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5 miles

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My weekly goal is 5 miles. I think that is conservative enough to achieve but steep enough that I have to take 2-3 days each week to complete it. This target of 5 miles was a big factor in my birthday plans. Last weekend I spent a few days in Chicago. I had a great trip and definitely had a crash course in how to get around in the snow.

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Eighteen degrees on Michigan Avenue

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Walking around Lincoln Park

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Realizing the beauty of snow

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Another Lincoln Park shot

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Brrrr

Southern girl meets snow

Southern girl meets snow

Chicago has a great transit system, which allowed me to walk around and get my five miles in while enjoying the city. This makes me realize how much this country girl enjoys the city. Who knows maybe when I finish school, I can finally move to a big city. And maybe even one that gets snowy.

Have a great weekend and bundle up for those southern Louisianans reading. And for those that aren’t, snow is such a rare occurrence down here when it even threatens to do so the city shuts down. So I’m at home due to my “snow day” reminiscing about my very chilly trip to the Windy City.

Krav Maga

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Have you ever heard of Krav Maga? Before last week I haven’t. I had a flier for this event but I thought it was just the name of the place. Saturday was a fundraiser benefiting a breast cancer fund. It was presented to me as a self defense class that benefits a charity, and my thoughts were, great! But then later I watched this video…

And after that, I thought what did I get myself in to??? So from that moment on I was a little apprehensive about my Saturday afternoon  charity event, but I thought if I could get a good workout and donate to charity it’d be a win-win situation.

So we get there a little late and have quite a few forms to fill out. I look around and all the women there appear to be of varying ages and fitness levels and that always sets me at ease. So fill out the forms and get started with the warm-up, which had me breathing very heavily. Our instructor for the day was Adam Sibley. Let me share a few details about Adam so you could understand my experience a little better.

Adam is a former Swat Operative and I think is currently the Tactical Commander for a police department. He has participated in Discovery Channel’s show One Man Army. He told us that’s he’s been shot before and stabbed 12 times. He has worked stunts, acting and choreography for films. This is one bad dude!  Here’s a link for the Discovery show he was on.

The class was great and my ever so aggressive Krav Maga partner left me with a half dollar sized bruise on my chest. I kept telling her… I AM NOT REALLY ATTACKING YOU! PLEASE BE GENTLE! But some people lol. She kicked my butt! Due to her aggressiveness, I shall not name her, but maybe I should so you all could protect yourselves and stay away! After four days to heal it’s almost gone away.

We learned some really useful techniques and I hope to take another class one day to expand on my knowledge and skills. I really liked his idea to hurt the person who was attacking you while causing the least amount of harm to yourself. It’s really a great class and I think everyone could benefit from taking this type of class. If you are in the Baton Rouge area you should check out Baton Rouge Krav Maga. And if you’re not in the area you can just use Google to find the nearest Krav Maga or self defense classes near you.

If you decide to try out the Baton Rouge studio, you can get your first class free and they even offer kids classes as well. Take a look at their schedule and the different classes they have available.

My goals lately have been to workout at least once a week. Last week was Krav Maga and this week I’m planning to have an early morning gym visit to prove to myself that I am committed to this process. And an early morning workout sounds all fine and dandy but it’s something I’ve been trying to do for the past few weeks. A workout before going to work at 7am just seems a little too early for even me. But if that’s the goal I set for myself then it’s one I plan to achieve. The deadline is Friday, so either today or tomorrow I will be at Anytime Fitness in the 5 o’clock hour! I hope they serve coffee lol.

I hope you all have a great week! Let’s burn some calories!

 

 

Better Late than Never

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I normally have my posts up by 9 or so but I’m sorry for the delay today. I guess it was a combination of not really having a topic in mind and just losing track of time. I still haven’t thought of a particular topic that I’d like to discuss this morning so I thought let’s just start putting words to paper and see how it goes.

