Had a rock and roll weekend at my friend Kris and Eric’s. They had four bands at their house for Porchfest. It’s the one day a year that your neighbors aren’t allowed to call the cops for you having loud Continue reading Getting through the F.O.G – Fear of Gym
Well, happy Summer. This weekend is the first moment I actually felt like it was summer. I guess, considering that summer didn’t really start until the 21st, that’s not so bad. And on the 21st I was in England, where Continue reading Summer time and the Livin’s Easy Giambotta
Hey there! Did you have a good weekend? Mine was kind of quiet. Ben went to his yearly golf outing with his father and his father’s friends in Virginia, so I was home alone. Met up with my friend Meredith Continue reading Man Dip
Shoot I was clearly so caught up in explaining away my extended absence by distracting you with Welcome Back Ceviche that I forgot something really, really important. The team from Reebok CrossFit Back Bay made it through the regional games and is heading to Continue reading Congratulations Team Back Bay!
Welcome back! God, I’ve missed you. Where have you been? Never mind, the important thing is that we’re together again. No need to dwell on the past. What was. . . . What should have been. . . . .What Continue reading Welcome Back Ceviche
That’s right, I did it! Whole30 complete. Drop the mic. Honestly, I’m not 100% sure how it went from any quantifiable measure because I didn’t weigh myself before I started. I did weigh myself about 1/2 way through and again Continue reading Whole 30 – The End (not the “Plummet”)
Congratulations to my AMAZING Pilates Instructor Amanda Schall on CRUSHING her Instructor Trainer exam! Now Amanda can go off and make even more amazing pilates instructors! Actually, I haven’t written about Pilates in a long time, so for those of Continue reading Congratulations, Amanda! (And the Benefits of Pilates)
Did you have a good weekend? My was very, very chill-ax. I don’t really say “chill-ax.” I just googled it to see how it is actually spelled: “chillax,” all one word, no hyphen. It’s actually on merriam-webster.com. I wonder if Continue reading Chill-axing
Have you guys seen this show, Strong? I’m obsessed. Well, I’m temporarily obsessed, at some point I’ll get bored. I even got bored with American Ninja Warrior, and I was so obsessed with that. Anyway, Strong is this competition show that Continue reading My Go To Whole 30 Snacks
Alright so I’m just over the halfway mark on the Whole30 and things are going really well. Well, I’m not actually sure what really well means, other than I’m sticking to plan. I didn’t weigh myself when I started, so Continue reading Whole30 Update
Okay, I’m starting to put together the soundtrack for the movie of my life. I’ve already posted my theme song, which would probably play during the opening credits. I posted that song in November. The beginning of November. So that Continue reading Great Hair Day
This winter really messed up my internal seasonal clock. It was so warm that winter was really more like a New England spring, and if winter was spring, then spring should be summer. Right?? But it’s not, it’s pretty much Continue reading Baby got Back
Happy Boston Marathon Monday. Also known as Patriot’s Day in Boston. Not that it needs to be known by something else since it’s the only place that’s already known as Boston Marathon Monday. Man, good luck you crazy runners (including my Continue reading Whole 30 Update
So I know there are people in the world who know what’s good for them and what’s not and who, armed with this knowledge, can, regularly, make good choices and, occasionally, have some off less good choices fun without totally Continue reading The End of Fun
So I went to see the new Superman/Batman movie this weekend. It was the first time in like 3 years that I’ve been to the movies. That’s totally true. Ben doesn’t like going to the movies. People at the movies Continue reading Get Mobile before You’re Immobile
I know you were all rooting for me and for the amount of stress it caused me, you’d think I thought I WAS going to win. So, just to be clear, I did not win. But I did finish! And despite Continue reading Closing the Books on the The Opens
I’m sorry, but there is nothing that is not frightening about the Easter Bunny. Seriously, WHO thinks this thing is cute? I think parents have to be seriously sleep deprived and/or totally fed up with their kids to hand them over Continue reading Green Chile Pork with Mexican Rice
Happy Friday. Oh wait, happy Spring! I think I forgot to say happy Spring on Monday, which was the first full day of spring, but snowed like 5 inches in Boston. I am NOT complaining. We had the most amazingly Continue reading Spring, Vitamin D, and Bands You Never Knew Existed
Hey. Monday here. Woot! Woot! Super excited. Does sarcasm come through at all in blogging? No? Look, Monday is fine. It’s just Saturday and Sunday or so much finer. Monday’s fineness seems like suckiness because it’s both compared to Saturday Continue reading My weekend: Backs, Axe, and High Tech Facts
Hello from Nashville! I’ve never been to Nashville. Wow! This place is kind of amazing. Tuesday night, not forget about Tuesday night, Tuesday DAY and the streets are filled with people moving in and out of bars, with different bands Continue reading Wednesday Inspiration
16.3 The workout I’ve been dreading. Muscle Ups. Freaking Muscle Ups The thing I have been working on since November. And not making progress. And thinking about quitting. And now, here they are. Programmed into the Open. Which I didn’t’ Continue reading That Just Happened
So, I’m doing something I almost never do. Actually I’m doing something I START doing a bunch of times then actually finish doing . .. ummm, I think, never. And while it may be premature to declare victory on completely Continue reading Book Report: Great on the Job
How are you feeling today? I hope you’re feeling good and rested from your weekend. I hope you found time to decompress, catch up on some sleep, make yourself some delicious and healthy food, and spend time with friends and Continue reading Rants, Ants, and Time to Chill
I’m sitting on the Acela about halfway through my 3.5 hour trip home at 8:07 pm. The train is stopped. They are “trouble shooting.” I’m stuck on the inside seat because I wanted be near the plugs, but my plugs Continue reading Derailed by Travel
Hey Happy Leap Day. Oh and Happy Birthday all you Leap Day babies. Wow, you’ve waited a long time for this. What are you going to do to celebrate? You’ve had a lot of time to plan. Leap Day is Continue reading The CrossFit Opens
How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good. Actually it started out great on Friday night with dinner at the home of good friends. We had an amazing meal, including a cheese souffle that was to die for. I mean Continue reading Why I Train: Vanity, Sanity, and More
I’m dying to talk about the weather. I mean it’s crazy – the weather, not the fact that I’m dying to talk about it. Yesterday was a polar vortex. Today it was 50 degrees. But by the end of the Continue reading Switch it Up
And by cold I mean, the kind of cold when you walk outside and the most filthy and disgusting swear words you’ve ever heard in your life involuntarily escape from your mouth, which then gets frozen in the shape needed Continue reading Baby, It’s Cold Outside
My boss was visiting my office last week. We’re in open office, so everything we do and say is on full display, including it seems, my eating habits. Because after only 2 days in the office, he decided to remark, Continue reading Macros and You
That was the scene from my car Friday evening. Last year, which those of you who live in New England . . .or had a television . . . anywhere in the entire world . . .know was a crazy Continue reading Snowed In Workout
So this weird thing has happened to me. I really don’t know how. All of a sudden I get like a million magazines sent to me. Here are the magazines that are sent to me every month: Shape Food and Continue reading Warning: Sugar will Turn you into a Zombie!
