Archives for November 2010

Travel Thoughts – Jersey

*I had no idea Newark was so close to NYC. Next time I’ll come early to mingle/dance/shop.

*Yay for getting to spend 4 hours in NYC!
*Thank you, Lululemon Soho for my new black Dance Studio II pants. Love them.
*NJ has was too many toll booths on the Turnpike.
*They should have signs that tell you how much moo-lah you’re gonna have to fork over.
*Good thing I paid for our dinner with my card and Marcus gave me cash, or else I would not have even had $ for the tolls. Whew!
*Why the heck are there SO MANY forks in the road here? There’s one every mile, I swear.
*I’d heard this myth that in NJ the attendants pump your gas for you.
*It’s not a myth, it’s true! What’s the etiquette here? Do you tip them?
*Trip alert texts are awesome to tell you your flight has been delayed.
*Except for when they lie. It’s a good thing I went to the gate anyway. Flight on time. Whew.
*People in NJ are surprisingly nicer than I would have imagined.
*Love the spin class poster at the gym: “Ride it like you stole it!” Clever and witty.
*The trainers I trained this weekend are awesome. My job rules.
*The Mercury Milan is a really nice rental car: heated seats and a TON of buttons to push. Yes!
*Drawback: too many buttons make it difficult to find the button you need, while driving.
*I think the lady at the Avis counter exploited the fact that she has a foreign accent.
*One car, one day + 3 hours +a ton of coverage I didn’t ask for = $364. Bitch.
*My plane didn’t crash. Success.
*Back home with my boys. Sweet.
*Boston this weekend. Bring it.
image via sheknows.com
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TRX Travel – New Jersey!

So this weekend, I’ll be teaching the TRX Group Course certification in New Jersey. Woot woot!
A couple photos from my course in Texas last month…


Added Bonus: My buddy and fellow Fitness Instructor Extraordinaire*, Marcus Jackson, lives in NJ so we’re going to connect today, grab some lunch, visit the local Lululemon, and catch up… before I have to drive to Bayville.

If you live in New York City and belong to a gym, chances are, Marcus teaches a class there. He teaches 35 classes at a million different gyms EVERY WEEK in NYC. He’s fantastic! Check out your group schedule and look for him!
Enjoy your weekend!
*that’s what I call myself. so what?
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Ben Sollee

I have about a million things to do, so a quick post from me. I saw my friend, Ben Sollee, play downtown last night and I’m always blown away when I see him. He’s a classically trained cellist with a very unique twist and style of his own. Kind of a big deal. His stuff is equal parts mellow and crazy fun. Buy his music on iTunes. Or Amazon. Either way, do it. It’s insane! This is a video of him from when he was on Jimmy Kimmel Live. See? I told you he was a big deal.
Now watch this one. It might be my favorite of his. It mentions California and Kentucky. Sigh.
Check out his website to see if he’ll be near you in the future.
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Season After Thanksgiving

Holiday Tradition:

Years ago, my dad and I had a discussion on how people celebrated the heck out of Halloween, and then as soon as it was over, completely skipped Thanksgiving and started getting in the holiday spirit for the season AFTER Thanksgiving. What the H? Isn’t it supposed to be the time to give thanks? And everybody’s just jumping right into … well, you know. Not that the Season after is bad, but we just wanted to give Thanksgiving its fair share of celebration. So we made a pact that we would not even say the C word until at least after Thanksgiving dinner. So that’s what we do.

We turn the radio station if we start to hear Season After Thanksgiving music. Look to the other side of the street if we happen to see Season After Thanksgiving lights up already, walk the other way in the department stores when they’ve got their Season After Thanksgiving decorations out.
Now, this used to be easier, but as I’m getting older, it’s getting WAY harder to not get excited about it. All I want to do is break out my Season After Thanksgiving music and listen to it while I put up my Season After Thanksgiving tree. Sigh. 2 more weeks until Thanksgiving. I can do this. Time to focus on what I’m thankful for:
I’m thankful that my awesome Hubs agreed to uproot himself from the sun and the surf of Southern California to move to KY so that we could have a new start. I am now close to my family and friends and actually get to spend ALL of the holidays with them. It’s been 4 years since I’ve been able to do that.
How ’bout you?
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Playlist: An oldie but a goodie!

