DITL 6/4/18: house hunters, wedding venues and wal-mart

What a weekend! Alex, Indy and I got home from Asheville a little before midnight last night. I’m exhausted but really excited at the same time. Filming for House Hunters is SO much fun! I can’t talk about the filming process very much.. but I can tell you some details about our weekend at least!

Saturday morning Alex and I woke up at 4 AM to finish packing, shower and hit the road for Asheville as early as possible. We met our producer in downtown Asheville by 11. The film crew put mics on us immediately and we hit the ground running. It took a little while to feel natural in front of the camera, but they had us doing fun activities around downtown so Alex and I enjoyed it. We took a break for lunch at Red Ginger (awesome Dim Sum restaurant), and filmed until 8:30 PM that night. Once we finished for the day we realized we had NOTHING in our house (not even a roll of paper towels) so we stopped by Wal-Mart on our way home. We picked up some soda waters, a broom, paper towels, paper plates and plastic cutlery along with 2 frozen pizzas. We weren’t home, eating dinner until 10:30 at night. I was so tired I could hardly eat, and I burned Alex’s pizza so badly the bottom was black and rock solid, and he had to just scrape off the toppings..(he must really love me).  We fell asleep on our air mattress (no furniture in our house) watching a television show on Alex’s phone (no wifi, no TV etc). It was a very memorable first night in our new home!

We were up and back at it by 9:30 AM on Sunday. We had a delicious lunch from a place called The Walk (in West Asheville). I had their tempeh avocado melt (sans cheese) and Alex had their burrito salad. Alex and I agree we are going to make that one of our usual hangouts once we move. We finished filming around 7PM, and on our way out of town we stopped by The Ridge (a wedding venue in Asheville). I have been seriously considering it for my wedding venue, and I wanted to see it in person, (see how it felt) before booking it (and putting down any deposit money). The Mountain View out there is stunning!

Photo credit: The Ridge Asheville website

Photo credit: The Ridge Asheville website

The owner greeted us with glasses of champagne, and she answered all of my questions. I’ll look at their proposal this week, and most likely will be booking the it by next week! Alex and I didn’t make it home until 11:45PM last night. We took Indy on a little walk, then collapsed into bed. 

Today has been a sleepy blur, but I got a few things accomplished. I made it to the gym for a workout, ran 2 miles with Indy, went grocery shopping, picked up 10 cardboard boxes for moving, assembled them and filled a couple of them, and ran a load of laundry. I'm wiped! Tomorrow I’ll be driving BACK to Asheville to bring my first load of boxes to the house.  I’m excited to take a class at the Pure Barre Asheville studio Wednesday morning and meet Flavia (the studio owner) for lunch. I can’t wait to start teaching over there!


DITL 6/1/18

So today is not my normal. I feel like once I post this entry people are going to tell me I’m crazy.. but it’s what I did today so I'm going to write it anyway! 

I woke up at 5:15AM, grabbed a Clif Builder’s Bar and harnessed Indy for our usual two mile loop. Earlier than usual: but I needed to drop Alex off at work before 6:15 AM. Yesterday Alex's department got tickets to the Durham Bulls game and we couldn't pass that up!

happy camper

happy camper

On my way to the game I picked him up from the hospital and we drove together but I forgot to take him back by his car at the end of the night. An easy fix: I dropped him of at work the next morning, on my way to meet my friend Caroline for an Orange Theory Fitness Class. I had bar number two of the morning during the drive (Go Macro Protein Purity)

I love taking OTF classes with Caroline because we are so compatible (athletically and just in general too). It’s really fun for us to push each other and try to keep up with each other! We managed to cover a 5k distance on the treadmills and the “floor work” was a great mix of upper body exercises (TRX high rows, pushups, V-Ups, Bicep Curls and upright rows). Caroline is  moving to Toronto the same time I’ll be moving to Asheville. I'm grateful for my  last few workouts with her!

