out my new Nike capris.  Thanks for Heather’s recent blog post I chose to try running commando for the first time.

Also, I’ve always had a “pooch”.  You know, that area of abs below the belly button.  Well, for some reason it’s gotten worse in the past few years.  I’ve recently reached out for insight.  Some say it’s diet, others say it’s the running (not enough food, body holding on to fat, easiest place to hold on to the fat), and some say posture.  Although I’m not targeting to get a 6pk (although I wouldn’t mind) I have started a new mission of killing my pooch.  I’ve already implemented planks, burpees, etc.  So it’s time to do more.  First step, implementing kettlebells. Second step, focusing on my posture and engaging my abs as much as I can and most definitely while running.  And lastly, I’m going to play with my diet a bit.  (No worries, I’m staying vegan!)

So today was a day of firsts.  First time wearing capris, first time running commando, and first time focusing on my core while running.  Want to know how it went?

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)

I Need Kettlebells In My Life – Day 2 At The Arnold

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See my Day 1 recap of the Arnold Sports Festival here.

I woke up early on Day 2 to meet our FitFluential CEO Kelly Olexa along with several other FitFluential Ambassadors for breakfast.  Prior to leaving I still ate 2 oranges and drank some Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer.  I knew I wasn’t going to workout but I also would appreciate the bit of energy it’d give me.

Once I arrived at the convention center I headed for the cafe and soon was united with Kelly, LisaRebekah, Elisabeth and Emily, Electra, Sahar, and Jana.  Chris and Dan from GNC also made it to the breakfast.  It was nice to put faces with so many names and personalities we’ve met online and there was no lack of conversation.

Everyone went with the breakfast buffet and left nice and full. I loaded up on lots o’ carbs ;) 

 

I sat next to Lisa at breakfast. She is known as  Kettlebell Bombshell and is insanely knowledgable about so many topics. I had already wanted to add kettlebells to my workout, but after meeting her and seeing everything I saw this weekend I kept finding myself saying, “I need kettlebells in my life”.

Of course we grabbed some quick photo opportunities before heading to a full day at The Arnold.

After breakfast we all ventured out to experience the Arnold. I made it a point to hit up:

Cheerleading - I have a small background in cheerleading and although I’m not into all of the makeup and hairspray that goes with competition cheer, it’s still a ton of fun to watch.

Gymnastics – I’ve never competed but I LOVE LOVE LOVE to watch gymnastics.  It was nice to see the sport represented at The Arnold.

CrossFit - I spent more time at the CrossFit Games.  I still don’t see CrossFit for me in the future, but it did provided inspiration.  I need kettlebells in my life….

Martial Arts - They had judo, grappling, karate, and ju jitsu. I’ll be honest, I don’t know the difference between all of them.

I also spent a ton of time in the expo grabbing photos of celebrities and pro-athletes.

And a group of us hit up the GNCLiveWell booth and has some fun with their crew.  They were so fun and welcoming. We had a good time.

Muscles everywhere!  I need kettlebells in my life.

Thankfully we were able to find another FitFluential Ambassador Lindsay and she joined in the fun.  

We started talking fitness and pistol squats.  She gave us a demonstration and has since issued us a challenge.

After a full day at The Arnold a group of us headed out to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.  After a 2 hours wait  (Yes, 2 hours.  I’ve never waited that long in my life…thankful for excellent company!) we chowed down.  It was fun to hear about what everyone does for a living and what their blog is about.  Lisa and Rebekah provided a ton of info and I took notes.  Seriously.  

The entire weekend was an experience I’ll never forget.  I learned way more than I expected, met new people, stepped outside of my norm, and can’t wait for my next FitFluential adventure.  Wonder where I’ll go next…

Thank you GNC and FitFluential for this opportunity!

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)

 

PS I just ordered Kettlebell Bombshell DVDs and plan to purchase some kettlebells within the next few days.  Making my, “I need kettlebells in my life” a reality!

Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Day 1 At The Arnold

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This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by GNC to represent FitFluential at the Arnold Sports Festival Oh boy!  I’m not exactly sure where to start when it comes to my Arnold experience.  Let’s start with “Wow.”

