Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Five

Happy Friday to you all! Hope everyone has had a great week and as ready for the weekend as I am. Today has already started on a good foot as I was able to get in a early morning Pure Barre workout. My parents are coming into town today and we are headed to dinner right after work so I needed to squeeze in my workout this morning. I am growing to love the 6am class since it is less crowded than the evening classes. Also, you get to watch the sunrise through the window during class which is so peaceful.  Hope your morning has gotten off to a good start as well.

{One} Lust List.  Keeping on with the Pure Barre talk... my local studio just got these tanks in this week and I am in love. The tanks were so popular at the studio that they are already sold out in two days! Looking forward to getting my hands on one come February. 

{Two} Healthy Superbowl Snacks.  When it comes to party food I am all about moderation. Make healthy choices when you can and enjoy treats when you want. Sometimes that is hard to put into practice when faced with a tray of addicting buffalo bites. Truth. I don't even like spicy food. But if I just have one bite I can't stop. Anyone else have the same problem? I'm excited to try this healthy spin on the fried buffalo bites we typically munch on.

{Three} Currently Watching.  So excited that Thursday nights are back on ABC. Enjoying a little mini marathon of Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder with a cup of tea is the perfect end to the evening. It also takes me back to college days when we would catch up on Grey's Anatomy before going out. 

{Four} Restaurant Week. This week started Triangle Restaurant Week. The event features restaurants across the triangle including Cary, Durham and Raleigh. I am excited for our date night Saturday to check out a new-to-us Italian restaurant nearby!\

{Five} Coming Up.  We have a full weekend planned complete with dinner with my family, visiting with friends (and meeting their new baby!!), date night and of course the SuperBowl! Do you have any exciting plans this weekend?

Linking up with TiffClareKarliAmanda & April .

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Workout Wednesday: Shakeology

I hope everyone is staying warm in this winter weather.  Unfortunately, North Carolina did not see any of the beautiful snow. (Fortunately… I guess depending on how you view it.) I have been battling a horrible cold for the last few weeks and am finally feeling on the up and up. This year has been horrible for me catching every bug the students bring into school. I need to invest in some lysol for my office like yesterday!

Being sick brings out the junk eater in me. I have never been the type to get sick and lose my appetite. This always leads to gaining a few extra unwanted pounds. Since I am finally feeling better, I know it is time to get back on track. I thought that a cleanse is a great way to get rid of this pesky bloat and jumpstart my weight loss. So, I have decided to complete the Shakeology 3 day cleanse! 

I have been enjoying Shakeology for my breakfast for the past month. I truly enjoy the richness and flavor of the shake. Shakeology shakes are very filling and, if blended with plenty of ice and fruit, they almost taste like dessert. A bonus is that the mix tastes great on it’s own - you can mix it with water and go! So, what is all the hype with Shakeology? It is an all natural protein mix created from whole food ingredients that contains 23 essential vitamins in minerals per serving. I like knowing if I enjoy a shake for breakfast that I am not missing any nutrients or vitamins.  

The Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse is a great way to refresh your cravings and reduce bloat. An added benefit is losing a few pounds! The cleanse keeps your calories up and your not restricting yourself so your not starving.  The three day cleanse encourages you to enjoy vegetables, fruits, lean proteins along with Shakeology shakes.

Foods and beverages on the shopping list:
Shakeology shake mix
Green tea
Salad ingredients (lettuce, tomato, broccoli, celery, bell peppers, spinach and any leafy greens)
Low fat dressing or homemade oil and vinegar dressing
Lean proteins including fish, white meat chicken or white meat turkey
Foods and beverages to avoid:
Added sugars
Starches (rice, corn, potatoes, etc)
Processed or canned foods

During the three days on the cleanse, you eat three meals per day, with two snacks in between. Breakfast and lunch consists of Shakeology shakes and dinner includes a salad with your choice of lean protein. I'll be sharing my thoughts next week on how it goes! 


Disclaimer: I purchased Shakeology personally and am not compensated for this post. I am not associated with Beachbody products. This is an honest review about the products I purchased on my own. 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Workout Wednesday: Class Pass

Good afternoon loves! My week is getting quite a late start as I have been off work Monday and Tuesday. I took the opportunity to enjoy the long weekend visiting family back home. Today I am popping in to share with you all exciting fitness news for the Raleigh/Durham area. ClassPass is opening this week!

What's class pass?  ClassPass is a fitness start up that helps people discover the best fitness classes in their city. It is a monthly membership to the best boutique fitness classes in your city. There are thousands of classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more. ClassPass members get unlimited classes to studios in the ClassPass network. While members can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can visit the same studio up to 3 times per monthly membership cycle.

For or $99/month you are able to visit unlimited classes at multiple studios.  Studios featured on ClassPass for Raleigh/Durham include locations in the Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Morrisville.  The list of participating studios include Flywheel, Bikram Yoga, Box-2B-Fit, CrossFit, Pure Barre and more! I'm excited to try new-to-me studios especially Flywheel! If you are local I highly encourage you to give ClassPass. If your interested please out my referral link {Here}! This enables you to sign up for classes immediately and skip the line.

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