Time for Me

You guys, when did it become so hard to find time to do things for me? That’s a rhetorical question!  I know exactly when it happened. The second I had my daughter my life became all about her, spending every second I could with her and letting the things I love and care about take a back seat.

It may sound silly to some, but working out and eating healthy truly is a passion of mine. I definitely eat my fair share of chips and cookies but the way I feel when I am eating well and getting my sweat on dramatically changes. I have so much more energy, I am more joyful and enjoy my own company more (so it must be nice for my husband too). The funny thing is, it is so easy to slip into bad habits. It’s so easy to stop working out or skip meal prep for play time and cuddles. I am 100% guilty of this, pretty much since I had Emerson 17 months ago (today). I have had a few waves of being good, but overall I have been real bad and honestly taken every second I could to be with her or at night with my husband for a couple minutes of solace.

It was catching up with me. I was feeling sluggish and hated the thoughts going through my head when I looked in the mirror.

I follow all the Tone It Up girls and always say I am going to do it but never actually do. Well, this week, I made an effort to pack my food for the day and get a sweat session in. I can honestly say, after only 3-4 days I feel like a different person. My cravings for crappy food have subsided, I want to eat my salad and my energy level is significantly improved. It gives me hope and makes me excited to continue to prioritize this in my life. If I am not working out the way I would like to, the least I can do is eat well and try to squeeze in a workout at some point during the day.

For workouts, I have been using the Aaptiv app and it’s been great.  Essentially, you pick the type of workout you want (and there is a BIG variety) and there are coaches/instructor guiding you through the whole “class.” So far I have done 2 treadmill workouts, 1 outside running workout and a strength. It just gives me that extra motivation to jump on the treadmill or do an extra strength routine. I am doing a 30 day trial and will give a full recap at the end.

I am trying to remember to post more often on Instagram and share my story on Instastories which has been fun and holds me accountable. If you want to follow along, please do, my handle is @mattiemooves. I would love to connect with you and share our journey together. Give me the link to your insta below and I will be sure to follow you :).

15 Minute Total Body AMRAP Workout

Before Emerson, fitting in my daily workout was a huge priority.  I obviously had a lot of other things that I cared about and prioritized, but working out and running was top of the list. Now, there are a lot of other things that take precedence which has been a hard thing for me to come to terms with, but also just a fact of life. I am working hard to fit in my workouts but sometimes that extra half hour in bed or moment on the couch is too good to pass up!

This morning, I had to drum up motivation to workout from all aspects of life including scrolling Instagram, looking at the #tiuteam hashtag, running on the treadmill for 10 min (then stopping because I had to go the bathroom #momlife) and doing the new Tone It Up Beach Ballin’ workout. Nothing really got me excited or sweaty so I made up my own AMRAP (as many reps as possible) workout inspired by Jayme [@fit_n_clean_mama].

15 MIN TOTAL BODY AMRAP WORKOUT

This did the trick. Put me up against a clock and I’ll get to work! I made it through 4.5 rounds with about 20-30 second breaks between each set. Try it out and let me know many sets you complete!

My nutrition has been off lately and it 💯 affects my energy and drive to workout. I needed a good workout this morning to help me reset. Because I refuse to let a couple bad days completely throw me off. I refuse to give up on my goals. I refuse to quit.

This journey is not easy. I feel like every step forward ends up with 2 steps back but I keep chipping away. I truly believe one day I will reach a place I am happy with and embrace that lifestyle whole-heartedly.  I just have to stay positive, never give up, and follow my own path and my own heart. Too often I let what others think affect how I act and make decisions. Only I can get myself to where I want to be.

 

Body Burn by Ray

This weekend I went to Body Burn by Ray. It was my first real group fitness class I have attended since having Emerson. I left feeling energized, excited and reminded of why I love to work out. Since having Emerson my life has changed, for the better, but it’s been hard to balance all the things that I used to love to do. For instance, fitness and working out have fallen to the wayside due to taking care of Emerson, working (you got to pay the bills) and quite frankly, simply being exhausted leaves me less motivated. But at BodyBurn I was reminded of why I love working out and why I have made it a priority in my life for so long. It’s refreshing and exciting! I hope I can take this feeling and use it to motivate me to prioritize working out either by waking up a little earlier or to squeeze in something for 20 minutes at the end of the day instead of sitting on the couch.

