Hi, guys! Happy Friday!
Here’s a quick recap of “what I’m loving lately,” but in a different format – just to switch things up and keep ’em interesting! I thought it might be fun to give you guys a little rundown. Enjoy!
Summer Hack: Insulated wine glass
Lifehack: Mesh laundry bags to keep socks organized – otherwise, we lose them!
Favorite Daily Apps: Stitcher (podcasts), MyFitnessPal, Trello, Instagram, MyFLO
Travel Hack: Packing protein powder because food options are typically lacking. I like to add it to my iced coffee, oatmeal, yogurt, mashed banana or fresh berries and nut butter.
Splurge Booze: We’re not fancy, so a $20 bottle is a “splurge.” I recently discovered Domaine A. Cailbourdin Pouilly-Fume Les Cris, Loire, France, and I’m obsessed. It’s the best wine – light, crisp, and mineral-y. Love!
Podcast Recommendation: Girls Gone WOD is my current favorite, but I’m also a huge fan of Paleo Women Podcast and MindPump.
Netflix Recommendation: The OA, Pretty Little Lies, 13 Reasons Why, Stranger Things
Favorite New Discovery: Late to the party, but mobile orders at Starbucks. So convenient!
Snack Hack: Vanilla Almond Butter + Protein. I also like adding collagen to the milk in my cereal.
Question of the Day
Your turn! Give me a rundown of what you’re loving lately!
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So if you’ve been following me on Instagram, I kinda just announced the biggest thing that has ever happened to me. Guys! I got engaged on Kauai to the love of my life! AHHHHHHHH!!!!! I AM A FIANCÉ NOW!
Before I get into the romantic proposal story, I just have to say that when Sam and I were Ubering home from LAX, we got a notification for this article, and when we opened it up – we just about DIED laughing.
First, at the fact that we were important enough for Cosmo to write an article about, and then secondly – I mean THAT HEADLINE. It is golden. Just golden. The Uber driver probably thought we were lunatics. We were CRYING. DYING. We couldn’t breathe.
Sam and I got engaged on August 16, 2017 in Kauai and I kept it a secret from you guys until the 22nd. Sam chose the 16th because it is my favorite number. And now, as I am writing this, I just realized that we announced ourselves publicly as a couple on the 22nd…which is Sam’s favorite number!
Though I never officially shared Sam with you guys, if you look carefully, he’s actually been in quite a few on my YouTube videos! POP Songs in Real Life and Train Like a Beast, Look Like Beauty Workout just to name a couple. We kept our relationship private because as a “public figure”, there are just some things you need to save for yourself. To me, love is very precious, and I did not want to put our relationship or Sam in a place of constant judgement. We needed to purely and genuinely develop our relationship without the pressure of followers, likes, and comments etc.
I actually had trouble writing the engagement announcement caption because in a way, I almost felt like I had been hiding a secret from you guys. I didn’t want you to be mad because you guys pretty much know EVERYTHING about me – except for my dating life. It took me an hour to write the IG caption and when I posted it, my heart was racing. Was my biggest moment going to be ruined by people being upset that I was hiding something from them?
Thank you Nicole for saying that. It made me feel a lot less anxious! And not that this matters AT ALL, but our engagement announcement is the highest liked thing in the entire history of the entire Blogilates Instagram!
I think the highest liked post I’ve ever had like before this was around 64k. I got into the mid-50s with Taylor Swift. But this? THIS comes to show that people really love LOVE. Sam and I are so happy that you guys are celebrating with us. THANK YOU. I cannot wait to share more stories about our relationship and things we’ve learned over the years. We’ve been together since college and he knows me better than any person in the world, including myself.
So for those of you who have not read it yet, here is original engagement announcement:
My baby sister Jackelyn was taking pics the entire time! Her and her boyfriend Nick (we call him Nickles) were behind a literal fir fort being all sneaky. I HAD NO IDEA. LIKE ZERO IDEA. We had to go back to the scene of the event before we left Kauai to re-enact this photo for you guys so that you could appreciate the fir fort. LOOK:
I was CRYING once I realized Sam was asking me to marry him for real! Then Jackelyn and Nickles came over to hug us and we took some selfies on a cliff. In case you’re wondering, Sam proposed to me on Punahoa Point in Kauai. It was perfect. Just PERFECT.
