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Twice in One Week

Well, we made it to Friday. How is everyone feeling? I am exhausted. I’ve been doing a lot lately (and by the time I get home at night, blogging is out the window!), so I’m ready for some R&R tonight. And perhaps some wine. Lots of o’ wine!

I mentioned on Wednesday that my friend Mel is in town with her hubby and his work for a convention… well, that convention is for helicopters.  Super cool, right? (He’s a helicopter mechanic by profession.) So yesterday I picked Mel up and we headed over to the convention so Nia could experience something new and interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever really been up close and personal with a helicopter, so it was pretty fascinating. Nia kept calling them ‘airplanes’ but hey, I totally get why – some felt as big as airplanes.

This particular one floats on water. Mind = boggled.

The going rate on a helicopter is well above what I ever would have thought it to be. It seems I have a bit to learn in the area.

Apart from going to this and all the other activities, we have been partaking it, like kiddie pool swimming, or lululemon shopping (and taking selfies to ask the husband if these are valid/good items to purchase),

I’ve also been fitting fitness classes in like my life depended on it.

Remember me saying on Wednesday how I hoped Pure Barre didn’t destroy me? Well, ya, it did, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the music, the moves, and how different the workout felt compared to others. Plus, picking a morning class on a Wednesday luckily meant only a few other people and not a jam-packed room.

I was thankful that Mel braved it with me for the first class ever just because new situations are always a little intimidating (especially when you arrive there with only a few minutes to spare, which we did). We gave each other multiple looks throughout the class, like, holy eff this kills, which was nice to know we were on the same page. I left feeling challenged, but not overly in torturous pain. And then the next day happened: calves, my butt, my side above my hips sore – all places I wasn’t expecting! (I also should mention that I did attend hot yoga that same night, so maybe it was the combo of the two that put me over the edge.)

And then I did what any (in)sane person would do – I registered for another barre class for today (this afternoon). I only have four days left to use my ClassPass and I love that I can attend Pure Barre two more times with it (because it’s a total of three max at the same studio). After today’s class, I hope I can make it to another one on Monday. I can’t wait to see what today’s workout has in store and how my muscles will react to being re-challenged so soon!  I think my body secretly likes all the challenges I’m putting on it lately. Plus, it really needs a bit of butt-kicking.

And then for the weekend, my agenda is as so: vino drinking tonight, possibly with popcorn, farmers’ market on Saturday morning, which I hope my grandparents will attend with me, and then heading to meet up with Tyler on late Saturday afternoon because he’ll be away this weekend at a golf tourney for his players. Nia and I are going to keep him company one night and then hang by the pool while he works.

What are you up to this weekend?

Have you ever tried Pure Barre? If so, what was your first experience like?

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People Actually Come To Visit!

Hey guys! I’m putting this post together while I enjoy a (big) glass of vino. So, cheers (even if it is the morning when you’re reading and you’re sipping something other than alcohol!).

So what’s fun is that while we moved away from pretty much all of our friends and family, we had a bunch come into town all at once. First, last week I told you about my grandparents arriving here (and are my saving grace for future outings alone!), well my sis-in-law also spent all last week here, so we went to visit her, along with my in-laws on the weekend. She was supposed to go home on Sunday but extended her trip a few extra days, which I think was wise because the weather was just gorgeous on Monday and Tuesday.

We got to have a night/dinner out with her on Saturday night, and that was fun…as always!

And then my friend Mel is in Orlando because her hubby has a convention going on right now. Last week she didn’t know if it was going to happen, but I’m so glad it was a go. I spent yesterday afternoon with her by the pool with Nia, and it was tons of fun. Although Nia was done-zo by the time we left. Two hours in the pool will do that to a toddler!

Mel and I are actually attending a Pure Barre class this morning, and I’m super excited to try it out. Can you tell the class to not kill me though? I can already hear my legs crying out in pain…and fear. Our reward for attending the class is going to the outlet mall afterward. Perhaps I can find a gem in lululemon.

And now… I thought it might be fun to do a few categories with a few points in each. Do you dig it? Ok, sorry. I’m just trying to be creative.

