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jamba juice fit trends.

25 Apr

Wednesday was a day jam-packed full of fitness for me.  I subbed a 6 am spin class and then headed out to the gorgeous Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica for an event put on by Jamba Juice called FitTrends.

It was a great day sampling Jamba concoctions and learning about their recipes, trying the new “it” workouts, and mingling with my favorite LA HLBs (healthy living bloggers, duh).

20140424-163905.jpgWhen I arrived, I grabbed a Kale-ribbean Breeze smoothie from their “Whole Food” line of smoothies.  My fav Jamba Juice growing up was Caribbean Passion, and I’m trying to avoid sugar, so this was a good go-to.

I immediately met up with Katy, Monica, Melissa, and Tiffany!

IMG_6632It was great seeing all of these women — it is so nuts how social media has allowed us to go from strangers to real life friends. The future is awesome.

We kicked off the morning with a warm up with Venus Williams and celebrity trainer Samantha Monus. It wasn’t anything too strenuous — and I immediately envied Venus’ top.  Athletic apparel envy is REAL. (I later learned it’s from her own line – EleVen by Venus).

IMG_6630Throughout the day  we sampled four different workouts that have popped up.  Everyone loved the Pound workout.  We used drumsticks and moved to the beat, hitting the sticks above us, on the ground, and to the side in unison.  It was a good mix of cardio, strength, and some ab work, and a lot of fun.  I’d definitely love to take a full class sometime, especially after a particularly stressful day. IMG_6636

Monica had a great Instagram video of the class here.

After sweating it up with the Pound girls, we headed upstairs for a little blind tasting of different Jamba Juices to see if we could guess the ingredients.

IMG_6643These were actual fresh-squeezed juices (not smoothies).  We tried:

  • Tropical Greens –> my favorite
  • Veggie Harvest –> they call this one “the kitchen sink” because there’s so many different veggies packed in it.
  • Citrus Kick –> VERY ginger-y
  • Great Greens –> the most “green” tasting smoothie.

I went 4/4 on the guessing, but it was pretty easy.  I also thought it was cool that even the apple juice included in these juices is fresh.

After we sipped, we spoke with Carol Chen of Jamba Juice who told us all about how Jamba creates it blends as well as the ingredients it uses.  Check out the gorgeous farmer’s market display behind her (which we all got to raid at the end of the day!)

IMG_6646Carol talked about a lot of interesting things including…

  • how Jamba Juice works with their Research & Development team to see what the trends in the industry are.
  • Kale is no longer a trend — it is a mainstay and that can be seen from the fact that major grocery stores carry kale chips, dips made with kale, etc.
  • A trend for 2014 is “global spices” — ancho chile was one she mentioned.
  • Consumers are getting sophisticated and want to be put on a culinary journey — that’s how Citrus Kick (orange juice, apple juice, pineapples, ice, and ginger) came about

After we were all Jamba-fied, we tried workout #2 – Pop Physique.   I’ve tried various bar-type workouts before and am not really a fan, I prefer lifting normally (BODY PUMP!!!) instead of the small, “tucking” movements of bar-type classes.  The pop session was challenging though and the instructors were both upbeat!

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Melissa, Tiffany, and Kara tucking away.

Next up was lunch! I chatted with Katy, Melissa, and Lindsay over some salad and sparkling water before moving inside for a chat with Venus and Jake “Body by Jake” Steinfeld.  But first, Gigi and I took a selfie…

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Loved meeting you, Gigi! [photo credit: instagram.com/gigieats]

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The conversation was light-hearted, but full of interesting facts and tips about Jake and Venus’ approach to healthy living.

How they got their start in healthy living

  • Jake said he was a chubby kid with a stutter who used to eat everything, but his life changed when his Dad got him a set of weights at 13.  He started eating more moderately and became hooked on physical fitness.
  • Venus started training to become a pro tennis player at the age of FOUR. (FOUR!)  Her mom didn’t keep junk food in the house at all so she learned to love healthy foods at an early age

Jake and Venus’ 3 Tips for Healthy Living

  1. Don’t expect to be perfect.
  2. Be consistent – healthy living is about longevity.
  3. Just get started.

Why Jamba Juice?

