Fit Friday Finds: Spirit of the Marathon


What a week it’s been! As you may have noticed, I’ve been pretty M.I.A. all week — unfortunately, I woke up last Friday with a little sore throat that ended up in a full-blown respiratory infection šŸ˜¦ It definitely hasn’t been a fun week, but I finally got back to work today and (fingers crossed) things are looking up! I’m praying for full healing by the end of the weekend.

I’m pumped to check back in with all of you, and I’m bringing back an old favorite: Fit Friday Finds!

Fit Friday


My husband and I have been long-time fans of Netflix, but I always just used it to waste time catch up on my favorite TV shows — I never knew about the wealth of movies and documentaries hidden in that little app!

After seeing everyone talk about Spirit of the Marathon 2 a few weeks ago, I found out that you can watch “Spirit of the Marathon” on Netflix. It took me about 0.9 seconds to find it and push play!

Spirit of the Marathon follows six runners taking on the Chicago Marathon. Some are elites; others are running their very first marathon. The documentary chronicles their training, race day, and all of the ups and downs that goes with it!

Whether you’re a veteran marathon, contemplating your first 26.2, or just an avid part of the running community, this is a must-watch! It’s so inspirational, and after completing my first marathon, I could identify with all of the emotions the runners displayed and talked about throughout the film.

Out here on the East Coast, it’s a pretty rainy Friday, so this may be the perfect thing to put in your Netflix queue for the evening! May I suggest enjoying it alongside a yummy pizza, like a gluten-free almond flour pizzaĀ or a balsamic glazed white pizza?


Fit Friday Find: 4.26.13


Fit Friday


I know it’s been a while, but I have a Fit Friday Find that I can’t wait to share with you today!

I stumbled across this article this morning and immediately knew I needed to share it: “Eating Disorders Make You Skinny…and other Popular Eating Disorder myths debunked.

Our society is so focused on “being skinny” that we forget about being in love with our bodies and with ourselves. We’ve become obsessed with the wrong things — calories, scales, weight, pants sizes — that we’ve forgotten about the important things — love, confidence, and beauty.

Eating disorders aren’t about food.

They’re about control.

They’re about perfectionism.

They’re about filling a hole.

“Just eat” is never, ever the answer to someone who struggles with an eating disorder or, moreĀ prevalent, disordered eating. (Yes, they’re different.)

You can’t “just eat” until you let go of needing control.

You can’t “just eat” until you let go of some utopian version of a perfectionism you think you can achieve.

You can’t “just eat” until you let go of the idea that you can fill a void in your life with food.

Today isn’t the day that I’m going to dig in and dive into my own relationship with food. But, it is the day I’m going to encourage you to read that article and realize that if you struggle with control, perfectionism, and filling a void — you’re not alone.

Go look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that you’re beautiful — because you are.

Have a beautiful weekend, friends!

Fit Friday Finds: Chobani love!


Fit Friday Finds

Happy Friday, everyone! How’s your day so far? I started off my morning with 20 minutes on the elliptical followed by five rounds of my “Anything for a Minute” circuit (except that I did 30 sec. circuits instead of 60 sec. circuits). I find that I can really keep up my intensity for 30 seconds but after that, I start to get more lax. Anyone else with me? Either way, I was a sweaty mess by the end!

Enough about sweat…I’m hoping to work up a nice big sweat this weekend during the 15-miler I have on my marathon training agenda! It’s supposed to be almost 60 degrees here, so the weather should be beautiful. I’m actually pretty excited for it , but we’ll see how excited I am at mile 10 šŸ™‚

It’s been a while since my last Fit Friday Find, but I have an afternoon snack I’ve been lovin’ all week, so I knew I had to share…Chobani!


Okay, okay, it’s no surprise that I eat CHO most days. It’s pretty much a staple in every WIAW post ever. Even though I love the stuff, I’ve been trying to be moreĀ consciousĀ about my sugar intake and some of the fruit-flavored CHOs can pack 21 grams+ of sugar. Unfortunately, I can’t stand the taste of plain. So, what’s a girl to do?

Mix it up, of course! I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to figure this out, but I’ve been mixing 3 oz. of my favorite fruit-flavored CHO (Black Cherry, Mango, Pomegranate, etc.) with 3 oz. of plain 0% CHO all week. It’s cut my sugar intake and still has a great punch of flavor. It’s nothing but good!

I am off to church…we are moving to a new campus, and there’s still a lot to do! Opening weekend is just EIGHT days away, and I definitely can’t wait. I’ll check in with ya’ll later!

Fit Friday Finds: Snowy morning happenings


I’m not sure what it’s like where you’re at this morning, but here in Delaware, it’s snowing like crazy! This is a photo from my post-gym commute…the roads are awful! šŸ˜¦

Snowy commute

If you’re part of this East Coast snowy morning, be careful out there!

But before we got into this snowy mess, I was up at 5:45 this morning to head to the gym for an early morning workout. I started off with my Insane Incline Treadmill Workout, followed by three rounds of a leg toning circuit from Back on Pointe.

Friday morning gym

Right after this photo, I achieved this…

PlankThat’s right! A 3-minute+ plank before 7 a.m.! I beat my previous plank record of 2:20 by more than 40 seconds — love it!

