My Peak Challenge

Inspired by My Peak Challenge 

***Updated 2/3/16***

I posted “Inspired by My Peak Challenge” originally in the early morning hours of February 1st EST.  Sam Heughan, Fight Camp, and Bear Strength Clothing Co. created the My Peak Challenge program to motivate individuals to reach their personal goals while at the same time raising money for Bloodwise.  I wish I had waited until the My Peak Challenge Prep Program went live to write this post.  Talk about inspiring!  Wow!  The amount of work that obviously went into creating this program is astounding!  It’s Day 3, there is still time to join if you have not already done so.  I may not go back to Titan Up Fitness.  Nah! I’m just kidding!  The MPC Prep Program complements what I’m doing at Titan Up Fitness, and my trainer says he’ll put on a kilt for Halloween. 

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Thanks so much for reading! Jenny Mc

February 1, 2016

I began blogging in October 2014.  After reading the first three books in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and watching the first eight episodes of the television series, I was “inspired” to write.  More than a year later, I am still inspired.  I am inspired by Sam Heughan, Bear Strength Clothing Co., Fight Camp, The Box Magazine, and by all of the My Peak Challenge participants.

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According to Merriam-Webster.com, inspire is defined as follows.

inspire

verb  in·spire  \in-ˈspī(-ə)r\

Simple definition of inspire

: to make (someone) want to do something

: to give (someone) an idea about what to do or create

: to cause (something) to happen or be created

: to cause someone to have (a feeling or emotion)

Full definition of inspire

in·spired in·spir·ing

transitive verb

a :  to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration

b:  to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on <was particularly inspired by the Romanticists>

c:  to spur on :  impel, motivate <threats don’t necessarily inspire people to work>

d:  affect <seeing the old room again inspired him with nostalgia>

a archaic :  to breathe or blow into or upon

b archaic :  to infuse (as life) by breathing

a :  to communicate to an agent supernaturally

b :  to draw forth or bring out <thoughts inspired by a visit to the cathedral>

:  inhale

a :  bring about, occasion <the book was inspired by his travels in the Far East>

b:  incite

:  to spread (rumor) by indirect means or through the agency of another

intransitive verb

:  inhale

Synonyms: bear up, buck up, buoy (up), cheer (up), chirk (up), embolden, hearten, encourage, inspirit, steel

According to Merriam-Webster.com, inspiring is defined as follows.

inspiring adjective

: causing people to want to do or create something or to lead better lives

: having an animating or exalting effect

Synonyms: breathtaking, charged, electric, electrifying, exhilarating, exhilarative, galvanic, galvanizing, hair-raising, heart-stopping, exciting, intoxicating, kicky, mind-bending, mind-boggling, rip-roaring, rousing, stimulating, stirring, thrilling

First Known Use of inspiring 1717

in·spir·er noun

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Do these definitions and synonyms sound familiar?  Do they remind you anyone you know?  I am reminded of all the incredible people I have “met” through my own My Peak Challenge journey.  I participated in My Peak Challenge last year, and was fascinated by the positive and overwhelming response.  In a blog post from February 20, 2015, I wrote, All of the participants of My Peak Challenge are amazing!  The sense of community, positive attitude, strength, and tireless energy to work together towards the common goal to Beat Blood Cancers are awe-inspiring to me.

There is still time to join My Peak Challenge.  Go to http://www.mpc2017.com. The organizers of My Peak Challenge this year have teased bigger and better, and they have delivered.  I joined the My Peak Challenge Prep Program January 18, 2016.  By joining the MPC Prep Program, you have access to a private Facebook group.  I am not surprised by the bravery and positive energy of this group. To join go to www.mpc2016.com/products/my-peak-challenge-2016.  All profit from the MPC Prep Program and the Supporter Packs goes to Bloodwise.

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If you would like to participate by ordering the Supporter Pack go to http://www.bearstrength.co.uk/collections/my-peak-challenge.

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Personally, I am working on a more specific goal for the challenge.  I reread my posts from last year.  In January 2015, I wrote, My excuse has been that I don’t have time.  I think that as Moms we do tend to put ourselves last on the priority list.  A good friend of mine told me recently that if you give all of yourself away, you don’t have anything else to give to anyone.  With that thought in mind, I made a promise to myself to carve out time for exercise, to recharge.  I still need to carve out time for myself.  I joined a gym this year in Jacksonville Beach, Titan Up Fitness.  I need accountability.  So far, my goal is to “tighten up at Titan Up”.

I completed the first week of their 13 challenge on Saturday.  I attended Boot Camp.  At the end, one of the trainers asked me how I felt.  I said, “Good, it gave me ideas of areas to improve on.” She said, “Are you breathing heavy?”  I said, “Yes!”  She responded, “Then you did great!”  It struck me as I researched definitions of inspire that she was absolutely right.

Origin of inspire

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French inspirer, from Latin inspirare, from in- + spirare to breathe

First Known Use: 14th century

I am so grateful to all the My Peak Challenge participants for inspiring me.  I am looking forward to the launch of the My Peak Challenge Prep Program February 1, 2016.  Thank you so much for reading!

