Get Lost in Green

portland. where it is cool to…

keep it weird,

have purple hair,

wear your granddad’s clothes,

and get lost in green.

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the bar method, barre, fitness, hermosa beach, california, tracy stroud, thefirst2hours

The Bar Method

in the last few years, barre classes have swiftly gained in popularity.  studios have popped up throughout the nation.  i have heard mumbles of enthusiasm over the workouts; and yet i still had not managed to try it out for myself.  it was about time that changed.  so in thefirst2hours of my visit to my former zip code,  i called up my “barrebabe” friend tracy for some inspiration, and a class schedule.  tracy has been a class instructor at the bar method in hermosa beach for over 5 years, and she rocks the barre bun like it’s going out of style!

i’m convinced that barre classes must be packed full of awesome women … because tracy is awesome, and because this work-out was the brain child of this fancy, german dancing lady:

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Honeymooning Through Alaska’s Kenai Fjords

generally when you hear of a destination wedding, you hear about sandy beaches and bathing suits. joe and i chose a different route. our wedding destination of choice was Alaska, and i traded in my bathing suit for my Patagonia Piolet Jacket. we had two weeks to adventure through this outdoors(wo)man’s dream state, and one of the highlights was a full day kayaking trip through the Kenai Fjords.

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vashon island, washington, adventure, hiking, nature lover, ocean, pacific, pacific northwest, outdoors, hiking on vashon island, seattle

Surround Yourself with Positivity

who we choose to surround ourselves with, greatly influences our lives. parents push children to hang out in the right crowds. those in the religious community continually preach fellowship. in our professional lives, we seek mentors that show us how we can reach higher.  in nearly ever facet of life, we are told to surround ourselves with positive people who encourage us to be better; yet for some reason, we rarely talk about surrounding our selves with an environment that encourages positivity.  i would argue that is it more than the who in our surroundings that influences us, but also the what.

this past weekend my surroundings undoubtedly made me a better person as i adventured through Vashon Island with some of the best people i know – my parents and a dear friend who’s spirit is infectious. Read More »

rocky mountains, estes park, boulder, trail, trailhead, thefirst2hours, morning, activity, exercise, fitness, view, lake, glacier,

When Life Gives you Lemons… Wake up at 4am and Meet at the Trail Head

every year i spend time in Colorado for work.  often times my work trips are spent in cities, but on this particular occasion, i knew i had meetings in Estes Park, Colorado.  the thought had me squirming with enthusiasm.  it was a work trip, and a busy one at that, but when life gives you lemons, you wake up at 4am, drive 45 minutes to meet Mr J and his pup at the trailhead, and squeeze in a 10 mile hike before the work day begins.

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sunrise, photooftheday, photography, travel, fitspo, inspiration, thefirst2hours, asana

Morning Persons

recently, i was asked about the meaning of my blog name, and i thought i would reiterate that answer here, as it is relevant to this post:

“thefirst2hours, are the favorite two hours of my days.  i love stepping outside before the sun rises, and being surrounded by silence.  those moments of solitude are the most beautiful moments i know, and they are precious to my being.

thefirst2hours are also the most important two hours of my days.  life in this day and age is busy, and it has become far too easy to compromise our health for all of our obligations.  but ultimately, it is our decision to make. it is within those first2hours, that i vow i will wake up early, get outside, raise my heart rate, see the world, and not waste those precious moments.  i choose to make myself a priority.”

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Hill Sprints and Lulu Rewards

having kids makes staying fit harder, it is inevitable. but having kids doesn’t have to be the end all of a mom’s fitness life.  before continuing, i will admit that while i plan on having kids eventually, i do not have any today.  so no, i do not have a personal experience with combining motherhood with fitnesshood.  but yes, […]