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Yesterday I had such a great run!  I think I just really needed a new mindset and some new shoes. 😉  I did have to stop and adjust my laces on the new kicks a few times but other than that the run felt great.  It was actually almost effortless.  I was really dreading doing this 6.2 run because it was dreary out and I just didn’t feel like running.  I was starting to run out of time so I basically kicked myself out of the house and I’m so glad I did!

veggie skewersMatt grilled up some steak and these gorgeous veggie skewers for dinner last night.  They were amazing!

Vasso salad and meatballsI had an entire day of training at one of our bigger salons today and we were treated to lunch made by our boss Vasso.  He’s from Greece and he’s a fantastic chef and a seriously talented hairstylist.  He made my favorite, meatballs!  I had to eat my entire plate full!  His salad is always full of delicious greens, dill and a homemade dressing.  I said no to an assortment of pastries, garlic bread, pasta and spanakopita.  I did however say yes to two black jelly beans.  They’re my fav.

After class, which got out early, I did a little shopping at Ulta.  I wanted to reward myself for sticking with the Whole30 so I bought myself a little something that I’ve been wanting.

Urban Decay ElectricI can’t tell you how excited I am to play with this!  I’m pumped to use it for an upcoming Zumbathon!  (Now I just need some fun new leggings to go with it!)

Urban Decay Electric Palette These are some seriously fun colors!  After my shopping I hit the bike path where I’ll be running my half-marathon.  The training plan I’m following called for a 3 mile run but it was the last nice day for quite awhile so I decided to do my 5 mile run.  My stomach was so mad at me for eating those meatballs during my run!  It was brutal you guys.  A big lesson learned.  The bike path is really beautiful and part of it goes around a lake so I was beyond happy to be out there.  I always see a lot of animals and this time was no exception.

white chicken crossing the roadI found out why the chicken crossed the road…



chickensTo hang out with his friends!  I kept seeing these chickens running around ahead of me and I was psyched to get some pictures of them.  I love chickens!  My poor phone died during my run so I don’t have my pace or any pictures of the ducks and geese that I saw.  Oh well, next time.

I took a super fun Zumba class later on and when I got home Punky was begging to go for a walk.  We did a quick 3/4 mile walk and even managed a few sprints up our beastly hill.  Who know my little monkey dog was such a great running coach?

punkyI’m going to finish watching Dancing with the Stars (everyone’s getting hurt:( ). I hope you guys had a great start to your week!


This was so yummy that I had to make it again this morning and I thought it was just mean not to share it with you.  It’s a little time intensive for a week-day morning so it might be better to make on the week-end and possibly re-heat during the week, if it lasts that long.

Whole30 Hash

Whole30 Hash

Serves 6

1 Tablespoon Ghee

1 Butternut Squash, chopped into one inch pieces

1 Yellow Onion, chopped

1 Pepper, chopped (I used an orange but any color pepper would work),

1 lb Paleo Sausage (see instructions below)

6 Farm Fresh Eggs

1/2 Teaspoon ground Cumin

1 Teaspoon Herbamare (or Sea Salt)

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

Paleo Sausage (adapted from this recipe)

1 lb Ground Pork

3/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1 Teaspoon Dried Sage

1/4 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

1 Teaspoon Herbamare (or 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt)

1 Teaspoon Fennel Seeds


To Make Paleo Sausage

In a medium bowl mix all ingredients together really well.  Yup, it’s that simple!


Whole30 Hash

1. Melt Ghee in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add squash and cook until soft, about 10 minutes.

2.  Add the onion, pepper, cumin, and garlic powder to the skillet.  Cook for 5 minutes and remove vegetables from skillet to a large bowl.

3.  To the skillet, add sausage and break up into small bite sized pieces.  Cook the sausage thoroughly.

4. Add the cooked vegetables back to the skillet with the sausage.

5. In a small bowl beat the eggs with Herbamare.  Pour into the skillet and stir continuously until the eggs are cooked through.

Whole30 Hash

My only regret with this recipe is that I didn’t make it from the very beginning of my Whole30 journey.  You don’t need to be on a Whole30 reset or even eat a Paleo diet to enjoy this.  It’s super filling and sustained me for my 10 mile run without feeling heavy in my stomach.  I think you could also eat it for lunch or dinner but for some reason eggs just scream “Breakfast!” to me.  I hope you try it and like it as much as we did!



So this is a little late since I like to post these on Sunday but life gets busy and sometimes you just get to things when you can.  I had a really fun week-end.  Friday night Matt and I, with our friends Care and Russ, went to see the comedienne Loni Love.

We’ve watched her on Chelsea Lately a million times and when we saw she was coming to Pittsfield we bought tickets right away.  She was hilarious and inspirational.  It was a great night with great people.

Then on Saturday night we went to a paint and sip party put on by the Progressive Palette. It was their first party and I was psyched to get to go.  We were guided step by step how to paint a hill landscape and they encouraged you to make it your own and switch up the colors and mostly to just have fun with it.  I was surprised how much I liked my painting and I was blown away by how amazing Matt’s painting came out.  His apple trees are fantastic and I love how swirly the sky is!

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My painting isn’t as great as Matt’s is but I really liked the whole process and I can’t wait to do it again.  In fact I’m signed up to do a whimsical tree painting in a few weeks.

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Then on Sunday morning I went to brunch with a few of the girls from work.  It was a bittersweet time.  I always have a great time with my co-workers but we were there to say to good-bye to one of our receptionists, Jenna.  I’m going to miss that girl so much!  I love week-ends that are jammed pack with fun!

Last week we ate out of our freezer and this week we are doing the same thing.  It’s been really nice to open the freezer door and not have anything fall out and smash your foot.  And there’s more room for ice cream. 😉


Monday~ leftovers from Sunday’s cheesy Italian Chicken and tater tots (sometimes you just have to have tater tots)

Tuesday~ Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken

Wednesday~ Vegged Up Shepherd’s Pie

Thursday~ Ribs and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Friday~ Leftovers

I realized that I was making a bit too much food during the week and we were throwing away quite a bit of it.  So now I’m trying to make Friday night “leftovers” night.  Sorry Matt (he’s not a fan of leftovers, unless it’s something really delicious).  My plan should not only save me some money but also some time, which I am a huge fan of.


Sunday~ 5 mile run (thought I might die but I got through it)

Monday~ Upper Body, 2 mile run and Zumba

Tuesday~ Lower Body and Abs

Wednesday~ Upper Body, 4 mile run and Zumba

Thursday~ Rest

Friday~ Yoga DVD

Saturday~ Rest



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