Thursday, March 31, 2011

Will power is when you decide you are important enough to make your dreams a reality

I posted this title as my status earlier and decided to make it my blog.  On the way home I had actually been thinking about my will power and I found it ironic to get home and find one of my friends had posted this.

Today was the day before my weigh day which means it was a shake day.  This was my third week doing this on Thursdays.  I have to tell you, when Nikki first recommended this to me, I really didn't think that I was going to be able to do it.  In the past if I hadn't eaten enough (what I thought was enough) I would feel weak, shakey, and would start sweating.  I saw a doctor to see if I had blood sugar issues and he said that I had nothing wrong.  That I just had to learn to work through it.  I haven't really considered that I had worked through it. 

Shake days consist of:
  • A protein shake (powder with 6 oz of water or 8 oz of milk) and a piece of fruit for breakfast
  • Same for lunch
  • 2 pieces of fruit for an afternoon snack
  • Then something higher in protein for dinner.  And I try to stay low sodium.
I have not done the shake days once where I felt weak, shakey, or sweaty (that wasn't caused by a workout).  I have survived the whole day without even thinking about having a regular meal.  I think this is mostly because I knew I was going to have a regular meal for dinner. 

I feel really good about my one day (or sometimes two days) a week that I do the shake days.

Some other things I do to exercise my will power is set times that I can eat.  In this case I may or may not be making the healthiest choice, but I'm not allowing myself to eat anything until the designated time.  It might be a specific time or I may say that something has to happen before I can eat it.  A lot of times it is my workout before I can eat dinner. 

And on another note....I'm keeping my fingers crossed for 2.5 pounds this week.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Who Is This Person?!?

Seriously!  I hardly recognize myself!  Not to look at, but the things I'll agree to! 

Today my friend Naomi sent me an event invite to start Building Steam next Wednesday.  For those of you reading this that are not from the Peoria Area, Building Steam is the training program that gets runners (beginning and experienced) ready for the Steamboat Classic Race.  The Steamboat Classic web site describes the race as:

"Regarded as the „World's Fastest Four Miles“, „Illinois Toughest 15K“ and “Peoria Easiest 4K”, these running events are open to runners and walkers of all ability levels."

"The Steamboat Classic Four Mile Race is famous as the world’s fastest course. All of the recognized world records for four miles have been set at the Steamboat Classic.The race starts in Downtown Peoria,makes its way to lower Glen Oak Park, returns to Downtown, and finishes with a downhill stretch to the Peoria RiverFront.  Steamboat is for more than just elite runners, we have created a new challenge, the “4-in-1”. The goal is to finish the Steamboat 4 miles in less than one hour – run, jog or walk, it can be done!"

So, what do I do?  I say yes.  I would like to say that it was with a great deal of arm twisting, but it wasn't.  I was feeling pretty good today.  Accomplished.  So, it just felt like an additional way to meet my goal.  And something with a definite start/stop time, which is exactly the way I like to go about this lifestyle change.  That's what I think of Friday/Thursday.  The start/stop of my weigh week.  So, April 6 will be the start of this new project and June 18 with be the stop time.

In the excitement of this new project, I decided to go attempt Day 1 of Couch to 5K again.  I've tried it before and it didn't stick.  But, it was at the very beginning of my lifestyle change and I was extremely out of shape.  I've come along way since September.  So, I made the attempt....and I succeeded.  Finished Day 1!  Very exciting!  Here is a before and somewhere in the middle picture in case you missed it on facebook  ;o)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

My Mind Set

I thought I would blog about my mind set right now in regards to losing weight.

Like everyone, I've tried and tried to lose weight.  Used several different methods and as a result failed at them all.  It has been in the last several years since I quit calling it a diet and starting calling it a life style change.  I did this for 2 reasons.  Being on a diet has such a bad connotation.  And, in my own mind, using the term basically set me up for failure.  Not only does "life style change" take away any ideas of a time frame, it really helps to set us up for the frame of mind that we need to be in for it to be successful.

This is why I like Weight Watchers.  It really does let me create a new life style and not just diet.  I think some people still tend to use it as a diet and if that's what works for them, that's great.  But for me, I know that I'm not always going to say no to potatoes and pasta.  I know that sometimes I'm going to go out to eat and I'm going to want both an appetizer and a dessert.  I know that I'm not going to go the rest of my life without having another margarita (or two or three in one night).

