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Woops, look like I forgot to post workout songs for March!

I’m kind of embarrassed to say that I haven’t stepped foot outside to run since my last race in December. I was pretty burnt out from running and I’ve actually enjoyed the break of not having to train for anything. And with the winter we’ve had, I’ve kept my workouts to indoors anyway. But now that the weather is warming up, I’m finding myself itching to get outside. I know my speed won’t nearly be as fast as it used to be, but that’s ok. I just enjoy getting out there, zoning out, and listening to my music. Smile

The Top 10 Workout Songs for March 2015

This month’s top 10 workout songs cover a wide array of tempos and styles that will complement an equally diverse range of workouts. For low rep exercises that strengthen your body—crunches, weights and so on—you might start with one of the slower tracks from David Guetta or Flo Rida. For a cardio routine—running, ropes, and the like—consider one of the faster numbers from alt-rock favorites Bleachers or club stars Yellow Claw.

If the feel is more important to you than the tempo, there are tracks spanning 100-128 beats per minute (BPM) and a variety of genres. The mix includes the latest confection from Maroon 5, a remix of Big Data’s crossover hit, and a collaboration between X Factor alumni Fifth Harmony & L.A. rapper Kid Ink. There should be something here for every taste and routine. If you’re looking for a few new songs to spruce up your existing mix, you’re in luck. Alternatively, if you need a clean break, you can swap in this entire list—since it blends a variety of speeds and sounds that will get you moving and keep you guessing.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.
David Guetta, Afrojack & Nicki Minaj – Hey Mama – 86 BPM
Flo Rida, Sage the Gemini & Lookas – GDFR (K. Theory Remix) – 73 BPM
Big Data & Joywave – Dangerous (Spacebrother’s Electro Stomp Remix) – 126 BPM
Fifth Harmony & Kid Ink – Worth It – 101 BPM
Madonna – Living for Love – 123 BPM
Imagine Dragons – I Bet My Life (Alex Adair Remix) – 117 BPM
Bleachers – Rollercoaster – 163 BPM
Maroon 5 – Sugar – 121 BPM
Yellow Claw & Ayden – Till It Hurts – 146 BPM
Penguin Prison – Calling Out (Elephante Remix) – 128 BPM

The Top 10 Workout Songs for April 2015

Spring is in full swing, the weather is warming, and April’s top 10 songs will bring the heat to your workout as well. This month’s picks provide a steady rhythm with most of the mix clocking in between 122 and 130 beats per minute (BPM). Within that range, you’ll find chart returns from both Carly Rae Jepsen and Ricky Martin and the latest from Ariana Grande and Andy Grammar.

On the warm-up and cool down fronts, you’ll find an upbeat tune from Jason Derulo and a remix from Skrillex and Diplo’s Jack Ü side project featuring Missy Elliott. Lastly, while pop and dance hits generally rule the gym, the most popular workout song of the month actually came from Kid Rock. At 132 BPM, the title track from his new album First Kiss is also the fastest song in this month’s playlist. While some months’ selections vary wildly, April’s favorites make a virtue of their consistency. Along those lines, the mix features plenty of quick tunes, an emphasis on good vibes, and a few surprises to keep things interesting—everything you need to get up and moving.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.
Jason Derulo – Want to Want Me – 115 BPM
Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You – 122 BPM
Ricky Martin – Adios – 128 BPM
Zedd & Selena Gomez – I Want You to Know – 130 BPM
Madonna – Living for Love (Dirty Pop Remix) – 129 BPM
Ariana Grande – One Last Time – 126 BPM
Deorro & Chris Brown – Five More Hours – 128 BPM
Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good. – 123 BPM
Kid Rock – First Kiss – 132 BPM
Jack Ü & Kiesza – Take Ü There (Missy Elliott Remix) – 80 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

As always, I have not been compensated for this release; Runhundred.com is always free to use.

Any new songs that you’re loving lately? I’m still hooked on Uptown Funk, and I love dancing in my car to Maps by Maroon 5.

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5(ish) Days in Florida

by Alaina on March 27, 2015 · 1 comment

This trip took place on March 11th to March 15th. It’s taken me a bit to finally write it up. Smile I’m still longing for the warm, sunny weather. Summer cannot come soon enough!

Wednesday

David and I got up around 7AM and headed to his office park to meet up with the other employees to take the shuttle to the airport. Oh, and I successfully packed the entire trip in my carry-on suitcase! I love not having to deal with baggage claim.

