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

 

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?

Jumping Jack Interval Workout + Snowpocalypse 2015

Yesterday was a fabulous snowy day here in Boston. It was like Christmas morning when I woke up. I was so excited to see how much snow fell and if the storm was as big as the meteorologists were saying. Well… we got a lot of snow and we were buried! My car was completely covered and everything was closed because of the snowpolocalypse. My office, restaurants, the gym – everything.

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Bunker Hill Monument

 

Car Covered In Snow
My buried car

Snowy Day

Around lunch time Vinnie and I decided to venture outside, brave the snow and shovel out my car. It was really fun to go outside in the storm.  There were no cars on the road due to the travel ban so the streets were clear of vehicles. But, there were so many people in the streets shoveling, sledding and exploring.

I got a decent workout from shoveling and walking around in the snow, but I really wanted to get a little something else in. I put together this Jumping Jack Workout that I could do in my apartment. Jumping jacks are great because they work your entire body and get your heart rate up. I paired jumping jacks with a bunch of other plyometric exercises and toning moves to make it a 30 minute total body workout. It ended up being a great workout and I got a great workout at home on this snowy day!

Jumping Jack Interval Workout

And… since it is Wednesday I thought I would share what I ate while snowed in. I have to say working from home is hard, I kept wanting to go into the kitchen and snack. After I had my giant smoothie I was pretty full and satisfied. It was the perfect treat to tie me over.

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Breakfast:
Mixed Berry Smoothie
1/2 Banana
1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
1 cup of OJ
1/4 cup of plain fat free yogurt

Lunch:
Eggs with Whole Wheat toast

Snack:
Trail Mix from the bins at Whole Foods — this is my absolute favorite thing. I can’t go to Whole Foods without getting some.

Dinner:
Turkey meat taco with peppers, romaine lettuce, salsa, cheddar cheese and plain yogurt

That is all for now! I NEED to go curl up on the couch and watch some Scandal. Vinnie and I are into season 3 and can’t get enough. It is so good!

How was your day? Did you have a snow day?
Were you able to fit in a workout?
What was the best thing you ate?

 

Quick Interval Treadmill Run + Bruins

I hope you had a nice weekend. Vinnie and I had no plans and enjoyed a very lazy and relaxing few days. Most weekends, we seem to always have friends visiting, family gatherings or trips to VT/NH planned.

On Friday I got home just in time to catch the Halloween festivities in Charlestown. We met up with our friends and walked up to the Bunker Hill Monument to join in on the celebrations. There was a Halloween parade, live music and tons of people!  It was so cute seeing all the kids dressed up and celebrating Halloween. We walked around for a bit and then headed home to hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters. It was a mellow Halloween with no dressing up but that is exactly how I like it!

Bunker Hill Charlestown Halloween 2014

The forecast for Saturday was very dark and dreary so I set my alarm to wake up in time to beat the weather. I did get up early, but I ended up sipping coffee, sitting on the couch and doing some work. By the time I got dressed to run the weather was starting to turn so I bundled up and prepared for a cold, rainy, windy run. I got about 20 minutes in and decided to head to the gym because it was so crappy out.  I got to the YMCA and scanned the class schedule, there was a Power Yoga class starting in 25 minutes! I am a new member to the Y and I am having a lot of fun exploring all the classes they offer. I have not taken this yoga class yet, so I was excited to try it out but I wanted to run a little longer so I jumped on the treadmill and did a quick interval workout to get the most out of the 20 minutes I had.

Quick Treadmill Workout

I worked up a good sweat and felt accomplished and ready to take on yoga. The yoga class was good, but I had a hard time focusing and calming my mind. The class is in a big open room with a wall of windows and I kept getting distracted by all the people walking by.

After the gym, I decided to get a jumpstart on prepping for the work week and started to make a grocery list. Vinnie and I are big into making a big meal that we can make ahead and eat leftovers for lunch. It was so cold and rainy, we were both craving warm, hearty meals. I looked around Pinterest and found some awesome healthy recipes. On the menu this week is Creamy (no cream) Corn Chowder, Paleo Butternut Squash Soup, and Baked Acorn Squash Bowls.

Cooking Soup

I started making the Cream Corn Chowder made with a cauliflower as the base when Vinnie came into the kitchen with a big smirk on his face. A friend of ours had extra tickets to the Bruins game and invited us to go. Obviously, we said yes! So, I quickly finished making the soup, bundled up for the cold walk to The Garden. The game was really fun and we had great seats. Sports games are always more fun when your team is winning!

Box Seats

Sunday we slept in, had a great breakfast and watched the Patriots game. Again, sports games are always way more fun when your team is winning.

Oh PS – The Cauliflower Corn Chowder is super good – and Vinnie approves! I made some small tweaks to the recipe and I will share later this week. That’s the only food prep I got done; the couch was just too comfy to get off it today.