Fitness

“Challenge” Results

I always love reading about other women's health journeys so I thought I'd share part of my postpartum story today. Before I jump in, you're probably wondering why the word challenge is in…

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#freefriday #ForearmFriday

Hiya! How's your weekend going so far? It's been a fun one for us and I'll share more details later because right now we're chatting Friday's #7daystretch! Friday called for sharing what makes us…

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#jumpjoymonday

Day 1 of the #7daystretch started yesterday with #jumpjoymonday! Monday, August 24: It’s Monday, make sure you get up and stretch ‘dem legs! Show us your favorite quad and / or hamstring…

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#sundayzenday

We are to the final day of the #7daystretch with prAna and Fit Approach! This week flew by for me - Anyone else agree? Today called for sharing our favorite ways to restore your mind, body, and…

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#sunsalutesaturday

Today's prAna and Fit Approach #7daystretch challenge could not be more appropriate - It's a beautiful and sunny day here in Florida! (We shall see how long that continues with the storm heading our…

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#TBT

Wow, we are already to Thursday of the #7daystretch with prAna and Fit Approach! This week is flying. Today's Instagram challenge called for throwing it back (TBT = Throwback Thursday) to a time…

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2013 New Years’ Resolutions!

It’s that time of year again. Oh yes, the time of year when we resolve to do better and be better and look better throughout the next 12 months. I have always set resolutions for the New Year. I…

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2014 New Year’s Challenge

As you all know - especially if you read my post last week, I am NOT one for diets. I'm about eating a balanced diet that is right for your body and lifestyle. Because I'm not about diets, I'm also…

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2014 ZOOMA Chicago Ambassador

Happy Saturday! Before I leave y'all for a week (hello, Jamaica!), I want to announce that I have been selected as a 2014 ZOOMA Chicago Ambassador! This is my first race ambassadorship and…

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2016 – A new year!

I always get a little sentimental thinking of this day two years ago... Okay, today plus two days if we're counting down to the last second ;) Kyle and I were visiting Ames for an early Christmas…

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50 States In A Year

Hi Olives 'n Wine readers! I’m Katie and I blog over at Talk Less, Say More. I’m so excited Becky is letting me take over her little corner of the internet today because I have something really…

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A 5k PR!

As I mentioned earlier this week (and on ALL of my social media sites as I was deliriously excited due to a lack of oxygen post-race LOL), I ran a spur-of-the-moment 5k on Saturday morning and set a…

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A few running questions…

Today I have a few questions for all you marathoners and half-marathoners and non-racing runners out there. I still plan on posting my 3-week marathon training updates to let y’all know how…

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A Fun Weekend + My Weekly Health Goals

Happy Sunday! How has your weekend been so far? Kyle and I have been enjoying spending a weekend at home for the first time in a month! I went to CrossFit yesterday morning (Box Steps with a…

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A healthy and fit 2016 – Let’s do this!

... And let's do it together! As you all know (or at least my long-time readers know), I became a NASM certified personal trainer earlier this year - At the end of March, to be exact. I have…

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A Runner’s Ultimate Strength Building Workout

Happy Thursday! I'm guest posting for Heather over at Fit 'n' Cookies today! Head on over to get some marathon training tips as well as a fun strength building workout…

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A running survey!

Happy {almost} Independence Day, my fellow Americans! I hope you're enjoying the long weekend and safely celebrating with family and friends. My dad is visiting this weekend so Dean is planning his…

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ActivMotion Bar with SweatPink

Disclosure: This post is a sponsored opportunity with Fit Approach and ActivMotion Bar. As always, all opinions are my own. I appreciate your support! Hello, hello! If you've been following my…

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Advo Hacks #1

It's no secret that I love my AdvoCare. Spark and O2Gold this... Muscle Gain and Rehydrate that... I'm sure you've seen it all here on ONW as well as on my social media sites! Thankfully, I'm…

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Advo Hacks #2

I was going to save this post for the future as I just posted my first hack last week. However, this Advo Hack has been saving my life so I couldn't hold it back from y'all any longer. It just…

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AdvoCare “Mini” Challenge!

Happy Saturday! Kyle and I made it safely back to Chicago yesterday. Our flight was originally delayed over 2 hours but we ended up arriving on time (shocking!) and were very happy about it…

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AdvoCare 24DC – Results!

Welcome to Day 25! What's Day 25 you ask? It's a day for wine and champagne and coffee and chocolate. It's also known as the day before my birthday as well as the day I share my AdvoCare 24DC…

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AdvoCare Cleanse Phase Recap & Review

Before I get into my AdvoCare update, y'all need to watch this video! Katie sent it to Carly and I this morning declaring that it will be us in 50 years <-- I couldn't stop laughing because it is…

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AdvoCare Max Phase Recap & Review, Part 1

Hello from Day 18 of the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge! (24DC <-- abbreviated for the rest of this post) I have 6 more days remaining - well, 7 if you count today - and since I've talk to many…

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AfterShokz Headphones Review + Challenge

I have a fun (and pink!) review for y'all today. A few weeks ago Aftershokz sent me a pair of their Trekz Titanium Pink headphones to review... Wireless PINK headphones? I was pumped to give 'em a…

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Apera Yoga Tote Review + Giveaway!

