WritersButt Wednesday—Buddy Up!
Hi Kids! I’ve been thinking about you all a lot this past week. I loved the response to last week’s post about creating a powerhouse in yourself and loving YOU in order to honor your dreams and promote your own success. I’m glad it inspired you. But, in addition to loving yourself, you have to let others love and support you too. It’s that age-old buddy system and I say it’s time to Buddy Up!
Where am I going with this? Ok, well, since you asked …
Many of you who read my blog know that I’ve recently taken an online course on blogging and branding by Kristen Lamb, who wrote the book We Are Not Alone. It’s that concept of TEAM that I’m getting at. Kristen wrote a fab blog about the true value and beauty of teamwork in the effort to realize your goals and see success.
You can do the same thing with your health and fitness endeavors. You are not alone. Of course I hope you all know that I’m here for you, but I’m not enough. Yes, it pains me to say so. But we, as a WritersButt group, need to stick together. We can hang out on our Facebook Page, or on Twitter (#writersbutt), and that’s awesome. Also, you can group up in pairs or in small groups to support each other. It’s time to find some peeps to be in your corner with you!
“When he took time to help the man up the mountain, lo, he scaled it himself.” Tibetan Proverb
This is very important because we are often far more accountable to others than we are to ourselves. Take people who join a gym class. Do they have to join a gym to get into shape? No. (Even as a gym-owner, I still say, no!) Can they get workouts done on their own? Yes. But more often than not, they don’t, because no one is relying on them to show up. This is accountability. But, when those same people hook up with a class or group, who are showing up same as they are, now it’s an event not to be missed. You don’t want to be the person who’s the no-show. It gives you that little nudge of being there for someone else. They are relying on you! Are you going to let them down?
I bet you won’t.
So, I propose that you find either another WritersButt buddy or someone in your ‘real’ life (if there is such a thing—I often question this! ~grin~) and cheer each other on. Hook up throughout the day/week on Twitter, FB, text, email, … whatever works and check in. Has your buddy done the mini-workout she said she’d do today? Have you? Of COURSE you have! So, let her know. It might motivate her out of the chair during a moment of pure procrastination. Then when she checks in, cheer her on because I bet you anything, she’ll be cheering you right back!
Let me tell you a secret. Motivating others is the best feeling in the universe! Seriously. Doing for others, helping them, inspiring them and knowing they appreciated it is like an elixir to the soul. If someone has done that for you, tell them! They will pay it forward and soon, maybe, we can all be appreciative of each other and create this vortex of gratitude and encouragement that will keep us all swirling in the awesomeness of it all!
Be a WritersButt Warrior and Cheerleader for yourself and for others. You won’t regret it!
Before I get to this week’s challenge, I’d like some feedback and what you all like best or would like to get from WritersButt. I’ve offered my view of incorporating fitness into your daily life and how/why it’s connected and vital to your creativity. I’ve given you some nutrition information, recipes, workouts, and even some kicks in the pants. As I move forward, I’m not sure where I should take WritersButt now. I can make Wednesdays a fitness/recipe sort of day. I can take questions from you all and answer them on the blog. I’m open for any suggestions so that it’s a useful and fun place to visit on Wednesday.
Workout Challenge this week:
Free Choice Potty Workouts. Say what?!! Yes, you get to choose what you do every time to go to the bathroom. Now, I will frown upon the choice of eating cookie for every tinkle! Be inspired! Get creative and tell me what you’ve decided to do. Then hook up with a buddy (or me!) and tell me how you did each day. Yes, I’m asking you to challenge yourself. Set a potty-goal (haha) and then report in. Post in the comments what you plan to do. You may inspire someone else with your idea!!!
Mini-Workouts to choose from should you be up for the challenge:
3 rounds of:
10-Dumbbell squats/presses **
**Using a single dumbbell and holding each end with your hands, and standing in a slightly wide stance, squat down, lowering dumbbell between legs and touching it to the floor, (focus on keeping chest up, don’t hunch over!), then stand up and press dumbbell over your head. Repeat.
4 rounds of:
Sprint/run/job/walk as fast as possible for 2 blocks
3 – 5 rounds of:
30 jumping jacks
20 walking lunges
10 sit ups (full sit ups, not crunches)
Have a fantastic week! I’ve got my pom-poms out to cheer you all on, and if inspired, I’ll throw in a cartwheel!
Posted on March 7, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged blogging, Buddy System, burpees, fitness, Ginger Calem, health, lifestyle, mini workouts, support, workout, WritersButt. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.