Snobby Seconds

You may remember a couple night ago, I attempted the new “Snobby Joes” recipe I found from the fabulous Fitnessista. Well, can I just tell you that they are 100 times better the second time around! The flavors were unbelievably tasty, and the lentils even seemed to soften up a bit, which I was super happy about.

“Ain’t no knockin’ ‘Snobby Seconds'” with these babies. ;)

Also had some of the Best.Chips.EVER. – Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato chips.

Also making an appearance, my other lover, Chobani.

All rounded out with a little dessert to finish off the meal. :mrgreen:

It’s ok to have 5 of these in one sitting, right? Oh, no? Darn…

Zumba Recap

Ok, so as I mentioned earlier, this morning was my first Zumba experience.

Zuuuuumbaaaaaa!!

Well, to be honest, I think the people in the picture look like they’re having more fun than I did…

I don’t know, but I was actually kind of disappointed with my first Zumba experience. I mean, the instructor was pretty upbeat and nice, but she kept going around and almost, dare I say, grinding, with the other class members!?!  Excuse me, but I’m here to dance in my own personal bubble, thank you.

A lot of the time, there really didn’t seem to be much of a “routine” so to say – occasionally the instructor would get a beat going, and we’d all finally be able to catch on.  But other than that, it almost seemed like 70% of it was just a free-for-all dance party?  And on top of that, I barely broke a sweat?

Is that normal?

Maybe I was going about it all wrong — I mean, I feel like anyone I’ve talked to before said they left dripping with sweat and loving it.  But I know I tried to put 100% into the entire class…despite watching the clock consistently for the last half hour…

I’m a girl who likes some structure in my group exercise workouts.  Tell me what to do, where to step, how high to lift, when to crunch – whatever it is, I want direction.  Thank you, BodyPump for that. :)

So despite the less-than-fabulous experience with Zumba, I’m still glad that I tried it.  Will I be back?  I don’t know, maybe.  I guess I’d be willing to give it a go again, maybe with a different instructor and a gym buddy so I can compare instructors and have someone to laugh with?

In order to try to get a little more out of today’s workout, I hopped on the StairMaster for 20 minutes after class, which had my breaking a sweat in no time. ;)

Question for the Afternoon:

Have you ever had a workout experience turn out to be less than what you expected?

Zumba, Here I Come!

It’s really not a good thing when these are the first thing staring you in the face upon entering the kitchen for breakfast…

I think I should have done a better job hiding these delicious gems yesterday.

I was almost able to justify the banana ingredient as suitable for breakfast, but I thought better of it, and resisted the temptation…for now. ;)

So instead, I rolled with the cereal combo and was pleasantly satisfied. Sometimes, there’s just nothin’ better than a good ‘ol bowl (or mug) of cereal — am I right?

1/2 cup Quaker Oatmeal Squares + 1/2 cup Kashi Heart to Heart + 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk + strawberries & blueberries

Last night’s Happy Hour with the girls was so much fun! I actually decided to take the evening off from blogging duties – I really just wanted to enjoy the night and not have to worry about breaking out the camera. I’m sure you guys understand! ;)

We did end up going to a really neat Irish-Mexican restaurant called Jose Malone’s, and we all left with happy, stuffed bellies. I ordered an amazing butternut squash & baby spinach enchilada dish, which totally rocked my socks. I had never tasted anything like it! We all told the boys that we need to go back again — and that we’d allow them to join us this time. ;) hehe

So I’m super excited this morning – I’m about to head out the door for my first Zumba class! I’ve been wanting to take one forever, but my schedule just hasn’t allowed. I’ll be sure to come back with a recap lata, gatas!

**If you haven’t had a chance to fill out the poll for tomorrow’s Fashion Friday post, make sure to check it out – it’s a FUN one!**

Question(s) for the Morning:

Have you ever tried a Zumba class?

What’s your favorite group exercise class to take?