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How I Spent Global Running Day

Hello friends! It has been a while since I last posted here, hasn't it? Sorry to have neglected you guys! Things have been busy on my end with my move, work, and getting my butt in shape! I've been posting on Twitter and Instagram, so if you follow me there, you won't miss anything!

As part of my "getting my butt in shape" plan, I've been getting in a bunch of two-a-days over the last couple of weeks. One cool thing that I've been doing is taking Pilates at lunchtime at work (it's free as part of our health insurance), and I'm definitely starting to notice a difference with my core strength! I hadn't done Pilates in a looong time, so I forgot that I actually liked it!

Quest Bar Protein Cookies

I've been a fan of Quest Bars for a little while now. They're so good! I like to pack some for volleyball tournaments and hiking, but I also like to keep some in my desk for days when I don't get a chance to eat lunch. Each bar provides me with at least 20g of protein, which I definitely need as an active person!

After work and yoga on Friday, I headed over to Target to pick up some Quest Bars. Did you know that they sell them at Target? I actually had no idea, but I'm glad they do! They have everything at Target, don't they? That's why I'm always getting in trouble when I go there! "Oh, I just need to pick up a pack of staples!" (Leaves store with a new desk, a new stapler, poster board, a swimsuit...)

Coffee + Protein Powder = A Match Made in Heaven

Disclosure: I was provided with one canister of Click Active protein powder in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts contained in this post are my own. 

Have you ever thought, why can't I just make one drink in the morning that has protein AND coffee? Well, you're in luck! Today, I'm going to tell you all about this amazing protein powder I tried, and I'll even share with you a delicious new recipe! Oh, and one other thing: One of you lucky readers will win a canister of mocha protein powder!

Click Active. Those are some magical words! These guys are the real deal! They have this amazing protein powder which has 25g of protein in each serving, as well as caffeine from espresso. It tastes delicious, and helps you get that extra perk in the morning that you would normally get from your regular ol' coffee.

Why I Want to Teach Indoor Cycling

I'm going to BlogFest again this year! I'm so excited! I had such an amazing time last year, learned so much, and met so many inspiring people. I can't wait to do it all again!

This year's BlogFest is being held in Las Vegas, and I'm doubly excited because I've never been to Vegas, let alone Nevada, before! Hooray to checking another state off the list!

Last year, I almost signed up for the POP Pilates training, but I decided against it. I had not done Pilates in I don't know how long, but I distinctly remember not being too passionate about it. After last year, I thought, why don't I try to find something I am interested in that I can get certified in next year?

Lex Local: 9Round Rockville

A few weeks ago, I had the fun, sweaty chance to try out 9Round Fitness in Rockville, Maryland. It's actually a franchise, so it's likely you may have heard about it in your 'hood.

One of the cool things about living in the DC Area is that, if you really wanted to, you could try out a different workout/studio/boutique every week. I decided to try out 9Round after attending their grand opening for work. It seemed like a pretty cool format, it was a bare-bones facility, and it was clean, so why not give it a shot?

Monday, Monday

Let's just cut to the chase: Mondays are rough for me. My weekends are way too short, my Sunday night routine bumps up against my Monday morning, and I just want to sleep in! On top of all of that, Mondays are usually my busiest days at work. Needless to say, Mondays aren't my favorite.

One of the toughest things for me on Monday is getting myself a nutritious breakfast as I rush around my place, things flying like I'm the Tasmanian Devil. If I'm really bad over the weekend, and can't make it to the grocery store, the chance of me having something healthy in my pantry to eat on a Monday morning is pretty slim. Fortunately, I was recently introduced to the Quest Nutrition Beyond Cereal Bars.

Lex Local: Sky House Yoga in Downtown Silver Spring

If you've been following me on Instagram, you know that I have been practicing yoga a heck of a lot more now than any other point in the last couple of years -- basically since I've started practicing yoga. It has helped me with a lot of lower back and hip issues I was having, it's made me more flexible and balanced, and -- most importantly -- it has helped me with my sanity. Yoga is life, y'all!

Recently, I have had two opportunities to attend yoga classes at Sky House Yoga in Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland (DTSS). It is such a cute studio with incredible energy. In their current space, they have one small classroom, which makes the classes intimate. They are moving to a new studio next month, so I'm excited to see how this space compares. (I've been keeping track of progress and trying to figure out how the new studio will look. I've sort of been stalking their Instagram. I'm not proud.)
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