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My Experience With The Peloton Bike

It’s been a little over a week since I’ve received my Peloton bike. I have to say that I love it! It’s been absolutely a time saver for me to have access to a great workout in my home. Here’s a bit of a breakdown of the bike, the system, and my experience with it.

Peloton

When I first got into group fitness, I would attend a spin class multiple times a week. However my running goals changed so my workouts did too. I reduced the amount of spin classes I attended in favor of hitting the weights. I live in the suburbs so the closest studio is about thirty minutes away from me. With rush hour traffic and the limited class schedule, it’s usually something I have to plan in advance. While I enjoy hitting up a class occasionally with a friend, it was something I didn’t necessary prioritize.

Peloton
Seen here, the bike can be set up virtually anywhere in your home.

That’s where the Peloton bike comes in! I had actually researched this bike a couple of years ago. The ability to take a spin class in your home whenever you had time sounds like a GREAT idea for me. I know that most days I would rather go home than head to the gym but having this at home gets rid of any excuse! Jordan and I recently received raises and since we paid off some debts, we could now afford it.

Peloton Bike
The Peloton showroom in the Houston Galleria!

Jordan and I visited the Peloton showroom a few weeks ago to get a better look. Jordan wanted to make sure the bike was durable and that it would be something I liked. The sales staff showed me all the pieces and even offered to let me take a class to give it a try! I passed on the class but I knew I was ready to take the leap.

The delivery and installation was simple and with a few updates, I was ready for my first class. With the Peloton bike, you have the ability to stream thousands of classes or jump into a live class in the NYC studio. The instructors are very high energy and I loved that they pay attention to those taking the live class at home. On my first live class, one of my favorite instructors even gave me a personal shout out. Peloton does everything they can to make the home riders feel engaged.

Immediately, I was hooked. Even on easier/recovery days I have the option to take a low intensity class to flush out my legs. I can take a quick class while dinner is in the oven and be done just in time for Jordan to get home from work. I don’t have to deal with traffic and I don’t have to worry about cancellation fees. If I wake up and feel miserable (I did Saturday) I can skip the workout and opt for one of their stretching or yoga routines available on their platform.

If you follow me on Instagram, you can see that I use my bike a lot. I’m not training for a particular race yet but I do think that this will be very beneficial in my training. The Peloton bike is ideal if you want to round out your home gym or if you just need some extra motivation to get moving!

Do you have a stationary bike at home? Have you ever tried the Peloton bike? 

Why I Quit BBG

In the sake of being completely honest, I am sharing with you today why I decided to quit BBG seven weeks into the program. Honestly, it was a mutual breakup and I can’t do anything but sing praises to the program.

Why I Quit BBG

If you don’t know, BBG is the Bikini Body Guide (now known as Sweat With Kayla) created by Kayla Itsines. She’s an Australian personal trainer that created two twelve week programs that whip you into shape. Each week is usually three strength workouts followed by LISS, which is low intensity steady state workout. This can be anything from walking, a short run, or cycling.

BBG started as one E-Book and has grown into a huge following on Instagram. Kayla has since created more workout programs and has released an app in conjunction with the programs. I have seen the results first hand and these workouts will definitely whip you into shape. I’ve met so many girls who completed the twelve week program and have grown so much stronger.

So why am I quitting BBG? Currently, it just doesn’t fit into my routine anymore. This program is meant for you to give 100%. It’s actually pretty intense and there’s a joke within the community that after a workout you’ll experience “death by Kayla”. In less than an hour, you will be drench in sweat and your arms or legs will be jello. Of course, stretching and foam rolling will cure this but by the time you’ve recovered, you’re working out again.

I hit the gym twice a week for a full body workout along with running or doing a spin class at home. I’ll also join my friend on a run to help with her marathon training. If I lay that out each week, that doesn’t leave me much time for BBG. Plus, I have a monthly membership at the gym and I don’t feel like I get much out of my money if I’m too sore from BBG to complete the WOD. Crapping out your body doesn’t really benefit you and unless you absolutely need to, I don’t see much of a reason for constant “two-a-days”.

If you are looking to jumpstart your fitness program and want something you can do at home, I would definitely recommend BBG. I will warn you that it’s hard but if done properly with recovery periods, you will be amazed by the results. I think it’s a great investment and ideal with someone who would rather workout at home.

