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  • End of the Year Catch Up

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    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 [...]

  • An Unexpected Weekend

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    My weekend didn't exactly go as expected. I planned to go visit my grandmother in Georgia but I felt kind of off on Friday so I decided to delay my visit until Saturday and see how I felt. I'm so glad that I did because I was coughing and had lost my voice by the [...]

  • Florida Part Three: Pizza Night + Go Karts

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    Someone left a comment on my last post that they bet this final Florida post would contain wedding pictures. I'm sad to report that the best you're going to get here is some pizza. Not quite the same...haha! The last two days of our trip were so much fun (and full of good food!). We [...]

  • Why I Told My Yoga Class to Eat Pizza + Playlist

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    I am feeling the holiday crazies something serious this year. When my editor told me my book deadline was January 5 and apologized for the holiday timeline, I didn't think much of it. Now that I'm in the moment...I have to admit that I'm dying a little. I want to be shopping, baking cookies and [...]

  • Sweaty Turkeys, Pho and Pizza

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    I am a little delayed in getting the weekend update to you because I spent Sunday and Monday in a flurry of house projects. The good news is that I made major progress and I finally have a "house tour" type post to share with you featuring my kitchen renovations. I kicked off the weekend [...]

  • Thunder Road Half Marathon Race Recap {PR + Sub-1:45}

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    It's a happy Saturday over here. I ran my first half marathon in four years this morning and not only PR'd but went sub-1:45 with a finishing time of 1:44:25. It was a seven and a half minute PR from my last half marathon in 2010 where I ran the same race I did today, [...]

  • Weekend: Pizza & My First Ray LaMontagne

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    Hi. It's been a really great Monday. I would skip the weekend recap post and go straight into the new week (because it's bringing many changes) but the weekend was so good I have to share that quickly and then we'll move on! :) The weekend post is brought to you thanks to pizza, M&Ms and Ray [...]

  • The MOST Delicious Week of Eats!

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    I think this might be the best week of eats that I've had to share with you in a really long time. Some great meals here in Charlotte coupled with being in my dad's kitchen has been a pretty awesome combo. Let's dive right in. Warning, you will be hungry after reading this post! Breakfast [...]

  • Recent Eats: Half Marathon Hunger

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    My half marathon training plan is officially kicking my ass a little! I'm on week 6 of 11 and this is the halfway rest week in my training plan. After five weeks of increasing intensity, I finally get to take a step back. No speed work or long runs this week. Just lots of easy [...]

  • Recent Eats: Bolognese, Scallops + The Best Apples

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    Oh my gosh. Today was nuts! I literally didn't stop moving all day. For those of you who love "day in the life" here's brief synopsis of mine. 5:30-9 a.m. - gym...train 3 clients and meeting 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - home for breakfast, write first PBR blog post, respond to comments and so [...]

  • My Perfect Friday Night + Day In The Life

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    Hey and happy weekend! I've reached a new level of lame (and awesome at the same time). My Friday night has included working out, the grocery store, a walk with the pup, cooking homemade pizza, painting my nails and watching a combo of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader show and a Sex and the City marathon. It's [...]

  • Recent Eats: Lunch Bowls, Lots of Mexican, Pizza & Ranch

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    Hi and happy Tuesday! It's the most beautiful morning here in Charlotte. It's 73 degrees, sunny and the humidity is low. It was like this yesterday too and I went for an awesome four mile sunset run to soak it all up...before it's 97 degrees again on Friday. This is how we roll in the [...]

  • Weekend: Pampering, CrossFit Throwdown, Night Out + More

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    The weekend was a whirlwind. It flew by at record pace but it was full of good things and fun times. (Whoa. Yes, that's a lot of me up close and personal for the first photo of the post!) I trained four clients, taught a yoga class, went into the Charlotte Observer office for a [...]

  • Recent Eats + Perfect Imperfection

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    Good morning and happy Sunday. After days of rain I awoke to a beautiful, cool summer morning here in Charlotte. It's amazing what a little sunshine can do for the soul. Today's recent eats post is...all over the place. You're going to see the last of my vacation eats + what I've had since I [...]

  • Recent Eats & Renovations

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    Good morning. First, this. The light of my life. Second, this. That would be my gutters, removed from the house, sitting in my front yard. What began as a small repair project has morphed into a whole new ball game. And what began with just replacing my kitchen counter tops has morphed into exterior work, [...]

  • Recent Eats: Eating Out

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    Happy Friday! I am so happy to see the arrival of the weekend. This was a brutal week for me in terms of sleep. I was out every night with various social engagements and up every morning for 5:30 a.m. clients. I do teach on Saturday and Sunday mornings but getting up at 7 a.m. [...]

