March Squat Challenge

For March’s fitness challenge, I’m going to use the squat challenge from 30 Day Fitness Challenges. It’s pretty basic and you can find the schedule and technique tips on their squat challenge page.

Day 1 will be March 2nd. The challenge is three days on, one day off, and each day you add 5 squats. I’m going to follow the recommended workout, the goal being 250 squats by the last day. If you want to modify, be my guest, and you can either add weight, add reps, or take away reps. For instance, maybe you want to do half the workout each day with your goal being 125 squats by the end.

We love squats. We hate squats. We will conquer squats and we will have nice booties to show for it!

Good luck!

30 DAY SQUAT CHALLENGE CHART

30 Day Squat Fitness Challenge Chart

Achieving Perfect Adequacy

“Practice makes perfect”…

Wait, that’s impossible.

“Practice makes more consistent performance.”

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Perfection isn’t my goal. Perfection isn’t even on my radar. Why? Because, honestly, I think perfection is a myth. Think about it. Humans always need a goal, and some of us are very, very good at what we do. But there’s always one more step, one more detail, one more application of our skills to be invented. And then there are mistakes we make throughout the learning process. Mistakes without which we couldn’t achieve any level of excellence, but that darken our record nonetheless.

I supposed there could be one way to define perfection that would make it achievable: If perfection was a yes/no question in which a person is asked if they accomplished their task. Reducing achievements to a binary “yes” or “no” would make it possible to reach perfection, but unfortunately, most things in life are not simple enough to adequately sum up that way.

For instance: Did I run a marathon? Yes, I did… BUT my time was slow, I had injuries I had to deal with afterword, I didn’t lose as much weight as I wanted to, etc. On and on and on, YES, I completed my goal- but I could have done better. Thus we see that reducing an accomplishment to a binary answer doesn’t adequately sum up the experience. My marathon experience was indeed NOT perfect, even though I did accomplish my goal.

Ok, maybe “perfection” isn’t the right term to describe, well, anything. I can’t think of any facet of life that can honestly be qualified that way. Not behavior, as the life experiences necessary to develop perfect behavior require making mistakes along the way. Not skill, as there are always new levels to gain and new applications to explore. Not in art or music, as the very act of creation is messy and the product means something different to every consumer. Even the ellipses of the planets around the sun can’t be described as perfect, as Mercury’s orbit breaks a bunch of physical laws.

But what happens when we believe that perfection is a necessary component of a happy life? The answer is simple: Cognitive dissonance. We know we need to be perfect. We also know that we can’t be perfect. Both can’t be true, so something’s gotta give. Let me recommend a solution:

Adequacy.

You could call it proficiency, satisfactoriness, capability. Good-enough-ness. Get-the-job-done-ity. Reliability.

Lets apply the concept of adequacy to my marathon. Did I finish my marathon? Yes. Was it adequate? Yes- I finished ten minutes faster than my previous marathon. Am I satisfied? Yes! Could I do better later? Of course.

In making adequacy my goal, I’m able to achieve my goal and feel good about it, yet still identify the areas that could be improved for later goals. Perfection has undertones of finality, adequacy has undertones of a continuing journey. In my own religious/philosophical viewpoint, there is no end, so there will always be room for improvement. It’s a beautiful thought to me that even God himself may continue to learn and gain new levels of proficiency in his skill set.

I know I’ll never be a perfect wife, mother, musician, cook, organizer, home-maintainer, friend, etc. I also know that if perfection was my goal in any of these things, I would fall very short and feel very bad about it. As it is, I know I’m an adequate wife, mother, musician, cook, organizer, home-maintainer, friend, etc., and I’m satisfied with my performance. I’m constantly improving and happy to do so.

I don’t have to be perfect to kick ass.

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A Surprisingly Helpful Tool to Get More Done

I’m not an organised person. My house is always pretty messy and I always forget to do things, like flossing, that I should do every day. When I have a minute of free time, I usually end up wasting it on Facebook or watching TV. But I found a way to help organise my daily tasks, and now my house is a little cleaner, I waste a little less time, and I floss every day.

I downloaded a little phone app called “Daily Success Checklist“. It was free and just one of several I saw on Google Play that would have done the job. Its a checklist that resets every day and keeps a record of all your past days. It also tells me what percent of my tasks I’ve done each day. If I get over 70%, I consider the day a success. I use it to keep track of some basic health habits, things I want my kids to do every day, and my own personal chores.

Feel free to steal ideas or suggest ideas. I’m really interested in what other people do to organise their daily tasks because organisation is an ongoing struggle for me. I will likely add new tasks and maybe delete some as I polish my routines.

Health

-Work Out

-Foam roll, stretch, physical therapy exercises

-No dessert

-Eat legumes

-Eat veggies

-Get enough sleep (based on how I feel, not the actual number of hours)

-Eat fruit

-Push-ups

Kids

-Brush Evan’s teeth

-Brush Jeffrey’s teeth

-Read to Evan

-Read to Jeffrey

-Homework or table time for Jeffrey

-Table time for Evan

-Jeffrey play with other kids

-Evan play with other kids

Everything else

-Practice music

-Practice geography

-Write a little

-Spend 1 hour cleaning

-Check the news

-Special projects (Like getting boxes of clothes ready to donate, or hanging cabinets in the garage)

-Change the cats’ water

-Read scriptures

-Read my book

-Alone time

-Adult conversation

-Shower

-Floss