I don’t want to say I’m back, but I am feeling inspired. With the kid at sleep away camp (and having a blast) I find myself with more free time than usual. This week I took full advantage of the fact that I didn’t have to be home by a specific time or pay a sitter. We tried two new restaurants (well new to us) and I went not once but twice to a relatively new gym in Santa Monica, Gloveworx.
I don’t care if you aren’t vegan. Go to Sage, a plant based bistro in Culver City. Since going there to celebrate my birthday a week ago I can’t stop thinking about my next visit. Everything I tried was beyond delicious. It’s one of those places where I found myself wanting everything on the menu. Now, if only they would open in Pacific Palisades or Santa Monica.
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I had the pleasure of meeting CEO Jacyln and VIP Shopper Ilana this week at the Girls Lounge. Let’s just say I think I met my Style Soul Mates.
Friday morning I tried the brand new Orangetheory Fitness in Brentwood. I was told to arrive 15 minutes early to get the heart rate monitor set up. This meant arriving at 5:15am. What was I thinking?
Parking was a breeze. The check in process was easy. Sign a waiver, get a moist heart rate strap (don’t worry it isn’t residual sweat…they wet the straps to make it less abrasive on your skin and it helps facilitate the Bluetooth transmission to the PODS) and put around your chest. Snap on a Polar monitoring component.
Here is a run down of my 60 minute class (I may have missed a few details):
Minutes 1 – 10:
On and off the rowing machine. Doing short bursts on the machine then getting up and doing full body squats. What am I doing wrong. My feet are getting stuck when I try and get out of the rowing machine. My heart rate (there are mounted flat panels with your name and % of exertion listed) is not going up. I woke up at 4:45am for this? The instructor needs to explain more up front and walk us through how to set the machine, proper rowing technique etc.
Minutes 11 – 30:
On the floor doing two different circuits. The first involves TRX and burpees. I hate burpees (but I know they are good for me). What am I doing wrong. Instructor is saying heart rate should be in the orange zone. I’m still nowhere near there and I can tell by the monitor other people are getting their heart rates up. The second circuit is with dumbbells – chest fly, skull crushers, and then abs. Okay, I know I’m getting a workout but maybe I’m just flat out bad at this class. Do I like it? Am I glad I came. Hmm … Still not sold.
Minutes 31 – 56:
Treadmill time. I can do this. I can run on the treadmill. We do a set of intervals. Medium pace for two minutes , faster pace for one minute , fastest pace for one minute, walk. Now I’m getting it. My heart rate is 96%. Awesome. Yay me I must really be doing a great job. I can’t remember all the different combinations we did on the treadmill. I was too out of breath to think about it. This is good. I’m panting and dripping with sweat. This was a great idea. I’m so glad I got up.
Minutes 57 – 60:
The moment of truth. Our stats are put up on the screen and we are led through some stretches. I’m too distracted by the data. I have real data about my workout in the form of a bar chart showing how many minutes I spent in each of the zones and total calories burned. I’m kind of bummed by the calorie count – 404 calories. Seriously is that all. A tad depressing seeing some of the men burned more than 700.
The teacher explains what the results mean and I’m asking a bunch of questions. Mainly I want to know how I optimize my workout in order to burn the most calories. Answer, Orangetheory (spend your time in the Orange Zone). Interesting so maybe I shouldn’t try and run so fast?
I leave class and within a few hours I have the results of my workout emailed to me. This is good. I now have a benchmark and you better believe I will be back again this week to beat my results.
With the studio just opening on Friday, I expect it to take a bit of time for the instructors to find their rhythm. One thing I hope they add ASAP is towel service.
So if you are looking for a new workout to try Orangetheory is it and they have over 400 locations.
No my wedding wasn’t in that kind of trouble. I was in trouble. Days leading up to my wedding my back froze. I was in serious pain. I was desperate for relief. I was willing to try anything and so I did. I went to see Suk Woon Hahm, the blind master of shiatsu. In fact, I let Dr. Hahm perform acupuncture on me. I know right…Only in LA would one go see a blind man for acupuncture. Those hands saved me. This week I’ve been in massive amounts of pain. I’ve had massages and gone to the chiropractor but nothing has provided me any relief. My mom (of course it was my mom) said I should go see Dr. Hahm. This morning at 9am I breezed over to West Hollywood (no traffic on Sunday morning). Ahhhh…I forgot the power of the Hahm. He did acupuncture on me first and then performed the most amazing shiatsu massage. He was really able to get in to all my pain points and without torturing me begin to work them out of my body. I’m going back to him tomorrow and I’m sure that after another hour I will be well on my way to recovery.
I’m annoyed I waited so long for relief. I promise there is nobody better in the business. If you have any neck, back, shoulder pain, etc go see Dr. Hahm.
