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  • Recent Eats: Back to Smoothies + Brining & Marinades


    Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a great start. I received the most wonderful gift of sleep this morning from a friend and fellow teacher. I texted her late last night on the off-chance she was planning on coming to class and could teach for me. I wasn't feeling well but told her [...]

  • A Big Moment for Zoey + Recent Eats


    We hit a major milestone over here this week. On Monday I left to go to lunch and an appointment and decided to leave Zoey out in the house instead of crating her. I closed the bedroom, office and bathroom doors and gave the two girls the run of the main part of the house. A [...]

  • Chocolate & Peanut Butter Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl


    I have a non-green smoothie recipe to share with you featuring two of my favorite flavor combinations. 1) Chocolate and peanut butter 2) Strawberry and banana It's also my first time sharing a smoothie bowl recipe with you so it's like a whole new smoothie game today! :) For the last nine months or so [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Fig, Cherry & Berry Smoothie + Recent (Lots of Out To) Eats


    This is the first week that I've truly felt "in the swing of things" in over a month. Between traveling in February and the weird snow/ice days we had, my schedule has been all over the place. This week it's been 100% business as usual and it's one of those magical weeks where none of [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • A Sweet Saturday + Arm Balance & Inversion Workshop


    Hi and happy Saturday! I had such a wonderful day. It began with a tropical green smoothie while I finished up making a new playlist for my morning yoga classes. I went straw instead of spoon and no granola today. I spent my morning teaching yoga...7:45 a.m. hot vinyasa at Charlotte Yoga followed by 9:30 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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: Fueling for Performance & Recovery + Give Me Sandwiches & Cookies


    I am having a tough time recovering from this half marathon! I think it was the combination of the effort I put into it with the extra cold conditions that took a toll on my body because I went into the race super rested. I was really sore for two days and now I just [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • The MOST Delicious Week of Eats!


    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 [...]

  • A Change of Scenery + A Smoothie with a Spoon


    Happy Saturday from Florida! I flew down late last night to visit with my parents for a few days. My mom recently had surgery and I want to help out with a few things. I also need to spend time seriously focusing on writing my second book without the distractions of training/teaching/my normal routine. And sleep. [...]

  • Recent Eats: Half Marathon Hunger


    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


    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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Right Now I Feel + Recent Eats


    So...life lately. I don't think I knew how much I need that beach getaway with my friend until I got there, relaxed and realized that I felt happier than I have in a long time. And then I came home and that feeling has stayed with me. We do this thing in yoga teacher training where [...]

  • Recent Eats + Perfect Imperfection


    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 [...]

  • A Slow-Paced Tuesday + Recent Eats


    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 [...]

  • Memorial Day Weekend, Part Two + Recent Eats


    Memorial Day Weekend part two was nowhere near as eventful as part one. I spent most of the latter half of the weekend in front of the computer wrapping up this little project... It turns out that my editor and I were kind of on separate thought trains about the direction of this book so [...]

  • Recent Eats: Needing A Salad Break & A Nap


    Hi everyone! Hope you're having a great day! As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I have a lot going on this week with deadlines and projects on top of doing more personal training. This week has been full of early mornings and today I had to break down and take a 45 minute nap after three back [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Green Smoothie April Wrap-Up + Fig Green Smoothies


    The Green Smoothie April Challenge is officially in the books! Thank you so much to everyone who participated, whether you did it on your own or posted to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It was a fun month full of creative ideas and delicious smoothies! Here's a list of the links for the challenge: Green Smoothie [...]

  • April Green Smoothie Challenge: Week 2 Recap


    It's April 15 and we're officially halfway through Green Smoothie April! I'm here to recap week two and share two important lessons I've learned about getting your green smoothie in. 1) It works best for me to knock it out first thing with breakfast. Last week I decided to wait and have my green smoothie [...]

