I just finished teaching a cardio class. OK, so it actually wrapped up a half-hour ago but here’s the thing.

It was my first bonafide “real” workout in almost two weeks, because I’ve been fighting the cold/flu that’s going around. Yes, I’ve done some light workouts but nothing I’d count as a full-on exercise session.

And all I can say is: Wow. I’m kind of done-in.

If you’ve never taught a choreographed workout class before, I will let you in on a little secret. When you teach, you expend a lot of energy – because you’re not just doing the class, you’re also motivating, talking, entertaining, etc. That energy expenditure is not surprising.

The secret (at least for me): when you’re actually TEACHING the class, it doesn’t seem that hard, because you’re so busy. You can run/jump/etc. with much more ease than you normally can.

But after you’re done? Yeah. It catches up with you.

So that’s where I’m at right now. Too zapped take a shower.

I even stopped at DD for an iced coffee on the way home, and it’s been almost a week now since I’ve had a  “not-breakfast” coffee as I’m cutting back on my caffeine intake (heck yeah I’m still having my morning coffee, but no more later-in-the-day brew).

Positive vs. Negative Energy

Done-in kind of describes how I feel in general this week. Recent events – politics, the cold/flu, and social media drama – kinda wore me out in general.

(Psst: Don’t worry – I’ll get to the nitty-gritty training/nutrition stuff soon … good news to report!).

Anyway, this done-in-ness has made me think a lot about the energy that swirls around me in my life. Not to get all woo, but I’m feeling very protective of it. Sometimes this feels selfish, but then I wonder if it is, really.

I think it’s important to take time to refill your energy well – to be quiet, shut out the chatter, and not get swept up in the anxiety that seems to be the norm lately.

Lately, as I’ve been more deliberate with aligning with positive energy, the negative seems to be falling away. In fact, this past week it occurred me that the negative energy is kind of like a dying volcano. It erupts … and then, if you ignore it, it burns itself out.

Which is really good, because sometimes, I don’t have a square to spare, KWIM?

Training and Nutrition

So to the nitty gritty.

I’ve been working on redoing the focus of this blog and making some new business arrangements that have me super pumped for the next few months (heck, for just the future!). Stay tuned for more on all that.

So, with all of that going on, my current fitness focus is not necessarily aesthetic but instead on strength, general fitness, and health (gotta get ready for the zombie attacks, KWIM?). Losing a few pounds wouldn’t be the worst, though.

Training: I’ve been doing mostly bodyweight and mobility work this week, on top of teaching today’s Country Heat Live class. Next week, back at the weights, focusing on total-body and HIIT workouts. Maybe we need some zombie apocalypse HIIT workouts, what do you think? 🙂 

Nutrition: I personally do a lot better when I get into a routine with my eating and make sure I eat lots and lots of veggies. I am down 2 pounds this week. My current meal routine routine is a green smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch, a varied afternoon snack, and a protein/carb/veggie combo for dinner.

Next week – meal prep time!  My Real Food Challenge starts Feb. 1. 🙂 Can’t wait!