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Apr 072017
 

Spring is here in the nation’s capital!! We enjoyed some beautiful weather this week, and everything is finally starting to turn green. Look at these pretty trees by my office!

Last week I had a work event that went late on Thursday night, so I didn’t get the chance to pop in with a weekly workout update for you guys. I actually missed writing it; I always like reflecting on the week’s workouts to see if I had enough variety in terms of cardio, strength, and stability/stretching (yoga). Let’s get back to it with a look at this week’s workouts, shall we?

Sat., April – Short, shake-out run with Jack. We only covered a mile, which was fine with me. Mostly I just wanted to move my legs a bit!

Sun., April – Cherry Blossom 10 Miler!! I’m still feeling so happy about that seven-second PR. Woohoo!

Mon., April – Rest day! I actually wasn’t feeling too sore after the race, but I figured a rest day to stretch and foam roll never hurt anybody.

Tues., April – Fabio and I took a 7:00 a.m. Hot Power Fusion class at CorePower Yoga on Tuesday! We’ve taken this class once before, and it’s very similar to CPY’s Yoga 2 class but with a bit more strength involved. And, it is HOT! Phew! Fabio and I were dripping in sweat by the end. We also agreed we really liked the instructor, Lorenzo, and his core workout at the end was pretty great (read: hard!).

Wed., April – I actually wound up doing two workouts on Wednesday! In the morning, I joined my buddies Anne and Kathleen for a bootcamp at Urban Athletic Club. It was a hard one and we went through the three stations doing various exercises including kettlebell swings, deadlifts, box pushes, mountain climbers on sliders and the TRX, broad jumps, burpees, chest presses, pull-ups, jump rope, Russian twists, and more. Phew!

It was a good one!

In the evening, Fabio and I drove into Southwest to join a few of his coworkers for a free yoga class at Blind Whino, an awesome arts club housed in an old Baptist church from 1886.

The building is incredible, and the whole space is decorated with amazing, colorful art inside and out. As soon as we walked inside, we saw a bunch of butterflies!

So cool!

Blind Whino hosts free yoga classes every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the performance area, which is upstairs. The space was so cool! (They also rent out Blind Whino for events, and their website has some photos of wedding receptions that have taken place in this room! How cool!)

Throughout the whole practice, I couldn’t stop my eyes from wandering to all the different art on the walls and ceiling. Savasana was especially interesting since I spent it looking up at a ceiling painted in a million different colors.

The class itself was pretty good, and our instructor did a good job at making the class appropriate for all levels of yogis. The class felt a lot like a beginner’s yoga class with lots of simple explanations for the poses, but we also got into a few challenging inversions too so there was something for everyone.

Once the class was over, we walked around the rest of the building to check out more of the art. There was a big cherry blossom display downstairs, which looked similar to the real ones blooming along the Tidal Basin!

Fabio and I thought this space was just so cool, and we are so glad his coworkers told us about the free yoga classes. We will be back!

Thurs., April 6 – Another rest day! Somehow I really blew through my ClassPass (<– referral link for $30 off!!) classes this month, and I now only have one class left between now and the end of next week. Womp womp. I was planning to take a spin class on Thursday, but once I saw that I didn’t have enough classes to get me through next week I canceled and took a rest day instead. Plus, since I did two workouts on Wednesday I figured that was good enough. 🙂

Fri., April 7 – It’s Thursday night as I write this, but tomorrow’s plan is to run 3 miles with Jack in the morning!

All in all it wasn’t my best week of workouts – there was a lot more yoga than usual and I could have included a bit more cardio – but I was still happy with how things went, especially after the successful 10-miler on Sunday.

I will leave you with this last fun tidbit from the week. On Tuesday evening, Fabio and I headed out to walk Jack together after work, as we usually do. The weather was so beautiful (70 degrees), and when we got to the park where we always take Jack, we saw that the local high school’s baseball team was playing. Since it was so nice out, we decided to sit on the bleachers and watch the game for a while.

In case you’re a new reader, Fabio is a HUGE baseball fan, so he was really happy to be out there watching a game for free. I was just happy for some extra time in the sunshine!

Once we had watched a little more than an inning, we decided to head back home, but not before stopping at the concession stand so Fabio could get a hot dog. What would a baseball game be without a hot dog?

He was nice enough to give me two bites on the walk home too. What a guy. 😉

Question of the day: What sports did you play in high school?

Fabio played baseball, and I was a cheerleader!

Throwback pic with Bianca and Hana!!

I’m on the bottom there somewhere…

I have a feeling we’ll be stopping by more of these high school baseball games throughout the year, and I’m dying to go to one of the football games in the fall to watch the cheerleaders!

 Posted by on April 7, 2017
Mar 242017
 

Hi friends! I’m going to keep things short and sweet today for two reasons.

Reason number one: A furry visitor just got here (it’s Thursday night as I type this), and I feel like I should give him some attention! We are dog sitting for our good friends Megan and JR this weekend while they attend a wedding in Florida, and it’s always a lot of fun when we have Tully staying with us.

When I brought Tully home today after work, he and Jack spent a decent amount of time sprinting in circles around the couch. There was also a lot of squeak toy action happening, so things are pretty noisy and chaotic around here at the moment. I feel like a mom whose kid is having a sleepover!

And the other reason I’m keeping things short today: Fabio is finally home from his work trip! Yayyy! He’s been gone since 5 a.m. on Sunday morning, which was entirely too long in my book. Jack and I missed him!

Before I sign off though, let’s chat quickly about my workouts this week.

