Spartan Challenge or Bust!

I have to say, I loved…loved….loved….my parish priests sermon this morning!  It was perfect for me in what I had written up and prepared for with this challenge that I have been mulling over to do.

His sermon was about hearing God’s call….but, do we stay quiet or still enough to truly hear it.
As we are passing the midpoint of this first month of the new year, many of us have made resolutions that we may feel like we are failing miserably at.  I challenge you to reflect and think, is it because you may be putting too much of a burden, a stress, on yourself?  Have you maybe not broken it down into bite size, manageable goals?  Or is it something that God might be asking you to do a bit different or not at all and you just are too caught up in your own personal chatter that you don’t hear Him!?
Which brings me back to my Spartan Challenge.  I have been reflecting the last couple weeks that I am not going to pressure myself in the specifics yet.  I am not going to pick exactly which one, where, how.  I like the idea of Colorado.  I also enjoy the idea of San Antonio and seeing family.  What I have decided is I need to approach it the same way I did with my first regular 5K.  With the joy and love of movement…like a child….with no restrictive….regimented schedule.  To just get up and do lots of fun stuff  that challenges me; to do some of what will be expected of me for the race but not turn it into a job where it is so regimented and scheduled that it robs me of my joy of movement.  Thus here are my thoughts…..
*Many know I work out while praying my Rosary thus the reason I dub my exercising/workouts the following name :)….
MONDAY/WEDNESDAY/FRIDAY:
ROSARY STRENGTH/HIIT WORKOUT
2 minutes on mini trampoline
10 push ups
10 squats
10 lunges
10 jump squats
Repeat 3 times *each set I will add weights, or body vest, or reps
cool down on mini trampoline or walk for 15-30 minutes
*each week I will bump up the reps by 10 so that by the 10-12th week I will be able to do one set of 100 each…I will work and tweak how the sets need to look about every 3 weeks….
TUESDAY/THURSDAY OR TUESDAY/SUNDAY:
ROSARY SPRINTS
2 minutes “walk” on mini trampoline
1 minute Jumping Jacks
1 minute full out run/jog on mini trampoline
Repeat 3 times
cool down on mini trampoline or walk for 15-30 minutes
SATURDAY:
3 mile run or 1 hour walk with hubby

THURSDAY AND/OR SUNDAY:
***rest days***
I will also truly listen to my body each morning as I will not workout if I feel overly fatigued from a previous workout….I will just go for a walk or do yoga instead.
I plan on doing a form of stretching such as yoga, pose holds, etc. about 3-4 times a week in the afternoon or evening.  This is mostly to keep myself relaxed and to remember to breath and enjoy all of life’s challenges. 🙂  This was something I truly needed to start incorporating better anyways.  If there is one thing I remember from weight lifting before is the tendency to not stretch enough and losing my flexibility.  
The final aspect to this 100 day get ready challenge is each day I am going to do one more burpee so that by the end of 100 days I will be able to do 100 consecutive burpees!  I challenged sweet hubby to do this with me at night while we stretch and watch a bit of tv.
There you have it!
I will officially start this 100 day challenge on February 1st which will put day 99 on Mother’s Day! 
I will probably start loosely doing this schedule for the next 2 weeks just to get myself into the routine and habit….but also reminding myself to move for fun…to move for enjoyment….to move for my health….but to not move if it hurts….to not move if it is draining me….to not move if it feels like work rather than play!
***I will post by March which race I am thinking of going to so if anyone wants to join me you can make plans too!!!  I think the more the merrier!!
Blessings and hugs as always!
~Kelly 🙂
 

Author: Kelly Frick: Connect

I connect self-care to our self-love through Essential Oils! Nurturing our nutritional needs equals self-care. Our need for nature connects us to our mind body soul spirit being. Knowledge expands understanding that self-care leads to self-love. Self-love lights up the world and connects us to others! We are all connected within and with others. I love sharing, motivating, and educating about the amazing gifts of biblical health through essential oils, self-care, and self-love!

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