Some “real” thoughts/words for a Friday

Hey everyone! TGIF, right? I know my Friday posts are usually light and fun, but I’ve got to use this time today to write about something with a little more substance. So, grab some coffee (or wine, if you’re reading this later in the day) and get settled… it’s a long, wordy, fairly picture-less post, but I am hoping some of you can relate and shed some light in the comments section.


I don’t know what has been going on this week, but I’ve just been in a bit of a “funk” for the vast majority of it. Why, you might ask? Well, that’s the thing. I can’t put my finger on it, which is probably the most frustrating part of it all! When I try to think about it, about what is really the issue, I keep coming back to the same thing: I am tired. Not necessarily due to lack of sleep (regardless of how busy I am, I can generally still get my 8 hours of sleep, which is my only saving grace in the crazy-busy lifestyle I am currently leading), but more with everything I have been juggling.  As much as April was an absolutely wonderful month filled with so many birthday celebrations, baby celebrations, wedding celebrations and general “start of spring” celebrations, I think I packed in too much. It makes me tired just thinking about everything that I did in April, but, since we’re on the topic, let’s just recap for the fun of it.

April Highlights

-On top of everything, and even though I have loads of flexibility with my “real” job and get to work from home as often as I would like, it is still tiring. Commuting into the city and to the gym right from work at least 3 days out of the week is a lot! On the days I come into the office (mostly Mon-Thurs), I leave the house around 7:45 and don’t get home until 8:15-8:30. After a full day of work, commuting with lots of bags, teaching one or two classes, I am beat. Mentally and physically exhausted. Granted, I do this to myself, so I’m not looking for pity, but it’s times like this that I realize I am trying to do TOO MUCH.

-Also, my very good friend, JP, gave his notice right before my birthday, so it’s been pretty lonely around the office without him!

Teaching lots of classes

I battled ANOTHER bad cold

Really busy weekends

Trying to keep up with cooking healthy meals once a week

Birthday celebrations, part 1

Birthday Celebrations parts 2 & 3

Long weekend in NYC

Lots of busy weeks

Hosting Sara’s baby shower

-Christy’s Shower, trying to have a social life, gardening

And, these are just the events I made it to… I was not able to make it to my dear friend, Caitlin’s, baby shower in Maine because of teaching which made me so sad:(

For the first 2 weeks in April, I was teaching SIX classes each week. And, after the 2nd week, I was still teaching 5. And you know what? It was too much. I found myself running on empty far more often than I should and getting more injuries, the number 1 sign that I needed to slow down. But, did I? Absolutely not. And was that smart? Absolutely not. Do I have issues where I take on too much? Definitely.


Doesn’t the world we live in tend to foster the mind frame of “I am SO busy. I do this, this and this. How much do YOU do?”, and those who don’t do as much are seen as inferior by those who do too much? It totally does. And, sadly, I find myself caught up in the comparison of “who leads a busier life?!” more often than I would like to admit. Is this something I am proud of? No, definitely not, but I am working on it, though! Being busier than someone doesn’t make you better (not saying I felt that way, but I think it’s common).  Teaching 10 classes a week AND working a full-time job doesn’t make you a better instructor than someone who only teaches 2 or 3. Working multiple jobs and still being able to make every social event doesn’t mean you can manage your time better than someone who doesn’t do that. More isn’t always better. It’s tiring and although one can likely maintain juggling lots of balls for a short period, there will be a time where they will hit a wall, and I am here now, being honest, saying I have hit that wall.


My Dynamax class has not hit the minimum number of participants for this session yet, and even though taking a break (if my numbers don’t go up) for a session would probably be a blessing in disguise, my immediate reaction was, “I failed at this. My numbers were so high all the other sessions, but they aren’t this session. What did I do wrong?”. Luckily, Athena reminded me that it wasn’t a failure; I agreed to teaching this class as a short-term thing… a “I’ll try it out for a session. It’s just 8 weeks” sort of thing, yet, 8 months later, I am still teaching it (granted, it’s one of my favorite classes, so it’s not a burden at all). She also reminded me that if I don’t have to teach it this session, I could have more time for MY OWN workouts… what a thought, huh?!

You may be asking yourself “why does she keep doing this to herself? Why doesn’t she just take time to relax and do nothing?”. Good question. Quite simply, I feel guilty when I am not maxing out my schedule. I know, I seem so ridiculous even to myself when I say type that. I feel like I am wasting time if I am not filling it with plans. I LIKE the feeling of being on the go and having a full schedule. Heck, when I have a day off, I find myself spending time FILLING UP my day off with all sorts of plans. Do I really need to go to Target? Clean the apartment? Cook or bake? No, probably not, but I do them because when they are finished, I feel good! I feel great, actually. The satisfaction of crossing things off my to-do list far surpasses the looming feeling I get when I don’t do the things I feel like I should be doing. Crazy, again. I told you I was being honest here!

