If you don’t really want to know, don’t ask me

I’m about to get ready to go to the Starbucks tea tasting for bloggers – I’m pretty excited!  This is my first event for bloggers as a blogger (I went out to dinner with Kath and Tina once) and I’m really looking forward to meeting all the ladies I’ve gotten to know over the internet as well as meet new bloggers (and maybe friends?).  I’m a little nervous too, because sometimes I get shy in situations like that.  We’ll see… I’ll report back with all the juicy details ;)

So even though I just said I get a little shy in certain situations, that does not mean that I’m going to lie if someone asks me a direct question.  All of my friends and family know that I’m brutally honest, all the time.  I think it’s a Russian thing.  ”My people” typically don’t sugar coat things.  I’ve definitely Americanized, so I do try to be nice about it, but still… don’t ask me something if you don’t want to know my real opinion about the topic, because I will tell you my real opinion.  This was tested twice yesterday…

First, I went to the gym and took a bootcamp class (more on the rest of my workout later).  You see there is this instructor there that I just couldn’t decide if I like.  Ok, I know I don’t love him, but sometimes his classes are actually pretty decent and on Fridays sometimes I like to do what someone else tells me to do instead of constantly pushing myself.  It’s Friday, you know.  So the last few times I took this guy’s class, it actually wasn’t half bad, so yesterday I was pretty excited to incorporate it into my workout (time really flies during classes – that’s the best thing about them!).  And… it was just ok.  This guy thinks he’s God.  He’s 52 and ok, for 52 he’s in a great shape, but I’m 26.  He sweats like we’re in a sauna, and we’re not… and I’m a huge sweater, believe me, so his weird sweating is surprising to me.  Maybe it’s the age thing (I really don’t mean to offend anyone here – that’s just seriously my theory).  His class used to be a whole bunch of weights (really straight forward stuff) with a little bit of jumping in between (jumping jacks, stepping on a step, etc) but now that he changed the name to “bootcamp” he feels he can be more creative.  Well by creative, I mean yesterday he used weights for like 5 minutes tops… and this for me was supposed to be a “weight training day.”  The workout was ok, but I came for a weights class!  Anyways, so at the end of the class, he’s all proud of himself and says: “What do you guys think?  This was pretty good and different, right?”  Some people said, yeah it was really good… thanks.  I said nothing.  You see, I don’t volunteer negative comments (ok sometimes I do) but then he seriously looks at me and says: “This one doesn’t have a tongue.”  All right, all bets are off my friend!  I can’t hold back after this kind of comment!  But you know what, I was still nice and I said: “Not enough weights.”

Instructor: “What?”

Elina: “I said there wasn’t enough weights in this routine … (now getting a little shy) for me”

Instructor (getting defensive): “Why do you need weights?  Aren’t you tired?”

Elina: “I’m a little tired, but really today was supposed to be my weights day so I wanted more weights.”

Instructor (getting really annoyed – I wish you could hear his annoyed voice): “Well that’s your personal problem… err, preference.  I like to mix things up…” blah blah blah seriously I really don’t remember what he said after that.

I was SO pissed off!  I mean, that’s my personal problem preference?!  It’s about expectations people.  If I came for a cardio class, I would have probably been pretty happy with the class (I could work harder on a treadmill or elliptical but in the spirit of mixing things up it was ok) but I came for a weights class.  Oh, he also mentioned something about using your own body weight, but you see… there wasn’t much of that either.  Yes some push-ups and jumps but there is only so high or deep you can jump – with weights you can increase them and your workout is intensified.  Of course after jumping on the elliptical after that, the whole conversation was going through my head and I kept on thinking of things I should have said.  Seriously, if you think you know it all, don’t ask for advise.  If you don’t really want feedback or constructive criticism – don’t ask… at least don’t ask me.  Man, now I’m pissed again just thinking about it.

The second time my bluntness was tested was at a spa.  I went to get a much needed facial and decided to try a new spa.  I used to go to this one place that gives the best facials, but the owner was so mean to me the last time I was there that I left her no tip and swore I’ll never give her business another dime of my money.  Since then I’ve been searching for a good place with not much luck… and my face is suffering.  I decided to test out my favorite massage spot, for a facial this time.  I went to G2O on Newbury – these people are massage geniuses but my facial was a little scary.  Before I get into that, let me give you a few pictures of the waiting area, because you’re probably about to fall asleep and need some visuals ;)

G2O facials waiting area

G2O snack/drink table

My favorite stuff there!  I was actually able to stay away this time (that’s a first!):

G2O trailmix with little serving bowls

G2O fruit platter

There was even a cute “cafeteria” to enjoy your snacks/ beverages at:

G2O waiting/eating area

So cute and modern and clean… I love it!

