Comment Commit Day 1
Thanks, Bekah, for participating! How was your class?
I committed to a strength training workout, yoga, and a walk and enjoyed completing all three.
My 35 minute full body strength session was with Steve Maresca on Exercise TV. This workout was really fun, fast paced, challenging, and creative. I don’t have a medicine ball 🙁 so I used 5 pound hand weights throughout. The best part was that I feel like this workout is super efficient, my heart rate was elevated and I was working the major muscles of my upper and lower body nearly the entire time.
Yoga was positively delicious this afternoon. I threw my mat down on the living room floor, I turned on some Ganesha Sharanam and I rolled with it, or flowed with it ;). 30 minutes later I felt like I had indulged in something healing yet luxurious.
As for the walk, when Tate got home from work we walked just shy of a mile to the library for him to do some faxing. We hightailed it home for a quick turn around. I needed to grab a change of cloths to go to dance class.
Yep, I am a dancer. In fact “dancer” used to be one of my primary identities. I taught dance, went through 4 years of one of the most respected university dance programs in the country, performed professionally, and had my own company. Then we moved to Peru. I tend to give Peru more credit than it probably deserves in this aspect of my life, I suppose it was a combination of factors that led to a two year break.
But now I am ready to get moving again! There are modern dance classes offered most nights of the week here in C’ville but thus far I have only made it to one. And it was flipping fantastic. You can read about it here.
I tried to go to class on Saturday morning but it was canceled due to a big open house event at the arts center. Which brings me back to tonight. I grabbed my dance clothes and braved the 25 degree (before windchill, of which there was plenty!) evening and walked back downtown for class. Unfortunately class was cancelled, “no heat in studio”. I guess mid-December was not the best timing for my return to the dance world.
This afternoon there was an unexpected knock at my door. Why, it’s the UPS man! With a package for Tate and I! I couldn’t imagine what it could be or who it was from! There was no way I was waiting for Tate to get home from work to satisfy my curiousity (sorry love!).
A Hanukkah present! And what a deliciously appropriate on at that! Thanks New York family!
The aunt, uncle, and cousins who sent this really know their wine so no doubt these will be tasty!
Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun.blogspot)
Three cheers for dancing! I used to take a hip-hop class (yes, that is what it was called) with an instructor named “Star.”
Best. Class. Ever.
I would love to take a hip hop class from a “Star”! That’s awesome.
I missed this mornings post – but woke up this morning feeling the need to do something! I spent some time making extra trips to the copier this morning and then did 20 minutes of yoga tonight.
That’s great! Since the orchard closed last month I have been spending a lot of time at home on the computer. I need to remember to get up and move more! That’s also why my workouts are pretty big lately, I am barely moving besides that!
Okay, I’m in and can certainly use the motivation.
25 minutes of dancing, the kind of dancing you do when no one is watching.
20 minutes of yoga to wrap up the day.
For some reason I never feel motivated to do yoga at home, there is always something else I could do. Any suggestions?
I love this! Good work Christina!
As for yoga, I have been into doing it on http://www.exercisetv.tv (are you in the US? It worked in Peru but I am not sure about other countries). There is not that much on there but there are 3-4 that I like (20-45 minutes). It can be a little tricky to navagate so if you want a direct link, let me know.
Also, I have been using dvd’s for years and really like them. There are tons of ones out there for $10-15 (the price of one class!) and you can find them at Target and other big box stores.
One thing that really helped me establish a home practice is to come up with a series of poses that takes 15-20 minutes. After a few days of it my mind was barely involved and my body took me trough the poses from muscle memory. On days when I am feeling creative or want more I elaborate from this series but it’s a great base.
Let me know how the dancing and yoga goes!
Hello! OK, I think this is a fantastic idea – accountability and support both very welcome right now. Short dark days are really taking their toll, I hear you. I’m on the other side of the ocean from you (hence the funky time difference), but we’re sharing cold grey skies just now. AWFUL!
… and you know what? The very fact that I am hesitating to commit is the very reason I need to; I’m simply not getting it done on my own lately and have somehow decided to accept that. You’re a wise one, Faith. Time to make some changes 🙂
So, tonight after work I will go to the gym for a weights session. I’m also wayyyyy overdue some cardio (desk job, ugh), and whilst IT band issues mean that running is still out … well, there *are* other options. Even if only 5 minutes, getting back in the habit starts tonight.
Have a great day; catch you later!
Thank you for your awesome comment and feedback!
Check in again tonight (whenever that is for you :)) and let us know how your day went!
(Boo to the short dark days!)
Your very welcome and I’m so honored to be a part of the blog! Keep us posted on when you drink them and the accompanying meal. I enjoy staying connected in your life thru this and am a pretty steady reader. Have gotten back into pilates after a 2 year hiatus and am thoroughly enjoying the non-cardio one day a week.
LOVE Navarro…Their vineyards are gorgeous, the owners are very down to earth and sweet and I used to have a wine membership from them! Enjoy!
That’s so great to hear! They sent a little booklet with the wine and they look like a great company. Can’t wait to try their wine!
Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun.blogspot)
Yes yes yes! Dancing (check!) Yoga (check!) Wine? Double-check!
What a great combo! Nice work!