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The flight was the best I’ve ever taken; it was so smooth and we made it to Florida around 3PM. When we landed it was sunny and in the 80s. It’s been too long and I just soaked it all in. The conference was at the Buena Vista Palace in Orlando, right outside of the Disney parks. Our room had a great view, with EPCOT and the Tower of Terror in the distance.

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Our first dinner of the trip was at Johnnie’s Hideaway, not too far from our hotel. We got their early and had a table right out on the patio. We shared calamari for an appetizer (which was delicious) and I had the rosemary and BBQ shrimp with salad for my dinner. Everything was delicious, and it started our vacation on a great note.

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Thursday

Since David was in the conference all day, I decided to drive to the west coast to visit my grandfather in Bradenton. The ride took about two hours and I was there before lunch time. We went to Mamma Onesti’s where I had the turkey club with French fries. The sandwich was delicious and it was wonderful getting to catch up with my grandpapa. Smile

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I got back about an hour before David was done and I decided to hang out in the room. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something black hanging over the chair outside. Imagine my surprise when I saw this guy hanging out!

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Apparently it’s a turkey vulture and they’re pretty common in the south. I took a couple of pictures and after 5 minutes, it flew away.

For dinner that night, I was really in the mood for Mexican. The concierge at the hotel recommended Adobe Gila’s in Pointe Orlando, where I had a margarita and the grilled chicken tacos. The food was great but the service was so-so.

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Friday

This was the day that I was looking the most forward to on this trip: visiting EPCOT. One of my co-workers, her sister works for the parks and always has a guest pass on hand. With the new park rates up to almost $100 I was extremely grateful that I was able to get in for free!

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We arrived around 10AM, and since the World Showcase didn’t open until 11, we decided to do a couple of rides while we waited. We went on Spaceship Earth and the Universe of Energy (featuring Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye The Science Guy). They were fast moving, informative rides and I actually really enjoyed them. The last time I was at EPCOT was about 15 years ago, so it was nice to experience it, and appreciate it, as an adult.

Once the Showcase was open, we were ready to explore! My intention was to try and have a drink at every country (I was within shuttle distance of the hotel) but the heat got to me more quickly than I would have thought, so I only ended up drinking at 3 countries. I also enjoyed some food along the way.

Canada

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EnglandMy first drink was the Leaping Leprechaun from the Rose & Crown. It was super sweet and reminded me of the Fat Frogs in Ireland.

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France – At the end of the day, we stopped back here so I could pick up some pastries: apple turnover and chocolate croissant.

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Morocco – Two words: pistachio baklava. Delicious!

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Japan – My second drink of the day: cold Saki. I was warned about how strong it would be but it was surprisingly smooth going down. It definitely hit me after a while though. I also at a chicken dumpling, which had a distinct curry flavor; it was delicious.

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Italy & Germany – We made quick stops in to both countries but didn’t get anything to eat or drink. When I was here last, my dad found the Snack (Imbiss) booth and pointed to the window saying “Look! An Imbiss-sill.” Ha! Get it? Still cracks me up after all these years. Of course I called him while I was there.

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China & Norway – We stopped briefly in both countries. I ate a spring roll from China (it was OK) and then walked through the Norwegian building to read about the history and how it was the inspiration for Frozen.

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Mexico – Last country of the afternoon. Margarita time! I was informed that the best margaritas were inside the temple (outside serves frozen, inside has a more substantial bar). I enjoyed mine on the rocks with no salt.

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All around, I had such a great afternoon at EPCOT. Yeah, there were big crowds, but when it was just the two of us with no specific goals in mind, it was fun to just wander. Thank you again Brandy! Smile

Saturday

On Friday afternoon, David and I drove to Cocoa Beach for the last two nights of our trip. I ended up taking very few photos because we just wanted to enjoy the beautiful weather and each others company. We stayed at the La Quinta Inn on Hendry Ave (there’s two in Cocoa Beach) and the view was spectacular. I was a little nervous about noise due to the restaurant right outside but it ended up never being a problem.

