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So yeah, I know it’s the 7th and not the 4th but sometimes things are better late than never.  Plus I was busy throwing my niece a birthday party.  Also, I was really indecisive and couldn’t figure out what I felt like eating.  It happens sometimes.  I made a lot of poor nutrition choices this past week and need to get back on track because this is week I have a Zumbathon and next week is my first half-marathon.  So I have some intense training to fuel up for!

My runs continue to be so-so.  Some are great and feel effortless and others feel like I’m running with lead shoes and like my bones are made out of jello.  I’m pretty sure this means that I’m overdoing it.  I’m really looking forward to the race being over and having more balance in terms of exercise.  I felt like when I was doing the Body for Life program I was really focused on weight lifting.  Then when I did the Whole30 my nutrition was spot on.  Now with the training for the half I’m like the cardio queen.  Once this is over I need to find how to balance these three areas.post run selfie

I caught a glimpse of myself in my car windows after a recent run and almost died at how gorgeous my hair looked.  I’m pretty sure I used to do this on purpose when Saved by the Bell was on TV.

iphone pics 045I’m starting to test out non Whole30 foods to see how my body reacts to them.  For breakfast this morning I had a bowl of ancient grains sprouted maize flakes with raw milk, fresh mangoes, banana and coconut flakes.  It was filling and delicious.

iphone pics 059I also indulged in a cup of vanilla coffee with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.  It was fantastic and gave me a raging headache exactly five minutes after my first sip.  I’m hoping I’ve learned my lesson and can abstain from sugary coffee beverages.

My meals for the rest of the week aren’t sugar shock headache inducing.


Wednesday~ Meatloaf topped with BBQ sauce and baked sweet potatoes

Thursday~ Jerk Chicken with roasted Brussels Sprouts

Friday~Cinnamon Chili Pork Tenderloin with Apple Salsa


Sunday~ 5 mile run (in the wind and cold)

Monday~ Rest

Tuesday~ 5 mile run/walk (with a super beastly hill in the middle) and Yoga!!!

Wednesday~ Run and Zumba

Thursday~ rest

Friday~ pilates DVD

Saturday~ 1 1/2 hour Zumbathon

Sunday~ 12 mile run on the rail trail

How do you maintain balance with healthy eating, weight training and cardio?  I would love to hear any and all suggestions!




Yesterday I was totally off my game.  I overslept, which was fine since it was my day off.  I pretty much hung out on the couch and caught up on my dvr all day.  I did make it to Zumba so I wasn’t a total couch potato.  I also made Paleo chocolate chip cookies.  I held out on sugar for long enough.  Theses weren’t the best cookies ever but they did hit the spot.  I was surprised how sweet they were with just 1/3 cup of maple syrup.  I only baked 5 cookies and rolled the rest of the dough in to bite sized pieces to use on Sunday for my niece’s birthday party.

paleo chocolate chip cookies

I started today off with a yummy breakfast that started last night.  I made up a huge batch of sauteed mushrooms and onions last night while I was cleaning up the kitchen from making dinner.  I’ve been having a problem wanting to get up in the morning so I thought it would be a good idea to make cooking breakfast a little quicker.  All I had to do was scramble up some eggs with a bit of my pre-cooked shrooms and onions.  Super yummy and simple.

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My eggs were a gift from one of my clients.  My clients know the way to my heart, fresh eggs.

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Growing up I absolutely hated eggs!  I wouldn’t touch them.  It wasn’t until someone gave me eggs from their chickens to try that I started to enjoy them.  Now I eat them almost every single day!  There’s just nothing better than a fresh and creamy egg for breakfast!

Work was just ok.  I had someone not show for their lengthy appointment and then I couldn’t reach anyone on my cancellation list so there was a huge chunk of wasted time.  I also forgot my fitbit at home charging.  I was pleasantly surprised during my lunch by my amazing husband who went home during his lunch to get it for me.  I couldn’t believe he did that!  I was really feeling kind of lost without it so it made my day to have it back.  For lunch I finished up my salmon and green beans from the other night.  Sorry to all my co-workers for smelling up the kitchen but it was delicious!

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After work I did a 3 mile run around my parent’s neighbor hood.  I love running there because I don’t have any giant hills like I do in my hood.  The sky was filled with really dark clouds and tiny pockets of the setting sun.  The air was warm and breezy and it felt wonderful to be out there.

sunset on Ashton Ave

Matt cooks on Thursdays and he made us baked sweet potatoes and chorizo with Brussels sprouts.  It was so freaking delicious!!  We will definitely be keeping that recipe in the dinner rotation!