  • How to Make Delicious Pizza Using FlatOut Wraps

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    If I had to list five of my favorite foods the list would include pizza, ice cream, cheese, cupcakes and peanut butter. Not exactly all the healthiest choices but very delicious! Recently, I've discovered an easy, lighter alternative to pizza that makes a great lunch or weeknight dinner. FlatOut pizza! I have been using FlatOut [...]

  • A Day In the Life: Birthday Edition

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    Hi there! Sorry I've been MIA for a couple of days but I was soaking up momma + bday time. Here's a look at my birthday in photos. It was a great day and I felt so lucky to have my mom here with me for it! It started bright and early at Metro where I coached [...]

  • Recent Eats: Home At The Beach

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    It's been so nice to be out of my kitchen and in my dad's...both delicious and inspiring. My dad's been getting all crazy lately with making homemade bread, pizza dough and even his own yogurt on the regular. I'm going to share all of that in a separate post where I can brag on him. [...]

  • Pizza, Ice Cream and Another Happy Birthday

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    Hello, hello! I hope that Monday was kind to you. Mine was SO good but unusually busy. - Subbed 6:30 a.m. hot vinyasa class at Y2 - Breakfast, shower, answer emails and meal plan from 8-9:30 a.m. - Whole Foods to shop for my client 10-11 a.m. - Meal prep for my client 11:15-3:30 p.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 [...]

  • Recent Eats + Friday Pizza Night

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    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 [...]

  • A (Very) Long (And Eventful) Trip Home

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    Today has been a whirlwind of catching up. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to attend my friend's destination wedding in Punta Cana but it made for a lot of travel in five days! Yesterday was a 14 hour comedy of errors in getting home and I have to share it with [...]

  • What I’ve Been Eating Wednesday

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    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 [...]

  • Weekend in photos featuring pizza, yoga and sushi. My faves.

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    Here's a look at my weekend in photos... Friday night pizza. I needed this like no one's business. Saturday morning at the farmers market after a beautiful yoga practice with Grace Morales. Highlights including mountain apples, lacinto kale, rainbow chard and the most ginormous bunch of beets for a whopping $4. Paleo banana bread but [...]

  • The time I fell in love with pressure washing + Hotshots 19 Workout

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    Things have been a little crazy the past few days. The great home improvement mission has continued in full force. Things got really serious late Monday afternoon when I discovered the joys of pressure washing. Once I started I couldn't stop. It's one of those instantly gratifying things. I pressure washed my back patio for [...]

  • Oh Homeownership

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    Help! Today there has been a (gross) toilet on my front porch. And I emptied my kitchen cabinets and gave them a thorough scrubbing. Over the course of the last couple of weeks BOTH of the toilets in my house decided to quit working properly (they were ancient) and my AC died for the fifth [...]

  • You Never Know

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    I have been in a really contemplative place lately. I don't know how better to describe it but I'm in major evaluation mode. I'm okay. I'm just thinking about a lot of things and working on a lot of things. This is a good thing. I taught a yoga class this morning and during my [...]

  • Puppies & Pizza

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    It's after midnight. I tried to go to bed but it's 77 degrees in my house, the air conditioner sounds like a freight train and I can't sleep. So hello! Clearly, when the AC guy told me the motor could "go any day now" he wasn't kidding. ;) I'll have to take care of this ASAP [...]

  • Monday + Pizza + Sullie

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    This photo sums up how Sullie and I feel about Monday. I woke up at 6 a.m. to another pounding headache on the right side of my head. I have had one every day since last week. I took it as a sign to skip my morning yoga class, took some ibuprofen and went back [...]

  • Memorial Day Weekend “Staycation”

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    Three-day Memorial Day weekend was a huge success. I ate good food, relaxed by the pool, spent time with friends, did yardwork, QT with Sullie, taught and took yoga, CrossFitted and more. Now you know why I haven't been around to update all weekend! I figured y'all were out having fun too so here's an [...]

  • A Week Requiring Pizza, Sushi and Peanut Butter

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    It's been a good week. Super productive and not crazy busy at work and I've had plenty of times for friends, relaxation and yoga. I haven't felt this caught up on life in a really long time. It's nice. Photos of late. Single-serve pre-made pizza from Whole Foods. Exceeded my expectations. I have been enjoying my [...]

  • Weekend Part 2 – Bad Movies, Cookouts and Workouts

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    On Saturday night I saw one of the worst movies I've seen in quite a while. Maybe it's not fair to say "the worst" because it wasn't that the acting, special effects, etc was that bad...it was more the overwhelming amount of graphic action. It was Olympus Has Fallen. I just cannot hang with nonstop [...]

  • Weekend in Photos

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    I have a lot to share but it will have to wait until tomorrow! For now here is a quick look into my weekend. We are very dog friendly at Metro Fitness Club. Sullie loved hanging out with our director of operation's cute pup Felix on Friday. Sullie is seriously awesome at the gym. I [...]

