Day 2: (mini) Fitness Challenge – The good hurt

This morning I woke up pumped and raring to go. Sprung out of bed and I felt it – that initial hurt that makes you aware of muscles you haven’t been aware of for some time. It’s as if my body is saying, “Hi! We’re your quads. Remember us?”


I picked up my phone, all ready for my next workout, and the app wouldn’t open. Closed the app, restarted my phone, and opened the app again – nothing.

I took a breath and said, “This is the world telling me that I need to meditate first.” My usual is to start my day with meditation but I thought I would push the meditation back and start with the workout. I guess the Universe wasn’t feelin’ that idea.

Today’s meditative contemplation was, “I manifest my desires in freedom.” It’s part of a series on The Energy of Attraction.

After the meditation, I tried the app again and still nothing (I’m so glad that I didn’t endorse them in yesterday’s post).  I decided to just repeat the set I did yesterday, which made me extra grateful that I wrote that post and included the pictures, or else I would not have remembered what to do.

If you are interested in the exercises, refer to yesterday’s post. The reps are done as fast as you can in sets of 10 in an 18-minute duration.

Lessons and Takeaways

1) Eat food that fills you

Last night I made mixed vegetables and polenta for dinner.


The polenta was really filling so I felt full and sated. Sometimes when I eat a vegetarian dinner I am left still feeling hungry. So, for me, it works to add grains to round out the meal.

2) Do something that nurtures your body and spirit

After dinner, I took a walk along the beach. It was just what I needed – to be alone with the sound of the ocean and my thoughts.

Some people are crazy about the gym. Heck, some people are crazy for jumping into frigid arctic water for a swim.

Some people do crazy things. Point is, you do you.  As for me, I like being outdoors.  Either working out at home, or in a park, or by the beach is ideal for me.

Decide what’s ideal for you.

3) Be flexible

When my app didn’t work this morning it could have been a cause for frustration or an attitude of ‘It’s always something!’ but instead, I just switched gears and got on with it.

Don’t let tiny setbacks stop you from moving forward.

4) Find inspiration to keep moving!

For my workout this morning, I put on a super old c.d. (See! C.D.! Super old!) that I have had since I was a teenager.  He’s a musician from West Africa called the Kanda Bongo Man and his music just makes me happy. Also, happy to know that he’s still out there making music.

I dare you to listen to this and resist the impulse to move!


What inspires you to move? Leave a comment below!

Take care, everyone!

© 2018 Tamara Jefferies

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Don’t take my word as the bible. Before you start a fitness routine, talk to your healthcare provider.

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