Uh, hi guys. Thursday already, huh? OOPS! Time flies when your kids don’t nap and you don’t have consistent childcare – that’s how the saying goes, right?
I feel like I could talk about a million different things and go in many different directions, but for today I’ll just pick a few. I haven’t talked about workouts in too long! So that’s where I’ll start. I’m still feeling super motivated about working out, and have felt great about keeping up with it despite life’s hectic schedule and busy demands.
Here are a few of the things I’ve done lately – some old favorites, and a few new things I’ve tried:
To be honest, I didn’t like it at all. It felt frantic and moved way too quickly, and some of the moments didn’t even feel safe. The instructor barely demonstrated anything, and I didn’t feel like I was able to do a lot of the movements correctly. It just wasn’t for me.
To be fair though, I am not a huge fan of Pure Barre in general. It’s my least favorite of the barre studios I’ve tried, although I do think it’s an effective workout. Something about it is just not for me.
I think of all the different workouts I do, this is my absolute favorite. I have a weekly Sunday class that I almost never miss, and I look forward to it all week long! The CorePower class times aren’t as readily available on ClassPass as they used to be, so I actually bought a class package in order to supplement for when the ClassPass schedule is full.
I signed up for this through the Sync website since the first class is free, but I see they have recently joined ClassPass too, so it’s nice to know I have the option to go back now! I tried this because a friend recommended it, and because I wanted to mix up the types of workouts I was doing.
I’m looking for more cardio and bootcamp classes in addition to the strength training I already do, and this was a great option. We did a circuit of things like pushups, burpees, jumping jacks, kettlebells, etc. – I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it, but I was really sore the next day. Always a good sign!
Another one of my favorite studios and classes, and each time I am humbled and reminded that pilates =BRUTAL. I tried a new teacher and she was seriously hard core. I love SPX because it’s only 40 minutes, and there is no way I could do a minute longer.
I was invited to try a pop-up SoulCycle class as part of a partnership they are doing with Target. Our class was in a local art gallery that had been transformed into a beautiful SoulCycle studio – it was really impressive! I was hesitant to try this because I generally don’t like spinning. I feel super intimidated by the clip in shoes, and get claustrophobic on the bikes.
I will say that while I still don’t think spinning is a favorite workout, the experience was AMAZING. The instructor had come in from San Francisco, and she was insane – I have never seen someone’s legs move so quickly. I couldn’t even come close to keeping up, but the loud music and her incredible energy were super motivating, and I left dripping in sweat and kind of wanting to puke. It was NUTS, but I think if Seattle ever gets a SoulCycle studio I will try it again.
Morning and evening RUNNING!
And then there is running – which I always come back to over and over again. This time of year is hard because it is just so DARK! I do a lot of my runs with a good friend who works full time, so we work around her schedule – which usually means 630am or 7pm for running – both of which are pitch black.
Last week when we were running, she tripped on a broken piece of sidewalk in the dark and took a really hard fall. She got a lot of cuts and bruises and I think we both realized we need to be a lot more careful. Or get some headlamps!
Our morning runs are often along the Burke-Gilman trail, which has better lighting, and also provides an incredible sparkly view of the city on our way back into Fremont.
I also have a lot of new awesome running gear to show you guys, but I’ll save that for another post coming up!
Outside of workouts, we’ve been working a lot but trying to make enough time for family fun as well. Casey and I have been like ships passing for many days (weeks?) in a row, and I was so desperately craving some relaxed family time. So last weekend, we packed up the car and headed into the mountains for exactly that.
I know so many of you are buried under many inches (or feet!) of snow, but Seattle hasn’t seen a single flake this year or last. Cullen kept talking about how badly he wanted to play in snow, so we went and found him some.
We drove out to the Hyak sledding hill in Snoqualmie, and it was INCREDIBLE. I love our beaches and views and water all around, but seeing the Cascades blanketed in snow made me fall so much more in love with the Northwest. The kids had SO MUCH FUN, and I’m pretty sure Cullen would have stayed all day long. We did little sledding hills, a really big super fast hill (that petrified Graham – oops), built a snowman, threw snowballs, and soaked in the incredible scenery all around us.
It was exactly what I needed, and I felt so refreshed after a great family day. This week has been busy, busy on the business front. I’ve had a ton of meetings to schedule and coordinate, and Casey has been dropping samples off around town and brewing his heart out.
For local kombucha fans, we’re now available as part of Full Circle Farms organic CSA delivery service! And in the next few weeks we’ll be in 5-10 new spots around Seattle as well, which is very exciting! I’ll be sure to tell you as those accounts go live (or you can follow us in Instagram, where we post updates as well).
And with that, my kids are up from naps and the sun is actually shining today – so we are off to ride our scooters around the ‘hood! Happy Thursday to you all!