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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.)

The Week Behind, The Week Ahead

Greetings, friends! I'm back in Maryland, and I'm not gonna lie: I miss the Key West weather! I cannot wait to share my race recap and travel recap with you all, but that will come later this week. Instead, I'd like to share what I've been up to since my return from Florida, and what I have planned for this week.

I'm In Miami (Beach)

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Key West Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I made it into Miami this morning, and I'm so happy to be near the ocean this weekend! I'm currently in South Beach - which is where my best friend lives - and I'll be heading down to Key West tomorrow with my college roommate for the Key West Half Marathon!

I Hate Weddings

I've been toying with this post for the past month, but since it's the first day of the new year, I figured I'd better get cracking on it. There's no time like the present, right?

First, I should say that I don't actually hate weddings. Hate is a very strong word, best reserved for things like hatred itself and lima beans. I'm not a fan of weddings. I've had to attend so many throughout my life. Public displays of affection, crying, and general girliness are just not my jam. And that's cool. Different strokes for different folks, right?

That's not to say that I didn't enjoy any of the weddings I've attended over the years. Of course I did! Seeing my siblings and best friend get married were very special moments, and I was so honored that they wanted to share them with me. We should all feel honored when people close to us want us to join them in celebrating joyous occasions, right?

Now, because this is a new year, I should probably clarify: This is not a whining and complaining post. I'm starting out this year happy and ready to take on any challenges thrown my way. I just thought I would go through some caveats while I bury the lede. That's a writer's prerogative, right?
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