Category Archives: Getting out of the gym

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.


Races aren’t all about winning

The race on Saturday was so fun! It was a smaller crowd, which I’m normally not very fond of but you were so focused on your clues that nothing else really mattered. We didn’t do well in the race, but I’m not worried about that because I had a great workout and a great time. It turned out that this really didn’t involve much running at all; it was a scavenger hunt through downtown Baton Rouge.

As we got our first clue and started off to our first destination we were feeling great. We arrived at our destination and we had to play in the fountains in front of the Shaw Center and fill up bottles of water using small cups. SO as we completed our first challenge and tried to get our stamp for doing so, we realized that our bag and passport (this is the book that held all our stamps) was missing! So another team, which ended up being the winning team, had taken our stuff that we recovered at the next stop. You think that’s a coincidence? I think not!

But after that slight “accident” we had a few tough challenges ahead of us. There were eleven challenges in all. Some of them were really cute and some of them were difficult. We had to find certain stores and find items on their menu, read inscriptions on buildings and my least favorite was counting the number of different symbols on the fence surrounding the old state capital. I think the people who put this together were obviously very creative and it seemed like all the participants had a good time. Next time I enter one of their races I will practice my Sudoku skills and my blind bean bag toss. And then maybe I can be victorious!

On a more serious note, The Amazing Raise is an organization that designs, organizes and administers an “Amazing Race” style race fundraiser for different causes. Our race this past Saturday was a fundraiser for a little girl named Emily with Batten’s disease. Batten disease is a disorder of the nervous system that causes a child to develop vision problems or seizures. In some cases the early signs are subtle, taking the form of personality and behavior changes, slow learning, clumsiness, or stumbling. Over time, affected children suffer mental impairment, worsening seizures, and progressive loss of sight and motor skills. Eventually, children with Batten disease become blind, bedridden, and demented. Batten disease is often fatal by the late teens or twenties.

This was a great race and a great cause, if you’re from the Baton Rouge or surrounding area I hope you’ll come out and join us for the next Amazing Raise. I’m sure it’ll be for a great cause as well. I’ll make sure to let you know when the next race is posted. Happy Turkey week!

I didn’t forget my weigh in this week. The scale read 232.8 this morning. That’s 1.4 pounds down from last week! I hope you each have a happy scale this week too!

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!

Mind over Body

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I had no idea I could get out of shape so quickly! I know my last 5k showed me the negative effects two weeks of no exercise has in my body, but man I didn’t know how bad it really was until yesterday. I was in my hotel room and wasn’t too impressed with the hotel gym and I definitely wasn’t up to getting my car from the valet, tipping and heading to the gym (only 10 minutes away). Yes I know I was being super lazy and super picky, but all this doesn’t matter as long as I get at least thirty minutes of exercise for today.

So that left me with plan C…workout in my room. I was about to put together a routine myself but then I remembered an app I had on my phone (sometimes I do really love that thing). I pulled up my Nike Training Club app and pulled up a 30 minute beginner workout. Five minutes into the thing I had to pause it for a sip of water! If my trainer could see me then I’m sure she would be super embarrassed! 

I thought I was fit and in shape, but clearly that was three weeks ago when I was sticking to my regular workout plans! I see that it takes between two and three weeks for your body to get used to no exercise, but I wonder how long will it take to reverse all the damage I’ve done in these past few weeks? The damage will be reversed!

I don’t know if my body agrees with me or not but I have to just tell my body that the mind is taking over now. I know what’s best for us and you will submit to me! (A bit too much maybe???) But seriously I’m interested to know how long it’ll take me to regain my endurance.

Exercise everyday for 30 days! That’s my November challenge I wrote about Wednesday. I’m a math person so I have to keep telling myself no just because you do an hour today doesn’t mean you’re exempt from activity tomorrow! Man because I could get 3.5 hours done in two or three days and be done for the week! But the point of this challenge is to develop a habit of daily exercise, nit just getting a certain amount of gym time in.

Did you notice my new weight tracker at the bottom of the column on the right? Do you like/dislike? Too cheesy? And I’ve finally got a new page together to track my weight and goals that will be revealed on Monday along with my weigh in. Just saying weigh in makes me nervous! I’m shaking in my running shoes!

Good luck to everyone doing a challenge of their own! We may not all personally know each other but we’re all in this together! Happy Friday y’all!

Tunica Hills

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Busy weekends and Monday posts don’t quite go well together, but I’ll get it together. Let’s all pretend this was up yesterday! Who would have thought that I had work to do yesterday at work???

I thought I have hiked before, but what I did this weekend was definitely a first for me. We ventured out to the Clark Natural Creek Area somewhere along the Mississippi and Louisiana border. Sometimes when I looked up directions it said LA and sometimes MS, needless to say I got lost on the way there but thankfully there was an officer who gave us directions to our destination.

