Pin It Party #6

I mayyy be running on fumes [and some serious caffeine] today, but it’s a good day because my college roomie and her hubs are here! They got in late last night and will be staying with us until next Wednesday. We have so much planned over the next week from wine country [obviously] and hiking to bars and baseball. It’s going to be a ton of fun and super exhausting but I’m ready for it.

In the meantime, Lindsay is hosting another Pin It Party today so, of course, I’m playing along! If you missed the last parties, check them out!

Pin It Party #1
Pin It Party #2
Pin It Party #3
Pin It Party #4
Pin It Party #5

And if you’re not following me on Pinterest yet, get to it!

Food for Thought

What kind of posts do you want to see more of on the blog?

Link Love #36

Well, we’re wrapping up our anniversary trip and I’d be lying if I said I was excited to go home. Who actually wants to leave wine country? It’s been a really special few days and I’m so not ready to go back to reality, but I guess that’s just what happens. As always, I’m happy to share some of my faves from the past week. Hope you enjoy!

Health

Why the No Pain No Gain Mentality is Stupid Lifting Revolution

Why the “No Pain, No Gain” Mentality is Stupid – Lifting Revolution

Why The “No Pain, No Gain” Mentality Is Stupid – Lifting Revolution
Binging Versus Hunger – The Real Life RD
The OVER FIXING Syndrome – Cotter Crunch
Why Registered Dietitians are the best source of nutrition advice – Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen
Each choice is a step toward feeling well (guest post). – Dr. Samantha via Carla Birnberg

Fitness

The 200 Squat Leg Day Slim Sanity

The 200 Squat Leg Day – Slim Sanity

The 200 Squat Leg Day – Slim Sanity
Dirty 30 Full Body Circuit – She Rocks Fitness
AMRAP Quickies Workout – Pumps & Iron
5 Metabolic Interval Conditioning Workouts (without Even Stepping on the Treadmill!) – Trainer Paige
HIIT the Hill Workout – Fitnessista

Food

Roasted Carrots with Mint Lemon Dressing White on Rice Couple

Roasted Carrots with Mint Lemon Dressing – White on Rice Couple

Roasted Carrots with Mint Lemon Dressing – White on Rice Couple
Ginger-Infused Honey Lemonade Cocktails – Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Chocolate-Covered Raspberry Oatmeal Bars – Running with Spoons
Shrimp Tacos – A Spicy Perspective
Raspberry-Rhubarb Bellini Smoothie w/ Blueberries – Half Baked Harvest

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #30

The Orioles won yesterday! And that’s not an April Fools joke πŸ˜‰ Excuse me while I bask in the glow of of a perfect record right now. I’m also super excited because Nathan decided to surprise me with tickets to the A’s game this Sunday. I think watching the Orioles game yesterday really got us extra pumped for baseball season. We have a couple fun things planned for the weekend so I’m already psyched for the next few days to fly by. In the meantime, let’s play a little catch up.

Health

Benefits of Strength Training Slim Sanity

Benefits of Strength Training – Slim Sanity

Benefits of Strength Training – Slim Sanity
8 Tips to Have a Positive Body Image and Stop Obsessive Eating Habits – Trainer Paige
My Addiction to Exercise Permanently Damaged My Body. But It Also Taught Me How to Love Myself – Tara Fuller via Greatist
Antioxidants 101 – Nutritious Eats
How Rigid Diets Threaten True Digestive Healing – Mind Body Green

Fitness

Core Workout for Runners Crazy Running Girl

A Core Workout for Runners – Crazy Running Girl

A Core Workout for Runners – Crazy Running Girl
30-Minute Bodyweight AMRAP Workout – Pumps & Iron
10 Advanced Ab Exercises for the Summer – Lifting Revolution
7 Boredom Busting Treadmill Workouts – Run to the Finish
Leg Burnout Workout – Blonde Ponytail

Food

Sushi Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing The Healthy Maven

Sushi Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing – The Healthy Maven

Sushi Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing – The Healthy Maven
3 Gluten-Free Recovery Snacks for Coffee Lovers – Cotter Crunch
Lemon Vanilla Brown Rice Pudding with Berries – Edible Perspective
Microwave Breakfast Berry Crumble – 24 Carrot Life
Black Pepper Rub Chicken Fingers with Greek Yogurt Ranch – Half Baked Harvest

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #27

Holy cow, Monday FLEW by! I got a bit of a late start but once everything got moving, I’m not really sure where the day went. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here. I can never complain about 70 and sunny and daylight savings time is probably the best ever.

ALSO! We felt our very first California earthquake Sunday night. It was 6.9 magnitude off the coast of Eureka, about 4 hours north of us, and between feeling the shaking, the super creepy episode of True Detective, and hearing random noises around the apartment, we were a bit on edge. Ha! But we made it through πŸ™‚ Anywho.. regardless of my scatterbrain thoughts, here are my faves from last week!

Health

5 Healthy Foods Habits Sabotaging Weight Loss Megan Ware RD

5 “Healthy” Foods and Habits That Are Sabotaging Your Weight Loss – Megan Ware R.D.

