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#igot5onit99 | Day#2

I know it is a small feat, but day#2 was a success!  I was able to get going early this morning and take my time getting to and through the exercises and ready for the day.  I notice, that I have the most energy and vibrant thoughts earlier in the day between 10a – 1pm & I wish I did not have to go to a job during these hours, but instead, could focus this energy towards building my future.  I may have to start completing this blog earlier in the day, or take the time to wake up extra early to do it as soon as I complete my a.m. workout.  I just have so many great thoughts, ideas, and anecdotes that are lost by the time the work day is completed, I have driven home, prepped & cooked the meal, greeted my family, and start thinking about if we have everything we need for food tomorrow, & on & on.  I am still learning how to be o.k. with a few things not getting done around the home w/o stressing.

You know, they never talk about how difficult it is to carve out time for yourself as a woman caring for a family (no matter the size or composition…). It is not an easy task to be the “manager” & organizer of the home, teacher of the children, planner of the future & for future events, as well as working.  I truly thought that going from full-time to part-time would mean I could do finally have a clear “me time.”  Unfortunately, that is not true.  I can however, pick up 5 of the 7 things that I just could not get to working full time.  Now, by the end of the evening, I have completed about 85% of the things I needed to do & about 8% of the things I wanted to do.

Today, I was able to get a MUCH needed spa pedi & my eyebrows done – a luxury that I only gift myself once every 4 to 6 weeks.  I only made it to today’s appointment because we are going out of town this weekend to celebrate my 31 years in this life :).  I have recently seen an influx of stories surrounding the state of our health as it relates to support of family life from the government.  In contrast to quite a generous proportion of other societies, the U.S. is far behind in the support of family leave, paid leave for family bonding, maternity & paternity leave, support for new children, quality and available healthcare, child-centered laws & legislation as it relates to work and the public eye (breastfeeding, affordable childcare, etc.).  There is a very real lack of community support among neighbors & if this void was rewritten, growth on all fronts could be seen (in economics, diminishing crime, increased productivity, surge in productivity, a general decrease in malaise, disease, and the degenerate). 

If we all had it within us to take care of ourselves and assisting our neighbors, we can mend some of the tears of our societal fabric. It seems in every society, in every century, in every literary & philosophical corner of the globe, there is a recurring discourse that pushes each person to look inside of themselves and find the places that are dirty and clean them first.  In this way, you are doing the very best for the becoming of the society and world around you – by starting with introspection and the biggest threat to equilibrium in our lives… the monster within.  This is where I am at now… why I am writing this blog… why I am focusing on my personal growth an hour at a time… why I fasted… why I am recording these things for my future self to reflect on as necessary.  If another person along the way finds a word or two worth thinking about, that is koo also.

Progress | 1.16.18 = Completed

Biggest struggle: Just getting started.  I woke up this morning and just sat on my yoga mat for 15 minutes.  I am feeling: A little tired and have a bit of a headache, I have NOT been taking in enough water today. I need to get in at least 2 more cups before I call it a night!

Totals after day 2/99:

  1. 20 push-ups
  2. 20 squats
  3. 10 plank rotations
  4. 10 seconds holding the firefly (Tittibhasana) pose
  5. 10 minutes of deep breathing

>Respectfully submitted & Always thankful<<   ~Mai



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#igot5onit99 | Day#1


If you read my initial post about this – you have an idea of what this is about.  This is a new challenge I made up for myself, and successfully recruited 3 accountability partners.  Everyone is choosing their own spin on it – but the goal is the same: Complete (at least) a set of “5” everyday for 99 days.  It can be 5 total, 5 sets, 5 seconds, or even 5 minutes.  I am being joined by my fiance (shout out to my #1 supporter!) Nui, my baby sis (1st cousins) Janay, and my sister-in-love, Chelsea (shout out for already completing yours early this morning, keep it up!).


I have been wanting to get back active for a LONG time, but only recently through this 10-day fast which ended yesterday, have I been able to remove the mind block and just do it! I have chosen to begin very slowly, & sharing my struggles and progress to help keep me accountable and motivated.  So Nui, Janay, Chelsea – your participation is HUGE for me and I appreciate your love and support.  

I have chosen to do 5 different exercises that are very very simple & they will get elevated at the weeks go on, to make sure I am still pushing myself.  In my daily #igot5onit99 posts, I will share when I finished, the biggest struggle, how I feel, and the totals.  For reference, these are what I have chosen:

  1. 5×2 (10) Push Ups  Push ups
  2. 5×2 (10) Squatssquats
  3. 5 plank rotations (going from full plank to resting forearm planks and back up = 1) plank-1
  4. 5 seconds holding the firefly (Tittibhasana) pose 
  5. 5 minutes of deep breathing 

1.15.18 = Completed

Biggest struggle: Squats, still MAJORLY sore from leg day.  I am feeling: Sore all over, but motivated and excited to continue and see where it takes me!  I still have random back pains that come & goes as it pleases that I am always careful to listen to as I complete my structured sessions.

Totals after day 1/99:

  1. 10 pushups
  2. 10 squats
  3. 5 plank rotations
  4. 5 seconds holding the firefly (Tittibhasana) pose
  5. 5 minutes of deep breathing

Now, time to go prep dinner for the family and enjoy their company.  May your worries fall dormant, your minds embrace peace, and your body exude strength in all things.


>Respectfully submitted<<   ~Mai


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Challenge. Ready… Set.. GO

So, I figured out what the next challenge of mine will be!  After I finish this 10-day fast (concluding on Sunday 1.14.18) – my next challenge is gong to be a 99-day challenge.  The goal is to develop a habit of being active, even if only for mere moments everyday.  It is also so simple that it can be done anywhere and at any time.  

What is it?

Simply choosing one (or several) exercises and doing either 5 reps/sets, 5 seconds, or 5 minutes.  This can be a different exercise everyday or the same one(s) / combinations for the duration of the challenge.  I am going to be doing the same group of exercises each day so that I can see the progress over time.  I will be posting updated / photos from start to finish for my own accountability and to reflect back on.  I will probably do an ultimate time-lapse photo every 9 days as well. 

Why 9?

Well, 9 is my favorite number 🙂

I thought about a slightly variant of this challenge earlier – but it relies on the continual participation of multiple people to be effective, so I figured this is a good one to start with.  I am excited to jump start my road to recovery (I have been plagued with laziness & procrastination for the past 2.5 years).  I have so many goals that I am ready to step into and accomplish and I think this will assist in removing the final mental block.  ~Mai