Bienvenue my SN crew! I still don’t get why I see Bievenue on all NH highway signs. Sure, I guess we’re close to Canada, but pretty sure Vermont has more maple-lovin north of the border-ains than the ‘shire. But who am I to judge…
I started yesterday morning by channeling my Colourful Smoothie past since I wanted to try one of the samples of Cocoavia I got at the summit.
Cocoavia is a supplement of cocoa extract to help with circulation, blood flow, and endurance. I figured I would give it a try since good circulation doesn’t run in my blood (waka waka) and it’s made with chocolate. Sold.
I opted for the unsweetened dark chocolate since it was the only one not made with Splenda. A little disappointing, but at least this one was tasty blended into a smoothie.
Y’all (or ya’ll? Southern friends, help me out) already heard about my fabulous eats while in the Twin Cities, and since it’s dub-ya dub-ya (that’s WW for ya), it’s time for what kept me from checking in another carry-on for my food baby and elastic waistband pants.
Okay, so technically I didn’t DO this workout, but all for good reason. It was right before my round table discussion, and as much as I like to get my sweat on, I didn’t think my attendees would appreciate my stench and pit stains much. You’re welcome.
REFUEL sponsored an insanity-style workout for HLS which looked no less than INTENSE. I don’t know if I’ve done as many push-ups as they did in 1 hour than I’ve done in my life. Instead I looked on and took pictures as my fellow summiters cursed life itself.
Saturday morning started dark and early with a run around the city. I was supposed to run with a group of HLS gals, but it seems they liked their pillows more than their running sneaks, since it was just me, myself, and I.
Being the loner I am, I didn’t mind it at all. It was still a bit dark at 6:30 in the morning, but luckily I wore my highlighter-esque running fleece to avoid being a permanent part of the Minneapolis roadways. I went for a easy 4 miles taking random side roads to eat up some time.
I didn’t venture too far from the main strip since I a.) had no clue where I was to begin with and b.) didn’t want to end up in the only shady gun-laden neighborhood of the squeaky clean city of Minneapolis. It was perfectly cool, but not cold which made for ideal running weather. Not sweating my face off is a nice change.
After a day full of blogger breakfasts, breakouts, and bags of swag, it was time for a yoga sculpt class hosted by my roommate, Katie. I assured her I was a complete yoga newbie and that my idea of flexibility is being able to tie my shoes in the morning.
This was by far the best yoga class I’ve ever been to, and I’m not just picking favorites because she’s my roomie. Katie’s class combined a lot of familiar yoga moves such as lots of down dog and chaturanga as well as cardio and strength moves for a well-rounded workout.
It left me feeling awesome, which is the goal of yoga, right?! I tried to convince Katie to skype her yoga class so I could get the best yoga class from my living room and not have to travel across the country. I’m still waiting, Katie ; )
I kept the active bug going when I got home by doing week 2 of Jillian’s Ripped in 30 on Tuesday. No matter how many times I do these, I still hate Jillian just as much as the first time. My favorite part is when we do boxing punches so I can pretend I’m punching her in the face. Maturity, none.
Yesterday I attempted a tempo run after avoiding them for the past month or so. Now that the weather is getting chilly, my first 5 minutes were spent with numb toes. No, I didn’t run barefoot, but my circulation just refuses to travel to my extremities as soon as it gets below 80 degrees. Ask me why I live in New England again.
I’m not saying it was easy, but I finished which is good enough for me. After a nice hot shower I cuddled up with my lovey Food Network and a cuppa chamomile tea. Now I remember why I love this weather.
What are your workouts looking like?
What is your favorite part of Fall? PUMPKIN4LYFE