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: 03/10/14 – 03/16/14

Weekly Workouts

Happy St. Patricks Day! Hope you wore your green today!

And if you missed it last week, I had a guest post on the 90 Plus Cellars blog last week!

Monday -

Finally, I got my butt to Pure Barre in the morning, apparently I am not the only one that has a hard time getting out of bed Monday mornings because it was the smallest PBL class I have been to so far. (5/20)

Tuesday – 

I was supposed to go to Studio Poise with  Jane for Poise Xpress in the morning but she texted me in the morning that she wasn’t going to make it. I was rallying for her but I had a long day ahead of me so I am glad I got the extra sleep.

Wednesday – 

I made it to Pure Barre in the morning (6/20) and then at night I went to Studio Poise for a charity yoga session that Yoga Jake was leading, you might remember that I had an awesome experience last time Jake taught at Studio Poise so I was definitely looking forward to this. The class was on the smaller side, so we ended up practicing different types of inversions. I had never done one before so I was totally down to hang out in Child’s Pose the whole time. I did try to do one and I was pretty impressed that I was able to do it. I continue to surprise myself and I think I forget how strong I can be.

Thursday – 

As I was heading home from yoga on Wednesday it was raining and foggy so I ended up cancelling my morning class, it was a good thing I did because it was pretty slick on the roads.

Friday – 

purebarremadnessI know you’re surprised, another Pure Barre class, I gotta get to 20 somehow! (7/20)

Saturday – 

I headed to Pure Barre in the morning, then Nick, B and I went for a couple walks because it was gorgeous out. (8/20)

Sunday – 

I took a late morning Pure Barre class with Lauren and it was wonderful, I had never had her as a teacher before and she was able to chat with me about things that would specifically help my body keep the correct form. After Pure Barre I ended up going grocery shopping and then running around and doing a ton of errands and cleaning after I got home. I think I spent the entire day on my feet. (9/20)

Food -

We were pretty good this week. For fasting we had the quinoa bake and for the other days we had grilled chicken kabob and lots of veggies. For lunches I had fish, broccoli and sweet potatoes. I keep craving chocolate and lots of it, my sweet tooth is going crazy lately.

How was your week in workouts and food? Any cravings lately?