5 Healthy Foods and Habits That Are Sabotaging Your Weight Loss – Megan Ware R.D.
The Best Parts Of Fruits And Veggies You’re Not Eating – HuffPost Healthy Living
15 Reasons Coconut Oil is Your Best Friend – BuzzFeed
Top 4 Things You Should Know About the New Nutrition Labels – Greatist
Is nutrient timing dead? – Precision Nutrition

Fitness

15-Minute Bodyweight AMRAP Workout Pumps and Iron

15-Minute Bodyweight AMRAP Workout – Pumps and Iron

15-Minute Bodyweight AMRAP Workout – Pumps and Iron
Try it out Tuesday: x2 Performance, Inch Worms, Mochi, and More – Cotter Crunch
Warning: Reading This Will Improve Your Strength Training ASAP – Lifting Revolution
How to Determine Paces for Speed Work – Run Lady Like
30-Minute Running Intervals Treadmill Workout – It’s Progression

Food

Egg Sandwich Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts Lemon Aioli Climbing Grier Mountain

foodie fridays: egg sandwich with balsamic roasted brussels sprouts & lemon aioli
– Climbing Grier Mountain

foodie fridays: egg sandwich with balsamic roasted brussels sprouts & lemon aioli – Climbing Grier Mountain
Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus – The Hummusapien
Shish Tawook (Grilled Chicken Skewers) with Roasted Garlic Avocado Mayo – Half Baked Harvest
Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos – Two Peas and Their Pod
Peanut Butter Crunch Granola – The Nutritious Kitchen

Food for Thought

What is one of your favorite posts from the last week?

FitBloggin’.. It’s What’s Trending

I’m completely exhausted. I can’t walk or sit down. And I cannot stop smiling.

I had been looking forward to FitBloggin’ for months and was so psyched when the weekend was finally arriving. I knew it was going to be super informative and a good time, but I don’t know that I realized exactly how much fun I was going to have.

FitBloggin' 2012 Baltimore Maryland MD

Over the course of 2 1/2 days, I spent my time working out, collecting swag, munching on some rather amazing food, collecting swag, listening to presentations, and, oh yea.. did I mention collecting swag?! I think I smell a few giveaways… πŸ˜‰

Swag Reebok McCormick Be Epic PureVit BistroMD FitBloggin 2012 Baltimore Maryland MD

Friday morning started bright and early with 6am yoga. And while everyone kept telling me I was crazy to be waking up so early when I was taking a day off of work, I knew I didn’t want to miss any of the workouts, and I’m so glad I didn’t! We also got a little taste of crossfit with 2 sets of AMRAP squats, sit ups, and burpees, and finished off with an awesome workout with Cathe Friedrich. If I had to choose a favorite, I’d go with Cathe’s workout; definitely left there sweating!

Yoga CrossFit Cathe Friedrich Workouts FitBloggin 2012 Baltimore Maryland MD

That last picture on the bottom left cracks me up! That was some sort of squatting shoulder push up and yes, it felt just as silly as it looks!

Saturday’s workouts were extra sweaty which I was totally ready for. Bootcamp with Erin from Power Fitness was by far my favorite workout of the weekend. When she said “don’t stop moving,” she meant it, 6am or not! She’s a pistol and I absolutely loved her!

Trampoline BOUNCEcamp with JumpSport followed and Jami was the only one brave enough to make a fool of herself with me. It was a good workout that got a little crazy at the end and I would absolutely do it again! The last workout on Saturday was ZUMBA. Holy moly was that fun! It was my first ZUMBA class and I let myself go!

Erin Kreitz Shirey Bootcamp JumpSport Fitness Trampoline BOUNCEcamp ZUMBA Workout FitBloggin 2012 Baltimore Maryland MD

The food on all weekend was great and we were quite ravenous after our workouts. Buffet style = going back for seconds!

I’ve already started planning some new recipes inspired by these meals and can’t wait to share them! (Mmmmmmm muesli!) And I definitely had my fair share of popchips. No complaints here.. they were such a great sponsor!

Weight Watchers Quinoa Strawberry Muesli Fruit Chicken Bean Salad Turkey Sandwich Pear Celery Root Puree PopChips Oatmeal Granola Salmon FitBloggin 2012 Baltimore Maryland MD

As for the biggest part of FitBloggin’, the presentations, I walked away with an incredible about of information that I can’t wait to break out. One of my favorite presentations was Harnessing the Power of YouTube by Sarah. I took the most away from her talk and can’t wait to put some of her ideas to use! Look out for some video posts soon πŸ˜‰

DietSarah Sarah Dussault SarahFit YouTube FitBloggin 2012 Baltimore Maryland MD

In the midst of all of the workouts and chats, I got the opportunity to meet some of my favorite bloggers; Brittany from Eating Bird Food and Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers. I’ve been following their blogs for quite some time now and it was so great to finally get to chat with them in person.

Brittany Eating Bird Food Julie Peanut Butter Fingers PBFingers FitBloggin 2012 Baltimore Maryland MD

And with that, I leave you with some of my absolute favorite moments of the weekend. I can’t thank Roni Noone enough for putting this amazing conference together and for doing such an incredible job with everything. I had the time of my life and hope to see everyone next year in PORTLAND!!

Reebok Popchips GetAfterIt BMoreToned Tone It Up FitBloggin 2012 Baltimore Maryland MD

*Thanks to Kate, Mary, and more for the pics!