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My favorite place on Earth…

Sanford Stadium is by far my favorite place on Earth.  I’ve traveled abroad, seen beautiful places, but Sanford Stadium is MY favorite place to be.  Matt and I, along with another couple, went to Athens Saturday to watch the Dawgs play Kentucky.  The only bad part = 7 pm game combined with cold temperatures.  I love night games…but not November night games.  The weather during the day was perfect.  Not too cold, not too hot.  We had a great time.  And of course, the Dawgs won.  Unfortunately, that sweet, good-looking Aaron Murray wasn’t able to finish his last home game as a UGA football player.  Actually, he wasn’t able to finish his last game of his college career at all due to tearing his ACL.  In any event…

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Yeah, it was COLD.

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The couple with us got engaged last week…YAY! (I definitely told them “may God be with you” 🙂

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Where is YOUR favorite place on Earth??  What makes it awesome??

The next day, Matt and I had lunch, went grocery shopping, and then I had a spin class to teach.  Here is the playlist I used:

photo 2 (2) photo 1 (2)Yes, as you can see, I do love Miley’s new album.  Despite what the critics say, I think this girl is a genius.  Yes, she needs to class it up a bit.  But as an artist, she has made some bold but beneficial decisions.  I mean, think about it, we are all still talking about what a tragic mess she is, right?!  My point exactly.  PS. Watch The Miley Movement if you haven’t already.  Might change your mind 🙂

I’ll be teaching a Ripped Ride class tonight, so I will have another playlist for you tomorrow with some new songs I am trying out.  I know we all have a busy week ahead of us with Thanksgiving in just a few days.  I’m looking forward to a lot of things later this week…lots of food and family time Wednesday & Thursday, Van Gogh & Vino session with my cousin Friday night (she convinced me that they CAN teach me how to paint), and our first annual Friendsgiving with Presley on Saturday.  This event also requires me to make a few dishes for our dinner–can I just bring the booze?!  🙂

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Fun Facts Friday!!

For whatever reason, I woke up on the exceptionally happy side of the bed this morning, despite having to get up at 5:00 am for a Chamber breakfast.  Maybe if I treated working out in the mornings as seriously as my job, I would actually do it more often.

After our last gym staff meeting, our manager sent out a questionnaire that he asked us to answer and return to him.  I assume this info will be used on the gym’s website but I’m not quite sure yet.  Heck, he may have just wanted to know more about us 🙂  I thought I would share the questionnaire with you and the answers I provided…

Questions:
Who are you?
My name is Logan.  I’m 25 years old and currently reside in North Augusta, SC with my husband Matt.  I work in the marketing department of a bank, where I have been employed for 5 years, and my husband works at Cintas.  We have no children but we do have 2 cats, Smokey and Cali (crazy cat lady at your service).
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What do you do outside of Oxygen?
Besides my full-time marketing job, I also sell Mary Kay and I’m an amateur blogger.  I’m an Ambassador with the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce and I’m a member of the Aiken Young Professionals group.  I love UGA football and driving my Clemson-loving husband crazy.  My favorite way to spend my time is with family…period.  No matter what we’re doing, it’s always a good time.
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3 adjectives that describe you?
Witty, personable, and hard-headed–I choose not to use the term “stubborn” because it sounds negative 🙂
 What’s your favorite thing about Oxygen?
My favorite thing about Oxygen is how I have watched the gym grow over the past few years.  I also love that the gym is a studio and not a big-box gym.  We are a big family–instructors and clients alike!
If you were the star of a TV show, what would be your theme song?
I can’t help but freak out every time I hear the song Applause by Lady Gaga…but if I were a wrestler (not a TV star) and I could have my own “coming out” music, it would be The Next Episode by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
Guilty Pleasure?
Definitely eating Mexican and drinking beer.  And I tend to stay up for hours watching Vine videos.
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Favorite piece of Oxygen retail? 
Definitely my over-sized white long-sleeve top by Alo…and the sparkly headbands are the bomb.com.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Bradley Cooper.  And Matt Lauer.  I can’t choose just one.
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What is at the top of your bucket list?
Seeing the Northern Lights, meeting Matt Lauer, and seeing Lady Gaga and Adele in concert (just not at the same time)
What is in your gym bag?
Spin shoes, gum, chap stick, $2, and socks
Favorite move/pose in class?
My favorite thing to do on the bike is take the body back and low and hover over the saddle.  I take any chance I have to work on the booty!  In hot yoga, I love the Warrior II pose and trying to do the Tree poses.
Real cute in motion action here...

