I hope you can make it! It’s supposed to be a warm, sunny day – perfect for some yoga in the park.
I’m so grateful for my friends! They showed up at my apartment on short notice and helped me drag all of my furniture downstairs. The entire ordeal took less than an hour, instead of all day. Plus, I was able to give them some of my things to thank them
Fri – Nothing that I can remember?
Sat – Moved furniture from my 3rd floor apartment to the curb (full body training!) + a 4 mile walk/run when I locked myself out and had to retrieve a spare set of apartment keys from my office. My sanity and patience were also stretched quite a bit.
Sun – My first barre class (more about this later).
Mon – Nothing.
1) Snacks! Board games with some friends always means delicious snacks. I wish I had gotten a better photo, but my friend Kevey made a really awesome rhubarb chutney and was generous enough to share the recipe on his blog. It was so good! A little tangy, but also sweet. It was great with super fresh tortilla chips. (I brought the cookies and popcorn, ha. Not quite as crafty in the kitchen.)
We played a really fun game based on building railways throughout Norway, Sweden, and Finland.
2) Pancakes! Still this recipe, as always.
3) Okay, I realize this looks totally boring, but fresh pineapple + coffee is one of my favorite breakfasts. We ate it constantly in Costa Rica and the hot bitter coffee with the cold, sweet pineapple…it’s amazing.
Okay, so my friend Charlotte loves barre classes. She talked about how it really works different muscle groups, especially in your lower body. I found a Pure Barre studio near my house that offers the first class for free (FREE STUFF) and, despite having no idea what to expect, I was super excited to try it out.
Omg, you guys.
- It started with a warmup and upperbody exercises that were kinda weenie, like bicep curls with 2 pound weights.
- Core workout on the floor that FINISHED with planks, oh my god.
- To the barre for a bunch of quad, hamstring, and glute exercises (like in this video). My legs were shaking so violently, I almost felt like they were completely disconnected from my body. It was so surreal.
- Back to the floor for more core work.
If you have never done a barre class, I would say that it’s kind of like a mashup of Pilates’ focus on posture and core strength with Bodypump muscle fatigue. It is NOT like how the pictures online make it seem, with a buncha lithe bitches just standing around.
What I really loved about it, though, is that it was mostly bodyweight based. Manipulating postures and making us rise onto the balls of our feet enabled our instructor to really kick my ass.
Who’s coming to the meetup? No barre class, I promise!