Sat., March 18: Rest day! Fabio and I were supposed to do a long run this day, but our schedule wound up getting really crowded with other appointments so we decided to postpone it until this weekend instead.

Sun., March 19: Another rest day! I spent this day cleaning the house, running a million errands, and getting a lot of wedding planning done. 🙂

Mon., March 20: Three mile run with Jack! This run actually felt pretty easy and my pace got back into the 8:50 range, which is more in line with how I used to run back in the day. When I started training for this Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, I felt like I would never get back to feeling like three miles was an “easy” distance, but it’s looking I’m finally back in that place. Yay!

Tues., March 21: On Tuesday, Anne, Kathleen, and I took a bootcamp class at Definitions. It was a really good class, and took us through three stations with a variety of exercises including curtsy lunges with kettlebells, TRX rows, pushups, one-legged squats, jump squats, ab V-ups, rowing, and more. We definitely worked up a sweat, and had a great time chatting throughout the workout like usual.

Wed., March 22: On Wednesday, Anne and I headed out for another bootcamp, this time at Urban Athletic Club! Our instructor Romain took us through a workout that was half AMRAP (as many reps as possible) and half 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off. Our exercises included box pushes, hurdle/sprints, burpees, kettlebell swings, TRX rows, up and down planks, wall balls, TRX mountain climbers, pull-ups, jump rope, kettlebell snatches, overhead presses, bicep curls, and treadmill running. Honestly when I saw treadmill running on the board I was disappointed, but then Romain explained we wouldn’t actually be turning the treadmill on – he wanted us to move the tread just with our feet! It was tough and added a fun new element to our usual lineup.

It was a good one!

Thurs., March 23: Rest day! After two days in a row of early wakeup calls and showering in the crappy shower at work, I wanted a day to sleep in and get ready at home.

Fri., March 24: Tomorrow I have a spin class at Revolve DC on the agenda!

Alright friends, I’m calling it a night. Have a good weekend!

Question of the day: Do you ever pet sit for friends? If so, do the pets ever do anything weird?

We once watched a dog for Fabio’s coworker who used to steal all of Fabio’s dirty socks out of the hamper and drag them around the house! I also remember he wouldn’t let go of them when you asked for them back, haha!

Then again, Jack brings whatever clothing item we last wore to the front door every time we leave the house (he also grabs clothes out of the hamper) so I guess our own dog is pretty weird. The worst is when he brings our sweaty gym clothes to the door and then we have guests over! Eek!

 Posted by on March 24, 2017
Mar 172017
 

Hello there! How was your week? I had a particularly good one–despite some bitter cold weather–and it seemed to fly right by! Here’s a look back at my workouts from the week.

Sat., March 11 – Solo eight-mile run into D.C. and along the Georgetown waterfront.

As I mentioned in my weekend recap, I was super proud of myself for this run since I was cold, alone, and struggling to run up all the hills in Rosslyn. The thought of taking an uber home crossed my mind a million times during the hilly part of the run, but luckily I stuck with it and powered through to the end. Woohoo!

Sun., March 12 – On Sunday I took a Yoga 1 class with Fabio’s sister Diane at Edge Yoga in Courthouse. This is one of my favorite yoga studios and I love that their Yoga 1 class is really what a Yoga 2 class would be anywhere else. We got into some challenging poses (we even attempted flying lizard, which was a no-go for me) and I really enjoyed the stretch after the long run the day before.

Mon., March 13Anne and I decided to start the workweek off on a sweaty note with a Monday morning bootcamp class at Urban Athletic Club. We had the new(ish) instructor, Ali, again, and she took us through a couple of rounds of EMOM (every minute on the minute) and AMRAP (as many reps as possible) intervals with moves like toes to bar, TRX rows, TRX mountain climbers, burpees, thrusters, and more. I challenged myself to use heavier weights than I usually do and I was SO sore after this workout. Phew! It was a good one, if a little more CrossFit-y than I usually like.

Tues., March 14On Tuesday I enjoyed a lazy, snowy rest day! We were initially supposed to get between 8 and 12 inches of snow on Monday night/Tuesday morning, but it wound up being only about 2 or 3 inches here in Arlington. It was still enough to allow Fabio and me to work from home though, so I was a happy camper!

We took Jack to the park before we got started on work, and needless to say, he had a blast in the wet, heavy, snow.

We played a couple of rounds of fetch with a stick we found until we all got too cold and decided it was time to head back.

Once we were warm inside, I made us some blueberry muffins for breakfast using this recipe.

The recipe was perfect since we only had a tiny bit of almond milk in the fridge, and I liked that it called for Greek yogurt, honey, and old fashioned oats instead of any butter, oil, or refined sugar. Woohoo!

Fabio and I wound up working from the couch in front of the fire for most of the day, which was lovely! I could get used to that!

Wed., March 15 – Anne and I were ready for another sweaty workout on Wednesday morning, so we hit up BLAST in Foggy Bottom for a treadmill/strength workout. For anyone who hasn’t been to BLAST, it’s very similar to Orange Theory in that half the class is spent on the treadmill completing various different intervals (sprints and steep hill climbs) and the other half is spent on the floor doing various strength work.

Anne and I both agreed we enjoyed the BLAST workout more than we did the last couple of times we’ve gone to the class. I don’t know if it was the instructor (we had Lauren) or just that we are getting more familiar with the format, but I have a feeling we’ll start going back to BLAST more often!

Thurs., March 16  On Thursday, Fabio and I took a spin class at FlyWheel in City Center. It was a great class, and as usual, I sweat up a storm.