Okay, it’s not Monty Python-different in it’s different-ness, but it’s different for me. I’ve been pretty much eating the same (delicious) frittata for, ummmm, months. I’m not even bored of it. I could eat it every day, and have. BUT Continue reading Now for Something Completely Different: Quinoa Scramble
Happy Monday! Ready for the week? I definitely am. Partly because, well, you know me and my planning. But also because I literally did not step foot outside my house on Sunday. I didn’t even go outside to get the Continue reading My Weekly Plan
I almost didn’t have a blog post today. I had a work event: New Rep Training Rookie dinner. I knew I wasn’t going to get home until late. Well, late for an old lady after a long week. I really Continue reading Short Thoughts After a Long Week
I like to compartmentalize things. This is work. It goes in the work box. This is personal life. It goes in the personal life box. Husband lives in the personal life box. Not in the work box, so husband doesn’t Continue reading When the Going Gets Tough
I can’t start another blog post with a big “Hey I’m back.” I’ve already done that twice in 2016 and and 2016 is only 3 weeks old. Suffice to say that last week did not go as planned. On one Continue reading Today is Not Yesterday
Freakin David Bowie, huh? That one came out of NO WHERE. Monday morning I was driving in my car and the dude on NPR (who probably is not called a dude too often) says “tributes are going out to David Continue reading Balsamic Pork and Italian “Rice” (in honor of David Bowie)
Okay, so last Monday I announced I was “back” after the indulgence and lack of exercising around the holiday. You know, New Year, new leaf, all that. Actually to be fair to me, and I like to be as fair Continue reading I’m Back. . . No really . . .For Real This Time
I thought I would give you all time to ease into the new year. I’m sure you had things (hangovers) to do (recover from). But I’m back. Well, I’ll try to be back. I’m at my sales meeting, which happens Continue reading Happy 2016! It’s Goal Time!
Holy CRAP! This is my last blog post of the year! I’m thinking, it probably wasn’t enough for you all to hear about every detail of my life three times a week for the last year, so I should definitely Continue reading 2015 Year in Review
Hi! Did you have an amazing Christmas? I did. I had most of the week off (minus some calls from hotel rooms), and it was such a great, fun week. We saw some old friends whom we hadn’t seen for Continue reading (Pork) Fried “Rice”
Hellloooooooooo! Sorry (not sorry) I haven’t posted all week, but I’ve been having way too much fun on my week off, visiting friends and making new ones in New Jersey and New York. Crazy good times. Have you all heard Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas at Home Workout (and the end of the Pushup Challenge!)
We had our office holiday party this week which was a lot of fun, and I think, reminded all of us that the work will be there, but we need to take some time to celebrate each other and the Continue reading Christmas Ying and Yang
ARRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH. It’s only 9 days until Christmas. Holy Crap! There’s only one weekend left. There are presents to be bought. There is wrapping to be done. There are holiday parties to attend. There are an untold number of Christmas cookies Continue reading Christmas Present Panic: The Remedy
You know it is the holidays when the night starts looking like thisAnd ends in the wee hours of Sunday morning looking like this Lack of sleep and a massive red wine headache isn’t really conducive to writing about health, Continue reading One More Time With Feeling
This is my friend Adrienne attempting to open one of our conference room doors. Adrienne, as you can tell, is itty-bitty. The door is large and heavy. Once I went bowling with Adrienne and I watched the bowling ball throw Continue reading Strength vs Cardio (The Adrienne Workout)
We’re taking a brief break in our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this important message: Stop using plastic containers to store and heat your food. Everyday, I pack up my healthy lunch, which I have prepared carefully to ensure Continue reading Public Service Announcement – Throw out your Plastic Containers!
