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Weekend with all the Soreness

My week had a whole bunch of ups and down but I did know one thing. I was so SORE this weekend. I was very thankful for some couch time and some foam rolling.

Saturday

I started the morning with a short run. Jordan’s bike had a flat so I ran at the park instead of the trails. I felt like the heat and humidity made me slower. My quads were still on fire since I had tough workouts this week. So you can imagine my surprise when I finished my two miles and saw that I averaged an 8:44 pace. That’s pretty speedy for me so I was glad I pushed through and kept going!

I learned about a free yoga event held by a local spin and yoga studio. It was a free Power Flow classes outdoors. I figured I would stop by so after my run, I ate a quick breakfast and was on my way!

It was so nice doing yoga outdoors since the sun wasn’t right above us. Of course the sweat was pouring but because it was warm, I was able to stretch and get deeper into some poses. The practice was so good and the teacher even encouraged binds and gave us time to practice. I was so proud of myself because I was able to bind while working keeping my balance! There’s some days where I have my yoga act together, haha!

The event also had a live DJ providing the music and I thought that was pretty neat! I love events like these because it’s a chance to explore the community and meet others in the Houston fitness community.

Much needed snack after yoga!

After yoga, I cleaned up and we were off to do our errands for the day! Like I mentioned before, Jordan’s bike had a flat so we took it back to Bike Barn to get it looked at. While Jordan was with the mechanics, I was looking at all the energy gels. I didn’t take a picture but there were so many flavors! We may have to come back just so I can stock up for my long runs.

I LOVED my salad from Überrito!

We stopped by the mall for a quick lunch and then we were on our way to get a mattress! Our bed was basically a hand me down and we’ve had it for years so it was time for a new one. It was definitely interesting trying to find a bed that firm enough for me and soft enough for him. Luckily we found one and they were able to get us delivery for Sunday! It was actually a pleasant experience. Jordan and I were joking around the whole time and there was a time where the salesman thought Jordan was actually asleep since he was splayed out on a mattress at one point!

Once we were all scheduled for the delivery, Jordan and I drove back home. We attempted to get Snowflake’s nails trimmed but it looks like she is due for her shots so we’d have to get her a vet appointment.

Yes, I know technically that’s not how you make a pizza.

I made a homemade pizza and we watched Fury to end the day. Honestly, I wasn’t a fan of it. The acting is okay but the story was underwhelming. Plus it’s rated R and we just don’t watch too many movies like that.

Sunday
This guy plopped by our car and refused to move.

I woke up so SORE. Yoga was lovely but it opened up another can of soreness. My husband was wide awake and ready for a walk in the park. I, however, was moving at the speed of molasses. We got there however and I walked!

Goose update! We believe she’s still nesting but her little head was hidden and we didn’t want to disturb her. The other goose won’t leave the area and peck at anyone who gets too close. I hope people leave her alone and she’s able to keep her baby warm.

Chocolate iced is my favorite kind of donut!

We had donuts for breakfast and headed home since we had to wait for our bed to be delivered. Unfortunately, the only time they had available meant we had to miss church but we stayed positive.

I got started on meal prep and laundry early since we were stuck waiting and we had everything done by 3pm! Once our bed arrived, we had Panera delivered and relaxed for a bit. We finally got off our butts and cleaned up a bit before we took our first nap on our bed. We both fell asleep within seconds and I could hardly wake Jordan up. It’s safe to say we got the right bed!

Overall, it was a lovely weekend and we did everything we needed to do! I’m excited for the week ahead since I’ll be seeing friends I haven’t seen in a while.

How was your weekend? Have you seen Fury? If so, what did you think of it?

Must Have Fitness Favorites!

It’s been a while since I shared a few of my favorites products so I figured I would highlight a few of my fitness favorites! I know not everyone is up for having a big gym membership and it can be pretty intimidating attending classes in boutique studios. That being said, there’s no excuse for not working up a sweat at home!

