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  • Weekly Workouts: Halfway Through Half Marathon Training!

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    Hey, hey! Time for the weekly workout round up. As I mentioned in my Half Marathon Hunger post, this was the halfway point "rest week" in my half marathon training plan. I have spent the last 5 weeks building intensity and will spend the next 5 weeks continuing to increase intensity until race day but [...]

  • 3 Things I Love About My HM Training Plan + Last Week’s Workouts

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    I have completed three weeks of my half marathon training plan and although it's early days, I have to say this is probably my favorite plan that I've ever followed. For those of you who asked, I'm using Smart Coach through Runner's World. You input a recent race time along with your upcoming race distance [...]

  • Last Week’s Workouts: First Barre Class + First Long Run of HM Training!

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    Good morning and happy Monday! Okay, first. Sorry that there are some blog related glitchy things going on. There have been issues with the comments not showing up (although I am seeing your comments on the backend and will respond to them so keep leaving them!) and also still with the mobile ads blocking text. [...]

  • Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga + This Week’s Workouts

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    This summer I've had two occasions to try stand up paddle board yoga. The first was on my beach trip last month. We had a board at the house and took turns going out and goofing around on it. I got a good feel for the board but fell in the water MANY, MANY times. [...]

  • Weekend: Pampering, CrossFit Throwdown, Night Out + More

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    The weekend was a whirlwind. It flew by at record pace but it was full of good things and fun times. (Whoa. Yes, that's a lot of me up close and personal for the first photo of the post!) I trained four clients, taught a yoga class, went into the Charlotte Observer office for a [...]

  • Backbend Workshop + Workouts

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    Hi everyone! I hope you're enjoying the weekend. I have had a great one and will get a weekend post up a little later. For now I have the week of workouts to share including details on a backbending workshop I took over the weekend. Just because she's so cute... :) Monday 3.5 mile run + Strength [...]

  • The Best Week of Workouts: New PRs, New Distances

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    Last week's workouts were in one word...AWESOME! I have really been focusing on CrossFit and running lately and it's paying off with results. I hit a new deadlift PR in CrossFit this week and ran the longest and fastest that I have in years. It feels SO GOOD! On my run this morning I was [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: Double Unders FINALLY + A Bear of a Workout

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    Hi! Hope you're all having a great Sunday. I am co-hosting a baby shower for a friend this afternoon so I've been prepping for that today. I can't wait to show you a picture of the cake. It's pretty special! :) Here's last week's workouts... Monday REST Tuesday Hot Yoga Wednesday CrossFit 6 rounds for [...]

  • Day in the Life: A Holiday Week

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    4:50 a.m. - alarm goes off. I didn't fall asleep until midnight (with the help of a guided meditation) so this felt very early after three weeks straight of 5:30 a.m. clients and lack of quality sleep. 5:30 a.m. - gym to train a client who is in her third trimester and a close friend [...]

  • Stronger Every Day

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    I had a little moment at CrossFit tonight. A moment where I fully realized that I am getting stronger every single day. And in so many ways other than just physical strength. I had just finished training a client and wasn't sure whether or not I would join the CrossFit class. I was rolling around on the [...]

  • This Week’s Workout + New Playlist

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    I missed recapping my workouts last week when my mom was visiting. It was a very low key week with lots of rest and not a lot of high intensity. I stepped it up a bit this week and felt great overall. None of my workouts left me sore or overly fatigued. It was a [...]

  • Continuing Education + This Week’s Workouts

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    In the fitness and yoga world we are required to complete continuing education credits to maintain our certifications just like any other professional organization. One of the Y's here in Charlotte was offering a health and fitness expo this weekend with a variety of different workshops and presenters so I decided to attend the Friday [...]

  • Weekend So Far + This Week’s Workouts

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    Good morning! I hope you are all having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. A little housekeeping to start out today's post. If you have submitted a contact form via the contact page and haven't heard a response...it's because I wasn't getting notifications! I set up the form about six weeks ago and the notifications have [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + How I Plan My Workouts

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    Every couple of months I find that I naturally have a "reset week" with my workouts where I dial it back and keep it simple. This was one of those weeks. In general, I don't plan out my workouts. While I'm aware of my schedule and where I can usually fit in what, I don't [...]

  • Last Week’s Workouts + Visiting CrossFit Above the Bar

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    Good Monday morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Sullie did! (Her life is really hard.) Here's a recap of last week's workouts. Well balanced, still heavy on the lifting/CrossFit and a complete rest day! Body feeling great and focusing on good nutrition right now. Monday AM ashtanga practice by the pool [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: CrossFit Love + Turkish Get Ups

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    Time for the weekly workout recap! Similar to recent weeks, I've been heavy on the CrossFit. I'm not sure what it is about CrossFit but I'm super hot and cold with it. I've been CrossFitting for over 2 years now and I think this may be the longest kick that I've been on since I [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: I Ran 14 Miles!