*Before I get into today's topic, I wanted to let y'all know that I updated yesterday's post with more specific directions on how to use hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth. It has a much more…

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Are you ALL IN?

You guys. YOU GUYS!!! I just got off a super exciting call and I'm jazzed. AdvoCare has been talking up a HUGE announcement for the past few weeks and all of us Advo-lovers have been shaking…

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Are you up for a challenge?

It's time for AdvoCare, Round 2 - my friends! If you missed my first 24DC, you can find my review of the challenge in the below links: Cleanse Phase Results & Review Max Phase…

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Athleta on Zulily!

I wasn't planning on posting today, but I when this Zulily deal showed up in my email inbox this morning, I knew I had to share! Fellow fitness lovers, Athleta is on Zulily today!…

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Baby Strong Workout – Review and Discount!

If you've been following my Instagram account, you know that Dean and I have been participating in the Baby Strong Workout Challenge! We were challenged to workout together for 5 days... And let me…

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Bad News Bears

Bad news bears... Kinda... As I've been posting multiple photos on the 'gram complaining about my darn knee, I thought it was time to update y'all on my current sitch. So, the story of my left…

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Bank of America Chicago Marathon

I did it. The lines are signed. The registration fee is paid. The training group is confirmed. I signed up and I'm running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! As you might remember,…

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Beginning Runner Tips

On Monday, I did a guest post for Sara over at the Fitcupcaker while she's on vacation in Florida (lucky girl!) I had the opportunity to meet Sara while we were both in Utah for Blend - she is…

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Blaze New Trails

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. We all know I’m a running maniac right now. Since I’m training for my marathon, I’m clocking about 30 miles per…

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Brooks Running with Finish Line

I've been a Negative Nancy the past two days... How about a positive and happy running post to kick off our Monday?! A little positivity can always do us some good :) A few weeks ago, Finish Line…

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Burn Boot Camp {BBC} – Review

I have one day left in my 30-day Burn Boot Camp trial, so I thought today would be the perfect time to review my experience there. I've had enough time at Burn to get a good feel for the workouts and…

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California, here I come!

{Editor’s note: Apparently my United flight (on a brand new plane too for your information…grumble, grumble…) did not have Wi-Fi. Lame. I did actually compose this post on the plane but am…

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Challenge time!

Happy Memorial Day! I'm getting ready to head out and enjoy the rest of my long weekend - I hope you are too :) I'm just popping in to share a quick post with y'all to let you know about an…

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Chicago Hot Chocolate Run – 15k Recap

Just a quick reminder to enter my giveaway for the new Ninja Ultima Blender by tomorrow! I'm going to pick a winner on Friday (a day earlier than planned!) I know I will, but… Will YOU run…

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CrossFit LOVE

Hello! Happy Wednesday! (Photos coming in my next blog post, I PROMISE!) Last night was the start of my 2nd week of the most pain I’ve ever experienced CrossFit. Earlier this fall, I was looking…

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CrossFit Update

Happy Wednesday Friends! Holy moly am I sore! I graduated from my CrossFit OnRamp class last Friday and have been to two REAL classes since then.   Monday night was my first class and I was…

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CU24 Review + My thoughts on home workout videos

As promised, I'm here with a review of CU24 today. I wanted to give myself time to try each workout a few times before forming an opinion which is why it took me a few weeks to get this review your…

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Cyber Monday!

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving weekend - well, besides the food! - is Cyber Monday. You're back in the office after a long weekend, not looking forward to catching up on your inbox…

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Day 1 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge + Discount Code!

If you follow me on Instagram or read my post last week, you know that I'm participating in the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and FitApproach as a Yoga Challenge Leader for the…

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Day 10 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 10 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Yesterday we had mountains and today we're going to be an airplane flying over those mountains.…

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Day 11 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 11 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Quick disclaimer before you spot my photo... my form is allllll wrong. Yoga is a practice, right?!…

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Day 12 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 12 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Friday, Friday! We're doing a fun pose this afternoon to celebrate the weekend. Today, Day…

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Day 13 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 13 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Per the usual, I'm a day behind in my Saturday yoga post. Forgive me? You'll just get a double…

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Day 14 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 14 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Ready for another yoga pose on this gorgeous Sunday? I thought so! Let's jump right in :) Day…

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Day 15 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 15 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Boy, oh boy do I have a good one coming at ya today. Tight hips and back pain be gone! Day 15…

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Day 16 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 16 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. By today, I'm sure you're sensing a theme. Hip opening poses are my kinda thang. As a runner (and…

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Day 17 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 17 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Guess what... I have yet another hip opener today! Thankfully, yoga is full of these awesome…

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Day 18 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 18 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Raise your hand if you saw THE movie of the month last weekend. I didn't see the flick but I have…

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Day 19 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 19 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Day 19 we are focusing on Reverse Tabletop Pose, or Ardha Purvottanasana, a simple backbend…

