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  • Birds, Babies and What I’ve Been Eating Recently Wednesday

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    Hi and happy Wednesday! I missed you guys yesterday because my day was jam-packed and ended with a fiasco of getting a bird out of my house and babies. I was getting ready to meet a girlfriend for a walk and dinner and went into the kitchen to find Zoey going crazy. She had a [...]

  • What I’ve Been Eating Wednesday

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    Morning! I was happy to see that my post about living in Charlotte was well received yesterday. I look forward to sharing more about this city with you! I’ll also be posting a lot of scenes from around the city on Instagram so don’t forget to follow me there. My Wednesday mornings have taken a [...]

  • Back on the Oatmeal Bandwagon + Creative Dinner Ideas

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    I can’t thank you enough for your very heartfelt and thoughtful responses to yesterday’s “You Do You” post. I will respond to each of them later today. It’s been really amazing to hear so many different stories and perspectives and it’s definitely something that needs to be talked about. Speaking of nutrition and exercise, I’ve been [...]

  • This Week’s Eats + Off to Mexico!

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    Happy Friday! This time tomorrow afternoon I’ll be practicing yoga on an open air pier in Mexico with this view… This trip crept up so fast! I can’t believe that I’ll be spending the next week in Mexico on a yoga retreat with many of my close friends and students from Y2 Yoga. We had [...]

  • Easy Baked Tofu Tutorial

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    I always keep a package of firm tofu in the fridge for an easy, meatless protein. One serving of tofu averages 10 grams of protein. Let me give you a little comparison here… – 1/2 cup serving of raw firm tofu contains 94 calories – 4 oz ground beef contains 331 calories – 1/2 cup of [...]

  • Recent Eats: Homemade Goodness

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    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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

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

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    http://ads.blogherads.com/75/7551/campaigns/14/1414/1414294/x93.js 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 [...]

  • I Can’t Dance

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    For my entire life (seriously) I have had this deep seated dream that one day I can be a dancer. I can see it in my head but my body just doesn’t cooperate. I was resigned to the back row for jazz recitals when I was growing up and I was always the last one [...]

  • Bleeding Tofu & Beet Overload

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    I had a little situation in my kitchen last night. I went to check the tofu that was roasting in the oven and discovered this. Bleeding tofu! I immediately thought to myself WTF!? and then I remembered that I was roasting a batch of beets while dinner was cooking and I guess some of the [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • The Week In Food, Workouts and Life

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    Hi everyone! Thanks for your wonderful feedback on my posts this week. I appreciate the support and positivity! But now I have a whole week to catch you up on during my short break from the frenzy of getting ready for a weekend away. The Food… Salad with kale, spinach, arugula, roasted red peppers, artichokes, [...]

  • We Finally Meet + A New Playlist

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    Sunday was a really special day for me. I finally got to meet three women who I have been interacting with via social media and the blog world for years. I sent a group message to Teri, Miriam (formerly of Bellaspire which she has stepped away from…you’ve seen her on this blog before) and Leslie [...]

  • Crossing It Off The Wish List

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    When people ask me if I’m into photography I explain to them that it’s not a “passion” exactly but I take pictures every single day. So by default of doing it so much and wanting my photographs to look nice, I have kind of gotten into it. I’m not motivated to go out and take [...]

  • Packing Dilemas, Workouts, Eats, Etc.

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    Final preparations for my Chicago weekend are underway. Mainly focused on freaking out about what to pack. We knew the weather would be dicey with an early May trip so I’m not surprised that this is the forecast…I just have no clue what to pack. Everyone tells me it’s still appropriate to wear boots in the midwest [...]

  • Busy And Back At It

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    I am super slammed at work right now. Like 10-hour days and still can’t get it all done super slammed. I actually thrive when I’m this busy at work but I have to be careful not to burnout or run myself into the ground. Despite the craziness, I am feeling pretty in control of the [...]

  • Oh Rowing…

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    I have been feeling a little blah and unchallenged with my workouts lately so this morning I decided to finally make my way back to CrossFit. I can’t remember the last time I did a WOD. I have had the intention to go to class but just haven’t been able to fit it into my [...]

  • The Kitchen Sink

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    Happy weekend! I am NOT happy right now given that the Dawgs just lost to Alabama. Such a good game but so sad that we will not be heading to the national championship. Let’s focus on other things, okay? I was in the mood for a vegetarian dinner last night so I baked tofu, roasted [...]

  • A Healthy “Cookie” Fail

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    While I was in the throws of domesticity yesterday, I took a breather on the couch and decided to browse my “i love peanut butter” board on Pinterest in search of a baking project. In a moment of weakness, I actually thought it would be a good idea to bake peanut butter cookies with chickpeas. [...]

  • Cute And Sweet

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    I hope that your week is off to a great start. In case you don’t follow PBR on Facebook, I must share this photo that I posted this morning. And if you do follow me there, who doesn’t want to see this cuteness again? It makes me happy every time I look at it. (source) [...]

  • Pool And Prosecco

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    I’m back to the grind after a fun and relaxed Memorial Day. I was up and in the office working on the new website at 7 a.m. this morning but being able to take yesterday off and relax was totally worth it. Since I slept through my chance to go to a morning yoga class [...]

  • Loving Lately

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    I’m short on time but full of inspiration. You’re going to have to be patient with me over the next few weeks because so much of my attention is focused on work and opening our new location right now. Exciting but consuming. So here is a quick look at some things that I am loving [...]

  • Sensory (and Muscle!) Overload

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    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). [...]

  • Tuesday Scenes

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    I was excited to receive your great feedback on my CrossFit Endurance seminar post. I am looking forward to covering some of the topics in depth that I mentioned. I’m busy, busy today so I’m just going to give you a quick look at Tuesday in photos. I woke up at 5:45 a.m. to practice [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Predictable. Patterned.

