My Perfect Triathlon

Last weekend I got an email from Burn 60 and it said the following:

BRENTWOOD STRONG 

Join us for a neighborhood fitness event 
 
Saturday, July 19th 
2:00 – 4:30 pm
 
The Seven Stages of The Event
 
Stage 1. Meet at lululemon athletica in Brentwood at 1:45 pm
Stage 2. Run from lululemon athletica to Burn 60 Fitness Studios – 1.5 miles
Stage 3. Take a 30 minute Burn 60 class 
Stage 4. Run from Burn 60 to Orange Theory Fitness –1.1 miles
Stage 5. Take a 30 minute Orange Theory Fitness class . 
Stage 6. Run from Orange Theory Fitness to Brentwood Hot Yoga – .4 miles
Stage 7. End your workout with a restorative yoga practice at Brentwood Hot Yoga
 
I had no excuse not to sign up.  The kid is at camp and the husband is fine doing his own thing. I know I’m nuts but I can’t think of many things better than what was outlined above.  This is my idea of a DREAM afternoon.
 
I went and it was AWESOME.  The crew from Lululemon Brentwood is always so upbeat and positive.  Kris at Burn 60 led us through a challenging 30 minute class.  My experience at Orangetheory was even better than my first visit.  Brenden was fantastic and did a great job explaining everything and making sure we were using proper form.  The energy was great and the workout TOUGH.  Once I learned how to use the water rower I was gasping for air.
 
I can’t think of a better way to end then a stop at Brentwood Hot Yoga. I NEVER knew this place existed. It is a beautiful studio right off of San Vicente tucked away in a courtyard.  Lululemon generously had yoga mats in all colors waiting for us upon our arrival.  Along with the mats each of the sponsors threw in some swag – water bottles, towels, free classes, etc.  
 
I feel like I should have been paying for this and instead I was gifted with a fantastic workout, camaraderie with 20+ people I’d never seen before in my life, and some mementos to take home. I had to leave right after class but the fun continued back at Lululemon with a Juice Crafters tasting and a raffle for prizes.
 
The picture below is from the Lululemon FB page and is of me getting my butt kicked at Orangetheory. All Lululemon stores offer great classes at no charge. Like the store nearest you on FB and you’ll be kept in the loop. 
 
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Daily Dose of Chocolate

I love dark chocolate. I also believe that the world would be a much more peaceful place if everyone were mandated a daily dose of chocolate.  I make sure I eat my dose daily.

I just returned from 2 weeks in France. In the absence of any workout facilities to try I thought I’d focus on exercising my taste buds. I envisioned daily tastings at various chocolatiers. Unfortunately for me I only came across two: La Maison Du Chocolat & Jean Luc Pele (known for his macarons as well). Both offered delicious artisinal chocolates. My favorite piece from La Maison was dark chocolate filled with lemon. At Jean Luc Pele I had dark chocolate covered salted carmel mmm mmm mmm it was good.  I have no doubt everything in both of these shops is amazing and highly encourage you to visit (or order online) and taste away.

Rarely does a day go by where I don’t eat dark chocolate. I thought I would share with you a few of my favorites. I still have many more left to try.

Trader Joe’s Mini 70% Dark Chocolate Bars – 100 calories each. I love them because they are individually wrapped (portion control)

Chocolove Almonds & Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate – Great because the almonds add some extra protein making it that much more healthy

B.T. McElrath Salty Dog Bar – Perfect balance of chocolate and coarse salt. It also comes in little bite size packages.

Dark Secret Chocolate – 30 Day box as it makes you feel like you have to eat it. Also great in that it is individually portioned. In case you can’t tell I need that 🙂  If you don’t believe me maybe Oprah’s endorsement as one of her favorite things will sell you on them.

In addition to your daily vitamins I strongly suggest dark chocolate. You can thank me later and share with me your favorites.