7 (or 6) Days of “New” – Movement Labs

7 (or 6) Days of “New”

I like order, organization, and a schedule just as much as (nah, probably more than) the next girl.  But about 2 weeks ago, I started having a feeling that my days were getting too set, too scheduled…too predictable.  I wasn’t going new places or trying new things, I was just hanging out happily and comfortably in my structured little world.  So, I decided to shake things up a bit – I decided that, every day for the next week, I would try/do something new.  I was pretty liberal with my definition of “new”, as you’ll see.  But this was the perfect solution for popping me out of my rut…just a little bit.

So what did I do?  Well, gosh, I’m so glad you asked!

On Wednesday (this is now all the way back on March 13): NEW haircut!!  Caucasian hair wasn’t designed for a tropical climate.  My hair fell flat when I tried to style it with body, and frizzed when I tried to dry it straight and smooth.  It got all wingy-dingy when I worked out, and weird-flippy when I smoshed a cap on to run.  Evidence in recent race posts: Venus Run and Zoo Run, just for a few examples.  I spend a fair portion of my days going to, participating in, or coming from workouts – so this whole situation was not good.

Besides, I really think I was meant to be a short-haired gal.  Someone please give me a reality-check the next time I threaten to grow my hair out…

Semi-artistic side view.

Semi-artistic side view.

Front view

Front view



These aren’t the best photos in the world, but if you’re new here – don’t worry. I post plenty of photos of myself.  You’ll have more chances to see the cute new ‘do.  I LOVE IT.  My hairdresser is a genius, and I FEEL FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!  <– Did I mention that I’m a short-haired girl?  And we won’t discuss some of the less-flattering short hairstyles I’ve sported over the years, OK?  Awesome.

I also did the “NEW RELEASE” (58?) of Les Mills spin on Wednesday night.  But I’m not really sure that’s far enough out of my comfort zone to count as a “New”.  Good thing I got my hair did.

On Thursday, I did some business/running-related reconnaissance (<— it takes me at least six tries to spell that word, FYI).  Can’t say too much about it now, but it was both fun and encouraging – and left me dreaming of possibilities.  The best!

The offending sock.

The offending sock.

On Friday evening, I tried out a new “Intermediate” Spin class at the gym.  The way my training schedule works out, I often find myself in the market for a spin class on Friday afternoon/evening.  I may have found a winner at Paragon!

Although, FYI – “Intermediate” spin class just means the regular Les Mills RPM, but with two extra tracks thrown in to round it out to an hour.  I also (apparently) spun for the first time in these trusty socks, which have never given me trouble for the two years I’ve owned them.  But about 10 minutes into class, the side of my foot (right where that line of strings is) started to burn like crazy.

I adjusted my shoes, but it was no use – the burning sensation increased steadily until mid-class, when I resigned myself to getting an enormous blister.  [Yes, I care more about completing my workout than about avoiding a nasty blister.]  This distracted me for the last 30 minutes (and some of the toughest climbing) of class, as I had nightmares about a very painful post-cycle shower.  As soon as we were done, I freed my foot and saw…nothing.  Not a single mark.  It wasn’t even red, scratched, sore, or swollen: nothing.  So apparently, Friday was also the day that I had a magical non-blister.  Whoot!

On Saturday, I did LOTS of new things.  First, I bought this:

I can stop forever stealing the trainers' foam roller at the gym now!!!

Now, I can roll ANY. TIME. I. WANT.

I know the trainers at Fitness First will be sad that I’m not constantly nabbing their roller any more.  I’ll still do it sometimes, though, just for kicks.  Or, rolls.  Whatever.  Anyway, this was a long time coming, and after thinking/talking/debating about it for at least 3 weeks (just ask KMN), I finally caved and bought it.  [I obsess over most purchases before making them. I can’t help it.]  Anyway: It’s here now!!!

Then, I went over to the Fitness First branch at Marina Bay Financial Center.  This is one shmaltzy gym branch, I tell ya.  Have a look at the building:

MBFC Tower 1

The one that says DBS on the top.

In honor of International Fitness Week, Fitness First launched a new HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) class at this particular branch on Saturday. I decided to go check it out. Thankfully, I got there early enough to reserve my spot, and got to preview this 30-minute class that (I guess) will be coming to more branches….soon?  [This was billed as a ‘preview’, but it hasn’t shown up on any permanent schedules yet.]