Hey can somebody explain to me what is going on with allergies? Is this an official allergy season, or do allergies just last the whole year now? Is this a global warming thing? There was a time when I didn’t Continue reading Stephanie’s Eggplant (or Eggplant, Roasted Pepper and Quinoa Salad)
So I think I mentioned that I’ve been working on getting my muscle ups. My progress has been . . . .inconsistent. I moved on from the blue band to the red band (good), and thought I was nailing it, Continue reading Celebrate Your Success – Even The Small Ones
Welcome back! Well welcome back me, anyway. Not sure if you went anywhere. Actually I didn’t go anywhere, but I wasn’t here. On the blog, that is. I was off giving thanks, and I hope you were too. But if Continue reading I’ve Awoken From My Thanksgiving Food-Coma
I hope as you’re reading this you all are exactly where you want to be for Thanksgiving. I’m grateful that this year I won’t be traveling and dealing with the accompanying travel headaches, but of course that means we’ll miss Continue reading Thankful
First off, thanks to everyone who supported me, and more importantly the Arthritis Foundation. The Jingle Run was great. About 400 men, women, and kids ran, including me and my fabulous friend, Kris (Kris I owe you a “yes” on a Continue reading Lists
Ooof. I am beat. Bone-tired, beat. I am clearly incapable of going out on school nights. Which I did. Wedensday night. Which was a school night. And it’s not even like today (as I write this) is Friday, and all I Continue reading Jingle Run
Can I just share this unpaid endorsement? I do it because I love you all, and I want you to enjoy the things I enjoy. I feel it brings us closer, don’t you? So, I love Vermont Bread Company’s Whole Wheat Continue reading More Push up Progressions
I might have told you this before. It’s only been a year and I’m already repeating stories. Yikes. Bad sign. You’ll have to put up with it like you love me. Anyway, you know how people say if you watch a Continue reading Spaghetti Squash Puttanesca
So this happened at work yesterday. That’s my boss getting into the Freaking awesome. He was pretty happy to show off. But I realize that some of you are still feeling a little frustrated about your pushups. And even though Continue reading Progress not Perfection
Admittedly, it was someone else’s theme before becoming (today) the theme for Swan Snatch Love. But they don’t need it anymore and they didn’t use the Joan Jett version, so I’m stealing it. It’s our theme now. It is kick-ass anthemic Continue reading Theme From Swan Snatch Love (and Day 6 of the 50 Day ‘Til Christmas Pushup Challenge)
Seriously, I’m not sure how this hasn’t come up. And by “come up” I guess I mean I haven’t told you. Which I haven’t. But not because I’ve been keeping it from you. Although given that it is THURSDAY and Continue reading What I’m Doing This Weekend
Well, Halloween is over and you know what that means: It’s Christmas time! Hey don’t blame me, I got my first Christmas catalog BEFORE Halloween. And, frankly, I love Christmas, and the season is short, so suck it up and Continue reading 50 days until Christmas Pushup Challenge
Oh my god!!!! I forgot to post last night. I just got too caught up with all the halloween festivities around here. Wait, what? Your office didn’t have a Halloween party? That’s a shame. Clearly you all need a Queen Continue reading SPOOKY
I’m experiencing a sartorial revolution. First the pants and now . . . .Well, let me first just say that I am NOT a sneaker person. Sneakers are for the gym ONLY. There is no walking about town in sneakers. Seriously: Continue reading New Kicks
It was a sleepy morning at the Charlotte Airport and Thomas Francis Chambers was no where to be found. That’s the opening line to my novel. Or just something that ran through my head as I (sleepily) walked through Charlotte Airport Continue reading Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Acorn Squash
Remember when you could just decide to go out and you’d slip on a pair of flip flops and you were ready to go outside? Look I’m inside. Now I’m ready to go outside. In. Out. Simple. Quick. Not requiring Continue reading It’s Getting Cold, but not too Cold to Run for Charity!
Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I had an amazing weekend. My sister, niece, nephew and two of my nieces friends came to Boston. The girls were looking at local colleges (and shopping) and my Continue reading The No-Excuses No-Equipment, Anywhere Workout
Don’t you think that there are just a million people on Google right now who are like, “You know what? I’m going to spend my time looking up what people ate today.” And then they’re going to be like, “Holy Continue reading What I Ate Today
I care very deeply about my job and my career, I think of “job” as the work we do for someone else and “career” as the work we do for ourselves. I’m lucky that these two things have intersected well Continue reading Book Report: #GIRLBOSS
Did I tell you guys the story of being in Rome with Ben. We were walking through a square and it was bright and beautiful and filled with people. I was so happy to be there and I said to Continue reading Things to do in Cleveland When You’re (not) Dead
So, we’re all eating breakfast these days right? I mean this is one of those things like not smoking, getting regular exercise, flossing: we know what we’re supposed to be doing. Of course knowing and doing (or not doing) are Continue reading Breakfast: eat it, dammit!
First I want to thank Kate F who inspired the title of this post. And by inspired, I mean she said it. Out loud. “It’s the Pants Post” And then I said, “It IS the Pants Post.” And so in Continue reading The Pants Post
You know what those are? Yes, they’re shoes, but I bet you’re thinking they are NEW shoes. Aren’t you? But no, they are not new shoes. These shoes have to be at least four years old. I just got them Continue reading Two Small Bits of Advice
Okay, I promised (and I know you’ve been waiting patiently) to hear an update on my end-of-summer-refocus-on-fitness-and-nutrition-get-off-the-slippery-slope- of-alcohol-and-excess plan. I should brand that plan name. . . .So, two things that I want to make clear: 1. After one month Continue reading The Summer’s Over, Getting Fitter Plan: 1 month update
So you were loving the guest blog thing, right? Get this, now you get ME and a guest blogger. Woot! You’re lucky day. I wish I was you reading this! Is it a one time thing? Is it a weekly Continue reading She said, He said
Look, when Summer is gone, it’s gone. That’s just the way it works. While it was here, I savored every skin-cooking minute. But we are officially in Fall and Fall in the Northeast is . . . spectacular. I hope Continue reading Theme in . . . Apple
I don’t like to waste food. It bothers me. It has for a while, but this feeling has become a bit more pronounced. Maybe it’s all those meeting buffets when half the food goes uneaten. Especially breakfast. I mean, I can Continue reading Pumpkin Curry
Hey! Exciting news! You may remember way back when, my friend Denis (that’s not a typo. He spells his name like that) did a guest post. Well, while Amanda takes her hiatus, we hope to hear from more folks: friends Continue reading Boy on Girls (or a Guys take on CrossFit benchmark wods)
I’ve been introduced to a new concept. Actually it’s not a concept at all, it’s an actual thing: second lunch. I don’t know how I made it to 45 without knowing about second lunch, but I’m pretty much sure it’s Continue reading Second Lunch (or Volume Based Eating)
Not the 4 seasons Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, but seasons in life…a time to be happy, sad, reflective, go through adversity, etc. Why I write this is because, I wanted to let you guys know that right now I’m Continue reading Seasons
I love the smell of lilies. Love it. I think I always loved it, but I re-fell in love with the smell after we came back from Italy at the end of May. Rome smelled amazing. Typically you don’t think Continue reading Consider the Lilies (take two)
Another Monday approaches…How was your weekend? I have to say mine was really good. I’m absolutely loving the cooler weather we had, I even made some soup on Sunday since it was gloomy and rainy! Saturday I went to Harvard Continue reading Updates and a Recipe
I have so many things I want to tell you about! All these things running around in my head. It’s just hard to decide what to share with you. Not to worry, I’ve been writing them down in my little Continue reading Squeeze Those Glutes!
