Pop Physique, I love you

I am no newbie to the barre scene. I’m a devoted Physique 57 fan and I’ve tried all the major studios: Exhale, Barre3, Pure Barre, FlyBarre and Xtend Barre. I’ve even taken a barre class in PanamaBut recently, I’ve fallen hard for Pop Physique. This LA-based studio opened in NYC last year and I’ve had nothing but fabulous experience sinces.

Pop Physique, I love you. Let me count the ways.

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The time I gave up meat, dairy, soy, nuts, gluten, sugar and caffeine

I’ve considered working with a nutritionist for a long time. Over the last few months, I’ve felt sluggish and had frequent headaches.  I’ve been wondering if my diet might be the cause.

Because let’s be honest. I’ve picked up some undesirable eating habits lately, like mindlessly snacking at work and ending every meal in dessert. I typically make smart choices during meal time, but supplement my food intake with day-long candy and carb binges.  So there was plenty of room for improvement.

Working with a nutritionist be can be expensive, and I wasn’t ready to make the commitment. I was ready to dip my toe in the water and impose a little structure on my free-wheeling ways.

My friend Tracey (Kale with a side of fries) is a nutritionist and every quarter she runs a “detox jam” aimed at resetting your food habits. This seemed like the perfect way to jump start 2017 and clean up my diet. The detox jam cost $200 and is a two-week commitment. I signed up and paid up.

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The general structure of the two-week detox is this:

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All the workouts: mid-January edition

Hi, everyone! What do you think of the new look of Cuckoolemon.com? I would love your opinion; let me know in the comment section if you have any feedback.

Now a few housekeeping items. (Sorry Matt, this is the only housekeeping I plan to do this week.)

AND THE WINNER IS

 

Thank you to everyone who entered the REI Giveaway Sweeps. I’d like to congratulate commenter JUANITO! (real name: Jon Goren) on being the randomly selected winner! (I used a random number generator, FYI.)  Jon, check your email for your gift card!

A few weeks ago, I participated in Kale with a Side of Fries‘ two-week winter detox jam. I am going to write about my experience soon, for sure. Since the detox, I’ve had a renewed excitement for healthy cooking. I wanted to bake something sweet. I scoured the internet for a healthy muffin recipe and found this 5-ingredient one from the blog Pinch of Yum.  The recipe is super simple and the muffins were delicious. I used these gluten-free oats from Bakery on Main. They have 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving! (No one is paying me to say this. Though I would be open to accepting dollars, OKAY Bakery on Main?)

Here’s this week’s workout recap!

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What is Pon de Flo? Will you like it?

Right before I left town for the holidays, I got an email from a new studio called Pon de Flo. They invited me to their grand opening party and to try a class at their soon-to-be open Mott and Broome location. I couldn’t make the celebration but I did take them up on their offer of a free class.

What is Pon de Flo? in their own words, “Pon De FLO is a Caribbean reggae dance based fitness program structured around high intensity interval training. There will be burpees, jumps, squats and so much more! It will be intense – BUT it will be FUN!

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Pon de Flo on Mott Street

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All the workouts + my cool Tech21 phone case

I wasn’t feeling so awesome this week so I only worked out a few times. 

Before I jump into this week’s short re-cap I wanted to share a little info about my new iPhone case. I had a reckless history of iPhone ownership. I’ve drowned my phone in the toilet (who hasn’t?), tossed it down the incinerator of a large Manhattan apartment building (it was an accident), and left it in too many cabs to count (though the NYC Taxi dispatcher system always seemed to find me and return the phone; god bless them).

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