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Feeling pumped today and I have to say a little sore!

I have to confess that despite my New Years resolution, I haven’t done very well on the fitness side…. Still lifted weights about 1-2 times a week but nothing more. And I really feel that my cardio-vascular fitness is not what it used to be. I recently came to realize that I needed to change my attitude towards exercise and make it fit in my busy schedule, make it a priority. Very often, I would feel too tired or, I guess, lazy to go to the gym, hop on the treadmill or lift after my workday. But when I would finally make it the gym I would always have a great time. I just need something to motivate me to go there! So I just thought back to when I started exercising 3 years ago, and what made me love it so much was group classes. I did everything: body sculpt, body attack, body pump, step, abs classes…..  And it was so much fun! So I thought I should try that again and last night I went to a late Body Pump class at my local gym. And it was everything I needed: energizing and challenging!

When I returned home I was craving veggies but I didn’t have much on hand! Luckily I found some frozen organic spinach in my freezer and quickly came up with a soup idea!

Spinach goat cheese soup:

In a medium pan, I cooked about 1 pound of spinach, 4-5 Tbsp of fresh goat cheese, 2 large cloves of garlic, 1 cup of low fat half and half, and enough water to obtain the desired consistency. Then I puréed the soup with a hand held blender. Seasoned with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Yummy!

Served the soup with MORE fresh goat cheese (I never have enough!) and Pain Rustique from our favorite bakery! I don’t know about you but I love my goat cheese toped with fresh ground black pepper….

I also had a green cup to match my soup!

I ended up stuffing myself silly with that soup and was quite full when i went to bed!

I woke up hungry though and was ready for one of my favorite breakfasts: Oat Bran with banana and muesli!

And yes, it is as easy as it sounds: 1/2 oat bran cooked with fat free milk, toped with half a banana and 2 Tbsp of raisin/apple musli. Simple and delicious: a great way to start the day!

Tell me more about you: do you prefer group classes or do you workout on your own? What motivates you to exercise?


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