adventures on a sick day.

by Janetha on April 3, 2012

in goals,moves,product review


let me set the current scene.

it’s 9:41 PM.

i feel like there is a porcupine in my throat that is poking me with his (or her) quills every time i swallow.

i have zero hearing in my left ear, it is completely plugged. i’m beginning to wonder if it will ever unplug or if i am forever doomed.

marshall told me to stop being dramatic.

i have sharp, stabby pains in my stomach for some reason unbeknownst to me. they hurt. real bad. i have a feeling it’s the pharmaceutical cocktail i’ve got going on in my belly at the moment.. i hope it passes soon.

my taste buds have failed me. i have three liquids in front of me.. none of which i can taste. i can’t taste the kleenex, either.. FYI.

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okay, okay.. i will stop complaining. for a minute, at least.

i only worked for about three hours today before heading home sick. my boss actually demanded that i go home and rest. who am i to say no? i gladly took off early.

i swooped by the grocery store so i could snag an antibiotic from the pharmacy along with a prescription to help soothe my sore throat. i literally told the nurse on the phone that i couldn’t very well keep eating my weight in popsicles or i would surely blow up like a balloon and not fit into any of my clothes.. so i NEEDED something for the throat pain. she laughed and fulfilled my plea.

so now i am fully stocked with FOUR prescriptions. two from yesterday and two from today. i don’t love taking medicine, but i am desperate and feel awful. this better do the job and making me feel well again.

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i got home and, luckily, still had my taste buds working at this time. it’s adventurous april and i was feeling snacky, so i busted out a new-to-me protein snack that i had ordered online awhile back. let the adventures begin!

april adventure #1: a new kind of chip.

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i wasn’t sure what to expect from these chips since the protein cereal i’d tried (that i ordered from the same website) was absolutely awful. i actually had been putting off trying these chips BECAUSE of the bad cereal experience. but it is adventurous april, right? and those chips weren’t eating themselves.. so i dug in.

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the verdict? i LOVED them. they reminded me of these chips i used to eat as a kid called pizzarias.. remember those? keebler made them. not sure if they are still around. but if you click that link you will see a super sweet commercial for them from 1991! anyway, that’s exactly what these chips tasted like. they have great stats, too:

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i have a feeling i will be ordering these again. first april adventure? success! granted, it was a teeny, tiny adventure.. but like i said, anything new counts as an adventure! that definitely includes any new foods you try this month.

you know me and my sweet tooth, so after my savory chips i was craving something sweet. i spotted a new flavor of arctic zero at the grocery store today (smith’s marketplace, for you locals) and squealed with delight.

april adventure #2: a new flavor of arctic zero.

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COOKIES AND CREAM! my favorite flavor of ice cream in arctic zero form. i was stoked when i spotted it.

okay. let’s talk about arctic zero for a minute. i have to start by saying it IS NOT ice cream. it’s just not. you can’t crack open a pint and expect to think you are eating ice cream, or you will be let down. arctic zero should be called a FROZEN TREAT. it has an icier texture than ice cream.. but it also has a fantastic nutritional profile so when you eat the whole pint you don’t need to worry about undoing a workout session or three. the whole pint is 150 calories, 24g carbs, 14g protein, 8g fiber, and 0g fat.

i have tried a few other flavors of arctic zero.  i really like the vanilla maple. the chocolate mint is just OK. the strawberry reminded me of eating medicine. and the cookies and cream? WINNER. by far the best flavor. april adventure #2: success!

i did as my boss told me to do and took a load off and got some rest this afternoon, but whenever i am home during the day on a weekday i get a little antsy and think i have to do something productive. i ended up mopping the floor while talking to my (other) boss on the phone for a half hour. when we hung up, i decided i should make something. yep, i had a kitchen adventure!

randy helped.

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he’s a good helper, for sure.

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for my april adventure #3 i made my own trail mix AND made cinnamon roasted almonds for my first time ever. um, SO easy. i will have a post coming soon with the recipe & a how-to.

okay, so i managed to sneak three little adventures in before my MAIN adventure that was planned for tonight. i had mentioned that i was a little nervous about it.. did anyone guess what it was??

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april adventure #4: BODYPUMP.

yep. i finally bit the bullet and tried bodypump. i know, i know.. it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal to all of you regular bodypumpers. but i am not a class-goer. i prefer working out alone. i prefer lifting heavy weights in smaller sets. i prefer not doing anything that requires a lick of coordination because i have none. however, i have been wanting to give bodypump a try for years. YEARS, people. candice happens to teach pump at my gym every other tuesday and i kept telling her i would go. i was lying. i never went. i definitely kept putting it off because it was totally out of my comfort zone and i wanted to stick to what i knew, what i liked, what i was comfortable with.

and then adventurous april came along, and i decided it was time. i know, i am so dramatic. marshall already informed me of this. i recruited momma b and my sister, suni, to head to the class with me tonight. everything is more fun with family!

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i honestly had no idea what to expect with bodypump.. i just knew i would be hitting all areas of my body with high reps. candice did a great job of walking the class through all the exercises and letting us know when to change our bar weight and how much to load it up with. i gotta say, though, i got a little flustered with the constant changing of plates and weights! i have some practicing to do.

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the hour long class whizzed by. it seriously was over before i knew it! i didn’t work up as much of a sweat as i’d expected, but i definitely felt the burn on certain parts of the workout–namely the triceps and biceps. go figure, those are my weaker muscles! a few times i got a little lost since i am not hip with the bodypump lingo such as “let it ride” or “in the basement”–but lucky for me i have eyes and am pretty good at following along, so i got the hang of it. momma b did, too.

