Back to Reality

Welp, I’m back.

Yesterday I made “back to reality” my Facebook status, and apparently it sparked people to start singing.

Anyone have any lyrics they’d like to add?

Either way, I am adjusting back to Boston world after my long weekend getaway in Colorado.  Which was amaze-balls.  I loved, loved, loved it there.  I want to move to Boulder.  I’d been to Boulder for a few work trips before, but never for fun.  And I already want to go back.  Anyways, I have lots of recapping to do, so you’ll get all my pictures over the course of the next week.

1 sneak peek for now:

Since I didn’t get home until about 1 in the morning Monday night (Tuesday morning?) I worked from home yesterday.  This allowed for a little extra sleep, being able to catch up on work in the quiet of my home, and I also got to go grocery shopping on my lunch break since my fridge and cabinets were seriously bare.  I’m definitely ready to be back home and in my normal eating and working out routine.  I may even need a bit of detox – even though we stayed very active this weekend I definitely splurged in the food/booze department.

Grocery Shopping

Here’s what was in my grocery cart yesterday:


  • 1 bunch bananas
  • 3 nectarines
  • 1 package strawberries
  • 1 package blueberries
  • 1 package celery sticks
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 packages baby spinach
  • 1 package mushrooms


  • 6 yogurts
  • Low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 dozen eggs


  • 1 loaf 12 grain bread
  • 5 granola bars
  • 2 packages quinoa
  • 1 jar canned artichokes
  • 2 liters plain seltzer water
  • 1 container hummus

I’m excited to be stocked up on fruits and veggies again!!


When I got home from grocery shopping, I whipped up a new quinoa salad recipe for lunch.

Healthy quinoa salad with yogurt vinaigrette:

Thank you to Kristen at Be Fit With Kristen for posting the recipe as part of her Healthy Dinner Series!  I can’t wait to have this for leftovers throughout the rest of my week.  Also, I had a huge container of plain Greek yogurt that needed to be used soon, so I was happy to use it up for the yogurt dressing instead of being forced to throw it out.  I hate wasting food!

Sidenote:  If you missed my guest post on Kristen’s Healthy Dinner Series last week, here it is!

Workout & Playlist

Back to the gym I went for Two A Day Tuesday!  Christine subbed for Liz’s Kickboxing class, and then I taught my Circuit class.  It was extra fun because my mom came to both classes AND I did a Michael Jackson tribute class.  Here’s the sweet playlist:

Not sure what is better motivation than that?

The workout was a good one too!  For two Tuesdays in a row I’ve used Fitnessista’s Summer Shape Up Workouts and adapted to Circuit class.  If you missed the first two, check out my versions of Workout 1 and Workout 2.  Last night I used Workout 3 and didn’t have to adapt any of the moves because of equipment except for the pushups.  Instead of a medicine ball, we just did the switch with hands on ground.  All moves and how to’s are explained in the video in her post!

Final class format looked like this:

  • Warmup
  • Round 1 of circuit above (for reps:  10 on each leg for lunges, 1 min of floor tap & jumps, 15 bicep curls + plie squat combo, 8 pushup hand switches on each side, 10 squat jumps + shuffles, 10 tricep dips, 10 tricep dips with toe touches)
  • Cardio:  Regular jump rope, side to side jump rope, front and back jump rope, right leg hops with left foot back, right leg hops with left knee up, left leg hops with right foot back, left log hops with right knee up, 10 side to side hops, 10 front and back hops, 10 figure 8’s starting right, 10 figure 8’s starting left.  Lots of jumping!
  • Round 2 of circuit above, same reps
  • Ab work on floor – Frog crunch countdowns
  • Glute/Thigh work on floor – Lying on side do 10 front and lift leg lifts, 10 regular leg lifts, 10 back and lift leg lifts, and 5 seconds of regular leg pulses.  Repeat on other side.
  • Ab work on floor – 50 crunches, 40 heel taps, 10 V-Ups
  • Stretch

Loved it!  Anyone recognize my mom in class?  She was the one in the blue t-shirt totally rocking all those pushups without needing to put her knees down – in EITHER round of the circuits.  Go Georgia!

After Classes

I came home, whipped up a quick dinner (an easy stir fry with shrimpies, mushies, orange pep, yellow squash, spinach, minced garlic, minced onion, basil, rosemary, rice vinegar, extra olive oil, sea salt, and ground pepper ), caught up with my roomies since I haven’t seen them in what feels like forevs, showered, then face planted.

