I’ll admit, I was dreading Valentine’s day this year. For the record, this was the FOURTH consecutive Valentine’s day that I spent without the mushy, Eskimo kisses, red roses, love you forever love of a boyfriend. Almost all of my friends have that “someone” whether they are engaged or newly met someone. Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond happy for all of them! It’s truly special when you find someone that you can share your life with on a day in & day out basis. I once had that. Knowing that they all had “someone” may have made this Valentine’s Day even harder, because where was I? “Someone-less”…
I had two choices, to sulk or to sweat. I allowed myself one (maybe two) days to feel sorry for myself, openly hate Valentine’s day & sulk.Then, I chose to sweat.
What do I mean by “sweat”? I mean, I was able to workout in Boston this weekend at two new studios FOR FREE. What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than sweating out that “sulking” attitude!
Friday night was a kickboxing class offered through Sweetgreen. They have a Sweetgreen Passport. Wait, this delicious salad place offers free fitness classes? I’m in. My coworker Whitney and I trekked from work & to my apartment to get ready for the class. We hopped in the car and made our way over to Commonwealth Sports Club on Comm Ave in Boston. That is where the kickboxing class was being held. We walked into a room full of women, ready to kick the sh*t out of a bag. It was perfect timing on our end, too – because we both had very frustrating weeks at work (thanks to the snow days). We did cardio, punches, kicks, burpees, mountain climbers… we did it all! It got our heart rate up and our arms hurting! I have some battle scars on my knuckles from punching the bags too hard… oops?
Saturday afternoon Whitney and I signed up for a spinning class at Flywheel. Your first class at Flywheel is free, and guess what? It was my first class! The 11am class being offered this weekend was meant for couples & the 3pm class being offered was for singles. So, guess which class we signed up for? The 3pm. The first song he played was “Single Ladies” by Beyonce, thanks man, thanks. It is a stadium cycle type of spinning class that is hyper focused on RPMs. You are in a dark room, with minimal lighting focused on nothing but yourself. The warm-up was a workout, and then workout was… hell. I was dripping sweat, my heart rate was up & I was loving every second of it. The instructor was easy on the eyes, too which helped. By the end of the class all of my “sulking” mood was gone. It was the most perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day afternoon in Boston.
Thanks, Whitney for your love and support in sweating out this weekend with me all weekend! I wouldn’t have wanted to try out these free classes with anyone else! Our goal this spring is to try one free class a month. Let me tell you, it’s possible to almost do one free class every week if you tried.
In between all of these sweat sessions, I spent my Valentine’s Day better than I could have imagined…
I got a fabulous hair cut at a new salon – I’m so excited to have found a new stylist! A little Valentine’s Day gift to myself 🙂
I got lunch with one of my best friends Derick at Cafeteria who was my “valentine” for the day! After we enjoyed a delicious lunch, we went and picked out some handsome glasses for him at Warby Parker & walked all around Newbury Street together on a snowy Saturday afternoon!
Cafeteria Boston for Brunch!
Snowy Boston 🙂
My friend Meghan then came over for dinner and we cooked up a gluten free, paleo friendly dinner! See below for our dinner with wine! Not the best picture, but we made an amazing stir fry!
Romantic Dinner for Two 😉
All in all, I’m mad at my self for sulking about Valentine’s Day, but I am beyond proud of myself for turning my attitude around and honestly, turning it into one of the best Valentine’s Days to date. The only thing that was missing were my three best best BEST friends. If they were here, it would have made the day exponentially better.
Oh, and thank you so much to the stranger that gave this to me yesterday. That is what Valentine’s Day is all about… spreading the love.
When in doubt, choose to sweat it out.