Back to It

When I found out I was pregnant and due early November, I realized I would be in my postpartum period over all the holiday goodness. Thankfully, Isla’s birthday was close enough to the holidays that it’s still acceptable to rock stretchy maternity jeans.

I told myself that I wouldn’t start worrying about trying to lose baby weight until after the holidays and until Isla had established a good eating schedule. Since this is the last maternity leave that I’ll ever get, I also promised myself that I wouldn’t do anything but cuddle my new baby for two weeks after she was born. Done and done. For two weeks, I didn’t lift a finger. It was amazing.

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Even though I didn’t really contribute to any household chores during that time, I still couldn’t sit still. The weather has been wonderful for this time of year here in Wisconsin, so we managed a few family walks those first few weeks. Once the weather got cooler, I was on my own. The cool temps felt so refreshing after being inside all day. For the first few weeks I kept the mileage to about two miles or thirty minutes of fast walking. At about four weeks postpartum, I was feeling pretty good and started to add some running in there. Talk about humbling. I stayed pretty active my whole pregnancy, so for that reason I wasn’t expecting it to be so difficult. My legs itched like crazy and my lungs hated me. Not to mention my lower abdominal strength being completely gone. I have some work ahead of me.

I’ve been getting out as often as I can and running the treadmill during nap time and it is getting a little easier than that first time a few weeks ago.

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On Sunday, my sister and I laced up our running shoes and headed out for a run by my mom’s house. It was my first “real” run. We had a distance goal and got it done! We set out to run 3 miles and it felt really good. We ran around Humbolt Park…

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and by the time we got back to my mom’s we were at 2.3 miles. So we ran around a few blocks and during that last stretch of distance, I was running close enough to my old pace again that I was hopeful it won’t be much longer to be back to where I was.

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And I celebrated my first glorious postpartum run with grandma’s 75th birthday cake…

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My first “race” will be a 5k in January. I’m excited to see how I do and where I am as far as speed goes by then. Now that I’ve added cardio back into my life, I’m looking forward to take a barre class next week! My sister and I are doing the last blast of 2015 (75 minute cardio class), but I’m hoping to sneak in a regular barre class before then.

How do you celebrate a really great run?

Any advice on returning back to running after pregnancy or an injury?

What’s on your schedule as far as races go in 2016?

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

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Heart & Soul

Hey guys! Did you enjoy your extra long weekend? I know we did! Things were very productive over here as we made some progress on baby girl’s room. She will be residing in Madelyn’s old room which is painted turquoise. I’ve been busy adding accents of gold, coral and ivory to help soften it up and give it a little bit more of a girlie vibe. As we are well into September, the final countdown begins. 6 more weeks until this little muffin is officially full term. Madelyn came right at 39 weeks, so I’m optimistic that baby girl will follow in her big sister’s footsteps and not keep us waiting too long.

IMG_2621Last weekend, my mom, sister and I took a little girls weekend to the Windy City. Back in May, my sister and I surprised our mom with tickets to see Dirty Dancing on Broadway at the Cadillac Palace Theater. The show was amazing and so true to the movie. They did a very good job transforming the movie into a Broadway production.

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Besides seeing Dirty Dancing, we spent the weekend eating (Italian Village & Frontera Grillboth are highly recommended!) shopping (The Gap on Michigan Ave always has the best baby/kids clothes selection!), and cycling

When I found out that SoulCycle was coming to Chicago, I put this at the top of our to-do list. I knew my sister and mom would love it since they both love biking. I first gave SoulCycle a try in NYC last December when hubs and I went there for New Years Eve. It was the perfect workout to end 2014. We both left feeling great, spiritually and physically.