Must Have Fitness Favorites!

With many free videos on YouTube and all kinds of workouts on Pinterest, it’s easy to find something to do to get your heart pumping and the sweat pouring. Here’s a few things I believe can help you get on your way to a good exercise routine.

*All of these pictures are clickable links and take you to the appropriate Amazon page. I do get a small percentage if you do decide to purchase these items*

Fitness Favorite #1: Ab Roller

This guy is cheap and will have your abs burning in seconds! You can work every inch of your abdominal by rolling this straight ahead or at an angle. Remembering to keep your hips low and your back straight will help you power through this exercise. The great thing about this is that it’s small and portable so you can take this anywhere!

Fitness Favorite #2: Exercise Ball

Having an exercise ball really helps take your workouts to another level! Doing normal sit ups and crunches on the ground is fine but to really work your stabilizer muscles, I would recommend giving them a try on the exercise ball. Once you’re feeling confident with sit ups, you can try doing push ups with your feet on the ball!

Fitness Favorite #3: Small Weights

Having a small set of weights at home is all around a good idea. You can get in a quick arm circuit if you have ten minutes. I even do a small workout while sitting on the couch with my small dumbbells. Don’t discount these weights just because they are small. You can get a good burn even with small weights at high repetitions. If you’re up for a challenge, you can use your weights along with your exercise ball.

Fitness Favorite #4: Resistance Bands
Picture from Sweat With Bec website.
Picture from Sweat With Bec website.

I don’t get any commission from this one but these are absolutely amazing. Resistance or “booty bands” are great because they come in all levels of resistances and the workouts are endless! I was given these for Christmas and I love incorporating these into my daily routine. You’ll receive three workout cards with this set and there’s plenty of videos online. If you buy only one thing on this list, I would buy these!

Fitness Favorite #5: Foam Roller

It looks painful but trust me, everyone needs a foam roller! I prefer the foam rollers with the trigger point bits so you really get into those sore muscles. Once you first starting getting active, you may be sore for a few days. Foam rolling will help get rid of that soreness quicker. Even after a long day of sitting at my desk, the foam roller feels amazing. Once you find that “hurts so good” sensation, you’ll know what I mean!

What are some of your favorite fitness must haves?

The Weekend With Friends!

Oh what a weekend it was! The week went by sort of quickly since I had Tuesday off for the holiday. I was definitely confused every day though!

Saturday

My pre-gym coffee was definitely needed Saturday morning!
I hit up the gym for an extra workout this week since they were having an event called Muscles and Mimosas! My friend Alyssa was coming to try out my F3 Crosstraining for the first time and I was very excited. We met through Tone It Up so our love language is basically working out together!

This past week has been Active Recovery Week at the gym so I was glad Alyssa was visiting when the workout wasn’t too intense. I wanted her to come back! 

The Muscles and Mimosas Crew!
All smiles with Alyssa!

It was definitely nice to relax and chat after our workout. Alyssa also got to learn one of the fundamental lifts so it was really neat seeing her learn.

I’m definitely the mom of the group and I will be there to cheer you on during everything. If you ever need some cheering up, I’m your girl, haha!

Once I got home, I whipped up a thin crust pizza and Jordan and I devoured it while watching Night at the Museum. We recently cleaned our entertainment system and reorganized our movies so Jordan wants to re-watch a bunch of movies. 

After movies, we played board games. We kept hearing thunder and didn’t know if we would get caught in the rain so we just stayed inside. It was kind of nice to just relax and have one on one time with no technology.

Even though it can be a lot of work, I like to cook when I’m home. I felt pretty guilty last weekend when every meal was delivery or take out of some sort. I kind of cheated and bought the meat precooked but Jordan was obsessed with the pulled pork sliders I put together. It was easy and delicious!

