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July 25, 2014

Friday Favorites #47: Week of 7/25 (Houston Highlights)

Good Morning from Galveston, Texas!

Currently, I’m sneaking in my final post before a true vacation begins. Scott and I were talking about the last time we went on what felt like a “real” vacation together (alone or with friends that didn’t involve work), and came to the conclusion of our honeymoon.

I guess you could say we have been enjoying taking advantage of it with late night outings and conversations with friends, which would explain the hold-up in getting this post up at a normal early hour. Sorry about the delay!

Lets get straight to the Friday Favorites. As usual, I invite you to join the party and share yours through the comments and link up button below!

Friday Favorites #47: Week of 7/25 – Houston Highlights

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• Embassy Suites hotel

I have always enjoyed staying at the Embassy Suites.

Embassy suites hotel living area jpg

This trip, we checked into one located in the heart of downtown Houston, and Scott and I were impressed by the looks of the inside as well as the service.

Embassy Suites hotel houston 1 jpg

Embassy Suites hotel room jpg

Everyone went out of their way to accommodate our large group, offered me something to drink every time I went down to work in the lobby, offered extended late check-out times, and always asked about my day. It was a great stay!

• Top Golf

Following every full day of the conference, there was also a night outing planned for our group. As Scott’s wife, I was invited to join in on the fun and took full advantage of experiencing every one.

I had seen places similar to Top Golf in movies before, but never visited one for myself until Tuesday. Basically, you could describe it as a fancy driving range meant for adult entertaining.

Top Golf Houston bar jpg

There is a full sports bar set up on the inside and a private party space to order dinner and hit golf balls on the outside.

Top Golf Houston course jpg

Top Golf stations jpg

Believe it or not, I took Golf I and II in college. I hadn’t really picked up a golf club since then so it was fun for me to revisit my swing.

Heather playing top golf jpg

The group of us had a great time at the links and Scott and I even got to hang with his college buddies who now live in the city!

Top Golf with Joseph and Amanda jpg

Now if there was only a Top Golf remotely close to us…

• DEFINE Body & Mind barre class

While Scott was busy on Wednesday, I was on a mission to finish up my work for the day in order to get out of the hotel and explore a little.

Wanting to check out a local barre class, I was very thankful for your suggestions on where to go! A few of you mentioned DEFINE, so I called to register myself for an afternoon class and headed that way shortly after.

I cabbed over to the River Oaks area, which was only about three miles away and had a great afternoon! It started with a barre class at the studio.

Define body  mind studio houston jpg

There’s just something about entering a barre, Pilates, or yoga studio that instantly calms me. I take classes at my gym frequently, but truly miss visiting the ambiance of a studio on a weekly basis.

Define studio inside jpg

I checked in quickly and headed upstairs to the Open Level class.

On the phone, I asked if I should wait to take the Intermediate level later on in the day, and the studio manager assured me that I would still get a great workout at the introduction level. Holy geez, that I did!

I’m not sure if it’s because it had been several months since I have taken a full barre class or what, but my legs were on fire. The barre burn was certainly present and never fails to get me every time.

Define studio barre class jpg

My teacher’s name was Elizabeth and she did a great job transitioning exercises and changing them often.

On my way out of the studio, I noticed some funny looking sneakers with clips on the bottom for rent. I asked what they were for and it turns out that they also offer Spin Revolution classes, which is very similar to SoulCycle. I wish we were around a bit longer. I have been dying to try a class like that!

• Salata

After my barre class, I decided to make the three mile walk home and see part of the city instead of cabbing back. On the way, I found a great new-to-me salad bar chain called Salata.

Salata restaurant jpg

The restaurant features a glorified salad bar that gives you all the options and toppings you could possibly ask for. I chose the seafood salad with seasoned shrimp, and added a lot of veggies into the mix with a vinaigrette dressing.

Salata seafood salad jpg

Spinach, romaine, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, peas, tofu, chick peas, and probably a lot of other things I am completely forgetting about.

Salata seafood salad closeup jpg

It was delicious, filling, and I found another location the next day for lunch as well. The restaurant is based in Texas, but there are locations popping up throughout the United States including cities in Illinois and California. Here’s hoping Michigan comes around!