How do you all adjust from vacation mode?  How do you plan for healthy detox weeks?  What’s your favorite Michael Jackson song?  Do your fitness instructors ever use themed playlists?  If you are a fitness instructor, do you use themed playlists?  What did you guys think of last night’s workout?

Steph & Brett’s Beautiful Winery Wedding

The weekend before our Colorado trip, Tim and I attended one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever been to.  Seriously, everything was so pretty!

Steph & Brett’s Beautiful Winery Wedding

We arrived to the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton, CT around 3:00pm.  I was happy to arrive early so we could relax a little and not have to rush to get ready.  We were greeted with a fun little gift bag when we checked in:

With fun goodies in it!

Amongst the snacks and waters was a little card that wrote out the details for the night ahead.  Seriously, great idea, Steph.  I heart organization!

After Tim and I lounged around for a bit, we got ready.  Like my dress?

It’s Nine West, but I got it at Marshall’s for $19.99.  I love a good bargain almost as much as I love organization.  If not more!

We headed down to the shuttle bus which drove us to the reception venue about 40 minutes away.  Anyone ever been to the Jonathan Edwards Winery before?  I can’t even explain how pretty it is, so I’m not going to try.  You’ll see in the pictures below!

Before we were seated, we were given strawberry basil lemonades in mason jars!  I clearly was super excited about this, like a huge dork:

Steph, I just HAVE to ask if you found this idea on Pinterest?!  Also, I want the recipe.  🙂

Anyways, it was the perfect day for a wedding.  The sun was out, and it wasn’t too hot.  Check out some of the pictures I captured during the ceremony:

LOVED the bridesmaids dresses, great color and great length:

The ceremony was short and sweet!

Check out the studly best man (Tim’s roommate):

After the ceremony I obviously bee-lined for the food and scarfed brie cheese like it was my job!

And started drinking wine of course, while the wedding party took pictures.

Here’s me and my date!

Eventually we made our way over to the huge tent for the reception.

Table 12 all the way!

Some more pictures from the first dance…

…the speeches… (Brett, you KILLED yours!  Everyone was laughing so hard!)

…the food… (seriously best salmon ever!)

…the cake…

…and the fun!

We had such a great time!  Congrats again, Steph and Brett, and thanks for making us a part of your special day!

Anybody else have a ton of weddings to go to this summer?  Where did some of the prettiest weddings you’ve been to take place?  Who else would have been excited by strawberry basil lemonade? 

Weekly Workouts

Ha-Ha it’s Monday for you guys but doesn’t feel like one for me!

Sorry, that was just mean.

I’m enjoying up the last few hours I have in Colorado — seriously, this weekend went by WAY too fast, then heading back home later today.

In the meantime, let’s talk Weekly Workouts!

Last Week’s Workouts

Sunday:  1.5 mile walk
Monday:  15 minutes on the bike + taught 20 minutes of Core Strength
Tuesday:  1 hour of Kickboxing (more like 45 minutes since I had to duck out early) + taught this Circuit class
Wednesday:  Physical therapy, seriously it’s counting as my workout.  10 minutes on the elliptical + a crap ton of lower body moves + plyometrics.
Thursday:  Taught this Circuit class
Friday:  Off
Saturday: Lots of walking around Colorado — details to come!

This Week’s Workouts

Sunday:  Lots of walking around Colorado — details to come!
Monday:  Off
Tuesday:  1 hour of Kickboxing + teaching Circuit class (this week I’m doing a Michael Jackson tribute theme!)
Wednesday:  Physical therapy in the am, evening workout TBD depending on the morning
Thursday:  Teaching Circuit — again, using the Michael Jackson tribute
Friday:  Teaching Cardio & Core — this is one of our newer classes at the Y — come!  Combo of Cutz, Kix, and floor work.
Saturday:  TBD in the morning before Sarah’s wedding, or off 🙂

By the way, my gym is still offering anybody (attention non-members!) three free guest passes that can be used at any time during the month of June.  If this interests you or you’d like to come try out one of my classes (as you can see I’m teaching 3 times this week), or some of my fellow instructors’ amazing classes, please come!  We’d love to have you!  Or for those of you that already come, bring a friend!

Eh?  Eh?  **Elbow Nudge**

Feel free to contact me for more details!!

 How was everyone’s weekend?  How did last week’s workouts go?  Did anybody have a really good workout they’d like to share?  Anyone sore from any of my classes?  What’s up for this week?