Making a Low-Cal Cocktail with Slim Lizzy’s

Slim Lizzies Cranberry Cosmo

Recently I had the opportunity to try a new kind of cocktail from Slim Lizzy’s.  I got to try a few flavors and make a few of the recipes they suggested!  They have a margarita drink and a cosmopolitan.  As someone who is body conscious and a triathlete looking to manage weight, I don’t want […]

Spinach & Artichoke Muffins Recipe

Spinach & Artichoke Muffins

I made some amazing muffins that have been an awesome snack over the past two weeks! The recipe for these spinach & artichoke muffins was fully taken from a blogger I’ve followed form the beginning, Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point. Related posts: 32 Weeks to IMWI & Weekend Links Orlando running WIAW: Snackage! What I Ate […]

Why I Got Tested (Gluten Tested)

Why I Got Gluten Tested - and my Elimination Diet

In January I shared that I am doing a gluten & yeast elimination diet, and I wanted to share some background on it. It’s not really a secret on the internet that I’ve had digestive issues when running.  Bathroom emergencies when running is something I’ve mentioned before (here, here & here). It’s a bit embarrassing, but it’s happened much […]

WIAW: Blaze Pizza & the Elimination Diet

My Blaze Pizza Creation #BlazePizzaChicago

Well that’s an oxymoron… pizza on an elimination diet?  Yes, pretty much.   Last night I met up with the Windy City Bloggers for my first “big girl” blogging get together. Those fashion, food and lifestyle bloggers are a lot more together than I feel like I am! We met at Blaze Pizza, which is […]

Plant Protein: Whole Foods Cooking Class

Perfecting my chopping skills

Woo! It’s been a crazy busy week, so I’m catching up from last weekend still!  As I stated earlier, I’m working on eating healthier and getting back into a regular workout routine in my efforts to lose weight before IMWI 2015 training starts (in February!).  So this past week here were my workouts: Sunday – 9 mile run […]

My meal planning process


Good morning!  I thought I’d follow up on my last post around eating habits and share what my meal planning looks like these days.  Usually by Saturday morning, I finish this up so that the husband is ready for the weekend grocery shopping. I plan out each week in Evernote, and start off with the […]

How to Make a Crawfish Boil

lion cat

A recap from my New Orleans trip back in April!  Time has run away, and I wanted to share my final special experience from that trip! In New Orleans we were invited to a very special activity – a crawfish boil at someone’s home!  We have a friend who moved to NOLA and one of […]

Sports Nutrition Saturday


I’m going to periodically chronicle my nutritional experiences as I go through ironman training. For a 10-17 hour event like Ironman, proper fueling is a critical component of your race day success.  Improper fueling, whether too much/not enough/not right can override all of the physical and mental training that you’ve been through for the past […]

WIAW: Pasta Making Class

pasta making paparadelle

On Saturday Mike & I took a Pasta Making Class at a nearby cooking school / foodie heaven called the Cooking Fools that we’d received as a Christmas gift. Overall I had a lot of fun at this class, and enjoyed the hands-on nature of making pasta.  It was a BYO class, so we picked […]

Monday Moves & Factor 75 Review

pure barre workout

Happy President’s Day! I am happy that we have Monday off today for work and I’m able to do more prep for the week ahead.  Meal Prep, school prep, work prep. & Rest prep! This weekend was nice & slow as I had some workouts, some resting, and some good food!  Breaking Whole 30 early […]