I have always wanted to try Pure Barre. I never really understood what it was and spent a lot of time researching. When I was home on break, I asked my friend Caitlin if she wanted to go! She is always in for a work-out class and was a great person to go with. We had to not look at each other in the mirror because we would laugh, but it was so much fun to go with a friend!
Here is what I have learned after my first Pure Barre classes!
One // Before your first class, spend some time online learning the lingo and watching the video. Get there early! Your instructor will go over how the class works, how to set up, and go over the lingo and what it means. It was awkward while everyone watched, but so helpful.
Two // Definitely wear leggings and and a tank top. you feel comfortable in. They recommend sticky socks, and I would too! I didn’t have a pair for my first class and really regretted it. I spent a lot of time sliding my feet across the carpet during planks and not doing the workout.
Three // The warm up is not a warm up, it is hard work. I was expecting some nice stretches and light work. I was so wrong. I was sweating within seconds. I had no idea how I was going to make it through the whole class after my first warm-up.
Four // You probably won’t be able to do everything and your instructor will correct you. There was parts of the work out that I couldn’t do. The planks are long and my arms and abs got so tired. I had to put my knees down, but it leaves rooms for progress. The movements are controlled and have slight position adjustments that matter. The angle of your hip makes a difference. I didn’t realize how the little movements really make a difference in what muscle or muscles you work.
Five // Have fun! The more fun you have the more you will get out of it. The room is small and tight when the room is packed. Having fun makes it more fun for everyone. Working out is a time to let out the stress and let loose, not get stressed about the work out.
This is a really weird week for me. It is my second to last week of school ever, and the senioritis has really started to set. I am on this rotation with one of my best friends from school, which makes it so much more fun. Plus, I really haven’t seen her much in the last weeks and I am enjoying spending time with her!
I am also leaving today to head to Tennessee for my first marathon bike race. I have been training so hard these last weeks, but I am still so nervous for this race. I have put a ton of pressure on myself to do well because I really enjoy this sport. What if I didn’t train enough, or what if I bonk at mile 50 when the trail becomes a wall of steepness, or what if I get dehydrated or what if anything? My goal is to finish in less than 6 hours, ideally less than 5.5. You gotta dream big, right? I am competing against so many amazing riders at this race. I just really don’t want to finish last. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Here are some things I have been loving this week!
These amazing travel mugs!
Everyone needs some fun pants in their life! These are perfect for spring and summer. They will definitely bring you a smile on a hard day.
Dizzy desperately needs a new collar. These are so great and I am excited to get one in a print! They are made with bike tires (perfect right?), and they have a built in bottle opener!
New sunglasses are the perfect thing for summer. Oakley makes my favorite sunglasses and I am looking into these. I love the bright colors!
New workout clothes are always necessary! This is such a cute top that is perfect for the warmer weather headed our way. Lululemon has so much to choose from right now!
These dresses are giving me inspiration for graduation and my brother’s engagement party.
Definitely on-board with this new trend for spring/summer! My shopping carts are full of shirts and dresses in this style.
Get out and enjoy the beautiful weekend!
Moms are the best. They are there for you through everything and anything. Moms are your biggest cheerleaders. I call my mom at least once day just to talk, tell her about my day and hear about hers. It gets hard when we are busy, but we always make time for it, even if its just for a few minutes.
For my mom, the thing she enjoys the most on Mother’s day is just spending time with us as a family. Whether it be enjoying time outside, a family bike ride, or just eating lunch together. We all get so busy in the spring, especially this year with some of us graduating and moving out, that making time for family is just the ticker.
When it comes to shopping for my mom, we try to think of great gifts she actually needs. She makes a huge effort to always keep a list of things we need/want over the months, even things we forgot we had asked for, so we try to do the same for her! It is not as easy as she makes it seem.
Here are some gift ideas to get your mom for Mother’s Day!
cookie jar // oven mitt // baking set
key chain // tote // scarf // wallet
framed photo // moms know best bracelet // cooler
monogramed vase // lunch box // water bottle // sandals
I have recently started running again. When I first started running in high school, I was always running with my teammates and rarely ran alone. Then, when I started running by myself, it became eerie and I had a hard time. I just seemed to lose the motivation and discipline I had once previously had. I love running for the fact that you can let things fly through your mind and de stress, but I hate running because it gives you so much time to think. That is when I started running with music to pass the time.
