Jam-Packed Post

Alternate post title: “Secret Physique Hingham, Murphy Likes Cupcakes & My WODs Are In A CrossFit Magazine,” but I thought it was ridiculously too long.

After breakfast yesterday morning, I headed to Secret Physique in Hingham to take my friend Chrissy’s class. She texted me on Tuesday night to see if I wanted to go since her husband was also taking the class. We’ve been trying to get together for a few weeks now, so it was the perfect opportunity to catch up and get my sweat on at the same time.

Secret Physique Hingham

I took my first Secret Physique class back in May at the Pembroke location, but since then Secret Physique has opened a closer location for me in Hingham, so I was excited to check it out. FYI: There’s childcare in the mornings at the Hingham location for the moms out there!

Secret Physique Hingham Lobby

The studio was beautiful!

Secret Physique Hingham 1

Secret Physique Hingham Studio

The class I took was called “Barre Works 3,” which is a more intense cardio version of the Barre Works classes. It combines cardio (lots of plyometrics) and barre work, so it was like a barre bootcamp, which was right up my alley. I was huffing and puffing, my quads and butt burned, and I was a sweaty mess by the end””all the makings of an awesome fitness class! Thanks for the invite, Chrissy!

Secret Physique Hingham Chrissy and Tina


After class, I hit up Whole Foods for a few groceries and then stopped by the salad/hot bar for lunch.


While I was eating my lunch, a very special package arrived for Murphy. It was his (smaller) therapy dog vest!


And it fit! Hooray!


Murphy keeps his business cards and chapstick in the small pocket.


He’s so damn cute.


Our visit to the senior home yesterday went really well. Murphy is definitely starting to get it and runs right up to people and lets them pat him. He’s like the pug mayor.

During one of our visits, Murphy had a little bit of cupcake. An elderly woman, who was in the middle of eating a bright pink Valentine’s Day cupcake when we arrived, was so excited to see Murphy, she didn’t wipe off her hands when she went to pat him. Murphy, being the food whore that he is, took full advantage of this and quickly licked the crumbs and frosting off of her fingers. Of course, I immediately had a heart attack (bad behavior + the possibility of him biting her) and quickly pulled him away, but the woman absolutely loved it! She started laughing and using baby talk to speak to Murphy while she continued to pet him. Having Murphy lick her fingers made her so happy, and it was really sweet. Murphy kept licking his lips and being all pug-goofy, so, thankfully, we all had a good laugh about it.


After our visit, I came home and mashed up a couple of avocados to make some guacamole. (I added garlic, garlic powder, lime juice, salt, and pepper.) I ate the quac with wasabi rice crackers from Whole Foods, which are the bomb. I’ve been buying these for a few weeks now and, as soon as I open a package, they’re gone in just a few days. (Mal loves them too!) They’re awesome with guacamole or hummus.



When Mal got home from school, I was still wearing my workout gear from the morning (I know, I’m gross), so I joined him for CrossFit. The WOD was Thrusters and (Chest-to-Bar) pull-ups, so I really wanted to go.

3 – 6 – 9 – …
C2B Pull-ups

*continue adding 3 reps after each round of thrusters and pull-ups until time runs out.
Rx: (100, 65)
*Choose a weight for your thrusters that you can easily do 10 reps with
*Scale pull-ups based on ability: pull-ups, band pull-ups, etc.

Score = total number of REPS. So let’s say you get up to round 15, and you do all 15 thrusters and then 8 pull-ups, your score will be 83.

Here’s how:
3 Thrusters + 3 Pull-ups = 6 reps
6 Thrusters + 6 Pull-ups = 12 reps
9 Thrusters + 9 Pull-ups = 18 reps
12 Thrusters + 12 Pull-ups = 24 reps
15 Thrusters + 8 Pull-ups = 23 reps


Ascending Fran ladder? Yes, I’m crazy and wanted to do it. Fran is one of my big fitness goals for 2013, so I wanted to see how I’d do.

