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Strangers at the Gym

Happy Tuesday! Hope you’re day is going well so far. From the name of this post, you can probably guess how my day started.

My day started bright and early with the intention of getting in a run. Obviously, I forgot that I went for a painful 4 mile run last night when I was setting my alarm last night. I stumbled into my closet to get on my workout gear and could feel my tired legs and sore hips screaming at me. So yeah, the run didn’t happen. But since I was awake, I decided to go to my gym to get in a little lighter impact workout before my work day began.

I started with an interval workout on the treadmill that combined a mix of incline walking and light jogging. I alternated between quick walking and jogging for about 25 minutes to keep it light and easy on my sore legs but still get my heart rate. I sweatin’ hard! I finished my workout with some upper torso work, about 5 minutes on the rowing machine, and 1 mile on the Elliptical. I felt kind of lazy going through the motions this morning at the gym, but like I’ve said before, every workout isn’t going to be so rockin’ that your whole body is on fire. Some workouts are simply going to be a little less intense.

So aside from the actual workout this morning, the gym was just weird. I have no better word to describe it. Weird. The normal morning crowd was there. I’m used to seeing their faces, and I’m starting to even memorize their individual workout routines. But what wasn’t normal though was the older men lurking around strength equipment. Two new men were there, both had long white beards, both were limping around (like any 80 year-old would), and both only did some arm work on the machines. All I could think is “Why is Santa Clause at my gym??!”

THEN, there were several new middle-aged men there on some cardio equipment. They weren’t the weird part. The weird part happened when they had friends randomly show up in work clothes (think a road crew get up), and they proceeded to just stand around and chat with their buddies who were actually using the gym.

The whole time I was working out, I couldn’t help but focus on all these strangers in the gym. Who were they? And why did they have to be there when I was there?! I’m silly, I know. But this just goes to show how much we are creatures of normality and routine. I probably won’t be back to the gym until Thursday morning…so let’s hope I can at least feel a little more relaxed. I can’t focus with all those newbies around!


I’m not gonna lie; my breakfast was not exciting today, and I’ve been hungry most of today because of it I’m pretty sure. The most exciting part was probably my Pumpkin-spiced coffee from Trader Joe’s. That stuff is pretty amazing and made my house smell extra festive!

But food-wise, I had some Greek yogurt that I sprinkled some Fiber One Cereal into for added crunch, and then a banana on the side.

photo(69) photo(70)Wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t special. I need to make some overnight oats or something similar tonight to make tomorrow morning’s meal a little more enticing.


Lunch started with a big, pretty salad with a little Lite Italian dressing.

photo(71)I gobbled this up while my eggy mixture cooked in the microwave!

photo(72)I whipped one large egg with about 3 tablespoons of lowfat cottage cheese and microwaved it on high for 1 1/2 minutes. I then stirred in another spoonful of cottage cheese to cool it down a little and make it a nice creamy consistency. It was delicious! And had lots of healthy protein to help me power through the rest of my day.

Tonight will be pretty normal. I teach Jazzercise until 8, and then I’ll finally head home with a hungry tummy I’m sure. 🙂  Tomorrow is my day off of teaching, so I’m going to try and get in my last long run before my first 10K that’s Saturday morning! I’m pretty pumped about it – Nick, not so much. But I know we’ll do great!

Have a great day/evening. I’ll see you tomorrow!



Weekend Prep

This upcoming weekend is going to be a busy busy one, and this hit me yesterday about midday. Luckily, Wednesday night is my night off of teaching Jazzercise so I was home for the evening to take care of a few things that I know won’t get done Saturday or Sunday!

HOD2013OutsideFinalRight after work tomorrow night, Nick and I will be getting snazzy and heading to the BCFO’s Hooked on Dance event. It starts at 6 PM, so I tried to figure out our outfits last night. The theme is Havana Nights – so think Cuban Salsa club, circa 1950. At least that’s what I have in my head. And I don’t have much in my closet that fits this bill. But I have 3 options that I will pick as soon as I get home tomorrow. My bridesmaid dress from Katie’s wedding may be making another appearance this weekend! The weather will hopefully help me decide.

Hopefully this event doesn’t keep us out too late, because Saturday I’m heading off to Kansas City bright and early with our Jazzercise gang! It’s our semi-annual district meeting. All instructors and class owners have a very large meeting to discuss mostly business-related stuff. It’s always fun, especially because I get to travel with this group!

882611_10151533357345470_1187782214_oThis is our photo from the last district meeting earlier this year. This group of ladies is so much fun. We always have a blast when we go on these little trips together!

It’ll be a smaller group of us going up on Saturday morning (some of the instructors aren’t able to attend), so we’ll all be piling into one car. It’ll be a cozy ride! Then Saturday night after the meeting, we are going out to the Power & Light District in KC for a fun evening. We have a suite for all of us that evening, and we’ll head back to Springfield the next morning. It’ll be a quick trip but lots of fun!

Nick has graciously agreed to keep his weekend low-key so he can hang around the house and take care of Mac. I’m hoping to be home by around midday Sunday to get a few normal weekend errands done, but I know it’s going to turn into a whirlwind weekend where I’ll be racing to even get to bed on time Sunday night.

But let’s back up to lunchtime yesterday…I skipped over it last night because of my busy evening of catching up on cleaning and laundry. But it was a good one!

