Link Love #80

Just like that our quiet couple of weeks without company is about to end. My college roommate and her husband are getting in late Wednesday night and staying with us for a week! They’ve never been out to San Francisco before so they’re definitely in for a treat. Do you remember how crazy we went when my parents came out last year? Yea.. there will be plenty of eating, drinking, and hiking! Get ready for some more delicious pictures 😉

Health

The Naked Truth When Is Our Body Finally Good Enough Lifting Revolution

The Naked Truth: When Is Our Body Finally Good Enough? – Lifting Revolution


The Naked Truth: When Is Our Body Finally Good Enough? – Lifting Revolution
Why it is okay to gain a few happiness lbs – Darwinian Fail
So you want to study nutrition? Dietitian, Nutritionist, or Nutritional Therapist? – Gluten Free Rosie
Eat to Beat the Common Cold? Part One: Review of Vitamin C – Food & Nonsense
Using the stages of change model to adopt new fitness and nutrition habits – FitKnitChick

Fitness

Rock Your Body Workout Fit Foodie Finds Ambitious Kitchen

Rock Your Body Workout – Fit Foodie Finds & Ambitious Kitchen


Rock Your Body Workout – Fit Foodie Finds & Ambitious Kitchen
Why Kettlebell Swings Aren’t a Good Exercise for Cardio – Trainer Paige
Don’t Skip a Beat: How To Train Using Heart Rate Monitoring – FitFluential
3 Creative Core Moves that Work Balance and Strength – Cotter Crunch
Stay on Track Workout – Coconuts & Kettlebells

Food

Green Goddess Hummus Cookie + Kate

Green Goddess Hummus – Cookie + Kate


Green Goddess Hummus – Cookie + Kate
Microwave Peanut Protein Pancakes with Chocolate Chips {Gluten/Grain Free, Super Simple, Low Fat + Low Calorie} – Food Faith Fitness
Bahn Mi Spring Rolls – Minimalist Baker
Healthy Bananas Foster Donuts – The Almond Eater
Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Morning Buns with Blueberry Passionfruit Glaze – Half Baked Harvest
Almond Butter Fudgy Chocolate Eggs – Peachy Palate

Food for Thought

What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?

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Link Love #59

Whoooaaa baby, what a Monday! Sunday night I was asked to come into work at 7:30 instead of 10 a.m. No problem, just put a little damper on my workout plans. I’ve said it before, but I swear, I don’t know how I used to keep up with my old workout schedule. Every morning was 45 minutes of cardio and twice a week I went back to the gym after work for 20 more minutes of cardio + strength work. Now I’m lucky if I get in 20 minutes of cardio.. ever. Ha!

Cardio Some Ecards

I’m also such a morning workout-er. That said, because I give myself 3 hours to get through my workout, get myself ready, and sit down to eat breakfast, if I have to get into work earlier than 8, there’s a good chance I won’t get a workout in that day. I consider 6-7 hours on my feet tiring enough. And a mid-week rest day is fine and dandy, but I have another early one today at work and I was not about to take 2 days off.. I need the workout release and I’m so glad I pushed myself to go after work yesterday. Not to mention it wore me out even more. Just what we need for a great night’s rest, yes?

And speaking of great, this list of posts came together in absolutely no time at all. There were so many amazing posts last week so I know you’ll like what I have for you today. Enjoy!

Health

How in the Heck Do I Listen to My Body Trainer Paige

How in the Heck Do I Listen to My Body – Your Trainer Paige

How in the Heck Do I Listen to My Body?! – Trainer Paige
5 Ways to Stay Active Outdoors in the Winter – Running to the Kitchen
Should You Eat Organic? – Food & Nonsense
Post-Marathon: A Guide to Physical and Mental Recovery – Run to the Finish
Are You a Slave to Striving? – Cotter Crunch
The One About the Baby Weight – Meals & Moves [Added by popular demand.. and for good reason!]

Fitness

The I Dont Want to Workout Workout Fitnessista

The “I Dont Want to Workout” Workout – Fitnessista

The “I Don’t Want to Workout” Workout – Fitnessista
How to Workout With KettlebellsLifting Revolution via The Lean Green Bean
5 Kettlebell Workouts for Outdoor Athletes – Onnit
It’s Time to Break Up with Sugar + A New WAHM Workout – MusselFIT
30 Minute Lower Body Dumbbell Tabata – The Almond Eater

Food

Skinny Tandoori Butter Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Baked Harissa Feta Half Baked Harvest

Skinny Tandoori Butter Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Baked Harissa Feta – Half Baked Harvest

Skinny Tandoori Butter Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Baked Harissa Feta – Half Baked Harvest
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting – Peas & Crayons
Layered Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Bread – Yeah…immaeatthat
Fall Veg + Lentil Bowl with Goji Ginger Tahini Cream – The First Mess
Curried Brussels Sprouts Salad – The Hummusapien

Food for Thought

What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #58

Have you entered my Athleta giveaway yet?

