How I Plan to Lose the Baby Weight

Class Pass Baltimore

When my favorite barre instructor left my gym last year, I admit that it was harder for me to get the motivation to exercise at a gym/studio. (Not to mention that I was pregnant and getting bigger by the day.) I ended up terminating my membership and haven’t been inside a gym since.

Now that JG’s arrived and a new year has begun, I’m ready to get back to my beloved group fitness classes and lose the last bit of baby weight. But with so many awesome boutique fitness studios, I didn’t know where I wanted to start. I was dragging my feet and feeling very conflicted until I received an email from ClassPass asking me if I wanted to try it. No joke, I jumped up and down with joy.

ClassPass is a monthly membership to the best boutique fitness classes in your city. There are thousands of classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more. With ClassPass, I won’t have to pick just one studio; I can test a few and find which ones I like best. Awesome, right?!

For $79 – $99 a month (price varies by city), ClassPass members get unlimited classes to studios in the ClassPass network. While members can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can visit the same studio up to 3 times per monthly membership cycle. For more information on the program, check out the ClassPass FAQs.

In the Baltimore/Annapolis area and want in the fun? Click here to skip the waitlist and sign up today. Let me know what classes you’re attending; I’d love to join you!

Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links. I was offered a one-month ClassPass membership to review at no cost. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Pop Physique

If you’ve been reading for a while, you’re well aware that barre is one of my all-time favorite group fitness classes. Being a former dancer, the moves came naturally to me and I reconnected with my inner child. All this without the pain of pointe shoes?! I’m so there.

So when I got the opportunity to attend a free class at Pop Physique Baltimore last week, I jumped at the chance.

pop physique logo

Let me tell you, they don’t call it ‘butt school’ for nothing. Although I’ve been taking barre classes at my gym on a regular basis, this was a bit more intense. This fast-paced, high repetition workout uses small movements to isolate various parts of the body to give you a total body workout within an hour. (Learn more details about the workout here.) Shaky legs are encouraged and the grippy socks are mandatory for a reason. The instructors were knowledgable, encouraging, and succinct – they aren’t there to mess around, they’re there to help you get the most of your workout. However, don’t get the impression that they are extremely disciplined or mean, in fact, just the opposite. They were more than excited to help me modify moves for my pregnancy, but also made sure that my form was on point (no pun intended).

belly at the barre

belly at the barre

While I don’t know if I’ll be back before the end of my pregnancy, the Baltimore shop does have a New Mom’s special so I’m hoping to see the team there in the new year.

TIU group at Pop Physique

Special thanks to Pop Physique Baltimore for opening their doors to the Baltimore Tone It Up crew! I paid a small fee to attend the class, and all thoughts and opinions on the experience are my own.

Spin, Sweat, Sip

I’ve chronicled my journey with running while pregnant, but what about other exercise? I’ve been trying to make the barre class at my local gym on a regular basis, but since I have more time in the summer, I wanted to take the opportunity to test out some of the newer exercise options here in Baltimore.

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I heard about REV Cycle Studio when they opened, but was a little nervous about attending a class. I haven’t been to cycle in ages, much less with a growing belly. But when I got the invite to #SpinSweatSip, I knew I had to go.

REV studio

The evening began with a preview of REV60Blast, described on the studios website as follows:

“Push through your fitness threshold with our intense, signature 60-minute cycling class. Get inspired by one of REV’s certified indoor cycle instructors, who are trained to help you crush your fitness walls over flats, climbs, and valleys. All fitness levels are welcome.”

Our instructor for the evening was Jami, who led about 20 of us ‘social media influencers’ through 45 minutes of spin combined with strength. It was a great balance and each portion was easily modifiable to fit one’s fitness level. Her music choice was on point, and her teaching style left you invigorated and ready to conquer anything.

SpinSweatSip

Once we finished our workout (which certainly lived up to the promise of making us sweat), we were treated to wine and appetizers from The Wine Market, a local restaurant.

SSS food

All in all, I LOVED this event. Often, a group fitness class can be scary the first time. This way, I was allowed to meet other like-minded people and chat/commiserate about our experience. I also got the chance to speak to REV staff and learn about other classes and specials they currently offer.

SSS group

Special shout outs again to REV for hosting and The Wine Market for feeding us. Can’t wait to return and try out some other classes!

Kickoff to Summer

Remember how I was hoping to get my blogging mojo back? Well, I was all set to wake up yesterday and pump out a post for y’all but I woke up at 4a with a stomach bug. Writing a post while laying in bed with a mild fever was not a task I was able to complete.

But have no fear… today I’m back in action. I had a good day at work, rocked barre class this evening, and got to sneak a peek back at my pictures from the weekend. Oh, how glorious it was.

Friday evening, we hung out with our neighbors for our bi-monthly game night. Nothing impressive.

Saturday we ran some errands and held an impromptu cookout. About 15 people showed up throughout the course of the evening and we all had a blast sitting on the deck, eating way too much food, and telling embarrassing stories. (Not about each other, of course.)

Sunday was family day. We packed a picnic lunch (made mainly of leftovers from the night prior) and headed to our favorite park. We allowed Watson to frolic in his favorite stream and we got to walk through the woods and enjoy the sunshine. Double win!

family pic 5-14

Another double win? Ice cream. There’s a small ice cream shop within walking distance of our house so the only logical thing to do on a nice evening is to take the dog there and get him a puppy kid’s cone. Good thing he knew better than to mess with my food after he finished his cone. It would not have ended well.

We spent the remainder of Sunday evening relaxing outside with another group of friends. All in all, a perfect kickoff to summer!

What signifies the beginning of summer to you? For me, it’s the onset of Baltimore humidity…and when I feel comfortable wearing shorts outside.

