Push-ups for Patriots

After 6 years in the US Army and 3 deployments to Iraq, I have had to say goodbye to many friends, classmates, and colleagues.   I’m not sure what an accurate number would be – but suffice to say it’s a lot.  Too many. 

When you live and breathe the Army and the overseas campaigns, it’s easy to keep those who paid the ultimate sacrifice close in heart and mind.  However, I will be the first to admit that since I’ve returned home from Iraq (Feb 2009) and been honorably discharged (summer of 2009), it becomes easy to push them to the back of my mind.  My mind is on my son, my family, the daily chores (laundry, cooking) and unfortunately, I tend to forget.

It’s easy to remember on holidays such as Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day – but what about the other 363 days of the year?  I’m sure their families don’t let a day go by without a thought or memory of their loved one.

For the next 28 days, I’ve decided to participate in the Push-ups for Patriots Challenge.  It’s organized by two fellow FitFluential Ambassadors – @Kymberly and @Alexandra.  You can read more about their challenge and how it came to be on their blog -> http://funandfit.org/2012/01/push-ups-for-patriots/

I will be doing 6,347 pushups – one for every American killed in action. In one month. That works out to about 227 push-ups per day, starting today, the 4th of January.  I haven’t done many pushups since my days in the Army – so this is going to be interesting.  But, what better way to remember all my friends and classmates that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Head over to Kymberly and Alexandra’s website and leave a comment on their post.  By doing so (and completing the challenge), you will be entered into a drawing to win a Free One-Year Membership to Anytime Fitness (you must live within 30 miles of one of their 1,805 locations and not be a current member).  *Offered by Anytime Fitness*

Anyone want to join me in this great challenge?? =)

The Military Intelligence Company I spent 15 months in Iraq with (2007-2009)

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    1. What better incentive to get in a daily workout than in the name of our fallen troops? Thanks so much for your previous service! While I’d love to join in on this push-up parade, I can hardly do 3 in a row so I will have to gracefully decline and just do my best to support those who can actually do 227 in ONE day. :)

      Good luck!

    2. Leah Heil says:

      I am in…might be a little rough for the first week or so.
      I will let you know how it goes :)

    3. This is awesome! This is the reason that I’ve decided to run MCM every year for the Semper Fi Fund. I am soooooo lucky that my husband went through his enlistment and came up just fine (well, 2 hernias, a broken nose, and a whole bunch of hearing loss.) So many have made the ultimate sacrifice and I need to pay it forward.

    4. Lauren McBride says:

      Such a thoughtful reminder and great motivation! Good luck in the name of our good friends and patriots!

    5. Since I’m in the picture, I think that means I have to be in :-) 227 per day here we go!

    6. this is such an amazing idea!! good luck! so thankful for the sacrifice of so many to keep us safe.

    7. I’ve had so little experience with the military, as few of my relatives or friends have served, so it’s really easy to not think about what others are doing on my behalf. In can say for sure that with every push-up, I am now much more aware of each person who gave everything so that I could lead my easy life. Thank YOU Michele and Jennifer and all who have served.

    8. WOW! What an inspiring post! I completely understand what you mean. I also got out in 2009, and now my days are filled with thoughts of my daughter and other daily life activities. Thanks for the reminder that we should NEVER forget these patriots!

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