About six weeks ago I joined the gym. This was the second time I’ve joined the gym, the first was almost two years ago when I wasn’t working so went to the Zumba classes on weekday mornings. That lasted less than two months because then I moved house – I moved only a ten minute drive away from the gym, but when it was previously a minute’s walk away, I found it easy to stop.
But this time it’s been six weeks and I’m sticking with it. I go three times a week, twice is to the actual gym itself, I have two different routines I alternate (one focusing on my legs, the other on my upper body) and once is to go to Total Boxing – a fitness class using boxing gloves and pads.
I wouldn’t say I enjoy going to the gym, but I don’t hate it and now I’ve got into the habit there’s now hassle in me stopping off there on my way home from work twice a week. The boxing class on a Friday evening on the other hand, I really love. Boxing is a sport I’ve never previously had much interest in before, and while the class I go to isn’t for fighting, it’s for fitness, I’ve found myself really enjoying it. and I suppose it can’t hurt to learn how to throw a proper punch.
I decided to attempt to do regular exercise, not because I wasn’t to lose weight, but to generally get fitter. I’m on my feet all day at work but I do drive a lot and just started to feel that I’m not as fit and as healthy as I could be. The main reason I decided to give this exercise thing a go, is because I know my diet is pretty terrible (I don’t really eat any fruit or vegetables) and I am also self-aware enough to know I won’t be changing my diet any time soon. So if that wont change, I should probably do some exercise to try and balance things out a bit.
I don’t think I’ve really lost any weight since I’ve started this regular exercise thing, and my upper-body strength is still abysmal, but I do feel good when I get home. I feel like I’ve achieved something and it’s half an hour or so I can listen to some music, switch off and get my heart rate up a bit. I do smile to myself sometimes because whenever I think about exercising, I think about the clip below from Legally Blonde – endorphins make me happy so i’m not going to flip out at anyone any time soon.
Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week. This week is a movie freebie so you can write about whatever you like, top ten all time favorite movies, top ten foreign films, top ten rom-coms, whatever! I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about the films I can watch over and over again and no matter how many times I watch it I never get bored.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)
So while obviously The Lord of the Rings is actually three film I count the trilogy as one since it is one big story. Every December, as close to Christmas Eve as I can get it, I rewatch the entire trilogy in a day. It’s a little tradition I’ve been doing for over ten years and I can’t wait till it’s December and I can watch Lord of the Rings.
The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001)
I count these two as one film too because they follow so well from one another – plus there’s no third film. These films feature one of my favourite fictional couples and my favourite fictional family ever! The O’Connell-Carnahan’s with Ardeth Bey are just the best! The Mummy and The Mummy Returns are so much fun and full of adventure and I could never get bored of watching them.
Legally Blonde (2001)
Elle Woods is a feminist icon and so is Legally Blonde. Whenever I see Legally Blonde is on TV I always end up watching it, I can quote so many lines and I adore the soundtrack. Elle Woods makes me want to work harder and to be the best I can be and I love getting that feeling every time I rewatch this film. (more…)
Elle Woods is an inspiration. When I was struggling with college, especially with French and Spanish, I watched Legally Blonde again for about the hundredth time and I instantly felt more confident and motivated. Elle Woods works hard to get where she is, she gives up the party life-style to study and even when she does become more “serious” she still sticks out from the crowd.
Elle Woods is smart and funny and fiercely loyal. She may have gone to Harvard Law to win her boyfriend back but once she realised she’d never be good enough for him she decided to really step up her game and became a great lawyer.
Elle Woods never changes herself to fit in, she continues to work hard while wearing pink and enjoying manicures. She is friendly and open, she even befriends her ex-boyfriends new girlfriend which you never normally see in a film which shows that female friendships mean a lot more to her than any romantic relationship.
Elle’s graduation speech is one of my favourite speeches in film. She gives credit to the women who inspired her and you can still see her girly personality shine through even though she is now this badasss lawyer who you’d probably expect to be more serious and “grown up”.
What’s your favourite film? I don’t know about you but as a self-confessed film addict, sometimes that question stops me in my tracks. There’s so many films out there, so many “great” and “classic” films and I do sure appreciate films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Shawshank Redemption but I wouldn’t say they were my favourite films.
For me to class a film as a favourite it has to be something I want to and will watch over and over again. A film that brings me joy as well as maybe make me laugh and even cry, I want my favourite film to be fun.
So without further ado, here are the five films I say are my favourites whenever I’m asked that horrible, hard question.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy (because it totally counts as one film)
I rewatch the trilogy one a year, usually around Christmas time, and it continues to give me all the emotions. I can quote like 90% of the film, Aragorn continues to be one of my favourite characters ever, Merry and Pippin make me laugh and Sam and his love for Frodo always makes me cry. And don’t get me started on when Aragorn says “You bow to no one” to the hobbits and everyone bows and I just start sobbing.
The Mummy and The Mummy Returns – there is no third film
For me, a mark of a favourite film is if I see it’s on TV and whether it’s just started, half way through or ten minutes from the end I just have to watch it. The amount of times I’ve watched The Mummy and The Mummy Returns on TV even though I have the DVD’s is ridiculous. Also I’m totally going to name my future hypothetical daughter Evelyn. (more…)
Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week. I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. Today we’re talking about other types of stories!
Sometimes it’s not that you feel sad or really down, you just don’t really feel like anything – I call these my bleugh days. On those days I just want a movie that will be an easy watch and a comfort movie. So here are my favourite comfort movies – some of them could be seen as an odd choice for “comfort” but there you go. All links go to the film’s trailers on YouTube.
With Transformers you can just switch off and enjoy the silliness and the explosions – which is something that definitely helps when I’m feeling a bit down. My favourite part of this movie (and the sequels) are the soldiers Epps and Lennox played by Tyrese Gibson and Josh Duhamel.
How can you not end up with a smile on your face when you hear Kenny Loggins’ Footloose?! The plot of the film is a bit silly (what with a town banning dances, music and fun) but I love the friendship between Willard (Chris Penn) and Ren (Kevin Bacon) and it’s just a happy film.
When talking about characters that people consider inspirational, a lot of names are commonly thrown about; Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen, Samwise Gamgee, and Jane Eyre to name a few.
For me it is Elle Woods – yes that Elle Woods, the one played by Reese Witherspoon in the Legally Blonde movies, the one who wears a lot of pink and has a Chihuahua in her handbag. I often get odd looks when I say that Elle is an inspiration to me, I can see why – on the surface she is just a fun character in a funny chick-flick, the premise of which is a girl trying to win back the boyfriend that dumped her because she “wasn’t smart enough.”
But Elle Woods is so much more than that. She got into Harvard! You see through a clever montage that she gives up parties and other fun group activities with her sorority in order to study. Elle Woods gives me the motivation to work hard, and get back to the books when all I want to do is have a lazy day, or hang out with my friends.
Elle Woods did get into Harvard in order to try and get back the boy she loved, but while she was studying to be a lawyer she realised that she didn’t love nor need him. He just cared about appearances and Elle completely defied his (and the viewer’s and the other characters) expectations. She was never that bitchy, she loves other female characters and female friendships are very important throughout the film.
I will always say that Elle Woods is a feminist character and Legally Blonde is a feminist movie. When I need some motivation I just listen to the soundtrack which has some brilliant motivational songs on it, and then I feel as if I can tackle whatever essay I’m stuck on.