I mentioned recently that I’ve been taking more impromptu rest days than before. In my head, I sometimes feel like I’m being lazy when I get home from work and sit my butt on the sofa. But when I really thought about it, part of the reason I’m resting is because my legs feel so fatigued. It’s easy to forget that standing for 6-8 hours at a time, with one or two 15 minute breaks and a 30 minute break, can really take a toll! I may not be on the treadmill or running outside, but there’s a reason standing desks are all the rage. Besides, we all know that sometimes we need to just slow down and go for a walk.

That said, I’m well aware that standing doesn’t have the same benefits as more intense aerobic activity, however, you bet your butt putting my feet up after a long day definitely helps me push it harder at the gym the next day! Wouldn’t want to put myself too hard, right? [How ’bout that transition!]

Health

Why Exercising Too Much Hurts Your Gut The Paleo Mom

Why Exercising Too Much Hurts Your Gut – The Paleo Mom

Why Exercising Too Much Hurts Your Gut – The Paleo Mom
The 7 Best Nuts for Your Health and Performance – Stack
Top Five “Clean Eating” Mistakes People Make When Trying to Lose Bodyfat – Beauty Lies in Strength
3 all-or-nothing’ healthy living mindsets debunked – FitKnitChick
Are you *emotionally* overweight? (guest post)Five Finger Fitness via Carla Birnberg

Fitness

Fitness in 5 Minutes Cotter Crunch

Fitness in 5 Minutes – Cotter Crunch

Fitness in 5 Minutes – Cotter Crunch
The Kettlebell Encyclopedia: 30 Of The Best Kettlebell Exercises {Gifs} – Lifting Revolution
The PSL Workout {aka The Pumpkin Workout} – Love Life Surf
10×10 Full Body Workout – The Almond Eater
Guest Post: 4 Yoga Poses For Tight HipsInfinite Beings via Keep It SimpELLE

Food

White Chocolate Pumpkin Snack Cake with Maple Cream Cheese The Nutritious Kitchen

White Chocolate Pumpkin Snack Cake with Maple Cream Cheese – The Nutritious Kitchen

White Chocolate Pumpkin Snack Cake with Maple Cream Cheese – The Nutritious Kitchen
Roasted Acorn Squash with Pears and Miso Dressing – Edible Perspective
Grain-free and dairy-free almond butter lava cakes – Fitnessista
Creamy Coconut Millet Porridge with Cinnamon Vanilla Poached Pears – The Soulful Spoon
Pumpkin Breakfast Quinoa with Maple Whipped RicottaFood Faith Fitness via Julie’s Eats & Treats

Food for Thought

Do you ever discount your daily activity when considering your workouts?
What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #56

Sometimes when you have big plans for the weekend, it makes the week go slower. I’m really hoping that’s not the case for me! This Saturday, Nathan and I will be celebrating 11 years together; we’ve only been married for a year and a half but having been together for so long before being married, we just can’t give up the celebrations.

We started talking the other day about what we were going to do, which of course leads to where we’re going to have dinner. Because really, good food and drink? What else is important? Oh right.. the company. Well, low and behold, Nathan had a little trick up his sleeve! I got an email invite for dinner Saturday but with no location; I spent quite a bit of time guessing but after a few dropped hints, I figured it out. Gather is on the docket and I can’t wait! Everything looks and sounds incredible. I’m going to have a really hard time figured out what to order and I can’t wait to share the pictures!

Until then, you know the dealio.. enjoy!

Health

Eat Less, Exercise More Isn't The Answer For Weight Loss Time Health

“Eat Less, Exercise More” Isn’t The Answer For Weight Loss – Time Health

“Eat Less, Exercise More” Isn’t The Answer For Weight Loss – Time
How to Stop at Just One Cookie – Greatist
‘Calorie counting is crazy-making’ – The Hamilton Spectator
Training Tip of the Week: Take it out on the workout – Katrina Elle
6 Reasons You’re Not Seeing Results Despite Doing “Everything Right” – Trainer Paige

Fitness

The Spartan 300 Workout Challenge Lifting Revolution

The Spartan 300 Workout Challenge – Lifting Revolution

The Spartan 300 Workout Challenge – Lifting Revolution
Functional Fitness Focus and Routines – Cotter Crunch
30 Minute Tabata Workout – The Almond Eater
5 Dynamic Stretches (and when to use them) – Mommy Run Fast
5 Reasons to Do Burpees Everyday – Mind Body Green

Food

Spanakopita Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Bowls Half Baked Harvest

Spanakopita Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Bowls – Half Baked Harvest

