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May 2013

  • Gratitude Overflowing

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    I had the most wonderful Thursday. I feel so grateful for so many things...my job working at Metro not only doing something I love but doing it with amazing people, the friendships I have made here in Charlotte, the opportunity to teach yoga and being a part of the yoga community as a whole and [...]

  • Bosu Ball Circuit Workout {With Video Demonstration}

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    One of my favorite pieces of equipment to use in the gym in regards to versatility is the Bosu Trainer. It's likely you have seen this big half-circle blue ball around your gym and you may have wondered what to do with it. I'm going to take you through a workout that utilizes the Bosu [...]

  • Tuesday Burger Day

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    Hi! I come to you after a long day involving teaching and taking on fire hot yoga, lots of desk work at Metro, 80 squats in tonight's CrossFit class and a disastrous but delicious dinner. Let's start at the beginning. Breakfast was overnight oats with Greek yogurt, rolled oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, apple, banana, apple butter and [...]

  • Memorial Day Weekend “Staycation”

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    Three-day Memorial Day weekend was a huge success. I ate good food, relaxed by the pool, spent time with friends, did yardwork, QT with Sullie, taught and took yoga, CrossFitted and more. Now you know why I haven't been around to update all weekend! I figured y'all were out having fun too so here's an [...]

  • Friday Video Blog

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    To all of you who are enjoying the long weekend at the beach or in the mountains or somewhere else fabulous...I am jealous! Have fun! I'm staying in Charlotte but the weather is supposed to be beautiful so pool time is definitely in order along with lots of reading, rest and relaxation. I'll just pretend [...]

  • Front Squat Workout + Fueling The Workouts

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    Hello and happy end of week...especially since it's an end of week leading into a long weekend! I have lots of updates on the food and fitness front. Let's start with fitness. I have really been digging the direction my workouts have been taking lately. I've been feeling less run and more CrossFit and yoga. [...]

  • Sunday Morning Coffee Ritual

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    I think it's safe to say that coffee is the single most important part of my morning routine. My parents drank coffee every morning when I was growing up and I started drinking it when I was in college. I wouldn't necessarily say that I need coffee to function but I just really love the [...]

  • Going Through The Motions v. Being Really In It

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    A few things to share... - My heart breaks for those facing devastation and loss in Oklahoma. Have you seen this touching live interview where a woman is reunited with her dog? - I updated the Workouts + Yoga page. So excited to continue to add to this. Maybe one day I can find a [...]

  • Supported Backbending with Blocks Tutorial {Video}

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    The yoga classes that I teach are power/vinyasa style with a heavy emphasis on flow. We spend the majority of the class doing standing work and then spend the last 10-25 minutes on the floor at the end of class depending on the length of the class. In an hour long class we really only [...]

  • Customer Service Win + The Best Grilled Cheese Ever

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    This was a working Saturday for me which I was prepared for. Unfortunately, it also ended up being stressful on the life front for a couple of reasons including my car going crazy. Car trouble is always no bueno but I am so lucky with how my situation turned out. Let's start with breakfast. I [...]

  • The Week In Fitness And Food

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    Annnddd let's return to regularly scheduled programming. Well, I don't know that any posts have been "regular" around here lately but today we'll get back to food and fitness which I guess is the "heart" of the blog. Although lately I feel it's kind of been a steady rotation of yoga, what I'm eating, workout, [...]

  • 30 to 30

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    One month from today I will turn 30. I have mixed emotions about this. It's not being 30 that freaks me out...it's more all of the evaluation that comes with entering a new decade of your life that freaks me out. The true struggle is letting go of the picture of what I thought my [...]

  • Working Out Hard + Eating Good

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    Oh my...I have a feeling that I'm going to be unbelievably sore tomorrow. On Monday I did this ladder WOD. I went light on my clean and jerks at 55# because I wasn't feeling super great and was in a space where I couldn't drop weight but I did kip all of the pullups. It [...]

  • Yoga Tripod Headstand Tutorial {Video}

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    Time for another yoga tutorial video and this time I'm covering tripod headstand. Many of my students and blog readers have expressed that headstand is something that they want to add to their practice but need a little help with mastering it. Headstand is one of the more common inversions in yoga and offers some [...]

  • Mother’s Day Without Mom

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    Happy Mother's Day everyone. I haven't seen my mom since Christmas and I'm pretty sad about that because I really miss her. Even though I didn't get to spend Mother's Day with my mom, I still had a very nice day. I felt honored to start it by teaching my Sunday morning hot yoga "church" [...]

  • Golden Saturday

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    Happy Saturday. Coffee and an orange mango smoothie after a 7:30 a.m. superflow hot yoga class. I wanted to get my practice in early so I could enjoy the day and get to the farmers market before it got too late. The farmers market was full of beautiful local strawberries. I got a whole quart [...]

  • A Week Requiring Pizza, Sushi and Peanut Butter

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    It's been a good week. Super productive and not crazy busy at work and I've had plenty of times for friends, relaxation and yoga. I haven't felt this caught up on life in a really long time. It's nice. Photos of late. Single-serve pre-made pizza from Whole Foods. Exceeded my expectations. I have been enjoying my [...]

  • Snack Brighter: Outshine Bars Review + $100 Visa Giftcard Giveaway

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      When I think of popsicles it always takes me back to summers at Girl Scout camp when I was growing up. One of the highlights of the day was going to "Country Store" after our rest period. At Country Store you could buy camp souvenirs as well as an afternoon treat. I almost always selected [...]

  • Back At It

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    I thought I'd take a little break from the Chicago posts for a dose of reality. I actually do have a little more Chicago to share with you later this week, especially our multi-course, multi-hour dinner at RPM Italian! ;) But for today, here is how I transition from a weekend of splurge back to [...]

  • Skyscrapers and Sunshine

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    This is part two of my Chicago trip recap and it's all about part of our beautiful Saturday. We slept until 10 a.m. (11 a.m. Eastern time!!!). I guess we were exhausted from a long work week and a late Friday night. We didn't even feel guilty about our late slumber, instead we high-fived and [...]

  • Arrival In Chicago: Adobo Grill and Second City

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    I am currently en route back to Charlotte from a great weekend in Chicago. Highlights included... - Spending time with my wonderful girlfriends - Amazing weather!!! (the weather totally changed and it was high 60s and sunny all weekend - I didn't even need my boots!) - Really, really delicious meals - Great runs along [...]

  • Cinco de Cardio Circuit Workout

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    Hola and happy Friday! I know that many of you are gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend. I'm pretty pumped for a Mexican feast of my own in Chicago tonight. I promised you a weekend workout and this one is all about the high intensity cardio to help you balance out all [...]

  • Packing Dilemas, Workouts, Eats, Etc.

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    Final preparations for my Chicago weekend are underway. Mainly focused on freaking out about what to pack. We knew the weather would be dicey with an early May trip so I'm not surprised that this is the forecast...I just have no clue what to pack. Everyone tells me it's still appropriate to wear boots in the midwest [...]

  • My First Marathon Experience

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    I commented on a post today that Sierra from Posh Meets Pavement wrote about her thoughts in her final week before running her first marathon. Reading about all the things Sierra is feeling in the days leading up to the marathon and writing this response to her brought back a flood of memories from my [...]