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Day 2 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 2 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. As I mentioned yesterday, because I’m pregnant, I’m focusing on poses that are safe for prenatal…

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Day 20 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 20 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Day 20 we are focusing on Dolphin Plank Pose, or Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana, a…

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Day 21 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 21 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. At the beginning of my pregnancy - actually until very recently, I always thought twists were not…

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Day 22 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 22 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Day 22 we are focusing on Triangle Pose, or modification of Utthika Trikonasana, a standing pose.…

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Day 23 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 23 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Day 23 we are focusing on Warrior I Pose, or Virabhadrasana I, a standing pose.…

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Day 24 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 24 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Hopefully these yoga posts aren't becoming too redundant! We only have a few more days to go so…

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Day 25 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 25 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. After a long weekend in Iowa, it's time to catch up on yoga from the past few days! Day 25 we…

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Day 3 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 3 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Because I’m pregnant, I’m focusing on poses that are safe for prenatal exercise as well as yoga…

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Day 4 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 4 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. One thing I love about yoga is that it is a practice. It is not about perfection. In yoga you are…

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Day 5 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Whew! I've been off my blogging game this week - Lots of stuff going on here in Naples which isn't a bad thing, it just kept me away from the ol' blog this week. I promise I will have more than yoga…

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Day 6 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 6 (a day late!) of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Yoga, yoga, yoga! It's been so fun trying out new poses each day over the past week -…

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Day 7 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 7 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. I don't know about you, but Sunday seems like the perfect day for a little yoga. Centering and…

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Day 8 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 8 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Mondays cause tight hips. It's a proven fact. Well, at least in my little world ;) This Monday is…

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Day 9 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 9 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach. Comin' at ya a little bit later than normal today. I am awful when it comes to the timing function…

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December 23rd – Weekly Health Goals

**If you're looking for my 26 Random Acts of Kindness page, here is the link! Happy Christmas Eve Eve!! ;) How was your Saturday? Kyle and I ran some last-minute errands, hit up the gym, opened…

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DONUTS! + Guest Posts + A Marathon + A Contest!

Whew - how's that for a title? I have a few quick things to share with you today! 1. HAPPY FRIDAY! What are you doing this weekend? 2. It is National Donut Day. Have you celebrated? I have…

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Drop a Pumpkin!

As you all know, I love all things AdvoCare. The products are amazing, the organization is phenomenal, and the people I've met through my journey are incredible. I wanted to pop in and do a quick…

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Ellie Ambassador

Happy Saturday! Today Katie, Carly and I are meeting up with Sarah to explore San Francisco! I'm overly excited to enjoy some good eats and drinks (Judging from our Instagram photos, we obviously…

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Ellie Review

It's Wednesday!! Normally, Wednesday's don't create this much excitement for me but Kyle and I are headed to a new restaurant in Minneapolis tonight AND I have an awesome fitness apparel review for…

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Encourage Healthful Living this Holiday Season!

Happy Thanksgiving! (Image Source) And Happy Thanksgivukkah <-- yes, this is a thing in case you were wondering... and it only happens once every 70,000 years! (Thanks to Davida for the…

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Favorite Fall Activities + A Fun Fall Workout!

Happy Thursday, friends! With my new job just two weeks in, I'm a bit busier than normal as you can probably imagine. Because of all of this busyness, I've decided that I'm going to host a series…

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February 2013 – New Year, New Gear!

After reading about Nicole’s New Year, New Gear program in February, I knew immediately that I wanted to participate in March! The program is a fitness pen pal program (if you follow my blog, it is…

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Fit with ASICS

I have a confession... I'm guilty and I bet you are too. I tend to cross-train with running shoes. *gasp* I know, I know... There are shoes made specifically for cross-training but I have a…

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Friday Favorites

Can I get a TGIF?! Is it just me or did this week seem to drag on and on and on and on? Thankfully, today is FRIDAY and I’m here sharing a few of my favorites from the week. 1. All of your…

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Friday Favorites – Fitbit Flex Review

IT'S FRIDAY!!!!! I've been waiting for this day for what seems like forever. While my break won't be quite as long as my college winter breaks, I cannot wait to have a few days off :) I want to…

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Friday Favs

My Friday Favorites is becoming quite the habit since I've been in Florida! I love sharing a few of my favs from the week and I think it's a good recap before the weekend hits. Do you agree? Let's…

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Friday the 13th – ZOOMA Style

Happy Friday the 13th! Some find the number 13 unlucky, especially when it falls on a Friday. Today, however, is your lucky day! I have two awesome discount codes for the ZOOMA Chicago 10K and…

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Get bendy.

Let's get BENDY! Day 2 of the #7daystretch calls for backbends - any and all of 'em. Did you get one in yet? If not, don't worry, you still have plenty of time! Just make sure to tag myself…

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Get Lucky 7K Race Prep

Before I get into the race prep section of this post, I have some crazy exciting news! For me at least... ;) I'm leaving for Puerto Rico TWO days earlier than planned! There is a pending blizzard…

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Get Lucky 7K Race Recap

Yesterday, Kyle and I – along with 10,000 other runners – ran the Get Lucky 7K! Before I get into a recap of the race, can we first discuss the packet pick-up? Trust me, you’re going to want…

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Half Marathon Palooza!

