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  • Recent Eats: Lunch Bowls, Lots of Mexican, Pizza & Ranch

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    Hi and happy Tuesday! It's the most beautiful morning here in Charlotte. It's 73 degrees, sunny and the humidity is low. It was like this yesterday too and I went for an awesome four mile sunset run to soak it all up...before it's 97 degrees again on Friday. This is how we roll in the [...]

  • Right Now I Feel + Recent Eats

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    So...life lately. I don't think I knew how much I need that beach getaway with my friend until I got there, relaxed and realized that I felt happier than I have in a long time. And then I came home and that feeling has stayed with me. We do this thing in yoga teacher training where [...]

  • Another Special Shower

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    This is the season of babies and I love it. Several of my best friends are expecting or just delivered and I couldn't be happier for them. It's such an exciting time and there's lots of baby holding in my future! I have mentioned that I'm personal training one of my friends who is due in [...]

  • A Sunday Shower

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    On Sunday I co-hosted a baby shower for a dear friend of mine. She is expecting a baby boy in September. We had a little issue with nailing down a shower date and time that worked for all of the hostesses and we ended up going with a bit of a non-traditional time but it worked [...]

  • Recent Eats: Fig Love

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    I have some great posts planned for you later this week including a recipe for the BEST chicken enchiladas, a giveaway, a workout and more. But first, I'm going to catch you up on some recent eats. I have received so much great feedback on these posts and the ideas/inspiration that they generate. This week's [...]

  • A Slow-Paced Tuesday + Recent Eats

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    Tuesday used to be the busiest day of the week for me and I was crazy busy running all over town to train and teach. Lately they've been a pretty relaxed day for me. If I did a "day in the life" post today, you'd all be pretty surprised. I started early with 5:30 and [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Recent Eats: Needing A Salad Break & A Nap

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    Hi everyone! Hope you're having a great day! As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I have a lot going on this week with deadlines and projects on top of doing more personal training. This week has been full of early mornings and today I had to break down and take a 45 minute nap after three back [...]

  • Recent Eats: Home At The Beach

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    It's been so nice to be out of my kitchen and in my dad's...both delicious and inspiring. My dad's been getting all crazy lately with making homemade bread, pizza dough and even his own yogurt on the regular. I'm going to share all of that in a separate post where I can brag on him. [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Pizza, Ice Cream and Another Happy Birthday

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    Hello, hello! I hope that Monday was kind to you. Mine was SO good but unusually busy. - Subbed 6:30 a.m. hot vinyasa class at Y2 - Breakfast, shower, answer emails and meal plan from 8-9:30 a.m. - Whole Foods to shop for my client 10-11 a.m. - Meal prep for my client 11:15-3:30 p.m. [...]

  • Recent Eats: Dinner Love

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    Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and well wishes for Sullie. I think it's safe to say that this furry one is feeling better if the trail of toys means anything. It seems to have just been a GI infection. I will keep you updated if anything else comes up but I think we're in [...]

  • Recent Eats: Give Me Salad Edition

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    Time for a look at some recent eats! As always, good stuff for ya today. :) Breakfasts/Brunch I'm not going to show the smoothies (will wait for the challenge week one recap for that) but I have a couple others breakfasts to share. My favorite breakfast pita with scrambled eggs, spinach, roasted tomatoes, feta and [...]

  • Recent Eats: Trying to Switch It Up a Bit

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    Happy weekend! I have almost a full week of eats to share with you. I think I did a good job mixing it up a little bit this week and breaking out of all my same patterns. You'll see some different breakfasts, new salad combos at lunch and a dinner using the crock pot. I'm [...]

  • Recent Eats…Featuring Tacos & Bacon

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    Happy Tuesday! This morning I trained a client, worked out, taught yoga and practiced yoga. I have my first photo shoot for my book in a couple of hours. Many of you have asked for more details on the book...it's about core training, specifically planks, and will be photography heavy with written descriptions of all [...]

  • Snow Week Eats + Earthquake!

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    Happy weekend! This was such an off week with all the snow. I didn't leave my house for almost 48 hours and almost all of my clients and classes were cancelled for the week. I was so ready to finally get out of the house and go teach on Friday afternoon. It was time. Speaking [...]

  • Recent Eats + SNOW DAY!