So sorry BBG. It’s not you, it’s me. Maybe we can get back together later on down the road.

The Weekend In Pictures

I have been feeling much better this past week with plenty of visits to my chiropractor and some deep stretching. I took it easy this weekend and didn’t want to over do it.

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I had to share this comic from my desk calendar. It’s too funny!
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I started off my Saturday with some easy stretches for my legs and my back!
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Jordan and I went to see Thor but this caught our eye.
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I kept my legs fresh with a short low intensity ride in the evening.
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Saturday was very low key so after some errands, we watched some Law and Order!
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We went to Rudy’s after church on Sunday and saw this Kansas City Chief flag in the parking lot!
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I made a big batch of Minestrone for the week. It was so easy to prep!
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I love how it turned out so colorful!
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After meal prep, I got in a deep stretch session and some more foam rolling.
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For dinner, I threw together a quick chili!
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Easy and delicious!

It was a calm and relaxing weekend and my back felt better every day. i’m looking forward to getting back to my normal routine this week and start getting ready for Thanksgiving! Hope you had a great weekend too!

The Weekend With The Race!

Happy Monday friends! It’s been such a great week and weekend full of nice weather and good times. It was also the week of my race! I kept most activity throughout the week low intensity in preparation for my half marathon!

The Weekend With The Race
City hall lit up before the race!

I picked up my bib and packet on Saturday and spent most of the day relaxing. Mostly sitting on the couch and watching Law and Order with a few breaks to stretch and foam roll. I made a conscience effort not to be nervous for my race. For the weeks leading up to the race, I made myself smile and picture a strong finish whenever the race would pop into my mind. It sounds silly but I really believe it’s what helped me have a great race.

The forecast for Sunday morning was around 45 degrees at the start of the race and it would be around 55 degrees when I finished. Since it was close to Halloween, I wanted to wear my Wonder Woman skirt. I made a mad scramble to Target to find a black long sleeve shirt so I wouldn’t be completely frozen on Sunday. However, I was excited because I was finally getting what I wanted: cold weather on race day!

We arrived at the park in Downtown and immediately got in the line for the porta potty. It was moving much slower than I would have liked but I kept me cool. As soon as I was done, I had to bolt to the start line. Thankfully the elites were first so I had time to get situated within the crowd. This race had pacers and my main goal was to stay in front of the 2:10 pacer and to never let him pass me.

I took off and I felt like I was going a bit fast but it was still comfortable. My first mile was an 8:15 but soon I settled into my groove. I am so stinking proud of myself because from mile 2-11 my splits were all 9:35. That consistency and just how my body felt throughout the run made me so dang happy. I didn’t feel tired, I didn’t feel anxious, I felt COMFORTABLE and that’s what I was aiming for. There was a moment where I began to start with negative thoughts but I made myself snap out of it. I thought of my friends, of my past races, of everything I had done this year. Basically any positive thing I could think of.

It was amazing but I was actually having FUN on this race. It was a strange feeling to be smiling with the wind in my hair and sun at my face at mile 9 and not be dying. So many people got a kick out of my Wonder Woman skirt and little kids along the course made me smile. I began to feel tightness in my left glute and lower back due to tweaking my back a bit earlier in the week. I didn’t let it phase me. I slowed it down to a 10 minute mile for the last couple miles. I texted Jordan about it and he was going to come meet me on the course. I texted him back and told him that I’m freaking Wonder Woman and I don’t quit! He knew from that text that I was in good spirits and he wouldn’t need to help me finish.

The dang finish line was uphill however I was so happy to see it and see my time! I stayed in front of the 2:10 pacer for the whole race and beat my personal record! I finish my half-marathon in 2:06 and even though it wasn’t my goal, I was so happy with how my race felt. Yes I was tired at the end but I wasn’t hurt and I thoroughly enjoyed myself through it all!

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After the race, we stopped at Panera for brunch and I had some warm tomato soup. I had fun but my legs and face were definitely frozen. I wore glove at the beginning of the race but stripped them off halfway through. My ears need to be covered when I run in cooler weather since they’re the first to freeze!

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I also wanted to try Starbucks’ Halloween Drink but they were out at the one by my house. We stopped by Dunkin Donuts and I had the most delicious Pumpkin Macchiato. However, it may have just been great because it was warm, haha! It took a warm bath and some couch time to finally thaw out.

