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Jumping on the (Crazy) Tough Mudder Train

If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you saw this…

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Yep.  I am participating in the South Florida Tough Mudder event.

Tough Mudder is an endurance event where participants attempt (and hopefully complete!) military style obstacles over the course of 10-12 miles.

Now, I should mention that no real thought went into signing up.  Let me explain…

While we were on our way to the Pretty Muddy event back in December, Andy mentioned putting a team together for the Tough Mudder.  I laughed and said, “No way am I doing that.”  We talked about it some more, got to the event, and forgot all about it (or so I thought).

Fast forward to this past Wednesday.  We got a text from Andy saying that he and Robin signed up for the Tough Mudder, and if we wanted to take advantage of the special pricing, we needed to register that very night.  After looking at the date again, Vishnu was out (he has a bachelor party to go to).  I, on the other hand, was thinking I would go as a spectator and cheer on R&A.  I texted back saying just that.

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My friends (and husband) can be convincing.  I signed up about 10 minutes later.

The only thing keeping me from freaking out is that it’s still 3 months (ish) away.  This means I still have time to train and get TOUGH!

So here’s what I’m thinking in terms of training…

I have Best Body Bootcamp for the next eight weeks, which is perfect because it will help tremendously in the muscle department.  And this time around, I plan on increasing the weights I use a little at a time to build my strength up slowly.  Tina’s workouts incorporate all kinds of training techniques and muscle groups, so I know I’ll be as well prepared as possible.

There’s also a little running involved (!), so I have to build up my mileage.  Since the day of running will be broken up by the obstacles, I want to get to a point where I can run 7-8 miles and feel good.  Feeling good is key since this isn’t for time!

Here’s what this week’s workouts look like:

SUNDAY: REST
MONDAY: Upper body + core; 20 minutes light cardio (elliptical)
TUESDAY: 3.5 mile run
WEDNESDAY: Lower body + core; 20 minutes light cardio (elliptical)
THURSDAY: REST
FRIDAY: Full body circuit; 2 mile run
SATURDAY: 4.5 mile run

My three main goals going into this thing are to feel confident, to avoid injury, and to have fun!

I plan on blogging about my journey on a weekly basis (ish).  Since Wednesday, I’ve had a lot of thoughts about facing fears, being more adventurous, etc.  I’ll be sharing more on all of that as well!

Let’s hope I’m this enthusiastic in three months.  Ha!

Happy Monday!

Have you done the Tough Mudder?  Any tips?  What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? I would have to say sky diving.  I did it with one of my best friends.  No one expected it from us.  And it was AWESOME!

Sending Hearts to Those I Love

Living in Miami has its perks. The weather alone is one of the reasons I love it here, especially during this time of the year. We’re also really close to the water, and seeing that it’s been a dream of mine to live near the ocean for as long as I can remember, well, I can now tick that off my list! I know we’re lucky to be here – trust me!

However, one of the major downsides of living in any city other than Atlanta is that we are far from our family. Both sets of parents and siblings live in Georgia, and sometimes it’s really hard being physically far away from them for months at a time. And even though FaceTime is pretty much the best thing ever, it doesn’t replace the feeling of “being home.”

I figure that many of you can relate to being far from those you love, including extended family and friends, so I’m going to share a little visualization exercise I do a few times a day to help me cope. And as corny (and slightly crazy) as it sounds, it really does help. I promise.

Ok, so all I do is close my eyes and picture each of the people I love (or in some cases, groups of people I love). Then I visualize a little heart with feelings of love and strength attached and basically send it their way. Kind of like blowing a kiss, except I’m blowing a heart. Ha!

*I also do this when I want to send strength, love, and prayers to those going through a tough time. When I say that you’re in my thoughts, I mean that quite literally!

Sending Hearts
BTW, this is a Parita orginal!

The person who told me about this little exercise believes that the loving energy you send to people actually impacts them in a positive way. And it helps your own energy as well, while strengthening the connection you share with those near and dear to your heart.

