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  • Decide What To Be And Go Be It


    Today starts a new direction in my life. After six years of working in marketing communications/advertising, I am leaving the field to pursue a career in fitness and wellness. This is my last day at work and on Monday I will officially be a full-time yoga teacher, group exercise instructor and personal trainer. In the [...]

  • The Time I Tortured My Husband with Yoga


    We had a great Saturday but it was so busy that I never got a chance to sit down and blog about it. When we finally arrived home at 11:30 last night, I pretty much collapsed into bed and fell asleep immediately. I practiced and taught yoga at Y2 on Saturday morning. I had an [...]

  • My 7 Links


    Happy Friday! :mrgreen: There’s a “My 7 Links” challenge going around the blog world right now. The idea is that you link back to seven old posts that deserve to be remembered and then tag five other bloggers to take on the challenge. I got tagged by Jen at This Runner’s Trials. One of the [...]

  • Lighten Up! 5 Things I’m Loving


    This has been a pretty serious week here on Peanut Butter Runner. I thought it might be nice to lighten things up a bit today. So here I am with a Five Things I’m Loving post full of random awesomeness! (p.s. total credit goes to Ashley for the topic idea – she is the originator [...]

  • Restorative


    The past few weeks have been a little off with regards to my workouts due to my hamstring injury. Rather than continuing to push through increasingly worsening pain, I’ve backed off of it to allow for recovery and healing. I haven’t run in 17 days (who’s counting?) and I’ve scaled back my yoga practice. Absent [...]

  • The Things You Don’t See


    Recently I have received quite a few questions through email and comments on posts about my daily eats. The questions mainly focus on what I eat throughout the day, when I snack and if I show everything I eat on the blog. I most definitely think this is worth addressing for everyone. First and foremost, [...]

  • FAQ Friday


    Happy Friday! One of the most rewarding things about blogging for me is interacting with readers. I can’t tell you how much I love receiving your emails, tweets and facebook posts about all of the incredible things you guys are out there doing. I am continually inspired by your dedication to making your life healthier [...]

  • Dinner Deliciousness + Food Philosophy Update


    I like to think that most of the dinners that Brandon and I prepare are pretty up there on the delicious scale but the past two nights have been extra special. I love cooking at home and get really excited to try new recipes and ingredients – especially when the results are outstanding! Do not [...]

  • Make This Lunch


    I have been starving for the past few days. Insatiable hunger that has me waking up hungry, that makes my stomach growl for lunch by 10:30, that leaves me feeling ready for an afternoon snack just an hour after lunch and that requires a substantial dinner. This crazy hunger is nothing new…I experience it for [...]

  • Go For It


    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 [...]

  • Goal Setters


    Where do I even start? The responses to the 300 Strong post are unbelievable. I can’t even get over how amazing you all are. The things you want to achieve in the next 300 days are INCREDIBLE. Every time I received a new comment, I found myself absolutely glowing with happiness and excitement. Thank you [...]

  • Super Fruit Friday (and a giveaway!)


    I was going to wait until Saturday to post this so that I could title it Super Fruit Saturday (it just flows better than Super Fruit Friday) but I know how you guys operate and more of you read on Fridays than Saturdays. Why do I care what day you’re reading? Because I have an [...]

  • Monkey Food


    So the name of this post came as a result of me asking Brandon what I should title it…he loves monkeys and in his mind bananas = monkeys…there you have it! ;) In the past I was never really in love with bananas. I thought they were just okay and they definitely weren’t a weekly [...]

  • Five Miler and a Peanut Butter Debate


    Good news on the running front! I ran FIVE miles today! I’m sure most of you are thinking “big deal” but it was my first five miler in over a month! Don’t get me wrong, I have loved focusing on yoga the past few months but I am so ready to get back on the [...]

  • 80 Degree Friday


    I’m glad that you enjoyed the fun facts/getting to know me post! It was fun to write! Let’s quickly catch up on what I’ve missed the last couple days since I haven’t updated on food + workouts. Thursday morning started with an ashtanga practice. It took some serious motivation to get myself out of bed. [...]

  • Gratitude


    I have been feeling overwhelming gratitude for all the good in my life. Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. – Brian Tracy For the arrival of spring and these [...]

  • A Relaxed Weekend


    It’s noon on Saturday and I am still in my pajamas. To be fair, I have done things this morning…just in the comfort of my PJs! It’s gray and gross outside so I have no problem with my leisurely morning! :P I woke up at 6 a.m. and was wide awake. I considered going to [...]

  • Oats to Go


    I eat one of two breakfasts every day when I arrive at work – overnight oats or hot oatmeal. To be more specific, I have overnight oats on mornings that I practice yoga before work and get ready at the studio and hot oatmeal when I get ready at home. I am one of those [...]

