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My 5K Training: Day 4 

10 Life-Changing Lessons from UNM Dance As I work through the last two days of raising funds for UNM Friends of Dance with our Zumba Cardio Party, I’ve been remembering special words from the staff at UNM (University of New Mexico) that contributed deeply to my life from 1998-2002. In paying tribute to some of my many professors, here are a few of my life-changing favorites: Bill Evans, Professor of Movement Analysis: “Teach what you want to learn.” He taught the value of diversity and listening to others, and that every student will give you more than you can share.

Inside Zumba: How to Join the Party! Why should you try Zumba? "It's not like a workout," explained Diane Walterstiel, 55, of Alpharetta. "Before I come, I'm tense, but when I leave, I could kiss the world." The Zumba organization believes you should find joy in your classes as you move freely and confidently in your own body, whatever size, shape or age you might be. There are no comparisons to be made and no class levels to achieve, other than your own personal fitness goals. And that is why we are inspired to share Zumba! So here are some tips and inside knowledge on Zumba

My 5K Training: Day Three

Sunday, March 27, 2011: Below is my Day 3 5k Training Run, with notes only that differ from Day One. 46 F, Brooks shoes with inserts, Sweatshirt Sore spots: dorsal flexors (top of foot) and R hip, Ab Cramp at 1 ½ miles 6500 Steps Total: 6:30: Warm Up 6:35-6:55: 1.6 miles 6 1/4 mile hills (down up, up down, down up) 6:55-7:12: 1.6 miles 6 1/4 mile hills (down up, up down, down up) 7:12-7:19: Cool down Notes to Self: Get new ear buds for my MP3! Double tied laces are awesome. I ran 3.2 miles in 37 minutes: 11.5 minute miles.

Mini-Workout: April Fool's Day!

Here are some silly fitness gags and games to kick your April off on a high note! Be warned: Those around you require a sense of humor“ Creative Travel: Tip-toe like a ballerina, skip and gallop like a cowboy, move in slow motion, or shrink down and move as if the ceiling is low. Play this with your kids while you run errands or when walking to and from offices at work.

My 5K Training: Day Two

Thursday, March 24, 2011: I plan to run 3 days a week in April and practice P90X on off days. Below is my Day Two 5k Training Run, with notes only that differ from Day One. 40 F, Brooks shoes with inserts, gloves for my hands Sore spots: dorsal flexors (top of foot) and R hip, Ab Cramp at 1 ½ miles 5 AM: 200 mg Ibprofen (accident, I meant to grab my Levoxyl!) 5:30 AM: 8 oz water, 6 animal crackers 6000 Steps Total 6:25: Warm-Up 6:30: 2 miles ½ mile segments or ¼ mile hills (Down Up/Down Up/Up Down/Down Up)

My 5K Training: Day One

It has been one year since I started running for the first time in my life. My passion was dance, a my body is built for short power/agility bursts rather than endurance. I've been practicing P90X for the past year as well as monitoring my aerobic activity by wearing a pedometer for about a month now. I'm recently averaging 10,000 steps most days.

The Frame Giveaway WINNER is: to everyone that commented and entered at!I'll have another giveaway soon. You've expanded my vacation to-do list, YES! The winner was selected by To celebrate Spring break, I posted last week about teaching home school with your kids and my friend Mindy Evans from Stampin Up donated this picture frame for a fun raffle.

Preschool at Home: Sample Classes

Here are some recent classes I put together for my 2 and 5 year olds, with links (all at to the free handouts and books and music you can buy or check out from your library.  Now that you have some guidelines and a budget to create fun 30 to 90 minutes classes at home, you can see how fun and easy it is!

2 Rainbow Recipes and More for St. Patrick's Day

www.meganmerchant.comHappy St. Patrick's Day!  The following two recipes have a full platter base ingredient followed by the items for the rainbow colors.  Plan out your shopping list by letting your kids help you draw the recipe as you make your list, like our picture for fruit pizza below.  Skip to the end for some fun St. Patrick's Fun web links and a great field trip tip.  Rainbow Fruit Pizza:
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