Ah, and the ring. Want a closeup? Okay cuz I took a closeup to show y’all! I can’t stop looking at it! AHHHHHHHHH!!!! (Also thank goodness I got my nails done the week before!)
You know what’s funny?
LITERALLY a couple weeks ago before we went on vacation I told Sam that I hate rings, don’t get me a ring, and that our love does not need to be shown off by an overvalued rock. I said take the money and let’s start another venture instead! Hahaha.
Omg he must have been DYING inside because Sam and lil sis have been working so hard CUSTOM DESIGNING this ring just for me – in secret!
I remember a few months ago Jackelyn asked me if I HAD TO pick a ring what it would look like. I was like…ok fine, well if you force me then something that doesn’t look like a traditional wedding ring! I want it to look like a rose on a vine! She was like…what!?!?
Well baby sis and fiancé, you guys knew me better than I knew myself because I DIDN’T KNOW that I could love a ring THIS MUCH. It is so beautiful and the fact that you guys designed it for me makes it even more special. What’s a Blogilates ring if it ain’t got some pink stones and a rose gold band!?!? You guys crushed it on the design!!!
Finally…for those of you wondering…how does being a fiancé feel different from being a girlfriend? Surprisingly it feels REALLY different! I feel like I’ve unlocked a new level of adulthood and am experiencing a heightened kind of love. Its so weird and magical! ✨ Eeeeeeeeee!!!
Now onto the wedding dress search! THIS IS GONNA BE FUN.
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Hi, guys! Happy Thursday to you! This week is FLYIN’ for me!
Yesterday was quite a busy day, and I spent almost of it at the Derby Street Shoppes. My morning started with an early wake up before the rest of my family – well, ok, Murphy felt me get out of bed and followed me downstairs. The potential for food with just so strong!
For breakfast, I made myself a rice cake with a thick layer of sunflower butter and banana slices on top. Then, I took the pug for a walk.
Quinn must have heard Murphy and me come back into the house because, as soon as we got settled, I heard his bedroom door open. I walked upstairs, gave him a big hug (he’s so cuddly in the morning), and carried him downstairs into the living room. He watched a little TV while I got ready for the day. (Later in the day, I found this photo below on my iPhone. Apparently, somebody borrowed it to snap some photos!)
Once I was ready, I got Qman ready for school and packed up the rest of my things to take for a full day at Derby Street. (The bag on the left is a homemade beach bag from Quinn.)
I dropped Quinn off at daycare and then headed straight to Derby Street for an outdoor spinning class with Rev’d.
The class was a lot of fun – I was moving and grooving all over the bike, so, by the end, I was a sweaty mess. Holy workout + humidity!
If you’re a local reader and would like to check out a free class, follow this link for more details.
Fun times with Rev’d! #sweatybeast
After spinning, I popped over to the Whole Foods restroom to take a quick “shower“and changed my clothes. Then, I headed over to the Capital One Café for a triple decaf espresso over ice with half-and-half and lots and lots and lots of work.
Kerrie met me there a couple of hours later, and we immediately got down to business. She was away for a few days, so we had lots to catch up on. My stomach started to grumble, so I dug into my lunch a little early. On the menu: Trader Joe’s chicken strips with white rice and buffalo sauce. It wasn’t the most nutritious lunch, but I was in a hurry and there wasn’t much food prepped in the house. It was still really tasty! I mean, just about anything with barbecue sauce is delicious!
Shortly after that, we had a meeting with our marketing company. It was actually more like a follow-up meeting just to make sure we are on track with everything that we have planned in the coming weeks, like the Post-Summer Slim Down and the webinars associated with the launch of Nutrition House.
After our meeting, Kerrie and I tested out some new software features (on the development site), which are going deploy any day now. They’re so cool – can’t wait for our coaches and clients to see them!
Mid-afternoon, I started to get hungry again. I was planning to just buy a snack, so I asked Kerrie if she wanted anything while I was up. She actually said she packed a second lunch, and I immediately thought it was such a great idea. I knew a snack would take the edge off my hunger, but a second lunch with “real food” would satisfy me much longer. So, I took a quick walk over to Whole Foods to grab lunch #2. It was mostly veggies with a piece of fish and chicken breast for protein, and it kept me full for quite a while. I didn’t even need a snack before dinner, like I normally do!
