Belly Dancing, Hula Hoops, & Fat Shaming

I have come across a few things in my mere 22 years that I have deemed as “life goals”. Besides the whole “get a real career, house, married” blah blah blah.

One of my life goals is to learn to belly dance. I’ve actually really wanted to try this for a while, and now I’m doing something about it!


It seems like a. a really cool thing to learn how to do so that I don’t improvise with my bob-and-snap dancing, b. help me with my hula hoop dancing life goal, and c. a different way of embracing and loving the body.

I found a website online and started trying it out. Boy is it hard! The move, hip drops, seemed easy enough. The second, hip kicks, really stepped it up a notch. And then I was told to do a walking combo. Holy cow. I better practice!

Not only is it a funky dance move you can impress your friends and partners with, belly dancing had a lot of health benefits- core strength, balance, posture, cardio, and over all muscle toning.

Livestrong and FitDay 

I’ve never been much of the dancing type. I took ballroom my junior year of college and you all remember my pole dancing adventure. Maybe belly dancing will give me some suave dance moves and I won’t be such a wallflower anymore.

Hula hooping is also going well! I posted on my Instagram of my new additions to the hula hoop collection the other day. I also watched this fun video on basic hoop tricks and even got the hang of the routine.. sort of. I’ll get there!

Hula hooping and belly dancing are two really fun ways to embrace your body (pretty much any fun thing that involves your body counts- even sex!). It seems that even though we have this whole “love you body” movement, this isn’t stopping those who believe that fat shaming is the way to get results. One of my fit-inspirations put out a powerful video about body shaming. It really spoke to me because in the fitness world, people see one true body type as fit- the 6 pack, bubble butt, arm muscle, toned up individuals. Honestly, those people are born with good genetics, or have implants (because that’s a thing now a days too). I accept the fact I will never have big boobs, or a 6 pack. I’m totally fine with that. Fitness and healthy lifestyles should focus on feeling good in your clothes, feeling confident in your abilities, and feeling adventurous to go out and explore the world. Life is way more than a refection you see in the mirror. Sure, the ideal skinny, muscular looks great, but you can never have cheat days, you can’t go out to dinner, and your constantly focused on calorie and gram intake vs. exercise. I have a life too you know! There is no way I could get anything else done if I was that obsessive. You shouldn’t compare people unless they’re on a stage wanting to be judged and approved in competitions. Measure a person by their entire self, not just by our society’s skewed version of fitness and beauty.

Peace out girl scouts!



9.77 miles and 3 Weeks to Go

Happy Monday!

It’s so beautiful out and I’ve been inside the gym since 8am. As much as I love my yoga class, I won’t be able to leave here until 9pm. I’m hoping Wednesday and Sunday are nice.

Sunday I did a bit of adventure running through the town of Essex, where the gym is located. It was super pretty. Adventure running always makes the time fly by (as well as the miles!).

I brought my camel back with me full of band aids, gu, and my trusted body glide. I decided that this run I would stop midway and reapply the anti chafe to the balls of my feet in hopes it would help the whole foot dilemma. It only helped a little. But! I figured next time i’m going to change my socks. I’m not in it for the time, just to figure out these darn blisters!

I’m trying to figure out the whole fundraising aspect of this upcoming race, but I haven’t had the time to really work on a page and I can’t seem to find a place that fulfills my fundraising needs. This is the website I decided to try out this: time

I’ve been working hard on the cross training aspect of it too. Apparently, HammerFit has a spartan team and I’m a captain… better get on that!

Earth Rock Training Plan

Here we go, training for half marathon number 4!

There are a few things that come into play when making a training plan- at least these are the things that have come up for me and my journey.

  1. Time management. What is realistic. You are competing against yourself, not anyone else.
  2. Your body. No matter how far into your plan, you have to listen to your body. What’s worse? Missing one race or a few years? I was signed up for a race, and it was such a bummer not to run, but I wasn’t to far out from surgery. It was a really good call to rest and accept that I am not super human.
  3. Dedication. Going to the gym 3 times a week for at least an hour is a really great way to start. If you have a specific goal, more training days might benefit- but only if that works for you. This is something you want to enjoy. It’s not a punishment, it’s bettering yourself. Make exercise a positive experience and you’ll start to look forward to it and make more time for it.
the plan for March

This was my plan for March. I had my training plan mapped out with one rest/make up day and then my usual week planned out to see the best time to exercise. I highly suggest making something like this if you’re like me and have a lot of things going on in your life. Exercising is a stress reliever for me and most of the time I find myself having to cut it shorter than I’d like, so some days I even split my workouts into two parts if I can make two gym visits. At least I can look at my schedule and say “oh yeah I can split my workouts up on Monday’s”.

12-motivational-typography-quotesHope you all have a nice Easter