Tag Archives: Fitness

Fish out of Water

23 Aug

Yesterday, my friend/co-worker/gym pal Sara & I decided to try a new class our gym was offering – BodyFlow.


BodyFlow is a Les Mills class, just like BodyPump, BodyStep, BodyCombat, etc. The only other Les Mills class I’ve tried is BodyPump & I love it! I try to make 2-3 classes per week (just check the Workout Log).

From the Les Mills website…

“BODYFLOW™ is the Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates workout that builds flexibility and strength and leaves you feeling centered and calm. Controlled breathing, concentration and a carefully structured series of stretches, moves and poses to music create a holistic workout that brings the body into a state of harmony and balance. Like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new BODYFLOW™ class is released every three months with new music and choreography.”

Well my gym “launched” BodyFlow on August 6th, but you might remember I was a little busy that day, & only got around to trying it yesterday.

This was the first yoga-type class I had taken in years & I definitely felt like a fish out of water!

hehe :)(source)

At one point the instructor was talking about “sweeping the energy” & I was thinking “say what?!” This was around the same time I heard the BodyPump music blasting next door & found myself longing for my normal routine!

As the class progressed, I felt a little more at ease, but this is definitely a class you have to do more than once to truly feel like you’ve “got the hang of it.” We all know I’m a creature of habit so I can’t tell if my apathetic feelings towards the class are because I truly don’t care for it, or because I am just way too used to my routine. I’ll have to go back at least once or twice & give it a second try. Maybe next time I’ll figure out how to sweep the energy! 😉

Favorite part of the class: The 5+ minutes of meditation (AKA laying on the floor with my eyes closed… yes!)

Least favorite part of the class: When the instructor told us to do “bird pose.”

Exhibit A:

Bird pose?!


Oook then! 😉

What do you think – should BodyFlow be given another chance? What’s the last “new” class you tried at the gym? Did you enjoy it?


Skinny Fat

5 Jul

Let me preface this by saying I did not intend to be posting so late! We were supposed to get furniture delivered to the apartment between 1:30 & 4:30, & let’s just say… it didn’t happen. 😦 But anyway… onto the important stuff!


Did anyone else catch Rachael Ray this morning? I always DVR her show during the school year, since I’m not home to watch it, but I’m able to catch it live every now & then during the summer. The very first topic discussed on the show was interesting… the concept of “skinny fat.”

Essentially, a guest doctor studied two different women… one who was categorically “obese” but was very physical active & another who was very thin, but claimed to eat very unhealthy & rarely exercise. You can find a brief summary of the segment here.

I love stories & information like this. Skinny does not always equal healthy. You can lose weight by consuming 100 calorie packs for every snack, but that doesn’t make those foods good for you & your body. (That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a 100 calorie pack every now & then; just trying to make a point! ;-)) Now of course I’m no expert, but I’d rather eat real foods that I crave, & work out to maintain a healthy weight than simply eat diet food for the rest of my life.

I always need a snack when I come home from work, & up until recently, I would try & choose something I thought was “healthy” (insert rice cake consumption here). However, this would do nothing to satisfy my hunger. Now, since I’ve been more conscience of my eating, I’m more inclined to have an apple with peanut butter. Which is higher in fat & calories? The apple & peanut butter! But which is “real” food & is actually what I’m craving? Again, the apple & peanut butter! Eating good food that my body craves stops me from going back to the snack cabinet & consuming empty calories.

At the end of the segment, the doctor advised that people exercise for 35-45 minutes 3-4 times per week to stay at their healthiest… done & done!

Ok, enough rambling… 🙂

Nothing too exciting in the “eats” department today! Remember… I’m a creature of habit!

I had to be at the apartment for a good portion of the afternoon (for the furniture fiasco!) Before I left the house, I enjoyed an English muffin with a tiny bit of butter & jelly, & topped with Chia seeds. On the side, a Chobani.