  • The Hunger Monster


    Since my last post was all about feet it’s time to give you an update on food. I didn’t really think it was appropriate (or appetizing) for me to have food photos in the same post as feet. :D One thing I want to share is that I have been so hungry the past few [...]

  • Happy Friday Giveaway – Better Butter


    What better way to kick off the weekend than with a giveaway!? I’m really excited about sharing this product with you guys. I don’t accept product reviews often but when Marina reached out to me about her new company, Better Butter, I was interested in learning more. After spending some time on her site, I [...]

  • Day One – DONE!


    Yoga Teacher Training day one is officially OVER. And it was not bad at all! I arrived at the studio at 6 p.m. and learned that we were kicking off training with an ashtanga practice. Big sigh of relief…I love ashtanga! I added it to my yoga routine last summer and recently completed the Eight [...]

  • Five (Easy) Healthy Dinner Ideas


    A little change of pace today. Instead of a recap of my day, I want to share five dinner ideas that are both healthy and easy. I find that no matter how busy and crazy my life gets, cooking a healthy and delicious meal at the end of the day helps me to relax and [...]

  • A Short Work Week and 2011 Planning


    I’m back in action from Charlotte. We made our way back yesterday fueled by a Starbucks stop. Soy Skinny Vanilla Latte with one pump of vanilla. I used to love skinny vanilla lattes but now even with only one pump, I find them WAY too sweet. Regardless, this gave me the caffeine boost I needed [...]

  • Five Meatless Lunch Ideas


    You may have noticed that I generally do not eat meat with breakfast or lunch and only a couple of times a week with dinner. Although I usually have overnight oats or oatmeal for breakfast, I try to vary my lunches. I used to be a habitual peanut butter and jelly or peanut butter and [...]

  • Our Own Reindeer


    Look – we have our very own reindeer to go with our Christmas tree! Sullie is one of the most tolerant dogs ever. While I admit that she does not look excited, she totally went with it to make me happy. ;) Since I posted Sara’s guest post last night, I have lots to catch [...]

  • Why Wait?


    I was talking with a co-worker at the Y last week about how our class numbers started to plummet in November, will continue to steadily decline through December and then skyrocket in January when everyone repents their holiday sins and commits to working out again. The question we asked each other is, “why wait?” Why [...]

  • A Lovely Long Weekend


    Lots of highlights to cover from the last couple days. I took a little break from the blog to spend time with friends and family. It’s been so nice to have all this time off and stay in Charlotte. I have really enjoyed our long weekend! Get ready for a photo-heavy post…here we go! THANKSGIVING [...]

  • Gobble, Gobble


    I adhere to the Thanksgiving mantra of “workout before you pig out.” When we were living in Birmingham our Y always had special classes on Thanksgiving morning and used that sales pitch. I’ve pretty much been hooked ever since. This year’s “Workout Before You Pig Out” is a new adventure for me. I’m running an [...]

  • Up and Down


    I really enjoyed reading your comments on yesterday’s post, “Who Are You?”  Thank you so much for taking the time to weigh in on how you identify yourself. And I completely agree that we are all a unique mix of things. I’m not just a runner but also a wife, daughter, yogi, teacher, friend, cook, [...]

  • Avocado Love


    I didn’t blog last night. I sat down to start a post and found myself without inspiration. Rather than give you guys a lackluster post, I took the night off. Instead of blogging, I headed to bed to unwind with a book. I am enjoying Prep. What can I say? Sometimes I it’s nice to [...]

  • Slacking, Working, Talking


    I was not feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed (what does bushy tailed even mean anyway?) when my alarm went off at 5:30 this morning. Despite being physically exhausted, I could not sleep last night. I was wide awake until about 1 a.m. before finally dozing off. I hate sleep issues. I hit the snooze [...]

  • A Fun Morning at Metro Fitness + Zoe's Kitchen


    *Become a fan of Peanut Butter Runner on Facebook! I just set up a fan page and would love to connect with all of my readers on Facebook! Happy Saturday! I started mine with a 6:30 a.m. wake up call. I had plans to check out an 8 a.m. class at the Y and then [...]

  • The Race is On


    I apologize for leaving you hanging last night with the running news. Honestly, I didn’t even know whether it would be good or bad news until today. I’m sure some of you have been wondering about my plans for Marine Corps Marathon given my recent hamstring injury. I have been trying not to stress about [...]

  • Great Grilled Cheese


    I need to make this one quick. I am drinking chamomile tea and just finished eating a pumpkin chocolate chip bar. I need to be in bed very soon. I have big plans in the morning that involve making a big decision. I need to be at my prime. Full report tomorrow. So here’s how [...]

  • Weekly Menu Plan, Engagement Party and WAFFLES


    I haven’t posted weekly menu plans for the last few weeks because our schedule has been crazy. It was so nice to sit down this morning and put together a well thought out menu plan and grocery list. Also, I had time to make waffles for breakfast and pita bread for the week. Ahh…so relaxing! [...]

