(It's starting to get a lot colder and the days are a lot shorter-Corny and I decided to go out on a chilly jog/walk even though it was pretty cold!)
I think it runs in my family to become obsessed and fixated on things. I think I get it from my mom. My brother has it too. Several years ago, he became obsessed with health and fitness and I thought he was crazy. When he started going to Cross Fit gym, I thought he had joined a cult. When he and his wife were expecting a baby, I told my mom that they would have to sacrifice it to Cross Fit. Mostly joking, but kind of serious. Cross Fit is no joke. However, I don't really give him a hard time about it anymore, because now I understand it a little better.
Over the past month, I have been attending a local gym on a Groupon coupon that I purchased this summer. I don't really use the equipment at the gym, but I go to a lot of the classes. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I chose the "boot camp" class as my very first class.
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It was very hard, but the feeling I got afterward was so rewarding. I accomplished something that I didn't know I could do and I don't think the instructor thought I could do at first either. When I went into the gym that day, I said I was there for the boot camp class. She said, "Have you ever taken this class before?" I said, "No." I didn't really know what else to say. I said I had recently done a 5K and she asked me what my time was. When I said I did it in 32 minutes, she backed off a little bit but all she said was, "Well, you can give it a try." In my mind I thought, she doesn't think I can do this and I am going to prove her wrong. That kept me motivated over the course of the next hour when the exercises got really tough. I kept thinking, I have to prove her wrong. I will show her I am capable of this. After the class she complimented me and said the only reason why she said any of that was because a lot of people come for the class and they really can't handle it because they don't realize what it is. I decided I would be coming back for more. I also decided to give kickboxing a try a few days later.
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Kickboxing starts off my Saturday mornings now. Rather than being lazy, sitting around drinking coffee (I'm still caffeine free!) and not getting out of the house until noon, I have started going to the class that starts at 8:45. It's a great way to start off the day. I will usually go to the farmers market and grocery shopping after the class too. I love that kickboxing is a great upper body workout....yes, I know that sounds crazy that I am saying upper body workout when it's kickboxing but we do a lot more punches than kicks. My upper body is one of the areas of my body that I feel really self conscious about. I really want to tone my arms but I am just not crazy about lifting weights. This is a great way to get an upper body workout and cardio at the same time. I also feel really tough and powerful when I am punching the bag.
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Last but certainly not least, I decided to give spinning a try. In my mind, I always thought that spinning would be easy and kind of boring. Haha....I was SOOO proven wrong! Spinning is no joke. Last night, I burned almost 800 calories in less than 75 minutes! That's a workout! The instructor (same as boot camp) pushes us so hard and I really think I respond to it. I love the challenge and I love the feeling of accomplishment when the class is finished.
My Groupon runs out in less than a month but I have pretty much decided to stick with this gym for the classes. The gym is pretty basic but the classes are well worth the membership fee. I feel like when a drug dealer gives free drugs to people to get them hooked. This Groupon coupon got me hooked on these classes and now I crave going to them. I love how I feel and how hard it pushes me. It's hard but exhilirating at the same time. When I go out walking and jogging, it just doesn't feel the same anymore!
Along with going to the gym, I had a great Thanksgiving break. I got to go to Plant, my favorite vegan restaurant in Asheville, for a benefit Thanksgiving dinner. The food was amazing and so much better than cooking a big Thanksgiving feast! I worked my ass off for several days earning activity points so I could enjoy the dinner without even thinking about points. I got on the scale the next day and showed a loss! Yeah!
(Excited about going to Plant!)
Another fun picture I thought I would include is of some "Red Giant Mustard" greens from the school garden. The high school I work at has a garden that we can go and pick greens from. It's awesome! I have been picking collards, kale, turnip greens and mustard greens.