  • Other than their orange juice and wheatgrass shots, and the fact that she is a franchisee, Venus says Jamba is aligned with her beliefs ever since her mom “hid the cookies.”
  • For Jake, he believes Jamba is aligned with what families need.  This is important to him because he is working to help put fitness centers in elementary schools.

How do Venus and Jake stay motivated?

  • Venus said she often has a “battle with the bed” — but hearing Serena get out of bed to go to practice helps her get out of bed too!
  • Jake does a 42-minute workout, 6 days a week.  He uses that time to plan out his day, so by the time it is over he has worked out his body and mind.

Least favorite workout? food?

  • Venus HATES planks (funny, because I love ’em) and she is NOT aboard the broccoli train.
  • Jake hates squats and liver.

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After our chat, we explored workout #3 – Hoopnotica.

Hoopnotica is a hula-hoop based workout.  You can burn up to 350 calories in an hour hooping.  I was able to keep the hoop up pretty well, but wasn’t trying to do any circus-like tricks.  This class was fun, but it felt way more like play and not at all like exercise (totally fine for most people, but I like a little bit greater bang for my buck). Also, I somehow got a bruise on my side from 15 minutes of hula hooping. Cool, Gillian.

Tiffany caught this photo of Kara — and I’m in the background hooping away:

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photo credit: instagram.com/runninghutch

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post-hula with my twin for the day, Katy [photo credit: instagram.com/katymarie5]

Definitely a good option for the coordinated people out there!

The last class of the day was the one I was the most excited about — Surfset Fitness!  Surfset uses surfboards strapped to exercise balls — so balancing is a challenge as the surfboard moves with you. It reminded me a little bit of plyometric devices we used to use in cross country.

IMG_6672 This workout was tough — we did all types of core work, burpees, and some yoga moves. I’d love to try this again! And you know, actually learn to surf.  Fun fact:  these guys were on the show Shark Tank! IMG_6679We wrapped up the day with some sweet swag bags (I’m stoked on my new Jamba yoga mat – I needed a new one badly) and took photos with Venus.

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It was an awesome day and I am grateful I got the chance to participate — and I am sure there are other awesome things that happeend I forgot to mention. Thanks so much, Jamba Juice!

P.S. My legs HATED me later that night when I taught two more spin classes back-to-back.  Thursday was obviously a rest day.

Answer one (or both!) of the following:

  • Favorite smoothie? (Jamba or homemade)…
  • Favorite “trendy” workout? (I think we all know mine is Soul Cycle)…
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the most relaxing friday.

28 Sep

Yesterday was the most relaxing day, ever.

I am insanely lucky to not have class on Fridays — and to have a pretty relaxed 3L schedule in general — which allows me to have a lot of fun.  But my posts will be way less fun come a year from now, when I become a real person. Until then, though, I will enjoy my (somewhat) joke of a life.

I spent the afternoon and evening kicking it in Malibu with some of my law school friends: Taylor, Armita, Marty, Connor, and Avi and I hung out at Taylor’s parents’ house. It just might be one of my favorite places on earth.

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I make fun of Taylor (for a lot of reasons) but mostly because he develops these insane hobbies — the latest one is spearfishing.  I didn’t go in the water yesterday, but I was so relaxed hanging out oceanside and just taking it all in. Taylor spent about 2 hours out there (in full algae-camo wetsuit attire, I kid you not), and returned with a leopard shark (legal to catch) and a seabass.  Avi also caught a leopard shark. I didn’t stick around for the lobster session, but Taylor and Marty had success on the first night of lobster season!

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this is my scary friend Taylor.

While Taylor and Marty gutted the fish, Armita and I used this as the perfect excuse to stop by the Malibu Country Mart to caffeinate ourselves, and to check out Grom gelato — recently recommended to me by my roommate who had it in Italy, as well as by Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere in this post.

