Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weekly Workouts : April 6-12

After my mini meltdown last week and a relaxing weekend at the cabin, I came back into the gym on Monday ready to work!  Coach Fox made sure to keep an eye on me and give me that little extra push when I needed it, and it paid off :)

Monday, April 6

Came into class tonight and KILLED the workout!  I felt great the whole way through and was extremely happy to see these numbers

Tuesday, April 7

So the graph didn’t come in on this email, but as you can see I hit my splat points for this night.  Coach DJ was the trainer tonight and does a great job encouraging and, at the same time, pushing us just enough.

Wednesday, April 8
Rest day

Thursday, April 9

Another great workout tonight!

Friday, April 10

Nothing like starting the weekend off with a good workout.  (I wish I could remember everything we did in these but my mind goes blank)

Saturday, April 11

Woke up and got to the gym for a workout before heading down to Atlanta for a friend’s bachelorette party.  I may have even sported my new InknBurn lace tank!  I love it and it’s super cute both for working out and for a night on the town

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Sunday, April 12

Rest day.  I stayed downtown on Saturday night with the bachelorette party and then had my first Uber experience over to Piedmont Park to meet up with the hubby and some friends for the Dogwood Festival.  It was fun to walk around, check out the vendors and eat some tasty food….my jalapeno corn dog was amazing :)

This week is a light week in the gym for me since I have the Georgia Peach Jam half on Saturday.  So far the forecast is calling for rain.  It kind of rained on this race last year and I haven’t run in the rain since the runDisney Wine and Dine half marathon back in November (that recap is coming soon!) so fingers crossed it holds off for us!

Until next time,

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wine and Dine Trip – Day 2

More fun at Disney!!

I left off after the hubby and I finished up my mini shopping spree at the expo.  We went back to the room to drop off my new purchases and then headed to EPCOT for the day!


We decided to head over to The Living Seas and ride the Finding Nemo ride, but first we detoured to say hi to Chip and Dale :)


Let me take a Shelfie!


We walked over and did Living with the Land, then headed to meet some pretty popular characters :)

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We had Fast Passes to go on Test Track and Mission Space as did a friend of mine, so we met her and her brother for a quick ride.  Then we headed over to World Showcase to find some lunch.  They hit up a couple of the Food & Wine Festival kiosks while we checked out the Tangierine Cafe in the Morocco pavilion.  I had my very first falafel wrap (super good!) and the hubby had a plate full of chicken and lamb.  We both enjoyed our lunches and were ready to check out more of the park.  Since we were already in Morocco we stopped by to say hi to Princess Jasmine :)  I guess Aladdin and Abu were getting into some mischief ;)

I checked out what other characters would be out and about in World Showcase and we saw that Mulan was, so we headed over to China to jump in line to see her

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We met back up with my friends at the Germany pavilion.  While doing some research of the Food & Wine Festival I came across a German grapefruit beer and knew that I HAD to try it.  It got two thumbs up from Meredith and myself, and I was even able to find it back home…SCORE!


We headed back into Future World, but not before getting a couple of pictures made with Spaceship Earth (doesn’t hubby look thrilled to pose?)


Our next stop was Journey Into Imagination with Figment.  Figment is one of my BRF, Brandi’s, favorite characters so I had to ride it in her honor :)


Hubby had never really spent a lot of time at EPCOT when he came to Disney World as a kid, so he had never seen “Captain EO”….we fixed that!  (I promised him it was a one and done kind of thing but it was something he should see)

Soon after it was getting time for our dinner reservations at Teppan Edo, so we said good night to Meredith and her brother and booked it back into World Showcase.  We had never eaten here before so it was nice to try a new to us restaurant.  We both enjoyed our dinners but agreed that there are more places we’d like to try at Disney next time, so it wouldn’t be a repeat anytime soon.

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I saw some people talking about the Pick-A-Pearl you can do in the Japan pavilion and decided that I wanted to do it.  So after dinner we went down to the marketplace


The way it works is that you pay first ($17) and they give you a number.  When your number is called, you give them your receipt and you then pick your oyster from the water in the tanks.  They have a little ceremony where they open the oyster and pull out your pearl.  I got a beautiful white pearl that was 7 1/4 mm.  I still haven’t decided what to do with it but it was a pretty fun experience :)

After Pick-A-Pearl we headed over to the Mexico pavilion to meet a couple more of my friends.  I had broken my phone charging cord the day before so hubby and I were having to share one.  My friends were nice enough to go buy me another one and meet us at EPCOT to give it to me. :)  We decided to head inside to Cava de la Tequila because I wanted to try their Avocado Margarita…..but they were CLOSED!  We were about 30 minutes too late.  So instead, we decided to ride the Gran Fiesta Tour (it’s pretty lame but gave us something to do)

By the time we were finished, the park was about to close, so we parted ways and hubby and I headed back to our resort to get some sleep.  I had a half marathon to run the next night!

