Stretch & Shag

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Hi, guys! 😎 Get ready for a marathon blog post!!


So, I really like the new gym I’ve been trying out, but I don’t want to shell out $59 each month for it. It’s super convenient and there are SO many classes to choose from. I’ll probably just enjoy my 2-week membership and think about joining when the weather turns cold. Having all of those classes will help with cross-training when I am training for the Boston Marathon (as long as a charity picks me up to run with them).

At the gym, I did my favorite 45-minute Treadmill Workout. I love this workout so much, I practically have it memorized, but I always take a copy of it to the gym just in case. (I printed it out and taped it to a piece of cardboard.) It’s a little beat-up, but it does the trick!


I’m not going to lie, the RUN option of this workout really had me huffing and puffing today. Running is a totally different cardio experience than other forms of exercise. I guess my body is a bit out of practice. 😕 Even still, I pushed myself through 45-minutes without stopping. I even picked up the pace on a few intervals and covered almost 4.25 miles. So, I guess it was the varying inclines that really killed me. I hate hills!

After my run, I did a little bit of stretching at the gym. I used the foam roller and then the Stretch Trainer. Have you seen the Stretch Trainer at your gym? Well, you should make friends with it because it’s awesome! 😉 You can pretty much stretch every part of your body using it. It feels soooo good on my lower back.


When I got home from the gym, I continued to stretch. (I’m convinced that all of this stretching is going to help me accomplish my goal!)

The treadmill workout that I did involved lots of inclines, so I started with the Tiger Tail to stretch my quads. The Tiger Tail is a rolling muscle massager that helps relieve sore, tight, cramping, fatigued, and stiff muscles. It’s great for your legs! Like a foam roller, it helps you perform deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy on yourself, but it doesn’t take up as much room in your house. I actually throw mine in a drawer in the living room for easy access.


I couldn’t take photos of myself using the Tiger Tail, so here are a few examples from The Pressure Positive Company.

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I also use the Tiger Tail to roll my tight IT bands, which I did plenty of this morning. You can basically roll it over any tight muscle on your body and adjust the pressure as needed.

I finished off my 20 minutes of stretching by using the Yoga Tune Up Balls, which are perfect for getting the smaller muscles in the front and side of my hips. Like I always say: It hurts so good! 😉


For lunch, I ate cookies. Yep, cookies. I had a craving for them, so I put a bunch on a plate, along with a couple of slices of watermelon, and called it a meal. Why not, right? I mean, the Oatmeal Blueberry Cookies had some healthy-ish stuff in them. It wasn’t the worst option for lunch, right? 😉



Sometimes, you just need to eat cookies for lunch.


Shag Boston

After lunch, I went to get my hair highlighted at Shag, a hip and modern salon in South Boston.


Shag is really cool inside– exposed brick, stainless steal everywhere, and splashes of vibrant color here and there. The staff is super cool, too. I actually felt a little bit out of place with my “weekend” jeans and boring, old t-shirt. I sort of wished that I put in some more effort in today. Oh, well. No one seemed to notice.

Ok, so let me tell you how I got hooked up with Shag. Remember my friend, Hannah? Well, her sister, Tasha, is a haircolorist at there and she’s looking to increase her cliental. Tasha offered to color my hair in return for blogging about my experience. I’m always happy to help out a friend, so, of course, I agreed. Plus, my hair was really starting to bother me. It was so blah, even after I used boxed dye on it a few weeks ago. My hair definitely needed an “upgrade.”


Let me start off by saying that I am very weary of highlights. A few years ago, I got them done and it was a complete and utter disaster!!! I had orange streaks throughout my hair! I told the stylist that I didn’t like how they looked, so he tried to soften them, but it still looked terrible. I tried to get used to my new look over the next couple of weeks, but I just couldn’t stand the way my hair looked. Eventually, I bought hair dye from CVS and dyed over the highlights, and I haven’t tried anything “crazy” with my hair ever since.

So, when Hannah approached me about getting my hair highlighted by her sister, I told her my highlight horror story. She assured me that her sister would not steer me wrong… and she was completely right! 😀

Tasha was amazing. Before she even touched my hair with dye, she talked to me quite a bit about how I wanted my highlights to look. Again, I recounted my highlight horror story and told her that I wanted them to look natural and be easy to keep up with (aka not cost me a fortune once it starts to grow out). Tasha threw out the words “caramel” and “low-maintenance,” so I knew I was in good hands.

