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Fitness: How to Do a Plank & Day 4 of 30-Day Plank & Fitness Challenge

2015-08-21 30-Day Plank & Fitness Challenge How to Do a Plank & Day 4 Plank (1 minute) 2Day 4 of the 30-Day Plank & Fitness Challenge!

Today, I spent some time during my daily video series to give detailed info on how to do a plank, the various kinds of planks, as well as how not to fall out of a plank position. Then, I did my plank for the day — all 1 minute and 1 second of it!

I had biked several miles earlier to go to the grocery story, carrying the groceries in the backpack on my back, and yes, that is definitely a workout — especially considering I was biking along Highway 90 at 5 p.m. rush hour.

After the video, I did one, very slow, very mindful round of Surya Namaskara. I love getting back into yoga, but what I thought might happen is actually happening — the stiffness in my shoulder (likely, scar tissue) does not want to budge. In the process of getting back into yoga and doing planks every day, I’m feeling the scar tissue getting knocked loose, and it does not feel good. So I did not do my two rounds as I said I would. But I listened to my body, and that’s all I can do to avoid re-injuring my shoulder.

If you’ve missed the first few posts, find them in the category link of the 30-Day Plank & Fitness Challenge.

I’m staying present and paying attention to where I am. And that’s just fine. After all, tomorrow is another day. :-)




Fitness: 30-Day Plank & Fitness Challenge

ArousedWoman-30-Day-Plank-Fitness-ChallengeI announced on Facebook that I was going to start a 30-Day Plank Challenge for my own fitness, and a number of people said they wanted to join me. Day 1 of the Plank Challenge went better than I expected, and Day 2, I squeezed in my plank while dinner was cooking in the oven.

Two days in, several of those who had committed actually came through and did their 30-second planks. A few of them even did a little more by adding walking or some yoga or some other fitness workout moves to their challenge.

So I’m revising the challenge to the 30-Day Plank & Fitness Challenge and bringing it here to ArousedWoman! Do what you can, and if you’re up to it, do a little more. (If you’re under a doctor’s care, get their permission first.)

Here’s how the challenge works. Day 1, start with a 30-second plank, then add on 5  to 10 seconds each day until you reach 3 minutes at Day 30.

Now, we’re going to add on some other form of exercise each day: squats, kettlebells, sex, yoga, Pilates, swimming, sex, tree-climbing, soccer, sex, volleyball, sex, etc. And don’t forget — the best exercise is SEX! :-) And YES, solo-sex definitely counts.

Follow along with the various posts in the 30-Day Plank & Fitness Challenge category, and write up your plank and fitness accomplishments in the comment section below the blog post for each day. You can also click the “Day” links below to go to the blog post for that day.

Day 1 – 30 seconds …

Day 2 – 30 sec

Day 3 – 40 sec

Day 4 – 40 sec

Day 5 – 45 sec

Day 6 – 45 sec

Day 7 – 50 sec

Day 8 – 50 sec

Day 9 – 55 sec

Day 10 – 1 minute

Day 11 – 1 minute

Day 12 – 1 min 10 sec

Day 13 – 1 min 15 sec

Day 14 – 1 min 20 sec

Day 15 – 1 min 25 sec

Day 16 – 1 min 30 sec

Day 17 – 1 min 40 sec

Day 18 – 1 min 45 sec

Day 19 – 1 min 50 sec

Day 20 – 2 minutes

Day 21 – 2 minutes

Day 22 – 2 min 10 sec

Day 23 – 2 min 15 sec

Day 24 – 2 min 20 sec

Day 25 – 2 min 25 sec

Day 26 – 2 min 30 sec

Day 27 – 2 min. 40 sec.

Day 28 – 2 min. 45 sec.

Day 29 – 2 min. 50 sec.

Day 30 – 3 minutes

Be sure to write in your experiences in the comment section below the blog post each day.

Have fun, and good luck!




Fitness: Day 1 of 30-Day Plank Challenge!

Fitness: Day 1 of 30-Day Plank Challenge As part of my Food & Fitness video series, today starts a 30-Day Plank Challenge (that, for some reason, I thought would be cool. :-) ) With life, stress, and obligations, I’ve gotten out of my old exercise regimen. It’s time to get back into the workout lifestyle that led me to become certified in yoga, Pilates, and holistic life coaching to begin with.

So why do this? Exercise is very important, not only to your daily, overall health, but especially for your sexual health and happiness. (i.e., ORGASMS!)

In this video, I explain plank a little bit. Form is incredibly important because you can hurt your back if you don’t do it correctly. If your butt is too high, you’re using your legs to assist, and that is cheating! So keep your tush in line with your body.

I also do our beginner plank of 30 seconds…. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

Watch the video to get started and see where we’re going with this 30-Day Challenge. BE SURE to leave a comment below if you’re joining me in this. You can also follow my daily Plank Challenge updates on Facebook.

Be safe and have fun!




AskTrish: Man Inquires About “the Woman Behind the Blog” & What I Do in My Spare Time

woman-red-ostrich-feather-fanDear Trish,

That was random I know, but you share so much about your life and experiences that I wondered how you were doing in the areas that you don’t speak about.  You have every right to say nothing.  I just enjoy getting a better understanding of the woman behind the blog.

What do you like to do in your spare time, when you’re not being a sex guru or a mom? What do you hope to achieve in the next year, 5 years or 10 years? What is something that no matter how upset or angry you are always manages to make you smile or at least smirk? If knowledge is power, when it comes to the content of your Aroused Woman blog, how powerful do you feel?

All hail Queen Vagina!


