“It’s funny how exercise helps you live longer because whenever I exercise, it makes me feel like I’m dying.”

It was my first class back to jazzercise this evening after not going for 2 months and I’ve got 3 words for you. Out. Of. Shape.

Seriously, I was struggling! After the first 2 songs I was huffing and puffing. My side even started hurting a little over halfway through. Some of the routines were hard and I may have even skipped a grapevine or two to catch my breath. My legs and arms were screaming during the toning part of class where we use resistance tubes. By the end of class, I was drenched in sweat. But you know what? I don’t care about any of that because I loved every minute of it! I loved being back!

I recently switched to a jazzercise closer to me, and the people at this location are great! Very friendly and the instructor was great at explaining all the moves. This location also has later class times, which is perfect for me. I now get done with work between 3:00-5:00 pm, and they offer a 4:45 class, a 5:45 class, and a 6:45 class. I’ve got absolutely NO excuse not to show up everyday.

I went to the 5:45 class this evening. I got there a little early and the 4:45 class was still going on. It was a decent size class with about 15-18 people. My class was smaller, we had 7 or 8. I like the smaller classes. There’s more room to do your thing.

Now if only I could get my eating right to 100% it’d be a perfect combination. I’ll get there soon hopefully. The exercising usually motivates me to alter my eating for the better, so I’m sure I’ll fall back into the 100% healthy eating in the next couple weeks.

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Just Checking In

I was waiting to give a weight update because I was really hoping I’d be under 300 pounds this week. But…..I’m not………yet.

Before I tell you my latest weight, first I wanna tell you about the exercise I’ve been doing. As you know, I joined jazzercise a couple weeks ago. I didn’t think I’d go to class more than once a week, but I love it so much that I made time to go. I went to jazzercise class Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and Tuesday morning the past 2 weeks.

I’m really proud of myself for getting up early and going to workout on Tuesdays, which is the only day that I could sleep in because I don’t have to work until 10:15. But, I enjoy the exercise so I make myself get up early anyways.

Ok now back to my weight. My latest weight is 300.4. A half of a freaking pound is all I need to lose to hit my goal of being under 300! I have been stuck on 300.4 since Saturday (5 days). So when Tuesday came around, I was pumped to go to jazzercise because I thought it would for sure get me under 300. Unfortunately we had a substitute instructor who needed to be somewhere so we had a short class. But she also changed it up and we did toning and sculpting. NO cardio. I was totally bummed!

Needless to say, the next morning I weighed myself and I was at 303.6. Muscles may be nice and all, but I’ve got a goal to hit, so that toning and sculpting class annoyed me a little.

Today, I weighed in at 301.6. I guess the muscle mass is going down so we’ll see if I can get under 300 pounds this week.

One thing I learned about myself this week in relation to exercise is that if I don’t get up early and exercise in the morning, I’m probably not going to do it. Also I learned that I really need that push of going to a class and having someone show me or tell me what to do. If left alone to exercise, I never burn nearly as many calories as I do when I’m being instructed. The final thing I learned about myself in relation to exercise is that I enjoy it. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, I LOVE jazzercise.

Well, I better go ahead and get to bed. I didn’t make the best choices today food-wise so I’m attempting to get up and go to the 5:30 AM jazzercise class tomorrow morning. Goodnight!

Jazzercise + What I’ve Been Eating This Week

The first time I went to a jazzercise class, I was probably around age 13 or 14. I can’t really remember exactly how old I was. But I DO remember that I really enjoyed going. My mom used to take me with her and we’d go a few times a week (maybe?) after school for me and after work for her.

Jazzercise was a lot of fun because although it definitely was exercise, it didn’t feel like it. They played current and good music that we’d jazzercise to and the hour long class would fly by.

I recently decided to try out a jazzercise class again. You see, my schedule during the week makes it hard to get to ANY exercise classes because my work days are so long and so late. So when I got off early one weekday, I hopped on the opportunity to go try out a jazzercise class again for the first time in a looonnggg time.

I asked the BFF, Megan, if she wanted to go (because we both share a love for jazzercise) and she said yes, so we went!

The class was a lot of fun and definitely a good workout. It’s an hour long class with about 10 minutes of warm up, about 30 minutes of cardio, and about 20 minutes of toning and cool down. They played good music such as Rihanna, Michael Bublé, One Direction, Lady Gaga, etc.

By the end of the hour, I was exhausted and very sweaty, so I know I burned a lot of calories.

This past Monday I was off work, so I again jumped on the opportunity to go to another class. The second class was similar to the first, but the instructor was different and we did a lot of different moves, so it was great to see the variety.

