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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!


I’m Back! Week of Workouts

by agirlandhermutt on August 25, 2014

Gooood morning! I had good intentions on coming home from vacation and just going to town with some posts on the blog. But, well life happens. :)

I was in Jamaica for the first part of last week and absolutely had a fantastic time. However, once it is time for me to go home, I am READY to go home! I plan on doing a review of the resort we stayed at in case anyone is interested in a trip to Ochos Rios, but that will come later with plenty of pics.

Instead, a little Week of Workouts Recap!


Week of Workouts 8/18 – 8/24

Body weight exercises. My friend, Megan, and I were in Jamaica and it was our last day at the resort. I brought along several workouts from MShell Fitness, Paige’s Glute Camp and a few from NHerShoes Extreme Summer Shred 2013. We managed to do some form of activity, besides floating in the pool, every single day but one on our vacation. There was yoga, hiking a waterfall and working out in the open-air gym. Yep. Open-air. In like 90+ degree weather. We did it once and I decided I wasn’t doing it again. So on Monday, I busted out one of the workouts and we worked out in our hotel room. It was still hot and sweaty, but so much better than the outdoor gym.

Nothing. Unless you count walking to breakfast and walking in the airport. Travel day!

Nothing. I didn’t get up early for the gym and I came home straight after to spend as much time as possible with the BF. It was lovely!

Pure Barre & Piyo. I hit up my now regular 7:10am Pure Barre class before work and then joined the BF at home for a PiYo Lower Body workout. Those short little videos are pretty fun! Plus, how can you not like Chalene?!

Pure Barre and Body Pump. I’m actually really enjoying the early morning PB classes and the flexibility it gives me after work to do other things.

I had plans to go to Zumba, but the BF got last minute tickets to an event in Boston. We decided to do an at home Body Pump Extreme workout. Those videos crack me up. They say the most awkward things and put on the weirdest faces. I like them though. BeachBody knows what is doing with their workout videos!

We ended up going to an Engadget Live event. Basically, a nerdy website that put together a little expo of sorts to show off some REALLY cool electronic thingys.

Ok, lets just put this out there. I am a complete computer person. I work with computers AS MY JOB. BUT! I am no tech geek. I can figure things out, but I don’t have to be on the cutting edge. The BF though? He is a nerd. We ended up having a really good time at the event and got to see some awesome products.

Bonus: We got to try VapShots. Vaporized vodka? It was weird and I don’t need to do it again.

Cardio Kickboxing. This class was perfect. I was sweaty. My knee didn’t bother me. It was early enough that I could do things for the rest of the day.

Those things included shopping. Like outlet shopping. Whoa.

We made our yearly trip to Wrentham Outlets to get the BF some new clothes. I don’t do much shopping on this outlet trip because I do plenty throughout the year. He got a whole new wardrobe! I did get a few little fun things that I’m sure will make an appearance soon.

PiYo Sweat. I was sweaty. They weren’t lying. Enough said.

Then the rest of the day was dedicated to spending time to not only one of my favorite bloggers, but also a wonderful friend, Lauren!

Lauren is one of those people that I immediately felt connected with when I met her. We have a blog connection, but more importantly, we have a real friendship.

Fun Fact: We met for the first time on a trip she made to Boston 2 years ago!

We got to catch up on her recovery from ACL surgery, her new-ish job , and life in general. On a few occasions I found myself saying “nice work!” or “good job!” when she walked up a set of stairs without any glimpse of a limp. As someone who is coming up on a knee surgery, she totally gives me hope of a great recovery. Her advice? Do the PT work. Ugh. Figures.

I love spending time with her (and her husband!) and just wish she was closer. She is always trying to convince us to move to Colorado and some days I think she might be successful. ;)

Ok, enough friend gushing. Sap alert.


The weather in Boston was absolutely gorgeous this weekend so it was a nice welcome back to the US weekend with some of my favorite folks.

Being on vacation is amazing. I love to travel and be away from all the things that work and home can sometimes drag you down with. However, there is nothing better than coming home to my boys!


Week of Workouts: 8/4- 8/10

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 Monday Pure Barre! I’ve been slowly embracing the shake in the am and found that […]

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