Competition at the Gym

Mom and I were ready for a workout yesterday so we headed to the gym to take the 8:30 spinning class followed by the 9:30 ab class.  My legs were still feeling my workout from Sunday and the spinning class did nothing to ease the pain! It was really fun though and I enjoyed the music a lot more this time compared to the last class we took. Even though I picked a bike near the fan, I was still drenched by the end of the hour.

ready for our workouts!

ready for our workouts!

I only have one complaint about that class: I felt like my bike neighbor kept watching me spin. I could just be paranoid, but I reaally don’t enjoy it when I feel that a fellow gym member is comparing my performance to theirs. I usually try to ignore it, but with all the mirrors in the spinning room there was pretty much no where to look without realizing she was watching me. Staring back seemed to nip it in the bud though 😛

How do you handle uncomfortable situations at the gym?

The class ended just before 9:30 and we quickly cleaned off our bikes before heading to our next class.  When we walked in, the instructor was telling everyone to “go get steps” and mom and I realized this miiight not be an ab class.  Turns out, it was like a step aerobic/full body workout class.  It was a lot of fun, but we did squats on the steps and lots of glute exercises and my tush and legs were screaming by the end. The instructor was really fun, though, and we had a lot of helpful classmates who assisted us when we got confused 🙂

We came home and pretty much took it easy, although I did crank out a batch of peanut butter oatmeal cookies! I didn’t realize how many it made (6 dozen!) so we have cookies for days.  The fam gives them a 6 so they aren’t amazing, but they’re pretty good.

Yumm :)

Yumm 🙂

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Boredom Bustin’

I’m a fan of Louis C.K, and I find myself thinking about one of his ‘skits’ quite often. In it, his young daughters complain of being bored and he responds with this:

and I think it’s a really great way to look at things! Buut I’m struggling with that right now.  Before you call me a spoiled brat for living in Italy and being bored, sometimes I just want to catch a movie with friends or ride my bike around the neighborhood.  Seeing that the majority of my friends live on a separate continent and I’m scared to drive here, not to mention ride a bike on the street, I’ve been scrambling for new ways to keep myself entertained. Today I decided to start Jess’s Summer Shape Up plan and I’m sooo glad I did. 

Excited about gettin’ in summer shape! source

The workouts are laid out very clearly with video examples and it gives me a solid goal to work towards, which is something I thrive off of.  And the “hard core” workout was killer! I love being challenged in new ways. Hopefully this will help stave off the boredom until our next big adventure!

What are some of your favorite boredom busters? I’m working on a cross stitch piece right now, but needlework requires a certain amount of calm that is hard to come by sometimes!

 

Southern Living Wednesday?

Yesterday was very busy between running errands and getting ready for a dinner party our family hosted last night.  Our neighbors are moving in a few days, and since the packers arrived yesterday to start loading everything up, we invited them over to our house for a meal (yay for more Southern Living recipes!).  It was a lot of prep work, but also a lot of fun!! I’m sorry I just met them this summer, they’re very cool people! Our menu consisted of

It was a really fun meal and I was ecstatic the pie turned out well.  My mom helped me with the filling, but I was still worried I would somehow manage to ruin it.

Looks pretty good, huh?

Looks pretty good, huh?

I discovered lemon meringue pie is really my thang, but I think we executed it well.

I went to the gym this morning and was looking forward to that Fit Boxe class I chickened out on Tuesday.  I gave myself a little pep talk and as I was doing my 30 minutes on the bike I was pumped to try the new class.  But it was not to be.  For some unknown reason, the class was cancelled today, which really put me in a funk.  I was excited to participate in a group ex class again and working out by myself suddenly seemed lonely.  I did some exercise I saw in the special summer issue of Self magazine that involved a Swiss ball, and that got a little goofy.  I think I managed to cheer up one guy’s day as he saw me struggling hopelessly with my ball, trying to keep it under me as I was laying on top of it on my back.

If only it were this relaxing…

Not an invigorating workout, but I’m glad I still managed to do something.  Next Thursday that class is mine!

Good Morning!

Yesterday was spent on base for most of the day, running errands and getting my permanent retainer fixed.  Glamorous, I know. I got a nice workout in at the gym, so that was a plus! I was reading the newest issue of InStyle on the elliptical and decided to try the ab exercises they described. The total workout looked something like this:

  • 20 minute warm-up on elliptical
  • Floundering on the gym mat, thanking the Lord the gym was empty so I could figure out how to do ‘inverted knee raise’ without totally embarrassing myself. (30 reps)
  • More floundering as I worked through the ‘Wide Side V to Crossing Push’ (30 reps)
  • Russian twists with a 10 pound weight (3 sets of 20 reps)
  • Overhead tricep extensions with 10 pound weight (3 sets of 12 reps)
  • Stretching

It was a nice workout, but I gotta say I’m a much bigger cardio fan than I am of strength workouts.

I also checked out about a million books from the library.  I’ve been complaining that I haven’t read a book that’s really grabbed me in a long time and I think I was possessed in the library because I just started grabbing anything that sounded interesting.  My frenetic book-selecting may have been fueled by a bit of rage stemming from the fact that they don’t have half the books I’ve researched and am looking to read (No Margaret Atwood books at all?? Gah!). Right now I’m reading What the Dog Saw, and I’m not entranced, but it’s an interesting read.

Today started beautifully with open windows, Jack Johnson, a comforting cup of coffee and my book.

Coffee, oatmeal, music, books, hooray!

Coffee, oatmeal, music, books, hooray!

Mom also decided to make Neapolitan coffee in the new cups she bought yesterday so I’m going to be wired today.  Neapolitan coffee is highly concentrated and made with lots o’ sugar. Hopefully I won’t drive Dad over the edge today 0:)

coffee coffee coffeeeeee

coffee coffee coffeeeeee

Hopefully off to Ischia now, wish us luck finding our way around!