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Week of Workouts: 10/13- 10/19

by agirlandhermutt on October 20, 2014

Hello, hello, hello! I had one of those weeks where I thought Tuesday was Wednesday, Wednesday was Thursday, etc. By the time Friday rolled around, I was pooped and ready for the weekend. Despite my lack of knowing what day it was, I had a pretty great workout week! I finally felt back in the game and managed to get all my scheduled sweat sessions in.


Week of Workouts 10/13- 10/19

Pure Barre & YTP Bootcamp. A great start to the week.

Cardio Kickboxing! The BF made it home in time to go with me. We haven’t been to the gym together in a few weeks so it was nice to have my gym buddy back.

Pure Barre & YTP Bootcamp. My favorite instructor, Elise, has been subbing in the afternoon Pure Barre class so I’ve been taking advantage of those classes.

Pure Barre. I wanted to get my YTP Bootcamp session in after work, but I ran out of time before book club. Our book for the month was Orphan Train by . I didn’t finish it. Whomp Whomp. However, I did remember to make a dish to bring with me! I used a SkinnyTaste recipe, Fiesta Lime Rice, with a few tweaks.

I used white beans, added some leftover orange peppers, and cilantro microgreens. Delish!

Jeanne, our host, made the Skinny Taste Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili. I’ve been eating the same chili since she first published it back on the blog in 2011. This recipe is fantastic and never fails to please a crowd. The rice went perfectly with it!

Boom. Finally I managed to bring something to the party other than Skinny Pop!

Pure Barre. But a little different! I went to the Newton location for a Black Light Beyonce class. Bey Day on Friday!

It was so fantastic! The class was also at 7:30p and ended up being one my best classes yet. Working out at night is one of my favorites. Too bad I can’t do that the rest of the week!

I decided to wear a blue & white striped Lulu top. Can you spot me?!

Total Body Melt. A last minute decision by the BF to join me at the gym meant a fun class. It was all about shoulders and arms at class and it was brutal!

I finally bought new batteries for my HRM. I’ve already managed to misplace the stupid chest strap though. Ugh.

That night we took a little trip down to Providence for a Jimmy Eat World concert.

It was so much fun! My decision to wear flannel to the concert was a good one. I blended right in.

On the way home I convinced the BF to listen to the Serial podcast so I could have someone to talk about the story with. Do any of you listen to this podcast? YOU MUST! It is a truly sad, but fascinating story.

Unfortunately, I finished the night with the start of a migraine. I haven’t had a migraine in months so it was terrifying. I took my meds and went straight to bed.

Rest Day. I woke up with no migraine, but also not a lick of energy. I normally go to Zumba on Sunday mornings but I skipped it to just lay in bed. The rest of the day was spent just running a few errands (Dog grooming…FINALLY!) and laying around the house. I didn’t have Sunday scheduled as a rest day, but I also hadn’t really planned on anything specific. It was nice to just rest, recover and prepare for a great week!


I hope you guys have a good week! I realized yesterday that my Fall Tag post never went live on the blog (ugh.) so I’m going to try again on Wednesday. Fingers crossed!


The Showerette: Part II

by agirlandhermutt on October 9, 2014

The last time we chatted I left off with me eating cupcakes, sipping champagne and slipping into a wonderful sugar coma in Newport, RI.

You can read more about Day 1 of my excellent showerette weekend here.

Day 2 came bright and early. We had to get 10 girls up and ready to go for a 9am workout. But it wasn’t any workout. It was SURFSET! I have probably read about a million things about this type of workout after seeing them on SharkTank, but had yet to give it a try. Karen arranged for us to have a private SurfSet class at Floor Time Studios in Middletown, RI, which was about a 10 minute drive from our B&B.

Our group said our good-byes to my friend, Jess (kid obligations!), but gained Tina (another Mom friend). Tina is currently training for NYC Marathon that she will be running ON her 40th birthday. We saw her running as we were lazily driving to the studio. Tina is the one who famously ran to the start line of The Color Run and then proceeded to turn back to our car after the run. I constantly remind her that this is really annoying to me. ;)

I was going to do a fun little recap of the class in this post, but I quickly realized that I have a TON more to say about not only SurfSet workout, but FloorTime Studios, in general. I’ll do a review of the workout and studio soon!

But let me say this…I LOVED IT! I wish I could go back all of the time!

The folks at FloorTime were super nice and everyone really enjoyed the hour class. And we all shared in our soreness later too. ;)

After class we rushed back to the B&B to get ready for brunch and the rest of our day. We had about 1 hour for 10 women to get showered, get ready and pack. This seemed like some weird math equation you would get in school that you could never figure out how to solve. Just not possible! I was sure that we would be rolling out to brunch an hour late. Imagine my surprise when we were done with time to spare! These ladies were ON TOP OF IT!