Chicago’s class was no different. Our instructor, Hallie, was AMAZING! She writes a lifestyle/fashion blog I recommend you check out. Her energy and the music were on. point. When we were walking out of the studio, I asked my mom and sister what they thought. My sister said there were no words to describe how great of a cycling class it was. There is nothing in Milwaukee that even remotely compares. We were so close to signing up for a Sunday morning class, but none of us brought along extra workout clothes so instead we decided to go back on Sunday and purchase some souvenirs 🙂

So what’s so great about this $30 workout class? ($20 if you’re a first time rider-totally worth it!) Imagine a yoga studio or swanky lounge paired up with your favorite cardio class, set to awesome music, led by an inspiring instructor. That is SoulCycle. The studio in the Loop has 67 bikes so it’s a pretty decent size, even though the bikes are all very close together. It’s so that you feed off of one another’s energy and ride as a group as opposed to trying to compete with your neighbor. Part of their “pact” mentality.

The studio is dark, and the instructor rides on a raised platform, surrounded by candlelight, while DJing great music and leading an inspirational class. You ride to the beat of the music, doing pushups, up downs, riding in and out of the saddle, etc. I seriously dare you not to dance along to the music on your bike. There were times I got so into, I had to stop and remind myself not to get too out of breath. The feel of the bike is unlike any other cycling class I’ve ever taken, either. The ride is very smooth and I never felt like the resistance was so low that I was going to hurt my knees if I went too fast. The spin of the bike was very fluid. At the end of the cardio section, there is an arms portion (you get to pick your weights) followed by some sprints and then the cool down.

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Outside the studio, you see this:

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Rules 1 & 2 are my favorite. There is NOTHING worse than taking a workout class and having someone’s phone going off or having people talking so loudly to their neighbor that you can barely hear the instructor. So annoying.

You can also charge your phone in your locker while you’re in class:

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Pretty neat! The studio is gorgeous. When you walk in, everything’s very clean and white and smells amazing. They also have a cleaning crew come in and wipe down all the bikes and weights which is a huge plus.

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I love everything about SoulCycle. You definitely leave with a more positive attitude than when you first entered. Had this studio been there when I was working in a corporate cubicle right around the corner, this would’ve been my place of sanctuary after a long day at the office. We are already planning on a trip back, this time to check out the Old Town studio, before baby #2 arrives.

How does it differ from Flywheel, which is also located in Chicago? Having taken two Flywheel classes and two SoulCycle classes, it’s really like comparing apples to oranges. They are both unique in their own way. The thing that I liked about Flywheel is that you got to see how many miles you covered in a class and how you “ranked” amongst the other clients riding beside you. That was great when I wasn’t pregnant and I came in first place at my first class! But as of right now, and where I am as far as maintaining fitness, that sort of thing doesn’t matter to me. I would feel defeated if I knew I worked hard for being 31 weeks pregnant but still coming in last place in class. I also like the spiritual aspect that SoulCycle offers. You leave class looking at things a little differently. I asked hubs what it was that he liked about it and he said he felt uplifted, which is funny for someone who is not the spiritual type.

If I lived in Chicago, this class would definitely be in my weekly rotation of workouts. Hopefully, we will see one in the Milwaukee area soon! I definitely recommend checking out a class if you live or are visiting an area where they have a studio. You won’t be disappointed.

Have you ever taken a SoulCycle or Flywheel class? What are your thoughts?

