I feel like I haven’t done a personal update for a looonnngggg time, and I realized this when someone left a comment asking if I went blonde. Well… yes I went blonde at the beginning of January! I had been wanting to go lighter for a while and finally went for it after the new year. I’ve posted multiple photos of my new locks on Instagram but completely neglected to post my array of selfies on my blog haha. So for those of you who are interested in my new hurrr and what I’ve been up to, here it is!
My obsession with green juice and green smoothies is still going strong. My favorite juice is the Greenie from Nekter Juice Bar! Parsley, spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, lemon and apple.
Fav green smoothie recipe is still my RFFMBT Simple Green Smoothie.
I did my very first back-to-back spin class at Full Psycle!!! I came out of my 6:30pm class, ran into my friend Blake and he said “do the hip hop class at 7:30 with me!” In my head I was like no way Jose, I just finished pedaling my heart out for 45 minutes, I am d.o.n.e. but then one of the founders/instructors, Shelly overheard Blake and I and said “Catherine, if you take the next class, it will be the first sold out hip hop class of 2014!” So of course I gave in, grabbed the last open bike at the front of class and gave it my all! I actually did BETTER in the second class! I think it’s because my legs were warmed up, and I had tons of endorphins and energy after class #1! I kept my Polar HRM going and burned 1,879 calories between both classes! DAYUMMM! For anyone who may ask, my watch is a Polar RC3 with GPS. I have a full review of the watch here.
Earned myself 2 Full Psycle Raglan shirts for those 2 back-to-back classes! Great milestone in my workout journey!
I took advantage of the CA heat wave and went Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) for the first time with my friend Blake! We had SO much fun, it’s a great core, arm, and back workout! Of course I had to sport that FP Raglan shirt that I earned the day before! My bow bikini bottoms are by a local company called LOlli Swim. They were limited edition Minnie Mouse themed, but LOlli has some other beyond adorable bow bottoms in stores and online!
I also took my very first Pilates class at Core Reform in the beginning of January. I started taking a few semi-private lessons with my friend Taryn so that we could learn the proper form on the reformer. I highly recommend doing this. Reformer Pilates classes might seem intimidating, but if you take a couple of private lessons (or at least one) to understand how it works, it makes the classes much better! I was hooked after my first class, bought a month of unlimited classes and have been going 4 times a week! My abs hurt so good!
Of course I’m still obsessed with spin at Full Psycle and go 6 days a week! I’ve been loving alternating spin and Pilates throughout the week since my legs get pretty stiff from cycling. Pilates has really helped!
Last month I also took Teddy to Corgi Beach Day in Huntington Beach!
Last week my friend and fellow health & fitness blogger Kayleigh (Okay Fitness) and I took her adorable little munchkin nephew to Disneyland! Taking a toddler to Disneyland and pushing a stroller around the cobblestone streets in the park is a workout in itself. Mad respect to all of the mommas out there who do this!
Other obsessions in 2014: slouchy beanies and lipstick. Bright bold lips that give you confidence and make you feel girly! Sorry I’m to sorry for all of the selfies! February is the month of self love! I guess it’s less awk than asking my friends to take photos of me? haha.
Above Lipstick: Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet
Lip Liner: Mac lip liner pencil in Cherry
Top Coat: Covergirl Natureluxe gloss balm in Anemone 225
Above Lipstick: Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Fuscia 030
Lip Liner: Covergirl Lip Perfection Lip Liner in Splendid 235
Last night I had a serious moment! I made a new PR in spin at Full Psycle. #1 out of all of the girls, #4 all around, and 2 away from 500 total energy!!! This was a huge huge accomplishment for me and I still have a smile on my face today! My very first class on 7/8/13, my total energy was 158 kilojoules and my average power was 69! HOLY GUACAMOLE, that’s an enormous difference. I cannot believe how strong I have gotten!!! I’ve noticed a huge change in my mood, overall happiness, and body composition since starting spin and Pilates!
So far, 2014 has been all about stepping outside of my comfort zone and trying new things! Have you tried a new workout or healthy recipe since the beginning of 2014? Let me know!
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