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    As I was editing photos for today’s blog post the first thing that came to mind was, “I am such a creature of habit. I am sooooo boring.” My Sunday was pretty much a carbon copy of many Sundays prior. “Sleep in” until 8. Eat breakfast. Teach yoga. Come home, eat, blog, clean. Take yoga. [...]

  • The Peanut Butter Celebration

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    What better way to start this post than with the dessert that brought National Peanut Butter Lovers Day to a close on Thursday? That would be vanilla ice cream topped with a chopped Reese’s Cup and Trader Joe’s Midnight Moo chocolate syrup. This is seriously the dessert of my dreams. Reese’s Cup Blizzards might be [...]

  • End Of The Week Rundown

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    I can’t believe it’s Friday. This week has been an absolute whirlwind of busyness and awesomeness! :D I have been going non-stop from 6 a.m. until after 8 p.m. every day and when I woke up this morning my body was definitely feeling it. I am feeling pretty run down and kind of sore and [...]

  • All In A Day’s Work

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    5:20 a.m. – alarm. 6 a.m. – arrive at Metro to participate in the CrossFit class to observe an instructor. Workout for the day done by 6:45 a.m. Crushed it. 7 a.m. – breakfast. Plain Greek yogurt, apple butter, granola, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, dried cranberries and almond butter. 8:10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – teach [...]

  • All About Ambiance

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    When we went to bed on Friday night the plan was to get up and drive to the mountains on Saturday morning to spend the day shopping and hanging out. Well, Saturday rolled around and I procrastinated working out/getting ready and sat around in my PJs and Brandon didn’t wake up until 10 so we [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • The State of the Blog

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    Dear amazing readers, have I told you lately how much I appreciate you? Seriously. No matter how crazy or how busy my days get, one of my favorite daily rituals is updating my blog. Take today, for example. It’s after 11 p.m., I taught three classes and two privates and didn’t get home until 10:30 [...]

  • Easy Pantry Dinner

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    Tuesdays are my long teaching days. My day started in the dark Uptown at 6 a.m. for a yoga private… …and ended Uptown in the dark at 7 p.m. after teaching BodyPump. In between I taught three yoga classes. I did have a couple breaks throughout the day to get some things done and most [...]

  • Happy Friday Updates

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    Hello, hello! Long time, no update (well…2 days feels like a long time these days!). I wasn’t able to post last night so I planned on getting something up at lunch but the day got busy. Here it is 10 p.m. and I’m just sitting down to blog. I had a great morning. I set [...]

  • I Caved for Mmm…

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    Those of you who follow multiple healthy living blogs have probably noticed that trends circulate through the blog world. If it weren’t for these trends I may have never discovered my love for green smoothies, quinoa, chia seeds and overnight oats. It’s funny…I usually ignore the trends for as long as possible, refusing to jump [...]

  • Surprise Party

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    Thank you, thank you for the wonderful book suggestions yesterday! I am going to compile a summer reading post and list your favorites so that we can all have a go to resource! Sound good? I’ve been up since 5:30 this morning working on PBR. I’m trying to get posts lined up so that you’ll [...]

  • Fever

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    Who else has major marathon fever after today’s Boston Marathon? I absolutely loved that my Twitter feed was full of Boston updates and that the blog world was abuzz with support for all of the runners. Qualifying for Boston is definitely something that doesn’t seem to be in the realm of possibility for me right [...]

  • A Night In NoDa

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    Hi friends – thank you for being patient with my random blogging schedule the past couple of days. Life is feeling really busy right now and I think it’s safe to say that I’m running at capacity! Fortunately, I love being busy and love everything that I have going on so I know I’ll make [...]

  • His and Hers

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    I am not whining but I could not bring myself to update the blog last night. I had a crazy busy day at work and Brandon and I had plans to go visit his grandmother after work. Our visit was lovely but we didn’t arrive home and start making dinner until 8 p.m. After we [...]

  • Pasta and Photos

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    Help! I got home from yoga teacher training tonight to find Brandon surrounded by old pictures. We had a few things in storage that we had to pick up today. One being a large box of photos. He’s been entertaining himself all night with my large collection of photos from middle, high school and college. [...]

  • BodyPump: What It Is and Why I Love It

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    I covered a BodyPump class tonight for a fellow instructor who has the plague that’s going around. I was prepared for a full class and was so excited to arrive to find the gym already filling up. We ended up with around 45 participants tonight. I was surprised to see a LOT of familiar faces. [...]

  • Richmond and The Shirt

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    Well, we’re officially en route to the Marine Corps Marathon! I worked a half day today and then we hit the road for Richmond, Virginia. We’re spending the night here and then driving into DC tomorrow morning. I started the day with my VERY last training run of marathon training. Sullie accompanied me on an [...]

  • Manic Monday on a Tuesday

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    Whew…the long weekend was nice but today has been crazy. It definitely felt like a Monday even though it wasn’t. I just sat down for the first time (it’s 10 p.m.) since I left work. This evening I taught BodyPump, went to the grocery, cooked, cleaned, made my breakfast for tomorrow and packed my bag [...]

  • Base Building

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    I can’t put it off any longer. It’s imminent. I must find a way to overcome my yoga addiction and get back on the road to start building my base for Marine Corps Marathon training. My 3-4 mile runs here and there are not cutting it to prepare me for the training cycle that starts [...]

  • Return of the Veggies

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    Today started off much like the last few days – with a bowl of apple cinnamon oats (recipe posted here). While I do eat oatmeal most mornings, I usually switch up my mix more often than I have lately. Sorry if I’m boring you guys but I had half of an apple in the fridge [...]