Pure Barre Whitefish Bay

Hey guys! I’m finally back from Guam. It was nice to get away for about two weeks to soak up some sun, relax and work of course, but it feels good to be back with my munchkin! It’s amazing how much she has learned and changed in just the few weeks away.
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 Jet lag the week I got home was a killer.  All I wanted to do was sleep but someone else had other plans for me:
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 Now that I’m back to work and into my routine, my energy level is as normal as it’s going to be for right now. One thing that I didn’t skip a beat on was working out. I was back at it the very next day. When I’m super tired, working out always makes me feel ten times better. It’s counterintuitive, but it helps so much.
Running and barre have always been my two favorite workouts to do. They go hand in hand with one another and I’m a strong believer that barre is the reason I remained completely injury-free during my last marathon training cycle. Since moving back to Milwaukee from Chicago, the Milwaukee area now has THREE barre studios. Barre is here to stay folks.
The latest studio to open is Pure Barre-Whitefish Bay. It’s located just north of the city near The Bayshore Town Center. I first heard of Pure Barre while I was taking barre classes in Chicago. I never got a chance to try it while I was there, so I was excited to be given the opportunity to try out a class at the Whitefish Bay studio.
The Space
 When you walk in, you almost feel like you’ve stepped into a place located in the North Woods. The retail space has a very woodsy, cozy feel. The actual studio itself is carpeted (Just like the Bar Method studio I used to attend), and off of the studio is a prop closet. It looks like the props stay the same for each class: two sets of weights (one heavy, one light), a ball and a band.
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The class began with a warm-up. For our warm up we did a series of leg lifts with alternating arm raises. We moved right into arm work using both sets of weights and our band. Next, was core followed by thighs, seat, abs with round back and flat back against the bar and wall, finally ended it with seat dancing and a cool down. The class is 55 minutes long and it moves along very quickly. There is a stretch session after each muscle group is worked. Along with the instructor leading the class, there were two other instructors taking class that we were instructed to watch in case we got lost in class. This particular class I took was a little bit lower energy than what I am used to, but it could be that the energy of the class varies by instructor. Although I left feeling like my muscles had been worked, I found the thigh section to be a bit shorter than what I was used to. Short, but yet still effective.
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Pros
-Class went by incredibly fast! There was a lot packed into those 55 minutes.
-Hands on corrections. I know some people don’t appreciate being corrected, but even the slightest move can make a world of difference in that muscle and prevent potential injury.
-Positive reinforcement. Just when I wasn’t sure if I was doing a sequence right, the instructor said, “Great job Maria!” So I kept with it. I once read somewhere that people really enjoy hearing their name. I think that’s why Bar Method is so adamant that the instructors learn the clients name so that they can use them in class.
-Lights out during back dancing and stretch. I felt like I was in a yoga class during stretch and I LOVED that! The instructor came along and gave us gentle pressure, getting us deeper into the stretch. It felt really great because my hamstrings are super tight.
-Controlled mic volume. The instructor had a device in her hands that allowed her to lower the sound of the music while she was setting up the move so hearing her was never a problem.
Cons
-It’s Expensive. A single class is $23. They do offer a 1 month new client special for $99 so that you can decide if it’s something you want to invest in for the long haul.
-Small changing area. I can see that being a problem for the after work crowd.
-The music. It wasn’t so much the genre as much as it was that you heard the same song repeatedly during a set. If a song ended in the middle of thigh, the instructor just repeated it instead of moving onto another song.
Overall, I think that Pure Barre is a great studio in a good location. It’s a little far from where I live and not at all on my way home from work, but parking didn’t seem to be a problem which is always a plus. It’s located in Whitefish Bay, so there’s plenty of residential parking and I believe they do have a parking lot in the back. It reminds me a lot of The Bar Method, which is where I found my love of barre workouts. It’s a little lower energy & gentler than what I’m used to and the only class they offer are barre classes. If you’re in the North Shore area, and looking to see what this barre craze is all about, I highly suggest checking it out!

At It Again

Hey guys! It’s been quiet around here lately, sorry about that. I’ve been busy with work stuff and I’m currently away on a little work trip. As much as I’ve been enjoying the lovely weather and just focusing on myself, I can’t wait to get back to my family and to whip up some delicious meals in my kitchen. DFAC food is wearing on me and I’m officially sick of eating out.

One advantage of going TDY is that I have all the time in the world to workout. I’ve been hitting up the gym a lot and trying to run outside as much as I can rather than on the treadmill, but the heat and the sun has made it tough. My body just isn’t used to it considering I wen’t from a climate of -10 degrees to over 80 degrees! I think my longest outdoor run here has been about 3 miles.

