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 🙂


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!


Here’s Your Bum

That’s basically what the spinning class instructor said to me this morning.  Mom and I took a spinning class today and it was totally wicked!

It’s the second spinning class I’ve ever taken in my life, and while I liked the one in Virginia Beach better, this one was still a great workout.  The music was all from different movies, which worked sometimes and flopped other times.  Example: It’s really hard to pedal furiously while listening to In The Jailhouse Now by Tim Blake Nelson 


But I was definitely sweaty and my legs were burnin’ by the time the class was finished. Loved it!

When we got home I started work on cleaning Blaine’s room and bathroom.  He’ll be here in less than 24 hours!!! I’m so pumped!!

To get my mind off of counting minutes, I decided to use up some apricots and cherries that were nearing the end of their time by making a tart based off of this Apricot Tart Recipe. I only had 5 apricots, so I just added enough cherries to make it roughly half and half. It was simple, but I could’ve saved a lot of time by prepping the apricots and cherries while the crust was chilling instead of doing it after the allotted chilling hour was over. I think the results are pretty great, but the taste test tonight after dinner will be the real judge!

We were moving furniture and I left the tart in the oven just a bit too long. I'm sure it'll still taste good though!

We were moving furniture and I left the tart in the oven just a bit too long. I’m sure it’ll still taste good though!

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!


Well friends, today was full of things I’m not too proud of.  For starters, I wore makeup to the gym. Usually I can’t understand why people put on makeup before working out, but this morning I was draggin’ and adding blue eyeliner usually makes me feel better.  It worked, but I felt ridiculous. Today’s gym experience consisted of 30 minutes on the treadmill set on the incline workout.  I hate running on treadmills, a hate which was reaffirmed this morning when I kept smacking my hands on the front of the treadmill.

That little tray thing on the front is a doozy

I gladly hopped off after 30 minutes, but then came my next not-so-proud moment.  I originally planned on going to a Fit Boxe class following my treadmill time, but I completely chickened out 😦 I saw a guy who I thought was the group instructor and he looked like a hard body muscle man, plus I didn’t actually know what Fit Boxe was and I got cold feet.  There’s another class on Thursday that I’m trying to work up the courage to attend.  I’m sure you’ll hear about it later this week 😛

When we got home I cleaned up and sat down to finish What the Dog Saw. By the last 50 pages, I was just ready to be done with it, but felt so guilty about my first two personal transgressions this morning, I managed to power through.  I did learn some things thanks to Mr. Gladwell, but overall I’m glad I’m finished with the book.  I then picked up Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris and read it all the way through.  It’s an extremely quick read and I laughed out loud several times! I really enjoyed it, especially after reading essays that made me feel like most of our efforts in life are futile.

My 3rd crime? Mom made these delicious smelling Duncan-Hines brownies because our landlord delivered eggs fresh from his chickens, but two were a little cracked and Mom didn’t want them to go to waste.

Fresh eggs from right next door! Lovely.

Fresh eggs from right next door! Lovely.

By the time they were out of the oven, I was practically drooling they smelled so good.  She specifically stated the brownies were for dessert tonight, but c’mon, how can I resist a fresh-out-of-the-oven brownie? So I ate one… Mom wasn’t exactly pleased but she understood.  Sorry Mom!!

I’ve been catching up on season 3 of Downton Abbey since I didn’t have time to watch it in school and holy cow!! This season is a heart wringer! I still have about 4 episodes left I think but man, I cried like a baby today. Movies and TV shows really get to me. Better stick to books, so on that note, off to go start another book from the stack!