Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dancing in the Moonlight

I have three items on the agenda for today.

#1 - I did a spin class last night and came to a very significant realization. The music used during the class can very quickly make or break a class.

The spin instructor was fine… but the music was 1. Very soft and 2. A weird combo of rock/jazz/alternative. It was horrific, non-motivational, and borderline depressing. I honestly considered putting my headphones in and continuing on my own, but realized that would be rude. 

Needless to say, I powered through the irritatingly bad music and managed to get my sweat on.

#2  - Andrew and I decided to take the plunge and signup for a swing dancing class on Monday nights. Yes, you read that right. Dance class. Me.

If you recall, dancing has never been my strong suit. More like my weak suit. But it’s something that Andrew immensely enjoys, and it continues to grow on me. And with a season of weddings rapidly approaching, we felt classes would be beneficial. So, I pulled on my trusty old Toms and together we hit the dance floor.

The class was large, and we were by far the youngest attendees there. Which actually made me a little less nervous. The instructors were awesome, the steps were broken down to the point that a toad could have followed along, and long story short, we both enjoyed it. Immensely.

It’s 8 weeks long so I’m sure I’ll have more to report in that area. And to wrap up with a quote from our older, gray haired instructor leading the class, “You can literally swing dance to 80% of the songs out there. By the end of this class, you'll be able to swing dance to Pitbull.”

Challenge accepted sir.

#3 – I made a new smoothie last night. It made my mouth explode. I know you want the recipe.

Sparkling Cherry Citrus Smoothie

  • A handful of spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of cherries (I used frozen)
  • 1/2 clementine (or any kind of citrus fruit)
  • splash of lime juice/lime concentrate (lemon would work too)
  • ½ cup of Tart Cherry Juice
  • ½ cup sparkling water
Blend. Chug. Be happy.



  1. The smoothie looks amazing - must try!!

  2. I agree - I want to try that smoothie! Swing dance is FUN - did it in college and would love to do it again!

  3. new to your blog! :)
    Swing dancing!?! how cool! I've never tried anything like would be a messs if I did.
    I took a couple of spin classes last year - 10000% agree, the music can really help make or break it!

  4. Good luck on your dance class!!! You are brave! Let us know how it ends up!

  5. Swing dancing seems like it'd be fun! Let us know how it goes!

  6. that smoothie sounds awesome! I read somewhere once that listening to music during a workout can boost endurance by around 15%... definitely true for me!


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