The other day the gym was closed for maintenance so I decided it would be an outside run day instead. When I got back from my run, someone told me about a Crossfit gym on base they went to that offered FREE classes! She told me that they start you off with 6 On Ramp classes to get your familiar with Crossfit and the proper techniques. My sister, a coworker and I all decided to give it a try today.

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This experience was much better than my last one. The instructor went over what Crossfit was, the pyramid-reminding us all how nutrition is key to everything we do, and then got into the 9 basic moves of Crossfit. For today’s workout, he had us doing three exercises AMRAP. He went over each move, explaining what proper form looks like and things not to do. He watched us do each of the exercises and corrected us as needed. We did the three movements (10 Air Squats, 15 sit-ups, 20 broad jumps) as many times as possible in 8 minutes. I was able to get through 4 rounds plus 3 sit ups. After that 8 minute workout, he went over cool down techniques and great hip stretches to do against the wall. It felt wonderful! One thing I’ve been lacking during my workouts is a good stretch session. My hips & glutes were super tight.

I would LOVE to be able to complete all six On Ramp classes here, because they’re free but I’m not sure that time will allow it. After today’s session, Crossfit is something I can definitely see myself getting into with the right gym and the right instructors. I feel that because you spend so much one on one time with the coaches, your personality definitely has to jive with theirs. I love the community that they have built and I think it’s awesome that they’re certified coaches doing it for free, simply just to help people.

Anyone try any new fitness classes lately? I think all my cardio work from The Barre Code helped me kill it today in those broad jumps!

The Family that plays Together

Happy Packer Day! Madelyn clearly knows what’s up. 

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I hope everyone’s week is going well. One day closer to the weekend and to my little cousin’s wedding! I’m thrilled to watch her get married, and I can still remember when she was born…how’s that for feeling old?! 

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We definitely started our week off with a bang. On Monday, Madelyn spent some quality time with her great grandparents and my mom, while hubs and I hopped on the Amtrak and ventured down to Chicago for the Cubs vs. Brewers game. I can’t remember the last time I was at Wrigley Field for a game, but it felt good to be back in familiar territory 🙂 

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When we got into the city, we ventured into Old Town and visited the Fleet Feet there. Of all the stores to visit in Chicago…clearly I have a problem. I think I love this store so much because it’s my first experience with running stores. I remember calling my mom after my first visit there and saying, “They just have so much stuff for running!” I also participated in a few of their fun runs during my Chicago days. As we left Fleet Feet, it started to pour. We didn’t really have an agenda until the game, so we kind of ducked out from the rain and then decided to head toward Wrigley.

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We ate at Mo’s Cantina before heading to the game. The day turned out to be perfect. Great weather and an awesome date, what more could a girl ask for? 

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After the game we met up with Kristine for a few drinks and before we knew it, it was time to catch the late train back to Milwaukee. But not before stopping for some Lou’s. Of all the Chicago style pizza the city has to offer, Lou Malnati’s is my absolute favorite. That crust tho! Unbelievably delicious. Hubs ordered our pizza to go because he didn’t think we’d have enough time to eat there. His plan was just to have us eat it at on the train. I had a better idea. Instead, we sat in the park near our old apartment, shared some pizza and talked about the old times. This is the same park where we took Oliver on his first walk and where we had our engagement pictures taken. By far my favorite place in Chicago.  

IMG_00671Today, I met my mom for lunch at Sven’s Cafe. I haven’t been here in a while, but I stuck with my usual. Mixed greens salad with goat cheese, chicken, walnuts, grapes and balsamic. It never fails me. I also had an Italian soda with pumpkin. It was good, but just a tad bit too sweet for me. My mom had the coconut Italian soda and that tasted much better.  

