Whirlwind Week Ahead…

Happy Monday morning!

Sitting at the airport, getting ready to head off on a long day of travel. It should be really nice to get out of the office … I sat and thought about it last night, and the last time I was on the road was when I was in Denver and New Mexico in May! Granted, I have eight hours of planes and airport on my schedule today and Thursday – and Tuesday and Wednesday standing at a trade show booth all day – but there’s just something about getting out of the office – even if it is a whirlwind, as much time spent travelling as working like this one, that re-energizes me. The older I get, the more I find that I have way too  much energy to be sitting at a desk all day. But, being an adult, we have to do what we have to do, right?

The good news is I’ll have my partner in crime (the lovely Helen) to entertain me – and really, a trip to Vegas can never be a bad thing, right (even if I’ll be flying in and out and working all day in between)? So off I go … first flight of the day takes off in about an hour (and of course, I have still not learned that it takes me 10 minutes to get to the airport – and about as long to get through security and to the gate – I love DCA). I’ll check back in once I’ve landed in Sin City!


Introducing Strong-Fit-Beautiful

I’m excited to announce the launch of my fitness blog! Strong-Fit-Beautiful strongfitbeautiful.wordpress.com will be focused on an extremely important part of my life: health and fitness. It will be focused on a number of topics, including group fitness, weight lifting, cardiovascular training, nutrition, and general insight regarding the world of health and fitness. I’ll also plan on sharing the music that’s currently fueling my workouts – including the playlists that I use in my weekly Spinning classes (I’ll even include some choreography notes, in case you have access to a Spinning bike).

So check it out! Share it with friends! And start committing to becoming a stronger, fitter, and more beautiful you!

Talk About Multiple Personalities: How Can I Get More “Gym Me” into “Real Me”?

I consider my part-time, “just for fun” job as a group fitness instructor to be one of the most rewarding, enjoyable parts of my life. Being able to see people grow stronger and healthier, and to know that you played a part in their getting there, is truly one of the most amazing feelings in the world. It truly makes me feel blessed to have the ability to share my passion with others – one of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received came from my former national fitness director, mentor and friend, who once told me that this was what I was put on earth to do. (Wow, right?)

When I get in front of a class, or even when I’m just working out on my own, I’m the most confident person in the world. I know that my form is (usually) spot-on, I’m super-personable, and I have no fear that the people in my classes are judging me. Sometimes, at the end of my Pilates classes, I’m even known to throw out a couple options … with the last one being something along the lines of, “We’re almost done. If you want to just sit and laugh at me, I’m cool with that, too.”

It’s funny, though … because I feel like I definitely have two drastically different sides to my personality. I always joke that I wish I could incorporate “gym me” more into “’real’ me.” The two are almost opposite side of the spectrum – though I’m trying my best to start incorporating more of “gym me” into my every day life. Because the person who steps in front of a class five times in a week is not always so outgoing. In fact, I spend a lot of my time worrying that people are judging me, or that I’ll be rejected, or that I’m not funny/charming/pretty/skinny/smart/insert-other-fitting-word-here enough.

I hate to say it, but in a way, I do feel like that fear has crippled me throughout the last several years. I’ve spent so much time being afraid that people wouldn’t like me, or wouldn’t get me, or that I wouldn’t be good enough, that I almost feel as if I’ve allowed myself to become socially stunted. And honestly, I’ve just had enough of being afraid that I’m not, well … enough.

But that’s another one of my goals for this next year of my life – to stop thinking so much, and just start living. People won’t always like you. Yes, there are people who are funnier/more charming/prettier/skinnier/smarter/insert-other-fitting-word-here than me. There always have been. There always will be. But at the end of the day … I’m sure there are a lot of people looking at me, wondering how they can ever live up to what I’ve been given.

So here’s to “gym me”! It’s definitely time to get a little more of that spastic little ball of crazy, energy and passion into the rest of my life. I’m taking suggestions on how to start!


The Much Awaited Mad Men Party …

If there is one thing that having a huge apartment is good for, it’s throwing fabulous parties. Last night we hosted a ’60s-themed Mad Men party … and while I can’t say I’ve ever watched the show, I’ve heard enough about it to assume the theme would be a good one. As always, there was good company, fun food and drink, and lots of fun theme outfits. Check out Emily’s fabulous dress … yes, that is bacon and eggs. And yes, it was sequined.

Another successful get together in the books … guess that means it’s time for us to start thinking about the next one!

Highlight of my weekend … Kim in town!

I’ve been pretty lucky throughout the years to have some really great friends in my life. This weekend, I was able to spend some time with one of my favorites – my close college friend Kim. We haven’t seen each other in about two and a half years, but I always find it amazing how with those who truly “get” us, you can just pick up like we saw one another the day before.

Though our visit was short – only a little more than 24 hours – we still managed to spend a little time playing tourist. Kim got the true DC experience (yes, a ride on the Metro), we checked out the new MLK Memorial, watched a little Super Bowl, and as expected, spent a lot of time talking, laughing, and remembering some of the crazy things we did once upon a time.

Today we took a little trip over to Georgetown. We had a nice lunch, checked out a couple of the shops, took a peek at the Riverfront, and hit another DC tourist spot – Georgtown Cupcakes (from TLC fame … check out how great our cupcakes look).

It had been entirely too long since we’ve spent some time together, so it was definitely great to see her! I really do believe that there are people who are put into our lives for a reason, and Kim is definitely one of them. Here’s hoping that this year can bring many more visits with many more great friends!