How to Fill Your Sandbag with Rep Fitness

Hey friends! Happy Tuesday! Today I'm excited to share Part 1 of a new series called Home Gym Basics. I've partnered with the pros for this one:RepFitness, a Denver-based supplier of state-of-the-art CrossFit equipment at an affordable price point for newlywed gym-goers like yourself!

It should come as no surprise that Aaron and me often daydream about having a big house -- or rather, a big garage -- where we can custom build our very own CrossFit gym. It's been really hard to get to the gym consistently since we had our son, and I always imagine a home gym would make all the difference! Unfortunately we're not quite there yet -- we live in a two-bedroom condo and we'll likely be here for at least another year. But, not all is lost! Through this series, I'll show you that your home gym doesn't have to be a conventional one; even in a tiny condo you can get your CrossFit on! Believe me!

So, where's a good place to start? With the basics! Don't have room for heavy weights? Neither do we, so instead we opted for a sandbag! This is something we could easily keep under the dining room table (out of plain sight) or in the trunk of the car to pull out for workouts on a whim. I always assumed sandbags were really expensive and difficult to assemble or maintain, but I was wrong! RepFitnes sandbags are pretty affordable and the sand itself is dirt cheap! Today I'll show you how we filled ours in three easy steps.

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First things first: grab a sandbag! Does size matter? Yes, you'll have to choose between a medium and large bag. If you're planning more than 50 lbs, opt for large.

Large Sandbag (50-125 lbs) Includes:

  • Sandbag shell
  • 3 large filler bags

Medium Sandbag (25-75 lbs) Includes:

  • Sandbag shell
  • 1 large filler, 1 small filler bag

As far as color -- there's three to choose from at RepFitness, including camo! And, durability? SUPER important! Sandbags can get pretty dang heavy (imagine more than a 100 lbs!) and they're literally meant to be thrown around, so it's vital you purchase a bag from reputable distributor (like RepFitness) so that you don't have to worry about tearing or worse -- bursting! I can imagine that would be a HOT MESS in our living room!!

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Step 1:

Determine Best Size & Purchase a Sandbag!

Obviously we snagged our sandbag from RepFitness and I went with Aaron and JR's favorite color: red!

Next step was to purchase sand to fill the bag. This is where the surprises started -- who knew sand was so stinkin' cheap?! Aaron grabbed two of these 50 lb bags from Home Depot for just $5 each!

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Rep Fitness How to Fill Your Sandbag Pinterest Image 5

Step 2:

With desired weight in mind, pour accordingly!

We got the medium sandbag -- our thought being we'd make two and have a light and heavy option. With this in mind, we filled one with about 45 lbs and the other with 35; this way we both can get a pretty intense workout in --

Aaron filled the bags himself while I took photos and I was really impressed with the way he was able to hold the sandbag upright while pouring sand in! Then as I peered closer I realized how durable and sturdy the fabric of the sandbag is, which aided in it being about to stand alone! Apparently the triple/quadruple cross-stitch is pretty important when it comes to sandbags.  RepFitness also used 1000D Cordura, which is a type of canvas/nylon fabric, to ensure maximum durability.

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Rep Fitness How to Fill Your Sandbag Pinterest Image 10
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Rep Fitness How to Fill Your Sandbag Pinterest Image 12

Our friends at RepFitness advised us not to fill the bag more than 3/4 full, so after a good dump of sand, we'd pack it down and check the level.

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Rep Fitness How to Fill Your Sandbag Pinterest Image 11
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This is also the point in time I started to admire Aaron's muscles. HAHA :)

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Rep Fitness How to Fill Your Sandbag Pinterest Image 3

Step 3:

Put the filler bag the duffel and do a test lift!

Once we filled the sandbag, it was super easy to add it to the duffel for easy maneuvering! What I love about this is that we can swap out the heavier bag for the lighter (or vice versa) whenever we want.

You might also notice the handles on the duffel - there's six! - which make it really easy to lift in various ways and practical for workouts!

We were both immediately inspired by this little gem and all the workouts that we can do with it! Think: overhead squats, thrusters, even over-the-BAG burpees if we wanted to get really crazy!! I plan to share some of those workouts with you in the next part of this series! Stay tuned! :)

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Rep Fitness How to Fill Your Sandbag Pinterest Image 2
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Questions, comments or ideas about home gyms?

Leave me a comment with your thoughts and we'll put a post together on the topic!

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18 Healthy Tips from My Beautiful, Fit Friends

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On Being Healthy, Notes from my Bestie Squad

I just had an epic girls weekend in Atlanta with my best friends and the trip was an absolute blast!

It was the twins' birthday and my dear friend Michelle (pictured second to the right) just moved to North Carolina so we were thrilled to have her fly down and join the fun. We picked Atlanta because another mutual friend from High School (Courtney) lives there, and let me tell you: being all together again was awesome!!! I can't believe I've known these women for over 15 years!! And yet we continue to pick up right where we left off, never having skipped a beat!

Traveling together and spending a few days in a shared hotel room, it's easy to see the rituals + habits of friends and I couldn't help but notice how healthy my friends have become! With that in mind, I thought it might be fun to share the tidbits I gleaned from them with you, alongside some photos of the fun!

What I love is that each of us approach wellness in our own way, and can easily swap/share/learn from each other's different perspectives and knowledge. So, without further ado, some notes on being healthy from my bestie squad!

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Atlanta Girls Trip 8

Take your Vitamins

Why have I not been taking a multivitamin all my life? I loved the little AM/PM case I saw my girl Ghadah with! She's so organized! There was a lot of discussion about the benefits of B12 as well, not only for energy and stamina but weight loss. This past year I've made big changes to take better care of myself (switching jobs + trying to get healthy again), something as simple as a multivitamin should be at the top of my wellness to do list! (And yours too!)

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Buy Trader Joes Alkaline Water

At a $1.50 a pop, these liters of alkaline water are a steal and they taste delicious (here's a similar brand you can order online)! I have to give the twins credit for this one, I'm hooked, and I've also started using this to make JR's bottles -- here's what the Mayo Clinic has to say about the benefits of alkaline water:

Because alkaline water has a higher pH level than does plain tap water, proponents say that it can neutralize acid in your bloodstream, boost your metabolism and help your body absorb nutrients more effectively. Some even say that alkaline water can help prevent disease and slow the aging process.

Always Pack Snacks

My girl Ghadeer always comes prepared with advil, tylenol, tums and pepcid in her purse -- she's like the mom of every girl's trip with all the goodies in her bag! This includes snacks too, but not any ole' snacks, fairly healthy, high-protein, gluten-free snacks like epic all natural meat bars and Scandinavian gummies if you have a sweet tooth!

... And Liquid Gel Tylenol & Advil

The other thing I noticed is that she for all those meds listed above, she goes with the liquid gel caps, which I know are pricer, but so worth it when you've got a headache or cramp and you need something fast-acting!

Skip Sugary Drinks & Just Order a Vodka + Soda Water

My girl Michelle just lost 12 lbs doing a weight loss challenge at Orange Theory Fitness and she looks AMAZING! I even caught her doing a little Vinyasa at the pool one day! (See below.) Her commitment to drinking Vodka Tonic has always impressed me but this trip to modified to Vodka and Soda Water, which has even less calories!!This is such a great choice when you're standing at a bar and don't know what to order, and I swear she must save a billion calories passing on the pineapple, cranberry, syrup mixers that I usually go for!

