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Kickboxing: the morning after

March 16, 2010

I feel like I conquered a few fears of mine yesterday by taking kickboxing. I’ve always gravitated toward trying new things, but in the past I’ve been known to chicken out at the last minute. Especially if they were challenging or intimidating. Kickboxing was both.

My friend Kim and I showed up to the class extra early so we could pick out gloves and get acquainted with our surroundings. After the step class finished up, we walked inside and staked out a place in the back.

The class started with drills in a large circle. To warm up, we jogged one way, then the other. Then we skipped sideways, followed by knee-high jogging (like running through tires), walking lunges and jumping jacks. Finally, it was time to start punching.

The first few rounds of punching were against the air, just to get used to form and placement. We perfected our jab, cross, hook and upper cut while maintaining a boxer’s shuffle. (I’d like to take a moment to thank Keli Roberts from 10-minute solutions Kickbox Bootcamp for giving me a foundation to make me feel like I knew what I was doing. :))

After learning several kicks, we brought out the huge punching bags and got to work. Kim and I were paired up with an older guy and the three of us went to town on this poor bag: triple jabbing, crosses, backhand punches, roundhouse kicks, the works.

Before we knew it, the class leader had stopped us and set up circuits. One of us would be on the mat doing push-ups and ab work, one would be on the bag doing punches & kicks and the other would be on the step bench doing cardio drills. We went through about 4 circuits, focusing on different things each time before she finally called us into final stretching. Whew!

Part of me wanted to take a picture to commemorate our accomplishment, but the other part of me looked in the mirror and agreed words would have to suffice.

My legs are a little stiff and my arms a bit sore today but nothing like I felt Sunday after Saturday’s yoga class. I may have felt like I was going to die during the class, but I felt great afterward so I’m planning to attend again next Monday… only this time, I’m bringing my own gloves. Using community gloves made my hands smell like feet.

The dreaded overdue post

March 15, 2010

I’ve been dreading this post. Partly because it’s been so long since my last update that I knew I would have too much to cover, but mainly because I knew I’d have to own up and face the music.

I was having this discussion with two friends over the weekend, all three of us bloggers and all three of us dealing with blogging-block. I have several reasons for my hiatus, but the main one is hypocritical. How can I write about living well when my balance is crumbling? And then I answered myself: Stop worrying about it and pick up the pieces.

So without further ado, and without any kind of recap, here’s a mini-update on my goals and resolutions, looking forward:

Mind: 2 out of 12 books read so far. Being halfway through March, I’m a little behind schedule, but I did just order 6 books that I’m really looking forward to reading. Once those come in, I’m confident I can get back on track.

Body: As much as I loved running last year, 2010 has found me with an insane desire for variety. After weighing my options, I decided to buy a city-wide membership to the YMCA where they offer all sorts of different group classes — everything from yoga to zumba and water aerobics to scottish dancing. Just the thought of having all kinds of readily-available opportunities to shape up really excites me. And that really is half the battle when it comes to exercise.

Saturday was my first yoga class. In the past, I’ve practiced yoga to videos, but never in a room full of people. I was really intimidated when I walked in, but found myself able to keep up with the poses just fine. My friend Kim and I have set up a weekly schedule to sample a myriad of classes. Tonight, we’re trying kickboxing which both of us are excited about! Wednesday morning, we’ll do spinning and yoga again on Saturday.

Spirit: I have really enjoyed getting involved with the Nashville Junior Chamber and continue to strive toward forming new relationships within that organization.

This year, I am co-chairing the NJC’s largest fundraiser: The 11th Annual Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil. It’s been a lot of work, but we’ve had a great time working on this project and meeting everyone involved. We’re all looking forward to the big day on April 17! If you’re in the Nashville area or feel like taking a road trip, check it out! Ticket proceeds benefit the Boys & Girl’s Clubs of Middle Tennessee.

I continue to feel blessed within my own circle of friends. My goal for this year is to strengthen those relationships… good friends are hard to find!

NEW GOAL: Stay accountable. I’m pledging to blog weekly from now on. Accountability is the most important thing in making a routine stick.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

Snowed in

January 31, 2010

Living in the South, we get a lot of flack for wiping out the bread and milk aisles when the meteorologists foresee any kind of snow flurry. And to be fair, it IS kind of a joke… especially when instances like a few weeks ago (all kinds of school closings and this was all the snow we saw) happen quite frequently.