I picked 55 pounds for the weight for the Thrusters (same as my last Fran), but I wanted to do all of the pull-ups without a band. (I did kipping pull-ups instead of Chest-to-Bar pull-ups.) It was brutal, but I ended up completing 100 reps, which is Fran + 10 reps. Of course, it’s not in the 21-15-9 rep scheme, but it definitely gave me some confidence for the next time Fran comes up at our box.

After class, I picked up an issue of SWEAT RX that was on the table in the lobby of our box.


While flipping through the magazine, I chatted with Mal and one of our coaches. I wasn’t really paying attention to the magazine until the words “Marathon Monday” caught my eye. (It is my favorite day of the year after all.)


It turns out that a bunch of my travel WODs were printed in the magazine! Pretty cool, right? I’m not psyched that the publication didn’t ask my permission or credit me, but it’s still awesome to see my WODs published in a CrossFit magazine. Hey, I guess I’m pretty good at creating travel WODs!



After CrossFit, Mal and I came home, showered, and then tried to convince the other person to cook dinner. Since I almost always cook dinner, Mal offered his services and cooked up some ground turkey with frozen veggies mixed in. I was starving and ate two servings.


After dinner, we shared a bar of Raaka dark chocolate with sea salt. Holy crap, it was awesome””one of the best dark chocolates I’ve ever tasted.


The Raaka chocolate was part of a gift basket that my friends at Whole Foods sent me to celebrate their upcoming Chocolate Fest.

Whole Foods Chocolatefest

Local folks: the Hingham Whole Foods is hosting their Chocolate Fest from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Monday, February 11. I’m going to try to stop by!


Question of the Day

What’s your favorite kind of chocolate?

Mine is dark chocolate with sea salt or dark chocolate truffles with chocolate filling.

P.S. FlipBelt decided to extend their free shipping””just use code CNC303!


  1. Okay I’m confused, how the heck can you do so many pull ups but you ony used 55# for the thrusters?! You HAVE to be strong enough to use the rx 65# weight..no? I did this workout with 65 and I can’t do a single pullup! Do you think you maybe underestimated yourself or could it just be that everyone is different and this just highlights the strengths/weaknesses and differences between two people? In my opinion pull ups are like ultimate badass level for a female so i guess i just assume if you can do those youre also strong in pretty much all other areas. Just wondering your input! Love Murphy in that little jacket! Haha

  2. The ex-ballerina in me has been wanting to try a barre fitness class for months now. They sound so fun, yet challenging!

    I almost bought a package of the wasabi crackers at Whole Foods just the other week, but then I backed out. I am glad to hear that they are tasty. I’ll definitely be picking some up the next time I am there.

  3. Wow you should at least send them a angry yet kind email to tell them you want credit next time… You should reach out to them cause you might get a freelance job or something you never know! 🙂 I put my coconut milk in the fridge, going to make the paleo apple crisp in the morning.

  4. Kind of random question…but how do you plan on handling the published WODs situation? I’d be more annoyed than anything if I’d created something like that and didn’t credit me. Maybe because I’m in a profession in which, if I speak to press, I have to be very careful with what I say or how I say it.

    1. I emailed the associate editor yesterday and she replied almost immediately. She apologized and said they’ll credit me in the next issue.

  5. Hi! Love your blog-I have been reading for awhile now. Reading about Murphy puts a smile on my face! I hope to one day be able to participate in a therapy dog program. It seems so rewarding!

  6. so are ou bracing up for the snow? I am so jealous of the snow you guys are expected to get! I guess I will have to live vicariously through the NE states on the weather channel! lol

  7. I went and bought those crackers after reading this post and they are amazing! I paired them with some wasabi hummus for extra spice and they are so tangy and yummy. Thanks for the recommendation!

  8. I love any kind of chocolate, its pretty bad. But I’d have to say that the red Lindt milk chocolate balls are my absolute favorite. I think I’d die if a basket full of chocolate goodies showed up at my doorstep. Murphy looks too cute in that vest!

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