Happy Friday! How did everyone do with week three!? I am feeling pretty good but honestly I’m a little tired. I’ve been really pushing myself with the workouts which feels great but simultaneously has me a bit exhausted. I ended up taking two rest days (instead of one) this week but I still hit all of my goals for the week. I also have cramps (sorry, TMI) right now so that’s probably at play too. I’m going to be really good about getting a lot of sleep this weekend. I am SO SO happy that you guys are loving this series as I am loving it too – you guys keep me accountable and your comments are so inspiring!! I tried lots of new things this week which was fun, and I treated myself a bit too… hello, face masks + fresh flowers… these challenges have to have a little indulgence, right?!
Details on what I’m wearing (because these are some of my FAVORITE workout pieces!) New Balance Jacket (c/o, also available here… love that you could get away with wearing it outside of the gym too) // Outdoor Voices Tank (so comfy!) // Beyond Yoga Leggings (my go-to, I could write sonnets about these) // New Balance Sneakers (c/o – got these at an event and they are perfect!)
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ONE // Our first goal was to get 5 workouts in this week.
Friday –Rest Day!
Sunday – Alignment Flow Yoga at Equinox.
Monday – Power Yoga at Equinox (so hard!)
Tuesday – Aaptiv Treadmill Workout + 15 minute stretch after. I tried out “The Way You Make Me Run,” and do not recommend it, especially if you are a beginner. It’s all running with no breaks and it’s very hilly. After twenty minutes I had to stop because I thought I was going to throw up. I walked for ten minutes after.
Wednesday – Alignment Flow Yoga Class at Equinox.
Thursday – Rest Day. I had planned on going running but woke up with horrible cramps and really tight hip flexors. Decided to give my body a break. Foam rolled at night to loosen things up.
TWO // Trying Something New:
This is always my favorite part of the challenge and I tried three new things this week!
one – The first was trying Sky Ting Yoga. I will break my “no boutique classes” rule if it’s over the weekend and in replacement of brunch. I had heard really amazing things about their classes and I LOVED the studio. This is one of the few classes that makes me eat my words about boutique fitness classes. The space is really beautiful (high ceilings, all white, pretty plants) and the class was really great. We did a lot of hip openers which I desperately needed. Another thing I really liked is that they lay all of the mats out ahead of time so that everything is nicely spaced out and no one is on top of each other. I bought a 3 pack and am definitely going to go back!
two – I took a meditation class at Inscape. This was for a brand event but I had been dying to try it. The space is beautiful… there are two of them and the one I took was in a room called “The Dome.” It’s basically a cozy pink igloo and it’s amazing. The class lasted 25 minutes, and while their was a facilitator in the room the meditation was led by an electronic voice… very Logan’s Run/futuristic! I loved it and would definitely go back… it would be such a fun thing to do with a girlfriend (instead of drinks!)
three – Crystals! I am working on a story – a beginner’s guide to using crystals, but in the meantime I have been practicing holding crystals while I meditate. More to come there!
THREE // Protein-Packed Breakfast: Easy!
FOUR // Daily Meditation: This is going really well! I am obsessed with Headspace’s bedtime and do it every single night without fail. And I absolutely loved Inscape.
FIVE // Buy Yourself Fresh Flowers: Okay so I sort of cheated but Vogue and Urbanstems sent me their new collaboration so I counted that as my fresh flowers. So pretty!!!
SIX // Try a new Face Mask: This was an easy challenge as I do a face mask most nights.. ha! I tested this one out. It felt like spreading molten pearls all over my face. And it should because it’s $200. (I received a sample). I loved how soft and glowy it left my skin but it’s expensive and you can get the exact results with this (another fav!)
Dry January Update: This has been easy peasy… honestly, I don’t really miss it or even think about drinking. I had a few dinners and things this week and was more than fine with just ordering club soda, even if the other person was having a cocktail. (On that note, there are some really great mocktail recipes linked below!) I just feel better without it and although I didn’t weigh myself before I started this, I can tell I’ve lost weight. I probably won’t do a fully dry February (it’s my best friend’s birthday and I’m also planning a trip to Charleston) but I’m planning on keeping this going outside of big events.
This week’s Highs:
I am feeling so much more flexible. I make it a point to get in a good stretch every day (whether it’s an Aaptiv stretch or yoga) and it’s made a huge difference.
I’ve managed the confidence to wear a crop top at yoga. It’s all about the high-waisted leggings so you only show a sliver of skin, but yoga is definitely nicer when your whole outfit is tight… I find I hold the postures better when I’m wearing a mostly skin tight outfit. My favorite, most flattering combo is these leggings + this crop!
This week’s Lows:
Laundry! This is not an actual real problem, more of a funny observation. Working out 5 or 6 days a week is like, I can’t handle how much laundry I have to do! This probably sounds insane if you a) have a family or b) have laundry in your apartment… but I am adjusting to this – so many dirty clothes!
This week’s healthy links!
- Thinking of trying BBG? Read Krista’s post!
- This lemon lentil soup sounds so good!
- 8 healthy recipes to try this winter! The ginger scallion soup looks delish.
- For my fellow Dry January-ers… these mocktails look INCREDIBLE.
- Krystal shared the best places to run in New York.
- Not surprising – the benefits of meditation may have longer-lasting effects than taking a vacation.
photography by Trent Bailey.