Studio Poise: Week Two and BAMR Review

Disclaimer: I was given an month of unlimited classes in exchange for my honest review. This is not a sponsored post.

I hope that we are waking up to a World Series win in Boston today, because I obviously want them to win, but also I want to enjoy Trick or Treating with the B man tonight! Are you doing anything fun tonight?

Make sure you check out my first week at Studio Poise if you haven’t yet.

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Friday I was able to get off the waiting list and into the very popular POUND Fit taught by Emily. Since I was the only person who hadn’t taken it before, she quickly taught me the moves and body positions that would be happening in class and how to hold the ripstix correctly.

I am so glad that I was able to get into this class. The 45 minutes flew by so fast, and it was so much fun. Honestly, I don’t think I have had more fun at 6 am. I have always loved working out in the morning, but this literally felt like a party, and then the soreness snuck up on me later that day.

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Saturday, I decided to do something that I have never done. Take back-to-back classes. I started with Poise Xpress followed by Arms & Abs, both taught by Danielle. This was definitely not just a test of physical toughness, but more of a test on my mental toughness. It was hard to not think “ooh this is tough and I have another class I am going to give myself a 30 second break” or “I just took another class I am going to give myself a break”. I won’t lie, I have had to take breaks almost every class, these work outs are just a completely new animal to my body and it just takes time to feel comfortable with pushing your body past certain obstacles.

That being said, both class were fantastic, I was feeling exhausted and my arms, abs and legs felt like they needed rest, that is a success in my book. Danielle is also great at letting you know when one exercise will be ending soon. I really like this because I can tell myself, you can do this for 8 more counts. She also has high energy and is always smiling. I know that any class I have with her, I will leave happy and exhausted. I also enjoyed these two classes because neither of them were packed and it gave the students space to spread out and for newbies like me to get up front.

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Sunday I took barreworke with Christina. It was my first completely barre class. It was a small class and Christina asked at the beginning if anyone was new. There were two of us, so she announced modifications and made sure to check our form and call out tips that would help us get a better workout and help us have better form. I have always had really bad turnout (just like Jody Sawyer…I hope at least one of you got that movie reference) and while I love all the ballet aspects, this is definitely why I stopped doing it, and it is still a struggle, but I loved barreworke because of how similar to ballet it is.

Tuesday, I took Poise Xpress with Emily (like last week) but I was having a hard time, my body didn’t feel like it was cooperating, my legs were sore and my hips were tight and more than once I wanted to just get up and leave. Emily gave me some guidance on body placement and that helped. I am glad I stuck with it and didn’t walk out. While every workout isn’t easy and amazing, the instructors definitely help pull me through the tough spots.

Yesterday (Wednesday) I took Piloxing Xpress with Diana. Unfortunately there was an issue with keys, no ones fault, and we had to wait for Danielle to come unlock the doors with her keys and class started late. We got about 25 minutes of a very fast paced class. I definitely feel like I got a great workout, I was sweating when I left, but I definitely want to take a full class before I can give you a complete view. Diana and Danielle were very apologetic and were very accommodating since we all had to still leave on time.

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This week, I also got a chance to test out my new socks (review to come later) and I took my BAMR headband through another week of classes. I received this headband from Katie and I was immediately in love with the print!

I first wore it to Zooma because I was on a workout break

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Then I wore it to classes at Achieve, if you are not familiar those classes are mostly strength and cardio,  and classes at Studio Poise. At Achieve it stayed put, I didn’t have to fix it or adjust it at any point. At Studio Poise I did have to adjust it a few times or take it off (but I tried my other headbands and had the exact same problems) for the remainder of class. I attribute this mostly to the fact that we spend more time on the floor and I have a tendency to let my head rest on the mat.

Katie has a ton of great color options, you can see a lot of them on the BAMR site or Facebookinstagram, and twitter, and is very responsive to questions! My only issue and I think I might be alone in this, is that because my hair is so freaking thick (I know, I know) most headbands give me a headache if I wear them for too long. For this reason, I like headbands that I am able to move around if needed. The BAMR headbands are very tight to my head and don’t allow me to do that, maybe I need a special size for my big ol’ head?

Edited to add: Katie does indeed make special request headbands, please see her comment below. This gal, has the BEST customer service!

With every portion a donation is made to Every Mother Counts! Make sure you check her out and let me know what you think!

Have you ever taken Pound Fit? What is your favorite BAMR pattern?

