I Woke Up at 5am on Purpose

I know I’m nuts.  I’m okay with it. Last week I ran into Raphael Verela, owner and creator of Circuit Works in Los Angeles. I’d been to Circuit Works a few times in 2009 and decided it wasn’t for me.  Raphael told me a lot had changed since 2009 and I should give it another shot.  I told him I would and then learned the only class I could make that he was teaching was 5:30am on Tuesday at the Main St. Santa Monica location.  When I give someone my word I stick to it.  I had a bit of anxiety on Monday night. Why in the world would I wake up at 5am on purpose.  I wake up early but 5:00 for some reason seemed like the middle of the night. When my alarm went off I think some expletives left my mouth.  Getting from Pacific Palisades to Main St Santa Monica that time of day was a breeze (10 minutes door to door/no speeding).  When I arrived I was warmly greeted by Raphael and happy to see there were other suckers ready to get their butts kicked along with me.

The class flew by as we went from 2 minute intervals on the treadmill to various strength stations on the floor.  The class had changed a lot since I was last there and I really enjoyed myself.  My idea of enjoying myself might be different from yours. When I work out I want to feel like I’m getting my butt kicked and if I’m paying for a class then I want to feel like I’m being pushed and challenged.  Raphael provided the right amount of motivation and helped keep me in the moment.  I guarantee you I would never do 95% of what we did in class on my own.  

This morning I woke up a little sore but that is a good thing.  I’ll definitely be spending more early mornings at Circuit Works.  5:00am wake up is early but seriously the benefit and endorphins I get from working out make up for it.  Besides with my schedule if I don’t work out in the morning it won’t happen.

If you want a challenge and are easily bored I urge you to try Circuit Works.  Oh and they have classes throughout the day in both Santa Monica and Brentwood so no need to be a rooster unless you have to.

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My Favorite Type of Food

Didn’t blog last week 😦 Lame excuse but work is keeping me busy.

My favorite type of food is Mexican Food. Perhaps it is because I was born and raised in San Diego. I don’t know. But I could eat Mexican food for most every meal. Life is definitely better with chips, salsa, & guacamole.

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Here are a few of my favorite places to go:

Los Angeles Area:

Lares – 2909 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA

What I love about Lares:

– Mole Sauce I can eat by the spoonful

– Mariachis (I love Mariachis)

Monte Alban – 11929 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA

What I love about Monte Alban:

– My 7 year old son thinks this is the greatest restaurant in LA, he refers to it as “Oaxaca”. There is never an argument about going here.

– Ensalada de Nopalitos (Cactus Salad)

Tortilla Republic – 616 N. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood, CA

What I love about Tortilla Republic:

– Great space, cool decor, lively atmosphere

– Ceviche

– Mole Enchiladas (yes I love Mole)

– Margarita Bar with lots of delicious choices

San Diego Area:

Tony’s Jacal – Solana Beach, CA

What I love about Tony’s:

– Family owned and operated since 1946.  My family started going there in 1980 and went weekly throughout my childhood.

– Amazing cabbage salad

– Nachos that will blow your mind

Some people may tell you Fidel’s is better. I strongly disagree if you are judging based on food.

 

My Little Travel Tip

I’m married to a man who doesn’t believe in checking bags.  This means I have to be resourceful when it comes to packing.  Luckily I’ve learned how to adapt and consolidate my toiletries, etc.  One of my favorite finds are Almay’s oil-free make up eraser sticks.  Imagine a q-tip filled with make up remover.  You gently snap the top (there is a color ring), allow the remover to flow down filling the opposite tip, then remove the make up as needed.

No need to worry about raccoon eyes or even worse TSA nabbing your larger than 3oz bottle of eye make up remover.

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