Man, I am out of practice writing blog posts. How do I start? What do I say? How do I not sound like a total lame-o? Jeepers!
It is now officially 2018! Yaaaay!
I’m really looking forward to 2018. I’ve moved through all my internal work, laid to rest my old ghosts, and now it’s time to fly! It’s going to be a bit of a slow start, thanks to being sick since the middle of November, but I’m hoping that means we got our sick season out of the way early. (Fingers crossed!)
KST has graciously agreed to guide me through the physical part of my forward motion. I can’t wait to really get going! So, here we go!
My January Jumpstart Jive Challenge
Here’s a secret: I have always wanted to be a ballroom dancer. Ever since I was a wee thing, I dreamt of heating up the stage alongside Danny Kaye (White Christmas is still my favorite holiday movie). He was always more my style than Fred Astaire – sweet, funny, adorkable. I learned how to swing dance in high school, but I’ve never been brave enough to step out of my social phobia comfort zone and jump into taking classes. That is my physical goal this year: To be strong enough to follow my passion. The Jive is a style of swing that’s high-energy, super bouncy…and that makes it really scary to consider. But it’s also kind of my goal dance to be able to do. If I can pull off a jive? That will be the ultimate success! (Here’s Lindsey Stirling’s jive from the most recent season of Dancing with the Stars – I love her music, and she’s super adorable on the show!)
Obviously, I have a long, long, LONG way to go before I have the stamina, cardiovascular capacity, or joint strength to be able to pull it off. But that’s why this is my Jumpstart Jive challenge! That’s my goal, and this is my first kickoff. Yay!
So, here are my month’s goals:
- Strength train 6 days a week with KST’s awesome routines.
- Daily stretching, flexibility, and physical therapy moves.
- 5 days of 30-minute gentle cardio (stationary bike, walking, dancing, KST’s fun vids) for stress relief.
- 3 extra bouts of hard cardio (elliptical, speed walking, pushing on the bike) a week for heart and lung training. (Working up to 30-45 minutes.)
- Stage 1 cleaning up the food (no extra sugar, make healthy trade-outs, increase protein, veggies, and vitamins).
- Water, water, water!
Basically, I’m looking at an hour of exercise a day, plus an extra 30 minutes three times a week, plus a stretchy rest day. Because of the weather in Phoenix, I REALLY want to use the weather to my advantage, so I’m going to be emphasizing the walking, as my husband’s schedule permits. It’ll be too hot to go outside by April, so I want to get crackin’!
(And as a bigger picture, I’m intending to work really hard for the next…68 days. Then we have spring break and after that – I dance!)