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  • Grumpy Golden + Girl’s Night + Blood Moon

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    Good morning! Here's what I'm working with over here... A grumpy golden retriever! Wednesday morning is my "sleep in morning" in that it's the only day of the week that I start at 6:30 a.m. instead of 5:30 a.m. but apparently Sullie didn't think 6 a.m. was any kinder of an hour than 5 a.m. [...]

  • My Perfect Friday Night + Day In The Life

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    Hey and happy weekend! I've reached a new level of lame (and awesome at the same time). My Friday night has included working out, the grocery store, a walk with the pup, cooking homemade pizza, painting my nails and watching a combo of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader show and a Sex and the City marathon. It's [...]

  • Sweet Sullie + How Much Do You Value Yourself?

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    Happy Friday! Warning...this post is mostly going to consist of cute pictures of Sullie. Exhibit 1.In her favorite "please rub my belly...look how cute I am...you know you want to" pose. Exhibit 2. "I'm sorry I rolled in the mud. Please don't give me a bath." Exhibit 3. "Why do you torture me like this [...]

  • September #hashtanga Challenge: Week 2

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    Last week I shared that I am participating in my first ever Instagram yoga challenge hosted by Michael Gannon. Read all the details in this post. I have kept up with the challenge every day! Here's a recap of the second week. Monday Utthita hasta padangushthasana for day 8. Tuesday Day 9 ardha baddha padmottanasana. Wednesday [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Weekend Away: Home in Georgia

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    I spent the weekend in Georgia visiting my grandmother and parents who were also in town visiting. Getting out of Charlotte was just what the doctor ordered. Here are some photos from my weekend. I stopped at Om Yoga on my way out of town to pick up my paycheck and couldn't resist a stop [...]

  • Life Lately: Work Love, Sullie Cuteness, Welcome Weekend

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    The last five days of my life have been...a blur. I'll share them with you the best way that I know how, with pictures. It is a complete breath of fresh air to drive Uptown every day to work. The days have been long with training/teaching in the morning, working during the day, training/teaching again [...]

  • My Best Friend

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    Hi! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. I stayed in town and kept it pretty low key. I did decide to take a blog/technology break and spent time doing things around the house, hanging out with friends and teaching instead. It was a nice mental break. I'll share scenes from the weekend later today [...]

  • Puppy Fever + Recent Eats + Lately

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    So...I have a little tinge of puppy fever. I met up with a friend from yoga yesterday to chat and she brought her adorable golden retriever puppy, Bear, to hang out with us. We sat on the ground and cuddled like this for at least five minutes. He was so sweet and had those razor [...]

  • The Weekend + The Best Meal + The Saddest Movie

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    I had a very low key but nice weekend. After continuing education all day on Friday, I crashed Friday night and didn't do much of anything. I had hopes of getting up and practicing at Om Yoga on Saturday morning before I taught my hot vinyasa class but then I slept until 8:30 so that [...]

  • Lately: Food + Life

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    Hi and good evening. Thanks for the great feedback on the Arm Sculpting Workout. I was excited to hear from several of you that you already tried it. For those of you who had questions about my use of the word toning in the graphic, I'm just going to state that it's a common catch [...]

  • Making It Worth It

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    I tell my clients, students, friends and family all the time that all the hard work that is put into healthy eating and exercise isn't worth it if you can't live a little and splurge here and there. I put this into practice all the time. Take yesterday for example... My day started with pancakes. [...]

  • What I’ve Been Cooking Up

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    This morning started with a 4:55 a.m. alarm for a 5:30 a.m. training client. Surprisingly enough, I bounded out of bed and felt great. My client has been sick/traveling so this was our first 5:30 a.m. in several weeks. Time to get back in the groove! I had another client at 6:30 a.m. and then [...]

  • A Very Special Happy Birthday

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    I've spent the last two days in Georgia celebrating a very special birthday! My Mema's 84th! Last year I cleared my calendar and drove down to Georgia in the middle of the week to surprise her on her actual birthday so I decided to do the same thing this year! Earlier this week I baked [...]

