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Week of Workouts: 8/4- 8/10

by agirlandhermutt on August 11, 2014

Well hello there! I am on my game this weekend and really looking forward to a 2-day work week. Yup! Two days! Then it is time for a little R&R on a beautiful beach. So. Excited!


Week of Workouts 8/4-8/10

Pure Barre! I’ve been slowly embracing the shake in the am and found that if I go early on Monday then that sets a good vibe for the week. Plus, the instructor on Monday mornings is kind of hard as crap.

Since I had the whole afternoon free I decided to take a little trip down to Fanueil Hall to walk around and enjoy the afternoon. I think it is fun to watch tourists and shop around when I have no real agenda.

*Side note at time of publishing: I am wearing the same exact outfit this Monday as last Monday. I might need to work on my laundry cycle.

Off! I have to work earlier that most days on Tuesday so I can’t workout in the am. And then I had the most fun afternoon planned with my friend, Karen. We are both getting married so I thought it might be fun for us to get one of those makeovers at Sephora to learn a few wedding day make-up tips.

I’m decent at my own makeup but I was interested in a few products that would look good in photos. Mission accomplished!

I should note…this is NOT how my makeup will look on the wedding day. Maybe the eyes, but the cheeks and lips will be much different. I struggle the most with my eye look because those little suckers are so small. Not the biggest issue in the world, but it irritates me constantly. Oh, and there is my non-makeup face. Not too bad. Don’t wear your makeup to bed and drink lots of water. BOOM.

I don’t have a photo of Karen, but she is going for a retro look and I absolutely LOVED it. I had to laugh because we both are so used to a more natural look that we felt a little hookerish with all the makeup on while going to dinner.

Pure Barre. Done and Done!

I also went to book club. This month’s book was Night Film by Marisha Pessl. We all loved it! Do read this book. Also, make sure you read it in real book format. It has some cool photos that didn’t quite make the Kindle edition.

TRX. A few weeks ago I bought a 3-for-1 class pass at a new spinning studio in the area, TurnStyle Cycle. They have both spinning and TRX classes. I tried out their spinning class a few weeks back and was looking forward to trying out their TRX class. The last time I tried a TRX class was a little over a year ago. I really enjoyed it but just got into other things.

Long story short…TRX is still hard.

Holy crap working out with your own body weight is TOUGH. Is it tough because my body weight is more than others? If I weighed less would it be easier? Ugh. Is that a dumb question? Either way. Hard. It started off a little rough because I tweaked something in my shoulder during the second stretch of the class. Yes. I said stretch. Not even in the workout! Groan. The rest of the workout was just a hot and sweaty mess. I’m not saying that it wasn’t a good workout, but just wasn’t the right thing for me. The music was too loud so I couldn’t hear the instructor. The room was super small and I was right next to the lady who couldn’t stay in her space. And my shoulder hurt. Because I overstretched. Ugh. I *might* try it again since I have one more class, but I’m leaning more towards the spinning at this point. My buddy, Megan, went to the class with me and I’m dying to hear from her what she thought about the class the day after!

Pure Barre & Zumba! I would have skipped PB after my dramatic TRX workout, but I forgot to cancel and I hate to have a “late cancellation” happen. Technically nothing happens, but I am a rule follower to the core. The result of this dumb decision was that my arm was on fire from the start to the end of class. I wasn’t really concentrating on class because of the arm and just didn’t have “it”. I fixed everything by going to Zumba. And then eating Chipotle. Thanks.

Piyo Lower Body at home with the BF. We have the videos but have yet to really start the program. We did the Lower Body video which is just 20 short minutes. Not going to lie…I love Chalene, but I got bored about 2 minutes into this workout. Fingers crossed the other videos are a little bit better.

We spent a good chunk of the day just laying by the pool.

I don’t mind going to the pool on my own, but I much prefer someone to go with me. This time having him along was perfect because we could laugh at how ridiculous the woman next to us was being on her phone. I love a good eavesdropping moment.

Body Pump at home with the BF. Dumb, dumb, dumb. My arm was throbbing by the end. I should have just stayed in bed.

So overall, it was good week. My arm was finally feeling better by Sunday night after some rest and a bit of icing. I had a workout buddy for 3 of my workouts which was a nice change from previous weeks!

*Note: I kind of stopped tracking my #175byLaborDay. Most of my miles were coming from my FitBit numbers and minutes of intense cardio. Unfortunately, I washed my FitBit (it has already been replaced!) and the intense cardio has been turned down because of the knee. Boooo.


This upcoming week is going to be a FUN week:

Monday- Pure Barre
Tuesday- Body Pump at home
Wednesday- VACATION!
Thursday-Sunday- OPEN!

