Moves. This week has been a very fun week of workouts so far. It started off with smashing
a whole bag of white cheddar Popcorners, what? an outdoor HIIT workout at an empty park on Monday morning. I made sure I didn’t have to touch any public equipment for the workout.
Monday: 3 rounds (30 sec on / 30 sec off)
- Double unders
- Kneel to tuck jump
- Alternating side shuffles
- Fast feet to crossover (do whatever agility exercise you want!)
- Broad jumps
Tuesday: Run (~2 miles) + H I L L S (5x up a massive hill) with my friend, Henok. He crushed it, and I mostly died. Is it weird, though, that I prefer to do hills because it’s more of an excuse to take breaks and not run for as long?
I also did a virtual Zumba workout with some pals at night, which was hilarious and so fun. *shoulder shimmy*
Wednesday: Some walking, a couple 10-minute yoga flows in between study sessions, and a brief upper body workout with attempts to mix it up a bit.
- Pushup to weighted flexion and abduction (see the 5th exercise in this post) (3×12 total)
- Shoulder to shoulder press (3×8-9 total)
- Bent over single arm rows (3×10-12 each arm, focusing on concentric speed, eccentric control)
- Bent over Y’s (3×12, trying to keep under tension the whole time)
- Hollow hold with KB chest press (10-15-20 reps)
Happy Triduum! Although these days leading up to Easter and Easter itself are looking quite different this year, perhaps this is an opportune time to see and experience God in His Death and Resurrection unlike any other time before. Allow Him to enter into the recesses of your own home and room. My friend Kelsey wrote a beautiful reflection on this image on her blog.
I just ran into maybe eight friends at a local parish all lined up (6 feet apart), receiving the sacrament of confession through a window, which was pretty sweet.
Bone in, skin on chicken thighs. Boi, you best get some if they are on sale at your supermarket. I had forgotten about the juicy glory of chicken thighs. And the skin! Honestly, I didn’t get the skin as crispy as I wanted, but the flavor still provided. I used an eyeballed seasoning mix of paprika, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper on the skin AND underneath the skin. Give it some love.
Yes. I have been reflecting a lot on little ways of promoting self-discipline, self-betterment, obedience to God, whatever you want to call it. There are thousands of ways we can say yes to becoming the men and women we are created to be today. Because what if this is my last day? Not to be morbid, just to be real.
Here are some ideas (mostly for myself, but perhaps for you as well) of how to say little yes’s to the true, the good, and the beautiful:
- Sitting with my roommate in the kitchen for dinner instead of by myself with my technology in my room
- Taking out the recycling / trash now, not later
- Taking 60 seconds to think about what else I need to do before immediately picking up my phone to check notifications / Words with Friends (haha)
- Likewise taking 60 seconds to think about whether I’m actually hungry or just bored before picking up a snack
- Stretching or doing a little yoga instead of going on phone during my work break, even if it’s just for 5-10 minutes
- Getting out of bed when my first alarm goes off, not 20 minutes later
- Listening to a wholesome / educational podcast instead of just music during a walk (or just not listening to music at all and listening to the sounds of the world around me [not much right now though] or my own thoughts)
- Actually stick to the to-do list I made last night
- Send that text message to the person who I said I would stay in touch with
- Pray for that person who I said I would pray for, now, before I forget
Just some examples! And please know that I have only tried implementing these in real life with maybe 50% success rate. Always a work in progress.
Hope you have a blessed Thursday!
So tell me:
What are some ways you can say “yes” today to be a better vision of yourself?
Have you been able to get any moves and grooves in these days?
How are you overall?