Core Fusion Challenge week #2, walking tall(er)

Walking tall.

Love that phrase.

To me, it signifies confidence, strength, power.

After this week’s Core Fusion challenge, I’m definitely Walking Tall(er).

What do I mean by that, exactly? Well, it goes back to the mind-body connection thang I mentioned in an earlier post this week. Because, let’s be honest, for this 5’3″ fit chick to consider herself “tall” by any stretch of the imagination, something has GOT to be up. 😉

So, just some ruminations from this past week’s challenge from a mind-body connection perspective:

  • I’m joyful – Thrilled that this challenge is turning out to be unexpectedly way more awesome than I expected it to be. I’ve loved every single workout, and sharing this with my sis has been even better. Now that our time together is more spread out than it was for the past six years, sharing this with her has been special. Stay tuned for another guest post from her/us. We have something fun in mind. 🙂 (Mind)
  • I feel stronger, physically –  A stronger core to hold those planks, which are still wicked hard, btw, but slightly better. Stronger legs to get low in those squats that never end in Boot Camp, today’s workout. It’s so hard to describe, but it’s a different kind of “strong” from what I’d get from a Cathe STS workout or something like TRX. It’s more about trusting your body to hold you steady, never letting you down…if that makes sense. (Body)
  • I haven‘t fallen into the fat talk habit. Looking back on the past two weeks, I haven’t had a single “fat” day or fat moment trickle into the back of my mind. This is something that literally just dawned on me today. Man, does that feel good…to finally stop beating myself up with those stupid thoughts that do nothing but damage your confidence.  (Mind)
  • I’m walking tall, legit. As in, my posture is much improved and I feel ever so slightly leaner. It feels SO counterintuitive to me that this could possibly be the case since I’m so used to hardcore cardio workouts to keep me in shape (along with weight training, of course). So doing something that is much less high impact, much more focused on stretching and lengthening the muscles, feels quite opposite for me, if that makes sense. But hell, if it’s accomplishing what I’d hoped it would, I’m all for this mindset shift going on! (Body)

As you can see, I’m having an awesome time with this challenge and am LOVING all of your supportive comments throughout. It’s really pushed me through, I can’t even begin to describe it. You guys are awesome!

Roll on, Core Fusion Challenge Week #3!


Quick aside – all that talk about lack of balance? Well *someone* must have been listening long and hard to me. I’m telling you, God works in mysterious ways. My boss, out of the blue, told me I should consider one day to work from home to avoid the commute. Really?? Um yes, please! So, I’m thinking that will be Thursdays, I have few meetings that day (typically) and it would allow me to get to Kick or TRX now and then which would thrill me to pieces. 🙂


21 thoughts on “Core Fusion Challenge week #2, walking tall(er)

  1. You’re SO right…it is a different kind of strong. I mean, I must admit, I REALLY miss my Cathe weight workouts, but the weight workouts in CF are extremely difficult. So deceiving with 5 lbs weights! I am loving this too, thanks for pushing me to do it. And I agree on the fat day thing..kinda incredible isn’t it?

    • I honestly don’t miss them that much….right now, anyway. I’m so in full-on Core Fusion mode that I don’t notice the absence. That’s not to say I won’t want to get back to that form of workout after, but you know what i mean.

      I am SO GLAD you agreed to do this challenge with me, I think it’s exactly what we both needed, even more than we realized! Yay us 😉

  2. I love this post.

    “It’s more about trusting your body to hold you steady, never letting you down…if that makes sense.” — YEP. I know this so well. This is how I get through every part of every workout I do now.

    I am so happy to see how much you are loving this!! Amazing, amazing post.

  3. I love open you are to this challenge. I think your open mind has really helped to make this a great, positive experience for you!

    And it sounds like you a have a great boss! You may find balance sooner than you thought.

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  5. Isn’t it amazing what we learn about ourselves from these little self-imposed challenges and growth? I think with every activity we take on, we learn more about what our bodies and muscles are truly capable of and it makes us appreciate them both That much more!

    What a blessing to have that all flow into a work/life balance – take the no-commute day and make the most of it 🙂

    • It really is – and I think that’s a big reason why I’m always looking for these self-imposed challenges to take on (that and a Type A personality that requires struture and goals!). One thing is for sure, I really am appreciating all that I’m able to do after this challenge and previous challenges (half marathon, becoming Kick certified, etc.).

      As for the work from home day? TRULY a blessing and one I’ll certainly take advantage of to regain better overall balance. Love it.

  6. That is great news about the day working from home!

    I love what you say here about trusting your body to hold you steady. That’s such a great way to put it. And you’re right about how important this is. I’ve been thinking wicked hard about my core with squats, as I’m hyper conscious of my form now because of the injury.

    Oh, and the pic is Rochester 🙂

  7. LOVE this. I so love the phrase “walking tall”….it brings to mind someone who is extremely confident. I am SO glad you are getting that from CF! I can even tell in your writing that it’s changing you – for the better – not that you were “bad” before….oh, well, you know what I mean, right?! 🙂

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