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Pilates, Hot Yoga, and Barre Oh My!

16 Feb

Good morning readers!

What a crazy week this has been. I know I said that about last weekend, but seriously … this week kicked things up a big notch. Since there is SO much to discuss, I’m going to do my best to do a quick recap with only the highlights.

Let’s start off with Tuesday!

I woke up around 630 for a 730AM work meeting at lululemon. While I ate a delicious batch of overnight oats,Imagewe went over a bunch of topics, but my favorite was discussing the events we are a part of for the upcoming months.  I offered up the idea of doing a 5k as a team! Now I’m “owning it,” company lingo 🙂 , and am setting it up for all of us to do next month! Woo! 

After the meeting, I went to Equinox gym for my first Pilates class with Morgan and Carlene. I didn’t really know what to expect, but this class was definitely challenging whenever it came to my quads/hamstrings. Those bad boys are super tight.ImageAfter class, I met up with my roommate Autumn for lunch in our dining hall where I had a random mixture of fresh salads and enjoyed a piece of apple pie with vanilla ice cream.ImageBlurry.Horrible.Picture.

I then had to rush back to work for a meeting with Kelly and ended up staying until 630 to help out because someone couldn’t make it to their shift. I then swung home, picked up Erika, and we made whole wheat garlic bread, whole wheat pasta carbonara and sauteed vegetables while we watched The Perks of Being a (Wall)Flower! (Erika called it “The Perks of Being a Flower” on accident which had us cracking up. It was exactly what I needed after a super long day. I’m so happy to have met Erika and become close with her.ImageImageImage

Wednesday

Alarm was set for 515AM and I was up and at ’em for a hot yoga class at 6AM with my coworker Clare at Dancing Mind Yoga. I have been there once before and this class we took was with the same instructor, Alex. She knows how to push you and both times I have come out of her class totally rejuvenated – and incredibly sweaty.

Post class was breakfast and a meeting for me to learn more about the depth of the company, which was shared over bagels and “bite breaks.”ImageI couldn’t resist and got the Cinnamon Crunch bagel from Panera. If any of you have ever had this bagel, you will understand.

Instead, for lunch I had another batch of overnight oats and my shift flew by! I totally loved every second of work.ImageI pretty much passed out for the remainder of the day, except for catching up on Pretty Little Liars.


THURSDAY

Aka Valentine’s day! My day was off to a super sweet start because I woke up to a series of presents from the one and only Kevin Tao.ImageImageI decided to dive right in and have a cookie for breakfast. Sometimes that is just what the doctor ordered.

I got ready around 11 and went to Georgetown to meet up with Laura, a girl I knew in college who works for lululemon too, for my first Barre class! I first swung into lululemon and bought the Scuba hoodie I had been wanting for over a week! We ran out of it in my size at our store, but it was a Valentine’s Day present to myself – especially due to it’s color scheme 🙂ImageNext was Barre3. The studio was gorgeous. I was completely blown away. It’s by the waterfront and is in the second oldest building in DC, George Washington used it to store his tobacco. They had 2 rooms for the classes, a gorgeous lobby and a locker room.ImageImageImageWe took the class with the owner of the studio, Jill. Not only was she really personable, but she spoke to us the whole time to make sure we were doing each movement correctly, came around and made personal adjustments by moving your body, and even had us laughing at certain points. I’m not the kind of person to take breaks during a class, but in this class my quads and abs felt like they were going to shred if I didn’t. It was an amazing workout that I highly recommend.ImageShe even took our picture for us after class as we discussed clean eating 🙂 (she’s awesome). Laura and I also realized we were opposite color coordinated since we both work black and mint from lululemon.

INSTRUCTOR RECAP:

All 3 of the instructors were excellent at talking you through each movement, always making sure you were elongating your spine, tucking your tailbone, or giving you clear instructions for whichever move you were working on. However, only Alex and Jill moved around the class and adjusted my body. 

