Spring fitness faves

Hi! How’s your day going? Thank you so much for all of the kind comments about the house so far. I have to admit I was a liiiittle afraid of the paint color -we jokingly called our last house the everything-brown house- but have fallen in love with how cheery and crisp the white walls makes it feel. It definitely feels like home already 🙂

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One thing that I haven’t managed to get into the swing of yet: planning, prepping and actually making food. I think the Pilot was shocked the other night when I said dinner was cooking in the slow cooker. I made some chili and we didn’t even end up eating it that night… we were out by the beach and Pizza Port was right there, and then this happened:

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(Mead with gluten-free margherita pizza. It was my second time trying mead and even though it’s wicked sweet, it’s pretty tasty)

I should have taken a pic inside Pizza Port because it’s such a cool and casual place. They have an awesome beer and wine selection, variety of pizzas, wings, and a kale salad that is TO DIE FOR. The seating is family style with picnic tables and we were surprised with how fast the food was ready. We’ll definitely be back! 

(Random: I have decided that if a restaurant has “port” in the name, I like it. Tiki Port and Pizza Port are now two of my favorite things.)

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We finally ended up eating the chili I made last night -tons of veggies with tomatoes, spices and chicken sausage- but we definitely still feel like we’re in vacation mode. I’m committed to getting back on the wagon this week, prepping ahead and making more dinners here at home. It has been fun to go out and try new spots, though 🙂

More on the to-do list:

-Take bags of clothes to Goodwill and Buffalo Exchange

-Find a teaching job (in progress! I’m kind of nervous about tonight’s Zumba audition)

-Find a preschool for Liv. It’s super competitive here and there are about 1408283 schools; I feel a little overwhelmed.

One thing that has been surprisingly easy has been getting in solid workouts since we got here. There are so many options and great choices, and while I don’t have an official gym yet, I feel invigorated by new options and changing up my routine.

Here’s what I’m loving for spring:


-RUNNING (<– say what?!) I did 6 miles on Sunday, and it.was.glorious. I think the weather has a lot to do with it, and somehow the Today’s Hits station knew I needed an awesome lineup. There were a lot of unique um, aromas, but it was a great one.

Orange Theory. I’m stoked to take more classes!

-Barre3. I’ve taken two classes since we’ve been here and adored them both. I’m excited for this to become a regular part of my routine, and am thankful for all of the classes I took in Kate’s garage in Tucson 😉 It helped to teach me the format and basic moves, so I was pretty comfortable jumping into a studio class. Stay tuned for a Barre3 workout this week, too!

-BodyPump. This is going to become a regular part of my life because I’m getting certified to teach BodyPump. It’s my first Les Mills format, and I feel like it’s a good match for me since it’s so music-driven. Any BodyPump instructors out there with tips for certification? 

-Still haven’t found a yoga home here and have only taken one class. I’ve heard mixed things about CorePower but there are a ton of studios here to check out. Maybe I’ll try an intro pass at a couple of studios to see if there’s a good fit?

How many different types of classes or workouts do you do during the week? Do you tend to stick to the same things, or are you a little all over the place (like me)? 

Hope you have a lovely afternoon <3



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  1. Jeni on April 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Ah! I love Pizza Port!!! I used to live in La Jolla, and I miss it soooo much!! This post made me uber homesick! I’m now in Ireland (far far away, and definitely lacking on the beaches and pizza front!) I’m so excited to see how you will love San Diego and all its amazingness!!

  2. Alex @ Kenzie Life on April 24, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I tend to stick with the same things (namely Pure Barre), but this summer I want to get back into running and playing tennis. I grew up playing tennis and played varsity in high school, but have picked up a racket less than 5 times in the last 7 years, so I want to change that.

  3. Tasha on April 24, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Pizza Port is amazing!! And the beer changes constantly. Also try South Beach in OB. They have THE BEST fish tacos!! Pt Loma has some great restaurants as well. Also if you want some ideas for perfect date night ideas, try any restaurant in La Jolla (like Jake’s) or Del Mar (like Il Fornaio). Great food and excellent views of the sunset on the water! One more thing 🙂 North County area (Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad) has a TON of healthy options! Glad you’re loving San Diego 🙂

  4. Jess on April 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    My son (11 months) goes to Grace Lutheran Preschool in Hillcrest, and we’ve been happy with the preschool. Of course, Liv would be in a different room since she’s older, and I can’t speak to the older kid rooms. But the older kids always seem to be outside having fun.

    My friend’s baby goes to Honeybear in Pt. Loma and they love it (that would be closer to OB).

  5. Kristina on April 24, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    so jealous your in SD! Crossfit Invictus in down there. I recommend dropping in there.

  6. Mackenzie on April 24, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I’m in SD and Yoga Six is amazing, and they have a location in Point Loma. You should check them out! http://yogasix.com/

  7. Alicia on April 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    mmmm….I <3 Pizza Port! I'm also a CorePower devotee (did my teacher training there), you should give it a try! You get a week free so you might as well check it out! Plus, they have locations all over the county so it's easy to find a class you like at the time you like.

  8. Emily on April 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I got certified to teach BODYPUMP in December 2013 so just a few months ago. I am certified in two Les Mills programs and I absolute love it. I would recommend making sure that you know the choreography for the tracks that you get assigned to, have a positive attitude, and be ready to work hard at the certification training. Since this was my second Les Mills training, I wasn’t as nervous this time but it is a completely different format so it was scary but it ended up being so much fun. For the video assessment after training, I would recommend recording several times. The first time I recorded I just asked a few friends to take the full class. The second time I taught to a actual class full of members at 5:00am ! Yikes! But I ended up sending in my first video and got certified about 20 days later! It is a great program! Can’t wait to have you join the team! If you have any other questions feel free to ask! -Emily

  9. Anna on April 24, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I moved to NYC from San Diego about two years ago and I still haven’t found a yoga home like the one I had at CorePower! Definitely give it a try with their free intro week. They offer a variety of different yoga classes, my favorite were Sculpt and C2’s. They also have really great deals on Groupon for a monthly deal. All your posts in SD make me miss it even more! Hoping to make my way back there soon.

  10. Bonnie on April 24, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Out of all the things I miss about San Diego, Mosaic Yoga may be the one I miss the most. I highly recommend checking it out!

  11. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal on April 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I have taken bodypump a few times and really like it. I lift on my own but it’s a great workout when I am lacking a bit of motivation and want a group atmosphere with great music. I like to run, lift, and in terms of classses, I take bodypump, spin and yoga 🙂

  12. GillyBear on April 27, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I’m super lucky in that I have access to a non-profit gym with a huge variety of classes. They specialise in the les mills classes and even have some excellent yoga which I never expect from a gym. I usually have a schedule of specific classes I attend (zumba, yoga, circuit training) but with the changing of the seasons I’m hoping to go more often and really take advantage of all the offerings.

  13. Katie on April 27, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Good luck with your Bodypump certification! It is by far my favorite group fitness class out there 🙂

  14. nicole on July 2, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Where are you teaching bodypump?! I recently moved to SD (but had read your blog back when I was an east coaster!) and would love to try it out!

    Also if you’re looking for yoga, yogasix in point loma has $100 credit towards class cards for newcomers 🙂

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