HIIT training basically combines intense cardio bursts (running in place, jumping, burpees) with strength training (push-ups, squats, bar lifting).  The class certainly got me working hard and sweaty, and would make a solid thirty minute “blast”, if that’s all the time you have.  It was fun and fast-moving, and I would do it again if I wanted to mix things up a bit.  However, it doesn’t really fill a niche in my training rotation: It’s not a full-on endurance cardio workout (>45 min running, cycling, swimming, etc.), it’s not targeted strength training (pilates, Body Pump), it’s certainly not stretching….so I’m not sure it will ever be a staple in my regimen.  But, it was still fun to try out!

For work-related reasons, Friday Date Night was moved to Saturday that weekend, and we enjoyed a short film (more on this in another post) and dinner at Ramen Champion (Iluma, at Bugis Junction).

KMN's choice (from Bario?)

KMN’s choice (from Bario?)

My choice (from Aoyama)

My choice (from Aoyama)

Mojito?  Yes, please-ito!

Mojito? Yes, please-ito!

This was our second visit to Ramen Champion, where six different Japanese Ramen shops have set up to “compete” for Top Ramen Shop.  We each tried Ramen from a different spot, and shared a bit.  KMN liked his, but I found it a bit too garlicky (both during and after the meal), and neither of us cared for the extra thick noodles they use.  I preferred my ramen, even though it was a bit heavy/greasy.  Both were tasty, but we still dream of Daikokuya in LA…

We finished up the evening with drinks in the lounge area at the Intercontinental Hotel.  No more pricey than a bar, and a considerably better ambiance for relaxing and talking.  We dreamed/speculated/thought/planned/talked about some upcoming travel we’re planning.  To be revealed…eventually. 😉

Date Night is the BEST!

Date Night is the BEST!

On Sunday, I decided to stop obsessing about my plantar fascia.  I declared it on the blog, then put my words into action and took that sucker on a 6.5 mile run.  The declaration represented a new attitude, and although the six mile run certainly wasn’t new to me, it was my first run that long in a few weeks.

Fingers crossed that I'm doing the right thing!

Fingers crossed that I’m doing the right thing!

Verdict: Success!  He was well-behaved the whole time. I’ll provide an in-depth update soon, but suffice to say he felt great for the rest of the day, and even better the next day.  This was last weekend (March 17), but this run kicked off a much-improved week of training (last week).  *whew*

Pre-gym on Monday morning.  Still very, very dark.

Pre-gym on Monday morning. Still very, very dark.

On Monday, I got myself out of bed, fed, dressed, blogged, to the gym, and perched on the spin bike by 7:15 AM.  WIN.  I love early-morning workouts, but for logistical reasons, Mondays mornings can be very hectic and I usually don’t get in my workout until the evening. But on this particular Monday, I was thankful to have cleared my schedule enough for a back-to-back spin/yoga session with one of my favorite instructors.  By 9:45 AM, I was home for a phone date and productive day of work.  Good stuff!

On Tuesday…I fell off the “New Things” Train.  I got caught up in work, family stuff, etc…and fell into my old schedule.  The “newest” thing I did was go for an evening run with KMN, instead of our usual morning run.  But that’s not all that new/exciting.  Still…I’m OK with batting 0.867 for the week.

And I’m pleased to say that my 6/7ths of a week of “New Things” did successfully jolt me out of my rut.  In the week since it unofficially “ended”, I have been conscious of adding a little more variety to my days.  And now, I’m off to write some blog posts about a local indie movie, my new foam roller, and a few more things I have written down…somewhere.  Guess I’d better start by finding that scrap of paper!!

Done anything NEW lately??  Tell me about it!

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  1. Amy @ Writing While Running March 26, 2013 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Please indulge me with more food/drinks in Singapore (and I will do the same for you here in Jersey). I think Singapore or Hong Kong would be my dream Asian cities in which to live because of all the different kinds of Asian and fusion food available.

    Further, I am impressed with your early morning motivation. I want to do early morning stuff, but I always need to walk the dog first and by the time that is over, I am kind of past the whole rolling out of bed stage and ready for coffee and the news (or blogs!).

    • Holly KN March 26, 2013 at 10:25 am - Reply

      Definitely! Food isn’t my only blog-feature, but I will happily include gratuitous food photos for my various foodie friends. Singapore is a foodie PARADISE. Lots of seriously local food, PLUS everything from around the region.

      And yes, PLEASE continue to post pictures of delicious-looking Italian and Mexican food. Any chance you can overnight a Chipotle chicken burrito bowl? 😉

      I am a morning person – if I could do *everything* in the morning (workout, work, household stuff), I would. But I’m pretty useless after about 11 PM!

