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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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    A Look Back.

Fitting In Fitness.

Happy Friday, friend – how about a long overdue update on the fitness front!  I think part of the reason I’ve been doing less writing these days is that I’ve actually been out about so much these days!  Winter barely even happened here, and we’ve been drenched in sun and temps in the 50’s and 60’s for weeks and weeks now.  No complaints!

Fresh air has gotten me back into my running shoes and back out strolling every afternoon with the kiddos.  I’m wearing my Fitbit again too, which I am loving.  I definitely find that I’m more motivated to take that afternoon walk with the kids, or jog with the dogs – if I see that I haven’t reached my daily goal yet. 


So here is what I’ve been up to as far as fitness goes…

Barre Basics

I updated you guys halfway through the Barre3 Challenge, but then never shared my final thoughts at the end (I know, I know).  The biggest effect the Challenge had on me was figuring out how to juggle four studio classes each week.  In the past, I’ve typically stuck to more like one or two, and sprinkled in other fitness here and there.  Doing the Barre3 Challenge showed me that with proper planning and right motivation, I could actually fit in more fitness than I’d originally thought.

The other thing it reinforced to me is that I am not good at home workouts.  I have never been big on exercise videos or DVD programs, and even though the Barre3 online workouts are all different and are very well done, I am just not good at getting motivated to work out at home.  This is probably the same reason why I’ve barely ever touched our treadmill.  I am too distracted at home and despite all my good intentions and proper planning, I almost always ended up blowing off the home workouts (whereas I never skipped a studio workout I’d signed up for!). 

Just as the Barre3 Challenge came to an end, I got the opportunity to try another fun fitness program…

Checking out ClassPass

Have you heard of ClassPass?  I have been using it for the past few weeks, and I am so excited about it!  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, ClassPass is an alternative to a typical gym membership or fitness studio.  For $79/month, you get access to fitness studios all over your city – like yoga, pilates, barre, spinning, and more.  The catch is that you can only go to one studio three times over the course of each month, so it forces you to jump around and try new things.  This is actually a good thing for me, as I tend to do what is easy and familiar, and this has prompted me to try a lot of new things this month (which I ended up loving!).


This came at the perfect time after the Barre3 Challenge, which showed me that fitting in fitness all week long was possible – I just needed to be a bit more organized.  I’m using ClassPass to do a lot of evening and weekend classes, and the best part is that I have quite a few friends using it too.  One of the features I really like is that you can “friend” other people using ClassPass, which gives you access to their class schedule.  So instead of texting all week long to see what other people are doing, I can just look and decide if I want to join them – super convenient!

The website is really well done and easy to use, and I like how easy it is to see your upcoming schedule, as well as what you’ve tried already.  And the best part is that some of the studios I already know and love are part of ClassPasshere in Seattle, so I can visit my favorite spots while also trying out things that are new. 


Unfortunately, as soon as I signed up I got slammed with a horrible cough/cold that came home from school with Cullen, so I sat on the sidelines for most of the first two weeks.  But since then, here is what I’ve tried so far in Seattle:  CorePower Yoga, Flybarre, HauteYoga in Queen Anne, my beloved Barre3, and Strala Yoga.  This weekend I’ll be headed to Barre3 again, as well as trying out my first Flywheel class – I’m scared!

For my Seattle friends, anyone interested in trying it out for just one week (less commitment!) there is a $10/week promo right now!  And for everyone else, look and see if ClassPass is available near you…


I am hoping they arrive in Cincinnati soon so I can try some classes the next time I head home!  Outside of the fitness studios, I’ve also started pounding the pavement again…

Ready for Racing

I am not a winter runner.  In a former life I can remember early morning long runs back in Cincinnati where we’d run on the side of the road because the sidewalks were all icy in the middle of January.  But running is a lot different for me these days.  Admittedly, I’ve grown less hardcore and more wimpy as far as weather is concerned.  But a bit part of that is also because I am usually running with two small companions.  And while I can do my best to push myself out the door in the cold or drizzle, I can’t force my kids to sit through that in a stroller.  And so, I’ve taken most of the winter off other than a run here and there. 

