Convenience store inconvenience

Why is it that every time I walk into a convenience store, I feel the urge to buy something unhealthy?

No matter where we are going, whether it’s Willmar, St. Cloud, Minneapolis or Fargo, we always stop at a convenience store before we hit the road – either to fill the car up with gas or to pick up a Diet Dew for my husband. 

Yesterday, my hubby and I were on our way to St. Cloud to check out a car (I am in desperate need of a different/new one!) and we had to make a pit stop in Albany for gas. Whoops, we forgot to gas up before we left. We pulled into the Holiday gas station and as my husband filled up the tank, I went inside. I do typically try and stay in the car when we stop at these types of stores because I know they are a danger zone for me. But let’s just say this time it was a much needed pit stop! Too much tea makes me have to pee!

As I walked around, I was actually impressed to see they had healthier options for travelers, such as apples, oranges and bananas, among other things, instead of just the junk stuff like chips, cookies, donuts and those pre-packaged nasty sandwiches. Seriously, I think those are the grossest things. EWWWW! At any rate, for some reason, buying fruit at a Holiday gas station isn’t all that appealing to me. Why? Not sure. But it just isn’t. 

I had a bag of Doritos in my hand, which I put back on the shelf. Then, I had a bag of Cheetos in my hand, which I also put back on the shelf. Then, my eyes and hands wandered to the cheese popcorn, the caramel puff corn, the loaded baked potato chips, the chocolate chip muffins, the lemon poppy seed muffins, the cookies, the chips again and then the cookies again, and then the disgustingly fatty Slim Jims, which I used to eat all the time (again, ewwww!) and then FINALLY, I made up my mind. Nothing. I didn’t need anything. I didn’t actually want anything – but to run out of the store. Fast.

My husband grabbed his bottle of pop and some type of spicy beef stick and we made our way to the checkout. Thank God. But then, out of the corner of my eye, another display caught my attention, "Buy One Get One Free!" I couldn’t pass up that deal…I mean, come one, BOGO at the convenience store? Who knew?

So, up on the counter I tossed two Twix candy bars – a peanut butter one (which I used to eat ALL THE TIME!) and a new triple chocolate one. I figured we could each sample each bar. 

Our consensus was the peanut butter one was just okay, but the new triple chocolate one was pretty darn good. Not so good that I would buy it again. Unless that is I am forced to stop at another convenience store and that darn "Buy One Get One Free!" sign catches my eye. Let’s hope next time it will be on the new fudge Snickers bar I have been salivating over!

You gotta love BioFreeze

Okay, I cannot tell a lie….yesterday was miserable. My legs, actually just my quads, felt like they were filled with lead or sand or something really heavy. No other part of my body ached, but the upper, front portion of my legs. My abs were fine. My arms were fine. But my quads were screaming at me yesterday, asking, "What the heck did you do to us and what did we ever to do you to deserve this misery?"

Darn boot camp.

The pain all started late Saturday evening. I must have finally come down from my exercise high. I could feel my quad muscles stiffening up and getting real tight. Every time I would sit down, as if I was going to do a squat, it would just hurt and kind of burn. But not like a real pain hurt, but a "wow, I worked the crap out my muscles hurt." You know, THAT kind. The OMG I do actually have muscles in that part of my body hurt.

Sunday morning when I woke up I thought I was going to die. And the worst part was, Sunday is my laundry day. I don’t do laundry during the week, but instead, save it all up for Sundays. Stupid, I know. Do you want to know where my washer and dryer are? Yep, in the basement. Yep, up and down and up and down and up and down. Yep, it hurt. I don’t know how many trips I made up and down my stairs yesterday, but I will tell you this….one was too many.

What was weird to me is that going down the stairs is what hurt the most. I actually didn’t mind walking up. It kind of stretched the muscles, which felt somewhat good. Somewhat. Throughout the day, I kept stretching my legs out, trying to work out the ache out of my muscles. I drank tons of water and three bottles of a vitamin-enhanced fitness drink mix that I made with water. It was grape-flavored and sugar-free and actually tasted really good. I think the brand was Fulfill. Anyway, I had lots of fluids and even tossed back a few ibuprofen, which didn’t seem to do much at all.

Last night, after my husband and I got home from walking around our mall, Walmart and Menards for nearly three hours, I finally got the bright idea to rub my quad muscles with BioFreeze. Yes, that felt AWESOME. Biofreeze is basically like Icy/Hot or BenGay. It is what I used for training and for the event during the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, 60-Mile Breast Cancer Walk. I love the stuff…all of it…BenGay, Icy/Hot and BioFreeze. It’s all good.

