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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!


Week of Workouts: 9/1- 9/7

by agirlandhermutt on 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 get to my Week of Workouts (WOW) 9/1- 9/7

One of the big “fitspiration” sayings I see everywhere is that you shouldn’t miss a Monday for working out. I don’t necessarily agree with this since I think you should listen to your body. BUT! I like the idea behind the concept. Start the week off on the right foot! Even though Monday was a holiday, I still wanted to get a good sweat going. The BF and I headed over to the gym at my prime working out hour, 10am, and busted out the 5 Mile Challenge.

1 mile on the treadmill
1 mile on the elliptical
1 mile (or 15 min) on the stairmaster
3 miles on the bike
1 mile (1609 m) on the rower

This usually takes us about an hour for the challenge and it goes by so fast! I got this from Instagram. See? Instagram is good for something other than wasting time!

Pure Barre

AM: Pure Barre
PM: FlyWheel! My friend, Karen, had never done a FlyWheel class so we decided to the studio so she could try it out. Randomly the class was a Kanye vs. Jay-Z class, which is entertaining. I managed to have my best class yet! My thigh muscles are getting stronger and stronger thanks to Pure Barre and I’m noticing this in my performance in spinning AND running/walking. Bonus!

AM: Pure Barre
PM: Turbo Fire HIIT

I’m not typically a 2x a day worker outer, but I had the energy so I figured why not!? I’m obsessed with Turbo Fire. Not enough to do the whole program (whoa buddy. calm your horses!), but enough to add it in every now and then. Oh, and that is Kork in the corner just staring at the wall while waiting for the jumping to be over. Genius pup at work.


Total Body Melt. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. It was so hot in that fitness room. I started sweating before we even started moving! I think I ended up taking two naps on Saturday. Pathetic.


I had all kinds of fun things happening on Sunday! A few of my friends and I headed out to Honey Pot Hill Orchards for a special painting event through The Paint Bar. We painted canvas totes and then went apple picking while the totes dried. It was so much fun!

Fortunately many of my friends are more organized than I am and brought along goodies for a picnic, including homemade hot pepper jelly. It was the perfect day for some outdoor eating. And for a hayride!

The rest of the evening was rejoicing in the Patriots loss (ha!) and cursing my sad excuse for a Fantasy Football team.



This week starts the 8-week Frisky Fall Challenge from Tone It Up. I’ll be participating again through Instagram and Twitter. You should join me! My plan is to use Paige’s bootcamp workouts (which starts next Monday!) as my workouts for the TIU challenge. Talk about a killer combo!

See you soon!

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I’m Back! Week of Workouts

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 […]

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