My overall score at the end of class was 158, and when I checked back to see how my score compared to last time, I realized that the last class I took was exactly one month ago (Feb. 16) and I got exactly the same score then too. How random is that? I usually fall somewhere between 230 and 270, but to get the exact same number two classes in a row is a pretty big coincidence. What can I say, I guess I’m consistent lately? Anyway, the class was great! Plus I always like when Fabio joins me for a class. 🙂

Fri., March 17 – Rest day!

Ok so really quickly before I sign off for today, I have to share this random story with you from this week.

So on Monday at Urban Athletic Club, Anne and I were chatting with this girl during our cool down stretch about where she likes to go on ClassPass. I remember she had a really cute matching leggings/sports bra set that had black and white palm trees on them, and she had a University of Maryland gym bag. We left class and I didn’t think about her again.

Then on Wednesday as I was leaving BLAST, I noticed the girl walking out in front of me had a University of Maryland gym bag. I looked down and saw the black and white palm tree leggings! My first thought was, OMG – it’s that girl again! My second thought was, I hope she did laundry yesterday! (Lol – hopefully she did.) She was too far away from me by then for me to say anything to her, but I remember thinking it was such a coincidence to see her twice in one week.

THEN on Thursday when I got to FlyWheel, I saw the University of Maryland gym bag again! It was sitting under a bench and when I looked around, sure enough I saw the same girl sitting by me putting on her spin shoes (this time she was also wearing the palm tree sports bra so again, I hope she did laundry lol). This time I said hi to her, and we laughed about how we took three of the same classes this week.

Anyway, I just thought it was such a random coincidence that I had to share here! Now I’m wondering when I’ll see her again, and if she’ll have on something other than the palm tree outfit, lol. Next time I see her I also want to ask if she went to University of Maryland! I’d love to find out if we have any Terp friends in common.

Alright friends, that’s all for today. Have a wonderful weekend!

Question of the day: Have you ever seen a stranger more than once in a week? It’s so weird when that happens, right?

 Posted by on March 17, 2017
Mar 102017
 

Sorry for the late post today – I screwed something up with my auto-scheduler! Better late than never though, right?

Hi friends! How was your week?

Fabio left for his bachelor party trip to Tampa, FL this morning, and he’ll be spending the long weekend with his friends at the Yankees’ spring training baseball game. Or is it games? I’m not really sure how that all works, TBH. Oh well.

While he’s away I have some fun plans the weekend, one of which includes picking up my girls’ bridesmaid dresses from Bella Bridesmaids. Some of the girls got their dresses shipped to them directly, but a few got them sent to the store in D.C. so I’m going with my mom on Saturday to pick them up.

Hana sent me this picture when her dress arrived at her office yesterday. 🙂

Cute!

I can’t wait to see how all the dresses look together, especially since we had to guess by holding up a similar skirt when we were in the store.

Woohoo!

Before I get too far ahead of myself though, let’s talk about this week! Starting with my workouts.

Sat., March 4 & Sun., March 5  Rest days! I spent these days enjoying my bachelorette party in Fort Lauderdale with my best friends. Does staying out dancing until 3 a.m. count as a workout? 😉

Mon., March 6 – Another rest day. My body was EXHAUSTED after all the fun, and I needed some time to sleep in before getting back to reality.

Tues., March 7 – Finally back it! Fabio, Anne, and I took a bootcamp class at one of our favorite spots, Definitions DC!

It was Fabio’s first time going to that class and he seemed to really like it. The instructors are so good at Definitions and really make newbies feel welcome, so I could see why he enjoyed it.

We completed a bunch of different intervals that included exercises like rowing, battle ropes, planks, TRX squats and rows, kettlebell swings, and side shuffles. It was a good one!

Wed., March 8 – Anne and I headed into DC for another class on Wednesday, this time for our favorite Sculpt class at CorePower Yoga! Our favorite instructor Mandy was teaching again, and she just makes these classes so difficult.

For those of you who don’t know much about this class, it’s a mix of yoga and bootcamp-style exercises and includes weights, a cardio segment, and lots of muscle-burning movements. I always think the plank series in particular is super hard, and the sweat was dripping off my face onto my mat the whole time. Lovely.

Thurs., March 9 – It was a beautiful day on Thursday, so Fabio and I headed out for a 3 mile run with Jack! Our pace was pretty speedy for us – around 8:52 – which are numbers we haven’t seen in a while. It’s nice to be building speed back up!

Fri., March 10 – There’s a TRX class in Rosslyn I’m debating going to tomorrow morning (I’m writing this on Friday night) but I haven’t signed up yet because I’m thinking I might want to hang around with Fabio in the morning before he leaves for his trip instead (you know, to make sure he didn’t forget to bring clean underwear and remind him – again – to please be careful and come home in one piece). 😉 So we will see how I feel tomorrow!

As for other highlights from the week, I had a few!

Favorite Lunch

After all the debauchery in Fort Lauderdale, I enjoyed a delicious salad full of #alltheveggies on Monday for lunch. I had the Rad Thai salad from SweetGreen, and it hit the spot!

Favorite Dinner

My dad had a meeting in Arlington on Wednesday, so he stuck around when it was over so we could have dinner together. We went to our favorite Tex-Mex spot, Uncle Julio’s, and I enjoyed two of the three fish tacos pictured below.

I love when there are leftovers!

I also ordered one of the skinny margaritas instead of the big swirl cocktail I usually get (which is half frozen sangria and half frozen margarita), and it was delicious!

Favorite Delivery

Man, the people from Giant are just the BEST! As if the chocolate package I got a couple weeks ago wasn’t enough, this week they sent me a few of their salad dressings to try out.