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It was good, but not “OMG THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER TASTED” good.

When we returned, Marty and Taylor prepared a delicious feast of leopard shark tacos (surprisingly delectable) and we all hung out as the sunset.  Dessert was Marty’s concoction of homemade vanilla ice cream and grilled peaches, with a little honey and cinnamon on top. I died and went to foodie heaven, and it is conveniently located in Malibu.

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so. relaxing.

so. relaxing.

I need to hang out by the water more because this was possibly the most relaxed I have ever been in my whole life.

Such a great day with fun people in a gorgeous setting, and such a nice reminder of how lucky I am.

 

could I be any more LA?

30 Aug

I realized the other day that I was “so LA” when I was out to dinner with my friend/neighbor/walk-to-work buddy Peter and his new roommate, Fadi, at Sugarfish (the best sushi I’ve ever had).  My schedule this year is really laid-back (#3LFreeL or #3LOL will be used a lot in the next year), so I have a lot of time to do fun things and generally be obnoxious.  In between bites of halibut, Peter asked me what I had planned for the next day.

This was my response: “Well, in the morning I’m going on a #SOULDate with my friend Katherine.  We met through each other’s respective blogs and became friends in real life. And then later that day I’m meeting a law school friend in Malibu to do some snorkeling.” It then dawned on me…I could not, if I tried, be any more “LA.” HOW DID THIS HAPPEN. Whatever, LA is the best.

Sugarfish was incredible.  I am new to delicious sushi. I only really realized I liked it in the last few years – I used to be weirded out by the idea of eating raw fish, and before that I didn’t even like COOKED seafood.  I ordered the $30 fixed-price meal called the “Trust Me.” All of it was delicious, but the halibut was my fav.

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The next morning, I set my alarm for 7 to make it to Soul Cycle in Santa Monica to meet Katherine for the 8:30 class.  I left at 7:35 and got there an HOUR later, walking into the class a solid 10 minutes late.  As heartbreaking as that was, I enjoyed the class and liked the instructor, Molly, a lot, although she’s no Laura Crago (mine and Katherine’s fav ever). Katherine and I grabbed coffee after and she filled me in on super important (not sarcasm) healthy living blog gossip.

Although I joke about my LA hobbies (spinning, blogging for two) I love the fact that my blog and social media obsession has allowed me to get to know people and make real friends! Katherine and I have gone spinning together at least 4-5 times now and have definitely become friends in the process.  One of these times we’ll take a photo together – but post-spin is never when I am looking my greatest. Anyway, Soul Cycle is the best.

After our spin fest, Katherine and I parted ways and I drove down PCH a little to meet one of my law school budz, Taylor, at his parents’ house.  He has all kinds of weird hobbies, the latest being spear-fishing.  Since we both don’t have Thursday class, I jumped at the chance to snorkel/be in the water while he tried to kill some stuff.  Multiple victories were had:  I fit into a wetsuit made for a tiny child, I saw a bunch of fish and MULTIPLE seals, and Taylor did not puncture me with his harpoon. Yay!  The visibility wasn’t awesome as the day went on so no fish tacos were consumed, but all in all it was great to be out there!

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I left the ‘Bu and headed back to DTLA where Loyola was having its first “Turf Club” of the year. Yes, I went to school by choice when I didn’t have class, but it was because they were literally giving out free beer.  And, as my friend Ross pointed out, they weren’t keeping to the prior “two drink” minimum.  Beers were had and “networking” was conducted.  A win for all!  Also – HUGE upgrade on my law school’s part for switching from Coors Light to Golden Road’s Hef this year for a beer option.  Clearly my priorities are in order.

source: instagram.com/loyolalawschool

source: instagram.com/loyolalawschool

Other “LA” things I’ve done recently include seeing the Dodgers lose (sadly) to the Red Sox last Sunday, and going on a run to U$C with my running group.  Although I didn’t go there, running a couple of laps around their track is pretty magical. Eww did I just say that?