So, what I'm doing now is learning what I need to do in order to occassionally allow myself these things.  I'm getting active.  I have not been as active as I am now since high school pom pon.  Right now I'm no where near the point where I can eat anything I want whenever I want because I exercise.  But I am at a point where I know what I'm eating and I know what activity I'm doing.  So, I know what I can do to still have my exercise over power my food intake. 

Sometimes I feel bad when I plan on splurging or when I do it spur of the moment.  But, that's a mind set I'm trying to get over.  Basically because I feel like people are watching me thinking, "She is supposed to be dieting."  When really what I'm supposed to be doing is living.  Eventually I'll feel good that people are seeing me splurge and will think, "That's okay, she'll definitely work it off later."

I thought I would include a video of the type of workout I do 4 times a week.  This is NOT my class, but I thought was a fun video to show the types of things we do, as well as how enthusiastic everyone can get.  Maybe sometime soon I'll get a video of one of the classes I actually participate in.

Monday, March 21, 2011

"Middle of the Week"

My weigh week starts on Friday. Sunday is nearing the middle of my week, and Monday is definitely the middle.

I do tend to allow myself to go over my Weight Watchers points early in the week (Friday and Saturday...sometimes Sunday). I do ALOT of activity during the week. I have ALOT of time to make up for any indescretions I make through the weekend.

I had planned on being semi-good on Sunday. But I was going out to eat.

On Saturday night, I went on Applebees' web site, looked up the nutritional facts of the things that I like to eat there, and figured points. I LOVE the Chicken Fajita Roll-up, but it is 28 points. I wasn't really wanting to spend 28 points on one thing. I finally decided that I was going to have the Cowboy Burger (not great but 22 points) and instead of the fries that came with it, I was going to get a side salad (with the ranch dressing I was going to use would be 6 points).

But then I got to Applebees and opened the menu. I shouldn't have even looked. I knew I liked the Cowboy Burger; I had had it the last time I was there (before I was doing WWs). And I should have told myself I wasn't really there for the food, I was there to visit with my friend.

I saw the battered fish and chips and talked myself into and out of the idea several times. Settling on eating it.

And we got an appetizer ***she admits in a whisper***

But, although my lunch was high in points, I didn't do as bad when you compare how that meal would have gone in the past. I would have eaten my share of the appetizer, all of my fish, all of my french fries, and all of my coleslaw.

Here is what I did eat: my share of the appetizer, 1 1/2 of the pieces of fish, and half of the colesalw. So, I left a little bit of everything on my plate. Actually ALL my fries. I didn't even think of them. That is really surprising.

Today I'm making an attempt to repair the damage. My menu for the day:

Breafast: banana and a 100% Whey Protein Banana Shake
Lunch: apple and a 100% Whey Protein Cookies and Cream Shake
Afternoon Snack: apple and banana
Dinner: Left over Chicken Scaloppini, mashed potatoes and green beans.
Evening Snack: banana boat made with PB2

Can't wait to see what it did for me today. I plan on doing this again on Thursday to prepare for my Friday weigh day.

Oh, and I also did TurboFire in my garage ;o)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Back to It

The truth about Jenn. I am a homebody. Prior to October, I pretty much had to be forced to leave my house. I love my little house. And I love my hobbies of crochetting and reading. Love them, love them, love them.

But, now I've found another hobby that I love just as much. Turbo and fitness! And Turbo takes me out of my house AT LEAST 4 times a week, normally. And, since I've met some really great people, it has also gotten me out of the house to spend time with them. And then the energy to try new things.

I need down time though. For my body and my mind. So, last week I took it. I had a project I was working on that had a deadline and so I stayed home on Tuesday and Wednesday and did them. NO TURBO or exercise of any kind took place on those days (or Sunday and Monday). I also ate horrible most of the week. A whole box of girl scout cookies vanished (not in one sitting). I ate more than one serving of everything! And I know I didn't track very well. And if I don't track....I don't lose. Simple as that. So, I gained 1.4 pounds last week.

I jumped back in though. I went to Turbo and RIPPED on Thursday night with Nikki. Tried my first shake day that day to try to repair some of the damage I had done.