I’m especially excited to try the organic white balsamic vinaigrette dressing, which looks right up my alley. Thank you, Giant!

Favorite Special Occasion

Remember when my friends sent me this amazing basket full of alcohol that I am supposed to drink during various wedding planning milestones?

Well we are officially less than 100 days out from our wedding, so Fabio and I enjoyed this bottle of delicious beer one night this week!

Lol – see Jack in the background?

We were a couple of days late due to the bachelorette party last week, but we still made it work. We enjoyed the beer while trying to figure out first and last names for everyone we’re inviting to the wedding, which is something we should have done ages ago and actually wound up being pretty tough (we had a lot of “Maria y familia” and “Sarah & her boyfriend” so we had to clean up all of that). Blech. The beer made it easier. 🙂

Alright friends, that’s all I have for today. Have a wonderful weekend!

Question of the day: Are you a beer drinker or wine drinker?

 Posted by on March 10, 2017
Mar 022017
 

Well friends, by the time you read this I will be on my way to my bachelorette destination! My girlfriends planned the whole thing (kudos to my MoH Bianca and awesome bridesmaid, Megan!!) and the location is a surprise! All I know is that I’m supposed to pack bathing suits and warm-weather clothes, so I know it’s going to be awesome. Plus, I just love my friends so much that you could literally stick us in a shack somewhere and I’d be a happy camper. 🙂

Anyway, I’m out for vacation today and tomorrow, and I’ll *try* to get a recap post for you up on Monday but that will depend on what time we get back on Sunday (since my friends booked my flights for me too, I don’t know when we get back!). Surprises are so fun. 🙂

Before I get too far ahead of myself, let’s talk about this week’s workouts.

Saturday, Feb. 25: A beautiful 5.6 mile solo run through Arlington and D.C. It was pretty challenging, which always seems to be the case when I run alone. It was so pretty though!

Sunday, Feb. 26: Rest day!

Monday, Feb. 27: Anne, Kathleen, and I decided to try something new on Monday — we took a kettlebell conditioning class at CRUNCH gym by Metro Center. As soon as we arrived, we were blown away by how nice and welcoming everyone was. We got a tour of the gym and the nice locker rooms, and then it was time for our class!

We were especially happy about the variety of kettlebells available, which is very much the opposite of one of our favorite spots, Urban Athletic Club. Over there, there are limited options and we sometimes have to share kettlebells. Not at CRUNCH!

We all grabbed a few kettlebells and picked up a big exercise ball for our workout, and then got started!

The class was relatively low-key as it focused more on strength and didn’t include any cardio, which I actually thought was a nice change of pace for us. I also liked that you could make this class what you wanted – if you used heavy kettlebells then it could be really challenging and if you went lighter ones it would be a nice, relaxing strength session. I wound up using fairly heavy kettlebells (two 12 lb. ones was plenty challenging for me) and was sore the next day.

I liked this class and would definitely go back when we’re looking for something a little different!

Tuesday, Feb. 28: Fabio and I headed into Georgetown on Tuesday morning for the C2 class at CorePower Yoga. Fabio’s been getting more and more into yoga lately so when he requested going to a class on Tuesday I happily obliged. 🙂

Sorry for the grainy and dark photo!

The class was fairly challenging and also gave us a good stretch. I also was a sweaty mess by the end, so I’ll consider that a success.

Wednesday, March 1: Anne and I headed into Dupont Circle for another class at CorePower Yoga (two days in a row!), but this time it was their sculpt class. Our favorite instructor Mandy was teaching, and she absolutely killed us! For whatever reason, the class was much harder than last time, which was both horrible and great. 🙂

All in all I’d say it was a good week of workouts so far! I didn’t have room for my sneakers in my carry-on, so if I do any workouts while I’m away it will probably be something low-key like more yoga or some walks on the beach (assuming I’ll be by a beach?). But, if I don’t get any workouts in that’s ok too! I actually planned around this weekend when making my Cherry Blossom 10 Miler training plan, so I’ll be happy with whatever happens.

And now let’s talk about my Monday night, which wound up being super fun and special since we had our wedding menu tasting!

We had initially planned to do the menu tasting on a weekend, but sadly we couldn’t get our schedule to align with the staff at the wedding venue (they have a lot of weekend events and other weddings) so we went on Monday night instead. My mom, stepdad, dad, and little sister joined us for the fun. 🙂

While there we got to try the champagne (woohoo! Fun Monday indeed.) as well as a ton of hors d’ouvres, salads, and entrees.

Everything was extremely delicious, but my favorite items were probably the “Wye River salad” which comes with strawberries, goat cheese, and candied nuts, and the crab dip. Because how can you not have crab dip when you’re on the eastern shore of Maryland?

Really though, everything that we ate was absolutely delicious and we were so happy with the food for our wedding. I think our guests are really going to enjoy it!

After we ate we went through a bunch of other details like what napkin color we want, selecting china, chairs, table numbers, etc. etc. etc. It was a productive evening and we made a lot of important decisions!

We didn’t wind up getting home until past my bed time (around 10:45) but it was worth it to have such a fun and productive night! 🙂

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today. I’ll talk to you when I get back!! Woohooo!!

Question of the day: What’s the best wedding food you ever had?

My friend Megan’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream stand was a memorable one for me!

 Posted by on March 2, 2017
Feb 032017
 

Hi friends! How was your week? Mine was pretty meh – nothing bad happened per se but nothing really great happened either. Plus, as Fabio will tell you, I’m prone to getting the “February blues” because winter is my least favorite season BY FAR. I need some sunshine in my life!