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I also decided that today would be my last day of work for the week. I have so much to get done before this weekend and I want to spend some time with Madelyn before she heads down to Chicago (for the first time ever without us!!!!) to spend time with her grandparents for the weekend. I know she will have a blast, it’s me that I’m concerned about 😉 

Tonight, I was really feeling a bike ride. The last two runs (the only runs this week!) I’ve had have not been the greatest. My legs have felt heavy and I’m left feeling defeated. I don’t know if it was the humidity or the fact that I ate like crap this weekend (or both) but I haven’t been on my A game. So I decided it would be best to give my leggies a little break and head out for a bike ride with my entourage in tow. 

IMG_00811It felt really good to work my legs but in a different way. We rode up to Leff’s Luckytown for some food before the Packer game, and then rode our bikes back. The best way to consume “not so healthy” food. I told hubs it felt great to work off the food we just ate as opposed to just sitting there and letting it sit in our stomachs.

Tomorrow, I have a barre class on the workout schedule and then taking the day to chase Madelyn around while trying to smuggle her with hugs & kisses. it’s funny, I’ve spent a whole month away from her so you’d think a weekend would be no problem, but it never gets easier. 

What’s on your workout agenda for the weekend? Any other fun plans? I’m also headed to a marathon Q & A session at PRO this weekend! I’m thrilled for that! 

Chicago Marathon Training Recap Week 12

Hey guys! Happy September! I can’t believe it’s already that time of year and that football starts this week! EEEEEK! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. The temperatures become a little more bearable for outside running, pumpkin in everything, and cozying up in blankets with the scent of fall candles are all of my favorite things.

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Do One Thing a Day that Scares You

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And this morning, I did just that.  I tried out Crossfit for the first time.  It’s something that has peaked my interest for awhile but I never really had the balls to try it because it looks extremely intimidating.  That is, until a co-worker of mine (6 weeks postpartum), told me that she wanted to try it out.  The conversation went something like this:

Me: Hey I heard you want to try Crossfit.  I’ll try it with you when you come back to work!

K: Great! Let’s go next week!

Me: Uhhh…I was thinking more like next month.  It can be “my thing” for February.  And didn’t you just have a baby?

K: Gotta start somewhere!

And somewhere we did.  We went to a Crossfit gym 5 minutes from where we work that just opened up this past fall.  Verdict?  I’m still not sure how I feel about it.  It’s really hard to write a fair review based off of one single class, but I will share my experience with you as best as possible.

When we arrived at the gym, there was no place really to sign in, but a rack of clipboards and pens with waiver and liability paperwork that we had to fill out.  The coach was writing the workout on the wipe board when we walked in.  We introduced ourselves and told him it was our first time.  Luckily, there were only 3 other people in the morning class, who were all experienced “crossfitters”, so he spent a majority of his time with us.

The Warm Up
7 min AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible)
-10 dive bombs (reminded me a version of chatarunga in yoga)
-5 pull ups
-20 front rack lunges

The warm up consisted of the above exercises done within a 7 minute period.  He went through the exercises once and then set a timer up for everyone to see.  I was able to repeat the workout twice through.  We did pull-ups on the bar but with a band and I’m convinced that no matter how strong my upper body becomes, I will never be able to do a pull-up…It was the exercise I hated the most.

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Behind the Neck Jerk (5 sets of 3)

This was probably my least favorite part of the class, but also the most important because we worked on technique and skill.  The instructor spent a lot more time talking us through the movement instead of showing us.  Finally, my friend asked him if he could just show us.  His response was “it’s kind of hard to just show you.”  I get it.  There was a lot of movement with your hips that really could only be felt and not seen.  We did it with just the bar for awhile and then I added 20 lbs on.  It was challenging, but in a good way.  My arms, back and shoulders definitely got a workout.

