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  • I Love My Reality…Monday In The Life

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    It was back to reality today but I love my reality so it was a happy Monday! :) I kicked off my day with a 4:55 a.m. wake up call to train clients. I ate half of a banana with almond butter and made a cup of Every Day Detox Tea to take to the [...]

  • Armenian Lentil Soup with Eggplant and Apricots

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    This recipe for Armenian Lentil Soup is vegan and gluten-free. It's full of tomatoes, eggplant, apricots, peppers, onions and lentils along with some really fantastic spices like cayenne pepper, cinnamon and cumin. For the last few weeks I have been making soups to have on hand to eat throughout the week. It's such a treat [...]

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

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    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

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    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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • The Weekend + Love, Empowerment & Acceptance for All

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    I wish I could say that my weekend was full of fun and exciting things but about all I've got for you is book writing, avocados and a cute golden retriever. I received an 80 page word document full of tracked changes to review from my copy editor that was due by Sunday evening. It [...]

  • Recent Eats + Early Morning Workouts

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    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

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    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 [...]

  • Loving Lately: Food Edition

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    This week's posts have been heavy on the food topics and I've got another one for you today. I will try to get a new workout up for you tomorrow. Any requests? I'm thinking lots of squats! :) I always like to get recommendations from others on new food products to try. I have discovered [...]

  • Snow Week Eats + Earthquake!

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    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 [...]

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

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    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

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    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 Tuesday: Fitness Pro & Yoga Teacher

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    Hey, hey. I have a day in the life post for you today because today was one of those "what happened to my entire day?" kind of days. I had so much work I wanted to get done for Metro and my blog but teaching and training took over and I just ran out of [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • How To Make Dinner Happen After A Long Day + Recent Eats

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    I am long overdue a post with some recent eats. I've gone all week without sharing any with you and there is lots of good stuff to share! I was training a client this morning and she commented that she was reading my blog and didn't understand how I have time to put together the [...]

  • Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup {Recipe}

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    In light of the coldest weather we've had in the Carolinas in 20 years and the rampant spread of cold and flu, there is nothing better to post today than a recipe for homemade chicken noodle soup. By homemade I mean from scratch...starting with a whole chicken and making your own broth. It makes all [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Day in the Life Monday

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    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 [...]

  • This Week’s (Non-Holiday) Eats

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    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 [...]

  • Mashed Cauliflower Myths and Breakfast Preferences

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    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. [...]

  • What I’ve Been Eating This Week Wednesday

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    Hi, thanks for the support on the Marsala Challenge competition. Remember, you can vote again on Thursday and leave another comment for another chance to win. Again, thank you! Okay, back to the regular stuff. I'm cuddled up on the couch with a fire and a sweet golden retriever laying (on the floor) next to [...]

  • The Week in Food and Fitness

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    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

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    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 [...]

  • Butternut and Bean Chili {Recipe}

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    The first pot of chili of the season is always a noteworthy occasion. I'm one of those people who has a required low temperature before I'll start making things like soup, stews and chili. With temperatures dipping down into the 30s in Charlotte recently, it was definitely time for a pot of my favorite chili. [...]

  • Week in Food & Fitness: Shrimp & Grits, Rest Days, Yoga & More

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    Good morning and happy Wednesday! I really appreciate the likes, shares and comments on yesterday's "Women Supporting Women" post. Y'all are awesome and I'm looking forward to moving forward with this initiative. Okay, there is so much going on this week so let's take a breather from serious stuff and do a look at food [...]

  • Workouts + A New PR + Eats

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    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 [...]

  • Carb Me

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    Y'all...I don't know what's been up with me but I have been craving carbs something fierce over the last couple of weeks. Tomato sandwiches... Sliders... Cookies...(and one AMAZING carrot cake whoopie pie from Whole Foods on Saturday night which I devoured it its entirety while watching Mad Men). Grilled cheese with avocado and a fried [...]

  • Friday Haircut & No Makeup Talk

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    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, [...]

  • Sullie is SEVEN!

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    Today is the best kind of birthday. Because it's Sullie's! To be honest, I didn't even remember until I got to work this morning and realized the date but luckily I had her with me so I've been trying to give her extra love and attention today. And yes...I realize that she has no clue [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Starting Off With A Bang

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    First, thanks for all of the happy birthday wishes. It was a happy weekend. But I have to say 30 isn't off to the greatest start! I got my first migraine headache on Saturday night and it completely freaked me out. I couldn't sleep because my head hurt so bad so I got up at [...]

  • Sharing Day: Soup, Cauliflower, Yoga Pride, Pam’s Wise Words

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    Sharing a little of this, little of that today...everything from smoothies to soup to yoga (always yoga) to The Office. I had my first non-smoothie breakfast in 6 days today.  Breakfast after coaching 6 and 7 a.m. CrossFit was a Chobani Pineapple topped with bananas, blueberries, Bare Naked Fruit & Nut Granola and Earth Balance [...]

