The barre3 Experience

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Let’s go to the bar(re)! No not that bar. I’m talking about the one the gives you a flat belly, not a beer belly. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good night out, but this barre is way better. I have finally found my exercise “thing” and I am hooked.

I was first introduced to barre3 back in July when my mom invited me to a free class at the Ft. Thomas Antique and Design Center. I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into, but I thought I would check it out. Turns out, class was awesome. I was pushed, motivated and inspired, sweat like a pig, but even more importantly, I had the confidence I could actually do this. And it was FUN! Did I just say that, working out was fun? I admire those people who loooove to work out, they make it look so easy. But to be honest I am not one of those people. I am not one that can tackle exercise alone, I do a few stretches then say “oh look…wine.”  Or I tell myself to do an ab workout during the commercial breaks and then before I know it it’s “Ahhh this carpet is so comfortable….ZZZZ.” I need a pack, you know, friends that suffer along side of me as we push through it together. I need to know I am not alone, that I am part of something bigger, that I can do this by connecting with my own body. I think I’ve found my pack with barre3.

 

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You all know I eat really healthy. I eat clean, real whole foods that come right from this earth. But I was missing a huge component of being healthy, my body needed more than just good nutrition, it needed to move. barre3 has given me that component and has helped me fully connect with my body mentally and physically. I feel better that I have ever felt and I still have a way to go, but I am listening to my body and can feel the overall improvement every week.

I have had the opportunity to do barre3 with Kelley Groneck since July and I am super excited that her brand new studio is opening on September 28, 2015 in Ft. Thomas, KY inside the Ft. Thomas Plaza. She is hosting Open Houses all weekend long and you can even sign up for FREE classes and childcare the entire Grand Opening week. This is a perfect opportunity to give it a try, you have nothing to lose and your body deserves to move and feel the energy that barre3 can put back into your life.

 

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When I sat down with Kelley to ask her why she loves barre3 she said “because it works my entire body, pushing me to levels that I never thought I could get to, but also allows me to have the moments where I just need to move, and let my body have grace.” She continues that “barre3 is not just a workout, it is a lifestyle. barre3 promotes balance everywhere in your life, balance with your body, mind and finding that amazing balance with life.  I love the nutritional component of focusing on eating whole healthy foods, local foods, what nature has made!  And I love the positivity and connection barre3 brings.  You have the most elite athletes connecting with bounce back moms, or new to fitness individuals.  Everyone is focused on working their own body, and finding what is their personal truth!”

“barre3 is not just a workout, it is a lifestyle.”

barre3 is for all fitness levels. They take the most personal approach to class allowing their clients to “make it their own”,  “honor their truth”, and be “all about that grace.” I have seen and felt this first hand. There is a modification for every move and you are encouraged to find your personal edge and to commit to it. It’s not about what your neighbor is doing, it is what you are feeling and pushing your body to do.

 

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I personally love that barre3 is about movement and elongating your spine. As you all know my husband Steve is a chiropractor and every day he works with patients to help them put movement and motion back into their lives. He stresses the importance of your core and your muscles to support the spine, “Core strength is essential for proper movement patterns and injury prevention.”

“Core strength is essential for proper movement patterns and injury prevention.”

Kelley Groneck has a vision for barre3 to not just provide great workouts, but to create a place that promotes healthy living, allowing people to find connections, inspire one another, and build a lifestyle community that welcomes everyone. She wants people to know our bodies are meant to move, are meant to connect with others, are meant to eat the great food the earth has provided for us, and we are meant to honor ourselves.

 

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I am so excited that I have found my pack and my exercise “thing” with barre3. I still might not be that girl who looooves to workout (although I am starting to), and I’m still going to enjoy my glass of wine, but now I’ve found that missing piece of my puzzle. I have found balance and a deeper connection with my health that goes beyond good nutrition and that’s with barre3.

 

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barre3 is currently offering a founding membership special for only $125. As part of your membership you get unlimited classes, access to online classes, amazing recipes, and also receive 15% off all retail in the studio. To take advantage of this special you can sign up HERE.

For more information go to the barre3 Website and be sure to like them on Facebook.

They are also still looking for additional instructors so if you are interested, give them a call at the number below.

barre3 is located at 90 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, Kentucky

859-360-7420

ftthomas@barre3.com

 

Photography for this post provided by Steve Hannegan with Brookside Photography.

 

This post is not sponsored by barre3 Ft. Thomas. Views and opinions expressed are based on my own experiences.

CSA Weeks Eighteen & Nineteen – Double Share Week

MY OH MY did we get a huge share this week! One of the amazing things about being a part of the CSA Share at Greensleeves Farm is that if you are out of town or cannot pick up your share on a given week, as long as you let them know in advance you can skip that week and get double the goodies the following week. Over Labor Day weekend we went away to celebrate our 5 year anniversary and so this week we got 2 weeks worth of food in one week. Looks like I will be doing a lot of cooking this weekend to make sure no food goes to waste. My husband already requested my Roasted Beet & Veggie Quinoa recipe since we got nice large beets this week so I will definitely be adding that to our weekly meal plan.