I know that makes some people feel uncomfortable, but for me that is the sign of a good instructor. It means they have an eye for paying attention to the smallest details, that they are constantly looking around the class making sure no one is at risk of injury and want you to maximize the effectiveness of each movement. They can notice when my hips need to be more parallel to the floor despite 20 other bodies around me.

I was so grateful to be able to go to all of these classes this week and really work on my core/back strength, along with my posture. I would have to say that Barre 3 was my favorite. If any of you are looking for a new class, I highly reccomend Barre. It’s no joke for sure.

Until next time,

Natasha

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“We’re just having fun and sweating together!”

11 Feb

Good morning readers!

This weekend was super crazy, but was a lot of fun. Working different shifts at lululemon gave me the opportunity to start getting to know everyone a little bit more and become more familiar with our way of doing things.

Saturday

Woah, talk about crazy. I clocked in some hours at our research lab in the morning and then darted over to lululemon in the afternoon for the closing shift. How did I manage to continue eating healthy with all the craziness of the day? Planning ahead. Since I knew I was going to be running around this weekend I woke up early Saturday to make sure I had plenty of time to make myself breakfast, then pack a healthy lunch and dinner to eat throughout the day.

Eating food on the go or “fast food” typically makes me feel sluggish, more tired, and “off.” If you know what I mean. Since I knew I was going to need a lot of energy, I made sure I had lots of vegetables and complex carbohydrates. What are those you may ask. Well here’s a little breakdown for you 🙂

Simple carbohydrates or simple sugars – These carbs are broken down and digested very quickly, but most simple carbs contain refined sugars and very few essential vitamins and minerals. Examples include table sugar, fruit juice, milk, yogurt, honey, molasses, maple syrup and brown sugar.

Complex carbohydrates – the complex carbs take longer to digest and are packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Examples include vegetables, whole grain breads, oatmeal, legumes, brown rice and wheat pasta.

With that in mind, I packed a big salad for lunch – spinach and arugula mix, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, cranberries, yellow bell pepper, and baby bella mushrooms in a light balsamic vinaigrette.IMG_2305I was so glad I had taken the time to pack a lunch and get started on it before I got to lululemon because we were having SUCH a crazy busy day that I was constantly moving until I went on break for dinner. I was actually really pumped for this dinner, which I also ended up eating for lunch on Sunday since it was quick, easy and delicious.IMG_2315Trador Joe’s Butternut Squash Ravioli with sauteed garlic, onion, broccoli and tri-color bell pepper in mariana sauce. HOLY YUM.

Once I got home Saturday night, this girl went straight to bed to re-coop.

Sunday

For some bizarre reason, I was up and at ’em at 7:34AM. Uhhhh what? I was only falling asleep the night before at 1215AM! Oh well, I spent the morning workin on that tax return, exciting stuff I know, then decided to try out a spin class at my gym. Although I’ve been at my gym since November, I had not ventured into the spinning room until yesterday morning. I didn’t really know what to expect, the last spinning class I took was freshman year of college at our school’s gym, but was excited to see what all the ranting and raving was about. The room had a cool biker theme to it complete with a disco ball on the ceiling to make it fun.IMG_2049Since I was new to the class, I hopped on on of the LiveStrong bikes in the back row and asked a fellow classmate to help me set up my bike so I was at the right position.IMG_2050Since the instructor came into class right before we started I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself, but she quickly revealed just how personable she was. First and foremost, she impressed me with her tech skills and interest in pop culture. She not only made a playlist of every single Grammy nominee, but she told us what they were nominated for as each song played and read us an interesting tidbit from People magazine all while biking and teaching the class! Crazy! And it kept me engaged with her which made me want to push myself when she asked us to.