As I already posted, I knew there were other sports involved in the Arnold Sports Festival prior to venturing down to Columbus.  With that being said, I still made a point to throw out all preconceived notions and jump head first into the experience.  The weekend was full of learning and new experiences.

My motto for the Day 1 was “Fake it til you make it.” (Thank you Heather for the inspiration ;)) I woke up early, drove 2 hours to Columbus, strapped on my 4 cameras, and hit up the media room first to get my media pass/kit.  

So official!

The first thing I noticed was the sheer volume of people.  People lined up from end to end of the convention center just waiting for the expo doors to open.  I knew I’d get to the expo later so I wandered through the convention center taking it all in and shooting photos.

A little later I was able to hook up with fellow FitFluential Ambassador Electra and her boyfriend Adam.  Although I was cool with being alone, it’s always fun to have some partners in crime, so we spent some of the day together.  Electra used to compete so it was nice when she’d point out a pro-athlete or when Adam would discuss different training options/types/techniques with me.

As the day went on I became more comfortable using my media pass to get closer to the action. I checked out….

Lots of CrossFit - This was the first time I’ve ever seen CrossFit in real life.  Whoa.  Still don’t think it’s for me, but it was interesting to watch.

Fencing – As with CrossFit I had never seen fencing in real-life.  I was amazed at how sweaty they were after their matches.  (is that what you call them?) But I guess it makes sense given how many layers of clothes you have on.  I wasn’t quite able to figure out the rules, but it was definitely interesting.

Armwrestling – That’s a bit intense.

Lots of lifting - whether powerlifting, lifting cars, or strongman.  It was there.  Ooof!  So strong.

Art At The Arnold - I think it’s awesome that they have added in this aspect.  Artists come out to make their own interpretation of various athletic models.

I caught a glimpse of Arnold! That’s him in the middle.

I also became confident in speaking with companies throughout the expo, especially those that aligned with my lifestyle.  I even passed out a few of my new business cards! I’ll admit, many companies at the expo were advertising supplements or a sport that I have no desire to venture into, but I still stopped to check out their information and to learn what they were all about.  Although it may not be for me, that’s no reason for me not to learn something new.  In addition, even though I was a pale, non-buff person no one held that against me and I found most everyone to be friendly and welcoming, whether competitors, exhibitors, or other attendees.

In the late afternoon I was able to meet up with another FitFluential Ambassador, Rebekah, and her family for dinner.  Rebekah has an overabundance of information to provide in fitness, healthy living, and blogging that we sat for several hours chatting away.  She shares many of the same viewpoints as I do on living a clean, sustainable, healthy life, so sitting there talking to her I felt as though I’ve known her for years.  I’m in love with the girl.  What an all around awesome person! I failed to get a photo of us at dinner.  Whoops!

Remember, my motto for Day 1?? Fake it til you make it.  Yep, it works.

Have you ever dived into new situation?  If so, what was it?

Stay tuned for more fun.  Day 2 At Arnold coming up next!

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)

 

PS I’ll be sharing more photos, but in the meantime feel free to check them out here. As always, I don’t have many photos of myself, so most any of myself are courtesy of other FitFluential Ambassadors.  Thank you!

Arnold Sports Festival

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This upcoming weekend I will venturing down to Columbus to meetup with fellow FitFluential Ambassadors to check out the Arnold Sports Festival.  To say I’m stoked is an understatement.

Source

As a registered veterinary technician I am familiar with the Arnold Sports Festival as it used to be held on the same weekend as the Ohio Veterinary Conference.  I have to laugh, because until recently I never imagined that I’d be on the opposite side…attending the Arnold.

Initially I was intimidated by the thought of going and even thought to myself, “What’s the point?  I’m not a bodybuilder.”  Come to find out, it’s so much more than bodybuilding.  There’s gymnastics, crossfit, fencing, zumba…the list goes on.  There’s even arm wrestling and ping pong!  Crazy.

