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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.

Barre3 Challenge: Halfway There!

A few weeks ago, I told you guys that I was starting the Barre3 Challenge program – starting January 5th and lasting until the beginning of February.  Now that I’ve reached the halfway point, I thought I’d pop in and tell you how it’s going!

To quickly recap, the “challenge” is to do the following each week: 

  • Do four 60-minute workouts either at a local barre3 studio or online in the comfort of your home
  • Do one 10-minute online workout
  • Try one healthy barre3 recipe

I hadn’t really thought too far ahead when I first signed up for the Challenge, but as soon as the program began, Casey headed out of town for two weeks – yikes!  This is tough for a lot of reasons, but it also makes getting to fitness classes much, much harder because I have to rely entirely on childcare.  He was in and out between trips, so I tried to plan ahead to maximize opportunities when I could.

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Monday –  The Challenge healthy recipe of the week was a smoothie, and while I didn’t make that exact one, we made our own version which I think still counts.  All about making it work for you, right?  Our smoothie had bananas, strawberries, mango, figs, carrots, peas, flax oil, hemp milk, and yogurt – and both kids slurped it down!  Winning!


Tuesday – 60 minute studio class with my friend, Lacey

Wednesday – 60 minute studio class with both kids (childcare)

Thursday – 10 minute online workout before mom’s group!

Friday – Had planned to do an 8:45am class with the kids (in childcare), but both kids had a bad night (and Casey was out of town) and I got one measly hour of sleep.  So I canceled my studio class and after sleeping in and a lazy breakfast, the boys and I did a 60 minute online class at home together!


Saturday – My best friend arrived from out of town, so I skipped formal workouts and opted for walking and talking.  We looped Greenlake for 3 miles in the rain!

Sunday – A 5 mile walk with the whole family and Lindsey along the bluff of Magnolia.  Gorgeous!



Monday – Casey was home for about 36 hours, so I took Lindsey along with me to a 60 minute studio class at 6am – a true friend!

Tuesday – Warmer temps allowed for a 4 mile walk around the neighborhood with both boys and both dogs – talk about a workout!


Wednesday – 60 minute studio class with the boys in childcare

Thursday – Had a friend over for dinner, and made a hearty potato, kale, and white bean soup.  Clicked over to my email later and realized that the Barre3 healthy recipe of the week was almost the exact same thing!  Yum.

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Friday – Casey finally back home after being away for too long – happiness!  No naps for either kid, so we took a long afternoon walk to help improve everyone’s mood.


I rewarded myself for many long weeks of solo parenting and fitting in fitness with a piece of Mexican chocolate pie the size of my head. 


Saturday – Super lazy all day, and pouring rain outside.  Did absolutely nothing.

Sunday – Burned at least 4,000 calories from adrenaline and from jumping around my living room watching the Seahawks.  Took two long walks with the dogs!

And that brings us to today!  I went to a 6am class with some of my mama friends this morning, and I’m feeling healthy and strong.  I’m enjoying the Challenge because it’s giving me an extra motivation to make time for workouts, and not to just do them when the opportunity lands at my feet.  That said, doing four 60-minute classes each week feels like a lot (and I actually missed one on week 2).  It really does feel like eat, sleep, Barre3, repeat…

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Beyond the Challenge, I’ll probably look to average three each week, and I’ll have to see how that looks as I dip my toes back into running in the spring.  I’m also planning to charge my Fitbit back up, as I’m walking and moving so much more these days as our weather warms up, and I’d love to have a better sense of mileage over the course of each week.  I’ll recap the rest of the Challenge at the end of the month!

Hope your Monday is off to a good start!  How ‘bout those Seahawks!?!?

Barre3 Challenge: Kick-Off (& Giveaway!)

I mentioned in my pre-holiday fitness post that I had some fun things to share with you regarding the barre3 Challenge!  Well today is the day – the first official day of the Challenge program, and I’m so excited to share it with you guys and to get started myself. 

