Where I’m Crashing This Week + Instacart Review

This week is packed to the brim with fun workouts and I can’t wait to share all of them with you. Yes, it’s only Wednesday, but I just couldn’t wait to get started. So bear with me while I recap the few I’ve done already and preview the ones for the rest of the week. Plus, I wanted to tell you about my experience with a  new DC grocery delivery service (aka a busy fit crasher’s dream come true.) Okay, shall we get started?

Dance Trance Cinco de Mayo Party

dance trance DC

What better way to celebrate Monday (and Cinco de Mayo, at that) then with a little dance party, eh? Lauren from LaTooFit and I met up at Dance Trance DC for an hour of toe tapping, voguing, and choreographed sassiness. If you aren’t familiar with Dance Trance, the class puts you through song after song of pre-coreographed dance routines. New and don’t know the routine? That’s okay, me either. Just follow the instructors staged around the room and they’ll show you how it’s done. I’m not a talented dancer to begin with, and following choreography is really not my strong suit, but I consider this class a chance to get outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself. And hey, it’s a lot of fun too! Thanks for hosting us Dance Trance!

Sunrise Power Yoga at The Studio DC

the studio dc yoga in adams morgan

I recently re-discovered The Studio DC in Adams Morgan. I used to live right across the street a few years ago, but haven’t been back since. Well shame on me! This cozy and welcoming space has a great schedule, and I am officially a huge fan of their $10 hot power vinyasa classes. I went to one this morning with Lexie and it was such a fantastic way to start the morning. There were copious amounts of hands-on adjustments (I’m talking mini back massages and assisted stretching), a challenge but accessible sequence, and I left with sweat on my brow and a smile on my face. I can’t wait to go back again soon! If you live in Dupont, be sure to read about my fit crash at that location too.

Coming up…

Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. free bootcamp hosted by VIDA fitness at Yards Park

Thursday: 8 p.m. spin class at the new Pure Ryde in Bethesda with Ingrid

Friday: TBD (suggestions welcome!)

Saturday: checking out the new Pure Barre location on Captiol Hill

Sunday: 10:15 a.m. barre class at Barre Tech in Clarendon

Now on to the more delicious portion of this blog post!

My Experience with Instacart

instacart dc grocery delivery

Instacart is a service that delivers groceries straight to your door from stores including Yes! Organic Market, Safeway, Whole Foods, and Costco. When they launched in DC, Instacart asked if I would try out their service and share my honest review on the blog.

Now, I’m not a food blogger and I rarely do reviews outside of fitness classes, but as someone who works full time and fit crashes full time, I can appreciate the amazing convenience of not having to stop at the grocery store at 9 p.m. just to pick up a few things for dinner. And as fellow fit crashers in this crazy busy city of ours, I thought you might appreciate knowing about this cool new service too. So I agreed to give it a whirl and was given a $25 credit to use on my first order.

On Sunday evening I went to the website to pick out a few items I knew I’d need for the week. I scheduled a delivery time for Monday (in my case, 9 – 10 p.m.) and went about my merry way. As I was heading home from Dance Trance on Monday evening, I got a call at 8:45 p.m. from my Instacart shopper, who was at the store collecting my order. There were two items on my list that Yes! didn’t have in stock, and she was calling to ask if I wanted to replace those items with anything else in the store while she was there. How awesome! I then received a text message with an estimated delivery time, and by 9:10 my groceries were delivered (with a smile and in the pouring rain) to my front door.

I was so thankful to have some basics to work with for the week, particularly when I knew it would be a crazier-than-usual few days with not a lot of personal down time to go shopping.
 The only negative thing I can say about my experience is that I confused a sweet potato with a sweet potato yam garnet, which is apparently a super-sized version of the original (see bottom left). It’s enormous. Nothing I can’t work with, but next time I’ll read the description more carefully and not go by the picture alone. My salad greens, on the other hand, were perfect.

instacart salad may 2014

I could definitely see myself using Instacart again, particularly if I needed some bulk items from Costco (hello chia seeds and frozen fruit binge!) or if I was out of town for the weekend and needed to restock my fridge. Or heck, let’s be honest, if I just don’t feel like going to the grocery and want food delivered to my door. Who doesn’t love convenience like that?

Want to give it a whirl? Try it for yourself! Use code “DCFITCRASHER” for $10 off and free delivery on your first order. Leave a comment and let me know that you tried it out, and Instacart will also enter you to win three months of free delivery. Not a bad deal, my friends! Start making those grocery lists!

 Happy and healthy crashing!

1 Comment

  1. Lex @ Flecks of Lex May 7, 2014 / 12:12 pm

    Instacart sounds like a pretty cool service! I know Giant has Peapod, but I’d never seen anything for organic grocery stores. Thanks for sharing!

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