I finally packed up around 5:30 PM and headed home. When I pulled into our driveway, I saw that the basement door was open. It was a little strange, so I decided to see what was going on inside. I was surprised to see Mal in the middle of a work out and Quinn playing video games. If there’s a will, there’s a way! Haha!
Once I got settled at home, Quinn wanted to take his bike out, so we went for a family walk around the neighborhood, which was a nice opportunity for me to catch up with my boys.
When we returned from our walk, I started to make dinner while Mal and Quinn played T-ball outside. Murphy kept me company in the kitchen and kindly offered to pug pre-rinse the dishes in the dishwasher.
On the menu for dinner: Sweet potato hash with bacon, red bell pepper, and chives. How to: Roast sweet potatoes in the oven. Cook bacon and chop into small pieces. Then, use the grease to sauté the red bell pepper. When the veggies are done, mix them with the bacon in a large bowl. Top with chopped chives. Serve!
I also sautéed some baby spinach in some leftover bacon grease, which was an especially delicious idea!
This dinner was so good!
We didn’t sit down to dinner until almost 7:00 PM, so after I cleaned up the kitchen and cuddled with Qman on the couch for a little while, it was his bedtime. After we put Quinn to bed, Mal and I caught up with Big Brother, and I ate some Pumpkin Spice Cheerios mixed with Peanut Butter Puffins. It was an awesome combination of cereal goodness!
Question of the Day
Do you ever eat two lunches instead of an afternoon snack?
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Mark your calendars for the the Designed to Fit Nutrition Post-Summer Slim Down! It starts on Monday, September 18th! We have limited availability, so be sure to reserve your spot!
If your summer was all about eating, drinking, and being merry, this meal plan is for you! It’s time to get back on track and set yourself up for a happy and healthy fall season. I know that I had a REALLY fun summer, so I’ll be doing the Post-Summer Slim Down and sharing my experience on CNC, so I hope you decide to join me! It’s time to get it together, people!
Our 3-week Post-Summer Slim Down starts Monday, September 18th. It incorporates whole, unprocessed foods and low sugar to reset your body and reduce cravings as you work toward your weight loss and health goals.
Here’s what it will entail:
Our 3-week Post-Summer Slim Down Meal Plan includes:
This meal plan starts Monday, September 18th, so be sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible! The deadline to sign up is Saturday, September, 9th.
* This meal plan is customized to your individual macronutrient goals, but not personal dietary preferences (i.e. you don’t like tomatoes). For individuals with a number of dietary restrictions, please select one of our DTFN Custom Meal Plans.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I’m excited and can’t wait to start! I hope you decide to join me!
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Qman is on a photographing spree recently, so I wanted to share another batch of his pictures. My first few blog posts featuring his photos were such a big hit with you guys, maybe they’ll become a regular feature on CNC. Quinn’s photos give a little insight into his life as a 3 year old – I hope you enjoy them!
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Lifting weights isn’t always convenient, especially when you don’t have access to a gym. Luckily there are many ways to burn 500 calories without using weights. Maybe you are interested in this topic because you want to avoid bulking up while keeping some lean muscle on your body. Thankfully, weight lifting isn’t the only way […]
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I wasn’t sure whether I should devote an entire blog post to Beautycounter’s 5-Minute Face, but the deal is just TOO GOOD not to share! And if you’re interested in cleaning up your beauty products (which can definitely affect your hormones – yes, I’m obsessed), it’s a great way to discover what Beautycounter is all about.
The 5-Minute Face includes six of Beautycounter’s most popular products:
$178 ($241 value)
Interested to learn more? Check out how the 5-Minute Face can give you effortless style in just 6 quick steps (#momlife). Then, just select the combination of products that best works for you!
If you guys have any specific questions about products, please don’t hesitate to contact me (or just leave a question in the comment section below). My goal is to support you on your journey to discovering cleaner beauty products. And, as always, I truly appreciate your support!