Today is a BIG day here in the ONW household - It's Mitchell's birthday! My sweet and wild furry boy is EIGHT years old <3 Here is a little birthday ode to my favorite Mitchell Man that I…

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Happy Hour Chipper!

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!! (Notice the extra exclamation marks today??) I'm ridiculously excited for this weekend :) Last weekend was a bummer because I was sick so I am planning to take FULL…

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Heart-Pumping Workout

TOMORROW is Valentine's Day! A holiday full of chocolate and flowers and chocolate and decadent dinners and candlelight and chocolate and wine... Did I mention chocolate? Ah yes, a holiday for…

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Help! What do I do? I’m a runner/BODYPUMP-er/sorer than I’ve ever been…

Rarely a day goes by that I don't receive a question that goes something like this... "Help! What do you recommend? I'm... ...a runner and am training for my first race!" ...into BODYPUMP…

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How do I take Catalyst??!

The most frequent questions I receive in regards to AdvoCare are about Catalyst. When do I take it? How many do I take? What does it do? Will it give me your shoulders?!  Okay, I'm…

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How I #PushFurther with Summer Running

I'm sure I've said it a million times before, but it is HOT in SW Florida right now. Honestly though, summer hasn't been as bad as I had anticipated and it's much better than the endless weeks (more…

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How I’m increasing my step count

Quite recently I've had a major Fitbit dilemma. Do I wear it? Do I leave it on the counter? Do I bother to sync it with my phone? But mostly, whyyyyyy are my steps so lowwwww? I'll admit, I…

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How to continue running with an IT Band issue

Earlier this week when I was complaining about my annoying IT Band issue, Laura reached out with some amazing tips! Since many of you were interested in her comments and recommendations, she wrote up…

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How to Deal With the Hand You’re Dealt

Can I get a TGIF from the crowd? Work is cray-cray right now (until next Friday...) so I am going to embrace this weekend whole-heartedly! Today I'm excited to introduce you to Erin. I met Erin a…

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How to teach BODYPUMP multiple times per week

As I enter my third day in a row of teaching BODYPUMP, I thought it would be appropriate to share a few of my tips and tricks on how to teach fitness class multiple times per day and/or week. I'm…

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I am an SPA!

I have some exciting news! I found out this afternoon that I was accepted as a Sweat Pink Ambassador! I was going to wait to share the news until Thursday, but I am just too excited to keep it in…

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I did it!

Over the past few weeks, I've eluded to this thing called "busy." I mean, we're only in the process of buying a house (in Florida, home-buying is similar to managing a room full of first-graders…

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I did it!

I did it! Yesterday I went on my first run since Christmas Day. My first run of 2015. My first run in Florida summer weather. My first postpartum run. That's a lotta firsts! I survived,…

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I’m a Marathoner!

Okay, so I may be exaggerating. I'm actually not a marathoner... not yet at least! While watching the Minneapolis Marathon on Sunday, I got the marathon bug. And I got it bad. After cheering on my…

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It’s Friday, it’s Friday!

Yes, it's FINALLY Friday! But it's not any Friday... Today some of my favorites are coming to visit! So, in honor of Friday Favorites, I'm listing off some of my current favs from the week…

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It’s just food.

Last weekend I saw a post on social media that got under my skin. The Instagrammer’s message was innocent enough – they wanted to tell others not worry or obsess about what to eat over the…

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January 2, 2017 – What are YOUR goals?

2017 is right around the corner and I have one question for you. Okay, actually TWO questions for you ;) What are YOUR health goals for 2017? And what will you be doing to improve your health on…

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January 2016 Arm Bootcamp!

I'm excited to be offering my first online bootcamp beginning January 4th! We will be focusing on our upper bodies for four weeks and improving our strength, lean muscle mass, muscle tone, and…

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January 5th – Be there or be square

January 5th. Are you scratching your head trying to recall something on that date? January 5th? Well, my friends, January 5th is the first Monday of 2015 and it is a Monday that you'll actually…

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Kyle’s AdvoCare 24DC

I’m currently writing this post to distract myself from the fact that I’m cruising through the air at 37,000 feet… scratch that, they just announced we’ve moved up to 41,000 feet, on the most…

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Living in fit gear

If you know me, you know that I love to live my day-to-day life in fitness gear. Nothing is more comfortable and quick to put on in the mornings than my stretchy tops and shorts. However, I'm…

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Long Beach Half Marathon – Race Recap

As I shared after the race on Sunday, Kyle and I both ran the Long Beach Half-Marathon this past weekend – not the full marathon as I had originally planned. This was my 2nd half-marathon…

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Long Beach Marathon – We’re Alive!

Helllooooooooooo!!! <-- I'm quite delirious from dehydration at the moment so please excuse the incoherence of this post. I just wanted to check in with you beauties and let you know that…

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Maintaining balance during the holiday season

We're here. The final month of 2014. Holiday parties. Festivals. Christmas cookies. Peppermint everything. Bell ringers on the corner. Tight pants. Signs that we're in the midst of another crazy…

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Mamas-to-be! Fit for Two discount!

