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December 2012

  • (Not Trying To) Get Back On Track

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    I have a few end of year/new year related posts to share with you in the upcoming days but for today I thought I would actually share some of the things I've been eating lately. It's been a while since I have written a meals-based post and I'm sure most of you could use a [...]

  • On Why You Should Not Go To Ikea Solo

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    Today I made the terrible mistake of going to Ikea solo. Part of me felt like a woman on a mission as I battled crowds, (not so gracefully) lugged 55 pound boxes onto my push cart and withstood lines 100 deep to check out but the other part of me felt lonelier than I have in a [...]

  • Scenes From Christmas 2012

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    Here is the continuation of the last post with a look at family, presents and dessert. We had a great time exchanging gifts. It's always so much more fun when there are little ones to buy for and play with! My grandmother is ridiculously talented at gift wrapping. She even does all of her own [...]

  • Christmas Dinner…Finally

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    Sullie and I finally made it home for Christmas yesterday. We arrived at my grandmother's house around 1:30 and I immediately got to work helping my dad with Christmas dinner. We fed 16 people last night! Despite all of the sickness (my dad, mom and nieces have all been really sick this week) and back [...]

  • Addictively Delicious Gooey Baked Camembert

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    One of my favorite things to do at Whole Foods is browse their cheese selection (especially when they are offering samples!). Before Christmas I picked up two really great cheeses. One was Yodeling Goat Gouda and the other Herve Mons Camembert, made exclusively for Whole Foods. I ate enjoyed both over the course of the [...]

  • Free Your Mind

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    I am feeling low on energy today. I don't know if it's a "holiday hangover," the gray day or maybe I'm coming down with something (please God no...) but I am lethargic and blah. I am sure that a workout would energize me and get me moving but I am not sure how likely that [...]

  • Christmas…Postponed

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    My mom called on Saturday with news that my dad has the flu. We always have Christmas at my grandmother's house in Georgia but my parents didn't think it was the best thing to make my dad sit in the car for six hours and then bring his germs to family Christmas. So...Christmas is postponed [...]

  • Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

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    I love to bake but it's something that I have not been able to do nearly as frequently since I gave up my 9-5 and transitioned into a career in the fitness industry. It's not that I can't do it from a nutrition and calories perspective but more from a there is not time and [...]

  • The Holiday Rush

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    Not gonna lie, I had a little bit of a sugar hangover from my cookie dinner last night. My stomach was definitely not feeling so great this morning. I think two nights in a row of party food instead of real food wasn't the smartest thing. Oh well, tis the season and like I let [...]

  • Cookies For Dinner

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    Today was a great day. I have been working on the 2013 plan for the gym for the past few weeks. I presented it yesterday and the meeting went really well. The plan couldn't have been better received. I am so excited to kick off a new year and have a solid plan/strategy to work [...]

  • Cooking with Chobani

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    Last week I was invited to attend a holiday cooking event at the Chobani office in Charlotte. I love all things food and cooking and I love Chobani so I eagerly accepted. Chobani opened a sales office in uptown Charlotte about six months ago. Their offices are on the sixteenth floor of one of the [...]

  • The Simple Stuff

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    This morning I practiced yoga, taught yoga and grabbed coffee from Starbucks. As I was driving into work I thought about how much peace these little everyday things bring me. Rolling out my yoga mat. Sun salutations. Leading a class through practice. Morning coffee. Then I got to my desk and read Caitlin's post about [...]

  • Asheville Escape

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    I'm quite cozy over here. It's gray and rainy and I'm spending the afternoon hanging out at home with hot tea, a gingerbread candle and Sigur Ros radio on Pandora. I decided to go to Asheville yesterday. It wasn't what I needed to do from a productivity standpoint but it's absolutely what I needed on [...]

  • A Better Way

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    Good morning. I am a bit lost with myself right now. Part of me wants to hop in the car and head to Asheville for the day to hang out, eat and take a yoga workshop (the carrot cake from French Broad is reason enough to make the drive...no, really) but the logical side of [...]

  • Deep Stretch At MOGA Yoga

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    I really enjoyed reading your responses to my "On Showing Up" post. They were very thought provoking and insightful. I will be responding to all of them and also writing a "Part 2" post because I have a lot more to say about the topic. I also appreciate the concern and kind words about my [...]

  • Cetaphil Review And $100 Visa Giftcard Giveaway

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    I continue to be amazed by how much my skin changes with hormonal fluctuations, seasons and weather, my stress level, age...you name it. Over the past few years I have struggled with acne, redness and dry, flakey skin. It seems like I'm in a constant struggle to find a skin care regimen that works for [...]

  • On Showing Up

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    I am currently under a blanket with ice on my hip. It's really inflamed right now. It was feeling pretty okay despite the running I did last weekend until I decided to do a CrossFit workout yesterday consisting of box jumps, running and kettlebell swings. The last time I did a CF workout with a [...]

  • Mobility Homework // Communities In Schools // Cupcakes

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    Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start. Given that it's "focus on mobility month" and I haven't shared much with you on that topic, I thought I would start today's post off with some existing resources I have on the blog. Foam Rolling 101 - I actually made instructional videos [...]

  • So Much To Share

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    I love Sundays. They inspire me. Always. I woke up before my alarm so I had some time to lounge before teaching my 9:15 hot class. I made espresso and oatmeal and got back in bed. It was a gray, rainy morning so it was so cozy to hang out in bed. (And that's one [...]

  • Wanna Be Cancer Free 5K Race Recap

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    This morning I ran the Wanna Be Cancer Free 5K to support my friend Dominique from Free To Be Athlete. One of her team members has a rare form of cancer, Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, and organized this non-profit to support the fight against cancer through the promotion of a healthy, athletic lifestyle. This was the inaugural race and I think [...]

  • Carb Loading…and Les Mills GRIT!

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    I'm drowning my sorrows and preparing for tomorrow's race with pizza. And red wine...and strawberry ice cream. Okay, I'm totally kidding when I say that I'm carb loading for a 5K. The truth is that I've just been craving pizza all week and something about Friday night pizza feels like complete perfection. Running nutrition lesson...despite [...]

  • Oral-B Electric Toothbrush Review + $100 Visa Giftcard Giveaway

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    Dental hygiene is something to which I have always been attentive. My parents insisted I stick to the every six month dentist visit schedule when I was growing up. I remember all of the fun of fluoride treatments, x-rays and sealants. I was fortunate to avoid braces, and my dentists and hygienists have always complemented [...]

  • Good Food

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    While I'm sad to hear that so many other people are dealing with running/sports-related injuries, I am excited that so many of you are interested in focusing on mobility in December. I'll try to share with you each day what I'm doing from a mobility standpoint and a couple of times a week I will [...]

  • Focus On Mobility

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    I try really hard not to whine and complain on my blog. Especially when I am fighting a long-term battle with something. That said, I've been in an epic battle with my body over its willingness to run. If you've been reading for a while you have probably noticed how little running and racing I'm [...]

  • A Festive Sunday

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    I taught yoga this morning, took from my favorite teacher this afternoon, baked gingerbread, bought holiday candles, had brunch with friends and am now curled up on the couch under a blanket with wine and How The Grinch Stole Christmas on TV. I think that classifies as a good day? Breakfast before teaching yoga this [...]

  • The Kitchen Sink

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    Happy weekend! I am NOT happy right now given that the Dawgs just lost to Alabama. Such a good game but so sad that we will not be heading to the national championship. Let's focus on other things, okay? I was in the mood for a vegetarian dinner last night so I baked tofu, roasted [...]