Ok, so this present came with a mild coronary, but all’s well that ends well right?!?!  Last night, I get home around 9:00 PM from an uber long day at work to be greeted by the Husb who tells me “we have a problem.”  OY. He tells me that we might have a bed bug infestation and that I should “check it out.”  Oh, and that it is on my side of the bed…seriously?!?!?  I don’t talk much about it on the blog, but my top 3 disgusts are:

1.  LICE

2.  MICE


EW.  So I lose my lunch drop my ten gazillion bags and race upstairs to the bedroom…where I am greeted with this:

On my bed bugs here!

I am SOOOOO excited!  husband got me this amazing personalized Allied Steel Medal hanger that I have been swooning over ever since I saw it on Caitlin and Leslie’s Blog.  Mine says “I can and I did.”  LOVE IT.

Husband picked this phrase becuase he KNOWS I love to rock my similar Bondi band, and try to live by this phrase “I CAN AND I WILL!”

yay!  So good job Husband…you’re lucky you didn’t kill me…or maybe not?!?!  LOL.  Anyway, in the “other things to file under good news” topics, we have the following…

My lovely gym finally put a proper (and correctly spelled) name tag on my locker! Totally worth it- let's argue.

And for even better news (aka the reason I need to GO to the gym in the first place LOL)…

Yes, they now make Nutella to go with little breadsticks! And yes, it does a wonderful job of destroying the nutritional value of an orange...YUM!

OHHH and in other exciting news, today for the first time, with Shiya, I am trying an XTEND BARRE workout class.  I will be taking the class at Urban Front Pilates in beautiful downtown Center City!

According to the officia Xtend Barre Site,

Xtend History & Philosophy

The Xtend Workout is the premier ballet barre workout… Dance and Pilates Amplified. Andrea Rogers is the creator and owner of the Xtend Workout and has been a professional dancer and choreographer since the age of 18. She’s performed with various celebrities and recording artists such as Enrique Iglesias and Aaron Carter. She’s also traveled the country with several professional dance companies and performed as a principal dancer for Walt Disney World Co. In the early 2000s, Andrea was certified to become a classical Pilates instructor. She believed in the Pilates principles (stabilization, concentration, control, flow, breath and precision) and observed the long-term results in her Pilates clients.

In an effort to provide cross training and seek better results for her clients, she began to incorporate dance elements and music into her Pilates sessions in order to offer challenges in coordination, rhythm, and cardiovascular fitness. By raising her Pilates clients to a vertical position, and diversifying their range of motion, Andrea found greater results by offering Xtend than by maintaining a routine of Pilates alone. Most importantly, her clients were gaining energy, enjoying elements of dance, and having fun!

The Xtend philosophy is simple. We teach a multi-level class geared to challenge bodies of any age, gender, or fitness background. We offer exercises that can be modified for beginners, prenatal clients or clients with injuries, but that can also be amplified for advanced clients that are looking for an extreme challenge.

The Xtend system sculpts the body proportionally so that all body parts are equally challenged. This total body workout serves to strengthen, lengthen, and stretch the body from top to bottom, from inside out. The end result is a long and lean physique… without added bulk. Developed from a dance / Pilates background, the Xtend workout combines the amazing results of dance with the principles of strength and safety in Pilates.

The Xtend workout has been sought after by national spa and fitness centers and Pilates devotees from the US, Brazil and Canada. Clients range from new enthusiasts to seasoned fitness pros and include men, women, teens, Pilates practitioners, professional athletes, celebrities, and dancers. The Xtend method is best summarized by a long-time client: “If Pilates sculpts your body, Xtend ™ chisels it.”


I am VERY excited and will be back tomorrow with a full recap!  Yay! I LOVE LOVE LOVE mizing it up!  So, tell me:  What is a new (or old) fitness trend that you have tried lately!?!?

3 thoughts on “Best.Present.Ever.

  1. I still like my idea of a “ballet bar” workout. Do a couple of plies, a few piques and a shot of tequila. Fun for everyone! But have fun at your boring, “alcohol-free” class tonight, my dear!

  2. Nutella is the 2nd best substance on the planet, after peanut butter. I love them both. Have you ever tried a Nutella & banana sandwich…. SQUEE!!

  3. Pingback: Xtend Barre: My “Xtensive Thoughts.” « Ups and Downes

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