The Dinner: The responsibility of a teacher

From Left to Write is an online book club where the members create a virtual discussion about the book and how it relates to their lives. I love the concept of this for a few reasons. It takes the school concept of a book report out of the equation completely and it gives readers who haven’t read the book a way to relate to the topics portrayed within the book.

The second book for October was The Dinner
by Herman Koch.

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A lot of the book was about parenting, but one particular passage stood out to me.

“The educators, the teachers, will let you have your say, but afterwards they’ll take revenge on your child. You may come up with better arguments – it’s not too hard to come up with better arguments than the educators, the teachers – but in the end, your child is going to pay for it.

Before I became a stay-at-home mom I was a teacher, mostly I taught 8th grade, but when I was subbing I taught anything between 5th and 12th. I was shocked to see how much has changed in the seven years between when I graduated high school and when I went back into the school system.

When I got a bad grade or did something wrong, the blame was put directly on my shoulders. It seems as if these days when a child earns a lower grade than expected the parents or caregivers blame the teacher. I can’t tell you how many times a student earned a low grade on a quiz and almost immediately received an email from a parent asking why or asking what the student can do to for extra credit.

To me, it seems like parents are doing more and more for their children, but they are also giving them a free pass. To me children are responsible for the material that is taught in the classroom and for the homework that is given and for the material that is expected to be on the test.

I do believe that parents should take an interest in what is going on at school and helping their children prepare for exams or even help with homework, but when the student fails to earn an acceptable grade I wish parents wouldn’t place 100% of the blame on the teacher.

I think this hits so hard because of the recent news {warning: it is disturbing}, and the fact that people are upset that this teenager is being tried as an adult, but teachers are now getting hurt and killed by their students and part of me believes that it is because these children are raised to believe that everything that goes wrong is someone else’s fault and they have no responsibility for their actions.

What do you think?

This post was inspired by The Dinner, a novel by Herman Koch. Two brothers and their wives sit down for a tension filled dinner to discuss a tragedy that can change both families’ lives forever. Join From Left to Write on October 29 as we discuss The Dinner. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

Designer Whey: Two NEW Smoothie Recipes!

By now you all probably know that I love my Designer Whey products. So whenever a box of products shows up on my doorstep, I get really excited! Through my relationship with FitFluential, I was provided these products for free. All thoughts and opinions, as usual, are my own.

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Vanilla Almond & Luscious Strawberry Protein Powders, two of each of the bars they carry, a box of each flavor of Protein 2Go, and one vanilla and one chocolate protein shake.

Designer Whey has partnered with Smári yogurt, so Designer Whey also graciously included coupons so I could check out the Icelandic yogurt.

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Smári is available in four flavors: pure, vanilla, blueberry, and strawberry. My favorite is the vanilla! Icelandic yogurt is similar to Greek yogurt, however it is thicker and has more protein.

Smári is made in Wisconsin with organic milk from grass-fed cows that are from small family farms. Their fruit comes from Oregon and has zero preservatives and the little sugar they use is organic cane sugar. This is an ingredient list I can get behind.

I tend to not eat a ton of yogurt because the amount of sugar is usually ridiculously high, and then if you add something else in the mix, your healthy snack becomes a sugar bomb. Smári has 20 grams of protein and 6 grams of sugar. Smári may not have a gazillion flavors like other yogurt companies, but the ingredient list, protein and sugar content make this yogurt a #1 pick for my household.

Of course with the new Designer Whey products I had to make a few smoothies to share with you all.

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1 Smári Vanilla Yogurt
1 scoop of Designer Whey Vanilla Almond Protein Powder
1 banana
1 scoop of natural peanut butter
A splash of milk
1 handful of spinach
1 handful of ice

Blend until smooth.

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Put in your favorite racing pint glass and enjoy! I loved the thickness that the yogurt gave the smoothie, and next time I wouldn’t even add the milk.

My second recipe is a more tropical one, because who doesn’t want to be on the beach when the weather starts getting colder?

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1 Smári Pure Yogurt
1 scoop of Designer Whey Luscious Strawberry Protein Powder
1 Banana
2-3 oz of orange juice
1 handful of ice

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Studio Poise: Week One

Disclaimer: I was given an month of unlimited classes in exchange for my honest review. This is not a sponsored post.

As I mentioned in Monday’s post I am currently taking classes at Studio Poise in Lynnfield, MA.