Are you a mama-to-be? Or maybe you have a fitness-obsessed preggo in your life (me! me! me!) who could use a few extra pieces in her fitness wardrobe that actually fit her. If so, you don't want to…

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Marathon Training – Week 1 Recap

Week 1 of my Long Beach Marathon training is officially COMPLETE!! Success #1 :) I did the math - yep, I can still count ;) - and I am officially 18 weeks out from my first marathon. Cue the…

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Marathon Training – Week 2 Recap

**Before I get into my marathon update, I have a BIG announcement! Remember my Muesli Fusion Banana-Chocolate Truffles? They've been chosen as a finalist in a recipe contest! I'd love for your…

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Marathon Training – Week 3 Recap

Let me start with saying THANK YOU for all of your awesome tips and ideas for my running questions last week! I am going to do a recap post for all of my questions in a week or two so be on the…

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Marathon Training – Week 4 Recap!

Whew - Week 4 was a rough one! Not only was it crazy hot and humid here in good ol' Minneapolis, I was also just not feeling the running bug last week. Every step felt like I had a cement block…

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Marathon Training – Week 5 Recap

Holy moly - How am I already done with Week 5 of my marathon training??! After this week, I'll be 1/3 of the way done! Unfortunately this 1/3 of my training included most of my easy runs so it is…

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Marathon Training – Week 6 Recap

Week 6 was not all puppies and roses and sunsets on the beach. Not that running ever is any of those things for me but - for some reason - this week was especially not pretty. Except for my…

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Marathon Training – Week 7 Recap

You guys. I've been a huge slacker on the training lately. Like completely skipping my long runs kind of slacking. I don't know what it is (well, actually I do know and that whole explanation…

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Marathon Training – Week 8 Recap

I'm almost halfway through my marathon training! This means that in 9 short weeks, I will be running 26.2 miles. Please send help. And, if you place a wheelchair with an oxygen tank and a…

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Marathon Training – Weeks 10-12

Six weeks left (and only 5 more long runs) until go time! All I have to say is THANK GOODNESS! I'm quickly losing my love for running and each run takes a serious motivational speech to get me out…

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Marathon Training – Weeks 7-9

Well y’all, I’m halfway there. I have 8 more weekends until my marathon. Err… come again? Eight weeks… EIGHT WEEKS! This is where I should begin panicking but oddly enough, I’m…

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Marathon Training Schedule

I had planned to write this big, long post about why my marathon training schedule is planned out as it is below. Instead, I decided to do some online shoe shopping for a foodie event I have on…

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Marathon Training Weeks 1-3

Before my marathon training started, I wasn't sure how I wanted to recap my experience. I knew weekly updates would be too much. I mean, I wouldn't have much to say besides, "Yay, I ran again!" I…

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Marathon Training Weeks 4-6

Wow, I'm one-third of the way through marathon training! This summer is flying by. Since I left you off at Week 3 on my last marathon training update, let me get you up to speed on Weeks 4, 5 and…

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March 2016 CORE Bootcamp!

If you're in my Fit Squad Facebook group, you've already seen this announcement... And if you're not a member, WHY NOT?! Let me know and I'll get you in! I'm launching my FIRST EVER core bootcamp…

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Mixer Fun!

Last night I hosted my first AdvoCare Mixer! I was nervous (as most people who attended could probably tell...) - I am not a good public speaker or presenter and it was my first time hosting a…

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Monster Dash Recap

It's Wednesday! Do you know what that means? It's time for a fitness post! :) Instead of posting a new workout this week, I am opting to share a recap of my first (and most likely my last...)…

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My experience with carb cycling

I received quite a few requests for a post on my experience with carb cycling after mentioning it last week. Now that I'm in the midst of round #2 - and feel like I have enough experience to be…

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My first 5k race goals

Over Labor Day weekend, I will be running The Magnificent Mile 5k with a few of my girlfriends. While it isn't my first ever 5k, it IS my first postpartum race and I believe the first 5k I've…

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My First Marathon

You guys. I did it. I registered for my first ever marathon! The first few moments after hitting the all-empowering "submit" button on the registration page were filled with excitement and awe…

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My Holiday Health Perspective & Weekly Health Goals

Hello! Happy Sunday :) Kyle and I just returned from Iowa where we celebrated Christmas with my parents this weekend. (We will be in Chicago celebrating with Kyle’s mom on Christmas Day.) Since…

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No more marathon updates

It seems quite fitting that I'm writing this post on a Friday night while sitting on the floor in my empty, dark apartment while downing a pint of Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter Fudge Core ice…

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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!

Hi! Happy Wednesday! This week marks my last week of being a newbie in the beginner’s CrossFit class at CrossFit Minneapolis! Woohoo! After 4 weeks of learning the Olympic lifts and a few of the…

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Performance Elite

Last Saturday morning, Allison and I attended an AdvoCare training. I was especially excited to attend because the training was led by Rob Graf, AdvoCare’s VP of Endorsements, and his training…

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Pile on the Miles

Hi friends! I'm writing a quick post to make sure you ALL know about a fun health challenge Monica is hosting for the month of November. Below (verbatim from her blog) is what the challenge…

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Pile on the Miles – Challenge Recap!