Sunday

We woke up early enough for a nice walk at the park! So there’s a big pond at the park with so many ducks. However, there’s only four geese in the entire park. This week, we noticed that one goose is hidden behind a tree and hasn’t moved. On Sunday, it was still there! The other geese are always near by and get defensive when people walk too close. I think the geese is sitting on some eggs! We visit the park multiple times a week so we will keep an eye on her!

Picture this, I’m fully dressed and ready for church and I call the dog inside to be put up. She stays locked in the bedroom when we are not home. I called her from the back door and she would not come in. She looked at me and bolted. I wasn’t in the mood but I took off outside after her to try to corral her inside. However, instead of her usual run around once and then run inside, I see her running toward the corner of our yard over and over again.

I notice there’s birds dive bombing us too. Finally, I stopped chasing Snowflake and I walked toward the birds. A baby bird had fallen out of its nest! It had feathers and looked okay so Jordan and I opted to leave it alone. We finally caught Snowflake and ushered her inside. By the time we got back home from church, the family was gone so the little fly grew away!

I had to include this because I thought it was funny. My mom used to carry a big purse and she would have stash everything in it. She would sneak water bottles in places by shoving them in her purse. On Sunday I realised that I’m slowly becoming my mother because I did just that by shoving my drink in my purse to take it to church. Jordan gave me the side eye but I pretended not to see, haha!

After church, Jordan and I decided to go to the Heights for lunch. We ate at Tacos A Go Go and then took a short walk to Juiceland. I’ve been taking Jordan to a few of my favorite juice and smoothie places around town and this has become one of his favorites! I tried a Wheatgrass shot and followed it up with a juice called the Ninja Bachelor Party. It was a bunch of green so I felt that it made up for my indulgence. That’s how it works, right? 

The rest of the day was spent doing the usual Sunday chores of laundry, dishes, and meal prep. I’m ready for a full week ahead!

How was your weekend?

Cryotherapy with The Athletic Room!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to finally try out cryotherapy.  I found The Athletic Room through a friend. Before that, I had been interested in cryotherapy but the selling point for me was the fact that they offered compression therapy as well. As soon as I learned about this, I booked an appointment for my husband and me!

Cryotherapy The Athletic RoomYou’ve probably seen football players and athletes standing in these super cold chambers. That’s basically what cryotherapy is. You’ll spend 2-3 minutes in a chamber that is cooled with nitrogen vapor. It’s completely safe and pain free. There’s different levels that they can set the machines to so they get as cold as you can stand.

During Cryotherapy, nitrogen vapor passes over your skin stimulating the cold sensors and prompting survival mode in your body. This response moves blood and other resources to your core organs. There blood is enriched with oxygen, collagen, erythrocytes and other nutrients. Once you exit the cryo chamber, the refreshed, nutrient-rich blood moves throughout your body, back into the skin, muscles and soft tissue. Other chemical responses, like the release of endorphins and adrenalin, create bursts of energy that can last for hours.

Athletes tend to favor cryotherapy because it promotes blood circulation and speeds up recovery. It’s interesting to note that the week before our session I had harder workouts and was pretty sore. Shortly after my session in the chamber, my soreness was reduced and the mobility in my arm (which I could hardly move beforehand) was DRASTICALLY improved. The best part of it is, you are literally in and out in about five minutes!

cryotherapy The Athletic RoomThe Athletic Room is set up as an open environment where you can walk in and get compression therapy, a stretch-mobility session, or cryotherapy. One thing to note is that you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from all this. We put our bodies through a lot of stress daily but I’m inclined to believe that sitting at a desk for the majority of the day leaves you feeling tight and sore. The Athletic Room recognizes this and welcomes people with all backgrounds. They work with you and try to find out which therapy will benefit you the most!

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Enjoying our compression therapy before cryo!

When Jordan and I arrived, we had a quick tour of the area and we were promptly seated in the lounge to receive our compression therapy. The NormaTec sleeves are very popular with professional runners and athletes alike. It basically delivers a pulsating air massage up and down your legs. Our session lasted for 20 minutes and it was great! By the time our session was up, my legs already felt less sore.

