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Sometimes Bullet Points Are Easier

This post is entirely a mish-mash of everything! Complete with bullet points. Have a great weekend everyone.

  • Thank you all for the advice and support on my post about acne and anxiety.

The personal experiences with accutane gave me something to consider and most of the feedback was good. I haven’t made a decision yet. I’m trying the antibiotic route right now. I’m also going to talk to my doctor about switching my birth control pill to something that is supposed to help acne.

  • We picked a dog!

It wasn’t an easy decision to make. Jazzy or Bella. We loved them both and felt like both dogs would be a wonderful addition to our home. In the end it came down to two things: how Bella reacted when she met Fat Kitty and the fact that Bella is already trained in a lot of things. The fact that she can “sit” and is so well-behaved is huge! Since we’re first time dog owners, I think that was the better choice. I think Jazzy needs a home where one of her people either work part time or from home or have experience dog training. I will keep you posted on the Bella saga as it unfolds.

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  • I made a mistake canning!

As a newbie to canning, I appreciate the tip about the lemon juice. I wish I’d know that beforehand and it was my mistake for not finding the RIGHT recipe. So I popped the jars of the tomato sauce in the freezer and they seem alright. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than wasting all that sauce.

  • In other news, I went to spin class!

It’s been a year and a half since I went to spin class. I’d planned on biking to work the other day but the rainy weather that has set in this week discouraged me. So I went to spin.

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It was nice to be back at the class. I saw some of the “regulars” that I used to see in the class every week and one of them remembered me and asked me what I’d been doing. That was nice! She did STP this year and told me about her experience. Then class got started. I took it easy and it wasn’t the greatest class. My knees bugged me at a few different times during the class but the good news is that I didn’t have knee pain afterward OR the next day! I left Spin after 45 minutes–I probably should have just done 30 as my first attempt back. Hopefully in the next few weeks I can work up to staying for the whole class. My goal is to go to spin all winter long and hope that helps my knees and get me back to cycling for next year.

  • Michael made jalapeno poppers from the jalapenos from our garden!

We had tons this summer and they were really spicy. He pickled a ton of them and then we had the poppers with dinner. They were awesome. I wish they weren’t so much work because I could seriously eat these things every day. 😉

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He said it was kind of a Russian Roulette but with spicy. He wasn’t sure which ones were going to be the spiciest (I chose wisely with the three small ones) and he ended up getting the nuclear hot ones.

  • Engagement Photos!

We had to reschedule our engagement photo shoot because I wasn’t feeling well and our photographer was sick AND I had that horrible acne outbreak so it was probably a good thing we rescheduled. We’re doing them this weekend. Cross your fingers it doesn’t rain the entire time.

This concludes the bullet points. And it was rather long-winded for bullet points…Thanks again everyone for the advice. 🙂

Mistakes You’re Making in Fitness Classes

I’ve never been a big “fitness class” person. The schedules never worked with my schedule and I’d struggle to get to the classes consistently. I also always felt like I was two steps behind the rest of the class. I tried yoga, Turbo Kick, aerobics, and step aerobics to name a few.

My first successful fitness class experience was Spin. While I’d scoffed at whether or not it was a good workout compared to going outside on my bike, I fell in love with it immediately.  It was a challenge and I could keep up which was crucial for me to like the class.

But how many mistakes did I make in all these classes I tried? I made a ton! Are you making any mistakes? See below.

You Aren’t Pushing Yourself To The Limits

If you’re just half-assing it at the class, you’re going to be disappointed with the results…or lack thereof. I definitely half-assed my fair share of classes. Which is probably what lead me to think they were a waste of time. But if you give it your all you’ll see results.

Going to a fitness class (whichever you choose) is a good way to find your working out mojo. Are you the type of person that needs that extra push of a personal trainer but can’t afford one? A class is your best bet. Take advantage of that “free” personal trainer!

When I first started spin class, I went VERY easy on the resistance on the bike. I ignored the instructor when they said to make it as hard as we could take it. I was concerned about my knee issues, but eventually realized I was wasting my time by NOT making it hard on me. It made such a difference and really helped me get through winter with a cycling base.

You’re In The Back

This is usually where I am at classes! I don’t want to be in the front. Yet, I struggle the entire class to see the instructor, figure out the moves and keep up. Why don’t I move closer to the front so I can see? Suck it up and move to the front.

You Have Bad Form

This is a trap I often fall into and need to remind myself frequently to check my form. I do this will running, hiking, walking, definitely with cycling. “Do I have good form?” No? Fix it.

You Have Unrealistic Expectations

If you’re expecting to go to a few aerobics classes and magically lose 50 pounds, it doesn’t work that way. It takes time and patience and consistent activity. Give yourself a break and enjoy it! It’s a process.

You Aren’t Stretching

I need to take my own advice. But to be honest, ever since my running injury in 2010, I’ve been much better about stretching after every workout. I also try to warm up before whatever class I’m taking. It could mean 20 minutes on a treadmill before yoga or lifting weights before spin class. Something.

You Aren’t Fueling Properly

Do you have a water bottle with you in class? Are you drinking from it frequently? (In spin class I have 2 bottles.) Did you have a small snack before the class? Are you eating a sensible meal or snack afterward to help with recovery? Depriving ourselves of fuel for a class will result in low energy and probably mental fatigue (at least it does for me).

You’re Doing The Same Thing

Switching things up frequently is the key to transforming your body. I find that I get too efficient in certain activities and I stop seeing the results I want (my heart rate doesn’t get high, I don’t burn the same amount of calories, etc). HIIT workouts are awesome (who doesn’t want to have a SHORTER workout but with the same calorie burn as a long one?)

Classes are a good way to get STARTED with your weight loss journey. You can get extra motivation to go to the gym consistently when it’s scheduled, you can bring a buddy along with you to class to make it more fun, and you learn something new. While sweating!

QUESTION: Are you a fitness class fan? Are you making any mistakes in class?