I’m sure this will be an experience to remember.  I hope to do some videos and take photos while I’m down there.  Stay Tuned!

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)

Venturing Into Vegetarianism As An Athlete

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As a FitFluential Ambassador I had the opportunity of being a Guest Blogger on the FitFluential Blog.  This is the post that was featured.  I hope to write more for the FitFluential blog in the future.  In the meantime I invite you to not only read this post but the many other posts other ambassadors have written.

 

I’ve seen so many people push the idea around, yet they ask, “Can I still be an athlete AND a vegetarian/vegan?”  I answer that with a resounding, “YES!!”

There are many levels of vegetarianism, from the basic lacto-ovo vegetarian, who still integrates dairy and eggs in their diet, to the strictest vegan, who not only changes their diet, but also their lifestyle to exclude all animal-derived products.  Some are driven by moral/ethical issues, others are focused on their health, and for some it’s all the above.  Whatever the reason, it is possible to thrive on the lifestyle.

 

Let’s delve into some concerns that many athletes have:

What about protein?
This is the question that everyone asks.  My question in return is always, “How much protein do you think we need?”  Most people look at my dumbfounded since they have absolutely no idea and are surprised to find out that the average protein intake of individuals in the U.S. is only 16%. Of course there are those that believe athletes need higher amounts of protein, and I am not going to dispute their opinions.  However, what you should know is that you can achieve just as much, if not more, protein from plant-derived sources.  For instance, 30% of the calories from spinach are protein, whereas an egg contains 37% of it’s calories as protein.  Not much difference.

What about Vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 deficiency is not limited to vegetarians and vegans, as it is also common to those eating a Standard American Diet.  Although Vitamin B12 is found in animal products such as meat, shellfish, milk, cheese, and eggs, many people have a difficult time absorbing the Vitamin B12.

Will I have to take a ton of supplements? 
Chances are you won’t be on any more or less supplements than you already are, especially if you are a fitness, health-minded person.  Supplementation MAY be required, but I will get to that in a bit.

The diet seems so limiting. What will I eat?
On the contrary, I have found this diet to open my eyes to so many different food options I would’ve never tried before.  Kale, quinoa, dates, figs, tofu….the list goes on!  Prior to living a vegan diet, I would’ve never given them a second look.

You’d be amazed at how many dishes can be what I call “veganized”.  I have found very few dishes that I cannot substitute an animal-derived ingredient with a vegan friendly ingredient.  For instance, using Ener G Egg Replacer or making your own egg with other ingredients you already have around the house.

At this day in age there are so many ready-made vegetarian options that no one should go hungry.  With that being said, just like a Standard American Diet, it’s easy to be an unhealthy vegetarian.  For instance, French fries are considered vegetarian, but that doesn’t mean that you should eat them on a daily basis or that they should be your sole diet.

And for endurance athletes: What about my fueling options during training and racing?
Believe it or not most options are vegetarian and surprisingly many are vegan too!  Of course you have the option of the VegaSport line and Chocolate #9 Energy Gels, which are specifically vegan-made.  But you also have products such as Hammer Nutrition Gels, Clif Shot Energy Gels, and Clif Shot Bloks, which are oftentimes more readily available. And don’t forget, easy-to-pack dates are a fantastic energy source as are homemade energy bars.

 

Still not convinced you can be a vegetarian/vegan athlete?  What about these successful elite plant strong athletes?

Triathlete - Hilary Biscay

Triathlete –  Brendan Brazier

Cyclist – Molly Cameron

Bodybuilder – Robert Cheeke

Endurance Athlete/Ultrarunner - Rich Roll

MMA Fighter – Jake Shields

Former Track & Field Athlete – Carl Lewis

Snowboarder – Hannah Teter

Recently Serena  and Venus Williams have even chosen to live a vegan lifestyle for health reasons.

 

So, are you ready to become a plant strong athlete??

Here are a few helpful hints:

Realize your beliefs may not be accepted by other
Most people are against the idea because they don’t understand the lifestyle.  It doesn’t mean that you can’t succeed!

