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iNspIRation: WorkOut *Bling*

Good Morning Lu-lies,

The temperature here has been dropping daily *yikes*.

Being a  ‘hot weather person’, I thought that having to bring my running game inside would cause me to lose interest, but, so far it has not happened !!!!

I am certain that my perception of fall/winter running is probably not as bad as I think  the monsters in my mind have me tripping over pebbles, running too far and not having enough energy to run back, running out of water, having to stop to use the restroom – and not having one readily available…. 

But until I conquer the crazies, I’m inside.

In my efforts to be proactive about this whole staying focused thing, I’ve decided to go trolling for some new fitness gear.  Hey You, no judgment 🙂 … a girl’s gotta have a reason to shop, right?

This is what I found    *some of it is sparkly*

This little gem is probably not practical, but I do luv the *bling*, *bling*.  This is some kinda of special if you luv to sparkle while you sweat.  Not to mention being a sucker for glitz!

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Found this really cool hand stamped necklace.  This piece is great as a gift for a personal trainer or as an inspiration for the newbie – like me!

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Running the 5K inspired me to work toward running a half marathon next year…. YES!!

The plan is to run, at least one, half marathon.  *throwing confetti in the air for inspiration* .  Perhaps this little baby will keep me inspired and less focused on the craziness of this new found goal. 

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I figure that with all of this training, I’m going to need something to rock all of those medals.  What do you think?

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I reeeallly ❤ the crown on this one… a lot

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Well Luv-lies,  this shopping spree could go on forever, so I think I’ll stop with these rocking pieces.

So, what inspires you?

Do Tell…

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We Party’ed In Pink!!!

Good Morning Luv-lies,

Woke up this morning a little slower than usual.  Instead of the usual::

rolling over, firmly planting my feet on the floor and springing up sort of reminiscent of my twenty-something self,

 THIS morning’s roll over, feet planting,  ‘springing up’ was replaced by my actual fifty-something self::

stiffness that just falls shy of “I’m just going to lay here like a beached whale”!

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For a moment,

I couldn’t figure out for the life of me,

why I was feeling like ‘The Tinman’ – rusty & ‘crickety’!

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I managed to rise ‘n shine.

And

While  practically inhaling my cup of ‘jo,  it came to me the reason that I was sooooooo very, very STIFF!

…. The GREAT  time that I had at yesterday’s Zumbathon fundraiser for Breast Cancer – PARTY IN PINK!!!

*sigh of relief….. I’m not getting old*

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 I have to tell you, Luv-lies, it was well worth all of this stiffness and more!

I woke up early to may sure that I had breakfast … boiled egg whites (with a few yolks…. a girl needs some ‘good’ cholesterol), sliced Pink Apples sautéed in EVOO and seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg with Raspberry & Chocolate vinegar *yum yum*.  And a mug of jo’

ZUMBA MARATHON BREAKFAST

(usually I don’t eat before a class, but this was scheduled for two high energy, nonstop dancing).

Weapons of Mass Destruction:

Party in Pink Gear

I arrived early in hopes of meeting up with some of  my  Zumba friends and was glad that they let us in early.  Gave us time to take pics and stake our territory 🙂

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A Big Shout Out! to Maribeth for organizing this Great Event!

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… and after the introduction of all of our fierceless instructors (the children were backup dancers :-))

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we were ready to Zumba !!!!

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 we like to jam with minimal lights…. nightclub-like

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The Instructors kept me sweating for two nonstop hours…. and I loved every second !!!

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After the last routine, Maribeth was joined on stage by the instructors as they gave all of us a round of applause for making this a successful event.  That was very special!

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Many more pictures were taken before we left to ice our happy muscles and feed our growling stomaches

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Needless to say that a good time was held by all !!!!!

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This is the second Zumbathon that I’ve participated in this summer.  The first one was for a personal achievement.  This one is even more significant because this two hour Party in Pink raised a over $2500.00 that will be donated to the fight for the cure for Breast Cancer.

Thank You for going down memory lane with me….

What did you do this weekend?

Do Tell…..

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Party In Pink Zumbathon… For Breast Cancer… Starts in 2 Hours!!!

It’s October and that means loads of Pink and lots of opportunities to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer!
I’m excited this morning!

I’ve been awake for the last two hours reading myself for
#PartyInPink Zumbathon.

It’s going to be a wonderful workout for a wonderful cause. It’s October and that means loads of Pink and lots of opportunities to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer!