• Flojos sandals (Marshalls find)

There was a Marshalls right next to Salata, so naturally I stopped in for a minute. I ended up purchasing two summer tops and found these Flojos sandals near the register on my way out for $14.99.

Flojos summer sandals Marshalls.jpg

I have been wearing them all week. What a steal!

• Battlefield Houston

Another group outing activity this week was laser tag.

Battlefield Houston laser tag jpg

Tuesday night, a group of twenty-five or so rolled into Battlefield Houston and I’m not sure if they knew what they were in for.

battlefield houston party.jpg

fun times at battlefield houston.jpg

The group playing at our scheduled session time was divided into two teams, and we spent five rounds trying to complete challenges and rack up points by shooting people. It was fun, but different than the laser tag and attire I am used to.

heather laser tag.jpg

I had a blast running around and shooting lasers in the dark, nonetheless!

• Galveston

Yesterday afternoon, Scott and I rode with a group of friends over to Seawall Beach in Galveston. We rented a beach house and have plans for no plans here until Sunday!

Seawall Beach Galveston jpg

I’m sure there will be plenty to keep us busy, but for once, this vacation is all about relaxing and going with the flow.

Galveston pleasure pier jpg

I will be back to share the highlights on Monday, but have been absolutely loving it so far!

Heather at beach jpg

*Giveaway Reminder*

Don’t forget to enter the Fabletics giveaway going on if you haven’t already! Thank you all of you who have, as I am been overwhelmed (in the best way) by your excitement and have been enjoying reading your fitness fashion picks!

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Have a great weekend!

July 10, 2014

Deuces Running + Circuit Workout

Hello, hello! Today I wanted to share a fun body weight resistance and strengthening workout I put together on a whim, but turned out to be killer.

Around 9 p.m. last night, I got the itch to complete a workout, but had persistent puppy eyes staring at me.

Roadie’s a professional at making you feel guilty for doing anything that doesn’t concern him, just in case you didn’t pick that up. I ended up compromising and started my workout with a two mile run outside with him… in the dark.

running at night with Roadie

I guess that’s what iridescent running shoes are made for. Those beauties pretty much glowed the whole time!

I decided on two miles about a mile in, since I wanted to do more than just cardio. In my head, I whipped up a body weight circuit that I tested out when I got home and went off of the “deuces” theme… just for funsies.

Deuces Running + Circuit Workout

Deuces Running + Circuit Workout


The squats with leg lifts and plank kickouts were tricky. Eleven on each side didn’t seem like enough, and a consecutive twenty-two was too many, so I settled on doing two reps of eleven on each side for that circuit round.

Video References:

bicycle twists

squats with side leg raises

swimmers

plank kickouts

After the run and one round of the circuit, repeat everything in grey and it will have you hot and sweaty in no time. The entire workout took me just about thirty minutes to complete.

*If you try the workout, please remember to listen to your body and modify as needed. The workouts I post are what work best for me, but might not be the right type of exercises for you.

*If you are unsure on how to complete an exercise, please use the video references as a guide and listen for tips on form. Also, don’t be afraid to consult a doctor before changing your current fitness routine!

Breakfast

This morning I woke up wanting something different, which started with this delicious flavored Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

Dunkin Donuts old fashioned donut coffee

I didn’t indulge in any old fashioned donuts, but I did accompany my cup of joe with a healthy oats and egg pancake!

oats and egg pancake for breakfast

This time I used the following ingredients:

• 1/2 cup rolled oats

• 3 Tbsp. egg whites (or 1 large egg)

• splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

• generous sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice

• generous sprinkle of cinnamon

• drizzle of agave nectar and sprinkle of cinnamon as a topping!

It was certainly a highlight of my morning and I have a feeling the return of healthy pancakes has officially commenced!

All right. I’ve got to get going. See you all in just a bit! *Deuces*

Question of the Morning

• Do you ever go for runs in the dark at night or in the early in the morning?

I used to love going on sunrise runs. I haven’t done that in quite a while, but have had my fair share of runs in the dark. If I don’t have Scott with me, I make sure to bring Roadie, stay on the sidewalks, and keep my distances on the low side. Neon attire usually happens as well!

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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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