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{weekend recap}

Is it Monday already?

This weekend was quite busy and flew by (well don’t they all?)

Friday night Todd and I got a bottle of wine, had yummy leftovers and watched Breaking Bad on Netflix ( we are hooked!). I always love having a glass of wine on a Friday night, to help me decompress. Then by Saturday it was about getting down to business!



This was my long workout day! I was scheduled to ride my bike for 3.5 hours on the trainer. While I am just dying to get my bike outdoors, it’s still too cold and the roads are too messy. There is still tons of snow on the ground and cars can’t see bicycles around the large snow banks. For now, I will just have to wait. This being said, I rode indoors and figured out a way to make it more enjoyable. I placed my lap top in front of me (typically I just scroll through TV), went on and ordered some movies! I watched “Captain Phillips” which made the time go by really fast. After that movie was over, I switched to TV for the remaining hour or so of my ride. I’m definitely going to do that from now on!


getting sweaty on my trainer!



Fuel for the long ride.. shot blocks, pro bar gummies and skratch labs!

Total ride time 3.5 hours, total miles 56
After my ride, We took Oliver to the pond for a walk. Since it was near 50 degrees out, we were really looking forward to it! Oliver had fun and met lots of puppy friends


Oliver loves sticking his head out the car window!


In my training plan, Sunday’s are typically a short bike ride (with some sprinting bursts) followed by a long run afterwards. Since I still have not received the ‘green light’ to run, I headed to the pool to do my water running, then came home and got on the bike. The pool gets very crowded mid-morning, and I knew I had to get it out of the way before biking. Pool running can be verrrry boring, but music was playing and it made it go a little faster. For my bike ride, I did 1:15 on the trainer, with ten 30 second sprints thrown in there.

Total miles logged on the bike this weekend – 76! Wow it’s been a while since I’ve biked that long in a weekend.


How were your workouts this weekend?


Friday favorites/ things I’m swooning over.

Happy Friday!  The first week back to work after vacation is always a tough one!  I am excited that this week is now over and I am fully caught up (sort of).  Looking forward to the weekend, especially since it’s going to be a whopping 50 degrees in Massachusetts tomorrow, yippee! Hoping to do something fun outside!

I am excited to share 5 of my favorite things with you today:

Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Pumpkin Fig Granola


I like pretty much anything Pumpkin flavored and this Granola hits the spot.  I honestly like all of the Purely Elizabeth Flavors and I like the ingredients even more. I discovered this at wholefoods one day and now it’s the only granola I buy! Best of all, it’s non GMO and sweetened with organic coconut sugar, a low-glycemic, nutrient rich sweetener.  Purely Elizabeth just came out with Hot Ancient Grain Cereal- can’t wait to try it!


Aqua Sphere Kaiman Lady Swim Goggles

Coming out of the water at Tri Fest Half Ironman 2013

These are by far my favorite goggles!  I have a small face, and for years struggled with my goggles falling off of my face in the pool.  I was having to adjust my goggles after ever couple of laps.  All of my problems were solved in the pool once I discovered the Aquasphere Kaiman Lady goggles!  They sit softly on my face and I honestly NEVER get water inside them and they don’t fog up.  I never have to adjust them, even when I’m swimming for an hour plus in the pool or open water.   Highly recommend!


Autumn Glory Apples


While at Whole Foods last weekend, I discovered this new organic apple in the produce section.  I LOVE apples and probably eat two a day on average.  They are my go to snack when I’m looking to curb hunger.  I got really excited to see this new variety and I must say, they are delicious and have a great crunch.  Autumn Glory apples have a very sweet, firm flesh with a subtle “cinnamon” flavor. Some describe it as tasting like apple sauce while some say it tastes just like apple cider; regardless of how you describe it, Autumn Glory apples have an intense “apple” flavor you’ll love.


Betty Designs


I just ordered my very first Betty Designs swim suit!  The photo above shows what I ordered, The Tropical Stripe Sexy Back.  I have been drooling over these designs and can’t wait to order more stuff come spring.

Where runway fashion meets sport. Betty Designs creates kick-ass race kits for triathlon, cycling and killer swimsuits. Created by Kristin Mayer (Ironman Triathlete) in California. I seriously want everything on their website.


Wine Sign


I got this sign in Key West and I love it.  I have it in my kitchen as a reminder that it’s ok to ‘wine’ a little:) Now that it’s Friday I am looking forward to having a nice glad of Pinot Noir tonight.


