thursday thoughts: yoga sculpt and the bottomless pit #blessed


In the spirit of spilling my thursday thoughts, let’s dive right in. (Thanks, Amanda for hosting!)


I have officially found my new favorite workout. I mean it’s my favorite workout of the moment…because the second I hop off the bike at Flywheel I say the same thing. But hey, I’m spreading the love. As long as I get a killer sweat in I don’t really care what I’m doing. NOTHING beats that high.

Anyway, I know some people have been talking about Body Pump lately (I’m looking at you, Salt!) and it made me reminisce a little. I went at least twice a week my senior year in college, no exceptions. I love the combination of cardio and weights. The heart-pumping, music-thumping, weight-lifting made me feel like a total badass. So while I haven’t been able to find a good Body Pump class these days, I found the next best thing: Heated Power Yoga Sculpt, with weights.

Here’s the description:

  • A total body workout, CorePower Yoga Sculpt classes are set to energizing music and designed to tone and sculpt every major muscle group. This class complements your regular yoga practice while boosting your metabolism and pushing your strength and flexibility to new heights. Free weights are added to the CorePower Yoga 2 (C2) sequence, creating resistance and intensifying each pose. Strength-training exercises such as squats, lunges, bicep and tricep curls are incorporated to build lean muscle mass.

IMG_8783Look at all that pre-class optimism. It also looks like I had a guardian angel next to me which, at some points during the class I definitely appreciated.

I’ve been once before and I needed about an hour to recover afterwards. I left feeling dizzy, lightheaded and totally dehydrated. I was so disoriented that I stumbled into Portillos and before I knew it I was shoveling down a chopped salad and extra bread and butter. Okay this may have been a choice but if Portillos is where my brain takes me when I’m feeling out of sorts, then I know I’m doing things right in the world. This time I came more prepared and happily forked over the $1 for a towel (best investment of my life thusfar). I just unpacked my gym bag nine hours later and that tank top was still soaked in sweat. I guess the combination of 100 degree air + yoga poses + bursts of cardio + weights will make you sweat a little. I was a hot mess at work afterwards, but it was worth it.

If you’re in Chicago and want to try out some CorePower classes with me, I’ve got some info on upcoming free classes that I’d be more than happy to share so just shoot me an email (ihadabiglunch) (@) (gmail) (.com). I’d be more than happy to meet up for a class and brunch. Because….well, brunch.


When I say things like “because brunch” I really wonder if I could possibly get any whiter, more suburban, more “20-something”. I love Starbucks, brunch, bug-eyed sunglasses and throwing shade. I think the one thing that sets me apart is that I’ll never, ever, ever, ever be that girl talking on a bluetooth so you can’t tell she’s on the phone but she’s just walking around laughing like a total psycho. I’ll never get on board with that nonsense. But other than that I pretty much fit the stereotype. Eh, worse things have happened.



There are coyotes howling in my backyard right now and it’s freaking terrifying. I’m also incredibly anxious about it because there’s an adorable poodle puppy that lives two doors down and I know that if the family takes their eye off of her for a second…….well, you know. And I’d cry if I found out that happened.


There is so much good music in the world lately! I’ve been on a mission to hunt down this one song that I kept hearing on the radio at lululemon and I FINALLY found it so I have to spread the joy around 🙂 Play it once and I guarantee you’ll be humming it all day.


Chris the Farmer is the new Bachelor. My Monday nights just got a little more occupied. Mainly I just want to see what kind of girls show up who legitimately want to live on a farm for the rest of their lives.



Sometimes I look at my short friends and I feel so grateful that I get to eat sooooo much more food than them just because I exist in the world as a 5 ft 10 amazon. And then I cheers them with a glass of wine and some cheddar popcorn and I know there really must be a god because I am #blessed.


#kidding. Sorry sorry sorry I’m done with the schtick.

Speaking of being a bottomless pit, I went to an awesome Mexican restaurant last night and went with my usual, fish tacos. Then some froyo. And once I got home I was still hungry (how???) so I had some popcorn and cinnamon almonds. No clue where all that food went but hey I did what I had to do to settle the beast.


And to think when I sat down to write I thought I’d have nothing to say.

Oh, and one more thing, because this notion is oh-so-important:




  • What’s your favorite group fitness class?
  • What’s one stereotype you definitely fall into?
  • Favorite workout song right now? Favorite chill/study song right now?




  1. I totally fall into the same stereotype as you and proud of it!
    And I have to say I am so JEALOUS of your tall frame just for the reason you get to eat more haha geeze at 5′ I barely even get food!

  2. Those tacos are from Mercadito. They look like the Baja.
    For some reason, I didn’t know/think of you as 5’10”. We need a pic of me between you and Sara. It will be a Chicago blogger sandwich of epic proportions (literally). You are not allowed to be the spokesperson for CPY. THAT IS MY JOB. Fine, you can have sculpt, but C2, C1 and HPF are minnnnes 😉

  3. I am interested to see the new Bachelor too. I mean, it might seem like a great idea to live on a farm, but I doubt many of them will like the reality.

  4. Yikes, no thanks. C1.5 was MORE than hot enough for. I have absolutely no no no desire to try out YogaSculpt. I like my yoga as close to room temperature as possible 😛 C1 and CoreRestore were much more my speed during my CorePower days 🙂

  5. Wish I could hop on a plane and join you for a class! Would be so much fun!
    Ha I never thought about being taller and being able to eat more, I am 6ft 1! Guess it’s true though!! But then again most of my smaller friends (so everyone!) somehow tend to eat more than me anyway!

  6. HAHA I legit laughed out loud at the “I get to eat more food than them” comment. Amen sista, I love food sososo much. I also love that song AND the video..super cute.

  7. Super excited that Chris is the new bachelor too! He was my favorite from Andy’s season and I’m still a little upset that he didn’t “win”. I mean, come on, cute, nice, and you get and unlimited lifetime supply of veggies?! I’d move to Iowa for it!

    I always think about the height vs eating thing when I’m out with my boyfriend. It’s seriously not fair that he gets to eat so much more than me because he’s taller and a boy. And on top of the fact that he can eat more, he also burns more calories when we work out even if we’re doing the same thing! Not fair.

  8. YAY for yoga sculpt! I recently tried it for the first time and also loved it. As for my favorite group fitness class, I enjoy everything from kickboxing and barre to yoga. Oh and recently I tried TRX and loved it! Next week I’m trying a new studio called Fitwall and am looking forward it!

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