Posts tagged ‘challenge’

February 23, 2016

The Better World

Yesterday a (guest) blog was published on Thebetterworld.org. The better world is an inspirational blog about the daily improvements we can all make to turn this earth into a better place. I want to invite you to head over to this blog and read it. More important, I want to invite you to join the challenge that is mentioned in the blog: 10 days for a better world! Are you ready?

Read the full blog here.

Some short bits and pieces extracted from the blog:

” … she liked me for who I was and therefore, was a good friend! A while ago, we ‘found’ each other again on Facebook and since then, I’ve seen her do so much awesome ‘better world’-stuff… ”

“In her letter, she first describes being hesistant about writing about ‘doing good stuff’, a feeling I recognize. Every blog post is a struggle ….”

” I hereby want to restart this little challenge. And yes, it is just a little challenge. It is just 10 days of small social actions. The 10 days is just a number of course. If you want to make that – like I try – into a life long habit, that is perfectly fine. I actually would appreciate that effort a lot!”

Again, read the full blog here: What they do: Ruth.

While you are clicking anyway, go ahead and like The Better World on Facebook.

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July 22, 2015

2000 kilometer

ruth 001Within a little over a week it is time. I will be on my (race) bike and cycling for 2 weeks, over 2000 kilometer, to raise money for an organization that helps out kids with muscle diseases and funds research in order to be able to prevent and treat muscle diseases. It is strange and weird that I have not posted about that on this blog yet. And now it is so close, all I can share is the feelings on shuffle in my mind.

As I am working hard to get all the preparations done, I am focusing on this ride more than I have done so far. I am thinking about the kids constantly, thinking about more ways to make their life more awesome. I am thinking about the hazards of the ride that I will encounter. I am looking forward to the information and to all the conversations with the experts and the cycling enthusiasts. In short, there is going so much through my head that it is hard to focus on anything else. All I think is cycling, all I see is cycling, all I hear is cycling and all I want to do is cycling. Trying out the gear, trying out the new outfits and the cool little gadgets that will keep me on the road.

I know I will end up at the side of the road, crying my hydration out, feeling alone and desperate, at some point. I know I will feel intense joy and happiness when I overview the beautiful scenery. I know I will feel grateful for every rider out there who joins me for a while. I will feel (and I already feel) grateful for every single euro donated, for every single bit of help that is offered to me.

So far this entire experience has been amazing already. The many times my status was shared so many times I could not possibly track all the replies of people who wanted to help me. The many times that people wish me good luck, people who I have never met before who come up to me and shake my hand. It is plain and simple overwhelming.

11403155_10204591250122507_2769392194509153060_nHere I am. four and a half more prep days to go. 5 rest days to go. Sitting on the couch, wishing I could express all the feelings of happiness and gratitude and excitement and nerves that rush through my body, knowing that all I can do is just follow the plan. That is all I need to do, just follow the plan. The plan that I did not fully write down. I just used some words and lines and quickly drawn graphs about training intensity and type of training. I just scribbled some sentences in my notebook to guide myself through the last preparations. I did make Excel files with the routes, the addresses where I will stay and a packing list and yes, I did contact professionals to help me with this weird and exciting adventure. And now it is almost time. It is almost time and all I want to do is start already. I just want to get on that bike and start riding. I am ready. My body is not, but my mind is. My body needs some more rest. My health needs those last preparations, but a small part of me can’t wait to be on that bike…

But I will wait. I will take my time and I will do this the right way.
I will take my time so I can ride this ride, for Bente, Finn and Liv. For three amazing children who will be in my heart forever.
I will take my time and silently go over all the people who have showed their support, one way or another. And since I am doing that silently, hereby I want to thank all of you, once again. Thank you!

So, there you have it, my feelings on shuffle, in a blog, on my personal blog…

If you feel you want to support this ride, and thereby the amazing children who live with muscle diseases, just simply go to www.2000kilometer.nl to donate, or contact me to hear what else you can do. And if you want to wish me good luck in person, come to Hoornaar on the first of August. I will ride through this village around 9:30 / 10:00 am. You can check-in for this event right here.

If you have any questions, go for it, ask them. I will be glad to answer them!

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January 11, 2015

The 30 day paleo challenge @ Crossfit Bink 36

Last week I got an invite from Jorden to join the kick-off of the 30 day Paleo challenge at the Crossfit box (yeah, personal invites always work better!). My original plan for the weekend was to go to Texel and learn to fly, but since the wind was going over 45 kilometers an hour, that plan did not hold and there was no reason to skip on this kick-off. But I am not the kind of girl that goes to a kick-off and then just leaves it at that. Of course I am going to join the challenge. And you know what? I challenge you to join me too!

