A HIIT Workout with the Girls


The grad school gang and I are continuing to learn about all the nutrition-related hot topics on our policy course “field trip” here in D.C.! Yesterday’s sessions on Capitol Hill included an interesting discussion about whether the government should regulate food advertising to children or not. What do you guys think?


We finished up yesterday just in time to come back to my parent’s place and get in a workout before the sun set! I set Libby and Elle up in our sunroom with a P90X yoga video on my laptop:


And Steph, Jill, Lauren, and I headed out for a run!


Clearly silly photos were necessary.


Nerd alert.

We ran 30 hilly minutes and then came back to finish our workout with some shenanigans:



Plus an insanely hard HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout! We did a Blogilates workout that Elle has done before — but just one round instead of four, ha. It was HARD!


Hard workouts are so much more fun with friends. We were laughing up a storm while huffing and puffing! Elle and I made a pact to do HIIT workouts together when we get back to Chapel Hill — such a great workout, especially in areas I don’t use as much (lots of squats and lunges)!

We’re off to our final day of briefings — happy Friday, friends!


  1. 1

    That looks like SUCH a fun workout. :D

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    I love working out with friends, it makes the time fly by! Looks like you had a great time! I was so happy yesterday because I got to do my normal long run outside! 50 degrees in Minnesota!

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    Your workouts with friends always looks like so much fun!! I’d love to join in, if I lived in DC/NC!

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    I am very much against government regulations of just about everything. Parents still know best even though this government would like to be our “daddy”. Oh wow you girls look like you had a blast. Looks like fun.

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    Sounds so fun! LOve the pics :)

  6. 6

    working out with friends makes the work out so much less the pics!

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    Happy Friday Anne!! I love hanging out with friends and doing silly stuff. :) The government controling food advertisement is just another way for them to have their hands in it. I agree with the above comment from Renie, parents still know best for their kids.

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    Jill in Chicago says:

    I don’t know, I’m torn. I’m not sure the government should be involved, but then on the subway on my way to work in the morning I’ll see a Mom and child eating a bag of chips and drinking a soda (for “breakfast”.) Actually, this leads to the thought that we have much larger problems that need to be fixed before we squabble about advertising.

    Do you read It’s become a good resource not only for school lunch advocacy, but child nutrition in general.

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    Jill in Chicago says:

    Oh and I should follow up that my point with seeing people eating food with their children on public transportation leads me to believe that parents absolutely DO NOT know what is best nutritionally for themselves, let alone their kids.

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      Ooh, that’s a scary statement. I think we would all be better minding our own business and let parents do their job as they see fit. Nothing wrong in eating at McDonalds I love McDonalds. Government LEAVE US ALONE.

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      I would have to agree. I mean… if parents really know best – then why are so many children obese? (And parents, for that matter…)

  10. 13

    I wish I had friends who enjoyed working out instead of just thinking I’m crazy!

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    I’m dying to hear about your policy field trip– I’ve been following the regulations on fast food advertisements to children (like Burger King/ McDonalds putting toys in kids meals), and Yale’s Rudd Center for Obesity follows the childhood obesity epidemic pretty closely. Can’t wait to hear more! Great workout photos!

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    I’ve resolved to start doing HIIT workouts with my roommate, come winter when it’s too cold to trek to the gym :)

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    Hello Anne,
    First I’d like to say that I really enjoy your blog so I thought I’d post a comment :)

    I like the idea of government regulations which could help prevent corporations from influencing kids with certain kinds of untruthful/unrealistic food advertisements. Definitely an interesting topic!

    Have a great day,

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      Thanks for saying hi! :) And I agree. There’s still plenty of free choice for parents/kids to eat unhealthy, but it seems like not focusing so many unhealthy food ads towards kids might be helpful…

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    Adventurer says:

    One word: awesome! Great stuff, Anne. HIIT looks terrific! Safe travels back to Chapel Hill…

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    Glad you made it back safely to CH. I enjoyed your time in DC.

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    We rock. I’m still sore. Next time, 2 rounds! :)

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    Adventurer says:

    Looks great, Anne. Hope the return to Chapel Hill went smoothly — and look forward to hearing of training for your next race, start of next semester, and prep for wedding, among others!

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    looks like so much fun! workouts like that are def more fun with friends!

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