Pilates and your workday

I found this to be helpful so I am sharing with you all, enjoy! xo

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Sit at Work All Day? Here’s Why You Should Consider Pilates


More leafy greens and local beer.

This is a picture of wine and a post about healthy eating. Or eating in general. Real talk: I’ve spent years agonizing over food. Trying to label myself: vegan, vegetarian, whole 30, paleo. I’ve self-imposed strict rules and guidelines only to be frustrated when I “failed”. I’m sick of it. Tonight I poured myself a big glass of Matt Bellassai’s wine and thought about the following things.

• I love cheeseburgers, craft beer, avocados, coffee, and chocolate cake.

• I run stronger and feel better when I’m eating cleaner.

• Life is too short for rules, how about guidelines?

• Let’s make 2017 the year of loving the body I have, celebrating what it can do, and taking more deep breaths.

• More leafy greens and local beer.

xoxo Cheers, pals.

2017 Fitness Goals (that scare me)

I feel like my fitness goals deserve the own blog post. I plan to update this post as I make progress as a way to hold myself accountable. What are you tackling in 2017? Anyone want to join me on any of these?

  • Qualify for Boston. omg I’m terrified writing that out loud.
  • Do 5 pull-ups, unassisted. This has been a goal of mine for years. This is the year. #strong
  • Hold plank up on hands for 2 minutes. (Current, 12/31 57 seconds) 
  • 30 push-ups in a row, no rest. Now that I can do a real push-up on my toes, time to get stronger.
  • 5K in under 23 minutes. (Current PR 24:25)
  • 10K in under 50 minutes. (No idea what my current PR is for this but it’s around 65 minutes)
  • Track all of my miles run in my planner so that I know how many miles I run for the whole year.
  • Yoga headstandCurrently: afraid.
  • Hold crow pose for 1 minute.
  • #RUNTHEYEAR : 2017 miles in 2017 (This one is a huge stretch, but I’m going to see how close I can get. I know my pal Joel is doing it too, anyone else?!)
  • Hit 10,000 steps a day at least 6 days/week. I use the app “Pact” to track this. It rewards you for your good fitness deeds and charges you (scary!) when you miss your goal. Dolla dolla motivation.
  • Try more workouts from magazines and my Pinterest boards to keep mixing it up
  • Body fat % down to 21-22% (Current: 27.5% – I use my Fitbit Aria scale to track this)

**Note: blogged while eating cookies and drinking coffee.
Should probably add “eat better” to this list as well. #everythinginmoderation




7 Minute Pumpkin Power Workout

Fall is here! Grab a pumpkin and give this quick power workout a try!


8 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Running

  1. You can do it. You. Yes. You can. I ran my first marathon in May 2014. The spring I graduated college. The spring I did the most soul-searching. It transformed me. I had spent a lot of years not believing myself and that fire that 26.2 miles lit (yes, it was over 95 degrees but I’m talking about a fire within) changed me. After I ran my first marathon, I ran another just to see if I could do it again. Your body gives up first, way before your mind. Running teaches me every day that I am strong and capable of so much more.
  2. It’s for you, not anyone else. I’ve had one true running buddy through the years. (Miss you, Bease!) Otherwise, running is for me. I love running with my husband and I’d love to be a part of a running group someday but deep down, I feel like my time spent on long runs is time that belongs to no one else. I don’t have to worry about to-do lists, or work, or not being good enough. It’s just me, myself, and I. One of my favorite running quotes is: “If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.” Christopher McDougall 
  3. Listen to your body. I love my planner and I love a good training schedule but I’ve learned to listen to my body. There are some days everything hurts for no reason. Rest is important. I try to listen to my body on the days it’s screaming “yoga pleeeeeease” and even on the days it wants to run longer than “planned”. I’ve been known to stay home from work because I just needed a long run. My own special kind of mental health day, shhh.
  4. Be proud. It’s okay to celebrate your accomplishments and remember that you are a badass, because you are.
  5. Be patient. It takes time to achieve goals. It takes time to hit high mileage weeks. Be patient with yourself and your body. Don’t stop.
  6. Dream. My dream is still to make it to Boston someday. I was afraid to dream that dream for the first few years I was running. I struggled to even see myself as a “runner”. If you run, you are a runner. Don’t stop dreaming and don’t stop reaching higher.
  7. Eat. Running changed my body image and my entire mindset on how I see food. I workout and run because I love my body, not because I hate it. I eat food for fuel. When I don’t eat enough, I can feel it in my workouts. I enjoy a cheeseburger and french fries now and then. Fro yo is still my favorite thing ever. I worry more about the quality of calories that I am putting into my body, and less about the quantity. Some days, I’m just hungry. Run or no run, my body some days just needs more food. I’m learning to be okay with that as I get stronger. It isn’t always about how much you’re eating, but what you’re choosing to eat.
  8. Share. Be proud. Seek out support groups. Find a running tribe to surround yourself with. I have found that the community I have found in running has meant more than anything else. We’d love for you to join us!

reasons to run

Summer 2015 Goals

(May 1 thru Sept 1) I’ll be updating my progress throughout the summer.