As for the class aspect of it, I don’t know about you guys but I have a pretty non existant butt. That being said, riding for an hour on one of those stiff and slim seats did not feel so good. While the class was definitely challenging at times, I wouldn’t say that spinning is for me. I was pretty uncomfortable for a lot of the class, but I did feel better when we started to do “runs,” standing up and pedaling sprints instead of seated sprinting. I am definitely glad I tried it and I even got to learn a lot about some artists I hadn’t even heard of before. I felt that was a really creative and fun way to get everyone involved and keep your mind off of that huge hill you were currently battling.

One thing she said during class really struck me. We were working on an increased tension sprint interval and she noticed some people were having a hard time keeping the pace as the tension increased. She told us to crank it down a little if we needed to and added, “You don’t have to prove anything to anyone, we’re just having fun and sweating together!” I just felt that was a such an incredible attitude to have as an instructor. It made me as a newcomer feel comfortable going at my own pace, I didn’t have to kill myself trying to keep up with everyone. And she’s right, we are there to have fun, we just happen to be sweating while we are 🙂

Once I got home, I ran around to pack a lunch and a second breakfast for work while nomming on some Overnight Oats  I had popped into the fridge the night before:)IMG_2309 This mix had 1/2 a banana, 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk, 1/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt and was tossed into the almost empty jar of Old-Fashioned Crunchy PB I had.IMG_2312 I drank my smoothie on the way to work (1/2 cup mixed frozen berries, 1/2 banana, 1/3 cup non-fat greek yogurt, and 1/2 cup of OJ – to keep fighting off that cold I just got over) and packed the same ravioli and vegetable mixture I had on Sunday for lunch 🙂

One thing I have noticed about working at lulu these past few days is I am not drinking enough water or eating enough throughout my shifts. I have been getting hunger headaches and feeling dehydrated for a good portion of my shifts. For today’s shift, I’m keeping this in mind during meal prep and am going to make a more calorie dense dinner to eat on break, but also pack more snacks I can grab and munch throughout the evening.

To make my meals more satisfying overtime, I’ll need to add some more sources of whole grains in addition to some more healthy fats. These two components of my meals help keep me satiated overtime, versus only a couple of hours. Especially since I’m constantly moving around at this job versus sitting down I need to make sure I am fueling my body with the right amount of energy it will need to help me do my tasks effectively.

To make sure I’m staying hydrated, I’m simply going to pack a bigger water bottle. As you guys know, I love my clean kanteens, but 20 oz of water just ain’t cutting it for a 7 hour period. No worries though, I’ve got my trusty nalgene I can count on.

Readers, any suggestions on some great calorie dense meals you turn to?

Until next time,

Natasha

200 Push-Up Challenge & Sick Nutrients Checklist

9 Feb

Good morning readers!

First and foremost: how about that snow storm in the northeast?! Some of you may know that I am originally from Connecticut. My dad just sent me a text letting me know that the official count for snow up there is 31 inches!!! I am experiencing MAJOR snow envy right now. Definitely could go for some snuggling up with books, hot chocolate, and sledding all afternoon. -Sigh-

BUT the most exciting part of this post will be my 200 push-up challenge. That’s right! I never thought I would be able to do that many push-ups in one day, but I surprised myself and was able to do all, except 5 in the beginning group, without going on the knees! Wow. But more on that later 😉

Anywho, this week in the district I luckily had a couple days off of work and I really needed them due to a pretty bad cold that blew through my week starting Monday night. I even finished off another Jodi Picoult novel in less than 2 days!IMG_2299Now, when you’re sick it’s best you give your body the most amount of rest you can and refuel it with lots of nutrients when you’re appetite comes calling. Although there were a few times this week where I was really not in the mood to cook or move more than the steps it is from the bathroom to the couch, I made sure I was always having:

1. at least 2 meals per day

2. 8-9 glasses of water (sometimes juices or tea) per day

3. 4 vegetables per day

4. 2 fruits per day

Consider that my “Sick Nutrients Checklist.” I was working hard to flush all the toxins out of my body, by drinking plenty of fluids, and replenishing my body’s stores with powerful vitamins and minerals. Sounds good right? Here’s some quick meals I made that helped me stay on track and took minimal effort this week.

