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fitmixer Boot Camp Day 1

14 Jan

Hello all!

I am back from a fantastic weekend in NYC where I visited my friends from college.

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We had a great time exploring the city and catching up.  The highlight of the weekend was going to Jimmy Fallon’s monologue rehearsal!  He’s hilarious and looks even younger and cuter in person.

Although I didn’t want to leave my friends, I was excited to get back for day 1 of fitmixer Boot Camp!

Law school eats up a lot of my time, so about a month ago I started looking for new ways to do effective at-home workouts.  I had seen fitmixer boot camp mentioned on a few blogs, and after doing more research I decided it was the perfect fit for me.

The fitmixer team sends you workouts five days a week.  They customize a meal plan tailored to your fitness goals and send you ideas for each meal of the day and three snacks.

I did the first workout this afternoon and it. was. awesome.  I’m so excited to experience a new challenge and to mix things up without having to think about it.  The workout and meal plan for the next day come straight to your inbox – this means minimal planning on my part, I just have to follow what’s given to me!

  • Is anyone else participating in this fitmixer Boot Camp?
  • How do you switch up your workout routine when you feel like you need a change?
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Back Home & London [Day 8]

31 Jul

Good morning!

I’m back in America!  I had a great trip in London, but it feels good to be home.  Special shout out to Katie and her family for taking care of me 🙂 they were wonderful hosts and Katie made sure I saw everything there was to see.

On my last day in London, we finally saw rain.  Every other day was beautiful with hot temperatures and sunny skies.  In the early afternoon, we went to the Tower of London.  The Tower of London is a huge castle that was used as a royal residence and also as a prison.  We even got to see the Crown Jewels!  It holds a great deal of history and it was really cool to explore.  Next up, we stopped at a pub for lunch and a drink.  Later in the evening, Katie and I went out with her family for my last meal in London.

Some pics from the day:

London [Day 7]

28 Jul

Today’s London highlights:

M&M’s World.

Watching the Olympics on TV at a pub called Yates’s while enjoying burgers and beers.

Walking around Trafalgar Square.

Some thoughts:

  1. A week in London is not enough.  There is literally so much to do and to explore.  I could never live here though, because I’d be broke!
  2. I love going on vacations, but by the end I’m almost always ready to get home.  Need my fam, my bed and my own food.
  3. British food is really tasty, but a little heavy for me and different from my usual eats.
  4. I cannot believe July is nearly over.  I’m looking forward to being home, but not looking forward to being back to reality.
  5. The Olympics are seriously SO cool.  It’s amazing to see so many athletes from all over the world competing for the ultimate title of athleticism.

Have a great evening!

Are you ready to get home after a long vacation?

What is your favorite thing about the Olympics?

On Vacation: To Exercise or Not to Exercise?

27 Jul

As I enjoy a vacation of a lifetime in London, I’ve gotten to thinking about finding that perfect balance between rest and activity while on a trip.  The point of vacation is generally to relax, rejuvenate yourself and take a break from your everyday life.  It’s a time to try new foods, see and do new things, or lay around on the beach.  But should your usual fitness routine go completely out the window?

For me, I generally like to maintain some level of activity while on vacation.  If I completely throw that out the window, I usually end up feeling sluggish and crabby as a result of deviating so far from my typical routine.  However, I also think it’s important to cut yourself some slack.  Sleep in and opt for activity later in the day.  Eat a delicious, but perhaps unhealthy, meal that you might never eat at home.  Enjoy some cocktails at the swim-up bar.  Determine what works best for you and will give you the best vacation, while still making you feel healthy and energized.

Last summer, when I went to Sicily with my parents, I went to the hotel gym almost every morning and got a sweat session in before laying at the pool all day. Yet when I went to Jamaica in March with all of my friends, I worked out once the entire week.  And honestly, it was one of the best weeks ever.  Sure I ate and drank things I would usually skip at home, but it’s a vacation I will never forget.

Chillin’ hard in Jamaica.

While in London, I haven’t gotten any formal workouts in.  However, we have walked between 15,000 and 18,000+ steps every day while sightseeing (love the FitBit!).  It’s not “going to the gym” workouts, but it beats laying on the couch all day.  Additionally, I already feel excited to return to my fitness routine when I get home.  Allowing yourself periods of rest can be the perfect thing for increasing motivation and making future workouts count even more.

Traveling is a great way to expand your horizons, create lasting memories with family and friends and fuel your overall personal health.  Get out there and enjoy the world!

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London [Days 5 & 6]

27 Jul

Recapping days 5 & 6 with some photos.  Enjoy!

London [Day 4]

27 Jul

Hello all!

How is everyone doing?

I can’t believe I am already more than halfway through my London vacation!  I feel like I’ve been here forever but it also seems like it’s flown by.  We’ve been doing so much and it makes the days go by really fast.

Yesterday we went to Covent Garden, a popular market spot with many stands, stores and places to eat.  It’s a bustling place with live entertainment, things to buy and tons of people milling around.  We browsed around for awhile and took it all in.

There were tons of cool places to eat, including a place with the largest pan of paella I have ever seen.

We settled on Union Jacks, a place with British tapas, grilled plates, wood-fired pizzas, salads and desserts.  We went with a pizza:

WOODMAN
Mixed field & wild mushrooms, Westcombe Cheddar, red onion, tarragon & chervil

 It was delicious and unlike any American or Italian pizza I’ve ever had.  I love trying new things on vacation!

On our way out, we stopped in Kurt Geiger to look at the shoes.  It was unreal.

Next, we headed to Westminster Abbey.  Westminster Abbey is a famous church in London and the traditional place of coronation and burial of British monarchs.  Prince William and Kate Middleton were married there last year!

It’s a place full of so much history.  I really enjoyed our tour there!  The architecture of the church is beautiful and I loved learning about British royalty.

After our tour at Westminster Abbey, we headed to The County Hall Arms, a great pub right on the river.

We relaxed and ordered Pimm’s & Lemonade.

Pimm’s is a dark liqueur based on gin, and the drink is mixed with lemonade (which isn’t really lemonade, but Sprite), mint, orange, lime and lemon wedges.  It was so refreshing!

After that, we had reservations at Vertigo 42.  Vertigo 42 is a champagne bar on the 42nd floor of the Natwest Tower in a central part of London.  The bar has floor-to-ceiling windows and offers a spectacular view of the city.

We both ordered a glass of Pinot Gris and caught up while enjoying the view.

Finally, it was dinner time!  We went to Pizza Express.

Such a wonderful day!

London [Day 3]

24 Jul

Some photos from the day:

A distant view of Olympic Park.

Another view of Olympic Park.

Katie waiting for the Olympic Torch to pass!

The running of the Olympic Torch!