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I actually came across Studio Poise because of Cait’s visit. We wanted to take a local class and I started looking at pregnancy appropriate places (since my gym doesn’t have drop in classes), because of the miscarriage we changed our plans. Danielle, owner of Studio Poise, still responded to my email and we started chatting about her studio. In exchange for blogging about my experience she graciously offered me a month unlimited to try as many classes as I wanted.

Danielle started Studio Poise in May 2012, all while working full-time and coaching at a local high school, and on October 7th, 2013 SP2 (the second studio) was opened. So what is Studio Poise all about?

Poise is a fusion of pilates, dance, light weight, isometric, and athletic conditioning that encourages grace and athleticism to transform your entire body and build confidence, posture, and poise. This class is so affective, we named the whole studio after it! Source

Besides Poise there is also Arms & ab(noxious) Xpress, Barrework, Barrework Xpress Nothin’ But Leg, Piloxing, Piloxing Xpress, Poise Bootcamp Xpress, Poise Fusion, Poise Fusion Xpress, Poise Power Flow, Poise Power Flow Xpress, Poise Stretch and Tone, Poise Xpress, ZUMBA Fitness, ZUMBA Toning, ZUMBA Xpress and the newest class on the schedule POUND!

All the Xpress classes are 40 minutes and all the other classes are 55 minutes, except for POUND which is 45 minutes. Even the 40 minute classes will leave your whole body feeling like jello, in a good way.

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I will be honest and say that aside from one terrible spin class in 2008 and my classes at Achieve, I haven’t taken another group exercise class, not even yoga. Danielle shared with me that the community at Studio Poise is very welcoming and fun. Everyone chats with everyone and other members will welcome newcomers as if they’ve always been there.

Since my group exercise experience is limited I asked Danielle what I should take first and she recommended Poise Fusion. It is a combination of the studio’s two favorites, poise and barrework.

Last Thursday I took my first class, Poise Fusion, with Christina. There were only six of us besides Christina and I loved that a local blogger, Stellina, was there so I didn’t feel too out-of-place. Christina had great pumped up jams and explained all the moves clearly.

This past weekend, I took Poise Xpress with Danielle, the class was full, I was actually on the wait list and was able to get into the class at 10 pm the night before. Everyone in class had a great attitude and was excited to be there. Danielle had different music than Christina, but it still got me pumped up and ready to move.

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Prime Spot behind Danielle’s mat!

Tuesday, I took Poise Fusion Xpress with Emily. There were only three students, and over the weekend I read this article that had 10 Tips For Taking Your First Barre Class. I believe they apply to most group classes, not just barre. However, there were two that stuck out to me. The first being, don’t be shy. Since the class was small I was able to put my mat right next to Emily’s. Not only did this give me a better view of what we should be doing, it actually helped her correct my form, not just physically but verbally as well, and that was extremely helpful.

The second piece that stuck out was shaking is good and that shaking from the beginning was what you wanted. I definitely felt out of shape during my first class since it seemed like I was shaking before other students.

So far I have loved every class and instructor at Studio Poise, all the other students are super nice and I am feeling the burn. Another plus is that the cost of classes is a little lower than average for what I have seen at other studios in the area, and there is a more offered in terms of classes.
Monthly Unlimited – $150/month
20 class series – $200
10 class series – $115
Zumba or Xpress class – $12
Single class – $15
First Time Client Series (3 classes) – $28

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Studio Poise is running their famous 6 Weeks to Chic program right now as well, if you are interested act fast as space is limited and it starts November 2. The program includes 3 meetings, 5 classes per week that fit into your schedule, Nutrition Counseling from Danielle (who is certified), 10% discount on your next class purchase, and much more. The cost is $300 or if you are an unlimited member $100. If you are interested contact Danielle. If I wasn’t hoping to get pregnant again I would be all over this, but if there is another program post- (eventual) baby you better believe I will be the first person to sign up.

You can also follow Studio Poise on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

So are you going to join me at Studio Poise? I promise you will have a great time!

WIAW: Three Meals Out

Thanks to Jenn for hosting another wonderful What I Ate Wednesday. I am going to share three wonderful meals that I have eaten out recently.


The first was dinner, girls night out style, with Cait at Agave Grill in Hartford.

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We started with drinks, which was a bit confusing, either our waitress didn’t know the menu that well or the menu was outdated. Regardless, we ordered the “skinny” margarita. Which was just tequila, lime juice, and agave nectar, I call that a regular margarita…

Agave is also famous for their table side guacamole, but Cait isn’t a huge fan so the waitress offered to just bring me a small order which I enjoyed with the chips. For not table side guar, the spice was just right.

