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  • Birds, Babies and What I’ve Been Eating Recently Wednesday

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    Hi and happy Wednesday! I missed you guys yesterday because my day was jam-packed and ended with a fiasco of getting a bird out of my house and babies. I was getting ready to meet a girlfriend for a walk and dinner and went into the kitchen to find Zoey going crazy. She had a [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Boost Your Brainpower Spinach, Quinoa and Berry Salad

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    This post is sponsored by Dole Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Dole provided me with compensation for my time and recipe development. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are mine. March 16-22 is Brain Awareness Week. This annual event is a global celebration of the brain that brings attention to brain science advances and promotes brain [...]

  • Giving Up the Flat Iron, Pancakes & Winners

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    Hi there! I have loved your enthusiasm this week about froyo, Coldplay and Target. Read to the end of the post for the giveaway winners! :) I have a little more shopping to share with you + some delicious recent eats. Talk about stores that suck you in and make you spend more money than [...]

  • What I’ve Been Cooking Up

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    This morning started with a 4:55 a.m. alarm for a 5:30 a.m. training client. Surprisingly enough, I bounded out of bed and felt great. My client has been sick/traveling so this was our first 5:30 a.m. in several weeks. Time to get back in the groove! I had another client at 6:30 a.m. and then [...]

  • Grilled Cheese, Gnocchi & Green Smoothies

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    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 [...]

  • Grocery Restock, Cranberry Sauce Recipe, Tuesday Eats & Details On A Yoga Retreat

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    Hi and happy Wednesday. I so enjoyed reading your comments on my last post about your travel mishaps. Smooth travel is definitely never a guarantee but I think it's worth it! :) As I mentioned in my last post, I spent most of Tuesday catching up and getting back into the groove. Here's a look [...]

  • Comfort Food In The Cold

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    Good morning! I hope y'all are having a great week so far. How is it already Wednesday? It's flying by! We had one of those crazy turns in weather yesterday where it was 60 degrees at 10 a.m. but the wind picked up and the temperature dropped quickly. It was 40 and dark by 4 [...]

  • Coldness, Cake and Corporate Wellness

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    It was a brisk 35ish degrees when I woke up this morning. The weather this year has been all kinds of weird. We had such a rainy and mild summer and I feel like it's going to be a cold winter ahead! According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, my inkling is correct. "Winter will be [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Building the Lunch Bowl (+ Friday Wine Lunch!)

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    Happy Friday! I missed y'all yesterday but I was too busy with work to blog. By the time I got home, showered, ate dinner and made it to the couch it was after 10 p.m. and all I had energy for was sitting and staring at the screen. I did watch the finale of The [...]

  • The Bear Complex

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    I'm so late getting this post up but it's been a long day. It started with zero sleep last night after taking that Zyrtec-D yesterday afternoon. It was that kind of sleep where you feel like you were never really asleep but semi-awake all night, you know? Needless to say, I will not be taking [...]

  • Cookies For Dinner

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    Today was a great day. I have been working on the 2013 plan for the gym for the past few weeks. I presented it yesterday and the meeting went really well. The plan couldn't have been better received. I am so excited to kick off a new year and have a solid plan/strategy to work [...]

  • Good Food

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    While I'm sad to hear that so many other people are dealing with running/sports-related injuries, I am excited that so many of you are interested in focusing on mobility in December. I'll try to share with you each day what I'm doing from a mobility standpoint and a couple of times a week I will [...]

  • The Kitchen Sink

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    Happy weekend! I am NOT happy right now given that the Dawgs just lost to Alabama. Such a good game but so sad that we will not be heading to the national championship. Let's focus on other things, okay? I was in the mood for a vegetarian dinner last night so I baked tofu, roasted [...]

  • Like Christmas Morning

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    It was like Christmas morning for me when I woke up! It's new roof day!!! You know you've really become a full-fledged, responsible, home-owning adult when things like a new roof excite you this much. The roof on the house is over 20-years old and has tons of damage. I was even starting to get [...]

