What’s been up/Monday Rant

Oh hi there. Long time no see!

I forgot to mention last week that I moved and have been without internet access so haven’t been able to post. Don’t even tell me to use my iPhone to do a blog post. Have you tried creating a blog post on an iPhone? My thumbs are way too fat to do that much typing. I actually still don’t even have internet at the new apartment, I’m writing this at work because it turns out no one is psyched to get up and work out at 6AM on a holiday. Who knew? I’m here people. Get your butts out of bed!!

Speaking of beds, we now have the most amazing bed at our new place and it is extremely difficult to get up in the morning. I really think I am going to become more of a hermit with this new bed, if that was even possible. Seriously, if you don’t see or hear from me for 3 days, I have probably drowned in happiness in my huge, fluffy pillows. Our goal was to make it look like a hotel bed, and this bed kicks any hotel beds ass. I will post pictures of the new place and best bed in the world as soon as everything is 100% finished!

Speaking of things I’m obsessed with… (this is the theme of the post.. “speaking of..” AKA welcome to Emily’s Stream of Consciousness”)

photo-104Why yes, that is a vintage Louis Vuitton trunk that is on it’s way to becoming our coffee table and no I did not pay an absurd amount of money for it. It was at Tom’s mother’s house, and she didn’t want it. She actually didn’t realize how cool this thing is, and I was trying to be casual about it when she said “do you guys want it?” but in reality I think I started shrieking. HOW COOL IS THIS THING? We’re both obsessed with history and traveling, and this thing is covered in old travel stickers from all over the world. It’s my favorite part of the new place, and can’t wait until we get a piece of glass fitted for the top and can start using it as a coffee table.

SPEAKING OF… new places. Even though moving is a pain in the ass, the feeling of a new apartment and decorating and making it your own and starting fresh is so exciting. We really lucked out with our place- it’s my friend’s old apartment that her parents are now renting out, so it is really comforting moving into a place that you sort of already know about. Does that make sense? I don’t know, it just feels less foreign. You see so many apartments that just seem… impersonal? Random almost. Like a train of people just go in and out of living in this one space. And with this one, it just feels like home, because I know the people who made it their home already. I’m a weirdo, I know. But it really was the first place we looked at and I thought “this feels right”. It’s so fresh and new and exciting and fun being in this amazing neighborhood where we can walk everywhere. I’m actually looking forward to going home and finishing getting settled and jumping in that BED.

SPEAKING OF… going home. Last night, we went to Tom’s mother’s again to pick up some more of his stuff (and try to steal more trunks…). Naturally, we ended up coming home way later than we anticipated and I was naturally super cranky about missing bedtime. We were schlepping in loads of boxes in the freezing cold at 10:30PM, I was being a certified bitch, complaining the whole way, and complaining we had to go move my car (I’m really pleasant when I’m tired). After the last load, we headed outside to move the car and played the fun game of “Do you have my keys?” “No, I thought you had them?” “No, are you sure you don’t have them?”

And then the realization sunk in that I had in fact, locked them inside the apartment. So, I did the logical thing and bursted into tears and started freaking out and obviously assumed we would have to sleep on the streets or in a homeless shelter. Tom took the less logical approach, Googled a 24 hour locksmith, and we were able to get inside about 30 minutes later. The moral of the story is- karma came around to bite me in the ass for being such a little bitch about my bedtime.

Anyways, that’s what I’ve been up to lately. Apparently Erica is also still alive and is promising a post soon so stay tuned!

-Emily

 

 

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My New Life…

I’ve been meaning to do a post filling everyone in on life at my new job (if you don’t care, you can stop reading now. Are you still mad I talked about poop on Monday?)

I’ve been at Get in Shape for Women now for about a month, and I love it. There are a lot of days that I sort of pinch myself, asking myself “is this real life?”. I feel like I’m playing hooky from a real job. I used to think that I loved what I did.. but now I get it. I get the whole “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”. I’m not saying that there haven’t been mornings when my alarm goes off and I’d rather stay in bed then to get up, but I’m pretty sure NO ONE springs out of bed at 5AM every morning.

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So, my days look like this:

5AM– I wake up, and attempt to jump out of bed, wash up, throw on some mascara, straighten my bangs that are inevitably sticking straight up on top of my head, throw my “uniform” (black lulu’s and a sweatshirt FTW), grab my food bag and skedaddle out the door.