Resting Up But Feeling Down

So, Spring Break got the best of me. While I’ve been working shorter hours, we’ve also been completing some projects around the house, enjoying some extra time as a family, and allowing ourselves the opportunity to relax a little bit.

Additionally, I’ve got a little over a week left in my half marathon training (EEK!) and can feel the excitement of the challenge building in my mind as I continue my two-week taper. My 11-mile run last Sunday was less than ideal and my left hamstring felt uncomfortable on my 5-mile run yesterday, so depending on both my physical and mental state, I may need to adjust my goals for the race. It stinks because as recently as three weeks ago, I was confident I had my ‘A’ goal within reach (and it still very well may be). Yet, between my foot issue (which seems to have resolved itself), this tight/possibly torn hamstring, and a mind that’s a bit defeated thinking that I didn’t finish my 13.1 mile ‘test run’, I need to remind myself that a ‘C’ goal is still a goal and I shouldn’t be disappointed if that’s the one I attain. A lot of people have told me that if I can run 11, I can run 13.1 but I would feel more confident had I done it (and done it well) prior to race day. The JA keeps telling me that just finishing is an accomplishment and that should be my first goal, with time and performance as secondary goals. I am reminding myself that any time is a PR. A big confidence boost before next weekend would be great but even if it doesn’t happen, I know I’ve trained well and can (and WILL) cross that finish line.

But enough about that. It’s Friday, so let’s end the week with a photo recap of the past two days!

For our co-workers birthday, my ‘work husband’ and I made a trip to Fells Point to pick up some treats. We couldn’t resist getting a scoop full of gelato for ourselves to brighten up an otherwise dreary day.

pitango

These bad boys arrived at my doorstep this week. I’ve already tried two flavors and have a few more to go. A full review will be coming soon so stay tuned!

vega bars

Flavored sparkling water has been my jam recently. On days it’s difficult for me to chug my regular tap water, I mix things up with some flavor and sparkle. I mean, why not?

sparkling water

And we obviously couldn’t end this post without a picture of Watson. The other night, he entered our room and plopped himself down near the side of my bed and didn’t move until I was settled. Too cute.

guard dog

How do you relax before a big event? Ever adjust your goals and then completely surprise yourself in achieving them?

Productivity, Porch Sittin’, and Another PR

This weekend was gorgeous. Finally, it’s feeling like spring! My hope is that it remains spring-like for another month or so before the humidity kicks in and Baltimore goes from breezy & cool to hot & sticky.

We took full advantage of the weather by racing, relaxing on the porch and sprucing up our yard. Friday started with some “just because” flowers, and ended with seafood pasta and we had a candlelit dinner on the deck. Both the food and the dining conditions were divine. I forgot how nice it is to eat outdoors!

just because flowers

candelit dinner

Saturday morning, we were up fairly early for the Sole of the City 10K. Put on by Charm City Run, the race winds through the streets of Baltimore. This year, the race benefitted the Erika Brannock Fund, a local woman injured at the Boston Marathon last year. Again, the day was perfect – starting a little chilly and warming up throughout the morning. As the JA and I entered the race area, we saw our friend Renee, whose mission was to take some photos along the race course. She succeeded, capturing these gems.

sole city 2014 1

sole city 2014 2

I felt really good during the race. At packet pickup, I purchased a plantar fasciitis sleeve for my foot and liked how it gave my arch the support it needed. The course itself was nice, but challenging. I taught barre on Thursday night and my quads were tight as a result. I did a ton of stretching prior to the race, but was still a little uneasy. The last thing I wanted was to come out of this race in worse shape than I went in. I ran the race without headphones and me legs were not happy that last portion seemed on a constant incline.

However, they could have been unhappy that I was testing them so. I know I said I wanted to take things easy, but I knew I could beat my previous time (58.52). I’m happy to report that I blew it out of the water – 58.11.9! My foot did start to twinge a bit post-race, but once I got out of my shoes and into flip flops, it was much happier. I haven’t had any additional problems since, so fingers crossed it holds up for 13.1 in a few weeks!

We spent the rest of the afternoon doing some spring cleaning and doing more porch sitting. We invited our neighbors over for cocktails and spent another day outdoors. Sunday I had to work an event and left the JA to tackle our backyard. The winter was brutal on our grass and we’re currently looking to remedy that situation. We’ve now got a patchwork puppy and a patchwork backyard! Let’s hope it fills in soon!

so.much. seed.

so.much. seed.

How was your weekend? Spend any time outdoors?

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Three Things Thursday

First, I’d like to thank all of you who provided comments, insight, and support as a result of yesterday’s post. It’s truly overwhelming to feel the concern, well wishes, and encouragement as I continue on with this journey. You all (and a good night’s sleep) have me in a much more positive mood today.

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Second, I wanted to provide a Watson update. I’m happy to report that he isn’t totally turned off by our vet and is doing well after receiving back-to-back heartworm shots last week. (For his full story, click here.) In fact, we think he’s doing too well. Keeping him on exercise restriction until June is going to be painful for all of us.

Help me to understand why we are not out taking a walk right now.

Help me to understand why we are not out taking a walk right now.

Third, let’s talk about racing (because it’s practically consuming my mind right now, anyway). I know I should take it easy on my foot, but I’ve got a 10K planned for this weekend. Here’s the plan: instead of doing 5mi + strength today, I’m skipping the run and sticking with Barre. I can’t exactly bail on that too, since I’m teaching. However, I do see a lot of foam rolling and stretching before Saturday. Goal: test the foot in a race environment without coming out more injured than I am going into it.

Here's hoping for more shorts weather this weekend!

Here’s hoping for more shorts weather this weekend!

Your turn! What are three random things on your mind today?