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The Future of these four wheels

In December, I will take the LSAT.

Yes, folks. TLanice will jump headfirst into this crucial law school exam.  It’s SO stressful.  The score from this exam is your law school dream make or break.  If you score a little too low out of the range, you better have a kick a** application!

But, I can’t let the stress become overwhelming.  Actually, I’m not THAT stressed, just scared.  It’s times like these when finding an outlet is important.  I’ve turned to my workout mat.  Logic games ticking me off? crunch! practice LSAT score not high enough? lift! The workouts help in a couple of ways.

First – it’s a good break from the books. Too much cramming and studying can be counterproductive.

Second – It’s a great distraction.  If I’m busy counting reps or thinking of a new way to work my legs, then I’m too busy to worry about how much higher my score needs to be.  Let that be a worry for another day or hour.

Yes, these four wheels are on a journey.  They are taking me on a journey to a better self: mentally, physically, academically and professionally.

The First 21

I read somewhere that it takes 21 days to form a habit.  Healthy eating and lifestyle habits, then, should become a habit in about 3 weeks.  That means by the end of August this new journey will be like second nature…kinda like picking up that Newport that I should think about leaving alone.

So this is Day 2 of 21 of forming an healthy habit.

I read a blog yesterday on yahfitness.com about meditation – something else I started to pick up and put back down.  There’s a pretty good blog post that answers some common questions about meditating. Can I? Why should I? How?  So, I think I’ll add meditation in as part of my journey.

My days are pretty calm. I work in a law office and when I’m not there I’m busy running a business (TLRayMarketing.com) or volunteering with a non-profit, or working with my sorority, or taking care of my family/friends…other than that  my days are pretty stress free.  So why should I meditate? That’s for the stressed! No, not really. I’m sure that a good 5 minute meditation in the morning may help keep me centered at the office, right? Or maybe 5 minutes before bed to help quiet all the thoughts of the day.  Yeah, I’ll add it in.

Today’s workout menu is cardio and chest. Actually, I’m pretty excited. I have one of those dance video games.  It’s one of the few cardio routines I can do and feel good/safe. I do have a gym membership and they do have an upper extremity bike

Upper Extremity Bike

it looks kinda like this

But if you couldn’t tell by the picture, it’s not always the safest.  The seat isn’t deep enough, so users would have to lean on their feet for support.  Not safe. BUT! where there’s a will, there’s a way!! Right?!

30 minutes of sweat inducing dance followed by about 3 sets or so of chest routines.

I can do this!

Because I have to!

UPDATE: 9:10PM PST

MAN!! That was worth every sore muscle I will have tomorrow.  My work-out partner and I did 2 sets of chest workouts – including pushups. Yes, I can do pushups.  Actually, I think I did it better than he did.  And he’s able-bodied!  Then we split up to do our cardio. He the bike and I dance.  I wasn’t more than 10 minutes in before I was like “DAMN!”  But every drop of sweat, every tired, lactating muscle let me know that it will all pay off.  I think an epson salt soak and some lavender bubbles are on the menu tomorrow.  Tonight, I’m just too tired, so a shower will have to do.

Dinner: Whole grain spaghetti, broccoli and cauliflower. Pineapples for dessert. Water.  That’s pretty decent, no?

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