Hi everyone! Happy Sunday!
Today has been a wonderful day, but before I get to that, let’s catch up on yesterday. Last night, I was finally able to babysit my favorite kiddos! I met their mom when we used to take yoga together every week (miss that!!) and for the past 3 or so years (might even be more), I have been able to babysit her kids every couple of months. Well, between work and teaching classes, my schedule hasn’t really allowed for much free “babysitting” time, so I am happy that we were able to coordinate last night. I got this from Lila and it totally melted my heart
I have been in dire need of a massage for SO long. Between teaching 5+ classes a week, commuting to work (carrying too many heavy bags), and an overall busy lifestyle, my body was screaming for some relaxation. I put a poll out on Facebook to get recommendations for good spas in the Boston area and my cousin and his wife both suggested the Intercontinental Hotel. I couldn’t be more thankful for that request!
Since I knew I had access to the hotel’s facilities all day, I headed over around 9:30 this morning so I could get in a workout prior to my 11am appointment.
I started off with 32 minutes on the elliptical (my legs were TIGHT from my run yesterday) and then set up a circuit to run through. I swear, new gyms with fun “toys” make me way too happy.
If you have access to a box (or step with lots of risers), BOSU & Kettle’s (or a weight), you can totally do this!
For Time- Complete 4 rounds of the following circuit in as short amount of time as possible (while maintaining good form)
- 10 Box Jumps
- 10 Weighted Squats on the BOSU
- 10 KB Swings (go heavy!)
- 10 BOSU Burpees
- 10 Russian Twists (use weight or a Dynamax ball)
- 10 Plank Rotations
Let me know if you try it! I didn’t have time to finish 4 rounds, but if you push yourself and give this your all, you’ll definitely be huffing and puffing!
After my workout, I rinsed quickly and then slipped into the softest, most comfortable robe ever!
My masseuse was wonderful. As soon as I walked in, she asked if I had any injuries or any areas of tension. My right shoulder has been bothering me lately; I think it’s overuse, which is so frustrating. I told her about this and she said she could see how my left shoulder was scrunched up and my right shoulder was looking more limp… I didn’t even notice this, but as soon as she brought it up, it totally made sense. Iris did a phenomenal job paying special attention to that shoulder and did lots of different things to increase the range of motion and rotation. She said that my left shoulder was actually more tight than my right because it was overcompensating for the right. I think it is SO interesting to learn about how muscles work and how one little thing can affect many other things.
Anyway! Iris gave me lots of tips and stretches to perform on my own with the hopes of nursing my shoulder back to normal in no time. When I go back (yes, WHEN… I definitely plan on going back in the next couple of months), I am going to ask for Iris again. She was wonderful!
Oh, there’s more! Not only was the workout & massage amazing, but the showers and products were to die for! I was a happy, happy girl… I smell so good now!
My life is so hectic these days (brought on by myself, but still…), that I cannot tell you how nice it was to be in a serene “locker room” setting with nice products, soothing music… and no sweaty gym people:)
To continue on with my “Mental & Physical Health Day,” I decided to splurge and grab lunch, too! Look at me… Really living on the edge now! My sister got me a gift certificate to Life Alive for Christmas and I have been dying to use it ever since.
My friend Jess introduced me to this place after one of my classes in Central Square and I have been hooked ever since! I got the demi portion of The Adventurer and it was ahhh-mazing!!
I mean, look at that thing! Corn, broccoli, beets, tofu, almonds, kale, quinoa & a dressing so good I think I could drink it (ok, maybe not DRINK it, but it was so good!). To finish it off, I grabbed a Paleo dessert.
I have to say, I was pretty skeptical of these, but after one bite I was sold. These were delicious!
Phew! If you made it this far, THANK YOU! That was quite the wordy and picture heavy recap of the past 24 hours.
As for the rest of the day, I may take a walk while I think about what I want to use as my benchmark Dynamax workout since it’s beautiful out. Today has been such a great day… no rushing on my end, no stressing, good food & workout… and, best of all, total relaxation. Why don’t I do this more often?
Questions for you: When is the last time you had a “me” day where you pampered yourself? Favorite healthy food place? Let me know if you try the workout!
8 thoughts on “What a weekend!”
You were way to convincing with the “softest robe you’ve ever slipped into”. The description reminds me so much of Exhale in Back Bay, but I may just have to treat myself now and check out Intercontinental. I read your blog and feel like I could be writing this (only because I’m so busy-brought on by myself as well, but I’m the pickiest eater ever, so the healthy food part would totally not be me). I wanted to tell you how much I love reading this because not only is it so interesting, but I love how you enjoy food and don’t look at it (or at least don’t talk about it) in terms of calories and fat. I’m picky by nature, but when people start talking about food in terms of fat and nutrition i get so anxious, but I feel like you talk about it in such a healthy and exciting way, even though you cook and eat all good things! Anyway, it’s always fun to read and I’m never afraid of reading anything like “I ate a salad and the girl next to me was eating a pizza, and thought it was ok because it was multigrain and we all know pizza is bad…” Now i’m writing more than you, which isn’t acceptable haha Write more soon! Thanks so much for showing Athena’s blog-I’m in heaven!!
Aw, thanks!! yes, I am totally an “everything in moderation” type of person. I would never restrict myself and I do indulge, but I keep everything in small amounts. I counted calories for a while back in college and I got into a bad place, so I am happy with how healthy I am now:) Glad you like Athena’s Blog!
Looks like the best day ever! I haven’t had a “me” day in way too long, but I did get my toes done to treat myself after the exam this weekend 🙂
p.s. can we go to that cafe together when I’m home this summer?!
Good for you:) I hate how we have to have “reasons” to treat ourselves… and YES! you would LOVE it. When will you be home and for how long?!
I’ll be home for a month! End of June until end of July! Countdown is on!
Adventurer at Life Alive = the best meal in Boston!
mmmmm I’m seriously obsessed with that place! So happy you turned me onto it!