This week has pretty much gone as planned as far as my workouts are concerned. I hit the gym Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. And I’m still heading there on Saturday. Today is the meet and greet for the running group I joined so I’ll be headed over there this afternoon and decided I’d rather not workout before and  go there all sweaty. And I could work out after but I know I’m going to be eating so I’ll just go ahead and be honest with myself that I will not see the gym today. But that’s ok with me because I have some great workouts planned for this weekend.

Saturday I will do a 30 min core class and an hour body combat class. I took my first body combat class last night and it’s pretty tough. I realized I’m not coordinated enough to master karate or anything like that, but it was fun. The workout is a mixture of karate, boxing and kickboxing with a very enthusiastic teacher and great music. I did not master body combat but I did try something different, have a good time and shed some calories. It was pretty tough so we’ll see if I can make it through a whole hour of that after doing the core class. *** Insert positive thoughts here***

And then after work on Sunday I’ll be headed to my beginners’ run group and then join some not so beginners for the hour speedwork session. Last week we did the stairs at the Capitol, I’m terrified excited to see what activities we’ll be doing this week.

With all this going on the weekend I am okay with giving myself today to rest for my active weekend. Counting Saturday and Sunday I’ll have 5 workouts for this week! That was my goal and I’m pretty happy that I am on track to accomplish it. But if you want to get technical I can call it 7 because Saturday I’ll be doing 2 classes and Sunday I’m doing a run and speedwork. But it doesn’t matter, 5 or 7 both are great. I hope to keep up the momentum. Summertime here I come!

 

Problem Solving

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I hoped you checked out my post on Monday, Vacation Sins, where I shared how my vacation went as well as some pictures from my trip. I also confessed that I didn’t exercise enough and ate much more than enough. So the first step to solving a problem is admitting that there is one. Check. So step two is to make a plan to do something about it and then the final step is to carry out your plan.

My trip ended Thursday but I did not have to go back to work until Monday. I had every intention of doing at least a small workout on Friday, but that did not happen. Ok so plan B. Saturday morning I went and did a body pump class. If you’re not familiar with that you can check out my post about it here. Bodypump always leaves me sore, exhausted, and wanting more. It may be my favorite class that I’ve ever taken. One day I’d like to teach that class… When my body gets as rock hard as the instructors I’ll be ready!

But that was Saturday. On Sunday I met up with my local Black Girls Run group for their weekly beginner’s run and speedwork. I was nervous about attending because I think everyone in a running group would probably run circles around me. But much to my surprise the group was filled with women from all different skill levels. There was a 2 mile walk/jog which was enough to get my heart pump and I could have went home after that but I stayed and decided to take part in the next activity.

Speedwork. I was a little apprehensive about what this would entail but I decided to give it a shot anyways. In my mind I picture sprints and suicides and other things that I know my body did not want to do. But we did the stairs at the state capitol. It was difficult and my body did not want to do it but I was glad I did and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me next week. We did sets of stairs and alternated lunges, squats, push ups, etc. That was tough but worth it. I think this will be my new Sunday workout. I’m stoked about it and the group. It’s a very positive atmosphere to work out in to have so many women encouraging you and pushing you forward.

Due to my activity levels on Saturday and Sunday I did not exercise on Monday. I was so sore that I just wanted to focus on performing my day-to-day tasks without falling out somewhere. Don’t worry I’m exaggerating! But yesterday I did a core class at my gym that I enjoyed.

So the plan for the rest of the week is to do a circuit class tonight, body combat or body pump class tomorrow and possibly add the core class if I can make it. Then Friday I don’t plan to exercise but maybe I’ll do a little neighborhood 2-3 mile walk.

I think that’s a pretty good plan to right my wrongs from last week. I’m trying to get back to exercising 4-6 times a week instead of just 2 or 3. Swimsuit season will be here before I know it and I hope to be on a beach somewhere looking hot and fit. And to do so I have to buckle down and crank up the intensity.

If you’re interested in the black girls run group you can send me an email or just comment here. And FYI it’s not just for black girls! All women are welcome to join. So it would be great if you come out and meet me one Sunday or the group has various runs throughout the week for various skill levels. Come out it’ll be fun. Here’s to a great swimsuit body!

