Tickets Now Available for LLS barre3 Fundraiser on May 14!

Challenge your mind and body at my next fundraising event on May 14!

Here's the studio we'll practice in!

Here’s the studio space we’ll practice in!

barre3 14th Street in Northwest D.C. is hosting a 60-minute donation-based class to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Team Do It For David. Cost is $25 and includes a post-workout snack courtesy of Health Warrior, post-workout beverage, and a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of four terrific prizes: a 3-class pack to use at barre3 14th Street, a tote bag filled with goodies from It’s Only Natural Gifts, a $25 Whole Foods gift card, or a full-size tub of Cady Luxe “Kiss Me Goodnight” all-natural body balm. (If you’re a sore loser, you can increase your chance of winning by purchasing additional raffle tickets, which are sold separately.)

All the info you need is on my Eventbrite page, so click this link to sign up.
Can’t wait to see you there!

SoulCycle Charity Ride Earns $401 for LLS!

On Saturday, March 12, I held my first fundraising event of 2016. The event? A SoulCycle Charity Ride. The result? $401 raised for Team Do It For David and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

Thanks to everyone who joined me to ride (and sweat) for a cause. Your support is appreciated beyond words.

Many thanks to my event partners too. SoulCycle 14th Street, Gouter, and Health Warrior, each of you  helped make this event a success. Can’t wait to partner up again!

Let's do this, Mom!

Let’s do this, Mom!

SoulCycle Warriors!!

SoulCycle Warrillsors!!


Tuesday Training Tip: Chilled Lavender Skin Wipes

I don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Today’s training tip is inspired by my yoga studio, EPIC DC.

Washington, D.C., is finally experiencing warm, spring temperatures so today’s run was my first in capris and tech t-shirt. I wore sun sunblock. I sweated like a beast. When I got home after another hilly 4-miler, I was sweaty, sticky, and smelly. YUCK.

I’m a planner. In anticipation of warmer weather, I soaked some small washcloths in water scented with lavender essential oil, rolled them up, and stuck them in the fridge. After a hot yoga class, there’s nothing more refreshing than wiping down my face and arms with a chilled lavender wash cloth. The same goes for a post-run. How delightful to have a refreshing respite from clammy, sunblock-coated skin!

Oh lavender, how I adore you!

Oh lavender, how I adore you!

I hope you’ll give this a try. I’m going to experiment with different essential oils too. I’m curious about peppermint, as well as bergamot. I think I’ll appreciate this even more when D.C. becomes a swampy mess in July.

If you try this out, share your essential oil choice(s) with me. As you know, I love trying new things!

Keep It Moving

It’s been two months since my last post, and the only excuse I have is that the blog has dropped rank on my priority list. Between work, travel, exercising, training, and trying to have a social life, I have trouble making the time to sit down and write. I am actively trying to change that, so I’ve decided to write a training or fundraising post once a week and a food-related post once a week. Let’s see how it goes, shall we?

When it comes to training, I’ve been working out hard and regularly. I am running twice a week (that will increase soon), strength training once a week, and practicing yoga two to three times per week. A new barre3 studio opened in the neighborhood, so I’ll incorporate that into my routine at least twice a week. My first class in the new studio is tomorrow and my body will be thrilled considering I kicked its ass today on a 4-mile hill run.

Own those hills!

With Jay-Z pumping in my ears, I made those hills my beeyotches!

I’m still on my whole foods diet and am enjoying “cheat” snacks or meals once a week. Cutting out alcohol and processed foods hasn’t been incredibly challenging. What’s been challenging is the amount of time devoted to meal planning and food prep. I’ve already got my breakfast cooked and portioned out for the week. Here’s one of my typical meals. I add one hard-boiled egg for protein. Total Calorie count is 305 with the egg and 227 without. I’ll usually have a 1/3 cup oatmeal 2 hours before or after I eat this, too. That adds an extra 97-100 Calories, for those of you counting.

Time for breakfast! 1 cup roasted broccoli, 1/2 cup roasted asparagus, 1/2 cup black beans, and 1/2 cup roasted sweet potatoes.

Time for breakfast! 1 cup roasted broccoli, 1/2 cup roasted asparagus, 1/2 cup black beans, and 1/2 cup roasted sweet potatoes.

If you have healthy meal ideas or tried-and-true recipes, I’d love to hear them. Variety is the spice of life!

I must be going. It’s time for lunch and to walk the dog. Matty Boy’s been staring at me with those big, brown eyes since I sat down to write. I guess he needs his exercise too.

"Can we go now, mom?"

“Can we go now, mom?”