Spanakopita Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Bowls – Half Baked Harvest
Butternut Squash Pasta with Spicy Garlicky Broccoli Rabe and White Beans – Inspiralized
Vegan Hot Pretzel Challah Bread – Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Harvest Apple Sangria with Bourbon and Thyme – A Farmgirl’s Dabbles
Maple Sea Salt Sweet Potato Pancakes – The Nutritious Kitchen

Food for Thought

What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #55

Hi friends! I hope your week is going well so far. I was able to have a nice, relaxing Monday without having to run off to work. It was great to take my time at the gym in the morning, eat my breakfast at a reasonable pace, prep some extra food for the week, and get myself ready for a conference call in the afternoon. Quiet weekdays are sometimes a necessary and welcome change of pace.

I’ve had a project in mind over the past couple months and am trying to workout the details, but in the meantime, I’m going to be adding an extra page to the blog [<– accountability!] for personal training. I’m hoping in the coming months to unveil an online training program for purchase! Until then, I want to offer customized personal training plans. If you’re interested, shoot me an email and let’s get chatting! And of course, if you’re in the bay area and are looking for a trainer [or know someone who is!], I’d love to work with you.

Health

Science Proves Gluten Sensitivity Isn't Real, People Are Just Whiners Buzzworthy

Science Proves Gluten Sensitivity Isn’t Real, People Are Just Whiners – Buzzworthy

Science Proves Gluten Sensitivity Isn’t Real, People Are Just Whiners – Buzzworthy [Possibly a little controversial, but an interesting read!]
Foods You Thought Were Bad But Aren’t: Rice – Lifting Revolution
Gluten Free Food Ideas To Eat Before Your Long Run – Cotter Crunch
12 Unexpected Ways to Transform Your Relationship with Food & Yourself – Corinne Dobbas
Taryn Brumfitt’s 10 Tips to Embracing Your Body – To Live & Diet in L.A.

Fitness

Sexy Shoulder Workout The Almond Eater

Sexy Shoulder Workout – The Almond Eater

Sexy Shoulder Workout – The Almond Eater
4 Exercises You Don’t Expect To Work Your Core – Slim Sanity
Lifting Weights to Failure | Why You Don’t Need To – FitKnitChick
Booty Burner Workout – Fit Foodie Finds
Full Body Cable Workout – Fine Fit Day

Food

Autumn Acai Bowls with Vanilla Bean Cashew Butter How Sweet It Is

Autumn Acai Bowls with Vanilla Bean Cashew Butter – How Sweet It Is

Autumn Acai Bowls with Vanilla Bean Cashew Butter – How Sweet It Is
Baked Apples Stuffed with Spiced Butternut Squash and Gingersnap Crumble – Heart Beet Kitchen
Fudgy Paleo Avocado Brownies – Peachy Palate
Grain Free Almond Butter Pumpkin Bars – The Roasted Root
Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Bacon Feta Pizza – The Law Student’s Wife

Food for Thought

What are your thoughts on the gluten sensitivity post?
What are some of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #49

Yesterday started out with a bang.. or really a little snap, crackle, pop. I was doing high knees in only the second set of my workout and my ankle rolled. The side of my foot was practically perpendicular to my leg and I was definitely seeing stars. I took it easy and ended up being able to finish my workout. Very carefully.
Swollen Ankle

Looks good, right? Ugh. You bet I got my feet up and ankle iced when I got home from work though.
Kiss My Broccoli Peanut Butter Mug Cake
A little peanut butter mug cake action didn’t hurt either. Heather’s recipe is legit my favorite. You should definitely give it a try! <– A nice little segue into some more favorites from the week..

Health

25 Things I Do To Love My Body And How You Can Too Corinne Dobbas

25 Things I Do To Love My Body (And How You Can Too) – Corinne Dobbas

25 Things I Do to Love My Body (And How You Can Too) – Corinne Dobbas
10 reasons your weight is not shiftingDiet Duchess via Food & Nonsense
What We Eat to Maximize Recovery and Fight Oxidative Stress – Cotter Crunch
Your Body: Are You Accepting Or Settling For Your Reflection? – Lifting Revolution
5 Simple Diet Changes – The Lean Green Bean

Fitness

Basic Strength Training Workout Fit2Flex

Basic Strength Training Workout – Fit2Flex

Basic Strength Training Workout – Fit2Flex
5 Calorie Torching Crossfit Workouts to TryCarrots ‘N’ Cake via Health
Fitness Pilates Circuit Burner Workout – Housewife Glamour
6 Ways People Make Running Harder Than It Has To Be – Shut Up + Run
The Simplest & Most Challenging Arm/Ab Workout – The Almond Eater