Body Burn by Ray

So let me tell you a little bit about Body Burn. It’s a cardio, strength workout in a Tabata type format in a club-like setting. The lights are dimmed (ie: the sub-par photos) and the music is loud which really helps allow you to focus on your workout and not compare yourself to anyone else in the class. The workout format is comparable to Orange Theory or Barry’s Boot Camp except the cardio machines are all different and the group aspect is during the strength. The class is a total of 48 minutes, there are 12 cardio machines and you use each one for twice before moving on to the next machine. In between each cardio you do a 40 second strength exercise. Every day they focus on a different body part for the strength segment. So, on Monday they might focus on abs, on Tuesday arms/upper body, Wednesday legs/lower body, etc. The workouts are planned out months in advance and are strategically designed to maximize muscle building and fat burning.

Body Burn by Ray strength

As a newbie to the class everyone was incredibly helpful and supportive they took the time to explain some of the cardio equipment before I got on it even if it meant cutting into one of their own 40 second cardio blocks. All the cardio equipment is motorless so you have to propel them forward, making the workout as hard (or as easy) as you want it to be. By far the hardest, and coolest, machine was the treadwall. Its a moving rock wall you climb! It was awkward at first but once I got the hang of it really fun!

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Body Burn by Ray cardio machines

Ray, the owner and creator, taught the class. You can tell by his energy and attitude that he is extremely passionate and dedicated to bringing health and fitness to every body that walks through the doors. I really enjoyed the entire workout and experience and plan on going back as much as I can. They are located in Belmont which is a little tough for me to get to all the time, but the workout is worth the effort of getting there. I hope to go back soon!

Body Burn by Ray

 

Health, Fitness and Pregnancy

I’ve got the urge to write… I know I’ve been M.I.A for a while and I am not going to make excuses or say I’m back, but today I want to write. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do and where I want to be and every time I come back wanting to be involved in health and fitness. I’m not sure how but I know I have this platform to share my own thoughts, experiences and ideas so why not use it!

Granted my life’s been a little busy and things are changing a lot so it’s harder to be as fit and healthy as I would normally like. In 7 short weeks, I will be expecting my first baby. My experience with pregnancy has been hot and cold. I always thought I would be crazy abut my diet, eating only organic, lots of veggies and tons of lean protein, but that is not the case. It’s a real challenge to eat well and resist the urge to eat sugar, junk food and fried food. Now that I am pretty far along and have a nice big belly I am way more comfortable being pregnant. In my second trimester, while I had energy, I felt funny. I had a hard time adjusting to my growing belly, the lack of control when it came to food and the inability to work out at the intensity I wanted. To be honest, I felt lazy, and I hate that feeling. Now in my third trimester, I embrace it. I have accepted my belly and pregnancy for what it is; an amazing journey, creating life and starting a family!


I have good days and bad days. Some days I have “normal” energy levels, some days I am exhausted. I don’t always eat well but I try to always incorporate some fruit and veggies. Sugar is by far my biggest downfall! The elliptical, or going for a walk, are my new go-to workouts. Although I still do try to run 3-5 miles, 2-3 times a week. Strength and HIIT are incorporated too but a lot of moves are getting really hard to do. It’s been an adjustment. But, it’s all for a really GREAT reason. Maybe that’s why I’m craving writing about health and fitness. It’s a way for me to still feel connected to the lifestyle and community I love.

In terms of this pregnancy, it’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I have a baby growing inside me. It’s the craziest thing ever…like there is a human being inside of me! The baby is moving a ton now which is so cool. It really makes this whole experience of becoming a mom feel real. For a while it felt surreal and I struggled to really feel connected to the baby. Now, I feel like we have conversations and talk to each other through all the baby’s movements. Sometimes I feel the babies foot or hand; I can literally feel the shape of its body part.  I can not wait to see the baby, it’s hands and feet, in the outside world!