Surround yourself with a support system that encourages your lifestyle change
With the dawn of social media you can “surround yourself” with like-minded people that are either moving towards the same goal or already living the lifestyle.  Take advantage of their positive energy and knowledge!

Educate yourself
Read, read, read.  Buy several books and soak up the information that they provide. By educating yourself you will feel certain in your decision and when those that doubt your lifestyle raise questions you can confidently answer them.

My favorites: Being Vegetarian for Dummies, Eating Animals, 80/10/10 (raw veganism), and Nutrition and Athletic Performance.

Invest in a few cookbooks
Cooking for a vegetarian lifestyle can be as complex or as simple as you’d like.

Some of my favorite books include The Happy Herbivore Cookbook/Everyday Happy Herbivore, and The Thrive Diet

Bookmark some reputable websites
My favorite go-to recipe website is VegWeb. I also frequent No Meat Athlete for plant-based recommendations, recipes, and helpful hints for athletes.

Have routine checkups with blood work
No matter what your lifestyle this is a good idea.  Supplementing from the beginning or waiting to supplement after finding where you’re deficient is a hotly debated topic and should be discussed with your doctor.  If possible, I would highly recommend blood work to be performed prior to going vegetarian.  This will provide you a base line to go off of in the future.  I would also recommend blood work be performed a minimum of every 1-2 years as deficiencies may take time to develop.  Specific blood values to target: CBC, Iron, B12.  Here’s a link to my most recent blood work and what my course of action is regarding the results.

Don’t worry about being perfect
You will have hiccups along the way.  Maybe you crave something or maybe the chef at a restaurant puts butter on your vegetables and you don’t realize it.  Don’t lose sleep over it!  You’re still moving in the direction in which you desire.

Don’t feel overwhelmed
I transitioned to a vegetarian lifestyle in 2008 and never dreamed I’d ever become a vegan.  I thought, “How is that even possible?!”  Surprisingly after two years of living a vegetarian lifestyle, making small changes, it was only natural for me to become vegan.  All the while I was living an active lifestyle as a runner and triathlete.  I have not only modified my diet but also my personal care products and clothing.  (Search ‘vegetarian’ on this blog and you can see all of my transitions over the past several years) I’m not saying this is the route everyone takes, nor should you.  Make this your own journey.

Have you ever considered moving towards a plant-based lifestyle?  Are you living one right now? If so, what recommendations would you give to others thinking about trying it out?

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)

The Proof Is In The Push Ups

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Remember this post?  Yes, the one where I spoke about attempting pushups and adding backbends to my workout mix?  That was almost 3 months ago.  Wonder where I am in regards to my success in pushups and backbends? Watch to find out.

Hard work pays off.  Period. Not perfect, but I achieved my initial goal and am on my way to making my form better and increasing my numbers.

I couldn’t have done it without the help of my friends…Specifically Laura!  Thank you for you encouragement and words of advice.

Anyone else up for my challenge I’ve issued??  Feel free to join in and post your video in response to mine!

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)

Planks & Burpees Challenge = Video Fail

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Yes, I love challenging myself.  It’s great to have other FitFluential Ambassadors that love challenges too.  On YouTube we’re constantly calling each other out to see who can do what.  Remember the handstand challenge? Well, this time around Rebekah of BexLife called out for a 2 minute plank and 10 burpees.  Yikes!   I wasn’t worried about the burpees, but the plank. Hmmm. I’ve been doing planks for a couple months now but my max hold was 1 min 45 sec.  Today after my 4 mile run I gave it a go.  The good news = I got the 2 minute plank!  The bad news = I had a video fail.  Poor capturing skills + birds chirping + dogs “helping” me maintain my plank made for an interesting video. If you have a few moments I invite you to watch. I think it will give you a good laugh.

I tried a second take.  The good news = it was a better captured video.  The bad news = no 2 minute plank this time.  Ah well.  I had fun doing it. Even the second time around I had a bit of help from the dogs.

Hope you have fun watching them.

Next up, Jill Hanner’s challenge for as many pushups as I can do.  Stay tuned!

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)

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