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Shots > Drinks

So, along those lines - true, drinking isn't really "healthy" in any form, but there's such thing as smarter choices and, well this may not be the best tip there's some food for thought behind the idea that shots are the way to go! They're smaller than regular drinks and therefore not as much room for sugary mixers. They're typically pretty strong (too strong sometimes!) so if you're looking to feel a buzz, this is definitely a faster way to do it than drinking 10 beers! That said, be super careful not to have too many!

Ward Heartburn by Eating First

On our trip to Jamaica, we laughed so hard at how many times we were popping tums throughout the day to ward off reoccurring heartburn, which was likely a result of too much drinking (hello all inclusive). Well, in Atlanta that heartburn reared it's ugly head again a few times and it wasn't until Courtney made a comment about being sure to eat before drinking that a lightbulb went off for a few of us -- was this the cause of all the heartburn? It's hard to say for sure but being on vacation and in a foreign place you don't eat as often as you would at home, then add drinks here and there (also not common at home), it's no wonder we were a little acid-y! Definitely taking the advice to "eat first" on the next trip!

Buy Water Wherever You Go

The twins are so crazy about water, it cracks me up! When we were in Jamaica they were the same way -- always collecting bottles of water wherever we'd go, but I've learned something from this practice: if you grab a bottled water, you drink it! Hey look at that! I can be a little fickle with water at times and typically I don't crave it, but once I start guzzling I realize I needed it! Just making it a practice to grab a bottle when it's offered (most hotels provide at least one in the room and some in the lobby), the result is that I inevitably drink more!

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Split Alcoholic Drinks with Seltzer

This is actually something I suggested we do, and I know for me (a person who loves seltzer water), it worked out great! Instead of pouring a big glass of wine and just drinking that, I would pour half and then add equal parts seltzer water. Experimenting with this I discovered the most divine combination of seltzer and prosecco: Spindrift Grapefruit Seltzer and Grapefruit Secco Rossini (sold at Trader Joes). Please do yourself a favor and try this, this summer!

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Atlanta Girls Trip 6

Bananas to keep the blues away

So one of my favorite parts of the trip was our quick trip to Trader Joes to stock up on snacks and drinks for the weekend. Of course, nobody can walk into Trader Joes and JUST by drinks, especially when that Olive Oil Popcorn is on display, but you know what else caught our attention? Bananas! The twins swear they ward off the blues and I can see that: there were plenty of times that banana saved me from starvation and held me over until our next meal. Such an easy, healthy snack to have on hand, especially on vacation!

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Atlanta Girls Trip 3

Schedule Workouts 3 weeks in advance

My friend Michelle has always been a strategic thinker, planning ahead and doing the fast math to get the most bang for her buck! Well, when she mentioned to me that she schedules her Orange Theory workouts 3 weeks in advance, my mouth dropped! I'm lucky if I sign up before midnight the night before! Ugh!! Definitely taking a page from her book and plan ahead!!

Laugh Often

So this one is pretty obvious right? Stress wreaks havoc on our bodies in more ways than most of us truly understand. But laughter? Laughter is good for the soul, and that's what I love about these girl's trips: I find myself laughing SO hard at the silliest things! Sometimes laughing to the point that I can't talk or finish my sentence. I just love that and in the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day with work and other stresses, you don't always get a good belly laugh. So thankful for these girls who keep my life LIGHT in the most positive and uplifting way!

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Atlanta Girls Trip 4

Poop is good, but bring poo-pourri

When you get a bunch of women together the conversation goes all over the place, really! So it should come as no surprise that we touched on the topic of poop every now and then. We had some laughs over celebrating poops for weight loss, and how great/cleansing a good poop is - LOL! That said, four girls in a hotel room and pooppuri is a must! Noted for the nex trip.

Retainers & Night Guards, Oh My!

Seriously guys, dental hygiene and care is so so important!!!! I feel like my braces made a huge impact on my appearance, but I've seen a shift in my teeth since slacking on wearing my retainer. I did bring it to Atlanta and wear it and it was cute, matching with Ghadah who wears a nightguard. Bottomline: whatever your teeth-needs are, tend to them!!

Grab a Liberty Buddy

My friend Courtney ins in the Navy and it was so interesting to hear about her experience in the military - she's really loved it! She shared with us how there's "liberty buddies" assigned at each port to keep an eye on each other and I instantly clung to this idea as a great one for friends on a night out, or on a trip. Have you ever had one too many to drink or found yourself separated from your group at a nightclub? The liberty buddy ensures there's one person (at least) assigned to have your back and make sure you get home safe. Totally love that!

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Atlanta Girls Trip 7

Skip the Bread

Ghadeer has lost about 15 lbs since the beginning of the year and I just love her approach. It started with elimintaing bread, and when she re-introduced it she noticed her body's reaction: it wasn't a good one! he's been experimenting with going gluten free and at every meal she'd skip the bread. At the airport, two egg breakfast instead of a breakfast sandwhich; at restaurants, a bunless burger or chiken sandwich. I love that she asked this in her order so there was no tempation when her food arrived!

Don't Throw Out the Diet for Vacation

This is where I struggle the most - every occasion, whether it's a birthday or trip or something to celebrate, feels like an opportunity to "treat" myself and throw my diet out the window. I LOVED that my friends stayed commited to their healthy habits on this trip, allowing for a splurge here and there but not completely throwing in the towl.

Treat Yo' Self!

Last but not least: just do it -- treat yourself! Order that massage, splurge on an expensive candle or body wash and just treat yourself! You desserve it! I know, pesonally, I have a tough time with this. I overanalyze the cost and expectations of others but man, it felt so good to let my hair down for a few days and just have a good time! Life is hectic but you gotta stop and smell the roses sometimes, you know? Can you tell I was living it up? Good. Cause I did! :)

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Atlanta Girls Trip 2

Alright, so, there you have it!

Some easy, applicable tips from women, just like you, trying to maintain their best self and live well!

What are some of your wellness rituals? 

Do you try to emulate the behavior of healthy friends? Who inspires you to be healthier? 

Getting Fit Again, Vol. 3

Fit Bit by Bit Vol. 3
Fit Bit by Bit Vol. 3

Hey friends! It's another installment of Getting Fit Again, Bit by Bit!

I've had a really great week so I'm excited to share some of the things that are working for me on this journey to getting fit again. It's funny, in just a few months' time since I started this series I've learned so much about myself! It's interesting to see what methods are working to support my weight loss/workout goals and those that simply aren't working, but may have in the past!

It's been a refining/learning experience so far, and I hope that some of my insights can inspire/help you!

Find Workouts With Meaning

First of all - SoulCycle is my jam! I literally broke down and cried (read: sobbed!) in class last Saturday.

I mean, if there was ever an environment for a good cry, it might as well be SoulCycle and -- since telling a few friends this -- it turns out, I'm not the only one whose had a boo-hoo in class! The lights are dim (sometimes it's completely dark), there's candles lit and great music playing; plus self-empowering mantras coming from high-energy coaches. I LOVE IT!