I guess, technically, today is my first Mother’s Day. How weird is that? I get really emotional thinking about it. It’s truly incredible and I feel so fortunate for this next chapter in our lives. Being a mom is something I have always aspired to be and it’s now becoming a reality. Honestly, it still doesn’t feel quite real…But it is and that’s what makes me so emotional. I’m a mom! How f-ing cool is that?

Columbus Day Weekend 2015 & Weekly Workout Recap

I hope everyone is enjoying Columbus Day Weekend. We had a fun fall filled weekend. We visited one of my good friends and went apple picking and on Sunday we went to the Topsfield Fair with my family. I have lots of pictures to share the weekend.

Apple Picking At Applecrest Farm

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Tractors at apple picking

Apple crest orchard

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These are some wicked fun facts about choosing the apple variety for specific things like salads, snacks, desserts… etc.

Sunday trip to the Topsfield fair to celebrate my dad’s birthday!

Topsfield Fair
We were not the only one’s going to the fair.


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Lily won a duck stuffed animal and a gold fish!
Topsfield Fair
I thought these cow facts were interesting so I thought others might find them cool too!

Topsfield Fair 2015

Today I have to leave for a work trip, but not before running in the Tufts 10K. I will write up a recap for Wednesday!

Here is my weekly workout recap for 10.5.15

Weekly Workout Recap:

Monday: Ran 40 minutes and Yoga Sculpt Class at CPY

Tuesday: 35 minute total body toning and 30 minute treadmill run

Wednesday: 3.5 mile run

Thursday: 5 mile run

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest — walking while apple picking

Sunday: 75 minute yoga class at CPY

This week, I did well with my workouts. I reached my goals of doing yoga at least twice and running at least 3 times. The more I do these recaps, the more I realize I need to work on my diet in order to see changes. I consistently fit in my workout… Yes, I could run longer or do more high intensity work outs but either way, I exercise at least 5 times a week. My diet is what I need to change. I need to work on this, stop snacking so much and create a plan I can follow.

Goals for this week: I am traveling most of this week, so I won’t be able to do yoga but I am still going to try to fit in some runs. I want to try to run 30 miles this week. That is a lot compared to what I have been doing but when you do the math out it’s 4.2 miles a day. I can do that!

My real goal this week is going to be to focus on my diet. It’s going to be hard because I am traveling and won’t have as much control, but I want to challenge my willpower and only eat what I really want and until I am satisfied. I, too often, eat just to eat.  Here goes nothing!

What are your goals for the week? Did you get all the workouts in you wanted to last week?

A Surprise 60th and Weekly Workouts [9.30.15]

It’s Monday already?? This weekend we traveled down to NYC to surprise Vinnie’s aunt for her 60th birthday party. It was a total success, she was completely surprised. We all hide outside and when she walked up to the house we jumped out and said surprise. It was perfect! And then, the Italian fiesta ensued… There was endless amounts of food and drink, overwhelming love and a late night poker game.

Birthday Cake

Italian Cousins

Kathy Making A Birthday Wish

I didn’t take a ton of pictures because I was trying to be in the moment. I have not spent a ton of time in NY with Vinnie’s aunts and cousins. They typically come up to Vermont. It was so fun to see them in their element, so comfortable, loving, happy and together. I feel very honored and privileged to be welcomed with such open arms into their family.

Because of work and traveling this weekend, I didn’t work out as much as I wanted to this week, below is the weekly recap.

Weekly Workout Recap 

Monday: Tone It Up Insane Cardio routine

Tuesday: AM: 4.5 mile run, PM: 1 hour C2 yoga class and some ab and shoulder toning via Tone It Up

Wednesday: 30 minute treadmil run, booty toning

Thursday: 1 hour vinyasa yoga

Friday: 4 mile run, booty toning

Saturday: rest

Sunday: rest

Last week, I wanted to run 3-4 times and practice yoga 2-3 times and I accomplished that! It’s funny because I still feel like I didn’t work out enough. But, it’s nice to look back and realize I accomplished what I set out to. It’s a good reminder to celebrate the small victories and not always look at the negative.

