Preparing For My Big Les Mills Weekend!

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Tonight was my first time on stage teaching BodyPump!! My new gym (I love it there!) had a 6:30-7:30 BodyPump class tonight.  All of the instructors have told me I should try to teach my assigned tracks at a class before the training weekend.  I love knowing most of the instructors and everyone is so nice!

The instructor tonight had me shadow her tonight on stage and I taught my tricep and bicep tracks!  Everything went so well and the only weird thing was dealing with the microphone! I forgot that most of my tricep track has me laying down on the bench so I wasn’t used to dealing with the microphone.  I’m sure I will have lots and lots of practice this weekend!

I couldn’t believe how many calories I burned tonight!  This might have been my highest burn for just doing BodyPump.  Sometimes I burn more if I run before class, but I didn’t run tonight.  I think I was nervous and maybe my heart rate was a little higher than normal?

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Can you believe I got up to 185?!?! It was during lunges, of course!  Those jump squats are killer and always get me into the 170′s, but tonight I put both risers under the bench and it was extra high.  At the gym, I’ve been putting one riser under the bench and at home my bench is different and not as high.  I figured I might as well put both risers under the bench tonight because I’m sure I will have to do it that way all weekend!

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I ordered some new protein because I was almost finished my other Vega protein.  I’ve been trying to make a protein smoothie after tough BodyPump workouts.  I had the Vega Energizing Smoothie mix before in chocolate and I really liked that.  This time, I ordered their performance protein that is the third step in their nutrition program (recover).  I got this one because it had almost double the protein for the same amount of calories.  Since I don’t really eat meat (just seafood) I really need to watch my protein intake, especially with all this BodyPump training!  I tried this tonight after my big class and it was good!  I just had it with some Light Chocolate Silk Soy Milk and PB2 powder.  Yum :)

I’ll try to post this weekend, but I might be too tired Saturday night! Hopefully I will do a big review on my Les Mills BodyPump training Monday or Tuesday after I’ve recovered!

Allergic To Running?

Am I allergic to running? Or does my body just forget what it is like to run outside?  The weather this week has been so nice and I’ve really had the “itch” (pun intended) to run in the cool rainy weather.  In the past, when I was new to running or took a long break and would try to go for a run my legs would sometimes get really itchy while I ran.  It usually happened more in the summer and would go away if I ran a few more times.  I found this article a while ago that says it should go away after you start running more and it is just caused by “capillaries and arteries inside our muscles rapidly expanding because of the demand for more blood” and this can make you itchy.  So this has happened a few times this summer, but something worse happens…

Rash!! YUCK! I’ll have a rash on my legs or sometimes the side of my stomach for a few days! It looks like broken capillaries and this has happened a couple times over the past few weeks.  I’m not sure if it is because I’ve been doing other exercises that don’t make my heart rate go up as high like BodyPump/CX, yoga, walking, etc. but this needs to stop!  The rash might be from the scratching I do like a crazy person outside my house.  Pink Runner needs to run more often to make this stop…

 

On a happier note, Colby and I decided to go see Legally Blonde the Musical a few nights ago.  I’ve seen it before and have the soundtrack memorized so I’ve been obnoxiously singing the songs for the past few days.

 

You might have noticed a lot of Tweeting from me a week ago about Vega Smoothies and they were (still are?) having a contest.  Yesterday, I got all this awesome stuff from them in the mail!! I got a bag, recipe book, chocolate coconut protein bars (so good) and three smoothie protein powders!! I LOVE THE CHOC-A-LOT! It is awesome in a banana pb smoothie and tastes like a milkshake :)

 

 

Love you Vega! Thank you :)

Congrats to Cherie for running her second 13.1 !

 

 

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I am going to take it easy today and just go for a walk as my workout.  I was DYING at BodyPump last night and I am so sore today!  I even went easy on the weights because I haven’t been to that many classes in the past few months, but my legs were literally shaking during some of the tracks! The chest and lunge tracks are always the hardest for me!

I have been on a HUGE smoothie kick this month.  I know that is nothing new for bloggers, but it is for me.  I stopped drinking coffee at the end of May and I really like drinking a big smoothie in the morning.  They really fill me up and they are so easy to take with me.  I’ve been teaching music lessons a few times a week and one day I usually teach 9-2 without a lunch break.  I don’t mind it, but the smoothie saves me! I make a huge one and put it in a mason jar to take with me.  The kids think it is gross because they are usually green from the spinach.

The smoothie above is one from this morning.  You can’t really tell the green color from the iPhone picture in my kitchen.  I have been using protein in my smoothies because I am pretty low on my protein intake each day.  I was so happy when Vega sent me some samples of their new energizing smoothie supplements.  Today I tried the vanilla almondilla and it was very good.  The almond flavor was VERY strong, but I liked it because it was so different.

I tried the chocolate (choc-a-lot) last week and it was absolutely amazing! It tasted like a chocolate PB milkshake and I LOVED it!

No picture of the amazing chocolate smoothie, but like I said before... almost all of my smoothies include Silk Pure Almond unsweetened original milk (amazing! my favorite almond milk), frozen banana, frozen berries (strawberry this week), spinach, protein powder and/or peanut butter (PB & Co!!) and crushed ice.

I’m excited to try the other three flavors I have left, especially the berry!  Do you drink smoothies? What do you put in them?

Getting Into A Routine

June 11-17

Monday- off

Tuesday- BodyPump and 30 min. elliptical

Wednesday- off

Thursday- CXWORX 30 min core class and 40 minutes on elliptical

Friday- BodyPump (1 hour class) and 4 miles on TM

This is my first full week off from school and I’ve been enjoying going to morning classes at the gym!  I love working out in the morning, but I would never get up at 5 am during the school year to workout/run before work!  I tried a CXWORX 30 minute core class last Thursday and really enjoyed it.  It is created by Les Mills, the same company that creates BodyPump.  I’ve been getting on the elliptical a few times before class just for something new.  I was a little burned out from running and sticking to a training plan for so many months and it is nice to switch it up.  I’m really enjoying running the mileage I want.  I ran 3 miles last Saturday and Sunday and I’m hoping to run 5 tomorrow morning.

Along with working out a lot, I’ve been trying to eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

Lots of salads and they are tasting so good! I’m really on a sunflower seed and chickpea kick right now.

I’ve also been making smoothies almost every morning! This is what I usually put in mine:

  • 1/2 cup Pure Almond Silk Milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 strawberries, blueberries or raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein
  • Sometimes 1 Tbsp PB (PB & Co is my favorite!!)
Colby and I have 3 weddings to attend this month! We went to one last weekend…
We are going to another wedding tomorrow and I am playing violin for the outdoor ceremony.  We also have one next weekend that is near Colby’s college he went to and it is one of his best friends.
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Speaking of weddings… I’ve been trying to find wedding accessories for my wedding and I am having a hard time.  Please help me out and go on my Pinterest Wedding and Wedding Hair site to see what I am thinking for shoes and headbands.  I went to a huge mall (KOP!) with my Mom and Colby yesterday looking for shoes and had no luck.  All the Badgley Mischka shoes I found online aren’t at the major department stores, but I found similar Badgley Mischka ones.  They didn’t fit my feet at all! It was like they were made for someone with a flat foot and my arch didn’t even touch the shoe.  I did find shoes to dream over…
Ahhh you know about my Twilight obsession… these are the Manolo Blahniks Bella wore for her wedding in Breaking Dawn.  They come in a few colors and they had the pink ones out at Neiman Marcus.  I want I want I want, but they are $1300!  I put them on and of course they fit and looked beautiful.  *sigh*
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