But these last few weeks I’ve been out on the trails and sidewalks again, and I feel totally energized and excited for another season of running and racing.  As of right now, I’m scheduled to run the Brooks Trailhead 15k in May, the Seattle Rock & Roll Half Marathon, in June, and the See Jane Run Half Marathon in July.  These are all races I’ve done before, so I’m excited to see if I can improve on my times this year. 

I’m not doing any formal training yet, but just building back up some base mileage for now.  During the week, I’ve been getting out here and there with the stroller when the weather has allowed.  And now that the days are getting longer, I’ve been jogging around the neighborhood with the pups during evenings and weekends. 

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Casey is running the LA Marathon next weekend, so after his race I’ll be able to ramp up my running a bit more.  We have figured out that it doesn’t really work for both of us to be formally training for things at the same time!  I’m so excited to go cheer for him and watch him run.  I love marathons!

As running picks up, I’ll probably do less of the studio classes each week – my muscles can only take so much (and there is only so much time!).  My goal is to still do two or three classes a week as cross-training, but we’ll see how it goes as mileage increases.

Last but not least, I’m so excited to share that I’m joining the Brooks Run Happy Ambassador Team this year!  Brooks is an awesome running company based right here in the heart of Seattle, and I’m thrilled to be a local representative within an amazing group of runners.  Their motto is to “Run Happy” – which is exactly how I feel about running, especially these days. 

I am not very fast, and my relationship with running has been sort of a rollercoaster over the past few years through pregnancies, and newborns, and breastfeeding, and all the rest of it.  But I have always come back to running over and over again because, to me, there is no other feeling quite like crossing a finish line.  Running is fresh air, and a mountain breeze, and a few hours (or even minutes!) that are just for me.  I am so excited to Run Happy with Brooks in 2015!

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It’s going to be gorgeous and sunny here this weekend, so our plans include running, hiking, a birthday party, and as much time as humanly possible spent outside.  Happy weekends to all of you!

Friday Fitness Fun.

I mentioned in my Blue Apron post that Casey and I have been trying to really clean up our eating and increase our activity levels these past few months.  We wanted to get ahead of the holidays, and not wait until January to suddenly realize that we’d been eating like crap and not moving nearly enough.  So what does that look like for us?

The eating part is the easy part.  We know how to cook healthy meals and what healthy diets look like.  And honestly, we weren’t even really eating that badly, but I felt like there was too much sugar and not enough effort.  The funny thing is that I’m always very aware of and concerned with getting the right balance of nutrients into the kids.  A good balance of veggies, protein, and healthy fats – and I work hard to try to give them three solid meals a day.  So I’m trying to pay more attention and do the same for Casey and myself. 

The boys and I eat breakfast together each day, so that is never an issue.  But lunchtime is usually thrown together quickly just for them before we hurry up to naps, and I always tell myself I’ll eat my lunch once I get them down to sleep.  As soon as I get them into their rooms, I come downstairs and enter a flurry of feeding dogs, trying to work, going back upstairs 400 times to tell Cullen to stop jumping around his room. cleaning up the morning mess, etc. and often my lunch goes by the wayside.  That’s when I start reheating coffee and eating handfuls of chocolate chips.  No wonder I am so grumpy at 4pm (the non-napping three year old also has something to do with that…)!

Dinner is a family meal again – either with all four of us, or just me and Casey after bedtime.  But dinners are usually balanced and are our most veggie-heavy meal of the day.  Overall, I’m trying to cook bigger meals so we have more leftovers for lunches, to up the vegetable count in ALL meals, and to mostly stop eating sugar except for special occasions or nights out.