It's time for my final Pile on the Miles challenge update, hosted by Monica! Over the month of November, I walked and ran and worked out and made it a point to stay active while heading into…

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Pile on the Miles – Week 1 Update

As I mentioned last week, I am participating in Monica's Pile on the Miles challenge for the month of November. I plan to do a short recap each Friday to keep myself accountable and to make…

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Pile on the Miles – Week 2 Update

I'm a day late on my weekly Pile on the Miles challenge, hosted by Monica. It was a busy week, forgive me? :) I plan to do a short recap each Friday (just a day late this week!) to keep…

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Pile on the Miles – Week 3 Update

It's time for my Pile on the Miles challenge update, hosted by Monica! I plan to do a short recap each Friday  to keep myself accountable and to make sure I'm making progress on my 100-mile…

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PRO Compression Discount!

Happy Saturday! Since I'm sitting here relaxing in my PRO Compression socks after my run this morning, I thought I'd share a 40% off coupon code with you. Saturday is the perfect day to do a…

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Puerto Rico Recap – Fitness!

Hello from sunny and warm cloudy and cold Minneapolis. Sadly, I am back in the land of eternal winters but I am excited to share with you all of my vacation activities! I'll be sharing a variety…

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Push-Up Challenge

Hi! Happy Friday! Do you have any fun plans this weekend? Since my birthday is TOMORROW (and yes, I have been playing the birthday card this entire week ;) ), Kyle and I are headed on a fun trip…

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Push-Up Challenge – FINAL Days!

Hello my push-up lovin', strong-biceped, dedicated gals! Can you believe that our push-up challenge is almost complete? That's right, this Thursday - February 28th - we will all do our final count…

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Push-Up Challenge – Week 1

Happy Wednesday! How are your push-ups coming along?? I am going to post my workout for today and Friday on today's blog. I am not too sore - actually not sore at all! - from Monday's workout so…

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Push-Up Challenge – Week 2

**Have you grabbed my Push-Up Challenge button yet for your blog? If not, head on over and get the code! (As an FYI, my code keeps getting altered by WordPress so shoot me an email if you notice your…

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Push-Up Challenge – Week 3

**Have you entered my giveaway yet?? If not, head on over and check it out - you won't want to miss it!** Can you believe we are to Week 3 of the push-up challenge? Only 18 more days until we put…

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Push-Up Challenge – Week 4

This is the last *full* week of the push-up challenge! How are you feeling? Stronger? More toned? Like you can take on the world?? I'm definitely feeling stronger but am going to have to…

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Push-Up Challenge Finale

We are finally here! The END of my push-up challenge! Check out my progress throughout the month of February: Introduction Week 1, Workout 1 Week 1, Workouts 2 & 3 Week 2 Week…

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Push-Up Challenge: Day 1

It is Day 1 of my Push-Up Challenge! Have you done today's workout yet? Before I get into the challenge, I have some exciting news - I am going to be attending the Blend Retreat in May! What is…

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Realistic Holiday Fitness Tips

Christmas? Already?! When did that happen? If you're anything like me, it's crazy hard to stay motivated this time of year. Shopping, cookies, parties, cookies, work, cookies... Did I mention…

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Realize the Power Within

Disclosure: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. I was given a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 18's and compensated for my review. All opinions are my own. Ahhh...…

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Runner’s Core Builder

Promotions are bad for my health. Seriously. I was supposed to start my new position in marketing on Monday. I woke up feeling somewhat uneasy, told myself it was just "first day" nerves (even…

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Runner’s Rage

After reading the title of this post, you're probably wondering to yourself what the heck is runner's rage and why it is today's topic. For starters, I definitely have runner's rage at the…

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Seven days of healthy eats – Recipes and more!

Heard a lot about AdvoCare and the 24-Day Challenge? Ready to jump on board and begin an incredible journey to a healthier lifestyle? If you want in on the challenge fun, you can purchase your…

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Seven Days of Healthy Eats II – Recipes and more!

Heard a lot about AdvoCare and the 24-Day Challenge? Ready to jump on board and begin an incredible journey to a healthier lifestyle? If you want in on the challenge fun, you can purchase your…

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Seven Days of Healthy Eats IV – Recipes and More!

Heard a lot about AdvoCare and the 24-Day Challenge? Ready to jump on board and begin an incredible journey to a healthier lifestyle? If you want in on the challenge fun, you can purchase your…

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So, you’re running a marathon…

So, you’re running a marathon. It’s inevitable that you are currently experiencing a multitude of emotions. You’re excited. You’re proud. You’re terrified. And you’re pretty darn sure…

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Some exciting news!

I'll share the news right away and follow-up with some details below rather than force you to read (or just scroll, haha) to the bottom of this post to find out! I have been offered and accepted…

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Sorey Fitness

Happy Saturday! I'm just popping in quick to let you all know that I'm guest posting for Kalee at Sorey Fitness today! My post is all about how to train and prepare for your first marathon (or…

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Spring Fitness Fashion + Discount Code!