IMG_2300 Veg Sandwich! One whole wheat sandwich thin, 1 tbsp hummus, baby bella mushrooms, orange bell pepper, sliced tomato, 1/2 of an avocado, sliced cucumber and a sprinkle of Trader Joe’s 3 Cheese’s Lite.IMG_2302 Whipped Banana Oats! Tossed with raisins and crunchy peanut butter.IMG_2303Loaded Baked Potato! A baked potato cooked in the microwave for 5 minutes with sauteed baby bella mushrooms, and broccoli with medium salsa and Trader Joe’s 3 Cheese’s Lite.

All these meals took me less than 10 minutes to prep and were really filling, especially since I had a small appetite. The sandwich was my least favorite of these 3 but I think that was because I could not really taste any food that day 😦

Also on the agenda this week were my first 2 shifts at lululemon! 🙂 Luckily my first shift was at the start of my sickness and by yesterday, for my second shift, I was feeling much better! My first day I chose super comfy clothes (lululemon cool racerback tank paired with lululemon pleasing pant and a BDG cardigan) since I wasn’t feeling great and we ended up busting out the yoga mats and practicing crow, headstands and wheels within the first 15 minutes I was there! I think it’s safe to say, I really like my job already 🙂IMG_2289 IMG_2026 IMG_2028

Now here’s the fun part! The 200 push-up challenge!

Yesterday Brandon and I were both working 12-7 so he turned to me and said, “Natasha, want to do a challenge with me today?” Now, here’s a little background on Brandon, he’s training to compete in a HUGE CrossFit competition and is incredibly strong. Knowing these 2 facts, I probably should have been a little more hesitant, but I was all about it and agreed. He said “We will complete 200 push-ups by the end of our shift today.” At first, I was nervous we wouldn’t be able to do it, more so that I wouldn’t be able to. The most I’ve ever done at the gym in one workout is around 50 and they were of different varieties so as not to burn out.

Well, the challenge was on and it was very clear from the start that neither Brandon or I are quitters. We started out with a pace plan, but quickly realized we wouldn’t be able to maintain it due to the business of the store. We began to then crank out 25 pushups every 30-45 minutes. Talk about fatigue! I would group mine by doing 15 then finishing up with 10. That way it was broken down and much less intimidating for me. My mindset was, “Only 10 left? You do 3 sets of 10 all the time! You got this!” It also helped that my co-workers were super supportive and encouraging. As we neared the end of our shift, Brandon sailed through the last 50 in the time it took me to do only 19! He’s a machine.IMG_2037 IMG_2042Having a challenge like this on my first full shift made me realize how great of an opportunity it is for me to be working with this team. It also showed me I am going to be challenging myself in so many ways in this job and I am so excited to see my growth overtime. Seeing on the first day of my shift that I am stronger than I am giving myself credit for was not only a confidence booster, but a perspective changer. How many other things do I doubt myself about but can actually do? What areas in my life am I not pushing hard enough to succeed simply because I think I cannot?

And you’re asking, “You’re getting this from working for a clothing company?” My answer, yes. The fact is there is a much deeper culture to lululemon than many people realize. Our goal as a company is to elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness and we work on achieving this through our ambassadors in the community, participating in classes at studios in our local communities, committing to an idea and doing it by when we say we will do it, and are always looking up – for ways to grow. I honestly am so excited for this journey and what lies ahead for me.

Enough of a tidbit – I challenge all you readers – find a challenge YOU can complete in YOUR WORKPLACE! I even think you all could find a way to do 200 push-ups at your work as well! Challenge yourselves to be creative and see what you can come up with! You may be surprised at what you can accomplish to 🙂

Until next time,

Natasha

Friday: Double Rounds of Interviews

6 Jan

Good morning readers!

