Valentine’s Day Weekend 2014 {Body Worlds Vital}

Morning! Lots of recapping to do today!

Since Valentine’s Day fell on a Friday this year, our plan was to make a home cooked meal together and lounge with a bottle of wine on Friday night, and then have a day of fun out of the house on Saturday. Nothing wrong with turning Valentine’s DAY into Valentine’s WEEKEND, right?

Tim and I make home cooked meals together all the time, but on Friday we ventured to Whole Foods without a plan (gasp). We plan and prep all our meals on the weekend to help us stay on track during busy weeks, but for Valentine’s Day we just ventured in and made up a menu on the spot. How adventurous of us!

Here’s the menu we decided on:

  • Appetizer: Homemade pita chips with smoked Gouda cheese
  • Salad: Roasted beets and goat cheese over spinach
  • Main dish: Rack of lamb
  • Side dish #1: Roasted red and purple potatoes
  • Side dish #2: Roasted balsamic asparagus with garlic
  • Dessert: Chocolate thumbprint cookies with a cherry filling

Valentine's Day 2014: Love CheeseVday Dinner 2014

By the time we finished our meal, we were too full for dessert. I ended up saving my thumbprint cookies for later in the weekend.

On Saturday, we slept in and went to the gym in the morning. Our intent for the rest of the day was to go to the Body Worlds Vital show downtown, get a couples massage, and then try a new restaurant in Needham for dinner. Only two out of the three ended up actually happening. Womp womp. We waited WAY too long to try to schedule the massage (everything was booked solid), and the snow got in the way of driving 30 minutes to the restaurant in Needham. Despite the weather, we were still able to venture into Faneuil Hall for the Body Worlds Vital exhibit.

Body Worlds Vital

Body Worlds Vital

I was offered two complimentary passes through F&F, and even though I had gone to a Body Worlds show at the Museum of Science years ago, I wanted to check out what this one was about since I’m definitely more interested in the human body now than I was back in college. Here’s a description of it if you aren’t familiar:

“Body Worlds Vital provides a unique and educational experience that gives health nuts and novices alike a detailed look into how the body functions. Featuring authentic human bodies, the exhibition shows the body through cautionary displays about distress and disease, and inspirational insights about the resilience of the human body.”

Seeing all the different bodies was so cool. The exhibit featured different “characters” such as the runner, the dancers, the hockey players, etc. Each body focused on a different anatomical system and provided different cross views. My favorite “body” was the runner with all of its muscles stretched back. It was so interesting to see how all of the muscles actually connect and function.

Body Worlds Vital: Runner

Body Worlds Vital

Aside from the bodies, the show also displayed the different organs of the human body throughout the room. There were examples of healthy organs versus those affected by disease. The difference in look between the two was so interesting, but also so scary!

Body Worlds Vital

Of course, I loved that every single exhibit said that the best ways to prevent disease is with exercise, a healthy diet, and not smoking. 🙂

Body Worlds Vital

It took us about two hours to walk through, but that’s because we took the time to read through every display. Also, more information than what we could read was available to listen to through a little hand-held audio headset.

This was a fun little date to go on for something different in the city! If you want to check it out, Body Worlds Vital will only be in Boston until April 3rd.

After Body Worlds, we realized the snow was coming down pretty hard and that our dinner plans in Needham weren’t going to happen. We decided to just make the most of our time in the city while we were there. We started by going on a little winter walk toward the seaport area. Check out some of the pretty snowy pics I took:

Valentine's Day 2014: Snowy Seaport

Valentine's Day 2014: Snowy Seaport

Valentine's Day 2014: Snowy Seaport

Valentine's Day 2014 - Snowy Seaport

The rest of our night was spent eating, what else? We ate a LOT of food, but over the course of six hours so I think it’s okay. First we got beers and clam chowder at The Sail Loft.

The Sail Loft

Then we headed back toward Faneuil and got more beers and food (Mediterranean flatbread and shrimp tacos) at Anthem Kitchen and Bar. This place did not disappoint! I loved the vibe, and it definitely was not like your “typical” Faneuil Hall establishment.

Anthem Kitchen & Bar

Even though our original plans were different from what ended up happening, we had a good time. And now we’re psyched to get a couples massage and try The Farmhouse another time.

Sunday was definitely a clean the entire apartment kind of morning, followed by another gym sesh. At night, my uncles came over to catch up, and more eating was involved. On this menu: spinach, feta, and roasted red pepper stuffed chicken breasts, salad, Greek green beans, leftover roasted potatoes from Friday, and my thumbprint cookies (for reals). Thank you, Gina, for the recipe inspiration!

Hosting Dinner

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Filling

Phew! After all this, I was thankful to have Monday off to catch up on blogging and exciting things like paying bills, homework, etc.

–Let’s chat–
How was your Valentine’s Day weekend? Did you stay in or go out? Did the snow/weather affect your plans at all? Have you ever seen a Body Worlds exhibit? Would you want to?