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The Cryotherapy chamber!

After compression, we were shown the Cryotheraphy chamber! Since we were the first ones to receive cryotherapy for the day, they had to prime the chamber for us. Jordan was the most nervous about it so the tech, Shane, explained that the first session of the day usually wasn’t as cold so Jordan should probably go first.

Cryotherapy The Athletic RoomWe were given some quick tips and we scurried into the changing rooms. There’s no metal allowed in the chamber so no jewelry and we basically stripped down to our underwear. They give you gloves and socks to protect them from the cold.

Cryotherapy The Athletic RoomOnce we changed, we went to the chamber in our robes and Jordan was the first to go! Shane made sure the chamber was at the right temperature (I believe he was around -30 degrees) and then opened the door for Jordan to get in. They place a cover on the top of the chamber so only your head is out the top. This is so all the nitrogen vapor stays in and you stay cold.

Cryotherapy The Athletic RoomJordan didn’t know what to expect but he really loved it! His three minutes went by pretty quickly and he was actually sad it was over. Of course, if you want to get out because it’s too cold, they can hit the button to stop the vapor from coming in and let you out. However, Jordan and I were both intent on finishing the three minutes. Once Jordan was out, the temperature kept dropping in the chamber. I was pretty nervous since I get pretty chilly in 60 degree weather and this stuff was COLD.

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I was freezing. This is the best smile I could muster during my turn!

As soon as I was inside and my robe was off, I started shivering. Because Jordan was in the chamber previously, it was already cold and it was only getting colder. The temperature was about negative 40 and I was definitely shivering. I focused really hard on the music that was playing and moving around so I didn’t freeze too much. Once my three minutes were done, I got my robe on as fast as possible and ran out of there!

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All smiles afterwards!

While it was pretty chilly, I do see why people like it so much. Like I mentioned before, most of my soreness was gone soon after. I believe it truly sped up my recovery and I really enjoyed it! Jordan already wants to go back. We felt amazing for the rest of the day and full of energy!

The Athletic Room is a great place for a hardcore athlete or a weekend warrior in the Houston area. They help you recover faster with many different therapies and can help you device a plan to help you achieve your goals. With easy online scheduling and drop in appointments, they take the hassle out of recovery. Their staff is very knowledgeable and will guide you through the process. I would recommend The Athletic Room to everyone!

Have you ever done cryotheraphy before?

What If You Don’t Want To Workout?

This week has been weird for me. The rainy weather has been ruining my plans and with my father-in-law in the hospital, I’ve been a big ball of blah. In situations like this, I like to surround myself with people and activities that make me happy and keep my anxiety levels at bay. Lately, this has been easier said than done.

Monday morning was supposed to be an easy run around the neighborhood. No time or distance limit, just listen to my music and run. Normally, running makes me feel so dang happy and my heart is practically bursting with joy. But Monday? Running was the last thing I wanted to do. Since I was already wide awake (and I had to wash my hair anyways), I opted to stretch and do yoga. I even challenged myself to close my eyes during the whole video and just take vocal cues.

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Movie Weekend and June Goals!

I can’t believe it’s already June! The humidity has hit Houston at full speed so I guess I should get used to frizzy hair and practice my ponytails again.

This weekend was a low key type of weekend. I had a list of things I wanted to get done this weekend but other than that, we just relaxed. Since the past few days we’ve been plagued with storms here in Houston, Jordan and I opted to pick up some movies at RedBox! There were so many movies we needed to catch up on we picked up a few and sprinkled them throughout our weekend. Continue reading Movie Weekend and June Goals!

My Favorite Meditation App!

With everything we have going on nowadays and a billion commitments to tend to, how do you find time to relax? If you’re anything like most people, your time to relax usually involves some form of technology: scrolling through Facebook or Instagram or mindlessly watching TV. While I do believe these can be a way to unwind, I found meditation takes it to another level.  Continue reading My Favorite Meditation App!