After lunch yesterday, I got ready to go to the gym. I put on my workout gear and then packed up my gym bag because I planned to take a shower at the gym before my doctor’s appointment. While I was packing, I thought it might be fun to show you guys what’s in my gym bag. Here’s what’s in my gym bag: Lug Life Cartwheel Overnight/Gym Bag: This is the best gym (and overnight)…

This post is part of my ongoing sponsorship with fitmixer as a brand ambassador. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. This month’s fitmixer post is all about trying something new in 2013! I was asked to blog about something I’ve never done before””why I want to try it and how I will make it a reality. Since I already blogged about some of the new things I want to try this year when…

After breakfast, Mal and I headed to CrossFit for a (FUN) partner workout. Workout Our coaches wanted us to match up with someone of a different athletic ability (i.e. guy + girl), so Mal and I teamed up for our second ever partner WOD. (Remember our first one together? It was so fun and we killed it!) METCON: The REAL Swingy Balls In teams of two: A) In teams of two, take 15 minutes to…

Does my post title remind anyone of the song “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by Cake? [image source] Ok, then”¦ Workout After breakfast yesterday morning, I headed to CrossFit for a workout. I was super sore from doing “Barbara” the day before, but a friend was making her big return to 781 and I really wanted to welcome her back and, of course, get our WOD on together, so I sucked it up and went. Yesterday’s workout…

Good morning! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was low-key, but wonderful just the same. Breakfast I started Sunday with a piece of delicious French Toast Bake topped with strawberries and maple syrup. I later ended up adding a couple of scoops of peanut butter for some staying power. Holy yum! Workout After breakfast, I headed to open gym with Mal. Our box did “Barbara” on Monday, but we missed it and were pretty…

Brrrrr”¦ it’s chilly out there this morning. Single digits! Yikes! Does anyone else miss summer as much as I do? Wah. Now doesn’t the morning scene below look a lot nicer? [image source] Ok, it’s a beach in the Bahamas and not my backyard in southern Massachusetts, but you know what I mean, right? The image above is from an article about Lonely Planet’s Best Places to Get Fit in 2013. I really enjoyed reading…

I can’t believe Christmas is already over. It seems like just yesterday I was blogging about how excited I was for the upcoming holiday season. I swear, Christmas comes quicker and quicker every year (despite embracing the sights and sounds earlier and earlier every year). Today, Mal and I spent the majority of the day putting away our Christmas decorations, organizing the dishes in our kitchen, and preparing for another home improvement project. Breakfast My…

Hi, friends! Merry Christmas Eve! Somehow, my “nasty, phlegm-tastic cold” got even worse last night, so I went to bed feeling pretty awful. This morning, I woke up feeling quite a bit better, but definitely not 100%. It was the final day of 24 Days of Togetherness, and Mal and I planned to “wear red + green to CrossFit,” so I took some Sudafed and hoped for the best. Hooray for red and green and…

I feel like I haven’t written about my CrossFit workouts lately. We actually did “Fran” on Monday, which is THE benchmark workout in CrossFit, so I want to make sure I blog about it. Well, I improved my Fran time by 6 minutes!!! Woohoo! Ok, my last Fran attempt was an absolute disaster, but I still managed a faster time, so I’m happy. I used 55 pounds instead of 65 pounds for the Thrusters and went…

Last night’s dinner was de-lic-ious! And it was SO easy to make! Ok, well, everything you see on CNC is easy to make, but this recipe was especially easy. And delicious! Did I say that already? Ok, you really should just make it!  😉 Ingredients: 3 chicken breasts (~1.5 lbs) 1 tbsp minced garlic 1 tsp garlic powder 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 tbsp olive oil 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 2 tbsp minced…

Happy holidays from our family to yours! Yesterday’s 24 Days of Togetherness was “take a family photo,” so we had a little fun with the self-timer on my camera last night. But, no matter what we tried, we could not get Murphy to look at the camera. He looks like a little Scrooge, doesn’t he? (I have no idea why Mal and I are leaning like that! It’s like we’re on a boat or something….

This post is part of my ongoing sponsorship with fitmixer as a brand ambassador. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. The next fitmixer Boot Camp starts January 14, 2013!!!!! Disclaimer: I haven’t done the full fitmixer Boot Camp (only two workouts from it), but I was given access to all of the workouts from the previous Boot Camp and they’re AWESOME!! I’m actually thinking about doing the January Boot Camp myself. If you…

This post is part of my ongoing sponsorship with fitmixer as a brand ambassador. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Have you ever made a soup that was one ingredient short of AMAZING? For this month’s fitmixer topic, I was asked to think about my health/fitness “Synergy Stew” and then list out the ingredients in it. Basically, what I need for the perfect synergistic effect to make my workouts, fitness level, and goals…

I had a little fun in the kitchen baking with protein powder yesterday afternoon. Baking and protein powder? Yep, that’s right. Protein powder is actually a fairly versatile ingredient! I wanted to make something delicious, but also semi-healthy and satisfying to eat before or after a workout. With that said, here’s a tasty recipe for Chocolate Chip Protein Bars. Chocolate chips and vanilla protein powder combine to make a sweet, light, and fluffy treat packed with protein. I…

At CrossFit a couple of weeks ago, one of the classes at my box ended with a plank challenge. Basically, the person who held their plank the longest won and earned bragging rights. I didn’t attend this particular class, but I heard about it later on. The winner held his plank for 5 minutes and 30 seconds! Impressive, right?! I don’t do planks all that often (maybe once a month at CrossFit during a Tabata…

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