Not that I’m complaining, but apparently summer started a bit late this year and is running well into September 🙂 as much as I love it, I cleaned out my closet this morning and my sweaters are calling my name. Continue reading Apparently Summer is NOT Over
I went to see The Book of Mormon last night. Actually it was my second time seeing it. I saw it first in NYC. It was HIGH-sterical: the first time and this time. If you haven’t seen it, go see it Continue reading The Plan, The Pros, The Cons (and a bit on Mormons)
Dancing school that is…with all this talk of starting fresh and new, changing things up and challenging our bodies, I’ve decided to finally ignore my fear of walking back into a dance studio and I’ve signed up to take a Continue reading Back to School
Today is August 31st. To SOME people August 31st feels like the end. It’s the end of summer; end of heatwaves; end of long days; end of casual work days; end of drinks on a roof deck; end of 1/2 Continue reading The end . . . .?
On Fridays I often take this mobility class after the regular CrossFit WOD. I’m really bad about stretching and mobilizing, and this is an hour of focused (and uncomfortable) mobilization. There’s this kid that sometimes come to this class. His Continue reading The Best Age to Be
Confusing right, what is it…chip dip or stuffed peppers? Well that is one of the reasons why I love this recipe so much, it works as both! It’s also healthy, easy to make, super delicious, and makes for great left Continue reading Quinoa Stuffed Peppers or Quiona Chip Dip…
Ha, you thought “Off to the Races” was some kind of metaphor for starting on a new journey of self-improvement, didn’t you?? Nope, I am literally off to the Races: Saratoga Springs where the 6 week racing season is in full Continue reading Off to the Races!
People need to stop saying “The summer is over.” Okay? Summer is NOT over. We are, in fact, IN summer. Can’t we just enjoy the summer and not keep reminding ourselves (and others) that the summer is ending? Harumph. If Continue reading Easy Banana Smoothie
How often do we think of ourself being any of these three things? Most likely never…so I wanted to remind you this weekend that this is true for everyone, no matter what the battle you’re fighting is…you can concur it Continue reading Brave, Capable, and Significant
My sister texted me the other day. She got a tattoo. I didn’t even know she was THINKING about getting a tattoo. I mean, she’s younger than me, but she’s definitely passed the age when one might spontaneously get a Continue reading Challenges and Opportunities
We’ve gone over the Pilates principles; have talked about important things like shoulder and scapula stability, neutral vs. imprint…etc. So in an effort to bring some more Pilates or fitness based content back to the blog I’m going to go Continue reading Pilates Monday, featuring the Gluteus Medius
People can be divided into two camps: those that love CrossFit and those that hate it/are scared of it/make fun of it. That’s just the way the world is divided these days. It’s not red state/blue state, conservative/liberal, vegetarian/carnivore. It’s Continue reading CrossFit: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
I totally had an amazing idea for a business. Gym laundry service. You go to the gym in the morning. You work out. You sweat your butt (I’m so PG on the blog) off. Then you shower and get dressed for work. You Continue reading Girls That Make You Sweat – Workout Mix
With my summer day’s and weekend’s packed with visitors, weekend trips, bridal showers, weddings, etc…I’ve found it difficult to grocery shop and have my week’s worth of food/meals planned and if need be prepped. I also (even though I’ve been Continue reading What’s in my Refrigerator?
A couple things happened after I loft my phone. First I (re)discovered that I have insurance. So instead of paying $600 to replace my brand new Iphone, I only had to pay $150 deductible. Then I (newly) discovered that f Continue reading The World is Your Gym: Get Outside and Play
So I realize I haven’t been posting a ton of pilates posts on this blog, I do apologize for this, being that it is promoted as a crossfit and pilates blog ;). I’ve come to find that teaching all day, Continue reading Let’s Review
Did you guys see our first non-blog tweet? Okay, I’m still figuring this out. I need to get more comfortable with the whole hashtag thing. #hashtagsmakemenervous I get nervous about weird things though, like the post office. The post office Continue reading Take Your Lunch to Work Week!
