All Hail Breakfast


 Ok so it’s confession time. I don’t cook most nights of the week. GASP. I mean seriously- between driving nearly three hours a day for work, working 9 or so hours AT work, and barre and runs- I just can’t. I really enjoy sleep. And reading. And relaxing.

I’ve made no secret here that the last few weeks have been crazy for me. G and I have been gearing up for a big vacation, which has meant a lot of extra hours working to ensure we each leave our workloads in a good place before we escape (more to come later I promise).

The thing about eating healthy is that it doesn’t have to be a chore. Not everyone loves to slave over a hot stove (I guess I am a freak?). The thing is- you don’t always have to.

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Are You There Mother Nature? It’s Me, Stephanie….and Garlicky Lemon Zucchini Topped with Feta


Well I hope some of you had a much warmer, much sunnier Memorial Day weekend than we’ve been having.

Seriously, it’s just cruel- we had eagerly looked forward to a weekend of warm runs, ice cream and hikes. Instead, we’ve been huddled inside working while it is cold and rainy outside. In all fairness, the sun DID make a small appearance today but it was still too damn cold to call this the unofficial start to summer.

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Hey Look, It’s a Farm.. And Squash and Fennel Pasta Primavera


It’s crazy how much you miss out on when you stay inside, lying around and watching tv.

Early Saturday morning, after an even earlier barre class (who doesn’t love a 7:30am shake fest?!?), Greg and I decided to grab a coffee and take a short walk before a long weekend of catching up on work. Yes, sometimes we work weekends. We are gearing up for a major vacation and want to get ahead (more on the vacation later). Not the most fun weekend ever but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

We normally walk a path near our home because it is nearby and short and we can be lazy even when we are being active. This weekend, however, my ever observant husband mentioned a random path not too far from our home that he spotted while running a couple weeks back and suggested a short walk there to start the day. So we went looking for it… And stumbled upon this gorgeousness.

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Finding Balance and Slimmed Down Chicken Tikka Masala


It’s been a tough couple of weeks around here, and I must admit that this little blog has definitely suffered. I cannot promise that this next week or two will be better, but I am trying.

Believe me, I am sure you are sick of hearing it, but I cannot say it enough- my biggest struggle is finding balance. Balance in work, life, fitness, etc. I have always had stress, but one thing that has really changed for me is how I cope with it.

In the past, comfort food was my go-to cure for stress. There were too many nights in law school in which me and my husband nursed major indian food-induced food babies on the couch with a good movie. We would gorge ourselves on spicy goodness, rice, and naan- and then just lie there. The food was always incredible, the overly full feeling, not so much.

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I LOVE MONDAYS…. and Slow Cooked Tomatillo Lime Chicken

Most people love the weekend and hate Mondays. But lately, I have been loving my Mondays. I know- clearly I have spent too many hours in the car. I must be losing my mind.

I get all the Monday hatred- starting the work week can be rough. But for us, Mondays rock. They are our no fitness class, no errand running, no plan evening. They are our US evening. For the last few Mondays, we’ve gone on runs or taken nice long walks. Tonight’s walk was the best yet- a nice long walk along a rail trail where we spotted birds, ducks and even a bunny! LOVE. Love love love.

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Just Grab a Cookie Already!


I guess by now that it is no secret, guys. I REALLY enjoy decadent food. I mean I do it within reason (see past posts with healthy recipes :-P), but sometimes in life, you just need a deliciously decadent chocolate chip cookie.

There was a time in the not so distant past, where I would worry about everything that I ate. Now- the phrase “a moment on the lips, forever on the hips” makes me want to stab my ears out. Because it’s not necessarily true, right? Sure, if I was eating heavy meals three times a day followed by dessert and snacks in between I would have a problem. But when you are an active, healthy person who regularly eats light, healthy, yummy meals- have a cookie when you want a cookie.

I vaguely circled around this idea in my last post but I think it bears repeatedly loudly and clearly: I think when it comes to diet and fitness you need to live freely to live happily.

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