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    Good morning and happy Sunday! I missed y'all yesterday but I spent Saturday afternoon sitting in front of the computer writing about the anatomy of the core muscles so I was ready for some fresh air after that. I took Sullie for a run/walk instead of blogging. One of the things I always tell friends [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + The Best Rest Day

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    Saturday was the best rest day ever. I bounded out of bed at 7 a.m. after an awesome night of sleep and knocked out a blog post while I drank a green smoothie. I finalized my playlists and readings and then headed off to Om Yoga to teach my Saturday morning hot vinyasa class. I [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: My First Time RXing Fran!

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    Thanks to my unusual midweek travel to see my grandmother, I'm still off my normal workout balance in that yoga has taken a backseat for the last few weeks. It's okay though because I hit a major milestone last Tuesday in CrossFit...read on for more details! :) Monday Cardio/Strength 5 rounds: 250 meter sprint on [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: Lots of CrossFit

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    Right on the heels of me blogging about the workout balance that works for me...I had a week with hardly any yoga and lots of CrossFit and running! The balance is definite an ebb and flow. Some weeks I'm all yoga, yoga, yoga and others it feels better or works well with my schedule to [...]

  • Finding The Right Workout Balance: Lift, Run, Stretch

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    One of the questions that I receive all the time is how to find the right workout balance between cardio, strength and mobility. I totally understand this question from both ends of the spectrum. Mindset #1 - "I do this one thing and it's all I want to do!" I spent a good 6 years where [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + 3 Reasons Why Women Should Lift

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    I hope everyone had a great weekend. I've got my weekly workout recap for you today but first I want to talk about a subject I feel passionately about...why women should lift weights. I want to start out these weekly workout posts by discussing some sort of fitness topic. Let me know if you have [...]

  • Yoga Changes Things + This Week’s Workouts

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    I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. Per usual, mine was yoga focused. I always teach on Saturday and Sunday mornings but it was also a yoga teacher training weekend for Y2 and I am assisting with training this year so my afternoons were spent in the training. I am approaching my third anniversary of teaching [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + Being TOO Sore

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    Let me give you one piece of advice. Don't go on vacation for 9 days without lifting a single heavy weight and then crush your body the first day back in the gym with heavy squats and front rack lunges. Squatting and lunging are my two favorite lower body exercises and when they were BOTH [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + Learning to Love Deadlifts

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    My workouts this week were really well balanced. Three strength training workouts, two good runs and lots of yoga. Furthermore, I loved the balance of my strength workouts with one big squat day, one deadlift focused day and one all over circuit training day. As I've mentioned before, I try to get in barbell squats [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts (They Made Me Sore!)

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    My workouts this week were kind of all over the place due to the snow but I was sore all week! First from a CrossFit WOD and then from the snow day home workout that I did. It's been a long time since I've been as sore as I was this week. Monday Hot Yoga [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + Running Shoe Talk

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    I have sad news. I have been running in the Mizuno Wave Elixir for about a year and a half now. I am so in love with this shoe. After running in Brooks Adrenaline's for 10+ pairs, I was looking for a change when they updated the shoe and it no longer fit my needs. [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + Brady Bands Giveaway

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    Happy Super Bowl Sunday! (Yesterday someone asked me what I was doing for the game and I asked them, "what game is even on tomorrow?" True story.) I'm checking in with my weekly workout recap but I also have a fun giveaway for you at the end so read on! Overall, it was a great [...]

  • It’s January in the Fitness Industry!

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    This week was...insane. There is no other word for it. January in the fitness industry is everything that it's hyped up to be. I was booked solid with clients and classes and my inbox overfloweth with many other fitness and training related opportunities. I also have a list of things about a mile long that [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + New Playlist

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    This was a much lighter week for me on the workout front. A lot of yoga, minimal running and only one CrossFit workout. Also, two complete rest days. I say this all the time but I really listen to my body when it comes to structuring my workouts. I try to stay true to whatever [...]

  • Day in the Life Monday

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    I thought today was a good "day in the life" post for you. It's a little different because almost all of my PT clients are traveling and not training this week but it still gives you a good idea of what a working day looks like for me. 6 a.m. - alarm goes off. I [...]

  • Running Is The Easiest Travel Workout + This Week’s Workouts

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    Even with the Christmas holiday this was a good workout week for me. One of my favorite things about running is that you can do it anywhere with minimal equipment and minimal time. No driving to a gym or yoga studio, you can just head out of the door and go. It's always my default [...]

  • Five Miles Never Felt So Good

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    Happy weekend! Mine is a balance between hanging out and relaxing and running around trying to get the last of Christmas taken care of. This month flew by! It is a beautiful day here in North Carolina - 72 and a little overcast with peeks of sunshine coming through the clouds. It was too nice [...]

  • Accidental Arugula Smoothie & A Really Strong Workout Week

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    Well, I don't have much to share with you from my Saturday. It's cold and has been raining all day here in Charlotte. I slept until 8 and then headed to Om Yoga to teach a hot vinyasa class at 9:30. It's my second week teaching there and I am loving it so much. I [...]

