Week of Workouts: 9/8- 9/14

by agirlandhermutt on September 16, 2014

Hello, hello, hello! I am constantly amazed at how much time can pass and how little I manage to get done. The past few days have felt packed with things to do and then I realized that I also managed to find time to sit on the couch and binge watch Ink Masters Season 2. Like the whooooolllle season. Just think what I could have done with that time?!

Oh well…sometimes the brain just needs to turn off. Possibly I can aim to turn mine off a little less this week though?

Let’s jump right into last week’s workouts.


Week of Workouts 9/8- 9/14

Zumba! I managed to get there on time and secure a spot that was away from one girl who is constantly bumping into whoever she is standing near. I need personal space and she is a personal space invader. It was a good class and my knee made it through almost every song!

It was also the start of the Tone It Up Frisky Fall Challenge. I have all kinds of this going on this fall so I’m not following the challenge word-for-word. Typical. I think I said the same thing for the Spring challenge because of my triathlon training? This time around I am involved in Paige’s Online Bootcamp and I’m gearing up to get married. You know…no big deal.

There is also the #150byHalloween part of the challenge that I am all over. Check out this blog post to read more about the challenge and Tone It Up.

Pure Barre & Turbo Fire HIIT 25. There is a new instructor at Pure Barre who, although lovely and super nice, isn’t quite as difficult as I would like. She missed doing the same thing on both sides a few times and I was a little bummed when I left. When I got home I had some extra energy so I hopped into Turbo Fire HIIT for 25 minutes.

We don’t have neighbors downstairs any longer so I was able to jump around like a nut case with no complaints.

Pure Barre. Done and Done. Wednesday morning is my rough teacher who never fails to use the bands during our thigh sprints. I love it. I also go to wear my new fun Lululemon outfit that my parents sent me as a surprise!

If you haven’t tried the Wunder Under Crops with the roll down top, then you are missing out. These suckers are fantastic!

That afternoon my work team did a little bonding by going to lunch and to a Red Sox game.

Smoked Chicken Cobb Salad at Sweet Cheeks. SO GOOD.

It had been kind of chilly that prior weekend and the first few days of the week, but Wednesday came and it was blazing. I thought I was going to melt away. We had a good time though!

Pure Barre. The evening task for the Frisky Fall Challenge was to do something outside. I had book club that evening so I originally figured I would just skip the task. Then I realized I had my bike. WOOT! I rode down to book club at the restaurant, ate and then rode home. It was perfect!

Pure Barre…with the BF! It was “Bring Your Man to the Barre” night at the Pure Barre in Newton. It was SO MUCH FUN! The atmosphere was so much lighter and the guys were such good sports. It was fun to see some pretty in shape men struggle with tricep dips and tucking. At the end of the class I asked the BF what he thought and basically he said it was Holy Crap Hard! He usually makes fun of me when I say I’ve worked out and it was Pure Barre. Those days are behind us now!

The instructor , Elise, was the woman who tortures me with the bands in all my Wednesday morning class and she didn’t take it easy on the guys at all. It was great! The BF agreed to return…one day.

Total Body Melt. Class was a mixture of weights, PiYo moves and all kinds of awful things.

After class, the BF and I rushed home to get ready for the Festival of Indie Games. It sounded fun and as Yelp Elite, we were offered some free tickets, so off we went. It was like nerd central. BUT SO MUCH FUN!

The festival included speakers, classes and a showroom. We spent the entire time (which ended up being like 5 or 6 hours!) on the showroom floor. There were two distinct areas: Digital and Tabletop. We were able to interact with all of the games and check out all the latest technologies.

For some reason I thought the tabletop games would be more like Clue or Candyland, but some of these games were super strategic and really complicated. I was most intrigued by this game that involved little blocks. Much more my speed.

I could only think about how many heads this headpiece had been on while I was playing the game. I have way too much hair for head lice.

The best game was this kissing simulator game. I kept the jokes to a minimum while I was there because I didn’t need a whole auditorium of nerds turning on me.

Zumba & Spin w/ Stretch! I bebopped over to Zumba Sunday morning and had a great time. Then I remembered that I signed up for a class later in the afternoon with my buddy, Megan. Ugh. Poor planning.

