3rd Annual Somerville Mayor’s Fitness Challenge


How was everyone’s Marathon Monday?  Anybody run it?  Anybody watch it?

Last year I took the day off to watch the festivities, which was super fun from the Cityside patio.

This year’s Marathon Monday – not so fun, considering I worked most of the day.  Wah wah.  Congratulations to everyone who ran the Marathon though.  What an accomplishment, especially in that record breaking Boston heat yesterday!  If there are any runners out there that would like to share their experiences on Fitness & Feta in a guest post, let me know – would love to feature something like that on the blog.

50 Minute Cycle + Core Sandwich Workout

Yesterday’s workout was a bit random.  There was some confusion/miscommunication about my hours at the Y, so I didn’t end up teaching my Core Strength class (wah!),  and I only ended up working the floor for about two hours instead.  That was fine by me, as I only had to work a 10 hour day instead of a 14 hour one.  That also left time for a longer workout than planned, so I plopped myself down on the bike in the Annex and did some cycling on my own.  15 minutes of cycling, with 20 minutes of abs (the class I would have taught) in between, and 15 more minutes of cycling to finish.

Here’s what it looked like:

Cycle & Core Sandwich Workout

Was a decent workout for a night I wasn’t expecting to get too much in!  Felt nice to switch up my cardio with some cycling instead of the same old elliptical.

Onto the fun stuff….

Somerville Mayor’s Fitness Challenge

A couple of weekends ago, I mentioned that the gym ladies and I had a fitness filled Saturday over in Somerville.  After taking two classes in a row at CBC and grabbing lunch all together, we headed over to Somerville High School for the 3rd Annual Somerville Mayor’s Fitness Challenge.

The day featured several family friendly activities and booths by Somerville based companies and organizations that promote a healthy lifestyle.  There were exercise demonstrations, healthy snacks, chefs, and more.  The “challenge” part came into play too where any of the Fitness Challenge participants could weigh in and prepare to reach their personal fitness goals over the next seven weeks.  Individuals and teams can earn points for losing weight,  and participating in healthy community events.  Of course I was all about participating in an event like this!

I participated on behalf of Corpbasics Fitness & Training Club, which you guys probably see me refer to most as CBC in the blog.  We were scheduled to perform at 12:30 as part of the day’s fitness demonstrations.

Before we went on, we…

…manned the booth:

…practiced a bit:

…and took a couple different group shots.

Then it was time to showcase our sweet kickboxing moves:

Check out Liz leading the pack!  Go Liz!

For those on Facebook, you can get a little video clip by clicking here.  It’s a bit blurry, but fun.  I would say we were movin’ and groovin’ for about 15 minutes altogether, and did about 5 or 6 “clips” from different routines.

After the demonstration we walked around sampling yummy food.  I love me some free stuff.

Pumped for our free swag!

I do wish there were more people that attended the event.  Didn’t seem like a lot of people were there, but maybe it was just slow during the lunch hour that we were there for?  Hey, either way I had fun!

Before we left, of course we needed to get a group shot of all of us:

I love these girls!!  Gym time is so much more exciting when you have a whole crew of friends/fellow gym rats that love working out just as much as you do.  The social aspect of exercise can be SUCH a powerful motivator.

(Jen, we miss you!)

Twas a great fitness filled day!

Does your town host a fitness challenge?  Ever been to any kind of healthy living fair or festival?  Do you have gym friends that keep you motivated to work out?

Can’t wait for Two a Day Tuesday tonight with a lot of these amazing gals!  😉

Friday. Saturday. Sunday.

Hello!  Feel like I haven’t sat down to blog in quite some time.  How’s everyone’s weekend?


…was another crazy busy day at work.  Quick little poll — what’s worse, being so busy at work you have no time to breathe, or being in a lull where you are really bored and the day drags?  I can’t decide.  A middle ground would be nice!  By the time Friday night came around, I was POOPED and wanted nothing more than another lazy Friday night in on the couch with the boyfriend.

Dinner was inspired by a recipe that caught my eye on For the Love of Cooking last week.  That site called it Gemelli with Chicken, Garlic, Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil, and Asiago, but I’ll just call it “Really Easy & Yummy Rotini.”

Really Easy & Yummy Rotini


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Pepper to taste
  • 7 oz whole wheat rotini pasta, cooked per instructions
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Several fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
  • Asiago cheese, to taste


Tim cooked the chicken on the grill instead of cooking it in the pan like the original recipe called for.  So I guess that’s step 1.  Grill the chicken!


