This week has been all about the burger challenge, but earlier this month before I ate my weight in burgers, I prepped by visiting Crush Fitness. Which is a pretty intense workout but just what I needed to kick me into gear! Crush Fitness combines running and bench work into a 55 minute super high energy and calorie burning class. It pretty much reminded me of the kind of workout I would get if I hired a personal trainer but in a group setting. You start either on the floor or on a treadmill and switch between stations during the classes, maximizing your time. And these aren’t any treadmills but special Woodway Treadmills that do all sorts of great things like make you push them with your own body weight.
Kinda crazy I know, but I walked out of there feeling really good! My trainer during the class was J.D. and he was great. He took the time to help each person in the class and even pushed me to run faster. Just the right amount of pushing, not too much, but in an encouraging way. I definitely got my sweat on! I even ran into our old friend Lauren Pou, remember the Boston Marathon runner, and she was trying out her first class! I think this class is great for any level. I told my boyfriend about it and he think it sounds great! It’s nice that we can work out together but he can run faster and use more weights than me. I even included a little picture of me below to prove that I actually completed the class!
For those of you who follow along on Instagram, then you already know that I completed the McGuire Moorman Burger Challenge! Whew, it was a doozy, but lots of fun. The gist of the challenge was to have participants eat burgers from all six McGuire Moorman restaurants during the month of August. Why? Probably because August is typically a pretty slow month in Austin. Between the heat and back-to-school stuff, most people aren’t eating out as much as normal. If you ate all six burgers during the month, then you got a $50 gift certificate to one of their restaurants of your choosing and a t-shirt. If you ate all six burgers in a week, then you earned a $250 gift card to one of their restaurants of your choosing and a hat. I thought it was a really fun marketing ploy, and to be honest, a lot of these places are some of my favorite restaurants that I frequent quiet often. I probably would have participated in the challenge even if there weren’t a prize, just because I love burgers and their restaurants so much.
So I grabbed two of my blogger friends, Kristy from 365 Things to Do in Austin and Jane from A Taste of Koko and saddled up for some fast and furious burger eating! Our goal was to devour all six burgers in seven days. I made the reservations and we were off! But first, The Beef.
Y’all this summer is flying by! Serioulsy why is there all this talk of Back to School and fall? Here in Austin we’ve just really hit our stride with oppresively hot weather and humidty that’ll make your head spin. I just got back from Denver this weekend and it was really hot there too. So I guess if you have kids then you’re about to get into the fall swing, but for the rest of us, there is still plenty of summer to enjoy!
I say summer because when its hot my eating habits change a bit. I lean away from the heavy pastas (which I love, love, love) and more towards fresher fare, which often includes lots of ceviche, oysters and my newest love: fish dip! What! Yeah. I know. I don’t why someone, sometime decided to call this wonderful dish with such a name. Fish dip doesn’t really sound that appealing to me, if I am being totally honest, like I am right now. In fact, I passed right over it on the menu at Monger’s Market + Kitchen. It wasn’t until my friend ordered it and it appeared at the table did I become interested. I thought it would be some kind of minced fish from a can of questionable circumstances. But instead arrived a fresh little creation of smoked fish decorated with pickled fresno chiles. It totally changed my mind about fish dip!