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The day after the race, I feel great! I was hoping to go to the gym this afternoon but I developed a lovely blister on the ball of my foot which is mostly uncomfortable. Other than that, I have no complaints! It’s amazing how quick my body has recovered from this race. That medal makes all those two-a-days worth it!

I don’t have another race planned but I may pop in and do a local Christmas race depending on how I feel. Mostly, I’m going to take care of my body and focus on strength training in preparation for my next training season, whenever that may be!

The Weekend In Pictures!

Hope you’re having a great Monday already! I just started off my morning with a 5AM spin class so I am pumped up! My weekend was just busy enough to be exciting but with plenty of downtime and relaxing!

Jordan and I went out to dinner on Friday and saw this little guy waiting patiently for his owner. So cute!
I joined a friend for a run Saturday morning. We ran ten miles!
After that long run, I opted for an ice bath with some coffee of course!
That afternoon, Jordan and I attended a taco festival with unlimited taco samples.
We couldn’t pass up this photo op!
High Brew Coffee was giving out samples too!
Sunday is my day to meal prep for the week. I made overnight oats for breakfast throughout the week!
My attempt at mini muffins wasn’t as successful.
I also prepared a veggie stew for lunch!
We ended the weekend watching Guardians of the Galaxy!
Up and at them this morning!

 

I had a blast this weekend! My half marathon is next weekend so I’m taking the latter half of the week to rest.

Did you do anything exciting this weekend?

Why You Should Attend A Fitness Festival!

Have you ever attended a fitness festival or retreat? I know that not many of us would willingly give up a weekend just to exercise but hear me out! I believe that it’s absolutely an experience that everyone should get to try out. Here’s why you should attend a fitness festival!

Why You Should Attend A Fitness Festival

Reason #1: All The Endorphins!

There’s something about “embracing the suck” together. I believe that sweating with a group of people somehow connects you with others. That’s why group fitness classes tend to be so popular. You’re more willing to grit your teeth and push through a workout when you’re part of a crowd. Once you finish your workout, you’re on cloud nine! It’s almost guaranteed that after you leave the event, you’ll be feeling that endorphin rush!

Reason #2: Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone

This was a big one for me. I attended both the Tone It Up Tour and the Wanderlust festival this fall. While I knew a few girls attending the Tone It Up tour, I spent time with so many beautiful souls at Wanderlust. While I normally don’t just go up to someone to begin a conversation, the welcoming environment of both events really helped me step out and try new things. You’re more likely to try out new things when you’re surrounded by so many other like minded people!

Reason #3: Learning About Yourself

Wanderlust was extra special to me because I felt such a connection during the meditation portion. I began to really let go of all the negative self thought and began to accept positive thoughts. Not only that but I began to give myself grace and compassion though the changes going on in my life. Attending a fitness festival may open your eyes to new things about yourself. A change in perspective may bring a new set of awareness.

Hope these reasons encourage you to attend a fitness festival in the future. Go in with an open mind and you may leave feeling like a whole new person!

Have you attended a fitness festival?

The Weekend In Pictures!

This weekend was spent mostly on my own! I used it as a weekend of recovery, plenty of sleep, and delicious foods!

On Saturday I attended the Wanderlust festival in town. The first part was a 5k run!
I arrived a bit early to set up my yoga mat and check in so I stopped and got some body art too!
The event was held near downtown so it was neat to see the sun rise behind all the buildings!
After the run, I changed for yoga and meditation!
I was starved from all the activity that morning so I stopped by for lunch! A friend introduced me to this place and I’m obsessed!
I got a small Poke bowl but it was SOOOOO GOOD!
I went for my Sunday morning walk with Snowflake since Jordan was still out of town and would be returning that evening.
My mom wanted to buy me some groceries and made me get my own cart. So much food!
Meal prep Sunday was successful with these delicious salads for the week!
I watched football while I waited for Jordan to get home. Our Chiefs didn’t do so good this week. 🙁

This weekend was such a blast! Sometimes, I think it’s great to get a weekend to relax and just have some alone time.

How did you spend your weekend?

Quick and Delicious Smoothies!

