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Moving & Exercise

Project 5×5: Results

Today’s the day. Today’s my 25th birthday. (It’s also ironically my 125th post). Today was the deadline for my somewhat of a stretch, but still achievable 25 day countdown of goals to achieve, that I titled, Project 5×5.: Lose 5 pounds Lose 5 inches Do 5 new DIY crafts Make 5 new recipes Finish last 5 chapters of my portuguese language book So the question is, did I achieve my goals. Well, short-answer, no. But I got very close with the ones I didn’t achieve, well I think. Let me explain. 1. Lose 5 pounds. This is the only personal info you’re going to get. Most people who know me wouldn’t believe me if I told them my weight anyway, so what do I care. I started at 177 lb. After week 1, 176 (progress). After week 2, 176.6 (ok we’re going backwards now). Today. 173.6. Net loss: 3.4 pounds. I didn’t make my goal, but I lost 3 pounds in a week, which I’ve never done. So I think I totally would’ve made this …

Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana? I’m Not

I haven’t been blogging much but between the superbowl, and mardi gras, and finding a practicum, I’m just now getting some sort of schedule together. Now I know I said I was going to try and go paleo for the month of September, but those two major events kind of made that near impossible, so I restarted at lent with a somewhat less stringent dietary challenge of being gluten- and dairy-free. What’s the difference? The rest of those grains, root vegetables, and legumes I couldn’t eat on paleo–expanding my food options. With the elimination of gluten and dairy, plus exercising with Zuzana’s ZCUT dvds, I’ve already lost over 5 pounds. Now I have to get back to running before the Shamrock 8K Run in mid-March Anyway, the other part of my challenge to myself is to eat more local foods, so I finally went ahead and did a 4-week subscription to Hollygrove Market home delivery and I’m getting my meat from Cleaver & Co, the butchery that gets all their meat from local farms (one of …

In training…Week 1

After a summer spent pigging out on new cuisines and lazing about, it’s time to get back to work–that is exercising. In reality, this was truly an exercise in bad habits; of not sustaining an active lifestyle because I was traveling. I had definitely planned on running in SA, but a) it was cold! and b) I was reminded over and over that my neighborhood was dangerous, and although not that terrible, running alone wasn’t advisable and I wasn’t going to be able to find a running partner with any regularity. Again, these are just excuses, I mean I could’ve found alternative fitness activities to do in the house (which was also cold), but the point is, I didn’t. Now I’m back in hot weather, where scant clothing is necessary. But with the diminished amount of clothes you can see everything. And I’m not loving what I’m seeing here, on top of which I just don’t feel like I should. So it’s back to being in training. I find that I have to set short term …

Capoeira ta me chamando!

Okay, so I haven’t been training really at all since I graduated from Oberlin (OC Angola!) because it was too expensive for me in NYC while on an americorps budget and I just haven’t found the time/energy to go in New Orleans. Plus, it’s always kind of difficult to start with a new teacher once you’ve trained with one for so long–having to adjust to their nuances and what not. I looked up capoeira before I got to SA, and unsurprisingly, none of the groups were capoeira Angola. So I just put it out of my head. But one of the people I met here in SA, who’s from the states and wanted to do some type of movement for lack of west african dance options, caught up with a mutual friend who plays capoeira. So since she was interested, I decided to go with her. The group is an extension of Cordão de Ouro and they were having their first class in their new studio. So there were a lot of people in attendance …

Weekend Adventures

This first weekend in Cape Town was awesome! I’m being very serious about the use of that particular word, unlike the multitudes of young people who utilize it for anything in their lives that is slightly more than mundane. Cape Town truly is awesome (adjective) definition: extremely impressive or daunting synonyms: breathtaking, awe-inspiring, magnificent, wonderful, amazing, stunning, staggering, imposing, stirring, impressive; formidable, fearsome, dreaded; informal mind-boggling, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, excellent, marvelous. I went on a Baz Bus Cape Point tour on Saturday. We left bright and early and drove around the entire peninsula for the day. Our first stop was a little beach area where you had the option of taking a boat to seal island, which I didn’t actually end up doing. But I did walk around the beach. The mountains are always covered in a mist that makes them look incredible. Our second stop was to Simon’s Town to see the penguins. They were adorable. The way they walk around reminds me of the way toddlers walk–with that unstable waddle. Strangely there was some dead animal …