Where did the day go?
I feel like I could say that about this week, this month, this semester, and even this year.
When I look back on my pictures, I realize today went to my take home exam, to
crying over thinking about all the changes coming up and realizing that this is the end of the line, and to getting sweaty. All in all, it was a productive day.
After my morning post, I did a spin class that reminded me why I love spinning. I finally feel like I’m getting my legs back after my injury. I can’t believe how much I’ve missed it.
I refuelled after the class with a protein shake (I haven’t had one in AGES) and a banana before grabbing a few things I needed (i.e. paper to print this take home exam on) and some food (because you always need food when you’re shopping) and then dove into the essay writing.
I also worked on my leftovers a bit more with lunch—a barbecue turkey sandwich and cherry tomatoes.
After an appointment with my counsellor this afternoon, I was pretty hungry so I dug into an apple mixed with some nut butter. Warning: this isn’t the prettiest snack, but it is delicious.
Heading to bootcamp, I was seriously tired. Struggling to keep my eyes open, even. But since it was the last one and since I know teaching takes about 5 minutes to cheer me up and energize me, I found a second wind and left the boot campers with a sweaty workout.
Warmup / Cone drill – jogging, shuffling, criss crossing, high knees, butt kicks, lunging, jump squats
Circuit x 4 (minimal rest in between exercises, 60 seconds between rounds):
- weighted walking lunges –> with weights held overhead, bicep curls, shoulder presses, shoulder raises, or an oblique twist
- weighted sumo/plie squats
- plank with row
- mountain climbers
- weighted sit ups
- weighted V sit oblique twists
- burpee/mountain climber combo — MY FAV, but definitely not my participants’!
Wall sits – Because who doesn’t love feeling like their thighs are on fire?
When the class was done, I got plenty of sweaty hugs and thank yous and a big dose of “I love my job” goodness. I really left the gym on a high and part of it was that I did this sweaty beast of a workout with them but also that I realize I am lucky and am getting back to being me, the fitness instructor who looks forward to teaching and loves the people and the music and the sweat and the spandex and all the good things that go along with group fitness!
After the class, I had a quick dinner—salmon over spinach salad with carrots, pecans, maple vinaigrette, and cranberries (a familiar flavour)—and then got back down to work.
Now I just have to print it and make it to class to hand it in tomorrow and I’m officially done 2 of my courses! Once I submit my website (aka this blog, which is weird since I just post on it all the live long day) for my online class tomorrow, all that’s left is a small exam next week.
Bring on freedom! But more urgently, bring on my pyjamas—I’m wiped!
How was your Tuesday?
What’s your favourite way to use turkey leftovers?
Have you ever tried mountain climber burpees?