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Planning Out the Week

by agirlandhermutt on April 14, 2014

Hi folks! I’m making a big effort to get back on my blogging game. I miss the blog! I also miss being able to come back to my own blog to see what I have been up to the past few months. Sometimes I need a reminder or two. ;)


One of the questions I get every now and then is what I’m eating or my exact workout routine. I always love reading people’s weekly menus or their week of workouts so I’m going to get back into that.

I should mention first that I’m taking part in the BeachBody 21 Day Fix Challenge (minus the Shakeology). It is a fairly new program from Autumn Calabrese, a fitness trainer and bikini competitor.

I’ve never been much of a home workout person, but my new roommate (the fiancé) is really into BeachBody workouts. He has successfully finished several rounds of P90x, Insanity, T25, TurboFire, etc. I really liked that this one had a pretty sound nutrition program to go with it and it sounded like something I could easily adapt into my current routine.

Plus, I’m still struggling with portion sizes (even with healthy foods!) and this plan directly tackles that issue.


There is a different workout for each day of the week and you are working out all 21 days. Sunday is your active recovery day with a yoga video that is more just a follow-along stretch. 30 minutes a day might work for some, but I need a little more so I do doubles on certain days. If it work out that I can’t do a double, no biggie. I just do my 21 Day Fix workout and that is just fine with me.

I should mention… I’m not a BeachBody coach. I’m not trying to sell you this program. Just telling you what I’m up to this month. :)


Workouts for the Week!
Monday- 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio/5 mile challenge at the gym
Tuesday- Cardio Kickboxing & 21 Day Fix Upper Body
Wednesday- 21 Day Fix Lower Body & Spinning
Thursday- 21 Day Fix Pilates
Friday- ZUMBA! (I’ll probably skip the 21 Day Cardio video)
Saturday- Total Body Melt & 21 Day Fix Dirty 30 (OR! Possibly a 5K Charity Run)
Sunday- 21 Day Fix Yoga (Active Rest Day)

Meals for the Week!
Monday- Brussels Sprouts & Turkey Quesadilla
Tuesday- Steak, Red Potatoes & Roasted Broccoli
Wednesday- Turkey Red Sauce & Spaghetti Squash
Thursday- OUT!
Friday- Turkey Burgers & Salad
Saturday- ????
Sunday- Grilled Chicken & Veggies


In addition to the majority of our dinners being eaten at home, we are also doing breakfast, lunch and snacks. A lot of times I would grab breakfast or my snacks at work. I’m also learning how to cook for 2 people. Phew. That is a learning process for sure! Last night I did some prep for breakfast and lunches for the next few days.


So that is what my week of healthy living looks like on paper. I am fitting in some fun though too. YAY!


Before I go, I have to give a little update on Korky. I mentioned on twitter that both Kork and I have ear infections. We are a fun crew! I took him to a new vet on Monday. He was such a good boy! He even managed to keep a close watch on a few cats that were in crates in the lobby. His watchful eye made sure they didn’t even think of coming out of their crates. So helpful, huh?! Fortunately his little ear infection is nothing serious and neither is mine. We both have drops. Bedtime is a good time for everyone the next few days.


I hope you guys have a great week! Talk to you soon!


All About Pure Barre: Part 2

by agirlandhermutt on March 24, 2014

Ready to chat about Pure Barre a little more?! My last post was a break-down of the class structure and a few tips for first-timers. You can check it out here. This post is going to be a bit more focused on my experience and the Pure Barre Coolidge Corner studio specifically.


My Experience
I think the main reason I was hesitant to try Pure Barre for a second time was because I felt extremely uncomfortable the first time I tried it out. My first experience was in September of 2012 which was several months before I had started to lose weight. The first studio was nice enough, but I didn’t feel super welcomed and nothing was really explained. I also felt like I could have easily eaten another one of the students for breakfast. But now? At this point in my fun weight loss adventure I am much more confident about trying new things and also not giving a crap what anyone else thinks of me.

The number one thing people mention when I talk about Pure Barre is that they think the class is filled with Lululemon clad clones. Ready for some real talk?! It kind of is. MANY of the fans of Pure Barre at the studios that I have visited are petite women that are a fan of fashionable workout clothes.

True story…in one of my first classes I was standing near the back wall and a woman stood directly in front of me. I could see my body on either side of hers in the mirror. I couldn’t see my head, but I could see my hips. I died a little inside for about 2 minutes and then I sucked it up.

Once I got over myself and all my freaky insecurities I realized that they weren’t staring at me. They were all too busy staring at themselves and all their strange insecurities.