  • Lulu Love


    And I’m watching the Rachel Zoe Project again. This is seriously a problem – I’m obsessed. She’s trying to cook in this episode and she’s clueless. I’m loving it! It makes me feel less bad about having no fashion sense! ;) I went to ashtanga this morning for all of 20 minutes…and then I rolled [...]

  • Deficient


    I mentioned last week that I had blood work done just as a check. It had been years since I’d been thoroughly tested and given my recent activity level and diet I thought it was a good idea. I received a call from the nurse today that everything looked great but I am vitamin D [...]

  • Whiggin' Out


    Brandon loves coming up with titles for my posts – I will admit that he is much more creative than me and usually spits one out in about two seconds. I just go with it so I don’t have to think about it any more.  ;) Last night we saw The Whigs, The Black Keys [...]

  • A BodyPump Visitor


    I could not sleep Wednesday night. I don’t know if it was my run, all the sugar in my frozen yogurt dinner or that I “slept in” until 7:15 a.m. the two mornings prior. I was just not tired. I finally fell asleep around 1 a.m. and popped out of bed at 5:15 a.m. when [...]

  • Farewell Front Burner


    And I just ate a giant bowl of frozen yogurt from TCBY for dinner tonight. Oh and a piece of toast when I got home because it just seemed like the right thing to do. Don’t worry, there was an occasion (albeit a bittersweet one) for this. A big group of Charlotte-area bloggers met up [...]

  • Good Eats and Kombucha Returns


    I really have not felt inspired to document all of my food over the last week or so. I’ve been enjoying the flexibility of sharing with you what’s on my mind – like long runs, abs and beach trips. Besides, I think it’s more interesting that way. Do you really care what I eat for [...]

  • Menu Plan – Week of 8/23 (late!)

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    Apologies for the very late menu planning post today but I taught BodyPump this morning, went straight to work where I played catch up after being out Thursday and Friday and then hit the yoga studio (for what turned out to be the hardest class I have attended in a long time – totally caught [...]

  • Menu Plan – Week of 8/16


    Better late than never, right? Here’s the menu plan for this week. Please keep in mind that I’m only preparing meals Sunday-Wednesday this week because we’re flying to DC on Thursday for a long weekend! Sunday Grilled ribeye (using the T-Rex method) topped with blue cheese Grilled zucchini, squash and mushrooms Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes [...]

  • Menu Plan – Week of 8/9


    Sorry for the late menu planning post this week. We’re traveling a lot in August so it’s going to be hard for me to get menus planned on Sundays but I promise I will get the menu plan up at some point – even if it’s later on Mondays. Since we’re traveling so much the [...]

  • Operation Storm Survival, Beach, Run and BEAUTIFUL!


    Happy weekend from beautiful Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. I braved extremely hazardous road conditions to get here…and I was by myself. Brandon left earlier in the week for the beach but I had to work so couldn’t leave until after work Friday. My solo road trip started off with a [...]

  • Blogger Yoga and Dinner (and the importance of meal planning!)


    Last night’s dinner was proof that if you meal plan and have ingredients on hand you are much more likely to eat at home and make smart food choices (check out my “How to Menu Plan” post). I didn’t get home from yoga until 8:45 and some friend’s stopped by for a beer on their [...]

  • Menu Plan – Week of 8/1

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    Here’s the menu for the week. Bon Appetit! Sunday Seared Tuna with Wasabi Aioli Sushi rice Frozen Asian vegetable medley Monday Baked Eggplant Parmesan or Eggplan Napoleon Parmesan Salad Pasta (I probably will just have eggplant and salad) Tuesday Grilled organic chicken breasts on the Big Green Egg – we’ll just season them with a [...]

  • A Little Guilt and a Gameplan


    Where do I even begin thanking y’all for the overwhelming support? Your comments were encouraging, honest and insightful. I also must admit that I feel a little guilty. I truthfully wasn’t trying to solicit praise for my blog by sharing my dilemma/feelings/anxiety with you but I truthfully must admit that the comments were nice to [...]

  • At A Crossroads


    Today was an off day. I felt strangely anxious all day for really no apparent reason. The day started off nicely with an easy three mile run but as it progressed I just got that weird feeling in my stomach and felt general anxiety. This isn’t really like me and I’m not sure what was [...]

  • Menu Plan – Week of 7/25


    I’m really excited about this week’s menu plan. Several fun dinners and a baking project! :D Sunday Fig and Prosciutto Pizza – the figs are finally starting to ripen on my mother in law’s tree! Expect lots of fig-inspired things in the coming weeks. Monday Chile Marinated Pork in the Style of Oaxaca (translation: pork [...]