  • Glowing Green Ginger Power Smoothie {Recipe}


    We're 11 days into Green Smoothie April and my favorite smoothie so far has been my green ginger creation. I've made it three times now and I have the recipe just right and ready to share with you! What I love most about this smoothie is that it's almost more like a green juice in [...]

  • Green Smoothie April: The First 7 Days


    The first seven days of the Green Smoothie April Challenge are behind us! It's been so fun to see all of your tags on Instagram and Twitter. Keep them coming!!! Remember to use the hashtag #GreenSmoothieApril and tag me @jdecurtins. Y'all have made some really great looking and sounding smoothies and I'm definitely going to [...]

  • April Challenge: A Green Smoothie Every Day


    Good morning and happy Monday! I hope that your week is off to a great start! I think most of us are ready to blast out of this cold weather rut. It's 34 degrees in Charlotte this morning! We can all agree that it's been a LONG, COLD winter for everyone. I have put together [...]

  • Recent Eats + Early Morning Workouts


    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 [...]

  • Recent Eats: Trying to Switch It Up a Bit


    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 [...]

  • ALDI Smoothie Challenge + Dinner (Tons of Recipes!)


    Happy Wednesday! It's a gloomy day here in Charlotte but good for productivity. I just finished teaching yoga and having coffee with a friend and now I'm hunkered down getting work done. I'm so excited to share more of my ALDI test kitchen visit with you today. You can catch up on part one in [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Day In The Life Tuesday: Different Every Day


    Hey, hey! Hope everyone had an awesome Tuesday. For whatever reason this always seems like the best day to do a "day in the life" post because my Tuesdays have always been my busiest and most diverse days since day one of this fitness full time gig. So, here's your day in the life Tuesday! [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Protein Smoothie {Recipe}


    Recently I had the opportunity to combine two of the things that I love the most... Green smoothies... And peanut butter. Not just any peanut butter but the new Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter from Smart Balance. I received an email asking if I would be interested in sampling their new Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and [...]

  • It’s January in the Fitness Industry!


    This week was...insane. There is no other word for it. January in the fitness industry is everything that it's hyped up to be. I was booked solid with clients and classes and my inbox overfloweth with many other fitness and training related opportunities. I also have a list of things about a mile long that [...]

  • Saturday with Jay Z & Dinner Uptown


    Hello and happy Monday. I think it's back to reality for most of us after two weeks of holiday schedules. This is definitely the busy season in the fitness industry. The yoga studios were unbelievably packed over the weekend thanks to a new year and really cold, rainy days. I had over 60 yogis in [...]

  • This Week’s (Non-Holiday) Eats


    Happy Saturday! It actually feels so weird that it's the weekend already after having Christmas in the middle of last week. Oh well...I'll take it! I started my day bright and early at Om Yoga to take and teach. I was hesitant about adding a Saturday morning class to my schedule but I actually love [...]

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


    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


    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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • A Day In The Life Tuesday


    I thought it would be fun to do a post about what Tuesday looked like for me versus another "day in the life" post I did on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. The 2011 post was written just a few weeks after I left my full-time job in advertising to pursue fitness but I had not [...]

  • Workouts + A New PR + Eats


    Hi everyone! I'm currently en route to Mumford & Sons in a borrowed Honda Odyssey with seven other girls. It's a two hour drive to the concert venue so I'm trying to knock out some work since I had to leave so early today (and update you guys!) before an evening of tailgating, music and [...]

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


    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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Friday Haircut & No Makeup Talk


    Lots to catch you up on but I'll start with a quick look at Friday. I forced myself to get out of bed for  6:30 a.m. yoga class. I had meetings all morning and a haircut scheduled for later in the afternoon so I knew that early was my only chance to get it in. Yes, [...]

  • Hungry, Hungry!


    Thursday was one of those days where I was hungry all day long. Nothing satisfied me and I was hungry again an hour after eating a meal. I find the fluctuations in my appetite really interesting.   Breakfast was another "Nutty Fruity" smoothie from Berrybrook Farm. I couldn't stop thinking about how delicious the one [...]