This morning was a sad one.
I took my final BodyPump class in Orlando.
Since we’re hoping to move all of our stuff into storage in Ocala tomorrow and be out of our apartment on Friday, I won’t be taking another BodyPump class while I’m here and that makes me one sad little camper.
I fell in love with BodyPump back in 2008 when my boss at the Orlando Museum of Art encouraged me to try a class. I wasn’t sure what to expect and had no idea that a group exercise strength class could totally rock my whole body and target every muscle group in a fun, upbeat environment.
It was love at first class for me and I’ve been hooked ever since. A quick glance at my Daily Workout Log and you’ll see BodyPump class after BodyPump class pop up.
I love that the class takes all the thought and planning out of a workout and makes me totally feel the burn every single time. It’s motivational, intense and fun.
Rather than focus on how bummed I am that BodyPump will no longer be a part of my regular workout routine, I’m trying to see this as an opportunity to get more creative in the gym and try some new workouts. I’m actually pretty excited to do some research into new weightlifting moves, strength training routines and circuit-style workouts.
It’s good to surprise your body and change things up and now that I can no longer lean on my BodyPump crutch, it’s time to get a little funky in the gym!
After the gym and a walk around the lake near our apartment with Ryan and Sadie, it was time to put my Vitamix to good use and blend up a smoothie.
Today’s smoothie flavor strawberry banana!
In the mix:
- 1 1/4 c. almond milk
- 1 c. frozen strawberries
- 1 frozen bananas
- 1/2 c. strawberry banana yogurt
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
The strawberry banana combination is an oldie but a goodie!
And now I must wish a very special woman a very happy birthday…
Happy Birthday to…
To the kindest woman (and person!) I know
To the most loving mother and most caring wife
To the woman who can get a stain out of anything
To the mother-in-law who makes her son-in-law a homemade Oreo ice cream cake for his birthday
To the nurse whose soothing voice makes me feel better than any medicine
To the woman who battled breast cancer with optimism and strength
To the faithful woman who lives her life in a way I can only hope to emulate
To the confidant who will listen to me cry and offer support without question
To the space-loving woman who texts me to let me know about every shuttle launch and meteor shower
To the selfless woman who always puts the needs of others before her own
To the doggie grandmama whose house is always stocked with chicken jerky just for her granddog
To my mom!
I love you, Mama! Happy Birthday!