While scanning through Facebook this morning I came across a blog post that was shared from Modern Homesteaders, Five Things Every 12 Year Old Should Know. The first point made me think about my 15 year old son and his lack of knowing where he is. I can get him in the car drive 1 mile, let him out and tell him to walk home, and I’m sure the response would be “Which way do I go?”. He has his eyes glued to his phone or he is flapping his gums and not paying attention. What about giving him or one of my older two a map and have them find their way somewhere. Their response would be to pull out their phone and go to their GPS app. Yes I’ve been guilty of using my phone GPS too but I know how to read a map! I feel as though I have really done my children a disservice by not making sure they know these simple little things.
The other four items in the post we have covered for the most part but they can use some work. Item 2, basic first aid, they know how to take care of cuts, scrapes, sprains, and the like, but would they know how to contact someone if they didn’t have their handy dandy smart phone? I was very skeptical on this one so I asked all three of them “What is your grandma’s phone number”…yep you guessed it…they each pulled out their phone. UGH! They all know about 911 so getting emergency services isn’t a problem. I think however I will follow the advise given in the post to role play injuries.
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The last three items they’ve got down. They all three know how to cook, they all three know how to handle weapons and know basic self defense and they can swim. These areas I’ve very comfortable with their knowledge and skills.
How do your children stack up? Can they find their way home, perform basic first aid, get/cook food, defend themselves and swim? At the end of the day these are basic things that they need to know just in case of a event like Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, a major earthquake or any emergency situation.
I know I haven’t posted in a while but things have been kinda crazy around here. However things have slowed down to where I am able to start sewing again (more on that later) and getting my house back in order. I took a short CrossFit break as well and boy I am ever paying for that! Can you say “holy soreness batman”? So with that being said and with the title of this post, yes, I’m walking like a cowboy today not like an Egyptian as the song says. Why you may ask, one word, SQUATS! My friend Hanna and I had the crazy idea to jump right into the 100 squat a day challenge. No building up to it at all just started with 100 a day. I’m here to tell you if you ask my thighs and ass they will tell you that I have lost my ever lovin
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mind! I may complain about the soreness but really I know its going to be so worth it in the end, yes pun intended.
I remember when I was a gymnast I could take a break from working out and get right back at it with no issues. Ok Ok I know I was a kid and my body wasn’t tired yet. Now being a
40-something woman I can’t afford to take a break or else my body rebels and one night a week for CrossFit doesn’t do this body good! I have refocused and come hell or high water I’m at the box at a minimum of 2 days a week more if I can fit it in.
Along with getting my focus on fitness back my focus on what we are putting into our bodies is back in full swing. Not that I was buying junk again, we are still plugging away with no pre-processed foods. I’ve gotten my focus back to get us on a gluten free lifestyle again and maybe I’ll even get us closer to living a Paleo lifestyle.
Back to the 100 Squats a Day Challenge. So I’m not crazy enough to do 100 squats all at once, I think someone would have to pick me up off the floor if I did. What I’m doing 25 reps four times a day. If any of you have seen the FB page they are telling you to do them all at once and record your time, ummmm not today. I’m sure I’ll get to the point where I can do them all at once but I’m doing them which is a good start.
Have you done a challenge like this or this one? Did you stick with it?
Image credit: Taken by Hanna from http://mishmish.org
Running and fun are two words that rarely come out of my mouth in the same sentance. Unless the word NOT is present. However, today I did a 5K with some friends and had so much fun. Yes I said it, I had fun running. Now if you are sitting there thinking I actually ran the whole thing well back that thought right out of your mind. I did run a lot of it but walked a lot of it too. At one point I remember saying that it looked like Houston traffic since we got all back up just after the turn around, and the pink color powder. There was no way to run through that crowd so yep I walked at that point. Ok, ok, yes there were people, the diehards, that were running through the crowd. I was not one of them. In all seriousness it was very fun and it was for a great cause. The Color Run Houston benefited Expedition Balance, which helps veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
There is another 5K next month very similar to this one that I’m hoping to do with the group again. Maybe I’ll even try to run the whole thing, and then again maybe it will be like Houston traffic too and be unable to run. Yes that is wishful thinking on my part.
Let me know what your thoughts are on running? Love it or hate it?