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Thursday, April 18, 2013

So far, I've had a great morning. I woke up early, enjoyed a couple of plantain muffins leftover from yesterdayís breakfast, swept my floors (daily chore and bane of my African existence Ė dust rules my life!), pulled up water from the cistern for my shower (no running water), and did some yoga. Today, yoga felt goooood. I did Tony Hortonís P90X Yoga, which is a great video for me because itís intense and sweat-inducing. The only problem with it is that itís quite the time commitment, coming in at just over 90 minutes!

Although Iím not always into yoga, I do it every couple of weeks, and today really hit the spot! You see, sometimes yoga stresses me out. I know, I know, thatís the opposite effect itís supposed to have on a person, but I've come to terms with the fact that Iím no yogi and now know that some days, I just donít have the patience for it and should go with another workout. When it comes to stress-relief, Iím much more of a ďsweat it outĒ kind of person.

This entire week has been pretty successful in terms of workouts, if I do say so myself!

Hereís what I did:
Sunday Ė rest day (I did do some light stretching and went for a walk)
Monday Ė 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels, level 3 (20 minute circuit workout)
Tuesday Ė The Workout Girl: Beach Body Workout (30 minute circuit, found here:
Wednesday Ė P90X Kenpo (60 minute kick-boxing video)
Thursday Ė P90X Yoga (90 minute Vinyasa + balance postures)

And on the program:
Friday Ė P90X Core (60 minute core-work)
Saturday Ė 60 minute run

If you canít tell, Iím a cardio junkie and love my workout videos. Since I donít have a gym, itís the most effective way to keep my workouts flowing. Without them, I find myself finishing way too early out of workout boredom.

Iím also not much of a ďroutineĒ person. I canít eat the same meals every day, canít seem to get to bed at the same hour each night, and I canít do the same workouts week-after-week. I tend to do things as and when I feel like doing them Ė after all, variety is the spice of life!

The best thing about today was how early I got my workout out of the way. Now I have time to pack for my weekend in the CITY (translation: my weekend eating GOOD FOOD!!!!), make tortillas for lunch, and do a couple of those DIY recycle-your-clothes projects I saw online!

^^hosting a TACO NIGHT at my house for Beninese friends... not sure they understood why the "bread" (aka tortilla) was so flat!

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1935MARY 4/18/2013 8:36AM

    Awesome. Have a great week-end.

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