My goals for this week are the same as last week,  run 3-4 times and practice yoga 2-3 times. This week, I also want to include toning exercises 2-3 times.

What are your goals for the week? Did you get all the workouts in you wanted to last week?

Weekly Workouts [9.21.15]

Good Monday Day to you all! 

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Mine went by so fast. On Saturday night I could of sworn it was only Friday. I was so bummed when I realized I only had one more morning to sleep in.  

This weekend, I spent a lot of time with my family, watching my sister play lacrosse. It was fun and a rare occasion to have all the siblings together (plus cousins and aunts and Lofo).

 
One big thing from the weekend is that I officially finished all the teacher training for my yoga certification. I completed the extension program that CorePower offers and now all I have left to do is get a job! CorePower has auditions the second Wednesday of every month and I’m worried I’m not gonna be here in October or November so I’m going to have to wait until December which totally sucks. I might try to get a job somewhere else in the mean time. I don’t want to lose everything I’ve learned or lose my enthusiasm and excitement to teach. 

 

In other news, I want to start keeping track of my work outs for the week so I not only hold myself accountable but also so I can refer back to them when I need a little extra motivation or want to see what I was doing on a specific week. Feel free to join me! Here goes the first week…
Weekly Workout Recap 

Monday: 4 mile run, 15 min. arm and ab workout, 1 hour C2 yoga class.

Tuesday: 20 minutes of total body toning 

Wednesday: 6.5 mile run, 3 hrs of Teacher Training Extensions

Thursday: rest day – traveling for work 

Friday: 40 minute run, C2 1 hour Vinyasa Flow, Tone It Up 24 min toning 

Saturday: 5.5 mile run, 3 hrs of Teacher Training Extensions 

Sunday: taught yoga at Corepower; rest day 

My goals for this week are to run 3-4 times and practice yoga 2-3 times. And (as always) I am going to focus on eating lean, clean, and green…avoiding (come on, willpower) processed foods and all the junk/snacks/baked goods around the office. 

What are your workout goals this week? 

Back Bay Chopped

Hello Friends!

I am really sorry I haven’t been around much. I am going to try really hard to be better about it. It is an April goal of mine. I love this community and the connection I have with all of you. I don’t want to loss that because “I am tired” and “things are busy”. Being healthy and fit and sharing my experiences and journey is my passion and makes me happy. I need to make time for my happiness.

So I am back here today to check in on my eats and share what I ate yesterday. I was fortunate enough to work in Boston for the day which meant a much easier commute (no driving required!) and bundles of more time at home.

I convinced Vinnie to get up early and take the 6am BoxFitt 360 class at The Club by George Foreman which is quickly becoming a go-to favorite on my monthly ClassPass schedule. It was great! You truly never regret a workout. Plus, it’s so fun to spend time with my husband and a get work out in.

After class, I headed home and Vinnie went to work.

Egg Omlet with peas, spinach, mushrooms

I had enough time to make myself a glorious egg omelette with mushrooms, peas and spinach. I sat and ate it with my coffee and a glass of water.

For lunch, I had a giant Back Bay Chopped salad with almost everything in it including cheese, bacon and avocado from The Met Bar on Newbury St. Sorry no picture… I forgot to take one, plus I was with co-workers and it probably would of been a little weird.

I snacked on a lot of Tostitos chips and a grande Cafe Soy Misto. I can’t seem to get enough salty snacks and warm cozy coffees.

Garlic & Herb chicken sausage with brocolli

For dinner, we had some really delicious Garlic & Herb Chicken Sausage and Broccolini. It was super good, but I am still kind of hungry as I write this and have a wicked craving for something sweet.

