Category Archives: Recreation

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!

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?

Don’t be afraid of the 5k!

I remember being terrified when I signed up for my first 5k. It was the Komen for the Cure breast cancer race. I signed up with a group of people and it was actually quite fun. I was excited that my friend and I convinced the team we were with to do the 5k. They were only going to do the mile and some of them weren’t going to do that. So I’m happy that I had a chance to influence someone to do something they thought they didn’t have the ability to do.

From there I did the Get your Rear in Gear colon cancer race. During this race I managed to shave fifteen minutes off my previous time, which sounds like an amazing task but I think it’s such a large number because my first 5k was so slow. If I shaved fifteen minutes off my second time then I’d be impressed with myself!

My next 5k is not scheduled yet but my couch to 5k app is a nine week training program designed to get you ready to RUN a 5k in nine weeks. And my nine weeks is over around Halloween. So I have two 5ks to choose from and I’m excited and terrified at the thought that I’m running in one of them.

I’m going to sign up for the BR Zombie Bash/ TJ Ribs 5k that is on October 7th. This one sounds fun because people are encouraged to dress in costumes and after the race they will gather and do the Thriller dance. And I have to admit that I’m hoping TJ Ribs would be catering! Yum!

The other 5k on my schedule is Fitness for Families 5k in Gonzales. It’s not quite as exciting as the Zombie Bash but this one is October 29 which is week 8 of my couch to 5k training which means I should be able to jog the whole thing! That sounds very exciting in theory but I’m still quite skeptical about me being able to do three miles without walking at all.

I usually find all my 5ks on Don’t be afraid of the 5k, go to the site and look up one in your area. It’s only a little over 3 miles! You don’t have to run at all your first time. You can walk the whole thing; there are plenty of people who do so. I’m the slowest jogger and walker you’ve probably ever met, so I stay in the back of the race with the fast paced walkers. But I know I don’t give up. I try and shave a few minutes off each race I do with a goal of completing a race in 30-35 minutes.

What’s your running/jogging goals? How did you feel when you did your first 5k? Or if you haven’t done one yet sign up to do one of these with me! I left out the World Run day 5k on November 6th. I think that’s going to be my 30 minute one… Yeah I said it now I just have to make it happen! That’s the power of Positive thinking. Happy Tuesday everyone!

Fun Gym Alternatives

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This has is one of my favorite gym alternatives to date. I found this place in Lafayette and once I saw it I knew I’d love it. It’s a 26 foot indoor climbing gym. There you can free climb (up to a certain point), harness in and climb all the way up, boulder on some of the blocks in the middle, or some other activities. My first visit was on my 25th birthday and it was then I fell in love. This is probably the most fun I’ve ever had while actually pushing my body to its limits. You may hurt some while you’re climbing but it’s pretty much a guarantee that you’ll feel it after you leave or even the next day. This is how I spent last Saturday night and I couldn’t think of anything that I’d rather be doing.

The building is set up with different courses that have varying levels of difficulty. The more difficult ones have angled walls and pulls that are fewer and more spread out than the easy courses. One day I’m looking forward to being able to climb the advanced courses with no problem! But one piece of advice… keep the cameras at home. The shots of you climbing up the wall are extremely unflattering. But for the sake of my post I’ll include some of me.

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While looking up information about indoor climbing I ran across an aspect of the sport that I have never thought of before, problem solving skills. When you are on the wall you have to think and calculate each move of your hands and feet. And I am well aware that it builds trust and teamwork. If you get stuck on the wall you can rely on the person below belaying you to help direct your next move as well as you have to trust them and the rope to hold you.

While I was there I noticed getting up the wall is not the thing that scares me the most, I am terrified of coming down. So the instructor told me that is evidence that I have an inability to release control and trust in other people. I was speechless… I wanted to deny this but all I could say is you learned all this from me not wanting to come down the wall? But it does make perfect sense.

I often try to think of new and exciting activities I could get into to stay in shape and break up my normal routine. I’ve tried several different things so far but have you tried anything interesting? Would you do indoor rock wall climbing? If you don’t think it’s a good idea you should give it a second thought. It’s fun, call me up and I’d love to go with you! What’s better than a mind and body workout that’s fun and challenging?