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19. Favorite Christmas Music

19 Dec

 

Now I love Christmas music, don’t get me wrong! However, when you start to listen to Christmas music in the middle of November….yeah, you get a little burned out from it. Lesson not learned! But I still have my favorites that I like to listen to…some are traditional and some are modern takes on classic Christmas songs.

Trans Siberian Orchestra – I generally love all of TSO’s music, but these are few of my absolute favorites:

  • Mad Russian’s Christmas
  • Wizards in Winter
  • Christmas Canon Rock (All-time favorite…haha)
  • Carol of the Bells
  • The Lost Christmas Eve

Brad Paisley: Christmas – If you love Brad’s music, you’ll love this album.

  • Penguin, James Penguin
  • Away in a Manger
  • Born on Christmas Day

Kenny Chesney: All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan – Umm, its Kenny. Enough said ;)

  • All I Want For Christmas Is a Real Good Tan
  • The Angel At The Top Of My Tree
  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Coldplay

  • Christmas Lights
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

And some more:

  • Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
  • My Only Wish This Year – Britney Spears (Who knew she sang Christmas music?!)
  • Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
  • All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

I clearly have an eclectic (?) taste in music…haha. I listen to pretty much anything and everything…I just love music. If you haven’t heard all of these songs, go check them out on iTunes or Amazon. It’ll definitely get you in the Christmas spirit, if you’re not already ;)

-xoxo

 

14. Holiday Fitness: Spinning

14 Dec

I love Spinning. Well, I’m biased…I teach Spin, so naturally I love it. But it really is a great workout, and I think everyone should try it! :) Its such a good cardio workout, but it also is great for cross-training, building endurance, and strengthening your legs! To top it off, its typically taught in a high-energy atmosphere and its so easy to get into the workout “groove” in a Spin class. Here’s a Christmas playlist that I made for a 30-minute holiday Spin sesh:

1. Santa Baby (Pussycat Dolls) – 3:01 Warm-up

2. Wizards in Winter (Trans Siberian Orchestra) – 3:06 Seated Flat/Sprint

a. 0:31, 1:16, 2:11

3. Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms) – 2:10 Standing Climb

4. Queen of the Winter Night (Trans Siberian Orchestra) – 3:12 Standing Climb/Run with Resistance

a. 0:28, 1:24, 2:40

5. My Only Wish This Year (Britney Spears) – 4:17 Standing Climb/Jumps on a Hill

a. 0:53, 2:11, 3:10

6. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (Miley Cyrus) – 2:23 Seated Flat/Sprint

a. 0:50, 1:40

7. Wish Liszt (Trans Siberian Orchestra) – 3:42 Seated Climb/Sprint

a. 0:47, 1:52, 2:30, 3:04 (Standing Climb)

8. Mad Russian’s Christmas (Trans Siberian Orchestra) – 4:43

a. Climb 0:00-1:14

b. Sprint 1:14-1:38

c. Standing Climb 1:38-2:21

d. Sprint 2:21-2:58

e. Standing Climb 2:58-3:38

f. Sprint 3:38-3:52

g. Standing Climb 3:52-4:12

h. Sprint 4:12-4:38

9. The Angel at the Top of My Tree (Kenny Chesney) – 3:27 Cooldown

10. Let It Snow (Point of Grace) – 4:11 Cooldown

Remember to have fun…and don’t forget to stretch it out after your workout!

-xoxo

You Spin My Head Right ‘Round

21 Jul

This has been my second official week of teaching Spinning/Group Cycle, and I’m LOVING it so far. I’ve taken Spin for years and always thought I’d like to try out teaching the class and so here I am! Its crazy that I’m finally doing what I’ve dreamed of for the longest time, and I really enjoy it :) My class just seems to go by so quickly…but not without some hard work involved! We were all sweaty messes today…I’m just glad that I’m able to help people get a good workout in to start their day! I’ve been in their shoes before and I loved taking Spin classes for the intense workout that you got in such a short period of time! I teach a 45-minute Starter cycle early mornings and I find that to be almost more challenging than a regular 1 hour Cycle class…not only do you have to cram an intense workout into a shorter period of time, but you have to keep it interesting without making the class too advanced for the newbies! I think its safe to say that today’s class was just that! ;)

Here are some songs that I’m loving for class right now:

  • Somebody to Love–Justin Bieber *Good song to use for jumps!
  • Airplanes–B.o.B *Climb/Run with Resistance!
  • First Time–Lifehouse *Seated Flat/Jumps/Sprints!
  • Chelsea Dagger–The Fratellis *Seated Flat/Sprints!
  • Heartbreak Warfare–John Mayer *Climb!
  • Summer of ’69–Bryan Adams *Seated Flat!

*These are just suggestions! I’ve varied them in my classes…most of these songs can be used a variety of ways :)

-xoxo

Where has the time gone?!

