I love to hear from readers! If you have questions, topic suggestions or just want to say hi please reach out!

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1 Brittnie June 21, 2011 at 7:19 am

HI there, love the blog. I am wondering if you have ever shared your skin care routine – cleanser, moisturizer, etc that you use and also the line of make up? I am doing a search on your blog but haven’t found one yet?? I would love to hear as your skin always looks great and has a pretty glow!


2 Dana Slagle July 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I love your blog! Great stuff and gives me a lot of great ideas. I hope we could meet some day as I’m trying to connect with other runners, healthy, fun people in the Charlotte Area.


3 Jennifer July 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Hi Jen,

This is Jennifer from Iron Butterfly Pilates. We are hosting a workshop to show support for all the local bloggers who are out there promoting a healthy life and we would love for you to come along!

The time is Saturday, August 13th, 10:30 – 11:30am

If you think you are available to make it please let me know via email and a formal invitation will be sent shortly.

Thank you and I hope to meet you soon,



4 Dana Slagle July 26, 2011 at 7:18 am

Hi Jen,

Do you live in Charlotte? If so I wondered if you might want to get together sometime for lunch, coffee, etc. I am trying to meet active people in the area for two reasons 1. I need new active friends who like to get out and try ne things and 2. I love your blog and I wondered if you might chat with me about blogging, how you got started and any other advise you might have. Thoughts?


5 Monica July 29, 2011 at 11:18 am

I’m very interested in teaching yoga, but have no idea how to begin. Can you give me any pointers on choosing a reputable place?


6 Val August 9, 2011 at 7:52 am

Jen, I am an older woman who follows your blog and am inspired by all you do. Mostly I am inspired by your yoga and your healthy eating. I read with such admiration–(oh to be young and do it all!) I have recently over the past few years fallen in love with yoga and in itself yoga has transformed my body and how I feel in general overall.
Today as I read your blog I want to talk to you as a mother. Running is very hard on the body no matter how you train and I would just like you to take a moment to think of your body as you age, that is when you will feel the affects of your continued injuries from running. If you were my daughter I would advise you to take into account your long term goals for your career and your life, in the scheme of all of this is running so important when there may be many other means for you to accomplish a sense of great satisfaction. I want you to be healthy throughout your life. Just think about it!! I do so enjoy reading you each day as do my daughter and daughter in law. Keep up the good work.


7 augustsunshine September 23, 2011 at 10:59 am


I’m so inspired by your site! I stumbled upon it while searching for fig recipes! Your fig bars were amazing by the way. The fitness site really caught my eye. I’ve unsuccessfully dieted my way to needing to lose 50 lbs. I found out that I am pre-diabetic and felt very discouraged. I decided to add exercise to my life and I’ve just started, but like the feeling it gives me. It feels freeing to see that it is possible to eat healthy and get to healthy place without dieting. I’m nervous to just eat without counting every single calorie, but that has gotten me no where except for starvation and binges.

Thanks for the inspiration and let me know if you have any tips for someone just starting out on this healthy eating and fitness journy.


8 Kristen October 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

Hey Jennifer! I am so proud of you and all you’re doing with your life! I’m glad you finally decided to jump in and do what you’ve been wanting to do since our MSABC days. I’ve been telling everyone I know about your blog (word of mouth is free advertising!). You’ve kind of re-inspired me to back into my yoga practice, which has taken a back seat to work and grad school. So, thank you for that.

Hope you’re doing well. I’d love to catch up soon!



9 Jackie December 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Hi Jen!
I was vacationing in Maui last week and went to a luau where we sat with a lovely couple from Mount Pleasant, North Carolina and I had to tell her all about your blog. She happened to mention that her son went to school with a guy in the Avett Brother’s band and asked me if I knew of them, which I told her I did because of you. We discussed the white water park you have blogged about and other things in the area.
Anyway, it was really random and fun to know about some of the things she talked about from reading your blog. Very nice lady too– makes me wonder if you have the accent she has! :)


10 Maggie Brice February 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

Hi jenn! I was reading a blog post which i thought said March 2010.. 10 day detox.. then my computer logged out and I couldnt finish reading it.. I was wondering how I can find it again, because it looks like it only goes back too April! I only found it because it came up on the bottom as blogs I might like! If you could let me know how I can find it again that would be great!!

Thank you


11 Jen February 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm
12 Maggie February 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm

thank you! i appreciate you getting back to me. how did the 10 day eat clean challenge work out? I was just about to start one to get myself back on track and to get rid of the extra sugars out. your blog is great, thank you for all the information as always!