Then I re-entered the world of Riverplex yesterday. Had an insane hour of Turbo Extreme 3, a mix specially made by Amanda. I believe there were 8 or 9 Turbo session in it. That is EXTREME!!! And I am feeling it today!!!! Oh goodness! But it feels great!

Last night I tried a new recipe from one of my Weight Watchers cookbooks. It was fabulous!!!!

Chicken Scaloppini

Scaloppini are cuts of meat that are pounded thin and then cooked to perfection in about 6 minutes. For a beautifully browned crust, make sure the pan and oil are hot - the chicken should hiss as it hits the pan.

4 (6 oz) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1 large egg white (I used egg white substitute)

2 teaspoons water

1/2 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs

2 teaspoons olive oil, divided

1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth (I didn't use this and I'll explain why later)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (I also didn't use this and I'll explain why later)

1. Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/2 inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet.

2. Combine egg white and water in a shallow dish, stirring with a whisk. Place breadcrumbs in another shoallow dish. Dip each chicken breast half in egg mixture; dredge in breadcrumbs.

3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of chicken to pan. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Transfer to a plate; cover and keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining oil and chicken.

4. Add broth and lemon juice to pan, stirring to loosen browned bits. Cook, uncovered, over high heat 2 to 3 minutes or until reduced to 1/3 cup. Drizzle sauce over chicken.

Yields 4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half and about 1 tablespoon of sauce).

Cookbook says that it is 6 pointsplus, but when I put in the brand of ingredients I used, it was 8.

I made a couple of observations. I am kind of new at cooking things like this, so if you have a tip for me or others reading this blog, please feel free to comment. The first thing I notice is that when I tried to heat my skillet with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, the oil evaperated almost immediately. And I couldn't see that 1 teaspoon was going to be enough. After the first 2 pieces cooked, I started putting a new drop (about a quarter size) of oil in my pan before I put the new piece of chicken in the pan. This is when I started getting the sizzling sound.

My second observation was that even though I was adding the new drop of olive oil to the pan, I did not have anything left in my pan to use for the sauce. And that is why I did not use the lemon or the chicken broth. This would not have changed my points at all, as both of those ingredients are worth zero points.

But, regardless of the observations I made, the chicken was delicious!!! And very filling. We had it with mashed potatoes and corn. Josh said I can definitely make it again. ;o)

If you try the recipe please be sure to let me know what you thought!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Night before weigh in

One of the best ideas I've heard in a long time is Nikki, Philicia, and Claudia talking me into Thursday night Turbo and RIPPED. Mostly because it is the night before weigh in. Prior to last week, I would find myself going from living room to kitchen, living room to kitchen, and back again. Trying to find something to eat. Some times giving in, sometimes not. But it seemed that every Thursday I struggled. I don't know if it was because I'd been good for a week and I'd just had enough. Maybe. But I just knew that it sucked!

Having something to do these past 2 Thursdays has been a huge help. I did better this week too. I guess RIPPED is like Turbo and each week you know it a little better and feel more comfortable.

I think that I've had a GREAT week. I have decided that maybe for one week a month I will eat 8 can soup for lunch. I guess I should wait till tomorrow when I find out just how good of a plan it was.

Today's (Day Before Weigh In) Menu
Breakfast: Egg Substitute with 1 serving of cheese
Lunch: 2 WW Mini Cheeseburgers and an Apple
Afternoon Snack: Banana
2nd Afternoon Snack: Banana
Pre-Workout Snack: Cookies and Cream Protein Shake
Dinner: Strawberry Slimmer Smoothie and a bottle of water.

My workouts this week
Saturday: Turbo Kick, Walked 2 1/2 miles (1/2 mile was up and down a steep hill)
Sunday: Walked 2 miles, Biked 1 1/2 miles
Monday: Off
Tuesday: Turbo Kick
Wednesday: Turbo Fire, Turbo Kick
Thursday: Turbo Kick, RIPPED

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fire and Kick

Boy oh boy!!!!!! What have I been thinking ;o)

Got up this morning and met Isaura in the upstairs classroom at the gym. I brought my laptop and Fire 45 EZ and we got our Turbo Fire on at 5:15 in the morning. Best morning workout we've gotten since we started. Much better than our walk/run routine. And more fun!