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    Soooo..... It's snowing! We received a light dusting of an inch or two on Tuesday afternoon but the roads were fine and dry this morning. I went in to teach the 8:10 class at Y2 and then stayed to take the 9:15 and by the time I left at 11 the snow was pouring down [...]

  • This Week’s Eats + That (Scary) Time I Tried Chia Pudding

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    Good morning and happy weekend! Let's take a look at this week's eats. Breakfast Let's kick this post off with the WORST idea I've had so far in 2014...chia seed pudding. I made this mix of chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla, bananas and dried cranberries and let it sit overnight. I topped it with peanut [...]

  • Recent Eats: Homemade Goodness

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    I successfully ate my way through 90% of the massive grocery haul that I did at Trader Joe's last week and what I didn't eat is still in the pantry or freezer. I did such a great job of eating at home. It's all about having a stocked kitchen! Here is more meal inspiration for [...]

  • Here Comes the Snow + Recent Eats + Snacking Before Dinner

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    Good morning! Rise and shine! It is going to snow in Charlotte today but just a light dusting with no ice so it should be fun. The weather is absolutely nuts because on Monday it was 65 degrees and I ran in shorts and a tank. This morning it's 28 and going to snow. Winters [...]

  • Recent Eats + Friday Pizza Night

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    It's been another weird week with a holiday sandwiched in the middle of it but really good nonetheless. The flu is making its way around Charlotte something serious but luckily I got a flu shot this year so I seem to be avoiding it but I have been trying to help out some friends in [...]

  • This Week’s (Non-Holiday) Eats

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    Happy Saturday! It actually feels so weird that it's the weekend already after having Christmas in the middle of last week. Oh well...I'll take it! I started my day bright and early at Om Yoga to take and teach. I was hesitant about adding a Saturday morning class to my schedule but I actually love [...]

  • 2013 Christmas Love

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    Part two of Christmas is all about the love. Love for being at my grandmother's house like we have been almost every year for 30 years, love for having sweet children around and seeing their joy and excitement and love for having all of my family together in one place. Here are some of my [...]

  • 2013 Christmas Eating

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    One of my favorite things about going home for the holidays is the food and spending time in the kitchen with my family preparing meals. My dad and I always menu plan for weeks ahead of time and bounce ideas back and forth. So the first part of my Christmas 2013 post is all about [...]

  • Friday Nails, Cupcakes & Steak

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    Happy Friday! Mine started pre-5 a.m. which is brutal on a Friday but worth it to train a great client at 5:30 a.m. After that I taught a yoga class, did some treadmill interval work and then taught another lunch yoga class at Om Yoga. Backing up to Thursday night...I made spinach and artichoke stuff [...]

  • Mashed Cauliflower Myths and Breakfast Preferences

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    Helllllooooo. Today has been such a good day. I got some amazing news and I'm feeling grateful and blessed. More to come on that front! :) Also, I'm just so overall happy with how things are going right now on the work front. Teaching more and writing more = good for my heart and soul. [...]

  • What I’ve Been Eating This Week Wednesday

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    Hi, thanks for the support on the Marsala Challenge competition. Remember, you can vote again on Thursday and leave another comment for another chance to win. Again, thank you! Okay, back to the regular stuff. I'm cuddled up on the couch with a fire and a sweet golden retriever laying (on the floor) next to [...]

  • Wednesday Giveaway!

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    The end of the "12 Days of Marsala Challenge" is near and I need y'all to vote for my Marsala Mac and Cheese! It's so easy to vote. You just visit the Challenge page and then enter your email address under my Chicken Marsala Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Colombo Marsala is giving away a $50 gift card [...]

  • 2013 Holiday Gift Picks

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    I always love new holiday gift ideas so I wanted to share some of my favorites with you. Everything that I'm listing here is tried and true and my personal recommendations. For the guy on your list.  Personalized DeCapper bottle opener. I have had one of these for a couple years now and love how [...]

  • Friday Updates & Events

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    Happy Friday. I hope that the week is winding down for you and that you're headed towards weekend relaxation mode. Since you heard from me last I got a killer workout in (I'm going to post a wrap up of this week's workouts tomorrow), sat in an afternoon of meetings, drove my car into a [...]

  • I Can’t Dance

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    For my entire life (seriously) I have had this deep seated dream that one day I can be a dancer. I can see it in my head but my body just doesn't cooperate. I was resigned to the back row for jazz recitals when I was growing up and I was always the last one [...]

