fitness: all about FitReserve.

Over the past year I’ve become quite the fan of fitness classes, and they’ve really changed how I feel about exercise. I used to think that I hated exercise, but the truth is that I really just hated going to the gym. Ever since I started taking classes, though, I love to exercise in a way I never realized I could. Not to mention that there are just so many amazing fitness studios here in New York!

So when FitReserve recently reached out to me and offered to let me try their multi-studio fitness membership, I was all about it.

FitReserve NYC

So What is FitReserve?

FitReserve is the ultimate fitness membership that allows you to mix and match classes from a curated selection of the top studios in NYC, at over 50% off retail. FitReserve provides access to full studio schedules and peak class times, plus access to exclusive insider studio and partner perks, events and more.

I had used a similar monthly fitness class membership in the past, so I was familiar with the concept. What really sets FitReserve apart, though, is that ability to access peak class times. FitReserve also has 3 monthly plan options, ranging from 5 class per month to 20 classes per month.

FitReserve NYC

Another awesome perk of FitReserve – for every referral you can receive $100 off your next billing cycle + your friend will receive $50 off his or her first month. Umm, yes please.

FitReserve is partnered with 165 studios with over 12,000 classes across NYC, including Yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, boot camp, barre, cardio dance, HIIT, TRX, indoor cycling, boxing, rowing and more.

I’ve been having so much fun trying out the different classes, including ones that I would probably never brand out and try if it weren’t for the multi-studio option. For example, a few weeks ago I took my very first boxing class at Work Train Fight. It was a great workout that really challenged me. I’ve needed some more strength training in my workout routine, so it was a great way to get that while still being fast-paced and fun.

Gracie Gordon | Work Train Fight NYC

Some other great classes I’d recommend via FitReserve:

Peloton
Core Fusion Barre
Row House
UFC Gym
I.Am.You Yoga

I can’t wait to try more classes – will be sure to share them when I do!

Please note I was compensated by getting a free trial to use FitReserve.

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What’s your favorite type of fitness class? Is FitReserve something you’d be interested in if it was in your city?

2 ingredient {light} peanut butter frosty.

You guys…

You guys.

This little concoction here is a game changer.

I’ve always been one to need at least some sort of dessert/sweet treat like, every day. While I’m all about indulging every once in a while, when you need a daily treat, it’s nice to have a go-to that isn’t so over the top. This dessert is just that – all the creamy decadence of a Wendy’s frosty + under 150 calories.

Arctic Zero has been a favorite of mine for the past few months (especially since they came out with their new flavors) as I’ve been practicing Flexible Dieting/IIFYM. One night I randomly decided to mix in some PB2 I was trying to use up, and the result was nothing short of…the best decision ever.

2 Ingredient Light Peanut Butter Frosty

Here’s how to make it:

1) Put 1/2 pint of Toasted Coconut Arctic Zero in a bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds, or let it sit out to soften.
2) Add 2 tablespoons PB2, and mix together completely. I like to use a fork to really combine it well.

That’s it! The PB2 adds a great FLUFF – very reminiscent of the Wendy’s Frosty we all know and love. The peanut butter flavor definitely stands out the most, but there is still a (delicious) hint of the coconut too.

The nutritional breakdown: 2g fat, 19g carbs, 11g protein, 6g fiber

2 Ingredient Light Peanut Butter Frosty

Let me know if you try this + what you think! Enjoy :)

scenes from the weekend.

…and just like that, another incredible weekend in Montauk has come and gone.

I made it out there on Wednesday just in time to spend a few hours on the beach reading + relaxing.

Montauk New York

Later that night the rest of the gang arrived – Joyce, Sydney, and Syd’s brother Max.

Romper – Urban Outfitters

(Fun fact – Joyce has been reading GML for years and ended up coming to Liberty Church where we met and became friends. How cool is that?!)

We spent the next few days beaching, going out, working out (SoulCycle, of course), and just enjoying the perfect summer weekend away.

Sydney and Gracie

Swimsuit – Victoria’s Secret

Pink skies at Surf Lodge:

Surf Lodge Montauk

Bikini top – American Apparel. Bottom – VS. Body chain – H&M. Sunnies – Quay

Dusk at Navy Beach:

Navy Beach Montauk

Navy Beach Montauk

Dress – Free People

Last but not least – some good eats were had. How beautiful are these meals?!

