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  • Recent Eats: How Much Is Too Much?


    Welcome to Recent Eats, the "how much is too much...SALMON (and tuna)!" edition. I love salmon. We have it at least once a week for dinner and I usually cook enough so that I have leftovers to use as a salad topper. I also default to a can of salmon or tuna as a salad topper if [...]

  • The Week of Eats


    Happy Friday! I'm currently on a break from a marathon yoga day over here. I taught a triple header this morning with one left to teach this afternoon and one to take after that. I love teaching yoga more than anything so this day of teaching is no big deal although I did joke with [...]

  • Sweaty Tuesday + Really Good Recent Eats


    Hey, hey! I had a very sweaty Tuesday. I taught hot yoga at 6 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and also took a class at 11:15 a.m. My 6 a.m. was hilarious...I had two people walk in at 6:30 a.m. half way through class and rolling out their mats thinking it was Monday (our [...]

  • A Small Change for Earth Day + Recent Eats


    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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Saturday Road Trip + Week of Eats


    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


    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


    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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Life Lately: Recent Eats, Zoey and More!


    Merry Christmas Eve! You didn't hear from me yesterday because it was an epic push to finish Christmas shopping after spending the morning/early afternoon training/teaching/in meetings/etc. By the time I made it home at 9 p.m., all I wanted to do was eat some sushi and pass out. I did come across something super exciting while [...]

  • 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 [...]

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


    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


    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: Day Trip + Seafood Extravaganza + So Much Cake


    After my riveting Friday night in I actually did have a jam-packed weekend (jam-packed with goodness). After my long run Saturday I headed over to Om Yoga to teach hot vinyasa. Class request was to do handstand work so I had them move their mats against the wall halfway through class and we stayed that [...]

  • Updates + Summer Loving Eats


    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 [...]

  • Updates: Home, Food, A Workout to Do & Stuff to Read


    Hi everyone. I'm a little all over the place because my normal routine has been totally shaken up. Between the new freelance project and different work hours, construction/improvements being done on the house and traveling, things feel crazy. I am kind of a creature of comfort and routine so this is testing my patience and sanity a bit. So [...]

  • Simple & Clean Cooking & Eating Lately


    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


    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 Eats: Creative in the Kitchen


    So glad y'all are loving the Tommie Copper giveaway. Remember, you have until midnight tonight to enter! And be sure to check back later tonight for an Erin McDermott Jewelry giveaway! (WOOHOO!!!) It's been a week since I've shared recent eats so I want to quickly show you some of my favorites. Many of my [...]

  • 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. [...]

  • Salmon, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad {Recipe}


    It's been really fun to explore what it's like shopping at ALDI and sharing the experience with you. I have loved reading your feedback, comments and questions on my first two posts. If you're catching up you can read about my first shopping trip here and everything I purchased with a cost breakdown here. One [...]

  • This Week’s Eats + That (Scary) Time I Tried Chia Pudding


    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 [...]

  • Here Comes the Snow + Recent Eats + Snacking Before Dinner


    Good morning! Rise and shine! It is going to snow in Charlotte today but just a light dusting with no ice so it should be fun. The weather is absolutely nuts because on Monday it was 65 degrees and I ran in shorts and a tank. This morning it's 28 and going to snow. Winters [...]

  • This Week’s Eats + What Can’t You Live Without


    Happy Friday! This week flew by thanks to days packed with training and teaching and evenings packed with social engagements. I usually try not to plan more than one weeknight out per week but this week I was out Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Here's a look at this week's eats. Not as many home cooked [...]

  • Day in the Life Monday


    I thought today was a good "day in the life" post for you. It's a little different because almost all of my PT clients are traveling and not training this week but it still gives you a good idea of what a working day looks like for me. 6 a.m. - alarm goes off. I [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Cooking, Wine, Yoga & Sullie


    This was a good weekend full of friends, downtime, puppy love, yoga and cooking. All of my favorite things. I stayed in on Friday night and cooked dinner. I had some beautiful salmon but wanted to try a new method of preparing it. I browsed through some cookbooks and then remembered I had Pinned a [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Finally Feeling Workout Motivation


    Today was such a good day! It started it with a yoga private followed by a streak of crazy productivity at work and then a management team meeting, practicing yoga, teaching BodyPump and a CrossFit coach's meeting. I finished my day with a conference call with a group of women where I talked about my [...]

