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Fit Friday Update

Happy Fit Friday! This month I chose to do OrangeTheory as my new workout challenge. I did three classes in my first week and it was great. I went to the 5 am classes and I enjoyed them a lot. I like the structure of the courses because we get our heart rate up throughout the class and we complete strength exercises as well. When we row or do the strength exercises the coach walks around correcting people’s forms and offers advice on how to make the exercise do more for you. I did go into the Orange Zone each of the three classes and I left sore. The employees at my Orange Theory studio are all very friendly and encouraging. Below are my stats from my first week of classes.

This is the breakdown of calories burned during my first week of classes.
This is a bar graph of how many minutes I spent in each zone. The goal is to spend 12 or more minutes in the orange or red zone to burn the most calories.

I started to experience health problems the next two weeks where I had bouts of nausea, headaches, body aches, extreme fatigue, and acid reflux throughout the day. I would get up for my 5 am class and feel as though I was going to get sick so I would have to cancel. I did not think my symptoms would last longer than a day to a few days so I never canceled all my classes until the morning of which resulted in cancelation fees. Each time you cancel a class with less than 8 hours notice you get charged $12 and there are no exceptions as far as I know. I would say that is the only downside to OrangeTheory so far. I was hoping that my health would get better each day and when it did not I had to cancel and get charged the $12. I understand why because some more popular class times end up having waitlists and if you do not cancel with enough notice they cannot move someone off the waitlist to join in. However, the three 5am classes I attended did not even have half the maximum people the class could hold. I think it would be better if the policy would be there is a cancelation fee if you cancel with under 8 hours notice and the class has either a waitlist or is full. This month I have paid almost as much as my membership in cancelation fees simply because my body is going through some changes. I already paid for a membership and so to have to pay all of these fees when I already paid to attend the classes got frustrating.

The employees were still very caring and called a few times to check in and see if there was a way to help get me to attend more classes and fewer cancellations going forward. I am going to attempt to switch to later evening classes as my symptoms are their worst in the morning. They are also still willing to drop my second month’s membership to 4 classes a month versus unlimited as the challenge is just one month. I believe I will be able to come close to the 12 class goal by increasing my classes to four a week and using my second-month membership in the first week of March. While there was a little bit of disappointment I still love the classes and am excited to try to finish out this month.

LIFE

February Faves!

Hello everyone! We have made it through another month of 2019! This post is a wrap of the month of February with a breakdown of my five favorite things from this month.

  1. Warm Tea: This month has been cold and stressful so I have been enjoying a warm cup of tea at the beginning of each day. It not only warms me up but provides a few minutes to simply relax and slowly start my day. For anyone who is interested, I use tea and aloe from Herbalife in a variety of their flavors.
  2. Sunrises: This month has been grey and gloomy where I live which is why this month I have been enjoying the rare sunny mornings. I love walking out of my apartment to see the sun and to enjoy the beautiful colors of the sunrise on my drive to work. It creates a few moments of peace and reminds me to appreciate the little things in life.
  3. Chats with Coworkers: This month I have been trying to make more of an effort to connect with my coworkers and have a positive mindset. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about the people I work with and learn more about different life perspectives.
  4. Dinner with Friends: Living alone makes me appreciate social outings more than I ever have before. I never minded being alone before but now that I have no roommates to chat with at random I have grown fond of making friends and socializing a priority. My favorite way to do this so far has been to grab some good food and have a chat.
  5. Bondi Rescue: I have a weakness for strange and random shows I find on the internet. One of the shows I stumbled upon is called Bondi Rescue that follows the lifeguards of Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. I had watched the show before this month but my interest picked back up again this month and for the last two weeks of February began rewatching episodes and even reading fanfiction about it.

Let me down below what some of your February favorites were!

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19 for 2019!

  1. Run a 5k
  2. Run a 10k
  3. Run a 10-minute mile
  4. Try 12 new workouts
  5. Save $5,000
  6. Volunteer at least once a month
  7. Read 24 books
  8. Finish the Harry Potter series
  9. Start a blog
  10. Learn American Sign Language
  11. Learn photo-editing
  12. Learn to sew
  13. Visit another state
  14. Complete a Fall Color Tour
  15. Watch a movie each week
  16. Reduce my plastic use/Switch to glassware
  17. Go Ice Skating
  18. Start a cookbook
  19. Get a tattoo

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What are some of your goals for 2019? Comment them down below!

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Fit Friday: Boxing Wrap-Up

Happy Friday! We made it through the week:) Since it is now February I have officially finished my month of boxing at Title Boxing and will be moving onto a new workout routine. Today I will be breaking down my experience with boxing and whether or not I would recommend you try it. At the end of this post, I will also announce February’s Fit Fridays Challenge so keep reading!

For Fit Fridays the goal of the challenge is to attend class three times a week for the entire month or a total of 12 classes. January started off great and I had no problems attending classes three times a week. I honestly loved the classes because it was a great workout plus every time I left I felt so accomplished to have made it through another class. I also felt like I was improving as I took more classes. Most classes I had the same instructor because I like to create a routine so I went at the same times each week. The instructor was pretty cool and I liked her style, however, she rarely corrected people (I promise I made a ton of mistakes to correct). I think it would have been nice to have slightly more feedback on things like form and technique. I did take one class with another instructor on a Saturday and his style was a complete 180. His class was very intense and there were many times I felt like dying. He focused more on technique for the first half of the class and gave feedback before moving into combinations. There was also one class where another instructor was floating around and engaged each of us one-on-one for a full 3 minute round. I worked on my jabs and crosses with him off to the side and after I felt so much more confident in myself. I would not say I am particularly stronger or in better shape after boxing but I had a lot of fun.

