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It’s January in the Fitness Industry!

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 I need to do/want to do for Metro from a marketing/social perspective. This is totally amazing and totally overwhelming all at the same time. I want to accommodate everyone and everything but sometimes it’s just not possible. This is when it’s so tough to work in an industry that you love. I have put soooo much personal stuff on the back burner that I’m making a priority to get done in the next week or two. More on that soon! I really enjoy sharing career and work/life balance stuff with you.

Here’s a look at the last couple of days and last week’s workouts.


PB & J Smoothie with greek yogurt, coconut almond milk, blueberries, banana, peanut butter and ice.


Salad extravaganza with spinach, mixed greens and arugula, chick peas, pine nuts, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta, beets and salmon with balsamic.


The most delicious dinner. Black bean burger with goat cheese and Sriracha aioli topped with avocado, baked marinated portobello mushroom, sauteed broccolini and baked squash. I never buy broccolini and it was such a nice change!


Take out sushi after a marathon Friday that included a 6:30 a.m. yoga practice, 8:30 a.m. teach yoga, noon teach yoga, 3 p.m. photo shoot, 4 p.m. training client, 5 p.m. training client, 6 p.m. wine with a friend and 7:30 p.m. yoga teacher training thing. LONG DAY that necessitated sushi on the couch at 10 p.m.

And here are this week’s workouts…


30 minute treadmill hill/sprint interval workout + strength training.

I did a variation of my treadmill sprint workout but with 10 minutes of hill intervals before the sprint intervals. Then I did my total body weight room workout that I posted earlier this week.


Hot vinyasa yoga + 20 minute treadmill run

This was the day it was 8 degrees outside.


I showed up to teach hot yoga wearing mittens, two jackets, shorts with pants over, a scarf and a hat. But I can assure you my yogis got warm in class. Lots and lots of flow! 🙂


Self-programmed WOD + Hot Vinyasa Yoga

I taught CrossFit and had 45 minutes before yoga so I did a quick self-programmed WOD before class to warm me up. It was stupid cold outside and I was freezing in the gym.

4 rounds for time:

500 meter row
15 v-ups
25 kettlebell swings

It kept my heart rate up! I tried to do negative splits on the 500 meter row so that really challenged me.


Teach BodyPump + 20 minutes on the AMT while I read SELF magazine and listed to the Ellie Goulding station on Panora. It was heavenly. Metro doesn’t have an AMT so I always love to use it at the Y.


Recovery day. Very chill yoga practice.


An amazing run!


I cannot get over how good I have been feeling when I run since tackling my anemia diagnosis. Running feels so right and energizing and I feel like myself again. I’m even motivated to sign up for races this spring! I ran a little shy of 5 today and it was effortless. Hallelujah!


Not 100% certain yet but I think Sunday will be an ashtanga practice and that’s probably all!

How have your post-holiday workouts been going? Feeling motivated? 

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  • megan January 11, 2014, 10:32 pm

    Hi Jen, so glad to hear you are feeling better. I have a similar story (noticed symptoms training for a marathon, but attributed it to stress, getting older, etc.). I recently saw my doctor and was diagnosed with severe anemia caused by very low ferritin levels. I’ve been taking prescription strength supplements for my ferritin levels twice a day, a b complex vitamin and probiotics once a day for about almost 12 days and haven’t experienced much improvement yet. I’m happy that you’ve have noticed such quick improvement and wondering if any of your readers had experienced low ferritin levels (and could give me some words of encouragement or suggestions.) I have cut down caffeine to one cup of coffee a day and added meat and other iron rich foods back in to my diet. Maybe it just takes some of us longer.:)

    Thanks and best wishes on your recovery!

  • Jodie January 11, 2014, 10:45 pm

    Glad you are feeling better. That smoothie looks deeeelish. I may have to try that combo. I will try your routines too. Need to spice up my routine. Also do you do anything differently workout and eating wise to get ready for photoshoot?

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun January 12, 2014, 12:03 am

    Glad you are feeling better! You have had quite a busy week -and that smoothie looks WONDERFUL!

  • Jenn@Mark My Mile January 12, 2014, 6:43 am

    Yay for a busy week but even more so for you being aware of the need for balance. I am learning to find that as well. Hope you had an amazing weekend and find some time for YOU this week : )

  • zoey January 12, 2014, 8:43 am

    hhhhmmmm me too with the Anemia diagnosis. The doctor put me on Ferrous Sulfate twice a day, and really notta has changed for me. I also read that you can’t feel the effects of iron supplements for at least two months. Sooooo you’re SUPER lucky! 🙂 Run on!!!

  • Brittany January 12, 2014, 9:53 am

    Wow that sushi looks delicious! Do you mind if I ask where you can get take out sushi in charlotte that looks that good?

  • heidi January 12, 2014, 10:37 am

    That smoothie looks amazing…..I’m going to steal that idea 🙂

  • She Rocks Fitness January 12, 2014, 3:32 pm

    Workouts have been good. The weather has been so beautiful, so I have been getting outdoors a lot more often and soaking up that Vitamin D. The week ahead looks beautiful, so I want to try to get in some longer runs. Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday!

  • Ally January 12, 2014, 6:29 pm

    Looking back at your anemia post makes me want to see if that might be my problem. No matter how much I sleep, what I eat, activity levels, etc, I always feel so lethargic.
    Workouts as of 2014 have been less than stellar due to the never-ending cold I got. Stuck with sniffles and a stupid dry cough for the past couple days.

  • Ashley @ Power, Love, and Self Discipline January 12, 2014, 7:23 pm

    What a week! Good thing you have the anemia figured out because that is quite a schedule to keep up!! So glad you’re feeling better.

  • Laura January 12, 2014, 8:46 pm

    Hey Jen! I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now, and I was in your Body Pump class on Thursday! I was planning to introduce myself afterward, but you were busy chatting with someone else. Anyway, you were a great instructor and I’ll be sure to say hi next time I see you at the Y!

  • Anson January 12, 2014, 11:23 pm

    Hey Jen! Glad to hear you’re feeling better! You’re doing a great thing by spreading the word about how great fitness is! I hope more people benefit from your blog posts!

  • Molly @ Mollysmusingz January 13, 2014, 12:29 am

    mmmm, that smoothie combo!!

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