Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Art of the Burpee

Okay- so maybe the headline is a little dramatic, but I am proud to say today.....


No modification. No push-ups from the knees. No step back instead of jump.  I can DO THEM the way they are INTENDED!!!! WHAT?! I knocked out five in a row in kickboxing last night and was so freaking proud of myself....

Speaking of kickboxing.... That class is NO joke! Every week I get my butt handed to me. I go in all strong and "I've got this!" .... And then I leave all "Oh, man. I have a lot of work to do before I can stop feeling like I'm going to die." (Haha!) Seriously though- I freaking love that class. Felt. So. Good. After!!!! That is just the BEST full body workout. Feels SO good to work to 110% every single class and to surprise myself with what I can do!

I came home from class last night, grabbed the husband, and we went for a walk together. The night before after my Beats cardio class we had gone running together (even though he had run four miles earlier in the evening.) It's so nice to get away from the house together and get whatever energy is left OUT. And, by the way, did you SEE what I wrote there? We went RUNNING. RUNNING!!!!! When I started all of this on Jan 4, I tried to run. I got about 40 feet before everything hurt and I felt like I might just die right there on the pavement----but I can run now!!!! It may not be for long periods or miles at a time, but I CAN run. AWESOME!

The boy & I after our run. My headband says "In My Dreams I Am A Kenyan".

Tonight I have vinyasa flow yoga. I will probably add another workout to that after as well. We only have two weeks left before final weigh-in for our six week session of Skinny Business, so I'm really super focused and am going to push hard to the very finish. I deserve the effort. I deserve the achievement. I've never been this focused in my life and it feels so damn good... I told my instructor "I decided." And I did. For me.

These aren't pretty---but what they lack in looks, they make up for in taste!

P.S. I made the most delicious healthy snack last night! I always roast chickpeas tossed in oil and spices, but I didn't have any in the pantry----so I wondered----could I do the same thing with black beans? As it turns out---YES YOU CAN! And they taste even better than chickpeas! All I did was rinse the beans from one can twice, patted them dry, and returned them to a dry bowl. Then I drizzled them with EVOO, hit them with a good amount of Fiesta seasoning from Tastefully Simple (although you could use taco seasoning) and then garlic powder. I put them in the oven on 410 degrees for 40 minutes- tossing gently every 10 minutes. They end up tasting like tiny corn nuts! They're insanely good! They crack open about 15 minutes into baking---so they get super crispy and delicious. MAKE THEM! You can thank me later. :)

P.S.S. I had a maternity session last weekend that still has my heart swooning! Isn't she GORGEOUS!?! As luck would have it---she had her TWIN babies THIS WEEK----just days after our session! Congratulations, girl! I am SO thrilled for you & yours!!!

What have YOU done to make yourself proud lately? Have any easy snacks you can recommend to me?



  1. Burpees are death. I probably couldn't even do one right now, but I know that I'm track to do them again!!

  2. I miss your posts, chica. :) M'wah!


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