28 august 2013


31 day challenge august

  1. Take a picture of my abs on day #1 Posted to Instagram on 8/1/13.
  2. Do this 30 day ab challenge (it includes rest days!) Today I completed day #27 & #28! 115 sit ups; 180 crunches; 62 leg raises; 110 sec plank. I did my crunches on a stability ball.  Day #28 is a rest day!
  3. Do this ab workout 2x a week: http://youtu.be/vkKCVCZe474  I only did this once this week.
  4. Do this ab workout 3x a week (NEW VIDEO 8/8): http://youtu.be/08Bi8hMdwa4 I didn’t do this at all this week. 😦
  5. Go to yoga 4x a week (focus on spine strengthening series!) I only went three times this week.  I will have to make one day up for next week.
  6. Work on the flexibility of my shoulders including researching new ways to increase flexibility in my shoulders and stretch them out with various exercises. I did the plow.  I also tried some of these exercises: http://pinterest.com/jackjosephsmom/shoulder-stretches/ I am a big fan of the one against the stability ball.  It really works.
  7. Work on the flexibility of my hips including researching new ways to increase flexibility in my hips and stretch them out with various exercises. I did a few of the regular stretches I have been doing on the floor today.
  8. Do this 30 day squat challenge (it includes rest days!) Today I completed day #27 & 28! 50 regular squats with side kicks!  Then I did day #28’s 150 as 50 sumo, 50 narrow, 50 sumo.  Varying the squats has already produced a noticeable change in the muscles in my legs.  Sumo really seems to work my inner thighs.  I used to do a lot of plié squats prior to… well, just before.  I haven’t been able to do those because I can’t go on my toe.
  9. One day a week pick a random work out of the day off of Pinterest or anywhere on the internet and just do it! Today I did this workout: http://backonpointe.tumblr.com/post/15247040421/a-full-bodyweight-workout-that-combines-cardio
  10. Take one full day a week as a rest day from physical activity (except for walking the dogs – which I do every day). I did this Friday.
  11. Drink at least 100 oz of water a day. I drank about 40 ounces of water & tea today.
  12. Eat 5x a day. I ate 6x today!
  13. Do the Pay it Forward App 5x a week. Today’s PIF challenge of the day was to buy a $5 gift card and give it to a random stranger.
  14. Post one picture a day on Instagram following this 30 day photo challenge. @jackjosephsmom Completed! 
  15. Host 2 dinner parties this month. 8/11; 8/21 – Complete!
  16. Read at least 2 books this month (besides business reading). I read The Litigators and a Batman book this month. – Complete!
  17. Compliment someone every day. In person. I complimented
  18. Discover a new blog/blogger every day. I searched for “meditation” today and came across Alison’s notebook.  What really intrigued me was that the post was about how she got rich on the Iraqi Dinar.  This made me laugh because back when my father and his business partner were losing their business, they got hot on buying Iraqi Dinars and how this was going to be how they got rich again.  Yea, so that was like 2 1/2 – 3 years ago…  Still the Dinar has not proved fruitful… Anyways, Alison’s notebook covers a lot of great topics and is very well written.  Check it out!  You will not be disappointed.
  19. Follow this 30 day blog challenge. Posted here.
  20. Rent and watch a movie this month (weird, I know, but the TV is always on and I am never watching it. It’s always on crime shows. I want me to rent a movie from my TV’s online guide and watch it. I never watch movies unless I am on a date, and since I have no plans ever to date again, just watching one movie this month will be tough.) I rented and watched “Side Effects” on Sunday.  It was quite different than the last Channing Tatum movie I watched.  Best quote is near the beginning.  It went along the line of the Dr. saying “he saw his dead father driving a cab”. The cop says “he sees ghosts? So he’s nuts right?” And the Dr. said, “No, he not nuts.  It’s grief.”  That made me instantly like the movie. Oh, and did I mention that Jude Law is the Dr.?  It’s about a drug trial that treats anxiety.  It was interesting because the drug I currently take is not necessarily a trial drug, but it is certainly new and some of the side effects are vicious. I really enjoyed the twists of this movie.  It was pretty good. – Complete!
  21. Participate in the 30 day song challenge. Posted here. 
  22. Write a “I Like This About You” note/text/email each day to someone (repeats of the same person but with new reasons is okay! – I have a smaller world now, anyways, and I am okay with that). 
  23. Make a serious effort not to complain at all, every day. I did not complain today.
  24. Create a new bucket list: each day write down something I want, want to do, or place I want to go. I want to rent a houseboat for a week and just cruise around, sleep under the stars.
  25. Write a children’s book.
  26. Continue learning Astronomy.
  27. Continue learning Sign Language – one new sign a day! Today I learned volleyball.
  28. Clean all the blinds.
  29. Vacuum 2x a week. (allergy season will be back!) I only did this once this week. 😦
  30. Clean all the fans. 3 down, 2 or so to go
  31. Take a picture of my abs again on the 31st! Hopefully see some change!

cheer me along!

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