I had looked at the dinner menu prior to our visit and the Agave Street Taco’s kept jumping out at me. Cait told me they were pretty famous for them, and they were at the Taste of the Nation, but apparently I missed them. I am glad I was able to have them, as they were just what I wanted. The double taco was really filling so towards the end I ditched them and just ate the filling.

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However, the real star of the night was the Cornbread Pudding. Ever since our honeymoon, where I had my first corn cakes, I have been obsessed with trying any corn foods when I find them on a menu. This dish paired with the Mango Sauce from Cait’s tuna was perfect.

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The second was brunch with Nick at Peels in New York City.

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I love when restaurants give you your own water and you don’t have to wait for anyone to refill your tiny glass.

We started with coffee and split the Cinnamon Sugar Donut. The donut was a bit dry for my liking, but I just dunked it in my coffee. For my meal I had the SPA Eggs which was an egg white omelette with goat cheese and herbs and a side green salad. The omelet was wonderful, the cheese was throughout the entire thing, which is a rare find.

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The third meal I am sharing was a surprise dinner for my Dad’s birthday. Nick, B man, and I made the trek to VT to surprise my dad and my step brother for both of their birthdays, we met them at the Fair Haven Inn.

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We, along with my sister and her boyfriend, headed to the restaurant early so we got started with a drink – brut prosecco for me.

Once the guests arrived we ordered, Nick and I started with Saganaki (Imported Kasseri Cheese, dipped in eggs, sautéed in butter, & served Flambe table side) and with the appetizers the wait staff brought fresh loaves of bread, chickpeas and beets.

For dinner, I went with the Grecian Baked Scrod (a filet sprinkled with crumbs, feta, and butter then baked). I had mine served with roasted potatoes and a garden salad. The appetizer and salad were great, and my entrée was wonderful. My only two issues were that the kids pasta was huge noodle and the bowl was too gigantic for even an adult, and frankly I wish the waitress would have told me. The second was that my sister took one bite of her salmon and got a mouthful of bones. They gave her a new entrée, but for the price of the meal there should have been zero bones.

Where Fair Haven Inn went above and beyond was that my sister and I made cakes for my dad and step brother and for a small charge they allowed us to bring them in and cut the cake and handled all the candles etc… for us.

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Woah that is a lot of food. Have you had a great meal lately?

MIMM: A fun-filled few weeks

It’s been awhile since I linked up with the lovely Katie for Marvelous Monday! It’s been a busy few weeks, and I figured the best way to bring you all to speed is a fun MIMM post!

Last Friday Nick and I headed to CT for a wedding of one of Nick’s high school friends. It was nice to spend some time with all of his HS friends and their wives/girlfriends.

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Nick had a conference in NYC, so we went and enjoyed a meal at Casa Mono with our friend Tom. It was extremely dark so I didn’t take any photos, except for one. The amazing brussel sprouts, the best I ever had at a restaurant. If you know you are going to the city, definitely have a meal here!

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Nick and I also had a wonderful breakfast (more on that later) and spent some time walking around the city before I headed back to CT and the B man.

I also was able to snag some time with my girl Cait, and try Agave Grill in Hartford. Girls nights are great for the soul.

Last, but certainly not least, I have been taking classes at Studio Poise in Lynnfield.

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Danielle, the owner, has graciously allowed me to take as many classes as I can in one month, and share my experiences with you all. So far I have taken Poise Fusion and Poise Xpress and it has been extremely humbling. I have a post coming this week to tell you all more about this wonderful studio, until then you can also follow them on twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram!

The Funeral Dress: Thoughts on Motherhood

From Left to Write is an online book club where the members create a virtual discussion about the book and how it relates to their lives. I love the concept of this for a few reasons. It takes the school concept of a book report out of the equation completely and it gives readers who haven’t read the book a way to relate to the topics portrayed within the book.

The first book we read for October was The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore.

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There are so many themes I can touch on in this book that relate to my life. Miscarriage and finding your real family are two of the big themes in this book, but I have decided to talk more about preparing for dealing with hard moments in motherhood, not because I don’t want to talk about those topics, but I still find them a little bit difficult.

You can read all the books, watch all the movies, and talk to all the other parents in the world. But you still will never be 100% prepared for what motherhood (or fatherhood) has in store for you. Some people have it “easy” with their children. They aren’t fussy at night, every transition is easy (bottles, potty training, big kid beds).

I was getting increasingly frustrated with some of the characters in the book, even though Emmalee was considered a young mother, her struggles are ones that a lot of women have. Struggling with things like breastfeeding, finding her way as a mom, and learning to have a balance in life.

