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The First Friday

Good morning and happy first Friday of 2012. I don’t know about you but I am relieved that it’s Friday and that the week is wrapping up. Sometimes I feel like there is so much pressure at the start of a new year to make these big statements about what kind of year it is going to be and what your goals for it are. Truthfully, 2011 was such a monumental year for me that I feel a little lost on what to expect out of 2012. And that’s okay.

Sometimes it’s perfectly acceptable to take things day by day. I have been speaking in class this week about setting intentions daily. Reevaluating where you are on your desired path daily and making corrections/modifications as necessary. Knowing that you have control over your life and the way you live each day.

I am also feeling a little reflective on this Friday because there is a new teacher training group starting tonight at the studio. Quite a few of my friends and students are participating and while I am so excited about the amazing journey they are about to embark on, I am also envious on some level. Part of me wishes that I could relive the experience knowing what I know now…if that makes any sense. It has been such a unique and meaningful opportunity to speak with some of my students about their interest in teacher training. I have loved watching them grow in their practice and I can’t wait to see what waits for them on the other side of teacher training.

So, it’s been a while since I’ve shared any eats or workouts. (Because they haven’t been very exciting.)

I taught BodyPump last night and we had a packed class. It was so much fun. My co-instructor Andre and I ended up teaching a pretty tough class and I am so feeling it this morning. I taught an insane lunge track and my legs are screaming. Ouch. I had a few minutes to kill before class so I ran for 20 minutes on the treadmill. I actually really like to do a little bit of cardio before strength training to get the blood flowing and to start sweating.

Dinner of millet topped with roasted sweet potatoes and goat cheese with a salad. I am on a big kick right now of pairing sweet potatoes or butternut squash with goat cheese.

Breakfast this morning was Greek yogurt and granola in a jar. I really wanted overnight oats but did not possess the patience to wait 30 minutes to eat my breakfast.

Plain Greek yogurt, bananas, chia seeds, dried cranberries, TJs pumpkin butter and granola in a nearly empty TJs peanut butter jar.

And that’s all I’ve got for you. I have about a million emails to respond to before running errands and teaching this afternoon. Hope this first Friday of 2012 is a good one. Remember, each day provides a new start and the opportunity to decide how you are going to live it.

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  • 1
    Bess @ Bess Be Fit January 6, 2012, 10:43 am

    I love getting in some cardio before bodypump…gets me in the groove to keep sweating!

  • 2
    Chelsea January 6, 2012, 10:51 am

    teacher training starts tonight at my studio too! i’m so excited!! i have major butterflies!

    • 3
      Jen January 6, 2012, 10:55 am

      so exciting chelsea! it will be such an amazing experience. go into it with an open heart and mind. xoxo

  • 4
    Jen @ Artificially Balanced January 6, 2012, 11:13 am

    I have been reading your blog for awhile now but it’s my 1st comment! 🙂 1st of all- my boyfriend/friends think I’m crazy for loving sweet potatoes/squash with goat cheese but I am OBSESSED! It makes such a yummy combo! I also love greek yogurt, TJs peanut butter and pumpkin butter beyond words…

    I definitely love to get in cardio before strength training. I like to do a 20-25 min HIIT right before, and then if I have time go for a nice slower run after strength 🙂

    You are also really inspiring me to start yoga. I say this every day, but looking at your AMAZING body and your attitude about life seems so relaxed and I really need that. LOVE your blog!

  • 5
    Kristy@RunTheLongRoad January 6, 2012, 11:18 am

    thanks jen – that was just the reminder i needed!

  • 6
    dana January 6, 2012, 11:24 am

    Can’t wait to read what 2012 has in store for you. It’s funny that you should mention that you’re envious of the new teacher training group. I often felt that way when reading your blog this past year. I’m envious that you had the courage to leave your 9-5 and pursue your passion. I, like you once were, am in advertising, but my passion lies elsewhere…and in more than one thing. I hope 2012 brings me a clearer vision of what it is that I’d like to do for a career!

  • 7
    Amy G. January 6, 2012, 2:10 pm

    I usually do a little cardio on the treadmill or elliptical before I teach a weight training class too. It gets my blood flowing and it gets you into the right mind set. I love what you were saying at the beginning about setting intentions every day. It’s so important that we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves, enjoy living in the now and making small improvements that come together to better out futures!

  • 8
    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate January 6, 2012, 2:13 pm

    TGIF! 🙂

  • 9
    Pam January 6, 2012, 2:41 pm

    Love love sweet potatoes and goat cheese! I would love to do yoga teacher training but there’s isn’t one in our town. Do you know anything about online options? Because of the positive energy you put out, your 2012 will bring many awesome blessings your way.

  • 10
    Heather @ girlyeverafter January 6, 2012, 3:09 pm

    I love BodyPump and just got into it within the past few months but feel like it would be awesome to teach. Once I get better at it and feel comfortable I really want to look into the instructor training!

  • 11
    Tiff January 6, 2012, 4:15 pm

    I haven’t had sweet potato with goat cheese, but I’m sure I’d like it since I like butternut squash with goat cheese. Such a winning combo!

  • 12
    Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 8, 2012, 10:12 pm

    Whoa! That is a packed class. Our gym often has packed classes and people end up having to share weights. People would have to get there 30 minutes beforehand just to get a spot!

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