I don't know if it was the hour or Turbo in the am, but I seriously had trouble staying awake today. It was horrible. I don't that I've really ever felt like I could lie down on the floor and go to sleep before. I almost considered coming straight home to bed.

But alas, I made it to Turbo Kick. Isaura and I both said it was a hard day and class was harder than usual. But we both made it through. I earned 25 activity points just today. When I got home from TK, I weighed myself and I weighed 1.2 pounds less than I did when I got up this morning.

I know I'm weighing myself too much right now, but I've had a couple of splurges and I'm doing a different workout schedule so I'm really trying to analyze what it does to my body and weight.

My menu today:

Breakfast: Egg substitutes and 3 Jimmy Dean Lean Sausage Links
Lunch: 8 can soup and carrots
Afternoon Snack: Banana
2nd Afternoon Snack: Apple
Dinner: Stouffers Chicken Quesadilla
Evening Snack: 100% Whey Protein Banana Shake

Tomorrow is the day before weigh day. Hoping to be able to make it through 3 workouts. I have an old friend who is going to be doing the worst thing she will ever have to do in her life. If she can do this...I can do all my workouts.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Short but Sweet

Don't have a lot to report tonight. I did not work out yesterday. Was still feeling down and very tired.

Tonight we had an AWESOME Turbo Kick class. Lots of turbos. And fun ones!

I got some samples tonight and will be making a trip to GNC tomorrow now. 100% Whey Protein Banana Shakes are AMAZING!!!! Love them. Haven't tried my Chocolate Carmel Shake or my PB2 yet. Plan to do both of those at some point tomorrow.

Hope everyone is having a great fitness week!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

8 Can Soup (Could Be 9)

As a result of my fabulous night out last night (which truely was fabulous and now I'm satisfied for a while), I knew that I was going to have to be good for the rest of the week. So in preparation I put on a pot of a new soup recipe I was given. A girl at work had already made it and had it for lunch at smelled fabulous! I tried it tonight and it was pretty good. I would probably add a little spice to it next time...which I was forewarned I should do, but forgot ;o)

8 Can Soup

1 can Chili with Beans (I used Hormel Chili - Turkey with Beans)
1 can Chili without Beans (I used Hormel Chili - Turkey without Beans)
1 can Mixed Vegetables
1 can Green Beans
1 can Diced Potatoes
1 can Corn
1 can Carrots
1 can Diced Tomatoes

If you would like to make it a 9 can soup - you can add mushrooms ;o)

Just add each can to your crock pot without draining them and let them cook all day (or overnight).

For my Weight Watcher is 7 points for a 3 cup servings.

On another topic.....I am sooooooooo sore. Yesterday I did Turbo Sport and it KILLS my legs. Then, because of what I planned on eating last night, I walked another 2 miles afterwards. I have NEVER done additional exercise after Turbo. Then about an hour or two later I walked AGAIN up and down a very steep hill with my mom. I don't know if it was one of these things or the combination of all of them, but I feel like I spent 2 hours straight in a squat....OMG!

And speaking of squats...It was very windy yesterday and I'm assuming that in some spots it would have been difficult for even a sober person to light a cigarette. When I was on my way to my mom's house yesterday, I saw a man along Sterling who was OBVIOUSLY drunk trying to light a cigarette. He was staggering, almost fell over ontop of one of those green utility boxes that comes out of the ground up to about waist level. Then he put both hands up to his mouth, the one holding the cigarette and the other blocking the wind and he planted his feet down firmly on the sidewalk into a squat that I would swear Philicia Moll taught him how to do. ;o)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dieter's Remorse

I try not to consider myself a dieter. I am making a lifestyle change. I have definitely started making better food choices, but I haven't been giving up the things that I know I will want to eat in the future. Life happens and unfortunately, food is a part of life. It's a matter of keeping track of what you've already eaten and then making decisions. Any one who has followed my journey so far knows that I think I am most successful when I plan.

True, we can tell ourselves these things, “If I don't have it today, it doesn't mean that I can't have it ever,” or, “Food is for survival, not entertainment.” These two quotes help me make a lot of good decisions. But I use them for the every day temptations. It's a matter of keeping track of what you've already eaten and then making decisions. Any one who has followed my journey so far knows that I think I am most successful when I plan.