  • Weekend: Sick Sullie + Food Truck Party

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    Good morning! I had a good weekend but with a little scare thrown in. Last week Sullie had a one day episode of an upset stomach but it seemed to have quickly passed and she was acting like her normal self the following day. On Saturday she had another episode but much worse this time [...]

  • For Your Entertainment: Zombies, Books, Movies & More

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    Thanks for all of the thoughtful discussion yesterday's strength training post. Keep those questions coming and again, please let me know if there are any specific fitness topics you'd like me to address in these "weekly workout" posts. I'm going to take a little more of a lighthearted approach with today's post and share with [...]

  • Seasonal Eating + Recent Eats (And Cute Sullie!)

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    I have not been feeling super inspired when it comes to cooking lately. I think I'm just tired of cold weather foods (as I type this I have dinner in the crock pot) and I'm ready for seasonal ingredients and lighter fare. I can't wait to fire up the grill for summer veggies and burgers. [...]

  • Back to Reality + Off to Chicago {This Week’s Eats}

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    Back to reality this week but it's been a short one. I am currently on a plane again but not headed anywhere tropical! I'm on the way to Chicago for a quick overnight. I'm visiting the ALDI headquarters where I'll spend the afternoon doing activities like switch and save tastings, price challenges, a smoothie challenge, [...]

  • Updates, Big News & Winner

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    It's only noon but I've been going since 5 a.m. Three clients trained, 150 burpees done, yoga practice and shower. I'm happy to be sitting down in front of the computer for a bit! Today I have several updates for you, some big news and the Yogi Clothing giveaway winner. SNOW! It did snow in [...]

  • Week of Eats + A Must-Have Nail Color

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    I am happy that you all enjoyed the Yogi Clothing giveaway post and yesterday's video blog. I especially appreciate the support on the ideal weight chat. It's great to hear others in agreement. I'll try to do the video blog thing at least once a month and let y'all endure my southern drawl. ;) Lots [...]

  • Grilled Cheese, Gnocchi & Green Smoothies

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    First things first, thanks for the comments on my Monday post. It feels really good to know that I can open up and write from the heart and be supported in that. It's even better when you tell me it resonates with you and that it even helps out in any small way. I am [...]

  • Party Weekend + Winners

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    Hi! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Today I want to share some weekend photos with you and then announce the winners of my most recent giveaway. Saturday night we had our holiday staff party for Y2 Yoga. I spent half the day at the mall making returns and checking out the after holiday [...]

  • Wrapping It Up

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    Merry Christmas Eve! I'm headed to Georgia for Christmas with my family. The past few days have been a whirlwind of last minute shopping, baking, packing and wrapping. This was the scene in my living room last night as I tackled all the gifts that needed to be wrapped while I watched Elf. Sullie acted [...]

  • Gravity Finally + Recent Eats

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    Today was...long. It started with a 4 a.m. alarm that necessitated two naps later in the day. One 15-minute "I'm just going to lay here and close my eye during the floor work" in yoga class and one 45-minute mid-afternoon full out nap. In general, I'm not a napper. I have a hard time slowing [...]

  • One of Many Jens

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    Hi and happy Sunday! I hope it's been a great weekend for everyone. I attended two very fun holiday parties last night. The first was our staff party for Metro where this photo was taken. It's the "Jen's." There are FOUR Jen's that work for Metro...and we only have 30ish employees. This has pretty much [...]

  • Cooking, Wine, Yoga & Sullie

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    This was a good weekend full of friends, downtime, puppy love, yoga and cooking. All of my favorite things. I stayed in on Friday night and cooked dinner. I had some beautiful salmon but wanted to try a new method of preparing it. I browsed through some cookbooks and then remembered I had Pinned a [...]

  • Life Lately: Inversions, Glazed Pecans, Apple Cake and Fall Festive

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    Hi and happy Tuesday! I haven't updated on day-to-day so here's a look at the usual...workouts, food and Sullie! :) The Workouts Nothing too remarkable. A couple of yoga practices, a run and a rest day. The Food Omelet with brie, sundried tomatoes and spinach topped with chopped fresh herbs. Turkey bacon and fruit on [...]

