This year for the Fight for Air Climb I raised $350!! More than my goal of $250! So happy that I was able to raise more than I did last year. Every little bit counts in the fight against cancer. (Read why I climb here.) Once again it took me 10 minutes to complete the climb.
So I hurt my hand this week doing something…I am not sure how exactly but I am guessing I either fell (I am klutzy) or when I was moving the spin bike. The bottom line…I hurt my hand. Saw the doctor…it is not broken but it is just a nasty looking bruise. Doctor told me no physical activity for a week. Really? That seemed ridiculous since it was my hand. I don’t need my hands to run! But really it came down to not griping anything. (It hurts like a mother to squeeze my hand closed.) That means can’t do anything with a bar pretty much. No lifting. No trying to get a pull up. BUT I can lay my hand out flat and that feels awesome! So I have done a lot of yoga and pilates this week and I feel amazing.
Hurting myself has been a great rest. I still get an awesome workout and my body feels great.
This time has made me rethink my goals. What do I want to do by the end of the year. My physical goals:
Get a pull up
Get a handstand push up
Get a muscle up. (The muscle up is probably wishful thinking…but a girl can dream!)
I had a post earlier in the year with goals I wanted to achieve. I wanted to get a “L” sit, lose 20 pounds to run a half marathon, and just overall get healthy. With injuring my hand I was able to really evaluate my goals and what I may be able to achieve. I really think I can get a pull-up. They seem absolutely impossible right now, but I work hard at trying. I have a great headstand and great handstand…now I just need to be able to develop the muscles to string together a handstand push up! (I can do it, I can do it!) And of course there is the dreaded muscle up. I know it is something hard for a lot of people, this might not be achievable this year, but I am determined to work on it to get one. And overall…these goals are going to help me reach my goal of overall getting a healthier life style.
Now losing the “pounds” is not a good judge (I know lots of people told me this) so I recently got my body fat tested. I have 29% at the moment. My goal is to get to 25% by the end of the year. (More reasonable.)
Hopefully…I can achieve some of these goals…that would make me SO happy! I would be happy just being able to do a pull up! Here is to hoping that I can!
I have a new obsession…acro yoga! I LOVE IT! It is so fun! The problem I have is finding people to practice with! ::sigh::
What is acro yoga? A combo of yoga, acrobatics, and therapeutics. Now, I have only been able to take one specifically designed acro yoga class, but I got to try it out two other times before that. It is a different type of yoga practice and it was challenging. I loved that! You need to be able to trust the other people you are practicing with and you need to have trust in yourself that you can do it.
I soon discovered that it is VERY important to be both a base and a flyer. They both work together, a base needs to know what a flyer is going to experience and a flyer needs to know what a base is going to experience. It is definitely important to be BALANCED!
I am so excited about this new form of yoga that I am going to go on a yoga treat to Costa Rica! It will be a combination of balances, yoga, acro yoga, and thai massage! I am going to be going with another girl from the gym named Kimiko. November can not get here soon enough!
This past weekend was the Electric Run. My girlfriends and I had an awesome time! It was so much fun! I would totally do it again! It was cool to see everyone all lit up and some were in totally funky costumes. This was only a 5K race and we did not do too much running. But it was a good time and we got in a good walk. If it wasn’t for all the different “lighting worlds” and the fun dance music and the constant want to take photos I am sure we would have finished a lot faster. And actually…I do not even know how much time it did take us to complete the run. Up next: Handstand Nation Workshop II!
Yesterday was SO MUCH FUN! Sandra had set up a handstand clinic with an instructor who studied at a circus school in San Francisco. And it was so much fun…not only working on balance, but the acro yoga we got to experience at the end of class!
Sariah from The Handstand Nation was our instructor along with some of her friends. We went over headstands, tripod headstands, and of course HANDSTANDS! With a lot of awesome drills that I can work on to get stronger and find my balance.
Who knew that acro yoga would be so much fun! I was scared to try it but it was like cheerleading with yoga…strange description I know…but it was stunting with yoga poses! So much fun! I am looking forward to that workshop at the end of the month!
Here are some of our acro yoga poses…if I was thinking I would have taken more pictures…especially when we were working on our handstands…next time I will know!
Sandra has declared April the month of doing Grace, which is a 30 clean and jerk WOD for time. After the 13.4 WOD for the Opens I swore off clean and jerks. BUT I think I am learning to like them. This week we tried clean and jerks with an extra thick bar, logs, sand bags, kettle bells, dumbbells, and barbells. Trying something other than a barbell was a nice change. It was interesting with sand bags since they are so floppy, you really have to tighten up and make sure you get under them fast.
On a side note…I am excited about Sunday…it will be a handstand clinic! 😀