Overall, I truly enjoyed boxing at Title Boxing. I think it would be beneficial to have more one-on-one instruction to learn the basics and technique more thoroughly. They do offer private sessions with a trainer but I am unaware of how much those cost per session. Towards, the end of January I did get into a week-long funk where I had absolutely no motivation to do anything, especially get up at 5am to go box. That week was followed by a huge week-long snowstorm that made driving dangerous and businesses close. So January was a slight bust because I barely got half the amount of classes I originally set out for, however, I can see myself going back to Title Boxing again. I highly recommend giving it a try at least once in your life:)

With January wrapped up, it is time to announce February’s workout!! For the month of February, I will be complete 3 workouts a week at OrangeTheory Fitness! Check back next Friday for an update on my first week at OrangeTheory. Leave a comment below on what type of fitness class I should try next!

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January’s Fave Five

Happy February! We made it through January:) This post will be a wrap up of January with my top 5 favorite things from the month, so enjoy and let me know in the comments below what your favorite thing was in January!

  1. Sweaters: I live in Michigan where it can get cold and snowy so fuzzy sweaters are a must in my wardrobe this time of year. I honestly don’t think I wore anything other than sweaters.
  2. Boxing: I found myself feeling incredible after completing a boxing class in the mornings. It completely made my day and I always felt accomplished on the days I attended a boxing class. It also made me feel like a badass 😉
  3. Audiobooks: I love reading but sometimes I find it difficult to sit down and read a book. However, I wanted to change that this year which is why I made a goal to attempt to read a book a week. The only way I was able to get through 4 books in January is because three of them were audiobooks. My local library also offers a streaming service with free content which is excellent for my bank account.
  4. Fanfiction: I have always read fanfiction in my spare time, however, for some reason most of my free time in January was spent reading fanfiction. I read from a variety of pre-existing series such as Sons of Anarchy and Criminal Minds but also read some original content not based off anything. I definitely see this hobby continuing but I want to balance it with real books as well.
  5. Brunch Dates: While most of the time I love saving money and make my own food, for the month of January I met up with friends for brunch dates a few times. It was incredibly nice to spend a couple hours catching up over good food. I really hope that this trend continues throughout the year because I have some amazing friends but we don’t always get to hang out as often as I would like.
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Munchie Monday: Vegan Scrapple

The first Munchie Monday challenge was a recipe chosen from the Veganize It! Easy DIY Recipes for a Plant-Based Kitchen cookbook written by Robin Robertson. My friend and coworker, Nickole randomly chose Scrapple for the first recipe to recreate. It is a vegan version of a Pennsylvania-Dutch recipe. It was a fairly simple recipe that did not take more than an hour of active cooking. You really just boil some of the ingredients, blend a few others and then combine together to chill overnight in a loaf pan. Below is a picture of the groceries I bought for the recipe and I had a lot of leftover ingredients that I could use in the future.

After setting it in the loaf pan to chill in the fridge overnight I cut it into slices and fried it in a pan. It turned out very similar to a Thanksgiving-themed meatloaf made from tofu. The sage and thyme were the dominant flavors but they were not overpowering. The recipe recommended having it with ketchup or maple syrup so that is what I did. I liked both combinations and proceed to eat it with both for the rest of the week. The outside of the loaf was crispy due to me letting it chill without covering it. The middle was mushy, almost like it had not been cooked all the way. I almost wondered if I would be better to bake it in the oven.

The next night I had the Scrapple in a sandwich which was just as good and I think the extra day in the fridge firmed the slices up a little bit because it was less mushy. This recipe estimated it would yield 12 slices but mine had closer to 16 slices and lasted me a little over a week even with me eating two pieces a night. Overall, I liked the Scrapple and would potentially make it again with different spices simply because sage and thyme are not my favorite seasonings. I think it was tasty and affordable to make and would definitely recommend trying it if you enjoy Thanksgiving-esque meals.

Tune in later on in February for a Vegan Chopped Challenge! Comment below if you have had scrapple and what recipe I should try next!

Link to Veganize It Cookbook: https://www.amazon.com/Veganize-Easy-Recipes-Plant-Based-Kitchen/dp/0544815564

Link to Robin Robertson’s Website:

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Munchie Mondays!

Happy Monday! I want to announce a new series I am creating for Life in Progress called Munchie Mondays! This series will consist of posts all about food. One format of posts I will be doing is going to be called Vegan Chopped Challenge and will be something akin to the vegan version of the Food Network show Chopped. The Vegan Chopped Challenges will consist of one of my friends randomly drawing a few ingredients out of jars and I will have to create a recipe using all of the ingredients drawn. The other format would be trying randomly chosen recipes in the vegan cookbooks I own and reviewing them. Out of respect to the authors of the cookbooks, I will not be posting the actual recipes, mainly just my overall experience. These challenges are intended to help me be more creative in the kitchen and to try new things. Feel free to follow along or recommend a recipe you want me to try in the comment section!