Brunch was at a funky little place called Caleb & Broad.

Karen had given me a list of places to pick from for brunch and I picked C&B simply because I saw the phrase “Pork Benny” on the menu. Just say it a few times. Isn’t it just fun to say?!

We ended up splitting a few of the Pear Salads and Brussel Sprouts & Bacon. Both were excellent! Although, I was expecting the salad to be so…deconstructed.

The table went back on forth on what they were going to eat, but then ended up mostly ordering Pork Bennies and Chicken & Waffles. I stuck with my original choice and I was pleased as punch.

We ate, we drank and we cheersed!

After we had sufficiently stuffed ourselves, we rolled back to the B&B to pick up our cars and headed down the street to tour some mansions.

*Start history lesson…now.*

In the mid-nineteenth century, wealthy southerners started to look for places to get away from the heat during the summer. They started to build these “summer homes”. One of the most famous families to build in Newport was the Vanderbilts. Several of the mansions were donated to the Preservation Society of Newport County and are available to take tours of throughout the year.

I have toured a few of these homes several times, but I love going back to listen to something new or discover a new home.

In between the workout and the mansion tours, we welcomed my friend, Annemarie to the group for the afternoon and said good-bye to Tina and my wonderful friend, Jen.

Jen splits her time between LA and Albuquerque these days so I was super thankful that she made the trip all the way across the country to come spend the weekend with us. *I miss you being here! See you sooooon!*

We lucked out and had gorgeous weather on Sunday. Unlike Saturday, there wasn’t a raindrop to be found.

First mansion on the agenda was The Breakers, a Vanderbilt family home. The house alone covers an acre of land.

A lot of the mansions have gorgeous grounds that you can tour too so the good weather was definitely a bonus.

I should note that I am super fortunate that my friends are all super nerdy like I am and appreciated touring the mansions as much as I did. Not one of them seemed bored! Or they are good actors. Either way, I appreciate them indulging my love of the mansions for the afternoon.

We really wanted to get a group photo of us but had a whole bunch of fail photos. My normal plan of finding a stranger that looks like they couldn’t run away faster than me with my camera (phone!) and can stand upright did NOT work this time. This is what we got back.

Yep. One is with Lina walking towards the group. There were 3 or 4 of these with both Lina and my back as the star of the photo. This last one was taken in square mode from about 800 feet away while we were still shuffling around to get situated. Nice. ;)

After calling it a day on getting a group photo, we hoofed it over to our last stop of the day, Rosecliff. I had never been to this mansion but I knew it was where people still can throw parties, weddings held there and several movies had been filmed.

Rosecliff isn’t nearly as large as the Breakers, but it was quite the party house back in the day. Every summer they would spend about $500k to throw various parties throughout the summer. That translates into about $7 million now. It is like Khardashians were all up in Newport!

Rosecliff also had gorgeous grounds that provided some great views of the Cliffwalk and other homes along the shore in Newport.

After finagling this gem of a group selfie, I spotted a man with a giant camera. I figured if anyone could operate my super high-tech iphone camera then it was him.


This was the final picture of not only the day, but of the weekend. Perfect, perfect, perfect!


This next part is going to feel like I’m writing a big ol’ thank you speech (poorly, at that!) , but it isn’t very often that you get a chance to thank your friends publically for being so awesome.

As someone who does not originate from Boston, I am continuously amazed that I have managed to find friends AND keep them over the 9 years that I have lived here.

I have friends from several chunks of my life that I have kept in contact with despite the distance and it was so nice to have them all in one spot.

I mentioned several of my friends who came in from out of state (Yay Lina, Megan and Jen!) and those that joined us for some fun parts of the weekend (Yay Jess, Niki, Claudia, Tina and Annemarie!). But I can’t forget to mention my wonderful friends Megan, Tiffany, Jeanne and Karen. They are part of my core group here in Boston and without them this weekend wouldn’t have been the same.

And to Karen…there are no words to express my thanks to you for planning this super special weekend. You got tears at dinner from me so that will have to do. ;)


So that was a little glimpse into my bachelorette weekend. Now it is back to real life until wedding time! So close, yet so far!

See ya soon!


The Showerette: Part I

October 7, 2014

There is no Week of Workouts happening this week. Instead, we are just doing a good ol’ fashioned recap of my weekend. This might even end up being two parts. I want to remember every second of the weekend because there will only be one of these for me in my lifetime… MY SHOWERETTE WEEKEND! […]

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