It’s time for a bit of real talk. I’m all about fitness, healthy eating and balance but let’s be real. I’m not perfect. Or remotely close.
I was a bit of a stress mess last week. A series of events collided, and I just got a bit overwhelmed, and when I am overwhelmed I plan. I take action. I’m the opposite of an avoider. I’m a crazed doer. And lucky for me, there is a big fat event coming up for me to plan: my wedding.
I’m not a super frilly lady. I don’t wear make up (mostly because I don’t know how) and the only time my hair gets blow dried is if I pay DryBar or RPZL to do it. I can’t name any flowers on sight other then roses and sunflowers. In middle school, I got a B- in a class called Mechanical Drawing because I could not draw a straight line with a ruler, so it is safe to say I’m not artistic or crafty.
There is some real absentee blogger shit happening here.
Sorry guys. I had a crazy week. But I wanted to pop in to give a little update.
First, I lost my sneakers and with them my custom orthotics. I took an early morning class at the new Barry’s Bootcamp location (27th and Park). The class is hard but the real barbaric stuff happens in the locker room. After class, I raced to the locker room to shower. I kicked off my shoes and put them under the sinks to quickly get in line for the showers (because there is always a line, even if it’s a brand new studio with 6 showers).
I spent the week with Matt’s family in Southern Italy in a region called Puglia. This beautiful southeastern coastal area is known for arid weather, beaches, thick handmade orecchiette pasta, historic piazzas and olive trees.
Oh hello. Taking a quick computer break in Italy to post this. This is not a turn of phrase or exaggeration but I think I gained 10 lbs from the carb and cheese-only diet I’ve developed this week. It’s important to follow your heart and my heart wants to eat the entire bread basket.
Here is what went down last week, mostly in the USA:
Hello from southern Italy. I’m spending the week in Puglia with Matt and his family.
we are here (the red pin)
Sunday afternoon, we were having a late lunch in the center of Ostuni, a beautiful town inhabited since the Stone Age and known for it’s old white buildings and skinny winding side streets. The historic center, where we were eating, is a fort-like and on top of a hill.
Across the piazza, we saw what looked like a race finish line. So, of course we inquired about it. Matt’s mom speaks fluent Italian, which comes in handy. We found out Ostuni, a town of about 30,000 inhabitants was having a 5K at 8pm tonight. The race leaders were expecting about 200 participants, and now they had 4 more. Matt, Dana (Matt’s sister), Gail (Matt’s mom) and I signed up. Robert, Matt’s dad was cheer captain and dutiful bag holder.
how beautiful is Ostuni?
This week was a lot of fun, but now I’m pretty tired and my constitution is 90% sugar. I used up my 10 classes at ClassPass about a week before my CP cycle ended. ClassPass users, have you been going through your allotted amount ahead of schedule? Or is 10 classes per month a good amount for you?
I also have some pretty cool news. Cuckoolemon was chosen as one of Feedspot’s top 100 Fitness Blogs. Thanks, Feedspot!
And now, for this week’s workouts and some really silly photos:
Hey guys. I wanted to tell you about a great charity event in NYC coming up on October 2. It’s called Dare to Bare and the goal is to set aside your insecurity and inhibition and workout in Union Square in just a sports bra.
Oh hello. I’m back with a weekly workout recap.
One thing I’ve noticed that helps when I’m really not enjoying a run, or haven’t been enjoying runs in a while, is slowing down. Running slowly, to put it plainly, is just easier. I find that when I stop pushing the pace, I can relax into the run and run for longer. Eventually I re-learn to love a faster pace, but slowing down helps me get back to a happy place with running.
What do you do when running isn’t coming easy?
Here’s what went down last week:
Tracy Anderson is the fitness trainer to many a glamorous gal. Her most famous client is Gwyneth Paltrow, but the list doesn’t end there. J. Lo, Lena Dunham and Kim Kardashian are all in on the action too.
As a fitness fan girl, I wanted to try her program for a long time. TA (as she is referred to) has a few Hamptons outposts, a Tribeca spot and a studio in London. A few weeks ago, my friend Katy and I signed up for her “TAVA” class at the East Hampton location. It’s conveniently located right in town.
TAVA is a cardio dance class, but its low impact, so there isn’t as much jumping as you might expect.
Let’s start with the basics. The class cost $45 + tax. This is $11 more than Barry’s Bootcamp ( NYC pricing, and still $5 more than Barry’s Hamptons rate) and $9 more than Physique 57. So it wasn’t cheap.
Sorry for the two-week hiatus. I have some pretty big non-fitness related news to report: Matt and I are engaged!
Want to re-get to know Matthew? I recommend these posts:
Guest Post: Matt’s NYC Marathon Story
Mission Ride a Bike: Lesson 1
2 Guys Review Physique 57
A high-altitude hike in the Andes
I’ll hold off on rewinding the last two weeks of workouts (though some highlights include a 25-mile bike ride and a tennis lesson) to share the story of our proposal.
If you only care about how many times I went to Physique 57 last week (just once, actually), no hard feelings but you might want to skip this post.
Here. we. go.