Weekly Updates: 07/07/14 – 07/20/14

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07/07 – 07/13

Tuesday I had a double, Poise Fusion Xpress in the morning and Pure Barre in the afternoon.

Wednesday and Friday I also took a Pure Barre class and Thursday I took Buti at Studio Poise. Thursday was my last forseeable class at Studio Poise. I don’t have any more classes in my account, and while I love the variety and teachers there I just wasn’t super motivated to get out of bed for class, and that for me means it is time to switch it up.

07/14 – 07/20

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were Pure Barre days. Since I have the Summer Slimdown special, I want to make the most of it. Unfortunately, every single one of my July weekends is packed, so I am trying to get at least 3-4 classes in a week.

Food

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The past two weekends have been hard, we had B’s birthday party, OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE HE IS THREE, and this past weekend was a close friend/family member’s wedding and B was the ring bearer. That meant a lot of time around not such great food, and I think I did really well, considering.  I have written before about how summer is more difficult for me, but I have been making an effort to make sure I am eating 100% clean and healthy when I am home, and that way I don’t feel guilty when I don’t have healthy options!

What have you been doing for workouts this summer?

Weekly Updates: 06/02/14 – 07/06/14

Yikes, it’s been awhile huh? I feel like a broken record, but summer is just so crazy busy! We haven’t had a free weekend since Memorial Day, and really only had a few free since Easter. Blogging just falls to back burner sometimes. I am starting training for Zooma soon,so I will be posting these more frequently as I incorporate runs back into my weekly workouts. FYI if you are interested in Zooma they are almost sold out, use code CCAMB9 to get 10% off your entry!

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06/02 – 06/08

Monday – Buti Xpress at Studio Poise, Buti is what I would describe as “sexy yoga”. It is yoga, tribal dance, and plyometrics all in one class. I was definitely apprehensive, but I am really glad I did. It pushed me way out of my comfort zone…in a good way.

Tuesday – Poise Xpress at Studio Poise. I love Emily’s class and was happy to see progress since the last time I took this class.

Friday – Pound at Studio Poise, another favorite at SP and another great class taught by Emily. We had some new routines, which is also fun, and really brings out how uncoordinated I am, haha.

Sunday – My first DanceFIT class in Natick, I loved it so much I bought a Groupon! I loved the class, the studio, and Gina {owner and instructor} was awesome! If you are in the area make sure you check it out!

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06/09 – 06/15 & 06/10 -06/22

We started potty training B the first week, and I decided that it would be easier if I could be home when he woke up so that we could get our bathroom routine down. We took lots of walks at home and I did some videos when I could squeeze them in.

06/23 – 06/29

Wednesday and Thursday I went to Pure Barre, and was super glad to be back in the swing of things, but damn I was sore.

06/30 – 06/06

Tuesday and Wednesday were Pure Barre days, then we headed to CT for Independence Day festivities, and I spent a lot of time chasing B around and swimming. I purchased a deal for unlimited July & August classes at Pure Barre, so I will be alternating that with running and training!

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FOOD:

I had another appointment with my nutritionist. I am keeping all the same goals as last time, but I am adding two, the first is to make sure I am eating enough protein at every meal, we’ve discussed numbers, but what works for me  might not work for you, so I will keep those numbers between us. The second goal is to work out 4 times a week, it is going to be a bit of a challenge just because of all the events, travel, and hosting we will be doing, but I will work it out!

What is your summer workout plan?

A Marvelous Weekend: Seasons 52, Pure Barre, & MiniLuxe

First things first,THANK YOU to everyone who commented and shared on yesterday’s post, it means the world to Nick and I. Secondly, I have to say Happy Birthday to my dear sister. She is my best friend and I love her to pieces.

456_mandk2012The food and drinks featured in this post were received free of charge. I had no idea that would be happening until I finished my meal, and all opinions of my experience are my own. This post is not sponsored. 

As you have read, the past few months have been extremely difficult, lots of loss, and emotions and it’s just been hard. Through it all I have had amazing support in some of local friends and blends.

This past Friday, Caitlin invited me to Seasons 52 with her to try the new spring menu mini indulgences. I will always jump at the chance to go to Seasons, Cait went with me on first visit (to the Burlington location), Nick and I went once to celebrate a very belated Valentine’s Day, and this past weekend I tried the Chestnut Hill Square location.

