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Guest Instructing In Georgia + Comfort Food

I mentioned this in last night’s post but the reason for my weekend trip to Georgia was to visit with friend and blog reader, Louly, who is the director of the Y in Covington. They were launching BodyPump 80 this weekend so it was perfect timing for me to visit and participate in the launch. (Side note, read my review of BodyPump 80 in this post.)

Picking up where I left off (read about our amazing dinner on Friday night here)…

I awoke Saturday morning to this beautiful sunrise right outside my bedroom window. It made for such a relaxing and peaceful start to my day.

Louly had a big batch of apple cinnamon oatmeal waiting in the rice cooker. I couldn’t believe how fluffy and perfectly textured the oatmeal was. It made me want to get a rice cooker so that I can have perfect oatmeal ready and waiting when I wake up! I topped bowl with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, Crofter’s, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries. Oatmeal and lots of coffee was just what I needed to get energized to teach back-to-back BodyPump classes!

We arrived at the Y around 9:45 a.m. to get set up for the launch. There was so much demand that they had to offer two classes – 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. I have to share that the Covington Y just started offering BodyPump about a year ago and it has been really successful for them and the members are loving it! Louly and I e-mailed back and forth a bit when she was considering bringing the program in and I’m so happy to see that it was successful!

The launch was so much fun! We had five instructors and each of us taught two tracks while two instructors demoed along with the lead instructor and two walked around to correct form.

I taught biceps and cool down. I love the bicep track in BodyPump 80 – there’s no break! And it was great to lead the stretching at the end of class. It always feels so good after a tough strength workout.

Thank you so much to Louly (center) and Kelli (on the right…she’s the group ex coordinator) for hosting me this weekend. I can’t wait to come back and visit soon!

I was more than ready for lunch after two BodyPump classes (and some fun “by the numbers” stats…in doing two classes I completed around 300 squats and 100 push ups…crazy!). Louly and I picked up Southwestern Chicken Salads from Chick-Fil-A and took them back to her house. We doctored them up by heating up the chicken, adding some fresh fruit on the side and using dressing Louly had in the fridge. I went with a combo of honey mustard and balsamic vinaigrette at her suggestion and it was so good. I’m definitely going to start mixing my dressings now.

After lunch I made the short 35-minute trip over to my parents house and proceeded to spend the remainder of the day on the couch. I did get up for about 30 minutes to eat dinner!

We started with a salad (never enough green stuff! ;)) with mixed greens, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, aged cheddar and balsamic vinaigrette. Simple but delicious.

The main event was Hungarian Beef Stew over egg noodles and topped off with sour cream. I was so in the mood for this dinner. I have been craving red meat lately and it was cold and rainy out. It was nice to stay in and have a comforting dinner at home with my parents.

I was so excited to discover that my mom made one of my very favorite desserts of all-time, banana pudding from The Southern Living Cookbook. Seriously, this is one of those foods that only my mom can make for me and the first bite brings a big sigh of happiness!

And then we watched Worst Cooks in America. I think I have a new TV obsession. I laughed the whole hour. And then I slept for 10 hours.

Off to eat lunch and think about getting myself back to Charlotte. Hope you’re staying warm and dry today.

{ 22 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Kelli Brooks February 19, 2012, 1:29 pm

    Thank you SO much for coming to our Y and teaching with us! I enjoyed it!!!!!

    • 2
      Jen February 20, 2012, 3:42 pm

      thank YOU for having me. it was awesome!

  • 3
    Sana February 19, 2012, 1:48 pm

    🙂 I love love teaching group fitness, hopefully one day I will be able to teach as much as i want to without feeling injured.

    • 4
      Jen February 20, 2012, 3:42 pm

      i hope so too sana! teaching group ex is the best!

  • 5
    Whitney February 19, 2012, 1:58 pm

    Sounds like a great weekend! I wouldn’t be in too much of a hurry to get back to Charlotte… Cold and rainy here too :/

  • 6
    Cheryl Mosley February 19, 2012, 2:10 pm

    Love love Body Pump! Getting certified in 3 weeks!

    • 7
      Jen February 20, 2012, 3:43 pm

      so excited for you! you’ll love the certification process. it’s great!

  • 8
    Louly February 19, 2012, 2:50 pm

    It was great having you visit! Thank you for sharing your amazing energy, instruction and beautiful smile with us! Come back soon 🙂

    • 9
      Jen February 20, 2012, 3:43 pm

      thank you so much for inviting me. it was perfect!

  • 10
    Laura February 19, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Looks like a fun time! I have to know what tank you are wearing, I must have one!!

    • 11
      Jen February 20, 2012, 3:39 pm

      i can’t find it online…boo! but it’s cut like the cool racerback but looser and more of a cottony material. they always have them in stock at my local store.

      • 12
        Jen February 20, 2012, 3:43 pm

        i guess it would help if i said that it was lululemon!

        • 13
          Laura February 20, 2012, 4:08 pm

          Thank You!!

  • 14
    Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) February 19, 2012, 4:31 pm

    What a fun weekend. I love the southwestern salad from Chickfila. I eat it at least twice a week (a total pregnancy thing right now!).

    • 15
      Jen February 20, 2012, 3:35 pm

      it was my first time trying it – i can see why you eat it twice a week!

  • 16
    Bess @ Bess Be Fit February 19, 2012, 7:48 pm

    I love that picture of the morning by the lake! so gorgeous! and your food looks delicious as usual and you are just as fit as usual! I think I may move to Charlotte just so I can come to your Body Pump classes 🙂

    • 17
      Jen February 20, 2012, 3:35 pm

      come on! 🙂

  • 18
    Karlee @ BringingBackBalance February 19, 2012, 8:33 pm

    Wow 2 back to back body pump classes?? You are superwoman 😛

    • 19
      Jen February 20, 2012, 3:35 pm

      it was nice that we were able to rotate who was teaching and sit out of some tracks to walk around and correct form. i definitely went a bit lighter for the second class!

  • 20
    Michelle D February 19, 2012, 9:18 pm

    Okay, so my burning question, one passionate body pump instructor to another is… surely you are not dropping Body Pump class with your promotion are you???

    And I only use homemade salad dressings, two of my favorites:

    1 c olive oil
    1/2 c balsamic
    1 T. + 1 t. dijon mustard
    4 garlic cloves minced
    2 t tamari soy sauce
    salt and pepper to taste

    1 c olive oil
    1/3 c balsamic
    1 clove garlic
    1 T Honey dijon
    salt and pepper to taste

    • 21
      Jen February 20, 2012, 3:34 pm

      i’m hoping not but we’re still trying to figure it all out. i love bodypump and will be so sad if i have to give it up.

      thanks for sharing your dressing recipes. i make all of mine homemade too!

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