This Week in Workouts: Pilates, Pilates, Pilates!

I’ve been MIA over here for a bit thanks to our LA vacation and having a very good friend in town with her family. I did, however, post some workout love for you over at Calio, so check it out for a way to tone up even on your laziest of days!

Over here, I’ve stuck with Pilates all week, simply because I wanted to enjoy as much time as possible with my friend without anything besides my teaching schedule getting in the way. It was fun to have her take one of my classes with me!

Sweaty Pilates

Check out my back–sweatiest Pilates class ever!

It was a wise choice and now I’m looking forward to adding cardio and weights back into my routine.

Here’s what my workouts looked like this week:

Monday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates
Tuesday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates
Wednesday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates
Thursday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates x2
Friday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates
Saturday: Cardio – Walk/jog 2 miles
Sunday: OFF

Saturday’s walk/jog was a way for me to be active while being outside with the kids. We drove to a cute nearby town and then they road their bikes about a mile to the park while I walked/jogged along with them. It’s one of my favorite ways to be active with them and it felt good to shake out my legs and get my heart pumping a little.

Sometimes a break in our routine is good for our bodies. I could have made it to BodyPump today like usual, but I decided to take a full day of rest before really getting back at it tomorrow.

I’m feeling motivated and refreshed and think I might tackle Fitnessista’s Winter Shape Up from the beginning since I missed out on the last two weeks.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Celebrating Our 11th Valentine Anniversary At Disneyland

This year we celebrated our 11th Valentine anniversary a little less traditionally by making it all about our kids and spending the day in Disneyland.

and they lived happily ever after

We chose to do this because one of my very best friends who lives halfway across the country was in southern California for the weekend, so the only logical thing to do was pack up the family and make the 6-hour drive to see her.

We went to LA for more than just the weekend, starting our vacation on Wednesday to enjoy time with the great grandparents, who we stayed with, and at the beach. We couldn’t have picked a better week to go down there because the weather was even warmer than usual.


Our troop of three 4-year-olds and two 2-year-olds turned into quite the sandy mess at the beach and there was more whining than you might expect at a place that deems itself the happiest on earth.



Taking a rest in the shade, minus one

Although Saturday didn’t feel quite like an anniversary and not even much like Valentine’s Day, it was still a fun vacation and I’m glad we could make it work.



We spent the whole day at California Adventure so that we could see the things we thought were most important to the kids–Cars Land and Frozen Fun.



The Disney Jr characters were a hit too.



There was the bonus that California Adventure sells beer, which was much needed to make it through some of that craziness. :) Bonus points for having a Starbucks, so I could still get my afternoon caffeine fix!

You might also be expecting me to include my workouts in this post, but I’m not one for working out on vacation unless it involves walking while sightseeing, so there isn’t much to write about other than a couple of Pilates classes and one cardio session before our trip. I’d be curious to know how many steps I walked at Disneyland, though, because I think that definitely counts as a workout this week!

Hope your Valentine’s Day was a happy one too! You can check out last year’s Valentine’s day posts here and here for a more typical romantic celebration.

What did you do for Valentine’s Day?


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This Week in Workouts: No More Crazies

Hey all–hope you all had a good weekend! We had a cozy, rainy one here that was much more relaxing than the rest of the week.

Doug took Friday off so I could get a bit of a break since I was going a little crazy thanks to our hectic week.

Me going crazy

Photo credit to Reece

We met up for a bit to pick out our new bathroom vanity, but other than that I was on my own, mostly running errands. If you have kids, you know that running errands without them is pretty much a vacation.

I also enjoyed a leisurely lunch out at FreeBirds and a coffee from Philz.

FreeBirds Salad

Philz Coffee Chai Tea

That salad gives Chipotle a run for their money and Philz chai tea with fresh mint and cardamom was perfect for the weather. (You may have seen these pictures before over on Instagram, but if you haven’t, come follow me!)

We had some fun on Saturday, taking the kids to a movie, which was Emme’s first one in a theater. As rambunctious as she is, rarely sitting through a whole movie at home, we weren’t sure how she’d do, but she sat still and quiet the whole time, happily munching on popcorn and M&Ms.

Emma's first movie in a theater

Other than that, it was a pretty laid back weekend. The only other thing of note is that we didn’t have any meat in the house for dinner Sunday night, so we cooked up some eggs and had them dinner-style over a mix of roasted regular and sweet potatoes with a side of green beans and broccolini. The kids were a little surprised to see eggs on their plates for dinner!

Meatless Sunday Dinner, eggs for breakfast

Those kids were also bouncing off the walls by the end of the weekend after so much time inside, so I’ll have to find a good way for them to release some energy with the continuing rain.

As far as workouts this past week, despite my desire to keep up with Winter Shape Up, the craziness of the week got in the way, so I pretty much did my usual thing.

Here’s what it looked like:

Monday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates
Tuesday: Strength/Flexibility + Cardio – Teach Pilates + 30 min steady state hybrid stationary bike
Wednesday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates
Thursday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates
Friday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates
Saturday: Cardio – 4 mile treadmill run (Calorie-blasting treadmill run + steady)
Sunday: Strength - BodyPump

The fun thing about the gym this weekend was that Doug joined the Y with me. He’s gone a few times as a guest, but usually sticks with cycling and at-home workouts. With the rain this weekend, he decided to get his cardio in at the gym in a cycling class. The kids thought it was fun having him there for kids club drop off/pickup and I’m looking forward to having him come more often on these rainy days.

Have a great start to your week!

Do you and your significant other go to the gym together?

How was your weekend?

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