On Friday though, the snow started falling and didn’t stop until sometime Saturday. The 4-6″ inches of snow and ice kind of put a dent into my running plans, but I can’t complain. This is gorgeous!

Stay warm out there!

Tales from the kitchen …and C25K: W3D2

January 24, 2010

My house is starting to smell like home-cooking again! I’ve been in the kitchen twice this weekend, which based on the past couple of months is completely uncharacteristic of me. On Saturday, I made one of my favorite standbys: Mediterranean Chicken and Rosemary Orzo.

Cooking is like riding a bike. It just comes back to you. I hadn’t made this dish in what feels like forever, but I still remembered the recipe without having to look it up and it came together really quick.

This morning, I woke up craving french toast and french press coffee (a theme?). I silently whined to myself that IHOP french toast (two slices = 464 calories) was off-limits and I didn’t need to spend the money anyway. Then it hit me.

I went downstairs and grabbed two slices of Publix Light Wheat Bread (80 cals), I soaked them in 1/2 cup egg beaters (60 cals), and cooked them in a pan till slightly brown on both sides. When they were done, I topped them with 2 tsp of powdered sugar (~20 cals) and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I also had two cups of french press coffee (~6 cals) with 2 tbsp plain creamer (60 cals) and four slices of turkey bacon (100 cals) on the side. It was delicious and totally hit the spot! At 326 calories, I will definitely be doing this again.

C25K update: Yesterday morning, I met Patten at the park and we synced up our C25K apps for W3D2. Neither one of us were looking forward to the 3 minute runs since last week had been so rough on us, but we pushed ahead. It was much warmer out this weekend. I wore pants, a short-sleeved shirt and a light jacket which was a nice change of pace from my layered shirts + jacket + scarf + gloves combo. I slowed my pace down for this run and settled back into a medium jog. The run was challenging, but I felt much better than W3D1. Even still, I’m committing to running more than once this coming week.

It’s true what they say, you know. The older you get, the faster time flies. 2010 has started off with a bang and hasn’t slowed down one bit (a good problem – I’m not complaining!). I’ll be honest and admit that I’ve become a little complacent after my surgery in November. Once you get out of a routine or break good habits, it’s REALLY hard to get back into the swing of things. I have gained a small amount of weight back and it’s really annoying me… but something always seems to take top priority from tracking calories and working out (work, friends, etc.). Last night, I got really upset and told myself that I was throwing away all my success in the past year. Okay, so that’s a little exaggerated, but I’m glad I got pissed. According to the Phoenix Theory, that’s the first step in the right direction.

Giveaway winner announced!

January 22, 2010
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And the winner is…

Congratulations, Flynn!!

I’ll contact you regarding the details soon!

VitaminID Giveaway!

January 18, 2010

Back in December, I posted an initial review of my customized VitaminID pack from NatureMade. I was really excited for the opportunity to try it and since startingΒ  my vitamin regimen, I’ve experienced a noticeable difference in my energy levels, my complexion and the strength of my nails. The peace of mind that comes with knowing that you’re getting the essential nutrients your individual body needs from having a customized vitamin pack is pretty cool, too. πŸ˜‰

The awesome people at Ignite Social Media have partnered with NatureMade and are offering one of you an opportunity to customize your own VitaminID pack!

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C25K: W3D1

January 18, 2010

Here’s the downside to being 20lbs lighter than I was this time last year: I get really cold, really quick. With it being so cold here in Nashville, I haven’t kept up with my running as much this year as I would’ve liked. Though I acknowledge once a week isn’t enough, my friend Patten does do a good job in holding me accountable to a good run on Saturdays at least.

This past Saturday was still cold, though much warmer than weekends past. I synced up my music with W3D1 of the C25K iPhone app. I’ve really become partial to pop/dance music… i.e., LOTS of Britney Spears & Black Eyed Peas. I never ever thought this Classic Rock girl would say that.

The first 90 second run was challenging, but doable. The 3-minute run was rough. In fact, I think I finished the interval 20 seconds early. I was so disappointed that I pushed through and finished out the others. Needless to say, I was REALLY happy to finish. Also, I’m REALLY looking forward to warmer temps with the Spring season. πŸ˜‰

Oh! This was also one of the first real runs with my new shoes. I’m quite happy with my new purchase! The Saucony ProGrid Omni 8s give tons of heel support (one of my primary reasons for selecting them) and are snug fits. I feel like I have extra bounce and energy in my stride when wearing them. I’d recommend them to anyone looking for new foot attire.