I’ve started out  with this wonderful breakfast!  First time sautéing the apples in raspberry and chocolate vinegar…. they smell wonderful.  We’ll see how they taste 🙂

 

I Tweeted this deliciousness before devouring it!!!!

…..  they smell wonderful….. We’ll see how they taste 🙂

Of course you have to have Gear!

I’m on my way!!!

You know that there’s a post to come….

Are you doing something for Breast Cancer Awareness?

Do Tell…..

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Fitness, Infographic

{Reblog} :: Treadmill interval workout

Hey Luv-lies,

The weather is slowly drawing to a nice soothing warmth during the day. And a friendly coolness at night.
When the sun no longer lingers in the sky, I happily turn off the air conditioner and patiently await
the night breeze that is familiarly characteristic of the waning of Summer and the dawning of Fall.
So,
with the new weather pattern, comes a re-newed way of thinking about my, now, outdoor workouts. I am reblogging this infographic (I kinda like the way that infographics sum things up… and so pretty too) that I’m going to give it a whirl (once I absolutely, positively have to bring my running inside).

What do you think?
Do Tell….
Thanx

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Full Body Workout….. Behind Bars

Good Morning Luv-lies,

Happy Saturday…. hope that your week has been a productive and rewarding one.

I tell you, for me, this week has flew by – like a flock of birds heading south for the winter!   It’s been a week of gains and slips.

I have a few things on my plate, in the way of errands, today

but

I ran across this amazing video that I want to share.

ENJOY =)

and,

Tell me what you think……

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I am Woman....Roar!

A Letter To All My Superwomen….

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   Hello Luv-lies,

     How’s life and things been with you guys?  Hope that this week is seeing less of you =) .  I’ve been following my running plan in preparation for my upcoming  [did I say 1st] C25K   race.   And have finally broken this 4 months yes!! four f#%king months !!!!  plateau thingy that I’ve been stressing over! 

     Can’t help but share my thoughts on an animated conversation that I overheard , this past week, by a group of women who had just completed their morning workout.  

     The conversation was centered mostly around  ‘trying to  fit eighty hours into the allotted twenty-four hours that make up the usual day…’.    The question poised was ‘ with the challenges of family, religious, work and community obligations, when is there time for today’s woman to take care of herself…’?

     I wonder if any of these women know that according to The Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 66% of women with children 17 or younger work full- or part-time.  And that the research done by Linda Babcock, which she published in a study entitled, “Women Don’t Ask“, reported that full-time working women do over 33 hours of domestic chores a week…  With all of the hats that we wear seemingly all at one time, Soccer Mom, Domestic Diva, Paula Professional, BFF, etc., it’s no wonder that we feel like Super Women!  

Because the cost of being a Super Women may be far too high – health, time, stress, personal and financial well-being – it goes without saying that finding that ever-so-elusive balance is imperative.  

     Until we have found that balance, I would like to share this ‘letter of the month’ written by Marina Aleksintser  in Fitness Rx Magazine, that is a sort of an Ode to the Super Women::

“….so here is what i have learned to be true about every woman. j Although they find it easy to believe in other people’s talents and abilities, they often have difficulty believing in their own.  They are eager for knowledge and how-tos on how to master the juggling act of family, career, taking care of themselves.  But the truth is, at the core, we just want to know we’ve got what it takes and that we are superwomen, even when our capes are being dry-cleaned.  We are looking for connections, acknowledgements and assurance that we are on the right path and that we do have what it takes to reach all the personal and professional success – whatever that looks like for us…. [we] feel validated, inspired and empowered….”

After all, isn’t validation, inspiration and empowerment a pretty powerful trio of allies to have?

I’d luv to hear your thoughts,  Luv-lies?

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C25K Workout

One Mile Timed Trial…. {a.k.a.} ‘Just hobble me now!’

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Good Morning Luv-lies,

I wanted to share this with you guys on last Saturday

but

simply forgot….

Very early Saturday morning, (did I say very early?),  I started my first practice module for  my second C25K.    I ran my first 5k about six years ago on a whim.  I knew then, like I know now, that shear ignorance and adrenaline contributed to a successful finish (under 30 minutes).  I ‘practiced’ for this run for all of a week *goofy face*

This time, I’ve chosen to be smarter….

So, after one hour of a combination of nonstop warm up, strength exercises and sprints, the group (I think that I’ve mentioned ‘The Sisters’ before),  we gals were charged with

one last task…

the one timed trial….

This is what I Tweeted and Facebooked {is there such a verb} after all of the torture!

 

What do you think?

Do Tell….

 

 

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