Wasn’t happy with yesterday mornings shoulder workout so tried something completely new last night. Decided to attack shoulders with volume and took an empty 45lb olympic bar and set the timer on my phone for 30 minutes. I then tried to bang out as many standing overhead shoulder press reps as I could. The goal was to break 500 and I ended up getting 543! After about the first 75 I started doing 25 rep increments with about a minute of rest between. Couldn’t believe how much this burned my delts out and I got the biggest baddest shoulder pump I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t recommend this to someone just starting out or to do very often but it was just the change I needed yesterday and it certainly had an impact and was a fun challenge!!

April 1st: The Challenge!

Introduce yourself!

Let’s start the month off with a fun little challenge. Tell us about yourself only in illustration. No words, no writing at all, just drawings! 

April 1st...ready move!!!

Today is the start of our awesome miles per month challenge. First, THANK YOU for joining. I’m so thankful that I have found a great group on tumblr to keep me motivated to keep up my new and awesome healthy lifestyle. Second, let’s get moving and help keep each other motivated to stick with this challenge for 6 months. Hopefully after this, activity will be a more regular part of your day or week.

Here is a snapshot from the spreadsheet that I’m using to track our miles. Each person has the goal for the month that they reported to me. Subtotaled under it is our monthly group miles challenge total = 373. Below that is the overall goal that would be awesome if we could meet as a group. It is our group’s total times 15%. That way, when you’re like…oh well, I got all of my miles in I should stop moving, you can be like WAIT! Jessie thought this might happen, so she set a goal of a few more miles, maybe I could help the group achieve that goal too!

Reward for meeting goals: I’m still brewing this one up, but I’m thinking of doing an easy themed reward after each month. Like enjoy a favorite beverage and share with us what you’re having, or take a minute to do some self care (paint your toes, let the conditioner soak in your hair longer than usual, wear your favorite jammies and just relax for a bit) or indulge with a sweet treat (within your food goals) and share it. Thoughts? Ideas? I’m open for suggestions.

Hashtag: If you would like to share with us your activity, your halfway for the month point, or anything, tag your post with monthlymiles. I just want us to keep motivating each other. Changing and increasing your activity is not easy when it has never been a “thing” for you, so do what you can and hopefully you can make some good positive changes that stick!

I’m here if you need anything or have any questions. Let me know if I got your goals right or if I need to make any changes.

Anyone can join at anytime, so if you’re not sure if you want to start now, just let me know what works for you and I’ll add you to the challenge when you’re ready! So happy to be starting with a great group!

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Spring into Success Challenge

Day 3; Tuesday, March 31 Transformation Tuesday:

I sort of did some of this today with my ‘reboot’, but just to make it official for today:

Get below 200 pounds on the official scale:

Improve Upper body strength to do a proper chatarunga:

Improve hip flexibility so I can pull my knees to my chest or sit back in child’s pose without crossing my ankles/opening my knees:

Lift up into a headstand rather than kicking up … here is kicking up. I want to be able to gently lift up using core strength.

2015 Reading Challenge [Challenges finished: 17]

[X] A book with 500 pages [Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle]
[ ] A classic romance
[X] A book that became a movie [The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky]
[X] A book published this year [Firefight by Brandon Sanderson]
[X] A book with a number in the title [14 by Peter Clines]
[X] A book written by someone under 30 [Captive by Aimée Carter]
[ ] A book with nonhuman characters
[X] A funny book [Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck by Amy Alkon]
[ ] A book with a female author
[X] A mystery or thriller [Skinwalker by Faith Hunter]
[ ] A book with a one-word title
[X] A book of short stories [Total Erotic Recall by Marie Moody]
[ ] A book set in a different country
[X] A nonfiction book [The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us by Martha Stout]
[X] A popular author’s first book [Attachments by Rainbow Rowell]
[ ] A book from an author you love that you have not read yet
[ ] A book a friend recommended
[ ] A Pulitzer Prize winning book
[X] A book based on a true story [Get Up!: The Dire Health Consequences of Sitting and What We Can Do About It by James A. Levine]
[ ] A book at the bottom of your to-read list
[ ] A book your mom loves
[ ] A book that scares you
[ ] A book more than 100 years old
[ ] A book based entirely on its cover
[ ] A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
[X] A memoir [The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee by Sarah Silverman]
[X] A book you can finish in a day [Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris]
[X] A book with antonyms in the title [Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres]
[ ] A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
[ ] A book that came out the year you were born
[ ] A book with bad reviews
[X] A trilogy [Origins/Confessions/Secrets of a D-List Supervillian by Jim Bernheimer]
[ ] A book from your childhood
[ ] A book with a love triangle
[ ] A book set in the future
[ ] A book set in high school
[ ] A book with a color in the title
[X] A book that made you cry [Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz]
[ ] A book with magic
[ ] A graphic novel
[ ] A book by an author you’ve never read before
[ ] A book you own but have never read
[ ] A book that takes place in your hometown
[ ] A book originally written in a different language
[ ] A book set during Christmas
[ ] A book written by an author with your same initials
[ ] A play
[X] A banned book [Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell]
[ ] A book based on or turned into a TV show
[ ] A book you started but never finished

My Goodreads 2015 challenges


An April Writing Challenge!

#WriteOnApril #WOA

1. Write about your bedroom/house.

2. Write from the perspective of a fairy-tale villain.

3. Story about a strange incident in a biology class.

4. Poem about ghosts.

5. Write a very quick one-act play.

6. Write a nature-based piece.

7. Story set in a foreign country.

8. Write your own song lyrics.

9. Describe the beginning + progression of a zombie apocalypse.

10.  Write a poem composed of heroic couplets.

11. Write about a nosebleed.

12.  Story that takes place before the 1900’s.

13. Select a Major Arcanum and write about it.

14. Write about something you’re obsessed with.

15. Write an ekphrastic (a vivid description of a thing) poem.

16. Story set in the tropics.

17. Discuss unicorns and / or werewolves.

18. Story about a piece of clothing / armor with unusual properties.

19. Write poetry or prose about a mythological hero.

20. Write a sonnet.

21. Write from the perspective of an astronomer.

22. Story about a fight.

23. Write a scene that takes place during breakfast.

24. Write a piece that begins with “They found her in…”

25. Write a poem of at least two stanzas in rhyme royal (consists of seven lines, usually in iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme is a-b-a-b-b-c-c)

26. Write a short essay on any subject.

27. Write a synopsis for a novel that hasn’t been written yet.

28. Write the opening scene for that novel.

29. Write the last line/scene for that novel.

30. Make an artistic interpretation of one of the writings you did this month. For example, it can be in the form of a video, a drawing or even a photo collage.

Originally created by Stefan

April 2015 GIF Theme: Error

The April 2015 GIF Theme is here! You have until the evening of April 30th to submit your ‘Error’ themed GIF. Your only limits are Tumblr’s GIF file size limit of 2 MB and the theme.

Once you’ve made your GIF, post it to your blog and send the link to us via our submission box. We’ll reblog it to keep a collection of all the GIFs that have been made.

Good luck and have fun!

- pi-slices

Books and Cupcakes March Book Photo Challenge
 Day 31: Read This Month

1: Fairest: Levana’s Story (The Lunar Chronicles 3.5) by Marissa Meyer
2: The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson
3: Eragon’s Guide To Alagaësia by Christopher Paolini
4: A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab
5: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Day: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27,28, 29, 30