BLOG

-Designing a new blog header is very hard when you’re an indecisive individual. I’m trying so hard to narrow down what it is I’m looking for BUT I JUST CAN’T DO IT!!! Suggestions?

-When we were driving back home on Sunday, the hubby went over some future blog ideas with me and I’m super excited. We came up with some good stuff. I hope you’ll like it.

-Run Happy still isn’t wetting my whistle. Again, I do apologize for the lackluster posts. I promise you that with switching blogs again (soon!) and coming up with blog ideas with the hubby, I can’t wait to fall back in love with blogging. I do miss the regularity of it.

WORKOUTS

-My ClassPass expires in a week and I’m hustling to get more classes in (I wanted to do at least five in the cycle). I had it scheduled to do a class this Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and I think I’m on track for that to happen. I just need to decide on a Friday class and double-check that my grandparents can watch the little stinker.

(Disclosure: I was given a month ClassPass to try out for free. As always, all opinions are my own though.)

-HOT yoga vs. WARM yoga: warm yoga is what my Monday ClassPass class encompassed, and I can’t really say I was a fan. I either want hot yoga or just your plain Jane, regular yoga. It was actually a detox yoga class and I liked that about it, but I guess I need to double-check the print on the studio temps before I hop on board. I’m hoping to give Bikram another shot this coming Monday (two weeks after the original time I tried it) to see if it grows on me a little more. The first time left me feeling weeewwww!

-I really need to incorporate running back into my workout routine. I thought I didn’t miss it, but I saw a lot of people out running yesterday as I was driving around and was kind of wishing it was me (just maybe not in the middle of the day with the heat those crazies were doing it in). That’s a big indicator that I’m ready to reintroduce it. Don’t even ask when the last time I ran was.

AWKWARDNESS

-Because I love being that person, I rocked a bathroom selfie out to dinner on Saturday night.

-I only legitimately put on make-up if I know I’m going out. So if you want to see my better side, wine & dine me ;).

-Saving the best for last: ummm, Fifty Shades of Grey – THE MOVIE. I have this website that uploads TV shows right after they’re aired and movies soon after they’re released (to stream instead of downloading), so when I saw the fifty movies on there the other day, I just had to see it. It’s been killing me. Too bad it was so disappointing and just awful. I’m soooo glad I didn’t end up paying a movie for that thing. They completely ruined it. I heard that the author had creative issues with the director and might just direct the next two movies herself – I say, maybe she should just remake the first one (I mean, do we know that Jamie Dornan is even confirmed for the next two – you can’t just switch Christian Grey mid-trilogy!), and go from there. Man, the movie was so terrible. I highly suggest you read the book for a redemption.

ENTERTAINMENT

-Have you watched the show ‘Repeat After Me’?

Where they get celebrities to repeat exactly what is being fed to them through an earpiece. OH, MAN. It’s so hilaaaaarious.  Kristen Bell was my fave. The video above is from last week with Kristen Bell appearance.

-I heard the saddest news I’ll ever hear when it comes to my love for Jared Leto. He cut his hair for his role as the Joker in the upcoming movie, Suicide Squad. RIP ombre locks.

-I have yet to watch the new show ‘Secrets & Lies’ starring Ryan Phillippe, but seriously judging by the previews for it, it looks so badass and now I can’t wait until we can watch it.

Tell me one piece of news about YOU!


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The Future of Working Out + YouTube Videos

And just like that, it’s Friday! Where the week goes is beyond me. Also, where has the month gone? Doesn’t it feel crazy to think that we’re nearly halfway through February? I seriously need time to sloooooow down a little bit so I can enjoy it a bit more.

Anywaaaaaays, I wanted to dive into something I like to consider the future of working out because it gets me really excited.

CLASS PASS 

If you’ve never heard of ClassPass before, then you’re in for a treat. I was contacted by them to try out their service because it just launched in Orlando!!

What it is, is a monthly membership that gives you access to the best fitness studios in your city. Instead of committing to just one gym or studio, why not try out multiple, but pay a monthly-membership that doesn’t tie you down to anyone?! You have the freedom to try them all because ClassPass gives you unlimited classes to the studios in the ClassPass network. You can essential go to as many classes as you want to in your monthly membership cycle; try out one new thing, or try them all!