5:25-5:35AM– My drive to work. This is when I usually perk up and get excited about the day. I also only listen to country or classic rock in the car now. There’s only so much Rihanna/Top 40 I can handle in a given day. Usually am attempting to eat breakfast at this point, but am mostly getting food all over the interior of my car.

5:45AM-1PM– “Work”. Clients come in every half hour, and they do a half hour of weight training followed by a half hour of cardio. 1-4 women at a time. So I bounce around, helping everyone out, coaching on cardio and going through the weight training exercises. The early morning is packed, and it usually dies down a little between 9:30-11:30. If I don’t have any clients then, I hop on the computer and help out with some design work and ads for the studio.

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1PM-9:30PM– The rest of the days are a crap shoot. I teach Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights, and work a double on Wednesdays. So I try go home for a couple of hours and cook, blog (which I’ve been sucking at lately, sorry!!) make a new playlist (also have been sucking at that lately, sorry again) and then head back over to the Back Bay/South End area. The past month has been really busy though, and I’ve been getting into a habit of filling up my afternoons rather than going home and resting and getting stuff done. But I’m still getting adjusted to this new schedule! After class or work, I come home, shower, eat, and go to bed. I’m usually so exhausted by the end of the day that I literally cannot keep my eyes open past 9PM.

So, there you have it. My life is literally sleeping, eating, gyming/working and repeating. In January, my boyfriend and I are moving to Back Bay, and I’ll have a 10 minute walking commute to work, which I am PSYCHED about. An extra half hour of sleep in the morning is going to rock my world.

It’s definitely been an adjustment, but an extremely positive one. I’m so happy that I took the leap into this new career. The hardest part so far has been not sitting at a computer, which was my biggest complaint before! Ha! I really took it for granted how in touch I was with all of my friends, social media, scheduling, etc. I really have to make a concerted effort now to sit down, catch up on blogs, Twitter, blogging, emailing, FBing.. It’s exhausting! (PS, I’m really not that popular… I don’t have THAT many people trying to call and hang out with me, who am I kidding) But that’s just a matter of continuing to adjust to my schedule, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. At the end of every day (and I’m not just saying this to sound cheesy) I feel like I accomplished something… and did something worthwhile. I had a direct impact on someone’s day, maybe even someone’s life. It’s pretty awesome.

Happy Thursday!

Emily

Healthy Living Summit Recap

 

Welcome to the week of HLS recaps! I’m going to keep mine short and sweet, and will let the pictures speak for themselves (because, let’s be realistic, everyone’s attention span is better when you’re looking at pictures, not reading!)

The weekend started off with another fresh pair of Reebok RealFlex’s. I was pumped, since I’ve been loving my other pair.

 

Friday night was a cocktail party/ice breaker session. It’s always a little nerve wracking to have to go up to people and introduce yourself and strike up a convo, but I was lucky enough to come across 3 awesome ladies right away, Mary, Diana and Chrysanthe.

There were some badass sponsors there, like Energy Bits, Reebok and Rebootizer. I’m really looking forward to testing out the Energy Bits and Reboot products!

How many girls will fit into a room for a WOD….? We put it to the test.

Some ladies (Clare, Katelyn, and Diana… link yourself in the comments if you’re in here!) pre WOD- thank you Courtney for the pic!

Screen grab from Reebok’s Instagram. Love the quote, the shirt, those back muscles, annnddd me being a clown in the back. I hope that’s not what my “game face” looks like…

Diana and I post WOD, crushed it. AMRAP of 7 air squats and 15 jumps in 5 minutes. We both did 17 rounds. I promise you I don’t always have a neck vein roiding out…

Lunch was amazing. Props to whoever designed this menu- there was something for everyone! Vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, gluten free (I guess you kinda have to cover your bases at a Healthy Living Summit…) I stuck with tomato and avocado salad and some bomb grilled chicken.

So excited I got to meet THE Kelly Olexa in person a few times. She is hilarious, and inspiring as hell. Really proud to be part of her amazing company! Also met another new friend (and fellow Boston blogger!) Stellina.