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On this morning David had one thing he wanted to do on this trip: jet skiing! I was actually a bit nervous to try it out but we ended up having some fun. Of course, it was all fun until I got thrown from the jet ski. I hit my foot on the side, but thankfully it was only a minor bruise. I also lost my sunglasses and my hair tie. David was smart to have me buy cheap sunglasses, though, in case I did end up losing them. And I was thisclose to losing my bathing suit bottoms. Not to self: one piece for jet skiing. Winking smile After that occurred, we were done with the jet ski. We rented from a company called Surf & Ski Water Sport on Merritt Island and we were more than impressed with the service. The price was about $100 for an hour and the instructors were super friendly and helpful. Highly recommended company!

In terms of dining, the only restaurant we really enjoyed was Florida’s Seafood Bar & Grille. The ambiance was kitschy, in a nautical way, but the food and service were great. I had the mahi tacos (AMAZING!) and David had the blackened seafood platter.

Sunday

Didn’t really do much this morning since our flight left Orlando at 2PM. We had breakfast at the hotel and then left around 10AM.

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The flight home wasn’t as smooth since there was some rainy/snowy weather on the East Coast, but it wasn’t crazy turbulent. When we landed in Boston, it was windy and snowing. Sad smile Thankfully, our shuttle was right there outside baggage claim, so we didn’t have to wait long.

Overall, David and I had a wonderful vacation. We ended up staying well within our budget but still enjoyed a fantastic few days. Can’t wait for the next trip!

Have you gone on any fun vacations this year? What are your favorite travel destinations? I do enjoy going to Florida, but I would love to explore Northern California again, and visit the rest of the Pacific Northwest.

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Positive Thinking

by Alaina on March 10, 2015 · 2 comments

Picture it Sicily 1922

It’s snowing outside

It’s a Sunday at 4PM

And you’re at Market Basket

Normally, a situation like this would have had me in a mild panic attack, just thinking about the hoards of people that I would be encountering. I usually shop on weekdays (my days off) but I had a few things to pick up on my way home from work on this particular Sunday. The crowds were definitely there but I approached the situation with a whole new attitude. I knew I wanted to get home as soon as possible, but it wasn’t necessary for me to rush through. I knew exactly what I needed so I wasn’t rambling down different aisles. And the crowds of people didn’t really bother me.

Since January 1st I have been actively looking at life in a more positive way. Not to say that 2014 was a bad year, but between losing my job, being unemployed for a few months, troubles at home and just an overall sense of “meh” I wanted to face 2015 with a brand new outlook. I felt myself comparing my life with others and feeling sad for what I didn’t have, rather than looking at the things that I did have. My life seemed rather disheveled, and I wanted to change that. I wanted happiness in my life and a sense of routine and accomplishment each day. Regarding routine, I decided to dust off the 10 year journal that my mom gave me (in 2010) and start writing in it every single day, no exceptions. Each morning I would get a cup of coffee and then sit down at my desk to write in how I felt the day would unfold. At the end of the day I would add notes on what actually happened. It may not be much, but it feels good to accomplish that every day.

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When it comes to work, as much as I love my job and love the hotel that I’m working at, it’s very easy to go in for each shift just preparing for the worst. The hotel I work at is constantly busy and like any hotel, we have guests from all over the world and all different personalities. At least once a day you are faced with a guest who puts you down or talks down to you. It may not be intentional, but it’s hard not to take it so personal. That’s how I used to feel. But now I go in for my shift with the mindset that it’s only one day I have to worry about, right now. Save for some guests that travel weekly, you’re sure to only encounter these people once in their travels. I just do my best to tell myself that no matter what, you want to make them leave the hotel with a smile. It’s a great feeling to leave work with that sense of accomplishment as well.

When it comes to home life, I will simply state that everything is wonderful and I’ve never been happier. Smile David and I are still plugging away at getting debt free. In the past few months we have paid off my car, his van, and we are well on our way to paying off the house by the end of the year. Tomorrow we leave for our only vacation of the year (Florida!) and then it’s back to the grindstone to rid ourselves of our mortgage. As Dave Ramsey would put it, we are “gazelle intense”!

And speaking of Florida, I am POSITIVE that I can pack 5 days worth of clothes in my carry on suitcase. Winking smile

Packing

In addition to trying to look at life with more of a “silver lining” attitude, I also took a step back and realized that I was still looking at outside influences to make my life better. It’s something that I was able to conquer, for the most part, about 7 years ago, but there were still lingering thoughts. I’m certainly not perfect about it and still have my moments but I’m very happy with how this year has been turning out so far. Only 9 1/2 more months left! Smile

Are you a glass half full or glass half empty? Do you have a daily routine?

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