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September 16, 2014

Study Break Survey

Good afternoon! The weather in our area today is perfect. Chilly in the mid-60s and sunny, just how I like it.

I know that won’t last forever, so I have been studying in a sweatshirt by a cracked window for the past couple of hours and wanted to share something I didn’t have to use my brain much for on my break.

how i study

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During this week’s Edge (youth) small group sessions, we asked our high school students a series of forty questions to get to know each other a little better. I loved hearing the answers from my group of girls and thought it would be fun to take ten of my favorites and answer them here.

If I didn’t and kept powering through chapters, the rest of my study time would be spent reorganizing my notecards for no reason at all. That someecard is totally me.

I hope you like these Glamour Randoms every once in a while. Feel free to play along and answer one or all of them in the comments section!

Study Break Survey

Because sometimes you just need a few minutes to do something else…

• If you could live in any book which one would it be?

I always thought it would be cool to live in a fantasy land, only if it’s temporary, of course. Wouldn’t it be great to wander around in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?

• What is the food you dream of when you think of Thanksgiving?

Pumpkin pie, obviously. And creamed corn. Nana always made the BEST. <3

Pumpkin Pie with Libbys

• What’s the last movie you saw in theaters?

If I Stay. Loved it! If you see it make sure to bring a box of tissues…

• Who do you admire most in the world?

People who live without fear, regret, and like every day might be their last.

•  What was your favorite game to play as a child?

Oh man, tons. The game of LIFE always interested me. Tetris, Clue, Connect Four, or Dunk Hunt anyone?

duck hunt picture

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• If your life was a song, what would the title be?

Is it too soon to say “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift? Because she clearly wrote it about my life… (minus the part about the dating.)

• What is your biggest fear?

Losing someone extremely close to me unexpectedly.

• Have you been told you look like a celebrity? Who?

When my hair was bleached blonde and I had bangs everyone called me Heather Locklear.

Heather Locklear doppelganger

People (still to this day) occasionally say I resemble Melissa Joan Hart. I’m not one hundred percent sure about that one.

• If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Umm everywhere. I’ve been to Asia, Europe, and South America. I would love to visit Australia and Africa! #bucketlist

• What’s the most meaningful gift you have ever received?

My engagement ring.

Scott actually proposed with his mother’s old engagement ring and took me through a loop of stories and excuses as to where mine was for months. He surprised me with it at our engagement party and I had no idea what it looked like.

Engagement Party Surprise

Photo Credit: Lauren Watai Photography

Wedding photo ideas

Photo Credit: Elegant Imagery

The bottom of it has two sapphires next to each other, symbolizing us coming together and meeting through our jobs with the Orlando Magic! I thought is was very sweet of him to add the unique detail and it will always mean a lot to me.

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All right. It’s time for me to get back to work. I hope this post entertained you on this somewhat slow-moving weekday. Have a great rest of your Tuesday!

Question of the Afternoon

• Pick one or more of the questions and answer them!

September 16, 2014

Xtend Barre Studio

This morning started on a happy note for me!

Xtend Barre class

A couple of months ago, I noticed a new barre studio pop up relatively close to us and just the sight of one gave me the biggest smile. Long time readers might remember my visit to an Xtend barre class at a Pilates studio back when I first moved up to Michigan.

I thoroughly enjoyed that class, but wasn’t keen on the distance required to get there, especially in the dead of winter. For that reason alone, I never attended regularly and became ridiculously excited when I found out that a free-standing studio opened just ten minutes away from me!

For the first time since teaching classes in 2012, I got myself out of bed and made it to the barre for a 6:30 a.m. class. Getting up that early is always a challenge for me, but once I get there I absolutely love it.

Xtend barre pilates and dance

The Xtend barre workout is very similar to the style I taught back in Orlando. We started with a warm-up in the center that involved a light set of dumbbells (my shoulders died), then completed a series of cardio, arm and core strengthening exercises.

I don’t think my arms were quite ready for the warm-up series. Even though my weights were only 3 pounds each, they seemed heavy after a few minutes time and I eventually set them on the floor and finished without any weight at all. Eh, you live and you learn!

We spent the rest of the class at the barre and went through the standard set-up of thigh, leg, and seat exercises. Everything gave me a challenge with the encouragement of trying to balance without using my hands and had the advanced option of adding a relevé.

There was a continuous music track of different upbeat songs playing at all times which kept us moving quickly from exercise to exercise. I barely stopped for water breaks!

In my opinion, the majority of the class is spent sculpting the limbs: arms and legs. If you do the exercises with correct form, however, the majority of them can also work your core and some can tone the booty.

With ten minutes to go, I was wondering if we were going to get to abs. As soon as the thought crossed my mind, we killed the next five or so minutes using a yoga strap around the barre and finished with a series of bodyweight crunches, pulses, and plank holds.

The class came to a close with dimmed lights and a slow track to cool us down, which is always my favorite way to end a workout.

Xtend barre decoration

I ended up purchasing a 5-class package, but have a feeling I will be returning pretty frequently once my gym membership expires again. I look forward to trying out the different styles of barre fusions and definitely want to make it back for their jazz choreography class.

I loved the ambiance of the studio!

Breakfast

I decided to take the early class so that my best friend, Alex, could take it with me before work. She also loved it and joined me for a quick recovery breakfast at Starbucks afterwards.

starbucks chi tea latte and spinach feta wrap

I mixed it up this time with a non-fat Chai Tea Latte, but got the same old (but tasty!) spinach feta egg white wrap for substance.

Giveaway Winner

Thank you to all of my fellow mid-westerners who entered in the $100 Meijer gift card giveaway!

Congratulations to…

Entry #267 : Chelsey Jones. You won by tweeting about the giveaway!

You have been emailed and will need to respond within the next 48 hours in order to claim your prize.

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I’m currently blogging from the coffee shop and plan on spending the next couple of hours glued to my chair to study. I tend to focus much better here than at home with the every day distractions from the pets and such.

Pug pumpkin spice latte

Ha! I couldn’t resist sharing this guy a friend sent me last night. Too cute!

I hope that you have a great start to the day. See you later on this afternoon!

Question of the Morning

• Are you more of a coffee or tea person?

I will always be a coffee person through and through, but that mostly applies in the mornings. If I am looking for a pick-me-up or even just a hot beverage to sip on in the afternoons, I usually gravitate towards hot herbal tea or a chai tea latte instead. I love it all!

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I am not a registered dietician, nutritionist, or certified fitness professional. The workouts I post are what work best for me, but might not be the right type of exercises for you.



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