I made my way back to Sweat & Soul for one of their new additions to the schedule, Spin & Stretch. 40 minutes of cycling and then 20 minutes of stretch. It was fantastic! They remodeled their space recently so the bikes were more spread out and it wasn’t a million degrees in there. I loved it and already signed up for next week! I was pretty impressed that I didn’t wipe out on the bike too after already working out earlier in the morning. BOOM. No embarrassing moments for this girl!

You know, except for this selfie.

I ended the week with 21 miles towards the #150byHalloween challenge thanks to some bike riding and serious cardio.


In other non-nerdy and non-exercise related news…I got eyelash extensions! Something I totally don’t need to be spending my money on, but I love them so much! I have only had them for a few days but after a few weeks I’ll do a full review on these bad boys.

No make-up except chapstick. How great is that?!


Tonight I’m heading over to East Somerville for a Foodie Crawl. Check out my post from Friday (click here!) for more details and tickets!

See ya soon!


My Fave 45 Minute Workout Playlist!

by agirlandhermutt on September 12, 2014

Other than a healthy body, mind and soul, I am motivated to go to the gym by two big things.

1. Fun workout clothes
2. Music

Although I love chatting about fashion, today we are focusing on music.

I CAN NOT work out without music. This is one of the things I struggle with at home. If the instructor isn’t engaging on the video AND there is no music? Not happening. If I show up to the gym for cardio and forget my headphones? Uh, turn around and go home. Not happening.

One of the main reasons I love my Zumba classes is because the instructors (who are very similar) have amazing music. If they had classic zumba music, it just wouldn’t work for me. I like some crappy, poppy, booty poppin’, dancey music. I’m not ashamed.

I’ve shared some of my favorite songs over the past few years, but this time I wanted to share one of a playlist of some of my favorite songs. It starts with my warm-up and ends with a one song cool-down. Throw in some songs that are upbeat for some moving fast and slower for some hardcore resistance/incline and you have my current favorite 45 minute playlist.



1. “Prayer in C (Robin Schulz Remix)”- Lilly Wood and The Prick, Robin Schultz

2. “Burn”- Ellie Goulding

3. “Bang, Bang”- Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj

4. “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)”- Fergie, Q-Tip, GoonRock

5. “We Run the Night”- Havana Brown, Pitbull

6. “Drink (Lazy Jay Edit)”- Lil Jon, LMFAO

7. “Do It Like A Dude”- Jessie J

8. “Dale, Dale”- Francesca Maria, Jayko, Cisa, Drooid

9. “Come With Me Now”- KONGOS

10. “Day N’ Nite”- Kid Cudi

11. “Down With the Trumpets”- Rizzle Kicks

12. “Pompeii (Krazy Kat Remix)”- Bastille

13. “The Man”- Aloe Blacc

You can check out the playlist, which is technically 47 minutes, over on Spotify here.  Let me know what you think! Except if you aren’t a fan of Jessie J. Then keep your opinions to yourself. Winking smile


Everyone ready for the weekend?! I am! I have a busy one on the books, but I am looking forward to it so much. Tonight we start with “Bring Your Man to the Barre”. Ha! I’m taking the BF to barre tonight! Oh boy. And then…I’m getting eyelash extensions. WHAT?! Yep. I’ll report back for sure.

Also, I’m gearing up for a really fun event next week. Pay attention locals!


Event Name: East Broadway Foodie Crawl – Somerville
Date: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Time: 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Price: $20
Tickets: Click here for tickets!
Event information: Get more info here!

Folks, it is like a pub crawl…but with really great food! Join me and other foodies for a walk down East Broadway street to check out 15+ different foodie locations!

Boom. I’m ready! Are you going to join me?!


See you guys on Monday! Have a great weekend!


Week of Workouts: 9/1- 9/7

September 9, 2014

Hellllooooo! I’m in almost a giddy mood because Fall has arrived. It feels good to be just sweating in the gym and not on the walk to my car from the house. Plus, I’m in Fantasy Football mode and my obsession with the fun game is in full effect! Fall football=The Best! Speaking of sweating…lets […]

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