Last weekend I went to the land of brotherly love, otherwise known as Philadelphia for the 3rd annual Be Well Bootcamp! Myself as well as my A Healthy U Conference planning partners in crime headed to beautiful Philly for just a few hours, a girls day trip to have some amazing health and wellness fun.
This event was HUGE. It was held on the Drexel University Campus at their Recreation Center. There would be all day Fitness classes, seminars, sponsors, cooking demonstrations and more.
When we got to the Be Well Boot camp we registered easily and quickly, given a swag bag and proceeded to have some breakfast. The had a small container of overnight oats and a Chia seed granola bar. Both were quite satisfying even though they were small.
Prior to the day, we were entered in lotteries for small group classes. Unfortunately I was not picked for Bodypump (y’all know how much I love my bodypump) so we kinda stalked around the outside of the class hoping to get a spot. Persistence pays off because we got the last 3 spots. 🙂
The class was not easy. What I liked about it though was that there were tracks I had never heard before… My current Bodypump class has been on the same track list for the past 3 months! It was a breath of fresh air. I loved the instructor too she was a little fireball and I was able to get a picture with her. Yes, you just got free tickets to the gun show.
Next we headed over to the sponsor area that had lots of great things happening like blood pressure screenings, raw/healthy juice samples, and food!
We also got to do a little Flywheel challenge side by side. We had one minute to go ALL out and the person with the highest score wins. Needless to say I was extremely a bit winded once it ended! It was crazy fun though!
Before you knew it, it was time for the next workout! The girls wanted to do Zumba but even though I am a #zumbasnob I decided to give it a try. Well–after one song I left. The girl was good, just not my style. After that we went to go to a session on focusing and being mindful in the present moment and stop worrying about the past and the future. Here are some great things I learned from that session:
- We spend a lot of our time wondering and worrying about the past and the future
- The only thing we have control of is the present moment
- Do daily exercises to keep you in the moment
- There is a big difference between what the brain thinks and mindful thoughts
- You must begin to master the ability not to be reactive but be responsive to what you’re thinking about
- We tend to have dead end thoughts, being mindful creates a U-turn for those thoughts
- Practicing mindfulness is like creating a muscle, with practice like any other muscle, it become stronger
Next we headed to the dance class that we had won the lottery for. It was so much fun! We did choreo from Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and more! The moves were great, the energy was high and I even won a really cute tee for “going hard” thanks to the girls who nominated me!
After that the line was really long for lunch so we decided to spend some quality time together and have a decent sit down lunch–we deserved it! We probably burned close to 1k calories between all the workouts we did!
Lunch was so good. Then we packed up and caught an earlier bus back home. The Philadelphia Be Well Boot camp was a major success and we really had a great time. Can’t wait until next year!
Have you ever been to Philadelphia? Do you try to live mindfully?
I have been hearing all over the blogs and the fitness scene about the Bollywood dance craze that is taking over the fitness industry. I got an invitation to try out a Bollywood style class led by the one and only Sarina Jain. Known as the “Jane Fonda of India” Sarina has created a Masala Bhangra dance class movement that keep your heart rate up while making you feel like you were in an actual Bollywood movie!
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The class was held at the legendary Alvin Ailey studios on the upper west side. This was my first time taking a class there and I felt so honored because of the deep respect that I have for the institution.
The class was like we were practicing for a show or as Sarina said “An Indian Wedding”. She taught us several 8 counts and had us practice them over and over until we got it… Then she added on. By the end we had an entire choreographed routine! It was sick!
What I loved though was that during the class she did not stay in the front–she moved around. She gave us visualizations to go with the dance moves. She let us know which moves were masculine and which were feminine. She told us when to smile and when the whip out hair. When to be strong and when to be completely sexy. She told a story with her moves and by the end we all picked up our scarves and did the entire routine with them. It was seriously all sorts of awesome!
I managed to set the video to record the entire choreography–check it out!
Sarina is currently fundraising to get her Infomercial on TV! She has two amazing DVDs that is guaranteed to make you sweat but is still ton of fun too!
Have you ever tried a Bollywood workout?
Would you try it?
Do you prefer Morning/afternoon or evening workouts?
How was your fitness and wellness week?
Posting this after the new year is actually quite symbolic of a December birthday, they tend to get buried in the holiday crazy. My baby turned two a couple of weeks ago, we celebrated but it wasn’t without its challenges.