WOD
Marguerita (timed)
50 sets of:
-Burpees
-pushups
-jumping jacks
-sit ups
-handstand (scooter walks)

My favorite part of class: super sweaty cardio!  The whole workout was done for time, so you had to work as hard and fast as you could.  This part of the class really challenged and pushed me to give it all that I had.  Especially with the class being so small, no one wants to come in last.  Each exercise was 50 reps.  The last exercise was physically the most challenging.  The instructor modified it for us twice.  I tried to do the intermediate exorcise, which were wall climbs, but I felt like my feet were going to topple over so I moved to the scooter walks.  In scooter walks you basically put your feet on a scooter (gym-class style!) and you use your hands to “walk” yourself across the gym floor.  We did that 5 times and, somehow, I ended up doing 6 times.  This was probably the hardest workout in WOD, and I wished I would’ve stuck it out with the wall-climbs.

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Pros:

  • Incorporates strength-training moves
  • Challenges you to work hard and push yourself for personal bests
  • Modifies exercises based on your fitness ability
  • Personal attention

Cons:

  • Would’ve liked more dynamic stretching/warmup
  • more focused on reps rather than proper form
  • no cool down or stretching included
  • first 1/2 hour was slower-paced and very instructional and not a lot of doing

Overall, I’d like to give Crossfit another shot.  I could see myself really loving certain workouts, especially when they incorporate running sprints, but I don’t see myself loving it enough to make it a routine thing.  I still like my barre classes because I leave there feeling like I’ve worked every single muscle group in my body.  Hubs and I have talked about trying out the Crossfit gym near our house since it’s the only Reebok certified Crossfit gym in WI AND they offer a free introductory class on Saturdays just for first-timers.

Now that I’ve tried Crossfit, I can definitely see why there is such a big following.  It is the one workout that I’ve tried where you can actually track your progress in the studio and watch yourself get progressively better.  I do love a workout that pushes you to beat your own time 🙂

Have you tried Crossfit?  Thoughts? Love it or hate?

Timing is Everything

Happy Sunday!  I hope you’re enjoying your weekend.  Ours has been pretty relaxing.  Madelyn and I bundled up and headed out to the gym yesterday for a 6 miler on the treadmill, while she ran around at the kids club.  I’m ready for winter to be OVER.  The only thing that got me through 6 miles on the treadmill was reading Runner’s World on the iPad.  Today, my mom came over and watched Madelyn for me while I tortured my thighs at Barre…in a good way of course 😉

So yesterday, after my run I was pretty proud of myself for having another good long run on the treadmill.  I texted my sister if she wanted to come celebrate with me by drinking some wine and eating gourmet frozen pizza, compliments of Trader Giotto’s.  She happily accepted 🙂 I usually reserve my few glasses of wine for the weekends.  I’ve found that when I have even one glass during the week, when I have to wake up super early, I’m extremely tired in the morning and all day long.  Totally not worth it.  Last Thursday, a co-worker texted me and asked if I was drinking wine…I responded with “No but, should I be?”  Instead, I was drinking camomile tea while reading Runner’s World in bed.  Wild, I know.  29 going on 70 here folks!

While I was browsing Facebook the other day, I came across an article that really put a damper on my weekend wine consumption: alcohol slows down fat-burning and your metabolism!  I knew it wasn’t good to drink if you were trying to lose weight, but I figured it was just because of the sugar/empty calories.  I tried to go back and look for the article so I could link it, but I didn’t have any luck :-/ To sum it up, it basically said that the timing of your drinks after a workout really mattered, but if you wait too long and drink too close to bed time, it can disrupt your sleep.  So what’s a girl to do?  Luckily, I’ve been getting my weekend workouts done first thing in the morning so it’s not too much of an issue.  It also helps that after one glass of wine, I’m feeling pretty good 🙂  I am also making more of an effort to switch over to water a few hours before bed.  I hate feeling tired on the weekends.

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So what’s on the workout schedule/menu this week?

Sunday: Barre Bee / Beef & Broccoli with brown rice (recipe up this week!)

Monday: Barre Bee + Run 3 mi / Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tuesday: A new to me workout…stay tuned!

Wednesday: Barre Bee + 4 mile run

Thursday: Run 3.5 miles + gym workout with my mom!

