Five for Friday

1. I’m totally addicted to Zumba these days and have been going twice a week. Since I took dance classes for almost 20 years, the idea of an hour long dance class where you can learn new choreography in a group setting is a blast for me. I even moved up to the front of the studio this week….finally feeling more confident about shaking my stuff in front of everyone!

2. I have been busting my butt to network and get a new job in a hospital. I want to expand my skill set and get my foot in the door so when I have my RN license (next summer!!) then I can be in a better position to get a position in acute care. My hard work and schmoozing finally paid off this week when I was offered a job at an award-winning facility on a critical care floor. The interview went really well and I heard from HR within a few days. Orientation starts in a few weeks.

3. Yvan and I had such a great time camping last weekend and feel totally geared-up for the rest of this summer’s camping season. We’re planning a trip to the Adirondacks next month and have booked sites at Fish Creek Pond and another state park for the week. I haven’t been back to the Adirondacks since college (can’t believe I graduated 13 years ago). We are so looking forward to the nine days relaxing, swimming, fishing, and just being together.

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4. I had been toying with the idea of growing out my bangs, but decided not to yet.  I can just use barrettes and headbands to go for a different look if I want to.  Much easier than dealing with the awkward stages of growing them out right now!  Plus, I still really like them (most days).

5. Cookie dough vodka White Russians (enough said!).

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Best Playlists for Lifting

I’ve been searching for some new music lately for lifting.  Something fun, motivating, and with a good beat to keep me pushing through my workouts.  I get bored of listening to the Pandora workout stations because they tend to play the same 10 songs over and over – not all that exciting when you’re working out 5-6 days a week!

I loved when HuffPo referred to the art of getting older when “party music” becomes “gym music”.  For me, this music was never on my radar until I realized just how fantastic it was to listen to while on a run and lifting!  Songs with a good beat, a fun hook, and that make me want to sing and dance will always keep me going.  I’ve definitely been known to take dance breaks between sets of upright rows or squats!

Here are some of the best playlists I’ve found on the web lately:

Best Running Songs of 2012

Shape Magazine’s Best Workout Playlists

FitSugar’s 100 Best Workout Songs on Spotify

Paste Magazine’s Top Workout Song Lists

Motivate Monday!

Since we still don’t have the blinds installed in our living room, I’ve avoided working out at home since I’m pretty much on full display in there.

So this week I won’t include any of those workouts in my plan!

Monday -arc trainer

Tuesday – 5 mile walk

Wednesday – arc trainer and weights

Thursday – 3 mile walk

Friday – weights

Saturday – run/walk

Sunday – tennis