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I apologize for the super grainy iphone pictures.  One of these days I’ll learn how to use the DSLR.  What have you been up to today?  Have anything super yummy to eat?   Watch anything good off your dvr?



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!

I should have posted this last week because it’s all pretty much a giant blur to me.  Luckily I jot everything down in my handy dandy notebook.  (Yeah that was a Blue’s Clues reference.)  Work has been pretty slow because Williams College has been on spring break so lots of my clients go away.  I took advantage of those easy work hours and did my long run on Saturday after work.  It was really nice to wake-up on Sunday morning and get to relax with Matt.  It was even better that I didn’t have to go to the gym because we went car shopping and that always takes a lot of time.  I was shocked that I found a car!  I’m the proud owner of a 2013 Subaru Impreza.  Every single car that I’ve owned has been blue.  It’s weird how your sub-conscious works.  I was just happy it wasn’t red.  I don’t know what the hell I have against red cars but they just don’t do it for me.  This week I was also able to get outside for my first outdoor run of the year.  I literally felt like skipping and singing the entire time.  Except for the times when my legs felt like lead and like I was running through molasses.

Saturday March 29

8 mile run on the treadmill in 94 minutes.  I didn’t take any breaks until 4 1/2 miles in.  I was pretty proud of myself.  However when I got home I felt sick for a few hours afterwards.  I was so hungry and I think I might have inhaled my food instead of eating it and then my stomach was angry with me.  I’m also wondering when I should start adding a little bit of fuel during a long run.

Monday March 31

3 mile run on the treadmill in 34 1/2 minutes.  I don’t know why these shorter distances seems so much harder for me but the entire time I’m running all I’m thinking is how badly I want this to be over.

Tuesday April 1, Lower Body and Abs

leg extensions: 12X @ 55#, 10X @ 60#, 8X @ 65#, 6X @ 70#, 12X @ 55#

glutes machine: 12X @ 50#

leg curls: 12X @ 65#, 10X @ 70#, 8X @ 75#, 6X @ 80#

leg press: 12X @ 120#

stability ball bridges: 12X, 10X, 8X, 6X, 12X

wall sit: 1 1/2 minutes

twisting crunches on stability ball: 12X, 10X, 8X, 6X, 12X

standard crunch on stability ball: 12X


Wednesday April 2, 4 mile Run and Zumba

I can’t tell you how happy I was to be outside in the sunshine running.  I didn’t even care that my legs were really tired.


Thursday April 3, Upper Body, Lower Body and Abs

dumbbell press: 12X @ 25#, 10X @ 30#, 8X @ 35#, 6X @ 40#, 12X @ 25#

fly machine: 12X @ 60#

lat pulldown: 12X @ 20#, 10X @ 27.5#, 8X @ 35#, 6X @ 40#, 12X @ 20#

dumbbell rows: 12X @ 25#

seated shoulder press: 12X @ 10#, 10X @ 15#, 8X @ 20#, 6X @ 25#, 12X @ 10#

side raise: 12X @ 10#

bi-cep curl machine: 12X @ 35#, 10X @ 40#, 8X @ 45#, 6X @ 50#, 12X @ 35#

hammer curls: 12X @ 15#

tri-cep cable pushdown: 12X @ 25#, 10X @ 30#, 8X @ 35#, 6X @ 40#, 12X @ 25#

tri-cep overhead extension: 12X @ 25#

I did the exact same lower body and abs routine from Tuesday.


I literally have one more upper body workout to do and then I”m done with my Body for Life training plan.  I’m looking forward to switching up my routine.  It has been really nice to have a formula to work off of these past few months though.  Hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow with my final week.



I can’t believe that I only have 2 more weeks left of Body for Life!  I feel like it’s become my normal routine to plan out my workouts and head to the gym.  I think it’s really helped to distract me from this never ending winter that we’re all enjoying in the Northeast.  This was a week of tough and challenging weights and distances.  I’m really happy with my progress.  I think changing the way I think during my runs has helped tremendously.  I wouldn’t say that I’m at the point where I look forward to running but I also no longer dread them.  I’ve also changed my mind on upper body workouts, I love them!  I have to say I look forward to the weeks with 2 upper body workouts.  I didn’t think I would ever think that way.  I got this week’s gym sessions started a little early, right after work on Saturday.

