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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Strong (Wo)Man

The gym is my happy place.

 

It really is the most relaxing part of my day.

Sometimes you need to get out of your comfort zone.  We grow from challenges… so I decided to challenge myself to a Strong Man!  That may have been a bit of a crazy move, but whatever…

Bring It On Life

 

When I arrived at the Lee Haney event, I was surprised to find out that there was only one other female competitor.  That was really intimidating… there was only one other women willing to try this?!  She was really great though – her friendliness and outgoing attitude did a lot to calm my nerves!… 

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The Company I Keep

House guests are my favorite.

 

Well, some guests…

This weekend I had the best guests possible – two of my favorite blogger friends!  Heather and Sarah started out as internet friends, but we become fast “real” friends after meeting in person at food-related conferences (yet another reason you should attend the Blend Retreat!).

I was so excited to spend the weekend showing them more things I love about my city!  Our first stop was to Atlanta’s “ethnic” food strip: Buford Highway.  We dined on Vietnamese food at Chateau deSaigon.  We have some sort of shrimp patty wrapped around sugar cane sticks, a sweet and sour tamarind soup, shaken beef, and burnt rice.  The rice was my favorite, but the other tow said it reminded them of burnt popcorn.  Probably why I liked it…

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Work It Out In Style

Black is my color.

 

It’s how I like my coffee and my clothing.

I tend to think no one notices what I wear at the gym… and it’s reflected in my attire.  I rotate between the same 3-4 black and/or grey shorts and tank top combos.

Then I wear color one time and get 4 comments.  Apparently they do notice.  Oops.

How cool is this mesh back?!

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Reebok ZQuick + 5 Fast Miles

My shoe collection is out of control. 

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

I’m not complaining!  As someone who works out nearly daily, I actually use the 10 pairs of athletic shoes in my closet.  Dress shoes, notsomuch.

This is why I was so excited when I had the opportunity to try out Reebok’s new ZQuick. I realized I’d been wearing Reebok apparel for a long time, but had never tried their shoes!

ZQuick

About the ZQuick… 

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Work It Out: Counting Is Hard

I have popcorn stuck in my teeth.

 

I need to work that out with some floss.

Popcorn.  Good carbs when you pop it fresh at home.  Why do I need carbs?  Because I’ve been working hard!  And I just like popcorn.  

It’s been a while since I posted a Work It Out, but I’m sharing an especially good one today to make up for it.

sprint2table-workitout… 

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Touring Atlanta + Sizzlefish Holiday Giveaway

Staying in town can feel like a vacation.

 

Not quiiiiite like going to Tahiti… but you know.

This weekend Sarah graced me with her presence.  She drove in Monday night from Birmingham and we spent the next 2.5 days touring rainy Atlanta.  It’s fun to entertain out-of-towners because you get to see your city in a whole new way!

Sarah arrived Friday afternoon with cookies in hand.  She shared the Vegan Carob Peach Fudge Cookies from her #strangebutgood post Friday.  They were the perfect appetizer before we headed to dinner.  We did so much I have to break it up into 2 posts.  Today is the “doing,” and the Atlanta food tour will happen Wednesday.

Sarah cookies

 

Saturday morning we hit my gym for a glute workout.  Check out this IG video for a taste of what we did.  Sarah hung like a champ!  She’s a natural.

After a solid hour of hard work, I told Sarah she was ready to compete… so we practiced a pose (this is why I don’t do bikini):

Sarah, Toisha, me posing

 

Naturally this had to be followed with a trip to Buford Highway to shop the massive international farmer’s market, where we met up with Sarena.  We were there for 2 hours… only a food-friend can understand how grocery shopping is an entertaining sightseeing activity.

I had told Sarah how cheap it is, but she was still shocked at how little her market finds were!  The new-to-me treats this time were a Ponkan orange and some sort of Korean puffed rice crackers.  I also found a giant bag of my favorite Chimes peanut butter ginger chews!

Buford Farmer's Market

 

That market is massive – it’s like the size of Wal-Mart.  You can browse an entire aisle of Mexican hot sauces, or sample baklava at the Easter European bakery or peruse greens you’ve never heard of before. Watching my friend wander around filled with wonder at all the international delights was the best part of my weekend.

Sarah left yesterday.  After trying to convince her to stay, I sent her on her way in true blogger fashion – with a to-go container of protein oatmeal. More to come later in the week… I need to leave room to tell you about an amazing giveaway!

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I have been obsessed with Sizzlefish ever since I had the opportunity to try a box via Fitfluential.  The fish is delicious – it surprised me how fresh it tastes despite being frozen.

Last week I pulled out a piece of the salmon to cook when I was short on groceries.  It thawed while I was at work, so all I had to do when I got home was squeeze some lemon juice, dill, and pepper on top before broiling it for 7 mins.  Easy dinner!

Sizzlefish Salmon

So what’s in it for you?

The awesome people at Sizzlefish agreed to do a special holiday giveaway!  Not only will you win a box of this Holiday Sampler (worth $59!), but they will also send a box as a gift to a person of your choosing!  Feel free to pick me. ;)

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I’m a little sad it rained all weekend – I wanted to take Sarah on a walking tour!  From the looks of it, everyone else had rain or snow too.  Bring on the sunshine!

What is your favorite fish?

Do you consider grocery shopping a form of entertainment/tourism?