I made this playlist a couple years ago and decided to play it in class this morning. I’d forgotten how much I liked it. Plus, I’ve got more fellas in my TRX bootcamp so they tend to like this a bit more than Britney Spears. Weird…

Shook Me All Night Long – ACDC (duh.)
Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry
Pump It – Black Eyed Peas
Icky Thump – The White Stripes
Yeah – Usher (this song will NEVER get old for me)
That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
Fire Burning – Sean Kingston
We Will Rock You – Queen
So What – Pink
The Way You Move – Outkast
Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
Hollywood Nights – Bob Seger
American Girl – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
So rock it out in whatever you do today! Try to break at sweat at SOME point!
Image via Jon.
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Del Mar Workout

Just thinking about some buddies…

While I lived in San Diego I taught and trained for 14 different gyms/companies. Del Mar Workout was the one I was at the longest though. I’m so grateful to Melanie (my manager in the front row, on the far left) for hiring me. This photo is of my Thursday morning Pilates crew on my last day in SD. I miss them SO much. There are many people from this gym that aren’t in the photo (like my entire Gravity and Body Conditioning classes) that I miss a ton as well.

When you’re cruising around, from gym to gym, by yourself all day, your clients become your co-workers. Some even become your family. From Annie and Terri who came with me and my friends to try on wedding dresses, to Ted and Ann who invited me into their home for my first Thanksgiving in San Diego, alone, I love you guys and miss you!
Conrad and I will be visiting in December. We won’t get to see everybody we’d like, but we’ll do our damnedest!
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Doritos and Yoga?!

My friend, Steven Clark was brought on to shoot a Doritos commercial for their annual Super Bowl commercial contest. I helped him out! See the commercial at this link! It’s super funny!

This doesn’t mean I condone eating Doritos… at least not more than a couple… every other year. ; )
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See EVERYTHING in one day.

Boston, MA and Newark, NJ

When I teach the TRX certifications in different cities it’s a whirlwind. I fly in, go to sleep, teach the next day, then fly out that night. Yes, I get to go to a lot of cool cities, but a few hours here and there leaves me without a lot of time for seein’ the sights. BUT on my next two trips, I’m flying in a bit early so I have an ENTIRE day to see stuff. What do I SEE though?!

Today, I’m enlisting the help of you, readers. If you’ve ever been to/lived in Newark/Bayville, New Jersey, let me know what I could do there.
AND if you’ve ever been to/lived in Boston/Beverly Massachusetts, let me know what I HAVE to see here. There are obviously 1,001 things that I know of to do in Boston, but I’ve never been, and only have 1 day of roaming before I have to skirt out.
Now, I can totally go online and google everything that I need, but I want to hear some first-hand knowledge from you. Your job is to make my stay enjoyable and worthwhile (see how I just gave you a job? And you were trying to sit back, relax, and be entertained by reading blogs). So think of things to do and then tell them to me! Impress me with your worldly experiences! Go! I’ll be here waiting…
All joking aside, I’d appreciate it. Thanks buddies, in advance! ; )
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Healthy Recipe Review


So you know when I was telling you about those healthy, low-fat, gluten free Banana Oatmeal muffins? What, you don’t remember? Ok, go here and get caught up.

So I made ’em and they were awesome! Here are my notes:

  • Recipe calls for oat flour. I didn’t have any and couldn’t find it at the store. I didn’t want to start driving all over creation looking for some, so I googled on the iPhone and learned you could just put your oats in the blender and blend away until you have flour-esque consistency. You may be like, “yeah, duh,” but I was unaware of this. Worked out perfectly!
  • Recipe calls for 2 very ripe bananas (e.g. brown ones). I only had 1 at home and the store only had green ones. Boo. So we had to make due with one brown, one greenish-yellow. Still worked, but didn’t have a very banana-y taste. I love bananas so I’m thinking of holding 3 bananas until they’re mushy to use for my next batch so I get more of the banana flavoring.
  • Be prepared to give some away. Eating healthy/yummy muffins is good. Eating 10 in one sitting kind of defeats the purpose. (I’m not saying I did this, I’m just warning you that they taste really good and you might want to over-indulge. If you’re prone to over-indulging, make a few baggies and give away as little gifts!)
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