Some moms excel at the baby stage, but it is also very normal to feel uncomfortable and to struggle with the baby stage. Just as some women excel in the toddler or teen stages, other women feel like they are barely making it.

I think as moms instead of playing the compare game or judging other moms we just need to be supportive. We don’t know how hard it is for another mom in that moment. Recently, I was at an open shopping area that has a play area with B and another toddler was whining for her mom to give her something. The mom said no and another woman nearby said “I don’t understand why she just doesn’t give her what she wants”. Statements like these are not helpful to anyone. What if the toddler wanted something she was allergic too? We don’t know the full story and instead of making a snippy comment, understand or even remember that raising children has hard moments, and some of those moments are in public.

For the women who have to go through these moments in public, remember that parenting is tough, and you are doing the best for your child!

Have you ever dealt with someone judging you as a parent in public? How did you or would you handle it?

No one has ever entrusted impoverished Emmalee with anything important but she takes it upon herself to sew her mentor’s resting garment in The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore. Join From Left to Write on October 15 as we discuss The Funeral Dress. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

Reasons Mommy Drinks

I received this book to review through my relationship with From Left to Write.

We know that I love the Mom humor. I like to be on the side of there is something funny (eventually) in most frustrating parenting situations.

When I was pregnant all I could find was picture perfect stories about pregnancy and technical stories, boring. Then I found this book: The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy. It was full of satirical humor and sarcasm and posting the honest truth about what happens when you are pregnant.

I was recently given the chance to read and review Reasons Mommy Drinks by Lyranda Martin Evans and Fiona Stevenson.

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This book is very similar to the pregnancy book. It has an anecdote for every stage in motherhood, starting with pregnancy and your baby shower and moves into stages like baby wearing, mom groups, and dealing with visitors. Along with every passage there is a drink to go along with it. For the pregnancy bits there are non-alcoholic drink, but we quickly move into the alcoholic ones.

One of my favorites? Nap Thyme. First of all the anecdote of how you have to get ALL THE THINGS done during nap time, spot on. The drink is also creative, and something I need to try, and soon. Since B has been on a nap strike for a month.

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Ingredients

Lemon Juice
Sugar
1 ounce gin
3 ounces club soda
Sprig of fresh thyme

Instructions

Rim a glass with lemon juice and then sugar. Fill the glass with ice, pour in the gin, club soda, a splash of lemon juice, and sugar to taste. Stir gently. Garnish with thyme.

While I was reading this book, I was practically nodding along with every single story, saying to myself, that’s exactly how I felt! This book would make a great gift for any mom-to-be, new mom, or even if you’ve been a mom for a while, and since we don’t always have a ton of time to sit down and read, it is a book that is easy to put down and pick back up, and reads very quickly.

These hilarious ladies have a blog, but you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

What is the one moment in parenthood where you look back and laugh, but at the time you were a mess?

For me? It was the time that B hid all his toys and then got very upset that he couldn’t find them. We both practically had a meltdown, and then I found them in our wine rack. One for you, one for me, thanks kid.

Disclaimer: All book links are affiliate links. 

Hyannis Sprint Triathlon II

It’s been a long time since this event even happened (September 7), but the day after was when my miscarriage started and I have had a hard time blogging about it, even just thinking about without feeling guilty.

The triathlon was on a Saturday morning and packet pick up was the night before. Unfortunately, I could not make it in time, but one of my relay team mates could get everything except the bib. I met the rest of my gym family at a local restaurant for dinner.

I had some ziti and bread and we made our way back to one of the gym owners families house that was down the street from the race. We had a fun slumber party, and the next morning we were out the door and at the race start bright and early.

There were about 12 people who did the entire triathlon and 4 relay teams. I was part of one of the relay teams, I was going to be tackling the run. We had a teammate that had a work conflict, so at last-minute we got a swim replacement.

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Our Team and J’s husband!

As soon as we got my bib, our team got marked up, with our number. We sent our swimmer to the beach, while the biker and I waited back in transition. I will say the race was not over crowded and it started on time. It was certainly efficient and well run.

With no training, our swimmer gave us a great start, he came in right after the elite and collegiate level swimmers, I was impressed.

Our biker took off and I started to get race nerves. No one knew that I was pregnant, and I knew my running would be slower than normal. It was also getting warmer out and I ate breakfast long ago. I tried to gauge when the biker would be coming in and took some honey stinger bites.

