This afternoon Ryan met me downtown for a lunch date at Jimmy John’s, followed by dessert at Mochi.
I love lunch dates! They help break up the monotony of the work day and I get to enjoy lunch away from my desk which is a treat.
As usual, I ordered a turkey unwich for my meal while Ryan stuck to his beloved bootlegger club.
Though I adore Jimmy John’s, this is the second visit in a row where they’ve messed up my order. :/ Last time they added peppers to my unwich (too spicy for me!) and this time they forgot to include the turkey! Luckily they remade my sandwich both times, but I’m beginning to feel like I should write my order down for them!
After inhaling our main meals, it was time for some frozen yogurt.
Mochi, here we come!!!
We knew we’d be making a stop for the cold ‘n’ creamy dessert when I heard that Mochi had red velvet soft serve (*my favorite*) on tap.
I’m convinced I could eat my body weight in this stuff.
Though we stuck to the red velvet flavor, we both really enjoyed our free samples of the Lovers flavor, a new combination of strawberry + mango.
Of course we had to take a picture with my lover in front of the lovers sign. (This was actually Ryan’s idea. He’s becoming a blog genius. )
Krema & Crazy Richards Peanut Butter Giveaway Winners
Congratulations to the following winners of the Krema & Crazy Richards peanut butter giveaway:
- coffeeismycarrot: “My favorite use for PB is a good ole PB&J. Classic! Or smeared on a banana…or on oatmeal. I can’t choose!”
- Angela: Peanut butter blondies! Everyone goes for the pb and chocolate combo, but pb and vanilla is where its at. Just use half peanut butter in the recipe and add some peanut butter chips. So so good. But peanut butter is good every way.”
- Wheeda: “I love peanut butter! Any way is good for me …but usually it’s on celery or on a piece of whole wheat toast with a little honey drizzled on top. Yum!”
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address so you can receive your two jars of pb ASAP!
Now, onto some fun fitness talk!
From Cardio Queen to Strength-Training Machine
I used to be a cardio queen.
During my first two years of college, my weekly workouts looked like this:
- M: 50 min. elliptical
- Tu: Spinning class
- W: 20 min. run, 20 min. swim
- Th: Kickboxing class
- F: 50 min. elliptical
- Sa: Spinning class
- Su: Off
Do you see something missing? Um, yes. How ’bout some weights? Maybe a little strength training?
My former-self thought “strength training is for boys.” Taking a peek into the weight room at my university’s gym only reaffirmed that prejudice.
Big, beefy guys dominated the squat racks. The five pound weights on the free-weight rack seemed to be collecting dust since the manly men who were busy flexing in front of the mirror wouldn’t dare touch such “girly weights.”
As my interest in health and fitness grew, I began to read more and more about the importance of strength training. I knew in my heart I was missing something by only incorporating cardio into my workout regimen, but I’m a creature of habit and felt apprehensive about changing my routine.
Eventually I decided to suck it up and add some weights to my workouts. I am now a firm believer that weight training (coupled with healthy eating!) is what can truly form and shape your body into the toned and athletic look many women strive to achieve.
- Will someone mistake me for the Hulk?
If you are a cardio queen and have not included weights in your workout because you think you’ll begin to look manly and overly buff, please abandon that thought immediately. Cross my fingers, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye, you won’t look like the Hulk by incorporating weight training into your routine. I strength-train three times a week and I feel strong, but I don’t think anyone would mistake me for Arnold (Lord, I hope not).
- How do I begin to incorporate strength training into my routine?
I’m no expert (at all!!!), but here’s what worked for me:
- Take a group exercise class that focuses on strength training to learn basic moves and proper form. (You know I love BodyPump!)
- Start out slow! Select a body part or two to focus on (like back and biceps) and complete three sets of 15 repetitions at a weight that feels challenging.
- Do the strength training workout that’s right for you. I love total-body strength training (training all of my muscles during one workout), but many people prefer splitting up strength training into multiple workouts.
- Don’t be afraid of heavy weights. Once you begin to progress in your strength-training routine, don’t be afraid to reach for heavier weights to continue to challenge your muscles.
- Print out sample workouts to bring with you to the gym so you don’t feel lost or intimidated.
Questions of the Afternoon
- Do you incorporate strength training into your workout routine?
- How many times do you strength train during the week?