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Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Maintenance is a very important word in the eating well/exercising world, and while it always means the same thing, it can be used in various contexts, which brings me to todays post.

I can't remember if I read it in a magazine or on another blog, but there was talk about how you need to choose a workout/healthy eating regime that you will be able to maintain for the long run.

For example, if you choose to limit your calories to 1200/day, the moment you increase your calories (or stop maintaining), you may gain weight.

Similarly, if you do a ton of working out, the moment you dial it back, you're going to lose some results.

So when planning a routine/lifestyle, you should think about it for the long run, not the short run.  You want to make changes that you can keep up with, even when life gets in the way.

I have someone I know who is in amazing shape.  She's lost a bunch of weight, significantly revamped her eating habits, and works out numerous times in one day.  She looks amazing and seems to be very happy.  Personally, I think it's a bit much and can't help but wonder how long she'll be able to maintain such an extreme routine.  What happens when life/work gets in the way and she needs to cut it down to one workout a day?  My guess is that she'll experience changes she isn't going to like.

Which brings me back to MAINTENANCE.  Make sure that what you're doing is something you can sustain.  Have realistic goals and commit for the long run.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Spin Ride - Waterfall

Happy Tuesday!

Today I thought i'd share my Waterfall ride with you.  As I've mentioned before, this ride is based upon an actual bike ride that I took in Costa Rica.  It has a lot of consistent climbing with an occasional break.  I don't plan out every minute/second, so my ride description may be a bit more vague, but I will give you an idea of what I usually do.

This is a picture of me at the top of the long climb up, looking sweaty and as unphotogenic as possible, but I was so happy to have made it to the top.

This is what we were riding towards.  Of course, in order to be able to see the waterfall up close, we then had to climb down about 400+ steps, which meant once we were done playing in the water we had to climb back up those same steps to get to our bikes.  Quite the leg work out!

Enough of the background information, here's the ride.

Jessica Costa Rica Waterfall Ride

Bootylicious - Destiny's Child - 3:27
Warm up, mix it up, get the blood flowing, heart rate up a bit.

Tamacun - Rodrigo y Gabriel - 3:26
Fast flat, this is the easy part of the ride.  We're excited to be on the bike, quick pace, low resistance.  Riding on local, paved roads.  Adding a little resistance on towards the end of the song.

Floor on Fire - Lil' Jon featuring Pitbull - 4:18
Jumps, either 6 or 4 counts, or a mix of the two.  We hit some really uneven terrain here, the road wasn't paved and there were lots of holes, bumps, and mud.  I try to do almost the whole song with the jumps.

Foreplay - Boston - 7:47
Oye Como Va - Carlos Santana - 4:18
The Look - Roxette - 3:57
Climbing.  Foreplay is a nice long song, perfect for the start of the climb. The next few songs are all climbing, I instruct the class to start at about a 5/10 (moderate hill) and tell them that that is as light as we'll go.
I vary the resistance with 1 minute of heavy climbing mixed in every now and then.  The terrain was a consistent climb, with the incline varying, but always climbing.  Mix up in the saddle and out.

Sun is Shining - Bob Marley vs. Funkstar - 3:54
Quick flat.  It was cloudy most of the trip, but the sun just came out, we're happy to be on a flat and so we're picking up our pace and flying.  Start to add resistance towards the end.

Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy - (artist unknown) - 3:25
I Like It - Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull - 3:52
Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand - 3:57
Back to the climbing, similar to the first set, minimum of a moderate hill with heavy spurts mixed in.  Play around with cadence and seated/standing.  End heavy.

Rock That Body - Black Eyed Peas - 4:29
Have them take off some of the resistance, keeping the hill around moderate and it's time for jumps.  These jumps are in honor of the 400 steps down/up.  Go right to the end of the song, possibly changing from 6 counts to 4 at the end.  Work those legs!

Faena - Gipsy Kings - 3:27

This ride got some good reviews, lots of climbing and really trusting the class to work.  Hope it's helpful!

Happy Spinning!

Monday, June 28, 2010

How do you deal with injuries?

You know the story, you're eating well and exercising, you have a great routine going and then bam! you get injured.  There's no nice way to say it, it sucks!

Athletes are notorious for wanting to get back to working out before they're ready to.  But it really is important to take the necessary recuperation time before going back to working out your injured body part.