Hey, it’s Wednesday this week has felt a little loopy…not sure if it’s the heat or the fact that I’m coming off a vacation but whatever the reason I feel like I’m already ready for the weekend, or another vacation Continue reading Wednesday Ramblings…
First, and most importantly, big shout out to my husband Ben, whose birthday it is today! We are celebrating at Foxwoods. He will be a the the Racebook. I will be at the pool. Well, we’ll celebrate together in the Continue reading What I Learned at BlogHer 2015
So this afternoon I took at train to NYC for the BlogHer conference. We’re approaching a year on the blog, and other than the trial by fire learning we did pre-launch and immediately post launch, we’ve pretty much not read Continue reading Karma
Yeah, it’s summer and I am currently NOT on the wagon. I’m in that period of time post wagon where I’m still trying to keep my drinking in check before falling completely off the wagon to the point that I Continue reading Summer Cocktail – Italian Style
Another Monday approaches 🙂 I have to say, I’m actually looking forward to this week. It’s a short week for me, two day’s of work, then I’m off to Kennebunkport for my best friends wedding!! To say I’m excited would Continue reading Hill Intervals on the Treadmill
It’s fairly ironic that I’m writing this post today since I just spent the last two days hobbling around after straining my back doing deadlifts. I think my eyes were bigger than my muscles and I spent last night on a Continue reading A Strong Back
I haven’t been posting as many of my quotes or inspiration lately, some of you might be thankful for that 😉 but for the few of you that enjoy it I have something for you today. Lately, I’ve been going Continue reading Wednesday Inspiration
Three-day weekends are pretty damn awesome. I’ve been looking forward to this particular three-day weekend for a while. I love the 4th. To me, it’s the official start of summer. There are some people who get to the 4th and Continue reading Morning Workouts
The holiday weekend is finally here! Even though I worked today, so I didn’t actually get an extra long weekend, something about this weekend feels a little more special and I’m really looking forward to the next couple days. I Continue reading Holiday Weekend
So last week, because of the stupid, wet, disappointing Spartan Race (Yes, I’m still having issues. BUT I’m not longer in a constant state of depression. Progress), I didn’t have a chance to shop or cook. Man it is EXPENSIVE Continue reading My New Favorite Breakfast: Sweet Potato Hash with Spinach Eggs
Happy Monday! I thought I would do you guys a favor and share this post written by another blogger The Every Whereist today. I found it this weekend while roaming around on the internet and it literally had me in Continue reading What I’ve been Reading…
What exactly is Pilates!? I’ve been getting this question a lot lately, so for any new viewers to the blog or to the ones that have been with us since the beginning, but maybe missed this post…here is Continue reading Repost…What is Pilates again?
It was a gorgeous day for a run. The sun was shining and the field was filled with competitors ready to race, as was I. I was excited, nervous, but prepared. I had trained for this. And all my training Continue reading The Spartan
So you may have heard, I’m doing the Spartan Super on Sunday. You may have noticed, I’ve kind of been training a lot for it. I mean, really, you couldn’t miss it. Unless, that is, you haven’t been visiting the Continue reading Spartan Training T-2
So as you all know I train Donna in Pilates…we meet two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday very early in the morning at 6am. With this said, sometimes our conversations can get a little weird 🙂 For example yesterday Continue reading Shame
That title is a bit of a mouthful. Maybe I should have shortened it: Farmers, Pigs, and Greeks. I wonder if that would have made more people click on it and read it. I mean what would a blog called Continue reading Farmer’s Markets, The Great Bacon Debate, and T minus Six Days to the Spartan Super
You know what’s amazing? Summer hasn’t even officially started. Isn’t that awesome? The whole summer is ahead of us. I’ve already gone on an amazing trip to Italy, AND we had Field Day at work. Remember Field Day from when Continue reading Back at It: Spartan Training
I don’t know about you but in the winter the motivation to make and drink smoothies is pretty low, however now that the sun is shining again I recently decided to dust off the old ninja blender and get back Continue reading Smoothie Season!
Before I went to Italy I think I mentioned I was getting my closets done. Well, mostly, I was getting a closet built in our extra bedroom, but then I ended up having all the closets done. Such a great Continue reading Crossfit Coach Chris Daly’s Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad
Yep, back at it, and now it is only 15 days until the Spartan Super! I really think I better climb a rope before then. It’s been a while since I climbed a rope. Anyway, 15 days means I Continue reading Back at It Thai Spiralized Zucchini and Pork
A friend sent this to me today, I thought it was funny, yet true, so I couldn’t help but share it with you! 🙂 Even though it seem’s silly I encourage you to keep this mindset throughout the rest of this Continue reading The Sky’s the Limit
Hey there! Sorry about the dearth of posts last week but I was away having too much fun (I’m not sorry about that!). I thought I was going to be able to post from the road, but the IPad Continue reading Arrivederci Italia, Ciao Spartan Training
To everyone who has served our country, Thank You! Happy Memorial Day!
