2021 – Finally!

Did we make it? Are we out of 2020 and into the new year? I’ve been afraid to poke my head out from beneath the blanket to check.

As January tends to be one of the months where getting fit is promoted (due to all those New Year’s Resolutions), I thought I’d talk about an experience I had at a boot camp a few years ago.

I thought it would be a good way to lose some weight.

Boy, howdy, was it. I lost, I think, 34 pounds in a month. But what a way to lose them. It was one of the hardest things I’d ever done.

I started on a Thursday. Day 3, for me, was Memorial Day weekend that year. And I found out the hard way that there is a special workout that CrossFit places do around Memorial Day. It’s called the Murph and is named for Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a US Navy SEAL killed in action in 2005. 

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Lt. Murphy. What a horrible thing. And I applaud this kind of remembrance, one that is helpful and healthy.

My only problem with the Murph workout is that it occurred on DAY 3 of my boot camp.

Here’s what the Murph includes:

  • A one mile run.
  • 100 pull ups
  • 200 push ups
  • 300 unweighted squats
  • Another one mile run

I can’t remember exactly how long it took me to do that workout, but it was somewhere around 3 hours. I was the only one left working out for the last hour. And I sat in my car crying my eyes out, wondering why I did this to myself.

The next day was Sunday, our day off. Ooooh, boy, was I sore! I give myself props for showing up on Monday and for the rest of the month.

But never again! Now, I’m older and it’s harder to lose the weight, but I continue to walk and try to eat healthy and lose a little bit here and there. For me, that’s the balance I need. And that’s what my goal for 2021 is. To find balance.

I hope you had a safe and joyful entry into this new year and that your heart is full of possibilities and balance.

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12 responses to “2021 – Finally!

  1. Yes, thank goodness 2021 is here. Things can only get better! Admire you for trying Boot Camp! Trying to lose weight is increasingly harder as we age but I’m finding my appetite is less probably because I am not so active any more but really must make an effort to start doing yoga again, and more walking again when the weather improves. I’m missing it as perishingly cold here at the moment and daren’t go out. Roll on Spring! 🙂

    • Yikes. Sounds like you’re pretty cold there. And a ways to Spring, eh? We’ll get through. After all, it’s a new year. 🙂 I’ve been praying for folks in the UK, hoping this virus would ease. When that nice weather returns, we’re going to be ready for it, eh? 🙂

  2. Yikes!! I bow down to you on that. WOW. This gal couldn’t have done it – maybe some, but not all. way to go. I am seeking balance right now. Having a bit of a hard go at it. Will keep plugging along. Hoping for better. Have a blessed new year. Jillian

  3. I still love that you did this- so inspiring!!

  4. Awww I remember that boot camp. And, I remember saying no way could I do it. BUT, I’m older than you by quite a way. And, I hate the E word. I do need to get out more and like walk. And, I think about it. Funny I can walk on vacation or shopping but I don’t call it Exercise so I can do it.

    I even tried swimming, we have a pool here or did until the COVID shut down the lodge. That didn’t last long. I do admire your self discipline.

    So happy to see the end of 2020 and will be happy to see the end of this winter. Spring, here we come.

    • It’s hard to find ways to exercise right now. Though we have a treadmilll and that has helped. And, because I’ve been in physical therapy, I have theraband and other stuff to help me. Doing it all at home now. I’m not sure when, if ever, I will feel comfortable going back to a gym. Maybe I’ll feel different after the vaccine is more widespread.

  5. 34 pounds in a month? Wow! I’m out of breath justing thinking about that, Laurie. Huge congrats on seeing it through.

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