And guess what time of the year it is?  It’s Football Season and you know what that means…the hot chili is in the crock pot and the cold beer is in hand. I love fall weather and fall recipes! It might be my favorite time of the year to cook, especially in the crock pot. Nothing is better than quickly throwing dinner together in the morning and coming home after work and having a hot dinner ready to be devoured. I am so happy we had such an abundance of tomatoes this year between our home garden and our CSA Shares that I was able to Freeze Tomatoes to have them on hand for chili, soups, and sauces all fall and winter long. If you want to know how to Freeze Tomatoes be sure to check out that post. Take a look below at our lovely share!

 

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CSA Share Week 18/19: Basil, Garlic, Beets, Rainbow Chard, Zucchini, Baby Leeks, Kale, Potatoes, Okra, Banana Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Pattypan Squash, Sweet Dumpling Squash

How To Freeze Tomatoes

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Ahhhh, football season! You know what that means, it’s chili season! Back in August we had tomatoes out the wazoo! I mean literally tables of tomatoes! Between our backyard garden and our weekly CSA Shares we had more tomatoes than we could handle. Of course we didn’t want any to go to waste, but we also wanted to enjoy our tomatoes well into the fall and winter months. During football season we make chili in the crock pot just about every Sunday and buying organic tomatoes in the fall and winter can really get expensive. This is where freezing tomatoes comes in and is a great alternative to canning. It is super easy, affordable, and allows you to enjoy this delicious red fruit all year-long.

 

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Before we get started, isn’t this Kentucky shaped cutting board just the cutest?! My dear friend Sarah and fellow blogger of Simply Sarah Style gave it to me for my birthday and I absolutely love it! She got it at one of my favorite local boutiques Ft. Thomas Central. If you live in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area you must check it out, they have so many great gift giving options.

 

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Aren’t these so pretty! So how do you freeze them? It is so easy, let’s get started. Since our tomatoes come right from the dirt, be sure to give your tomatoes a good washing before you get started.

 

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Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and drop in your tomatoes. I used a draining spoon so it was easy to get the tomatoes in and out, because well, boiling water is really hot! 🙂

 

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This is the fun and really cool part, when you boil them for a few minutes the skin splits like shown above. That is how you know it is time to remove them from the boiling water and put them into another pot filled with ice water to cool your tomatoes down. I also wait to remove the stem until after they are boiled. I found that it works better than removing the stem before boiling, if you remove before, the split doesn’t work as well when you boil.

 

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Next, once your tomatoes have cooled down, put them in a 9×12 Pyrex dish and remove the skin and stem. The Pyrex dish will catch all the yummy juices that will flow once you start chopping and you will want to put the tomatoes, juices and all, into the freezer bags. Repeat this process until you fill up the Pyrex, this will give you just the right amount to fill up a gallon freezer bag.

 

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Now grab a knife and go to town. I mainly wanted my frozen tomatoes to be used for chili and soup so I went ahead and cut them up pretty well. You could keep them whole, but I found cutting them up works best for defrosting and for easy future cooking.

 

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Then label your gallon freezer bag, press it tight, and lay it flat in the freezer for when you are ready to use. This is a process, and I would give yourself at least an hour the first time you do this depending on how many batches you have. But once you get going, it will go faster and become easier. I can’t wait to enjoy my freezer full of tomatoes all fall and winter long, in fact I’m gonna go make some chili right now. It is Sunday Funday after all!

CSA Weeks Fourteen, Fifteen, Sixteen & Seventeen

Well hello September, can you please tell me where your friend August went? I mean is it just me or did August just come and go this year? I literally have no idea where the entire month went. I do know however, that I received 4 weeks of delicious produce from Greensleeves Farm. We are still getting lots of color and a variety of summer vegetables. I’ve been experimenting and trying lots of new recipes this summer, that I will be sharing with you soon. In the meantime, here is what we received the entire MONTH of August!

 

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Week Fourteen CSA Share: Squash, Fennel, Rainbow Chard, Beans, Lettuce, Sweet Pepper, Garlic, Bell Peppers (Green & Purple), and many different Tomato varieties.

 

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Week Fifteen CSA Share: Tomatillo, Rainbow Chard, Beans, Eggplant, Potatoes, Garlic, and many different Tomato varieties.

 

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Week Sixteen CSA Share: Herb Flowers, Potatoes, Beets, Beans, Sweet Pepper, Garlic, and many different Tomato varieties.

 

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Week Seventeen CSA Share: Potatoes, Okra, Beets, Rainbow Chard, Basil, Beans, Eggplant, Sweet Pepper, Garlic, and many different Tomato varieties.