Month: December 2013

Goodbye. Hello.

It’s the end of 2013 and that time of year when FB and Instagram becomes populated with everyone’s photo-collages and year in review of statuses; when everyone publicly lists their year’s worth of life’s milestones while ending with some variation of a statement about how they “can’t wait to see what the new year holds in store.” It’s also that time when everyone reposts one or more of the 5 million articles written by someone giving their “best advice” on what to/not to do in setting new years resolutions. I won’t lie. I’m tempted to write such a list and make such a photo-collage because I’ve definitely done some things I’m very proud of and hit some important milestones. But I’ll resist, at least for now, and attempt to do some more inward reflection–something that’s often lacking in our outwardly expressive generation. I will, however, give an update on this month’s personal challenge. I stuck to my plan of doing the same number of reps each day as the (date x 10). I did pushups …

December Challenge

Anyone following my blog must know by now that I love to give myself short-term personal challenges. They’re usually around fitness and nutrition, but sometimes they’re creative too. I like doing this, it gives you something to focus on outside of stressing over work or school, or sitting on the couch watching television. Finishing them means you get to celebrate personal victories more often–which is nice, especially since most personal victories are long drawn out processes that can cause you to lose motivation periodically (i.e. finishing a degree, getting a promotion, etc.) This month’s challenge is a fitness challenge, which I’m already in the middle of. I always tell myself I wanted to have more upper body strength, and what better way than push ups. Most people do not, or cannot, do push ups–CORRECTLY. Especially women!! I mean there are, of course, a multitude of variations on the push up (wide-arm, diamond, elbows out, elbows in, dive bombers, one-armed…), but most of us aren’t doing any of them. My formula for the month is: the …