Monday, October 31, 2011
7-11 Project: Trick-or-Treat
1. Read 11 new books.
After I finished "The Help", I decided that it would only be fitting with the Halloween season to start Michael Leehan's Ascent From Darkness; the true story of how Satan's soldier became God's warrior.
2. Run 11 miles every week.
Regretfully, I confess that this goal has been one that I continuously struggle with. I believe I have not successfully ran 11 miles in one week but once during this 7-11 Project. Busyness and laziness have ensnared me time and time again. However, this week, I ran 9 miles in three days and felt fantastic! That is, until the fatigue set in two days afterward. I am 5 days away from running my first 5K and am really striving to be able to RUN the entire thing. We will see. I may end up running most of it and hobbling to the finish line with exploding muscles. :)
3. Do 11 new activities with the kiddos.
4. Try/visit/experience 11 new places, things, or activities.
I picked up a class calendar at my local YMCA where I like to go run and decided to attempt my first Zumba class. A number of my friends have said how fun it is, so I decided that would try it out. Upon arrival, I realized that I was one of the only ones in the class that didn't take it SERIOUSLY. Everyone was decked out in their skintight spandex and sports bras, complete with headbands and special Zumba sneakers. I was in a t-shirt and basketball shorts. My bad. I didn't realize I needed to come to look like I was going to be included in the next Susan Sommers Sexy Buns workout video. I sighed as the class began and immediately fell behind. Way behind. As "I'm Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO blared over the stereo, the booty-shaking commenced. Hips were swinging back and forth and the pelvic thrusting totally through me off. Did these women take a DVD home and learn all these moves before the class? I joined in with only about every third move. I was hopeless. I had no mojo and I certainly wasn't bringing anything sexy back. It was entertaining to watch all the 50-year-old "cougar-types", get their groove on. I believe most of them were probably strippers in a former life. And all of the 20-somethings droppin it like it's hot could probably leave this class and go directly into a MTV Spring Break casting without a problem. However, I needed to take my clumsy rump home and study up a bit more on how the Latinas learn how to move their booties. I enjoyed myself. And Lord knows the other classmates enjoyed watching me make a fool of myself. But the next time I go into Zumba class, I'm coming prepared. . .With neon armbands and leotards made for the Macarena.
And now, for the moment all 7 of you have been waiting for. . . .The first ever blog GIVEAWAY Winner! In my attempt to gain a greater following by launching a book giveaway, I actually managed to gain 5 more blog followers this week than last week. Not the hundreds that I completely expected to pour in (HA!), but I'll take it! Thanks to everyone who posted a link to my blog on your facebook pages, who left me comments, and who referred me to your friends. It means a lot to me that you find my silly little life amusing enough to tune in and see what I'm up to. :) I definitely plan to host another giveaway next month. Maybe with a turkey theme. We shall see. . . .
Miss DIXI BEASLEY!!! Congrats on winning a copy of The Help, The Shack, and Ascent From Darkness. You will LOVE all three, I promise!
I hope everyone has a safe and FANG-tastic Halloween (yes, I brought the Corny again. I apologize.)! Visit my facebook page "Miss Banana Pants" and post me some pics of your little ghouls and goblins! I'd love to see all the awesome outfits!