  • Sweet Sullie + Yoga Love + Run Inspiration

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    I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! Sullie's certainly is! She has been camped out in my office playing with her toys...one of her favorite things to do is play with multiple toys at one time. Today it's laying on her duck while she chews her bone. I cannot tell you how [...]

  • The Weekend: Sullie QT, More House and a Hike

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    Weekend photo time! Sullie and I celebrated Friday with relaxation in the front yard followed by my street's annual party. Hot dog (there is a special place in my heart for hot dogs...I will not tell you how many of these things I ate late night in college. Hot dog man, hot dog man, hot [...]

  • Video Blog: Balancing Workout Types, At Home Workouts, College Meal Planning and More

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    HAPPY FRIDAY! This short week definitely felt like a regular week over here. Between social engagements and big work projects, it was jam-packed. I have a video post for you today. First I talk about a couple things that I have in the works that have been keeping me busy and then I answer your [...]

  • A Response & Regular Stuff

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    Good morning. I so appreciate all of your insightful and kind comments on yesterday's post. I guess what I want to say in return is that I have been through an incredible amount of change in my professional and personal life over the past two years. Literally everything has changed. I have experienced a broad [...]

  • Eats + Spinning + Sweet Sullie

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    Hi there. I was excited and a little surprised t0 receive some positive feedback on the makeup finds posts and requests for more. I'm happy to oblige (when I have relevant conent to share) given that I've kind of moved away from the strict "what I'm eating and how I'm working out" formula and let [...]

  • Saturday Market

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    It's a rare Saturday in Charlotte for me. I have no plans and a whole day to do whatever I want! No work, no social engagements...nothing! I did find out at the eleventh hour last night that I was needed to sub a yoga class this morning so I started my Saturday bright and early [...]

  • Sweet Summer

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    I cannot believe that it is already August...and that we haven't had a 100+ degree here in North Carolina. For whatever reason 2012 seemed to move at a snail's pace but 2013 is absolutely flying by. Here are a few things that are giving me a sweet start to my August. Salads. This summer has [...]

  • Sullie’s Cone Head + Headband Giveaway Winners

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    It is the most beautiful day in Charlotte. It was in the 60's when I woke up this morning and now the sun is shining and temperatures are hovering right around 80 with lower humidity. My ideal weather! I headed into the gym to train some early clients before taking off to teach and practice [...]

  • Celebrating National Ice Cream Day + Weekend In Photos

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    A photo heavy look at the last couple of days of friends, food and ice cream. Late night dinner of cheese, crackers, fruit, meats and wine on Friday after the acro yoga workshop. I'm having this again for dinner tonight! I am fairly certain that I could live off of cheese and meat plates. We [...]

  • Puppies & Pizza

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    It's after midnight. I tried to go to bed but it's 77 degrees in my house, the air conditioner sounds like a freight train and I can't sleep. So hello! Clearly, when the AC guy told me the motor could "go any day now" he wasn't kidding. ;) I'll have to take care of this ASAP [...]

  • Sullie is SEVEN!

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    Today is the best kind of birthday. Because it's Sullie's! To be honest, I didn't even remember until I got to work this morning and realized the date but luckily I had her with me so I've been trying to give her extra love and attention today. And yes...I realize that she has no clue [...]

  • Monday + Pizza + Sullie

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    This photo sums up how Sullie and I feel about Monday. I woke up at 6 a.m. to another pounding headache on the right side of my head. I have had one every day since last week. I took it as a sign to skip my morning yoga class, took some ibuprofen and went back [...]

  • A Fashion Post (Gasp) + Sushi + Lazy Sunday

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    Part two of my weekend included a shopping trip, sushi and normal Sunday stuff. On Saturday afternoon I made a trip to Nordstrom Rack in search of white jeans (my favorite pair had an unfortunate encounter with red wine at a party that left them beyond saving :cry:). While I didn't find any white jeans [...]

  • Weekend: Erin McDermott + Cheese & Wine + Market + Cute Sullie

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    I feel like I'm finally starting to recover from last week. It was a short one but so jam-packed. I didn't get home from work until 7 on Friday night so I took Sullie out for an easy run so we could enjoy some fresh air after being cooped up in the gym all day. [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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. [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]