Seasons 52 is all about seasonal food. Seasonal usually means the freshest, healthiest options. Caitlin introduced me to this amazing chain restaurant and I am so glad she did, it is now one of my favorites.

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I was, of course, running late to our scheduled meet time because of that pesky route 9 traffic. Luckily Lydia, our amazing server for the night, was able to give Cait a few tastes of different types of wine before she decided on her drink while she waited for me.

As soon as I got to the restaurant I ordered my standard prosecco and we were greeted by a few different members of the staff and given suggestions on what they love on the menu.

IMG_8203We started with the special flatbread, Greek of course, it came with lamb, cucumber, tomato and feta. A member of the staff suggested to get some tzatziki on the side and I think the should automatically on the side, it was phenomenal and I am a pretty tough critic.

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For my main meal I had one of the menu staples at Seasons 52, at the urging of Cait and Lydia. It was the cedar-plank salmon with roasted vegetables, crushed potatoes, and a lemon dill sauce. I’ll admit that I am usually very wary of ordering salmon at restaurants because it can be dry and I hate that. But I knew I loved Seasons’ food and I knew Cait wouldn’t steer me wrong. It was of course phenomenal, the salmon was perfectly cooked and the dill sauce was amazing. What really sold me was that there were beets in the roasted veggies.

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Since we were there to try the new Spring mini-indulgences, I had to have dessert. Honestly, I couldn’t decide between this one, the s’mores, and the key lime… so I went with my standard combo and it was wonderful. The flavors were bold and delicious, a perfect blend of salt and sweet. The dish was also very light and I didn’t feel too stuffed after our meal.

I can’t say enough good things, not just about the food but also about the staff at Seasons 52, if you haven’t been yet, make your reservations ASAP!

The rest of my weekend was just as wonderful. I started Saturday morning at Pure Barre with Jane, then got my first manicure & pedicure at MiniLuxe in Lynnfield. I can’t recommend MiniLuxe enough. It is on the pricier side, but I will always pay more for cleanliness. The staff was extremely nice, and the color selection was large, especially the gel selection. Also, the lemonade lotion is the perfect smell for spring and summer!

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Then Nick, B, and I went to CT for some family time and a bridal shower. It has been awhile since I had such a wonderful weekend. Not that there weren’t wonderful moments, but with all the sadness I needed some uplifting things, and this weekend was perfection. Thank you, ladies <3

Have you ever been to Seasons 52? Thoughts?

 

Five Things Friday: Mother’s Day Gifts!

Five Things Friday

Mother’s Day is next Sunday, and while I don’t think it is necessary to get or give a lavish gift for these type of holidays, I still love putting together gift lists…I mean who doesn’t?

1. 90+ Cellars has a great deal, a 3 bottle set, prosecco, cabernet sauvignon, and chardonnay, all for $45 and if you enter the code HARTFORDPRINTS at checkout you get a greeting card as well! I mean wine & motherhood go hand-in-hand, right?

2. Shoes

skyscapeI’ve been on the hunt for an everyday shoe for a long time, in the summer especially we do A LOT of walking, and I need something that is comfortable and versatile, cute would be a bonus. I have a pair of regular Toms, but they aren’t as comfortable for me as they are for others. I have tried other shoes on, but haven’t pulled the trigger because of price. My top three favorites are: Reebok Skyscape, Tieks flats, and Toms ballet flats. Clearly the Skyscapes are the most affordable.

3. Clothes are so hard to buy for people, at least that is my experience. The only person I ever buy clothes for, besides my husband and son, is my sister. Our styles are pretty similar and she doesn’t get offended if I buy her an item that is a size too big or small. That being said, Stitch Fix* is a great way to let someone pick out their own clothes without making them go to the mall with small child(ren) in tow. You can read my review here!

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4. A spa day! Who doesn’t love getting pampered? Massages, manicures & pedicures, day drinking with other mom friends.

5. A gift card to her favorite place of exercise, whether it be yoga, barre, or a fitness boutique. Does she go to a gym with a monthly rate? You can always get her a gift card to her favorite athletic apparel store!

And at the end of the day, all I really need is some quality time with my two favorite boys.

