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December 2011

  • 23.75 To End 2011

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    So... I've been running. And I just totaled up my mileage for the week and it was 23.75. Trust me, I'm just as shocked as most of you probably are to hear this news. Sunday: 5 outside on Christmas :) Monday : 4 treadmill Thursday: 5.5 outside Friday: 3 outside Saturday: 6.25 outside on New [...]

  • 2011 In Review: The Top 10

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    I am not even sure what to think about 2011. I have said this at least 100 times but it has been a year of complete transformation. When I look back at January 1, 2011 I was working full-time in advertising, teaching two BodyPump classes per week and had just made the decision to go through [...]

  • Rest, Eat and Repeat

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    Since my arrival in Atlanta I have done little more than eat, rest and hang out. Due to general exhaustion and the fact that I still can't completely kick this cough, I took Wednesday as a rest day. I did go on a walk with my mom and their sweet golden, Sam, (who makes me [...]

  • A Tuesday Trip

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    I am happy to hear that I wasn't the only one in "recovery mode" on Monday. My recovery carried into Tuesday but also involved the reality of a little bit of work too (um...and the reality of some cake...keep reading!). I taught a 7 a.m. class uptown at Charlotte Athletic Club and then had a [...]

  • Holiday Recovery

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    Monday was spent in what we'll call "recovery mode" from Christmas. It started with laying in bed until 9:15 followed by a long and sweaty workout at the gym. I ran 4 miles on the treadmill. The first mile was a warm up. For miles two and three, I alternated between inclines and speed every [...]

  • Scenes from Christmas 2011

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    I'm a little late getting my Christmas recap up. Please forgive! I left my camera at my in law's last night and then slept until 9 this morning and spent a big chunk of time at the Y trying to get myself out of my sugar coma and back to normal. I'm just getting settled [...]

  • Scenes from Christmas Eve Dinner

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    Merry Christmas! I hope you are enjoying Christmas morning. So far I have slept later than planned (which will result in no time for a morning run), guzzled coffee and eaten cake for breakfast. Now it's time to tackle wrapping gifts. Yes, I'm am one of the world's worst procrastinators. It's all good. :P Before [...]

  • Christmas Eve Happenings

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    Good morning and merry Christmas Eve! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and feeling happy and loved. My Christmas Eve started with a 6 a.m. wake-up call so I could get over to the mall to teach an early morning in-store class at Lululemon. It was a little weird to be in the [...]

  • Break from Normal

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    I have been a little out of my regular routine this week...eats/workouts/etc. First, I've been on a bagel eating roll. I never crave bagels. I'm usually all about oatmeal or Greek yogurt in the morning. A whole wheat bagel with honey almond cream cheese and coffee with a friend Thursday morning. And a honey whole wheat [...]

  • A Pretty Worthless Day

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    I have been relatively worthless today. I subbed out my classes so as not to spread my cold germs and proceeded to sleep until 9 a.m. Once I rolled out of bed, I immediately started on breakfast and coffee. I made a bowl of Silk Nog Holiday Oatmeal and topped it with TJs pumpkin butter [...]

  • Revolved Bird of Paradise

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    Look what finally happened in yoga yesterday! I was taking class from one of my fellow teacher trainees and decided to try revolved bird of paradise when I was in crescent lunge with a twist. All previous attempts at this pose had resulted in a complete topple over so I was in shock when I [...]

  • Sunday Evening Entertaining

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    Hope your Monday and final week before Christmas is off to a great start! While I am being a bit of a scrooge about getting in the holiday shopping spirit (yep, still haven't started), I am enjoying the opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Last night we had friends over for dinner and [...]

  • All About Ambiance

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    When we went to bed on Friday night the plan was to get up and drive to the mountains on Saturday morning to spend the day shopping and hanging out. Well, Saturday rolled around and I procrastinated working out/getting ready and sat around in my PJs and Brandon didn't wake up until 10 so we [...]