Located on 3rd Street across from The Beverly Connection.
I’ve been in NYC for an eternity. Okay only since Sunday but I swear one day in NY feels like 3 days to me. I was busy with work so sorry to my friends in NYC if I didn’t reach out. I’ll be back. Anyhow, I had lofty ambitions outside of work. I was going to try and different workout every day. #Fail
However, tonight on my last night, I made it to Flywheel. It was awesome. There are 2 Flywheel locations in LA (West Hollywood and Larchmont) but I’ve never been. Flywheel is indoor cycling but in my opinion it is vastly different from SoulCycle and I firmly believe you can like both.
Here is what I loved about Flywheel:
– I got super sweaty (sweat is fat crying)
– It was over in 45 minutes
– Accountability – Each bike has a little computer that measures your resistance and speed (no more cheating and pretending to put on a full turn)
– Torq Boards – You can choose to have your performance display on leaderboards in class so you can see how you rank against other riders. This was super motivating as I wanted to be first.
– Performance metrics provided in your own private account (snapshot from my account below)
Looks like I’ll be heading East of the 405 more often
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.
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
– 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.
There was a point in time where shopping for new jeans was as much fun as bathing suit shopping. In case you can’t hear my sarcasm, they both sucked. Bathing suit shopping still sucks but jean shopping has become a great experience. You probably have your favorite brand of jeans. I honestly wear more than one brand but I’m very partial to J Brand. I had heard from friends about the J Brand Outlet near downtown. Almost two years ago I made my first trek with my friend. We were skeptical. Jean shopping in an outlet now that could be a disastrous combination. We were elated with our experience. It was like we walked into jean heaven. We went early on a weekday morning when there was no crowd. It is easy to get to right off the 10 Freeway and there is parking right in front. The guys that worked there were beyond helpful and honest too. The answer is “Yes those do make your butt look big but try these instead.” Their opinion and knowledge of the jeans left me with 4 new pairs of jeans and no buyer’s remorse. By the way I bought all 4 pairs for less than 1 pair at retail. I’ve been back a few more times and always left with a pair or two of jeans that become part of my daily uniform. If you are thinking to yourself there is no way I’ll ever make it there or I don’t even live in the LA area fret not, they ship all over the country. So if you know your favorite cut and size email them – firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday – Thursday 10AM – 5PM
Fridays 9AM – 4PM
and 2 Sundays a month from 12PM – 4PM
J Brand Factory Outlet
1225 East Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90021
I’ve been salivating over my friend Christina’s (and her business partner Corrina Wall) new line of workout gear, Chillbywill, for a few weeks now. You can only imagine how excited I was to check out her trunk show at Burn60 on Saturday morning. I’d seen a pair of pants (New Power Crop with skull insert) I wanted on her Instagram feed @chillbywill. Saturday morning these pants became mine. Upon returning home from my workout, I decided to put my new pants on. Even though I’d already worked out my afternoon would be spent at the park playing handball and practicing baseball, thereby justifying my choice in workout clothes. Okay who am I kidding if I could I would wear workout clothes all the time. After all I do live on the Westside of Los Angeles and have a child. Isn’t workout attire the default uniform? All joking aside, my new pants fit me like a glove. The material sucked me in (this is a good thing) and they were beyond comfortable (not sucked me in like Spanx where I get a stomachache). The pocket on the side was also a great place for my phone and keys. Running around these pants performed well (meaning they stayed in place, the waist didn’t fall down, etc). I can’t wait to buy a few more pairs. Speaking of buying them, you can order them online http://store.chillbywill.com/.
By the way the picture above is the picture I saw on Instagram. Those are my new pants but that is not my body. And if you don’t like skulls don’t worry there are other styles to choose from.
We already know I’m a late bloomer. It is 2014 and I just started a blog. What I’m about to profess my new found love for is not new, but thankfully it’s become a new addition to my life. I’m talking about Waze. If you don’t already use the Waze app you are depriving yourself of time. Here are a few reasons why I love Waze.
– I made it to Bel Air from Santa Monica during rush hour in 32 minutes. It look me down streets I never knew existed. The only warning was at one point I had to cross Sunset without a light.
– Driving down Lincoln to Washington is no longer something I do. Waze showed me another way and an added benefit was I saw an entirely new neighborhood.
– Before I drive somewhere, I know what I’m getting in to. If there is traffic and it is going to take awhile, Waze knows.
Waze is more than a navigational service. I know how to get from my house to my office. However, I still check with Waze every morning and evening before heading out so I know which route will get me there the fastest.
Is there an app you can’t live without? If so, fill me in. In the meantime I hope your driving experience gets Waze better.