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So, yesterday involved one of my least favorite things: Not eating. I’m off to a colonoscopy later this afternoon, so, in preparation, I wasn’t allowed to eat anything after noon yesterday. Ugh, I’m terrible at not eating, and it will take every ounce of my being to survive 26.5 hours without food. Ok, I’ll stop being so dramatic. I’m sure I’ll survive just fine. I’m just a baby when it to comes to being hungry. Anyway, here’s a recap from yesterday!
I decided not to go to CrossFit – mostly because I was sore from the previous two days’ workouts, but also because I wasn’t able to properly fuel my day. I stayed home and worked while Mal and Quinn went to the gym.
Mid-morning, I snacked on a coconut peanut butter Perfect Bar. I figured a figured a high-fat and high-protein snack would keep me satisfied for awhile.
When lunchtime rolled around, I made a rice bowl with chicken, sweet potatoes, and barbecue sauce. I wanted something both filling, delicious, and GI-friendly as my “last meal.”
After lunch, Quinn went down for his nap. I got back to work while Mal did some projects around the house. When it was time to see the eclipse, we went outside with our homemade pinhole glasses (cereal box) to see it.
We eventually figured it out and saw the eclipse – very cool!
Around this time, I started to get pretty hungry, but I feel like it was more out of habit than anything, so I grabbed a La Croix sparkling water.
When Quinn woke up from his nap, we took a family walk around the neighborhood.
Our big kid peddled his bike all by himself!
When we returned home, it was just about dinnertime. I was legit hungry then, so I broke out some green Jell-O. Yum.
Yeah, I know… eating Jell-O for dinner was not my favorite thing, but I did feel better after I ate the entire bowl.
The rest of the night involved catching up with Big Brother and the really “fun” part about colonoscopy prep, but I’ll spare you the details.
I went to bed early – just so I didn’t have to think about food. I’m allowed to have black coffee this morning before my procedure, so I’m planning a trip to Starbucks to hopefully distract my stomach and brain.
Only a few more hours to go. Wish me luck!
Question of the Day
What’s one of your least favorite things in life that you have to do?
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I ran my 5th Falmouth Road Race yesterday, and it was a total blast! I know I’ve said this in previous blog posts, but the Falmouth Road Race is truly the best race ever. The course is absolutely gorgeous, it’s well-organized, and the crowd can’t be beat – it’s basically like running through a party for the entire 7 miles! If you’re a runner, I highly recommend that you put this race on your bucket list!
Race morning started bright and early with coffee and breakfast.
I ate my usual go-to, pre-race breakfast of toast with peanut butter and banana. This meal never lets me down!
After breakfast, Marisa and I got ourselves ready for the race and then headed out to battle traffic and find a place to park. Falmouth is crazy the morning of the race, so we gave ourselves plenty of time to get ourselves to the buses to take us to Woods Hole. (The race is point-to-point, so the buses shuttle you to the start line.)
We arrived at Woods Hole at about 45 minutes before the start, so we had plenty of time to use the Porta-potties and snap some photos.
I just had a the photo below because 1) it cracked me up and 2) it just shows you how sunny and hot it was the day of the race!
And here’s the Instagram-worthy photo!
The race started at 9:00 AM, and we were over the start line about 10 minutes later. (The race organizers use a wave start and we lined up in the middle of the 9-minute group.)
Ready to run!
The first mile of the race was super crowded, but I was more than okay taking things slow and steady. The course winds around Nobska Lighthouse, which is just the prettiest sight, especially with thousands of runners in the distance. It continues along a number of semi-hilly roads, which I immediately felt. Ugh. I was a little worried with how blah I felt during the first two miles (it was already pretty hot), so I set a goal to not stop running and just enjoy the race experience.
Around mile 3 or so, the course flattened out along Martha’s Vineyard Sound. The sun was blazing down, so I slowed my pace a little, but I didn’t let myself stop. I also took advantage of the water stations (I must have dumped a half dozen cups of water on my head) and spectators spraying hoses along the route to keep cool. It was blazin’ out there!
The final couple of miles of the race were totally packed with spectators. It was awesome! Everyone was having such a great time, so it gave me a little boost to pick up my pace.