Anyway, what I am trying to say, is that this week made me realize that even though I think I can handle everything and keep taking things on, there will always come a time where it’s too much to handle. As my mom tells me “you’ve hit a wall. It happens. It’s a reminder that you need to slow down.” It’s OK to take an afternoon and do absolutely nothing besides snuggle up on the couch and read a book, catch up on magazines or get sucked into watching hours of reality TV. It’s OK to say “no” to things that people ask you to do. It’s OK to put off cleaning the apartment, going grocery shopping or cooking in lieu of hanging out with friends and grabbing a drink or bite to eat. Unfortunately, for people like me (please tell me I am not the only one), all of that sounds great in theory, but it’s incredibly hard to actually follow through with.


I am going home to Maine for Mother’s Day next weekend and I am really excited about it. Especially after this week. For the first time since Christmas, I am going to be able to spend more than 24 hours there, and this couldn’t come at a more perfect time. Maine, by nature, is a relaxing, peaceful and slow-paced (ok, more slow-paced than Boston, especially in Shapleigh!), and even though I might start to go stir crazy by the end of the weekend, I know it is just what I need to get back to my normal self!

If you made it this far, thanks for reading and listening to me vent. I hope that maybe some of you can relate or share some words of wisdom to help me out!

Questions for you: Do you thrive on being busy? Are you a list maker? Have you ever “hit a wall” like I have? Do share- it will make me feel better (and less crazy!!). I promise I’ll be back to regular, light-hearted posts in no time. Just had to get this off my chest!

Twenty Eight

Twenty eight. 28. I am 28. Still getting used to saying that! I will recap on last night a little later, but I will say that I had the best time. The headache I have right now? Yeah, not such a great time, but that’s ok!


I am not big on setting goals, mostly because with my personality, if I set a goal and don’t accomplish it, I will be so hard on myself. I lose sight of the whole purpose of why goals are made and end up focusing solely on whether or not I can do it, which kind of defeats the purpose of making a goal, right? So instead, I try to think about things I might want to accomplish this year and go with that. But this year, before I do that, I want to take a second to reflect on the past year. I often focus too much on all of the things I WANT to do and things I haven’t done yet and forget to acknowledge all of the accomplishments that I’ve made, so today I am going to change that. I am going to look back on my 27th year and feel grateful for everything I have done. I know I am forgetting some things, but here are the big highlights from last year:

  •  I started Burpees to Bubbly! I have been reading healthy living/fitness blogs for years and years and never really had the urge to start one, only because I was afraid no one would like it. I was also afraid that I would get too obsessed with it and with posting on a regular schedule and, in turn, it would become a chore rather than a source of enjoyment. So far, so good. I feel frustrated at times because I want to be a huge blog, but I try to remind myself that I have only been doing this for a few months and it’s all about baby steps. I’m still working on finding my “groove,” but I have had fun thus far experimenting with post styles and topics and can’t wait to do more of it this year.


  • I got my AFAA certification and started teaching fitness classes. I have been an avid class-goer for as long as I can remember and now that I am finally teaching my own classes, I wonder why I waited so long to start. I like to think I am making up for lost time when I cram in teaching 6 or 7 classes in a week, but more recently I realized there is no need for that. I am still learning how to say “no” when people ask me to sub or take on new classes, and although I am still not great at this, I think I am getting better. Recently, I let got of some classes in order to free up some of my time and even though it was hard to do, I think it was a smart choice. I was feeling overwhelmed and frustrated that I didn’t have time to GO to any classes. I was bored with all the workouts I was teaching and wanted to go to classes to get new material, but teaching 5 or 6 days a week, I didn’t have time. Now that I have more days off from teaching, I am excited to “gym hop” and try out new classes and new instructors. This year, I am also excited to go to more conferences and trainings so I can learn about new types of workouts and exercises and become more involved in the fitness community.


  • I was promoted at my “real” job. I don’t talk about my real job much on the blog, but I am very grateful for it. Not only does it pay my bills, but it gives me incredible flexibility which allows me to teach classes:) I also get to travel because of my job, which has its ups and downs, but most of the time it’s fun to have a chance to have a change of scenery and get out of town for a bit.  I also work with really great and fun people (even though my bestie, JP, got a new job and won’t be there anymore), which makes going into the office better.


  • I’ve become more financially stable. For years I was spending more than I was making and I have spent the last year or so trying to pay off that debt. I am finally debt free (well, besides school loans) and looking forward to building up a savings so that I can be a responsible 28 year old. I am also going to move into my own place in September, so I need to save up for that. Having extra income from teaching has been awesome. Not only is it great to get paid to workout and do something I love, but having “extra” money every two weeks is amazing!
  • I have made a conscious effort to try to relax and slow down. Obviously, this is still a HUGE work in progress and is one of my biggest challenges, but I really am trying to be better. I have treated myself with spa days and meals out and have been easier on myself if I don’t get all my things done that I think I “need” to do done. Like I said, I have my good days/weeks with this, but I think being actively aware of my issues and trying to fix them is a step in the right direction.