After class I snacked on a banana and a packet of Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter spread while driving home. Once home, I took Indy on another (1 mile) walk.. It was only 9:15 in the morning and I was patting myself on the back for everything I was getting accomplished until Indy found the BIGGEST mud puddle and tried to lay down in it. I started pulling her towards me (away from the puddle) and she leaned down so the harness slipped over her head (SHE’S DEVIOUS). She then layed in the mud and wiggled, and rolled in it. I had no control over her because she basically escaped her harness. I just stood there for a second and had to admire her ability to get what she wants. Then I walked my muddy dog home and started to run the bath… I guess she needed a good bath before filming tomorrow anyway?

She was not happy after her bath

She was not happy after her bath

After I washed and brushed Indy, I had a large Pink Lady Apple before lacing on my tennis shoes one more time.. Yeah this is when you might think I’m a little crazy. I wanted to run just two more miles before showering. I know it’s excessive but I wanted to cover 7 miles today (total). I haven’t had a “long run” (anything longer than 6) since the Tar Heel 10 Miler race 6 weeks ago and it just feels good to remind yourself you can do it. I also doubt I’ll be able to exercise at all this weekend, and I have 8 hours in the car ahead of me. 

After my run, I made myself a big bowl of oatmeal with a sliced banana, 1 big scoop (for those who asked scoop is about ¼ cup) of granola, 1 big scoop of raw mixed nuts, and some hemp seeds. I showered, and worked on my laptop for about an hour. I printed, signed and faxed the contract for my wedding band (we have a band and a date!), and did some paperwork for my banker to open a joint bank account with Alex. I sent e-mails to the House Hunters producer and our realtor to touch base on logistics for tomorrow, and then made a bag of trail mix (almonds, chashews, pistascios, dried blueberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seed) before running to the car for more errands. 

I drove to the Southpoint Mall area to get my nails done and eyebrows waxed (for filming), went by Old Navy to pick up some solid colored tops for filming, shipped my Bridesmaid Proposal boxes (arriving Tuesday!) and picked up an iced coffee from Starbucks. Once I got back home I cleaned out my car  (for our early trip tomorrow), changed clothes, and tried to make my hair look nice. Alex got home around 6PM. We walked Indy and then drove to Franklin Street for Alex’s chief roast. 


Basically: it’s a dinner where the interns get to “roast” the chiefs. All in good fun and they did a great job!


I’m glad I got to see everyone in OMFS before the formal “Hail and Farewell” banquest in 3 weeks (Alex’s graduation).

The guests of honor

The guests of honor

Dinner was barbecue, biscuits and mashed potatoes.. not my favorite but I had a biscuit and a glass of Cab Sauv. By 10PM  Alex and I were exhausted so we left for home. We took Indy on one last walk and I made myself an almond butter and banana sandwich before calling it a night. We have to wake up at 4AM tomorrow to leave for Asheville! I can’t dicuss too much of the filming process on my blog unfortunately (darn that NDA), but I’ll post again Monday about our weekend in general!

Have a great weekend!

Last day at Pure Barre Chapel Hill

I can’t believe yesterday was my last day teaching at Pure Barre Chapel Hill!

I have been working at PB Chapel Hill for 5 and a half years. I started working at the front desk when I was a senior in college, and by graduation I went to training to become an instructor. About a year later I was promoted to “lead instructor”, responsible for training instructors and observing classes (etc). It’s been SO much more than a job. These women have been like a family to me! I met my two friends Talia and Caitlin in the Pure Barre studio, and they introduced me to Alex. I may not have ever met him without Pure Barre! 

I woke up yesterday morning at about the same time as usual (6:15 AM) and had some Ezekiel bread toast with cashew butter, extra nuts and a protein shake before taking Indy on a 2 mile run.