That said, I injured my wrist when I was in Costa Rica.  I think it either happened during white water rafting or ziplining, or maybe it occured during one but was exacerbated by the other.  Who knows.  It wasn't anything horrible so I hoped it would heal on it's own.

I've been back from CR for about a month now and unfortunately it's still bothering me.  It's gotten a bit worse in the past couple of days but hopefully that's just from overuse.  Regardless, I bit the bullet and booked an orthopaedic appointment for Thursday.  Thursday can't come soon enough as I'd really like to know what is wrong and what I can do to fix it.  Ugh.

I'll keep you posted!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Spin Odyssey in Shape Magazine

Shape magazine was the big sponsor of Spin Odyssey in March.

If you look at the June issue of Shape (Kim Kardashian is on the cover), you'll see this.

Pardon the lousy quality, I just took a picture of the page with my point and shoot.  But the fact of the matter is that our event was listed in a national magazine, pretty cool.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Right now I'm "working" (or rather, trying really hard not to work while having my boss think I'm working), cleaning, drinking coffee, paying bills, and of course playing on the internet (and blogging).

This is kind of embarassing to admit, but there was an article in Women's Health (the one with Jillian Michaels on the cover) about multitasking and how it's good to really focus on one thing at a time, well, as I was reading the article I was talking to my mom on the phone.  Ooops!  Should probably try to re-read the article and take some tips from them.

It's supposed to be a cooker here today and it's amazing to me that even from inside, I'm suffering the symptoms that come with intense heat (irritability, lethargy, lack of motivation).  I'd love to venture out, but quite honestly, don't want to deal with the heat.

Thursday night is boot camp so I might have to fuel myself with some green tea later today.  We'll see how that goes.

As I tell my classes when it's hot...."Stay cool and stay hydrated."  No mid-day runs.  I actually saw a trainer post something on FB about her midday run on a hot day, not smart!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Salad = Good? Not Always!

There are a ton of people out there who think that eating a salad (regardless of the ingredients) is the way to be healthy and lose weight.  Unfortunately this is very far from the case.

Years ago I fell hard for the Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad at TGI Friday's.  It was so delicious and I ate it somewhat frequently.  I had a feeling it wasn't as good for me as I wanted it to be, but I ate it anyway.  So it made me chuckle today when an email entitled "Worst Salads" came in to my inbox and the featured photo was of that salad.  Oops.

So how bad is it?  I only have the calorie content, but that is enough.
1,360 calories!  That's practically a whole day's worth of calories in one salad.
Some of the culprits...crusted means fried, bleu cheese, sugar coated pecans, sugary dried cranberries, so it does make some sense.  (To make myself feel better I have to say I'd get it without the cheese.)

But not all salads are bad.  It isn't terribly difficult to keep a salad healthy. 
Some things to consider:
Dressing - stay away from creamy dressings which are often mayo based, also get it on the side and try the fork method of just dipping the fork in to the dressing and then stabbing your food
Cheese - while cheese does provide calcium and protein, it can also provide a big dose of fat and calories, so just be mindful and know that certain cheeses are better picks than others
Meats - avoid anything friend/crusted
Dried fruit - know that many dried fruits are sweetened, which just adds calories and sugar
Tofu - depending on where you are, some places fry their tofu, which kind of negates the health benefit
Croutons - often fried and usually white flour

Any other suggestions?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tuesday - here, there, and everywhere

Happy new week!  I know it's Tuesday, but hope you had a great weekend!

My weekend was ok.  Some car troubles made it stressful, but overall things are ok.  Got some family time in, which is always enjoyable.

Ended the week on a good note.  Class on Saturday was good, although a bit small (I blame the (amazing)weather).

I did manage to run 3x last week.  Woo hoo!
Tuesday - 2 miles
Thursday - .8 miles (totally ran out of time)
Friday - 2.5 miles
Nothing crazy, but heading in the right direction.

My pushups are getting better too.  As i've said before, I love exercises like push ups because they're easy to count, and as that number gets higher, you know you're getting stronger. 

This week will be a bit more chaotic as there's a fun girls night in the mix tonight, but it's all good, i'll squeeze something in, and if not, it's only one day.

Monday, June 21, 2010


Do you like cereal?  Do you think your cereal is healthy?  If you're reading this blog you probably have more knowledge about health and nutrition than the average person, or atleast the desire to know.

