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April 2013

  • Perfect Paleo Banana Bread {Recipe}

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    For a very long time I was firmly in the camp of "if I'm going to bake it's going to be with butter, sugar, flour and eggs." I had zero interest in vegan, gluten-free, Paleo or healthy baking of any kind. Then I started managing a CrossFit gym and becoming engrained in the CrossFit culture [...]

  • Baking Projects + Winning Chicken Dish + Artichokes

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    It's going to be a good week. I kicked it off by looonnngggg overdo catching up with some of my dear friends with lengthy phone calls on Sunday night. I have several fun events to attend this week and I'm heading to Chicago on Friday for a girl's weekend. I've also got lots of good [...]

  • Standing in the Same Spot Two Years Later

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    It's been a rainy, cool weekend and that has felt pretty perfect for me. I have spent a lot of time in the yoga studio, coaching CrossFit and hibernating at home. On Friday afternoon I got an SOS request to help out with the yoga teacher trainees at the studio. I led them through their [...]

  • What Do You Eat In A Week?

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    I was listening to NPR this morning and they were interviewing Mary Roach, science writer and author of Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. Apparently, the alimentary canal is the tube from the mouth to the rear. In the book she covers topics like... How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Why doesn't [...]

  • Friday Funday {Food, Music and Things to Read}

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    Good morning and happy Friday! I had a 6 a.m. client today so I found myself wandering the aisles of Harris Teeter at 5:45 a.m. to restock my breakfast supply that I keep at work for these early mornings. I left with a Chobani Banana (really liking this new 2% flavor) and two products that [...]

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course: My Experience

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    Remember back in October when I attended the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course? Yes, it's been a while and now that I've been coaching CrossFit for six months I figured it was finally time to write a review of my experience! Let's start with why I attended the Level 1 Trainer Course. I manage Metro [...]

  • Yes, women should run…but along with other things.

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    Hello and happy Tuesday. I am excited that you liked the side crow video tutorial. They're fun for me to do and I'm glad they're actually beneficial to you. I'll keep doing these pose breakdowns. It won't be all arm balances and inversions...I will cover some of the more mainstream poses and variations for those [...]

  • Side Crow Tutorial and Variations {Video + Yoga Post}

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    A few weeks ago I posted a tutorial on the yoga arm balance crow (bakasana) along with variations. When I asked what yoga pose you wanted me to feature today, the Facebook vote was for side crow. This is a nice progression from crow so I am happy to oblige. Some of you may look [...]

  • A Better Sunday

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    How can you not smile when you get to look at this face all day? Please look at those paws. I need to take her in for a trim but I love her little slipper feet so much. Today was a better day than yesterday. Starting with a new nut butter at breakfast this morning. [...]

  • On Being Real And Letting Go

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    Sorry for the silence for the last couple of days but it's been an off week. I'm just not feeling great. I'm feeling emotional and anxious, I am questioning a lot of things and I'm sad in general about some situations. It's a daunting task to write a blog post when you don't really have [...]

  • BodyPump 85 Review…Oh My Legs

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    I'm a little fitness enigma. I run, I yoga, I CrossFit, I BodyPump, I strength train on my own...I love it all. I would say that most people give up things like BodyPump when they start CrossFitting but I enjoy teaching BodyPump so much and I still really like the workout. It's just so fun! [...]

  • Life Lately: Workouts, Meals and More

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    Some photos from the week to share with you. I started the week on my mat with a 6:30 a.m. yoga practice. It ended up being the best practice I've had in a really long time. I felt so good in my body for the first time in weeks. Pumpkin overnight oats in April. I [...]

  • Love, Compassion and Kindness

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    Yesterday was a tough day. It started with writing what felt like an endless stream of checks as I took care of some life expenses along with tax day. This brought on a minor freak out about getting serious about financial planning and being more responsible about the big picture. And then Boston happened and [...]

  • Jello Legs

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    I'm currently stretched out on the couch with jello legs. Which I personally think is a great feeling. ;) My workout this afternoon put me in this state. I ran three hilly miles outside and then came in the gym to do a strength circuit involving 60 barbell back squats at 75 pounds...thus the jello [...]

  • A Bright Weekend

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    I haven't had a weekend like this in a lonnnnggg time...off work at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, dinner out, Saturday yoga and farmers market followed by pool time. So nice! I went out for wine last night and loved this Slingshot Cab. The wine bar we went to was also a wine shop so we [...]

  • Video Post: Early AM Workout Nutrition, Packing Gym Bags, CrossFit Recovery and More

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    Happy Friday! Happy Friday! Wait, let me say it again...happy Friday! Thank you so much for the amazing feedback on yesterday's post. I've said it so many times but I feel so grateful to have this space where we can all share and contribute. Your feedback and openness touches my heart. Seriously. It has been [...]

  • You Are Okay

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    The last couple of years have been really up and down for me on a personal and professional level. There have been moments where I've wondered how I could possibly be in any more pain and I even uttered the words "I'm dying" on more occasions than I care to admit.  I believe that the [...]

  • Overnight Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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    Hola! I'm back in Charlotte where it's sunny and 80 degrees. That's how we do things in the South. It was 40 degrees and sleeting this time last week. Now we've fast-forwarded right into early summer. It will be 90 degrees before we know it. I LOVE IT. Okay, the real reason for this post [...]

  • Birthday Surprise Visit!

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    Everyone...wish my grandmother a very happy birthday! Last week I planned a surprise visit to come to Georgia to be with her on her birthday. I cleared my Monday and Tuesday calendar and drove down yesterday to surprise her! I left on Monday morning. It's a little less than 4 hours to get down here [...]

  • Weekend Part 2 – Bad Movies, Cookouts and Workouts

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    On Saturday night I saw one of the worst movies I've seen in quite a while. Maybe it's not fair to say "the worst" because it wasn't that the acting, special effects, etc was that bad...it was more the overwhelming amount of graphic action. It was Olympus Has Fallen. I just cannot hang with nonstop [...]

  • What I Love To Do

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    I have had a really nice weekend. Spring finally decided to arrive in Charlotte and it's been all blue skies and sunshine. I was able to take some space from work and spend the weekend doing things I wanted to be doing. One of my favorite things about this weekend was having long blocks of [...]

  • Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free Mini Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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    I can count the number of the times I've tried to bake desserts that skew more towards healthy than sinful and my experiences have mostly led me to believe that when you want a sweet, you just need to go for it. There was one incident where Pintest led me to believe it was a [...]

  • Pre-Dawn Grocery Shopping and Kitchen Projects

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    I woke up at what I thought was the middle of the night. I checked my phone and it was 4:50. My alarm was set for 5:15 and I was wide open so I figured it best to get out of bed while I was half alert rather than sleep for 20 more minutes and [...]

  • Hello Spin Bike + More Meal Ideas

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    I took a spinning class tonight. This is noteworthy because it's the first time I've been on a spin bike since last July. I have similar feelings about spinning as I do about rowing. I have easy access to spin classes at the gym (we offer them almost daily) as well as the opportunity to [...]

  • Eating Healthy And Homemade When You Are Busy

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    It's no secret that I work a lot. One of the questions that I have been asked countless times over the years is how I have the energy and creativity to make homemade meals when I'm working long days and late hours. The first thing I always say is that it's like therapy for me. [...]

  • Thoughts on the Run

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    I had several thoughts cross my mind when I was running today. 1. The first two minutes of my home run route are brutal. I turn off my street and head straight up a short, steep hill. I always ask myself why I like to run so much when I can feel so winded in [...]