Tasha worked her magic and meticulously selected pieces of my hair to highlight. She even considered how I style and part my hair. Once she was finished with the foil, I chilled with a magazine and a cappuccino while the hair dye did its thing.


I felt so spoiled! 😀


A couple of hours later, I fell in love with my hair. I’m very happy with it. Seriously, I’m enjoying the best hair day of my life (as some of you already heard about on Twitter). Here’s a shot of my very natural-looking caramel highlights. I’ll take some good shots of my hair tomorrow night. 😉


When I got home, I was so hungry! Even though they were delicious, my cookies and watermelon didn’t hold me over until dinnertime. I ended up grabbing a Siggi’s from the fridge and throwing in some Cranberry Orange Galaxy Granola. Mmm! I loved the sour + fruity flavors.



For dinner, I ate a bowl of Lentils with Penne, Brussels Sprouts, and Feta that I cooked last night. It was just as delicious as leftovers. And, now I want something sweet! 😉


Jeez, Louise! Longest post ever! 😯

I’m relaxing for the rest of the night. I have a big day tomorrow! :mrgreen:



  1. Wow the hair salon looks amazing. Very trendy. Your highlights looks fab too, I’m glad there’s no horror stories this time.
    I love your 45 min workout but it is definitely the hills that get me! Well done for stretching out so well, I agree that it’s a really important part of any workout.

  2. Your hair looks gorgeous!
    I have found that if I eat a meal that is mostly sugar + carbs (for example, just pancakes) that I get moody and irritable later on, and I just crave MORE sugar. I’m glad I have realized this so when I go out for a diner breakfast I’ll order a smaller portion of pancakes and an egg on the side to balance out the sugar.

  3. Have you and Mal thought of buying a treadmill for your apartment? I don’t know if your landlord will let you, but it’s definiely worth the investment and in the long run, it’s cheaper than shelling out $59 a month for the gym that you just want to use their cardio equipment at. You can even get a good deal on Craigslist. That way you can still train for your marathon and go to Body Pump (and not leave the house when it’s cold during the winter hahaha!)
    Looking forward to seeing more of the hair!

  4. Good for you! Your hair looks gorgeous! Luckily, my mom is pretty much the best hairdresser in the world, so my hair’s been in pretty good hands my entire life. I’ve only ever had one catastrophe; it was a couple months back; we put a Keratin straightening treatment on it. We FRIED it! I was quite literally devastated, hahah, but luckily its been about 2.5 months and after tons of deep conditioning its almost back to normal!

  5. I love your highlights!

    My brother is a master colorist so I never have to worry about bad highlights although I sometimes wish I could tell him how I want it done. He usually does what he wants and it always comes out looking great so I shouldn’t complain. I just got my hair colored and cut yesterday and it looks amazing (if I do say so myself). I wish I could get my hair to look this way when I style it myself but I don’t have the patience to blow dry it everyday. My hair is soooo thick it takes forever to dry.

  6. Your new hairstyle is very nice! I have never used the tiger stick, but I do love foam rolling on a bigger foam roller. I prefer the pressure of my whole body on a foam roller, since my arms are not that strong, and I can’t reach my back by myself with a stick. My upper back and shoulders are favorites for me on the roller. I also like the fact that I am using my core muscles to roll around on the foam roller on the floor. I use the foam roller, somewhat like Yoga, for “meditating on my sore areas” and “releasing the tensions” of the day for mental and physical health!

  7. I used to live in Boston and LOVED Shag! I have short fine hair, and Jared always did a great job on the cut! For color, I saw Albana and she’s awesome, too!

  8. love tiger tails and foam rollers! seriously couldn’t live w/o them. also your hair looks BEAUTIFUL. yay for (soon to be) birthday hair 🙂

  9. That’s funny that you were surprised this made your top 10 list based on Google Analytics. As soon as I saw it I was thinking ‘no surprise there’, because the 45 min treadmill workout (the walking version at least) is one of my FAVORITES!!! Came in so handy when I was traveling a ton for work and was stuck with a hotel gym only… 🙂

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