“Exercise gives you endorphins--endorphins make people happy and happy people just don't shoot their husbands... they just don't.” - Elle Woods (Legally Blonde)
I want to let you all in on a secret. I always had the belief that all of this endorphin talk was a load of crap. I know you feel better when you exercise, but as far as this instant rush from working out - I don't think I have had it. That all changed today. I went in early to attend a class on fast food (which also did a lot to cover the major chains:Applebee's, Chili's, etc - and how to make good choices) and then I wanted to go to my final Zumba class at 10am. The problem I was experiencing? My body felt like lead. Everything felt heavy & lethargic. Contrary to what I usually do (go lay down and take a nap) I went to the class anyway. Once the music started - it was instantly bearable. When the class was done, I felt like a million bucks. Not even more worn down, like I would have figured. I felt great - and it helped me keep moving for the remainder of the day. Endorphins are the bomb! The other positive is that I have proven to myself that I can still go work out, even when every fiber of my being wants to be lazy - and I'll even end up feeling better!!
Today I also had a class that talked about how to change your recipes, so everything is lower in calories, and better for you - while hopefully not giving up a lot on taste. We went through a a few recipes, and what changes we could make - and then we also got a chart that lists options for replacements. Did you know that beating flax seed (make sure you grid these up, or they are useless - your body can't absorb it) with water will give you the equivalent of an egg in baking recipes? How do people even think to try these things, so they know they work? Amazing.
Beyond that, I didn't do much. I did some walking in the pool, and spent some time in the hot tub. I am going to miss those things the most! Luckily, my aunt Karlene has offered up her pool for use - - so maybe we can have water aerobics classes this summer, and then soak in some sun? I think that sounds perfect! Despite my limited schedule, I still keep running out of hours in the day! It is amazing.
Tomorrow my sisters arrive. I am going to take them to the DFC for a work-out, and a belly dancing lesson. Then we are going out with some friends tomorrow night. Saturday I will play my final game of water volleyball before I hang up my mad skillz, and go to the water aerobics class. Then we are planning to head out. I am so excited to see them! It is amazing how long 4 weeks can seem!
I hope you all have a great night. I am looking forward to sleeping in my own bed in 4 days!