Well, after a few months of doing this on a daily basis, I’m a believer. As much as I miss my family and friends, I feel 100 times more thankful that I have people in my life to miss and love that much.

Happy Friday!

Do you live near your family? If not, how often do you see them?

Weekend Things

While I did go to work last week, I feel like today kicks off the first real work week of the new year.  In some ways, I’m really looking forward to it – new goals, new projects, new responsibilities, etc.  And on the other hand, I wish there was a way to re-live the past few weeks.  That’s life I suppose!

Vishnu and I had grand plans to do absolutely nothing on Friday night.  At one point, I think I said, “Can we just sit on the couch in our PJs and watch a movie?”  We ate dinner and settled in to do just that when Vishnu got a text from Robin.  She wanted us to join her and Andy along with their friends Chris and Elizabeth for free drinks at the soft opening of Porcao, a new local restaurant.  Who was I to say no to a night out with friends…or a free glass of wine.

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After an hour and a half or so, someone suggested we go back to one of our apartments and play Cards Against Humanity.  Vishnu and I offered to host at our place, and this time I was determined not to fall asleep!

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You guys!  This game is a riot!  We played for a few hours and had an absolute blast.  There were quite a few rounds where I told everyone not to judge me.  Ha!  Remember, you have to play with people who are not easily offended.  That is key!

It goes without saying that Saturday morning was a little slow moving, both because we didn’t make it to bed until past midnight and also because my calves were killing me.  Walking was painful most of the day.  Not quite sure what’s going on.  It’s hard for me to believe that 30 minutes of incline walking on Friday made my calves THAT sore.  Vishnu thinks it’s all related to my lack of post-workout stretching.  He may be right.  Let’s add “stretch after every workout” to my list of New Year’s goals.

Anyways, I cleaned (as much as my calves would allow) and meal planned Saturday morning while Vishnu studied.  In the early afternoon, we drove up to Fort Lauderdale.  The plan was to spend a couple hours running errands and then head over to our friends Khusbu and Adam’s place for dinner.  Errands included buying new running shoes for Vishnu (I think I was more excited than he was!), buying more than we intended to at Costco, and getting a few essentials at Target.  After all that was over and done with, we headed to K & A’s apartment.  I was so excited to see them because they recently got engaged!  I know.  So exciting!  We spent the first half of the night talking about the proposal and wedding stuff, and the second half of the night was spent watching football.  Give and take…I suppose!

Sunday started with less pain in my calves and brunch at the Conrad hotel with a couple of my coworkers.  After brunch, I drove to the mall to return some stuff.  Umm…holy sales!  I was not expecting all the 50, 60, and 70% off signs.  Good thing Vishnu and I just talked about SAVING MONEY in 2014.  Ha!

After the mall, I made a pit stop at Trader Joe’s.  The store actually opened in October, which is when I intended to go, but as luck would have it, my first trip happened almost three months later.  Needless to say, it was a zoo in there.  I still managed to leave with quite a few things, including…

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I’ve been wanting to try this stuff for ages.  It was well worth the wait!  I posted this picture on IG last night, and someone recommended I check out this cookie butter stuffed cookie recipe.  All I can say is YES, and thank you, Amy!  I will be making these very soon.

The rest of my Sunday included cleaning and organizing the refrigerator, the spice cabinet, and the pantry.  It feels so good to start the year a little extra organized.  Next week we tackle our bedroom (much to Vishnu’s dismay)!

Also, did y’all get a chance to watch Jimmy Fallon’s special last night?  He is SO talented.  I’m excited about the change with him taking over The Tonight Show. 

And one final thing.  My mom and sister told me that all of my pre-blog transfer pictures are now missing.  Eeek!  Something was bound to go wrong.  Anyone else have this issue when transferring?  I hope to have it fixed this week.  *Fingers crossed!*

Ok, this has turned out to be quite a long post.  Time to call it quits.

Happy Monday, y’all!

Have you played Cards Against Humanity before?  Thoughts?
What’s your favorite thing to buy at Trader Joe’s?