One of my favorite ways to pass the time while I am cleaning, cooking or walking the dogs is to listen to podcasts. Now before you jump the gun I am not talking about NPR or talk radio podcasts… those have their listeners too, I’m just not one of them! The podcasts I listen to are more of a guilty pleasure because while they don’t always cover current eventd, they provide me with entertainment or intriguing stories.
- Research-Look up the class description on your gym’s website or do a Google search to get a better understanding of the class you are going to try.
- Arrive early-This is the most important tip! Show up early and either talk to others in the class or if that makes you uncomfortable, just observe what others are doing and what equipment they are setting out.
- Introduce yourself to the instructor- I have never had a class instructor not be excited to have a new person in class. Most of the time they ask if anyone is new.
- Invite a friend- It is always easier to try something new when you have a friend with you!
Why is it that weekends always fly by? I know it is so cliche but I swear the more fun I have, the quicker they go! I also think the longest stretch of the year is from NYE to Memorial Day because there aren’t any scheduled holidays for me off work. Maybe I should find a job at a bank?? These two wish weekends lasted longer too!
Lately work has been super stressful for me. We have so much going on lately and I constantly put pressure on myself to succeed. I work for a small company so it can feel even more intense because I want the company to do well. It is is definitely a good problem to have but regardless, it’s still stressful!
Hello lovelies…I hope your weekend has been great. Mine was spent with family and then a girls night out on Saturday in Hermann for a friend’s birthday!!
I have tried some new makeup products over the last 3-4 months and I have been loving some of them. I always like to buy products that I have heard about from friends who like it so here are few items I have been loving lately!
Wow, oh wow! How has it been a month already? Life has been busy but mostly fun! Today is Levi’s 34th birthday!! Happy Birthday babe…34 never looked so good!
A couple of weeks ago, we went to a meal prep group class and everyone made one of the recipes for 10 people. It took about 2 hours and is definitely nice to have back up meals when you don’t have time to prep and cooks something!
Speaking of dinner options, this meal of turkey kielbasa sausage, peppers and onions is one of our favs! Just saute it on the stove with some seasonings for about 10-12 minutes and serve with a side and you are good to go.
And if you haven’t tried the almond milk cinnamon latte from Starbucks, do it! I sub the skinny syrup for it so it isn’t as sweet. Got to love the pup cups there as well…Wrigley and Ollie approved!
The tomato soup at the Nordstrom cafe is so damn delicious. I love it!
And the reason for this lunch was to buy this bag…it’s the perfect size and color. I am seriously obsessed and it was on major sale that day!! Win-win 🙂
Another obsession lately is Kombucha. I like to get it at the Farmer’s Market from a local shop but when I can’t make it there, I have been loving the Kevita ones. You can sometimes find them on sale too and buy several. The pineapple peach and the citrus are really good!
A couple weeks ago I went and had my hair lightened up and I love it!! Ready for some warmer weather 😁
My hip and my calf have been bothering me lately so I went to see my chiropractor. Definitely getting better…another session and I should be good as new. She does muscle work and did dry needling. I need to be better at foam rolling and stretching. This is a must for me…EVERYDAY!
Luckily even though the hard work has been a little tough on me, it is definitely paying off. I have lost 24 lbs but I have been stalled for about 6-7 weeks, so I am switching it up with my diet, and workouts. I felt leaner this week so that was good. Just gotta keep going!
We had my friend Sara’s bachelorette party in March. It was sooo fun and so good to be with my girls. Can’t wait for the wedding in May!
How pretty are the flowers lately! I found these tulips for $5 at Wal-Mart. They really brightened up the room. I need some more asap!
I am off to watch a few episodes of The Office and then heading to bed early. I hope your Monday is fabulous!!
Monday, we meet again. I know it sounds so typical but why are Mondays so rough after a good weekend. My mom and I spent the weekend visiting my sister and brother-in-law in Junction City, KS. My brother in law Stephen is stationed at Fort Riley so we made the 2 hour drive there to help them decorate the new house they moved into and to shop for some new decor. I love spending other people’s money 🙂
I didn’t take a ton of pictures because I was too busy having fun so I thought I would do a little picture dump over the last week or so!
I got the Adidas Superstars for Valentine’s Day in the gold and I am obsessed…they almost look rose gold which makes me even more happy!
We added a couple more pieces to my sisters gallery wall. I love the hanging “vase” on the right. She bought succulents to go in it and I love the dimension it adds.
Out to breakfast at Cracker Barrel…their pancakes are so good!
They bought this rug while we were there, and I love it. It looks like marble and is the perfect brown to go with anything!
My coworker and I went to a new sushi place, Blue Sushi, last week and they had some really different rolls. Like vegan rolls that had pickles and onions or one that had cucumber, spicy mayo, tofu and smoked tomato paper. I liked it a lot but if you want standard sushi rolls, I would suggest something else. I will go back for a girls night for sure!
We also had sushi while visiting Courtney and Stephen this weekend. It was so good and they had some really fun rolls! I am pretty basic and like rolls with cream cheese and avocado or cucumber in them but Stephen had some more exciting rolls…even when I don’t eat it, I think it is really pretty.
I really, really want these book ends from Z Gallerie! I am loving gold and marble lately but I just haven’t bit the bullet yet. Maybe next week 🙂
I found this black shirt at Target for $7 and forgot about it in my closet. I was excited when I came across it this morning with the tag on it!
We upgraded to the iPhone 7 plus and switched to unlimited data yesterday. I am sooo excited to be able to watch more shows at the gym and to listen to podcasts all the time while driving 🙂 Plus I am loving the camera on my new phone…the color and resolution seems so much better to me. Or maybe I am just a sucker…either way I am happy. I ordered this phone case and I have this rose gold pop socket!
