It’s Thursday, and we’ve spent a lot of time talking about fitness and food on the ole’ blog this week. So I feel like this is the perfect day to get into a “Thinking Out Loud” post comprised of nothing but miscellaneous ramblings. Please enjoy, and be sure to let me know in the comments what you’re thinking about today, whether it is out loud or not. Here we go …
Technical difficulties are not fun
So far in my blogging career, I haven’t had a lot of technical difficulties (knock on wood). However, in my group fitness instruction career, I’ve had a lot of them. Last night, I taught half of a BODYATTACK class and a whole BODYPUMP class without a microphone, because it stopped working mid-way through my first class. Both of my evening classes were super crowded with quite a few new people, and it was not an ideal situation at all. However, I’ve been teaching long enough to know how to use facial expressions and hand signals to get people to do what I want, even if they can’t hear me very well. I kept the volume low during some tracks to try and scream over it, but in others, I just led the class with no verbal cues. It was tough, but we made it through.
My fifth LE TOTE clothing delivery
Switching gears, for the past couple of months, I’ve been getting deliveries from LE TOTE clothing service, which is based here in San Francisco. My fifth delivery is definitely my favorite thus far. I get so excited about mail, and I ripped into the black LE TOTE box when it arrived on Friday. I received two dresses, a long black skirt, a chunky necklace and some earrings. As always, once I got the clothes, I hung them up, admired them and eagerly awaited some free time so I could ask my hubby, Dave, to photograph me in them. That didn’t happen until Sunday afternoon, which was also the same Sunday afternoon that I had woken him up from a nap to take pictures of me for my foam rolling 101 post while we still had natural light. As you can imagine, he is one patient guy. Here’s a glimpse of the looks from my tote …
I didn’t take a photo in the long black skirt, because I already had one like it hanging in my closet so that one wasn’t as exciting. Oh and it was like 50 degrees out when we took these photos, and I was shivering (and pale, so sorry)! Nonetheless, these two dresses and that necklace are just awesome. By the way, if you’ve never heard of LE TOTE, for only $49 a month, you can get an unlimited number of “totes” sent to you filled with five items, which are hand-selected for you by a personal stylist based on your preferences, and once you wear the items, you get to send them back for more. Check out some of my previous posts to get the details on how it works. LE TOTE is the Netflix of fashion, and deliveries two, three and four. If you like the sound of this, head over to the site to look around and sign up. <<affiliate link! If you sign up using this link, I’ll get a little referral credit, which I promise to put toward a spray tan!>> You can use this special promo code for 20 percent off your first month too: ALADYGOESWEST20. By the way, the nice ladies at LE TOTE have given me the chance to try the service for free, so I can share it with you, but these opinions on the clothes are definitely my own.
Clean teeth make me happy
Changing subjects completely, yesterday, I went to the dentist for my six-month check-up and cleaning. Not only do I love my dentist and her staff, but I also love that just-cleaned mouth feeling that you have when you walk out of the dentist. I came away with a shiny smile, a new toothbrush, some floss and a refill of whitening serum for my trays, which I use every few months. Anyone else out there love going to the dentist? Probably not, but I sure do. Dental hygiene is important, my friends.
Preparing for the big move
I’ve mentioned a few times already that Dave and I have found a newer and bigger apartment and are moving at the end of the month. We’ve already cleaned out our closets, but we have a lot of work to do to pack up this small place. However, one of the funny things about living in a super-small apartment is that you can’t start packing boxes ahead of time, because you’ll box yourself in. That’s right. We’d love to get going on our packing, but anywhere we put boxes will block a closet, door, window or bed, and we can’t afford to do that. Quite honestly, I’m not even sure how we are going to make this happen. But we have a few weeks to get a handle on it. In addition to that, we’re going to need to buy more furniture to fill the new place up. We want a nice couch and are definitely selling the small one we have now. Any recommendations? I’ve been dabbling in some Pinterest research, but haven’t found anything we’re dreaming of yet. Most likely leather, but perhaps something else.
Booking some bachelorette party fun
I’m excited to say that I’ve finally booked my cross-country round-trip ticket to head to Key West in early March for my dear friend Melissa’s bachelorette party (I went back to Florida in October for Melissa’s Big Fat Greek engagement party). Our group of ladies have already done two bachelorettes in Key West before, and it’s such a laid-back and fun place to be with friends. You can wear flip-flops, a sundress and a bathing suit from the time you wake up, until the time you go to sleep. I can’t wait for that trip to get here! Speaking of bachelorettes, I had mine about three years ago in Las Vegas, which was a pretty big trip for my girlfriends when we all lived in Florida. It was so worth it though, just as I know Melissa’s trip will be too. Man, I’m going to need to get a tan before I go there. Oh and do you guys notice that bachelorette is always underlined as misspelled in spell-check? You’d think they would have that in the dictionary by now, but the computer always wants to make it bachelor. No thanks.
Checking in on goals for the new year
How are your goals for 2015 going so far? I’m off to a pretty good start. The first two weeks of the year, I fit in two yoga sessions a week, which is huge for my goal to get more flexible. However, I’m not sure I will get yoga in this week. I sure hope so. The area where I need to get a bit better is the cooking department. I set a goal to cook one new recipe a week, and while I’ve been making new-to-me sides, I haven’t done a full-out recipe yet. I need to get in the kitchen and get cracking with that soon. We’ve hit the halfway point of the month, so I’m not desperate yet.
That’s pretty much all I’ve got for you guys today. I know, if you were expecting better, I apologize. I think I used up all my blogging wits on the foam rolling post this week. Speaking of which …
The RumbleRoller giveaway is waiting for you
If you didn’t get a chance yet, head on over to enter to win an awesome RumbleRoller foam roller. The giveaway closes Saturday night, so act quickly! It seems like most of you have commented that you know you need to do more foam rolling, and I do definitely need to too. If you’re super cool, you can teach someone around you how to do it, so they can feel the benefits as well. Come on, be a pal.
If you’re a fan of this “Thinking Out Loud” post, head on over to visit Amanda, who has plenty more to share. Now go off and have a fun Thursday. I’ve got some work to do and am filling in for someone tonight during an evening BODYPUMP session at a nearby gym where I used to teach, which usually has a functioning audio system. That means BODYPUMP two days in-a-row, which I don’t like to do, but just seems to happen in this teaching world sometimes. Bye guys, I’ll see you in the morning for the weekly “Friday Favorites.”
Questions of the day
What’s something you’re thinking about today? Where’s the best place you’ve ever been to a bachelorette party? What’s your favorite furniture store?