  • Crepes and Christmas Yoga

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    Happy Saturday! I can't believe that next Saturday is Christmas Eve! Side note on that...for those of you who live in the Charlotte area I will be teaching a complimentary in-store yoga class at Lululemon before the mall opens on Christmas Eve. Craziness! The class will be from 7:15-8 a.m. and I promise it will [...]

  • 10 Days Out

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    So. We are 10 days out from Christmas and I have done zero shopping. I haven't even considered a list of possible ideas. Holiday cards were a no go this year. Call me Scrooge but I'm kind of just ready to put 2011 in the books and move on to January. Sigh. I should probably [...]

  • Run It Out

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    Loved all of you suggestions for ice cream toppings. Especially loved how many of you suggested peanut butter-based toppings. You know me too well! Today was one of those days that required a run. A long, fast, sweaty one. Y'all know I have been off the running train lately but running is still the thing [...]

  • What you don’t see…

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    My weeks start off so busy and then kind of taper off. I like it that way. It's nice to be really productive at the beginning of the week and reduce the intensity as it goes on. Mondays and Tuesdays are usually my very busiest days of the week (remember my "Day in the Life" [...]

  • Warm Me Up

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    The week is off to a cold start here in Charlotte. I admit that I am a total baby when it comes to cold weather and I do everything I can to stay warm. I bundle up in jackets and hoodies even when I'm indoors, constantly have a scarf around my neck, camp out in [...]

  • A Festive Weekend

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    Happy Sunday! I hope the weekend has been great for you. I think the theme of my weekend is taking pictures in front of Christmas trees. Such a festive time of year. :P I'll divide this post into "what I did" and "what I ate." Weekend Activities (a.k.a. how many pictures can i take in [...]

  • My Must Haves for Kitchen, Workout and Yoga

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    I wasn't planning on doing a "favorite things" post for the holidays but a few people have inquired about my favorite fitness and yoga gear and kitchen tools so I thought I'd put together a quick list of some of my must haves. KITCHEN Kitchen Aid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Mixer. My baby. Seriously the [...]

  • Thursday Fun Day with Food and The Civil Wars

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    Today has been a good day. Started with an early morning ashtanga practice followed by a peanut butter and jelly smoothie and a yoga private with my amazing client who touched his toes with straight legs this week for the first time since his teenage years. Happy heart. Peanut butter and jelly smoothie = peanut [...]

  • Wednesday Workout and Wine

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    And I'm back to a night update. Some of you have commented that you've missed seeing my updates when you check the blog in the morning. I know my blogging has been a little sporadic lately but like I mentioned in my December Updates post, I'm trying to figure out a balance that works for [...]

  • December Updates

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    Good news! Ever since the launch of the new blog design, I haven't been able to respond to your comments. For some reason the response was showing up in the backend but not on the post. My blog guru fixed the issue last night so I will be responding to you again! It's been killing [...]

  • Will You Ever Post About Running Again?

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    Happy Monday! I had intentions of getting a post up yesterday but found myself in bed at 9 p.m. instead. Oops. Sometimes rest has to take precedence over blogging. So, I just received a comment on my last post asking, "Will you ever post about running again?" Excellent question. The answer to that is yes but it's not [...]

  • Friday Night Distractions

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    What's the best way to recover from a tough week? Wine. McManis Petite Sirah is one of my all-time favorites. Sushi at Yama. Started with a seaweed salad. YES. I have had a serious sushi craving for weeks. (image) Edward. (image) Or wait, maybe now my loyalties have changed. Jacob. ;) Breaking Dawn was just [...]

  • Busy Week Eats and Lollihop Winner

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    In case you haven't noticed, this week has been a little crazy and I have been focused on things other than the blog. Apologies. Even when I'm busy and stressed, I try my best to get good meals in. It can be a challenge because sometimes I lose my appetite when I'm stressed and the last [...]

  • A Holiday Twist On Breakfast

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    Good morning and happy December 1st! I cannot believe that the final month of 2011 has arrived. I usually don't really get into Christmas until December rolls around. There are certain things I look forward to that get me in the holiday spirit...putting up a tree, listening to Christmas music, seeing all the decorations and [...]