There were lots of great seminars throughout the weekend, but my favorite part was meeting new people and and discovering new blogs. It’s fun to be part of a movement and be surrounded by other people who are just as passionate about health and fitness as I am. Sorry this is kind of a lame recap- it would take me a whole week to fit in all the content! And I have to keep some of it secret so I have some surprises for y’all for later.. 😉

Were you at HLS? What was your favorite part?

-Emily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t get down with Downward Dog

I’ve been trying for a while to get into yoga. I know all about the benefits of it- the stretching, the stress release, the relaxation, the meditation, the “glow”, and I really want to be a part of all that! I want the relaxed vibe, the accepting and understanding attitude, the glow, the inner kunahayshsha or whatever those people have. But I just don’t. It’s not happening.

Last night, Lululemon hosted their first portion of Uncommon Yoga, which is a 5 week series of free outdoor yoga classes. They feature kick ass instructors from all over Boston every week, as well as bumpin’ music. They also did this a few months back for the big kick off of their Newbury Street store, and it was amazing.

It was a gorgeous night last night- a little hot, but breezy. Music was bumpin’, there was a great crowd, and both instructors, Goldie and Caitlyn, were really motivating and inspiring. They were also really clear in their directions, which was very helpful for a non yogi like me.

Here’s my problem with yoga (and this is my personal problem, not a problem with the practice at all!): It doesn’t relax me. It almost gives me too much time to think. During each pose, I’m thinking to myself “How much longer are we going to hold this? What are we going to do next? I can’t remember the next step in the Vinyasa. Am I going to fall over? I think I’m going to fall over. How is that girl standing on her head? Oh shit, we’re on the next pose. Am I breathing right? Was I supposed to be inhaling or exhaling? Why is breathing so hard now? Why am I overanalyzing breathing in through my nose and out through my mouth? Is my belly button connected to my spine? How does that even happen? Is my stomach supposed to expand when I inhale, or exhale? I’ve been fucking breathing since I was born, why can’t I remember? Emily, get your shit together. Oh, down dog again? Guess I’m getting up close and personal with the ass in front of me again” 

I mean, I can get through the poses alright (albeit a little wobbly), but I just can’t help over-thinking everything. And then the relaxation period at the end… man, that is actually the hardest part for me. First of all- I hate naps. They stress me out. I spend about 30 minutes worrying if I’m actually going to fall asleep, and if I do fall asleep, that I’ll just be even more tired when I wake up. And then I start thinking about all the other things I COULD be doing instead of napping. I understand that I’m a crazy person. I get the exact same anxiety and stress during Savasana. I don’t want to let myself relax- I’d just rather wait until I went to sleep. Does that make sense? I know you’re not supposed to fall asleep during Savasana, you’re just supposed to let your mind go.. but I still can’t even do that. I just start thinking about getting home, when is the next bus coming, will I have time to make dinner, do I need to do laundry, should I shower, etc. At the end, I’m also left wondering “Did I really just get a workout?” I DO always feel great after, well stretched and light, but I have a really hard time actually motivating myself to GO to a yoga class. I’m used to a more intense workout where I leave drenched in sweat. And to be honest, I actually feel more relaxed after a killer spin class, or a CrossFit WOD, or a long circuit. There’s something about totally going balls to the wall and releasing all of your energy and your stress by giving yourself a ridiculous ass kicking that makes me go “ahhhhhh!” I walk away knowing that I gave it 110% and that I let all my stress out on the bike and that I’ll sleep like a baby that night.

But, I haven’t given up on yoga yet! I’m going to try Bikram yoga out next week. It’s come highly recommended to me from a few people that know me and my psychotic workout tendencies (compliment?). I’m a little nervous about the heat aspect, but I think I’ll enjoy holding the poses and getting more of a strength workout vs a flow workout. I’m taking my first class on Monday and am excited to report back (if I don’t die…!)

How do you guys feel about yoga? Does it stress you out like it stresses me out, or am I the only crazy person out there? Do you prefer high intensity workouts vs yoga? Ever tried Bikram? Can I ask any more questions?

Namaste, betches.

-Emily

 

 

Week of New Workouts

Monday. Blehhhh! Just kidding. It’s not so horrible. Weather has been hot as hell in Boston, but after being in Scotland for a week, I’m happy to feel the heat and get a little tan back!