Cereal is a great way to start your day (or end it), provided you make a wise selection and watch the sugar content.

Men's Health magazine's Eat This, Not That ranked some cereals and here is a summary of their findings.

Fiber One Original (low in calories, high in fiber, no sugar)
Nature's Path Smart Bran (fiber!!)
Shredded Wheat Original (not frosted)
Kashi Go Lean
Grape Nuts (I tried these when I was young and was REALLY disappointed that they didn't taste like grapes)
Kix (best of the sweet cereals)

Worst  (typically low in fiber and high in sugar)
Smart Start
Frosted Flakes - Reduced Sugar
Froot Loops
Lucky Charms
Honey Smacks (17g of sugar!!)
Golden Crisp (the first ingredient listed is sugar)

What's your favorite cereal?  As you know from a previous post, I'm loving Trader Joe's High Fiber Cereal right now.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Weekend!!

I don't usually post on weekends but I'm up on the earlier side and have a little extra time before I head off to teach.  Happy Saturday!

I'm so glad the weekend is here!

Had a nice Friday, worked in the AM, late lunch with a friend, some errands, a little pool time, and then a run. It was such a gorgeous day and I was so happy to take advantage of it.  Was supposed to meet up with a friend to go out, but when it was after 10p and he was still on his way home from the city, I bailed.  He gave me such a hard time, but to me, 11p is a bit late to just be going out, especially knowing I teach on Saturday morning and like to be at my best.

Am I the only one who tends to want a lazy/early night on Fridays?

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! (This is the first father's day since my grandfather passed away in May, so I'm sure it will be a mix of emotions.  Whether your father is alive or not, use this day to cherish the memories that you have and be greatful for all he did.  Memories are an amazing thing.)

I'm going to add in to my posts some info on music.  There are certain songs that just really motivate me, so when something is in heavy rotation I'll share it with you.  Please let me know if there are any must-have songs for you too, I love getting new music (and I know my classes appreciate it too).

Tunes: World Hold On - Bob Sinclair  (this song TOTALLY pumps me up to push push push)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Food Fact Friday

Haven't done calorie contents in a while, so here's a big one.

Now everyone loves the Cheesecake Factory, right?  And what doesn't sound delicious and semi-healthy about a Grilled Chicken and Avocado club?  How about the fact that it contains 1,752 calories, 28g saturated fat, and 2,309mg of sodium.  Holy cow!  (or rather, Holy chicken!)

According to Eat This on Men's Health, the sandwich portion of the menu should be avoided completely, as the lowest calorie content is 1,052 for the grilled cheese.

They actually suggest ordering the burger and swapping out the fries, which will have you at around 737 calories, 15g sat fat, and 1,018mg of sodium.  So yes, it's the lesser of the two evils and is apparently one of the best burgers out there.  Interesting.

I'm always blown away by sodium contents.  It makes me wonder what the heck they're putting in the food.  If you're a home cook, it's not terribly hard to control sodium, especially when using fresh products, so how they do it is a mystery to me.

Remember, knowledge is power.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My Schedule

I've been saying for a while that it's time for me to put the pedal to the medal and focus more on my gym time and training for the half marathon that i'd like to do in September.  Thus far I've been all talk, but I think I might be ready to change that. 

I figure writing out a tentative plan here, for all to read, might help me stay on track.  What makes it difficult is my spinning schedule, but I think I've figured it out.

My current Spin schedule:
Monday - 9:30a
Wednesday - 9:30a and 6:30p
Saturday - 10a

The goal is to not do any big runs on days where I spin, especially not Wednesday.

This is my tentative plan...

Monday - Spin in the AM, weights in the PM
Tuesday - Run (i've been doing 2 miles, but would like to bump that up) and then Boxing class
Wednesday - double spin
Thursday - Run (depending on how my legs feel after Wednesday) then bootcamp or a similar class, plus some leg work
Friday - Run or off day
Saturday - Spin and weights, possible short run in the evening, depending on the weather
Sunday, Run or off day

This seems logical to me.  My goal is to start to bump up my distance atleast one day a week.  I haven't yet figured out the details, but will post them as I sort through them.  I'm going to keep track in an Excel file and i'll post that in the next week or two.

Any training plans you'd recommend?

Spinach Balls!!