Said no one in Rome ever. And since my entire trip is mapped around getting from one place to eat to another, I’m certainly not saying it either. Me: I want to live in Rome Ben: What would you do Continue reading That’s Not Paleo
I’m not much of a salad eater. I do it because its healthy, but most of the time eating lettuce or other greens just doesn’t do it for me. Because of this I play around a lot adding different things, Continue reading Hearty Salad Recipe
Did I mention that my allergies are KILLING me? I am seriously dying. Also, the federal government has decided that they need to regulate the dispensing of Claritin D. I was actually denied being sold Claritin D on Saturday because Continue reading Rest is Part of the Program
Spring has arrived in Boston! And it’s beautiful! I feel like one morning I was still wearing scarves and boots and the trees were bare, and then the next day I woke up, and I didn’t need a jacket to Continue reading Tiny Habits
You know me. I’m a planner. I like to plan out the exact cadence of my week: these are my week work activities; these are my week fun activities; these are the clothes I will need for said activities; this Continue reading The Plan, the Chaos, the Spiral of Despair
Happy Wednesday!! Sorry, we’re a little slow on the coverage this week, it wasn’t the beautiful (finally) weather this time that slowed me up though… this time it was a finger break. Meaning, I broke my right ring finger, I Continue reading Food for Thought
Happy Kentucky Derby Weekend! The most exciting 2 minutes in sports! We have a tradition of going to Foxwoods Casino to watch the race. Typically we go all day Saturday. Ben stakes out a place at the racebook with the Continue reading High Intensity Workouts (The Long WOD)
The Plank…most likely one of the first things you learn how to do wither you’re working with a personal trainer/pilates instructor, reading a fitness magazine, or just walk into a gym for the first time and want to look like Continue reading The Plank
I want to tell you about my closets. I’m getting all my closets redone, and so I have to empty out all my closets. Which means I have to try on everything in my closet and decide if its keep, Continue reading The Best You
Monday was the 119th running of the Boston Marathon. The men’s winner finished in 2:09.17. The woman’s winner in 2:24:55. These people are amazing. But really my admiration is for the regular folks: folks who aren’t elite athletes; the folks who Continue reading Spiralized Sweet Potato and Chicken
In honor of the Boston Marathon today I thought this was and appropriate quote 🙂 And I don’t know about you but around this time I always feel motivated to run, I some times even think a Marathon could be Continue reading Monday Motivation
And the deadline for achieving 10 Hand Stand Push Ups was 4/15. Oh boy, I was getting nervous. I was stuck at seven for the longest time. I started to think I wasn’t going to make it. And it was Continue reading Goals
Could it possibly be spring is finally here 🙂 I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a hard time spending any time indoors these past few day’s, so with that I’ve also been having a hard time buckling Continue reading Spring is Here!
Here’s one of the things that is amazing about life: every day you can learn something new and come to a new realization . . .. kind of without even trying. It’s just about being open to things and open Continue reading Mix it Up, V.2
Hey guys, so I guess I’m on a bit of a food kick this week being that my two posts this week have been about food :)….By the title of this post and Monday’s post you should know now that Continue reading Trying to kick Sugar!
Well, here’s a total surprise: Easter . . . .Easter!?! Of all the holidays, how did Easter become my food downfall? Halloween, no problem. Even at Christmas I made conscious choices to indulge in some special favorites, but otherwise kept Continue reading Travel Workouts – Hotel Room Edition
This post is about snacks. I want to start out by saying that my knowledge is in Pilates not nutrition so, what I’m sharing today is my opinion and thoughts about snacks and what has worked for me. I was Continue reading Snacks
I need a thing. And it can’t be The Royals. Well it can’t be ONLY The Royals. As fabulous as The Royals is (the show. I think that makes it singular). And it is. I don’t think I realized that I Continue reading Spartan Training
I’m definitely feeling some inter-seasonal ennui. It’s just time to be over with what was and get on with what will be. Don’t you think? I’m bored and anxious for a change. Sigh . . ..See ennui. What did I say? Continue reading Spaghetti Squash “Pad Thai”
I’ve been having a lot of very vivid dreams lately. Last night I had a dream that I was running a marathon. I hadn’t trained at all but I was KILLING it. I mean I was going to finish in Continue reading Fashion Apps
It’s the last week of March so this will conclude the March Matness exercises. I have two for you today, then stay tuned for the full core workout! Today we have Neck Pull Prep, and Roll Back with Oblique’s. Continue reading The End of March Matness
Man, its not easy staying on plan when you’re on the road. On Tuesday, I had a flight at 4:45pm that landed at 8 something. That means I’m flying through dinner and probably not eating until 9:30. My friend Marcia and Continue reading I’m a Travelin’ (Wo)man
So to continue on with March Matness, today I have 3 new exercises for you. The exercises are Toe Taps, Double Arm Stretch, and Ab Prep with Pulses. Let’s get started; Toe Taps Start lying on your back, imprinted Continue reading March Matness Continued
I have fitness conversations in the strangest places. This weekend I was at an event in for Business Publishing in Houston and found myself talking to someone who looked a lot like Clark Kent about fitness and motivation. Okay, Continue reading Red People and Green People: Motivation
“Overall fitness and a healthy outlook are the ultimate fashion accessories. When you feel good, you stand straighter, smile brighter, and walk with more confidence. All of which makes whatever you’re wearing look that much better”! I couldn’t have said Continue reading Fun Quote Friday
So I went to Bikini Bootcamp. I went because I was walking down the beach in Tulum last December and saw this place that had Bikini Bootcamp and when I asked my friend Meredith if she wanted to go, she Continue reading Bikini Bootcamp
Yup, you read that right… March Matness 🙂 As you all know, I’m a sports fan and that does include basketball, hence March Madness just around the corner. So while we wait for that to start, I thought it would Continue reading March Matness
So, how’s Boston? Between the snow, the cold, and the Boston Marathon bombing trial, Boston is a place I don’t need to be right now So I left. With my friend Meredith. My friend Meredith is the person who, when Continue reading The Person Who Says “Yes”
Just to be clear: I am not a nature person. You wouldn’t call me “outdoorsy.” I generally don’t like to wear shoes that are conducive to things like hiking. I once told a friend that a bird built a nest Continue reading Outdoor Exercise
I think many of us are happy to say….it’s Monday, March 2nd 🙂 not because it’s Monday of course but because it’s MARCH!!! I know I am!!! February’s forecast of snow, snow, and more snow is gone!!! March cannot possibly match Continue reading March 2nd!!!
Despite the title, this is not a post about my boobs. I know, disappointing. I did just see a an article about top exercises to boost your bust, so I guess it could be about my boobs or boobs in Continue reading The Girls
Bonus post! Bonus post! Oh, you lucky, lucky readers. This week you get FOUR, not your standard three posts. Gosh, I wish I was you today. So today is officially the end of my 30 day reset. It wasn’t perfect, Continue reading 30 Days in Review
Today’s post will be short and savory. I can’t remember where I found this recipe but it looked delicious, and I was feeling a little fancy (maybe because the Oscars were on). I tried it out and…Not to toot my Continue reading Steak Wraps
Dear Diary, Cold here. Snowing. Said the diary of every single person in Boston. Isn’t this boring? Aren’t you sick of hearing about the snow in Boston. Don’t you wish we’d just shut up about it already. Yeah, well, us Continue reading Squats!