What’s your absolute must do at EPCOT?

Until next time,

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Weekly Workouts : March 29 – April 5

Going away for Easter weekend threw a curveball to me with scheduling my classes this week, but I did get four classes in!

Sunday, March 29

Monday, March 30

Tuesday, March 31
Rest day

Wednesday, April 1

Thursday, April 2

Friday, April 3
Walked about a mile with my mom and the dogs at their cabin

Saturday, April 4
Rest day

Sunday, April 5
Rest day

Last week I had a really hard time getting my heart rate into the orange zone (as you can tell by my photos).  I’m such a numbers person when it comes to meeting a certain goal – knowing that we *should* have 12-20 minutes in the orange and seeing nothing but single digits really frustrated me…so much that I kind of sort of broke down after my class Thursday night.  A few other OTF members were still in the gym as well as our coach and had nothing but encouraging words for me, which I really appreciated.

Afterward, I had Coach Fox sit down with me and we looked at my stats all the way back from when I first started coming to OTF and now, which has been about 3 months.  As we compared them, he noticed that my average heart rate has dropped.  It’s a great thing because it means that my heart is getting stronger, but it also means I’m going to have to work even harder to get it up during our workouts.  He told me that he would help me get there, and I don’t have a doubt in my mind that he will.

I’m starting this week fresh and I’m ready to hit the gym tonight.  Hopefully I’ll see myself in the orange much more than I did last week!

What do you do when you get frustrated after a workout? 

Until next time,

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Midnight Madness at OTF Cumming

I know I missed posting my weekly workouts for last week, but rest assured I got in 5 days at Orangetheory Fitness, but there’s one day that truly deserved its own post -

A bit of a backstory….Coach Fox, our head trainer, came to Georgia from Tampa, Florida.  He was a very popular (and fantastic) coach at the New Tampa OTF studio and we’re very lucky to have him at ours now!  Something that he started at that studio was a Midnight Madness class held on the last Friday of each month.  It became so popular that they had a waiting list for it!  He wanted to be the first studio in Atlanta to have a Midnight Madness class, and we definitely succeeded with that feat.

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We had around 36 people who came out to participate!

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We had 3 stations – the treadmill, rowers/TRX straps, and body weight/bench.  We spent about 6-8 minutes at each station with different exercises each round.  I believe we did each a total of 2-3 times.  It was crazy!  I wish I had written down what all we did!  Mountain climbers, Bosu burpees, tricep dips, and elevated push ups all come to my mind!

Coach Fox, Coach Allie, and Coach DJ all walked around to make sure we were using the correct form and encouraged us to stay strong.

I sported my yellow neon with pink swirl PRO Compression socks for the occasion :)

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We did squats, bicep curls, and tricep extensions on the rowers during our last round…definitely feeling the burn the whole time

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Before we really got going on the treadmill, had to take an #OTFSelfie!

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At the end of every class, we always do a cool down stretch and check out how long we were in the Orange zone on the screen

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Workout is DONE…and we’re still smiling!!!

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After the workout was over, the staff had a champagne toast waiting for us in the lobby as well as lots of tasty (and healthy) snacks for a post workout treat!

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It was nice to sit down and chat with some of the amazing new friends I’ve made just by coming to the gym :)  The picture on the left is myself and Coach Allie, and on the right are myself, Janna, Erin, Coach Allie, and Jenny

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I think I finally drug myself home at around 1 a.m., but this was truly a FANTASTIC event put on by the amazing staff we have at OTF Cumming.  I’m already looking forward to the next one in April! (even though it looks like I’ll be running a 5k the next morning LOL)

I still love coming to the studio 4-5 days a week and getting my sweat on with some great friends and amazing trainers.  If you’re curious about Orangetheory Fitness, check out their website and see if there’s a location near you.  You can go in for a free session and see what it’s all about!

Have you ever done a workout at night?

Until next time,

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I am a paying member of Orangetheory Fitness and was not compensated to write this post.  I truly enjoy the workout and wanted to share my experience with my readers.