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What’s on your Mother’s Day Wish List?

*referral link

Weekly Updates: 03/31/14 – 04/13/14

20140323-222747.jpgLast week was rough, with a toddler that is not sleeping super great at night and half of blog land announcing pregnancies and having babies, I needed to take a break. Not that any of you needed to hear a reason, or even cared to.

I have had some really great and consistent weeks of workouts. My nutrition is not stellar. Fasting makes it really difficult, I am pretty much eating a vegan diet, and I have no problem loading on the veggies, but I am getting really bored and since this week is Holy Week, it is no meat or dairy for the entire week. I can’t wait for Easter Dinner and a bite of a chocolate bunny on Sunday!

This fasting is kind of good though, I went shopping for a dress today since I have 4 weekends in a row with events where I need to dress nice, and it was not fun. The dresses that fit weren’t in my budget and vice versa. I wanted to drown my sorrows in a cookie from Mrs. Fields, but since I can’t have dairy, I bought a bottle of water and headed home. Progress?

Now on to the past two weeks of workouts:

Monday, March 31 - Coming off of a 7-day workout streak and the completion of the Pure Barre Challenge, I took a well-deserved and MUCH needed rest day.

Tuesday, April 1 - Back to the barre! The classes were noticeably smaller, not tiny, but not packed either. They also changed the warm-up, apparently they do that every two months, I wasn’t sure if it was an April Fools Day joke, or not.

Wednesday, April 2 – Another barre class with Kelly. The warm-up change was not a joke.

Thursday, April 3 - Rest day number 2 for the week. I am trying to bring two rest days back into the regular rotation. They don’t mean that I don’t do anything. Chasing a toddler around is definitely exhausting, but not the same kind of workout.

Friday, April 4 - Friday’s class is one of my favorites, and I try to never miss it, if I don’t have to. So obviously, that is where I was!

Saturday, April 5 - I took advantage of the fact that we were in town for the weekend and my mom was coming to visit with a class that was a bit later than I normally take.

Sunday, April 6 - I took a ‘Breaking Down the Barre’ at Pure Barre. It was taught by Melissa and Michaella and was for newbies and veterans. I saw people who had never been to a barre class and some women that I watch in class to make sure I am doing the right moves. The class wasn’t a workout, which I didn’t know but my body was grateful for, instead Melissa and Michaella went through an entire class: warm-up, arms, thighs, seat, abs, stretching in slow motion. They showed us what great form looked like and how it should feel, they also showed us modifications. The killer was that they would have us get in perfect form and then check everyone’s form, which took awhile and if you were at the end it could really burn ha. This class definitely helped, I have taken the time to talk to instructors post-class about areas where I am having trouble, but this was still extremely helpful and I definitely recommend it to anyone who takes a class at Pure Barre.

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Old Picture, Same tough workout

Monday, April 7 - I kept my rest day on Monday, even though Sunday technically wasn’t a real class. B has been sleeping terribly, and it was nice to be able to sleep past 5 am.

Tuesday, April 8 & Wednesday, April 9 - Back at the barre! Another early morning class for the books.

Thursday, April 10 - I took my second rest day of the week. It was a gorgeous day and we had a playdate with friends who live about an hour away. Of course B slept like garbage the night before, but play dates are always worth it.

Friday, April 11 – I accidentally turned my alarm off at some point and woke up at 5:45 am, when I am usually on my way to Pure Barre, I rushed through my am routine as quickly as possible and was on the road in 8 minutes. Thankfully I lay everything out the night before, I made it to the gym with minutes to spare.

Saturday, April 12 - I was going to take a later morning class, but I realized that it would be cutting it too close to B’s Easter Egg Hunt. I ended up getting into the 7:30 am class, and we spent pretty much the rest of the day outside cleaning or inside cleaning.

Overall, I had a pretty good week. I need to add some yoga back into my routine.

How were your past two weeks?

