Up North + Winter Shape Up Week 1 Meal Plan!

Hi friends! Thank you for the well wishes on my on the mend post! Appreciate the love. :) I’m so happy I’m feeling better today, because I was up early this morning to head to the airport. I’m now up north for a press trip at Canyon Ranch’s Lenox, MA location! I’m excited for a weekend of healthy food (I own the Canyon Ranch Cookbook and it’s amazing) and active outdoorsy adventures. You can see what I’m up to on Instagram – and I’ll share more details in a recap on Monday.

I was back to normal work hours yesterday, catching up on emails and other work from earlier this week. I also enjoyed a lunch date with my long lost workout buddy Chelsea! Chelsea had to get surgery on her foot a couple weeks ago (to correct something she was born with that was starting to cause her pain recently), so she’s out of commission for awhile, sadly. So until we can work out together again, lunch dates it is! :) We hit up Sweetgreen – I was originally thinking soup but once we got there a salad actually sounded appealing. Felt good to eat something that wasn’t saltines and soup. ;)


Chelsea has a pretty sweet “peg leg,” as she calls it, to get around until she can put weight on her foot again – it’s basically a fancy version of crutches that leaves you hands free. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Chelsea!


In other news, I hope those of you joining me and Gina for the Winter Shape Up are ready to go! The challenge officially starts on Monday, but I’m sharing the meal plan for next week today so that you can spend the weekend grocery shopping and prepping.

Click here for the main Winter Shape Up landing page, which explains all the details about the challenge, how to participate, and has a link to the week 1 meal plan. Any questions or concerns, let me know!

Winter Shape Up 2015

Zara says have a nice weekend! :)


On the Mend


Hello my friends! If you’re wondering why I disappeared yesterday, it’s because I’ve been sick! :( On Tuesday afternoon I started feeling really weird, and next thing I know I’ve got some sort of stomach flu (I’ll spare you the details… it wasn’t pretty) and a 100 degree fever. Yikes! I spent most of Tuesday afternoon/evening trying Continue Reading …

The Winter Shape Up is Coming! Plus, Recent Run Adventures

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H friends! Before I get in to recent running adventures, I wanted to announce that the Winter Shape Up, which I co-host each January with Gina from The Fitnessista, is launching on Monday! It’s a free 4 weeks of workouts (from Gina – she’s a trainer) and meal plans (from me) to inspire you to kick off you new year on a healthy note. You guys Continue Reading …

Weekend Workouts + Recent Eats


Hi friends! Happy MLK Day! Matt and I are both working today, but he’s working from home, so that’s at least more fun that we get to work together. :) My weekend was super low key. On Friday, I ended up working until 10 p.m. – womp, womp. Matt was out of town (he was down in Charlottesville all last week for grad school), I didn’t have any Continue Reading …

New Year Run Goals + Nutrition for Runners


Happy Friday afternoon! Almost the weekend and it feels soooo good. Am I right?! I started my Friday off on the right foot, literally, with a morning run with my buddy Sokphal. It was really cold but so beautiful out, and we had fun catching up since we hadn’t seen each other in awhile! Continue Reading …

How to Stay Active on a Cruise


Hi friends! I’m back for my second and final Carnival cruise vacation recap. If you missed the first recap (How to Eat Healthy on a Cruise), please check that out first! This post shares some tips for how to stay active on a cruise, as well as some of our adventures while on board/in the ports! Continue Reading …

Enjoying Winter Running + The Easiest Healthy Dinner


Good morning, friends! First things first: if you’ve been thinking about signing up for ClassPass (which I reviewed here), do it this week – they have a sweet $50 off your first month (it’s $99/month) deal right now! Use this affiliate link to get it – offer expires on 1/17 at 11:59 p.m. I <3 ClassPass – basically an all-access pass to Continue Reading …

How to Eat Healthy on a Cruise


Hi friends! As you know, Matt and I had the pleasure of going on a cruise over New Year’s as part of my partnership with Carnival. I’ll be sharing two health-focused recaps from our cruising adventures. First up is this post about how to eat healthy on a cruise. On Thursday, I’ll share how we stayed active while cruising! With the Continue Reading …

Weekend Food and Fitness Adventures


Hi friends! I had a fun weekend on the food and fitness front. On Friday night, Matt and I went out to dinner at one of our favorites, a cute and cozy Italian spot called Il Raddicchio. We shared the arugula salad to start and for my entrée, I had the “rosticceria pollo e salsiccia tortelloni”, which is pulled rotisserie chicken over fire Continue Reading …

Healthy Recipes, Resources and Tips for the New Year

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Happy Friday! We’ve officially almost made it through our first week back after the holidays. Sweet! I’m treating myself to a yoga class tonight to decompress – anyone else? Also, thank you for the great feedback on yesterday’s Behind the Scenes blog post! It was really interesting to hear what many of you are up to, too, and how you are Continue Reading …