Not-So-Lazy Sunday

After a busy few months, I was happy to fill my Sunday with things I love. I started the day with a free barre3 class taught by Courtney at Athleta with several of my close lady friends. It was really sweaty, but really fun! Easton Town Center is quiet on Sunday mornings and it was nice to avoid the chaos usually surrounding the area.

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Getting our upright core workout on.

After class it was time to hit the ground running. Later that day, I was hosting a Wildtree freezer meal workshop. Backing up a bit: my friend, Annie, is a rep for the company. I’m always weary of direct sales parties but the company’s founder is someone I can relate to and their products are free of preservatives, additives and fillers.

I decided to a host a party where each guest purchases a $79 Wildtree spice and oil kit, then buys and preps their meats and a few veggies in advance of the get together. You come to the workshop and finish preparing your meals (ranging from 10-20 depending on your family size) with the help of Annie and a few glasses of wine.

Three of us decided to head to Costco together to make a bulk meat purchase, which I absolutely recommend. It’s a LOT of meat. We were excited we made it out of there.

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$400 in meat later…

We went back to my house to prep before the party. Between the three of us it took 1.5 hours, which included separating the meat, chopping it and putting it into the correct meal bag.

Everyone came over around 6:30 p.m. with their cooler of freezer bags and chopped meats. We caught up for a bit and ate some snacks Annie brought over, as well as a few I prepared, then we got down to business. Since none of us have kids we decided to split the meals in half and prepared 20 of them. During the party we worked to add the additional ingredients to our prepped bags, including the oil and spices. After that, everyone packed their coolers and rushed home to get their creations in their own freezer!

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Spices and oil. Picture courtesy of Organize 365.

Overall, the workshop was really helpful. Annie did a great job of answering questions and walking us through the steps. I have 20 “fresh frozen” meals in my freezer and can’t wait to try them out. I’m making a Cajun Shrimp Pasta tonight.

I would love to do this once every few months. It’s nice knowing I just need to cook a side of rice or steam some veggies to go alongside my meal after a long day at work or a weekend away from home. I think most of us even feel comfortable enough to do it on our own without a Wildtree rep.

Also, while it might seem expensive purchasing everything for 20 meals at once, the cost breaks down to approximately $2.50/serving. It’s way less than I would spend at the grocery store on a normal basis, and the time-saving element makes it even more affordable.

Now onto taste-testing!

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Back in Action

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to define this space. I’ve waited for an answer and nothing groundbreaking has happened to report. Instead of waiting around, I’m going to keep on trucking. I love having this space  and enjoy writing. For now, this is my place for that.

Today also marks the first day of the barre3 Spring Challenge. I felt that it was the appropriate time to pick back up. We have a few others blogging their way through it (say hi to Robyn!) and it’s going to be part of what keeps me accountable.

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The challenge consists of four in-studio classes and two online workouts per week. I scheduled every workout for the next four weeks in addition to teaching classes. I’m hoping to go to bed completely exhausted (and completely fulfilled) every night. I even made sure to pack my bag last night so I could get up bright and early for the 6 a.m. class this morning before heading to work.

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The challenge also consists of following a nutrition plan of whole, unprocessed food. Think fiber, fat and protein through lean meat and vegetables. Do NOT think coffee, alcohol or refined sugar. I had leftovers for lunch today from the Love Your Lower Body book. It was Thai Green Curry with Beef and Basmati Rice and the picture does not do it justice! After Sunday’s dinner, Rob let me know it’s now officially a regular in our meal rotation.

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Lastly, and I think most importantly, challengers get access to live lectures from barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln and nutritionist Andrea Nakayama. To put this in perspective, ONE session with Andrea otherwise costs more than three times the entire challenge kit. I’d say I’m getting my money back ten-fold!

The thing I love about barre3 is that they encourage you to “make it your own.” This challenge is going to push me, but I also know I won’t fail if I have a glass of wine for Rob’s birthday. The key is going in with a plan. By planning “cheats,” you’re in control. I don’t feel bad and understand it’s something special, not an every day occurrence. My hope is after the challenge, my eating stays this way.

My enemy is going to be my sweet tooth. But I’ve planned for that as well: I have a refrigerator full of Raw Carrot Cake Energy Bites and Dark Chocolate “Donut” Holes. These barre3 recipes usually give me just enough of that sweetness to kick my cravings to the curb.

Day one is almost complete with no major slip-ups. I’ll say as a disclaimer that I did have one cup of coffee this morning. I plan to detox slowly off the coffee. I’ll let you know how my green tea morning goes tomorrow morning! (My guess? It definitely won’t be as good.)