Today’s challenge: Publish a roundup post that links to posts on at least three other blogs, and tell us why you love the posts — and why we should read ‘em.
Here we go with Day 23 of Zero to Hero. When I first read this task I thought ” Oh really, do I have to?” Then I thought, “You know what? I’ve read some really good blogs this month, I should share some of the posts.”
First up is Sam from Midsummer 365 Project. Sam is trying to get “fit enough to dance in a mask” and decided to start her project in the middle of the year rather than the beginning and aims to do some form of exercise every day and blog about it. Sam’s posts are funny and always include photos of what she’s done or where she’s been. She inspires me to get out there and do something. Oh, and she’s mad enough to try doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred with 7.5 kg kettlebells because she didn’t have anything else to use!
Next is Debz from Deb’s World. I love her posts in which she compares her life to that of her daughters, Melanie, Sarah and Eliza, and her mother’s at the age they are now or, in the case of her mother, her mother at the same age she is now.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve also been trying to increase my overall flexibility, especially in my legs. I used to be very flexible and able to do the splits, get my legs behind my head and all sorts. In fact, you could say I suffered from hyper-extension of practically every joint in my body. Since I started running more regularly, my muscles have got tighter and shorter and I’m not happy about it. I still have hyper-extension in my arms and shoulders, not always a good thing believe me, and when I am warm I can still put my palms on the floor when I bend over with straight legs but my hips are really sore. So, thanks to Fit for 365, I found the Runner’s World Yoga Center. I’ve tried all 3 routines and liked them all. I think, once I’ve done them a few times and can do them without looking at the screen, they will really help. I also found that I haven’t lost as much flexibility in my legs as I thought I had.
Finally, there are times when I’m glad that the tiniest improvement is something to shout about and I wonder what it would be like to feel the pressure of meeting expectations of learning and progress that other parents face. Last week Louise at Baby Gates Down wrote about Mommy-Daughter Math Nights. Louise writes with a lot of humour and makes me thankful that my son is 19, not 4, and back then we didn’t have these free classes to take our children to before they even started school. Secondly, we were still trying to get him to meet the development targets of a 12-18 month old when he was 4 so we had different pressures to other parents anyway. Like, we need to get him out of nappies before he starts school because we couldn’t get him a place at the special education needs one for his Reception year and the mainstream school won’t let him go in nappies. What they’d rather change wet clothes and mop up the floor than change a 4 or 5 year old’s nappy? I know which I’d prefer.