Anyway, I don’t have a full Favorite Things Friday post for you guys today but I did want to stop by to recap my workouts this week. Let’s take a look!

Saturday, Jan. 28 

I went for a quick run with Jack on Saturday morning. We only went about a mile, but it was something!

Sunday, Jan. 29

Sunday was a rest day. 🙂

Monday, Jan. 30

On Monday morning, I met up with my friends Anne and Kathleen for a class at Urban Athletic Club via ClassPass (<–affiliate link for $30 off!). One of our favorite instructors Teisha is no longer teaching at the Georgetown studio, so we were excited to try out their new instructor, Ali.

The first half of the workout was 20 minutes of AMRAP (as many reps as possible) of front squats, kneeling shoulder presses, dead lifts, pull-ups, and burpees. We counted down the number of reps for each exercise, so we started with 10 reps, then 8, then 6, etc. We were also supposed to increase our weight each time, meaning that we were really struggling to complete the two reps at the end because the weights were so heavy.

This workout structure was pretty different from UAC’s usual set-up, which was fine except that there wasn’t really enough equipment for everyone to be doing the same exercises at one time. So, for example, when it came time for me to increase my 12.5 lb. weights, I had to go all the way up to 20 lbs. because all the 15  and 17 lb. dumbbells were being used. This isn’t usually such a big issue when we’re split into different stations, but with everyone working on the same exercises at the same time it was a bit of a problem.

The second half of the workout was 12 minutes of Tabata with exercises including med ball V-ups (holy abs!), kettlebell swings, weighted walking lunges, and hanging toes to bar (omg more abs).

This half went much smoother!

All in all I really liked Ali as an instructor and on Tuesday my arms were SO SORE from all the pullups and my abs were pretty sore too. Success! I think with time she’ll be able to figure out how to get around the equipment issue (or maybe Urban Athletic Club will bite the bullet and buy more…hint hint, Graham).

We got a little snow on Sunday night, so when I got out from class I had to snap a photo of the beautiful snow-covered trees in the morning light.

Ok, maybe there are some good things about winter.

Tuesday, Jan. 31

On Tuesday morning, I covered three miles with Jack to kick off my Cherry Blossom 10 Miler training. Fabio will be running this race with me as well, so hopefully he’ll start joining me for these training runs soon? 😉 The run was NOT easy for me, and we went pretty slow, but hey, I had to start somewhere. It’s amazing how running three miles used to be no big deal for me at all – in fact it was always my “easy” distance – but after so much time off from any serious mileage it felt like a struggle. Ugh. More on this below.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

On Wednesday, Anne and I hit up CorePower Yoga in Dupont Circle for their Sculpt class! You guys have heard me rave about the Sculpt class before – it’s the one that’s a mix of yoga and bootcamp-type exercises and incorporates weights and a burst of cardio. Anne and I decided to go all the way to Dupont for this class since one of our favorite instructors, Mandy, was teaching! She was great, as always. Now I’m dying to take Anne to Monica’s class at the Clarendon location! I know she’s going to love it!

This Sculpt class really is the best – try it out if you haven’t yet!

Thursday, Feb. 2

When I asked Fabio how he wanted to use his last ClassPass class of his cycle, he said he wanted to do yoga because he likes how it “stretches him out.” Well, ok then. Even though I had just gone to yoga the day before, I decided that taking the Hot Power Fusion class at the CorePower Yoga in Clarendon was different enough from Sculpt to do consecutively. We wound up taking the class with Melody and it was just the perfect level of challenging. It was also really hot in there – much hotter than the Sculpt class. Phew!

Recycled photo!

It was a great way to start the day, and Fabio seemed to enjoy the class too!

Friday, Feb. 3

Rest day!

All in all, I’d say it was a pretty good week of workouts. There was definitely a bit more yoga that I usually do – especially two days in a row – but the classes were different enough that I thought it was fine.

The biggest thing that’s weighing on my mind right now is my running. I was really surprised by how hard the three miles felt to me, and I have to admit I’m not looking forward to my longer training runs at all. I wound up signing up for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler because a bunch of our friends will also be running it, and I LOVED everything about it the last time I ran it, but I’m starting to wonder if distance running is just not my thing anymore.

Of course I’m still going to do the race (I don’t believe in quitting!), but I think there’s a reason I haven’t done any races at all since 2014. I’m a big believer in doing exercise that you love – exercise that you look forward to – and distance running just doesn’t make me feel that way right now. Maybe that will change once I get back into the longer distances? TBD.

Question of the Day: Do you enjoy distance running?

 Posted by on February 3, 2017
Jan 272017
 

Hi friends! How was your week? Mine was a good one, but I’m glad it’s almost over because we have some fun wedding planning activities on the agenda for the weekend! One of which is cake tasting which is obviously something I’m really looking forward to. 🙂

Anyway, before I get too far ahead of myself, let’s talk about this past week! Instead of your usual  Favorite Things Friday post, I wanted to talk to you guys about my current food and fitness routine as I prepare for my bachelorette party which is coming up in just four weeks. Eek!

First, let’s recap my workouts from the week.

  • Saturday, Jan. 21: Rest day! We walked a bit around the park in Queens.
  • Sunday, Jan. 22: Rest day! This day was filled with driving home and lots of grocery shopping/meal prepping.
  • Monday, Jan. 23: Rest day. I was feeling exhausted from the weekend, and my knees were still hurting me from my recent tendinitis. I took some ibuprofen and iced/elevated and then had no more problems for the rest of the week! Woohoo!
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24: 7 a.m. FlyWheel class via ClassPass (<–affiliate link for $30 off!) with Fabio and his coworker Kyle! It was really fun to have a couple of friends with me during this class, and I really enjoyed pedaling alongside them! I wasn’t feeling my best during this class and didn’t get as high of a Power score as I usually do, but what are you gonna’ do. It was still a good workout, and I was dripping in sweat by the end.

