With about oooooh 24 days until the big day, JP and I have been feeling a little sluggish as of late. I have completely slacked off in any form of exercise regime, which only got worse when hit with an awful cold at the end of May. We ended up purchasing Insanity since quite a few of our friends have raved about the program and it’s results. JP first tried it when I was on a work trip and after her first day, told me breathlessly over the phone that it was the hardest thing she’s ever done in her life. This coming from a woman who has played soccer all of her life, D1 basketball, and has had 3 back surgeries. Excuse me?! Needless to say, I wasn’t stoked to try it when I returned home.
The first day is a Fit Test, which basically is a cardio workout all in itself as you measure how many of a certain exercise you can complete within a specific time frame. The “test” only lasts about 30 minutes but seriously, I wanted to pass out during it. There are 30 second water breaks here and there but you pretty much push yourself through some semi-intense exercise moves, and there were multiple times where I had to completely stop and take a breather. Shaun T doesn’t recommend that, though.
I took a few days off after that – lots of stuff going on and came back to try Day 1 which is a 41 minute workout with plyometrics and cardio. I didn’t make it through the video – seriously, I made it like 23 minutes in and quit. I was almost done. It was super intense, worse than the fit test and was basically the same movements over and over but increasing in speed. I should have just finished the workout. But now my legs have been sore and tight ever since and I keep making up any excuse to NOT workout at all. Boo.
I want to really get through the program and focus on it – it’s only 60 days and the workouts, although super intense, are manageable. Anyone else make it through Insanity and have any tidbits on how to stay focused?
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Last week I was in Orlando for a work-related trip and had some great eats while visiting in the middle of Tropical Storm Andrea. Hot, humid and pouring-monsoon rain = no fun. We spent a lot of time indoors at a conference and dodging the pelting rain. We did go out for dinner to Opa Taverna in Orlando, on our last night in town and had a great time! Opa Taverna is a chain restaurant, seemingly in the southern area of the country, that serves Greek and Mediterranean food (yum! one of my faves) and even has Zorba and belly dancers as part of their nightly entertainment!
We were able to sit outside, where there wasn’t much belly dancing action – but that was ok with us. We shared some amazing homemade hummus that came in a mortar with a pestal for self-smushing and some yummy warm pita bread triangles. For my meal, I went with the classic chicken kebobs, which came with a spinach rice pilaf and lemon roasted potatoes. The menu had some delicious entrees though, full of meat options, and even your typical gyro fare – really anyone could find something to eat here. My food was amazing – great tasting, hot, and I’m pretty sure I ate everything off of the plate!
I apologize for the awful iPhone picture!
As a sidebar of how fun the inside of Opa Taverna is – when I went to use the restroom, I noticed that the floors of the entire restaurant are littered with white napkins. People throw napkins at Greek taverna’s because of tradition – much like smashing plates to the floor and yelling “OPA!” at the top of your lungs. Hopefully, if you ever do a napkin dance at a Greek restaurant, you’re having a much better time than this kid in the black sweatshirt. Seriously. Lighten up.
It was a great restaurant, overall. The service was a bit slow and I think next time I would have liked to be seated inside to see more of the fun action going on. But it was nice to enjoy the patio and eat undisturbed by rowdy party-goers…ha! Have you ever been to a Greek restaurant? What are you your favorite meal traditions? OPA!
Anyone else love The Wizard of Oz? I’m actually a huge fan of the movie, as it was a family favorite growing up – you know, we didn’t have cable so it was one of those movies ALWAYS played on regular television. We all know the story of Dorothy and her band of friends, as they triumph over the wicked witch. Her red shoes and the yellow brick road leading the way the Emerald City, dodging the wicked witch’s evil sidekicks – mean flying monkeys.
Well Oz the Great and Powerful, starring James Franco in the lead role as Oscar Diggs, a struggling con-man/magician from Kansas, is told from his point of view as he’s transported from the gray small-living Kansas town to magnificent land of Oz. The king of Oz has been killed by the wicked witch, but before he died he told a prophesy that a wizard named Oz will come to their land to defeat the wicked witch and free all of the people in the land of Oz. Oscar sees his opportunity to gain riches in this new land, as he’s full of trickery and pranks, so he fits well into the role of the mysterious wizard/savior for the people of Oz.
Along his journey, he’s joined by a crew of unlikely misfits including China Doll (literally a China doll that he happens upon after her village is destroyed by the wicked witch), Finley, a flying monkey, and Glenda, the good witch. This movie is a bit different than the original, not just in the character point-of-view (as this takes place before Dorothy’s big adventure), but also because it involved sisters Theodora and Evanora – who are both wicked witches that Oz and the people of Oz must defeat to win their freedom.
It was a great movie – a bit different than the original. Definitely a great movie to rent at home and settle down in. You’ll be ashamed of the selfishness of Oscar, but then cheer for him as he finds the good in his heart and uses his skills as a magician to try to defeat the wicked witches. You’ll adore his sidekicks, and you’ll love the theatrics of the movie, even though the visuals, at times, are a bit over the top. Great movie to rent, though!