My iFit trainer for this month’s Argentina bicycling challenge (Nicole Meline) has been introducing the idea of finding your edge. This is finding the area in your life where you are “sustainably uncomfortable” and where personal growth begins to happen. Let those words sink in for a moment. They’re quite the odd pair to juxtapose, aren’t they?
Today, I finished the 12 part Japan series. My last ride ended at a shrine near the old Imperial Palace in Kyoto. My legs are deliciously sore and I’m so proud that I finished this. It made me think of the following Bible verse:
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” -St. Paul
When I looked up this quote so I could include it correctly, I read that Paul said this before he was martyred. That is really powerful.
I’ve been doing a 12 part, Japan iFit Cycling series this month. It’s iFit’s challenge for the month of February. I am four workouts away from finishing. I am very excited to see what iFit mails me for completing the challenge. I’m hoping for a t-shirt but would be thrilled by a gold star sticker at this point. ⭐
For anyone looking to start exercising, here are three encouraging thoughts to consider:
- Exercise does get easier the more you do it. I mean this both mentally and physically. Eventually you will want to exercise. Working out makes you better and stronger, physically, mentally and spiritually. It’s a gift to your body as a whole in so many ways.
- Think of exercise as a privilege, not as something you have to do. I’m borrowing this from iFit trainer Ashley Paulson, the trainer leading the Japan series. This little mental switch is gold. It’s really helped me reframe my cycling.
- Another thing Ms. Paulson said: you will have good workouts and bad workouts. It’s okay. Give yourself grace and keep showing up. You can do this.
Today I did my second ride in the iFit Japan series. I’m doing a challenge to complete this series this month. At the end, iFit will be mailing me some kind of a reward. I’m very excited. 😉
But for the life of me, I can’t find the iFit Japan playlist, so that I can follow the exercise series in order. Today my trainer greeted me with: “We’re on our eighth ride today and it’s one of our harder ones! Lots of incline and we’re going to be doing three and four minute intervals. Are you ready for this? Come on, let’s go!”
I think I heard my guardian angel laugh at me.
I’ve been bicycling still and working with a health coach to make cycling part of my regular routine. I’m starting an iFit challenge to do a 12 part Japan series. Today’s ride was in Kyoto and I got to see a Shinto shrine, some cemeteries, older buildings that were untouched by WWII and a beautiful lake. The landscape was really beautiful and peaceful.
- Add one cup of NOT keeping up with the Joneses. You can do this, I know.
- Consume goodies until you’re full; stop afterwards. Over eating one day a year at Christmas won’t blow your diet–it’s the other 364 days of the year. See above.
- Get rid of presents or limit them. Play board games or do another free activity together instead with something you already have. This will release pressure and make the happiness biscuits of Christmas rise better.
- Dump all me-monster, narcissistic, whining relatives into garbage dump or hole behind house (whichever is easier) before gathering. It’ll make the holiday better, trust me. Poke them with a stick every four to six hours. If they still grumble, they’re fine.
- Add one well behaved dog to the mix. Pets make everything better.
- Do not pressure your spouse/partner into buying gifts for you that are over your shared budget. Same for the other holidays. Your gift should be being together.
- Avoid traditions for the sake of traditions. See fruitcake.
- Do offer free gifts of kindness. Such examples include shoveling snow for neighbors and not singing Christmas carols door to door terribly off-key. You will scare the birds and people will call the police to report a suspected murder. Honestly, move along.
- Feed the birds. Refill your bird feeders in the Winter. Otherwise some unhappy bird soldiers will take aim at your car windows. Three, two, one: take aim, my fellow warriors!
- Christmas does not equal materialism. Christmas equals Christ. If you celebrate differently, remember your meaning for the season. Don’t let money, pressure or anxiety win. And yes, I’m working on this one, too.
I did 45 minutes of cycling today at work. Working to catch up!
See you tomorrow for Day 18! Ker kaw.🎄🦉
Thirty minutes more to me…Hear that fitness bank jingle. When I started bicycling back in October, thirty minutes seemed to last forever. Now it goes by fairly quickly and I enjoy it more and more. If you’re trying a new fitness journey, hang in there. It does get better. Remember, sweat is fat crying.
Poor fat. Somebody get it a tissue. 🤧
Thirty more minutes goes into the cycling bank. I cycled once again with my favorite iFit trainer, Regan Pearce. I’ve adopted his native New Zealander saying he often says during our workouts: Kia kaha! It means stay strong. I want a fairy godmother (godfather?) version of him following me around in life, motivating me while slipping me vegan snacks. I’m sure he doesn’t have anything better to do, am I right? 😉
This is the Labrador reporting here. My human did her thirty minutes listening to YouTube as a break today. She’s been a tired pup and mumbled some funny things like “If tomorrow wasn’t my Friday, I’d be guilty of premeditated homicide.”
My human is peculiar, but very good. I just scared her by barking at something outside in the dark she can’t see. I like to make her jump like that. 😂
We’re still celebrating the one year anniversary of our first book, Memory Bound. Check it out on Amazon or request your local library order a copy. Here I am modeling with it; don’t I look adorable? If you read the book you can find out my name. There’s a whole section titled “The Labrador.” What can I say, I’m one loved pup.
See you tomorrow folks. Ker-bark!
I yelled at my trainer today. I apologise, Ashleigh, the Canadian iFit trainer who cycles in Norway. I did not want to do another interval, “dig deep”, or heed your favorite phrase: “Push, push, push! Just twenty more seconds!”
I felt like I was delivering a baby and cycling at the same time. This was Day 8. 🚴♀️👶