This morning, I managed to work out with my fitness buddy, Tina, but I focused on upper body exercises and ab work. I didn’t do one single solitary squat or lunge. Thank goodness. I am planning on running after work today, though. I need to get my running in. It will be interesting to see how it goes.

Oh, and I also got an e-mail from Tina letting me know she signed us up for next Saturday’s boot camp class…30 minutes of boot camp and 60 minutes of spin class. God, help me! 

I can’t wait.

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Made it through Boot Camp

Yes! I did it. I actually made it through my first boot camp class.

And I am still alive and kicking! Breathing even. Normally. But let me tell you OOOO…MMMM…GGGG!!! That was the toughest thing I have done in a long time. And I thought running was hard. That’s nothing compared to what I just went through. April and Brent, a husband and wife team, took us through the ringer. But they were so much fun.

Except for the fact that I don’t think I saw a lick of sweat on April. Seriously, she just did everything with such ease…AND, grace. It was fun to watch her as you can tell she loves what she does. She works out hard, but because she is so conditioned and in uber great shape, it really seemed like it was a walk in the park for her. She’s my new superhero! Well, so is Brent. He really did a great job, too. They kind of tag-teamed the workout, which way rocked. Seriously, that is so cool that they work out together like that. Thanks to Brent and April for making me sweat. And let me tell you, that was the most sweat that has ever come out of this body. Whew! My HRM said I burned 533 calories, so that’s kind of cool, huh?

Oh, also, a big thanks to Tina, my workout buddy, for doing it with me. She was a trooper. 

Really, it was so AWESOME. Tina and I already made plans to attend next Saturday’s boot camp, which includes 30 minutes of the intense boot camp workout and 30-60 minutes of spin class. Yahoo, that should be interesting, as I have never done a spin class before. Seriously, what have I gotten myself into? This is nuts. Crazy, I say. All this working out is so not me, but let me tell you, I have having a blast. Seriously. It is so much fun.

Today’s class was very fast-paced and very intense. We were moving, mostly fast, the whole entire time. There were burpees (which by the way, I haven’t done since grade school), jumping jacks, running in place this way and that way, jumping like I was a slalom skier, push ups, squats, ab work, weights, push ups, squats, weights, ab work, balance ball stuff, resistance band stuff, push ups, squats and OMG, I can’t even remember everything. That hour went by so fast. The music really rocked, too. The music really helps, in my opinion.

There are a couple of things I learned about myself this morning – one, I have no upper body strength; two, I have no core strength; and lastly, I really need to concentrate on myself and not watch everyone else in the class who made it look so darn easy! Oh, and some how, some way, some where, I need to get, find, whatever some coordination. Wow. Really.

I am attaching a picture that Tina took after the class of Brent, myself and April. Seriously, aren’t they just cute? Enjoy!

 

Trying something new

So, I am going to try something new tomorrow morning. Something I have never done before. Ever.
Something that kind of scares the you know what out of me. But, in my new-found healthier lifestyle, it’s something I am willing to try – at least once anyway.

The other day, I saw on Facebook that my workout buddy, Tina, was signed up for something called “Boot Camp” at Racquetball Plus. I have heard this term before, but never really knew exactly what it was. Actually, I still don’t. Which is maybe why going to the class scares me.

But I sent her a message asking what it was all about and asked if she thought it was something I could do. She told me to give her a call, so I did. She explained, after admitting it scared the you know what out of her, too, that it is a one-hour intense workout, including cardio and strength training.

I asked if she thought I could do it because I am not the most, oh, shall we say, coordinated of persons. Really, truly, I am not.

In high school, I tried to be on the color guard team. Yeah, right, that didn’t work so well. I could do the feet movements and I could do the twirling of the flag and/or gun. But to actually move my feet where they needed to go PLUS twirl the flag or gun. Nope. It didn’t happen. I lasted a whole two days.
I think when I tried jazz dance I lasted one day. Or maybe it was one hour. Can’t remember. So yeah, I am that uncoordinated.

Tina said if she could do it, then I could do it. She was actually excited that I asked about it because she really wanted to ask me, but knew how I felt about taking classes at a gym. It’s not that I think they are bad, mind you, I just typically can’t do them because of the whole coordination thing.
Although a few years back, I did try yoga and love it. But I guess yoga is a little slower paced than aerobics, jazz dance or colorguard, huh?

