Five Things I’m Loving Lately — April

Healthier alternatives to not so healthy dishes.

Now that summer is coming, I’m trying to be a tiny bit more aware of what I’m eating. Unfortunately, I’m still left craving some of my high calorie favs. Thankfully, it’s 2016 and bloggers and recipe inventors have been busy trying to tone down our favorite dishes to make them less caloric but still tasty! Right now I’m loving buffalo cauliflower (an alternative to buffalo wings) and buffalo chicken stuffed spaghetti squash (to replace buffalo chicken dip). Both are amazingly delicious! (Although the pizza and wine isn’t necessarily hungry, here’s a pic of the yummy cauliflower I had this weekend at Mohawk Bend in Silverlake)

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Curling my hair with a straightener.

I have naturally curly, frizzy, and unruly hair so when I finally mastered the art of straightening during my junior year of college, I thought I was set for life. That is until the trend turned from straight locks to casual curls. I went out to TJ Maxx and got a curling iron and tried time and time again to become a pro. It usually involved me and my curling iron and flat iron and ended an hour later with some burnt finger tips and crazy looking hair. Fail! I stumbled upon this video while reading some new blogs and knew I had to try this technique. After three trials, I can finally say that it is easy and creates gorgeous curls with my Chi!

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Spending more time outside.

I have a 9-5 full time job that keeps me inside ALL DAY LONG. Coming from teaching in an elementary school where I rarely sat down and was able to get out during recess, this has been very challenging. Since the time change means more light in the evening, I have been hungering for time outside. In the past few weeks I’ve hiked, run, and taken walks all after work gets out. Just a PSA though, Runyon is temporarily closed until July.

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Snapchat.

I thought I was already addicted to social media but I’ve become even more obsessed—it’s about to turn unhealthy! I love Snapchat because it gives insight into what really happens behind the scenes. While Instagram shows one perfectly crafted pic, Snapchat uncovers a bigger story. It’s also funny to see people do goofy things like singing along to their radio! Add me: sweatandrepeat.

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Barry’s Bootcamp.

I go through a lot of Pilates funks where I take so many reformer classes each week that I never spend time getting unusually sweaty. Barry’s used to intimate me but now that I’ve become more confident in class, I’ve realized how beneficial it is for my body. I spend so much time lifting three-pound weights most of the week, but it’s the heavy lifting that actually changes my body. The cardio component is also so important and I walk out feeling so accomplished every time!

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The Mashup at Fitmix

At a Glance
Website: http://www.fitmixstudio.com
Address: 601 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Class length: 55 min
Price: first class free, 1 class/$35, 10 classes/$240, month unlimited/$219
Sweat Scale: high
Energy level: high

It’s always fun to try out a new, LA exclusive workout—especially one that kicks your butt and takes names. I knew I was going out of town for a week and wanted to make sure I didn’t sit on the plane feeling like I hadn’t gotten the most out of the previous night’s workout. I found the perfect sweat, The Mashup at Fitmix Studio. Continue reading

Full Body at Barry’s Bootcamp

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.barrysbootcamp.com
Address: 14622 Ventura Blvd,
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
1106 N. La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Class length: 60 min
Price: 1 class/$24, 10 classes/$210, month unlimited/$325
Sweat Scale: high
Energy level: high

Barry’s Bootcamp is becoming a household name for butt-kicking…one that makes my legs shake just thinking about. I’ve peeked into a Barry’s studio before only to see the lights turned low, the music high, and sweat everywhere. It took me a while to get the guts up to register, knowing that this high intensity interval training class involves a treadmill (blech), but I knew it would be an amazing sweat.

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