Weekly Updates: 03/24/14 – 03/30/14

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Monday - We ended up staying in CT until late Monday morning, Nick was able to work from home, so I took an early evening class at Pure Barre. I thought that the evening classes were harder because I am not used to working out at night, but I think it is a combination of that and the fact that most of the night classes I’ve taken have been taught by Melissa and she is one tough teacher! (14/20)

Tuesday –  Back to my morning classes, I took the 6:10 with Leigh. The classes were starting to thin out a little bit since a lot of people had already completed their 20 classes for the Pure Madness Challenge. Classes weren’t empty but they weren’t completely full either. (15/20)

Wednesday – Another Pure Barre class, I know you are surprised. (16/20)

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Thursday - Another Pure Barre class, this was my first class with Amanda as the instructor. I will be honest, it wasn’t my best. I didn’t feel super motivated and I struggled with a lot of the sequences. I think part of it was the stress going on in my life, but also because with my desire to fulfill the 20 classes in 30 days (and the fact that I was unsure if I was going to be in town over the weekend) I needed to get every week day class in, and I think that stressed me out. (17/20)

Friday - Pure Barre had a great thing during the month of March, on Fridays you could bring a friend for no charge to a class if there was space. The problem for me was that the last class of the day is 4:30 pm and since we don’t have any child care anyone who wanted to come with me would have to come at 6:10 am. Luckily, Jane was up for the challenge. The staff was awesome at having her, and I felt a little bad because Melissa taught one of the hardest classes I had taken so far! BUT she loved it and will hopefully be joining me this month! (18/20)

Saturday - We ended up staying in town over the weekend and so I registered for a few classes. I took the 9 am on Saturday, taught by Amanda. I had a much better experience this time around, so I am chalking Thursday’s class up to be a fluke. (19/20)

Sunday - Today was the day! I completed my 20 classes in 30 days with 2 days to spare! Kelly was teaching the class and it was definitely a full circle moment since she taught my first class ever at Pure Barre. Everyone who completed the challenge received a gift, I also got to write a note about the my feelings after completing the challenge that they posted, as well as a great photo with a trophy.

IMG_7989I am going to write a more thorough post about my thoughts on Pure Barre, but I want to end today’s post just sharing that the staff at the Lynnfield location is amazing. Everyone is so genuinely nice and motivating. The instructors and barre tenders (aka ladies who work at the front desk) are always open to helping students work on their form or work out any scheduling kinks.  Not only is the staff wonderful, but the other women who attend classes are great as well. A lot of the morning ladies head across the parking lot to Starbucks for their caffeine fix together before starting the day. If you are in the area, I highly recommend checking out a class!

I am extremely proud of myself for making it through this challenge. I am starting to feel better about my body post-miscarriage, and I am feeling emotionally healthier, which I think is a combination of Pure Barre and Yoga.

Have you ever completed a barre or gym challenge?

Weekly Updates: 03/17/14 – 03/23/14

I’m posting from my phone due to some family stuff going on and I don’t have my laptop, I apologize for any formatting or post issues. This post is going to be short and I hope to get back to my usual posts soon.

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Monday – I was ready to head to Pure Barre but as I was headed out the door Nick asked me to stay home. He wasn’t feeling good and needed to sleep instead of having toddler duty.

Tuesday – I managed to squeeze in a morning class at Pure Barre. Then I was back on sick husband and toddler duty. (10/20)

Wednesday – I ended up taking an evening class at Pure Barre and man was it tough, but I learned a lot. Also, I remembers why I don’t take classes at night. Everything smelled like hamburgers after class because of the nearby restaurants. (11/20)

Thursday - Again, I took a night class, and while I didn’t hate it, I defined felt less strong than I do in the morning and had less will power to push through the pain. (12/20)

Friday – I ended up taking a morning Pure Barre class because there are no evening classes on Fridays. I went to bed pretty soon after my Thursday class but woke up in the middle of the night, so waking up at 5 was rough. (13/20)

Saturday & Sunday – I had plans for classes but a family thing took major priority. I’m still hoping to complete the 20 classes in 30 days, I have 7 classes left and 10 days I believe.

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Weekly Updates : 03/03/14 – 03/09/14

Weekly Workouts

 

Monday – 

Nick and I stayed up late watching the Academy Awards, plus B was still feeling crappy, so I took the day off. Way more important to do some sick toddler snuggling then trying to figure out when to work out.

Tuesday – 

I took my first class of the Pure Madness Challenge at Pure Barre Lynnfield with Elizabeth. I loved her energy first thing in the morning, it wasn’t so peppy I wanted to smack something, but it was the type of energy that made me excited to be in class.

