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Fall Grilling

I’m taking a break from listening to really terrible music to update the blog. I’m downloading music for the new classes I’ll be teaching this weekend and it’s slim picking. The “workout music” selection on iTunes is made up of a lot of horrendous techno-ish covers. Wow. I can’t use my BodyPump music because it’s copyrighted for Les Mills classes only. Hoping I can find something decent. Do people really want to feel like they’re in a bad club at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning? I think not. Sigh…

Today was long. I left the house at 8 a.m. and didn’t return until almost 8 p.m. I had a hair cut during my lunch break and taught BodyPump after work.

I packed lunch to eat at my desk after my appointment.

Homemade pita bread with melted sharp cheddar, hummus, apple slices and carrots. The piece de resistance was the half of a white chocolate macadamia cookie that I found in the kitchen at work that was leftover from a lunch meeting. I had an unsweetened Honest Community Green Tea on the side. This lunch kept me full all afternoon. I didn’t even need a snack before BodyPump.

When I got home Brandon had our patio setup rocking.

It was such a nice evening. The temperature was perfect.

Brandon grilled pork chops on the Big Green Egg and I made an apple compote to accompany them.

I diced an apple and placed it in a saucepan with a little water, lemon juice, dried cranberries, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and a pat of butter. I cooked it over low heat for about 25 minutes until the apples were completely soft.

I also roasted broccoli with olive oil, kosher salt and pepper on 400 for about 15 minutes. Brandon grilled a few slices of rosemary sourdough bread when the pork chops came off the grill. We both really enjoyed this dinner but neither of us could finish our pork chop. They were huge – we should have split one!

This is going to be a short post. I am ready for bed and have an early wake up call for yoga tomorrow morning. I have really cut back on my yoga days during the final push to the marathon (trying to avoid 2x day workouts if possible) and I am really feeling it – both mentally and physically. My mind and body want to be on my mat!

Two questions here…

1. Do I happen to have any fellow group ex instructors who can recommend decent music sources?

2. Do you enjoy eating outside? Do you still grill even when the temperatures get cooler? We are totally year-round grillers. I think grilled food is just as tasty/comforting during the winter as it is during the summer. We just change up the types of things we grill!


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  • Tracy October 8, 2010, 6:57 am

    OK I’m making that apple compote. That looks so good! And your patio ambiance is awesome 🙂

    Definitely year round grillers in our house! We’ve even done Thanksgiving turkey on the egg.

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life October 8, 2010, 8:05 am

    I love to eat outside, and I’m not sure why I don’t do it more. This is our first year in our house, but I imagine will be grilling year round, providing the snow doesn’t bury our grill.

    • Jen October 10, 2010, 11:05 am

      This is our first year in our house too! Luckily, it a rare event for us to get snow in Charlotte so we are lucky. Can’t imagine having to dig a path in the snow to the grill!!!

  • runnerstrials October 8, 2010, 9:23 am

    I stopped doing 2-a-days two months before the marathon and it’s hard. I can’t wait to go back to them 🙂

    We grill all year long. I remember my parents grilling in feet of snow when I was growing up!

  • Jessie October 8, 2010, 9:44 am

    That fire looks so cozy. I have been dying for a fire pit.

  • Kristen October 8, 2010, 11:03 am

    Hi Jen,
    I’m a group fit instructor and have had some luck finding music for my kickboxing classes at http://www.cardiomixes.com (I just tried to visit the sight and for some reason it is taking a long time to load). I’ve gotten several CDs/mp3s there. You can pick your BPM, you can preview most of the music. Lots of choices.

    http://www.bkhowe.com is another one.
    I hope this helps 🙂
    I enjoy your blog!


    • Jen October 10, 2010, 11:04 am

      Thank you so, so much for the links!!!

  • thejoggingconcierge October 8, 2010, 12:11 pm

    I love grilling. We even have a little grill for our little deck outside our little apartment. Food definitely tastes better with grill marks. 😛

    Even if it’s raining, my family will grill. I have a great picture of my dad and uncle grilling underneath two large umbrellas. Nothing will stop us!

  • Emily October 8, 2010, 4:26 pm

    IF I currently had a grill I would use it all the time. At my old apartment we had one on our balcony (what fire code?) and would use it year round in Vermont. Luckily my male roommate was the one who actually did the grilling!

  • Kira October 8, 2010, 4:32 pm

    We definitely grill year-round and fortunately live in a climate where we can do that! I have realized that, as it’s gotten darker, we don’t eat outside nearly as often. It’s probably time to bring out the firepit from storage and throw on a jacket to hang out outside.

  • Heather C October 8, 2010, 9:02 pm

    When I was trying to find music on iTunes for running I couldn’t believe how crappy the selection was! I hope you found something.
    We’re moving into our brand new house next week & really looking forward to grilling as often as possible!

    • Kristen October 12, 2010, 10:38 am

      I subscribe to podrunner.com for free workout music. It is great for running (or the stepmill, or lifting!). The DJ typically puts a new mix up every week or two.


      • Jen October 12, 2010, 10:40 am

        Awesome – thanks for the tip Kristen. I will check out podrunner!

  • Jen October 9, 2010, 8:05 pm

    Try jumpybumpy.com Used to use them all the time for choreography but I think they have music as well.
    Hope that helps. Love your blog!

    • Jen October 10, 2010, 11:00 am

      Thank you so much for the tip. Definitely checking that out!

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