5 {or more} awesome things in life right now

Can I just say I'm thankful for you guys? I am so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community. Thank you so much for praying yesterday!! 

Has January been busy for you? We've been so busy, it seems like the days are crawling by lately. I think that means we're using all the hours we can. Or at least I hope it does!

I need to do some menu planning very soon- eating out was getting crazy last week. Cooking and cleaning up at home always tends to be the first to go when we are really busy. {Unfortunately, I'm not too sad about that. ha!}

It's chorey time for me, so the last week we were busy practicing for our new release of BODYPUMP, which we launched last Saturday, and this week we're busy practicing BODYCOMBAT, which we launch next Monday.


Here's a video preview of what I'm learning this week- BODYCOMBAT is an hour long class of choreographed kickboxing/mma:


Just watching it makes my heart race. I LOVE teaching it. Ahhh. :D I'm excited. Probably a little too excited. :) If you have Les Mills classes in your area, you should totally try one. They rock.

And speaking of, here are a few other things that have rocked lately:

1. Finding out you can bake eggs. They are so much better in the oven than boiled!! Who knew?



I guess Alton Brown did. Baking them right on the rack at 325 for 30 minutes instead of boiling them gives you the creamiest eggs! 


But don't forget to set the timer. I forgot and overcooked my second batch, and they were rubbery and inedible. Leave it to me to overcook eggs... ;)

2. Shopping the Martha Stewart section at Staples for the first time. It was so pretty- labels, planners, stickers, folders...sigh. Gorgeousness. I bought my first disc-bound paper system there and love it!!


3. Visiting the Mexican grocery store again. It's been several months since we made a trip, but I fell in love all over again- cantaloupes for $1.39, limes- 8 for $1, potatoes that look decently fresh, ginormous avocados that have flavor, and seedless watermelon for $3.99! Fresh, hot tortillas for $1.99! Oh, how I love shopping there. I'll be back.


4. Clearing out over 22 bags of clutter from my house. I've become ruthless. Anything I don't love or use often is going out the door. I can't tell a difference on the surface level of our house yet, but our cabinets are getting emptier. In fact, I barely remember what I put in those bags anymore...is that bad? Or does that mean I didn't need it at all? hmm....  Only 18 more to go to meet my 40 bag challenge.


5. Walking around the specialty grocery store with my husband on our date. I was looking for leeks, but we had fun browsing around and seeing how many items we could randomly pick up that had high-fructose corn syrup in them. Oh, and laughing about lumpy cheese that actually melts on your pizza:


mmmm...yummy, no? ;) You'd have to be a vegan desperate for some pizza to try that one... :D

Hey, dates at the grocery store can be fun, right? {I know, the truth is, we're just weird. :D}

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:: What's the strangest thing you've seen in a grocery store? 

Me- pickled pigs feet. Or tripe. Both gross me out in every way...

:: Paper lovers, have you visited the Martha Stewart section?

We had to drive almost two hours to the nearest Staples, but it was totally fun and worth it. And we went to Costco too, which is my favorite warehouse store ever.

:: Have you tried BODYCOMBAT before? 

I tried it for the first time three years ago, and have been hooked ever since. I used to be a TurboKick girl, and BC changed my world, and I haven't been able to do Turbo since. I don't know how to be bouncy when I kick anymore! haha! 

21 comments

Adrienne Reina said...

Wow the strangest thing I've seen in a store...cow tongue. Yuck, but it actually taste good. Lol. Ok, so I haven't been to staples in awhile. But would take a trip just to see her stuff. Martha is pretty amazing when it comes to crafting stuff. That body combat looks like fun, I'll have to try it one day. Thanks for sharing,
Blessings,
Adrienne

mandyBH said...

They aren't, but the same songs are reformatted for Beachbody's Pump and Combat- it's exactly what I teach! In fact, I was thinking of becoming a coach online too... :)

Luann said...

i think it shows how much you didn't need the stuff. it's a good thing!


and grocery store dates rock. we enjoy them so.

mandyBH said...

Oh good! :D It's funny how you don't care where you are if you get a date, huh? :D Love them!! :D

Chloe S said...

My husband and I walk around the store and read the ingredients, too. We are usually looking for soy though. haha. We have a blast.

mandyBH said...

LOL! I'm so glad I'm not the only one! :D Round 2 of our dates will be soy and hfcs in one package! :P Love it!! :D

ad5683 said...

After I do a round of Pump, I would like to try Combat. I have done USA style boxing and very much enjoy that type of workout. Pump has been great so far as I struggle to make myself do strength training regularly. I did the abs tonight and that was intense!


Thank you for the input!

mandyBH said...

I think you would love it! Try a round on youtube and see if you like it, then let me know how it goes! :D

mandyBH said...

Yes! It's actually the same tracks and the same people who teach me every 3 months! :) As far as I know, it's exactly the same as what I teach when you do the weight/barbell tracks. The Combat they included and the other cardios aren't in BODYPUMP, but are other Les Mills formats.

Lis said...

I keep hearing/seeing about this disc-bound system and I am so tempted to give in and buy it!

mandyBH said...

I had never seen one before October, and I fell in love because you can rearrange and flip backwards unlike a regular notebook. They do have cheaper versions than MS too! the Arc-bound system is just the same, a little less "cute" but works for sure! :D Let me know how you like it when you do!

ad5683 said...

Sam, I have Beachbody's Pump (started 2 weeks ago) because there isn't a gym in my area that teaches BodyPump or BodyCombat. I really like it so far. I don't know how it ranks compared to Ms Mandy's classes, but I've certainly been sore and have been working hard. Maybe Ms Mandy can weigh in on how she feels about the Beachbody version?

Laura N. said...

I tend to buy Amy's Roasted Vegetable pizza at stores that have them for less-than-Whole Foods prices. I really want to make my own, though. That's my next at-home cooking project! As for vegan options at pizza places --- I sometimes make requests for no cheese on my pizza when eating out. Some places are willing to swap the cheese with a topping for no cost. Try that!

mandyBH said...

I need to! That sounds good to me! I like lots of veggies on mine too! :D

mandyBH said...

Oh- I like mine with no cheese too!! Do you make your pizza, or buy it? It would so cool to see more vegan options at the pizza places! They probably have it in the big city, I would imagine... :D

Laura N. said...

I stumbled upon the Martha Stewart part of Staples a few weeks ago and loved it! It was the only beautiful part of the store. As for the vegan pizza -- EW. I DO eat vegan foods and vegan pizza; however, I prefer the kind that has no cheese on it. Fake cheese is usually a bunch of chemicals and not as wholesome as just avoiding the cheese. Cheers!

Sam Kelley said...

I am loving Combat-would love to try the other versions out!! I will have to try those eggs-we love Alton as well!

mandyBH said...

oh, let me know how your eggs turn out! :D

Sam Kelley said...

Are the videos ever released for home, like Turbo Kick?

Anonymous said...

LOL, I had to comment when I saw the pizza! My mom is a vegan and made the "sausage" tofurkey version of the above pizza. I was skeptical to say the least! I was surprised that it actually tastes good! I even eat it when she is not visiting :-)!

Kristi

Mandy said...

Oh, how funny! Good to know it's much better than what it looks like! :D I wondered if anyone had tried it! :D thanks for sharing! :D