(I'm not sponsored by Evolve! I just have them in the fridge right now and they were on sale this week)

(I'm not sponsored by Evolve! I just have them in the fridge right now and they were on sale this week)

Two miles is the longest distance she can handle with this heat and it’s plenty to tire her out! I grabbed a banana before driving to the gym. My workout included: Seated Cable Close grip rows, Dumbell Incline Rows, Dumbell Front Squats, Straight Leg Barbell Deadlifts, TRX Suspension Low Rows, Barbell Bicep Curls, Barbell Reverse Lunges and Dumbell Incline Bicep Curls (those are HARD). If you are interested in weight amount (resistance) I use for each exercise please comment below or message me!

I stopped by Whole Foods on my way home for some lunch (to go). I filled up a box at their hot bar. It included: spinach, mushrooms, tofu, black beans, garbanzo beans, raw mixed nuts, shelled hemp hearts, nutritional yeast, peas, and cauliflower tabbouleh.

Nothing pretty, but it gets the job done!

Nothing pretty, but it gets the job done!

I had a kombucha on the side and a Lara bar (pineapple upside down cake) for dessert. After lunch I took Indy on a second mini walk, (3/4 mile) showered and drove over to the Pure Barre studio. 

I got there over an hour early and spent some time in the studio on my own; making a playlist for my last classes. For Pure Barre classes you are supposed to use the pre-made playlists that PB Corporate sends you, but I thought we could make an exception for a night ;) I put all of my favorites together one on playlist while snacking on a Go Macro Bar (Flavor Sweet Rejuvenation)  I looked over my choreography one more time before people started arriving at 4PM.

Oh my gosh. SO MANY PEOPLE came out for my classes! My first two classes for overbooked with a waitlist and my last class (6:45PM) still had about 12 people. Everyone gave me hugs, cards and even a couple of gifts. Some people cried (and I cried a little too)! The studio owners brought champagne, cheese, fruits and crackers for everyone in the lobby, and it was an awesome party. 


The best class was my last class.. all of the instructors came to take it, as well as Caitlin and Leighanne (two of my closest Pure Barre friends). I started to cry at the end but I kept it together mostly! This is the beginning of so many changes and I can’t help but get sentimental and a little emotional. I’m so SO happy I can always come back and visit!

Left to right: Lauren, Bria, me, Lanier, Mandy, Kerry (all instructors)

Left to right: Lauren, Bria, me, Lanier, Mandy, Kerry (all instructors)

Bottom Left to right: Candi, Leighanna, Sara, me, Madeline, Kristina, Sherry (all instructors and staff)

Bottom Left to right: Candi, Leighanna, Sara, me, Madeline, Kristina, Sherry (all instructors and staff)

After class all of my instructor and staff friends (11 of them!) and I walked across the street to Brixx for some well deserved pizza and drinks. I don’t drink that often, but I do enjoy a hard cider occasionally. I had an Angry Orchard Hard Cider and their Roasted Vegetable Pizza (with their dairy free cheese). I didn’t snap a picture this time sorry! I was home by 10pm. I read some of my sweet cards with Alex before taking Indy on one last little walk before bed. It hasn’t sunk in yet that I am finished teaching at Pure Barre Chapel Hill.. and I am so happy I can continue teaching at Pure Barre  Asheville!

A lot of the people who read this blog take classes at Pure Barre Chapel Hill. If you are reading this, and you were in the studio yesterday: please know that last night meant the world to me! I am so grateful for you!


The Craziest Month and DITL 5/29/18

Okay, so I’m freaking out just a little bit.. Within the next 32 days I will teach my last class at Pure Barre Chapel Hill, my fiancé Alex will graduate from his residency program (UNC OMFS), we will move into our new home in Asheville (NC), we will film for a national television show (House Hunters), I’ll take the first steps in planning a wedding, AND I will be sharing with you a project I’ve been working on for months (so excited to share, but it isn’t QUITE ready yet!). 

