Before I get into the meat and potatoes of today’s post, I thought I’d give everyone a quick update on the lives of Kristen and Brandon.
(If you don’t really care about the lives of Kristen and Brandon, feel free to skip ahead. But just don’t tell me you skipped ahead, because then we can’t be friends. )
1. We’re still living in the hotel. It has now been 6 weeks. Within that 6 weeks, I have been locked out of my own hotel room 3 times, had a woman with possible dementia (no, really) find her way into our room unannounced, spent $30 to do our laundry, and cooked more crockpot meals than I ever imagined possible.
2. The good news? We’re under contract on a house! Yay! The not-so good news? We don’t close until May 31st. So that means 8 more weeks of hotel living. Yahoo. But that’s OK, because I know how much you all love my crockpot meals, right???
3. I am no longer sitting on my booty while my husband brings home all the bacon. I am doing school psychology contract work with a school district, on an as-needed basis. And within the next couple of weeks, I will also be working part-time as a Supervisor in the Kids’ Activities Department at Lifetime Fitness!
I’m really looking forward to this new opportunity. Lifetime Fitness seems like an incredible company, and their clubs are super nice … so I’m excited to get working!
I think that’s all the big stuff! So let’s move on, shall we?
Today I have a fun workout to talk about, as part of Lindsay’s FLOW event!
If you follow me on Facebook, you already know about the new workout I tried earlier this week.
Yes that’s right. I zumba-ed (I like to make up words.).
Brandon and I both got a free week to try out a local gym (this was before I knew I was getting hired at Lifetime ), and I thought I’d take advantage of the opportunity to try something new!
Normally I really don’t like group classes. I don’t know why, but I don’t. Maybe I don’t like relinquishing control? Maybe I don’t like the fact that 99% of group classes always end with core-work, and I despise core-work?
But Zumba was different. Zumba was FUN. And bonus … Zumba didn’t end in core-work.
As most of you probably already know, Zumba is a Latin dance-inspired workout. I loved the music that was played throughout the class, and I loved that it didn’t feel like working out.
What I didn’t love were elderly women in the room who were showing me up.
Evidently Shakira was wrong … my hips do lie.
But I found this video online when I got home, and it made me feel better. Evidently there are plenty of older women out there who still have the moves … not just the women in my class!
Come on … grandma had to impress you. That woman can move!!
In all seriousness, I definitely want to try Zumba again! Hopefully I will have the opportunity to try more classes like this at Lifetime!
And finally, a recipe.
Not just any recipe … probably my new favorite recipe!
People. You need to try this. Does anyone else get the corn salsa when they go to Chipotle? That’s what this dish reminded me of. Yum.
Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Serves 4-6 normal people, or 2 people if you’re extra hungry like we were.
(adapted from this recipe)
- 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 can whole-kernel corm (drained and rinsed) Note: I used canned corn, but next time I’ll use fresh or frozen.
- 1/3 cup diced red onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- About 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1.5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste
- Add everything to a pot (except your cilantro) and cook over low to medium heat, just until warmed up. Stir occasionally.
- Take the pot off the heat and add the fresh cilantro. Stir to combine. Add more seasoning, depending on your taste.
Now Stephanie called her original recipe a “salad.” With the mix I made, you could easily eat it on its own as a salad, but I think it makes an amazing salsa with blue corn tortilla chips.
Or even better?
I just put a little shredded Mexican cheese on top of blue corn tortilla chips, warmed the plate up in the microwave until the cheese melted, and then added the salsa and more cilantro.
No, really. Like really really good. Brandon and I demolished that bowl within the day. And we both agreed it would be a great thing to bring to a party … healthy, easy, and delicious!!
Question for ya …
What’s on the agenda for this weekend?
Have you tried any new workouts recently? If so, tell me the details!
Ever had the corn salsa at Chipotle?? What’s your favorite thing to get at Chipotle?
Brandon is a Chipotle-fanatic, so we go there fairly often. I usually get the chicken burrito bowl. I really like their cilantro lime rice, and I LOVE getting lots of mild salsa and corn salsa on top!