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  • What I’ve Been Eating Wednesday

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    Morning! I was happy to see that my post about living in Charlotte was well received yesterday. I look forward to sharing more about this city with you! I'll also be posting a lot of scenes from around the city on Instagram so don't forget to follow me there. My Wednesday mornings have taken a [...]

  • A Small Change for Earth Day + Recent Eats

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    Hi and Happy Earth Day! In the spirit of Earth Day, I wanted to talk about one small change that I've made recently to help the planet. I have switched over the French press coffee. I have read so much about how much waste single serve coffee makers are creating with all of their various [...]

  • 2015 Intentions Check-In + Life Lately in Food & Puppies

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    Long time, no catch up. I hope your weekend is off to a great start. I started 2015 by sharing my intention to slow down. While I never slowed to a pace that felt just right, I did manage to refocus my priorities somewhat and get some things off my plate. I was feeling like [...]

  • Let Me Upgrade You {iPod Touch Review} + Recent Eats

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    You're totally singing Beyonce in your head now, right? My life changed a little bit yesterday. I received a very generous gift of a brand new 64-gig iPod touch for all of my yoga music and work social media needs. Within an hour I had it fully loaded with all my favorite apps and every [...]

  • Thank You…Dinners this Week…And Remember Handheld CD players!?

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    Hi. And where do I even begin to thank you for the incredible support you showed on my last post? It was amazing and touching to hear from every single one of you that commented via Facebook, Instagram, email or on the post. I will respond to all of the comments because each one was [...]

  • And Upside Down & Inverted Saturday + Recent Eats

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    It's been a wonderful but exhausting day. I taught two hot yoga classes this morning and then headed back to the studio to teach an arm balance and inversions workshop this afternoon. I love, love, love all things inverted and upside down and teaching these workshops is rewarding and a lot of fun. This was [...]

  • Back on the Oatmeal Bandwagon + Creative Dinner Ideas

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    I can't thank you enough for your very heartfelt and thoughtful responses to yesterday's "You Do You" post. I will respond to each of them later today. It's been really amazing to hear so many different stories and perspectives and it's definitely something that needs to be talked about. Speaking of nutrition and exercise, I've been [...]

  • Saturday Road Trip + Week of Eats

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    Sullie and I loaded up around noon today for a road trip down to Georgia to visit my grandmother. Sadly, I left Zoey in very loving care in Charlotte because she's a little too crazy right now for me to manage by myself in the car for four hours. I was also worried about her [...]

  • Friday Stuff + Recent Eats

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    Happy Friday! I had a really great week that was full of teaching and training. I onboarded a new PT client that I'm really excited about working with. I only take on new a client every six months or so and I always make sure that their goals/motivation/current life stage matches up with what I'm [...]

  • Thank You + Zoey at Four Months + Recent Eats

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    Thanks so much for your kind messages and comments on my post yesterday about Sam. It meant a lot to me and my mom always reads the comments so I know she was touched as well. It always feels weird to just pick up and resume normal life after something so sad happens. Before I [...]

  • I Love My Reality…Monday In The Life

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    It was back to reality today but I love my reality so it was a happy Monday! :) I kicked off my day with a 4:55 a.m. wake up call to train clients. I ate half of a banana with almond butter and made a cup of Every Day Detox Tea to take to the [...]

  • Getting Back in the Groove…Recent Eats + Bacon Brussels Sprouts Love

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    I have been so out of the regular blogging groove lately that it's been almost two weeks since I've posted a weekly workout recap or a recent eats post. But that doesn't mean I haven't been working out eating well. Quite the opposite, actually. I have been feeling pretty motivated when it comes to my workouts [...]

  • Recent Eats: Give Me The Christmas Chocolate

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    Happy Monday! It was semi-back to normal for me this morning with a 6:30 a.m. training client at the gym. I usually have four in a row on Monday mornings so only having one client was kind of weird! This week will be a little slow for me as a lot of my clients wrap [...]

  • I Bought Halloween Candy Too Early + Other Things I Can’t Resist {Recent Eats}

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    Hey and happy Wednesday! I'm kind of in a sea of change over here this week and just trying to stay steady. November (which is just days away...how is that possible!?) is bringing the launch of the new Peanut Butter Runner and some big changes to my schedule. It always seems that the universe conspires to [...]

  • What I’ve Been Cooking For Dinner + What I’ve Been Reading

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    Happy Friday! I have been super good about cooking and eating at home this week despite a busy work schedule. I only ate one meal out...dinner on Monday night. The key to this is being prepared! I did a major Whole Foods trip last Sunday to stock the kitchen full of fruits, veggies, breakfast and lunch [...]