It was my workout buddy as well as my first time hiking. And although we made it out fine and had a great time it could have been better if we had an experienced hiker with us.

The hike lasted about three hours (including a lunch break of 20-30 minutes). I wish I could say that we’re a couple of great adventurers and navigated the trails perfectly but that is so far from the truth. There were many times when we’d look at each other and say oh what now? But we made it out as we entered AND before dark (we started at about 2pm) so I am happy about all of that. Here’s are some cell phone pics of our adventure.

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Come to find out they had MAPS!!! Why did I miss this? I am really sad that I didn’t have a map but I am quite impressed that I, a geographically challenged person didn’t get completely lost in the woods.

Don’t let the Dora the Explorer picture fool you, she had no clue either!

My scariest moment was on the stairs to nowhere. I was terrified of walking down stairs when I could not see the bottom(this is not a picture of that set of stairs). I did have a moment, but we don’t need to go into the details of me balling up on a stair and shouting that I’m not going any farther!

As I look for accurate information for this post I am amazed at all the maps and step by step trail directions I am finding on the internet that would have been so beneficial to me on Saturday! I guess I wasn’t as prepared as I could have been but at least my adventure still turned out well.  This trail map and directions would have been quite helpful a few days ago.  The main trail descends over 200 feet in elevation from the parking lot down to Clark Creek! If I would have read this before I went, I may have sought out a hiking expert to accompany us. And guess what else? They mentioned this area is home to many forms of wildlife including the Black bear… If I would have seen a bear I probably would have dropped dead right there. But apparently the sightings are rare, but it can happen.

As much as this post sounds like a scary tale, we had a great time and I’m sure I’ll go back soon. Next time I’ll have a map and proper bear defense (whatever that may be). Happy Monday! (I’m still in denial that this is late!)

The link from my friend Bekah’s blog that was mentioned in  wasn’t working so here it is Rebekah Hopes.

Feel free to share some of your greatest adventures with me or do you have any hiking tips that I could use for next time?

Plans don’t always go as planned

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Lesson learned- broccoli cheddar soup is not a smart or proper pre 5k meal. And when I say I learned that lesson, boy did I ever learn that lesson. But for the sake of my non-vulgar little blog I’ll spare you all the not so pretty details.

Other than the soup, getting to the race was pretty much a disaster. Things were left at the house, many stops were made, and of course we were late. We arrived at the race site just as the crowd started moving. I looked around confused and said, “OH it’s starting?” I want to go to a race where I actually have proper notification when it begins. I want to hear someone over a loudspeaker yell, “GO!” So that’s my main focus for my next race (which will most likely be the end of October). I want to be ready and hear the start so I don’t have a clumsy and awkward beginning.

But with such a dismal start I tried to focus and get all that out of my head as I began my first interval of the race. I was still strapping my armband on as I tried to set a decent starting pace. As I finally got myself situated it started going really well. I kept up my pace pretty well until I crossed the two-mile marker. From there it got a little tough for me.

I didn’t get a chance to get my timer started at the beginning so I was convinced that I wasn’t doing too well. But I crossed the finish line with six minutes shaved off my last race time. I was really surprised that I did so well, but I have to admit that I was not happy about my performance. So there’s plenty of room for improvement. Next time I can aim for five minutes off my time again! And then maybe I’ll be brave enough to share my time with you all! I’m becoming a slow-paced jogger runner! Yay!!!

After the 5k there was a Thriller “flash mob”. It was pretty cute, here are some pics. I’m sorry that it isn’t the best quality pics but I left my camera and my backpack to carry the camera so cell phone pics are the best I could do.

Saturday I planned on doing Zumba and Bodypump. Well that didn’t go as planned either… Zumba was canceled and replaced with step class. And my ankle and I were in no shape or form to do a bunch of hopping around so I went to another gym for Zumba class. That gym had Zumba and Bodypump at the same times so we chose to do Zumba. And to torch a few extra calories I hopped on the treadmill after the class. I attempted to do a day of the couch to 5k but my body was not tolerating running, jogging or any of the sorts. So I walked for thirty minutes and was quite satisfied with that.

So the moral of my weekend was sometimes things don’t go your way but don’t give up. There’s always another way to get what you want you just have to use your noggin! I have a hard time with that because I’m such a planner. (Some people may say control freak, but I can give up control if I’m warned ahead of time.) Just because I couldn’t take my Bodypump class I was upset, but I thought to try another gym and get a workout in instead of sulking about it. And the race… I didn’t let all the difficulties beforehand stop me from doing what I went to do! I keep thinking wonder how well I would have done if I had given 100%? Well there’s always next time, and I can’t wait! It only gets better from here.

How was your weekend? Did anyone have small disasters? Time to make a plan for this week! Let’s hope it goes as scheduled! Have a good week!!!