Staying active & healthy while on vacation! + Photo Recap II

I thought I would share some insight on how I stay active and healthy while on vacation.  I know it’s not always easy to stay healthy (and workout) the whole time on vacation, but I try my best to stick to my routine, with a little wiggle room of course.  In regards to food, the key thing is preparing snacks for travel, and staying in a place where you can make your own food!

I really, really hate airport food.  I know there are some options for healthy (and overpriced) snacks, but the breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.. not so much!  Perhaps it’s just the airports that I travel to, but I get disgusted looking at my options.   This being said, I plan ahead.

Some of my go-to foods for travel are:

  • Trader Joes nuts and trail mixes
  • Trader Joes Turkey Jerky (it has soy, unfortunately, but it’s better than the stuff they sell at the airport)
  • Homemade or store bought granola sweetened with honey or coconut sugar
  • Starbucks “build your own Oatmeal” is perfect for breakfast or lunch!
  • Greek Yogurt, if you can find it!


When it comes to staying active, look in advance before your vacation for things in the area that you can do for exercise!  Lucky for me, I have been going down to the Florida Keys for many years, and I know what’s in the area.  This year I tried a couple of new things which made it even more fun.  Personally, the more I can do outdoors the better! The week I was away, I was scheduled to do bike and swim workouts (still can’t run at this time due to a foot injury). I was proud of myself because I ended up doing most of these workouts!

Before leaving, I checked out the local gyms in the area, emailed an instructor about a spin class and emailed a crossfit gym.  I even looked into bike rentals and stand up paddleboarding!  Here is what kept me busy and worked up a sweat while on vacation!

Crossfit Bone Island- Key West


I paid the drop in fee and did a WOD with this southernmost Crossfit!  The gym was a lot smaller than my gym at home, but the WOD was just as good!  We did a combination of pushups, burpee box jumps and lunges that day.  With the added humidity I was working up quite the sweat!

Kayaking around Key Colony Beach

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My parents’ home is in Key Colony Beach, FL.  The Island is actually man made, and each of the streets are separated by canals.  We spent a few mornings kayaking the canals and the Gulf.  For the most part, the water is very calm, but the wind makes it challenging at times.  I did Kayaking in place of some of my swim workouts, and it worked out perfectly.  Talk about an upper body workoutJ

 Swimming at the Cabana Club

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My family has been going to the same pool club since I was in grade school.  I knew I had to get some actual swimming in (not just playing in the ocean) while I was in FL.  Since I am really afraid of sharks, I opted not to swim my distance in the ocean, but in the pool instead. Besides dodging small children wearing floaties, swimming there was quite pleasant.  I wish I could swim outdoors at home right now!

Spin class at Florida Keys Fitness Center


I looked up spin instructors before going down there, since I knew I would have to bike.  I could have rented a bike, but there aren’t really any good roads for cycling in the keys.  There is a bike path, but it crosses through tons of shopping plazas and there is lots of traffic in the area. I played it safe and did spin.  The instructor was great and class was hard (and very sweaty)! I also biked on the stationary bike on the one day it rained.

Stand Up Paddleboading (SUP)



This was the highlight of our trip!  We almost didn’t get to try SUP at all!  Our flight got cancelled on Saturday, so we were able to stay an extra day (until Sunday night!).  Once the flight was cancelled, I immediately looked up the number for SUP rental in the area and we went over to Tarpon Creek Marina to check things out.   For just $15/hour we rented the paddleboards and explored the mangroves and ocean waters.  Neither myself nor my husband had tried SUP before, and we both agreed it was a blast!  It was a hard workout too… especially going against the wind.. holy core muscles!

Walking the Old Seven Mile Bridge


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The old seven mile bridge is a special place.  Once used for cars, 2 miles of the old bridge have been preserved as a walking bridge.  Beside it is the “New” Seven Mile Bridge where cars can travel from Marathon Key to and from Key West.  Walking down and back on the bridge ends up being 4 miles total, and the sights are beautiful all around you.  We saw lots of giant sting rays in the water below… so cool!

Looking forward to going back to Florida next year and doing all of this and more!

What are some ways that you stay healthy while on vacation?





Florida Keys Vacation Recap (Part I)!

I am back to blogging after a week’s vacation in the Florida Keys!  Wow, did I need that vacation. This winter has been god-awful in Antarctica (I mean Boston), and was in serious need of Vitamin D!  I have been going down to the Keys since I was about 3 years old.  I consider it to be my home away from home.  My husband Todd and I stayed with my parents for the week and it was a blast!

