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  • Peaches & Cream Egg White Oatmeal


    Good morning! You know how life seems to ebb and flow? There are good times, bad times and a lot of mundane in between. Over the last few weeks I've come to realize that I'm smack in the middle of one of those good times and feeling a deeper sense of peace and ease right now than [...]

  • End of the Year Catch Up


    It's the last day of 2015 and I have a lot to catch you up on before we move to a new year! I'm thinking we're going to have to start riding around in boats instead of cars over here. The rain has been crazy! My thoughts are with all of those who are experiencing [...]

  • Pear & Cranberry Cream of Wheat & Oatmeal Bowl


    There's nothing like a big bowl of oatmeal to warm you up on a cold morning. Temperatures in Charlotte have been dropping down into the 20s overnight so breakfast has been all about warm foods. After spending last winter drinking green smoothies while shivering in front of a space heater I decided that while smoothies [...]

  • Recent Eats: The Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Edition (Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe!)


    Happy Friday! I got almost 9 hours of sleep last night which was so nice. I woke up naturally around 7:20 and invited Sullie up for some cuddles. It's a cold, rainy day so I'm now camped out at my desk with a space heater and french pressed coffee. Perfect Friday morning. While I don't [...]

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


    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 [...]

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


    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


    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


    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 [...]

  • Thank You + Zoey at Four Months + Recent Eats


    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 [...]

  • Cleaning to Deal with Chaos + Recent Eats + The Rising Popularity of Brussels Sprouts


    My mom called last night to check on me. She said I hadn't updated my blog in several days so she was worried. Ha! No reason to worry...I usually carve out time to blog no matter what but I just couldn't make it happen. My week passed in a haze of coffee, spreadsheets, muddy golden retrievers [...]

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


    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 [...]

  • Weekend + Recent Eats


    Happy Monday! I kicked my day off bright and early with four clients in a row at the gym starting at 5:30 a.m. Three training clients and one yoga private. Everyone asked how my weekend was and it kinda felt like it never even happened...it just passed in a blur. I stayed home on Friday [...]

  • Recent Eats + Puppy Updates


    Thank you so much for all of your sweet messages and comments about Zoey. I promise a steady stream of updates including info on how I raise her...food schedules, house breaking, exercise, leash training, obedience, etc. Goldens are really smart dogs and do well with training at a young age so we've already started. I [...]

  • Recent Eats: So Much Fall + You’re the Best Blog Readers


    Okay, you guys are amazing. Every time I check the comments on the Erin McDermott giveaway and read about thing things you feel grateful for right now, it makes me smile and feel so happy. Seriously, if you need a pick me up...bookmark this post and remember that life is good and we have so [...]

  • Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal {Recipe}


    Good morning! I promised the apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe yesterday but then I got distracted. By babies! Two of my best friends just had babies within a week of each other. They are 3 and 4 weeks old. I met one friend for lunch and another for a walk and visit. This baby is like, [...]

  • Weekend: Embracing Fall + Slowing Down


    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 [...]

  • Fall For Real + Recent Eats


    As much as I've tried to avoid fall and have complained about all the early pumpkin pushing, it's here. Today is the first full day of fall and it sure does feel like it in Charlotte. It's 60 degrees, gray and raining on and off. My body and mind are feeling the change of seasons. I woke up [...]

  • Seasonal Eating + Recent Eats (And Cute Sullie!)


    I have not been feeling super inspired when it comes to cooking lately. I think I'm just tired of cold weather foods (as I type this I have dinner in the crock pot) and I'm ready for seasonal ingredients and lighter fare. I can't wait to fire up the grill for summer veggies and burgers. [...]

  • Packing More Protein Into Breakfast with AllWhites Egg Whites {Recipe & Giveaway}


    Breakfast is an important meal that I never skip. There are so many benefits of eating breakfast including higher energy levels, increased mental focus, better portion control throughout the day, metabolism boost and maintaining body weight. My struggle with breakfast is getting enough protein. I blogged about how important protein is as a part of [...]

  • This Week’s Eats + Off to Mexico!


    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 [...]

  • Snow Week Eats + Earthquake!


    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!


    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 [...]

  • Recent Eats: Homemade Goodness


    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 [...]

  • Time Management + This Week’s Eats


    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) [...]

  • Grilled Cheese, Gnocchi & Green Smoothies


    First things first, thanks for the comments on my Monday post. It feels really good to know that I can open up and write from the heart and be supported in that. It's even better when you tell me it resonates with you and that it even helps out in any small way. I am [...]

  • Recent Eats + Friday Pizza Night


    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 [...]

  • Friday Nails, Cupcakes & Steak


    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


    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. [...]

  • The Week in Food and Fitness


    Please vote for my Chicken Marsala Mac and Cheese recipe in the Colombo Marsala Wine Challenge. It takes two seconds! My dish is today's featured recipe on their Facebook page! Like ,share and help spread the word!!! Hi there! Hope y'all are staying warm.  It has been such a wonderful weekend. I have a ton to [...]

  • Fun Leggings Trend Continues + Rebecca Michaels Giveaway


    Hi and happy Tuesday! I have had a lot on my mind lately which I think is standard for this time of year. We are moving into the holidays, it's the season of love, thanks and gratitude and 2013 is winding down. I haven't been sleeping especially well and there's been a lot of tossing [...]