The foam roller…you either love it or hate it! I for one have a love hate relationship with it, depends on what I’m using it for. However, this winter I’m leaning a little more towards the love side, especially since Continue reading Foam Roller Exercises for Back and Shoulders
My crossfit gym posted this today. Shout out to Reebok Crossfit Back Bay: best crossfit in the world. Woot! Woot! I do that so as to not feel guilty about poaching their cartoon. Although I’m pretty sure they poached Continue reading Cake vs Skinny
I’m writing to you from the comfort of my bed at 3:30 on Sunday afternoon. Well, it would be comfortable if I wasn’t sick. Yeah, looks like my (amazing) trip to Singapore (more pics of food at the incredible Hawker Continue reading Travel Workouts
Even after this week, this is exactly how I’m feeling today! It’s Friday and life is good! What do you have to be thankful for today? 🙂
I’m not in Singapore for 30 days, although that would be very cool. I’m in the middle of my 30 day reset in Singapore, less cool. Actually, it’s still pretty cool. Heck, I’m in Singapore – home of the Continue reading The 30 days in Singapore
Happy Monday!! I really can’t believe it… here us Bostonian’s go again with the snow!!! As much as I like snow, one big snow storm a year is good enough for me 🙂 Because of tomorrows snow storm, I’m been Continue reading More Monday Thoughts
I think I inadvertently published this post when I was drafting it a couple of months ago. But it wasn’t done, and I didn’t have the videos. And then, even though pullups are something I really like, because they make Continue reading Chicks CAN do Pull ups
First off I have to say GO PATS! SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONS!!!! What a nail biting, gut wrenching, awesome game. I loved it!!! Ok, on to today’s post. Living a Healthy Lifestyle You read about it all the time… How to live Continue reading Living a Healthy Lifestyle
Okay, so the first week is behind us. How’d it go? I know several people struggled with the blizzard situation (I think they were calling it Juno),and the resulting children home for multiple days thing. Just remember, every Continue reading Week 1 and Tabata Workouts
Woot! Woot! we have our very first guest post, courtesy of Donna’s friend Denis (spelled correctly) Sheehan. Denis wanted to let you all know about his experience mixing up his workout. (Denis also has an online zine: Askew Reviews. You can Continue reading Mix it up: Guest Post on INSANITY
Whoo Hoo, I hope everyone had a good snow day! I personally love them, but I also live downtown and don’t have to worry about a car or shoveling my driveway 🙂 so I guess that makes it a little Continue reading Finishing up those Principles
Okay, here we go! Did you come up with your plan? Did you review your calendar, so you know when you’re going to have to adjust your plans for dinner out or travel? Did you clean your house of the Continue reading Let the 30 days begin!
Well, its a good thing I’m going on a 30 Day Reset on Sunday. I am off the rails. There are the rails and there is me . . .off. First there were the holidays, with Mexico in there too, Continue reading Travel Workout
I’ll start with apologizing as this post was supposed to be brought to you last week; however I have to admit I’ve been having a hard time pulling myself together since the New Year. Here come my excuses. First, New Continue reading Rib Cage Placement
Don’t the holidays feel like a distant memory? All that remains is a few pine needles under the couch and a random piece of tape that once held up a christmas card on your office wall. Wow. That just painted a Continue reading Upcoming 30 Day Reset
I’m back from my sales meeting. It’s always so great to see all the folks whom we rarely get to see through the year. We get to celebrate wonderful successes and build momentum for the upcoming year. (That’s the good Continue reading Recipe: Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Broccoli, and Sundried Tomatoes (and Spinach!)
I know it’s been awhile but if you remember a few weeks ago I started going through the Pilates Basic Principles. I began with Breathing, you can check out that post here, and now I’m going to continue on with Continue reading Back to the Basics… Pilates Basic Principles-Pelvic Placement
I’m at my sales meeting. If you’ve ever been at a sales meeting you know it is a trifecta of of crap when it comes to health and fitness: no sleep, bad food, lots and lots of alcohol. Wait, it’s a Continue reading Choices: the Good, the Bad, and the Blue
With 2015 now in full swing and all the talk is about everyone planning and making goals for the New Year, I wanted to share with you something that I’m really excited to start using… my new Day Planner. Not Continue reading 2015 Day Planner
Okay, as promised we’re sharing our goals for 2015. Have you heard about S.M.A.R.T goals? I think its a good way to think about goal setting. In order to have S.M.A.R.T goals, goals need to be Specific. We talked about Continue reading Our 2015 Goals
Well, folks, say goodbye to 2014 because it’s out of here! And before we launch into our plans and goals for 2015, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect back on our experiences in 2014. We hope you’ll share Continue reading 2014 in Review
I’m sitting here writing this post as I wait for the software to update on my new Smart TV. We got our first flat screen TV only two years ago when we decided we wanted to put one on our Continue reading Resolutions, Goals, and Habits
There’s this thing in crossfit that they do, in my gym anyway, on weekends: Partner WODs. Basically it’s a TON of reps of a bunch of different exercises that you need to get through in X time with only one Continue reading Partner WODs
Happy Christmas week everyone! If you haven’t already started your Christmas holiday, I suspect many of you will be traveling this week. I thought it might be a good opportunity to talk about staying healthy when traveling. Then you can Continue reading Healthy Travels
If you’ll allow us to butcher a line from A Christmas Carol: We’re off our time. We’ve been making rather merry. Its been a big week of wassailing and christmas cheer (translation: drinking and christmas cookies). We love the generosity of Continue reading We’ve Been Making Merry
12 days left to Christmas! Are you as excited as I am??? I love Christmas. I just do. I know, I know. It can be stressful: there is family, and shopping, and cooking . . . .actually, those are all Continue reading Top 10 Things I love about Christmas
Now that we’ve had this blog for a few months I thought I’d get a little personal today and share with you how I became a Pilates Instructor. If you know me you would know that one thing I’m not Continue reading How I Became a Pilates Instructor
So, what was your first week of December like? Okay, mine was AWESOME! You probably didn’t notice I was gone, since Amanda was holding down the fort, and I scheduled the eggplant post before I left. (Hope you liked it!) Continue reading First Week of December
Pilates Basic Principles, if you’ve taken a Pilates class you’ve probably heard this term before. Not all principles are the same, different Pilates methods promote different principles, but for the most part the Principles are used to help you find Continue reading Pilates Basic Principles…Starting with Breathing
My mom makes the the most amazing eggplant parm. It’s so good, I can’t eat it anywhere else. I’ve tried. I’m always disappointed. I also can’t make it myself. So, rather than even attempt it (in all its breaded, cheesy Continue reading (It’s Not My Mom’s Eggplant Parm, but It’s Pretty Good Anyway) Eggplant Sausage Bake
I know I mentioned in several posts and have shared some pictures of me prepping for a Spartan Race. I also told you I would share my experience with the race and since my 2014 season is officially over, I Continue reading Being a Spartan!!!
