“Delight the World with Compassion, Kindness, and Grace”

Greetings! The quote above is another wonderful neat quote from my Yogi ginger tea. Digestion aid + feel good sayings = a win if I do say so myself. So for more random stuff: (this is me honestly trying to keep up with this blog more. This is as good as it’s going to get for a bit)

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New training sneakers! I popped into a City Sports for the first time ever and oh my goodness. Magical yet extremely dangerous for my bank account. I got these New Balance sneakers (yay for a local Boston company!), and other goodies all with a 10% student discount! I have unfortunately yet to use them because I got sick and didn’t make it to Crossfit last week. On that note:

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I got sick last week for an entire week. (Still recovering actually). I was all congested with a head cold and I tried neti pot for the first time ever. It was weird yet awesome and cleared me right up! Definitely a repeat. (Told ya this was a random post)

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I made dinner and real food for the first time in over a week (I just ate out a ton [and ate a ton of bad food] while I was sick. But no more excuses!) I bought a brown rice medley from Trader Joe’s (I love that place), sauteed some zucchini with lemon pepper, and made this miso/Dijon mustard/soy sauce/honey marinade. It was good but I had some leftovers for lunch today and it got really salty overnight. Tonight, I cooked up a spicy beef and broccoli frozen dinner thing from Trader Joe’s (hey, still better than take out, don’t judge!)

Last but not least, I threw myself back into working out with TWO workouts yesterday (probably why my body hates me and gives up on me at least twice a year with a sickness) . I went to Jennifer Phelan’s Pilates Fusion hosted at Lululemon Prudential (so many free opportunities to work out with her throughout Boston! I love it!! Come join me this Saturday for free Pilates Bootcamp at Faneuil Hall at 9:15. Bring your own mat!) in the morning. Went food shopping at Trader Joe’s, and then I went to my final Ryde class at BTone Fitness. I love and miss spin so much! I never really got into it and I’ve still done it probably less than 10 times, but it’s grown on me so much.

This morning and all today, I felt a really tight soreness in my hips from spin (especially my right hip!) So I at the last minute, decided to go to a yoga class. Mind you, I haven’t done yoga in weeks (probably actually an entire month) so it was much needed.

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I had tried this place out with a Groupon this past winter with a friend (who am I kidding, it’s still winter here. I’m talking to you forecast-for-more-snow-tomorrow) and I love this place. It is a small 1 room studio, so it has such a great intimate feel, and the interior decorating is fantastic (they have mats available and all the other equipment that you would need). The instructors are super friendly, really try to learn your name and help you grow in your practice. I’ve only been to a handful of classes at the South End location, but each of the instructors I had were fantastic and brought their own unique flavor to the table. They are typically heated rooms during the class, but nowhere near as hot or humid as a typical Bikram/hot yoga class, and they turn it down towards the end. Today, I had the most princess-pink flush after class (it matched my brand new pink power-up tank from Lululemon!) In almost every class I’ve been to, the instructors like to do hands-on assist (my fave!), and we almost always practice inversions at the end (which are super fun to do!) They have a sweet drop-in price for students (which allowed me to decide to pop in last minute), and they seem to always have room for drop-ins no matter what class time you go! I really love this private, local yoga studio. I feel it is such a hidden gem in a city such as Boston where there are many large yoga studios and practices. They hold very true to the traditional practice so you will always find true, devoted yogis here. I am actually moving to a 1 bedroom next year in Back Bay just a couple of blocks from this studio, so I’m sure I will be going a good amount next year. I can’t wait to grow in my practice, and I did manage to touch my toes once or twice tonight thanks to the class 😉

Comment below ways in which you sweat, what you’ve savored, and/or what made you smile recently!

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Pilates Bootcamp with Jennifer Phelan Pilates!

Pilates Bootcamp with Jennifer Phelan Pilates!

This morning, I attended a complimentary Pilates Bootcamp class run by Jennifer Phelan of Jennifer Phelan Pilates! It was held inside Quincy Market and sponsored by Faneuil Hall. I think it’s awesome that such a historic, popular tourist visiting center opens its doors to hold a free workout class to support health and fitness awareness! I was feeling a little sore from Crossfit on Thursday (more on that later) but I pushed through as best as I could. Jennifer kicked my butt and I felt the burn, especially in my shoulders! She is a great instructor and I love her countdowns to help me hang on in there for just a few more counts! I hope to one day take one of her legendary classes (especially her “Best Exercise Class in Boston” Pilates Barre!) Click on the photo to be directed to her page and learn more about her!