And here's why: for me, working out has nothing to do with the way my body looks, it's all about how I feel. The best workouts are the ones that conjure up emotions within me -- sometimes they're thoughts/feelings like "I can't do this" -- then there's a subsequent breakthrough (or break down!) during the workout. In CrossFit this typically looks like "I can't go on" or "it's too heavy" and then I do! In SoulCycle, it was feelings of self blame and guilt/sadness about our son and subsequent feeling that we'll "rise above."

Which brings me to point #2 in the "what's working" category -- music and mantras!

Find Your Theme Song, and Play it Often

The song that made me cry during SoulCycle was Katy Perry's "Rise" and the lyrics are so powerful.

When, when the fire's at my feet again And the vultures all start circling They're whispering, "You're out of time," But still I rise

...

Oh, ye of so little faith Don't doubt it, don't doubt it Victory is in my veins I know it, I know it

You guys!! Get a song!! Get a mantra and play that sh*t on REPEAT!! It's so helpful. The music and the lyrics are motivating and self-empowering, which are all things I'm searching for on this journey, and that are just as important to my health as weight loss and workouts.

Granted: there's no vultures at my feet but I've sure been through a lot these past two years and in times of stress/depression/anxiety, it's easy to feel overwhelmed "circled" and consumed by negative thoughts (i.e. "you're out of time)... BUT STILL I RISE. (Insert praise-hand emoji here!)

Journal & Refresh Goals Along the Way

Along these same lines journaling and writing my goals on paper have been transformative. I'm a huge fan of Lara Casey's Powersheets -- they're essentially a goal planner for the year/half-year and they're awesome because for each big goal you create daily, weekly and monthly goals that you revisit and "tend" to regularly.

Meal Prep Like a Pro

Last, but certainly not least this week are these awesome and amazing magical containers! Yes. I called them magical because they have been a GAME CHANGER! I bought a pack of 20 from Costco and several months later, I'm still using them. They are microwavable and dishwasher safe, and something about them just makes you wanna meal prep! It's been so fun to have something "new" and easy to motivate me to do a Sunday meal prep -- something I used to do all the time but have struggled to do regularly since we had our son.

Next week I'll share some new recipes in rotation (and pictured here), as well as exactly how we're going about meal prep these days (our method has changed recently).

In the meantime, here's some truth on what's NOT working:

Blogging or doing pretty much anything consistently for an extended period of time - I'm learning that consistency is not my strong suit, you guys. It doesn't take much to knock me out of my routine and into a complete tizzy where the "me things" that *are* important fall to the wayside to make way for family gatherings, kids parties, JR appointments or work. I've noticed that it's very challenging to stick with any one thing and not get side tracked with #allthethings. I love what Lara Casey says about having too many good things! It's very tough to say "no" to people and ideas for projects and events and #allthethings but I'm slowly learning I have to say "no" to some things to say "yes" to more important things and I think it's a bit of a learning curve/change to admit/accept that those more important things are sometimes the simplest things in life: quiet time to read or write, meal prepping for the week or going to bed early to be able to wake up for an early workout!

I'm curious if you experience this too, and whether you've seen "too many good things" or just "too many things" get in the way of your workout or weight loss goals?

On the flipside, what's working for you lately? Do you have a theme song or workout that gets you emotional, too?

Getting Fit Again, Vol. 2

Fit Bit by Bit Vol. 2
Fit Bit by Bit Vol. 2

Getting Fit Again, Bit by Bit, Take TWO!

Here I am again, friends - sharing another weekly update on my long road back to better health! This week was good and bad.

Let's start with what's working:

Down Dog Yoga

My fitness journey is a little different this go around. I'm not at all focused on the scale or how I look, it's all about how I FEEL. The past two years have been really stressful and I see the impact on my health, whether it anxiety or emotional eating. That said, I wanted to incorporate some intention into my day: a quiet time to be still, reflect, find gratitude; center; and just, overall de-stress best I can! That said, this app has been AWESOME! It's free and so easy to use! I love that the "workouts" are as short as just 10 minutes, which makes it impossible to use the excuse "I don't have time." It also feels really great to get quiet! The app provides all the music and instruction. Definitely going to try to stick with this! (Learn more about this app here.)

Down Dog Yoga App
Down Dog Yoga App

Salad Club !

Salad club! <<< Sound the trumpets!!! >>> Oh how I've missed Salad Club!!

I mentioned that I switched jobs earlier this year to eliminate a long commute and a lot of work stress. I knew the trade-off would be good for my health because the new employer would also be my former employer - the place where I discovered Salad Club and used to workout at lunch a few days a week. Well, fast forward a few years and Salad Club is still going strong! This has been so great: to not have to think about lunch and know I can make a huge, delicious salad to satisfy me in the middle of day; game changer! #lifetimemember #saladismyjam

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Salad Club

Salad in a Jar

I had a personal trainer in the months leading up to our wedding and I vividly remember her telling me "you love healthy food" and it's funny, she was right, I do! (I guess I just needed the reminder; same is true these days!) I'm really leaning into that now and aiming to have meals/snacks I know I love and salad is a true staple for me! I am lucky I actually LIKE salad! With this in mind, I've made Salads in a Jar when I know there not going to be Salad Club (Mondays, for example; due to varying schedules we often start Salad Club on Tuesdays). It's so, super easy to throw salad ingredients in a jar and them dump them in a big bowl the next day! It's easy to transport, fresh and delicious, and definitely a lot better for me than anything I could buy in the area.

Gym workouts

Oh ya'll! I need my emoji praise hands right now!!!! This gym. There's just something about an empty gym. It's so invigorating yet so calming to get an hour ALONE at the gym in the afternoon. First of all, as a mom, my alone time is limited so when I do get an hour to myself it's glorious! I haven't felt my best during workouts (I feel rusty -- especially doing push-ups!) but I'm getting there and at this point, that's all that matters.

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Alright, now let's get to what's NOT working:

Running

Ugh! So, it feels great to be back in the gym but I don't miss running. There have been a few days I tried to do interval runs -- I used to run an average of 3 miles at least once a week! -- but ugh, I'm just not loving it. My legs feel super heavy and achy! I know I really need the cardio and really, REALLY need to work my aerobic endurance but it's just hard right now. Like, REALLY hard so, I'm trying, but it's slow going! Running has not been my favorite part of returning to the gym.

Managing Sugar Cravings

So I love my new job but there's a candy jar in my office and I'm already in a bad habit of helping myself throughout the day; hello mindless eating! Of course, moderation is key and a piece of candy now and then won't kill me but here's how this usually goes down: one piece opens the door for another and another and another! I'm a bottomless pit for sugar, I swear and I do so much better when I just pass it up altogether! I'm definitely going to have to work my will power muscle to overcome this!

Avoiding Fast Food

WHERE ARE ALL THE HEALTHY DRIVE-THROUGH JOINTS? << Serious question! >>

With all the mamas in this world who don't want to get of the car with a little one, I would think somebody would have established at least one healthy fast food restaurant by now, but nope, the choices remain: Burger King, Wendy's, McDonald's -- > with super limited healthy food choices, and I have to be honest, I'm using the "I can't / don't want to get out of the car" routine all the time. I'm also using the "I'm tired, I don't want to cook" excuse at home (seeing a pattern here?) and I totally hate that about myself right now. I NEVER used to eat fast food, like EVER. But these days I'm quick to come up with an excuse why I should! This is something I want to break ASAP on this journey to health again because I don't want to set that example for JR. More to come on this topic soon!

