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Inner Me Boot Camp

 

Silly me!  I’ve been working so hard on my strength and endurance physically, that I forgot to tune in to what was going on on the inside!

The last few months have really been both an emotional and physical roller coaster for me. Some of the things I have been dealing with are too personal to post on the interwebs, sufficed to say that I have been doing a lot of soul searching amidst my Best Body Bootcamp training.

 

So in addition to my Best Body Bootcamp Training, I am now also self-enrolled in a more spiritual bootcamp.

 

As you know, I started this blog to have it help me find balance. Well here is my chance. I have been focused so much on the outside that I forgot to tune in to what was going on on the inside. My struggles spiritually have been due to my failure to communicate my feelings and emotions with those close to me, and my lack of faith and trust in the Lord, who is supposed to be my strength in times of weakness.

 

A verse in particular has been of great importance to me, and is the basis for my bootcamp. It has to do with preparing for spiritual warfare:

 

Ephesians 6:12-18

New International Version (NIV)

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

So in addition to my daily workouts and stretching regimen I have taken up the following Inner Bootcamp training modules alongside my husband:

1) Daily Devotionals, share with Travis

2) Find a congregation to attend to with Travis every Sunday

3) Pray without ceasing!

4) Voice my needs and concerns without fear, anger, or doubt. Trust the Lord with my needs and give the burdens up to Him.

 

I need to take up the full armor of God in order to fight my spiritual battles. I have the tools I need, it’s just a matter of using them, practicing with them, and being ready and steadfast against temptation.

 

Anniversary, Circuits, and Stretching

Happy Monday!

As I reflect back on the weekend, first and foremost I have to give a shoutout to Travis, my Fluffy, because this Sunday, August 12th, we celebrated our 10th anniversary. :)

Elings Park, August 12th, 2002

Travis, I will always love you no matter where the road of life takes us, and I cherish the last 10 years we spent together. May you be blessed this day and always, Love, Christin

 

Travis and I celebrated first with breakfast at a local cafe. I had pancakes and eggs and home fries. We both ordered bloody mary’s, but they were terrible (watery and spicy, but somehow no tomato…so weird!) So we sent those back.  Next, we had a lovely couple of hours at the beach, where we lazed around in the hot sun, soaking up the beautiful weather, sand, salt, and sunscreen. Somehow we both managed to get a little sunburned, but that’s okay!

After we cleaned up from the beach, we went and had ridiculously good pizza and beer at Gina’s Pizza, and then watched Total Recall (the new one) with a plethora of candy. Lots of food…nay TONS of food…and not healthy at that…was consumed. It was delicious and worth it, but I enjoyed it knowing that I had worked out hard last week, and will again this week.

So that was the weekend…full of food, love, and fun…but that brings me to my next subject…Best Body Bootcamp!

 


While there were other strength training workouts and cardio accomplished, including a nice jog/walk along the bluffs and beach, I would like to focus particularly on the circuits and stretching I accomplished this week.

Circuits:

Workout C for this week (and next week) was all about 10 minute circuits. There were 3 sets of 3 exercises, and we were to do each set as many times as we could for 10 minutes total. The focus was on all the major muscle groups (legs, core, chest) but also covered the smaller groups as well. The movements were almost martial arts based (punches, wood chops, front kicks) so I really felt like I was in my element, given my karate background.

For the first 10 minute circuit, I mostly concentrated on getting a feel for how the circuit would go. Howe many times would I get through? Would I finish evenly? Did I have proper form? Was I pacing myself correctly? I didn’t know going into it there would be so much to concentrate on to distract me from the hard work itself! I ended up getting through the 3 exercises a total of 4 times, with 24 seconds to spare. I didn’t really stop in between sets except for a quick towel to the forehead to remove sweat, and a swig of water to stay hydrated.