After class, I told the ladies at the check-in desk that I’d probably only be able to come once a week. They let the owner know and she emailed me with a special rate that I could have since I wouldn’t be coming often.

With that said, I’ve decided to join jazzercise! I’ll be going every Saturday morning at 9:20. I’ll also get to go on holidays that I’m off work, so if they’re open on Memorial day Monday, I’ll be there!

I’m really excited to have found an exercise that I love and can do somewhat regularly. By having a set time I exercise every week, I think I’ll be more apt to actually exercise and the class will also hold me accountable. 🙂

Along with my exercising, I’ve been eating really great this week! Here’s what I’ve been eating.

For breakfast, I’m still having a bowl of Cheerios with skim milk every morning. I cut out the berries in my cereal because I just prefer it without.

Lunch this week is an avocado chicken salad sandwich on paleo bread. I got the bread from my sister this past weekend. She got it from a bakery in Dallas called Unrefined. The bread is great, tastes great, and only has 2 grams of carbs per slice!

I got the chicken avocado salad recipe here.

Basically, I cut about 3 ounces of rotisserie chicken into small cubes. I added 1 stalk of sliced green onion, 2 tablespoons of minced yellow onion, 1/2 of an avocado (mashed), the juice of half a lime, maybe a tablespoon of chopped cilantro, and a nice pinch of sea salt. I mixed everything together in a bowl while mashing the avocado into chicken. It turned out great! Tastes like guacamole with chicken in it. Yum!

With my sandwich, I had a pre-made Caesar side salad. It’s a great lunch combo and keeps me full until snack time.

Snack is a Siggi’s non-fat yogurt (I like the orange ginger flavor) and a package of pre-sliced apples. Depending on how the day is going, I might also have some almonds or green beans with my snack.

Dinner this week has been super delicious. I made individual turkey meat-loafs and served them with cauliflower purée, roasted acorn squash, and steamed snow peas.

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Putting this dinner together was incredibly simple. I like cooking everything ahead of time and then reheating it throughout the week for dinner.

This dinner comes in at about 420 calories total for one individual turkey loaf topped with reduced sugar ketchup, one cup steamed snow peas with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1/4 of an acorn squash, and 2 cups of frozen cauliflower that’s been roasted and puréed with skim milk. That’s a lot of filling food!

I’m still trying my best to cut out my evening snack choice of a bowl of Cheerios. Instead, last night, I had a couple tablespoons of some homemade chocolate chip cookie dough nut butter. Doesn’t that sound freaking delicious?! Well trust me, it is! And it’s healthy too because I don’t add any sugar to it (besides the chocolate chips which I don’t add that many). It’s crazy how you can make nuts taste like cookie dough!

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This brings up something I’ve been thinking about lately. I want to start a business making my own unique flavored nut butters! It’s something I really enjoy doing! When I’m bored, I just go into the kitchen and see what flavor I can come up with. Who knows, maybe this business will come to life soon. Megan and I talked a little bit about it recently, so I’ll just have to keep you updated on the potential business progress! 🙂

Date With My Momma

Yesterday was such a great day! I got off work a little early to spend the evening with my mom. I bought her a gift certificate to a place called Pinot’s Palette for her birthday back in August, and we finally found a time to use it. Not sure what Pinot’s Palette is? That’s ok, keep reading and you’ll get to hear ALL about it.

Before Pinot’s Palette, we needed to eat dinner, so I chose this new place called Zoë’s Kitchen. It’s a chain, but I’d highly recommend you look for one near you. I looked up their menu before and saw it was a Mediterranean place and also very healthy, so I was excited to try it.

The food was fantastic! We ordered the hummus with pita for appetizer and it was so good, I didn’t get a picture until it was almost gone.

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The kabobs were both delicious. I had the shrimp kabobs and my mom had the steak kabobs. My shrimp kabobs were served over a salad with lettuce, green bell pepper, olives, feta cheese, and tomatoes and lightly dressed. The soup cup is braised white beans with rosemary. Yum! And the small white cup is their cucumber yogurt sauce. Delicious! My moms steak kabobs came with warm potato salad (they don’t use mayo) and roasted vegetables.

And here’s my plate after the meal…

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After dinner we headed over to Pinot’s Palette. It’s a place where you drink (wine or beer) and paint a picture. Here we are with our wine.

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There’s a class of about 40, and one instructor. The instructor paints and explains how to do it and then the class mimics what she does. My mom and I are definitely not “artists” by any means, but our paintings both turned out great! The instructor makes it pretty easy to follow along. Here are some pics of my painting throughout the process.

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And the finished products!

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And of course it isn’t official until you sign your name in the bottom corner.

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My mom and I had such a great time last night. We both said it was definitely something we’d love to do again! 🙂