Try Something New for a Month

I am utterly addicted to TED videos. They are inspirational, informational and usually has everything my brain wants. Around New Year’s  Eve I was watching: Try Something New For 30 DaysThe title describes it well, and I encourage everyone to go watch it and get inspired. It is all too easy to get stuck in a daily routine.

The video sure inspired me and I decided to try something for the 31 days of January. In January I cut out dairy and ate a vegan diet for 31 days. I also decided to de-clutter my life a little and got rid of one thing every day. 31 things later I cannot notice any difference, so we will most likely keep up with it and slowly de-clutter. Our goal is to one day live in a small house with only the things that we actually use.

For February I have two goals. My first is to read at least 5 pages every day. I used to read a lot, but haven’t in later years and want to get back to it. So at least a little bit every day to stimulate my mind and set a good example for bean. I also decided to do at least 5 minutes of meditation every day. When we lived closer to monasteries we went at least once a week for long meditations and practiced shorter at home. Now all monasteries are so far away we just don’t go and I can feel the difference in my mind. So here’s hopefully the new beginning to a continued mindful life.

And, because I like to overdo things, I decided to join  Fitness, Finance and Fun on a journey through Fab Ab February. I am not sure if this is the blog it originates from because there are so many out there, but it’s the one I got the info from. I will add this to my regular (although more sporadic and spur-of-the-moment) workouts to really stabilize my core and keep  my back healthy and strong. Anyone with me??

Fab Ab February

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AMRAP High Intensity Workout

Baby bean had me up early this morning. First I had to stay awake during the early morning nursing session (5 a.m.) to put our load of cloth diaper laundry in when bean had fallen back asleep. Bean then woke up at 7.30 when hubby was leaving for work, and bean did not fall back asleep! He usually takes another nap and gets up at 10… but no instead he stayed up cooing and being adorably cute, so even though mommy didn’t get a nap I was excited to spend some cooing time with him. Then up we went for a productive morning. Hung the diapers outside to dry. And I had time to do a morning workout while bean was in his swing, where he is now sleeping while I am wide awake. Go figure.

Today’s conditioning was an AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible) high intensity workout based on crossfit exercises. I love these workouts because I love high reps and I love burpees (although I hate both at the same time…) AND the best part is I know it is going to take 20 minutes, because it’s as many reps as possible in 20 minutes. Great when you know about how long your baby will stay asleep or can occupy him/herself without needing you. Got through 3 rounds with a couple of minutes to spare.

This workout was another Pinterest find (how I love Pinterest… great for browsing while breastfeeding a sleepy baby) originating from the Cardio and Cocktails blog. And again, no equipment needed just your body and an inspired mind!

Crossfit AMRAP High Intensity Workout

One Room Interval Training

I know feel fully recovered and have finally started to slowly introduce some hammer throwing and some conditioning back into my life. So far I am having a blast!

The workout I did today I found on Pinterest (come join me: http://pinterest.com/micklon/) and it originates from the Back on Pointe blog. As soon as baby bean closed his eyes for a morning nap. I blasted International Love on Spotify and got to work. 22 minutes later I was happy, sweaty and well out of breath. Just what i want my conditioning to be like 🙂

Here it is if anyone wants to try it out. It is a high intensity interval workout. Go through the list twice, with a two minute rest in between sets. And the great thing is you don’t need anything but your body and maybe something to time it with. That’s it. No excuses!

The One Room Interval Workout