I am so excited that it’s Friday because while it’s been a good week overall, I’m looking forward to the weekend! With meal prepping, it’s safe to say I have food always ready. However, if I’m just not feeling it one day, I whip up a quick and delicious smoothie! By packing these smoothies with a bunch of goodies, I’m guaranteed to get my daily nutrients.

Quick and Delicious Smoothies

These smoothies can be made any time of day but I tend to have these in the morning. I like to use Unico Nutrition protein but you can use whatever Vanilla protein you like to use! Also, by clicking that link I do receive a small portion of commission. However, I completely stand by these protein products!

Green Protein Smoothie:
  • 1 tsp of spirulina
  • 1 scoop of protein
  • 1 cup of cashew milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop of collagen peptides (optional)

Toss all these ingredients in the blender and enjoy! The reason this is such a good smoothie for a breakfast is the star ingredient: spirulina. It turns your smoothie a pretty green flavor but you can’t really taste it. It keeps you satiated for a good part of your day. I like to add collagen peptides in my smoothies to help my joints after long runs or harder workouts.

Berry Delicious Smoothie:
  • 1 scoop of protein
  • 1 cup of cashew milk
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries or strawberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1 scoop of collagen peptides (optional)

Blend and enjoy! This smoothie is another of my favorites after a hot workout. The blueberries are just the right amount of sweetness after a workout. By adding the cauliflower rice, you get a thicker shake and an extra serving of veggies!

Are you a smoothie person? What is your favorite type to drink?

What I’m Loving Lately

Lately, I’m really digging the fall season. The weather here is TRYING to cool off and we are slowly starting to decorate our house. I’ve been baking and making (healthy) comfort food left and right. I figured I would stop by and share a few products I’m loving lately!

What I'm Loving Lately

Kombucha!What I'm Loving Lately

If you follow me on Instagram or watch my Instagram stories, you’ll see that I’ve been drinking kombucha almost every day. Y’all, kombucha has taken over my fridge lately. I think I have enough to last me until the middle of November. The great thing about kombucha is that it is alternative to soda and you receive so many health benefits. Probiotics are great for your digestive system and with a great taste, you can’t pass these drinks up!

Arbonne “It’s A Long Story” Mascara

What I'm Loving Lately

My makeup routine is pretty simple but I love to play up my eyes. Since I wear glasses, I usually stick to create big and bold lashes. A few weeks ago I was invited to an Arbonne party and I was SOLD on this mascara. Not only does it make your lashes look longer but it is lasts all day and it’s water resistant. All Arbonne products skin care products are made with great ingredients and aren’t made with filler materials so that’s a huge win!

Lush’s R&B Hair Moisturizer

What I'm Loving Lately

Lately, I’ve been washing my hair about three times a week. However, I style is pretty much every day. I use heat styling tools which leads to my hair begging for mercy but the end of the week. This hair moisturizer is heavenly! Not only does it smell AMAZING but it keeps my hair from looking dry and brittle. A little goes a long way so this tub will keep my hair looking great for a while.

Simm’s Artisan Jerky

What I'm Loving Lately

Guys, I’m not a big jerky fan at all. However, I wanted to give these a try since I saw them at Aldi. They’re a good source of protein so why not? After my first bite, I was converted! Lately, I’ve been really focuses on snacking well throughout the day and getting in extra protein. These packages are super convenient because I can carry them in my purse or keep a few at my desk. There’s a variety of flavors and the price is great.

The Weekend In Pictures!

Coming in a little later than normal this week! I had a busy weekend but it was full of so much fun. Jordan is out of town this week so I had to soak up the whole weekend with him. I figured I would share a sentence per picture to share what we did!

We started off Saturday morning with our usual run/bike.
Nothing like a delicious breakfast and coffee post run!
I picked these up at Target and I love drinking them throughout the day. Grabbed this one before Halloween shopping.
Before we left the house I put these chicken tenders in the crockpot for lunch!
We decorated our yard Saturday afternoon!
We had a concert on Sunday but we still cheered for the Chiefs!
Quick meal prep after church!
Jordan and I on the way to the Andy Mineo concert Sunday night.
While in line outside the venue, I bought a popsicle to eat while we waited.
I stood in the back during Social Club Misfits.
Made my way up front for Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed!

 

Well, that’s my weekend in pictures! I have another eventful weekend coming up too so I’ll make sure to take plenty of pictures.

How was your weekend?!