Dear Anonymous,

You’re sweet! :-) A few posts back, I announced that I was branching out with ArousedWoman(TM), re-focusing on “Awakening Sexuality Through Mind, Body, & Spirit.”  So I’ll be posting lots of new topics and crazy wack-a-doo posts that I feel are relevant to my growth and that I hope are interesting to my readers.

As you can see from my “random post” on astral travel, that experience had a profound effect on me — not just my perception of what’s on the Other Side, but experiencing what actually is and is NOT on the Other Side confirmed for me many “beliefs” in regard to humanity, religion, society, etc.  My beliefs-turned-knowledge affect me sexually (i.e., there’s no hell and certainly no “sin” as classified by controlling religious dogma), the experience of pure love (I know what I’m looking for when it comes to love, I won’t settle for anything less, and love has to be felt — it can’t be intellectualized or rationalized, i.e., If I love him enough, he’ll change, so I’ll love him really hard and work to change him into the person I want him to be.), and other concepts I’m still integrating even after the 9 or 10 years since the experience.

Which brings me to my “spare time”… Just yesterday, in fact, my daughter asked me, “Just what do you do during the day?”  And I had to tell her the truth.  Not much.  I’m a Libra, a mind-candy person.  I’m a creator.  It’s difficult for me to actually finish anything because once it’s complete, it’s over — I can’t mind-candy it anymore.  But my creative works have to be completed if I’m gonna earn a paycheck and feed my child.

I spend most of my time reading, learning, experimenting, walking, cooking, cleaning, washing dishes, meditating, pondering, writing, tweeting, doing laundry, working, walking, composing music, looking at the trees, studying leaves, watching squirrels and birds interact, more reading, more research, more questing, listening to the wind, being witchy, brewing concoctions, making cool witchy stuff, doing web design for new clients, creating different workshops, textile design, writing, writing, writing, tweeting…

I don’t have “spare time” in that I do what I love for a living (theatre), and I’m currently working on 2 new training certifications, after which, I’ll go for 2 more.  (I’m already certified in yoga and Pilates.)  Because I do what I love, I don’t earn a lot of money — I live simply and have found that to be rather wonderful.  I go to bed every night thoroughly happy with my life.  I wish there were more time in the day, but I know I used the time I had to enrich my life, provide for my daughter, and enjoy being in this meat-suit while being amazed at the beauty that is around me.

It can be surreal sometimes.  I’ve had people say, “Wow, you lucked out writing for a living.”  No, I was in the performing arts for 36 years, I’m an award-winning composer, I hosted a radio show that had 27,000 listeners worldwide (that I put on hold to start ArousedWoman and fight the idiocy of the GOP during the 2012 POTUS election), and I have something to say.  I created my “luck” by working my ass off and paying my “dues.”  I earned my right to write for a living.

Currently, I’m creating an online course on Musical Theatre training topics, I’m starting a new project (a magazine), and I will get back to my theatre radio show soon.  I’m also going to teach some health workshops in my local area to help supplement my income.  I’m also working on the ArousedWoman cookbook, and I’m creating my orgasm training method (which will be in beta testing soon for anyone who wants to contact me to participate in it).

I’m still trying to get the AW Forum going and still raising money for ArousedWoman Radio, to interview guests and answer people’s question in real time.  But that is slow-going.  It will happen in its own time, I guess.

Most of my time is spent on personal growth, getting healthy, and growing my experiences sexually, sensually, tantrically.  I want to be a complete human, not a shell of a human in the rat race of society, as so many people are.  I want to help others get out of that kind of life — to help them make a better life for themselves, get healthier, find some kind of peace in this crazy world — to see that happiness in self and happiness in life are connected.  I want to help people overcome their PTSD with sexual trauma.  I want to help others see beyond the hypocrisy of religion, politics, and government — that all that bullshit doesn’t really matter — and if it does matter to you, then don’t just complain, actually get off your ass and do something about it.

I want to help people get off the lie that is the insensitive Western medical system which is being undermined by the pharmacological industry.  I want to inspire others to get back to the “beauty way,” back to Mother Earth because the livestock and dairy industries are killing our planet and our bodies.  We are not separate from the earth — the earth isn’t just the thing under the sidewalks and asphalt — the earth is our food, our air, our water, our home, our reason for incarnating to this physical plane.  If the living biosphere of the earth weren’t so important to us, we would have incarnated on Mars or somewhere else.  Duh.

I want people to take back their power to heal themselves without fear of criminalization from the oppressive forces in control of our society.

I want women to take back our rightful place as healers, warriors, judges, peacemakers — as we were before patriarchal misogyny made women property, whores, and household slaves.

Where do I want to be in 5 years?  Hopefully, I will have finished my Bachelor’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University and will be nearly finished with my Master’s in Women’s Spirituality.  After that, I may take 2 years to study Sanskrit at St. John’s University in Arizona.  And of course, 6 years from now, I hope to have completed my work to be an official teacher of Tantra.  Essentially, I want to be able to keep a roof over my head while helping others.

I used to think this life was too long.  In the past century, we have tripled our life expectancy.  Why?  Wasn’t 35 years of war, struggle, famine, disease, and natural disasters enough?  Now, we have to endure this for 72, or 85, or 105 years?!  Now, I see that even that long is not enough.  This is a great time to be in a meat-suit on the physical plane.  It is a truly wondrous time of change, and we’re a part of it.  The past century — this past year! — has seen the rise of women and the awareness of human rights that is 2,000 years overdue.

I just want to do my part to “Be the change.”  In my own particular brand of “random,” witchy, artistic, holistic, bohemian, awakening, loudmouth IrishLava. :-)  But understand, we really can’t change other people; we can only change ourselves and be the example of change we hope to inspire in others.




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