It’s Growing Season

Growing can be fun.

 

It can also be scary.

Want it more than fear it

 

Some days I feel powerful.  I go to the gym, lift heavy stuff… decide to be a ninja…. 

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Going Big with Endurance

Go big or go home.

 

That’s my life’s mantra.

Why stop at 10 when you can do 11?  Or 30 when you can be 31.  If I can better myself without damaging myself, I’m going to go for it.  Today I’m bring back Work It Out to focus on endurance.

sprint2table-workitout… 

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#MoveHappy: My Favorite Fitness Things

The only thing I love more than working out is getting new workout-related stuff.

 

And food.  Obviously.

To start this 3rd week of the #MoveHappy movement out right, I thought I’d share with you some of the marvelous new fitness-related items I’ve been loving lately.

Fitness Favorites… 

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#MoveHappy Week 2: Quest Bars & Nutrex

Long weekends make me happy.

 

We really should implement a 2-day work week, 5 day weekend policy.

This weekend was full of happy movement.  Atlanta is home to the world’s largest 10K, the Peachtree Roadrace.  It’s held every year on the 4th.  This is my 5th race; I’ve only missed one since 2008!  I haven’t been running much, but my goal was to finish in under an hour.  I rolled out of bed early Friday morning and took the train to the start line.

I debated going to the convention in town… but nah.

Marta is smarta

Marta is smarta

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I’m a Big Dill + WIAW

I’m a big dill.

 

In my head.

Really though.  I posted the pic below on Instagram heading into leg day on Monday, but there’s a reason other than humor.  Legs days with my trainer always kick my butt.  He’s brutal… in a good way though.  One of the reasons I love training with him is that he pushes me to do more than I even imagine to be possible.  

When I walk into a session with him, I psych myself UP.  So much of lifting is mental.  If you tell yourself you can and approach the weights with confidence, you’ll be amazed by what you can do.  That’s also a good example of how I #MoveHappy. ;)

Big Dill

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This WIAW I was STARVING from leg day.  I wanted a little bit of everything, so that’s what I had!

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Moving Happy #LikeAGirl

Stop what you’re doing.

 

Watch this: 

 

When I saw this video this weekend, I stopped in my tracks.  How many times in your life that you heard someone refer to “running like a girl” or “throwing like a girl”?  How many times have you SAID it?  I’m know I’m guilty.

To quote the commercial: “Why can’t ‘run like a girl’ also mean win the race?”

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Move Happy!

The secret is out.

 

I like to move it, move it…

The secret is the challenge I teased last week!  I was so excited when Heather asked me to partner with her on this 2nd Edition of the #MoveHappy Challenge! She wanted to bring it back to celebrate an exciting change on her blog (that part is still a secret… for now!).  It’s going to be awesome, just like this challenge.  So…

What is the #MoveHappy Challenge?

It’s been 6 months since her  original challenge and the idea is to encourage you to keep it up all year long.  This time it’s even bigger!  We’re joining forces to challenge you to ENJOY fitness this month. Doing something that makes you smile and gets you moving, that’s what the hashtag #MoveHappy is all about!

Join the #MoveHappy Challenge!

 

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Travel Hangover + a Swiss Birthday

The hangover is one downside to travel.

 

Besides the bathrooms on trains.

Coming home is my least favorite part about any vacation.  The harsh reality of a travel hangover: waking up without a mountain view, fighting jet lag, and realizing you can no longer subside on bread, cheese, chocolate, and wine.  Or can I…?

With a sad heart I left Lucie in Zurich on Saturday morning.  I had one last espresso (with the little chocolates they always serve them with) and bought a pretzel for the plane ride.  I became addicted to “bretzels” on this trip.

Even the creamer is prettier in Switzerland

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A Day in Basel, Switzerland + WIAW

When in Rome…

 

Or Basel.  Whatever.

On my first full day in Basel, Lucie took me on adventures fit for a blogger!  But first we began in a predictable way… taking pictures of yogurt bowls before breakfast!

My bowl was goat’s milk yogurt (which Lucie bought special for me!) with cinnamon, Growing Naturals Vanilla Rice Protein, oats, strawberries, cacao nibs, and more of Lucie’s bread.  We took our beautiful bowls outside of a photo shoot in natural light.  Priorities!

Yogurt Bowl photo shoot… 

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ONE More Mile

I can’t end a run on uneven mileage.

 

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok. All opinions are my own… ’cause you know I can’t keep them to myself.

Lately I’ve been itching to run more, but I’m 100% out of practice.  Busting out more than a couple of miles is no longer easy to motivate for, let alone to complete!  2 things happened last week that helped change this.

  1. A friend invited me to go running
  2. I received Reebok ONE Series Cushion shoes to test out

 

Call it OCD, but it drives me insane to end at 4.78 miles, for instance.  I will run up and down my street to hit 5 miles.  If you are a runner who tends to go a little further then you meant to, you know how painful that can be.  You’re tired, bored, thirsty… your knee hurts, your shoe is rubbing your heel… whatever it is, you’re ready to be done.

These things combined are what lead me here – sitting on my patio enjoying the cool morning air after an even 5 mile run.

Reebok ONE… 

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