  • Monday + 20-15-10 Workout

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    Hello and happy end to Monday. I had a great day but I am so happy to be home and cooking dinner. I'm about to watch last night's Game of Thrones and from what I've seen on Facebook and heard around the gym today...I'm in for a shocker! Can't wait!!! Just a few things to [...]

  • Customer Service Win + The Best Grilled Cheese Ever

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    This was a working Saturday for me which I was prepared for. Unfortunately, it also ended up being stressful on the life front for a couple of reasons including my car going crazy. Car trouble is always no bueno but I am so lucky with how my situation turned out. Let's start with breakfast. I [...]

  • Mother’s Day Without Mom

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    Happy Mother's Day everyone. I haven't seen my mom since Christmas and I'm pretty sad about that because I really miss her. Even though I didn't get to spend Mother's Day with my mom, I still had a very nice day. I felt honored to start it by teaching my Sunday morning hot yoga "church" [...]

  • Pre-Dawn Grocery Shopping and Kitchen Projects

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    I woke up at what I thought was the middle of the night. I checked my phone and it was 4:50. My alarm was set for 5:15 and I was wide open so I figured it best to get out of bed while I was half alert rather than sleep for 20 more minutes and [...]

  • More Rest & More Food Please

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    Hello and happy Thursday! It's been a while since I've shared any Sullie shots on the blog and she's been extra cute as always so here are two pictures I posted to Facebook and Instagram today. I have been obsessed with Instagram lately. I am also pretty obsessed with Sullie's frog legs. The girl has [...]

  • So Hum Mantra

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    I missed y'all yesterday but my work day ended up being a little cray and when I finally sat down to blog at 10 p.m. it was a no go. I am having issues with my server so I apologize if you have been experiencing long load times or database errors. My host assures me [...]

  • (Not Trying To) Get Back On Track

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    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 [...]

  • WOD-O-WEEN

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    Happy Halloween! It's "WOD-O-WEEN" here at Metro CrossFit. We encouraged everyone to dress up for today's WOD and our director of CrossFit programmed a super creative workout. Zombie run = normal run with a plate held out in front Pumpkin Smash = ball slams Candy Bag Carries = dumbbell famer walks Pica Boos = pull ups Gremlin Crawls = [...]

  • Humbled By Helen

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    I tackled Helen for the first time yesterday. It doesn't look so bad, right? I breezed right through the run and the kettlebell swings but the pull ups were a different story. I decided going into the WOD that I was going to do the pull ups unassisted, no matter what. It was the first [...]

  • Food Hate To Food Love

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    Good morning and happy Monday! I hope that your week is off to a great start and that Super Bowl Sunday was fun. My Monday started the way that they all have for the past two years...with a 5 a.m. wake-up call to teach BodyPump. Even though I sometimes arrive to teach class a bit [...]

  • So Much Yoga

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    It's been a yoga-rific week. Over the past three days I have taught ELEVEN classes/privates. While I love yoga with all my heart, I do not even want to say the words "inhale upward facing dog, exhale downward facing dog" right now. And I've only been able to personally practice one day this week and [...]

  • Sunday Perfection

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    Here's what Sunday at my grandmother's house looks like... Sleep until 9 a.m. Stumble (literally) out of bed and downstairs to make coffee and maple oatmeal scones for breakfast. Thanks to my sleep-induced stupor and an incorrect recipe, scones turn out a huge failure. (Look how flat the first batch was on plate above!) Perfectionism [...]

  • Happy To Be Here

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    Hello from Georgia! Sullie and I arrived at my grandmother's house around 1 p.m. and she has been glued to Mema's side ever since! Backing up...I made it out of bed around 6:45 this morning and promptly made breakfast and worked on some blog stuff. I have been on such a bagel kick lately. I [...]

  • Loving Lately

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    Soup. Specifically Earth Fare's Carrot Ginger. Addicted. I am so cold natured and once it gets cold out all I want is hot. Hot soup. Hot oatmeal. Hot yoga. Hot showers. M83. Brandon left this French band's CD in my car and I am obsessed. Some of it is a little mainstream but most of [...]

  • Chocolaty or Fruity?

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    Don't judge. I'm currently blogging from bed and it's only 6 p.m. For the past few nights I've only been averaging 5ish hours of sleep and that's just not cutting it. I was hoping to take a nap but Brandon came home and then I got to chatting with him. Regardless, it feels good just [...]

  • An Exercise in Letting Go

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    I hope that Monday has been kind to you. I realize that I am in the minority but I love Mondays. I love the start of a new week and the opportunity to take control over setting the tone for the week. That said, my Monday wasn't totally easy breezy...because sometimes they just aren't. I [...]

  • An Exercise in Patience

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    Tonight I attended my least favorite yoga class that is offered at my studio - Long, Slow, Deep. In LSD you warm up with a little bit of standing flow and then move to the floor for loooooonnnngggg holds (3-5 minutes) in the poses. I think I've completed a grand total of maybe five LSD [...]

  • Weekend Part Two: Good Friends and Good Food

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    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 [...]