  • Run 500 miles
  • Yoga head or hand stand
  • 5 Pull-ups by July 1, 10 by September 1
    • Did 2 pull-ups, May 17
  • Read 15 books
  • Complete Personal Trainer Certification
  • Chloe + Isabel Forever 40
  • Catch up on Smashbooking

Would love for anyone to join me in pursuit of these goals, or ones that you set for yourself. What are your goals for the summer months?


Why I Unsubscribed from 9 Different Health & Fitness Magazines

Shape. Women’s Health. Fitness. Self. Health. Runners World. Women’s Running. Yoga. Cosmopolitan. Glamour. Oprah. Seventeen.


At one point in my life I was a subscriber to all of these magazines. At the same time. Mostly during college when I think I just liked getting mail. I’m also a sucker for a good deal and magazine subscriptions always seem like such a good deal! Most of my favorite magazines were health and fitness related but I was also getting Oprah and Seventeen. I was all over the place. Monthly these magazines would show up and rarely did I find the time to get even a quarter of them.

In graduate school, I couldn’t even get through that many so one by one I started canceling or not renewing subscriptions. I had stacks of magazines from past months to read so it was unnecessary to keep getting more. I would be playing magazine catch up for years. Then it dawned on me, they all say the same things. Weight loss, beauty tips, the new fitness move that is going to get you ripped. Recipes. Detoxes. Quick fixes. It wasn’t healthy for me to be reading all of these month after month even if they were “healthy” magazines. They were all telling me to be something different and I could not stop reading about all of the things that I needed to change.

I now choose to read real blogs. Stories from real women about what works for them. You can find amazing healthy recipes on those blogs too. I am also working on trusting what I already know. Years of reading all of those magazines has filled me up with quite a lot of information – some good, some not-so-good.

Also, I read books! This one, that I am currently reading devouring is an inspirational story about women runners over 50. I am loving it and find it so motivating!

Colin reminds me often that healthy eating and exercise is a lifestyle commitment. Not a diet, not a quick fix like a lot of the magazines out there portray. My mom and I have a habit of taking pictures of the most obscure magazine weight-loss headlines out there and sending them to each other. It makes for a good laugh and helps us both remember not to get sucked in by things the media tells us. Being healthy is simple when you boil it down: eat good, real, food, and move your body.

10 lbs a week? Really?

10 lbs a week? Really?

Fat just falls off, eh?

Fat just falls off, eh?

Today I am only subscribed to one magazine: Runner’s World. I love when it arrives in our mailbox and appreciate the real-ness of the magazine. They highlight all types of runners and it is full of great reminders for me about rest, strength, training, etc. I will still buy an occasional magazine now and again. I love the stories in Oprah’s magazine and the step-by-step yoga poses in Yoga. And obviously, I still buy any magazine that has Taylor on the cover…



Yoga Inferno

I discovered a new yoga DVD last week that I am pretty excited about.  After sweating through my new favorite workout a few times since then, I have decided to share my thoughts with you all! I have been doing Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown DVD for the last few years periodically and it is super tough. I was looking for something new with some fancy moves to learn and decided to try out Yoga Inferno. INFERNO IS RIGHT! 5 stars, Jillian. You’ve done it again.

I love Yoga Inferno for more reasons than one. It is the toughest yoga DVD I have ever attempted which puts it on the top of my list of favorites. Also, there are moves in this workout that I have never done before and I love learning new moves! So many variations of some of my favorite basics (plank, mountain climbers, downward facing dog, etc.). Oh so exciting!

I love Jillian because she always offers up variations of the moves: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Let me tell you though, in Yoga Inferno I was challenged even doing the beginner modifications. If you’re looking for a yoga DVD that will get you ripped, look no further. I plan on doing this consistently a few times a week all winter long. One of the things that I love the most about yoga is the way you can see progress quickly. I saw and felt myself getting better at holding the moves even after only doing the DVD three times. Practice! Practice! Practice!

I recommend both at-home DVDs but if you are really looking for a challenge, Yoga Inferno will really get you sweating.