My running playlist tends not to get changed or updated because I just forget. I remember when I am running and never remember when I get home. Now that I have been running more often, I needed to update it to keep me moving. I love songs that are upbeat and motivate me to keep going. The tempo of the song really affects my stride and pace, so the faster the better! I also enjoy listening to songs that mean something to me, that have a good memory attached. For some reason, it really helps me to keep going. My playlist also has to be way longer than whatever work out I am doing. I have a habit of skipping songs like crazy!
Here are the top songs from my current running playlist!
Any recommendations? Throw them my way!
I really run most of my day around Dizzy. I feel bad if she doesn’t have a great day every day because she kinda has no control over that. She goes everywhere with me that she can. Whether we are going just up to the grocery store or whether we are going to Vermont, the car has to equipped with what she needs!
The hardest thing about Dizzy is that she loves to be dirty, and she has a real knack for getting dirty even in the cleanest places. It plays a huge part in what I keep in my car to protect my car and prevent it from becoming brown. Dizzy always ride shot gun when it is just the two of us. Her seat is always protected by a seat cover. It is super easy to put on the seat and you can unclip the part around the headrest if someone else needs to sit there. They can be washed in the washing machine and dried outside!
I keep a bag in my car with necessities for having her with me. I always keep water in the car with this collapsable water bowl (I got it from Amazon). You never know if the weather is going to change, your car is going to break down, or if you are going to make some extra stops along the way. I also keep dog food or treats around. I am very lucky to have a dog that doesn’t get into things if left in the car, no matter what it is, so I can leave it in a plastic bag. If your dog tends to get into things, I would recommend putting it in a tight sealed container!
I know it may seem weird that there is a tarp in the back of the car. I started this when we were on a search and rescue team because everything got so incredibly dirty. It helps protect the trunk, especially now when dirty bikes shoes and bike wheels go in the car after riding. There is also a stack of blankets and towels. These are great to clean up Dizzy or protect the back seats if needed.
Dog leashes are an important part of traveling with dogs. In the past, I have forgotten leashes when traveling because I don’t use one to get from the house to the car. I now keep a spare leash or two in the trunk at all times. It is important to always keep a leash because you never know where you might end up or what might happen. I also Dizzy’s everyday leash in the door for easy access. You don’t want to be digging around in the car looking for a leash when you need it!
I love traveling with Dizzy. I look forward to many road trips ahead, especially to do some great hiking and exploring!
When I am at school living in Philadelphia with my brother, Heath, I fall into such a good eating routine. One of the main reasons is that he is there. As soon as I get something I shouldn’t, he politely tells me that I shouldn’t eat it. He tells me that there is “a ton of sugar in that” or “that really isn’t as good for you as it seems”. He keeps me honest. When I leave that bubble, whether it be just to clinics where he isn’t or out with my friends or at home, I tend to fall into bad habits. I have gotten so much better at avoiding my old downfalls.
I started this whole plan for myself for a couple of reasons. Mainly, I am moving out and in with my sister, and we tend to bring out the worst in each other in terms of eating habits. We will OK the other to eat that extra cookie or eat the after dinner dessert we don’t need or go to Starbucks just twice in one day. All things we don’t need, but that we do anyway because no one is looking. The other reason is that I am going on vacation with my friends to celebrate us becoming veterinarians. We are going to an all inclusive hotel in Cancun.
I have been eating really well, working out consistently, and losing weight. I feel great about myself, and I don’t want this to change in the upcoming weeks. You can always justify why you think you need that extra drink/snack/treat when you are celebrating, but that really just opens you up to continue to struggle and lose you way.
Here are some things I do to try and keep myself on the right path while on vacation and celebrating these upcoming weeks!
- Bring healthy snacks // In my suitcase, I am going to pack some healthy snacks that I can eat whenever. For me, I enjoy eating granola bars, my favorite are Nutrigrain bars. If I can bring some of these along, I can have a healthy snack available. It helps to avoid the Wawa run where you run in and grab a pack of M & M’s because I have my snack with me. If you are driving to your destination, you can bring some fruits or vegetables along the way too. Other things I like to have are trail mix and nuts, like cashews.