At the beginning of February, I participated in a fun Instagram challenge with Fit Approach and prAna - The #PoseofTheDay challenge for prAna's spring clothing line. I’m always up for a…

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SYS – What is it?

Before I jump into SYS, I want to thank you all for your awesome, sweet, and hilarious (especially Carly, haha!) comments on yesterday's post. As usual, y'all rock my socks :) I've always had…

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Take a small step

There is a lot of talk about health these days. How to get healthy. How to stay healthy. How to have a healthy holiday. You get the idea... If your friends on social media are anything like mine,…

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The Cookie Eraser!

I have some exciting news today… I won a giveaway! Melanie over at Beautifully Nutty hosted a Parkers Farm peanut butter giveaway on Monday and, as you all know, I am obsessed with peanut butter…

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The Ditka Dash – Race Recap

I never thought these words would come out of my mouth during marathon training (more to come on my training tomorrow), but I am happy to report that I was able to run a 5k yesterday -…

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The Magnificent Mile Chicago 5k – Race Recap

Over Labor Day weekend, I ran my first post-baby race! Before I get into my recap, I realized that I lied to y'all about running a 5k since I began blogging <-- Oops! #mombrain I actually…

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The Mind is a Powerful Thing

Since tomorrow is the Foodie Penpals link-up, y'all are getting my weekly guest post a day early! Today I have for you Lindsay from Lindsay Weighs In. Lindsay is a sweetheart and always has the…

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The most important piece of running gear

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of PUMA. Earlier this year, I signed up for the Chicago Marathon. While I may second guess my decision on the daily, I've been…

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The Purple Girls

Wow, y'all. This weekend was inspirational. It was informative. It was full of new and old friendships alike. I'm not going to dive into the details. It's already pretty…

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The series of unfortunate decisions…

... That led up to my first marathon training long run should never be repeated. By myself, by you, by anyone with half of a brain. By some miraculous event (aka - O2Gold), my long run actually…

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The Shoe Dog Experience

This past weekend, I visited Road Runner Sports to have my first-ever athletic shoe fitting. Since deciding (and officially committing to raise a big chunk o' cash for Team Paws) to run the…

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The sign.

Over lunch hour today, I took a walk to pick up my marathon training packet. During the 20-minute stroll many thoughts whirred through my mind. A marathon? Seriously girl, what are you…

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The Value of Time

As I sit here and try to wrap my head around this weekend, my mind keeps returning to one word. Time. I haven't mentioned it here on the ol' blog, but Kyle and I earned an AdvoCare beach…

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The Winter Blues Workout & Weekly Health Goals

**I recently updated my Pinterest and Instagram links at the top of my page! They should be linked the correct accounts now :) Follow me on Instagram for fun, photo updates of my life and on…

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Things I’ve learned…

Today, I am wrapping up my second 24-Day Challenge. My results are to be announced (Since I'm still sick, I refuse to step foot into my gym - where I measure myself, because it irks me when people…

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Time for a change!

Tomorrow, July 8th, marks ONE month since James arrived in our world. Where does the time go?! I would say that I had a fairly easy pregnancy... actually, I take that back. No pregnancy is EASY,…

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Time for Round #2

I know y'all remember Round #1. It was the biggest in history! Well, I have exciting news, because Round #2 begins April 6th... yes, that is two weeks from today. A healthier YOU by summer?…

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Tips for a Successful Group Fitness Class

This past weekend, my girl Christa married the love of her life in Orlando! Christa and I live steps away from one another (literally... it was somewhat creepy when we discovered this, haha!) and I'm…

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Tips for Beginning Runners

Hello, hello! I'm excited to have Nicole here on ONW for y'all this morning. I love Nicole's realistic approach to life that she shares on her blog. She's all about balance and fitting in health and…

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Tips for getting the most out of your 24-Day Challenge!

Over 80,000 people are committing to a healthier lifestyle this week. EIGHTY THOUSAND!!! That is an incredible number and I am honestly blown away. The ALL-IN Challenge is the first nationwide…

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Title Nine Review & Giveaway

Disclaimer: I was sent one sports bra in exchange for a review and giveaway. All opinions (and sweaty running selfies, LOL) are my own :) Well hey there! I'm super excited today because I have a…

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Trader Joe’s, B-Dubs and My Weekly Health Goals

**Calling all Minnesota bloggers! Katie from Running4Cupcakes and I are planning a fun Minnesota blogger gathering for April in Minneapolis! Contact either Katie or myself and follow us on Twitter…

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Train like an Olympian

Whoop - Thirsty Thursday!! Wait... does that only in college and in Jamaica?! Sorry, y'all - the sun and copious amounts of sugary drinks are obviously getting to my brain ;) While Kyle and I are…

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Twilight or Bond?

