June 2, 2018
Birthday Fun
June 2, 2018

  • When: 06/02/2018
  • Q: Kool-Aid
  • Pax: Jewels, Soto, G.I. Jane, Tenderheart, Tutu, Trailblazer, Katahdin, Techie


From finding a last-minute AO that wasn’t blocked off for the Blue Plum Festival, to the threat of a footrace coming through the middle of our workout, 9 PAX still managed to post for my VQ!  I thought I would be more nervous or anxious about Q’ing, but truly the biggest challenge was creating the workout itself.

You see, I’m a BFG (big friendly girl, I made that one up) and even though we say “it’s you versus you” and “go at your own pace/fitness level/level of comfort,” I feel internal pressure to perform as fiercely as the fittest sister next to me, even though logically I understand that is physically impossible.  In creating this workout, I was afraid I wouldn’t push my sisters enough, or even worse that I wouldn’t push myself enough.

Some re-assurance came in the form of encouraging messages from my FiA family once I let folks know what I was creating, but I still questioned my ability to get through the very workout I created.  Could I do it?  The short answer: YES.  The less abbreviated version: I had to be kind to myself in order to push through and I also had to accept the goodwill being shown to me by my sisters.  I had to believe in myself as much as I believed in those around me and take my own advice to slow down and take breaks as needed.  I still tossed my cookies, but I DID IT.  I was Q and lived to tell the story!

And, without further adieu, The Power Hour:


WARM UP – 1 minute each

  • Jumping jacks
  • Cherry pickers
  • Arm circles
  • Butt kickers

THE THANG – 1 minute each, rotate for 5 reps

  • Imperial walkers
  • Deadlift row
  • Situps
  • High knees
  • Squats
  • Russian twists
  • Lunges
  • Mountain climbers
  • Superman




When watching after yourself, you watch after others.  When watching after others, you watch after yourself.  And how do you watch after others while also watching after yourself?  Through the practice, through developing it, through pursuing it.  And how do you watch after yourself while also watching after others?  Through endurance, through harmlessness, through a mind of goodwill, & through sympathy.  – The Buddha

May was a really rough month for me and my family.  I was diagnosed with an immune system disease, we had to put our 15-year old dog, Jubei, to rest, and it just felt like everything that could go poorly, did go poorly.  While we were in the muck, I barely had to ask for help and my FiA family was there for me.  You let me cry on your shoulders, you let me be vulnerable yet respected, and you lifted me up in ways I could not have expected.  I challenge you to continue doing what you are doing:







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