For all of you; for our friends and family; for our health and for the health of all of you; for the wonderful food and even for the food that was better in our heads than it was on our Continue reading We Are Grateful
Looks more like Christmas in north-central New Jersey than Thanksgiving, but we made it here and we’re very thankful to be with our family today. Okay, so the plan of getting in a early morning run was squashed by the Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
Well, I can’t believe it…Thanksgiving is already here!!! Donna and I thought it would be a perfect time to give you our Holiday Gift Guide, just incase you are one of those willing to brave the crowds and do a Continue reading Holiday Gift Guide
Okay, if you know me, you know I like to have a plan. I’m the girl who doesn’t just plan her meals for the week, but also all her outfits. Having a plan makes me feel . . . .safe, Continue reading Ya Gotta Have a Plan
I don’t know about you but this time of year I always feel like I shrink about 3 inches! With the weather getting colder, I feel my shoulders bunching up by my ears and my upper back rounding all in Continue reading Feel Taller and Stronger with 3 easy Exercises
You go to the gym, regularly or sporadically, and if you’re not a class junky, you’re probably spending most of your time on cardio machines. You run on the treadmill. You bang out some time on the elliptical. Maybe Continue reading The Cardio Machine You’re Not Using . . .But Should Be
What are you good at? “Is there anyone in the world you’d criticize more than the way you criticize yourself ” Start recognizing the good in you! Hey guys, there is nothing fancy about today’s post. I just had Continue reading Monday Thoughts…
So, for those of you who have been reading the blog and were with me when I wrote “The Next 30” you know I have a food philosophy that says, when you’re going to indulge, make sure its worth it, Continue reading The Right Time to Indulge
Happy Friday!! Hope your week went well. Mine wasn’t bad, I’m slightly embarrassed to admit…the best thing about this week for me, was that the uber cheesy Hallmark Holiday movies started….I know, nerd alert but I can’t help it, I Continue reading Energy Bites
First off, I know you’ve all been dying to know what the Wednesday outfit is. So here it is. I love this dress. This dress makes me feel like a million bucks (do people still say that? Is a million Continue reading The Next 30 Days
It’s been a few weeks but if you remember not long ago I wrote a post about the importance of Shoulder and Scapula stability. So for today, I thought I would give a few exercises using a flex-band or soup Continue reading Exercises to Strengthen your Shoulders
I haven’t posted one of my Chaos at Bay Sunday night posts in a while. I need a better set up for taking pictures of my outfits for the week. And some clothes that aren’t black, white or grey .. Continue reading Chaos at Bay
On Monday I wrote a post “Why Crossfit Girls aren’t Hot” and we got a ton of views on our site. Like way more than normal. Of course we just got the site stats working, so we don’t have a Continue reading Crazy Hot Asparagus, Tomato and Bacon (of course!) Frittata
What a fun weekend I had! I went back to Texas to visit with my family, mom, dad, brother, sister in law, and 2 nephews. One nephew is 2, so it was so cute seeing him trick or treat. He Continue reading What are you doing this Friday?
Wow. Yesterday was a banner day for the blog if our newly discovered stats page isn’t lying to me (or if Amanda and I didn’t go the blog 190 times yesterday). Okay, so I’m excited. I think our new social media Continue reading Today Show Here We Come!
There is a faction of people out there that think crossfit girls aren’t hot. Typically these people don’t like girls with muscles. I’m here to prove them wrong. I mean, who doesn’t think THIS is hot? Ummmmm, did I say Continue reading Why Crossfit Girls Aren’t Hot
Big news: well big news for us. We finally discovered (thanks to the lovely women at spinach4breakfast.com), how to add a subscription service and social media. You can now subscribe to our blog! Also, if you like what Continue reading Eureka!
I love push ups. Okay, that sounds obnoxious. In a world in which hanging out at a bar, drinking cocktails, and eating chocolate lava cake made you fit and strong, I would love that and not give a s*** Continue reading Lets do Some Push-Ups!
I want to share a little story about a day I had last week. If you remember… last week, it was rainy, windy, and just plain yucky outside. So, you can probably guess, it’s no surprise that I had “one Continue reading No one could win, not even myself