Occasionally, I want a treat.

Tonight we are going for a night out. This is a night we have been planning for at least a month, but I would say longer. For several years now, Josh and I have chosen to wait to celebrate Valentine's Day till March. It just seems to be easier for us to spend money in March, and it's normal busy when we go to a restaurant, not Valentine's busy.

And it has been my plan to indulge. I have been making smart choices and saying no to foods I really like for months. I want to have a little bit of sin on my plate. ;o)

We are going to the movies and without a doubt, I will eat popcorn. I will get a kid's popcorn and I will not have butter put on it. I also will not put any of the flavored salts on it.

We are going to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. I will get a ribeye steak and I plan to only eat half of it, as well as half of my potato (no sour cream). I will limit myself to 1 roll with the yummy butter.

But........ever since we decided when and where we were going to go, I have been saying that I am going to have a margarita. I have wanted a margarita for WEEKS. I have not missed a margarita post on facebook that I haven't screamed (maybe in all caps on their wall) “I WANT A MARGARITA!!!”

Here is where Dieter's Remorse has come into play – or has the potential to come into play. As I've already put the food I plan on eating in my Weight Watchers Tracker (I'll keep the number to myself ;o) the point is that I tracked it), I am starting to think, do I REALLY want the points that drinking a margarita is going to give me?

Any of us who have tried to lose weight have had that point where we really, really wanted to splurge and cheat. And then after doing it thought to ourselves, “That totally wasn't even worth it.” And when trying to lose weight, there is nothing more disappointing than this scenario. Okay, well maybe thinking that you had a really good week and then finding you gained. But, next to that, there is nothing more disappointing.

Weight Watchers says that if you have craved something specific for several days, it is a true craving and you should give into it so that the craving doesn't get worse making your splurge worse.

But....what about those times when you give in to your craving and you have Dieter's Remorse? I mean, it isn't really that serious. But, you've been doing so well that giving in feels a little bit like a failure (please don't take my comments here too seriously. I know that Dieter's Remorse or not – I've done a super job and will continue to do so even if I have the margarita).

So, the question is, “What is worse, having a craving that you don't give into and so the craving stays or to give in and then have Dieter's Remorse?”

I am leaning towards Weight Watcher's advise (they are the experts) and giving in. If I have Dieter's Remorse afterwards, no big deal. I'll have it, get over it, move on, and lose another 20 pounds.

Friday, March 4, 2011

In Name Only

Okay....first things first. Today was weigh in and I finally passed the point that I hadn't even been able to reach. I am soooooo excited. I lost 3.6 pounds this week which put me at 20.8. I have really been struggling to reach that 20 mark. So happy it is here.

I have decided that Madness should be used in name only to describe March ;o). I don't mean that my workouts won't be plentiful or hard. I just mean that to have done anything today would have been PURE MADNESS! I am exhausted. I do have to remind myself that even though I have increased my activity leaps and bounds, I am by no way near the point where I can just have constant activity. I need a relaxing period. So today is that time. I did not sleep well last night which is what decided it for me. I cancelled my morning workout (sorry Isaura) and knew that my sister would not be disappointed to cancel our evening walk.

I've done 3 extra workouts this week and 2 were HARDCORE workouts, one right after the other. So, I don't feel bad about taking a break today even though there were workouts schedule. I feel like I've had a very good start to my plan this week.

But, everyone wish me luck that I will sleep well tonight. I really want to be able to get a good workout tomorrow since Josh and I are going to Texas Roadhouse and a movie tomorrow night.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Turbo & R.I.P.P.ED


Nikki and I met at Eastside a little early. Made it down to Philicia's Turbo class with about 30 minutes left. I LOVE Turbo. But I was forewarned that Turbo at Eastside is a little different than Turbo at the Riverplex. The routine is the same, but the paricipants at Eastside are QUIET. And they really were!

But Nikki and I tried to give the room some pep! ;o)

We got a 10 or 15 minute break before R.I.P.P.E.D. I said to Nikki, "It is totally not me to be here doing 2 workouts on my off day." Then I rephrased it, "It is totally not the person I USED TO BE to be here doing 2 workouts on my day off."

I will do R.I.P.P.E.D again. There were parts that were not very comfortable to me. And some parts I just need to learn the modified versions for since I don't really like to jump. And doing push ups in a group. Yeah...I'm not a fan. So, I'll just have to practice at home too.

