Wednesday, August 26, 2009

All Over the Place

My apologies for being MIA for an entire week. I had a crazybusy weekend … followed by a few days of being sick with something that’s like strep but incurable with strep meds. I pretty much spent a few days sleeping off the virus, and now I’m tip top once again!

Where to begin … where to begin …

Oh! A few weeks ago I signed up on for some So You Think You Can Dance workout DVDs. And I won! When they emailed me, I wasn’t sure if it was real, but I WON!

They came in the mail last week, but I’ve yet to try them considering my busy-ness and bed-ridden-ness. Now that I’m well, I definitely need to pop these into the ol’ DVD player. I’ve been known to dance around randomly anyway, so this will at least be an excuse :) Also, this past season of SYTYCD was my first as an every-week watcher … and I loved it! I’m superpumped to try the Cardio Funk DVD, although the Tone and Groove sounds fun, too. Has anyone done these? Any good?

I got the Dancing with the Stars Latin Cardio workout DVD from Netflix one time, and I didn’t love it. It was fun at first (and I could definitely feel it in my calves the next day), but there was nothin’ cardio about it. The only reason my heart was pumping so hard halfway through was because I was frustrated with their nonteaching.

Also, last week I won a month’s worth of kickboxing classes at a local kung fu studio. Well, I didn’t WIN them win them, but rather I bid on them through the United Way, and my bid won. $50 worth of classes for $25 isn’t too shabby if you ask me. And, the money’s going to the United Way. Even better :)

I’m nervous about attending these classes, however. For starters, the fact that they’re held at a kung fu studio = scary. I’m imagining all these advanced karate-choppers and roundhouse-kickers who could beat me to smithereens with one swat.

(photo from one of my fav sites. check it.)
But hey, who knows? My imagination tends to run wild, but I’m also living in reality and thinking there will be beginners there just like me. My free-month certificate expires at the end of January, so I’ve got a little time to work up some courage to try something completely out of my comfort zone. I don’t want to wait too long, though, because what if I love it? It could be my new thing! But first I should prob concentrate on my 5K that’s less than a month away

Brianna sent my iPod and it’s back in my possession in one piece. I’m jazzed to begin running outside again. Or, I suppose, running again at all. My being sick put a damper on things. Kinda difficult to go for a run when you barely have the energy to put on workout clothes, let alone get out of bed. But like I said, I’ll be 100% by tomorrow morning, so why not get back in action? Of course I won’t exert my full energy too quickly, but I should definitely get back to business. Maybe just a long, brisk walk with a wee amount of jogging thrown in.

My last thoughts for this post are on how my eating habits have changed. I am able to stop eating when I’m full. I am able to ask for a to-go box. I am able to enjoy the company of the person sitting across from me while the bread basket sits untouched (or not touched as often …). I am able to choose nutritious food not only because my body needs it, but more importantly because that’s what I crave now. It just boggles my mind how things have changed in the past year and a few months.

For example, I met my friend Emily for lunch on Sunday. We met at Good Earth, which I’ve mentioned in previous posts — love it! We began with water (needed it after my crazybusy weekend) and flat bread and hummus. I got a CopaBanana smoothie made of banana, mango, pineapple, coconut milk and protein powder. Shavings of REAL coconut come on top. This thing is phenomenal. (It felt even more phenomenal on my beginning-to-be-sore throat.) For my meal I ordered the Middle Eastern Medley, which is herb tabouleh, house-made hummus and herbed feta cheese with toasted flat bread, kalamata olives, sliced tomato and cucumber.
(Sorry for the annoying shadow, but the patio seating was worth it.)

SOOOOOO GOOOOD! The herbed feta cheese on the toasted flat bread was my fav part. Actually, it was all fab. Thing is, I didn’t have much of an appetite after the hummus and bread basket and smoothie. So, you know what I did? I got a box. I hardly EVER get a box. I know I won’t eat the leftovers, so I just keep eating at the restaurant even though I’m totally full. Not the new me! I got a box, and I ate almost all of the rest of it for dinner that night. Great deal!

(Don't I look like a winner on Sundays? Loooong weekend.)
Anyway, very sporadic post today. I hope the next one is more focused, for your sake, that is. Peace!


  1. I LOVE NATALIE DEE. that is it, you just got lots of points on the cool scale. haha, wherever that scale may be, i love finding fellow ND lovers :) i actually posted her in my post tonight! the medley looks AWESOME

  2. Yum. I love Mediterranean (sp?) food. I'm glad you are feeling better. Hope the c25k is still going well. I'm about to finish week 7 and I'm afraid to look at week 8! :)

  3. Glad your feeling better! I've heard SO MUCh about Good Earth but yet to drag my bum there - must.go.asap!

  4. Glad you're feeling better, the food looks super yummy, and random posts are fun. Good luck on getting back into your 5k training!

  5. Ooh jealous of those cardio kick classes! I used to take a Cardio Kickboxing class at the Y when I belonged there and they were intense but wonderful!