Workout and Word of the Day #9

It is amazing to me that I actually have 9 documented gym workouts.  I believe that must be a record for me in this short amount of time.  The last time I was this consistent was back in my swim team days in high school.  It feels good and I plan on continuing to workout.  I think that getting my gym membership was a worthwhile investment.

This morning I went to 10:30 am Mixxedfit.  It was a lot of fun.  One thing that has helped me tremendously with ALL my workouts is warming up slowly.  I think in the past I tried to start out full-blast, but then I would be in pain for the rest of the workout and even days following.  When I do resistance training I warm-up with a 5 minute walk on the treadmill.  With swimming (which I want to get back into in the near future) I usually start out with long, slow strokes making sure that I stretch out my streamlines as far as I can.  With these dance workouts I start out slowly and gently giving my body a chance to get into the groove.

At Mixxedfit I made a friend and after the workout I was planning on doing an arm workout, but she invited me to do some core work with her.  I am glad she asked because core is probably my biggest weakness and the part of my body that I have been neglecting.  She also used to teach kick boxing and she taught me some moves.

Today’s Workout:

  • 15 jabs
  • 15 upper-cuts
  • 15 crosses
  • 15 hooks
  • 15 front kicks
  • 15 side-kicks
  • 15 back kicks

After learning the basics we started working on putting it all together with combinations.  I am sure that I did more than 15 of each, but I just decided to pick a random number.  Kickboxing is an excellent workout.  I know that I will be feeling this one tomorrow.


Today’s Word of the Day is:

dichotomy- noun

  1. Division into two parts, kinds, etc; subdivision into halves or pairs.
  2. Division into two mutually exclusive opposed or contradictory groups: a dichotomy between thought and action.
  3. Botany.  A mode of branching by constant forking, as in some stems, in veins of leaves, etc.
  4. Astronomy.  The phase of the moon  or of an inferior planet when half of its disk is visible.

A few observations (weaknesses) about myself…  I have noticed that it bothers me to no end when a person ignores me.  Especially when I believe that I am being courteous and reasonable.  I think though that sometimes I take it too personally and I allow myself to stress unnecessarily.  I overthink it and worry that the person is intentionally ignoring me and that I caused something to go wrong when really it could all just be in my head.  I really do appreciate the courtesy of someone letting me know that they are busy.  That’s what I would do.

That’s another thing, sometimes I get upset because I know that I would handle some situations in a certain way then I am taken aback when a person handles it in another way.  I want to learn to be more open minded and respectful of all perspectives…  And focus on myself and my goals.

Also, when I feel stressed or down I still turn to food for comfort.  This evening on my way home I ordered a Grande chai tea latte with hazelnut and it tasted like an absolute sugar bomb.  There was something comforting about the sweetness.

I am going to start finding alternatives to turning to the comfort of food when I feel down.  What do you do when you feel down?

On another note, I turned down hanging out with friends for champagne to stay at home and do laundry and study.  Could it be that I’m growing up?  🙂

Love and Blessings, 

Alana Xoxoxo


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