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Jenny Mc

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My Peak Challenge 2016

Happy New Year!  I’m learning I should also wish readers a Happy Hogmanay! I am getting ready for My Peak Challenge 2016. I participated last year, and am very excited to set new goals for myself for 2016, physical and non-physical goals.

Sam Heughan, Fight Camp, and Bear Strength Clothing Co. created a program to motivate individuals to reach their personal goals while at the same time raising money for Bloodwise. The success of My Peak Challenge was overwhelming.

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I went to http://www.mypeakchallenge.co.uk to register my interest to participate in My Peak Challenge 2016. My Peak Challenge launches in January, and I will receive an email alert to the email address I provided to web site when they’re ready to go.

Information for My Peak Challenge can be found on various social media platforms. #MyPeakChallenge is the dedicated hashtag.

Follow: @MyPeakChallenge @BearStrength @F1ghtCamp & of course, @SamHeughan on Twitter To reach YOUR peak.

You can also follow #MyPeakChallenge on Facebook and Instagram.

https://www.facebook.com/MyPeakChallenge?pnref=lhc – Facebook

http://instagram.com/MyPeakChallenge – Instagram

Bear Strength tweeted that welcome packs will be available January 5, 2016 for pre-order. The web site, http://www.bearstrength.co.uk, is user friendly, and converts to your preferred currency. They ship to the United States, and internationally. I have had a wonderful experience every time I have ordered from the company.

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When you order the welcome pack, you receive information, Peak Gear, photos and a % of your purchase goes to charity.  This is last year’s pack. The bears have tweeted there is a new shirt this year.

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I am proud to be repping Bear Strength in Florida.  Through the miracle of Twitter, I met an Outlander Fan that lives in my neighborhood, so I have my workout buddy. You might find some of our FL adventures by following RiverCity Sassenachs @saltlifesassies.

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I look forward to seeing and hearing from all of the #MyPeakChallenge participants!  Bear Strength, Fight Camp, and My Peak Challenge accounts  have teased bigger and better things for 2016.

I’ll just leave this tweet from The Box Magazine here.

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Thanks again for reading!

Jenny Mc

inspiredbyoutlander@gmail.com

@jennymcinspired – Twitter

 

Fitness Test #2 Retest – My Peak Challenge

Thank you faithful blog readers for joining me on my adventures during My Peak Challenge.  This short post was inspired by a series of my tweets today.

1.  You can find these at #Cinnotti’s #JaxBchFL #bakery #yum

2.  Confession time, I did eat 2 Bachelor Buttons. Smaller than plaid cookies. I thought @BAMStrength was pro cookie?
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 3.  I’m going 2 get put in “sin box” #badinfluence
Feeling the need to repent, I decided to do 20 minutes of cardio, a combination of walking and jogging guided by my Wii fit.  I was pleasantly surprised by the results.  The first time I tested I walked/jogged 1.9 miles (approximately 3057 meters, if http://www.metric-conversion.org is correct) in 20 minutes.  Tonight, I walked/jogged 2.9 miles (4667 meters) in 20 minutes.  I’m not sure how accurate Wii fit really is with results, but I was pleased.  I only burned 129 calories, maybe the two cookies?
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I took this pic with 6 minutes and 29 seconds remaining of my 20 minutes.
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Completion of 20 minutes
For those of you suffering from Preschool story withdrawal, I’ll give you a snap shot.  We had a low of 28 degrees in North Florida today, too cold for the four-year old children that I teach.  Inside Recess was required.  “Chicken Fat” was requested, and the CD I have has a music track of the same 6 minute 29 second routine.  Second time through, I let them pick what exercise they like the most.  They asked, “Mrs. Mc, can you do a sit up?”  Of course!  I started to demonstrate, and one of my little boys rushed over to hold my feet.  He was so cute!  I said, “Someone at your house must exercise.”
I received the My Peak Challenge pack yesterday.  Thank you Bear Strength, F1ght Camp, and Sam Heughan for the inspiration!
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All of the participants of My Peak Challenge are amazing!  The sense of community, positive attitude, strength, and tireless energy to work together towards the common goal to Beat Blood Cancers are awe-inspiring to me.
Thank you so much for reading!
Jenny Mc
@jennymcinspired – Twitter
inspiredbyoutlander@gmail.com

BAM Strength Girls Work Out Playlist

Music inspires and motivates me to work out.  The BAM Strength Girls held a #BooTEAlicious contest for January.  I entered with a Work Out playlist.  I really enjoyed reading everyone’s playlists.  It was fun to see songs I had in common with others, for example, “Uptown Funk” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Take Me to Church” Hozier, “Peace of Mind” We Were Promised Jet Packs, and “Turn Down For What” DJ Snake and Lil John.  I always like to get ideas for new music.  I wanted to share mine with you.

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Fight Camp’s John Valbonesi has been posting playlists on their Twitter page @F1ghtCamp.  Thanks John for helping this My Peak Challenge participant!  I added Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” after I saw it on his list.

I continue to look forward to my work outs and will start today with the BAMStrength Girls February challenge YoFlex.  The girls will be doing a combination arm strength and yoga challenge.

The Salt Life Sassenachs are still meeting regularly to walk 5k, you can find us on Twitter @SaltLifeSassies.  I’d love to hear your My Peak Challenge stories!

J Mc

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