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  • A “Wild Weekend” (Not Really) + Starbucks Coconut Milk Latte

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    Hi! The week is off to a great start over here. It’s 66 and sunny. As soon as I hit publish on this post I’m going to head out for a run and walk the pups. The pups were reunited this weekend after spending a week apart and they’ve been inseparable ever since. I am [...]

  • Thunder Road Half Marathon Race Recap {PR + Sub-1:45}

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    It’s a happy Saturday over here. I ran my first half marathon in four years this morning and not only PR’d but went sub-1:45 with a finishing time of 1:44:25. It was a seven and a half minute PR from my last half marathon in 2010 where I ran the same race I did today, [...]

  • Weekend: Embracing Fall + Slowing Down

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    I finally embraced fall this weekend. The weather here in Charlotte has been incredible with temperatures in the 60s, sunshine and Carolina blue skies. I kept my weekend really, really low-key and stayed home as much as possible to continue this “nesting/grounding” phase I’m in. It was perfect. I always consider Friday the start of [...]

  • Friday Night Out at Good Food

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    Good morning! I’m currently on layover in Atlanta on my way to Florida. My flight left Charlotte this morning at 6 a.m. so that meant a 4 a.m. wake up call. So early but worth it to be at the beach by 9 a.m. I just ate a spinach and feta egg white wrap from [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • The Meal Formula That’s Working For Me Lately

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    Good morning! It’s a beautiful day here in Charlotte. I got myself out of bed and onto my yoga mat for 7:30 a.m. super flow at Y2 Yoga this morning. I’m currently enjoying a soy latte with one pump of pumpkin spice outside of Starbucks before heading to Metro CrossFit for The Burpee 350. We’re [...]

  • Golden Saturday

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    Happy Saturday. Coffee and an orange mango smoothie after a 7:30 a.m. superflow hot yoga class. I wanted to get my practice in early so I could enjoy the day and get to the farmers market before it got too late. The farmers market was full of beautiful local strawberries. I got a whole quart [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • How Not To Deal

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    I don’t know that there is much more I can say about myself over the past few days other than the absolute fact that I have been a little bit of a disaster. In all fairness, I do have quite a few stressful/emotional situations occurring simultaneously but I can’t say that I’m doing the best [...]

  • This Is How You Do A Monday

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    Thanks for all the input on the paint. I realized that I was having a temporary bout of insanity when I considered painting the bedroom green. I don’t even like the color green. Why would I do that? Today has taken me in a whole new direction…currently considering Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray or Benjamin Moore [...]

  • A Weekend Alone

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    Oh, Monday. It seems like I was just gushing over how happy I was about the arrival of Friday night. The weekend passed so quickly and I’m proud to announce that I did…pretty much nothing. I spent a lot of time alone and loved it. I took myself to yoga, Starbucks and the farmers market [...]

  • Best Of Beauty

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    There was a time in my life when I was really into playing with makeup and buying fashionable clothing. Trips to Sephora were like Christmas Day for me and I loved going to the mall. I am pretty sure that I single handedly kept Express in business between the ages of 16-19. Somehow my interest [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Cleaning It Up + CrossFit Fun

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    I’m back! It’s been a bit of a busy week around here so I have been focusing on work. I’ve been teaching a lot of yoga and we have so much going on at Metro. We’re preparing for the opening of our second location and there is so much happening. It’s so exciting and I [...]

  • A Tuesday Trip

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    I am happy to hear that I wasn’t the only one in “recovery mode” on Monday. My recovery carried into Tuesday but also involved the reality of a little bit of work too (um…and the reality of some cake…keep reading!). I taught a 7 a.m. class uptown at Charlotte Athletic Club and then had a [...]

  • 10 Days Out

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    So. We are 10 days out from Christmas and I have done zero shopping. I haven’t even considered a list of possible ideas. Holiday cards were a no go this year. Call me Scrooge but I’m kind of just ready to put 2011 in the books and move on to January. Sigh. I should probably [...]

  • Thursday Fun Day with Food and The Civil Wars

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    Today has been a good day. Started with an early morning ashtanga practice followed by a peanut butter and jelly smoothie and a yoga private with my amazing client who touched his toes with straight legs this week for the first time since his teenage years. Happy heart. Peanut butter and jelly smoothie = peanut [...]

  • BodyPump Advanced Instructor Training

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    Today I completed the BodyPump Advanced Instructor Module 1! I have been wanting to go through advanced instructor training for a long time now so I was thrilled to discover a course was being offered in Cary. I signed up a couple of months ago and today was the big day! I love BodyPump (read [...]

  • Road Trip Shopping Adventures

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    Greetings from I-85! We are currently en route to Georgia for a wedding. The wedding is near the Georgia/Alabama boarder but we’re stopping tonight in Athens to visit friends and enjoy a night on the town. I finished teaching for the day at 1:30 but before we hit the road lunch was a must. I [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Friday with Mema

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    I have to say that I enjoyed your comments on my last post but my grandmother loved them. I know I’ve mentioned this before but she reads my blog every day! When I got home from my run this morning she had just read the “Surprise Visit” post and said that it made her a [...]

  • Brunch and Frappuccinos

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    This is the third and final post covering our weekend in Atlanta – catch up on Part 1 and Part 2. Since we were in town for the wedding, I was so very lucky to have the chance to spend Mother’s Day with my mom. This is kind of sad but I don’t even remember [...]

  • A Short Work Week and 2011 Planning

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    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 [...]

  • Marathon Eve and How to Receive Updates

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    This is going to be a quick overview of my day. I’m blogging from bed and need to start winding down. It’s after 10 p.m. and my 5 a.m. wake up call will come early tomorrow! First up…for those of you who want to track my progress during the race (HI MOM! Love you!), you [...]