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  • Weekly Workouts: Following the Feel Good


    After last week's declaration that I was recommitting to strength training, I failed to follow through on it this week. To be fair, I did get one bodyweight strength workout and one weights session in but that was the extent of it. I had every intention to keep it going this week but then I [...]

  • Back to Group Ex, Two New Playlists & Workouts


    Hi! Let's talk about some housekeeping items and then I'll get to TWO new playlists and weekly workouts. 1) Kind Giveaway Winner The winner is #33, Claire. I emailed you! 2) Redirects to the App Store on Mobile OMG. I'm losing my mind. Some of you have shared that you're being redirected to the App [...]

  • The End of Hashtanga + The Yoga & Running Dance


    I finished Michael Gannon's 30-Day #Hashtanga Challenge today. During the month of September I made my way through the ashtanga primary series through 30(ish) Instagram videos. I have been practicing ashtanga (on and off) for about five years now and this challenge gave me some new energy around not only my ashtanga practice but my yoga [...]

  • September #hashtanga Challenge: Week 3


    I'm participating in my first Instagram yoga challenge and I've successfully completed three weeks of the month long challenge. I'm having a lot of fun with it and it's definitely inspiring my practice. When I watch Michael Gannon and Minnar Martinez's challenge videos it lights a FIRE under me. I want more than anything to get my [...]

  • September #hashtanga Challenge: Week 2


    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 [...]

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


    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 + 3 Reasons Why Women Should Lift


    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 [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + Brady Bands Giveaway


    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 [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: Back to Ashtanga + Last BodyPump Class


    Time for the weekly workout recap. This is a new weekly series that I've started in the last couple of months. I think it's easier to give you a holistic view of the week and how I felt throughout than to sprinkle it throughout the week. I'm kind of trying to do the same thing [...]

  • Video Blog: Workout Ruts, CrossFit Questions, Working Out With Injuries & Ashtanga Home Practice


    Hi everyone. Thank you for your thoughtful (and kind) responses to my last post. I wanted to check in via video today so you could have a chance to see me smiling! I received TONS of great questions on Facebook and Twitter. I wasn't able to answer them all but many will become a full written [...]

  • Working Through It


    I had a horrible ashtanga practice this morning. I could blame it on my back being tight or on being pressed for time but the real issue was what was going on in my head. That said, I'm not really sure what was going on with me but I was in tears before I even [...]

  • Follow The Feel Good


    I traveled to Asheville this weekend to attend a workshop with David Williams at Asheville Yoga Center. Let's start with a quick background on David. In a nutshell, he brought ashtanga yoga to the United States and trained many of today's well-known teachers. David has practiced ashtanga daily since 1971 and he travels around the [...]

  • Primary Series With The Sunrise


    Guess who was up at 5:45 this morning to practice ashtanga for the first time since January? Primary series with the sunrise. I was very surprised to discover that my body fell back into the practice with little resistance. Yes, some of the poses didn't come as easily but overall it felt really good. For [...]

  • Sunday Sameness


    Good morning and happy Monday! I hope that your day is off to a positive start. Mine is off to a sore start. I did another ashtanga practice at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday with David Keil. My practice felt really good and I was happy that after a long hiatus from ashtanga that I was [...]

  • A Return To My Favorite Practice


    My Saturday stared out busy and productive but by noon I turned into a blob and hung around the house for the rest of the day. My alarm went off at the very early hour of 5:15 a.m. so that I could make it over to YogaFlex to for the David Keil ashtanga practice. Ashtanga [...]

  • 2011 In Review: The Top 10


    I am not even sure what to think about 2011. I have said this at least 100 times but it has been a year of complete transformation. When I look back at January 1, 2011 I was working full-time in advertising, teaching two BodyPump classes per week and had just made the decision to go through [...]

  • Thursday Fun Day with Food and The Civil Wars


    Today has been a good day. Started with an early morning ashtanga practice followed by a peanut butter and jelly smoothie and a yoga private with my amazing client who touched his toes with straight legs this week for the first time since his teenage years. Happy heart. Peanut butter and jelly smoothie = peanut [...]

  • Since You Asked…


    I have received quite a few comments with questions recently about yoga and BodyPump. I thought it would be most beneficial if I answered them in a post in case others have similar questions. BodyPump I used to have definition from it [BodyPump] but since I’ve upped my weights it doesn’t seem to be giving [...]