Well, there you have it! Granted, these are just some of the things I am proud of myself for, but since they are the bigger ones, I thought those were the good ones to list out. This year I want to be more mindful of my accomplishments- no matter how big or small they are- because I shouldn’t wait until my birthday to pat myself on the back for things I do on a daily basis, right?

Here is to 28 and officially being in my “late” 20’s. I’m excited for what is in store for this year and I hope that you all stick around with me as I share my journey via Burpees to Bubbly.

Questions for you: Tell me- what is something you are proud of accomplishing over the past year? Do you like to make goals?

Last day of being 27

Hey Burpees to Bubbly readers! Happy, happy Saturday to you! Have anything fun planned? I’ve got a busy day, but before I get to that, let’s catch up on yesterday! As most of you probably know, Friday’s are my “work from home” (WFH) days and after a full, busy week, it’s the best feeling to get home on Thursday after teaching a double and know I don’t have to pack a lunch or get up early to make the commute into the office. WFH on a Friday before my birthday is even better… treats and flowers and cards galore!

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When I finished my work day, I had plans of going to the gym near me since I am no longer teaching my Friday night UXF in Allston (so sad. I miss you guys!), but the weather was so gross that I decided to stay in and do an “at home” workout.  I was gchatting with Athena (but, let’s be honest, when are we NOT gchatting?!) and she said she was going to use the jump rope today. Ding, ding, ding! The light bulb went off and I decided that I could get a great workout done in the comforts of my own home. I can’t tell you how nice it was to have the option to go to the gym or to workout at home or to not do anything at all!


So, I set up shop in the kitchen with my weights, jump rope and “Friday Five” Arms/cardio workout and got busy. I ended up doing about 60 minutes including warm up and cool down/foam rolling and time flew by!

  • 5 mins warm up (jogging in place, jumping jacks, squats, hamstring curls, knee lifts, etc)
  • 5 mins jumping rope (this is SO much harder when you use a real jump rope vs imaginary jump rope)- this round was tabata style with 20 seconds jumping, 10 seconds rest.
  • 15 minute Arm/Cardio/Core from April Arms Challenge (up the ladder)
  • 5 mins jumping rope (30 seconds jumping, 5 seconds rest)
  • 15 minutes down the ladder
  • 5 mins jumping rope (alternating leads and speed and direction)
  • 10 mins (abs, stretching, foam rolling)

60 minutes later, I was sweaty and tired and rope burned. Wait, what? You read that right, I clearly need work on my jump roping because I got whipped by the rope more time than I’d like to admit and boy did it hurt!

013After I showered, I headed out to the grocery store. On a cold, rainy, Friday night. REALLY not that fun, but it was dead and fully stocked, so I couldn’t really complain too much. As I was shopping, I thought about how great it would be if I could have a glass of wine. Wouldn’t that make grocery shopping so much better?

wine and groceriesI was so ready for wine by the time I got home that I poured myself a glass before I even took my jacket off! J.Lohr is one of my favorite wines- red and white. It’s delicious!

015I sipped as I put away all my groceries. It really made the process a lot more enjoyable, but then again, when doesn’t wine make things more enjoyable?

I was so in the mood for sushi last night, so I picked some up in my travels. It totally hit the spot! There is something about Chardonnay and Sushi. They go hand in hand in my book. Anyone else with me on this?

018Although I had somewhat wanted to go meet up with friends for dinner or drinks, the weather and knowing that I have lots of things on the agenda for today made me decide that staying in was more desirable than going out!


Today’s agenda:

  • getting my BSC paycheck and going to the bank
  • tanning (yes, I tan occasionally…sorry if that offends anyone, but I want a nice glow for my birthday!)
  • teaching kickboxing
  • going to Jess’s first tasting
  • getting my hair highlighted and cut (!!!)
  • getting all done up in my birthday dress for birthday celebrations!!

A little serious talk…

So, today is my last day as a 27-year-old. It’s a little crazy to think about, but I am ready for 28. First off, I am a fan of even numbers, so right away 28 is better than 27, haha. Secondly, I am in a much better spot personally at this point than I was last year, so I am excited for what 28 will bring. I have a few things lined up (expanding and growing the blog, moving into my own place, etc- more on that later) for the next year and I hope you will all stick around with me as I share my journey. I have only been blogging for a few months, but I have had so much fun thus far and appreciate everyone who reads and follows me. You have no idea how much that means to me!

Questions for you: What’s a special meal that you’ll splurge on every once in a while? Birthdays- love them or hate them? What’s been your favorite year thus far?