It’s been a relaxing, yet busy last few days since I’ve been back. Thursday night was spent with Kevin ordering in some chinese food since I was absolutely starving and had no food in my kitchen.ImageImageFriday morning I was up bright and early for two interviews I had scheduled! Does anyone remember how I was waiting to hear back from lululemon awhile ago? Well, I had an interview at the Tyson’s corner store in the morning! I straightened my hair and painted my nails as I went over a couple things.ImageImageImageI was nervous, but actually hit it off very well with everyone in the store. My interviewer even texted me that night a picture of her holding a jar of Cinnamon Swirl PB telling me it was life changing! 🙂 Allison…you’ll appreciate that 🙂

Afterwards, my friend Sarah, who so graciously drove me, and I went to Whole Foods for some grub.ImageImageImageEverything I chose was amazing. They had grilled vegetables out that blew my mind (and are my favorite 🙂 ) I chose eggplant, roasted red bell pepper, and tomatoes. In addition, I tried this unbelieveable apple & butternut squash fritter and also had some collard greens. I didn’t even realize I didn’t have my debit card so although I was supposed to treat Sarah for driving me, she ended up having to treat ME! Ugh. She’s such a generous person, but I will figure out a way to truly thank her soon.

After that it was off to my second interview of the day with Athleta. I decided to walk the entire way home back from Georgetown since it was such a nice day and I enjoyed an apple on the way then some yogurt when I got home.ImageI also pretty much finished up my Chinese Food leftovers. 🙂

Both interviews went very well and I have 2 follow-up interviews scheduled for this week! I’m very excited to see what this new year will hold for me. 

I was actually pretty full around dinner time, but wanted to have something small to keep my metabolism moving so I enjoyed some edamame and sun-dried tomato ravioli.ImageAfter that, I was off to bed early since I was totally wiped out. I’ve been a little stressed with starting to figure out what I am going to do next year and it’s been keeping me up at night. I know I want to move, but figuring out the financial logistics and the actual logistics has been wearing on me a little bit. I need to take a step back and focus on not getting overwhelmed by the big picture. This is something I want for myself and should enjoy planning for it. I have got to figure out how to break it down into smaller pieces that are easier to manage.

Has anyone ever done a big move before? How did you tackle it?

Until next time,

Natasha

Canon PowerShot S100 & One Killer X Circuit

1 Dec

Good morning!

It’s weird to be awake on a Saturday at 830 AM without an alarm, but I was up 4 days this week at 8AM or earlier so I think my body’s just used to that. It’ll be good though because I’ll get a lot more use out of my day.

First, let’s rewind to yesterday. For this post, I decided I wanted to try out using my Canon PowerShot S100 instead of relying on my iPhone. Kevin bought it for me as my combined birthday and graduation gift last year. I have the Canon Rebel XTi and I had a really basic point and shoot Canon as well, can you see a trend here?, but didn’t buy a great one since I left the last one I had in a cab :(. The goal was for me to always be able to take great pictures without having to lug around my Digital SLR. I did some research before picking out which Canon and decided on the S100. It’s amazing. Not only does the picture quality blow me away, it’s the closest I’ve ever seen a point and shot come to my SLR, but it has a ton of SLR qualities like aperture control. It’s the highest quality point and shoot on the market and I highly recommend it. Thanks Kevin! 🙂

I woke up at 7 to head to the research lab to run a participant at 8. However, they no showed. It’s always frustrating when we make a special case for someone (i.e. allow them to schedule a time slot a whole hour early than the normal slot) and they don’t show up. While I waited, I had some Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea and a Gala Apple.

ImageAround 910 I headed out and decided to try and make it to the 930 TRX class at my gym. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, TRX is a rope-like object that hangs and has two grips on it. Depending on how you adjust the ropes length you can use the grips as foot holds or for your hands. It’s great for doing more challenging planks, push-ups, glute exercises or lunges when your feet are in, but our class tends to do more exercises when our hands are on the grips like ITY’s, bicep curls, etc etc. I was sore for 3 days after the last class and really loved it.