For the second 10 minute circuit, I was hating life during the squats with front kicks. I naturally just kick high because of my karate training, so I was really feeling the burn! For this set, I didn’t quite get through 4 times through the set of exercises, but did I give up? No way. My OCD would not allow me to stop mid set. So I finished out my last few squats with front kicks and side planks with twists without regard to the timer on my smartphone telling me I was crazy and that I could stop. Yeah, that would be 160 squats with front kicks completed, among other things!!

For the last 10 minute circuit I was slightly fatigued, but I grabbed my weights and pushed through, aiming to complete 4 sets of these as well, to round things out. For the clamshell abductors, I even threw in a resistance band around my knees to up the intensity. I finished out the circuit just over the 10 minute mark. Then drank a bottle of water, mopped the sweat from my face, and laid down on the floor for a few minutes before I got to stretching. I showed Travis the workout later and he thought I was nuts, which means I did something right lol. Mission accomplished!

Stretching:

After a tough workout, the last thing I want to do sometimes is stretch out my aching muscles, but it is so key to overall health and strength and stability, and etc etc etc!

So I pushed through. I actually did really well with stretching this week. As one of my “other goals,” stretching has really been a focus for me. I used to be really flexible! I danced ballet, and did karate, so flexibility was something I really took for granted. As I have gotten older, and started focusing more on strength training, I have noticed that my flexibility isn’t what it used to be. But I have also noticed that when I was younger I focused only on stretching specific muscle groups as required for dance and karate, and as a result, I had become especially tight in other areas.

My shoulders, lats, outer hips, and hamstrings have always been tight. Now my inner thighs, back, various other muscles used for the splits, etc have also gotten tighter now. I have taken this as an opportunity to work through stretches that incorporate opposing muscle groups, one set at a time. I am focusing on breathing into each stretch and relaxing, really allowing that muscle to lengthen. It has given me focus, and a sense of calm. It has helped me focus on giving my body time to cool down properly and get the oxygen and well deserved rest it needs after each workout.

I am looking forward to Week 4 of Boot Camp. My focus will be on continuing to push myself during workouts, and relaxing and appreciating what I accomplished while I stretch. I’m all about balance, and this is a great opportunity to find it.

 

Hope everybody has a great and balanced week!

 

Cheers,

 

Christin

Walking The Plank

I am stoked. Why? I’ll tell you why…

I have a 2 minute plank now!!!

I’ve been working on it 20 second increments at a time, and it’s truly paying off.

I have been a little dissatisfied with myself for not controlling my diet better. It makes me grumpy like this:

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Grumpy...but my eye makeup rocks, right? Right

But yesterday at body pump my hard work on my planks proved to be worth it when I out-planked the instructor. She had to modify towards the end of the song when we were doing our plank reaches with opposite arms and legs as well as leg lifts in side plank AND I DIDN’T HAVE TO MODIFY…I JUST HANDLED IT LIKE A BAWWSSS. :)

I don’t say this to put her down or say I’m better than her in any way…because believe me when it comes to cleans and squats and anything else with a barbell she kicks my ass hands down…but it was just nice to have that small victory to tell me I’m doing something right. So go me.

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I look super patriotic, don't I? Yes

In other news, I got to spend a great day barbequeing at the beach on Sunday with a couple of my dear friends who moved to the Bay but were down visiting!

Here are some pics of us chillin’…

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Miss Megan and I at Refugio Beach

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Mr Travis and I...

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Megan taking a picture of "Her Travis"

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Megan and I again...

And here are some pics of the FOOD:

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A juicy hunk of meat ;)

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All of this was slathered in delicious butter...

Yes…that would be tri-tip, lobster tail, and asparagus …and we had s’mores later as well!

We also enjoyed this beautiful sunset and almost full moon:

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Dusk...

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Duskier...

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Dark...

Yeah…I’m aware I live in Paradise …its pretty amazing. :)

So that was my weekend highlight and work week highlight. Looking forward to Zumba today, as well as getting laser imaging for my final Invisalign set…

Cheers!

Christin