So I tried a couple of aqua fitness classes this week at a nearby Health & Wellness Center as part of a free 1-week trial coupon I got at their booth at a fair this summer. The first one I did was called "Aqua Boot Camp." However, the intensity wasn't quite high enough for me (I WAS the youngest person in the class by a few decades) so I was glad that today's class, "Cardio Cross," was better at getting my heart rate up. However, I am NOT a fan of how much the chlorinated water bothers my eyes for the rest of the day after swimming! I have enough issues with my eyes being dry that the chlorine just makes it SUCK.
Also, while I enjoy the low-impact aspect of water aerobics, there are some downsides. For example, I have a rather large bust, and my swimsuit doesn't give me a lot of support (I'm just grateful that it holds the girls IN) so when we do exercises that have us jump/pop out of the water, I either have to hold on to my chest, not jump so high, or else my back will suffer.
Another downside, besides the afore-mentioned chlorine in the eyes, is that my already loose joints feel looser after exercising in the water. My boyfriend suggested that it's because the exercises ARE low-impact which means that I'm not strengthening the muscles around those joints that really need it (knees & ankles). Right now, my knees are achey, which wasn't the case before I did the water aerobics despite me doing a good amount of daily "dry-land" exercising.
So instead of doing my 3rd day in a row of aqua fitness classes, I'm taking tomorrow off. I'm going to go back to my dry-land workouts and make sure to do my physical therapy exercises for my knees, especially. I plan on trying another class on Saturday. Hopefully my joints will be more stable by then.
Tonight my boyfriend and I knew that we wanted to make something for dinner and I suggested we do a stir fry. I chose chicken as the meat of the dish, and then together we went through the vegetable section of the grocery store picking out things that looked good for a stir fry: snap peas, onion, broccoli, peas (canned), and mushrooms (sliced/canned). We chose a low-sodium soy sauce (regular was 910g per tsp and the one we got was 520g) and grabbed a container of garlic powder.
I was in charge of prep work like washing, cutting, and straining the veggies as necessary and my boyfriend did the actual cooking. He used a little too much soy sauce so the dish tasted overly salty at first, but we just added some water to the pan to dilute the mixture and then poured the excess liquid out into the sink. Much better! We each had two bowls for dinner at abou 180 calories per bowl (note that it was only veggies and chicken; NO RICE). Good deal! And there were some leftovers which he can take to work tomorrow for lunch.
Overall, pretty good day. Gonna SLEEP IN tomorrow!!!