English muffin    English muffin

Pineapple... yum!       Ch-ch-ch-chia

I spent my afternoon unpacking, organizing, breaking down boxes, then did a whole lot of  waiting around. The whole waiting thing wouldn’t be so bad if we had cable & internet, but that’s not getting set up until Friday; so yes, it was rough!

However, things are starting to come together! And it’s finally time to relax! 🙂

Tell me… What are your thoughts on the concept of “skinny fat”?

Happy 4th!

4 Jul

Happy 4th of July!!!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday!

Since my family celebration was yesterday, today was dedicated, for the most part, to unpacking in the new apartment.

First, I started my morning at the gym.

Today’s Workout

  • Arc trainer, 15 minutes
  • Incline walking, 20 minutes
  • Bicycle, 15 minutes

After the gym, I headed straight over to my apartment. (A big bonus to the new place is that it’s about a 3 minute drive to the gym!)

Here’s what I was greeted with…

Boxes! More boxes!

It was time to get crackin’! Before attempting the boxes, I cleaned up our living room furniture, then took a break for lunch. Because we have zero food in our new place, I packed something from “home”!

LunchI had a peanut butter & jelly sandwich on a bagel thin, plus some leftover fruit salad and a mango Chobani… quick, simple, & tasty!

I worked at the apartment for a few hours & got most of the kitchen packed away. I cleared out all of the boxes from picture #1 above! Yay! 🙂

I took this picture during the unpacking process & texted it to Chris…

Pyrex!Holy bake ware! It made me excited to start using all of this stuff though.

Eventually, I headed back home & enjoyed a simple taco dinner:

TacosI enjoyed 2 soft-shell tacos with ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, & Greek yogurt. As we know, I love tacos!

Some (undocumented) Poke Cake served as my dessert.

Now I’m going to try to continue the productivity & check a few more items off my “to do” list!

Have a good night! 🙂

Simple Saturday

25 Jun

I began my morning at the gym, with a quick 20 minutes on the elliptical. It looked a little something like this:

Minute Crossramp Resistance
0-2 4 2
2-4 6 4
4-6 6 6
6-8 6 8
8-10 6 10
10-12 6 8
12-14 6 6
14-16 6 4
16-18 6 2
18-20 4 4

After the elliptical, I headed into a BodyPump class. The instructor did a “combo mix” of tracks from different releases. I like switching things up a bit every now & then.


When I got home from the gym, I enjoyed something other than an English muffin. First up, a mug of Van Houtte Chocolate Raspberry Truffle coffee. I found these new KCups yesterday & this flavor is delicious!

CoffeeNext up was a bowl of oatmeal.

 Oatmeal bowl

In this bowl:

Even though I mentioned yesterday that I love to go to my stand-bys for most of meals, this was a nice (& delicious!) change-up to my normal routine!

Saturday's breakfastAfter breakfast, I had an appointment for a manicure, which is why I’m a little behind in getting this post up.

There’s nothing too exciting going on for the rest of the day. I guess I should get some work done for school that I’ve been neglecting as I work out all of the wedding details… whoops! 😉

Happy Saturday! 🙂

First Post!

21 Jun

So I might not be winning the “most creative first post title” award anytime soon… Hopefully you can cut me some slack seeing as though it’s my… first post! Welcome, thanks for stopping by!

If you took a peek at my About Me page, you might have read that I’m a teacher. Being that it’s summer time, my schedule has opened up a bit & I have more time to spend at the gym. I’m getting married on August 6th (46 short days away!) so I’ve tried to step up my workouts a bit before the “big day” arrives.

Today’s Workout

Body Pump followed by 20 easy minutes on the elliptical.

After running a few errands this afternoon, it was time for a quick snack! I wanted something cool & fruity that would allow me to incorporate some of my Trader Joe’s finds from yesterday evening. Smoothie time!

Strawberry-Pineapple Smoothie


Fresh strawberries, frozen pineapple tidbits, & about 1/4 cup skim milk.

It doesn’t get much easier than that! 🙂 This was tasty, but I think the addition of some Greek yogurt would have made it even better.

Off to check some items off of my to-do list!