  • Exciting Thursday


    It's an exciting Thursday over here! First , after a flurry of text messages this morning between me and some of my girlfriends we decided "you only live once" and bought tickets to a sold out Mumford & Sons concert in two weeks!  (source) The concert is on a week night, an hour and a [...]

  • My First Filthy Fifty + A Paleo Potluck


    One of our CrossFit coaches is turning 50 this week and he said the only thing he wanted for his birthday was for everyone to do a WOD with him and have a potluck after. It only made sense that we do the Filthy Fifty in honor of his 50 years. The Filthy Fifty is [...]

  • July 4 = Friends, Food, Fun & Productivity


    Hello. I have been absent. And I can't promise this trend won't continue. I'm not sure that I can commit to posting every day right now. There are other things in the works. For example...a little website project. More details to come very, very soon. I'm overflowing with excitement at levels I haven't felt in [...]

  • WOD + Eats + New Yoga Playlist


    Workouts this week have been good. Lots of yoga, lots of strength and little running. I'm just really not feeling the running right now. But I did have to get some running in on Wednesday in honor of National Run Day. I did this WOD but substituted a 500 meter run for the rowing. This [...]

  • Snow + Yoga + Food


    What a weird weekend. On Friday I was running in a tank top and crops and less than 24 hours later... It was 30 degrees and unexpectedly snowing hard along with thunder...which has been coined "thundersnow." I think we got like 2 inches in a matter of hours. It was so bizarre...snow is such a [...]

  • Are You In?


    This week has totally thrown me for a loop. I have felt so confused about what day it is and what I should be doing. My routine is all off. Wednesday felt like Monday. It's been gray, raining and dreary all week. I haven't done laundry. My house is in a bit of a state [...]

  • Sweet Friday


    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 [...]

  • We Are Complete


    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 [...]

  • Hands On


    Over the past two days my yoga experiences have run the gamut from taking an intense 100-degree class with three rounds of sweaty flow to teaching a small class consisting of two friends during my weekly class at Metro to subbing a very mixed-level class at the Y. The three classes couldn't have been more [...]

  • Finally Kipping


    Thanks for all of the input on my hair color and recipe blog dilemma. The consensus was to go for the ombre trend (eek!!!) and to combine PBR and Bakin' and Eggs. So, I have some work to do! I'm not sure how long it will take for me to figure out how to get [...]

  • Blender Envy And Protein Powder


    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 [...]

  • All Hail The Grilled Cheese


    It's a grilled cheese for dinner kind of night over here. I was craving simple comfort food after a crazy day. I have had a serious love for grilled cheese sandwiches since high school. My favorite combo used to be just bread, muenster (so stringy!) and butter but I've broadened my grilled cheese horizons a [...]

  • I Wear My Heart On My Sleeve


    Hello and happy Monday. I was grumpy for the majority of the day. I finally snapped out of it when I decided to stop working at 4:30 and take my grumpiness out on a hard workout. Lifting heavy things and sweating it out always seems to help. I was kind of annoyed with myself for [...]

  • Babies and Bellies


    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 [...]

  • Sensory (and Muscle!) Overload


    It's been a pretty interesting weekend over here, although I think random would be a more appropriate term for it. Friday night started off normal enough. I did a really tough CrossFit class in which we had to do 60 toes to bar over the course of the workout (along with rowing, push ups, ring rows and burpees). [...]

  • Pizza Makes Gray Days Better


    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, [...]

  • Unusual Weekend Activities + Eats


    I have been in such a weird place lately with my workouts and eats. My body is all off. I woke up sick on Saturday morning and ended up spending a chunk of my day at urgent care. The wait was 2.5 hours! The good news? They will let you leave and call you when [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Lights, Camera, Action…Nerves!


    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 [...]

  • Sunday on Monday


    Happy Monday! I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start! Final weekend update for you before we roll into the new week. I spent most of my Sunday at Y2 Yoga teaching the morning and afternoon 90-minute hot classes. Both were fabulous. I’m not sure what it is but some days the energy [...]

  • Weekend Part Two: Good Friends and Good Food


    We're back home in Charlotte after a wonderful weekend in South Georgia with our friends. I so needed this time with them. I feel so happy, recharged and relaxed. Saturday was a perfect day full of good food, beautiful weather and chatting. Cristen had a nice lunch planned of white bean soup with roasted red [...]