Food

Triple Layer Fat Bomb Nut Butter Cups Peachy Palate

Triple Layer Fat Bomb Nut Butter Cups – Peachy Palate

Triple layer fat bomb nut butter cups! – Peachy Palate
Honey Pecan Sweet Potato Muffins – Nicole Culver
Poached Egg + Crispy Proscuitto Avocado Toast – According to Elle
Roasted Garlic Eggplant Lasagna Boats with Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage – Half Baked Harvest
Grilled Romaine with Caramelized Onion Noodles, Blue Cheese and Greek Yogurt Balsamic Dressing – Inspiralized

Food For Thought

What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #48

Wow, where did Monday go?! Yesterday completely flew by but I’m thinking I’ll take some more of those days right about now. With each passing day, I’m getting more and more excited to head back home! There are also lots of exciting things going on over here that I’m hoping to share with you soon. Let’s just say fingers crossed! In the meantime, my birthday is coming up pretty quickly and of course dinner reservations have already been made [at NOPA] and I’m getting super psyched!

I have no smooth transition into links this week, so I’m just going to say enjoy! 😉

Health

Why We Eat Resistant Starches for Gut Health Cotter Crunch

Why We Eat Resistant Starches for Gut Health – Cotter Crunch

Why We Eat Resistant Starches for Gut Health – Cotter Crunch
The 5 stages of change (guest post)Erica House via Carla Birnberg
Diet Review: The Clay Diet – Food & Nonsense
Hacking Your Cravings: How To Use Taste & Bulk to Your AdvantageErika Nall via JillFit
Is your workout causing you to gain weight? – Run to the Finish

Fitness

20 Minute Leg Burner Almond Eater

20 Minute Leg Burner – The Almond Eater

20 Minute Leg Burner – The Almond Eater
A Do-Anywhere, Full-Body Resistance Band Workout – Greatist
What Heart Rate Tells You About Your Workout: Is Your Heart Going To Explode? – Lifting Revolution
Resistance Band Loop Leg Workout – Fitnessista
Booty Blaster Workout Finisher – Trainer Paige

Food

Easiest Bourbon Peach Dump with Buttered Popcorn Half Baked Harvest

Easiest Bourbon Peach Dump with Buttered Popcorn – Half Baked Harvest

Easiest Bourbon Peach Dump with Buttered Popcorn – Half Baked Harvest
Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Cashew Butter – Fit Foodie Finds
Pan Seared Mahi Mahi over Sticky Coconut “Rice” with Mango Salsa – PaleOMG
Savory Bacon Granola – Honestly Yum
Caramelized Peach, Mascarpone and Dark Chocolate Grilled Cheese – How Sweet It Is

Food for Thought

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

Link Love #41

I’m seriously a lightweight when it comes to waking up crazy early now. I guess I’m not really expected to have a ton of energy waking up at 4am when I couldn’t fall asleep till midnight, but I passed the heck out after work yesterday! It took everything I had to make myself lunch when I got home and keep my eyes open long enough for a conference call but once I hung up, it was lights out. Or really, zonked out on the couch. At least the 5am shifts are only once a month.

I’ve got some blog reading to catch up on from yesterday, but in case you missed some great posts from last week, I’m here to help!

Health

The Art of Food Tracking Part 1 Workout Nirvana

The Art of Food Tracking (Part 1) – Workout Nirvana

The Art of Food Tracking (Part 1) – Workout Nirvana
5 Reasons Athletes Should Eat Fish and Mediterranean Baked Cod – Cotter Crunch
192 Sugar Sources and Alternate Names – Sarah Kay Hoffman
This Just In: Husbands Don’t See Cellulite – Lifting Revolution
3 Ways to Find Motivation to Accomplish Your Goals – Trainer Paige

Fitness

4 Advantages of Dumbbell Exercises and Why You Should Use Them And 3 Disadvantages Nia Shanks

4 Advantages of Dumbbell Exercises and Why You Should Use Them (And 3 Disadvantages) – Nia Shanks

4 Advantages of Dumbbell Exercises and Why You Should Use Them (And 3 Disadvantages) – Nia Shanks
Chocolate NuttZo GIVEAWAY + NEW Workout – She Rocks Fitness
Boot Camp Summer Sweat – Hungry Mother Runner
20 Minute Vacation Resistance Band Workout – Mommy Run Fast [This one is coming with me at the end of the month!]
Extreme Core Workout – PFITblog

Food

Classic Chunky Fig Newtons Peachy Palate

Classic Chunky Fig Newtons – Peachy Palate

Classic Chunky Fig Newtons – Peachy Palate
Grilled Peach Barbecue Sauce with Grilled Polenta – Edible Perspective
Bourbon Poached Peach Black Manhattan – One Martini
Lemon Pepper Brussels Sprouts – The Almond Eater
Kombucha Moscow Mules – Cookie + Kate

Food for Thought

What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?