Ok friends…it’s been a long Monday so I am off to bed after I finish my peppermint green tea. Have an awesome Tuesday!
It is already Sunday evening and I am little bit depressed..partly because the weekend flew by and the other part is that the weather has been gorgeous so I don’t want to spend it inside tomorrow! It’s normally freezing and usually snowing in February here in Kansas City. The last 4 days has been in the 60s and low 70s and has been absolute perfection! It feels like spring and it just makes you want to be outside.
Friday after work we headed to the Plaza for happy hour with some of Levi’s coworkers/friends, Joey and Shelley. We all wanted to be outside so we found a patio to hang out on for a few hours. Then some more of our friends , Andy and Margaret, met up with us and we spent the next couple of hours at another bar downtown.
Saturday morning I had plans to meet up with Lindsay for brunch, so I got up early to hit the gym. I am training for a 5k that I am running with Levi, my brother and sister in-laws in May. I started doing the couch to 5k program so I did my training run on the treadmill and then did some time on the stair climber. Running doesn’t come easy for me so I have to work hard at it, but I always feel so good when it is done!
I rushed home to shower up before meeting Lindsay to go to the farmers market. We went to go see our favorite kombucha vendor, Tea-Biotics. They are a local KC company and their flavors are sooo good. I got elderberry, black cherry, cherry lime and turmeric lime! They also have a mule mix kombucha that is delicious with vodka for a healthier Moscow Mule drink! We then headed to Black Dog Coffeehouse for some breakfast.
I had their green tropical iced tea and cranberry almond bread with fresh almond butter and honey. It was so fresh tasting! I loved it!
I ran to the grocery store to get some items for dinner on Saturday night. My parents and cousins were coming over for dinner and drinks. It was so fun catching up and enjoying some awesome food and drinks on our deck. I got caught up talking with everyone and didn’t get any pics…oops!
This morning we hung around the house for a bit before heading to the Legends to do some shopping. It is an outdoor outlet shopping center so it was nice to be outside walking to the stores. I bought a couple of items over the last couple of weeks and linked them below…all are on sale 🙂 Yay for Presidents Day sales!
Now it’s time to finish up the rest of my laundry and to do a face mask! Have a good Monday loves!
It’s finally Friday eve!! I am so ready for this weekend!
I just feel like this week is dragging by. A couple of weeks ago I had a sinus infection and went to the doctor. I thought the antibiotics had kicked it to the curb but I got sick again and finally went back to the doctor. She didn’t think my sinus infection went away and I had bronchitis so that’s fun! (eye roll emoji haha) I am feeling way better and I am hoping I don’t get sick again this winter. I am doubling up on all my oils and Emergen-C packs!
Lately my gym has started offering some new classes and I have also been trying out classes I haven’t done before. I thought I would tell you a little bit about them because I have been really enjoying them and I know one of the hardest parts about trying a new class is that you’re nervous you won’t know what you are doing. At the end of the post I also included some tips for any class you may want to try!
Spin/Cycle Class (Indoor Cycling)
This class used to stress me out because it can be intimidating to set up the bike. I started going to spin classes a couple of months back and I love it. The bikes allow for adjustments to the seat, handle bars and even the pedals. The first time I went, I got there about 10-15 minutes early and asked a woman next to me how I should adjust the bike and she was more than willing to help. If you don’t know how to set the bike, definitely ask the teach or someone in the class. Adjusting the bike to fit you can make all the difference! Once you have the bike figured out, it is a great class for all levels. Some days you can push harder than others, and spin allows for you to do what feels best for you. You adjust the speed and resistance yourself…plus the music is always loud and it helps me tune out everything else!
Barre Class (Pilates, Ballet and Functional training)
I just started going to this class 3 weeks ago because they added in a new time in the morning and I am OBSESSED! This class is super hard for me but I love it. It involves a lot of leg, butt, and core work all while working on your balance. You complete exercises with very small movements or pulses but you do them until exhaustion. Everything is sore the next day even though we use minimal weight! There are lots of plie squats, glute lifts, and Pilates core work. If you have the chance to try one of these classes, definitely do it!
Hot Vinyasa Yoga (Yoga in 90-105 Degrees)
I love hot yoga!! It is one of my favorite work outs. Unfortunately I don’t get to do it as often as I would like because of my schedule. I always try to fit it in when possible though! I think you do need to have a foundation of working out. It can be intense depending on the teacher and the heat can make it seem even tougher. I would take some regular yoga classes before trying hot yoga. Also try not to eat heavy before the class and you have to HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE! Obviously you sweat a ton and if you’re not hydrated you can get light-headed or dizzy. It is a hard workout but you feel awesome after it and I always notice a difference in my body when I go to it consistently.
Dance Jam/Zumba/Hip Hop Cardio (Dance Cardio)
My gym offers both dance jam and Zumba and both of these classes are a dance cardio class. At my gym, Zumba has a more latin flair and dance jam is more hip hop music, which is the class I go to every week. Both classes are choreographed dance cardio and burn some serious calories. I know these type of classes can scare off people who think they can’t dance but that is not a reason to not go to these classes. I have gone to all types of these classes over the years and while there are always people who know every move and line up front row in class, that is not how everyone is there. I am uncoordinated and clumsy and I go all the time! Even so, I love loud fun music and if I can burn off some wine calories by dancing around for an hour, I will take it. Give yourself 3 classes before you give up on it because most instructors use the same dances several classes in a row before switching them out so you can start to learn moves.
Here are some tips for trying out any new work out or class!
And for the class masters…Say hi! If you are class regular and you can tell someone is new say hi! It’s always nice to make everyone feel included and to help ease them into a class 🙂
Questions of the day:
Do you workout out at a gym or at home?
What’s your favorite gym class or workout DVD?