The last mile was by far the toughest – it was so hot and my legs felt like a million pounds (dang, deadlifts and box jumps), but I knew there was a huge hill right before the finish line, so gave it everything I had to finish strong.
Total: 1:05:39 (9:23)
It definitely wasn’t my fastest Falmouth Road Race, but it wasn’t my slowest either. I’m glad I was able to finish without stopping – and without any pain! I’ve had a rough run with injuries this year, so I’m extremely grateful that I was able to complete the race without stopping – and with a smile on my face (total cheese, but so true)!
Once I crossed the finish line, I grabbed ALLTHEWATER and then a few snacks from the refreshment tent.
Woohoo! We did it!! And, bonus, we got medals this year. Every five years, the race gives away finisher medals, which was such a nice surprise!
What a race! The Falmouth Road Race is definitely still my favorite! THANK YOU, Health Warrior for providing me and Marisa with bibs this year. I can’t express enough how thankful we are to experience such an amazing race!
P.S. Health Warrior kindly offered you guys 30% off on anything in the Health Warrior store with code carrotsncake30. I hope you decide to cash it in – I am definitely going to order some more vanilla almond bars. They’re perfect for seed cycling!
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Good morning, friends!
I’m happy to report that I finished the Falmouth Road Race in one piece. Full recap coming later today, but, first, I wanted to share some adventures (some smart, some not-so-smart ) from the day before the race.
My morning started at 7:01 AM with a tiny human coming into our bedroom to wake us up and let us know that his alarm clock was glowing green. Once we had all eaten breakfast and were ready to go, Mal, Quinn, and I got into the car and drove to CrossFit.
The workout was a lonnnng one. Because I was running Falmouth the next day, I went light on the deadlift weight, but, holy cow, it seemed the longest 30-minute workout I’ve ever done. By the end, I had a completed 20 rounds, which calculated to 100 deadlifts, 260 push-up (although, I did most of them on my knees), and 180 box jumps. Oops.
After CrossFit, we headed straight home. No Coffee Shack for us because we have been dining out a ton, living it up this summer, and we needed to reign it in a little bit.
While I drank my protein shake, I rolled out my calf since it’s been helping quite a bit with my recent bout of plantar fasciitis. I figured a good roll-out before running 7 miles the next day was a smart idea.
For lunch, I made some creamy polenta with spinach and carrots from Trader Joe’s and mixed it with some leftover ground turkey ground chicken. It was an easy-peasy lunch in a matter of minutes!
After lunch, Quinn went down for his nap, so I immediately broke out my laptop to catch up on some work. I worked for a couple of hours and then broke into a coconut peanut butter Perfect Bar – one of my favorite flavors!
Maybe about an hour later, I packed up my things to drive to Falmouth for an overnight with my friend, Marisa.
Race day outfit: Brooks Running Pick Me Up Tank // Brooks Running Shorts (unfortunately, they don’t make this exact style anymore, but the Chaser 3″ are very similar) // Brooks Running Juno Sports Bra // Brooks Launch
On the way to Falmouth, Marisa and I made a pit-stop at Plymouth Bay Winery. I had heard it was a cute place, so we decided to check it out.
It was definitely cute inside and the staff was super nice, but the wine was just not our favorite. It was really fruity.
We still had a nice time during the tasting – I’m glad we stopped in!
After that, we headed straight to Falmouth to stay with one of Marisa’s family friends.
Once we got settled at their house, we had some snacks and relaxed outside with them. They had the most perfect Cape house!
At 7:00 PM, Marisa and I had a reservation at C Salt Wine Bar – the same place Mal and I dined on Thursday. I just loved it so much, I had to go back!
We started with wine and oysters.
And then we both ordered the Pan Seared Salmon with warm bacon-whole grain mustard vinaigrette, roasted potatoes, sprouts, pea shoots, cucumbers, and radishes. It was outstanding – we both could not stop raving about it. The vinaigrette, in particular, was to die for. Mmm! Marisa and I had quite the nice pre-race meal in Falmouth!
After dinner, we headed home, got ourselves ready for bed, and hit the hay semi-early to get some rest for race day.
Question of the Day
Where’s your favorite place to dine on Cape Cod?
Anyone run the Falmouth Road Race yesterday? How’d it go?
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