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My status as an annoying social media…enthusiast was revealed today when I went to pick up a package for my subscription-box obsessed roommate. (She’s on vacation and has 4 boxes of loot waiting for when she gets back. Everyone has their vices.  I am not judging).  Anyway, there was a package for me too – my own bag of loot c/o Klout!  KIND bars sent me a bunch of bars to sample and INCREDIBLE high-quality incase brand headphones.  I will never use earbuds again for anything other than running.

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That’s about all the news I have. I’m off to sub a spin class in a couple of hours and then beat the heat by (probably) listening to Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop” remixes at length.

Oh, last thing, I binge-watched Orange is the New Black in the last week after making fun of my mom for doing the same thing. SO good.  And of course, someone told me I look like Piper Chapman so now I have completely internalized the show.  The other day I thought I saw Crazy Eyes on my run to SC.  Nope, Gillian, you are not Piper Chapman, the show is fictional, and fake prisoners are not roaming the streets.

Have a great Labor Day weekend y’all!

Fav LA stereotype? I probably embody it, let’s be real. 

red, white, and brews.

7 Jul

I hope everyone had an epic 4th of July! I went down to Huntington Beach for the day for some patriotic festivities.  I actually got down to HB late Wednesday, crashed at my friend Riley’s, and then got up early on the 4th to run the local Surf City 5K with my best friend Whitney, Riley, and our friend Travis.

IMG_4113The race was pretty relaxed.  I did the same race 4 years ago in 23:11.  My knee had been really bugging me earlier in the week, so I just wanted to run relaxed and have fun.  I didn’t bring my watch and ran it by feel.

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before Travis passed me victoriously!

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Travis and I ended up finishing together – just one second apart! I clocked in at 23:34 and felt good.  Not like I raced it really, more like a comfortably hard tempo run. I love the course (down Main, right on PCH and back). It’s a fun tradition to run a race every year. Check out last year’s recap of the Will Rogers 10k, and 2011’s 10k in Ventura.

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had to sport my new 4th of July compression socks.

After the race, we headed back to Riley’s apartment where we ate like patriotic kings, and began to celebrate.

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As people trickled in, we did the typical annoying American thing of playing drinking games.  You know, general USA tomfoolery.

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We also trekked a couple of blocks down to the beach. A few took naps, and the rest of us spent some time in the ocean. The water was so nice and it was truly great to be in the water. 600481_10100099445682209_1188898633_n

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We headed back, ordered pizza, hung out, and enjoyed the holiday.

I headed back to DTLA around 8:30. It was a shame to miss HB’s awesome fireworks show, but I had work Friday and wanted to beat traffic. #SoCalProblems.  I managed to see about 10 different fireworks shows though, so that was great.

What’s your favorite 4th tradition?

Mine is running a race of some kind, and you know, booze. 

a weekend in santa cruz.

24 Jun

Last weekend, I headed up north to Santa Cruz for the weekend for my brother Reid’s college graduation.

Getting there was a feat in and of itself. From my office in DTLA, I took the metro one stop to Union Station.  There, I picked up the LAX Fly-away shuttle, which took me to LAX for $7! It was easy and efficient, except for the fact it was 15 minutes late.  I allowed plenty of time, though, so I would recommend it, as long as you leave plenty of time.  I had about and hour to kill at LAX before I hopped on the Virgin America flight to San Jose.  I landed around 10 pm, and a shuttle came (also about 15 minutes late) to drive me to Sant Cruz.  Normally, at 10:30 on a Friday night, this drive would take 40 minutes or so. But on this particular Friday, it took 90.  A power line had fallen on the freeway, seven hours earlier, and they still hadn’t fixed the problem.  Luckily the driver and other passanger in the shuttle were friendly.  Finally, at around 11:45, I arrived in downtown Santa Cruz where I met my brother and parents at a bar called 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall where the band my brother manages, Dewey and the Peoples, were performing. (Pictured below with a random fan).