As you all know, I spin 4-5x a week, and have been trying to be better about incorporating cross training into my routine. Last week, I tried out 3 new workouts that I am so psyched about! Recap:

Tuesday night, I ran the infamous Beacon Hill neighborhood in Boston. It’s one of the oldest areas in the city, and one of the prettiest, but it also has the biggest bitch of a hill smack in the middle of it (probably most grammatically incorrect sentence I’ve ever written). My friend AR had been doing a Beacon Hill circuit when she was training for Tough Mudder, and she convinced me that I’d be able to do it, no problem. HA! To say this workout was an ass kicking would be an understatement! We would run up one hill, do 30 seconds-1 minute of exercise at the top (lunges, squats, mountain climbers, wall sits, pushups, etc) then jog down, then run up another hill, exercise at the top, jog down, repeat, repeat, repeat. We also spent about 15 minutes in a small park doing more core exercises and dips and pushups. I’m not sure how many hills there were (I think around 12?) and the whole circuit took about an hour and a half.

Because our legs aren’t burning enough.. let’s do lunges! Shoot me.

Playground= new favorite gym

I can’t even describe how sore I was the next couple of days! I haven’t run much at all in the past couple of years because of knee issues, so my body was not used to this kind of activity. Towards the end, I sat out on some of the down hills because that’s when my knee was really bugging me, but uphill was fine. I’m definitely going to be doing this workout again, and am investing in some Kinesio Tape. Have any of you guys used this stuff? Does it work?

I taught Wednesday morning and foam rolled for awhile that night which helped somewhat, but I looked like a moron walking up and down stairs. My legs were SO sore.

Thursday night after I taught, I went to my first softball game since about 7th grade. Although it wasn’t a super intense workout, I was definitely using muscles I hadn’t used in awhile. And not to sound like a total chick, but I broke a nail when I tried to catch a ball. And I didn’t even catch the effing ball. Fail. And we had half of the Harvard baseball team from the Call Me Maybe video playing with us, and we still lost. Double fail. BUT- we did have some sweet t-shirts.

 

Friday morning after a light spin, I went to my first Core Fusion Cardio class at Exhale. These classes are all the rage in Boston, and I was excited to finally check it out. It was AWESOME. Such a different kind of workout than I’m used to, but great for toning, burning and SWEATING. I didn’t take any pics, but here’s a class description from their website:

“Get ready to sweat. This barre-less class leverages moves from the original Core Fusion class, but combines them with sets of plank runs (like mountain climbers, but more challenging!) to raise your heart rate and maximize calorie burn — all while sculpting and lengthening muscles. Core Fusion Cardio also incorporates yoga postures with light weights.”

Apparently there are all different kinds of Core Fusion, but I’m glad I went to the Cardio one. If you live in the area, I highly recommend checking it out. Claudia was my teacher and she was awesome. Great energy but was not obnoxious about it at all (you know the kinds of teachers I’m talking about.. the overly perky, smile-y, “I could do this all day and not break a sweat” kinds of teachers) yeah she wasn’t like that! In a good way. I felt nice and sore the next day. The ONLY downside was that you’re in a plank/downward dog position frequently in class, which was making me feel a little dizzy towards the end. And it’s kinda pricey ($25/class) but definitely worth the splurge every now and then!

I taught Saturday morning down the Cape, then came up to Boston to go night kayaking through the harbor. I haven’t had great experiences kayaking before (steering into river banks, feeling like I’m going to fall over, chafing, being cranky the whole time.. yup) so I was a little hesitant, but my boyfriend’s mother is a kayaking fiend and has been trying to get us to do this night kayak with her forever, so we finally gave in. And it was so incredible. We launched from Kendall Square in Cambridge around 6:30, and had an 1.5 hour kayak down the Charles and into the harbor. We stopped at the Barking Crab for a bomb casual seafood dinner (pulled right up to the dock!) and then put on our night gear to head back to Cambridge. By this point, it was around 9:45, so it was dark, which meant we outfitted ourselves and our kayaks with glowsticks, lights, and head lamps.

Saturday night rave, or kayak?