When we got home from class, we spent a few extra minutes on Jack cuddles.

Ha!

  • Wednesday, Jan. 25: 7:15 a.m. class at BLAST DC with Anne! Anne and I had both taken classes at BLAST before, and thought it would be nice to switch things up from our normal spots. BLAST incorporates a mix of treadmill climbs/sprints with some strength work on the floor, and both of us agreed that it was really hard!

There was also less of a mental challenge since you were just following what the instructor told you to do vs. trying to remember an interval yourself, so we felt like the class went by kind of slowly compared to our usual bootcamp classes. It was still a great workout, but I’m not sure we’re ready to add this one into our regular rotation. (Plus the 7:15 start time meant I wound up being 15 minutes late to work. Boo.) Overall we still enjoyed it though!

  • Thursday, Jan. 26: 6:30 a.m. class with Anne and Fabio at MADabolic in Arlington! We had Vicki as our instructor on Thursday, and she was awesome!

Our bootcamp took us through 5 stations 6 times around with a mix level of effort from 80% all the way up to 90%+. It was a great workout and flew right by! I actually remember thinking how much more I enjoyed this workout than the class the day before. It was a lot of cardio which wasn’t exactly what I was looking for after two days in a row of it (usually MADabolic has more strength) but I still enjoyed it!

  • Friday, Jan. 27: Rest day!

And there you have it – my week of workouts!

Alright, now let’s chat about food! As you guys know, with my bachelorette party coming up soon and dress fittings and wedding events following shortly after, I’m trying to make sure I’m eating as well as I can so I’m in good shape during this exciting time in my life.

A few months ago I read about Tina’s new meal plan program, Designed to Fit Nutrition, which gives you customized meal plans depending on your body type, goals, and macronutrient targets. I’ve been wanting to learn more about macronutrients for a really long time, and I thought this meal plan could be the perfect way to educate myself about how many grams of carbs, protein, and healthy fats my body does best on. For example, I’ve long thought that my body doesn’t do well with carbs, so I was hoping this plan could help me test that out!

I asked for a gift certificate for Designed to Fit for Christmas, and I signed up at the beginning of January! This week was my first week on the four-week meal plan, which meant there was lots of planning and prepping going on at my house on Sunday.

Overall I’ve been really enjoying the recipes on the meal plan, and at first I was actually surprised by how much food I was “allowed” to eat! When I first saw the plan I thought it would be way too much food for me, but now that I’ve been on it for a few days I’ve realized a couple of things: 1) My portion sizes were way too big before, and when I carefully measure and weigh (!!) my food I can better gauge how much I’m eating and 2) On this plan I can eat a bunch of smaller meals all throughout the day, instead of just doing breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s been really great so far, and I’m already feeling like it’s made a difference in how I feel about my body!

Here’s a peek at some of what I’ve been eating.

Egg scramble with potatoes, egg whites, eggs, cottage cheese, broccoli, peppers, onions, and hot sauce.

Overnight oats with chocolate protein powder (this is new for me), almond milk, almonds, and shredded coconut.

I’ve also been drinking protein shakes after my workouts (chocolate protein powder + almond milk) with half a banana. These shakes keep me full throughout the early part of the morning, so then the rest of my meals come a little later in the day as well. This helps keep me satisfied with all my lunches and snacks through dinner time!

Lunches have been a combo of salads (weighed!) with hardboiled eggs and half a sweet potato…

Or Southwestern chicken salad made with Greek yogurt and all kinds of veggies. Yum!

Afternoon snacks have included fruit, almonds, Kind bars, and RX bars! I really like these chocolate sea salt RX bars, and especially like the ingredient list. Two thumbs up!

Dinners have mostly included lean meats, veggies, and sometimes carbs! Weighing my food has been really important for me here, as this is where I find I used to overestimate my portions the most. Whoops.

We also had breakfast for dinner one night, which I was super excited about. Greek yogurt protein pancakes and chicken apple sausage for the win!

There’s even room for dessert some nights, including organic graham cookies and a tablespoon (measured!) of peanut butter. You better believe I licked that tablespoon clean. 😉

All in all I’m really enjoying this plan, and I like that each meal is balanced in terms of how many grams of protein, carbs, and healthy fats I’m getting specific to my body and my goals. I’ m never hungry while on the plan, but I don’t feel like it’s too much food either (which I was worried about at first). You know I’ll keep you posted, but for right now I’m thinking this is the perfect tool to help me feel my best next month for my bachelorette party! Woohoo!

Question of the day: Have you ever tried such a prescribed meal plan? Would you be able to follow it?

Obviously I’m going to stray from a bit for cake tasting this weekend, which is a-ok in my book! 🙂

 Posted by on January 27, 2017
Jul 072016
 

Hey friends! How’s everyone doing today? I attended another fun class at Urban Athletic Club with my buddies Anne and Kathleen yesterday, and instead of just glossing over it with some vague details I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you more about how this class is structured and why I love it so much.

I’ve received a few emails/comments lately from other DC locals on ClassPass who are looking for recommendations on classes to take, and Urban Athletic Club (UAC) is definitely one of my favorites! I usually go once a week using a combination of my ClassPass classes and a package of classes that I bought a while back, and it’s such a great workout every time. Plus, I love having the opportunity to spend an hour catching up with Anne and Kathleen while we work out! Multitasking at its finest!

