Be Back Soon

On Friday, I spent my last day as a nanny. Over the weekend, Jordan and I packed up and went to Michigan for a wedding. We got back home on Sunday night, and on Monday morning, I started my new job. This week has been a whirlwind!

While I’m catching up on sleep and adjusting to my new responsibilities and schedule, I’m giving myself a break from blogging.

I have a couple of fun giveaways coming up next week, so be on the lookout for those!

Have a great week!

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My Happy Place

At least twice a year I tell Jordan, “If we ever come into a lot of money, I’m buying a house on Lake Michigan. Or Lake Huron. Any one of the Great Lakes will do.”

The sand, the water, the distinct smell in the air when the wind picks up both of those things — it’s my happy place.

Jordan and I drove to Michigan over the weekend to watch his college roommate get married. The ceremony was beautiful, and the reception was so much fun. The dance floor was full the entire night (one sign of a successful party, I think) — we didn’t leave until after midnight! Feeling a little tired on Sunday morning couldn’t keep us from visiting the beach, though. One last stop before heading home to Indiana.

It was cold outside; we practically had the whole thing to ourselves. A chilly, but beautiful ending to our weekend.

My happy place.

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Molly Turns 21

My youngest sister Molly turned 21 yesterday. I could get all sentimental — I’m five years older than her and still see her as the “baby” of the family — but I’ll spare you! The perk of being the youngest is that you have older sisters and brothers-in-law to take you out, so that’s exactly what we did last night, along with a couple of her friends.

We drove to Indianapolis for dinner, but when the bar that we originally planned to go to had an hour-long wait, we decided to wing it and try a couple of different places. It ended up being really fun! Hilary and I decided that, of the three of us, Molly had the best 21st birthday celebration. 

Oh, and this happened. In the spirit of Molly’s birthday, Jordan ordered a round of fireball shots for the table, and John, Hilary’s fiance, captured this cute moment. Edited to add: This was my first shot ever, hence the reason why everyone thought it would be entertaining to capture the moment. I guess most 26-year-olds have already been there, done that. Obviously, I don’t drink often, ha.

After getting our fill of food and drinks, we walked over to Insomnia Cookies for dessert. Such a great invention!

 I think it was a successful celebration! Happy birthday, Molly!

How did you celebrate your 21st birthday? I had been dating Jordan for about seven months at the time, so he took me out to dinner in downtown Indianapolis.

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My Honest Thoughts on the PiYo Program

Last month, I announced that I was doing the PiYo Challenge. I was excited to try a new type of training plan, and curious to see my results. Well, I just finished up my fourth week of PiYo, and I’m ready to share my honest thoughts!

If you’re not familiar with the program, PiYo consists of “no weights, no jumps, just hardcore results.” It combines the muscle sculpting of Pilates with the flexibility of yoga, and nonstop, fluid movement. The PiYo program comes with 8 workouts on 3 DVDs and promises visible results.

During the first week of the program (the DVD set arrives with a 60-day workout calendar), I followed the plan to a T. I really enjoyed Chalene Johnson’s teaching style — she’s energetic, laid back and fun — but I thought that the workouts seemed too easy. I decided to continue on, because I’d read that it gets increasingly difficult.

While it’s true that the workouts do get more challenging as the program goes on, I started to feel burnt out doing six days of PiYo a week. On top of that, I felt like I had to do an extra workout each day on top of PiYo, because most of the workouts are only 20 minutes long, and my heart rate wasn’t getting up very high.

By the third week, I decided to modify the program. I realized that the 60-day schedule was not for me, and I started adding PiYo into my own workout schedule. Doing it two or three days a week, along with other strength and cardio workouts, makes a lot more sense for me!

Here are some pros and cons that might help you decide if PiYo is right for you:

PROS

  • Energetic trainers
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • A good variety of workouts — my favorites are Core and Buns (I like to do these after doing some sort of cardio on my own), and Sweat and Strength Intervals
  • Helpful modifications
  • No equipment required
  • Low impact

CONS

  • Some of the videos are a little too easy, especially if you are already used to working out regularly.
  • Some of the videos are little short. The website says that each video is 25-45 minutes long, but most of them last around 18 to 30 minutes. This didn’t bother me too much, but I have been going for a lot of hour-long walks to get in some more exercise.
  • If following the 60-day schedule exactly, you may experience burnout. As I said above, I found that doing PiYo every couple of days was a much better plan for me.

With all of that being said, I’m still happy that I purchased PiYo! I like that I can incorporate Pilates and yoga into my routine in a quick 20 minute video, and I like that I don’t get bored because the workouts are set to upbeat music, and they always go by quickly. Have I lost a lot of weight or sculpted 6 pack abs? No, but that wasn’t my goal. Since I have been working out regularly for years, I’m not sure that PiYo would do that for me anyway, especially in a short one-month period. 

If you are thinking about buying the DVDs and have questions or concerns, feel free to mention them in the comments section below, or email me at perfectionisnthappy(at)gmail(dot)com!

Have you tried PiYo? What are your thoughts on the program?

Will you try PiYo?

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A Weekend in Chicago

On Saturday morning I hit the road for Chicago, along with Jordan and my in-laws. Jordan and my father-in-law had to go up for a work-related event, so my mother-in-law and I decided to tag along for a weekend getaway. It was a quick trip, but so worth it, if just to enjoy the beautiful weather. We could not have asked for clearer skies!

We shopped a lot, ate a lot, and explored Millennium Park. It was a whirlwind of a trip — my mother-in-law and I left yesterday afternoon on the Megabus while the guys stayed an extra night for work.

Chicago is one of my favorite Midwestern cities. If I was in a different season of life, I think I’d like to live there.

Have you ever been to Chicago?

What’s your favorite place to go for a weekend getaway?

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