You guys are SO supportive. After my last post about Erik’s uncle passing and our trip to be with his family, your Facebook messages and emails were so nice! I love the Strong Figure community–SO MUCH!
Skip down to the workout if you don’t want to read my sappy-weekend post!
So this past weekend goes without saying….it was rough. And kind of bittersweet too. Rough, obviously because of the funeral we attended. Listening to Erik read a passage for his uncle, seeing all of his cousins grieving, watching his aunt say goodbye one final time…..
I can’t tell you how many times I choked back sobbing for them all. There’s just something about having experienced this same sadness and then having to watch someone else go through it…I know I was “strong” and “held it together” at my dad’s funeral almost four years ago, but this time, it was like all those emotions resurfaced and it almost hurt even worse. I guess I always knew my own pain and how to handle it…but watching others feel what I know to be pure agony and not being able to help…I just felt every last bit of sadness, helplessness, grief, and pain. Aside from the day my dad died, Saturday really was one of the saddest days I’ve experienced.
I also say that the weekend was bittersweet because as sad as everything was, going through these types of experiences always seems to bring people closer and make you feel really appreciative of those you love. Watching Erik’s family come together and support one another makes me so appreciative of all of them. They are truly wonderful people and they definitely don’t take anyone for granted. And on Sunday, we were able to celebrate Erik’s dad’s birthday. Being able to share moments of laughter and smiles, good food and fun stories make a lot of great memories for me that I’ll never take for granted. I may not have my dad anymore, but having Erik’s family around really makes up for a lot of that emptiness and hurt. I hope I can give back to them in the same way that they help me!
And speaking of helping people…here’s one way I can help you and your fitness:
Your STRONG FIGURE CONDITIONING WORKOUT! Enjoy!
So today you’ll put 20 minutes on the clock and complete as many rounds as possible in those 20 minutes of:
- 5 Kettlebell Thrusters
- 7 Kettlebell Clean and Press each arm
- 10 Sumo-Deadlift High Pull with the kettlebell
If you don’t have a kettlebell, sub 5 burpees, 7 pus-ups, and then 10 lunges. If you want to make your workout harder, you can do decline push-ups (put your feet up on something) and you can also do Bulgarian Split Squats instead of lunges. These are like stationary lunges with your back leg supported on a bench/box/couch/chair/etc. Try them out!