  • Ashtanga 101 + Backbend Video


    I have been promising this ashtanga backbend video for a long time. Along with it, I feel like I should also provide an explanation of ashtanga and how it's different than attending a typical yoga class. Ashtanga is a style of yoga. What makes it so unique is that it is self-led and you practice [...]

  • The Weekend: Baking + Bootcamp Day 1


    Thank you so much for the positive feedback on my new blog design. I hope you love it as much as I do. I can't stop looking at it! ;) So when I wasn't making googly eyes at my blog this weekend, I was doing all kinds of fun non-computer things like cooking, teaching and [...]

  • Thursday


    I'm going to keep this short and sweet because the blog is a little out of sorts right now as we get the new design implemented. A quick look at Thursday... I got into a difficult bind in ashtanga this morning - kurmasana. Nevermind that I am barely grasping fingertips and my feet aren't bound [...]

  • The Day The Laptop Died


    I hope it's been a good weekend for y'all. Mine was pretty low-key but perfect. Lots of yoga, a baby shower, two nights spent relaxing on the couch and incredible weather. What was not so incredible about my weekend was my laptop deciding it was time to go to computer heaven on Saturday night. I [...]

  • Ashtanga + Bootcamps + Eats


    Thursdays are pretty much the opposite of Tuesdays for me. I actually kind of consider it a day "off" because as of now only have a couple of commitments on Thursdays. Did you know that it's actually one of the slowest days of the week in the fitness world? I think that people start out [...]

  • Dressing for the Race


    How's your week been? Mine has been really great but it's been rainy and gross in Charlotte. I am so ready to see the sun again. One or two days gray rainy days are nice but it begins to wear on me a bit after it goes on for multiple days. That said, I do [...]

  • Bake, Cook, Yoga, Run


    It's been a good two days of eating. Expect lots of recipes to come on Bakin' and Eggs. I spent my Labor Day afternoon baking, drinking hot tea and blogging while rain was coming down outside. It was perfect. I baked Zucchini Banana Bread with Walnuts and Dried Cranberries. It's a good quick bread for [...]

  • Welcome September


    I hope the first day of September was great for everyone! September seems to signal the end of summer and bring the start of football, fall foods (hold on to your seats...pumpkin madness forthcoming!) and the promise of cooler days to come. It feels like a breath of fresh air. Personally, I am excited for [...]

  • I Caved for Mmm…


    Those of you who follow multiple healthy living blogs have probably noticed that trends circulate through the blog world. If it weren’t for these trends I may have never discovered my love for green smoothies, quinoa, chia seeds and overnight oats. It’s funny…I usually ignore the trends for as long as possible, refusing to jump [...]

  • Crazy Ashtanga and Homemade Noodles


    The second day of August has been eve better than the first! Although I'm not loving this very moment because Brandon is watching True Blood and this show really creeps me out. Focusing my attention on blogging... I was up at 5 this morning to get an early ashtanga practice in at the studio. I [...]

  • Destination Unknown


    I hope everyone is having a good day! I have the day off and it's been amazing. Actually, I'm kicking off  a four-day weekend. Now that is amazing! :) Clearly, the best way to start a day off is with a 5 a.m. wake up call. Kidding...but it was a necessity. I had to teach [...]

  • A Very Happy Birthday


    Wow, where do I even start? I don’t think I have ever felt so loved on a birthday before. Thank you SO MUCH for your comments, facebook messages and tweets. I read every.single.one of the comments and loved hearing about your best birthdays! There were some common themes… It’s fun to celebrate your birthday in [...]

  • Go For It


    I am so happy to hear that you guys found the strength training post useful. I am also excited that you still want videos - I am all about form so I can't wait to get some made so I can coach you through the exercises. One of my biggest goals for Peanut Butter Runner [...]

  • An Engagement!


    I spent my evening celebrating an engagement! My sister-in-law Rachael and her boyfriend Stephen got engaged on Friday night! :D I am so excited about a year full of showers, parties and wedding planning (it's so much more fun when it's not your own!). Yay, congrats to Rachael and Stephen! My other sister-in-law hosted and [...]

  • A Surprise Visit


    Hello from Georgia! Surprise! I decided Wednesday afternoon that I was going to come visit my grandmother for a few days. I packed the car up at lunch today and hit the road after work. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate with my travel plans and I battled quite a few severe thunderstorms (hail, cloud [...]

  • A Trader Joe’s Problem


    I have a problem. I can't leave Trader Joe's without spending $40. I walk in the door with intentions of only purchasing two or three things and end up filling up my whole basket. And I don't know how this happens but a full basket magically translates to $40. Take tonight for example, my list [...]

