A couple years ago, on a whim, I decided to become certified to teach a class called PiYo. It is a combination of yoga and pilates, only faster placed and more fun! I have yet to teach a class, claiming that memorizing choreography is over my head.

And then a few weeks ago I learned a Tae Kwon Do form in two days.

And this weekend I’m taking a two-day “camp” to get promoted to the next belt, in which I will need to learn a lot of material in a short amount of time.

I need money to fly to Washington for the marathon in September.

I think I may have found a solution to my money problem.

“But Arley,” you may be thinking, “nobody gets rich teaching fitness classes!” True. But I should be able to at least raise enough over the next 5-6 months to fly.

If I’m not too old to earn a black belt, if I’m not too old to train for my first marathon, then why shouldn’t I be able to do this?

Oh, by the way, this recent madness was prompted by the P90X3 Pilates X workout I did this morning. I enjoy yoga and Pilates, but I like it faster-paced.



So I need to start running…

go do them


Sadly I missed out on signing up for the 17.75k race, which means I’m not able to run the Marine Corps Marathon this October. BUT, I did sign up for the Historic Half, coming up in May. I haven’t run a mile in, um, months. It needs to stop being so stinking cold!

So anyway, I’ve been loving the heck out of my Tae Kwon Do classes, and I’m about to test for my third belt next weekend, and my fourth belt in April (right before the Virginia Beach tournament, yikes!). My flexibility and strength is slowly coming back, and my ability to remember forms quickly is improving! I’m telling ya right now, go sign up for a martial arts class. I’m serious! The benefits go beyond some amazing abs!

But Arley, you say, I’m too old to start! Bull pucky! I just started a couple months ago, and I’m almost 31 (I know it’s “young” but my goodness I can tell that I am not 15 any more!), and I’ve given birth to four babies. My strength and flexibility and cardiovascular endurance are not as amazing as they used to be even five years ago (but those area are improving!). I used to be a machine. Now I’m squishy, stiff, and slow. BUT none of this stops me because I decided that I am NOT too old to do anything I set my mind to.




I wanted a black belt when I was a teen, but life got in the way. Here I am fifteen plus years later, and I am on track to get a black belt before I’m 32, less than two years from starting over. I feel I must repeat: