Beauty: Why you should care about what you put on your body!

Back in March I was able to attend a wonderful event at the Whole Foods in Lynnfield for the Hello Beauty Week! The event featured three experts with local brands to talk about the importance of clean beauty products and how their brand commits to that. Let me start by saying that anyone could attend the event and it was free, you just had to register in advance.

Slowly, I have been trying to switch over to a more natural skin care/hygiene regimen. I make it a priority to eat clean, make sure I buy the dirty dozen organic, and make sure I know as much about my food as possible. The one message that all three experts said was that, what goes on your body is just as important as what goes in your body.

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The first brand discussed was Shamanuti. The company was started because of the owners love and respect for nature. She also shared that most common (and cheap) products do more harm than good. Most products strip the skin, dry it out, and then replace the natural oils. It makes you feel like your need more of that product to keep your skin healthy.

Just like with food, understanding what’s in the product should be high on your priority list. If alcohol is one of the first 3 ingredients, it will strip your skin, like I mentioned above. The difference between food and beauty products is that beauty products tend to use the latin terms for the plants that are used in the product, so you may not be able to pronounce the word, it could still be good for you.

When asked what is the #1 product she would suggest using every day, it would be charcoal. Charcoal products have recently started becoming very popular, what they do is bring your skin to a pH neutral balance.

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The second company that spoke to us was Laughing Tree Organics. They have only been in business for about a year, but they already have a lot of products available and a great following. The products are 100% plant-based and have no artificial ingredients. They are trying to offer cost-effective, plant-based products with a sustainable approach. So many of these products we use, not only is the product made of chemicals, but the packaging and some of the product ending up in our landfills, water supplies, etc…

The owner talked about how it takes only 26 seconds for chemicals to enter the blood stream and the average person puts on seven products a day! Seven, that is a lot of chemicals! She talked about how some beauty & hygiene products have a role in issues with fertility, birth defects, early puberty in offspring, etc… While I haven’t done a ton of research in that area, it is definitely something that I plan on delving deep into and making my self extremely informed.

The products are created through a cold press process with no fillers so that a little of the product goes a long way! I was able to try their Natural Organic Lip Balms (coconut is my favorite) and I have to say it made my lips, which tend to try out easily, nice and soft, and I didn’t feel the need to put on lip balm 75 times a day.

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These are hand-made artisanal skin care products. As with most, the owner started with switching to organic food and slowly moved to switching to skin care.

While researching beauty products she couldn’t find anything chemical or preservative free, and she also couldn’t find organic brands that were affordable. So she developed her own brand after a full year of research.

They also use a cold press process to make their products, no synthetics used at all. Part of the reason this company was started was to make products that pregnant women could use and feel comfortable with. While she suggested switching to a natural skin care routine prior to getting pregnant, you can start any time.

This company was the only one that kept its products in glass. Dark brown glass keeps the product fresher for longer, but it is more expensive. The bath products however, use recycled plastic.

Samples

After the talk, we were each given a swag bag with tons of samples and some of the brands above gave out extra samples to attendees. I have tried most of the brands you see above, and still have plenty of samples, so if you’d like to try something you see, don’t hesitate to ask me!

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I was also gifted this basked of Weleda products to test out. My absolute favorite is the Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash. My skin doesn’t feel dried out and I love the way it smells! I’ve gone back and purchased this product for me to keep using.

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I was also given the opportunity to try a few full size items. After talking to the Whole Beauty expert, I picked these three products for myself. My face was always feeling dried out. So I picked the MyChelle Honeydew Cleanser which is unscented and for sensitive skin. I wash my face twice a day and the product lasts forever. You don’t need a ton of product, trust me, I learned the hard way! I started using these products in the winter when my skin, especially my face, would flake like crazy. Ever since I started using this regimen, my face has felt moisturized and healthy.

Post-cleanser I use one of two products. If I am spending a ton of time outside or it is going to be a hot and sunny day I opt for the Mineral Fusion Mineral SPF 40 Face Moisturizer. Due to being a tad bit Irish, I burn easily, but the worst is always my face. For me it is vital to have a moisturizer that also doubles as a sunscreen because I just don’t have time for 65 beauty products in the morning.  If I wasn’t really going out, which happened a lot due to modified bed rest, exhaustion, etc…. or I was washing my face before bed I used the MyChelle Deep Repair Cream. This cream is wonderful, I never feel like my  face is dried out and the product is not oily which I love. My only con about these two products is that they have a light scent. It doesn’t stay with you for more than a few minutes, but it is something to bare in mind.

The Whole Beauty Expert was so helpful in picking out the three products above that I also asked her about baby and kid products. Unfortunately, B1 has my dry and sensitive skin. The expert showed me some bath wash, shampoo, bubble bath, etc… that would be great for infants and toddlers, the prices were even cheaper at Whole Foods than at Target.

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I also took home a sample for Emily’s Baby & Adult Skin Soother. This is a very local product that is similar to vaseline in consistency. It is great for dry patches, whenever B1 has a dry patch of skin, I put a tiny dab on the area before he goes to bed and 90% of the time the dry patch is better after 2 days of application. It has been a life saver not just for B1, but also for me. I get extremely dry knuckles in the winter and this has helped me not to only stop the cracking and bleeding, but also to stop the skin from drying out at all.

I am still in the process of looking for natural makeup, so if you have suggestions send them my way!

Do you use natural body products? If so, what are your favorites?

Bouncing Back From Bed Rest

When I announced my pregnancy I also briefly talked about my modified bed rest. In case you missed it, I was diagnosed with a bleed on the gestational sac, which meant zero exercise. I was recently cleared to exercise, but I was incredibly nervous to jump right back into a studio class.

I was only cleared to do low impact exercises. Things like running, intense lifting, HIIT training were banned. I was also banned from spinning since I have only done it once and we are just being cautious. This means I can participate in classes like barre, yoga, pilates and any sort of stretching type of class and I can do as much walking as I would like.

I don’t feel like I am really limited, to be 100% honest, I probably wouldn’t have participated in running that much. I don’t typically run in the winter, and I wouldn’t want to risk a big fall, but also the bigger reason is fear. I know that running did not cause my miscarriage, but the fear is there, and I am not ashamed to admit it. I also really had been enjoying my studio classes pre-pregnancy, and I was excited to return.

So how did I return to working out? I knew I needed to take it easy and slowly get back into a routine. I become exhausted pretty easily, and I knew my muscles would be sore the first few weeks getting back into it. The two weeks I just did shorter yoga videos at home. I know that I don’t always push myself as much as I should when I am working out at home, so I was able to really keep the effort low and slowly increase it. I also only did 3 workouts a week, which was a huge decrease from the 6 weekly workouts I was doing pre-pregnancy.

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I finally went back into a studio class, and of course I had to start at Pure Barre. It helped that the class was a donation based class to support Jane who is running the Boston Marathon, for Team BIDMC again, this year! {Donate Here}

The studio emailed me the pregnancy modifications during the week, and I literally studied them. I wanted to make sure I knew what to do, because I knew that my first class would be overwhelming and I didn’t want to forget anything. I also told Cara, the teacher, that I was pregnant and that if I was doing something wrong to just let me know.

The class went well and I was shaking and burning right away, 3 months away was incredibly humbling, movements that were second nature to me when I was last in a class are now foreign to me. It is so crazy how much muscle memory I lost in a seemingly short time.

Of course the plan was to get into the studio 2-3 times a week and to do an at home workout 1-2 times a week, starting with this week. I was incredibly sore after my first class on Sunday, and had plans to go back on Wednesday, but of course #Blizzard2015 has had other plans for me. I can’t even exchange that workout for shoveling, per doctors orders, so I have been trying to get some shorter workouts in via video.

Have you ever been on bed rest? How did you bounce back?

What I’ve Learned in 100 Classes at Pure Barre

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I finally joined the 100 club, as well as finished the Fit for Fall Challenge. Neither were easy but I felt SO accomplished after completing both. I am thankful that I go to a Pure Barre where the team is amazing, I would’ve never stuck with it this long if it wasn’t that great!

Tell your instructor what’s going on!

Taking a new medication, tweaked your knee running the day before, etc… Tell your instructor, they will give you modifications or keep an eye on you. From my personal experience, I can’t reach the barre while doing abs without locking out my elbow, so I was given a modification that allows me to do the ab work without hurting my body.

The smaller the movement the better the workout!

This took me at least a good 6 weeks of consistency to feel like I had a handle on it. 99% of the moves are very small, and the muscle should start shaking if you are doing it correctly. If you are having trouble, again talk to an instructor. From my experience the instructors will tell you where you should be feeling the movement!

The community is amazing!

I don’t know if I am just very lucky, but the community at my local Pure Barre is extremely friendly. Not just the instructors, but the other participants, I’ve been to plenty of boutique studios (other Pure Barres and other studios) and for the most part they all have a feeling of cliqueness to them. At first I thought maybe I was oblivious to it because I was a regular, but I’ve asked others that I brought for a class or two, and they’ve said the same thing.

It’s always more fun to LTB with a friend!

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I may have taken Jane to her first Pure Barre Lynnfield class, and now she is hooked, and well on her way to her own 100 club!

You don’t have to be a Lululemon fan girl or stick thin to go!

I won’t lie, I have always been intimidated by barre classes because of those two things. I do invest in workout clothes that will last a long time, but my entire wardrobe is definitely NOT Lululemon, you also don’t have to be stick thin. Every single class I have been to has had women of all ages and sizes, this is definitely a workout for everyone.

Don’t compete with the girl next to you!

That girl could be going to classes for years or days. She may used to dance professionally, or have just had a baby. You never know anyones story and you shouldn’t focus on what anyone else in class is (or isn’t) doing. I know that it is incredibly hard to not look at the person next or across from you and see how they are doing better than you, but you have to remember that this workout is for you, just like anything else.

Take a Breaking Down the Barre Class!

I can not encourage this enough, it isn’t a real class, but it takes you through every single part of class and in a slow-motion type of way they show you how to position your body and how to get the movement and form correctly. Take this when you are a newbie, and again when you’ve been there awhile. Everyone can use a refresher.

Use sticky socks!

They don’t have to be the Pure Barre ones, but sticky socks are better than regular socks, trust me. Oh, and when you get to 100, you get special socks!

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Be respectful of others!

Every studio has their own rules, but I find it extremely distracting when someone comes into class 15 minutes late and plops their stuff down on top of mine and crowds in on my space. I get it we all have those days, but call the studio and tell them you will be late. With that said, also don’t get up before the cool down is over and rush to get a cleaning wipe and put your equipment away, its distracting from those who are still doing their workout.

Do it because you love it, not because someone else does!

I’ve read a handful of blog posts lately about how strength training is the best workout for you, and I won’t say I hate strength training, it’s just not where I need to be right now. My problem is that these blogs also complain that barre workouts aren’t real workouts. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I love that we all have different interests and loves. If we all did the same thing wouldn’t that be boring? If you love it, do it. If you hate it, don’t.

I love Pure Barre, I love the challenges, the way they treat their customers. I do however wish there were a few additional things. Facebook support groups for challenge participants, and to add to that, it would be great if there was a nutrition component to the challenges!

Have you taken a Pure Barre class? What are your thoughts?

Weekly Updates: 09/22/14 – 10/05/14

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Monday, September 22 – Cross Training. This was the start of my last week of training before the Zooma Cape Cod race.  I ended up taking the morning Pure Barre class, I know, no one is surprised, but man is it harder getting out of bed early, because it is pitch black out when I get up!

Tuesday, September 23 – 30 Minutes. I took an early morning Pure Barre class followed by a quick walk around the neighborhood.

Wednesday, September 24 – Cross Training. I ended up cancelling my barre class at last-minute. Some of the medicine I am currently on is making me feel nauseous (no I am not pregnant) and I just could not get out of bed in the morning.

Thursday, September 25 – 30 minutes. I took a Pure Barre class then did my 30 minutes while B was in school.

Friday, September 26 – Rest. For the most part, I took it easy. I did a little bit of running for Feetures, but other than that it was a very relaxing day!

Saturday, September 27 – ZOOMA 10K. Finished :)!

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Sunday, September 28 – Rest. A much needed rest day. I did enough to get my legs moving and the blood flowing, aka walking around the grocery store and outside, but I was definitely sore so I took it easy.

Monday, September 29 – Pure Barre. – I took an early morning class, and I just took it easy. I told the teacher in advance that I would be taking breaks as needed. The seated ab work was definitely the most difficult for me.

Tuesday, September 30 – Pure Barre. I took a late class, really I wanted to keep my body moving, and also get in my 40 classes for the Fit for Fall Challenge!

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Wednesday, October 1 – Rest. I was supposed to go to barre, but again, I wasn’t feeling good, and I just need to learn to listen to my body, not just my brain.

Thursday, October 2 – Pure Barre. My meds were at full force and I regretted that workout a little bit, not because it was a bad workout, but because I was hot flashing, sore and just all around not feeling 100%.

Friday, October 3 – Pure Barre. After going to bed super early, I hit the morning class, and even though I wasn’t feeling on my A game, I wasn’t feeling as bad as I was the day before. This was class #89 for me. Only 11 classes until I get those 100 classes and sign the bar!

Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 – Rest. We decided to spend the weekend with some family, and I decided to take some rest days from classes.

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So, some updates. I was getting some blood work done and I tested positive for Celiac, aka Gluten, this is a disease, it is not trendy it is a lifestyle change, 100%. It caught me off guard, for sure. I re-tested, and I tested negative on the second test. However the test is scaled, 0-3 is a negative, 4-10 is a positive. My positive was at a 5, and my negative was at a 3. Unfortunately, in order to take these tests you have to eat gluten, and I don’t eat a ton of it anyway. I am going to re-test, just to be 100% sure since I do have some rare markers of Celiac. That is why things in the food department have been wonky.

How was your week in workouts?

Weekly Updates: 09/15/14 – 09/21/14 (Zooma Week 7)

weeklyworkouts.jpg I can’t believe how close Zooma actually is! It’s crazy how long I have been thinking of the 10K, my GI issues have persisted so it definitely won’t be a PR, and I am okay with that. I think it will be nice to be back to the racing scene, even if I am not really competing.

Monday, September 15 – Cross Training. Nailed it. Took a night class at Pure Barre and it was a tough one that’s for sure. It probably didn’t help that I was up at 5 am because Nick had a very early doctor appointment (7am!) I pretty much went straight to bed as soon as I got home.

Tuesday, September 16 – 60 minutes. This ended up being a little less than 60 minutes and that’s mostly because I was not prepared for the downpour that happened towards the end of my time.

Wednesday, September 17 – Cross Training. Another great pure barre class! I ended up going to the 6 am class, and then meeting some girlfriends and their kids for breakfast. It was a bit of a drive so I was hangry by the time I got there! Also, 3 adults and 4 kids out in public was a total success!

Thursday, September 18 – 60 minutes. I went a little longer then scheduled because of Tuesday’s rain. I am definitely feeling a bit stronger. I will say, I am LOVING my ASICS GEL-Pursue shoes, seriously they are making this training cycle.

Friday, September 19 – 6 miles. So this did not really happen. B was still recovering from a cold and I didn’t feel super comfortable taking him out in the weather we were having, especially since he refuses blankets in his stroller now. I did take a pure barre class so that should count for something right?

Saturday, September 20 – Rest. I ended up taking an early morning barre class, and I ended up doing an hour-long walk. The barre class ended up being sorta frustrating, the GI issues are now effecting my barre workouts as well. I was practically in tears during the ab work because I am so frustrated with the issues. I know that the meds that are causing this are worth it in the long run, but what is happening now is so frustrating.

Sunday, September 21 – 90 minutes. I ended up only doing an hour, my GI issues were flaring and I really needed to take a break.

How was your training this week?

Weekly Updates: 09/08/14 – 09/14/14 (Zooma Week 6)

Have you RSVP’d to the Mocktail Party sponsored by Honest Tea on Friday, September 26 from 7-8 pm at the SeaCrest Hotel yet? Make sure you do that ASAP!

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Monday, September 8 – Cross Training. I went to an evening Pure Barre class. I ended up taking an evening class, and as much as I talk about being a morning person, I don’t hate the night time classes. I do hate getting home super late, and the parking issues ha.

Tuesday, September 9 – 55 minutes. Today was B’s first day of preschool, and it was pretty overwhelming for me, I did however get to do my training on my own. It wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. I am currently on some temporary medications to help with some of the fertility issues I have been dealing with and the medicine is taking a toll on my GI system. Any time I started doing anything faster then a slow jog my body started revolting and I had to find the nearest bathroom. I feel like Zooma is definitely not going to be a PR, and will be more like a power walk 10K…

Wednesday, September 10 – Cross Training. I went to my 75th Pure Barre class! I am so close to that 100 class milestone!

Thursday, September 11 – 55 minutes. School drop off for the B man, and then off to walk/jog the 55 minutes for me. Again, my GI was not happy with the running, but I am able to walk fast very comfortably.

Friday, September 12 – 5.5 miles. I took a Pure Barre class in the morning, still trying to get in lots of classes for the Fit for Fall challenge. I did not end up getting my run though.

Saturday, September 13 – Rest. B was up the night before getting sick all over our bed, I ended up being able to get out of the house on my own for a bit and did 3 miles instead of the 5.5 on yesterday’s plan.

Sunday, September 14 – 85 minutes. I went to Pure Barre in the morning, then I took B out for a bit in the afternoon so Nick could get some last minute work done. Thankfully this ensured I could get me 85 minutes in. Again, it was walking/jogging, and not running.

How is your training going?

Weekly Updates: 09/01/14 – 09/07/14 (Zooma Week 5)

Before we get to this week workouts, I just wanted to share some information on the Zooma Cape Cod Race! There is a 10 Mile Training Run hosted by Marathon Sports of Mashpee, it is this Saturday, September 13 at 8 am in Mashpee, make sure you RSVP if you plan on attending!

There is also a Mocktail Party sponsored by Honest Tea on Friday, September 26 from 7-8 pm at the SeaCrest Hotel, and you will get the chance to mingle with all the ambassadors as well! Make sure you RSVP for this event as well! Now on to how I handled this weeks training plan!

weeklyworkouts.jpgMonday, September 1 – Cross Training. We were having a few people over for a BBQ so I was cleaning and prepping since 8 am. I didn’t get a chance to get to barre for a class since they had a modified schedule.

Tuesday, September 2 – 50 minutes. I took a barre class at 6am and had planned on getting my 50 minutes in after the fact, but I had a marketing call and by the time I was down it was too gross out for B in the stroller.

Wednesday, September 3 – Cross Training. I took another barre class. I am participating in their Fit for Fall Challenge, similar to the one I completed in March, it is to complete 40 classes in 60 days, starting September 2 and ending on October 31.

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Friday, September 5 – 5 miles. I was still feeling pretty weak, so I ended up taking another rest day.

Saturday, September 6 – Rest  Day. I felt like I had taken enough rest days, so I took a Pure Barre class with Jane, then in the afternoon I did 50 minutes at a very slow pace, just to get the time in.

Sunday, September 7 – 80 minutes. I got 50 minutes of slow walking in, I had plans for most of the day, and I couldn’t fit in the entire 80 minutes, unfortunately.

FOOD: Again, I am keeping mum on this for a bit. I had some test results that were unexpected, so until I get all results I will be postponing this section.

Are you planning on attending the Zooma Mocktail Party?

Weekly Updates: 08/18/14 – 08/31/14 (Zooma Week 3 & 4)

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Monday, August 18th – Cross Training. I hit up an evening Pure Barre class, it was one of the hardest Pure Barre classes I have ever taken. Melissa + the double tubes = insanity!

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Tuesday, August 19 – 40 minutes. On target so far with my Zooma training plan. Nick and I had some early doctors appointments so we got his mom to watch B. After Nick headed to work, I went for a 40 minute jog, followed by a Pure Barre class. Not my best plan, but I had some aggressions to work out.

Wednesday, August 20 – Cross Training. I was pretty sore and had a whole slew of more doctor appointments so I took a rest day instead.

Thursday, August 21 – 40 minutes. This ended up being only 30 minutes because of the weather, but I was pushing B, so it still counts….right?

Friday, August 22 – 4 miles. This ended up being only a 3 mile “jog”, B was getting cranky, and sometimes that’s what happens.

Saturday, August 23 – Rest. Since we had to get on the road early, I went to Pure Barre early because I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get in a ton of workouts over the next week.

Sunday, August 24 – 65 minutes. Yeaaah, no this didn’t happen at all. Nick had been super busy all summer with a big project at work and we finally had some family vacation time. We spent the first half of the week visiting family in CT, and that clearly took precedent over anything else.

Monday, August 25 – Cross Training. We spent the entire morning walking around the Mystic Aquarium, so much better than the Boston one IMO. I tracked my time and I did a decent amount of walking so I counted it as Tuesday’s workout. Also, we had an amazing lunch on the water. A few friends of ours have lived in Mystic for a few years and they took us to this great lunch place off the beaten path and away from the tourist traps.

Tuesday, August 26 – 45 minutes. I used Monday’s workout as my 45 minutes, and I did a little cross training in the pool at Nick’s parents.

Wednesday, August 27 – Cross Training. We came home from CT early Wednesday afternoon. I was able to sneak in a workout at Pure Barre. Man it felt good to have the 3-day break, my muscles really needed it.

Thursday, August 28 – 45 minutes. I took a break, I spent some time cleaning the house and doing tons of laundry. It was nice to spend time with the family.

Friday, August 29 – 4.5 miles. I took a Pure Barre class in the afternoon and a little bit of a walk in the afternoon.

Saturday, August 30 – Rest. I knew I wanted to take a class since we were having guests over the weekend and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get out for long run so I went to Pure Barre in the morning.

Sunday, August 31 – 75 minutes. Again, I took a morning Barre class followed by a long walk. What you can, when you can.

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FOOD: I am keeping mum on this for a bit. I had some test results that were unexpected, so until I get all results I will be postponing this section.

Weekly Updates: 08/11/14 – 08/17/14 (Zooma Week 2)

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Monday, August 11th – Cross Training. Since my car was still out of commission I exchanged Monday and Tuesday’s schedule. I did 35 minutes up and down the hill on my street. It was hard, but it’ll be worth it.

Tuesday, August 12th – 35 minutes. I did this workout on Monday, so I went to Pure Barre first thing in the morning!

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Wednesday, August 13 – Cross Training. I took another Pure Barre class. 55 minutes of pure fun!

Thursday, August 14 – 35 minutes. B and I went for our early morning jaunt. It was more of a slow jog/walk then a run, but I am just focusing on getting the minutes & miles in, more than anything.

Friday, August 15 – 3.5 miles. B and I did 2 miles, I was feeling sick the night before so we got a late start and I wanted to make it home for nap time. He didn’t end up taking a nap, so we spent some time running around outside.

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Can you spot me? {Photo Credit: PBL Facebook}

In the evening I went to Pure Barre Lynnfield’s first intensive class, the theme was Slenderize Your Outer Thighs, instead of 55 minutes it was 75 minutes. I think every single one of us was incredibly scared. It was an intense class, I was dripping within 20 minutes of the start, but it wasn’t something that I couldn’t handle. Melissa, the instructor, really focused on making sure that our form was perfect, that our heels were high enough, our shoulders relaxed, etc… It was a great class and I can’t wait to take the next one.

Saturday,  August 16 – REST. I sort of did this. If you follow me on Instagram I am sure you saw the pictures I posted from the Keith Urban concert. We went with my sister-in-law and her husband to the show in CT. We had pit which is general admission so we got there as soon as we could and stood for a good 6 hours. My legs were pretty beat after the Pure Barre class on Friday so this wasn’t the best idea, but I don’t regret it one bit.

Sunday, August 17 – 55 minutes. This did not happen. When I woke up my legs were shot, plus I knew I’d have to drive back to Boston. I made the executive decision that rest was what was more important. I also soaked my lower legs in the freezing cold pool in hopes that it would speed up the recovery process.