I definitely want this vacation to be relaxing, but I also want to come home feeling good about myself. I want to move a little, drink a little, eat a little and enjoy myself a TON. They do have a gym at our resort that I plan to check out, but it won’t be the top thing on my list of things to do. I’m bringing along my FitBit to make sure I get my steps in. If that happens, I’ll be happy. I should mention that my wedding dress fitting is at the end of this month. That is certainly helping to keep me motivated to get my butt in gear. ;)


I hope you guys have a great week!



A Week of Workouts: 7/29 – 8/3

by agirlandhermutt on August 5, 2014

Hi there! How was everyone’s weekend?! I had a really relaxing weekend. No major plans for the first time in what seems like forever and it was WONDERFUL!

Actually, all of last week was excellent.

My Monday wasn’t too shabby either. That is a great start!

I mentioned last week in my workout recap that I was moving to a Pure Barre-centered workout routine for the time being. I have to take it easy on my knee and utilizing the 3-month bridal package at PB was the perfect opportunity to do that. Just a reminder because most of my workouts will seem really boring. ;)


It was my first day back to barre! I actually managed to get my butt out of bed to do the 7am class. It was killer and I was thrilled that I made it through and was done by 8am!

Why yes, I did take a mirror selfie at PB. I wanted to prove to my Mom that I was up. ;)

After work I was scheduled to do the Week 4 Strength workout for Glute Camp. But Pure Barre is no joke and either is Paige. My booty was on fire from that morning workout so I ended up skipping Glute Camp. Well, after a pathetic attempt at the first few moves. Whomp Whomp.

Instead, I flung myself onto the couch and dined on a gourmet meal of cottage cheese and zucchini.

Yep. The laziest of meals ever. I sprinkled whatever seasonings were still sitting on the counter from the night before and went to town on this bad boy. I don’t think this is what people had in mind for Meatless Monday.

Originally I was signed up for another Pure Barre class but the BF let me know that he was planning on skipping his regular workout class. I miss working out with him on a more regular basis so it was the perfect chance for me to drag him to Cardio Kickboxing! I also got in a Booty Blaster workout for Glute Camp. Done and Done!

Pure Barre!

Bride to Be socks!

Another morning Pure Barre class! I like the 7a class. I think the people who do the 6am class are nuts though. ;) It is ALWAYS waitlisted and I just don’t understand that.

I worked from home on Friday so the trip over to Pure Barre just didn’t happen. Instead I laced up my sneaks for a Zumba class. I LOVE my Friday Zumba class. The teacher is wonderful and there aren’t nearly as many people as there are during the week. I even get to be up front like I know what is going on. It is like a little secret class!

For the past two weekends we have picked up take-out from one of our favorite deli spots in town. It sounds so good to say that we “picked up take-out” instead of “we were too lazy to do anything on our own”. Last week I had steak tips and this time I went for grilled chicken on my Greek salad. Ugh. SO GOOD! Don’t forget that side of steamed broccoli.
This is such an easy meal but it is SO much better when someone else makes it for me. Why does everything that is made by someone else taste better?!

We also watched SnowPiercer. Have you seen this movie?!

It is so weird in every way and also just an excellent movie. I had absolutely no idea what it was about or who was in it when it started. Hello? Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton. What isn’t there to like?!

Swimming just wasn’t meant to be. It was rainy and cloudy and I wasn’t into it. Instead I got up early and the BF and I took another Cardio Kickboxing class.

After laying around in my grossness and sweat for far too long, I finally got ready to run some errands. I recently purchased a Nume hair style wand and I’m still getting acquainted with it. Once I have figured it out I will be sure to let you guys know more about it since it is a little bit of a $$$ purchase.

Zumba! I wanted to die by the end of class. Truth. I got there at 8:45 and the line was out the door for class. On a Sunday!

After some grocery shopping and running around, I took Korky out for some quality time at the dog park.

He used to be a *little* bit more social, but the older he gets the more he just wants to stay near me and the BF or get pet by a few strangers. Other dogs just aren’t his thing. However, his things is definitely attractive to other dogs. He spent the majority of the time at the dog park like this…

At least he is the butt and not the sniffer. ;)

Sunday was also my Mom’s birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!


This week is a bit busy, but should be plenty of time for the gym!

Monday- Pure Barre
Tuesday- Off!
Wednesday- Pure Barre
Thursday- TRX
Friday- Zumba
Saturday- Cardio Kickboxing
Sunday- ??? Open Day!


Hope you guys are having a great week! Tonight I’m off to Sephora to do some damage. ;)


Tri Training Recap: Week 12 + TRI DAY!

July 21, 2014

Hi friends! I know you are wondering if I did the triathlon and I promise I will get to that, but first lets check out my last week of training. Week 12 Triathlon Training (FINAL WEEK!) Monday Scheduled: Glute Camp Actual: Glute Camp! Paige has done a really nice job with not only the workouts […]

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