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Cinco de Sore-o

Wow, my legs feel so spent. I’ve taught BodyPump 77 three times this week and it is by far the hardest new release in quite some time. Not only is it an awesome strength training workout but it is also packed with tracks that really challenge you cardiovascularly. I am really feeling it right now!

While I’m on the topic of workouts, no yoga again this morning. I got up at 5:15, wandered around the house for a few minutes, read some blogs and then went back to bed until 7:30. I just could not convince myself to go. Usually when I skip workouts I end up regretting it later in the day and I just haven’t been feeling that this week. It’s a clear indicator that this break from my practice is okay. I won’t say that I understand what’s going on but I’m really trying to get better about listening to my body instead of always powering through so I’m going with it.

Breakfast was banana oats with the return of Trader Joe’s Sunflower Butter. Sweet, salty and delicious. I’ve been out for a couple months and am so glad I finally restocked. It’s soooo delicious.

Lunch was extra tasty. An open faced sandwich with an Earth Fare veggie burger, spinach and pimento cheese. Ketchup for dipping on the side along with some strawberries. The melty pimento cheese totally made this.

Brandon pretty much looks for any excuse to have Mexican food for dinner so we had a feast for Cinco de Mayo. We started the evening with chips, salsa and guacamole.

And then made chicken fajitas. Brandon grilled the chicken on the Big Green Egg with Dizzy Pig rubs and I sauteed the onions and peppers inside. We had our first Vidalia onion of the season tonight and it was SO sweet and tasty. I grew up just 45 minutes from Vidalia so I have a soft spot for them.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Did anyone else celebrate with a festive dinner?

Leaving you with a couple links…

Peanut Butter Runner was featured demonstrating the figure four stretch in an article on Piriformis Syndrome on Digital Running.

My bio and picture is up on the Y2 Yoga website and I’ve been thrilled to meet some readers in class and to see some comments on the blog from people attending my class! I wish you ALL could be here to yoga with me! 😀

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  • 1
    Becky May 6, 2011, 4:47 am

    The whole experience of teacher training was probably quite intense. Your body and mind may just need a little break. It’s so great that you listen. Keep enjoying your other workouts and the classes you teach!

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      Jen May 6, 2011, 2:44 pm

      agreed and i am trying to keep all of that in perspective! thanks for the encouraging words! 🙂

  • 3
    Kristy@RunTheLongRoad May 6, 2011, 8:15 am

    I need to try BodyPump!!! I keep saying it; I just need to do it!

    What a great bio (and a gorgeous picture) on Y2’s website.

    • 4
      Jen May 6, 2011, 2:47 pm

      try it! it’s a really fun strength training workout.

      thank you for the kind words! 🙂

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    Meghan @ StruggleMuffins May 6, 2011, 8:29 am

    I’ve had a similar experience with yoga; between getting acclimated to teaching yoga and keeping up with your own practice, its easy to get a bit wiped out. I took more days off from than yoga last week than I normally ever do, and while I typically get the ‘guilts’ over taking time off, it just felt right. This week I came to my mat with so much more energy so it really does serve you to take a break when your body asks for it (as hard as that can be). I love TJ’s sunflower seed butter too – nothing like it!

    • 6
      Jen May 6, 2011, 3:11 pm

      meghan – thanks for sharing your similar experience. it really does help to know that i’m not the only one struggling with this. i definitely think that it is a direct correlation to teaching so much. hopefully i can balance it out and get back in my groove soon. i’m hoping this vacation we have coming up does wonders for my mind! 🙂

  • 7
    Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) May 6, 2011, 8:57 am

    We cheated and went out to our favorite Mexican place, but now I’m feeling guilty because your creation looks so much healthier and delicious 🙂

  • 8
    Alaina May 6, 2011, 9:01 am

    Last year I celebrated Cinco with tacos and corona, but this year, I was working. I’ll have all weekend to celebrate. 🙂 And it will be with vidalias; those are my favorite too.

  • 9
    Brooke @ Veggie Table May 6, 2011, 10:13 am

    Looks like you and Brandon had a yum-o Cinco de Mayo! And melted pimento cheese!?!?! Whyyyy haven’t I thought of that before?!?! Will definitely be on my next veggie burger! Happy Friday!

  • 10
    Julia May 6, 2011, 10:34 am

    Random question for you 🙂 – why is BodyPump only taught at one YMCA location in Charlotte? I would love to see it closer to me at the Harris Y.

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      Sarah May 6, 2011, 1:25 pm


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        Jen May 6, 2011, 2:50 pm

        Julia and Sarah – I totally agree with you! I would also love to see it in more Ys in Charlotte. It’s really crazy how few gyms/Ys in Charlotte offer it – BodyPump is a lot more common in other cities.

        The main reason is not wanting to pay the licensing fees to carry the programs. I encourage you to email your group ex coordinator and tell them you’d love to have it! Maybe if enough people request it, they will get it one day! 🙂

  • 13
    natalie (the sweets life) May 6, 2011, 2:51 pm

    your yoga photo on the site is beautiful!! i would totally try your class if i lived in the area 🙂

  • 14
    Jen May 6, 2011, 3:37 pm

    Holy fajitas! Those look dang amazing!!!!
    Love your picture on the website 🙂

  • 15
    Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) May 6, 2011, 4:41 pm

    Just read/stalked your bio and I LOVE it!! The photo is SO BEAUTIFUL and your bio is really great!! 🙂

    Haha I don’t think we do ‘Cinco de Mayo’ here- I’ve never even heard of it before reading about it on blogs today! 😛

    And YES BP 77 is definitely the hardest for a while!! I LOVE it and have SO much admiration for you teaching it 3 times this week!!

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    Megan@eatmybeets May 6, 2011, 8:11 pm

    Ah I’ve been so drained lately as well! Your dinner looks ahhmazing! Brandon looks like an excellent griller

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