13 Lena February 23, 2012 at 10:43 am

Hi Jen:
I just started reading your blog and I absolutely love it!!! It’s great to see someone who is on such a positive path in life-very inspiring.
My question for you is how did you get started on your path to wellness? I am currently looking for that path myself and have learned (duh) that it has to be a lifestyle lived, not a feeble attempt. Any advice for someone starting out (again)…thanks in advance!


14 Emily February 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Hey Jen, I have a question/topic suggestion.Your posts frequently mention private yoga sessions. I’ve never had a private yoga session, but I’ve been practicing for two years and I usually get pretty good attention from the instructor because the classes I attend are small. I’m wondering:
– Advantages & reasons to have private yoga sessions
– When to have a private session (are they mainly for beginners, or would it be beneficial to have a private session after practicing for 2 years?)
– How often do you suggest having a private session? (Do you have clients that come back every week?)
– How to find a good private instructor


15 charlotte March 26, 2012 at 8:39 am

I can’t find you on twitter…does your account still exist?


16 Jen March 26, 2012 at 8:48 am

yep – you can find the link in the right sidebar on my blog. it’s the lowercase “t” next to the “f” for Facebook.


17 Jennifer March 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm

I LOVE your website! I just got into Yoga through P90X and have enjoyed reading a lot of your Yoga related posts. My Yoga goal right now is to lose enough weight to go from Bridge to Wheel…and maybe one day to do Crane Pose, although the last one is pretty ambitious. :)

And your cooking website, HOLY COW! I just printed about 10-12 recipes that I want to make and try right now! LOL

Thanks for sharing everything!!


18 Layla April 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm


My name is Layla and I recently began working with a national contact lenses brand that is attempting to increase their online presence.

I came across your site ( while looking for websites where I’d be able advertise my new client, and I am very interested in doing so here.

At this time I am open to a variety of different options for advertising. I am particularly interested in sponsored posts, but would love to hear what else is available. Please get back to me with some options and rate information, I’d really appreciate that. Thanks so much! I look forward to hearing back from you!


Layla Long


19 Nicole May 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I always struggle with which type of peanut butter to get! Reduced fat is healthier in terms of calories, but worse everywhere else — Do you have a recommendation?


20 Jen Plaus January 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Left $26 on a car window in the Walgreens parking lot.


21 Liz February 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I was wondering if everyone won the ebook?
I was confused ?
Thanks !!


22 Jen February 16, 2013 at 8:10 pm

haven’t posted winners yet! will on monday!


23 Liz February 17, 2013 at 10:35 pm

How you always had a skinny frame ?
Just wondering , I was a competitive gymnast for 15 years and some collegiate .
I can not shake my stocky frame .


24 Kim March 30, 2013 at 10:53 am

Love your circuit workouts. Would love to see a kettle bell workout! thanks


25 Liz Gaulin April 4, 2013 at 8:17 pm

It Autism Awareness Month!
Avid reader :)


26 Erica L May 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Hey! I follow your blog daily and really enjoy seeing your workouts and what you eat. I have copied and become addicted to your breakfast of greek yogurt, nut butter, granola and fruit combos! They are so yummy and the variations are endless!

I like to think of myself as a pretty healthy, clean eater. Sweets and processed chips and crackers account for about 10% of my day. I feel that I’ve been eating too many carbs (whole wheat breads, ww pasta, brown rice, etc) so I today I started my own little detox. Basically veggies, meat, dairy and healthy fats. I want to get rid of my daily sugar cravings/habit as well as carb cravings. From your posts, it looks like you don’t eat many breads, rice or pasta, except on occassion. Today is my first day and I am weak, starving and irritable! Will this pass? Have you always eaten a minimum amout of starches and why do you do it? I’m just curious!

You look great and I envy your job/jobs! I am too insecure and shy to attempt teaching classes, but it would be great to get paid to do what I love. :)

PS my parent’s just moved to Charlotte from Dallas/ Ft Worth so I’ll be visiting a lot! Continue posting names of good restaurants and farmer’s markets you go to. I like to pass that info along to my parent’s. (sorry for any typos, I am using my phone!)


27 Mike Kelly May 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Jen, just looked at your website and watched your BOSU circuit training video. Good job promoting the BOSU. A wonderful tool but I am biased since my company is the international distributor of BOSU. Just wanted to let you we appreciate what you are doing.


28 Jen May 30, 2013 at 10:55 pm

thanks mike! i love the bosu and use it all the time in my own training and with my clients!


29 Jenna October 10, 2013 at 7:38 am

Hi Jen!

