Mama’s Gonna Knock You Out

Thanks Trainer Karl for a great workout.

Thanks Trainer Karl for a great workout.

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 first learned about Gloveworx from my friend Christina Malizia, a top fitness trainer and co-founder of CHILLBYWILL. Christina knows I love to try new things and that I’m alway up for a challenge. She said I would love Gloveworx and she was right. My first class was on Wednesday night. I went with three of my work peeps to a BOOM class. When I first arrived I felt a bit intimidated. There was a class going on and these people were working hard – sweaty hard. Class started and we were introduced to our instructor Karl. We started with a brief warm up on a spin bike. From there the 5 of us went over to the turf and were instructed on the proper stance and taught how to do a 1-2-3 combination. 3 of us were then brought into the ring. Our hands were wrapped and we picked out a pair of gloves (they supply wraps and gloves if you don’t have your own). I put on some awesome pink gloves and was ready to go. I had gone to a boxing gym in downtown San Diego the summer before I started college and loved it. Though it had been years, maybe even decades since I had gloves on I was energized and ready to go. There is something about standing in a ring that makes you feel tough! We spent about 5 minutes in the ring with Karl. He’d alternate between the three of us and work with us on our technique. From the ring we went to the turf where another trainer led us in a series of ab/core exercises. These were no joke. We then got on rowers and I became breathless trying to get below 1:55 on the rower (not sure I know what that means but it was hard). We repeated the ring, turf, cardio two more times. Our time on the turf got even more difficult (plank, squats, jump squats, high knees) and the final cardio session was on a Versa Climber. Wow maybe all the treadmill running wasn’t doing as much as I thought. Class flew by and left me drenched, just how I like it.
I came home super pumped and began plotting my next visit. I recruited my regular workout buddy and another friend to go Friday (yesterday) at 6:30am. Again we did another Boom class. This class was with Leyon, one of the Co-Founders. In this class we followed a similar format with the addition of time on a heavy bag. Can we talk about how fun it is to try and whack the sh%$ out of a heavy bag. Not only is it fun and therapeutic but this morning the back of my arms and my entire back are sore (that’s a good thing).
Gloveworx is located in Santa Monica on Wilshire between 15th and 14th. The first class is free. Go check it out and tell me what you think.

Pretzels at The Bar….Method that is

I know you’ve been doing Bar classes for years now.  I could never get my head around spending a hour  doing something where I wasn’t dripping with sweat.  Cardio was my mantra for years.   I’m sorry I didn’t listen to you sooner when you told me how amazing Bar Method is.  Well amazing may not be the right word, but I can see why you were hooked.  Holy sh&T that is one tough workout.  I’ve been going once a week for the last 3 months (well that is what I’ve been trying to do).    I’m fairly certain I’m always the worst in the class.  I have zero flexibility so things like getting my leg  up on the bar pose a bit of a challenge.   That being said, I don’t care and I’m certain nobody else in the room cares either.  We are all too busy “pushing our limits” and “experiencing the shake.”  I  kid you not, at time it feels like I’m my own earthquake but they say that is “when the change really starts to happen.”  Oh and there are pretzels at the Bar but you don’t eat them.  Instead, I think they eat your fat away.

Bottom line is I get it, I understand why people hit the Bar. In fact,  I wish I could do a 30 day Bar challenge as I truly believe I would see changes in my body.

You can find me at Bar Method Brentwood @ 6:10am on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

So cheers! Take a shot at the Bar.

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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.

 

Show Me The Waze

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.

Knead Me

I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. Not to make you barf but every day is Valentine’s Day for me (lol).  However, I did use Valentine’s Day to score a deal at one of my favorite places, The Massage Place.  I love getting massages.  I’m definitely the person who goes in for a cheap manicure/pedicure and comes out with a $100 receipt because I continually say yes when asked if I want 5 minutes more.  The point of telling you this is that I love massages so much I’m willing to even get one when seated in a spa pedicure chair with my right hand contorted across my left because the woman doesn’t have enough room to come to my right side.  If only I could control myself and realize I’d be so much better off if I stuck to the mani/pedi and left the massaging to the experts.

Speaking of experts, I frequent the Massage Place Pacific Palisades location but prior to their opening I’d go to Montana Ave.  I’ve been getting massages at the Massage Place for years now.  It is convenient, affordable, and I’ve never been disappointed.  I like deep tissue/sports massages.  Oswaldo and Ash are my go tos but in all honesty I’ve never had a bad experience. The hours are great – my favorite time to go is Sunday night at 8pm.  There are no spa like frills but if you want a great massage this is the place. I would be shocked if you didn’t find a therapist or too you love.

Regardless of what you feel about Valentine’s Day, heart yourself and take advantage of the special 3 1-hour massages for $126. If that is too scary of a commitment then buy a single massage for $47 (gratuity not included). I promise the ~$65 you spend (massage + tip) will be worth it and much more satisfying then the $1/minute charged by the nail salon.

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Flo Knows

Flo knows that my favorite blue box is actually a blue cooler bag. Flo knows that when I get home from work I’m tired and want something healthy and tasty ready to eat.  Flo knows I’m price conscious and I care about value.  Well to tell you the truth Flo doesn’t know anything about me personally.  I bet you are wondering who is Flo.

I read about Flo a few weeks ago on Jen’s List. I’ve found more than a few great things on Jen’s List over the years. I’m sure I’ll write about those finds over time.

The post read:

Affordable Gourmet Organic Gluten-Free Vegan Meal Delivery

Ever wondered why there isn’t a great meal delivery that’s both Vegan AND Gluten-free? Well, there is, right here in LA and Orange County. Chef Florence brings her skills and recipes as personal chef to the stars right into your home with her meal delivery service, FoodFlo. You’ll save time and feel fantastic with her organic, vegan, gluten-free meals made with local farmer’s market ingredients. 1 week of meals starts at $125 including delivery. A great way to shape up after the holidays!

http://www.foodflo.com/

The menu looked delicious and the price seemed fair. Vegan, gluten free, have I gone off the deep end.  No. I haven’t. I don’t have any known gluten sensitivities (I’ve never been tested for it) and I’m not vegan, but I have to say I feel SO MUCH better when I eat this way.   I know $125 isn’t cheap but I could easily spend that grocery shopping at Whole Foods and then still have to do all the prep and cooking myself (I love Whole Foods by the way).  Also, I’ve seen other meal delivery services and know this is a good deal. I guess it is all about picking your vices.

When my blue bag arrived I was like a kid in the candy store. My biggest problem was everything looked so good and the meals all sounded interesting. I had to do everything in my power not to open each and every container and sample them all at once.

Some of the items in this week's delivery

Some of the items in this week’s delivery

Today I received my second delivery.  I ate the Vegetable Enchiladas with Mole Salsa/Green Beans and Herbs for dinner.  Yum is all I can say.  I’m excited to try the other entrees this week and I’m thrilled that I don’t have to think about packing my lunch or making my dinner.

So if you want to know my favorite blue box, that is it.  Sorry Tiffany you just don’t do it for me.