March 22, Upper Body

dumbbell press: 12X @ 20#, 10X @ 25#, 8X @ 30#, 6X @ 35#, 12X @ 20#

fly machine: 12X @ 55#

Chest: I did all reps but felt pretty weak by the end.

cable rows: 12X @ 20#, 10X @ 27.5#, 8X @ 35#, 6X @ 42.5#, 12X @ 20#

dual pulley pulldown: 12X @ 20#

Increase weights next time.

shoulder press machine: 12X @ 25#, 10X @ 30#, 8X @ 35#, 6X @ 40#, 12X @ 25#

dumbbell front raise: 12X @ 15#

Shoulders: Increase weight on the machine.  The dumbbells were a struggle.

Bi-cep curl machine: 12X @ 30#, 10X @ 35#, 8X @ 40#, 6X @ 45#, 12X @ 30#

hammer curls: 12x @ 15#

Bi-cep: Increase weights next time.

lying tri-cep extensions: 12X @ 20#, 10X @ 25#, 8X @ 30#, 6X @ 35#, 12X @ 20#

dumbbell kickbacks: 12X @ 20#

Tri-ceps: Totally burnt out by the end!

March 23, 7 Mile Run

I did 7 miles on the treadmill.  I’m not sure how much time it took me because I paused to stretch my calves and didn’t start again so the treadmill reset itself.  I felt great during this run and took minimal walking breaks.  The best part of this run?  When I got home Matt took this picture of me.

iphone 110I guess I sweat pink. 😉

March 24, Lower Body and Abs

pile squats: 12X @ 45#, 10X @ 50#, 8X @ 55#, 6X @ 60#, 12X @ 45#

leg extensions: 12X @ 50#

seated leg curls: 12X @ 60#, 10X @ 65#, 8X @ 70#, 6X @ 75#, 12X @ 60#

deadlifts: 12X @ 25# in each hand

stability ball bridges: 12X, 10X, 8X , 6X, 12X

wall sit: 1 1/2 min

twisting crunch on stability ball: 12X, 10X, 8X, 6X, 12X

crunch on stability ball: 12X

My abs were sore until Thursday!  I’m not sure why that happened but I kind of like when my abs get sore like that.  I feel like my six pack is going to pop out.

March 25, 4 Mile Run

Did 4 miles (without any walking breaks) in 52 min.  Yeah I know I’m a slow runner but whatevs, I’m lapping everyone sitting on the couch.

March 26, Upper Body and Zumba

dumbbell press: 12X @ 25#, 10X @ 30#, 8X @ 35#, 6X @ 40#, 12X @ 25#

dumbbell fly: 12X @ 25#

Chest: So, so hard!  I had super poor form on the heaviest set and could only lift and lower about half way.

dumbbell rows: 12X @ 25#, 10X @ 30#, 8X @ 35#, 6X @ 40#, 12X @ 25#

dual pulley pulldown: 12X @20#

Back: This got hard.  My left side is definitely the weaker side.

shoulder press machine: 12X @ 30#, 10X @ 35#, 8X @ 40#, 6X @ 45#, 12X @ 30#

front raise: 12X @ 15#

Shoulders: I was literally grunting.  Glad they didn’t throw me out of PFit.

hammer curls: 12X @ 10#, 10X @ 15#, 8X @ 20#, 6X @ 25#, 12X @ 10#

alternating bi-cep curls: 12X @ 10#

Bi-ceps: I could only do 6X @ 20# and couldn’t even fully do one rep at 25# but I kept trying.

dumbbell kickbacks: 12X @15#, 10X @ 20#, 8X @ 25#, 6X @ 30#, 12X @ 15#

overhead extension: 12X @ 20#

Tri-ceps: Not bad until I got to the heaviest set.

March 27, 3 Mile Run

Well this was supposed to be 3 miles but it was actually only 2 miles.  It’s so hard for me to run after standing in heels all day.  Plus I feel like a had a pulled or pinched muscles in my back/butt on the right side.  It started bothering me the night before during Zumba and I hoped that running would make it feel better.  It did not.  So I cut out early and took a nice hot shower and did some stretching.  Woke-up the next morning feeling better.