Eggie Lunch

I was craving eggs again when I got home yesterday! So I whipped 2 eggs in a bowl with 2 spoonfuls of cottage cheese and some salt and pepper. I microwaved this for 1 minute and then added a small can of mixed veggies to make a fairly colorful scramble!

photo(126)The cottage cheese keep the eggs from getting extra firm, but after 2 1/2 minutes in the microwave total, I was sure the eggs were cooked all the way through. This was super quick and I was stuffed after all the eggs and veggies were in my tummy!

photo(125)Eggs in the microwave = my lunchtime savior! Yum!


Breakfast today was a little sad. I started my morning at the gym after fighting with my alarm clock. This in turn made me late to everything the rest of the morning. Ugh! Soooo in my haste, I grabbed the first things from my fridge and pantry that I saw.

photo(123)The bag is already opened in the picture, but these Kay’s Protein Pretzel Sticks are actually really tasty when you want something crunchy! I grabbed them to go along with my breakfast because they have 12g of protein, are gluten free, and are cinnamon toast flavor! But they are very good for being gluten free. Really.

photo(124)I also had some Greek yogurt and a big ol’ apple that I chopped up quickly to avoid the awkward apple crunching in my office. No one wants to listen to someone else chomping into an apple at 8 AM.

This mix kept me full most of the morning. I had a small banana and some trail mix as lunch time approached. It’s been a pretty hungry day today. I blame my workouts and my run from yesterday. 🙂

Lunch was the typical salad and Lean Cuisine – yes, I know I said I wanted to get away from the packaged/processed foods. It’ll happen…one day. 🙂

The weekend prep has to move ahead this evening since tomorrow we’ll be dancing the night away! Tonight will consistent of Jazzercise at 6:45 and then a little packing for the weekend trip to KC. The temps are supposed to be chilly, especially when we are out downtown on Saturday night! So maybe some scarves, tights, and boots will be in order. Yay for Fall clothing! LOVE IT!

Have a great Thursday night, ya’ll. We’re almost to the weekend!

Tortoise Speed

This morning I was in a great mood when I woke up at 5 AM to head to the gym! I was ready to take on the day…or so I thought.

When I got to the gym and hopped on the Elliptical to warm up, I felt like my muscles were stuck with glue. I could barely move! My body was just TIRED. Mentally I felt great. Physically, not so much. I wanted to get out of there and head home immediately but knew I’d be angry with myself. So I powered through an hour mix of Elliptical cardio and a circuit strength set at Tortoise Speed. I was moving SO slow in comparison to my normal self in the gym. Even after I was warm and attempted a quick 5 minute run before heading home at the end of my hour, I still didn’t feel like my normal self. But I have to remind myself: Any workout, no matter how small, is still a victory for the day. Even if you feel like a tiny, struggling turtle! 🙂


Breakfast today began with an unpictured banana on my way home from the gym. By the time I got to the office, my tummy was grumbly! Usually on Fridays, I try to treat myself a little and make a big batch of yummy overnight oats for my breakfast. But I was feeling super lazy after my Jazzercise marathon last night, so that didn’t happen. I opted for my go-to breakroom oatmeal with fresh blueberries and some Greek yogurt.

photo(68)I added too much water to my oats, so they were exploding a bit more than normal this morning! But my stomach didn’t complain.

I was extra hungry when I left my house this morning, so I grabbed a fairly substantial mid-morning snack.

photo(69)This Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna Bar was like Christmas and healthiness all wrapped up into one delicious bar! I bought it on a whim last weekend when Luna bars were on sale at Dillon’s. I should’ve bought the entire box because these little beauties are amazing!

photo(70)The best part is that peppermint coating on the bottom!! Yum! (And you can ignore my ginormous to-do list in the background. Work’s been a little crazy lately!) Plus, this little bar kept me full til lunch around 1 PM.


Lunch today left me feeling extra full! Which is always a feat for this bottomless pit. I threw together my go-to salad to start. Loaded with all the extra mushrooms and snap peas in the fridge, as they were both nearing the end of life.

photo(73)For a few more veggies, I reheated the balsamic green beans I made the other evening. Still just as yummy!

photo(72)I then whipped up a quick bowl of 2 eggs with a splash of unsweetened almond milk and 3 spoons of cottage cheese. I microwaved this concoction for around 2 minutes, stirring halfway, and it came out to the perfect consistency to be eaten like a cheesy-eggy dip with some wheat bread.

photo(71)Looks weird, but tastes amazing! Plus with all the protein of the eggs and cottage cheese, I was sitting pretty with a full belly. This was just something I threw together at the last minute as an experiment, but it ended up being awesome. I will definitely try it again – maybe for breakfast tomorrow before Jazzercise!

Tonight right after work I’m looking forward to getting my hair cut with my fabulous stylist at Moda, downtown Springfield. Just a trim, nothing crazy. But we do have to discuss my updo she is doing for me the day of Katie’s wedding. I’ve got a lot of hair, and I’m afraid it could be a beast to get up on top of my head and look fancy. But hopefully she will be a miracle worker for me!

And on my way to the hair salon, I’ve got to stop and pick up my race packet for tomorrow’s Glow Run 5K! It’s tomorrow night at 8 PM. The weather is supposed to be cool and gorgeous. It’s going to be such a fun evening! Plus, it’s my girlfriend Carley’s first 5K experience. I know she’ll love it. 🙂 I can’t wait to see all the neon glowing runners!