Hi!  I am so happy that today is Friday! After CrossFit last night and again this morning (my beginner’s OnRamp class meets every Tuesday/Thursday/Friday) my body is worn out. Last night’s…

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Ugly Runner Syndrome

I have recently discovered something about myself and it ain't pretty. Nope, it's not pretty at all. It's actually quite ugly. I like to call it the Ugly Runner Syndrome. Do you know what I'm…

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Vacay Prep: Ab ‘n’ Booty Tamer

I have good news and I have bad news. The good news: I'll be on the beaches of Puerto Rico in THIRTEEN, yes 13, days! I just booked my ticket last night and I could not be more excited. I need a…

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Valpolicella and a Peanut Butter Torte

I can’t believe it is already Sunday night! The weekend really flew by.    After my Weekly Health Goals post, I took advantage of the gorgeous afternoon and went on a 4.5 mile run. With…

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Want to learn more?

Y'all know I love my Spark. Like love, love, LOVE my Spark... especially now that I can call it my "mommy juice" ;) I'm not alone in my love for all things AdvoCare. If you've been curious about…

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Weekly Health Goals

Can you believe this November weather? Amazing! As soon as I publish this post, I am heading outside for a run. You should be outside enjoying this sunny Sunday too : )  Each Sunday I plan on…

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Weekly Health Goals

**Have you entered my giveaway yet?? If not, head on over and check it out - you won't want to miss it!** Hi! Are you all having great weekends? My weekend starting getting a WHOLE lot better…

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Weekly Health Goals – December 2nd

Happy gorgeous Sunday my friends! I hope you are having a fabulous weekend :) With Kyle gone, it is really difficult for me to commit to a meal plan and find motivation to cook. I think I had…

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Weekly Health Goals – Week of November 25th, 2012

Happy Sunday! I hope you all had fantastic Thanksgiving weekends and are ready to take on the holiday season! Last week my health goal focused on savoring my food and eating slowly. I knew I would…

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Weekly Health Goals + My Push-Up Challenge

Have you signed up for My Push-Challenge yet? If not, we are starting tomorrow so get your arms ready!! :) I plan on doing a recount of my push-ups tomorrow morning and then completing the following…

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Weekly Meal & Fitness Plan – 3.1.14

Happy March Day! ..... Wait, I have a couple more months until that holiday ;) Anyways, just popping in on this snowy (yes, again...) morning to share with you my meal and fitness plans for the…

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Weekly Meal & Fitness Plan – 3.15.14

Happy {early} St. Patrick's Day! Yep, I wore green lulu to the bar last night - The Iowa State game wasn't playing on our network so we had to head out to watch the Cyclone…

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Weekly Meal and Fitness Plan – 2.22.14

I can't remember how long it has been since I posted a plan for my weekly eats and exercise. Yikes. Lately, I've been lacking some serious motivation to make healthy dinners and fit in…

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Weekly Meal and Fitness Plan – April Week 1, 2013

Happy Easter! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating the holiday with family and friends. Kyle and I visited my mom and my dad in Iowa this weekend. It was great to see everyone…

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What’s in my marathon bag?

As a runner, I'm always interested in what other runners carry with them during race training. Training for a marathon - or any long-distance race, is all about trial and error. It is about…

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Where are my sunglasses? It’s movie star time!

Eep! I film my BODYPUMP video in less than 2 hours! I'm starting to get the ol' nervous butterflies, but I am confident in myself. I know each of the tracks. I know what I need to say. Now, I…

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WINning {Review + Giveaway!}

Admit it, your bathroom (or laundry room if you have one...) often looks something like this. Fitness clothes, we love 'em but they take over our homes on laundry day and, after a while, they…

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Winter Morning Cures

Mornings darker than night. Snooze buttons that are hit oh so frequently. Crazy mornings with barely enough time to shower and get dressed. Sound familiar? It is what I like to call the winter…

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Workout Wednesday

How are y'all doing with the #7daystretch so far? It's Wednesday and today we are sharing the thing(s) that are getting us through hump day! For me, it is Baby Einstein (Dean's first time…

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Workout Wednesday

It's Workout Wednesday, party people!!!... er, workout people? Fitness people? Party people sounds a heck of a lot better if you ask me ;) Can I tell you about my morning for a minute? Yes?…

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Yesterday, I ran.

Yesterday, I ran. I ran 3.5 miles and it was hard. My heart was heavy and I was sad. I was sad for Boston. I was sad for America. I was sad for everyone affected by the tragedy earlier this…

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You just got chicked!

**Before I get into my marathon update, I have a BIG announcement! Remember my Muesli Fusion Banana-Chocolate Truffles? They've been chosen as a finalist in a recipe contest! I'd love for…

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You want me to do what?

Holy smokes you guys. I'm not even 2 weeks into "official" CrossFit yet and every. single. muscle. hurts. CrossFitters out there, please tell me it gets better! Besides the whole pain and…

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You’re Invited!!

I’m joining prAna and Sweat Pink for a super fun, #7daystretch #liveinprana challenge – it starts today (Monday, August 24th) and ends on Sunday (Sunday, August 30th). Join in on the fun –…

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ZOOMA Chicago Half Marathon – Race Recap

As you all know, I was selected as a ZOOMA Chicago race ambassador for the 2014 race. This was my first race ambassadorship and I was PUMPED to spread the word about the women's race…

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