Of course I still plan to keep my blog posts rolling with current event topics, new recipes and classes I try! But for this next month I think it will be worthwhile to post as many days as I can to share my progress on everything happening right now. Sharing with you my day to day routine will also hold me accountable to my fitness and health goals. Like most of us: when my schedule gets busy and/or stressful, it’s my sleep, workouts, and/or diet that suffers. You guys will hold me accountable! So my blog posts will take a more personal turn for the next month.. please comment on my posts or direct message me with any questions and feedback. Maybe you will enjoy getting more of a “slice of my life” or maybe the more content focused pieces are of more value to you. I’d like to hear your thoughts!

I know I’m going to look back on this month and wonder how it all fit into 32 days! It's going to be a blur. I’ll turn around and it’ll all be over. I’m grateful I’ll have these posts to look back on, and hopefully they are entertaining for you too!

So here’s my first entry: 5/29/18

I woke up at 6am (pretty typical) to Indy whimpering, ready to go out for her walk. I said goodbye to Alex (leaving for the hospital at 6:15 AM) grabbed a protein shake (Evolve), shook it up, put a straw in it and harnessed Indy up for her walk.  We did our usual 1 mile trek up to Weaver Street and back. Once home I made my favorite dish for breakfast. I don’t usually have slow mornings to enjoy my breakfast, so when I do this is what I make: plain oatmeal with added granola, raw mixed nuts, shelled hemp seeds and bananas. I don’t measure anything out.. it’s just how ever much I feel of each ingredient. Sometimes I’ll add some almond butter or sunflower butter! 

It ends up looking something like this every time :)

It ends up looking something like this every time :)

I spent hours on my laptop working on my website (this one), communicating with our realtor on house details (getting the keys to our house), e-mailing East Coast Entertainment for information about a wedding band I would like to book, re-scheduling my teeth cleaning appointment with my dentist for a couple of weeks from now (who has time for that this week?), writing out my class for this afternoon (Pure Barre), writing and sending a check to our landlord (last rent check ever!) etc. I took Indy on walk number two at 9 am (another trek to Weaver Street) before having a snack of instant brown rice and teriyaki tofu. I laced up my shoes again to meet my friend and fellow personal trainer Lauren at Fit on Main. I started working with Lauren back in Decemember. She created a hypertrophy training plan for me and has been helping me on my squat and deadlift form. Because I’m focusing on gaining more muscle mass right now I’m lifting weights 5 days a week, and working with Lauren about once every other week for check ins. Today’s workout was for chest, shoulders and triceps. 

Workout included the following exercises: Barbell Incline Bench Press, Dumbell Front Raise, Standing Cable Tricep Push down, 90 degree Dumbell Lateral Raise, Dumbell Bench Press, Dumbell Pull Over, Dumbell External Rotation and Overhead Tricep Extension. For each exercise I perform 4 sets and 8 reps. The workouts are long and a little grueling, but I’m getting great results! I’ve realized a good workout playlist makes a big difference for me. 

I was really hungry after our session and heated up some lentil chili with sweet potatoes,


a Cliff builders bar (chocolate), and a small bowl of granola (Purely Elizabeth is my favorite).  I took Indy on walk #3 before putting her in the car for her vet appointment.  Just a quick one for her to get an updated bordetella vaccine. I dropped her off at home before driving to the Pure Barre studio for my 4:15pm class. I can’t believe tomorrow if my last day! Class went well, and I stayed to take the 5:30PM class.

Alex had to work late tonight so it was just Indy and me for dinner. I stopped by CHOPT on the way home. I usually just do a "build your own" and get all of my favorite things in it. Tonight it had lettuce, tofu, hummus, quinoa, cauliflower rice, carmelized onions, cashews, peppers, mushrooms, Brussel sprouts, and falafel. Sorry I didn't take a picture of it.. but wasn't anything pretty. 