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If you are new here, you can read more about my love affair with barre classes here and here.  I’ve been going to classes regularly for over two years now, and it has had a remarkable impact on both my physical and mental health.  And I know I’ve said it a million times, but I’m going to say it again.  Besides being a killer workout and a positive community, one of the things that has me coming back again and again is the childcare! Having good childcare available has made all the difference in being able to consistently fit in workouts, even when Casey is traveling. 

As a mom who has at least one kid attached to me most of the time, it’s a wonderful way for me to disconnect a bit, clear my mind, and spend sixty minutes mindfully breathing and focusing on myself.  Fitting in classes means early morning wake ups, scheduling and planning ahead, and coordinating with others.  And because of this, I view it as a real treat so I make sure to push my absolute hardest and take full advantage of each and every class.  As a former gym girl, I never imagined I’d get so into a fitness studio class, but I absolutely love it. 

So let me get to the barre3 Challenge details, and hopefully some of you will find that you love it too!

January is a great month for goal setting, healthy outlooks, and lifestyle changes.  Starting TODAY (January 5th), barre3 is hosting their Challenge – a month-long exercise and nutrition program designed to help you kick your new year off on the right foot. When you sign up for the Challenge, you also receive this awesome Challenge kit:

  • Personal Tracking System
  • barre3 Challenge Glass Water Bottle
  • barre3 Challenge Tote
  • barre3 Wristband
  • Weekly Challenge emails
  • Live Q+A’s with (founder) Sadie Lincoln
  • Weekly 10-minute Online Workouts
  • Weekly Seasonal Recipes

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How cute is that bag??  (Also, access to the Challenge is 40% off today – only $19.80 for the month-long program plus the kit pictured above!)  Here is how the program itself works.  Every week participants will:

  • Do four 60-minute workouts either at a local barre3 studio or online in the comfort of your home
  • Do one 10-minute online workout
  • Try one healthy barre3 recipe

Sounds reasonable, right?  Of course, anyone who does the Challenge can tailor it to best fit their schedule and lifestyle.  If you don’t have a local barre3 studio, you can do all online workouts, or if online isn’t your thing – head to the studio as much as you can!  My plan is to try to make time for three studio classes, and then supplement with a 60-minute and 10-minute online workout at home each week. 

I’m kicking off my Challenge tomorrow morning at 6am at my local (Roosevelt) studio.  Seattle friends – come join me!

Giveaway:  My friends at barre3 have offered to give THREE lucky winners FREE access to their Challenge!  All three winners will receive unlimited access to barre3’s exclusive Challenge, one month of online workouts, plus barre3’s signature Challenge kit. 

To Enter:  Leave a comment on this post telling me one of your New Year’s resolutions!

Timeline: Since the Challenge starts today, we’ll make this a quick one!  Giveaway ends tomorrow (1/6) at 3pm PST – winners will be announced on the Daily Garnish Facebook page (and I’ll add an update to this post as well). 

Freebie:  Just so there is something for everyone, we also have a special promo code for 15 days of free online Barre3 workouts!  If you are on the fence about starting a barre program, free access to the online workouts is a great way to try it out!  Enter the promo code barre3DailyGarnish here to redeem and enjoy! 

I’ll be sharing my Challenge progress and updates each week through the month of January, in addition to some other fitness updates (I’m squeezing in some yoga these day too!).  Back tomorrow with a holiday recap – happy Monday, friends!

This post is not sponsored or compensated.  I love Barre3, and I am so excited and grateful to have something that makes me happy, helps me stay active, and keeps me involved with the fitness community.  I’m excited to share it with you guys!

UPDATE:  Here are the giveaway winners – thanks to all who entered!!

  1. Sarah — To lose weight!
  2. Sarah b — Have a healthy baby in September!
  3. Sharon – I know it’s cliche, but I really want to finally lose those extra 20 lbs. I’ve been carrying around for the last 2 years. I’ve been really good at keeping up with a consistent exercise routine, but have fallen off the wagon when it comes to my diet. This year I am determined to turn things around! I wish I had a barre studio close to my home. Crossing my fingers :)
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