Shredding for the wedding: Yes or no?

Let’s talk about the wedding industrial complex. Or since this is a fitness blog, let’s talk about the pressure women and men face to get in shape before they say, “I do.”

If you’re married, did you do anything special to slim down for your wedding? 

Matt and I are getting married in one month. (We got a marriage license last week!) For the last few months, anytime I didn’t devour a bread basket, I was likely to hear a comment related to bridal weight-loss. You know, “Are you not eating that because of your dress?” Or something like, “I noticed your awesome willpower. Your wedding is soon!” I’m not a shy person. And when it comes to food and fitness, I overshare (thanks for reading my blog, ya know?). So for the most part, I don’t mind the feedback or comments; I’m sure I provoke them to a degree. They’re also coming from well-meaning friends.

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All the workouts: 4/23- 4/30

Long time no post! I had a busy week but I’m happy to be back here on the inter webs saying hello. We had such a nice taste of sweaty summer last weekend and I loved it. Did you get outside?

Also, pro tip! Barry’s Bootcamp is raising prices on their smaller class packages (the 5-class pack) and single classes TODAY. Bigger packs stay the same price, but if you like to purchase one at a time, grab one today.

Here’s my week in workouts. Don’t forget to share yours in the comments!

Monday: REST. My hip still hurt.

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All the workouts: Plush Fitness, recovery and some must reads

After a week of skiing and running I wanted to make sure to rest before the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler.  I try not to work out too much before a race and that makes this week’s recap a little light. Here is what I think about that:

Last week’s workouts: 

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Cherry Blossom 10 Miler 2017 Recap: My Legs Hurt

Last weekend I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 miler for the second time.

I love this race since it’s largely flat and 10 miles is a great distance. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it’s easy. I still have to train for something like this. (Wisdom: Train for all races!) Personally, I cannot *wing* a 10 mile race, but I could maybe wing a 4 mile one.

And about that training, it only went so so. I’ve been running slower than this time last year, I have no idea why. But it’s fine. I think these ups and downs are to be expected.

Anyway, we took the train down and got to DC at 2pm on Saturday. We dropped our stuff off at our hotel. I like to pick a hotel walking distance from the race start. Even if we end up taking a cab to the race (which we did) it’s nice to have the option to walk home.

cherry blossom 10 miler
oh hey guys

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A Lazy Girl’s Guide: My Favorite “Beauty” Products

It’s pretty easy for me to get ready for work in most gym locker rooms. Step 1:  Shower using whatever products the gym provides; Step 2: Shove sweaty gym clothes in those free plastic bags gyms give out; Step 3: Use whatever body lotion the gym has on my body and face (is that bad?) Step 4: Tie hair in wet bun; Step 5: Leave.  It’s not that I believe my natural beauty to be so outstanding that I don’t need make up or a blow dryer, it’s that I don’t leave enough time for that sort of luxury and don’t know any quick make up tips.

When I think of spending money on “beauty,” I want products that make my hair and skin look good on their own, not something complicated that can leave me looking blotchy or messy (or that I’ll probably mess up).

Here are a few products that I swear by and that make my life a hell of a lot easier. (Oh, and that don’t require watching an instructional video on  YoutTube.)

  • Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream. I’ve always wanted to live in a world where my hair could air dry frizz-free. This product has made that dream a reality. I wish this existed when I was in sleep away camp. I put a fair amount of this cream in my hair when it’s wet and my hair dries softer and less frizzy than it would on it’s own. I just squeeze a little more than a quarter size into my hands, rub them together, and put it all over my hair (I go light on the roots). When I first started using it, I was too light on my pour so the product didn’t do much. Now that I’m more comfortable, I use a more liberal serving, and it makes a big difference.

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