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Wednesday -

I took Pure Barre another great class, I really like that every day is different, it keeps your body working and keeps it from becoming boring.  (2/20)

Thursday – 

Pure Barre again, I know you are very surprised. (3/20)

Friday – 

I was planning on going to class, but I woke up with cramps so bad I was crying in my sleep. I took some Advil and went back to bed. Most of the time working out helps me work through the cramps and inevitably feel better. This time, I could barely make the walk to the bathroom, so my decision was made for me.

Saturday – 

I took an early Pure Barre class with Kelly. I really appreciate that she took the time after class to talk to me about how to get the most out of a class and how to know that I am working the right muscles. (4/20)

Sunday -

I had plans to go to Studio Empower in Newton to take a class and share the information with you, but I needed to reschedule for some personal reasons, but I will get there soon and share it with you all!

Food:

I made a lot of veggies and fish for me this week for lunches, changing it up really helped my boredom. I will share more about this week in Wednesday’s post!

 

How was your week in workouts?

Studio Poise: Week 3 and learning to trust my body

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

I can’t believe that I am already blogging about my third week at Studio Poise. If you missed them, check out weeks one and two.

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My week again started (errr ended?) with Pound Fit with Emily. I literally added my name to the wait list for every single class that fit in my schedule, so whenever I made it off the list, I jumped at the opportunity to take the class. Friday was no exception, the class was once again wonderful. The music was loud and fun to workout to. Emily kept the energy up and happy. I was working hard but I was also having fun.

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Saturday I took my first ever Zumba class. That class is no joke, mad props to all of who do that 2 or 3 or even more times a week. Basically Zumba, if you haven’t taken it, is a series of dances sequences. Each song has specific dance moves and these songs are in multiple classes. I suppose if you go 2 times a week it might become easy to catch on.

I ended up towards the back in this class and in retrospect this was probably a good thing. I was able to not only watch Danielle but also the other students, and that made it easier.

I took Zumba again on Tuesday evening. I usually hate taking evening classes, but I enjoyed Zumba so much that I didn’t really mind that it was at night. It was also early enough that I could get home at a reasonable hour. Tuesday’s class I was in the front and I actually found that a bit more difficult. Whenever Danielle took a break or watched us or faced us I lost my focal point and sometimes forgot what I was supposed to be doing.

Overall, I really enjoyed Zumba, I found some of the sequences extremely difficult, but others were very easy for me to catch on. I loved that the music wasn’t all latin, not that I hate latin music, but it was fun to put a song that I know and love along with some serious dance moves that were making me work.

The last thing is that for this class you are supposed to wear clean indoor sneakers. I had a pair of Under Armour sneakers that hadn’t made it into the outdoor rotation yet, and I had worn to the gym a handful of times. These were actually very uncomfortable so for Tuesday’s class I wore the sneakers that I wear to Achieve, and they were almost perfect. Because of the grippy bottoms they weren’t as smooth as I would like, but I had no foot pain post workout. I would definitely invest in a pair of minimalist sneakers for this class if I make it a part of my regular rotation.

I was supposed to take Piloxing yesterday (Wednesday) but I never woke up on time. I remember my early alarm going off. I usually have three alarms, the first one wakes me up, the second usually gets me out of bed, but sometimes it takes the third. Regardless, I heard the first, I thought that I hit snooze, but then I woke up at 6:20 am. Nick said he didn’t hear any alarms and I don’t think I turned them off. (I think that maybe I turned them all of with the initial alarm) Class had just started and I could possibly make it, but I realized how rude that would be. I am signing up for this class for my last week because even after last weeks disaster and yesterday’s issue I truly want to try it.

FYI: Studio Poise’s missed class policy is if you are an unlimited monthly member you pay $10, if you just pay by the class then you lose that credit.

This missed class made me realize something that I think I have been missing. I believe that because of the cost of the gym membership and my goals I sometimes don’t listen to my body and take a must need rest day. Now that we are on the path of trying to get pregnant post-miscarriage I realize I need to listen to my body more than ever. I am trying to not beat myself up over a missed class, especially one that I was really excited to try, because it was what my body needed.

How do you deal when you miss a gym class?

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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Sexy post-headband hair

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?