As soon as J came in from the bike, I took off running. I saw Nancy during the first mile and that made me smile, her daughter was cheering and giving high fives, definitely a mood booster.

After that first mile, I felt pain in my stomach and was having a hard time keeping hydrated. I ended up walking until the last .2 miles of the race. I saw the majority of my gym family cheering at the finish.

We waited until everyone was done and we took a bunch of group photos.

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YAY! We are all finishers!

I obviously did not complete 2/3 of the race, but I will say the sand at the finish was extremely difficult to run in. I know the swimmers had some difficulty with waves and the bikers had some difficulty with not being able to pass on the road due to obstructing vehicles and those who didn’t understand the rules of the road.

I am extremely grateful to have done this race with Lauren and Jason (owners of Achieve Fitness) and other members from the gym. Everyone was extremely encouraging and helpful, not only on the course but during training. I was even more thankful with the days that followed, as they were all rocks for me to lean on when I was going through the miscarriage.

For a triathlon, the race was efficient and without any major hiccups. They had plenty of pizza and other food post-race (although no regular water, weird). If I ever get the balls to do an entire triathlon, I will definitely want to do this one.

Photo’s courtesy of my gym family!

Have you ever ran a full or part of a triathlon? What was your favorite part?

WIAW: Seasons 52 and a Fall Recipe!

I have a very large backlog of things I want to share with you all. I am not sharing in any particular order, some are just easier to share than others.

Today, I am linking up with Jenn and sharing some recent eats!

Cait and I had planned for her to come up for a weekend in September, long ago, it just so happened to be the weekend after I found out I was miscarrying. For a few days I was on the fence about whether or not I should have her visit, if I am being completely honest it was hard for me to see anyone. Nick convinced me to still have her come, he thought it would do some good to get out for a few hours. That man is so smart.

You can read Cait’s amazing recap too! But I am going to share our experience at Seasons 52 and a recipe I developed for the fall.

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My hair, yikes. Photo courtesy of Cait.

 

 

I had Cait meet me at the restaurant which is in Burlington. I have been waiting for them to open this location, Cait has been a fan for a long time and visited the original in Orlando, as well as many other Florida locations. When I told her the restaurant would be open we knew we HAD to go.

Seasons 52 food is about the season, they change their menu 4 times a year to reflect what food is current, so you can have a fresh and clean meal. They also change their specials weekly. This is a place I can get behind.

I started with a glass of champagne, because I am super fancy, and Cait with wine. We decided to split an appetizer. I let Cait pick, and thankfully picked the flatbread I was eyeing.

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spicy chipotle shrimp flatbread (grilled pineapple, feta cheese, cilantro, roasted poblano peppers).

I was sort of worried that it would be too spicy for me as I can’t even handle fresh salsa. It was perfect! The pineapple and feta cut into the spiciness and made it wonderful. I would order this again in a heartbeat!

I decided to order 3 appetizers off the weekly specials menu for my meal.

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Beef and Bean Chili

This was the warmth I needed as the sun started to fade and our seats on the patio went from perfect to just a bit chilly ( we weren’t under the heat lamps) and the bread was nice and crusty, perfect for dipping.

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Warm mozzarella and Beefsteak tomatoes

This was my favorite dish of the night. I love beefsteak tomatoes and the fried mozzarella was warm and the flavors of the coating paired well with the tomato.

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Lastly, I ordered the brussels sprouts. Neither Cait nor I were big fans. I prefer mine with some char and these were a but too chewy for my liking.

After that meal we were too stuffed to try the deserts, but the tray that they show you kept going past our table, so I am determined to try a few of the mini desserts next visit.

The waiter was patient with our gazillion questions and the atmosphere and food was wonderful. If you are in the greater boston area, I would recommend you try out this new gem.

Now onto the recipe portion of WIAW!


I’ll be honest, I don’t have great pictures, and even if I used my good camera it wouldn’t look that appetizing anyway. This is a warm and filling soup, but it isn’t pretty.

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Cauliflower soup with Bacon

I started by chopping and steaming one large head of cauliflower
Steam for about 25 minutes
Add one chopped onion
Steam onion and cauliflower for 15 minutes
I put 10 oz of milk (I used 2%) in my vitamix then I added the cauliflower
I blended for about 1-2 minutes
Then I added the pre-cooked bacon

Super easy and filling! If you try this and alter the recipe let me know! I’d love to link your recipes or include your ideas in this post!

Nick said it tasted like the broth for a chowder. I call that a win.