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Another thing I'm not loving is feeding this kind of food to JR regularly! Although, as you can see, he's not complaining. Lol!

A few tips I'm living by this week:

You don't have to go all in. In fact, if you've been out of the game for awhile, ease back in! Don't think you have to work out everyday.

CROWD OUT! I'm going to talk more about this later but it's all about crowding out y'all! I haven't eliminated a bunch of stuff from my diet; instead, I've started adding things in -- healthy things!!! -- which naturally "crowds out" the unhealthy things. I'm loving this approach because it doesn't feel overly restrictive or unmanageable.

Baby steps!!

What's some things you've done toward getting healthy this week?

Small things you try next week? 

Getting Fit (Again), Bit by Bit, Vol 1

Fit Bit by Bit Vol. 1
Fit Bit by Bit Vol. 1

Heyyyyyyyy, friends.

It's me again! Blogging for the THIRD time this week - woohoo! I'm on a roll!

Actually I've been dying to share this post. I started it several weeks back when I decided it was finally time: finally time get fit again! No matter how slow and grueling the "process" might take!

"Getting fit" means so many different things; something different for everyone! I'm actually still honing in on what my "fit" is - for instance, hitting the gym twice a week (lately) is like SO FREAKIN' FIT - YOU GO GIRL! Ha! Not at all like the "old me" who would workout 4-5xs per week and sometimes double up workouts at work then CrossFit. (... that girl! Ew.)

See, the thing is, I used to be "all in" when it came to health, wellness and general fitness level. Multiple workouts per week, clean eating challenges and weight loss challenges with friends.

But then I had a baby. It's been a long journey and ... bottom line: I'm no where near as fit as I once was! It's pretty discouraging when I think about it (or look at old pictures) but I've also come to accept that this is a new season. I'm a new person! Everything has changed. And that's OK.

Does that mean I should give up on fitness altogether? Of course not! Even though somedays, throwing in the towel; coming up with excuses; or general laziness is my go-to, I'm embracing a new mantra this year: bit by bit... little by little.

If I were to think about all the things that need to change at once: better eating habits; meal prep; healthy dinners; workouts; getting back to CrossFit; it's overwhelming. Paralyzing. But bit by bit, I feel like I can do this.

So, welcome to Getting Fit Again, Bit by Bit, Vol. 1!

Here I'm sharing some of the baby steps I'm taking to take my health back. They're small, but they count. :)

Pictured above from top left to right: push-ups. UGH. (Need I say more?). Hot pink. HELL YEA. This is my new motivation ya'll: cute workout clothes. Salads. Oh how I've missed thee! There's a Whole Foods by my job so, seriously? No excuses. And running. Ugh. It's kind of the worst but, I'm doing it.

Here's some big bucket items currently working for me!

Regular Ole' Gym Workouts

The Goal:Just Go.

I really wanted to do the CrossFit Open (and I did 17.1) but I quickly realized focusing on the Open alone was hindering my progress; having to get to a CrossFit gym, during the time the Open would be done and having a judge, etc. was just too difficult to work into my already hectic schedule. I let go of having to do anything particular with fitness and instead, decided to go to a regular gym. Just go. Whatever I do when I'm there doesn't matter - long as I go!

Progress so far: I haven't gone a ton but this is working! I've done a handful of solo WODs and some running. It always feels SO good walking out of there like I've just accomplished something incredible. And I have!

Real Life > Social Media

The Goal:Stay off social media; focus on myself. 

Social media is great and I definitely get inspired seeing all the amazing athletes and fitness professionals on there (There's some inspiring stories and great tips!) but I've noticed it can also be overwhelming, depressing, even hindering to my own progress. When I see all the girls lifting heavy weights or counting marcos I get down on myself. I'm focused on them, not me. So, I handed social media over to Aaron; he's doing it for the blog now and I turned off notifications (<<< best decision ever). I still scroll through now and then but I've tried to focus on using my phone for productivity: organizing my notes tab or experimenting with fitness apps (I've been loving Downward Dog -- it's free!).

The Buddy System

The Goal: Get a buddy! Have a workday buddy and weekend buddy and friend for girl's night out. Buddies are the best!

I've always been into the buddy system. My first workout buddy was a girl I met on Craigslist - sounds creepy but it totally worked! We'd meet every morning and sometimes twice a day! We split the cost of personal training and starting training for 5 and 10ks together! It just helps me so much to have someone to push me along! I've also joined weight watchers with my mom (yeah!) And for a few weeks now we've been having weekly weigh-ins to touch base on how we did (diet-wise) the week prior. It's been GREAT! Also Aaron - he's been forcing me to CrossFit with him Sunday nights for open gym. I usually complain all day about how I don't want to go and then I'm jumping with joy when we leave!! At work I'm reunited with some old workout buddies too so seriously guys, this is my strong suite this year!

So that's really it for right now - I'm keeping it simple and taking baby steps! Next week I'll share more progress - I've been meal prepping a ton and trying new recipes!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Color Run {Take Two}

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This weekend I did the Color Run 5k with my favorite girlfriends and it was a blast!

I did the Color Me Rad with my family back in 2013, and when my friends expressed an interest what would be their first 5k, I knew this was the perfect run for them, dubbed the Happiest 5k on the Planet (for good reason)! There were a few upgrades since the 2013 run, like happy tattoos, bright-colored headbands, and finisher medals! All of which we loved!

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Color Run

We also all went a step further and made matching t-shirts, calling ourselves the Like a Girl team - #likeagirl - based on this pro-girl advertisement from Always that we all loved!

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Color Run

This is the whole Run #Likeagirl Team:

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Color Run

Our resident fit bride and my sister-in-law, Amber was a real trooper! This was her first 5k and I know she was nervous. I'll let her tell the story in her own words (she'll be blogging about it) but spoiler: she kicked butt! I'm so proud of her and glad I got to be there to do this with her! Way to crush it, Amber!

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Color Run

We didn't waste any time covering ourselves in color, as you can see from the photo directly below, which was taken at the starting line! The next photo is halfway through the race. I think compared to everyone else I look pretty clean!

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Color Run
Color Run
Color Run

Bump shot!

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The caption for this photo should really be Big Bump, Small Shorts - ha! I still don't have any workout clothes that are maternity - I need to get some!

I loved this run just as much the second time as I did the first and would do a third in a heartbeat! Oh and in case you're wondering, Baby Ellis was a great companion! I felt a few flutters and kicks, but not too winded! You could definitely say baby's first 5k was a success! #proudmama

What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever done a color run?

My Spring Capsule Wishlist

Spring Hello and happy Monday! Or rather, happy spring!

Easter always marks the real start to spring in my opinion. You know when you say, whether it's warm or not, I'm wearing flip flops dammit! Yep, I'm right there with you! Such is the reason I thought today would be the perfect time to fill you in on my spring capsule.

I shared that the transition is the best part of having a capsule - purging and shopping to settle on a smart selection of items has been so fun!