  • Weekend: Embracing Fall + Slowing Down

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    I finally embraced fall this weekend. The weather here in Charlotte has been incredible with temperatures in the 60s, sunshine and Carolina blue skies. I kept my weekend really, really low-key and stayed home as much as possible to continue this "nesting/grounding" phase I'm in. It was perfect. I always consider Friday the start of [...]

  • Updates + Summer Loving Eats

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    Happy Monday! I started my week off with 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. clients before coming home to this cutie. Sullie has a case of the Mondays and is being a little lazy but I am ready go GO! That my be in part thanks to the fact that I'm working on my second grande dark [...]

  • How To Cook Perfect Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts + Recent Eats

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    Hi there! I hope everyone is having a great week. One of my friends is teaching a monthly yoga class at the Ritz Carlton. For just $20 you get a 75 minute vinyasa class in their 18th floor yoga studio with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city, as well as access to the amazing [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Honey Balsamic Glazed Chicken Breasts {Recipe}

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    Several years ago I received a copy of the Canyon Ranch Nourish cookbook from a friend as a gift. It has become one of my favorite cookbooks and I have made more recipes from it that any other cookbook on my bookshelf (with the exception of The Gourmet Cookbook...we spent a lot of time together [...]

  • Simple & Clean Cooking & Eating Lately

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    Hi and happy Wednesday. So I just posted a "Throwback Thursday" photo on Instagram...and then someone pointed out that it's actually Wednesday. Delete. I blame it on 5:30 a.m. clients three days in a row. Thank god for Starbucks reward drinks. Yesterday I treated myself to a venti soy latte. The barista asked me if [...]

  • Recent Eats + My New Favorite Salad Combo

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    Welcome to recent eats: the salad and smoothie edition. I think that our immediate launch into summer here in Charlotte put me in the mood for cold and light food. I'm NOT COMPLAINING though. I will take 90 degree days over 40 degree days ANYTIME. I am a summer girl through and through. Bring on [...]

  • Recent (REALLY GOOD!) Eats + Rethinking Mashed Cauliflower

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    I take back all the mean things that I said about mashed cauliflower. I was too quick to judge! Back in December I made mashed cauliflower at home for the first time. The problem was that I gave it a half-hearted effort and tried to puree it in small batches in my tiny food processor. [...]

  • Recent Eats + Early Morning Workouts

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    Hi and happy Wednesday! I just finished teaching my 6:30 a.m. yogis at Y2 Yoga. This is one of my favorite classes of the week. Most of the people who come to this class are getting their yoga in before they go to work and they're serious, focused and hard working! It's so special to [...]

  • Parmesan Panko Chicken Tenders {Recipe}

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    Today I have an easy, crowd pleasing chicken recipe to share with you. I've been making variations of this breaded chicken since I started cooking and this parmesan panko version has become my go to. What I love most about this Parmesan Panko Chicken is how quickly it cooks and how versatile it is. You [...]

  • 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: Photo Shoot Week Edition

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    Welcome to recent eats, photo shoot week edition. Let me sum it up for you...it was NOT EXCITING. Lots of juicing, smoothies, soup, protein and veggies. Not a carb to be seen until we wrapped on Friday (scroll down for the Friday night celebration carb fest). Y'all know I am all about eat all foods [...]

  • This Week’s Eats + Off to Mexico!

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    Happy Friday! This time tomorrow afternoon I'll be practicing yoga on an open air pier in Mexico with this view... This trip crept up so fast! I can't believe that I'll be spending the next week in Mexico on a yoga retreat with many of my close friends and students from Y2 Yoga. We had [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Spinach and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Meatloaf

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    This is a recipe repost from my original blog, Bakin' and Eggs. I am slowly migrating my favorite recipes over to this site. This chicken meatloaf has been a favorite for almost five years!  One of my favorite things that my grandmother cooked when I was growing up was meatloaf. It was a traditional beef-based [...]

  • Time Management + This Week’s Eats

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    I am shouting a big TGIF after a pretty grueling training and teaching schedule week. I had 5:30 or 6 a.m. clients Tuesday-Friday in addition to all of my regular stuff, bringing the total number of clients trained for the week to seven (+ two cancels which almost always happens at some point ever week) [...]

