St. Louis Spinning

Can I get a TGIF?!  Yowzas this week was long.  Yesterday began with a meeting before school and ended with a spinning class taken with my co-workers after school at St. Louis Spinning.  It had been forever since I’d been to a spin class, but I was looking forward to the change of pace from my weekly workouts.  Plus, I love my co-workers and love to sweat, so itz a good combination all around!


St. Louis Spinning has been open since 1995, has over 20 certified instructors, and offers 13 different classes between spinning, yoga, hula hooping, pilates, and more.  The spinning portion of the studio is located in a garage type area, so when the weather is nice they open the doors for an open-air setting.  That sounds awesome!  We definitely didn’t have the doors open yesterday, but it was still a great ride.

St. Louis Spinning

Our instructor Mary Ann, and her friend Hilary sell Isagenix on the side.  Isagenix claims to be the world leader in whole-body nutritional cleansing, cellular replenishing, and youthful aging.  Mary Ann and Hilary encouraged us to try the Want More Energy? drink mix by adding a couple scoops to our water bottles.  It contains Vitamins A, B, and C complex, electrolytes and other nutrients that tend to be lost during exercise.  They compared it to Gatorade without all the sugar and artificial flavors.


I must say, it was quite tasty!  Plus, I love that it contains only natural ingredients and sustains energy naturally without caffeine or other stimulants.  The class itself was so much fun!  There were mostly beginners, so Mary Ann tailored the class to our needs.  The killer was definitely intervals, but I liked the short bursts of high intensity for twenty seconds and then recovery for ten seconds.  It left us all nice and sweaty!

spin group

Post-class, Hilary kindly offered us a taste of the IsaLean protein shake.  The whey protein that is used comes from cows in New Zealand that are pasture-fed and not treated with hormones, steroids, or antibiotics.  Just how I like my cows – drug free. Heh heh.  I chose vanilla and liked the way it tasted.  It was smooth, filling, and not overly sweet.  They even gave me a sample to take home.  You know I love my protein!

Overall, we had a blast with Mary Ann during spinning.  I recommend the studio and working out with your co-workers.  Sweating together = bonding!

Now for the Conscious Box giveaway winner – Congratulations to #38 Becky at Olives n Wine!  Please e-mail me: itzlinz (at) gmail (dot) com with your shipping info.  Have a great weekend, y’all! 🙂

Are you a spinning fan?  Weekend plans? 

San Diego Spin

Can this place get anymore beautiful?  I think not.  Everywhere we look, turn, and go is absolutely gorgeous!  I’m trying to recruit the rest of my family to move out here, but apparently relocating is not on anyone’s top agenda.  I guess we’ll have to save this gem for vacationing and visiting the little brother!

Sweaty San Diego Spin

Saturday morning, we headed to the gym with Justin and his girlfriend, Dana.  Jonny hit the ‘mill while us three attended a spin class.  The class was long and hard and just what I needed for a cardio-only day!

San Diego Spin

  • 10 minute warm-up
  • 4 x 4-minute intervals 15 seconds EZ
  • 4 x 3-minute intervals 30 seconds EZ
  • 4 x 2-minute intervals 45 seconds EZ
  • 4 x 1-minute intervals 60 seconds EZ

Saying I don’t like golf would be an understatement.  I think it is boring, tedius, and no fun at all.  Watching golf?  Even worse.  Well, actually I have never watched golf before, but Justin got us tickets to the PGA’s Farmers Insurance Open, so we went.  And then my thoughts were confirmed.  We accepted the tickets and the offer because I knew the sites would be [as always] gorgeous, Justin loves golf, and it was a beautiful day out.

Torrey Pines, where the Open was held, was pristine!  Not a blade out of place!  (I guess?)  However, the personnel working left little to be desired.  Dana and I were snapping pictures, this way and that, of the course, golfers, and each other.  One time, someone told us to put our cameras away, but I thought that was just because a golfer was teeing off.

Nope.  Later we found out that photography of any sort, as well as using a cellular device, was strictly prohibited.  Now, when I say strictly prohibited, I mean it.  There were no signs (that we saw), but a worker man came up to us after Dana and I had our cameras and phone high up in the air trying to catch a glimpse over the crowd and he informed us of this rule.  He also told us that we had two options: 1) We could give him our devices and get them back on our way out.  (Um no.)  Or 2) We could delete the photos.  We opted for option two, faked deleted a couple, and hoped he wouldn’t check.  He didn’t and so we kept the few pictures we had gotten and didn’t pull them out again.  So sneaky.

Whenever there was a really good golfer up, the crowds were massive.  There were so many people crowded around that unless you were in the front you couldn’t see any action!  And what fun is “action” when a guy swings and half a second later you don’t know where the ball went?  Plus, you can’t take pictures.  You can’t talk.  You can’t even play on your phone.  And you had to have your ticket displayed at all times (like attached to you).  Or you got yelled at.  Again.  This really made no sense to me because you had to show your ticket or you couldn’t get in to the event!  Ah the insanity!  Wherever we had room, I parked my tush on the grass and basked in the sun.  I’m not a fan of golf.  I am a fan of San Diego.

The ones who like golf.

The ones who don't.

Are you a golf fan?  Do you play or watch?  Or both?  Or neither?  You know which one I am!  (Justin, we wouldn’t have changed anything at all about today!  Well, except the people who kept yelling at us about taking pictures.  We love spending time with you guys no matter what it is… especially in this weather!!!)

Pink Spoons

I have not been to a spinning class in months and months and months.  Until yesterday.  I went to a spinning class that I used to attend regularly and holy cow!  My legs have been reminding me all morning how long it has been.   It was good though; I always enjoy switching things up and spinning definitely did just that.  One major reason why I love spinning classes is that everyone can go attend.  It is perfect for both beginners and experts alike.  You can go as fast or slow as you would like and you can make the resistance as heavy or light as you would like.  One class fits all!

Last night, we went to dinner at my in-laws per our usual Sunday evening tradition.  They made brisket, broccoli, slaw, and potatoes.  And I loved every bite.

Jonny’s New Years Resolution is to not have seconds.  So now he makes sure to take an extra-large first helping. 🙂 However, he never said anything about dessert, so we stopped by Fro Yo after dinner.

Half cheesecake.  Half cake batter.  Topped with loads of sprinkles.  Pure deliciousness.  Mmm mmm mmm!

I love Fro Yo and I love the spoons.  I love that they are pink and I love that they are long and flat.  But most of all I love that they said “Biodegradable” on them and I love that they are biodegradable.  Go green!  Err… pink.  Pink is the new green!

Now it’s time for school.  I’m excited for the reaction my kiddos are sure to give me about my new do.  Hopefully they’ll recognize me.  😉