This seems like so much more work when I type it out but it was actually a lot of fun.  I like that I’m challenged with the weights and my running.  It feels amazing when you can lift a weight that you couldn’t a few weeks ago and I love that I am, so far, able to increase my runs every week.  I’m hoping that next week’s workouts go just as smoothly!


So I’ve been keeping a little secret from you guys, I’ve been training for a half marathon!  I haven’t really done much running in the past few years and I’ve been slacking on cardio.  I kept thinking that I really needed to get to the gym and stop wasting money on my membership that I wasn’t using, but I just couldn’t get my butt there.  Then one day at work I was talking to a client and she told me she was training for this half-marathon that was on the Ashuwilticook rail trail.  I love this trail!  I roller blade it every summer.  The trail used to be an old railroad line and brings you through the woods and around a small lake.  It’s really beautiful.  So this half-marathon starts at the Berkshire Mall and then goes the entire length of the rail trail and ends in Adams at the Visitor’s Center.

For some reason I couldn’t get this race out of my head.  The longest distance I’ve ever run is 4 miles, not anywhere near 13.1 miles, but I kept getting this feeling that I could do this.  I kept telling myself that I had the time to train and that this would be the easiest course I would ever come across, the trail is a slight downhill from Lanesborough to Adams.  I started looking up training plans and found one that looked doable for me. This race was the motivation to get back to running that I needed.  I was in the gym the next day running a 5k.  I was terrified but then completely surprised when I was able to run it at, for me, a decent pace.  It felt so good!  I think my Zumba classes have really helped me maintain some endurance.

I was really hesitant to tell anyone that I was training for a half but I was also so excited about it!  I told a few co-workers and Matt knew, who is my biggest cheerleader, and then I told my sister.  I was expecting her to be excited for me but she immediately told me a couldn’t do it.  The day of the race was the day she was having my bridal shower.  Womp, womp, womp.

I’m not going to lie, I was pretty disappointed.  I really felt like this race was one that I could do.  I took to the internets and did a quick search of possible halfs in the area.  I found a few options.  They are all a lot more difficult though.  I haven’t signed up for one, yet.  I think I will though and I’ve been keeping up with my training plan.

So that’s what I’ve been keeping from you.  Last week I really slacked on my training plan and fitness in general.  I basically only made it to my Zumba classes.  This coming week I’m ready to get back at it.

Monday~ Early Morning Kickboxing Class

Tuesday~ 4 mile run

Wednesday~ rest


Friday~4.5 mile run


Sunday~8 mile long run

Did you notice that Zumba is no where in my plan.  My work schedule is all off this week making me miss any chance of going to my Zumba.  I might have to do a video at home or something so I don’t suffer from with drawls.



I had a really great thanksgiving this year. It started out with a 5k gobbler gallup that I conned Matt, my sister and my brother-in-law into doing with me. I wasn’t sure if they would still be up for it so I bribed them with these.

These cinnamon rolls were great for motivation. I kept thinking while I was running that when I was done I would get to enjoy these. (and a cup of coffee with pumpkin pie liquor) 😉 I used this recipe from all recipes.

The big meal was at my sister’s house this year. I made a sweet potato and apple casserole, cornbread stuffing, pepperoni bread, ham and cheese bread and a pumpkin pie. I’m giving myself a gold star for not adding anything to my list at the last minute. Running our 5k pretty much killed any extra time I would have had to do this so exercise for the win!

This is my plate of turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, green beans, carrots, cornbread stuffing and an ugly roll. I always make a little well in my potatoes for the gravy. Ugly rolls are what my family lives for during the holidays! They’re a yeast roll and they are the best roll I’ve ever had. We literally fight over who gets the leftovers.

After dinner I braided my nieces hair in a waterfall braid. That poor child cannot come near me without me styling her hair. I don’t think she minds. I also braided my sister’s hair. Then we were entertained by how many books my niece could balance on her head while walking. My brother Jonathan got in on the action too but he wasn’t as good. My niece could turn and do a pageant wave while walking and balancing books on her head. I have no idea why this was so entertaining but I could not stop laughing. We also played a lot of hand games as well. Anyone know coca cola?

Then I sampled some pie. I had little slivers of pumpkin, chocolate and peanut butter mousse. I totally forgot to take a picture. It was an early night. I couldn’t wait to relax with the pup.

I think she was pretty happy to see us too.

I hope you all had a great thanksgiving as well. Did you run any turkey trots? Eat anything crazy? Do any silly people tricks?

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