Exercise Challenge: Week 9 – 2-22

Dumbbell Wood Chop

Challenge: perform as many repetitions as possible (maintaining good form) for at least five days of the week. Keep track of your repetitions on your calendar or journal. Which day did you perform the greatest number of repetitions? Celebrate your improving strength and share your outcome with a friend or training partner.


Making the Impossible Possible

What drives you to create and innovate beauty into your life experience? Do you consider yourself a person on a mission? Can you identify at least one thing that makes you light up on the inside so much so that once you engage in that activity you lose yourself in it? If you identify positively with any of these questions, then you are a fortunate person, because you have likely experienced the super power of activating your passion-drive. And as renowned coach, author and researcher Brad Stulberg says, “One of the best feelings in the world is losing your attachment to yourself.”

Human beings are so made that whenever anything fires the soul, impossibilities vanish. A fire in the heart lifts everything in your life.

The Maxwell Daily Reader

I get lost in my passion-drive when I go for long training runs. Or when I sit down to write something meaningful for myself or others to read. While I enjoy losing myself in both of these activities, the goals I have in mind for myself during the activity can sometimes leave me gasping for air…literally and creatively speaking. Even though setting goals is a vital task towards goal achievement, having strong attachments to goal outcomes may often take us to the lands of disenchantment. It is during those times of shortcomings, that we may find our selves despairing if we identify to strongly with the outcome. If we believe that achieving is the ultimate end and reward of our striving, we may give up on ourselves too soon. If we believe that failure is to be avoided at all costs, then the beauty of our striving is stripped of its value to strengthen us in becoming better, more compassionate versions of our selves. So this is why holding our driving desires (goals) loosely is assistive as we journey towards our prize. At least this is what I have discovered.

“In short, when your goal is simply to get better, you set yourself up for a lifetime relationship with your passion, which no longer becomes something you do but rather someone you are. It’s a relationship that can withstand the gravest failures, the greatest successes, and the passage of time itself. For many of the most passionate people, getting better is about becoming stronger, kinder, and wiser.

-Brad Stulberg

While in my goal-driven modes I have found it very helpful to detach myself from the outcomes of any given day’s drive. I have the goal in mind when I begin, but as I go along, if I focus to strongly on an outcome, this mindset blinds me to the joy of the day’s journey and makes obstacles of every interruption which stunt my energy and creative flow. I cannot flow in my activity if I am holding tight to that thing I believe must achieve. However, when I am able to set aside my need to acquire those things I’m chasing, and instead transition my mind towards stillness of purpose, I find myself bobbling along in peaceful bliss-drive. Whether I run or write, I am learning to settle into myself, into my breathing, into my non-thinking and non-judging state of being. It is from this place of quiet streaming that my consciousness (or rather my sub-consciousness) is given wings to escape the cages of impossibilities. In this place of all knowing quietness, this is where I find confidence to believe in my dreams. In this place of streaming consciousness, I am what I am moving towards. So whether I am accumulating miles or word counts, my passion-drive propels me onward towards the promised land of beautiful possibilities.

“I think part of what allowed me to accomplish what I did on Sunday is just always looking forward to the future, so there wasn’t the pressure that this was the end-all-be-all for me. I have no idea where my running career at this level is going to go and where the story is going to end. Maybe the best is yet to come. It’s a beautiful and exciting thing to get up every day and see what I can do.”

Keira D’Amato – new American women’s record holder in the marathon distance (January 2022).



Exercise Challenge: Week 8 – 2022

Walk Out to Beast Plank

Challenge: perform as many repetitions as possible (maintaining good form) for at least five days of the week. Keep track of your repetitions on your calendar or journal. Which day did you perform the greatest number of repetitions? Celebrate your improving strength and share your outcome with a friend or training partner.

How to perform: Stand with your feet at hip width. Incline forward at the waist and touch the floor with your palms. Bend your knees and walk your hands forward until your weight is supported on your hands and toes, with your knees hovering about an inch off the ground. Your body should form something link a box (90-degree bend at hips and knees), shoulders above your wrists, back flat. Remain in this position for 5 seconds, then walk your hands back towards your feet; stand tall and repeat.


Exercise Challenge: Week 7 – 2022

Hollow Body Hold w/progressions

Challenge: perform as many repetitions as possible (maintaining good form) for at least five days of the week. Keep track of your repetitions on your calendar or journal. Which day did you perform the greatest number of repetitions? Celebrate your improving strength and share your outcome with a friend or training partner.


Creating, and Re-Creating

โ€œRemember first that everything you think, say, and do is a reflection of what youโ€™ve decided about yourself; a statement of Who You Are; an act of creation in your deciding who you want to be. Never do anything in relationship out of a sense of obligation. Do whatever you do out of a sense of the glorious opportunity your relationship affords you to decide, and to be, Who You Really Are.”

Neale Donald Walsch

Exercise Challenge: Week 6 – 2022

Standing Hip Abduction

Challenge: perform as many repetitions as possible (maintaining good form) for at least five days of the week. Keep track of your repetitions on your calendar or journal. Which day did you perform the greatest number of repetitions? Celebrate your improving strength and share your outcome with a friend or training partner.


I Leave You Love

In Her Words…Mary McLeod Bethune, born July 10, 1875

“๐—œ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ. ๐—œ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ. ๐—œ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ. ๐—œ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. ๐—œ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ. ๐—œ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต. ๐—œ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†. ๐—œ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—น๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป. ๐—œ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ. ๐—œ๐—ณ ๐—œ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ, ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด. ๐—œ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ธ ๐—œ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น. ๐—œ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜† ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€, ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ.โ€