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Well Hi

by Koko on May 19, 2017

in Me, Travel, Uncategorized

Wow, almost two months since I’ve been on here! My apologies! Lots has gone on… let’s see where to start:

Quincy came home! And then left… and then came home again!

We celebrated Easter in LA.

And saw Willie Nelson live.

We found out we are moving to DC… in a few weeks!

And so we bought another house! (House #3 for the Bahlers will take us to Alexandria. We are SO excited to be in a big city again!)

In anticipation of our move, we drove my car from Los Angeles to Nashville. It took 4 days, and Carl was a trooper!

And finally, we three are living under one roof again!

More to come now that I am settled and back in TN 🙂

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Classpass Love

by Koko on August 24, 2016 · 2 comments

in Exercise, Uncategorized

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As of this morning, I have done 182 classes in 12 months of belonging to Classpass. That number includes a month I didn’t use it all while I was in TN and the 9 months I spent flying back and forth, so on average I would say I take 15-20 Classpass classes a month. And I still LOVE Classpass. I have a pretty good routine going now that I’ve been doing it for so long, here’s what it looks like:

Monday: Barry’s Bootcamp. This is easily the hardest workout I do all week. It switches between 8-10 minute runs on the treadmill and free weights on the floor. This is the perfect class for a Monday to start off the week.

Tuesday: Usually Body By Simone or Cycle House. Body by Simone is a mix of dance, cardio and light weights. It’s a nice easier workout day, and super fun to learn dance moves and show off how uncoordinated I am. Cycle House is a fast paced spin class that I love for an early morning start. Great music, exceptional teachers, and it is next to Alfred Coffee which is awesome for a post-spin latte.

Wednesday: Sweat Garage. Another bootcamp type workout that involves treadmill intervals and weights on the floor. I’ve been going here for over 4 years and love the setup. They constantly change their workouts and I’m never bored. I particularly love their partner days where you have to run a certain distance before tapping out your neighbor.

Thursday: Burn 60 or Aura Cycle. Burn 60 is intervals on the treadmill and weights on the floor (see a theme here). And Aura Cycle is a fun spin studio with lights that correlate with the music.

Friday: Orange Theory. My favorite class of the week and unfortunately the only one NOT on Classpass. But I love it so much I pay for a monthly class package and have yet to regret it. The class is built around wearing a heart rate monitor and the concept behind Orange Theory is that if you spend 12-20 minutes in the Orange Zone (85%-100% of your heart rate) then you have an “after-burn” of 300 calories for the next 24-36 hours. Your heart rate and colored zone are put up on a monitor for you to watch while you work out, which is fun. You jump between the treadmill, the rower and free weights for the hourlong class, watching your zones as you go.

Saturday: Phoenix EffectA partner style bootcamp where you and a team of fellow members work out together switching between various stations and running around the block. This is a fun one to go to with friends.

Sunday: Orange Theory or rest day 

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Some other favorites: 

Y7: A hot yoga studio that plays hip hop music. I’ve never been super into yoga, but I LOVE going to this class each week. No mirrors, all candle lit and the instructors let you do your own thing with just enough guidance.

Fitmix The Mashup: Half of the class is treadmill intervals and the other class is pilates on the reformer. A great mix of cardio and some deep pilates moves.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOOOOOVE my Classpass membership and even with the price hike to $175 a month it is well worth it to me. I am never bored, always get into the classes I want and am constantly challenged.

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Life

by Koko on July 11, 2016

in Travel, Uncategorized

WOW, three weeks have been gone since I’ve been on here. It feels like such a long time. Here’s the catch-up:

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I went to Tennessee to check on the house and do some Army wife business. While I was there I found that the outlet that our basement freezer was connected to had stopped working during the last thunderstorm three weeks earlier. It was pretty much the worst Deployment Murphy’s Law moment that could have happened since I had a flight to catch and had to clean out a freezer full of spoiled food by myself. It was one of those “I can’t believe this is happening to me” moments. But I pushed through and handled it like a champ.

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I went to one of my best friend’s weddings in Pittsburgh, which was a blast. It’s always fun to explore a new city with my girlfriends and adventures like this keep me busy while Q is gone. The rehearsal dinner was at PNC Park where the Pirates play, which was a beautiful and fun location.

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Carl turned 4 and Q turned 31!

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And per usual, I’ve been enjoying a lot of good food, particularly breakfasts.

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Mom and I made a delicious pan-fried chicken and arugula salad for dinner tonight and I’m going to prep the recipe for later this week.

Hope you missed me because I missed you!

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London Town

by Koko on January 5, 2016

in Travel, Uncategorized

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This Christmas, Q and I took a trip over the pond to visit his mom in London! A little known fact about me: I studied abroad in London for 6 months while I was in college, so I have a real affinity for it. We spent just under a week exploring and loved every minute of it. Although much of London was closed during the holidays (they sure do love a good holiday break), we still managed to fit a ton in our short stay.

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We went up The Shard (the tallest building in the UK), rode the London Eye (great views of the city), we ate Indian on Curry Mile (the best Indian), and went to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park (basically one huge carnival). We got the chance to eat at one of my favorite cookbook author’s restaurants, Ottolenghi, and even saw Star Wars on Christmas Day. We saw a play (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night), which was fabulous, and ate noodles at Wagamama. We explored the local pub and enjoyed a few pints with the locals (they even allow dogs inside).

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Q’s mom loves in a great neighborhood outside of town called Woolwich Arsenal, which is where the British used to keep and manufacture weapons. It is made up of beautiful old buildings and the area still has canons and old war memorabilia around.

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Ottolenghi, one of my favorite cookbook author’s, has a fabulous restaurant in the East End. It reminds me of Joan’s on Third in LA, lots of salads and side dishes. It’s mainly vegetarian, and the food was fabulous!

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Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park was an absolute blast. There were carnival games, rides, tons of food and drinks. We spent a good 4 hours there and could have stayed all day. Definitely a highlight of the trip.

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Overall, a fantastic trip where we fit in SO much and got to spend some much needed time together!

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