Kickin Abs and Takin’ Names

What I Did Today:

I did exactly what my title says I did. I spent the work portion of my day taking names for the company’s 10th Annual Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament. I’m organizing a golf tournament. True story. No, I don’t play golf. Yes, I do know how to organize a golf tournament. They had me play with our largest customer two years ago and decided I was better at the organizing & public relations portion than the swinging a long metal stick at a tiny ball portion. He had fun, but we didn’t win….or even come close. We all have our gifts. Golf isn’t one of mine.

…but I can drive a beer cart with the best of ’em.

And for the kickin’ abs part? A couple of my coworkers and I have recently started working out at lunch. We have an official workout room filled with run down equipment, a tv, and space to do yoga and cardio floor type exercises…well, some space. Occasionally I run into equipment. That may not be due to space issues, though. More than likely it’s due to my clumsiness. I fall down a lot.

Lately we’ve been working out to a Hip Hop Abs video that my coworker bought off an infommercial. Don’t knock it. This is the most fun exercise dvd ever. I should know, I’ve tried a lot. I don’t hate exercise, but let’s face it: If it ain’t fun, I ain’t doin’ it. However, exercise is necessary, so I suck it up. If you’re not exercising, you’re missing out. I’m just sayin’. Endorphins, yay!  Bonus: the guy that teaches the hip hop abs routine is easy on the eyes. Since it’s an ab workout, he lifts up his shirt often to show the viewer the “tilt, tuck, tighten” method. Thank you, dancing meat candy. If you want to get a taste of the good stuff, check out the site here. I’ve only been doing the workouts for about a week, so I can’t yet guarantee that by using this dvd you will have kickin’ abs, but I can guarantee that you will have fun while burning calories and looking at meat candy. Have fun? Burn calories? Enjoy meat candy? Yes, please. Sorry Jillian Michaels, you’ve been replaced- by Shawn T’s abs.

I’m also headed to a bellydancing class tonite at The Rush. Yes, that’s two workouts in one day. No, I’m not obsessed. I just like bellydancing.  Plus, the hip shimmy is really the easiest dance move ever. At least for me. Stand still & shake my booty? Done.

Stay tuned & I’ll let ya know how the “kickin’ abs” thing works out. Point is, I’ve found workouts that I like, so I do them. If you feel like you need to lose weight, get healthy, or just sweat more…then find an exercise regimen that works for you and stick to it. You’ll be happy you did. Take charge of your life. Get off the couch, back away from the cheetos & tater tots, go out and play. Endorphins are your friend. As instructor Shawn T says numerous times during the hip hop abs routine, “Just groove it, have fun with it.”

Words to live by, my friend.

Today’s Fun Fact (4/6):

It’s National Tartan Day. Break out your kilts and bagpipes, laddies, cuz it’s time to get down and boogie.

I can’t lie, I’m a sucker for a Scottish brogue. Plus, the Scots tend to be kind of rough & tough around the edges. These guys kick ass while rockin’ kilts AND playing golf. Respect. For fun Scottish trivia, go here:

Scots invented the telephone and television!  The Scots also gave us Sherlock Holmes, penicillin, suspenders and Free Masons. You’re welcome. England brought us Guy Ritchie, and Guy Ritchie brought us this:

So Happy National Tartan Day! Drink some Scotch, eat some haggis…well, actually don’t, it’s nasty…and go play a round of golf!


Today’s spotlight features another awesome chick I know. Her name is Heather. Heather does theatre. She’s a triple threat. I’m jealous that she can dance without falling down or running into walls.  Her day job is as equally cool as her performances on stage. She works for an awesome organization called Girls Fight Back. Pulled from their facebook page: “Girls Fight Back empowers women across the globe through personal safety & self-defense education. We believe that fighting like a girl is actually a very good thing!” Dang skippy it is. Safety first! Heather travels around and, as the Fb page says, educates women about personal safety and self-defense. Here’s their promo video:

I asked Heather how she got into this field. Here’s what she said:

“When I was a student at UNCG, there was a serial rapist who attacked several girls around our campus; including a girl who lived in my apartment building. You could almost feel the fear around town. The school brought in Erin Weed (my boss and the founder of Girls Fight Back) to give her program. The program covers how to trust your intuition, how to be a bad victim and how to open up a can of whoop ass if you ever need to. I loved the program and left feeling inspired to take more self-defense classes. Years later, I saw that GFB was hiring speakers and I applied. It is a dream job. I travel all over the country teaching women how to become their own best protectors. I love it!”

Go on with your bad self, Heather. You rock.

Openin’ up a can of whoop ass – if you need to. That’s what today is all about. Wield the fire of a Scot and take charge of your life, your health, and your safety. Celebrate your awesomeness…with style.


One response

  1. Thanks for sharing the Girls Fight Back video! I enjoyed Heather in Eating Raoul and now I am even more impressed with her. Look at you exercising twice in one day. As Yo Gabba Gabba would say…Go Crazy Go Crazy!

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