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Simon says, “raise your hand if you don’t like change.”

Simon says, “raise your hand if you’d prefer life to be simpler.”

Simon says, “raise your hand if you like to laze around in fuzzy socks and not get off the couch for hours at a time and watch Downton Abbey whilst throwing Cheerios up in the air one by one and catching them with your lizard-like neck action.”


You can’t raise your hand.  Because you only have two and Simon didn’t say to put them down.  Off with your head!

Lame.  I’m sorry.  That intro really had absolutely nothing to do with this post.

Anyway, for this month’s prompt, we have to come up with SOMETHING NEW that we’d like to do/accomplish in 2013.  I love it!  I’ll try anything once (enter a pole dancing class when we lived in Denver – great, greasy fun) and just have fun making a fool of myself.  Sometimes I get things on the first try and other times…I’m…me.  Clumsy, uncoordinated and ridiculous.  I think it’s all in your approach – if you go into something NEW with arrogance, you’ll probably end up looking like a hot mess.  BUT, if you go in with confidence, you might just be awesome (I do believe I won an award in that pole dancing class.  All-time Best Brunette Gyrator.  Because you just don’t go up against a blonde gyrator.  You’ll lose.)

So my NEW venture??

Take A Self Defense Course!!

And I’ve already found the one I want to take!  It’s called, “Fight Like A Girl,” and the class is offered over the course of a few weeks at my local community college:

Fight Like A Girl is centered on the “Stay with People” principle and covers the most common sexual assault scenarios. This module is especially effective for attacks in parking lots, parking garages and other areas where it is imperative that you not be taken to a secondary location where you can be raped and murdered. The innovative method developed here is to start students in the worst position possible — the attacker has you pinned on the ground and is in between your thighs.

Students learn to effectively defend against this position as well as chokes, hits, and grabs. They learn to escape the dreaded and deadly “blitz” attack from behind as well as how to defend their space.



I think it’s so important for women to know how to defend themselves in the case of an attack.  I run by myself and/or with the kids all the time on a greenway where something could easily go wrong.  I feel like I’m pretty strong physically, but I have no idea how to ward off an attacker (where to hit, how to hit, the best places to focus).  I think that after taking a self defense class, I’ll be better equipped should something ever happen.

I’m not sure why I’ve never signed up for one of these before, but I’m making 2013 my year to do this!


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QUESTION:  Tell me some NEW things you want to try in 2013!  Have you ever taken a self defense course??


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  1. Cool I’d like to try a self defense class- all I know is. Kick them where it really hurts- the balls. Ha. Too much? I’d like to try a pole dancing class too! And crossfit :)

  2. I’ve never taken a self defense class but I would like too!! I would like to try hot yoga one day!! Or even a poll dancing class. I would probably have to travel at least 45min to do either but I would still like to try them.

  3. I took about six months of Krav Maga. I was the only female in the course, so I was challenged quite a bit by the larger males in the class (I’m 4’11” so pretty much everyone is bigger than me). I came out with bruises each class, but nothing gave me more confidence or made me feel like a bada$$. I regret that the teacher no longer teaches.

    One thing I want to do in 2013: take a trip to Alaska :)

  4. Physically I want to try stand up paddle boarding this coming summer! Personally I want to take a beach vacation with myself. I’ve never traveled alone, but think it will be a fabulous thing for me on so many levels. :)

  5. That class sounds great!! I have been wanting to take a women’s defense class for quite awhile now… Pole dancing, too lol! My husband was shocked when I told him that one :D I’ve heard it’s a great workout!

  6. I would love to try the fitmixer amino. I’ve heard good things about amino in general and plan to try it soon. I took a self-defense class in college but I’m sure I don’t remember anything. What a great idea! I’ve been teaching bootcamp and pilates for about a year now . . . this year I think I’ll work on getting certified! ;)

  7. yay for self defense!! I hold a BoDan belt in Taekwondo (the belt before Black) and it’s very empowering! the biggest thing I’ve learned is pay attention to your surroundings. in front, behind, all around you. keep your head up and make eye contact. predators look for prey aka unsuspecting victims. Women who are oblivious.. looking in her purse for keys in a dark parking lot, head down totally unaware of what’s around

  8. I’ve never taken a self defense course except for that one time they came in in high school and had us do the self defense that lasted about 2 class periods. It wasn’t very good though, I don’t even remember a thing from it. I have done a good share of boxing a year ago and I think that may count as self defense? Although I doubt I’d be able to actually hit a person, I’m too nice. A punching bag is different.. hah

  9. That class sounds awesome! I never really thought about it but I think I may have to look for a class like that around me; it sounds fun and informative. I would LOVE to try the fitmixer protein or their aminos, I’m always looking for a little extra energy to power through my workouts.

  10. GIRL. please take vids at this course because a. it will be helpful and b. probably quite entertaining. Also. I started watching Downton Abbey and watched the entire season in three days. If that’s not pathetic and awesome at the same time I don’t know what is.

  11. Sounds like fun! And a self defense class never hurts in my opinion. Something I hope to do in 2013 is get my group instructor certification so I can teach fitness classes. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for the past few years now, and I want 2013 to be the year I DO it!

  12. I am so proud of you for signing up for this course!!!!! SO PROUD :) Right on girl! My parents have alwayyyyys told me I should take a course like that

  13. I LOVE the idea of taking a self defense course and honestly think it’s something I should have done YEARS ago. While my best friend and I were both still living in LA, we had decided we really should take one, especially since we were both thinking of moving to another new city and were currently living in a not so great neighborhood. We didn’t have enough time before leaving to take one but I still want to and still think it’s important. Adding it to my TO-DO list!

  14. I would LOVE to try their protein . . . and also the aminos (because I don’t really get what that product is but I’ve seen it on your blog)!

    I took a self defense class waaaaayyy back in the day. It was awesome! Can’t beat feeling confident, strong and able to protect yourself. :) I’d like to step outside my comfort zone and try Zumba sometime this year. There’s a class nearby, so I have no excuse!