Pure Barre *seems* really easy in theory. However, those isolated movements are unlike anything you normally do in your workouts. Running, spinning, Zumba, weight lifting. All of these things got me into pretty good shape, but nothing prepared me for the world of pain that my “seat” would feel after a Pure Barre class.

I also wasn’t prepared for how much I was going to love it. AND! How quickly I would start to see results.


My results
I didn’t lose a ton of weight. Lets just say that I have been steadily maintaining my weight for the past few months. I lost a couple of pounds (about 3) but nothing that could be really attributed to Pure Barre specifically. The biggest change though was in how many inches I lost and how different my legs and arms looked!

In just 5 weeks I have lost about an 1 inch on my arms and 2 inches on my hips/thighs. That may not seem like a lot, but it makes a huge difference in the way my body looks! My triceps are starting to show. Like, “hey! look at your triceps showing!” from a friend of mine kind of way. My thighs are starting to just *look* smaller and my pants fit better.

I realized that I can do REAL push-ups now. Or at least 6 of them in a row. I can hold a 90 second plank. I can keep my seat tucked. My lower back doesn’t hurt.

Overall, I just FEEL so much better!


One of the reasons that I enjoyed going to often was the studio. The Pure Barre in Coolidge Corner is really amazing.

Pure Barre Coolidge Corner (Brookline, Ma)

All of the instructors are super nice. They all make it a point to try to remember your name and will often seek out people they don’t recognize before class to introduce themselves. I like that they take a minute to acknowledge people as the enter and leave the studio too.

Of course, there are definitely some that are better than others.

I’m not sure if this is taboo to talk about in the PB world, but I have some favorites. Katelyn, Erin W and Jamie. They all do a little more talking throughout the class than other instructors. I don’t mean chatting about their personal lives, but more about where you should be feeling a particular move or how to improve the move. They all walk around and constantly are improving people’s form. They are engaged the entire class! Plus, I find that when they take classes and aren’t the teachers they are great people to watch for tips on form. There aren’t any instructors that I hate, but there is one that I don’t care to take her class. She rarely talks and seems annoyed that she has to be there. That class also happens to be one of the fullest classes. It just goes to show that you should try out all kinds of instructors to find your best fit!

This place is CLEAN. It is also brand new. The Pure Potty (yep, they say that) is clean and has whatever products you might need. They encourage you to wipe down your mat and equipment after use. I’m not really sure how much those little disinfectant wipes work, but I appreciate the effort.

The only issue I have at this location is that it is quite hairy. You spend a good chunk of the class lying on the floor. Sometimes the seat work can even be done on the floor. There is some serious shedding happening by the ladies here since it is winter. That hair tends to end up my workout capris. I’m not sure if it is my pants exactly, but I’m like a magnet for that stuff. My socks look like I walked through a dog park barefoot when I leave. I know they vacuum so there isn’t much they can do about it, but just be forewarned.

This place is literally right in Coolidge Corner on Beacon St. Easy to get there by the C line. Plenty of parking both in the parking lot behind the Coolidge Corner theatre and on the street. I never have a problem finding street parking after work. On Sundays parking at the meter is free. Apparently everyone likes to come to Brookline on Sunday for free parking so I tend to avoid classes on that day.


What’s Next?!
My unlimited package has run out and it is time to figure out what to do next. I have to keep Pure Barre in my life. The benefits are too great to not keep going. However, I am looking forward to adding other workouts back into my schedule. I mentioned in my first post that I didn’t think this could be my only form of exercise and I still agree with that statement.

I NEED TO SWEAT. Like gross using my shirt to wipe my forehead sweat. I miss spinning, zumba, Mshell, etc.

Plus, a month unlimited with no discounts is $225. My budget isn’t a fan of that right now. Instead I purchased a set of classes at a discounted price.

My plan is to get to Pure Barre at least 1x a week, but ideally 2x. I’m in a bit of a training plan limbo right now for the month of April, but in May I start triathlon training (EEK! More details soon!). The plan is to use PB as part of my strength training.

I’m also going to take advantage of the Bride-to-Be package.

In August I will sign up for a 3 month unlimited package that will fall right before my wedding. You can’t beat the deal they offer!


I know these past few posts have been a bit wordy but hopefully it has been helpful to those of you on the fence about giving it a try. My biggest tip to those of you thinking about it is to go at least 2 times. Once to feel like a complete tool and a second time to figure out if you like it. Don’t be caught up in who is wearing what concerns. Just get there!

Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m happy to answer what I can!

See ya soon!


All About Pure Barre: Part 1

March 11, 2014

Hello, hello, hello! Typically I would have a fun recap of what I’ve been up to, but really all I have been doing is purging and packing for a move at the end of the month. Fun, huh?! Instead I’m going to chat a little bit about my recent workout routine. About a month ago […]

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