I am trying hard to focus on my diet and fitness to get back on track. It’s been a little over a week of real focus and dedication and it’s going ok – there are definitely highs and lows but overall I am feeling much better which is the goal, right!?

How are things going for you? Anything yummy  and noteworthy to share??

Sweat It Out

Happy Friday!

I have spent my week working hard, getting back on track and focusing on my diet and work outs. In general, I am pretty happy with where I landed.

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Treadmill running.. so over it.

The highlight was that I went for two runs outside and I wasn’t bundled up in a million layers. It was so nice to get my feet under me and really run. It honestly felt like I haven’t done that since the fall.

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I finally got outside for a run along the Charles… the ice is starting to melt!
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Another run outside ! I am not complaining… even if it is in the rain!

I also took a core power yoga class and I am pretty sure I almost melted! It was the hottest I have EVER been in a hot yoga class. My face was burning up, I was pouring sweat and I definitely got dizzy at points. It was super challenging, I struggled the entire way through, but I didn’t count down the minutes until it was over. It felt so good to sweat and be pushed to my limits. It’s crazy that a yoga class can do that!

So sweaty after Hot Yoga
So sweaty after Hot Yoga – this is in the locker room, after class!

My eats are so hard to photograph because I literally eat almost every meal at my desk at work and lets be honest, you can’t take good food photos like that. Regardless, I made an attempt!

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Chicken, Roasted Broccoli and Salad

Avocado Chicken Dinner

Almond Snacks while working away
Almond Snacks while working away
Giant Salad with chicken, cheese and lots of veggies
Giant Salad with chicken, cheese and lots of veggies

I feel much better at the end of this week than I have in a really long time. I was not 100% perfect, but I am not sure I will ever be. Now, the challenge is consistency and maintaining over the weekend. Typically, if I weigh myself on Friday and then Monday there is a good 5 pound variance. My goal for this weekend is to minimize this.

What are your weekend plans and goals?

 

 

The Club by George Foreman III

The Club by George Forreman III

On a whim, I signed up for ClassPass, and I have to confess…I am obsessed. No seriously, it is the greatest thing ever. I was in such a rut with working out and exercising and joining ClassPass has totally kicked me into motion shape. I am supposed to be training for a half marathon which is in two weeks, but I am not doing a great job so taking classes is how I am getting into shape for the race. I still do long runs on the weekends but the shorter distance during the week… not so much.

I had a presentation for work on Monday so I didn’t get my morning workout in. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as well as I would of hoped. [I  don’t talk too much about my real world job but for all that are wondering, I work at Sperry and manage the apparel and accessories which is a new initiative for us to expand beyond boat shoes.] Anyway, I was presenting the new Fall 15 apparel line and we had a few models do a mini fashion show to show the collection, but they sent them WAY too early and I was completely caught off guard. I managed to stay focused, but didn’t talk about everything I wanted to and the whole thing was way shorter than I would of liked. I hope that I am being hard on myself and the audience didn’t notice how bad it really was!

Anyway, after work I went to The Club by George Foreman III. I took a 30 minute Bags + Body class which is where you are in front of a boxing bag and jabs, upper cut and punch the boxing bag. There is a mix of push ups, burpees, abs and fast feet as well.  I loved it, it was such a great way to work out my frustration with how my presentation had gone. The whole gym was popping with energy and everyone was super excited to be there, really friendly and working hard. The layout is really open so you can see all the classes going on while you do your thing!

The Club by George Forreman III

I loved The Club so much that I went back for a 6am class on Thursday morning to take the signature class, Box Fiit 360, that George himself teaches!  Box Fiit’s a total body, circuit interval workout where you do a range of moves from boxing to Kettlebell swings, to rowing to rope exercises. There are12 stations and you do each one for 2 minute rounds for a 36 minute circuit.  The workouts change weekly so you never know what you are going to get!

I have one more class at the Club before my pass renews for the  next month so I need to pick wisely! I have also taken Flywheel and CorePower Yoga Sculpt which were also amazing, but for this is already getting long so I will keep those for another post!

Have you ever tried a boxing work out?