  • What I’ve Been Eating Wednesday

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    Hi and happy hump day! I'm here with nothing but food pictures for you today after yesterday's hair extravaganza! Thanks for all your comments and compliments. Apparently I need to buy a curling iron and spend some time on YouTube if I want to master curling my own hair. I started my day by teaching [...]

  • Bleeding Tofu & Beet Overload

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    I had a little situation in my kitchen last night. I went to check the tofu that was roasting in the oven and discovered this. Bleeding tofu! I immediately thought to myself WTF!? and then I remembered that I was roasting a batch of beets while dinner was cooking and I guess some of the [...]

  • A Little Sunshine for your Sunday

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    Hi everyone! I hope it's been a wonderful weekend. I have been ultra-productive with house-related tasks and have cleaned, organized and baked my way through this weekend. It's been wonderful and I feel so settled which is always nice. My friend Teri from A Foodie Stays Fit recently tagged me in one of those blogging [...]

  • Friday Blog Swap with Nutrition Nut on the Run

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    Hey y'all! TGIF! TGIF! TGIF!!! I have a little something different for you today. Hillary from Nutrition Nut on the Run emailed me a couple of weeks ago about doing a blog swap so that our readers could get to know another blogger. Hillary and I threw a list of questions at each other and [...]

  • Bodyweight Burner Workout + Other Friday Stuff

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    Hola and happy Friday. Fun fact: anytime I visit somewhere with a large Spanish speaking population, people always assume I speak Spanish and begin chatting away to me. I do not, in fact, speak Spanish although I certainly wish I did. For whatever reason I was determined to learn French when I was growing up [...]

  • Homeland: My Experience as an Extra

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    I'm not sure if you guys watch Homeland but if you don't...you should. It's an awesome show with a very engaging and interesting storyline. I have no idea why but Homeland picked Charlotte as their filming location and they are now in their third season of filming here. Facebook was all abuzz last week with [...]

  • July 4 = Friends, Food, Fun & Productivity

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    Hello. I have been absent. And I can't promise this trend won't continue. I'm not sure that I can commit to posting every day right now. There are other things in the works. For example...a little website project. More details to come very, very soon. I'm overflowing with excitement at levels I haven't felt in [...]

  • Starting Off With A Bang

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    First, thanks for all of the happy birthday wishes. It was a happy weekend. But I have to say 30 isn't off to the greatest start! I got my first migraine headache on Saturday night and it completely freaked me out. I couldn't sleep because my head hurt so bad so I got up at [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 26 Random Acts: Roundup #3

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    It's time for another 26 random acts post. You can read more about the project here and check out round up #1 and roundup #2 to read some of the other stories. 1. Melissa C. - I was in line at a local deli during lunch hour getting a sandwich when I noticed a Marine in [...]

  • Tabata Training 101 & 20-Minute Workout

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    Happy Fitness Friday (well, now it's Saturday but we'll roll with it...)! I'm trying to focus the first few posts on workouts that you can do at home or at the gym with bodyweight or minimal equipment before I start getting into more complex workouts that use a variety of equipment. Today I have a [...]

  • Link Love + Valentine’s Givewaways

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    Happy Valentine's Day to all of my beautiful, loving and generally amazing readers. (source) My Valentine's Day has consisted of training four clients, working and eating a peanut butter chocolate chunk cookie before 10 a.m. Part two will involve running and teaching BodyPump...to all five people who show up at class...and most likely more cookies. [...]

  • 26 Random Acts: Roundup #2…And Thoughts on RAK

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    It's time for the second random acts of kindness project round up. The overwhelming feedback on this project has been positive but I have been really sad to discover that there has been some negative criticism. I just want to take a minute to share with you what I talked about in my yoga class [...]

  • 26 Random Acts: Roundup #1

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    Thank you so much to all of you who participated in the 26 Random Acts project. I apologize that it has taken me a while to get the roundups started but it was more of a logistical undertaking than I had anticipated. The whole teams thing didn't really work out the way that I'd hoped [...]

  • I Love Potlucks

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    For the past couple of months I have been seeing all of these delicious looking food pics from local restaurants pop up in my Twitter and Facebook feeds with the tag #epiceaters. A group of girls (most of who I know in real life via blogs/social media) formed what I like to call and "eating [...]