Paleo coach, CrossVitamins rep, nākd. rep and the awesome delicious nākd. bars.

Paleo coach Jip Hiltrop , CrossVitamins rep David Kruiniger, nākd. rep Richard and the awesome delicious nākd. bars.

The awesome delicious nākd. bars

The awesome delicious nākd. bars

For me paleo is not new. I have been eating paleo and I have stopped eating paleo the last few years. For me the challenge is in getting enough food into my system without overloading on nuts and protein. I like the idea behind the paleo lifestyle. I like the food better than non-paleo food and I learned today that there is actually a paleo supermarket snack that will definitely help me with that last bit of staying out of the hunger-zone.

The challenge at the box is more than just the food. It is about being healthy. Therefore we all got / get a measurement of our body and today we tested our 1RM for the Squat, Overhead Press and Deadlift, as well as our time on the 1kilometer row. Also we are asked to get enough daylight and fresh air and enough sleep. All important aspects of healthy living.

Since I invite you to join me on this challnge, I will share my experiences with you during the upcoming weeks, including all the measurements and training progress and if I find enough time, including some recipes. I won’t post daily updates, because that would bore me out, but I will manage a weekly training and food diary (or at least aim for that…).

Paleo food workshop by Crossfit Bink 36 coach Marjolein Beukers

Paleo food workshop by Crossfit Bink 36 coach Marjolein Beukers

We had an awesome introduction today, I must say. We got information about how to eat paleo, we had a real food work-shop by coach Marjolein, we did the 1RM tests and we got information about supplements by CrossVitamins. Also we got to taste the awesome nākd. bars (did I mention they are delicious and that I am officially addicted? And that they are awesome and paleo?). For those who wanted it, there was a starters kit available. Though I am no paleo rookie, it is always good to get a challenge diary, paleo guide, paleo magazine, nākd bars and D3 and magnesium supplements and last but not least a cheat sheet to put on the fridge as a reminder.

30 day paleo challenge starters kit

30 day paleo challenge starters kit & Dino playing a games for cats game.

Tomorrow the challenge starts. Only paleo food for 30 days. Trying to get my sleep and going outside for my breaks to soak in some sunlight. I will have my body measurements upcoming week, but I did do the strength and condition tests. Down here are my results of today (none of these are PRs)

Back squat: 45 kg
Overhead press: 32 kg
Deadlift: 82,5 kg

1 kilometer row: 3:56:4

Last non-paleo meal: Vegetarian balls, italian vegetable mix and homemade sate sauce.

Any questions or comments are welcome! Are you joining?

December 2, 2013

Challenge 2014: Learn baby learn

The end of the year is nearing and it is time to realize a goal that I set for myself somewhere during the beginning of this year. It took me almost the entire year to define the boundaries for the challenge I am setting for myself for next year. The past year my blog has mainly been about working out, challenging myself and therewith others to get fitter and stronger. The upcoming year is going to be about learning.

Why?
Because I think learning is an important luxury I have. I know there are people, young and old, all over the world, who do not have the possibility, opportunity, money or time to learn the things they would want to learn. For some that means they cannot be as good as they want to be at their hobby, for others it means they hardly have a future. I won’t say that this challenge is all about awareness for these issues, though I do hope my personal challenge will help others to realize their educational dreams. No, this challenge is mainly a challenge for myself, to stay curious, to keep an open mind and to.. well.. to learn.

What?
The upcoming year, I want to learn at least 25 new things. Not just a fact or a figure, but something that someone else teaches me, something that will take me an evening, an afternoon, a day or maybe an entire weekend to master, something that will make my life and mind richer.  It can be individual or in a group, but at the end of the lessons I will need to be able to really know it or be able to do it.

When?
I will start learning in January of 2014. This project will run for 1 year, just like my other challenges and projects on this blog.

Where?
Well, that completely depends upon who is inviting me. Yeah, you heard me right. I am going to wait for invitations from people. I will promote my challenge on Facebook, Twitter and Marktplaats and I will just wait for people to respond. I will select the most challenging, the most funny, the most remarkable and the most amazing offers and we will decide together when and where the lessons will take place.

The rules?
Simple. I will pay for my own expenses like traveling and food. I will pay for the expenses for materials needed if it is not possible to borrow them. I will write a blog about the learning experience and what I’ve learned: Completely honest. If you have a webpage, I will link it in the blog. If I want, I can always bring someone with me.  Photos may be taken to illustrate the blog (by me or that extra person). The readers of my blog may vote on some of the subjects when I get too many awesome offers and I can’t choose.

There it goes. Do you have something you can teach me? Let me know! ruth@ruthvennekens.nl