Barre Update

Happy Monday everyone! I am especially excited this Monday morning as I am off for a week after working all weekend. I am off to visit Amanda and Kevin in Arizona on Thursday for a long weekend, I can’t wait!

I wanted to share a barre update with you guys as it has been a while since I posted about it. I am still doing barre and LOVE it! I actually switched studios recently as I used to go to Pure Barre and now go to The Barre Code. I made the switch mostly due to location and price along with recommendations from friends, but I am very happy with my new studio. 

The Barre Code offers a large variety of classes including a standard barre class, cardio-based classes, and even stretching classes. My current favorite is called brawl which is kickboxing. I always work up a sweat during this class and love the energy behind it. I normally take a kickboxing or another cardio-based class as well as a couple barre classes each week. I am excited to try Burn which is barre in a heated room… it sounds intense! The Barre Code uses a variety of equipment each class including weights, resistance bands, kettlebells, and balls. 

I have been going with my friend from work which is so fun! Having a workout buddy and a monthly membership motivates me to sign up for classes each week. I definitely enjoy the variety of the classes The Barre Code offers and the times of the classes are easy to fit into my schedule. 

I hope everyone has a motivating Monday! 

– M –

The Sugar Craze

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! I want to share more about regulating added sugar in our diets, something I’m really passionate about. If you’re like me I’ve been buying into all the health marketing in recent years, filling my cart with low fat options. Little did I know those low fat foods are often filled with sugar! There are countless studies that prove that sugar consumption causes obesity, diabetes, and cancer and is highly addictive. Then why do we continue to eat it you may ask? Because we aren’t informed to make the right decisions!

Since reducing my sugar intake I’ve noticed I have more energy, sleep better and get better results in the gym. Here’s some foods that tend to sneak into our diet but are often filled with added sugars:

  1. Juices
  2. Sauces (think BBQ, teriyaki, etc.)
  3. Yogurt
  4. Coffee drinks
  5. Energy bars
  6. Cereal
  7. Low fat ice cream/Froyo
  8. Salad dressing
  9. Tomato sauce
  10. Dried fruit

It’s important to check the first 3-5 ingredients on a nutrition label for added sugar. Common terms to look for include high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, fructose, agave and honey. If you see these ingredients, put the item back on the shelf!

Being conscious has changed my grocery cart quite a bit. A friend recommended RXBAR, an energy bar with no added sugar. I also closely check my yogurts, salad dressings and cereal to ensure they are low in added sugar. Yes, I still splurge once in a while but I’m also a lot more conscious about how I’m fueling my body.
If you can tell this is pretty important stuff to me lately! My mom and I are doing a low sugar challenge in May. We are both being conscious of the added sugars in our diet and are are killing it so far!

– A –