  2. Jean March 26, 2013 at 11:07 am - Reply

    What a good idea! I’m trying-and failing-to think of something new I’ve done recently… must change that.

    Those ramens (proper plural?) look DELICIOUS. So incredibly good. And now I wish I had some.

    Love the new hair! And I’m glad to hear the PF seems to be behaving for the moment.

    • Holly KN March 26, 2013 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      I think you secretly want to be Japanese. If I post ramen pics, you swoon…

  3. Cait the Arty Runnerchick March 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    okay so i gotta jump straight to WOOOT WOOOT for the run and so far sounds like it was a success?? keep it up, those darn plantars are SO unpredictable, they can come and go with pain with no rhyme or reason…just keep up the TLC to it! 🙂
    haha…and oh yes, i’ve been getting cozy with that foam roller too lately. 😛
    PS- loving the new ‘do

    • Holly KN March 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      Wooot, Wooot INDEED. So far, so good. Not perfection, but not worrying about it must have been the magical formula…??? Definitely still stretching & rolling, though. 😉 Love me some quality time with Mr. F.R. And now, we can roll in the privacy of our own home…rather than the middle of the gym floor… 😉

  4. Logan @ Mountains and Miles March 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Exciting week!!! I love the short hair and I’m sure its so much nicer I’with the heat and humidity!

    I’ve had a foam roller for a few months…mostly my boyfriend uses it and I pretend to use it. But yesterday I watched a few videos on how to really effectively foam roll and started up again. It’s one of my goals to stretch more…foam rolling being a key part of that.

    I’m a morning workout person, too. But that’s mostly because when I get home from work in the evening, I have no motivation to get back up off the couch, ha.

    • Holly KN March 26, 2013 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      Yes, and YES. Plus, even though it looks kinda nice when I do it, it is also “wash & go”. We’re new bloggy friends, but I ain’t got TIME to mess with my hair much.

      Hey, at least you’re honest about who uses it. Happy Birthday to him? 😉

      Seriously, though – make yourself a sticker chart. It sounds juvenile, but it WORKS. I don’t even use stickers. I just want to put a mark in the dang box…. =)

  5. Lisa March 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Good for you for mixing it up 🙂 I actually hate planning and routines, but they are still kind of hard to avoid! My gym was just renovated and there are a bunch of new machines I’ve been trying out. There are a bunch of different kinds of ellipticals and I’ve started rowing again which I hadn’t done in a while. Your hair looks great, I could never pull off short hair!!

    • Holly KN March 26, 2013 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      Not a huge fan of the elliptical, but I did get into rowing (on a machine) for awhile. It was *definitely* a good workout. But loud. Very, very loud. Is your rowing machine loud? And dare I ask how your pf doing…? [Although, given that you just referenced ‘elliptical’ and ‘rowing’ in your comment, I think I have a pretty good idea…. =( ]

  6. Kristen L March 27, 2013 at 12:23 am - Reply

    I got my hair cut too! It had been about 8 or 9 months since my last cut, so it felt very new and different! Your hair looks great. I like the ease of short hair, but when it starts to grow out, drives me crazy. haha.

    Also, glad to hear the foot felt good on your run!!

    • Holly KN March 27, 2013 at 12:36 am - Reply

      Yup…I think the time I save, day-to-day, I eventually spend in one lump when I have to go get a trim! [Ditto for the money I save on shampoo not even covering the increased haircut frequency.] My hairdresser insisted that I’ll be fine for 8-10 weeks, but I’m skeptical. I may be running back in 6! 🙂

  7. Allee @ Griselda Mood March 27, 2013 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Ooh, me likes your hair! And the selfies. You’re obviously a natural. As someone new to your blog, I look forward to many more glamor shots with your new do!

    • Holly KN March 27, 2013 at 8:00 am - Reply

      Hahaha! Not hardly… (And I’m most often posting photos of a sticky, sweaty Holly.] But, that little button on the iPhone that lets me use the lens on the front of the phone is a pretty nifty tool. 😉

  8. […] But the Singaporean government has been extremely very sensitive about race relations (in some respects) since race riots broke out here in the 1960s.  There is a lot of formal policy designed to mandate equality and respect, apparently without regard to satire – thus, the “racist” jokes in this film (which really ended up making the racist employer look worse than anyone else) were unacceptable.  Ultimately, a compromise was reached whereby the most offensive of the insults were bleeped out (although little imagination is required to know what you’re missing), and the film eventually opened in Singapore – ironically, probably with more attention and interest than it would have garnered without the whole censorship controversy.  We went to see it a little over a week ago, during our Saturday Date night. […]

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