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Nose Circles 5 each direction.
25 SSHs .
5 Cherry Pickers.
Mosey towards the CMUs. On the way, everyone line up along curb/sidewalk at one end. Karaoke two steps onto sidewalk two feet down. All the way down sidewalk. Then reverse and head back. So, both directions.
Everyone grab a CMU. Head to the first of 12 cones. Each cone represents is a station. Taking cue from 12 days of Christmas, the PAX works through the cones as through the 12 days. So, day 1 first. Then day 2 and then back to day one. Then day 3, then 2, then 1, and so on all the way to day 12. The number of reps indicated by the day. Exercises are:
1 – Blockee
2 – Man Makers (Merkin then pull block another Merkin pull
block back = 1)
3 – Overhead Press
4 – Squats
5 – Flutter Kicks Four Count
6 – Bodyweight Merkins
7 – Lion Kings (Vertical CMU squat and press like Simba)
8 – Front Hold Lunges (Both legs = 1)
9 – Big Boy Situps
10 – Curls
11 – Mountain Climbers
12 – Monkey Humpers
Then Mosey back to AO.
No time for Mary
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
As many of you know, my wife recently had surgery. An elective surgery to help with a condition called Interstitial Cystitis. This is a bladder condition that is considerably annoying but not life threatening. So, she’s struggled for 10 or more years dealing with this. After getting the help recently, I wondered why we waited. Ironically, today is BARBIE AND BARNEY BACKLASH DAY. On December 16th, Barbie and Barney Backlash Day allows parents to take a vacation from all the repetitive sing-a-longs and storytelling. The day permits parents to turn off the annoying cartoons and songs. Parents may insist on a different book to read at bedtime. Or put away the noisy toys. I’ve never heard of this ‘day’ but it describes a bit about what my wife did. Basically, giving up everything in support of her family. Mostly our kids.
And as an exercise take these 9 major categories of life and sort them in an order of importance that represents what would be the most ideal for you: kids, spouse, work, exercise, friendships, hobbies, house-upkeep, travel and experiences, and appearance. So, 1 through 9 most ideally. 1 being what you’d ideally like to have as the most important thing to you. Then take the same list and look at what it is realistically. Compare them.
So, basically an offering of advice to be careful of how you devote your time. Obviously, we have to work and take care of things around the house. We also love our kids and want to spend time with them. But don’t forget about yourself. As quoted below: ‘When you take time for yourself, you’re being a GREAT parent: you are teaching your children to grow up and find balance between caring for others and caring for themselves!’
Some professional thoughts:
Dr. Lara Honos-Webb, PhD Psychology Specialist
Parents need their own downtime and personal lives. If you are spending all of your free time running your children to their commitments, you’re not taking good care of yourself. Your marriage needs time for you and your spouse to have adult conversation. If you are single, your romantic life needs you to have energy to spend in connecting with other people. Don’t feel guilty for taking time away from your children to focus on your love life. Parents who are happily in love will find it easier to be better parents. Taking care of children, takes an enormous amount of energy, and the energy generated by a fulfilling connection to a romantic partner can be an important resource for you as a parent. If you spend all of your time taking care of your child, you will soon find yourself depleted, and you, your child, and your partner will suffer.
Dr. Deborah R. Gilboa, MD Family Practitioner
There are three great reasons why parents need to take some time for their own interests and pleasure!
- Lower your stress—be a better parent!
When adults take time for ourselves we relax. Blood pressure is lowered (unless “time for yourself” means smoking or eating a whole lot of junk food!), we smile more, sleep better and have a more positive outlook. All of these factors combine to help us be more positive in the rest of our lives – at work, at home, and with those we love.
- Strengthen your family.
Many parents avoid their own hobbies or taking time for themselves because they believe that there is no time, or their family needs them too much. Help your family value you more by valuing yourself. Your children will learn to show you respect when you show yourself that same respect, by pursuing an interest, hobby or activity that brings you pleasure.
- Raise your kids to be adults who take care of themselves.
Our children will repeat our patterns. So create a healthy pattern in your home, where adults value their own passions and make a little time for those interests. Do you want your kids to grow up and value themselves and their abilities? They will learn from you, by example!
When you take time for yourself, you’re being a GREAT parent: you are teaching your children to grow up and find balance between caring for others and caring for themselves!