One of the biggest complaints and obstacles people have when it comes to working out is that things just get old and boring. So, one of my goals for this 101 was to try a few new things. You may remember that I took a swing at Zumba and KempoX. Zumba wasn’t quite my thing, but I loved KempoX as a new twist on kickboxing, which I already knew I enjoyed.
To finish up this goal I enlisted the motivation of a new friend. It’s always nice to make new friends (thank you, grad school!) and having a friend to workout with is a positive for many reasons. When Sarah suggested I try out BodyAttack and BodyCombat with her, I said absolutely. As predicted, I loved the kickboxing-inspired BodyCombat at bit more than BodyAttack. But, another one of our grad school friends happens to teach BodyAttack at our local gym so I’ll definitely be trying it again!
Here’s to trying even more things in the new year!
Ok, so I missed the “act tough for the camera” memo, but hey, I was excited! This was right before my first 5K in… well… way too long. As you may have noticed, I have a few running goals on my 101 list. Back in the days of high school I used to be a runner, and I kind of miss it, so I’ve made it a goal to get back in the game. I don’t want to run marathons, or win any races, but I do want to get back in shape so I can enjoy running again.
So, when some people from work decided to put together a team for the Washington, D.C. Police Week 5K I signed up immediately! Aside from the 101 goal, this was a great race to run. Each of us ran with the name of a fallen officer written above our race number and the proceeds from the event went toward Concerns of Police Survivors.
Finishing the race was awesome, and I really can’t wait to run another one!
I am not quite sure where March went, but hey, that’s the story of our lives right? Now, while the month may have not looked great on paper, I’m pretty pleased with how it all went down. Here’s a quick recap:
- The promotion I alluded to went into affect. This is really beyond exciting.
- I made some progress on my workout goal (#58) by trying Zumba.
- My sister shaved her head to raise money and awareness for children’s cancer research. I am so honored that I could be a part of that experience.
- I made some quiet progress on my goal to take classes to forward my career (#40) by submitting grad school applications.
- Goal #28 is in sight. I registered for the Police Week 5K in Washington, D.C. in May.
In other news, spring arrived! I am so excited for the blooming flowers, warmer temperatures, and just spring in general!
As usual, I have high hopes for the upcoming month. There is a lot to look forward to both in terms of the 101, and just in life. Here is a rundown of what I’m hoping to get into for the 101 in April:
- While the first go was not a complete success, I’m going to take another shot at no-complaining (#47).
- The promotion is super amazing. But, I have found that my working routine may be borderline craziness, and perhaps not even the most productive that it could be. So I am going to do some research and starting developing an effective work break (#50).
- I’m going to work on writing letters (#71), I’ve got one ready for the mailbox now!
There are some other things I am going to try to tackle in April, but we will see how it goes. As far as life goes, here are some things I’m looking forward to:
- Shopping trip with the girls. Which is sure to have some 101 repercussions 🙂
- A couple work trips, including one to San Diego!
- Decorating my new office.
- Making my life a little more green. This isn’t something I focused on when developing my 101 but I’m finding more and more that this is something I really want to work on.
So, that’s the plan for April. Can’t wait to see what it has in store for all of us!
A couple weeks ago, I attempted Zumba. From what I can tell there are three requirements for all Zumba rockstars: a ghetto booty, fast feet, and impeccable rhythm. Unfortunately, I have only one of these (hint: it was not quickness or rhythm).
I must say I’m not sure I was thrilled with this class. The instructor never said a word aside from “woot woot” and “ya ya ya,” which I’m assuming is Zumba-speak for something, but I am still not sure exactly what. So what was a bit frustrating. I did eventually get the hang of what was going on, though still looked quite ridiculous I assure you.
It was an amazing workout, but I’m not sure it was my cup of tea. So… what’s next on the exercise train?
I want to get back in shape, badly. In an effort to be healthier and happier I’ve got some goals about eating better and I also have some fitness goals.
I do enjoy working out. And I also enjoy trying new things. About a year ago I followed a coworker to a kickboxing class and I loved it! I also got into a jogging habit because of a friend. So, I added this goal as a way to bust out of any workout ruts, and also to push myself and try new things.
My friend, Rachel, has been talking about these new workout DVDs, P90X. For those of you who have not heard of this workout plan, it’s pretty much ridiculous. The guy who does the workouts is completely insane. He moves in ways that no human body should move, he sweats gallons, he keeps going and going and going. And he likes it.
I knew I couldn’t put it off any longer and so last week, I went over to Rachel’s and we popped in one of the DVDs. We made it a goal to at least make it to the 30-minute mark. And we did. Then we made it to the 40-minute mark, and the 50 and the 60. Whew! It was hard. But, I was really proud of us for making it and I definitely think it will be something I do again. If you enjoy kickboxing and like doing things for a short amount of time before moving on to the next, then you may want to try this.
As a disclaimer, the next day, I did hurt in places I didn’t know existed. But hey, no pain no gain, right?
Big thanks to Rachel for pushing me to do this!