With everything that’s occurred this past week, it’s amazing how nature works these days. The picture you see is a “calm before the storm.”
In one week, I experienced an earthquake at work and a hurricane on my birthday (how’s that for a party crasher LOL). Nonetheless, I managed to get in my workouts on a couple of days and continue to push myself each week. Just yesterday (8/29) I ran an errand during my lunch; I went to the bank. However, the bank was 2 miles away, so I walked under a beautiful sky and 80-degree temperatures. Of course when I walk or even when I work out at home, music MUST be present. Other than spirituality, that’s another motivator that keeps me going. 1.97 miles walked in both directions. I rounded off and said a round-trip journey of 4 miles (*popping collar right now – LOL*). When I was more consistent in the past, walking that far was NOTHING to me. My legs are still feeling the burn. I don’t think I’ve recuperated yet from Sunday night (a little more about that later).
It’s great to be able to walk outside and there’s a breeze. I managed to eat my lunch today outside under a tree with shade. Seems like you can find more things when you’re walking than driving. Another individual sat at the opposite end of the table. I told him to enjoy the rest of his lunch after I finished mine: kale greens with baby carrots, seasoned with thyme, basil, dill weed, and cilantro—all cooked in my crock pot. One word: DELICIOUS!
I’m still going to get a Zumba DVD (hadn’t purchased it yet). Speaking of which, I attended a free Zumba class at work before Hurricane Irene paid our area a visit. This was a fairly new instructor and did she give us a run for her money (LOL). I enjoyed the energy and intensity of the class. One thing I like about the Zumba classes is the music. I try to research the artists and add them to my own personal music library. It’s amazing how you work out your body in 45 minutes and it doesn’t seem like a workout. Anyone that takes a Zumba class knows you work up a sweat!
After Hurricane Irene’s “visit” to our area, I managed to get out of the house on Sunday. I had to reschedule appointments or things were postponed at later date. When I looked outside before going to a concert, all I saw were beautiful blue skies and felt warm temperatures (despite broken twigs, branches, and trees LOL).
As a birthday treat to myself, I went to a concert that honored the Godfather of Go-Go Music, Mr. Chuck Brown. He was celebrating his 75th birthday and several artists who were in town or from the area made a tribute to him by joining him on stage. The music with the beats reminds me of my high school days in the marching band and listening to my college alma mater’s band as well. Apparently, I couldn’t hang out all night since I had to be at work the next day. I left after 11:45pm and Chuck was STILL performing LOL. If it were not for work, I’d been at the club all night! Unfortunately, I wore my wedge shoes (trying to be cute) and my feet were killing me 😦 Note to self: wear only flats when attending a standing-room only concert.
I had a good time dancing to the music. Can’t you see me singing “I Got the Music in Me?” (LOL) If Chuck Brown can continue to perform like he’s been doing for over 40+ years, then I know I can pursue and maintain a healthier lifestyle. To close this post, I’ll share a birthday treat with you: a video that I recorded of Chuck Brown and several artists [Raheem DeVaughn, Kindred the Family Soul, Uptown, Ledisi, Black Alley and many more artists]. Actually, there are three of them so you can enjoy. It might inspire you to get up on your feet and dance LOL. I sincerely apologize for the video quality. Cheers!