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check out her guns! and she’s rocking the vibrams. my mom is pretty freaking rad.

i think bodypump is a great way to hit all your muscles in one quick session and i definitely will be going again sometime. i also think it would be beneficial to strengthening those weaker muscles of mine like my triceps and biceps because having an instructor pushing me along really made me work harder than i might when on my own. next time i want to up the weight for certain parts of the session (squats, lunges, and chest) so i will get a better workout on those body parts.

i don’t know why i was such a baby and waited so long to try bodypump. i liked it more than i thought i would and it was fun to have candice leading the class. thanks for making me go, lady!

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well, that’s my BIG adventure. combine that with my three little ones and i’ve already had four adventures this month!

everyone has been sending in their own april adventures and i have to say it is really fun to see how you all are challenging yourselves to step out of your comfort zone. i am excited to share the round up post at the end of the first week. remember, if you want to participate, check out the instructions here! this week’s prize is a contigo cold thermos. grab your adventure pants and join in the fun.

well, i am going to go curl up into a ball and try to sleep this sickness away. here’s to a better tomorrow, hopefully full of more adventures!


have you tried bodypump? love it/hate it?

how do you feel about group fitness in general?

xo. janetha g.

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Andrea @ Vegvacious April 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Good for you to be so productive when you’re feeling so crappy! I’ve been sick for the past 8 days and haven’t set foot in the gym — I’m afraid my sinuses might explode! Hope you’re feeling better soon!

Amy April 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

your mom does have some guns!! haha im kinda jealous…good for her though lookin great!

Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Sorry to hear you’re not well Janetha! But that’s awesome that you tried Body Pump for the first time! I teach RPM (another Les Mills program – it’s their brand of spin class) but like to do BP from time to time when I’m bored of doing weights on my own. I think it’s great if you’re new to strength training and aren’t sure of correct form, because instructors will usually provide guidance and cues to keep participants safe when lifting. It’s also a lot easier to lift for an hour in a Pump class than it is on your own in the weight room! Having said that though, I know I get tired of BP if I do it often. Gotta keep changing it up! :) Feel better soon!

colleenzo April 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I LOVE group exercise, because I’m super competetive and it pushes me more than working out alone. If you’re in my line of sight, I AM competing with you, and I dang well plan to lift heavier than you! Also, I weirdly feel like I don’t want to let the instructor down, so I always pound out the last few reps that make me want to cry instead of giving up. I used to take BodyPump, but i found that of my three strength classes (sculpt, TRX, and BP), it pushed me the least, so I gave it up for an extra TRX.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Hope you feel better soon!

I have to find those chips. I can’t believe there is 10g of protein in them!

SuzanneU April 4, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Love me some body pump. I am the opposite of you. I LOVE cardio. Will do it all day. I HATE lifting. I have to pay a trainer or go to a class or I will not do it. Sad.

Alysa (InspiredRD) April 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I’ve done bodypump a couple times and am honestly not a fan. I think that after years of teaching group classes, I was ready to just do my own thing for a while. Of course now I’m injured and can’t do much of anything (ugh).

Feel better!!!

Becca April 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I love BodyPump and I’m so happy to hear you liked it as well! There’s only one gym in my area that offers it (mine, and that is not a coincidence!) and I feel like no one knows what I’m talking about when I gush about it! I love when instructors “stray” a little from the current track, makes class a little more interesting :)

Mary Legare Whaley April 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I’ve never done a body pump class, we’ve got a daily class at my gym. But generally, I don’t like group exercise. I DO love spin class though. I think having my personal space with my bike in the dark helps me to ignore people around me. I like to be centered and solo during workouts. I don’t even like to go running with a buddy. My workout is my “me time”. Spin class is more isolated. I could never do body pump, zumba, or yoga. Never.

nat@thesweetslife April 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm

gah i’m so jealous that many of our gyms don’t have body pump..ha i don’t even belong to one but i would if they had pump!

loving your adventure idea–you’ve inspired me, just have to figure out what to do!

and i hope you’re feeling better!

Pure2raw twins April 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm

you mom is hot, just sayin :)

too cute that you all worked out together! wish I could get my sisters and mom to all workout.

hope you feel better!!

Alison April 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Good for you!! Sounds like it was fun. I enjoy group fitness for sure. The only thing I don’t like is having to work my schedule around class times, which can be hard.

Liz J April 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm

LOVE me some body pump! I usually do it 3 times a week on top of my own body weighted workouts! Glad you liked it!

Sandy April 5, 2012 at 3:42 am

I have really appreciated this discussion and other opinions since I felt like a failure for not liking Body Pump. It helps so much to read your comments and know that some of you like it, some of you don’t. But the real thing that comes through is that it is OK to enjoy your solitary workout and I can enjoy some classes but not want to build my whole schedule around getting to a class to work out. I really have to have my solitary 4 mile power walk with my dog on my country roads every morning and I enjoy my Jazzercise and yoga classes but I don’t need to be in the gym for spinning or Body Pump or Zumba just because they offer those things. Thank you all for the reassurance.

Tiffany April 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Hope you’re feeling better! At least you have some puppy love to keep you company :)

Those pizza crunch chips look amazing. I hate when I have a bad experience with a certain brand and want to check another of their products but am afraid to fearing that it will suck as well.

I’ve yet to try BodyPump but it’s on my list!

Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

WAHOO!! SO glad you tried it :) We all need to get together and PUMP! I’d love to meet Candice too! You ARE being so adventurous…. I love it ;)

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