Last year, for the baby’s first birthday party 3 out of the 4 of us had the stomach bug. This included my eldest projectile puking in the middle of the party, me being too weak to move and a birthday boy that had barely gotten over it himself. Not to mention most of the guest list (the kids daycare) had been on the disabled list with the bug too! So we had maybe 6 kids show (thank goodness for family right?!) it was a crazy beautiful disaster that kinda traumatized me to where this is the first time I was able to blog about it!
So of course I was excited to make up for it with this party. His theme would be Jake and the Neverland Pirates, I invited his daycare buddies and even my eldest preschooler friends, and a couple personal friends with kids. I decided not to get any entertainment (thanks for the great advice!) everything was going fantastically. Except there was just one little problem.
Not a couple flurries, we are talking 12 inches expected to hit exactly one hour before the party started at noon. I was determined to still have the party though snow or no snow the party was going to happen! The two year old is at the stage where he LOVES birthday parties. He actually randomly starts singing happy birthday while he plays with his cars. I knew we were going to do this even if it was the 4 of us with grandma.
About an hour in, the bestie came and I saw a glimmer of hope. My oldest son absolutely adores his Godmother.
Then my girl Cass came with her daughter and little sister and I breathed a sigh of relief because my son was going to have a birthday after all! Literally in the next 20 minutes 9 more kids showed up and I literally went into the kitchen out of sight and did a little dance like this:
We played classic games like pin the tail, limbo and we even played fruit Ninja on the xerox kinect (which the kids LOVED!) and before you knew it it was time for cake!
The best part of the party though was getting to know and laugh with some of the parents from my son’s preschool. Since my husband drops him off everyday they barely see me (because I gotta be at work by 8am). One of them even told me that she thought my husband was a single dad.
I really like the mothers a lot–there were tons of laughs, giggles and chatter. This was especially awesome for me who never connects with other parents. Also, I was inducted into the circle of parents that had formed since the new school year. Being a working mom is difficult because you have to work extra to make those connections. I even recruited some of them for Zumba 🙂
When we sang happy birthday his grandma held him and the smile on his face made it all worth it!
If you have children, do you have a good connection with the other parents in their classes?
Would you go to a birthday party in a snowstorm?
My very first trip to Atlantic City.
When I went to get my pro skills certification a couple of moths ago, I heard about an event that was being held in Atlantic City at the end of September. I was intrigued because if it got the approval of Jani Roberts then it had to be solid.
I looked up the pricing for the event: reasonable. Hotel stay? Even more reasonable. Just like that I planned a short one night getaway for me and my husband! Since the event was only 90 minutes, we’d be together practically the whole time.
Since we are not gamblers and the lure of winning money does nothing for us, we had no plans of going to the casinos.
When we got there however, the bus line gave us $60 in credits to use at a nearby casino. We decided to sit down at the 25c slots and play that $60 until it finished and called it a day. We ended up winning about $100 and the bus tickets were $40 each so we really rode for free plus made an additional $20. Not too shabby!
We entered the Borgata around 3pm and the lines to check in were so so long. I’ve never waited so long to get checked in!
The hotel grounds were flawless, beyond the casinos being the first thing you see there were also many many restaurants including fine dining right down to fast food. The choices are really endless.
After we checked in and got settled we jumped downstairs to fatburger, which was okay. We toured the grounds some more and then I had to get ready for Tanya!
A little backstory on Tanya Beardsley, she used to be one of the main girls of Zumba, she used to travel the world with her partner Gina Grant until she decided to step down from Zumba. This was not a Zumba event–it was dancing in the light.
The event was a lot of fun. Tanya does an amazing job of getting folks out of their heads and loosening up. Since I was by myself at the event, I was a little wary about dancing freely. She loosened us all up pretty quickly and before you knew it all of us were just freestyling and just having a great time.
Since there were no pictures allowed I didn’t have any from the actual event. The ballroom was beautiful, it was a wide open space with plenty of room to shake your tailfeather.
When that was over, I met my husband back in the room, got ready and headed off for dinner. We ate a meh dinner at the metropolitan and then I had gelato for the first time ever. It was pretty epic.
The next morning we slept in (8am!) And went to the indoor pool which was simply beautiful. After that we went to the breakfast buffet as it was pretty inexpensive ($15pp) I got full pretty quickly, the food was so great!
Somehow in an attempt to go home we ended up at the Tanger Outlets and we shopped and shopped. I picked up somethings for me, the kids and he picked up some clothes too.
Finally after a ton of traffiic, we made it home. I can’t wait to go back!!