Spring Items I Already Own

Items I already own that will be making it into this capsule:

  • Colorful shorts and skirts! I have a neon pencil skirt (from ages ago) and bright blue one I love, and I recently purchased a pair of orange shorts from Target.
  • Peplums! I have two - a blue sleeveless one from Ann Taylor and colorful pink and black one from New York & Company

To Buy

  • Shoes. Right now I'm eyeing a lot of shoes - the slip-on converse you see above, a pair of birkenstocks (for comfort!) and sandals to wear when I want to be cute, but not too dressy.
  • I also want a colorful blazer and new chambray -- I have a dark soft chambray from Loft but I’m dying for a lighter colored one. Also love this chambray dress.

Wishful Thinking

  • A cute trench coat. I really the relaxed trench from Ann Taylor. It’s pretty expensive so I doubt I’ll actually buy it but I do need a lightweight coat to get me through spring.
  • Birkenstocks. I want a pair so bad, but they're definitely an investment!
  • A colorful purse. I love my black kate spade purse but I want a colorful bag for the spring.Purses can be pricey so I may hold off or just find one off-brand.

The hardest part about this capsule is differentiating spring and summer items and so, I might combine the season and just allow myself a few extra pieces.

Purging is also hard. SO HARD! But it's also the most important part of this process. I plan to a big purge the weekend -- it will be my third, just for this season, and pack-up and giveaway as much as I can, only leaving my very favorite stuff.

Do you have a capsule wardrobe? 

Do you pack-up clothes at the end of each season? 

What's your spring must-have item?

Catch-up on my capsule experience: my winter capsule and an update!

Fashion Friday: Zulily

Zulily I haven't posted a Fashion Friday round-up in awhile but lately I have been eyeing the various styles of workout pants offered over on Zulily -- are you a member?

Zulily offers a big selection of discounted name brand items -- everything from women's clothes and shoes to household items and a lot of baby and maternity items as well. Of everything offered on Zulily, the workout clothes are usually what peak my interest.

The way it works is that there are "Events" hosted by Zulily from various name brands. The Events are time-sensitive and don't last forever, which is why sometimes there's a big tug for me to go ahead and purchase something because the Event could be ending soon!

Most of the items in this round-up are from The Bottom Line, but there's often 2 or 3 "events" from fitness retailers at once -- so there's always a lot to chose from. There's always pretty good brands, too -- Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, TOMS, Oakley, and UnderArmor, just to name a few. The latest is from Vera Bradley!

What's your favorite discount shopping website?

Do you shop for workout clothes or anything else online? 

Fashion Friday: Winter Workout Style

FashionFriday_WinerStyle Alright, truth time: I've been struggling to get to the gym this week!

I'm not sure if it's because I started a new job and I'm dealing with a totally new routine (including a horrendous commute) or whether it's the freezing cold keeping me away! Whatever it is, it's time to snap out of it!

Working out is my way of decompressing from the day. It's MY hour. An hour I don't really think, I just do. And when it's up and the endorphins are flowing I always feel so good. So refreshed! Now that I've started a new job I need that more than ever so the excuses have got to go! I was thinking a little fitness fashion might help the nudge! I love H&M workout clothes!! They're super affordable (~$25) and cute! I love these long-sleeve tops; perfect for winter workouts! AND THESE PANTS (also $25). LOVE! This down vest by NorthFace is quite a bit more expensive ($100) but TOTALLY WORTH IT. Hello warmth!

I've been wanting a pair of neutral colored Nanos, too. I love the porcelain! If I snag them they'll be my third pair! I think it's safe to say I'm making strides in improving my workout wardrobe. Woo hoo!

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NorthFace Down Vest $99 | Porcelain Reebok Nano 4.0s | H&M Sports Tights |

Seamless Sports Top (Fushia) | Workout bag

How do you stay warm to and from the gym?

Fashion Friday with Fabletics

Truth: I went shopping for Christmas gifts at Target. Spent $115. And walked out with one gift... two pillows, a sweater, and robe for myself. The struggle is REAL y'all! Buying only for others this holiday season!  It sounds so vain, but it's true. I can help but look, right? Anyone else experiencing this?

Another truth: Workout clothes are Target are really, really cute. I spent about 15 minutes browsing the activewear section, but you know what my issue is? Mixing, matching, and deciding what goes together! And what goes with what's already in my closet. It makes all the beautiful clothes suddenly feel very overwhelming!

This is the reason I recently became a member of Fabletics! Have you heard of it? I haven't bought anything yet, but the reviews are great: Lululemon-quality pants at a third of the price; pre-styled outfits (I love that part); and curated looks picked specially for your workout style sent directly to you. Opt to buy one of those outfits or, opt to skip the month. Whatever you do, you won't be spending more than about $50 per outfit. Yep, PER THE ENTIRE OUTFIT! Sounds pretty cool, huh? The clothes are cute, too!

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Supposedly Fabletics has other perks too, through the VIP program; even refer-a-friend cash back. I'm so intrigued! Maybe like the capsule, this is the end of my workout wardrobe woes?

Are you just as hesitant to style your workout wardrobe?

Have you heard of Fabletics?  

PS: I'm really, really into these New Balance Retro Sneakers!! Who would have ever thought these were going to come back in style??

Fit Girl's Gift Guide {Christmas}

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Speed Tight | Pullover | Fashletics necklace | Journel Menu

Lululemon Urban Sanctuary Bag

I should have probably titled this post the Rich Chick's Christmas, ha!

I'll be lucky if I get a single item from Lululemon - let alone three!

A girl can dream, though, right?

That's what happened when I stumbled on Luluaddict.com last week. (Proceed with caution!)

Serious workout-clothes envy going on!

What about you; are you asking for anything workout-related this Christmas? 

In other news:

Holiday parties are EVERYWHERE. I have one today, one tomorrow and another Thursday. Oh, and I went to one Saturday! Are you inundated with holiday parties, too?

I've been sticking to my pre-planned workout schedule for December pretty closely. Yay! I also picked up this planner for the new year -- I LOVE new planners!

We finally broke the seal Sunday and started Christmas shopping (phew!) - When you pack it all into a single day you realize just how expensive Christmas really is! Sheesh! We still have a few more things to buy, but I'm sure glad we started...

Have you started shopping yet?

What's on your wish list this year? 

What's the best gift you've bought so far? 

My Winter Wardrobe Capsule

Capsule-Wardrobe I've been wanting to share this post with you for DAYS because I'm so, so excited about it.

I'll cut right to the chase: I'm not the best dresser!

I vividly remember putting stickers on a plain manila colored t-shirt in middle school, which I wore with floral tights and sneakers laced with the bright pink laces from my roller blades all because I had a presentation that day. (face palm)

In middle school I still didn't have it together... I remember trying to mimic a popular look: black leggings, timberlands, and slouch socks, but of course I got the wrong kind of Tims (the cheaper, hiking kind), wore regular socks and leggings with the loop around the heel and bulge behind the knee... it wasn't pretty!

Thankfully in High School I became friends with two of the most fashionable girls in my class (you know them as GG). I mimicked what they wore (sometimes unsuccessfully), but I think my style improved, though it's something I still struggle with today.

