I decided to bite the bullet and invest in some better workout clothing. I won’t mention that it was randomly hailing in Maine, in April, or that the cobblestone streets in the Old Port are a pain in the ass on my tires, but I will mention how awkward the experience was for me. First, this was what greeted me as I stood in said hail:
I waited 20 minutes for the damn store to open. Side note: They are only open from 11-5pm. How the hell do they get a lunch break too?? The work ethic here is outstanding. After spending the quickest $90 of my life on a shirt and sports bra, and being treated like an outsider by the lemmings in the lululemon, I was on my way. When I told Brad how the ladies treated me in the store, he suggested I should not have purchased anything at all. We would return, all dressed up, the next day with shopping bags, circa 1990. “You guys work on commission right? Big mistake, huge.” I don’t know what it is about a really attractive man quoting Pretty Woman, but damn that was hot.
I found a local studio that has the class I have been curious to take. It’s called barre. (I stole this next sentence off the website I cited a moment ago) “The barre method is influenced by classical ballet barre technique, Pilates, yoga, and orthopedic exercises.” I took it Saturday and loved it. Aside from the fact I need a LOT of work on my flexibility, upper arm strength and abs, I think I did pretty good for my first time. I’ll return- as my abs are killing me right now. I’ve been told that’s a good thing- by people with stomach muscles. I will note that I was happy to be acquainted with the instructor, Kristy. She is sweet and friendly and attends the Catapult events. She is all those qualities, that is, until she starts class. She turned into a drill instructor in about two seconds! I’m not knocking her though, trust me, she makes you work your butt off, as you’re too scared to let her down!
After class I was feeling extra “health conscious” (and obviously I looked it with my new duds and “I totally just worked out” hair) and took a trip to the local health food store. The staff was very friendly and helpful, alas, they could tell I was a rookie. I guess I didn’t fool them.
It is expensive to be healthy! Total bill: $64 for the following ingredients: cacao powder, organic natural honey (this item the sales girl laughed at because how can honey NOT be organic?), raw ground almonds, raw unsweetened coconut flakes, Celtic sea salt and a Kombucha.
I was having my brakes replaced, so I had my mother’s car for the morning. I could either go home and wait for Brad to follow me to return the car, or I could make my mother smile by watching her choir practice- then make her take me home. I decided to watch mom sing. I was excited to see she took my advice and bought a new pair of jeans. She looked great, actually. And she informed me that a family friend, Cathy, advised her never to leave the house without a pair of “bling” on (mom went with a multi colored necklace). So, she had bling, new jeans and a smile. She’d never looked better to me. When we got home, of course, I locked myself out. Times like these I love NH (I lived on the 20th floor of a highrise in Chicago), as I left a window unlocked. Problem solved.
Getting back to my day of health, I decided to make these. It’s a little expensive and messy, but worth it in the end. Ingredients listed above, aside from the drink.
You basically mix everything together, except for the coconut, getting your hands a wonderful shade of dark brown. You put them into little balls (hehe) and then roll them into the coconut, covering them. It suggests to put them in the freezer, but I think they were fine as they were. You can do what you like.
Cool thing about these truffles is that you look like you’re a gourmet cook, while you actually only need the skills of a 2 year old with play-doh.
So, I will give this healthy thing a try for a little while. Who’s with me? #healthyliving