Definitely not a healthy recipe, but totally a hit with people EVERYWHERE.  If you can limit yourself to just a few, they're really not so bad.  But boy are they yummy!!

Spinach Balls
2 10oz boxes of frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained)
2 eggs, beaten
1 stick of butter, melted
2 cups herb flavored stuffing mix
garlic salt

Thaw and drain the spinach.  I usually just nuke it in the micro and then (carefully) try to squeeze the moisture out.  Throw it in a bowl and add the eggs (already beaten), melted butter, stuffing and a pinch of garlic salt.  Mix it all up.

Roll in to balls, about an inch or so in diameter.  You can either freeze them or cook them immediately.  If you cook them right away, 15 minutes at 350, if you freeze them, bump that time up to 20 minutes.

Side notes - I do plan on testing out a way to reduce the butter content.  The original recipe called for 3/4 cup, so i've already cut it down to 1/2.  I'm thinking maybe a mix of olive oil and butter, so we atleast get some healthy fat in there.  Will keep you posted.
The original recipe calls for parmesan cheese, but I leave it out because a) it saves calories and b) I think it's flavorful enough without it.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

TJ's Top 10 (of the moment)

(from a TJ's in Oro Valley, AZ)

Here are the top 10 Trader Joe's items I'm loving right now.
  1. High Fiber Cereal (fruit and nut)
  2. Sweet/Smokey Peach Salsa
  3. Corn & Chile Salsa
  4. Whole Wheat Couscous
  5. Meatless Meatballs
  6. Cinnamon Almonds (probably not too healthy, but so darn tasty)
  7. Frozen white corn
  8. Frozen haricot vert
  9. Go Trek trail mix (no sugar added!)
  10. Individual chocolate lava cakes (not healthy, but had to include something FUN)
What are your favorites?  I'd love some recommendations for new items to try.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Facelift! (again)

I logged on to Blogger this morning and was excited to see that they had some new layout tools.  One of the items on my to-do list was to try and spruce up the blog.  I figured this would entail finding a friend with some html skills, but this seems to have put a bandaid on the issue for now.  I've played around with it a bunch but think it fits the bill for now.  True, it's neither fit nor talker related, but it's pretty!

Happy Monday!  Hope you all had fabulous weekends.  Mine was ok, pretty low key, but that was just what I wanted/needed.

I'm excited that I have five followers!  Woo hoo!  I've set an unofficial goal for myself to try and double that within a month.  We'll see how that goes.  Any bloggers have advice on how to boost traffic?

I taught on Saturday and finally finished my Waterfall ride (based upon an actual ride in Costa Rica).  While I may make a few minor tweaks to some of the songs, overall it got positive feedback and had us all sweating and working hard.  Maybe once it's refined I'll share it.

On the food front, yay for more fruit!  Bought cherries this morning.  Haven't tasted them yet, but just knowing they're in the fridge makes me think summer!

Ok, I need to "work" but will try to do a more focused post tomorrow.  Hasta la vista!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hanging Around

Happy Thursday!  I'm glad the week is starting to wind down.

This is what I did this morning.

Yup, took some of my freshly washed gym clothes and hung them up on my newly hung clothesline!  While doing so I also told the birds that this was not a new place for them to perch, as bird poop on my clean clothes is not the goal.

You can't really tell, but three of the five bottoms hanging up are cycling shorts.  Do you wear them?

First I had one pair, then realized that I should probably have more, so I bought two more pairs.  So now I have three, which is not enough and I need to get another pair or two.

Do you ride with cycling shorts?  If you don't, I'd recommend you give it a try.

Now this may be TMI, but I ended up getting a blister from cycling in a rather private area.  Lovely, right? 

So cycling shorts were the only way to ride without being in extreme pain when sitting.  My issue has since cleared up so I decided to give a ride in regular pants, umm no.  I was in shock as to how hard and uncomfortable the saddle felt, especially after having used cycling shorts exclusively for a few weeks now.

While they aren't extremely flattering they do make a HUGE difference and i'd definintely recommend them for anyone who spins more than a few times a week.  To quote Ariel from the Little Mermaid, "it's a whole new world."  Hahaha (i'm cracking myself up here).


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Is Map My Run Accurate?

Are you familiar with the Map My Run website?  (

If not, it's worth checking out.  It's a great (and free) tool for finding runs or mapping out runs you've done to determine their distance. I believe there's also a similar version for biking.