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post, but I was provided free passes to the Body Worlds Vital exhibit by The Gold Group As always, all opinions are my own. Body Worlds Vital is located on the 2nd floor of the Quincy Market Building in historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

F&F Friday Favorites {The Valentine Edition}

Good morning, loves! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s another Whole Foods pic of love to send your way:


Tee hee. For some reason, I have SO many past posts that relate to Valentine’s Day. I figured I’d do a little round-up here for you guys if you are interested in any of them.

F&F Valentine’s Posts From the Past

In honor of the holiday, the rest of the links I’m sharing today are all Valentine’s related too. Enjoy!

Friday Favorites




–Let’s chat–
Do you have any Valentine’s recipes or links to share? How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year?

Tim and I aren’t doing much tonight (stay home meal and wine), but tomorrow we are heading into the city to see the Body World Vital exhibit and walk around, then we are trying a new restaurant for dinner at night. If I can find any place that still has any couple massage appointments available, then we may squeeze that in too.

Happy weekend!

Valentine’s Day at the Gym 2014

In honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I declared it Valentine’s week for both of my classes at the Y. As usual, I put together a Valentine’s Day playlist (a mix of pro and anti love songs).

Valentine's Playlist 2014

Tuesday Night

On Tuesday, I tried telling my class that La Bouche was my very first CD ever, and not one person laughed. Am I getting old that none of my class goers have heard of La Bouche? Did NOBODY else own and love Ultimate Dance Party 1997? Ugh.

ANYWAYS, here is the first half of the workout that I put together for my Tuesday night class. I had everyone form a big circle around the room, facing in. Since we had a big group, I had every other person step forward so we actually had two circles (two groups). Here’s where I got REALLY dorky:

Love To Work Out Class


  • Cupid shuffles — just shuffling the feet in the direction stated
  • Heart squat jacks — regular squat jacks, but arms form a heart as you squat (squeezing fists)
  • Lunge and hugs — alternating reverse lunges, but you pretend to hug yourself as you step back (squeezing fists)
  • Heart crossed knee planks — pretty much the same thing as cross knee planks
  • Love handlers — side planks with hip dips
  • Kiss the ground pushups — downward dog pushups
  • Love bugs — triceps dips with alternating toe taps
  • Be mine burpees — the same as regular burpees, with yelling “Burpees, be mine!” optional (ha)
  • Heart crossed sit-ups — regular sit-ups with arms crossed over heart and hands on shoulders

That took about thirty minutes to go through, including the warm-up. If doing part one on your own, it would probably take less time, and doing it twice is definitely an option. For the second half of class, I divided people into groups of four. Two people jump roped for 60 seconds while the other two did medicine ball partner work, then they switched. Instructors, this is a nice way to divide people up if you don’t have enough equipment for everyone.

Here’s the run down of medicine ball partner work:

Medicine Ball Partner Exercises

Finally, we finished with a few group exercises — hot potato in the groups of four, plank to high fives in the group of four, then hooked arm sit-ups in longer lines, and oblique hot potato in longer lines.

Here are some pics I snapped throughout class:

Valentine's Day Two A Day 2014

Valentine's Day Two A Day 2014

Valentine's Day Two A Day 2014

Valentine's Day Two A Day 2014

Valentine's Day Two A Day 2014

Valentine's Day Two A Day 2014

Valentine's Day Two A Day 2014

Valentine's Day Two A Day

Valentine's Day Two A Day

Valentine's Day Two A Day

Look at how many people wore pink and red, even the guys!

Valentine's Day Two A Day 2014

I was excited to wear my “Love Fitness” shirt. Appropriate, right?

Valentine's Day Two A Day 2014

Liz and I brought in strawberries for everyone to take away as a little healthy Valentine’s Day treat. I snapped a pic during her Kickboxing class too:

Valentine's Day Two A Day 2014

I love my gym friends. They are just as dorky as me so much fun!

Valentine's Day Two A Day 2014

Thursday Morning

My 6am class totally got into the Valentine’s spirit this morning too! Tons of pink all around. I used the same playlist and taught a stations workout using different equipment and a lot of new moves:

Sweetheart Stations Workout

Here are some pics from today:

Thursday Vday Class 2014

Thursday Vday Class 2014

Thursday Vday Class 2014

Thursday Vday Class 2014

Thursday Vday Class 2014

Thursday Vday Class 2014

Thursday Vday Class 2014

I love this group. Best way to start the day!

Thursday Vday Class 2014

You might think I go a little overboard, but you know what? Look how many SMILES you see in these pictures. Exercise is fun, people! Even at six in the morning.

–Let’s chat–
Has anyone done any Valentine’s themed workouts this week? What type of fitness do you LOVE the most? Tuesday and Thursday folks, what did you think of classes this week?

Don’t forget to participate in my #heartmyhealth challenge if you aren’t already. There aren’t too many people joining in yet (sadface), but that means if you do take part you have a better chance at winning personal training from me. For those of you who have posted, thank you! I love seeing your healthy pics from the week. 🙂