  1. Cook pasta per instructions on box, and drain.
  2. Add the olive oil and minced garlic to same pot you cooked pasta in, cook for 30 seconds while stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat and add the pasta to garlic and olive oil, tossing to coat evenly.
  4. Add chopped up chicken, tomatoes, basil, asiago cheese, then season with pepper to taste.

Apparently we were hungry, because we finished ALL of it!  Enjoyed with some cabernet savignon.

By some I mean we then proceeded to kill the bottle between the two of us while watching The Ides of March on the couch.

George Clooney AND Ryan Gosling in the same movie?  Yes, please.

Wasn’t sure if I would enjoy because politics ain’t really my thang, but I did.  Good movie.


…I was up super early for a day of fitness fun with all my gym ladies.  Liz’s van party bus left the Oak Square Y at 8:30 am, we headed over to CBC and had a nice little Two A Day Saturday sweat sesh with Erin’s Cutz followed by Emily’s Kix.  My calves are on FIRE today from these two classes back to back.  I really liked the Saturday morning atmosphere at CBC though.  Since my weeks are getting so crazy, I need to try to get over there more on the weekends!

After classes, a whole group of us trekked over to Bloc 11 Cafe for lunch.

We were quite the sight, I think 10 of us all sweaty charging down the street for some good eats.  I definitely want to go back to this restaurant again, it was super cute and my lunch was delish.  I ordered “The Terrace” which was turkey, ched­dar, red onion, avo­cado, tomato & romaine on focac­cia with gar­lic mayo.  Except I asked for the sandwich with no mayo and I substituted whole wheat bread instead of the focaccia.  Definitely hit the spot after our workout!

Our next destination after lunch was Somerville High School for the Somerville Mayor’s Fitness Challenge.  Twelve of us represented CBC by helping Kristen out with the Corpbasics table for a bit, and then demonstrating about fifteen minutes of Kix.  Just bits and pieces of a few different routines.  More on the Somerville Mayor’s Fitness Challege coming soon!

All of that happened between 8:00am and 1:30pm — I was home by 2 and spent the afternoon lounging and finally enjoying some me time.  Got some laundry done, caught up on some blog reading, and munched on some sweet potato “fries” that I baked in the oven.  Was definitely craving something sweet and salty, so with a bit of sea salt those made the perfect little afternoon snack.

Saturday Night

…was date night!  Tim and I haven’t had a real going out date night in so long.  We had a BuyWithMe coupon to Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square, so we started our night there.  It felt nice to wear an outfit that wasn’t a work outfit, spandex, or sweatpants.

Anyways, at Tommy Doyle’s we sat at a high table in the upstairs bar area.  We started out with a beer – we each ordered a Harpoon Celtic Ale.

Then moved on to an appetizer – a pesto and avocado dip.

This doesn’t look like anything special (I was skeptical, I mean really?  A plate of bread?) but the dip was delicious and actually went really nicely with the pita.  Tim and I liked that they gave us enough dip that we didn’t run out.  A lot of places can be stingy!!  I also ordered a Magic Hat #9 after I finished my Celtic Ale.  Love those “not quite pale ales.”

My dinner was a salad with grilled chicken, goat cheese, red onion, cranberries, candied walnuts, and a blackberry vinaigrette.

Honestly, it wasn’t anything exciting.  The Tommy Doyle’s menu last night actually didn’t thrill me, they definitely didn’t have as many options on there as they did the last time we went, or even as they advertise online.  But we needed to use our coupon before it expired so it did the trick.  And Tim loves it there for their Irish food — right up his alley.

We decided that after dinner we wanted to venture to a few other places, so we also enjoyed a beer at Grendel’s Den (Rapscallion Honey) and Grafton Street (Cisco Whale’s Tale — not a fan).  Caught a cab home, and went to bed.  We love bar hopping around Harvard Square — so fun!


Today I literally stayed in bed until 11:30.  Lazy morning = much-needed, and it wasn’t even because I was hung over.  I just really needed to catch up on sleep.  I eventually dragged myself out of bed and got ready for Ashley and Aloisha to pick me up.  We headed to the Needham Y and got certified in PUSH.  Loved that we actually did the moves out instead of just sitting there talking about them.  (Yes, we’re all crazy).  So now I have some new killer exercises for everyone – but you’ll all have to wait a week.  I’m off to run a couple of errands and pack for Oklahoma City this week for work.  Gotta catch a plane in the morning, bleh.

Y folks — Ashley will be subbing my Tuesday night, and Rausan will be subbing on Thursday morning this week.

Tell me what you guys did this weekend!  Anything fun?