I wish I could have taken pictures on the way back but my phone was locked away in a dry bag (I don’t trust myself not tipping over), but it was SUCH a beautiful night. It was almost a full moon, so the water was surprisingly bright, and the city as lit up and looking gorgeous as usual. We were going against the current on the way back on the Charles, so I hope I burned off some of the lobster food baby that was sitting in my belly. All in all, we kayaked for almost 3 hours and I got a great workout. I tried focusing on using my core to paddle, but my shoulders ended up being pretty sore the next day. Whooops!

Anyways, I had so much fun trying out new workouts. Not only is it important to switch it up so you don’t plateau, I think it’s also important for your sanity so you don’t go crazy doing the same thing over and over. Speaking of which.. I’m starting CrossFit soon.. more to come on that later.. eeks!!

What are you guys loving at the moment? Any hot new workouts you’re digging? I’m on the prowl for more!!

-Emily

 

 

Party, Yoga, Love, Neon

In honor of opening their new store in Newbury Street in Boston, Lululemon hosted a huge outdoor yoga party in Copley Square on Friday night. I’m not a huge yogi, but wanted to go and support because a) I’m slightly obsessed with Lulu and b) two of my kickass friends, Aly and Lisa, were involved in promoting and organizing the event. I’m trying to find the words to describe how incredible it was..

First of all, we couldn’t have asked for better weather. The yoga was taking place from 7-8 on Friday night, but tons of people showed up around 5:30 to bask in the late afternoon sun. The temperature was perfect- high 60’s, slight breeze, perfectly blue sky at dusk. As hundreds of yogis began gathering, the event coordinators had to ditch the plan of giving out headphones because they only had 500 sets. So the DJ went into full effect, bumpin’ beats as everyone started warming up and settling into their mats. I went with a few coworkers, and it was incredible to watch what some of these yogis could do. I mean, I give myself a pat on the back for being able to touch my toes.

Oh you know, just hangin out..

The whole night was amazing. Not to sound like a total cheeseball, but there was so much energy and positivity flowing through Copley Square (did I just sound like a total yogi or what?? Wow..) Having this really upbeat music blasting and reverberating off the walls of the Hancock tower was pretty cool, and it was amazing being outside, surrounding by hundreds of other people all doing the same motions (some more gracefully than others.. what’s up almost falling onto my face 5 times) Not only was this a huge homage to Lululemon and the yoga practice, but it was a huge tribute to Boston. I truly love being part of a city that is home to so many health conscious people, there’s literally inspiration everywhere. I wish we could do this every week! Here are a few pics from the event from me and from the Lululemon Newbury Street Facebook page 

I’m in the green headband.. pretending I know what I’m doing..
Photos via John Reardon

Overall, an incredible experience. Thanks so much to Lululemon for putting it all together and to the people of Boston for being wicked awesome 🙂

-ES

Barre Burn Class Review

I’m a gym hopper. It’s a bit of a problem. You see, I joined the gym near my apartment because it was the closest/cheapest full service gym. Spin studio, yoga, aerobics classes, big weight room, tons of cardio, etc. But it turns out all the classes suck. Like, walk-out-halfway-through-the-class-because-I’m-not-sweating kind of suck. So, as a result, I bounce around Boston, finding new ways to get my sweat on, and only go back to my normal gym a couple times a week when I feel like crushing weights and grunting with meatheads.

Taking group classes, especially with a friend, are an awesome way to stay motivated and keep your workouts exciting. My fellow gym hopper and long time BFF, Victoria (check out her blog for all things beauty and fashion related! Seriously, this girl knows her shiz, and is far more put together and attractive than me), and I have been checking out new classes together. Last week, we went to a Barre Burn class at Equinox. I had no idea what to expect, but I ended up loving it. It was circuits of squats, lunges, plie jumps (you know, the ballerina shiz), planks, and balancing and stability work holding onto a bar and doing kicks and craziness. Oh, and there was a killer abs sesh at the end. It was kind of like a Pilates class on crack, and with more cardio bursts. Overall, I highly recommend it. I was SO sore the next day from working little muscles that I didn’t know existed. Just a great tightening and toning workout. The instructor was really upbeat and energetic, which was helpful and made the class fly by. I definitely preferred this over the VipR class we took a few weeks ago.

Only negative to the Barre Burn class was that it made me realize how unbalanced and non-flexible I am. Must. Go. To Yoga. More. Often. Gaahhhh.

You guys do anything fit and badass this weekend? Any must try classes?

-ES