Post-Super Bowl Monday Blues
Chances are right now that you may be A) Hungover, B) Exhausted, C) Feeling kind of guilty for all the party foods you ate this weekend, or D) All of the above.
Me? Mostly B. Maybe a little bit of C. But really, totally exhausted. I had one of those weeks last week that was just crazy crazy busy. At work, we’re beginning our city-wide wellness challenge TODAY and yours truly is in charge of the 14-week “Improve Your Health and Fitness” competition. For the first week, all participants must either give up one unhealthy food item or one unhealthy habit. I think I’m going to do both: wine and eating dinner too late. I don’t necessarily believe that late eating is as taboo as it used to be (if you’re eating the right foods at the right time), but I also need to start going to bed earlier and I still like a small protein-based snack before bed. So maybe eating earlier will help me get to bed sooner.
What would you give up for one whole week in order to try and improve your health? You may not “technically” be a part of our city challenge, but it doesn’t mean you can’t play! Think about it and comment below…would you pick an unhealthy food or habit? Try it this week!! Next Monday I’ll let you know what next week’s task will be.
Did you watch the Super Bowl?
I’m actually watching it right now as I type this. I don’t really get into football much (sorry Erik, Andy, Shari, …. ) but like many, I love the Super Bowl commercials and Half Time Show. The very first commercial I saw gave me chills:
Since getting back into the gym this past January, I’ve really learned to love and enjoy and have fun with fitness again. I might care a little less about my deadlift max, but less pressure to perform has allowed me to really appreciate what my body can do. And this commercial just says it all: “this is why we do it.” Even if you think we’re nuts! I love it.
I also love that the #likeagirl campaign was featured over halftime:
I know thick thighs and broad backs might not be for everyone, but the world is changing and little girls are starting to grow up understanding that STRONG is HEALTHY! I may not always be the strongest or the fastest, but I will always do my best to be an inspiration to any girl who needs me and hopefully my own one day too. Always, #likeagirl.
This coming weekend I decided, last minute, to sign up for the Superfit East Coast Championship CrossFit Competition in Richmond, VA. As of a few months ago, I thought I was over competing. But one of our girls at the gym really wanted to sign up and didn’t have a partner so I agreed! I am REALLY excited. I haven’t competed in over a year and I am hungry. And I really like that Kim and I are teaming up just to have a good time. No pressure, no stress, just to go and have FUN. I like that a lot. I’ve already stocked up on Drip Drop and made a batch of pumpkin muffins, my packing list is updated, and hopefully I’ll rest up and get some extra sleep this week. Especially after this weekend! Some of my bootcamp ladies and I hit one of the local micro-brews on Friday night after I got them to come and try CrossFit with me, then Erik and I traveled out of town yesterday for a birthday party (which was crazy fun), and today I’ve been food prepping and Super Bowl commercial watching. What was your favorite commercial, by the way? Tell us in the comments!
In honor of my bootcampers trying out CrossFit this weekend, your first STRONG FIGURE CONDITIONING WORKOUT for the week will be similar to their experience.
Workout 1–Every Minute on the Minute for 10 minutes:
- Odd minutes: 15 kettlebell swings
- Even minutes: 50 double unders or 75 singles
If you don’t have equipment, try 10 burpees and 20 hollow rocks.
Workout 2 is to be completed For Time, inspired by CrossFit Elizabethtown’s Monday Workout (I just saw this on Instagram and it looks great!)
- Reps of 45-30-15
- Kettlebell Swings
You can do barbell thrusters, kettlebell, dumbell, double bell, single bell. If you don’t have equipment, sub alternating pistol squats and handstand pushups. If that’s too tough, scale down to air squats and tricep pushups.
Workout three is also For Time, and inspired by the Saturday morning workout I did at our box:
- 100 Thrusters (sub wall balls if you don’t want to do thrusters twice in one week)
- 1000 meter row (or run!)
I hope everyone has a great week–stay tuned next week for pics from the competition! Don’t forget to comment below on your favorite Super Bowl commercial, and your thoughts on what you might give up this week in order to pursue greater health!
Strong Figure News:
- Be on the lookout for new ambassadors–we’ve had an influx of applications and will be posting them all over social media as we set up the pages!
- New apparel is on the rise…keep your social media eye on our tweets, updates, and IG!
- We’re hitting the GRID this month! We’re headed to the DC Brawler’s Pro Day weekend at the end of the month and will be interviewing several VIPs in conjunction to both the NPGL and MAGL.
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