As I mentioned this post prior to vacation, I am not one to sit on a beach all day.  Therefore, we found lots of things to do; from Kayaking to walking the 7 mile bridge and trying Stand Up Paddleboarding for the first time (loved it!). Each day, the morning/early afternoon was spent being active and enjoying the sights around us.  At around 3 PM each day we went to the small private beach down the street and would lay in the sun for an hour or two. The beach is called ‘Inch Beach’ how cute is that?  Lucky for us, a family friend owns ‘and inch’ of the beach and we got to use her beach pass!  I found late afternoon to be the perfect time of day to be on the beach!  The sun was less strong and the beach was less crowded… a win-win in my book!  After our beach time we would head back to my parents place and have a little happy hour/appetizers before going to dinner.  For those of your who have never been to the Keys… I like to describe it as “Caribbean-like.”  It honestly doesn’t feel like you are in Florida, or even in the US for that matter.  There are so many islands to explore, the ocean water is crystal clear, life is VERY relaxed and laid back.  There is nothing to worry about in the Keys!  It was just really nice to just shut down from work and every day fast-paced life in Boston for a whole week.  As hard as it was coming back to the freezing cold, I enjoy being back in my regular routine!

Here are some of my favorite photos from vacation.  I will follow up with a separate post this week with all of the ‘active’ things we did while down in the Keys!


The walkway to Inch Beach


Sailboat from Inch


Inch Beach

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Cabana Club Beach, Marathon FL


We got to celebrate Valentines Day on our vacation!


Hanging out at my parents house


Photo before Valentines Day dinner:)


Lunch at Burdines, our fav lunch spot in the keys!


Last sunset of vacation



Favorites on a Friday (Part 2 !)

Happy Friday everyone!

I am extra excited this Friday because we leave on Sunday for the Florida Keys! I will be on vacation all next week, and I’m really looking forward to it.  It has been a brutal winter in Boston, and this girl really could use some warm weather.  I was looking forward to getting in some long runs while in Florida, but since I am giving the foot a bit of a break from running, I will be looking for other fun, active things to do!  When I can’t run, I definitely try and improvise and get my sweat on in other ways.  I know most people go on warm weather vacations to relax and do nothing, but I’m not like most people.  I can’t just sit on a lounge chair all day sipping a cocktail.  While I do hope to rest a little bit, my plan is to go kayaking, biking, swimming (in the ocean and the pool) and drop into a crossfit class in Key West! All in all, I’m just looking forward to the WARM sunshine!



Since it is Friday, I thought I would share some of my favorite things!

Polar Seltzer Water


I consider myself a seltzer water addict!  I have never been a soda drinker… honestly never.  I love Polar Seltzer, 1. because it’s local to where I live 2. the flavors are so good, you don’t even realize you are drinking water!  Since I only drink two things in life, water and red wine, Polar Seltzer water really adds variety to my life!

Eos Lip Balm


This stuff is the balm! (like bomb, get it? :)) eos lip balm is 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free (yay!). Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil.  I really like the Honeydew and Strawberry flavors… pure genius!

Darn Tough Hiking Socks

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My Darn Tough socks made it to Costa Rica with me!

These are the only socks I wear hiking.  Darn Tough socks are made right in Vermont and they are perfect for year round hiking.  Their claim of having the most comfortable, durable and best fitting socks you have ever owned, is no lie… and they have a life time guarantee!  But trust me, you won’t want to return these babies.




Years ago I discovered Quinoa, and my life has never been the same!  I typically make quinoa over the weekend and add it to my salads at work each day.  Quinoa is great hot or cold!  You name it, quinoa’s got it. It’s a complete protein that contains all eight essential amino acids, it also is rich in calcium, iron, fiber and potassium, and is an excellent source of folate, magnesium, vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, potassium, and riboflavin.  I honestly can’t say enough about quinoa…

Garlic Zoom Chopper


I love fresh garlic, and I cook with it almost every day!  One little tool that has made my life so much easier (and my hands way less stinky) is the Garlic Zoom Chopper!  I got this as a stocking stuffer at Christmas last year, and I use it all the time.  It saves time and it fun to use… clean up is also really easy.  You can roll the garlic wheel just a few times for ‘chopped garlic’ or multiple times for ‘minced garlic.’  You will thank you me later.  You can find the Garlic Zoom Chopper here.

Well that’s it for today… a total random list for a Friday! Have a great weekend!