Hello February!! I’ve never been so happy to see the start of a new month!
That last week of January was a real stinker. I spent 4 days of the week in bed, hacking up a lung. I swear to God I gave myself a hernia from coughing so much. On Wednesday, I finally started to feel human again but my body ached from lying around and it craved movement.
Yesterday morning, I went to yoga. Coming off being sick for several days, I knew that I would probably move slower than normal and that I would tire easily. As we moved through the poses, I had to take breaks. I felt off-balance and weak. I may have slipped a few times. Normally, I would have become frustrated in that moment – with myself and my body – and I would have felt that I wasn’t doing my best.
But the truth was that I was giving it my all. I was giving all that I had while respecting the boundaries of what I was physically capable of doing on the mat that day.
I think that as women and men, mothers and fathers, sisters and brother, friends and partners, we want to try our best and to give it our all in everything that we do. However, how we define “giving our all” is often in comparison to others when it’s really only something that I can define for myself and that you can define for yourself.
Each post in this week’s Friday Round-up takes a variation on the theme of “giving it your all” and focusing on their own personal journey.
Do you give your all?
This post from Rachel made me question whether or not I did give 100% effort or if I tend to hold back because of fear or comfort or both. Do you give it your all?
Post-Pregnancy: No, I’m not running a half marathon
I so appreciated the honestly in Nicole’s post. There’s so much pressure on women postpartum to lose the baby weight and return to their previous fitness levels as quickly as possible. As the title suggests, no, she’s not going to run a half marathon because it’s not the right time for her.
Be Your Own Runner
Related to Nicole’s post is this one by Michele. Michele is one speedy runner. She shares some of the things that she’s learned over the years about what works for her when running and training. The most important lesson that she’s learned is that you have to be your own runner – what works for one runner might not work for another.
6 things Crossfit has taught me
I can’t think of a sport that epitomizes giving your maximum effort than Crossfit. I absolutely love this post from Lindsay about what she has learned through Crossfit and how it’s pushed and challenged her in so many ways.
The Wrong Side of History
I’m not sure where to start with Cat’s post. Normally, I go to Cat’s blog for her snarky sense of humor, witty writing and delicious recipes. But this post? She writes so poignant and passionately about civil rights and gay marriage. How can you possibly give it your all, in fitness or life or anything, if you aren’t truly and uniquely you?
It’s Super Bowl time. 49ers vs. Ravens. Remember last year when Michele and Pavement Runner ran a little wager for the Super Bowl? If your team lost, you had to run the point difference in miles. They’re at it again with a little help from Miss Zippy since she’s the Ravens fan.
My football allegiance lies with the NY Giants, then the 49ers and then any other team that’s NOT the Patriots. I really don’t like the Patriots. Sunday, I’ll be rooting for the 49ers.
Are you watching the Super Bowl? Who are you rooting for?
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