  • Cranberry, Apple And Walnut Quinoa

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    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 [...]

  • Blog Direction + Green Coconut Curry Recipe

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    I have been a little sporadic with posting lately. It's not that I don't have a ton of ideas for things that I want to post about (lacrosse ball mobility, active v. dynamic stretching, a stability ball core workout, a yoga for runners video, recipes, etc.), it's more that I am lacking the time to [...]

  • Odds And Ends

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    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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Listen Up

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    Food has been a little boring. Peanut butter, honey and banana on a gluten-free Trader Joe's frozen waffle. I am loving using these as an alternative to toast in the morning. Thanks to whoever recommended the TJs brand. I like it better than Van's. Leftover Mexican Quinoa. I can't get enough. This stuff is so [...]

  • Mexican Quinoa V2 + Strong & Confident

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    I really loved all of the pet discussion today about food and training. I try to keep the blog mostly focused on food/fitness/lifestyle and try to not go overboard with the pet pictures/posts. I do consider owning a pet to be part of my lifestyle so I'm happy that the food post was well received. [...]

  • Shifting Gears

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the kind words about my post yesterday. I spent a lot longer on the post than I usually do.  I kept going back and editing it and I considered not publishing it at all. When I did publish it, I immediately wanted to take it down. It can [...]

  • A Healthy “Cookie” Fail

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    While I was in the throws of domesticity yesterday, I took a breather on the couch and decided to browse my "i love peanut butter" board on Pinterest in search of a baking project. In a moment of weakness, I actually thought it would be a good idea to bake peanut butter cookies with chickpeas. [...]

  • From Student To Teacher

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    My day of rest and meds helped. I feel much better today! I think that I'll be able to avoid this turning into cold/sinus infection and I am so thankful for that. I mentioned this in my last post but I haven't been sick in a very long time (knock on wood). I think that's [...]

  • Blender Envy And Protein Powder

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    I ended up taking another rest day on Wednesday. I was working the front desk at the new gym last night and watching everyone do the CrossFit workout (running, box jumps and wall balls) and I just couldn't motivate myself to jump in to the last class of the evening. I feared that if I [...]

  • Anticipation + Beach Reads 2012

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    I am so excited I can hardly stand it! This time tomorrow I'll be arriving here... My parents just moved to Okaloosa Island which is located on the Florida panhandle just outside of Destin. We actually grew up going to Destin for two weeks every summer (back when it was a small beach town!) and [...]

  • Quinoa For A Cause

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    And it's Friday! I have a nice weekend getaway planned. It's my last weekend of freedom before our new location opens and I'm on lockdown in the city of Charlotte so I wanted to take advantage of it. More details on that later. ;) I had a piece of toast with peanut butter and honey [...]

  • Loving Lately

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    I'm short on time but full of inspiration. You're going to have to be patient with me over the next few weeks because so much of my attention is focused on work and opening our new location right now. Exciting but consuming. So here is a quick look at some things that I am loving [...]

  • I Baked A Cake With Green Frosting

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    Go figure that the one day that I can sleep until 8 a.m. I wake up at 6:30. Despite not going to sleep until almost 12:30 on Saturday night, I was wide awake early on Sunday morning. The next thing I knew I was making a pot of coffee and pre-heating the oven to bake [...]

  • Humbled And Redeemed

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    Fact: I suck at wall balls. And I don't just mean that they're hard and I don't like doing them...I mean that I physically cannot perform them correctly. Rather than an effortless catch/squat/toss, I'm more slam into my chest with straight legs and hurl. It took some serious convincing to get me to do last [...]

  • CrossFit Endurance: Day Two Eats + Travel

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    I just arrived back in Charlotte from my weekend in Hilton Head for the CrossFit Endurance seminar. I learned so much this weekend and have quite a list of topic ideas for the blog that I think you'll really enjoy...and they're running/endurance training related...imagine that! I'll post a recap of my weekend of training tomorrow [...]