  • Easter Sunday


    Let me start off by saying I am SO inspired by the goals that you want to achieve in the next 300 days. Keep them coming, please! I'm going to do a round up tomorrow when I post the giveaway winner. You guys are doing AMAZING things! I hope everyone has had a happy Easter! [...]

  • Unexplained Hunger


    I popped out of bed this morning at the early hour of 5:30 and made my way to the yoga studio. There was no class this morning but I was craving quiet time on my mat. I plugged in my iPod with a mix of some of my favorite chill songs and got to work [...]

  • Teamwork


    It is a beautiful night in Charlotte. We ate dinner outside and now I'm set up with my computer blogging with a glass of wine, candles and music. So nice! Similar to this set up but no fire tonight! We really enjoy time on our patio. :) I started today with ashtanga. Ever since I [...]

  • I’m actually becoming a yoga teacher!


    It's been a long, exhausting and amazing weekend. I just wrapped up weekend seven of eight of yoga teacher training and can't believe that we only meet one more time. The past three months have been so focused on teacher training (thank you for hanging in there with me for it!) and the end seemed [...]

  • 80 Degree Friday


    I'm glad that you enjoyed the fun facts/getting to know me post! It was fun to write! Let's quickly catch up on what I've missed the last couple days since I haven't updated on food + workouts. Thursday morning started with an ashtanga practice. It took some serious motivation to get myself out of bed. [...]

  • 10 Day Clean Eating Challenge


    Hello and happy Friday (by the time most of you read this)! I hope everyone had a good week...mine seemed to fly by. Tomorrow kicks off another weekend of yoga teacher training (only three left - can't believe it) and we have it again next weekend. I'm really looking forward to having two weekends in [...]

  • Peanut Butter Fun Friday


    Tomorrow is Friday and I have the weekend off of yoga teacher training. Brandon and I have no plans so I am looking forward to my first relaxing weekend at home in a month! Happiness... I'm celebrating with a fun baking project and you might want to read to the end of the post to [...]

  • Food Truck Picnic


    I'll start this post with a recap of today's workouts because it was a bit of change of pace for me. I received an email from one of my fellow teacher trainees last night that she was going to the studio this morning to practice ashtanga (there was no class scheduled). I wasn't planning on [...]

  • Braving the Storm


    I'm late getting to my blog tonight because I've been working on a fun project for lululemon. Look out for an update with all the details Wednesday! I got yesterday's blog post done early so that Brandon and I could finally spend some time together after I spent all weekend in yoga teacher training. We [...]

  • Yoga Day, Oscar Night


    I know everyone is probably sick of Oscar talk but I am so excited that Natalie Portman won Best Actress last night. Sadly, I was way too exhausted to stay up late enough to see it happen but I checked the news first thing this morning and watched her acceptance speech online. (source) Natalie Portman [...]

  • Super Flow and Second Series Saturday


    Happy weekend! I'm in the midst of trying to survive yoga teacher training - weekend 5 of 8. I seriously mean it when I say, "trying to survive." I really don't remember the last time I was this sore! This weekend starts the change in focus of our training from ashtanga to power yoga. We [...]

  • Face Plant


    Let's address the title of this post first. This morning there was a bit of an incident involving practicing assists and my face smashing into the hardwood floor. My arms were totally bound in this pose... (source) Unfortunately, I somehow ended up face planting into the floor instead of being lifted up. My right cheekbone [...]

  • Teaching and Learning


    Whew...it's been a crazy two days. I missed out on posting Friday night because I had yoga teacher training until 9 p.m. and then came home to eat a late dinner and then prep for a class I taught this morning. Let's work into all the details on that. I'll start with lunch on Friday. [...]

  • The Hunger Monster


    Since my last post was all about feet it’s time to give you an update on food. I didn’t really think it was appropriate (or appetizing) for me to have food photos in the same post as feet. :D One thing I want to share is that I have been so hungry the past few [...]

  • Realigning


    I have been ignoring it for a couple weeks but after this morning's ashtanga practice it had to be addressed. I'm not injured (which I am oh so very thankful for!) but my body hasn't been feeling right. My low back has been feeling compressed, I had a slight bit of neck pain during Sunday's [...]

  • Weekend Part One: Joyful Exhaustion


    I'm going to have to break my weekend recap into two or three posts. First up, yoga teacher training in review while it's all still very fresh. Then tomorrow I'll post a recap of all my eats and hopefully also an overview of what happened with Brandon and Sullie while I was gone. There are [...]