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My parents had an IPA waiting for me, and we hung out and listened to the music til a little after 12.  I headed back with my parents to a beach-adjacent apartment they rented through VRBO.  It couldn’t have been nicer or more quaint! If you’re looking for a place to stay in Santa Cruz, try the West Cliff Hideaway.  On Saturday morning, we got up bright and early for my brother’s 9 am graduation ceremony.  Beforehand, we stopped by my brother’s house (one block from the ocean!) for an impromptu photo shoot…with his band fam and actual fam.

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IMG_3998The graduation ceremony itself was a little bit boring – the speeches were sort of ho hum.  One associate professor who spoke actually sounded EXACTLY like the “infomercial girls” on SNL.  You know, the girls who sell “Moet Chandon” champagne and are super dumb? As soon as my mom pointed that out I kept repeating it incessantly throughout the day. It was great seeing my brother walk, though, and I enjoyed seeing more of the UCSC campus.

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IMG_4005There are deer errywhere:

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IMG_4014After the ceremony, we had a delicious brunch (the scones alone were incredible) at Hoffman’s in DT Santa Cruz.  My parents had gone their the previous night (after my Dad realized the restaurant had received a make-over on one of his favorite shows, Restaurant Impossible). They enjoyed their dinner so we went back for a boozy brunch.

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IMG_4015Later that day, I shopped with my mom and relaxed. I even took a nap! “Naps are for suckers” is one of my mantras, and this one was no different.  Although I felt super refreshed after, in the hour I slept the Dodgers gave up two runs to the Pirates and Kimye had their baby. After my nap (God, who am I?) I went out for a short, untimed run.  I did a slow 3.5 miles (approx.) from the beach house down to the pier and back.  This was my first outdoor run after 26.2 and it felt great.

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We had a very nice celebratory dinner at a nice placed called Aquarius, with great views overlooking the water.  My brother had kept his lei on so people kept congratulating him which was awesome, and he was definitely happy.

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It was a quick trip but fun – and it left me wanting more beach time!

an epic weekend.

6 May

This was an amazing weekend.

As you probably know from my Instagram or Twitter…I spent a lot of last week studying for my Evidence final. Buttt since it’s not until May 13, I could afford to take this weekend off from studying completely.

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On Thursday night, I joined my running group for a 7 miler downtown. It was pretty hilly, but also gorgeous.

new fav LA spot. (on my run)

new fav LA spot. (on my run)

piece of BCN in DTLA.

piece of BCN in DTLA.

On Friday, my college friend/sorority “sister”/study abroader/fellow crazy person Michelle was in town from SF. We met up for a fun afternoon in Santa Monica. I finally put a Lululemon gift card to good use and walked out with something I never would have considered buying in the past…a running skirt! Just call me SR.

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Michelle and I took a class at Soul Cycle from my fav instructor – Laura Crago. Michelle had never taken a class at Soul Cycle before and naturally fell in love. She’s counting down until their SF location opens. We showered and then grabbed a bite to eat at Barney’s Beanery. It was so great to catch up!

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Later that evening, I grabbed drinks with my parents at Más Malo before they headed home. The recent southern CA fires are near our hometown, so they wanted to wait out traffic.

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After I said bye to my parents, I headed out to the valley to meet up with Whitney and our good friend from HS, Hayley, for a drink at the Blue Dog Tavern. I enjoyed an IPA (duh). Hayley lives and works in Fresno, so we don’t get to see her all that often, but she is always so fun to be around when we do get to see her. We were all chatting about how our other friend, Kelsey, had just gotten engaged on Tuesday (!!). And what do you know . . . in walks Kelsey with her fiancé, Drew. Kelsey had seen Hayley’s “check-in” on Facebook, and stopped by to surprise us. It was so nice to see her and Drew and to get the first person account of the proposal. Put that story in the “i love social media” column.

kelsey, me, whitney, and hayley. just realized i'm the odd one out without an "ey" last name.

kelsey, me, whitney, and hayley. just realized i’m the odd one out without an “ey” last name.

taps on taps on taps.

taps on taps on taps.