I've tried various remedies, including even hiring a personal shopper, but that didn't last. It wasn't economical and I found that her additions plus my additions to my already oversized wardrobe wasn't making getting dressed in the morning (i.e. making fashion decisions) any easier.

I've contemplated trying Stitch Fix, a popular styling service--again, thinking having someone else pick my clothes will solve the problem, but I've heard they're a bit pricey and really, deep down, I think I know my style. It's just a matter of uncovering it, right?

Stay with me here.

There was this one time I felt like I really exhibited my true style - during our nine days in Florence, I loved everything I wore. I took a lot of care to pick out my outfits before the trip and since space was a factor (to avoid checking a bag), I had to really narrow it down. But, when I got there, none of that mattered. I remember waking up each morning excited to get dressed and loving every. single. piece. I packed. The color palette was neutral: black, white, and tan, but I played around with lipsticks and beanies to liven up my look.

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Ever since then I've been saying to myself, Pair it down, Sara... Less is more! Yet, still, I continue to buy clothes in an attempt to 'fill the holes' in my closet and several shopping sprees later, I'm just as frustrated.

Well, friends, I think I may have finally found a name for the minimalist approach to style I enjoyed in Florence and a system to achieve it.

THE CAPSULE WARDROBE

The capsule wardrobe is a minimalist approach to style founded by Caroline of Un-fancy, a daily style blog. The way it works is that you pair down your wardrobe to just 37 pieces (yes - just 37! Shoes included!) for each season. Caroline recommends 37 items because it allows for 9 pairs of shoes, 9 bottoms, and 15 tops; 2 dresses and 2 jackets/coats...

I devoured Caroline's blog, intrigued by this idea and downloaded her wardrobe planner. I really enjoyed filling it out and planning my winter wardrobe! Some insights from the planning:

  • Lifestyle: Mostly work (in a cube/office), workout (CrossFit), and lounge/weekend clothes with some semi-dressy social events sprinkled throughout.
  • Word Association: Comfortable, Simple, Preppy and Classic.
  • Brands: Loft, Ann Taylor, J.Crew and Target. I also love Athleta, but never actually shop there.
  • Colors: Black, white, and tan is my favorite combination; or just black and white; with pops of pink, merlot and dark green.
  • Go-to pieces: Tan pumps and tan slim fit work pants; skinny jeans and flat studded ankle booties; black and white victoria's secret sweater and leggings with black and white nike frees.
  • Go-to outfits: I left this is blank - HA! Figures! I'm thinking once I get my capsule established I'll get a better idea of some go-to outfits. I'd love to photograph and hang outfit ideas (with the pieces I own) in my closet (like this).

So, on December 1st I took the time to go through my closet -- I was excited to get started! But let me tell you: this is so much harder than I thought it would be! I had no idea I had so much stuff! I actually started the process on Thanksgiving by giving my little sisters a trash bag full of clothes; then on Monday I filled two more trash bags and a storage bin! The kicker? I'm still not done!!

At this point I think I've narrowed it down to about 50 pieces and that does not include shoes -- crazy, I know! But the thing is,  I'm already seeing the beauty in this! Just looking in my closet, I feel better. White space! I love it!

I'm still shedding and doing a little shopping to get my wardrobe to where I want it to be but I'm pretty excited about this experiment! Here's a little sneak peak at what's included in my winter capsule:

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Loft Chambray / Lou & Grey Black Skinnies / Express Essential Shirt / Limited Ankle Pant / Loft Layering Tee (these are so comfortable!)

I also got this peplum jacket, which I'm stoked about!

I teleworked yesterday (telework=pajamas) but on Tuesday I had fun dressing for work. I wore shoes I hadn't wore in forever and accessorized with a scarf and nice necklace; so far, so good! I'll keep you posted on how this goes -- (Did I mention there's no shopping allowed during the season? That should be interesting!)

Does having too many choices overwhelm you, too?

Are you a less-is-more kind of person?  

What's your favorite outfit? Favorite store? 

Do you consider yourself stylish? How would you describe your style? 

(For the record I'm not counting workout clothes toward my capsule! I also just packed up and stored my clothes; I didn't get rid of them!)

Things I Love About ClassPass

JUMPSTART YOUR FITNESS WITH CLASSPASS
JUMPSTART YOUR FITNESS WITH CLASSPASS

I'm only halfway through my first month with ClassPass but there's already so much that I love! In just two weeks I've been to three different fitness studios and feel like I've really broadened my horizons! I finally tried reformer pilates (loved it) and, I've been to yoga and cycling, two types of classes I love but don't get a chance to do very often.

JourneYoga (http://www.journeyoga.com/): This is a new yoga studio in Columbia Heights (Arlington) near where I live. I went to the 7am class last Friday and it was great - very laid back; the instructor encouraged participants to just do what feels right, which was perfect for me since I hadn't been to yoga in quite sometime! Plus, it was a 7am class so I was hardly awake! The studio is really cute and the instructor was wonderful! All and all, I liked the class and wouldn't mind going back!

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My Thrive Pilates (http://mythrivepilates.com/): There's two My Thrive locations -- I went to the one in Shirlington (Arlington) and really fell in love with the studio, the practice, and the people! It was really different, but fun and full or so many new and interesting moves. I was nervous but there were only six people in the class and everyone was incredibly friendly. The instructor was really nice, too. She was very gentle with her commands and in correcting my form. She definitely made me feel at ease! I also felt like I worked muscles I don't often think think about, like my inner and outer thighs, and there was a lot of core work! My abs were burning! The hour long class flew by and I was kind of sad it was over so soon! I definitely plan to get back to Thrive before the month is up!

My Thrive Pilates - Shirlington
My Thrive Pilates - Shirlington

Revolve (https://www.revolvefitness.com/): CYCLING!! I used to go spin at Sport & Health religiously. The instructor was from Miami, had the best music, and I always left on such a high! The instructor at Revolve has the same high energy. The flow was great - some hills, some speed, and a lot of pushing yourself for another 15 - 10 - 5 seconds left! The only bummer was that I had to pay for shoes ($2) and couldn't take my phone in the spin room to snap a pic for you guys! I also didn't think the people were as friendly as a lot of other studios I've been too, but it was definitely a good workout nonetheless.

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Revolve Fitness

So, how has all this been possible? CLASSPASS!!! What I'm loving about it:

+I can schedule all my classes right from there website - I don't have to go to the studio's website, signup with them or do anything except click 'reserve' on ClassPass. Then I just show up, say I signed up via ClassPass and volia, I'm in!

+Reminders: I love getting reminders! They come right after I sign-up and the the day before to remind me I have a class to attend. I'm pretty busy so these are nice!

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ClassPass Reminder

I also love that they provide a little insight about what to expect, such as that I may have to rent shoes if I don't bring my own and not to show up late!

+The $20 cancellation fee is serious incentive! I started to think about not going to Pilates after work on Thursday (you know how it goes after a long day at work), but knowing I would have to fork over $20 because I didn't cancel with 24 hours really motivated me to get there! And then of course I was glad I went!

+I can signup the day of, the day before or a full week in advance! I love that the interface is such that I can search today, tomorrow, or next week for classes! Just now as I was sitting here I signed up for a 10 am class tomorrow (it's 5pm). Signing up for classes with such ease is great.