Food: This week was a lot of quality veggies and lean proteins. The only exception being Thursday evening, I was feeling so gross and the only thing that sounded good was grilled cheese, but we didn’t have any bread in the house. I made a small bowl of pasta instead, it made feel a bit bloated, but it didn’t make me feel like throwing up so that’s a win. Saturday after the concert we were starving so we ended up at the local diner, we all ordered club sandwiches. I only ate half of mine and it definitely filled me up.

How is your training going? Have you ever taken a Pure Barre intensive?

Weekly Updates: 08/04/14 – 08/10/14 (Zooma Week 1)

I wrote this post before the tragic passing of Robin Williams. I know that some people feel like mourning celebrity deaths is ridiculous, and sometimes I feel that way too. When Paul Walker passed I read this article that explained so well why we feel more when certain celebrities pass away.

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I feel like I grew up with Robin’s works. Mork & Mindy was one of my favorite TV shows as a kid. Dead Poets is what made me want to teach. Good Morning, Vietnam made me want to learn more about history. Hook, Aladdin, Jumanji & Mrs.Doubtfire are engrained in my childhood, and Good Will Hunting is always my  favorite Boston movie, but my favorite movie about life and love. Here is a great article on the life lessons we learned from Robin Williams.

I hope people remember that Depression is a disease, one that this no cure, but that needs constant vigilance and work. If you are feeling like you have no one please call the suicide prevention line (1-800-273-8255) or tell someone. Even in times of darkness you are loved.
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So, Zooma training has officially kicked off. I am excited for the training and for the workouts!

Monday, August 4th –  Cross Training per the plan! I ended up using Monday as a rest day since I went to Pure Barre on Saturday and Sunday, and they were both tough workouts!

Tuesday, August 5th - 30 minutes running. I went to Pure Barre in the morning and when I got home I took B on a jog(ish) in town. His stroller is not a running stroller so it is heavy, and ended up walking more than running.

Wednesday, August 6th – Cross training. I took an evening class at Pure Barre with Jane, and we were rewarded with free wine at the end of the day! For my local friends, Pure Barre Lynnfield has $10 Tuesdays for the month of August for new clients, if you have been wanting to try it, this is your chance!

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Thursday, August 7th – 30 minutes running. My car started making wonky noises and we couldn’t get an appointment with the mechanic until Saturday, and he advised us not to drive unless absolutely necessary. So I did 30 minutes of running around outside our house with B.

Friday, August 8th – 3 miles. Same situation as above, and our street (and neighboring ones) don’t have sidewalks so I do not feel comfortable taking B’s large stroller out on the busy streets. We ran up and down our dead-end street for a while, I didn’t check for mileage because that seems silly, but we were out for over 2 hours, so hopefully that counts for something.

Saturday, August 9th – Rest. I knew Sunday would likely be a rest day, so Jane picked me up at home and drove me to Pure Barre. Thankful for awesome friends!

Sunday, August 10th – 45 minutes running. I was outside playing with B for a good chunk of the day, and also running around the house doing a ton of projects, it wasn’t the planned workout, but I think it’ll be okay.

Week 1 Lessons: It is not easy training with a toddler, that is something I don’t have to really explain. Where I run/jog/walk isn’t super populated during the early hours of the morning, at least not at the time that works for us. So until B starts pre-school I am going to have to fit in what I can, when I can. I also, have to keep my pace worries in check. With the stroller and B alone I am pushing about 70 pounds, plush whatever gear, snacks, toys, etc… I bring with us to keep him occupied until we get to the playground.

Food Updates:

This weekend was one of the first weekends this summer that resulted in spontaneous dinner plans. Cait and I had been trying to meet up for a while, and we both happened to be free on Friday night. She picked me up (seriously, I have great friends) and brought us to Legal C Bar at Market Street in Lynnfield.

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We took a couple of seats at the bar and had a great time, great food and conversation will do that for you. I also had a pretty healthy dinner. The combo plate hat scallops,scrimp and a crab cake full of crab not stuffing alongside a light salad.

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I still enjoyed the warm bread and some wine, but I still put this dinner in the win column.

LegalCBar Wine Flight

Do you run with a stroller? What was the best seafood dish you’ve made or had made for you?