Sunday, March 31, 2013

*Cornrows by Alice Anne* - Part VIII

I thought business would slow down during the winter, especially the winter we've been having! But, nope. There's always people who want their hair done. I like when people bring me ideas (like the "star" design below) and we successfully pull it off. It's fun to try to create what the customer wants or copy a picture of someone else's work. My creative brain gets tired after so many customers and if they don't bring ideas for me, I tend to repeat the same designs over and over. It's nice when we break up the monotony and do something fun with the braids. 

Cornrow design: The Superstar


Before and After braid pictures.
Before and After braid pictures.

Cornrows into ponytail.


Halfway through crocheted braid extensions.


I braided extensions throughout these braids, but you can't tell... cuz I'm that good. Ha ha. :)

Criss-cross braids with beads on the ends.





Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tough Mudder October 2012

I posted a sort of before-and-after blog talking about losing weight and deciding to live a life of fitness. And I talked about hiking. But I never actually posted about the Tough Mudder, so I'll do that now!

I decided a few years ago that I wanted to get in shape (partly because losing weight would help me get pregnant), but I started off really slow. And I did fun exercising like Wii Fit and Dance Central. I didn't want to admit to myself that I needed to exercise, because I've always been a naturally skinny girl. But college killed me with the constant pizza-eating and hours and hours and hours spent on the computer, writing papers and computer programming assignments and whatnot. My job at the end of my school career was a web editor... so, more time at the computer... more time spent not moving much.

When we started to first look into adoption back in 2009, I was depressed and infertility was kicking my trash. But when I landed my job and then we adopted Kal, my motivation for life was at an all-time high! I wanted to get in shape for my kid and show him how important it is to make exercising and eating right a priority. So, I kicked some bad eating habits (cut out soda completely) and ate the same boring plain toast and grapefruit at work for a loooong time. It was actually pretty easy to eat that dang toast and grapefruit everyday, because I used laziness to my advantage - it's super easy to pack a lunch when you have the same thing everyday. I lost 20lbs that way and it was easy peasy.

Post-adoption depression knocked me back down, but I fought my way out of it by doing the P90X exercise program all the way through (lost another 20lbs!) and then I decided to sign up for an obstacle course race. Something intense and crazy so I would be forced to train. I didn't need to lose anymore weight, but I wanted to gain muscle and get my body into a place that it's never been before. I wanted to be buff.

During all this, I gained a mean confidence in my womanhood. "I am Woman, hear me roar" kinda thing. I told myself that I can accomplish anything I want to accomplish. It is within my power to make a goal and then reach it. I am confident about being able to accomplish physical challenges. It's just a matter of the right training. I CAN DO THIS. What's stopping me? Laziness? I refuse to be lazy. There is way too much to do in life to ever be 1) bored or 2) lazy. Lack of motivation? All my motivation comes from within and is written on the face of my beautiful child. He encourages me just by his existence to accomplish great things and to push myself because I can. Nothing will stop me.

I was pumped and ready to kick some butt. And I did.

Here's some pictures from Utah's October 2013 Tough Mudder:

Waking up that morning. We stayed in a hotel close by the night before.

Doing  my hair, Tough Mudder style.

I let Zay get creative on the designs he cut in my hair.

Eating breakfast. Can't remember what I ate other than an orange, I was too nervous!

Kal was excited for me. :)

It was SO COLD. Utah weather decided that today was the day that it was going to drop into the 40s and be rainy. I stayed in the car with the heater as long as possible.

Kal wished me luck. :)

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National Anthem... I think it was a recording of the LeAnn Rimes version.

Team Mad Dog. Me in the blue shorts. :)
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Arctic Enema. Swimming in ice water? Sounds fuuuun!
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Not so much. My body locked up. I don't hardly remember having to have someone drag me out of there!

Running to give Zay a kiss on the sidelines.

Kal was pooped. We didn't get much sleep last night.

Some of my teammates making it through the Arctic Enema.


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Just the Tip.
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Team Mad Dog!

Eying an obstacle, I'm sure.

The Electric Eel.

The Electric Eel.

The Electric Eel.





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My favorite obstacle! I felt like a kid jumping in mud holes.
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Team Mad Dog!


Muddy and cold...

"No Quit In Here!"

Laughing/ trying to catch my breath.

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Monkey bars.

We made it!

At the finish line with the teammates who managed to stick together the whole time.

This is what Kal was doing while I was racing...

It felt so, so, so good to hop in a hotel shower and later hop in a hot tub!!
The Littlest Mudder.






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