UAC has a couple of different locations, but I’ve only ever been to the one in north Georgetown. Take note that it’s not down by the waterfront, but up closer to Dupont on 27th and Q NW. There is usually street parking and/or meters available nearby, and the entrance is located right on 27th up a flight of stairs. There are signs, but if you don’t know where you’re going it can be easy to miss!

When you arrive just ring the doorbell (it’s marked) and the instructor will come open the door for you.

Speaking of instructors, my favorites right now are Teisha, Romain, and Graham. Graham is the owner so he’s not teaching classes very often, but when he does they are always fun and challenging! Teisha’s classes feature tons of 90s throwback songs and plenty of cardio, whereas Romain plays the latest house music and songs on the radio and is a little more focused on mobility and strength (though really, all the classes are pretty similar).

When you arrive, the instructor will take you through a warm-up (Teisha’s are usually ladder drills and Romain’s are usually stretching/walking movements) and then he/she will go over the workout for the day!

The class is broken out into three sections: turf, grid, and open.

The turf area is usually where all the cardio takes place, the grid uses TRX and monkey bars, and the open uses weights. The class divides up into groups of 3 or 4, and each group will cycle through all three stations for a set period of time (either as many reps as possible – AMRAP – in a certain number of minutes, or tabata style with a few seconds on and a few seconds of rest).

Once each group has gone through all three stations, it’s time for “half time” which will usually involve something like running around the block or holding a plank. After that, everyone breaks out into their groups again and goes to each station for the second half, but this time with completely different movements than the first half.

I’ll explain all of this in greater detail as we go, so I think this will all make more sense in a minute!

Turf

The turf is a long strip of red turf, and is usually used for activities like burpees, suicide sprints, shuffle runs, wall balls, bear walks/crab walks, jump rope and more.

This is the area where most of the cardio takes place, so you’ll likely be the most winded after being at the turf. Phew!

Grid

The grid has a combination of monkey bars and TRX equipment, and in my opinion is the hardest station!

Exercises at the grid can include pull-ups, chin-ups, knees-to-chest, various rows, and pistol squats (among others).

The hardest part for me is when the TRX straps are lowered down to the floor and we put our feet in the straps for mountain climbers and ab work. Ouch! Any time I walk into the studio and see that the straps are low I know it’s going to be a hard workout. 

Wouldn’t it be more fun to just hang around on the monkey bars? 🙂

Open

The open is just an open space in the back of the gym with lots of different kettlebells and weights. Usually this area will include kettlebell swings, walking lunges, sumo squats, snatches, cleans, and whatever else the instructor throws at us that day.

Some of the toughest moves we do in the open involve really light weights. Whenever the instructor tells us to grab a lighter weight that usual, it’s another sign that a tough move is coming!

Halftime

Halftime occurs once each group has cycled through all three stations, and is totally different each time! Yesterday we had the option of running around the block or doing a wall sit with bicep curls. It was really muggy outside so Kathleen, Anne, and I opted for the wall sit. It was tough!

Sometimes the halftime challenge is something more simple like a plank, which makes chatting easier. 🙂

After halftime we go to each station again and do completely different exercises! Because the class is structured this way, it absolutely flies by and I usually am left feeling sweaty, tired, and completely shocked that an hour has passed by already. In this class I’m always thinking about what movement I need to do next, and before I know it class it over and it’s time to stretch!

By the way, there is a shower at UAC, but only one. They provide towels too!

If you couldn’t already tell, I love this class so much and really enjoy working out there every week. If you’re local and haven’t tried it yet, give it a shot! 🙂

*Note: this post is not sponsored in any way and I pay for all Urban Athletic Club classes on my own. I just really love these classes!

Question of the day: What’s your favorite type of class to take?

 Posted by on July 7, 2016
Mar 162016
 

Look at that – we made it to hump day! Is this week flying by for anyone else?

I had a really nice day yesterday and I always enjoy reading day-in-the-life style posts on other people’s blogs, so I thought I would share a recap of my day yesterday in a similar (if less detailed) format. Ready? Here we go!

My morning began with a run on the National Mall with Fabio and Jack! It was super dark (definitely a downside to daylight savings time) and a little rainy out, but I’m glad we made it out there anyway.

We began our run in front of the Capitol building, looped around the mall by the Washington monument, and then ended again at the Capitol! Seeing this view (even with all the scaffolding around the Capitol) definitely made me think of House of Cards. I love this city! 🙂

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Sorry for the crappy photo!

Initially we had plans to run with with our friend Dan, but apparently we had a miscommunication about the time we were meeting and he didn’t have his phone with him, so Fabio, Jack, and I waited around for a little while before running on our own. Next time we will be more coordinated!

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It was a lot of fun running with my two favorite guys; Fabio doesn’t join me for runs nearly as often as I’d like. The spitting rain was a little annoying, but it was worth it for these sights!

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Yay! 🙂

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In the end we wound up covering only two miles, but a two-miler on a cold and rainy day is still a lot better than no run at all. 🙂

When we came back home, we downed some of our fresh juice (this week’s batch has a lot of beets in it!) and then I made some avocado toast using Dave’s Killer Bread, 1/4 an avocado, a slice of turkey bacon, sliced tomato, and cheddar cheese. I popped the whole thing under the broiler for a few minutes to make the cheese melty. Yum!