Real cute in motion action here…

Why don’t you take a stab at a few of these questions?  I would love to learn more about YOU!
Have a great Friday!

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Body Pump & Veggies…frozen or fresh?

I met my friend Nicole at Gold’s Gym for Body Pump yesterday after work.  Before I go any further, let me explain why I am still a member at Gold’s despite the fact that I teach spin and take classes at another gym.  Gold’s is literally within walking distance of my house…sometimes I might drive there but who can blame me.  I am totally the kidnappable type…it could be dark when I leave, I’m a ditsy blonde, and I wear work-out clothes that may or may not be too tight. Anyway, I have contemplated cancelling my Gold’s membership many times but I can’t bring myself to do it.  It’s really cheap and it is so convenient to my house.  I may only go every once in a while but when I can’t get to my “home gym” (about 20 minutes from house), it’s really easy to pop in across the street for a Body Pump or RPM class, or even just a quick run on the treadmill.  That is huge for me once it starts getting dark early…especially since I’ll be training for another half this fall.  Anyway, on with the borophyll…(Billy Madison–you caught that, right?!)

really like Body Pump.  It is a great overall body workout.  The only thing I don’t like about classes at Gold’s is that no one ever checks form.  I’m not bashing the gym by any means…I just think that there are folks out there that don’t know how to handle weight lifting properly and they could really hurt themselves–and that includes me!  I learn more about correct form every time I work out.  And your body benefits from proper form with any exercise you do. So I just wish that during the Body Pump class, there was an extra trainer present that would check form because I know I could benefit from it as well. That even goes for RPM classes.  I’ve only been to a few there but the last time I went, 2 newbies came in, had no idea how to even set their bikes up, and could have really hurt themselves.  I couldn’t take it.  I got off my bike and helped them both.  So my thought was, would the instructor just have let them ride a full hour like that?!

Again, not trying to bash…some of this stuff just caught my eye as a bit dangerous.  When I teach spin, I get off my bike at least twice a class usually.  And I don’t typically go around to students individually and correct form, but when I see someone doing something a little off, I will address the entire class.  Especially so I don’t single someone out.  And I also make sure everyone is set up properly before class begins…even if it does push us back 5 minutes.  Safety should always be #1.  I know this sounds like I’m totally bashing Gold’s Gym…I’m not trying to.  It’s not like I won’t go back there.  I just think their clients (and the gym) would benefit from some form checking…that’s all.  Has anyone ever felt the way I did tonight at another gym’s class?

I can tell you I am sore today.  I was trying to wash my face in the shower this morning and my biceps were trembling.  The class is definitely worth the work.  Now, on to the second portion of this post’s awkward title…

Do frozen veggies count as healthy/clean?  So, I love Costco.  Who doesn’t.  I buy the giant bag of frozen stir-fry veggies.  My rationale is “hey, it’s lots of veggies, easy to cook on the stove, and only like $10.”  I read the ingredients last night and it only lists the ingredients in the bag: snap peas, carrots, onions, mushrooms, broccolli, on and on.  The bag says “all natural, no preservatives.”  So is that true?  Do these count as eating real veggies?  I can’t possibly go to the grocery store and buy all those veggies individually for $10-$15.  #1–they will go bad before I have time to eat them.  #2–it’s not as convenient as pouring frozen veggies out of a bag into a pan.  So please let me know what you think.  Oh, just as information, I attempted cooking cubed steak last night.  Major fail.  Had to drench it in ketchup because it was so dry.  Womp womp…so then I just moved on to a glass (or two) of wine.  No, technically this isn’t the proper amount of wine for one glass…but seriously, I drink wine out of plastic cups.  Who cares.

Oh, these are my homie Presley's initials...I love bridal shower favors.

Oh, these are my homie Presley’s initials…I love bridal shower favors.

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