17 Jul

Well here I am again neglecting my blog…ha ha! July has turned out to be pretty busy, so I haven’t had time to sit down and write out my thoughts and catch up with where my life has taken me lately!

First of all, I just found out I was accepted to a law school nearby my home, so I will be commuting from home now instead of moving 5 hours away to go to law school in Charlotte! I’m a little excited, to be honest…I wasn’t sure about moving to a big city where I knew no one…and not to mention I love being home. After being 5 hours away from home at college the past few years, its nice to be back in my hometown :)

I also finally started teaching group fitness classes at the gym, and since I’m living at home now(!) I get to continue to work throughout the school year…I’ve never worked and juggled school at the same time, but hey, I know I’m going to work out anyways every day, so may as well get paid to do it! haha ;) I’m going to stay busy with this one though…I have lots of trainings to take to be an “official” Y employee and then I’ll have trainings that I have to keep up-to-date every year as well. I’m really excited though…this is what I’ve always wanted to do. Some people have dreamed of becoming an actress…or a doctor…or a musician…but I’ve dreamed of becoming a fitness instructor! haha…kidding…maybe…

I’ve been spending lots of time with family & friends…I love summer and everything it entails. Parties, fun, swimming, riding on the backroads listening to good music, random road trips and lots of fun. Ah. We haven’t even gotten to the good stuff yet…concerts, friends visiting, and vacation are coming up real soon…so excited! Here’s to hoping summer slows down just a bit so we can enjoy it as much as possible! ;)

-xoxo

Friday Fun ;)

21 May

In just a few hours I’ll be…

Drinking this

and watching this guy sing my favorite songs

Brad Paisley ;)

-xoxo

So excited!

12 Feb

I’m HOME finally :) The five-hour drive went by quickly thanks to a Caffe Misto from Starbucks and some sweet music! ha ha. The snow on the mountains was really pretty…I think I have a newfound appreciation for it. Especially since I’m not trapped inside anymore!

So the first thing I always do when I get home (after hugging the fam and paying attention my love Chloe, of course) is turn on my laptop. I always feel like I miss so much when I don’t have my computer on for hours at a time. That’s usually the case since I always have 30490 billion emails to read when I log-in. Well, to my surprise, I got an email letting me know I was accepted at Charlotte School of Law! I’m sooo thrilled…I just love Charlotte, NC and it happens to be the only law school in the area! So that made my day for sure :) And now I am up to 2 acceptances, it makes my life less stressful…I’ll definitely be going to law school in the Fall!

I have a serious withdrawal from my local YMCA…I’m going in a little while to do a Spinning class and an Abs class. They seriously have the best Spinning instructors. I am not a fan of the ones at the gym by my university! So I’m excited to go visit with old friends that I used to see on a daily basis…need to catch up on all the gossip ;) ha ha just kidding! My boyfriend thinks I’m crazy, since I’m running the 14k tomorrow. 8.67 miles. No big deal. HA well, it usually isn’t. He’s just not as hardcore as I am, and he will admit it too! ;) Hope everyone’s Friday has been fab so far :)

-xoxo

Wonderful weekend in the city

1 Dec

The trip to Charlotte, NC was amazing…a long drive though!!! 5 hours plus dealing with traffic…but we made it fun :) We got to the city around 2pm on Saturday, and after checking into the Hilton, went walking around. Strangely enough, the city was pretty much deserted! I’m not used to that…every big city I’ve been to ALWAYS has people walking around and lots of stores and restaurants open. So after wandering around and finding pretty much every store closed, we decided to watch the VT/UVA game in a nearby sports bar. That turned out to be really fun…every wall was covered with TVs so we kept up with multiple games at once and I got to see my Hokies win :) After the game, we went back to the hotel and got ready for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert. The arena was only a few blocks from our hotel, so the walk wasn’t bad and it wasn’t too cold outside either. The concert was really nice, but suprisingly, not as good as I expected. Last year it was actually better…don’t quote me on this, but it seemed as though they used the EXACT same playlist for the first half of the show as they did last year. A little disappointing, but overall still a good show!

Sunday, after checking out of the hotel (by the way, this is the first hotel where I’ve seen a NOON checkout time!), we stopped at Starbucks, which always makes me happy to know that I found a guy who loves Starbucks as much as I do :) On the way home, we stopped in Concord Mills, NC…which if you don’t know, is a WONDERFUL shopping area. I highly recommend it if you’re ever in the area! We spent wayyy too much time and money there, but had lots of fun. I think Sunday was actually a better day than Saturday overall :) We got home super late for a Sunday night, and I did not want to go to class the next day. So I slept late, and went to 4 out of 5 classes. Can’t believe there are only 5 more days of classes to go…where did the semester go?! On that note, I should get back to my three 10-12 page papers due within a week…yikes!

-xoxo

Pretty lights in Charlotte

Hotel room at the Hilton

Super huge Bass Pro Shops and Outdoor World :)