On Saturday morning, Whitney and I left our respective apartments and met up in Costa Mesa for packet pick up for the OC Half Marathon. I will do a full re-cap of the race, but the trip itself was a lot of fun. After packet pick-up, we checked in at the Marriott Newport Beach. Whitney had fallen into this room  – someone she knew who was running it had booked a room, but after a pulled hamstring forced him to bow out of the race, he offered his room up to her before surrendering it back to the hotel. Well, it turns out we had inherited the “romance package”…meaning champagne for the room…which was on the 15th floor and had a panoramic view of the ocean.

life = joke.

life = joke.

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We spent some time lounging in the room. The view was so incredible I felt guilty if I took my eyes off of it for more than 0.4 seconds. We met up with Whitney’s family and walked around Fashion Island, and did a little shopping. I met up with another friend from high school, Sam, for a coffee. It was so great catching up with her as well. We did dinner with Whitney’s family + our friend Riley at Irvine Spectrum’s Wood Ranch (because #paleochallenge).

The race itself was great – and after we celebrated with a little Cinco Day Drinko action. Overall, this was a fantastic weekend. I was so lucky to blend so many different groups of friends throughout the weekend – law school, high school, college. I’ll be back soon with a full race recap.

full of soul.

28 Dec

This week has been soulful.

My favorite spin studio (read about my first ride here) just opened a new Santa Monica location, and in order to build a little bit of buzz, they have offered FREE 1PM rides all week. Luckily, I have scored a bunch of free rides and have gone twice so far.

While the WeHo and Brentwood locations are closer to my apartment, I am happy to make the trek to Santa Monica (2nd and Wilshire) for my daily dose of soul.

The new studio is really spacious and gorgeous. It has merchandise in the front, TONS of room for changing (and lockers), and a 59-bike studio.

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You also can’t really beat coming out of class and seeing this.

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One cool thing this Soul studio has is a “listening bar” where you can sample some of the playlists from the instructors. IMG_2710

Thursday’s class with Cole Williams was a good one – his music selection was more hip-hop focused, but he did end class with Avicii’s “Fade into Darkness” as he turned all of the lights off. I appreciated that little effect. He had a good energy, but wasn’t my favorite.

Today’s class was taught by Laura Crago. She is a MACHINE. And her music was excellent. The first track was a slowed-down version of JT’s “Cry me a River.” I probably freaked the woman next to me out with my blatant singing along. I tried to refrain from actually yelling out “I am obsessed with this.” Laura had other good tracks – a couple from Deadmau5 and some house remixes of some pop hits. I will definitely seek her out in the future. Her ride was also pretty intense – I redefined “sweat monster” after today. STOKED to go back tomorrow.

I wish I could afford to make SoulCycle an every day thing, it really is that great.

My roommate, Jenn, gave me a book called “Practical Paleo” for Christmas. While I have no intention on following the Paleo diet 100%, I plan to try and lean that way.

I made my first Paleo-inspired meal last night – carne asada, sweet potato, and a salad [with homemade dressing of EVOO, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and dijon mustard – my friend Kathleen taught me this one].

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Nom.

This morning’s breakfast was a crustless-quiche from the book. So far it’s been fun and surprisingly easy. It will be interesting to see what my diet looks like once I am more cramped for time and have to balance school. At least I can make a solid attempt to start 2013 out right…right?

This morning I also tried another new-to-me workout. I had purchased a Living Social deal to check out Pop Physique monthhhhs ago and am just getting around to using it now.

I’ve tried other barre studios (read my review of Pure Barre here). I liked Pop Physique…I’ll do a full review once I’ve finished my Living Social deal.

I’m trying to load up on fun workouts and taking a little break from my normal gym + running routine because I have the time right now.

What is your favorite way to spice up your workouts?