But, I have definitely started March Madness off well. I'm exhausted. And I'm planning on getting up at 4:30 in the morning to go to the Riverplex. I think I'm absolutely CRAZY!!!

My weigh in is tomorrow and although I am 99% sure that I will reach the point I want to, I'm a little worried. I have been working out soooooo much, that I haven't eaten very much. I'm afraid I'm not giving myself enough to burn. I joked yesterday about the perception of dieting being that you aren't supposed to eat. But that really isn't true. You have to give your body something to burn. I'm afraid I haven't given myself enough this week. I'm afraid that tomrrow my body is going to revolt on me and I'll be up 2 pounds from what I was today. I know this isn't going to happen, but it is still in my head.

It was good that I went and did these two workouts tonight particularly. For some reason, Thursdays are sooooo hard for me to stay on track. I want to eat everything in the house. And that is not cool on the day before weigh in.

Here is what I ate today:

Breakfast: honeydew melon

Lunch: A sandwich made with Carl Budding Turkey, cheese, and Butternut bread. Carrots

Afternoon snack: Apple

Before workout snack: 1 serving of Triscuits

Dinner: 24 oz Strawberry Slimmer Smoothie

And I might have a yogurt before I go to bed. This will put me 1 point over my daily points today.
In the picture....Claudia, Me, Nikki, Philicia

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rough Night

It is so funny how the popular concept of dieting is to not eat. This isn't the right concept, but it is the popular one. I have been pretty good about recognizing this and feeding myself what I need to continue burning fat/calories.

But today we had a meeting at 2:00, when I usually eat my afternoon snack. We have our meeting at this time every Wednesday, but today I just didn't think I needed a snack.


Got dizzy during Turbo, but didn't think much about it. We were doing a new routine and I just assumed that was the problem. But by the time I got home, I was NOT WELL! Josh came in from work and asked how I was and I said, "I don't think I'm well." He said I didn't sound well.

I went to take a shower and had to get out really quick (and you know how much I like showers) because I didn't want to puke while I was naked. Josh found this funny.

I ate an apple and immediately felt better, before I was even done with the apple. I've now eaten dinner and wouldn't even know that I was feeling ill.

So, I didn't finish my workout tonight, but I'm okay with it because I'm doing an unplanned workout tomorrow night. I hope I survive it!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

4:30 Wake Up!

I REALLY REALLY like my sleep. So when the alarm (which I despise) goes off at 4:30 in the morning I immediately ask myself, "WHY?! WHY?!" But I got up. If I didn't get up on the first day of March Madness, it would not bode well for my plan.

One of the things that I like second to sleep, showers. So it took me a long time to get out the of the shower. (Yes, I take a shower BEFORE and AFTER I work out when I work out in the morning).

But eventually I was up, out of the shower, and dressed. And by that time, I was feeling good and happy I was up. I had already gotten on the scale and found that as of today, I am at the weight I wanted to be at by Friday. Hopefully that lasts.

Isaura and I walked 2 miles and then biked a little over a mile.

Afterwards I was in such a good mood all day. I really do love my am workouts...

And for my 2nd workout of the day - my favorite! Turbo Kick! Both Nikki and I got there early so we sat and talked. Jenn M. joined us and we discussed her training for her first 5K. So excited for her. I'm unofficially training for one. It would be nice if I could run one by the end of the year, but it is not a primary goal.

Nikki started Turbo Sport and I have mixed feelings. Probably something that I just need to do a few times. It definitely was HARD on my legs! I need to work on my core so that my kicks get better. But at any rate had a great workout.

Philicia (my Wednesday night Turbo instructor) ended up laughing at me from across the room during the leg portion of the cool down. I didn't know we were going to be doing legs and so didn't grab a mat. Apparently I kinda looked funny leaning across my exercising ball watching everybody while I waited patiently for Abs.

Who brings cookies to the gym? Me! I had promised Nikki some of my WW Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Cookies. So after class, Nikki, Phi, and Claudia tried them, while getting some funny looks from the walkers on the track.

So, I ended my day feeling really good about my workouts on the first day of March Madness as well as the people that I chose to go through the process with. I am very happy with life right now.