 

Vacation Sins

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I’m back!!! So I had a wonderful birthday. I went on a 5 day cruise to Cozumel and Progreso. And I know some people may not have a very favorable view of cruise lines now, especially Carnival but I had a great time. And even with all that has happened in Italy I would cruise again. But do not take that as me minimizing the seriousness of what happened. I think it is terrible and I do pray for the families of the victims as well as everyone involved in that tragedy.

If every birthday could be as great as this one then I wouldn’t mind turning 30. Regarding my healthy habits, I wasn’t so well-behaved on my vacation. I ate when and what ever I pleased and only had one workout throughout my five-day vacation. I went zip lining, rock climbing and snorkeling. Which was fun but a bit exhausting. I spent my birthday on the beach which is my all time favorite place to be. And the beaches of Cozumel are absolutely beautiful. I thought I had a picture of my cake and birthday dinner on here but I forgot to add those to my email. Oh yes I LOVE Mexican food and I had enchiladas in Mexico… They were divine! I’d go back to Mexico just to eat. (Well only after I’m WELL under my goal weight.) But feel free to look through my album below to see how I spent my birthday/vacation. 

I hope you enjoyed my favorite posts that I reshared with you last week. And Wednesday I’ll share how I started to get back on track with my routine this weekend… I had a great but hard weekend. You’ll have to wait until Wednesday to hear all about it. And if you’d like to see all of my pictures you can add me on Facebook. I’ll be adding a new album sometime this week. But for now I have a week of work to catch up on. No bueno.

Avoiding gym congestion

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In my conscious effort to avoid the New Year congestion at the gym I have avoided it. However it was not my plan to avoid all types of exercise at all. I should be enjoying other types of exercises or simply going to the gm at less busy hours.

Gyms are always less packed on Friday and Saturday evenings if you have a gym that is open at those times. During my scientific research google search, I found that the best time to go to the gym during the day is 9am-12pm, 2-5pm, and after 8pm. And I would agree to these times for the most part. Most people either go to the gym before work (6-8am), during their lunch break (11:30-1:30pm), or right after they get off (4:30-5:30pm). And given those times the times I found during my search make perfect sense.

When I go to the gym it’s usually around 3:30pm and it’s pretty empty. But if I stick around until 5 I’m usually running for the door to beat the crowd. Personally I hate waiting on machines or an area to clear out so I can use it. I rather plan my exercise times around the crowds so I can avoid that situation.

I can also do more outdoor activities so there won’t be a crowd at all! A co-worker brought up a great idea that I had never thought of before. She invited me to go climb the stairs at the state capital. That sounds fun and challenging… right up my alley! I was busy and couldn’t attend with her but that is definitely on my to do list.

I also have various apps I could use to train at home (Nike Training, Couch to 5k, Runkeeper). And not to mention videos, internet, and the Wii.

Avoiding the gym is no excuse to avoid physical activity. And now I have to stop hiding behind it. Do es anyone have any good tips to get fit without a gym? We’d all love to hear.

 

Amazing Race

I’ve been a bit under the weather this week, but I’m happy to say it didn’t hold me back too much. I was at the gym with my sniffles and all getting my cardio on! Saturday is my long awaited Amazing Raise race. I’ve been excited about it ever since I first read about it and I can’t wait to see what happens. I think it’s so exciting because it’s not your typical race. It’s not just 3.1 miles of me trying to prove I’m a runner; it’s a course through downtown that has ten obstacles and clues that you have to solve with a partner to get to the end. The unknown of those ten obstacles is really exciting me. I have no idea if they’ll be mental or physical obstacles.

When my teammate, Dora found out I was sick she said well you better get well before the race because we’re going to win. No sympathy! So I plan to do my best sick or not because this is the first race that is actually a real race. Teams coming in first, second and third place will be rewarded with prizes. And Dora has made sure to let me know that she wants to get a prize!

Wish me luck! Maybe I’ll actually get some pictures from this one to share? Get out and be active this weekend!