After I headed home, I pulled out these flax almond flour pancakes I made last night and topped them with some almond butter, shredded coconut, flax seeds, and maple agave syrup. (Recipe coming soon!) So warm and yummy on a snowy morning!

Flax almond flour pancakes

And, finally, today’s Fit Friday Find…

Fit FridayStayFocusd app extension for Google Chrome!

This amazing tool has helped me with my food blog addiction. (Come on, I can’t be the only one that could read food blogs all day long if I had the choice! ) Simply install this app and you can block websites, as well as set the days and times of the week you’d like to block those sites. It took a lot of willpower, but I blocked most of my favorite food blog sites so that I wouldn’t wander on to them during the workday.

The best part is that the app is fresh and pretty witty…when I went to change my limits the other day, it gave me about 10 different messages that were all a variation of “Are you sure you want to do this?” When I finally kept clicking yes, it took me straight to a website about why we should avoid procrastination. Too funny!

Whether you need to block some sites during the workday or during an intense week of midterms, this is a great app to check out!

Fit Friday Finds: 1.11.13


Fit Friday Finds

Happy Friday! I need to finish cleaning my house & making some food before my in-laws get here for the weekend, so we’ll keep this short and sweet. I wasn’t going to do a Fit Friday Find this week until lunchtime today…and then I knew I had no choice.

Today’s Fit Friday Find: Panera Bread’s Spinach Power Salad.

Panera's Spinach Power Salad

Spinach, diced eggs, crispy onions, roasted mushrooms, and Applewood-smoked bacon with a smoky Vidalia onion vinegrette. So much goodness all in one bowl. Go try this — now.

I’ll admit it — I have a Panera Problem. I stick to the same two or three favorite things, but Panera’s expanded their menu so much that I’ve been trying to try some new things lately! I’ve found that the beauty of the You Pick 2 is that you can try something new and still get an old standby — that way, you know you’ll have something you like! Ā I combined my Spinach Power Salad with a big ol’ bowl of garden vegetable soup with pesto. Mmm, mmm, mmm.

I’ll be recreating this soon, so be on the lookout for that! Enjoy your weekend!

Fit Friday Finds: 1.4.13


Fit Friday Finds

This week, I haveĀ a lot of Fit Friday Finds to share with you. Therefore, here are a few photos to show you my week full of fit finds!

Lulu photoOkay, so it’s a pretty crappy selfie from the gym, but I’m rocking the new Lululemon headband and top my sister bought me for Christmas this week! I powered through a 30-minute HIIT treadmill workout + my “Feel the Burn” leg circuit and loved it! I’m obsessed…

Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast

My new Cooking Light Cookbook! I’ve already adapted two recipes from it: the Balsamic Garlic Roasted Chicken & Vegetables recipe I shared last night and another soup recipe I’ll reveal for this week’s WIAW. If you’re looking for healthy, quick, and easy meals, I highly recommend it. It may not be pin-able, but it’s still useable!

Pollan’s message is simple: “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” He uncovers the “science” of nutrition and helps us try to understandĀ why we eat what we eat and suggests a few alternatives to our bloated Western diet. I’m not finished yet, but I amĀ definitely loving his work. I’ll share a full book review once I finish up!

Happy Friday!

Fit Friday Finds: 12.21.12


Fit Friday Finds

Just a warning…this Fit Friday Find is a little more controversial than the rest. But, it’s an issue that’s very important to me, and once I read this, I had to share!

This week’s Fit Friday Find is “The Fabulous Food Stamp Diet,” a blog post from Sally over at Real Mom Nutrition. She begins by pointing out comments from Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros, who recently commented about Newark Mayor Corey Booker’s pledge to eat on budget similar to those on the SNAP (food stamps) program. Tantaros claimed that she would be “so skinny” if she went on food stamps.

The comment was clearly ignorant, but that’s not what this post is about.

It’s about the availability — or lack thereof — of healthy, wholesome foods when a family is on a government program. When you have a limited amount of money to feed a family of four, you sure aren’t spending your time on the “outside” of the store, browsing the produce, fresh milk, and lean meats. You can’t justify spending $10 on enough apples for your family for the week when you can spend $3 on a large jar of applesauce that’ll feed your family for the week. You can’t justify $3.50 for a loaf of fresh, whole grain bread when you can buy a king loaf of white bread for $1.19. You can’t justify spending $8 for a block of fresh, low-fat cheddar cheese and whole wheat noodles when you can spend $0.85 for a box of Kraft…you get the idea.

Would a voucher problem fix the issue? Should you give families a voucher that can only be spent on fresh produce or lean meats, similar to the restrictions on the WIC program, in addition to their food stamp money? In theory, it sounds great. In reality, it sounds like a lot of politicians claiming that’s too much “big government,” telling people what they can and cannot buy. In reality, it sounds like a lot of extra money for the government to shell out, only increasing the government deficit.

Would an educational program fix the issue? Should you provide families with lessons on how to choose healthy options on a budget and show them how to make those choices on their own? In theory, it sounds great. In reality, it sounds like a lot of time and administrative effort that would require more money and more attention than the government may be willing to give.

Then again, what’s the price on health?