+Searching for classes is SO easy and it's motivating! I literally scroll through all the options, asking myself, hmmm what am I in the mood for?!

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ClassPass Class Search

+I can workout with my friends all over town. I've had two friends -- one in Georgetown and one in Maryland -- say we should get together for a workout and because of ClassPass, we can! The one in Georgetown has a few classes saved up at Barre3 -- I would usually hesitate to go there and have to pay the drop-in fee for a single class, but guess what? Barre3 is a participating gym so my class is already paid for! That means I'm that much more likely to get together with my friend for a workout! Same goes for the friend in Maryland!

I really hate to gush about a subscription like this, but I really love it. I think it's also a great solution for people who maybe in a workout rut and need to switch things up, find something new they like, and just get re-motivated to workout more.ClassPasswill motivate you and it'll make working out EASY. It's literally the click of a button - "reserve."

I highly recommend signing up for ClassPass and giving it a try if you need a little boost to your workout routine. There's classes ALL over the area and you'll surely find something that fits for you!

Do you think you'd enjoy ClassPass? 

What new fitness classes have you tried lately?

Disclosure: ClassPass provided me with a one-month subscription free to sample the service and blog about my experience, but as always, the opinions expressed here are my own. 

#WODSwap with Wine to Weightlifting

Hello and happy Friday! How's your day going? I've been on a roll this morning: hit up a 7am yoga class thanks to ClassPass (I'm loving it so far, FYI) and also completely cleaned up and organized our second bedroom! It feels great to get so much done right thing! I'm off work today, the weekend, and Monday and Tuesday - woohoo! - but I have a long to do list! House stuff. Blog stuff. #firstworldproblems, right? I know!

Anyway, you guys know I love Fashion Fridays and I try to share with you whenever I come across cool CrossFit gear; gear in general, really! And so, with that, I thought those of you who enjoyed those posts might like to know about #WODSwap! Have you heard of it?

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I think this is a genius idea and I'm already signed up to participate!

Jenn over at Wine to Weightlifting came up with #WODSwap. She has an awesome down-to-earth (often comical) CrossFit blog and will be hosting and coordinating monthly #WODSwaps. Here's how it works (from Jenn's original post):

  • Every month, get matched up with another person who loves to WOD (You can WOD at a box, at home, in a globo gym, honestly, don’t even need to be someone who Crossfits!).
  • Jenn will send you your WOD buddy’s email address and you can send them a friendly note, introduce yourself; say where you WOD, what you like to do, share something interesting about yourself. From here, you can chat a bit, find out what your WOD buddy likes/dislikes, get to know each other, and get his or her address.
  • With a budget of $25, send your WOD buddy a package of goodies sometime during the month! (This month's swap begins November 10th so you'd have to send something by the end of November). Send a shirt from your home box, headbands, tank tops, t-shirts, socks, wrist wraps, shorts, tape, grips, or maybe something to aid in recovery. Get creative!!! (Note: Keep the timing in mind if you order anything online!)
  • Send out your package by the 25th of the month.
  • Instagram, tweet, blog, and share your goodie box in the first week of the next month!

What do you guys think? Fun, right? I already have some great ideas for what I'll send my swap buddy and of course, I can't wait to receive something in the mail myself!

A few reasons I love this: 

Snail mail is awesome! Who doesn't love receiving a package?

CrossFit swag, coming your way. Guaranteed! I do a lot of gawking at cute CrossFit clothes: tanks, headbands, wrist wraps, etc., but I never actually buy anything. Since I started CrossFit, the only 'gear' I have are wrist wraps! Hopefully I won't be saying the same after my first swap!

Buying for others is easier. (Or, is it just me?) I know that if I have to buy something for someone else, I hop to it. If I'm buying for myself, I'm on the fence, and usually stay there, not buying anything at all. I'm hoping that buy buying for someone else, I'll buy a little more often for myself, too (the whole, 'one for you... one for me' kinda thing)!

Meeting other CrossFitters is always awesome! Who wouldn't want to meet more people with similar interests? I have a blog... I imagine the people readingWine to Weightlifting might have a blog... that + CrossFit? We already have so much in common!! I can't wait to meet you new #WODSwap buddy!!!

It's a hashtag, so it's gotta be cool. Nuff' said.

Are you interested in participating?

The sign-up for November will be open today through Sunday. Matches will be sent out November 10!

Thanks for coordinating, Jenn!

Do you participate in any swaps?

Do you love getting snail mail?

What's your swag status? 

Become the Neighborhood Fitness Class Connoisseur with ClassPass

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ClassPass

I wanted to pop back by to share with you a cool new service I'm privileged to test out this month: ClassPass.

You may have heard of it as it's been unveiling in cities across the U.S. over the past few months. ClassPass is partnering with area fitness studios to bring you unlimited access to classes in your neighborhood for just $99 a month - a lot less than per-class fees and monthly memberships!

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ClassPass

The beauty of ClassPass is that there's no commitment to join a single gym or, to go the same gym each week. ClassPass gives you access to SEVERAL gyms and encourages you to get out and try as many classes as you can!

The only small stipulation is that you can only attend one studio up to three times in a month, but when you see the plethora of studios partnered with ClassPass, I promise - you won't be left wondering where to go next! There's plenty of options.

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ClassPass

I have to say, from the moment I logged onto ClassPass I felt motivated to work out! There's something exciting about going to a new fitness studio and trying a new class or form of fitness. Through ClassPass I'm able to try everything from barre to yoga to TRX classes and, even pole dancing and aerial fitness classes, which I've always wanted to do!

The ClassPass interface is really awesome, too. The website is clean, easy to navigate and really informative and, best of all: you can plan your entire month of workouts right from the My ClassPass dashboard. I absolutely love that I can schedule classes right from their website! As I browse the studios, available class times, the type, and the instructors are a single click away - I love that!

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ClassPass

I've already noticed that I feel a small sense of urgency with ClassPass (must.get.in.as.many.classes.as.possible!) but, my goal is to try at least 5 different studios. Most drop-in fees are about $25 a class, so if I get to five, I'll feel like I'm really getting money's worth! Here are the studios I'd like to try out:

+ JOURNEYoga (http://www.journeyoga.com/) This place is walking distance from our new house!)I'm already signed up for a 7am yoga class this Friday, November 3rd. I can't imagine a better way to start my day! off!

+ChicPhysiqueFitness (http://www.chicphysiquefitness.com/) Remember this month's motto? Now or never!That's my motivation to try a little pole fitness (which I imagine will be hilarious!) Actually, I'm thinking of inviting a bunch of friends to do. It's a little out of the way in Bethesda, but I think it'll be worth it!

+Revolve (http://www.revolvefitness.com/dc/locations) or Wired (http://wiredcycling.com/) I love cycling and can't wait to give these renowned studios a spin! (Haha - get it?!)

+My Thrive Pilates (http://mythrivepilates.com/) I've always wanted to try reformer pilates even though I know it's going to be so hard! I can't wait to finally give it a shot, though!

+TRX Suspension Training - My Thrive Pilates also teaches TRX classes and I plan to go to one of those as well! I've contemplated buying a TRX for awhile and I'd love to learn about the benefits of training with TRX.

