Another class I’ve been dying to try since I joined Equinox was ViPR. ViPR is Vitality, Performance & Reconditioning. It involved a lot of real life movements while holding the ViPR. I loved this class. The movements were all ones I’ve known from regular workouts but they were enhanced with repetition and by using the ViPR bar. I used the lightest bar (most people did) and still found it challenging. The instructor did a great job of explaining and demonstrating the moves and clearly mixed it up for a total body workout. I’m really looking forward to taking this class again.
This past Sunday B and I had some friends over to grill on the roof. Though it had poured at points during the day, the evening was clear and we had a lovely night. Everyone brought fun, healthy food and I felt really stuffed by the end. My contributions were two things I found on Pinterest - salmorejo and watermelon, basil, feta + quinoa salad. I was a bit stressed because I had to work (yes, on a Sunday) and got home less than an hour before everyone came over. Fortunately, the recipes were easy and I had a great sous chef so we pulled it all together quickly. Salmorejo is very similar to gazpacho but tastes a lot creamier without the cream! We had it in Spain and I was so excited to recreate it at home. Both dishes were absolutely delicious and will certainly become regular summer staples.
One of the goals of 2012 was to try new fitness classes. I’m proud to say, I’ve really be doing it and loving it! At first I was nervous going to classes alone, but once I attended 3SUM with S and saw I would be fine, I challenged myself to go to more! As work insanity slows down, I’ve been able to attend more classes and will write reviews on here.
One evening I got out of work at a decent time and saw that I could make a 30/60/90 class. I summoned the courage and went a bit early to watch what other people were grabbing for class. Everyone had a bench raised up 2 levels and two sets of weights, lights and heavies. What’s tricky about group classes is being able to get the perfect lights and heavies for you, with everyone else trying to do the same. I grabbed 5lbs and 8lbs, so a bit light for my heavies, but this was my first class. I lucked out because the woman who actually invented 30/60/90 was teaching the class. It was a lot of moves around the bench in intervals of (wait for it) 30, 60 and 90 seconds. By the 90 second interval I could barely move sometimes. I was sweating a lot but the moves felt pretty doable. Fortunately there were a few other beginners in the class so the instructor told us we should rest when we needed so we didn’t overexert ourselves. I have way to much pride to rest often, but sometimes it was necessary.
All in all, I felt I got a great workout. I liked the class, but didn’t love it. At points we were told to speed up, which I felt made me ruin my form. Maybe this was because I was new though so I’d like to try again to see how things go.
There are so many nights when we’re too tired to cook but both my wallet and my waistline can’t take another night of ordering in. With that in mind, I’ve started to keep some things in the kitchen that allow us to whip up something fairly healthy with minimal effort. Some of these items include frozen pizza crusts and frozen vegetables. Based on what I had on hand, we made some cheesy spinach and artichoke pizza with a side of asparagus. It was a very green and white meal and we loved every bite!
I made split pea soup the other day and it was amazing. One reason I love split pea soup is because it’s basically pureed peas that have been flavored with ham (on the ham bone!) The result was so comforting on a cold night and not so filling that we couldn’t have dessert!
This was one of the raw dinners I was allowed while on the cleanse - quinoa with cucumbers, tomatoes, red peppers, onions, cilantro, lemon and olive oil. Fortunately it was delicious. I think this will become a summer side staple.
This blog served as my day-to-day training record for the New York City Marathon with a little bit about how I have fun in the city. I finished my first marathon in 4:17:48 and had the time of my life. I also raised over $2000 for Camp Casey. Post marathon this blog will follow just some of my continued healthy endeavors and races and will provide me with a place to record great running articles, quotes or facts I read. Enjoy!