Important matters first. Happy National Peanut Butter Lovers Day! After Thanksgiving and Easter, this has to be my next favorite day of the year. I’ve already gotten a jump-start on my peanut butter consumption today, and I hope you have too.
So far, I’ve enjoyed my apple slices dipped in PB2 and a strawberry greek yogurt dumped with loads of PB2 on top.
Dinner is going to have to consist of a hardcore amount of the good stuff. PB banana toast is sounding pretty spot on right about now.
I made sure to keep my veggie intake in check, and enjoyed half of my bowl of diced squash and zuch in a salsa mix. The salsa was not mild like the jar said, which is why I could only handle half of the bowl.
I like my men hot, but not my food. Oops, how’d that get in there? I’ll take one of those, hot pieces of all natural man, please.
Time for fitness talk! It’s been, I believe, 2 weeks since my last training session, and I’ve noticed that since then, I haven’t lifted as much or as hard as I would when Heather gave me workouts. For those 12 weeks, I was pretty disciplined, but now, I’ve become almost lackadaisical in the weight room. I meander around, doing whateva I want, and not using my time wisely.
I’ve always been sort of antsy about taking fitness classes, but that’s really only because I hate being the new girl who doesn’t know the routines down pat. Lately I’ve managed to put on my big girl pants and test out new classes, even without Jen Coworker holding my hand and going with me! On a side note, I know too many Jens, so they will be referred to as JGags (nickname since high school), Jen Boss, Jen Coworker and Best Friend Jen (love rhymes!).
Last week, Jen Coworker and I tried Body Pump and loved it! Tuesday night I tried R.I.P.P.E.D again after a 500 month hiatus, and I didn’t stop there.
Last night, I tried Body Blast for the first time, which is a mix between R.I.P.P.E.D and Body Pump. It’s all about plyometrics and cardio bursts thrown in between lifting with barbells and dumbbells. I talked with the instructor beforehand and he basically told me I’d be fine with my amount of training in the gym.
I absolutely loved the class, and my only concern was that my workout pants were going to rip in the crotch (they’re getting there). One of these days I’ll be doing a squat, and the last thread holding the minor tear together is going to give. Ekks! Better retire those to at-home workouts only!
After Body Blast, I joined Jen Coworker for 10 minutes of Zumba with a new instructor, before I called it a night. And!!!! Today, Jen Coworker and I took a Hard Core Ab Training class at noon. Eve, who instructs other classes we take, has been hired by a $$$$$ company in our building to train a dozen of their employees for an upcoming Spartan Race, so this class has been modified in intensity to prepare these crazies. I freakin’ took a Spartan Abs class. Who am I? And why was I smiling throughout the class?
The class was more of a total body workout, where there were cardio bursts in between core moves, squats, lunges, planks, plank rows and everything under the sun. Before the 30 minute class, I ran a mile warmup, and in that 40 minutes, I burned 413 calories, 270 of which were just from the abs class. This is definitely going to be my new Monday/Friday class.
As terrifying as being the newbie to a class can be, the feeling you get after the workout is amazing, and after a few classes, I know I’ll be able to fully get the hang of the moves and class dynamics. Classes make me more focused and actually force me to do certain exercises I might typically avoid at all costs (read: burpees).
Stepping out of my comfort zone has definitely been very rewarding for me so far!
Have you guys ever been terrified of trying new classes? If so, how do you overcome your fear?
How are you celebrating National Peanut Butter Lovers Day?
Hopefully with 27 spoonfuls of Pb! 🙂