Leah Moves

When you don't know what to do, just move.

dash like a warrior December 23, 2011

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My friends and I have decided to do a Warrior Dash next August. It’s insane, and I am so excited! It’s good to have a tangible goal to work toward. I can’t slack off because I need to be prepared for the Warrior Dash.

We’re planning on doing the dash in Indiana, and here are some details:

1. Rubber Ricochet (a rubber jungle)

2. Road Rage (scrapyard of metal)

3. Storming Normandy (military crawl)

4. Giant Cliffhanger (massive uphill crawl)

5. Barricade Breakdown (over barricades and under barbed wire)

6. Warrior Wall (wooden wall)

7. Hard Rain (trudge and climb through rain)

8. Vertical Limit (climbing wall)

9. Cargo Climb (cargo nets)

10. Warrior Roast (FIRE)

11. Muddy Mayhem (mud pit and barbed wire)

And you know, running three miles.

It sounds hard. But the point of the dash is to survive. To overcome the fear and to succeed.

And that’s where I am right now.




Giving resolutions some thought December 19, 2011

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It’s that time of the year. Time for resolutions. I usually make the same resolutions every year, and then every year, I fail at them.

I’m not sure if I aim too high by creating goals that are too lofty, or just by making too many resolutions. I’m not sure how I want to proceed this year. I don’t want to make vague goals because I feel like by saying something like “I want to work out more,” I can’t really measure that. The same with “I want to lose weight.” So how much weight do I want to lose? Five pounds? Thirty pounds? Fifty pounds? (For the record, my current weight loss goal is 64 pounds. It’s subject to change, of course.)

Long story short, I want a few specific goals that I can adapt throughout the year without losing the basic purpose of the goal. Goals like these: I want to run a 5K (all running). I want to strength train three times per week, on average. To run three times per week. To cook more and eat out less. To eat healthier. To volunteer more. To be more social. To be braver.

Okay, so some of those are vague. But that’s why I’m still working on these. I don’t want to trap myself into these resolutions. I don’t want to have these goals that I feel are so unattainable that they just can’t be met. I don’t want to set myself up to fail.

I want to set myself up for the year where I finally make it happen.


I think I can

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Last weekend my friends and I took advantage of a Groupon for an aerial workshop. We didn’t really know what that would entail, but we ran around for weeks excited about our circus lessons. After checking the website, there was a possibility that we would be using the silks and the trapeze.

We got there a little early and there were kids there in the middle of their lessons. I was instantly jealous that I never got to take circus lessons as a child. And I was jealous that these kids were way better at this than I was going to be.

We changed clothes and proceeded to warm up and stretch a little. And then it was time to get started. There were about 15 or so people, which is more than I expected. I tried to stay with my friends in the beginning but had to move down to another silk because of time constraints.

We started off with a “simple” move of holding our body weight up. This was pretty hard. I have been doing a lot of strength training lately, but this made me realize that I still have a long way to go.

From there we wrapped the silk around our foot and stood up. Also harder than it looked. After we stood up, we were supposed to fall sideways and hold ourselves horizontal. I couldn’t really do this. It was frustrating to try to do these moves but just aren’t able to. I’ve worked hard to change my body, and although I’ve seen some results, sometimes it feels like I haven’t made any progress.

My favorite move of the night was one where we wrapped the silk around our shoulders and flew. I knew I’d feel it the next day, but it was so much fun that I had to do it several times!

And just like that, it was over. I was so glad that I was able to take this class. I may not ever get the opportunity to do it again, so I am glad I wasn’t too scared to try this.

And for the record, I was sore for three days after.


December 12, 2011

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I don’t really have anything of any importance to say today, but I haven’t been here in a while, and I am trying to make my way to a more regular blogging schedule.

So here are the highlights:

It’s time for finals. I’m simultaneously overwhelmed and not doing enough. After next week, it’s time for a little break, and I’m more than ready.

Running. It hasn’t happened in I don’t even know how long. I believe it’s time to start over with C25K. I have a March 5K tentatively planned, so this should work out just right.

Other workouts. They’re happening.

Weight loss. It’s pretty much not happening.

Eating well. Also not happening. No excuses, just not making good choices.

Adventurous things. I’m trying to step out of my comfort zone and live life a little more. I tried a “pole fitness” class while in Florida. Loved it. I went ice skating and really enjoyed it. I hadn’t been in a while and had a slight fear of falling, breaking both legs, and being skated on my teenagers. I’m happy to report that none of that happened. Most recently, my friends and I took circus lessons. More specifically, we took an aerial workshop using the silks (long pieces of fabric that hang from the ceiling). It was tough, but fun and I learned that all those push ups I’ve been doing have done absolutely nothing for me. Hopefully I can get around to doing a little recap on that.

Other stuff. I’ve decided I need to clean/purge/organize my apartment. It’s out of control.

That is all.