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March 2013

  • On Renewal and Softening

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    I hope everyone has enjoyed Easter. I had the honor of teaching yoga on this special beautiful Spring morning. Regardless of your belief system, I think that Easter and Spring encourage and welcome renewal and rebirth. I read the following passage to my yoga students at the start of practice today. German writer Johann Wolfgang [...]

  • 10-1 Upper & Lower Body Workout

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    Happy Saturday! I just had to use all the motivation I had in me to get myself to the gym this afternoon. I ran there as an easy way to get my cardio in - just under 2 miles! Once I got there I quickly programmed this great upper and lower body workout featuring some [...]

  • Til I Collapse

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    I find music to be incredibly motivating when it comes to workouts. There have been studies that show that music can increase performance and enhance endurance. While I can sometimes listen to audio books, podcasts or nothing at all when I run outside, music is a non-negotiable for me when I'm working out in the gym. [...]

  • Loving Lately: Food Edition

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    From time to time I like to share things I'm loving with you. These posts can cover anything from beauty to food to fitness products and everything in between. Tonight we're going to talk food. 2% plain Greek yogurt. Y'all...seriously. Take the plunge to 2%. It's night and day difference in texture and taste. Whole [...]

  • Weather Talk, Egg Talk, A Healthy Cookie Recipe and More…

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    Hola! (Seriously, hola...I so wish I was back in the Caribbean right now. It's so cold and windy in Charlotte. I shouldn't complain though as some of you are digging out from snow...again.) But really, when is spring going to actually arrive this year? It's going to be a cold Easter and the 10 day [...]

  • JayBird Blue Buds X Review {Giveaway}

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    I like to control my own music and zone out with headphones when I’m working out in the gym. For some reason, it feels totally different to play my own playlist with headphones in than to just workout to the gym music. I am so much more focused and into my workout. My workouts are [...]

  • Sunday in Photos

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    It's been a good weekend but I haven't stopped moving so I'm just now checking in with you. My weekend has been full of CrossFit, teaching yoga, Ikea trips, house project, social gatherings...busy but good and fun busy. Today's biggest accomplishment was assembling my first piece of Ikea furniture all by myself. Like using the [...]

  • Building the Lunch Bowl (+ Friday Wine Lunch!)

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    Happy Friday! I missed y'all yesterday but I was too busy with work to blog. By the time I got home, showered, ate dinner and made it to the couch it was after 10 p.m. and all I had energy for was sitting and staring at the screen. I did watch the finale of The [...]

  • The Time I Sucked at CrossFit (Open Workout 13.2)

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    I promised you weekly updates on the five CrossFit Open workouts and weekly updates I shall provide...even though this one is tough to write. I dreaded this workout for days. I tried the 75# shoulder to overhead to test out how it felt and it felt HEAVY. I skipped the group WOD on Friday night [...]

  • Taking the Bitter with the Sweet

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    I was talking to my sweet grandmother a few weeks ago and telling her all the things that I had going on. There might have been a bit of whining involved and I loved it when she totally called me out and said, "you have to take the bitter with the sweet." So for the [...]

  • Tips for Getting into Crow Pose (Bakasana) and Advanced Variations

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    I haven't done a yoga Monday post in a few weeks but I have one for you today covering a common request...tips for getting into the arm balance crow or bakasana. A lot of people think they aren't strong enough to do crow but it's not just about upper body strength but core engagement and [...]

  • Weekend In Photos

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    Why do the weekend pass so quickly? It was a beautiful 75 degrees here in Charlotte on Saturday and Sunday. The kind of weather that makes you smile and take a deep breath when you feel the sun on your face. Here's my weekend in photos. Friday night furniture building party with chicken parm, roasted [...]

  • 7 Minute AMRAPs Workout

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    Happy weekend! I wanted to share a workout format that I've been doing with some of my clients this week. It consists of three seven-minute AMRAPs with two minutes of recovery between each. So you would do the first 7-minute AMRAP, take a 2 minute break and then move on to the second. The workout [...]

  • The End of a Long Day

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    I would write a real blog post for you tonight but I worked from 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m. today and I'm pretty done. Things are a little crazy right now but as my friend Andre reminded me, "you are living your dream." It's not like this all the time but it's necessary right now. Things ebb [...]

  • WIAW + My Favorite Kind of WOD

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    My morning started out beautifully. I slept until 8 a.m. Wednesdays are usually the only day of the work week that I don't have to be at the gym super early so I take advantage. I'll do a little WIAW today since I'm focusing on clean eating this week. Things took a slight downturn when I [...]

  • Resetting the Eats + PB&J Smoothie

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    On Sunday I bid farewell to this stuff... Of course I had to go out with a bang. This is a carrot cake whoopie pie with cream cheese filling. My heart skips a beat just looking at it. It tasted better than it even looks. On Monday I said hello to this stuff. Protein, veggies, [...]

  • CrossFit Open Workout 13.1

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    Last Friday I did two things that pushed me WAY outside of my comfort zone.. 1) Registered for the CrossFit Games Open. 2) Completed the first Open workout and achieved a new snatch PR...13 times in a row. Let me back up. Many of you have probably seen the CrossFit Games on ESPN. There is [...]

  • Default Distance

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    I have this thing where anytime I go out for a run I default to three miles. Not two, not four...but an easy 5K. It's been my "default distance" for as long as I can remember. Of course when I am in training programs for races I vary the distances to follow the plan but [...]

  • Weekend in Photos

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    I have a lot to share but it will have to wait until tomorrow! For now here is a quick look into my weekend. We are very dog friendly at Metro Fitness Club. Sullie loved hanging out with our director of operation's cute pup Felix on Friday. Sullie is seriously awesome at the gym. I [...]

  • Breakfast for Two

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    This is such a misleading post title. I kind of feel bad about even posting it because there is no juicy gossip to be had here... Just eggs for me. And eggs for Sullie. I was feeling really over oatmeal, Greek yogurt, nut butters, etc. yesterday morning and it was the only morning of the [...]

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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    Baking is my favorite. Baking with peanut butter is even better. Baking with peanut butter AND chocolate is over the top heavenly. Some of my all-time favorite peanut butter and chocolate recipes are these peanut butter chocolate chip bars and these flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Today, I have a new peanut butter and [...]

  • (Slow) CrossFit Progress

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    One of the things I like about CrossFit are how many things there are to work on. Just when you get the hang of something, there are tons of other movements to focus on. It's also really interesting to see everyone's unique strengths and weaknesses. I tend to excel at bodyweight and endurance focused workouts [...]

  • Monday Perspective + Eats + Randoms

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    Hello. I hope Monday was kind to you. I hit one of those, "Ahhhh...there is so much going on right now that I can't focus on anything anymore" moments around 5 p.m. so I evacuated my office to go for a run. It was sunny and mid-fifties and the next couple of days are supposed [...]

  • Weekend As Usual

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    One day I'm practicing ashtanga poolside with the sun beating down on me and the next day I'm running outside with snow blowing in my face. Vacation is officially over. What a wake up call! I've jumped right back into my normal routine. Saturday morning started with peanut butter toast, espresso and CrossFit. I actually [...]

  • Yoga + Vacation + Friends = Paradise

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    I arrived back in Charlotte around 7 p.m. tonight but not sad that vacation is over but incredibly grateful for the experience. The past seven days of vacation have been more amazing than I ever could have imagined. I think was more smiling, laughing, loving, happiness, peace and gratitude on this trip than there's been [...]