I like to go out on semi-unplanned runs which means I just go, keep track of time, but have no real idea of where i'm going or what the distance is.  When I do this I usually come home and clock it out on MMR.  Thing is, someone once told me that it wasn't accurate.

Was wondering if you've used this site and what your experience has been.  Should I be trusting this information or do I need to take the time out to drive my route and clock it on the odometer?

Input greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I'm loving this weather!

Good afternoon!

I'm feeling good today!  I'm not working (always a good thing) and managed to get myself to the gym last night to workout for myself, and i'm sore today, which I love.

Trying to get back on the healthy eating bandwagon after many weeks of indulgences.

Whipped up a quick (but late) lunch yesterday consisting of my version of pizza (tomato sauce and low fat mozz on an Arnold Sandwich Flat) and a rather bare-bones (but tasty) salad consisting of spinach leaves, blueberries and a yummy basil vinaigrette.  Yum!

Gym last night was just strength/weights.  I had taught in the AM which gave me some cardio so I headed back to work on other stuff.  I'll admit my energy level was low and I wasn't feeling overly strong, but I'm glad I went and am happy to be a bit sore today.  As I eluded to in a previous post, when you teach, your time at the gym isn't yours, so it was nice to have some ME time.

Right now I'm working on a new spin ride.  When I was in Costa Rica I did a tough ride which totally lends itself to indoor cycling.  I have the ride, just need to find the music.  I wanted to put more of a Latin flair in, so I'm trying to find some good songs.  I told my Wednesday AM class that they'd have this ride, so I need to actually finish it today.

I got a notice in my mailbox this past weekend that they're going to be cutting down the tree in-front of my house (condo).  It doesn't seem to me that this tree is causing any problems so it made me very sad to learn this.  I love trees and nature and hate that they're cutting an established tree down.  I said goodbye to it this morning and had tears in my eyes, I'm such a sap!  So in my head I'm convincing myself that there is a good reason and hopefully they'll put in some nice new plants in its place.  So i'm going to escape for lunch and then will hopefully be able to get back in later.

So that's what's going on with me.  Hope you're having fabulous days!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Fruit and Funk

Double F's on this gorgeous Monday.  The weekend was double H's (hot and humid) but the humidity broke and this morning there was even a slight chill to the air, it was magnificent.  If I had any motivation it would have been a great morning for a run.  Taught this AM and am hoping that energy magically materializes and I can do the run thing tonight.  Fingers crossed.


I'm so happy it's (almost) summer because that means that fruits and veggies are on the up and up.  Quick stop at the supermarket this AM and bought pineapple, blueberries and peaches.  Woo hoo!  The pineapple is from Costa Rica and since I had the most amazing pineapple ever when I was down there, I just had to buy it here and see how it compares.  Fingers crossed. 

Last week I bought strawberries, blueberries and watermelon.  Gosh, I love this!

Veggies are on the agenda so I can get some delish stir frys going.  My old route home from work took me past a bunch of farms and I miss being able to stop on the way home for veggies.  Oh well, onward and upward!


Not in a good music sort of way, just funk, as in "i'm in a funk".  We all have our ups and downs, so it's normal and I'm ok with that.  Given the fact that I've been more or less unemployed or underemployed for over a year now, it's surprising i'm not in a funk more.  Regardless, when one hits, it's hard to bounce back.  So right now i'm in funk-ville.  Ugh.

I've stayed really positive and am welcoming and wanting change in my life, it's just not coming yet, and honestly, i'm a bit impatient.  It gets hard to see EVERYONE moving forward with their lives, and here I am, stagnant. Yuck.

I don't want to dwell on this since it's not positive but since it's on my mind I did want to mention it.

I always have the following goals which allow me to take the emphasis off the bad and put it on the good.
- Do things that I love (which is hard sometimes because it really means carving out time for me)
- Try to make my workouts my own again, teaching makes that hard
- Have as much fun on weekends as possible

But frequently these are easier said than done.  Oh well, it will happen and I am going to stay positive and (hopefully) leave this funk in the dust.

So.  Happy monday to all, hope you are funk-free and fruit-ful.  xoxo

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Spin Ride time!

Good morning!

I've taught four classes in the last three days and am now happy that I have a couple days off from teaching.  Of course I love love love it, but a break every now and then is very nice.

