Tag Archives: fitness tour

Who Loves Mud Racing?


Ever ride dirt bikes in the mud?  Or two-tracking with a truck?  Yes, it’s true I grew up in Michigan and that proves it!  At any rate…  The tires can get pretty thick with mud and sticks and rocks.  It gets thrown everywhere!  When it comes time to clean it all off though, it can get tough.  The longer you wait the harder it gets and scrubbing becomes more and more difficult.

I’ve been thinking about bitterness, anger, self-loathing, doubt, fear-many of these feelings and self-talk come from unforgiveness.  These feelings can come whether they come from unforgiving others and all that they have done to me, or unforgiving myself and how I acted or things that I’ve said.  The longer I wait to forgive and allow myself to wallow in these negative emotions which keep me far away from God and from others (even myself!), the more difficult it is to clean up!  It gets crusty and deep-rooted allowing more and more of the same behavior to be attracted to us!  It’s ugly and a burden to carry around.  Sometimes we carry these scares even when we think we’ve cleaned it all up causing us to hurt and not even know it.  We need to search our hearts and have these  areas revealed.  When they are shown to us, we need to quickly humble ourselves and take action to forgive or ask for forgiveness.

We need forgiveness-letting go of what others have done to us, of what we have done to others and what we’ve done to ourselves.  We need to free ourselves of these weights therefore freeing up God’s blessings and love to freely flow in and through us.

You’ve heard of “Hurting people hurt people”?  Well, the opposite is true too.  When we are free to love ourselves-forgiving the wrongs, we touch other people’s lives in ways we may not even realize it.  Blessing them and giving a bit of tenderness or kindness to others.  We can also feel confident and secure in knowing that we don’t have to defend our actions or relent in the hurts any longer.  Boy, all this sure is needed!  We are hurting as a society, as families, as individuals.  We are more lonely and hurt than ever.  We need to look inward and see what needs forgiveness and our letting go so that we can enjoy love, peace, tenderness and compassion again fully, the way God intended it in the first place!

What the heck is a Burpee Challenge??


Red Fox Burpee's 5

About two weeks ago an awesome fitness friend of mine, ShariFitness from ATL  put a challenge out there about doing this 100 Burpees in 100 days.  I was already on a pretty intense training program and declined until I saw so many of my friends doing it.  Of course, many of them have been already involved with the infamous “Burpee” and new full well the Love-Hate that it can bring.  Burpees are also called squat thrusts.  What ever you call them, they work!  Here’s how to do them:

  • Start in a standing position.
  • Go down into a squat with your hands on the floor
  • kick your legs and feet back ending up in a push up position
  • Jump back into a squat position
  • Jump up into the air with your hands doing a clap above your head

That’s Count 1!

*It’s important to remember to jump straight up, opening your body fully.   Also, To do these in as quick of a progression as possible, but you need to listing to your own body.  The point is to get healthy not hurt!  If you need to alter this program in any way, starting out a little slower, then make a careful note and progress from there.  You are in charge of your own workout!

Now, from what I understand, the challenge originally was put out there as doing progressive Burpees.  So, Day 1, you do 1 Burpee, Day 2 = 2 Burpees and so on.  Now of course my fitness buddies that I’ve met through BCx turned this into each day starting with day 1 you do 100 Burpees.  I’m trying to get my push ups better and added in 100 push ups on the side (I can’t do them with in my Burpee quite yet!).  Someone else added in 100 sledge hammers as well!

I decided to do them because after watching my friends do them, I realized they really didn’t take up very much time; 7-20min depending how familiar you are with these Bad Boys!  A Burpee is an AWESOME way to get someone going in fitness.  they really DO work!  Your heart goes way up, your muscle definitely feel it, and they improve muscle tone very quickly while burning fat! What more could you ask for, right?

Well, I must warn you, The burpee club is a special one!  The first time I was introduced to them,it was in the middle of an already intense training program and I almost threw up!  I thought they were from the Devil himself!  I couldn’t breath!  I was sweating everywhere!  The only reason I kept doing them was because I signed up for the work out and had to check in with the crew!  I couldn’t let them down and say I wimped out!  So, I finished in a very slow time frame.  What I found out though was, they were exactly what I needed.  After doing them in a work out routine on a 6-day-a-week basis for 4 weeks,  I became “good” at them.  Meaning, I could do them without throwing up!   With the challenge, I find that Brupees alone aren’t quite so bad.  They give me some energy afterward and I’m all warmed up.  I can do them anywhere and wearing almost anything-not a skirt of course or heels, but they are a great way to work out a little without ever leaving my “spot” where ever that is!

Which brings me back to the challenge.  This challenge-100 day/100 days is a great way to get moving and to do it anywhere!  Some of the best I’ve heard is during a lunch break or afternoon break at work.  Co-workers even egg each other on to get them done while on the job!  They only take about 10min on average and give quite the boost of energy!  Rather then going for that sugary sweet “snack” that is only going to harm you quite frankly, go do some Burpees instead!  You’ll feel better, have more energy and at least you’ll have a start to getting on a program!  After doing them for about a week, you’ll start to feel stronger.  You may never fall in love  with these (or maybe you will), but you will love the results!

I don’t have it yet, but I will be putting a video on here and my youtube channel so stay tuned!

To see how Burpees inhance an already great work out, take a look at my Training Work Out article.

A Point of View


The Son comes in and through and around!God reaches across the vastness of eternity to divinely stoop down & desires an intimate, loving, unconditional relationship with us.  He chooses to want us whether we ever return that love to Him or not.  As we spew and vomit our putrid selfishness all over His glory, He stays by our side…just loving us.  As we hang onto our hurts and shortcomings using them as excuses to stew in our lives…He patiently waits-understanding our pain.  He doesn’t show this to the world, He doesn’t expose what we do or where we are at…He just loves us; patiently desiring for us to turn our hearts to look in His direction even if for only a single moment.  He longs to lavish His love-perfect as it is, He longs to pour it out all over and in and through us.  In doing so, He stands us up to realize when we look in His direction for our strength, we can truly do anything!  It’s uncomfortable at best to step out with such awesome power running through us.  Knowing it’s really not of ourselves, but with each step, each breath, each ability is powered from Complete Power.  With this greatness comes a responsibility.  We are never able to be completely touched by such wonderfulness and keep it to ourselves.  It becomes our desire for all to taste the completeness and the healing that’s necessary for our finite spirits.  When we allow God Himself to touch all that is within us, we are able to tap into His perfect peace and completeness.  Full acceptance right where we are at-no matter how dark of a space it is.  We touch eternity through The One who always was, always is, and always will be.  The cure for all that ails us, is this Love that reaches through the space, through the time, through all the darkness and places it’s arms of Grace around us.  This Love carries us through it all, expecting nothing in return.  Why?  Why would such perfectness ever want anything to do with me and all that I’ve messed up, with all that I’ve hurt, with all my brokenness?  Why?  Because He wants to.  I can do nothing to earn it.  I can do nothing to lose it.  But we must ask for it.  When we do, He reaches through all to let you and I know…

We…Are…Loved!