Thai Chicken Wraps from Joni’s // lobster roll and Burratta from Harbor // Pepper Crusted Chilled Tuna and oysters from Surf Lodge 

  Montauk food
’Til next summer, Montauk.
Gracie Gordon

listen: summer 2015 playlist.

Hey friends!

I’m off to Montauk for another long weekend, but wanted to share my newest playlist with you before I go. I know we’re (more than?) half way through summer at this point, but better late than never, right? :)

Favorites: Young, Roses, In Reality, Before The Weekend Comes, Face The Sun, All I Want (original + Diplo Remix)

Past playlists:
Spring 2015
Winter 2015
Fall – Winter 2014
Fall 2014
Summer 2014

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What song(s) do you have on repeat lately?

{lessons from} my first visit to the Met.

One of the things I love about living in New York is that there are always new things to experience. Every day really can be a whole new adventure.

Even after 5 years of living here, there are still a ton of “classic” New York things I’ve yet to do (I’ve never even been to the top of the Empire State Building, ha). But yesterday I managed to check one of those things off my list – a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I’ve got to say – I’m not usually the world’s biggest fan when it comes to art, which is why I think I put off visiting The Met for so long. I tend to be much more of a science and history nerd. What I didn’t realize was that The Met isn’t just art – there is a ton of history in there, so I loved it way more than I anticpiated.

I especially loved the replicas of Period Rooms (Medieval, Victorian, Eighteenth Century France). Apparently I’m a sucker for architectural elements. And you know, I even found myself appreciating the art/paintings more than I thought I would.

I think my favorite thing about the experience was just…learning. That feels weird to say, but I don’t put myself in positions to learn as much as I’d like to. It brought me back to being in grade school and being so fascinated by new things, and I never want to stop having those experiences.

Something else that really stood out to me was the people who came from all over the world to New York to experience places like The Met. I had a few “moments” where I just stopped and observed everyone, wondered where they came from, and soaked in how grateful I am to live in a city that is truly a crossroads of the world.

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Have you ever been to The Met? Are you a fan of visiting museums?

{LOTS of} good eats lately.

I kinda sorta hate when people say “food porn,” but…get ready for a serious dose of it. I’ve been eating real good over the past week or so. Oh, how I love NYC and it’s food/restaurant culture…

First up, rewind to last Sunday where I had an amazing feast at one of my favorite NYC restaurants, ABC Kitchen. Everything there is amazing (highly recommended if you’re ever in New York), but their Salted Caramel Popcorn Sundae is what dreams are made of.

Salted Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream Sundae from ABC Kitchen NYC

Usually when I make food at home it’s something quick like toast or eggs, but the other day I got a little fancy with my breakfast and made this big Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Pancake. To make it I combined:

1/3 cup oats
1 mashed banana
cocoa powder
cinnamon

Then topped it with peanut butter, more banana, and a drizzle of honey. AKA dessert for breakfast.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Pancake

Clearly I’ve had quite the sweet tooth lately, so I might as well confess to this Coconut Creme Donut I snagged before some morning meetings from Doughnut Plant. This thing was rich – I could barely get through eating half of it (but so worth it).

Coconut Creme Doughnut from Doughnut Plant NYC

I balanced out the carb intake with some rice-less sushi 😉 Did you know you can get cucumber-wrapped sushi at a lot of places? Just ask for “Naruto.” It’s a delicious + healthier option…my lifesaver when I did the Whole30.

Cucumber Wrapped Sushi

Fast forward to Thursday, where we snacked on some oysters + crab legs for Happy Hour at The Standard Grille.

Oysters + Crab Legs at The Standard Grille New York

On Friday night we went to what is definitely one of my favorite new restaurants – Upland. We went to town with a ton of amazing dishes, but my favorite was definitely the Estrella.

Estrella pasta, Upland NYC

If you ever find yourself there, I’d also highly recommend the Whole Crispy Mushroom, Five Lettuce Caesar (pictured below), Burrata, and Crispy Duck Wings.

five lettuce ‘caesar’ from Upland NYC

And last but not least is yesterday’s taco party. I rarely make it to the Upper East Side, but we were there yesterday after a visit to the Met and stumbled upon Cascabel Taqueria. Rachel and I split the steak, battered fish, and carnitas tacos. They were all uh-maze-ing.

Taco Trio from Cascabel Taqueria

See…I told you it was major food porn 😛 I must admit that there were a lot of healthier options in between those meals, which is why I’m such a fan of following flexible dieting. I love being able to indulge…and indulge often…without a hint of guilt!

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What’s the best thing you’ve eaten lately?