Unfortunately, I walked in right at 930 and all the ropes were already taken! Guess it’s super popular on Friday mornings. I realized I was really hungry, since I hadn’t eaten a full breakfast, and I knew I was planning on going to the Killer X Workout that night at 630 so I decided to bag it and head home.

As soon as I walked in my apartment I started making breakfast. I was starving so I knew the best breakfast to fill me up, Sweet Breakfast Scramble.

ImageI whisked together 1 egg, 2 egg whites, 1 banana (I mush it by squeezing it while it’s in the peel and as it pops out I squeeze it into the bowl), 1/2 cup pumpkin puree and cinnamon. Mix it all together and put it on in a skillet on medium heat.

Just like when cooking eggs by themselves, you want to cook this mixture until the eggs are no longer runny.

ImageNow it’s just looks like orange scrambled eggs! This is a good point to take it off the stovetop.

ImageThe final step to cooking this amazing meal is to add a scoop, or two :), of your favorite peanut butter. I’m sure you guys can already guess which one I put in.

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ImageCinnamon Raisin Swirl. Duh!

This was the first time I was able to eat the whole breakfast in one sitting. Normally I only put in 1 egg and 1 egg white and I’m able to eat it all, but whenever I put 3 eggs it’s just too much for me. However, I think between my hard workout Thursday night and my lack of a real breakfast before 10AM I was one hungry woman.

Whenever I eat breakfast, Liam always likes to check out what’s goin’ on and sees if he can try and sneak a bite.

ImageHowever, he decided on his favorite past time instead. Knocking over cups of water.

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“Oh…sorry Mom.”

Luckily I had already drank all the water this time. After breakfast, I realized I was really tired so I snuggled into bed with some Harry Potter, read a chapter, and took a nap.

ImageImageI woke up around 1230 and decided I was going to run some errands. First I needed a little bit of a snack, so I munched on half a fig bar while I checked some emails.

ImageAnd packed some grapes for the road in my re-usable bags.ImageBefore I left I was browsing on Lululemon.com and saw they put the Spin It to Win It top on sale! I just tried it on last weekend and really liked it. A pit stop in at Lululemon would be necessary. Then, I grabbed everyone’s rent and utility checks from the bulletin board and headed out. I stopped the bank first and then drove into Bethesda. When I parked in the parking lot I saw a wonderful surprise waiting for me.

ImageSomeone had left over an hour in the meter!! I felt really lucky and fortunate because once i parked I realized I left my quarters in my other jacket. It’s a small random gesture, that probably wasn’t intentional, but it was still a really nice surprise.

I returned a shirt at City Sports, and bought the top I wanted from Lululemon, after trying it on in a couple different colors to be sure of course :). While I was walking around, I checked twitter for updates on Kevin’s matches in the wrestling tournament.

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Killin’ em.

Next I swung into Barnes & Noble for a little browsing, but the next book I read after Harry Potter I really want to be a good one. I’m going to wait and ask around to see what’s a good read.

I left Bethesda and headed for home. While I was out shopping, my brother emailed out his Christmas List to my parents and I. This was my signal to make my list, so that’s exactly what I did.

ImageWhile I caught up on Glee, Liam caught up on some sleep.

ImageImageAround 4 o’clock my stomach was growling. I planned to eat lunch this late today though since I knew I was getting pizza with my Mom at 8 after my workout class. With pizza on the brain, I wanted to have a healthy lunch with lots of vegetables.

ImageIn the bowl was spinach, avocado, chick peas, rasins, cucumber, tomato, yellow bell pepper, feta cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing. Delicious!

Around 530 I started to get ready for the Killer X Workout Class. I was so excited about my new top, so I chose it as my outfit for the class. Although the top is designed for a cycling class, I wanted to wear it anyway. Here’s what they say about it on their website:

“When we crank up the cadence in spin class, we want a tank that can handle our sweat and keep our girls under control. We designed this inherently wicking tank with a high neck and a grippy rear hem to keep us covered while we cycle.”

