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January 2013

  • Switching Up Lunch + CrossFit Pain Frames

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    Long-term readers may remember the days of my open faced sandwich obsession. I would say that it was probably my calling card there for a while. Over time I gravitated away from sandwiches for lunch and more towards grain bowls, egg scrambles, salads and soup. A lot of this was due to becoming more aware [...]

  • So Hum Mantra

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    I missed y'all yesterday but my work day ended up being a little cray and when I finally sat down to blog at 10 p.m. it was a no go. I am having issues with my server so I apologize if you have been experiencing long load times or database errors. My host assures me [...]

  • Living The Dream

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    I had a really awesome weekend with many highlights. - Teaching two packed yoga classes to the amazing yogis at Y2 Yoga. They flowed, they sweated, they learned a new mantra, worked on a new deep upper backbend (more on the mantra and backbend tomorrow for yoga Monday!) and listened to this motivational speech about [...]

  • Simple Dumbbell Strength Circuit

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    Happy weekend! So many of you have requested strength workouts that you can do at home or at the gym with minimal equipment. I am happy to program workouts to share with all of my readers. I figured it would be best to start with some of the most basic strength movements that I commonly [...]

  • Winter Weather + Workout Tunes

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    It's a gray, cold and icy day here in Charlotte. It's 27 degrees and we are supposed to get a lot of freezing rain and ice this afternoon. Of course that has caused the closure of many schools and businesses but our plan here at the gym is to stay open and run classes as [...]

  • Up And At ‘Em Again

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    Good morning! Watch out, it's 7:45 and I've already trained a client, had coffee and breakfast. When I accepted my full-time job at Metro about a year ago I decided to give up all of my early morning classes and clients. I needed a break from going from 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. every day [...]

  • I Love Potlucks

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    For the past couple of months I have been seeing all of these delicious looking food pics from local restaurants pop up in my Twitter and Facebook feeds with the tag #epiceaters. A group of girls (most of who I know in real life via blogs/social media) formed what I like to call and "eating [...]

  • 10 Minute Stretch Video

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    ***If you signed up to participate in the 26 random acts project...your random acts are DUE TO ME ASAP!***  Okay, yoga Monday officially kicks off today! I put together a 10-minute stretch video for you that is great to stretch it out post run or workout or just anytime you feel tight and need a [...]

  • Fight Gone Bad, Round 2

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    Oh Fight Gone Bad, we meet again. Why do you always do this to me? Fight Gone Bad is a benchmark CrossFit workout that consists of three rounds of five stations, one minute at each station and a one minute break between each round. So total, it's a 17 minute workout. That doesn't sound so [...]

  • Remembering An Amazing Yogi

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    Last Saturday morning I attended a baby shower to celebrate a new life. This Saturday morning I attended a funeral to honor a beautiful life. One of my fellow yogis, Jennifer McManus, lost a long fight with colon cancer on Tuesday morning. She leaves behind two young boys and her husband of 15 years. When [...]

  • 6.3 Percent

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    Happy, happy, happy Friday. I am so very excited to see the arrival of the weekend although I still have a really tough CrossFit workout to complete and client to train before I can officially call it the weekend. I bundled up and braved the pouring down cold rain last night to teach BodyPump 84 [...]

  • A Workout To Warm You Up

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    Watch out. Apparently, snow is imminent. What our local weather celeb says is pretty much considered word of god around here and he's on board with the snow forecast. I believe this because all of my friends in Alabama are posting snow pictures on Facebook. When it actually snow in Birmingham, there's a good chance that [...]

  • Where is the sun? Also, gut health, questioning priorities and Zedd.

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    We are on day four of rain in Charlotte. I haven't seen the sun in days and according to the forecast we have one more day of this. Clearly, I am not alone. It seems many of you are experiencing similar conditions. I feel like I've been blogging about the weather a lot lately. I [...]

  • Make-Up Cookies

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    I have failed you and I am sorry. I was so excited for the first yoga Monday post yesterday. I wanted to do a post-workout/run stretching video and that turned into a giant mess involving the video cutting off halfway through, a second video that I was going to merge with the first, over 200 [...]

  • Turning The (Baby Shower) Corner

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    If I'm going to be really honest here then I have to say that I usually have mild anxiety when I receive a baby shower invitation. It's not that I don't think babies and pregnant ladies are wonderful but I'm just not good at all the baby stuff. First, the whole gift thing is always [...]

  • A Random One – BodyPump, CrossFit, Restaurant Review, Publix and MORE!

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    Happy weekend! 1. I am glad y'all are on board with weekly fitness and yoga posts. I will kick it off on Monday! Thanks for all the ideas and suggestions. I'm going to have quite an editorial calendar of topics. 2. If you are participating in the 26 Random Acts project, don't forget that your random acts [...]

  • The Evolution Of A Half Moon (And News)

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    I am so happy right now. The weather gods must have heard my rant on Monday about working out when it's cold because it's 70 degrees and sunny in Charlotte right now...and it's supposed to stay like this for the next four days. I could cry! Thank you weird southern weather for always bringing us [...]

  • Busy And Back At It

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    I am super slammed at work right now. Like 10-hour days and still can't get it all done super slammed. I actually thrive when I'm this busy at work but I have to be careful not to burnout or run myself into the ground. Despite the craziness, I am feeling pretty in control of the [...]

  • Get Your Good Going…Winter Edition {Giveaway}

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    I love warm weather and sunshine which I am sure you have probably figured out by how much I complain about the winter months being cold and dark. I would much rather run in the heat of a 90 degree day than bundle up and deal with frozen fingers and toes when it's 30 degrees [...]

  • 26 Random Acts: Team Assignments

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    Again, thank you so much for the enthusiastic response to the 26 Acts of Kindness Project. I have since learned more about the movement and it started with Ann Curry. People across the country are going out and performing 26 random acts of kindness in honor of the 26 lives lost in Newtown, Connecticut. Read [...]

  • Oh Rowing…

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    I have been feeling a little blah and unchallenged with my workouts lately so this morning I decided to finally make my way back to CrossFit. I can't remember the last time I did a WOD. I have had the intention to go to class but just haven't been able to fit it into my [...]

  • Eka Pada Friday

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    Wow, you guys are AMAZING. I am blown away by the response and how many of you are in for the 26 acts of kindness. It's looking like we're going to have 4-5 groups of 26 and that is awesome! I cannot wait to hear about all of the things that we all go out [...]

  • Are You In?

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    This week has totally thrown me for a loop. I have felt so confused about what day it is and what I should be doing. My routine is all off. Wednesday felt like Monday. It's been gray, raining and dreary all week. I haven't done laundry. My house is in a bit of a state [...]

  • One Word

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    This week I have been asking my yoga students and blog readers (via Facebook) to think of ONE word that describes how the want to feel in 2013. The responses have been phenomenal and so thought provoking. I am the first to admit that it's not really easy to pinpoint one perfect word. It's kind [...]

  • A Big Goal Accomplished (And Oreo Truffles)

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    Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a safe and fun New Year's Eve. I spent most of my day working followed by some baking and a very low-key celebration with friends. I had to pick up some nice chocolate for my baking projects so I treated myself to a salad from the Whole [...]