Shame Game.. and Cilantro and Lime Tilapia Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw and Adobo Yogurt Dressing

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Yikes, this summer is flying by and I feel like it is leaving me behind a bit. I have to admit, it has been a really hard transition coming back from vacation. Only two weeks away should not have thrown me for quite so big a loop. And yet it has.

Running, oh my old friend running. I admit, I have been slacking here. I already wake up at 5:30 to go to work so it is hard getting up even earlier to hit the pavement! Wahh wahh wahh. Quit whining right? I am sick of my own whining so I am making a change. I am announcing it here because let’s face it, shame and accountability work wonders on me. Now I will feel obliged to get my butt out of bed earlier because I will feel like someone is aware that I should be- even if no one really is.

And the funny thing is, I miss it. I NEED to get out there. But seriously, 4:30 is UNGODLY.

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


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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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I LOVE MONDAYS…. and Slow Cooked Tomatillo Lime Chicken

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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!

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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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See Steph Run… seriously!

There is no way around it- injuries stink. As I’ve mentioned here, I’ve been slowly but surely self-rehabbing my leg from some knee/IBT strain. It’s been frustrating, limiting, and painful. I know, I know, I am far past the point where I should have seen a doctor. I actually made appointments twice and had to reschedule due to work. However, I’ve been stretching more, running less and foam rolling often. Someone recently asked me why I bother running if it puts such a strain on my body. It’s a fair point- running does put a lot of strain on your joints and muscles. So why do it?

I run for a lot of reasons. I run for the love of the sweat, I run because I love to feel my heart pounding. I run because I love to be outside.

I run because I can. For so long, I thought I couldn’t- it really is a bit of mind over matter. After years of thinking “I have asthma, I can’t ever be a runner”, I’ve learned to control my breathing. And I love it.

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New Beginning….

I started this blog part of the way through my first challenge. At the time, I thought taking part in the Barre N9ne 60 Day Challenge would be a “set” way for me to shed some weight and tone. Now that I’ve completed 2 challenges, I realize that this wasn’t a temporary program that has come to an end. Instead, this is only the beginning for me.

Over the last 120 (or so) days, I feel like my life has changed. I’ve always been Type A. I’ve always been stressed (hey- I am only PARTIALLY to blame. I honestly believe the pressure of law school would destroy even the most zen personality). However now, now I have found my release. I thought working out more and eating better would simply change the way I looked. I couldn’t possibly have grasped the emotional impact.

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Sooner or Later.. It Has To Drop

Well my little lesson in moderation may have been a little too late. Working out and eating healthy certainly boosts your immune system but when you push too hard on too little sleep something has got to give.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends- waking up at 4:30 to hit the gym, driving my long commute, working a longer day to stay ahead at the office, coming home to cook dinner and still going to barre a few nights a week.

As Freddie Prinze Jr. would say, sooner or later, something has to drop.

C’mon.. you know you love She’s All That.

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Moderation is key

Moderation, moderation, moderation. It is a word I have been literally drilling in to my head over the last couple of weeks, for a couple of reasons.

Namely, because perhaps I have been pushing myself a wee bit too hard….and now, my body is telling me to moderate. After spending most of last summer and this fall rehabing a toe injury- I hyperextended my big toe OW OW OW- I thought I was ready to start running again. And, perhaps, I am. However, after several weeks of slowly gaining distance, including more than a couple of 5ks and 4 milers, a new pain came screaming my way. Out of nowhere a few weeks ago, my leg started to burn after a run. I am still awaiting a doctor’s appointment to sort it all out, but I suspect it is my IT band. Womp womp.

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Barre Challenge Weigh-in and Slow Carb Kidney Bean Salad

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I know I’ve been neglecting my poor blog the last few days- so soon into it’s short life too! I promise I have a few new recipes on the way! I’ve had a whirlwind few days with a trip to New Hampshire to visit my parents (complete with a nice long walk around a snowy blueberry field), followed by a few very busy days at work.

One big thing this week was the 30 day check in for my second Barre N9ne fitness challenge. I’ve said it before, you can honestly make a huge change in a short period of time with a a lot of commitment and support. Since I started my first 60 day challenge on December 1, I am officially down 11 pounds and get this- 14 inches. To me, this is proof positive that the program works- THANK YOU BARRE N9NE!!!

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ME, ME, ME, I, I, I!

Motivation… it doesn’t come in a bottle or and it’s not something you can download online. It’s really not something you can find outside yourself. I somewhat touched upon this in my last post, but it is truly something that you have to find within yourself.

I’ve had several conversations with friends this week about making changes and the theme has been the same with everyone. Change- at least when it comes to health- is extremely personal. It is a decision that you have to make for YOU, not your spouse, your parents, your friends. It’s perhaps something you have to be a little selfish about. Because when you make the change for you, it is a change that is more likely to stick.

It is so easy to feel pressure to get “skinny” and follow a trendy diet- it’s impossible not to feel it if you watch any television or ever stand waiting in line in front of a magazine rack at the grocery store, but for me, whenever I acted out of pressure, I failed.

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