One thing I love……

You all should total check out the one thing I love about Louisville on an awesome blog, Consuming Louisville, by and awesome lady, Michelle Jones. You can find what I love about Louisville here, http://consuminglouisville.com/2011/01/one-thing-i-love-about-louisville-christine-vaughn.php

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My First Guest Post: Madelyn Anetrella

Madelyn is a nonprofit professional I meet about 2 years ago over Twitter. We worked together  for a little bit and now both have moved on to more adventures things.

For as long as I can remember, exercise, especially running, has been a part of my life.  I played soccer for 14 years, went to the YMCA every day before school in high school, and was a permanent fixture at my college gym.  All this ended last year…  I started 2010 with the best of intentions:  I signed up for the Triple Crown of Running.  I started training, but then my dad’s illness progressed and I spent more and more time on the road driving to Memphis and sitting in hospital waiting rooms.  My dad passed away in April, and I quit my job in May.  I spent most of the summer sleeping, traveling, and interviewing.  I started a new job in August where I work from home.  I spent the last part of 2010 learning my new job and trying to get back into a normal routine…  which brings us to the present.

I made and blogged my 2011 Resolutions, which include running, being more active, and eating better.  So far, so good.  I have joined a gym, record my workouts on www.dailymile.com, signed up for the Triple Crown and the mini marathon, and have had breakfast every single day!  I would like to drink more water and run outside as soon as the weather warms up a bit.  In the meantime, I am working out at the Louisville Athletic Club on Westport Road.  I have signed up for Beginner’s Spin and Yoga classes, and I have created my own routine using the express circuit and cardio machines.  I have more energy, sleep through the night, and overall, feel really good…  and on that note, I’m off to the gym.  Going to start this holiday weekend right!

Oh and don’t forget Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service.  Read more about it HERE and sign up to volunteer in your community…  Thanks to Christine for letting me share my recent fitness adventures!  For more on me, follow me on Twitter @madelynteresa.

I Challenge You

At the start of the new year the gyms are packed, the workout gear is all on sale and you silently wish that people would forgo their new years resolutions to lose weight, get healthy and be more activate so you can have your nice peaceful workout time.  I know I am ready to take some people out at the spinning studio. What do you mean you have no bikes left, the class is a week away and I was here before all of them, come on! Yes my addiction has set in, thanks RHP for that. That when it is time to step back and take a deep breath and go outside.

I challenge you to skip the gym and go outside to do something good for yourself. I found that I lose weight and get tone when I am really enjoying what I am doing. This summer when I took up kayaking again I was having so much fun learning and teaching that I didn’t even realize I went down a pants size and my arms were kick ass. I mean really kick ass. I was getting my lifting in by caring boats that are 30-80 lbs. My reps and core work from paddling and my leg work out from carrying the boats to and from the water.

Find something that you love to do outside, inside, on your head, in the….well you get the point. Before you know it you will be getting into shape, loosing weight and feeling better. If you are not sure about what you want to do look at meetup.com for groups in your area that sound fun. I am part of a few, Outdoor Women of Louisville, Louisville Area Canoe and Kayak, and Louisville Hiking Meet Up. Most of the ones you find are free to join and offer different levels of involvement.

So go outside, take a deep breath, and have some FUN!