But I thought, “What the heck?” and told Tina to sign me up.

The cool part is that you don’t have to be a member of the facility and it only costs 5 bucks. Cool.

I will admit I am truly nervous. But probably not because of the reasons you may think. Yes, the coordination has something to do with it, but there’s more to it than that.

See, here’s the deal. Even though I have lost 40-plus pounds, am the smallest I have been since my son was born 16 years ago, I am still not feeling the love for my body. Maybe that is another reason why I love working out at home. I know I run outside and tons of cars pass me by, but I often have a hat and sunglasses on and so they can’t tell who I am – at least that’s what I think. Stupid, I know.

But I am just not comfortable in my new skin yet – skin that still wiggles, jiggles and is flabby in all the wrong places. You know what I mean?

I know of a few of the people that will be attending the class and I would consider them fitness buffs – something I am so not. Yes, I workout a heckuva lot more than I did a year ago, but really, come on, I am still a wimp.

But, and I keep telling myself this over and over and over and over again, the only person I need to worry about is myself. I know I shouldn’t compare myself to the other people in the class, and I am going to try – really, really, hard – not to do that. I am going to go in, head held high, and try my hardest, give it my all, 110 percent.

I am going to focus on me and be proud of the fact that I am there, that I had the courage to try it – and that I am not sitting at home doing nothing, eating some high-calorie, high fat, bad for me food.
I’ll let you know how it goes. Providing I can still move when I am done!

Trying something new

So, I am going to try something new tomorrow morning. Something I have never done before. Ever.
Something that kind of scares the you know what out of me. But, in my new-found healthier lifestyle, it’s something I am willing to try – at least once anyway.

The other day, I saw on Facebook that my workout buddy, Tina, was signed up for something called “Boot Camp” at Racquetball Plus. I have heard this term before, but never really knew exactly what it was. Actually, I still don’t. Which is maybe why going to the class scares me.

But I sent her a message asking what it was all about and asked if she thought it was something I could do. She told me to give her a call, so I did. She explained, after admitting it scared the you know what out of her, too, that it is a one-hour intense workout, including cardio and strength training.

I asked if she thought I could do it because I am not the most, oh, shall we say, coordinated of persons. Really, truly, I am not.

In high school, I tried to be on the color guard team. Yeah, right, that didn’t work so well. I could do the feet movements and I could do the twirling of the flag and/or gun. But to actually move my feet where they needed to go PLUS twirl the flag or gun. Nope. It didn’t happen. I lasted a whole two days.
I think when I tried jazz dance I lasted one day. Or maybe it was one hour. Can’t remember. So yeah, I am that uncoordinated.

Tina said if she could do it, then I could do it. She was actually excited that I asked about it because she really wanted to ask me, but knew how I felt about taking classes at a gym. It’s not that I think they are bad, mind you, I just typically can’t do them because of the whole coordination thing.
Although a few years back, I did try yoga and love it. But I guess yoga is a little slower paced than aerobics, jazz dance or colorguard, huh?

But I thought, “What the heck?” and told Tina to sign me up.

The cool part is that you don’t have to be a member of the facility and it only costs 5 bucks. Cool.

I will admit I am truly nervous. But probably not because of the reasons you may think. Yes, the coordination has something to do with it, but there’s more to it than that.

See, here’s the deal. Even though I have lost 40-plus pounds, am the smallest I have been since my son was born 16 years ago, I am still not feeling the love for my body. Maybe that is another reason why I love working out at home. I know I run outside and tons of cars pass me by, but I often have a hat and sunglasses on and so they can’t tell who I am – at least that’s what I think. Stupid, I know.

But I am just not comfortable in my new skin yet – skin that still wiggles, jiggles and is flabby in all the wrong places. You know what I mean?

I know of a few of the people that will be attending the class and I would consider them fitness buffs – something I am so not. Yes, I workout a heckuva lot more than I did a year ago, but really, come on, I am still a wimp.

But, and I keep telling myself this over and over and over and over again, the only person I need to worry about is myself. I know I shouldn’t compare myself to the other people in the class, and I am going to try – really, really, hard – not to do that. I am going to go in, head held high, and try my hardest, give it my all, 110 percent.

I am going to focus on me and be proud of the fact that I am there, that I had the courage to try it – and that I am not sitting at home doing nothing, eating some high-calorie, high fat, bad for me food.
I’ll let you know how it goes. Providing I can still move when I am done!