June ‘Grams


Why yes, I am itching for my mini Fourth of July vacation.  I’m off tomorrow, so let’s say goodbye to June.

Highlights include: my first 5K attempt, celebrating Matt’s birthday, the first beach trip of the season, Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios, adventuring around JP & the Arnold Arboretum, and a lot of cooking together [here, here, and here].

I’ve got a couple of trips planned for July, but stay tuned.

Have a great holiday weekend, everyone!


Banana Bread + Sweet Peach Palette

Mostly I did two things last weekend– made Smitten Kitchen’s double chocolate banana bread recipe & purchased/tried out Too Faced’s limited edition Sweet Peach Palette.  I was super happy with both.  There was also running shoe-buying and Pokémon shirt-wearing.  Check it out!

Fitness Friday: 16 push-ups

Happy Friday, guys!  I’m happy to report I’ve survived the week, despite it being a bit stressful at times.  Now I’m just counting down the hours until the weekend!

I can’t even tell you what I did last Friday; I simply don’t remember… but it wasn’t hitting the gym, oops!

Saturday, it was the triumphant return of the love of my life favorite Body Pump instructor!  Before he left on his business trip, he challenged us to double the number of push-ups we can do on our toes, double it again, and double it one last time.  I did exactly 1 push-up on my toes that week, so he was expecting 8 out of me upon his return.  I did 8… twice.  That’s right, 16 push-ups on my toes!  I think I’m getting the hang of this.


Sunday is always a day of rest.

Monday, Body Pump again!

Tuesday, CX Work!  I can’t believe I’ve added this to my routine, but it’s so quick that by the time you hate you, you’re almost done!

Wednesday, I did a quick 1 mile run then went to Body Pump again!  And yes, I repeated the 16 push-ups for the instructor again since he did the same track as Saturday.

Yesterday, I went to a different kind of gym… a rock climbing gym!  Full disclosure: I wrote this post pre-climbing, so hopefully I can report that my new muscles did me right.  We’ll see, though.

Hope you guys have some fun Friday plans!  Mine do involve leaving the house and not to go to the gym.  What are you all up to?!

Fitness Friday: 3 Miles


It’s not the greatest photo, and it wasn’t the greatest week of fitness either– I had a lot of plans this week!  I only made it to two Body Pump classes (Saturday and Monday) and skipped Wednesday so I could have the opportunity to run.

The most I’d ever run in my life is 2 miles; 3 miles is a whole new milestone for me.  Next time, I’ll have to add on that .1 to make it a 5K.  Also, can you check out my pace, please?  For a girl who “can’t run,” I think this is pretty good!  This is certainly a lot faster than I’ve run in the past… notice you’ve never seen a time from me before.

I’m proud, and I can’t wait to do more next week!  How’d you all do heading into the weekend?

Fitness Friday (2.19.16)


the gang from Saturday!

Last week I went pretty hard.  Since this post is a Friday thing, we’ll start with the previous Friday’s work– as promised, I got myself to RPM even though I was in full-blown panic mode.  I must admit, 45 minutes on the bike calmed me down a bit.

Saturday was insanity.  It started out with my normal Body Pump class followed by several more hours at the gym for 25 minutes of spinning, 25 minutes of rowing, and 25 minutes of strength training.  See weekend vlog for details.

Sunday and Monday I took easy.

Tuesday I did CX Work, a 30-minute core class.

Wednesday was back to Body Pump.  My regular instructed is away for work and it was a challenge with someone else at the helm for 55 minutes.  It’s not that the sub was bad, she just didn’t motivate me the way my regular instructor does.  Bestie/Fitness-Inspiration says you make your own workout; girl tells the truth.

Thursday, I was left to my own devices for the first time in weeks. And I decided to go to the gym? I ran 2 miles! How long has it been since I last ran?! I’m proud of me.

So, actually another good week?  Feeling fit heading into the weekend– how about you guys?!