Challenge Completed!…and A New One Accepted.

Today, Jan 26, is day 30 of the 30-day squat squat challenge I was doing. I made it to the end!

It feels great to be finished, but I’m a bit sad it’s over. They say it takes 30 days to form a habit…well it worked on me. I might just keep doing random squat reps and sets forever. Ha. To think that I started with 50 squats on day one, and day 30 was 250 squats! Progress is awesome.

I can feel the difference in my legs and butt, but I will refrain from giving measurements or, God forbid, posting before-and-after shots. I’m not about that life. 

Since the squat challenge went so well and I’m extremely proud of myself for finishing, I’m starting another challenge tomorrow.

The plank challenge.I think this one will be more challenging because of 2 facts. 1) Squat challenge was a good beginner challenge since I’ve always had strong legs, 2) I’ve never had great upper body strength. A picture with the challenge instructions is below. Maybe you’ll participate with me!

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Let’s do it! Have a great week.

-Misfit.

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I’m Happy.

I’m happy.

No need for exclamation points, all caps, or an ellipsis. I’m just happy. I think I know why. I choose to be happy.

It seems so simple, but it’s taken me a while to get here. Now that I’ve arrived at this destination of happy, I realize that I got here by doing a few things daily.

1. I’ve made a conscious effort to smile more. My whole life, people have randomly asked me, “What’s wrong?” or “Are you okay?” because my facial expression makes me appear upset. Whether I was actually upset or just unaware of my expression, those questions are annoying. Also, I’ve read somewhere that smiling triggers something in your brain that improves mood. Essentially, smiling more tricks me into being happy. A new quote I found says “I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.” Paul Simon is the one who said that…and back in the day he seemed pretty happy to me.

2. I’ve stopped wasting time, energy, and brain power on things, situations, and people I can’t control. I almost don’t even want to write and elaborate about how, but I will. If you’re like me, you spend a large part of you spare time just thinking. Thinking is great, but too much of it can lead you to start with the what-ifs, how comes, and whys. After you spend your time thinking of all these questions and frustrated yourself, you might become aggravated because you realize you don’t have the answers. Trust me, it sucks. I’m giving up on that habit.

3. Lastly, but certainly not least, God makes the difference. Being born and raised in church, I’ve always heard scriptures and songs about God and his sovereignty. Now I know it for myself. I’ve chosen to look for and find Him for myself, not just by hearsay. This relationship with God is a journey. I’ll equate my newly recognized peace and happiness as a state line sign you see while on a road trip. You know where you want to be and are on your way to, but seeing “Welcome to North Carolina” helps you keep track of your progress. My peace that passes understanding and joy in the Lord are evidence that I’m on my way. Estimated time of arrival…to be determined.

Choose to be positive. Be happy. Enjoy.

-Misfit.

P.s. Here are some songs that I love. They even sound happy. 🙂

Weight & Health Update

It’s been a while since I did a post on my weight and how the loss is coming. I won’t give any numbers, but here are some other note-worthy updates.

1. I purchased a new scale. It’s pretty awesome.

2. Today, one of my associates at work told me that she can see that I’ve been working and losing! YAY! I don’t quite see it yet, but I’m not gonna tell her that she’s wrong. Ha!

3. I’m doing a 30-day squat challenge! Today is day 15, so I’m halfway to the end. I can actually tell a difference.

4. I’m going to do another 30-day challenge after this one is over. Maybe an ab challenge? Or a cardio challenge? Whatever the challenge is, I’m going to start it. And finish it.

5. My clothes are beginning to fit differently.

I’m happy.

-Misfit.

Things I Wish Smart People Would Stop Doing

Oh social networks…

A few things I want to say. I want intelligent/smart people to stop the following:

1. Trying to oppress other people with your wealth of knowledge. Just because you know how many baby whales were killed by pollution in the blah ocean between Monday and Tuesday in the third week of January in 1996… doesn’t make you better than someone else.

2. Going out of your way to use awkward unnecessary 6 syllable words when a 2-3 syllable one will suffice. I mean seriously…who uses onomatopoeia in everyday conversation outside of a English class?

3. Post statutes that sound like doctoral theses or the first two pages of

the most complicated novel ever to essentially say, “Today was a really cold day” For example, “The wind was like an extremely sharp knife, piercing through my layers of fur, fleece, and skin; it chilled my bones. It roared in my ears like the mighty lions of Africa, numbing and deafening my ears all at once. Welcome to winter.” *drop the mic*

-Misfit.

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First Book of the Year!

This morning, I finished my first book of the year. I re-read Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I read the book at some point in high school at the urging of a teacher. 

I remember loving it the first time I read it…and reading it again made me remember why.

Chimamanda is an excellent writer. She develops characters in a way that you don’t see often. Because the book is based in/on Nigerian culture, I believe I enjoyed it even more. Without giving too much information or any spoilers, I say the book was very good.

On a scale of 1-5, I’d give this book a 4.

I haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy of Americanah by the same author yet, but when I do finish reading it, I’ll let you know what I think!

Happy Reading. 🙂

-Misfit.