- Bring a water bottle // It took me a while to grasp this concept, even though everyone kept telling me about it. Sometimes we think we are hungry when we are really just thirsty. Bringing a water bottle allows you to always have fresh water on hand and might help you to avoid that soda, alcohol, or extra coffee run. Make sure it is empty before crossing security.
- Avoid being oh so hungry // I am one of those people who goes and goes and then suddenly realizes that I am way beyond hungry. When I sit down for dinner, I end up eating everything in site, aka the whole bread basket. Then, if you are me, I eat my entire meal and am stuffed! Try not to let yourself get that hungry! This goes back to my first point of keeping snacks. Maybe eating that small snack will help to tie you over to your meal and prevent you from eating it all!
- Make time to work out // Most hotels have a gym for guests to use. I know running on a treadmill is not always fun, but it is often the safest place to exercise. (My dad and I once went for a four mile run which turned into an eight mile run when we got lost in Hawaii. We ended up way too hot and dehydrated and cranky.) Hotels often have weights and medicine balls to help you do other exercises other than cardio.
Rely on your friends and family you are traveling with to get everyone to the gym for a workout! It helps to keep you honest and not just snooze your alarm when everyone makes a plan. Most likely, they want to get there and are struggling to stay motivated.
- Do you really need that dessert? // My family loves to celebrate on vacation. Many times, we got south to the beach and love to eat their key lime pie and compare across the trip. But, do you really need it? Instead of everyone getting a dessert, try sharing with a friend. Or instead of eating a whole meal, share some appetizers and then go out for ice cream. Also, be careful because sometimes the habit of eating dessert every night caries over to when you get home.
- Watch what you eat in the airport // What you eat in the airport can set the tone for your whole trip. Most options in the airport are fast food, candy, and junk food, none of which are good for you. Many airports now have some healthy food options for you to choose from, just choose wisely! You can often bring some healthy snacks with you through security, no liquids of course, that can help you get through the trip and save a ton of money. While it can be an easy way to pass time, eating in the airport is tricky!
- Get in some strength training // I went on vacation with my mom to Charleston a few weeks ago for the Bridge Run. We were running Saturday and spending the rest of the time out exploring, so I wasn’t concerned about being active. We even biked over 35 miles on Sunday. My mom of course ad to think of one extra thing to keep us motivated, she brought a medicine ball in her carry on suitcase to do her morning ab exercises. It was an easy way to get in some strength something amongst our cardio, not that you have to bring a medicine ball, but there are always ways to workout that aren’t cardio options! I like BBG workouts because you can do them usually do the workouts without equipment. A beach is a great place for squats, crunches, and pushups!
How do you stay motivated while on vacation?
This has been such a wonderful week. I was fortunate to start this week by getting to see my friend run the Boston Marathon. The rest of the week was spent relaxing, playing with Diz, and biking. It was supposed to rain for most of the week, but it fortunately kept getting pushed back. We got lucky with wonderful weather that wasn’t too hot! It is going to be hard to go back to school after such a wonderful time at home, but I only have two weeks left at school!
I also started running again since running the Bridge Run with my mom a few weeks back. I used to run all the time, but stopped when I started biking more last summer. I just didn’t have time to do them both. I used to be the type of person that could get up and run five miles without thinking about it just by running every once and a while. I was able to pull the Bridge Run out of nowhere, but I really want to get my running shape back. The hardest part is that to get out of my neighborhood, there is always a three quarter mile long hill, not the best warm-up. It is coming back, but really, really slowly.
Here are some things I am loving this week!
Tory Burch Sale // I definitely did some damage with this sale this week! It is going through Monday. It is the perfect sale to get some things for summer or for Mother’s Day!
Must Love Dogs // This is so true and something I already live by. Dogs are the secret to a happy life!
Dirty Lemon // I have been hearing about this, but I am unsure if it is worth a try! If anyone knows/has tried this, let me know!
Renovations // I love home renovations, and I am beyond excited to follow along with Julia and Thomas’s home renovations. Their house is already so amazing with so much character and I wish I had their brains when decorating!
Foodie // I have been following along this food Instagram for a while and Elisabeth recently started a blog! I cannot wait to try the blueberry crumb bars.
Young College Athletes // After watching my cousin’s middle school lacrosse game, I don’t think this could be closer to the truth. There is way more pressure on these young athletes than we realize. The media and parents and competitors all need to be aware of their extreme stress.