Friday: Interval Barre

I didn’t share too many meal ideas for this week, but I went to the store and bought a bunch of random things :-/ So much for meal prep this week.  I have a lot of stuff in my refrigerator and cupboards that I’ve been wanting to use up.  So, dinner’s kind of a toss up this week.  We’ll see what kind of creations I come up with 🙂

I’m off to go finish watching the Grammys and later on, GIRLS!   Have a great night!

Meals & Workouts for the Week + a Cardio Playlist

Oh Monday…so nice to see you 🙂  To say it’s been a long week and weekend would be an understatement.  A long week followed by a drill weekend is no bueno, but it did end on a high note:

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GIRLS is back on TV!  So excited and thrilled to see what’s in store for Season 3.

Last week’s workouts consisted mostly of low-mileage runs and barre classes.  I’m just getting over some kind of sickness and my lungs were just not feeling it.  I didn’t complete a run longer than 4 miles.

This week, I’m feeling better and am starting to train for a 1/2 marathon I have coming up in March.  I’m hoping to get outside today for a run since it’s so nice!  I can’t remember the last run I had outside.

Here’s what’s on the agenda for this week:

Monday: Strength train plus run 4 miles / Spaghetti with veggies & pasta sauce
Tuesday: Run 3 miles + Abs and lower body / Slow cooker Sweet potato Chili
Wednesday: Barre Bee / leftovers
Thursday: 3 mile run + abs /Meatloaf from Runner’s World Cookbook
Friday: stretching & foam rolling

One of the things that’s been getting me through runs on the treadmill are my playlists that I’ve made on Spotify.  Inspired by some of the music I heard at barre, I decided to make a DIVAS cardio playlist.  It’s pretty much awesome.

Lil’ Champ + Erin Condren Giveaway Winner

Hey guys! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend!  Ours was very good, but first things first.  We have a winner for the Erin Condren $25 gift card.  Lucky #6:

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Which is CLopez84, who says: I make lists per day and cross them off as I do them, I also sometimes add them to my inotes. Also, I do grocery shopping with preset recipes in my mind so I can meal prep and no food goes to waste.

Congrats! And please send me your information at healthytidbitsblog@gmail.com.

Our weekend was a good one.  Went to Barre Bee Fit and tried out a new class: barre-dio interval.  What a workout!

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I’ve now tried all three classes that the Milwaukee studio offers (barre bee, Interval Barre, and Barre-dio Interval) and I can’t really decided which one is my favorite. I’ve loved them all and have yet to take a “bad” class here.  The instructors have been wonderful and the workouts have been extremely effective.  I leave class with weak muscles and a “good sore”.  Next week I’m scheduled for my first back to back class: Barre-dio interval followed by barre…I hope that I don’t die!

Besides working out, we celebrated my BFF’s daughter’s first birthday and took Madelyn to see Santa and to get some baby bling:

babyblingShe was a champ for both!  No tears for Santa (more like, “who is this man??”) and very little tears for her ears.  The key to that was having a cookie on hand to give her.  She maybe cried for 10 seconds.  I wasn’t too worried since she handles shots like a champ.  High pain tolerance like her mama 🙂 I have been debating for a very long time whether or not to pierce her ears as a baby or wait until she’s old enough to decided.  Her ears were just so cute the way they were, I didn’t want to “damage” them.  Now that I finally bit the bullet and just went with it, I’m glad that I did.  She looks adorable in her little studs.

Here’s what’s on the menu & workout schedule for this week:

Monday: Barre + treadmill workout.  This Turkey Chili

Tuesday: Weights at the gym/Salmon with sweet potatoes & kale

Wednesday: Treadmill run + Barre.  Leftover Chicken Noodle soup.

Thursday: 1.5 mile run timed (PT test prep!) Dinner is tentative. Going to a Gluten-free cookie exchange.

Friday: Rest Day. Eat out/Dine in 🙂

What’s on the menu for you this week? Any fun work outs or cookie exchanges?