But then came my facial.  Right away I knew the girl was inexperienced, just from the way she touched my face.  Of course I told her at the beginning to do as many extractions as possible to really clear out my skin, and I regretted it about 10 minutes into the facial.  In fact, when she started squeezing I think I had a mini panic attack.  I was afraid she was going to scar my face for life… I was writing letters in my head, threatening to sue them for hiring someone so inexperienced.  And then I got really hot, I mean really really hot, like I’m about to pass out.  I asked her to turn the heat down, turn off my heating pad, take my warm hand mitts off my hands and tried to relax.  At the end it was ok, but I definitely freaked out.  I decided to ask at the desk exactly how long the girl has been working there.  The receptionist said: “She’s been with the institution for a year, but isn’t she so good?”  Err, no!  I practically had a heart attack, lying there on the table.  I thought facials were supposed to be relaxing!!!  Ok, this time I said nothing but I did make a disapproving face.  The girl immediately realized I wasn’t pleased, and then I did say: “I thought she wasn’t experienced enough.”  She suggested to ask for someone with more experience next time, and I will.  I really love this spa and I’m giving them another try for facials (I will definitely be back for massages which by the way have a different waiting area which has dim lights and is cute and modern in its own way – I love spas!!).  Ok enough of story telling.  Sorry, I guess I was really in a blabbering mood.

Since this is way too long at this point, I’m just posting pics of food.  Have  a wonderful Saturday!!

BB/fruit spread banana and blueberry open faced sammies

Kashi golean chocolate almond crunchy bar

kashi bar inside

leftover baked ziti

lunch dessert: 100 calorie dark chocolate bar

gala apple

Ellie Krieger's energy bar

Dinner "first course" - baby spinach, grape tomatoes, cranberries, pecans, goat cheese + 1T Annie's woodstock dressing

salad closeup

dinner "main course: tortilla buffalo chicken pizza

pizza closeup

Dessert much later… multiply this by 2:

kashi dark chocolate oatmeal cookie

Total calories for the day: ~2000 (the cookies put me over the edge, but they were worth it… ok I could have lived without the second one, I really didn’t realize how much I already ate by then and the cookies are SOOO GOOD :) )

WORKOUT

I took an abs class, an aforementioned bootcamp class, did 12.5 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes on the stationary bike.  I burnt 680 calories.  Oh yeah, I also walked home from the facial so that’s another 1+ miles I can add to my exercise bank for the week.  See you later!

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10 comments to If you don’t really want to know, don’t ask me

  • Eats looks delicious, and hope you have a fun time today! Can’t wait to hear how it goes.

    As for the instructor, he even asked for opinions, which I find odd. If you are looking to hear what others are thinking of the class, shouldn’t you expect all sorts of feedback regardless of it being positive or negative. I think he was just out to get approval from others, not necessarily wanting to hear the negative aspects of his class. But kudos to you for speaking up. I thought it was rude of him to say that you didn’t have a tongue when you didn’t express your opinion in the first place. Oh well.

  • K

    That spa looks beautiful! Sorry to hear the lady wasn’t that great though :(

    I’m glad you spoke up in both situations because usually you aren’t alone in your beliefs – I’m sure the instructor wasn’t prepared to hear any constructive criticism but hopefully he’ll reflect on it and change his classes up a little bit!

  • hahaha i CRACKED up reading this post. seriously! you are so funny. i am kind of the same way; i will say my real opinion if asked.

    that instructor sounds like a total douchebag.

    once in spin class, the instructor made me cry because she kept telling me to flatten my back and i couldnt get it any flatter. i got off the bike in a huff, broke into tears, and sprinted out of the class!! i still cant go to her class after a year. im sure she wouldnt remember me either LOL

  • It was nice to see you today! We should try to get together again soon!

  • Great eats! Hope you had a fun day!

  • Elina

    Yeah Caitlin, I totally hate instructors like that, when they think you’re inept or something. I can’t believe she made you cry!! I would never go back to her class either. And I think I’m done with this guy too.

    Tina, it was great to see you too! We should definitely do another foodie dinner or drinks soon!

  • It was interesting to read that and try to think about how I would react (ha, it always comes back to me!). Sometimes I am really hesistant to share my true feelings, but less-so when I am the customer. So I would probably act similarly. I am so disappointed in that guy’s reaction–as a teacher he should be able to take on constructive criticism, or at least respond in a less-patronizing way. You certainly did nothing wrong.
    Cool spa photos. I bet they didn’t know they would be review on your blog! ;) It’s neat that you get regular facials. Looks like a nice place (besides the ameateur who worked on you, of course).
    If I am ever in Boston I would love to do a blogger meet-up! :D

  • Katie

    Haha – I cracked up at this post because you know I KNOW which instructor you’re talking about! He does have a very ‘holier than thou’ way about him – I’ve actually taken a break from his Wednesday class since that time I dropped a medicine ball and it cracked me on my head and he gave me a dirty look for not ‘shaking it off’ – I would have a few choice words for him given the opportunity so be proud or yourself for speaking up! As for the spa….I actually had a really negative experience there as well! We have too much in common with this post – lets talk this week, I have some recommendations for facials!

  • Elina

    Yeah, Katie… I was wondering what you’d think of this since you used to like this guy’s classes. You dropped a medicine ball on your head and he gave you a dirty look?! I’m totally done with him. Seriously. I’m looking forward to our date night on Wednesday! ;)

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