  • I Can’t Dance


    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 [...]

  • Weekend Part 1: iPhones & Handstands


    Hi there. Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Here is a look at the first part of mine in photos. Somehow I lasted until 4 p.m. with NO COFFEE on Friday. I deserve a medal. I swung by Starbucks on my way to run errands and treated myself to a soy latte. First holiday cup [...]

  • Updates All-Around: Career & The Usual Stuff


    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 [...]

  • What I’ve Been Eating Wednesday


    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 [...]

  • Late Visit To Lulu…After Wine…And the bright yellow pants that came home with me.


    Lately I've gotten into a really nice weekend groove where I've had plenty of time for running errands, farmers market trips, yoga practices and most importantly...being at home where I can get things done around the house, bake, cook and relax. There has been a ton of work done to my house and yard over [...]

  • Week Wrap Up & Welcome November


    Happy Friday. It's November 1. I cannot believe there are only two months left in this year. I welcomed November by sleeping until 7:45 and skipping early yoga and making a smoothie. Here's a look at some of the other things I've been eating this week. Another oatmeal breakfast. Sandwich and salad lunch. The treat [...]

  • Monday Productivity, Meals & Teaching Cycle


    When my alarm went off at 6 a.m. on Monday morning I considered rolling over and going back to sleep but instead I thought about all the things I wanted to accomplish on Monday and decided to start my day with yoga instead of blowing off my practice. It was a great decision! My practice [...]

  • Exercise for Energy


    I have been sleeping terribly this week. I haven't been making it to bed until almost midnight and I've been waking up really early (like 4 a.m. early) wide awake and not able to fall back asleep. I know this sounds a little crazy but I can usually put myself back to sleep by trying [...]

  • Wednesday Workouts & Eats + 3 Songs I’m Loving


    Good morning! I had an early wake up call for a 6 a.m. client. It's always tough to get out of bed when the alarm goes off in the five o'clock hour but once I'm up, I love it. Early morning has always been the most productive time of the day for me. When I [...]

  • Eats + Spinning + Sweet Sullie


    Hi there. I was excited and a little surprised t0 receive some positive feedback on the makeup finds posts and requests for more. I'm happy to oblige (when I have relevant conent to share) given that I've kind of moved away from the strict "what I'm eating and how I'm working out" formula and let [...]

  • Monday Perspective + Eats + Randoms


    Hello. I hope Monday was kind to you. I hit one of those, "Ahhhh...there is so much going on right now that I can't focus on anything anymore" moments around 5 p.m. so I evacuated my office to go for a run. It was sunny and mid-fifties and the next couple of days are supposed [...]

  • The Evolution Of A Half Moon (And News)


    I am so happy right now. The weather gods must have heard my rant on Monday about working out when it's cold because it's 70 degrees and sunny in Charlotte right now...and it's supposed to stay like this for the next four days. I could cry! Thank you weird southern weather for always bringing us [...]

  • (Not Trying To) Get Back On Track


    I have a few end of year/new year related posts to share with you in the upcoming days but for today I thought I would actually share some of the things I've been eating lately. It's been a while since I have written a meals-based post and I'm sure most of you could use a [...]

  • Free Your Mind


    I am feeling low on energy today. I don't know if it's a "holiday hangover," the gray day or maybe I'm coming down with something (please God no...) but I am lethargic and blah. I am sure that a workout would energize me and get me moving but I am not sure how likely that [...]

  • A Festive Sunday


    I taught yoga this morning, took from my favorite teacher this afternoon, baked gingerbread, bought holiday candles, had brunch with friends and am now curled up on the couch under a blanket with wine and How The Grinch Stole Christmas on TV. I think that classifies as a good day? Breakfast before teaching yoga this [...]

  • Pumpkin In The Morning


    Last night I wrote this whole post on 2012 and my feelings about all of the change and struggle that myself and everyone around me seem to be going through. I definitely questioned whether or not I really wanted to publish it because y'all know I have a hard time with the "putting myself out [...]

  • Cranberry, Apple And Walnut Quinoa


    What a weekend. I survived my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course. It was an educational, humbling and overall enjoyable experience. I cannot talk or think about CrossFit anymore right now so I will write a recap/overview of the course later this week once I've had a little break from it! To say that I am [...]

  • A Good Start


    Thank you for your comments, e-mails, Tweets and messages. Each and every one was humbling and touching beyond words. I do feel lucky and grateful to be a part of such a powerful network of women (and some men!). Each day presents a new challenge and lesson to be learned. A friend of mine forwarded [...]

  • Sickness Settles In


    Good news! I just got a killer deal on a flight to go visit my parents at the beach in early October. The weather should be absolutely beautiful and I'm looking forward to a long weekend on the beach and some quality time with my family! Until then I'll be dreaming of this... Bad news. [...]

  • Odds And Ends


    This post is going to be a little bit of this, little bit of that. SOYJOY Giveaway Winner Comment #157 from Ashley. I promise that the winning comment number was randomly generated and I did not play favorites based on peanut butter dipping! Frog-dog Half dog, half frog, 100% cute.  Pumpkin First fall bowl of pumpkin banana oatmeal. Sullie is excited to [...]