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Third Aerial Silk Circus Class (I CAN CLIMB!!!)

August 24, 2015

Ok, so tonight was my third Aerial Silk (Tissu) Class. I bought a set of 4 from Groupon completely on a whim. I was under no delusions when I showed up at the circus that first time. I remember standing by the silk and listening intently on the instructor “Kelli”, going over safety issues and such. Then she spoke the two dreaded words, “Let’s climb”.

Err do what? Me climb up this piece of silk? HA HA HA.

So I tried, and tried. Next day I cried and cried (from the soreness in my arms and chest). Now, think about the rope in gym class, nope I couldn’t do that either. In retrospect, I actually did surprisingly well in some of the beginner movements Kelli showed us that first week. I think I impressed myself as I approached the motions with a sense of fearlessness. But the climbing? “I will do better next week”, I mused.

Week 2 rolled around, I approached the silk, ” let’s climb!”. I put my feet in the appropriate position and pulled again, hmm off the ground with arms quivering…annnnd down. Repeat. Ok, I’m not going to let this defeat me. I must get stronger. This is when I decided to start with the pull up/chin up and handstand work.

In class tonight, I approached the silk with a certain confidence. I will climb. And climb I did! The sense of accomplishment was pretty amazing. My friend took a photo. Don’t I look excited?!



My question today: The “do over”

August 24, 2015
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If you slacked off on T25 (last week was week 4 and I only did 2 work outs) do you a) start week over? or b) complete the remaining 4 workouts this week and pick up Week 5 next week? I’m thinking the latter. Thoughts?

My Garmin Vivosmart Review after 10/mo

August 21, 2015

I purchased this fitness tracker about 10 months ago and it has really stepped up things in my fitness game. I really can’t say enough positive things about it, but here goes.


Design. It is sleek, understated and can take a beating. I never take it off. I has endured horses, moving furniture, brush hauling, wakeboarding, circus training, motorcycle touring and my pitifully clumsy nature. It has a few little nicks and scratches both on the stainless steel back plate and on the soft coating on the face.

The sleep tracking feature. Even if you are too lazy (or forget like me) to put it in sleep mode, it magically does the work for you and sends to the application on your phone via Bluetooth.

The app. I have mixed feeling here, but I do like the work Garmin developers are doing to make this more esthetically pleasing. It tracks steps, sleep, goals, activity calorie burn and if you have the Heart Rate Monitor it does a nice job of showing heart race, pace and so on, for a variety of activities. Sync to the watch has not been an issue. I had a hard time syncing with my HRM in the beginning and occasionally that comes up but it’s 9/10 times OK. Cons to come later…

Notifications. I like that I have the option to receive texts and other notifications on my wrist. It is not something I use often, but if I’m out at dinner with friends, or it a client meeting, rather than having my phone out (rude), I can know if I receive something, and read it right on my wrist.

Music controls. This was the MAIN reason I went for this particular band. I use Flip Belt, and changing songs can be a nightmare when jogging. It works great on both Spotify and Google Play. I especially like it at Happy Hour on my patio with my Jawbone speaker. My neighbor thinks that is the coolest thing ever. Since purchasing, I have acquired some BlueBudX wireless headphones (love) so it is a fitness feature I use less and less.

Auto Step Goal. Based on previous performance, your Vivosmart will auto calculate a new step goal for you.

OTA updates. I like that it pairs and updates with my phone when plugged in to charge.

“Raise arm, face on option”. I have mine set for during activity periods only and it is really nice to not have to touch the face when I’m struggling to breathe with Shaun T shouting at me.


The app. Ok, so here is the deal. Others do it better. The fact that it is seemingly impossible for Garmin Connect and Myfitnesspal to sync correctly really beats me down. IMO Jawbone and Fitbit have nicer apps, but it’s a trade-off as this is a superior device in my mind.

Battery life. The only reason I say this is a con, is I know some devices have a year-long battery life. With that said, I only charge mine every 10 days or so (I generally don’t have vibrate notifications on).

Price. Pricey for what it is, but I guess you pay for what you want.

Manufacturer Specs:

Physical dimensions Band sizes: 127-172 mm (small); 155-221 mm (large)

Display size, WxH 1.35″ x 0.14″ (34.4 mm x 3.5 mm)

Display resolution, WxH 128 x 16 pixels; OLED (illuminated) display

Touchscreen Yes

Negative mode display Yes

Weight 19.0 g (0.67 oz) (large); 18.7 g (0.66 oz) (small)

Battery (mAh unspecified)

Battery life Up to 7 days

Water rating 5 ATM

Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone) Yes

Vibration alert Yes

Accelerometer 3-way axis

Heart rate monitor Yes(optional)

VIRB® control Yes

Here is another good review:

Week 4 Total Body Circuit

August 19, 2015

Finally, this seems to be getting easier! I was able to get through about 90% without modifying and boy was I sweaty! #crushedit #nailedit Now. I’m starving now and I am about to go cook a nice Indian curry. Yay.

Foot soreness is gone, thank goodness. I’m way under my calorie goal so far today. I need more eats!

Until tomorrow…. xxx


Tuesday wipe out 0_0

August 18, 2015

I used today as my “off” day. My right foot is just too sore from the Aerial Silk class yesterday for all that T25 Total Body Circuit jumping around! I’ll just push everything back one day, I’m sure it will be fine tomorrow. I find it easier to work out on Saturday/Sunday anyway. I think the key to sticking with T25 is allowing for that kind of flexibility of schedule.

Instead, I did leg raises on my Golds Gym Tower (love), and pull ups/chin ups (assisted), handstand sets 5 @ 60 seconds, push-ups, bicep curls (3 sets of 15 with 10lb weights), and Russian twists with a 8lb medicine ball. I followed this up with 15 minutes on the elliptical. I got a good sweat going, but I’ll jump straight back on T25 Wednesday.

I went over on calories today too. What say you, Myfitnesspal?

Goal:                    1280

Intake:                1871

Exercise:              208 (cardio only) I have no idea what I burned doing the other stuff.

Net:                      -383: (eek*)

*Full disclosure – I had 4 Oktoberfest Shiner beers at 170 calories per 12oz. Diet killer and I know better.

Tomorrow is a new day. Yay.

Shaun T: The Fitness Tyrant

August 18, 2015

Baltimore Health & Fitness Blog

If this had just been me in my living room, doing one of Shaun T’s Insanity or Focus T25 workouts on my own, it would be easy to skip some reps of single-leg squats or hit the pause button after all the plyo jumps, pushups, and cardio I’ve already cranked out. But today he’s just 50 feet away from me, on a stage in New Jersey, demanding 10 more reps from the 200 people there.

“This is when you’re going to hate me,” he warns, “but now let’s hold this squat!” His devotees let out boastful yelps of enthusiasm as their back knees hover just inches from the floor with nary a quiver. Myself a Shaun T workout virgin, I’m biting my lip hoping to make it to the next water break without falling.

At least I’m not John Barnett, 25, from New Jersey. In the middle of a round…

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Hanging off a ceiling

August 18, 2015

Hanging off a ceiling.

Another aerial silk beginner.