  • The Week in Food and Fitness

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    Please vote for my Chicken Marsala Mac and Cheese recipe in the Colombo Marsala Wine Challenge. It takes two seconds! My dish is today's featured recipe on their Facebook page! Like ,share and help spread the word!!! Hi there! Hope y'all are staying warm.  It has been such a wonderful weekend. I have a ton to [...]

  • Sweating Through The Night

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    Tuesday was a long day. For whatever reason, Tuesdays have been the longest day of my week since starting this full-time fitness thing over two years ago. I come prepared. I have a 6 a.m. client on Tuesdays (that is about to get even earlier...I'm picking up a 5:30!!!!!) so yesterday I rolled in with [...]

  • Week in Food & Fitness: Shrimp & Grits, Rest Days, Yoga & More

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    Good morning and happy Wednesday! I really appreciate the likes, shares and comments on yesterday's "Women Supporting Women" post. Y'all are awesome and I'm looking forward to moving forward with this initiative. Okay, there is so much going on this week so let's take a breather from serious stuff and do a look at food [...]

  • Wednesday Workouts & Eats + 3 Songs I’m Loving

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    Good morning! I had an early wake up call for a 6 a.m. client. It's always tough to get out of bed when the alarm goes off in the five o'clock hour but once I'm up, I love it. Early morning has always been the most productive time of the day for me. When I [...]

  • Comfort Food, Macarons, Workouts and Parties – Back to Reality!

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    Let's take a quick break from the Mexico posts to talk about reality. This week has flown by which is one of the benefits of a short week. Food I made one of my favorite comfort food dinners on Tuesday night, chicken parmesan. I've been making this for over five years and I can cook [...]

  • The Week In Food, Workouts and Life

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    Hi everyone! Thanks for your wonderful feedback on my posts this week. I appreciate the support and positivity! But now I have a whole week to catch you up on during my short break from the frenzy of getting ready for a weekend away. The Food... Salad with kale, spinach, arugula, roasted red peppers, artichokes, [...]

  • First Weekend of Fall // Dinner at Rooster’s

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    Hi! Happy weekend! It is an insanely gorgeous day in Charlotte. It was very cloudy on Saturday and rainy Saturday night but I'm grateful that front brought us this sunshine and cool weather. Today is the first day of fall and I can't imagine a more perfect day! I was working on this post after [...]

  • Finally Feeling Workout Motivation

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    Today was such a good day! It started it with a yoga private followed by a streak of crazy productivity at work and then a management team meeting, practicing yoga, teaching BodyPump and a CrossFit coach's meeting. I finished my day with a conference call with a group of women where I talked about my [...]

  • A Day In The Life Tuesday

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    I thought it would be fun to do a post about what Tuesday looked like for me versus another "day in the life" post I did on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. The 2011 post was written just a few weeks after I left my full-time job in advertising to pursue fitness but I had not [...]

  • Workouts + A New PR + Eats

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    Hi everyone! I'm currently en route to Mumford & Sons in a borrowed Honda Odyssey with seven other girls. It's a two hour drive to the concert venue so I'm trying to knock out some work since I had to leave so early today (and update you guys!) before an evening of tailgating, music and [...]

  • The time I fell in love with pressure washing + Hotshots 19 Workout

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    Things have been a little crazy the past few days. The great home improvement mission has continued in full force. Things got really serious late Monday afternoon when I discovered the joys of pressure washing. Once I started I couldn't stop. It's one of those instantly gratifying things. I pressure washed my back patio for [...]

  • Running Annie // Sweet Sullie // Signs

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    Happy Friday everyone. A few things to share... How I've been working out.  Remember how I blogged yesterday about my 5 year BodyPump anniversary and that I was going to teach last night? Well, it was amazing and I felt so happy up there but it was SO HARD. Taking almost a month off of [...]

  • My First Filthy Fifty + A Paleo Potluck

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    One of our CrossFit coaches is turning 50 this week and he said the only thing he wanted for his birthday was for everyone to do a WOD with him and have a potluck after. It only made sense that we do the Filthy Fifty in honor of his 50 years. The Filthy Fifty is [...]

  • I RX’d my first double under WOD…and it took FOREVER!

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    Exciting news on the CrossFit front. Today I RX'd my first WOD with double unders ever! It took me forever and I was the last one to finish by 5 minutes but I did it! I was really looking forward to doing this WOD. I love chippers and this looked like a great workout to [...]

  • Recent Workouts & Meals + A Smoothie Recipe

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    Happy Wednesday. I hope that y'all are having a good week. It seems that everyone I have talked to is really busy with work, final summer vacations, etc. Just checking in today with eats + workouts from the past few days. I did this workout on Sunday along with 50 GHD sit ups after and [...]

  • What I Ate + How I Worked Out Wednesday…On Thursday

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    Hola...my intent was to publish this post last night while I was on the couch eating takeout and drinking a glass of wine but I got sidetracked by  HGTV and catching up on reading other blogs. So here is my "What I ate and how I worked out out Wednesday" on a Thursday! I subbed [...]