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Weekend Recap

Hi friends, another weekend come and gone and suddenly we’re in March. Unfortunately I’ve woken up to what looks like and epic blizzard outside. Gross. Please be spring soon! Before I kick off the weekend recap, here’s the winner from the typecast&co giveaway!

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Friday
Friday night Liam and I enjoyed some play time together before his dad picked him up. My night consisted of catching up on blog work and hitting the sack early. I know, I’m crazy.

Saturday
I was up bright and early to go for a float. I really thought early morning floats would help me relax into the float faster since I basically just roll out of bed and into the float tank, but not so much. It was still an enjoyable float and I came out feeling super refreshed and ready for the day. I will post about my recent float experiences in the next week or so. After my float, I stuck around to enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation with Lance, one of the owners. It felt so good to start the day off so chill.

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I kept the chill vibes going into a yoga and journaling workshop at The Breathing Room. When I saw this workshop pop up, I thought it would be great considering I love yoga and I love to write, but I’ve never thought to marry the two. I really enjoyed the restorative practice followed by the self reflection that came out of my journal afterwards. Amie, who was also at the workshop, and I headed downtown for some eats afterwards.

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I spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning and grocery shopping before diving into The Mindy Project on Netflix. 10 minutes into the first episode and I already love this show. If you need me, I’ll be binge watching this show for the next few weeks.

Sunday
I was up bright and early again to meet a friend for a run. I was an icicle afterwards, but made me feel no guilt about the giant mug of coffee I drank in the bubble bath. I followed that up with breakfast and more of The Mindy Project while doing some blog work before Liam came home in the afternoon.

Liam was pretty sleepy but didn’t want to go for another nap when he got home, so we cuddled on the couch to watch cartoons before meeting up with friends at the pool. Unfortunately the pool was at capacity and they wouldn’t be letting people in for another hour, so we decided to drive to the big play centre in a neighbouring town. Despite being disappointed about not being able to swim, the boys had a super fun time running around together. It took much convincing to get them to leave so we could go home for dinner and bed time. Liam was zonked as soon as his head hit the bed. It’s so great to see him connect so well with a little buddy. They are the silliest boys and I can only imagine the trouble they will get into together as they grow up.

What was the highlight of your weekend? 

 Was it busy or chill? 

 

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SundayRunday #21

Happy Sunday folks! Can you believe it’s MARCH?! I’m so excited that it will (hopefully) soon be spring which means my first race is only weeks away. Time to get my butt in gear!

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After my last SundayRunday post, my Twitter friend Mary asked if she could join me for a Sunday run. I’m always happy to run with friends so of course I was game. It wasn’t until this weekend that we were both in the city and able to meet up so we made it happen.

When my alarm went off, I immediately looked at the weather and texted Mary to see if she was still willing to do this. She wanted to give it a shot because she would “hate to waste a good early morning rise”. Morning people, I just don’t get them. So I bundled up in as many layers as possible and hoped that I would be warm enough.

We agreed on 4k and took a few walk breaks. It was chilly, but we made it and I’m so glad that she pushed me out the door this morning. Mary was a rockstar and I definitely was kicking my butt (she’ll deny it). I’m excited to get out with her again, hopefully in warmer weather.

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From Gina, a fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador:
8 very cold very hilly Minnesota miles at -2 degrees.  Heart and Sole virtual race 10K by FlexitPink.   I wanted more punishing wind so I ran an extra 2 miles! Ha!

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From Kaella:

Ran the PHOENIX Half Marathon today followed by a 5 mile virtual race with some of my awesome runny buddies!!

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Thanks for joining up today Mary, Gina and Kaella! I’m looking forward to many more Sunday Rundays to come as the weather (hopefully) gradually turns into spring.

As always, if you want to join next time, send pics and details of your Sunday run to becky at thebexfactor dot com before 7pm MST OR grab the banner and create your own Sunday Runday post. 

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Fitness Friday: Piyo Review

Oh hi there folks. I’m sure by now no one is going to read this because it’s now Friday night and ya’ll have better things to do than read my fitness ramblings. The crazy week has continued and my blogging took the backseat. Last night I had a social event with my coworkers which kept me out too late! Of course I have another busy weekend on the books, but I’m hoping to get everything done early enough that I can just enjoy Sunday with Liam when he comes home.

So I’ve now finished the entire Piyo program and wanted to share my thoughts on it before recapping my lack of fitness for the week.

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First of all, big shout out to Alison, who sent me her personal copy of Piyo after hearing me talk about how much I wanted to try it for months. Again, thank you SO much. If anyone is interested in trying out any Beachbody programs, definitely get ahold of Alison and she can hook you up.

This was the second Beachbody program that I’ve tried and was first interested because of the yoga influence to it. My inner struggle is between wanting to focus on yoga but looking for just a little more to help me lose sound pounds and get back to being lean. I’m just not into the HIIT style workouts at home, and can’t motivate myself to do all of that jumping around to get an effective workout. That’s why Focus T-25 was not my jam. That’s ok. Not every program is right for everyone. I also liked that this program didn’t require the use of any equipment.

Let me tell you, yoga poses and body weight movements are no joke. I think it’s definitely possible to build strength and tone up on a program like this. There are 8 workouts total:

  • Lower Body
  • Upper Body
  • Sweat
  • Core
  • Buns
  • Strength Intervals
  • Drench
  • Sculpt

All of the workouts range from around 20-45 minutes which are just about perfect for my early mornings. I did have to rearrange the schedule a little bit when the Drench workout came in because it was just too long.

After 60 days it started to get monotonous, doing the same movements throughout the different workouts and I was definitely ready for a change by the end of the program. I can’t say that I saw any physical results but I know that is due to inconsistency with sticking to the program. Life gets in the way sometimes, with late nights, colds, or whatever and I try not to beat myself up too much when I miss a workout. I think that this would be a great program who’s looking for something with less impact, just starting out or even looking to switch up their regular workouts for a bit of a change. I will definitely do another round of Piyo in the future and hopefully will be able to stay more consistent and see some bigger results from it. Did I mention that Chalene Johnson is just a peach? I enjoyed her leading the program and would definitely do more workouts led by her.

What’s next?

Like I said earlier, I always struggle with wanting to deepen my yoga practice but fearing it wouldn’t be enough to help me lose weight and get stronger. After an abundance of yoga in the past few weeks, I realized that it’s totally enough to help me reach all of my goals so I will be adding in some yoga programs to my morning workouts again. I do have my eye on the Beachbody 21 day Fix (at least for the meal planning aspect) and also Les Mills Pump after reading about Lindsey’s experience with it.

This week’s fitness: 

Monday
Off – Battling a nasty cold and chose to get some extra rest

Tuesday
Kettlebells - I’m so thankful my cold was dissipating because this was a tough one. 
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I also did some more headstand work, because I’m an inversion junkie. headstanding

Wednesday – off

Thursday - off

Friday
Core Workout via Fitaborate (more on this another day)

Warming Noon Hatha via Breathing Room 

Tomorrow I am off to another float at The Float Shack, followed by another yoga workshop and the return of Sunday Runday on Sunday morning! If you’d like to join in, grab the banner for your Sunday post or be featured on my post by sending the details of your run and a photo to becky at thebexfactor dot com before 7pm MST.

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