  • How To Make Dinner Happen After A Long Day + Recent Eats

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    I am long overdue a post with some recent eats. I've gone all week without sharing any with you and there is lots of good stuff to share! I was training a client this morning and she commented that she was reading my blog and didn't understand how I have time to put together the [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Fireplace Coziness, Scandal & Recent Eats

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    Morning. It's cold and gray in Charlotte this morning. Perfect weather for the first fire of the season last night. Fires and candles make things so cozy. Especially for watching my newest obsession Scandal. This show is highly addictive. I started watching it on Netflix a few weeks ago and I'm already halfway through season two. [...]

  • Updates All-Around: Career & The Usual Stuff

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    It's been a really good week. I recently stepped out of my role as general manager of the gym and into a position where I provide marketing, website, communications and social media support on a more part-time basis. This frees me up to spend more time teaching, training and writing while still allowing me to [...]

  • Weekend Part One: My first home office, baking and workouts.

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    Well, I didn't get lost in the  madness that is Ikea. Actually, I totally recommend Friday night as an ideal time to visit Ikea. It was the least crazy I have ever seen the store. I did come home with a shiny new desk and chair and I have my first real home office ever! [...]

  • Real Life Friday + 3 New Song Picks

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    Happy Friday! Just a few updates for you before I go brave Ikea. If you don't hear from me tomorrow send out the search teams. :P The first noteworthy item to share is that I am wearing regular people clothes to work today!!! This might be the second time ever. I took a 6:30 a.m. [...]

  • Food & Fitness Inspiration for a GREAT week ahead!

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    Happy Monday! The sun is shining here in Charlotte and we are enjoying perfect fall weather that is crisp and energizing. It was 37 degrees when I woke up to go to yoga this morning. Our coldest morning since April! I had to turn my heat on for the first time last night. I am [...]

  • My Favorite Treadmill Workout

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    Happy, happy Friday! When I run outside I am happy to keep a comfortable pace while I listen to music or an audiobook, enjoy the scenery and zone out. On the other hand, when I run on the treadmill I need a lot more stimulation. One way that I entertain myself is by reviewing BodyPump [...]

  • The Week In Food, Workouts and Life

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    Hi everyone! Thanks for your wonderful feedback on my posts this week. I appreciate the support and positivity! But now I have a whole week to catch you up on during my short break from the frenzy of getting ready for a weekend away. The Food... Salad with kale, spinach, arugula, roasted red peppers, artichokes, [...]

  • Pimento Cheese Chicken

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    Hola! I'm en route to Kiawah Island in South Carolina where I will spend the next 5 days at a Young President's Organization conference. More details on that later but I'm so excited for the opportunity to attend this event. It's going to be a once in a lifetime experience! First, let me give a [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Crossing It Off The Wish List

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    When people ask me if I'm into photography I explain to them that it's not a "passion" exactly but I take pictures every single day. So by default of doing it so much and wanting my photographs to look nice, I have kind of gotten into it. I'm not motivated to go out and take [...]

  • Going Through The Motions v. Being Really In It

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    A few things to share... - My heart breaks for those facing devastation and loss in Oklahoma. Have you seen this touching live interview where a woman is reunited with her dog? - I updated the Workouts + Yoga page. So excited to continue to add to this. Maybe one day I can find a [...]

  • The Week In Fitness And Food

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    Annnddd let's return to regularly scheduled programming. Well, I don't know that any posts have been "regular" around here lately but today we'll get back to food and fitness which I guess is the "heart" of the blog. Although lately I feel it's kind of been a steady rotation of yoga, what I'm eating, workout, [...]

  • Working Out Hard + Eating Good

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    Oh my...I have a feeling that I'm going to be unbelievably sore tomorrow. On Monday I did this ladder WOD. I went light on my clean and jerks at 55# because I wasn't feeling super great and was in a space where I couldn't drop weight but I did kip all of the pullups. It [...]

  • Baking Projects + Winning Chicken Dish + Artichokes

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    It's going to be a good week. I kicked it off by looonnngggg overdo catching up with some of my dear friends with lengthy phone calls on Sunday night. I have several fun events to attend this week and I'm heading to Chicago on Friday for a girl's weekend. I've also got lots of good [...]

  • Video Post: Early AM Workout Nutrition, Packing Gym Bags, CrossFit Recovery and More

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    Happy Friday! Happy Friday! Wait, let me say it again...happy Friday! Thank you so much for the amazing feedback on yesterday's post. I've said it so many times but I feel so grateful to have this space where we can all share and contribute. Your feedback and openness touches my heart. Seriously. It has been [...]

  • 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 [...]