Tuesday night I covered for a friend and then left my ipod in the studio.  Duh!  Minor freak out session ensued but thankfully the Wednesday morning instructor found it and put it aside for me.  Phew.

But without my ipod I had to burn a quick cd in order to be able to teach.  This is the ride I used for the past 3 classes.  (all different locations, so no chance of repeats)  I think it's a pretty solid ride and people seem to enjoy it.

Warm Up - Time to Start (3:44) - Blue Man Group
Seated Climb - I've Been Thinking About You (3:52) - 80s group, can't remember
Adding resistance every minute or so.
Standing Climb - The Climb (3:55) - Miley Cyrus
Slow and steady to the top, getting heavy quickly.  Slow song needs a heavy hill and slow cadence.
Recover/Fast Flat/Jumps/Fast Flat - Do You Remember (3:30) - Jay Sean
Recover from climb and then pick up your pace.  On the rap portion of the song, transition in to 4 count jumps on a moderate hill, once the rap is done go back to the fast flat.
Seated Climb - Shattered (4:14) - OAR
Staying in the saddle, adding resistance every minute.
Standing Climb - Dance Dreams (3:50) - Eurythmics v Lady Gaga
Heavy hill, speed bursts for 15s on the chorus.
Sprints - Don't Stop (2:43) - ATB
This song lends itself to two quick sprints.  First one is about 20 seconds, last one is about 30s and goes to the end of the song.
Climb - Mony Mony (5:03) - Billy Idol
Fun climbing song. First half in the saddle, gets heavy quickly.  Second half standing climb.  Just before minute 4 I like to take them back to the saddle for a 5 count, then out to 3, and repeat until I feel their fatigue.
Run - Begging (3:40) - Madcon
Short recovery and then running with light/moderate resistance from 1:40 to the end of the song.
Jumps - Jump (3:46) - Madonna
I usually give about 1 minute to recover and then do six count jumps on a moderate hill for anywhere from 2 minutes to 2:46 (to the end of the song).
Seated Climb - 1901 (3:13) - Phoenix
Keep this climb moderate with speed bursts for 15 seconds on the chorus.
Heavy Climb - Baba OReilly (5:01) - The Who
I alternate between seated and standing, but the last minute of this song is key.  In a heavy standing climb I tell the class to pick up their pace as the song picks up, by the last 15 seconds you're going all out and just waiting for it to end.
Cool Down!!

If anyone ever tries any of these rides, I'd love to hear your feedback.  You don't need to be an instructor, you can also use one of these rides for yourself if you can't make it to a class.

Happy Spinning!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


After class on Monday I made a quick trip to Trader Joe's to pick up something to bring to a BBQ (and of course some stuff for myself).  As usual they had some samples out so I partook.  Yummy angel food cake with whipped cream and strawberries and these cranberry/apple "muffins".

I'll admit it, these do taste a bit high in fiber, but if you're like me, that's OK and not a bad thing.  But I checked the nutrition facts and ingredients and was impressed, so I bought a pack.

Here are the factoids:
Calories: 80
Total Fat: 1.5g
Sodium: 180mg
Dietary Fiber: 13g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 5g

Yes, I'm a fiber junkie, so 13 grams, woo hoo!

They're sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth but don't leave me feeling guilty afterwards.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Guess who's back!

Of course it's me.  Who else would be writing on this blog?

It's true, i'm back from vacation.  I got back on Friday late afternoon.  My flight was a bit delayed as they had us in a holding pattern because only one runway is open at JFK.  I was so anxious to just land!  So back to NY, dinner with the fam, then off to CT.

Saturday morning taught my 10am class, which I had really missed.  It was full, which was a great welcome back class.  Saturday afternoon went to see Bon Jovi at the new Meadowlands.  Amazing and SO FUN!

Sunday, first day of rest in about a month.  Pool time and resting.

Monday, taught a 60 minute class in the AM, then off to a BBQ.  I was in bed by 8:45 and completely spent!

I'm refreshed and feeling good (aside from a bit tired).  Ready to take on the world and make some positive changes!

I'll do a more detailed Costa Rica post at another time, but here are some of the fun activities I did: bike riding, hiking, white water rafting, horseback riding, zip lining, and more hiking.  Love that stuff!

Hope you all had good and safe holiday weekends.  Happy summer!  Cheers to the summer of fun! (that's what my friends and I are calling it)