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I’m actually trying something new in regards to meals this week; I’ve been stuck at the same weight for a couple of years now and I’d really like to lose a couple of pounds before our engagement party in a few weeks. I’ve been trying all my normal tricks and although I’m back down to the bottom range of my usual weight, I would love to go a little past it. I’ve been reading lately about the benefits of a low-carb, high-fat diet, and decided to give it a try. I’m loosely following a meal plan I found online for that type of diet for this week, and I wind up liking it I’ll be sure to share it on here. So far I’m feeling great!

After I got into work, I sipped on some tangerine-flavored “positive energy” tea that my coworker brought in for me. It was yummy!

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Soon enough it was time for lunch! The meal plan suggested turkey club wraps with spicy sprouts, with the wrap being a kale leaf. To make this, I spread some Laughing Cow cheese on a large piece of kale, then layered in sliced tomato, turkey, turkey bacon, and sprouts that I had tossed with some sriracha.

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While this was a good idea in theory, my kale leaf was a little too small for all those toppings and things got really messy. I wound up ditching the kale for the second one and just wrapped everything in the piece of turkey, and it turned out much better. The spicy sprouts were especially tasty!

At around 3:30 I broke for a snack: two celery sticks topped with peanut butter. Does this remind you of childhood or what? All that’s missing is the raisins! Also, the celery sticks look massive here but it was actually a pretty small plate. Then again, they were pretty big…

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Works for me!

One benefit of daylight savings time is how light it is when I get home! I got home yesterday and the weather was just beautiful, so Fabio and I took Jack on an extra long walk. We even spotted some beautiful crocuses on our way, and you know what that means: spring is coming!

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Also don’t be fooled into thinking I found a beautiful meadow in the heart of DC – this is just a vacant lot where we let Jack run around off-leash that happens to have some pretty flowers growing. 🙂

Once we got home, I snacked on one of these Walkers shortbread cookies that the company sent me to review.

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Holy moly, are those things dangerous. So buttery and sugary! After tasting one I made Fabio hide them (haha!) so I wouldn’t go back for more. There’s something about the simplicity of a shortbread cookie that makes me feel like I could eat 10 of them. Yum!

I also snacked on some raw almonds; clearly I was starving and just couldn’t wait for dinner! Eventually I got things going in the kitchen.

I wound up making this recipe for broiled salmon with a honey soy sauce and some simple roasted asparagus.

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It turned out so well, and I will absolutely use this recipe again. The sauce gave the salmon such a good flavor! We actually bought this salmon from Costco and froze a bunch of it, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing this meal pop up again soon. Yum!

I had planned on snacking on some Greek yogurt and fresh berries after dinner, but the salmon was actually really filling (they were big pieces) and since I had splurged on the cookie already I figured I didn’t really need it. 😉

Instead I finished up the evening on the couch with my boys! We watched an episode of House of Cards (of course!) and then called it a night.

The end!

Question of the day: Tell me one thing about your Tuesday!

 Posted by on March 16, 2016
Mar 092016
 

On Saturday morning, I had the opportunity to join my friend Anne for a pop-up SoulCycle class at Union Market! SoulCycle recently teamed up with Target to offer free pop-up spin classes around the country, and you better believe I wouldn’t miss a chance to try the much-talked-about class for free!

(How nerdy do we look here? That first one caught us off guard! Haha!)

The class was held at Dock 5 of Union Market, which is the same place where the Lamb Jam I went to over the summer was held. In case you ever go to an event there and can’t find Dock 5, it’s all the way to the right of Union Market and up the stairs. Luckily they had marked it pretty well with SoulCycle and Target signs, so I didn’t have any trouble finding it. 🙂
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As soon as I arrived, I saw that they had blocked off certain areas of the large warehouse space to resemble a spin studio, complete with a front desk, shopping area, cubbies, and the bikes!

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After we checked in and reserved a bike, we were given goodie bags with new fitness apparel from Target! I love their C9 Champion line of clothing, which always seems to be good quality, fashion-forward, and much more affordable than my beloved Lululemon.

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As soon as we received our bags, Anne and I headed into the bathroom to change. Might as well use our new stuff right?

I was given a pair of blue capris and a loose black tank top that was open in the back (I couldn’t find the exact ones online, but these are similar to the capris and this is similar to the tank).

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I loved the fit and design of the capris especially, which had a slightly different pattern on the back side than the front.

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So fun!

Once we were changed, it was time to get cycling! We headed into a dark space that had the light blocked out by black curtains.

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There were lots of people in our class, and apparently a lot were even on the waitlist. I felt very lucky to have a spot!

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A few minutes later, we were on our bikes and it was time to get going!

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The class itself was pretty good, but after hearing so many awesome things about SoulCycle I have to admit I left feeling a bit…underwhelmed. At this point I have tried out different spin studios all across the DC area, and I always expected SoulCycle to be the best of the best. I actually found the class to be a little bit slow and it wasn’t as challenging as I would have liked. I’m wondering how much this particular class set-up and instructor had an impact on that. I definitely plan to check out a class at their regular studio with a different instructor sometime before making a final judgement, but since their classes are expensive and they aren’t on ClassPass I can’t really see that happening anytime too soon. Oh well – in the meantime, I’ll keep doing my thing at FlyWheel and Biker Barre. 😉

Either way, the event itself was a lot of fun (and very well organized!) and I had a really fun Saturday morning working up a sweat with a good friend by my side.

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Thank you for having us, SoulCycle and Target!

Question of the day: Have you ever been to SoulCycle? What do you think?

P.S. The new SoulCycle x Target clothing line that we previewed at the event was super cute, and very affordable! Definitely check it out the next time you’re in Target!

 Posted by on March 9, 2016