  • The Soreness Settles In

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    The breaking news for today is how freaking sore I am from yesterday's workout. My low back is soooooo sore from the dead lifts. It requires major effort and groans to bend over today. I didn't think the pushups were that bad when I was doing them but my chest is screaming at me now. [...]

  • Shaking

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    I am happy to be sitting down right now. It's 8 a.m. and I've already done 150 dead lifts and 150 pushups. I was shaking after the workout. Ashley, Shannon and Elizabeth from Lululemon joined me bright and early at Metro to do the CrossFit workout of the day. It was 10 rounds of 15 [...]

  • A Productive Streak

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    It was fun to read your feelings on cilantro. It really does seem like a "love/hate" food but most of you were in the love camp. One reader, David, even posted a link to a NYT article that explains scientific evidence about why some people hate the taste of it. Pretty crazy! I happened to [...]

  • Playtime + Downtime

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    This weekend has been exactly what I needed it to be...relaxing. It's been a nice mix of playtime time with friends versus downtime tackling "operation organize my life." On Friday night I met up with some friends for dinner at 131 Main. I was coerced into ordering a Poma-tini while we waited for a table [...]

  • Mid-Week Road Trip

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    Good morning! I am blogging from the comfort of a big fluffy bed in Columbia, South Carolina. I just woke from a nearly 10 hour slumber and feel rested and just better in general. Why am I in Columbia you might ask? My mom is here on business so since Columbia is only a little [...]

  • Out With The Old…

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    And in with the new... Running shoes! I looked back at an old post and discovered that the last time that I replaced my shoes was early April. That is not good! One of the reasons that I delayed getting new shoes (other than not wanting to drop $100 on them) was that I knew [...]

  • Ashtanga + Bootcamps + Eats

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    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 [...]

  • Week One Done

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    And with Friday week one of my big career change comes to a close. My thoughts... I anticipated having a lot of downtime and the opportunity to get some things done around the house that I've been putting off. That was so not the case. This week honestly made me wonder how on earth I [...]

  • Lights, Camera, Action…Nerves!

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    Tonight I participated in my first panel discussion. Last week I received an email inviting me to be a part of a panel hosted by A Healthier Charlotte to discuss childhood and adult obesity. I had some major butterflies going into the discussion. My fellow panelists were two physicians and the founder of Girls on [...]

  • Welcome September

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    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 [...]

  • One of Those Days

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    It's been one of those days...but I kind of just have to laugh about it. It culminated with my iPod dying 10 minutes before my yoga class started this evening and Brandon throwing his back out at his bowling league.  Yes,  you read that right. My husband is in a bowling league and he threw [...]

  • Go For It

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    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 [...]

  • Get Strong

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    Okay, you know that I sing the praises of strength training all the time. I honestly believe that it changes the shape of your body and your muscles like nothing else can. I love teaching BodyPump and strength training classes! I've been promising you guys a glimpse into how I strength train for a while [...]

  • Home Sweet Home

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    Today is a fun day for Brandon and me. It's our one year anniversary of closing on our house! One year ago we left this... The temporary apartment that we lived in for 10 months while we were house hunting. Can you believe that I did the majority of my 68 Days of Gourmet project [...]

  • Meatless Protein Sources

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    I hope everyone is having a great week. This week is flying by for me - work has been busy and my social and teaching calendar is full. Before I get going on today's topic, I want to quickly address the terrible storms that hit Alabama today. Many of you know that Brandon and I [...]

  • Food Truck Picnic

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    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 [...]

  • BodyPump’n

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    My BodyPump class was rocking tonight! We had about 40 participants - amazing! I'm so happy that the January crowd is sticking around (plus all of my awesome regulars!). It's been great. There was one minor bump in the road...I got all suited up with my belt and mic, got the class in set position [...]

  • Preparation

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    I'm in full Marine Corps Marathon prep mode. There's a detailed list (that's a little dirty - it's been living in the kitchen!) and I've started laying everything out in our extra room. Also, I'm prepping my body with food and beverages. Lunch was a delicious panini creation. White cheddar, provolone, spinach and blueberry preserves [...]