I took Indy on walk number 4 and had a banana and kombucha for dessert while typing up this post and watching an old episode House. Long day! I've managed to walk 4 miles with Indy, complete a strength training workout, teach a pure barre class and take a pure barre class. I'll sleep well tonight! More updates tomorrow! 


Considering a Juice Cleanse?

Have you ever tried a Juice Cleanse? I just finished a (one day) cleanse yesterday! Wondering if a juice cleanse is for you? If it even works? All good questions! I’ll try to give you everything you need to know about juice cleanses! First some background information:

A juice cleanse means drinking nothing but pressed juices extracted from fruits and vegetables. It can last from 1-5 days. Some of the most popular Juice Cleanses include Jus by Julie and Blueprint, and many juice stores sell their own cleanse programs like Cleanjuice and GrabbaGreen. I’ve only tried two. They are Jus by Julie and CleanJuice. 

How it works: You pick up a carton of 6 juices. They are numbered 1-6 and you are supposed to drink them in order (but sometimes I honestly skip around in order).

Blake Lively loves Blueprint (photo cred New Beauty.com)

Blake Lively loves Blueprint (photo cred New Beauty.com)

Usually the greener juices are earlier in the day and the sweeter ones are later in the day. 

The Research: The lack of peer-reviewed studies on the effects of juicing has led to conflicting information about whether it’s really all that good for you. It's been agreed that going on a juice fast is completely unnecessary for ridding your body of "toxins". Our liver and kidneys are already effective at eliminating any unneeded waste! 

HOWEVER giving up junk foods and processed ingredients can only help (by giving your digestive system a break). So if you stop eating crap and do a cleanse..yes it's healthier! Not because of the juice, but because of the lack of crap you are consuming.

 A juice-based diet can be a good way of getting more phytonutrients (if you don't normally have a lot of fruits and vegetables in your diet). The act of mentally  going on a "detox" can also help jump-start a commitment to a healthier diet or routine.

The Downside: Depending on your juice program: you might experience dehydration, nausea, or fatigue (especially if you are caffeine dependent). They can also cause you to miss out on other much-needed nutrients (fiber and protein mostly). All valid concerns! But again: if you do it for a day it’s nothing to get too worked up about.

Sofia Vergara prefers Reset (newbeauty.com)

Sofia Vergara prefers Reset (newbeauty.com)

So why do I do it? It’s actually kind of fun! It makes the day really easy because I don’t have to plan any meals for the day, cook anything, or debate where I'll go to pick up lunch. By the end of the day I feel lighter and just “better”. I DO add more to my diet than just the 6 juices. Yesterday I had 2 Kombuchas (also all natural with nothing artificial), an apple, and some handfuls of raw mixed nuts throughout the day.  I’d recommend adding any whole and unprocessed food or drink (so raw mixed nuts, fruits, veggies, unsweetened soda water etc). A juice cleanse is an effective way (for me) to jumpstart a healthy routine and to at least MENTALLY feel like I am hitting a "refresh" button.

Questions I usually get about a Juice Cleanse:

1) Will I lose weight? – I didn’t and I usually don’t.. but some people do. You shouldn’t’ go on a cleanse to lose weight. It’s not a magic pill to make you drop a ton of weight.

2) Can you exercise while on a cleanse?-You can.. but it’s not a lot of fun. You’ll need to supplement with extra nutrition if you want to exercise. The juices just give you bare minimum (calories wise) for a typical person's basal metabolic rate (about 1,200 calories). I didn’t exercise yesterday, but I taught 4 Pure Barre classes. According to my Garmin Vivoactive watch I covered 5 miles throughout the day so there's that.

3)How many days do you recommend people go on a juice cleanse?- So I’m not a Registered dietitian nor nutritionist and this is out of my scope of practice, but I’d only recommend 1 day juice cleanse if you are only going to do juice. Maybe you can do a 3 day cleanse if you juice until dinner and then have a healthy dinner at night.

Any other questions? Comment below!