My favorite features on the ClassPass website:

+You can search by studio name or class type +Search classes happening today, tomorrow or next week (go at the last minute or plan ahead) +Search by neighborhood (Clarendon, Arlington Heights, Dupont Circle, etc.) +Search by Activities (Pilates, Cycling, Yoga, etc.) +Once you've reserved a class, there's the option to add it to your Google calendar (how awesome!?) +Read Reviews, teacher bios, and pro tips on studio pages. +A map of the location of each studio on studio pages shows you whether it's metro accessible; there's also a note whether there's a shower! +You receive an email confirmation after your class is reserved.

I'm super excited that November is going to be full of fun new fitness classes!

Have you heard of ClassPass?

Is it something you think you'd like to try? 

Engagement Party!

Gooooood morning, and happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was good! We were out of town for my sister-in-law's engagement party, which was a lot of fun! We were in charge of dessert and I was so pleased to stumble on Cakes by Tawanda and Extraordinary Cupcakes in Williamsburg. Both were a pleasure to work with on really short notice and, as you can see, the dessert table turned out beautiful! We focused on lilac, one of Amber's colors, which I'm sure we'll see a lot more of on the wedding day!

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The party was a lot of fun! We played a bunch of really fun games like the shoe game where the couple is quizzed on questions like "who does most of the cleaning?" Or, "who spends the most money," and they have to raise the right shoe to say who!

We also played a newlywed game with couples in attendance (including Aaron and I) and we had a lot of fun with that, answering questions like "what's your spouses favorite food?" and "how does your spouse like their eggs cooked?" As each of us answered, our spouse revealed their answer and whether it matched up. The game was really fun for everyone -- from four to 40 years married!

We tried to go out furniture shopping after the party because we move into our new place this weekend (!!!!!!) but we were so tired, we didn't last long! We're so eager to shop and buy things for the house, but we really need to get in there first and see what we need and what will work in the space.

On Sunday we went to church and then got on the road to come home. As you know, the Whole30 starts today and I hope I'm still going strong by the time you read this! :) I started reading the book and couldn't put it down! It's been such an eye-opener and I'm really glad I've decided to do this.

What did you do this weekend? 

Did you have an engagement party? 

Fashion Friday: Feyoncé Style

Hey, hey! Happy Friday! I'm headed out of town tonight to attend my sister-in-law's engagement party in Williamsburg tomorrow. She got engaged last Christmas so this party has been a long time coming!

For the event she purchased this off-the-shoulder sweater that says Feyoncé from Etsy -- I die! This is seriously the cutest top, ever and it makes me sad I'm not engaged anymore and have no excuse to wear it!

BridetobeStyleSports Bra | Nike Zoom Fly Sneakers | Feyoncé sweater | Athleta Leggings

Of course, paired with these black and berry nikes, you'll definitely look the part of a fit bride! (And one with great musical taste, too!)

What are your favorite bride tanks and tops? 

Weekend plans?

Be FFAB! Workout of the Week II

100 Burpees for Time I know.

This is insane.

It really is.

And, even if you don't already despise burpees (which, chances are you do!), you will likely despise them after this. That's what happened to me... This exact workout was on the programming at my box a few months ago and I walked in excited and walked out totally whooped! I vividly remember feeling winded at 30, and panicking a little thinking "I'm not going to make it!" Of course I did but two days later I could hardly move my arms! Sign of a good workout, or insanity? You be the judge! :)

Yesterday, Karlye and had a similar reaction to this workout we did yesterday (another one from the programming at my box):

10 Thrusters 10 Over-the-bar burpees 8 Thrusters 8 Over-the-bar burpees 6 Thrusters 6 Over-the-bar burpees 4 Thrusters 4 Over-the-bar burpees 2 Thrusters 2 Over-the-bar burpees

Of course neither of "enjoyed" the burpees, but we did enjoy getting in a really good workout in less than 10 minutes! That's the beauty of burpees, right? No equipment needed, explosive and the perfect OMG-my-heart-rate-is-up movement, to make even the shortest workout feel tough!

So, how about giving it a try? If 100 seems way out of your league, try just 50 or 25. Don't forget to time yourself, too, so you can retest in a few months and see if you're any faster!

Do you hate burpees? 

Have you ever done 50 or 100 burpees for time? 

Shop Instagram with LiketoKnow.it

YScreen Shot 2014-10-20 at 10.44.04 PMou guys know I like to do round-ups of workout clothes for Fashion Fridays, and I've shared a little about my own wardrobe woes, wanting to dress better, both in and out of the gym. Well, I recently discovered a cool app that makes shopping a breeze and, I can do it through one of my favorite and frequently used apps, Instagram!

When you sign-up with Liketoknow.it you get the scoop on where to buy items pictured in a post shared by a Liketoknow.it participant!

For example, I could post a photo of my purse, tag Kate Spade, and, if I'm signed up with Liketoknow.it, give you instant access to shop that same purse with just a click of a button! Pretty neat, huh?

You can log into your account on Liketoknow.it to shop all Liketoknow photos, but they've gone a step further and made shopping Instagram even easier by sending you an email with direct links to the items in any Liketoknow.it image you've liked on Instagram that day!

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Like the photo. Get an email. Shop!

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I follow some pretty fashionable ladies on IG and I'm excited to have direct access to their wardrobes, and the items I often look at with envy! I love that there's some budget savvy fashionistas out there, too!

Here are a few of my favorite Liketoknow.it instagrammers:

I love how Instagram is becoming like a mini blog world, with mini posts from 'bloggers' or frequent posters; there's photo styling and a lot of personality and now, it's even involving big brands-- it's a whole new wave of digital marketing! It's kind of amazing how fast and furious the digital world is, huh?

I think anyone can use Liketoknow.it whether you're posting to Instagram or shopping Instagram. I'd probably need to be a little more fashionable to start directing people to shop my posts, but nonetheless, I think this is a pretty neat idea, especially for fashion bloggers.

Have you heard of Liktoknow.it?

Do you follow any fashionable Instagrammers?

Do you ever see Instagram photos you'd like to shop?

Friday Faves: Victoria's Secret Black & White Collection

Hey hey! Happy Friday! A few weeks back I bought a pair of leggings and a sweatshirt from Victoria's Secret. It had been awhile since I shopped there and I completely forgot how much I LOVE their clothes! They have a new black and white collection and I want it all!

Victoria Secret Black & White Collection

I'm especially obsessed with their new leggings -- they're made of a more workout-like material, not cotton like a lot of their other pairs, and they're reversible, which I love! I've been wearing them a lot!

Victoria Secret Black & White Collection

There's several more pieces from this collection on my wish list, so I thought I'd share those with you today!

Victoria's-Secret

1.Collegiate Pant 2. Gym Crew 3. Printed Yoga Legging 4. Nike Free 5.0s 5.Seamless Racerback Bra 6. Seamless Thong

I think another reason I'm totally obsessed with this line is because it all matches the new pair of Nike Frees I got for my birthday in September. I've never had nice sneakers before because I would normally just wear whatever sneakers I had to workout. Now, I have my nanos that I workout in and my Nikes that I wear on the weekend! Hopefully this way each pair will last a little longer, too!

Do you have two pair of sneakers?

What's your favorite clothing line for workout clothes?