[One thing to note: While you can visit as many classes as you’d like per month, you can only visit the same studio up to three times per monthly subscription cycle.]

When I initially found out about this concept, I was very on board with it. Even the hubby thought it was a super cool idea. Why should I have to commit to one gym that may deliver amazing on one thing, but sub-par on another? I’ve been wanting to try out Barre for months and now I have the chance to do that. But, I can also do hot yoga, a boot camp, CrossFit, and the list goes on!

I promise you this word-venom spewing from my mouth is pure because I think this is a great idea and one that fitness forgoers have been longing for! Just two more things to share.

First, the log-in details of ClassPass. This is the screen once you log into your ClassPass account.

I love the simplistic nature of showing you all of your options; how to book your first class, upcoming classes, and completed classes. This might be good for those wondering if the membership is worth it to them, depending on how many workouts they’re actually getting out of it. Plus, it gives you the details on when your cycle will end – so hey, maybe you want to squeeze in another two workouts before it ends to round off a stellar month.

Next, searching for and selecting a class (by clicking on the ‘class schedule’ link seen in the screenshot above).

It shows you all the available class options for that day (or whatever day you choose to select at the top), with the ability to reserve a spot online. When I first logged into this two days ago, I loved seeing it for two reasons.

Reason #1: Being new to the area, unless I’m randomly googling for fitness studios, I really have no idea what’s out there. And even with googling, there’s no way I would have found some of the options listed above because I would have never known to type in those exact words for the search form (example: The Bar Method – did not know it even existed here!).

Reason #2: I’m a visual learner, so seeing all my workout options in one place for a specified day is music to my ear’s eyes.

I have SO many new fitness classes I can’t wait to try. I’d love to update you guys on how some of them are if you want me to. Not a full-blown post, but just a little info about what I attended and how it went.

I’ve paid $15/class the last two weeks for hot yoga, so my goal is to use this pass at the very least 5+ times over the course of the month to make it worth it (i.e.: to make it like “paying” $15 or less per class, as if I was paying for each individual class). Where we’re located in Orlando isn’t exactly centralized, which is where a lot of the classes are, and that’s one reason why I won’t be attending classes every day. You bet though that I’m going to try and attend as many as I very well can in the month. My grandparents come to Florida on February 26th and they’ve expressed that if I need to get out on my own at all while they’re here, they’d be happy to watch Nia…SOLD!

Ok, now I need to ask you some questions that go along with YouTube videos. It’s only three videos and they aren’t mandatory for watching, but you might enjoy #1 and #3…at least #1. And you don’t even want to know how many Frozen related videos are stored in my history thanks to Nia. It’s like I have a Frozen obsession or something (oh wait, my daughter actually does!).

  • Who is seeing Fifty Shades of Grey this weekend?

Originally, I didn’t think I would ever want to watch the movie or read the book, but multiple TV ads later (for the movie) and I think I’m ready to watch the film. It could be for the actor playing the lead, or just to see what all the fuss is about. But I’m not telling you which is the real answer.

Also on this subject, if you haven’t seen Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades main star) on the Jimmy Fallon show doing a Fifty Accents of Grey game, then you must watch it below. Hilaaarious.

  • Has anyone heard the Florida Georgia Line song ‘Sippin’ on Fire’?

I just heard it for the first time yesterday aaaaaand I loved it. I heard it in the car and proceeded home to listen to it another 5-10 times. There’s no legit music video yet, but here’s the song made video form.

  • Do you need some perspective on how great your life actually is?

I saw this video a couple weeks back when I was reading an email from a website I subscribe to and they linked to this video. It’s Louis CK on how everything is pretty awesome, yet we’re never happy. Obviously, he’s a comedian and you laugh at his references, but it really does make you think!

That’s it!

And now for you all to have a good weekend! I have some good content coming your way next week, so look forward to that! Also still debating whether to take Monday off from blogging or not. You’ll know by Monday, haha ;).

Disclosure: Although I am being provided one complimentary month of ClassPass to try out for myself, I was not instructed to write this post on behalf of them. I am purely doing it on my own to help spread the word because I think it’s a pretty awesome concepts for those interested in fitness.