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I had not tried this class yet, but had a feeling it would be challenging. Besides being excited to wear it, I also wanted to test out my new top from Lululemon and see how it would hold up in a high impact class with a lot of movement (what I was anticipating). Since there’s no room for a bra underneath it, you rely on the support they build into the top to hold everyone together.

ImageSo I did some test jumps.

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ImageAnd messed up the timing … a lot.

ImageGot a littttle frustrated.

ImageBut eventually got it! And I don’t have the crazy eyes like I do in that first photo. Anyway, as you can see, even when jumping, and landing, the support they built into the top holds everything secure and in place. It’s also suuuper comfortable. Not to mention eye-catching. Wearing this definitely made me feel great and look great at the same time, so I knew I made the right decision :).

Next I was off to class. Wow, they definitely weren’t joking around when they titled this workout Killer. Last night, she had us do a circuit workout. Since there were 13 of us there, we had 13 stations. No station was a rest station. As I looked around, I was confident I was going to be challenged.

Here’s the workout: (I linked almost every exercise so you guys can do the workout, or any part of it, on your own!)

1. Decline Crunches on the ab bench

2. Alternating Plyo Push-ups (we had 2 steps, one on each side, instead of the singular featured in this clip. When the left hand was on the mat, right hand on the right side bench, when the right hand was on the mat, left hand was on the left bench)

3. Arm Raises (we had a variety of weight choses, I chose 5 lbs)

4. Plank

5. 30 Box Jumps – **This person was the timekeeper. Whenever they completed their 30 jumps they yelled “SWITCH!” and that’s when you knew to switch stations.

6. Box Leg Press (closest I could find to it. Instead of doing the same leg over and over, we alternated one after the other. Lead with left leg, right foot comes up, right foot down first, then left. Then lead with right leg, etc..)

7. Barbell Dead Lift (45 lbs women 60lbs men)

8. Jack knife

9. Squat to Overhead Press (8 or 10 lb dumb bells for women, 15 for men)

10. Battle Rope

11. Jump Rope

12. Burpees

13. Kettle Bell Swings 

We repeated this circuit 4 times!! We weren’t given any rest in-between circuit repeats so if you needed water or rest it was at your discretion. By the end, I was hungry for fuel and feeling like I got a really great workout in. Definitely will be doing this class more often.

I stretched and talked with a couple people I see regularly then walked over to Pete’s Pizza to meet up with my mom!

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We ordered the Down-the-Hill pizza. It had meatball, sausage, bell pepper, caramelized onion and olives. I also ordered a Spinach Olivada salad to start with.

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Spinach Olivada Salad

ImageI never order meat on my pizzas, but I realized I hadn’t had meat in about a week. I was pescetarian (no meat, but does eat fish, eggs and dairy) for almost 2 years and only switched back due to health concerns at the time. I’m still pretty used to not eating meat, but I do try and have it 2-3 times per week.

My mom and I decided we couldn’t leave without dessert. There were WAY too many delicious sounding options. Pumpkin canolis, mini pumpkin spice or red velvet cakes, peanut butter chocolate cup. But we ultimately decided on gelato. It was a tough choice between Pumpkin Gingersnap and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough for me, but I chose the dough (since I had pumpkin with breakfast) and my mom got the Double Chocolate.

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My mom and I enjoyed our dessert then took the bus back home. Her apartment is in the same area as mine, 4 minute walk away, so we could get off at the same stop.

I was really pooped after such a long day so I took a shower and got cozy in some wrestling sweats Kevin gave me. I wear them around the house or to sleep when I know he’s competing, kind of like a small good luck charm.

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I finished the latest Glee episode and was off to bed!

Hope everyone’s having a good start to their Saturday so far!

Until next time,

Natasha