As a fellow Charlotte blogger I wanted to reach out and say hi! I also wanted to send you the link to an awesome giveaway I am doing right now.

Have a great day!



30 Darby October 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

Hi Jen,
I’m interested in making a similar change as you from my current full-time into yoga and nutrition and I’m nervous! I have so many questions, for example what do you do for health insurance? Have you taken Nutrition classes or does your information come from reading and acquired knowledge? You’re an inspiration!



31 Danielle Diede November 19, 2013 at 11:37 am

Hello Jen!
I do believe I overworked my knee over the past 2 weeks with excessive runner and lots of squats and lunges, which is my mistake obviously. But I was wondering what you would recommend so that I can still get in an awesome intense workout without hitting my knees any harder for a little while while they recoup! Thank you for all the great suggestions and helped you have provided to me already, you have really helped and inspired me to become more motivated!
Thank you!


32 Karen Joyce November 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Hi Jen.
i like your site and your blog. i too a yogi. teacher, but mostly do it for me and for what i learn about me during the practice. I wanted to connect with you regarding my own project, Grace. A line of yogawear that is inspired by yoga origins and a lot of eastern philosophy. the line is stylish but pure and it’s not sporty. i worked in fashion for 22 years and live in milan. would love your feedback.
have a look on line. . thanks, namaste. karen


33 Jen November 24, 2013 at 5:27 pm

wow, i just checked out your site. the clothing is so unique. it’s beautiful!


34 Hannah December 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Hey Jen! I follow your blog religiously and and want to thank you for being such a strong, fit, female role model :) Question for you… What site did you use to start your blog? I’m toying with the idea of starting my own in 2014 and would love some tips for getting started! Thanks and happy New Year!


35 Deb December 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Hey Jen, love your blog… come to it often for inspiration, recipes and great workouts! Wondering if you ever posted the winners of the Coffee Machine giveaway?


36 Jen December 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm

That contest is being run through my ad partner, BlogHer. The giveaway ended on 12/23. They should be notifying me of the winners in the next couple of weeks! Thanks for reading! :)


37 Taylor January 11, 2014 at 8:00 am

Love your blog! I love how honest you are with your readers and really admire the fact that you left a 9-5 desk job to pursue a career you love! I have two questions– 1) any tips for first-time marathon runners? I am running my first (and probably last :) ) next weekend and it’s very intimidating to think about. 2) Have you ever done/what are your thoughts on barre classes? I am a Pure Barre instructor and loooove it and I know you’re pretty well-versed in all types of workouts so I’d love to hear your input!


38 Courtney R January 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Hi Jen,

I am an RD that actually works in Greenville NC and I really enjoy your blog. I have a question for you regarding yoga. I would like to start doing some yoga this year for two reasons. #1 I am a runner and I want to improve my flexibility and strength. #2 I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease about 3 years ago and which affects my pituitary gland and my acupuncturist actually suggested I try yoga in an effort to stimulate things to begin functioning normally again. So my questions are: What is a good way to begin with yoga (DVD suggestions etc) for flexibility and strength and do you know a specific type of yoga that positively affects hormone production specifically pituitary and/or thyroid.

Thank you for any and all suggestions/recommendations!!


39 Laurel Chappell January 14, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Hi Jen,

I was wondering how you started blogging. I want to create a Blog, but not sure how to get started.
I am a runner, strength trainer, I do Yoga off and on. I love Yoga and I don’t know why I let myself get
away from it. I recently became a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and I am anxious to get going on
my new career.

Laurel Chappell


40 Dave Bayko February 6, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Jen, I was referred to you by a client of mine regarding the Thai massage private stretching you offer. I am a teaching golf professional here in Charlotte and wanted to get some help with my flexibility. I am older, 60 but still am very active. Can you help me and how do I get started. Dave Bayko


41 Jen February 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

hey there – i am actually not certified in thai massage but i will email you with the name of a co-worker who is! thanks for reaching out!


42 Amy Harris February 15, 2014 at 10:27 am

hi Jen:
I met you yesterday at yoga, I asked for your blog address. I am so impressed, I had no idea what a wonderful resource this was going to be! Its so professional. I hope to schedule a private session with you soon. Keep it up!


43 Jennifer February 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Hi Jen,
I was wondering if you had some advice on how to gain weight. I have been trying to gain but I can’t because I just cant stop running and working out. No matter how much I increase or eat in between meals I wont gain weight.


44 Michele March 26, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Hi Jen,

I was searching the web for tabata workouts and came across your wonderful site. Thank you for this generous blog! It’s a gem!



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