Like I said, recommitting to healthier eating hasn’t really been too hard.  It was more of a mental shift than really learning anything new.  But the fitness piece is tough this time of year, and this stage of life.  Casey is training for a marathon and traveling a lot right now.  He works hard to fit his weekday runs in on the treadmill at work during the day (or at hotels when he travels!), and I try to support him in carving out one morning each weekend for him to do his long runs.  I know he is feeling good about being committed to something and having a goal in sight, and with such a busy job, it’s really important that he has something he is working on just for himself as well.   

As for me, I have had zero interest in running for the past few months.  I think the last time I ran was…September?  I ran a lot this spring and summer, and I am the first to admit that I have become a super wimp when it comes to running in icky weather.  But the biggest hurdle for me has been figuring out how to run this fall/winter while being home with the kids.  It’s too cool and rainy to force them to sit in the stroller, and it’s too dark outside when Casey leaves/comes home from work for me to run outside.  Excuses?  Probably, but they sound legit in my head. 

I know I will start running again once we have some daylight past 4pm (hurry up, March!), and I’ve actually already registered for one half marathon next summer (why do I keep torturing myself with this??).  But I feel no rush back into running right now, and I really haven’t missed it.  The main thing I have missed is our long afternoon stroller walks to the playground, and all that wonderful fresh air each day. 

But I certainly haven’t been sitting around doing nothing.  I’ve gotten totally and completely hooked on Barre3 classes again!  I first started going to Barre3 in November of 2012 – two years ago!  I was just finally dipping my toes back in the fitness waters after having Cullen (and yes, he was a year old…), and I started going here and there throughout the following year.

When I got pregnant with Graham, I actually kept up the barre workouts until I was 38 weeks along!  That feels like a million years ago, and I always smile and talk to the pregnant mamas I see in my classes now. 

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For me, one of the best parts about barre classes – and the reason I chose Barre3 – they have CHILDCARE!  Most gyms have childcare, but it is really hard to find individual fitness studios with a childcare program.  As I sit here writing this, I am waiting for Casey’s plane to land after a week spent in New York City.  He has traveled five of the last eight weeks, and it has been HARD (for all of us!).  I am so grateful for the childcare option at Barre3, as during weeks like this one, it is the only way I can squeeze in fitness outside of the house, and it is often the only one hour break I get all day long.  Being a healthier mom makes me a happier mom, and that is good for everyone!

After Graham was born, I started going back to barre around 12 weeks postpartum.  He would snooze in his carseat or be snuggled in someone’s arms, and he always did really well.  I went one to two times a week for several months, and then I took quite a few months off.  It was summer, so I was running more and doing more outside stuff with the kids, and the class schedule also started to conflict with Graham’s nap needs.  So I took a hiatus, knowing I’d get back to it eventually.

Sometime around September, I started back at Barre3 regularly, and at this point I try to make it to three or four studio classes each week!  I do a mix of 6am classes (when Casey is home), mid-day classes (using childcare), and weekend classes either early in the morning or during nap time. 

I never thought I’d be a fitness class type of person, but I find that I push myself a lot harder in classes, knowing that it’s one hour that is just for me that day.  Plus, it is an excuse to wear workout clothes all day long, right?

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I have recently become obsessed with workout gear from the Gap, of all places!  I’m addicted to their gfast leggings, and I bought three pairs during the black Friday half price sale!  They have some cute patterns right now too.

Speaking of deals, I noticed at my local studio this week that they are having a holiday special on class packages.  The 10-class package is 20% off from now until Christmas, for anyone who loves Barre3 and wants to stock up like me. 

And last but not least, a heads up that Barre3 just announced their Barre Challenge program yesterday!  This is an awesome fitness challenge program that runs from January 5th to February 1st.  I’m going to participate myself, and I think it’s a great way to kick off a new year of healthy habits.  I’ll be posting more about this after Christmas, along with an awesome Barre3 giveaway for you guys!

It’s worth noting that none of this is sponsored or paid in any way.  I absolutely 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!

Next week, I’m going to test out a one week pass at a nearby hot yoga studio, as I think that would be something to add in during these icky winter months.  I’ll let you guys know how it goes!

Happy Friday!

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