  • Jewelry // Food // Workouts

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    Happy Wednesday! My day is off to a fabulous start. I subbed a 6:30 a.m. hot vinyasa class. Nothing brings me more joy early in the morning than helping people to start their day with a yoga practice. It's just as therapeutic for me as the teacher as it is for them. Who needs coffee [...]

  • Carb Loading…and Les Mills GRIT!

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    I'm drowning my sorrows and preparing for tomorrow's race with pizza. And red wine...and strawberry ice cream. Okay, I'm totally kidding when I say that I'm carb loading for a 5K. The truth is that I've just been craving pizza all week and something about Friday night pizza feels like complete perfection. Running nutrition lesson...despite [...]

  • The Weekend In Photos

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    I had such a nice weekend with a great balance of downtime and fun/friend/yoga time. Here's a look in photos. Friday night dinner was seared sea scallops with an herb wine butter sauce, pine nut cous cous and sauteed greens. Lots of hot tea with my ingenuiTEA pot. It's such an easy way to use [...]

  • Sweet Friday

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    I don't know if there are words to describe how insanely happy I am that it's Friday night. How happy I am that the week has finally ended, that I got to take a yoga class tonight and that I have zero plans this weekend other than doing whatever it is that I feel like [...]

  • Good Eats In Asheville

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    Last Asheville post for you...this time food focused! While I do love hiking and all of the outdoor activities that the Asheville area has to offer, the food and general good vibe of the city are what keep me coming back. I don't know if it was the arrival of fall and the awesome weather [...]

  • Girls Weekend

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    One guess where I am. Asheville. I just can't stay away! I have been planning a girls weekend getaway for months and it's finally here! You all know how much I love Asheville and I'm thrilled to be here on such a beautiful weekend with wonderful friends. I knew today would be crazy trying with [...]

  • We Are Complete

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    Last year at this very moment I was teaching my Sunday morning hot yoga class on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I remember trying to prepare for the class the night before and ending up in tears because nothing that I could do or say would be enough to honor and remember those who lost [...]

  • Crash And Burn

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    It's 9 p.m. on Friday night and I'm sitting on the couch under a blanket drinking chai tea and watching TLC. I ate a frozen meal for dinner. To give myself credit, it was from Trader Joe's and actually tasted great. I tend to get in patterns where I go, go, go and then crash. [...]

  • The Weekend + Crockpot Salsa Chicken Recipe

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    I don't have too much to report from the weekend. It's been very low-key. Saturday morning involved CrossFit. The second I checked the blog and saw this WOD I abandoned plans to practice  yoga and headed over to the new gym instead. This is an ideal WOD for me for an all over good workout. [...]

  • Pups + Pizza = Happiness

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    One of the perks of my job (there are too many to list!) is that I can bring Sullie into the gym with me when I'm spending time knocking out desk work. Science Daily actually just published an article about a study that shows dogs in the workplace can reduce stress and make the job more satisfying for [...]

  • Welcome Weekend

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    The weekend is off to a great start. Good food, killer workouts, friends, yoga and the farmers market. It's so nice to be in town and back to the normal weekend routine. I really enjoyed my Friday. I spent the morning shadowing/observing personal training sessions before coming home for lunch. Lunch featured the leftover Grit [...]

  • Pizza And The Biebs

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    Thanks for the great feedback on yesterday's yoga post. And thanks again to Brittany for the inspiration. :) I really enjoy writing posts that aren't so "this is what I ate, this is the workout I did today" so it was a fun one for me! Now, back to "this is what I ate." Ha. [...]

  • Babies and Bellies

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    It seems like every day I hear about a new pregnancy or baby being born. I guess that's just the stage of life that I'm in right now. I attended a baby shower for Caitlin yesterday and there were five pregnant ladies in attendance. Impressive! Also, I got word late last night that one of [...]

  • Hard Workouts, Good Food

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    Happy, happy, happy Friday! Although I can't believe it's already Friday! When I travel on the weekends and then jump back into a busy week, time seems to fly. I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend in Charlotte so that I can catch up and get organized. Two things that I pretty much feel like [...]

  • I’m At The Beach

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    I'm at the beach! It feels so good to see the water. I haven't been to a beach since late last summer and I think that may be a record for me...far too long! I'm in Hilton Head, South Carolina but not for a relaxing weekend of lounging beachside with drink in hand. Quite the [...]

  • Pizza Makes Gray Days Better

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    It was a rainy and chilly day in Charlotte and my mood was pretty blah to match it. It is crazy how much my mood is impacted by the weather. Even if I'm not having the best day, warm sunshine and blue skies can make me feel at ease. After many days of abundant sunshine, [...]