Hello! Long time no see. I have had a busy couple of days full of driving to Fort Wayne, group fitness classes, Vera Bradley, and birthday celebrations.
On Tuesday, as soon as Brian was finished with class, we loaded up the car and headed to Fort Wayne so that I could be a part of the Vera Bradley Fall into Fashion photo shoot. Last year, around this time I was apart of their Winter 2011 catalog shoot, and I had a blast doing it! When I saw that they were looking for more models for their Fall 2012 shoot and that the shoot was taking place in Fort Wayne, I had to apply…and I was selected! So, Brian and I headed to Fort Wayne a day early to spend a little quality time with my Mom.
Last time I visited Mom, I attended a Body Combat class with her. Body Combat is a Les Mills class that is pre-choreographed to music. The types of movements used are “fighting” moves like punches, jabs, and kicks. The workout really gets the heart rate up and makes you sweat. On top of that, it makes you feel like a badass (excuse the language but it really does). Since Brian was with us, I thought it would be fun for him to try out this workout class, and I am so glad that we decided to do that!
This time, the classes intensity was ramped up by about 1000%. The instructor turned the lights out, gave all of the new people glow sticks to holding in their dominant punching hand and cranked the music. It was awesome! We all had such a great time doing it, and I can’t wait to visit Mom and go again.
After the class, we were all pretty sweaty and hungry. Luckily, Smoothie King had free samples waiting for us on our way out 😉
Mom and I after Combat
We headed home, and Mom whipped up a quick and delicious dinner of lettuce wraps. They kind of reminded me of a saucier version of P.F. Chang’s lettuce wrap appetizer. Mom and Brian’s wraps were made with ground beef and mine were made with tofu. I have never been a big fan of red meat, so the alternate menu was much appreciated 😉
While Mom was cooking, I thought it would be the perfect time for me to put together a batch of chocolate protein muffins, however, when I asked my mom to preheat the oven to 350 degrees she accidentally preheated the oven to broil, so the muffins were a little overdone.
In order to let our food settle, we then headed out with my puppies for a little walk. Mom showed me her raspberry and strawberry bushes…I can’t wait for those babies to grow berries!
We then threw a couple of balls around with the dogs (well Mom and and Brian and I spectated) and headed back home. Brian unwrapped a couple of belated birthday presents from Mom, and then we all had a little bit of homemade strawberry shortcake for dessert…this dessert is so light and delicious, it really screams summer to me.
We then headed to bed so that we could have our beauty rest for the Vera Bradley shoot.
We arrived to the shoot at 7:30am, which honestly allowed me to sleep in a little bit compared to my usual group fitness class time of 6am. Like most photo shoots, there is a lot of waiting and patience involved, so I occupied my time by practicing my Body Pump combinations. I always carry some sort of notebook with me, but for some reason I didn’t have one with me at all yesterday…so a napkin had to do the trick. They also had Luna bars for snacking, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
After a long day of waiting, the end of the day began to near and it was finally my time to be put to work. Although there was waiting involved, it was still a great experience because of the kindness of the people working for Vera Bradley, the other models, and being able to watch the entire shoot take place! I love all of the new patterns (literally!) and I cannot wait to see the outcome of the shoot 🙂
We finally arrived home around 5:30pm and Mom had dinner waiting for us. Tilapia served along side roasted zucchini with cheese on top. Those little zucchini medallions were probably my favorite part of the meal, and I could have eaten the entire plate. Somehow, I contained myself.
We also had a tasty side salad. Gotta love the veg 😉
After dinner, we loaded up the car once again and headed back to Indianapolis. I practiced a bit more Body Pump in the car, but I was beat!! I fell asleep on the way home, and then as soon as we got home, I hit the hay. It was a fun, exciting, but long and tiring day. It’s tough life being a model 😉
Today, started bright and early so that I could review the most recent tracks I have added to my Body Pump repertoire. Because I woke up so early, I ate my oatmeal breakfast before class. Usually, it makes me nervous to eat a full meal before exercising, but I had more than an hour to digest and everything was completely fine. Plus, I woke up hungry, and being hungry during Body Pump can make it harder for me to put in my full effort.
I actually cooked my oats this morning rather than making them the night before. I added a bit of my Plant Fusion protein powder, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, stevia, 1 Tbsp of Greek yogurt for creaminess, and some chocolate PB2. It was delicious and tasted like cookie dough. 🙂 Just the way I like to start my day!
I then team taught Body Pump, and had a great time doing it! I made a small mistake, but because I knew my choreography I was able to recover and continue on. My next goal with Body Pump is to be able to teach the first 5 tracks of class. My next team teaching session is Saturday….let’s see if I can do it!
I then came home and practiced more Body Pump so that I can achieve my goal on Saturday, and when I was bored of doing that it was time for my run. I had 7 miles on the schedule today and I was feeling good. I know we all have those days when running is literally the last thing that on the list that we want to do, and my last attempt at running more than 5 miles was one of those days, so I was a bit nervous starting out. But as soon as the first Broadway tune (yes, I listen to Broadway while running 😉 ) hit my ears, I knew it was going to be great.
I found my pace, and for me, when I find my pace it is like finding the rhythm of your body. Once I get in that groove, there is no getting out and the entire run just feels like you are coasting through the air. I LOVE that feeling!
Completed: 7 miles in just over 1 hour…not too shabby if you ask me.
I then showered, and made myself some lunch. Lunch was basically the usual, tuna, hummus, and veggies. I also had a LOVE bite for some healthy fats and a little something sweet.
I then headed out to a little coffee shop called Mo’ Joe so that I could change the usual scenery while I did some job hunting and cleared out my e-mail inbox. To give me a little extra fuel, I sipped on Mo’ Joe’s most popular drink the Honey Bee iced latte. A cinnamon and honey latte made with skim milk…I can definitely understand why it is the most popular!
I hope you all are having an amazing Thursday and are getting ready for the weekend!
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