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    2012 Lenten Challenge

    Every year, I throw out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion. We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It’s kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff). Several of us have been doing this for years now.

    The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 22) until the day before Easter (April 7), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.

    It's not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.

    It doesn't have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything - do it every day, without fail.

    In the past on some forums, people have posted what they’ve done everyday. I think everyone who’s done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it. How about you just post if you’ve had some breakthrough, or you’ve had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training?

    Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you’re keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.

    If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.

    For those of you who insist that you really do train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life’s propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.

    Won't you join me?

    Best Regards

    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickMatz View Post
    The 2012 Lenten Challenge begins ... NOW!
    I'm giving up internet porn!

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    sounds like a plan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyB View Post
    I'm giving up internet porn!
    1 day down. So far so good... whew - it's going to be a long Lent.

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    What if you are an exercise bulimic who has trouble not training and getting enough rest?

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    did i miss something here? i thought you were supposed to train every day to begin with.
    Last edited by bawang; 02-23-2012 at 03:10 PM.
    this is my mom she is very strong

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    Quote Originally Posted by bawang View Post
    did i miss something here? i thought you were supposed to train every day to begin with.
    Yes, we're SUPPOSED to.

    I aspire to be strong, like your Mom.

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    We're a few weeks into the Lenten Challenge and I wondered how everyone was doing with their practice?

    If you've fallen off the wagon, then get back on! It's as easy as that.

    For myself, the last few weeks have been a challenge. Overhauling the main bathroom in the house has been a late winter project. It's been quite a workout climing up and down ladders, etc.; however the results have been worth it.

    I'm not as young as I used to be and am a little beat up as a result. Keeping with the Lenten Challenge though, I didn't count the physical labor as my work out.

    I've just stayed up later, stretched out more and am still continuing with my martial arts practice.

    The Mrs is starting a new job today. It's full time in retail and she's not going to have the classic 9-5 hours that she was used to in previous jobs. Some days she'll have to start at 7 pm, and on others she'll have to close which won't get her home until around 10 pm. She'll also have to work most weekends.

    I'm planning on structuring my training around her schedule. On the early days she'll have to get up at 5:30 which is an hour earlier than I usually get up. I'll just get up with her and I'll have an extra hour every morning to practice. I'll also continue to practice in the evening, so this will be something of a boost for my own training.

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    Heading for the finish line!

    We're nearing the finish of the 2012 Lenten Challenge.

    If you haven't participated, why not rededicate yourself to your practice for this last week? If you began, then stopped for some reason, why not finish strong?

    I've had my challenges these past few weeks and adapted. I feel strong and my head is clear.

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    I'm preparing on constructing my exercising around her routine. On the start she will have to get up at 5:30 which is an time previously than I usually get up. I'll just get up with her and I'll have an additional time every beginning morning to exercise. I'll also keep exercise at night, so this will be something of a increase for my own exercising.

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