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Do Clothes “Make” Us?

Today’s 44 was a combo move (my favorite kind of exercise!).  The lower body was just a plie hold and the upper body was a lateral raise.

hold this position the entire time
hold this position the entire time
raise arms to side
raise arms to side

Lateral raises are hard for me (shoulders are my weakest area!!!) so I only used 5 pound dumbbells.  I felt the burn in my quads and inner thighs by the time I finished all 44 reps.

Today I did something I rarely do – I ran for the 2nd day in a row!!!  There really is a lot to be said for running easier!!!  Yesterday I ended up running 13.1 miles (1:46.20) with 1.3 easy to finish it off.  Today I did 7 miles (59:36) with an easy cool down mile.

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I’m sure we’ve all heard the phrase – “Clothes make the man/woman/child.”  Is this really true?

I think that I’m the same person no matter what I have on – a formal dress, jeans, or sweaty running stuff.  But I do wonder if unconsciously we act different in different types of clothes.

Are we more confident when we are all dressed up?  I think that I actually feel the most confident when I’m in my workout clothes!!!  Of course, that could just be what I tell myself since that is my normal dress code these days!!!

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I also started wondering if we are more productive based on how we dress.  

In the winter I pretty much live in fleece!!!

OK - maybe a little nicer than this stuff but still - yoga pants and fleece tops!!
OK – maybe a little nicer than this stuff but still – yoga pants and fleece tops!!

Does being so comfortable make me less productive?  Or am I more productive because I’m comfortable?

I used to dress up every day and I still have a closet full of nice clothes and shoes and all the accessories required to pull it all together.  Maybe I should try a test since a lot of days I can get my work done from home and see if dressing up makes me more productive!!!  

Besides running things in our home, I work semi-full time with our business – cleaning, doing set-ups, showing the venue, paperwork, marketing, etc.  All of those tasks require different attire – I can’t wear my cleaning clothes (workout gear) when I do showings and vice-versa.  Since a lot of the work is done at home it really doesn’t matter what I look like – or does it?!

Do you think that there is anything to the saying – Clothes make the woman?  
What about – Dress for success?
Do you dress up even if you are just going to be home most of the day?

Happy Tuesday!!!


Zumba – A Few Thoughts

For my 43 this morning, I did a running row.  This move worked many parts of my body – back, biceps, triceps, quads and core!!!

Start by standing on your left leg with your left arm extended in front, right knee up and your right arm pulled back –


(I used a 5 pound dumbbell in my right hand.)  From the start position, hinge forward from the waist and push right leg straight back while extending your right arm –

right arm & leg extended
right arm & leg extended

Repeat this move in a nice fluid motion – I did have a few balance checks before I reached 43.  And of course, after I finished the right side, I had to get my left side.

ready for the left side
ready for the left side

I like combo moves because I feel like I get so much out of them!!!

I taught a 6 am boot camp class and then it was time for Insanity Asylum – Vertical Plyo.  This one might be my least favorite because it has SO MUCH jumping!!!  But, I will keep doing it and maybe one day it will be easier!!  I decided to go ahead and double up the Insanity workouts today so I also did Relief.  My new favorite – 25 minutes of stretching!!!  This definitely felt good after the past few days of workouts!!!

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So, last night I finally got up the nerve to try Zumba.  I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned on here, but I have less than zero rhythm!!!  And, my hips don’t roll, sway, swivel or any of the other moves that tend to be part of Zumba.

But, I tried it!!!  Pretty sure I looked sort of like this for the entire hour – Screen shot 2013-06-05 at 8.47.12 AMI placed myself over to one side of the room (fortunately I was near 3 ladies that were very fun and NICE) and kept my eyes on the instructor (a friend of mine who happens to ROCK at Zumba!!) the entire time.

During some of the hip moves I just sort of did my own thing because I do not have near enough coordination for hip rolls.

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Um….not so much here!!!

And, there was a lot of this – Screen shot 2013-06-05 at 8.57.52 AMI can only imagine what the people on the treadmills (they can see into the room) think while we are doing this?!  

Oh, and if you have never done Zumba, it is different from other aerobic type classes in that there is very little cuing.  I had to really pay attention cause I did not want to be the only one thrusting my pelvic while everyone else was sambaing or mambaing or whatever those steps are called!!!

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So, even though I didn’t know the routine and couldn’t move the way some people can, I thought it was a fun workout!!  The hour went quickly and I worked up a good sweat! I’m trying to force myself to occasionally get out of my comfort zone and try new things – and this definitely counts!!!  

I am planning to go back next week – gotta give it a few tries!!!!

Have you tried Zumba?  What are your thoughts?

Happy Wednesday!!