100 Squats Per Day…No Joke

All April Fool’s Day jokes aside, I have committed to doing 100 squats per day for the entire month of April. (Maybe I am an April Fool!) Having already made the decision, I started researching squats for this post.

I came across a great article which shares a different plan for a 30-day squat challenge, as well as providing several squat variations. See the article at the link below.

http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/the-28-day-squat-challenge-youll-want-to-start-now/

I will make periodic updates throughout the month. I look forward to hearing about your own 30-day challenges and progress.

Best of luck on your fitness journey!

It is health that is real wealth…

Gandhi said “It is is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold or silver.” I just returned from my physician’s office where he provided results of several recent tests. It reminded me of the blessings of good health and to pause for a moment to be thankful for the good reports.

So often I am focused on improving the areas that concern me the most. Trimming fat here and strengthening there, that I sometimes take my health for granted. I wonder how critical I would be of that extra five pounds if I were given bad news rather than good. So many would welcome the opportunity to have a clean bill of health with or without an extra few pounds or a little cellulite.

It was a sobering reminder to me to be thankful for my health, to treat my body with care and to dial back on the daily criticism.

Best of luck in your health and wellness journey!

The best-laid plans of mice and men…

Happy Monday! This is my first official blog post. My goal was to get my blog up and running by end of the first quarter (and candidly, I am also avoiding preparing my taxes)! So….one goal reached today!

However….my second goal – and reason for this blog – to jump-start my fitness goals – did not go so well. I got up at 4:30 a.m. with my partner, put on my workout clothes, did some things around the house and was on a roll. UNTIL…I decided to go back to sleep for one hour before going to the gym. One hour turned into an hour and forty minutes and thus I slept through my workout on the first official day of my blog. 😦

So…the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. My first instinct is to beat myself up for not going to the gym this morning, knowing that this blog awaits to hold me accountable. The kinder side of me says today is not over and I have opportunities for some exercise at work (squats, walking lunges and crunches in the office), and perhaps a little time this evening after the grocery and dinner.

My partner inspires me daily. He has a “no excuses” workout plan which spans from the simple and quick, to the long and complex. Making time for some form of exercise everyday, even if it is just some pushups and squats. So today, I will take my cue from him and do the best I can even if it is only for a short time. Consistency is the key.

Best of luck on your own fitness journey today!