January 28th, 2015

A snow day WIAW

Do you have any snow where you are?

NYC was preparing for “the worst storm the city has ever seen!” We were supposed to get 1-2 feet of snow by yesterday afternoon, but the storm headed further east than expected and was a bit of a bust.

Still, we got a 5-6 inches and a snow day out of it!

Schools cancelled the night before, so it was nice going to bed knowing we had a guaranteed snow day ahead of us.  We started our day early.  The baby started making noise at 5:30 am… why?? (She made up for it with a 3 hour morning nap). However, she’s been having 1 hour play sessions in the middle of the night lately so I’ll take the early wake time over that.

snow day morning

After a banana with almond butter, I jumped on the treadmill for 7 easy miles and did a little shoveling.  My legs were sore from Sunday’s hilly run.  I can’t remember the last time I was sore from a run! The slow treadmill miles felt good to loosen my legs up.

Banana pancakes set the tone for our day, plus a little Greek yogurt, chia and more almond butter for me.

snow day breakfast

Our babysitter (and neighbor) came over to watch the girls for a few hours in the morning while I completed a virtual health coaching session and my husband prepped for his first day back to teaching.

snow day tea

snow day playPhoto and text from her babysitter.  She was pulling her around in this orange sled for much longer than I would have lasted!!

We stopped for lunch together.

snow day lunch(Keeping it real.  If I’m gonna eat the crusts and leftover sunflower seed butter/shredded carrot mixture from L’s sandwich, I bring it to the table and own it, rather than snacking at the counter.  #mindfuleating #progress  Plus dark chocolate!)

The afternoon was full of snow play, Frozen music and dancing (and dress up), and even a mini nap for me.  Plus beets steaming in the pressure cooker.

snow day beets

L and I stopped for a snack…

snow day snackingI started with sharp cheddar, veggies and hummus and was still hungry.  Tortilla chips hit the spot.

And then a super easy dinner thanks to the freezer section at Trader Joe’s (plus a ham from WF).

snow day freezer dinner

snow day dinner

And avocado for the six month old!

snow day avocado

After the bath and bedtime routine, one more coaching session for me, a banana and a little time to blog that’s a wrap.  And look at me, joining wiaw two weeks in a row!

Did you get to play in the snow?

What was your baby’s first food?

Moms- what do you do with the leftovers from your kids food?


January 26th, 2015

The half marathon that wasn't

I knew that signing up for a January race was a little risky, and sure enough, the snow piled up Saturday morning and prevented me from making it into Brooklyn in time for the race.

So I joined a local “race” on Sunday instead.  It was a casual event. Basically, a group of nearly 50 runners ran from point A to point B together with a mid-point stop for those only going half way. No timing chips or anything official.

Group race

The entire course was over 30 miles long, so I opted for the half way option (just about 16 miles).

The weather was perfect (30 degrees at the start) and I met and chatted with some new running friends, including two other moms who are training for April marathons (one training for Boston as well.) Although we kept a decent pace, we were some of the slowest folks and many were going on to run the full 50k.  This was one hardcore group!

I think the group was just what I needed to pull me out of my training funk.  It was a hilly course (good Boston prep!) and the group kept the pace moving along.  I’ve only done one 17 miler since baby J was born and that was early December so my legs were ready to be done at 16.  Good thing I have a few more months to get ready for Boston!

Group race 16 miler

My husband asked me how many more races I’d like to register for and not run! Seriously. First Houston, and now the Brooklyn half.  I hope I can get my act together soon.  But I’m still looking for another spring half to test my fitness before Boston (preferably in driving distance from NYC/ North Jersey).

How do you pull out of a training funk?

Any suggestions for a March half?

January 25th, 2015

Half Marathon Fail + Meal Planning

If you saw my Instagram or Facebook post, you already know that I did not make it to the half yesterday. The forecast was calling for snow and freezing rain and I woke up at 5:30am to this:

Well, actually that photo was taken much later when the sun was out and the streets [...]

January 23rd, 2015

How I Swallow the Cost of Organic Food

Last week, I shared what foods we buy conventional vs. organic, and I wanted to follow up with tips for making organic food more affordable. Here are nine tips we use that help cut the cost:

1) Eat meat more as a condiment than a main dish and include 1-2 vegetarian dinners each [...]

January 21st, 2015

A Day in Life

Hey friends,

Did you have Monday off? Our weekend was packed with L’s 5 year old birthday party, visits with friends, play dates and errands. In the middle somewhere I was also prepping for a mindful eating workshop that I led at our local Fleet Feet Monday evening. It was a packed house and so [...]

January 18th, 2015

Taper week + Meal Planning

Good luck to everyone running Houston today! Especially my Houston running buddy May and my coaching client Rachel- can’t wait to hear all about it!

I think I need to start making my meal plan Sunday nights for the following week’s post. After reading all the ideas in the links last week, I had all [...]

January 16th, 2015

Life lately + 5 by the 5th Begins in 2 Weeks!

Hi friends,

It’s been a busy week. Let’s catch up a bit!

This week was a cut back training week before next week’s half marathon. Thankfully the weather has been much milder. 30 degrees feels balmy! I can finally get a peek at the ten day forecast and next weekend is looking decent. Whew. I [...]

January 14th, 2015

What we buy organic vs conventional

I’m often asked what I buy that’s organic vs. conventional so let’s chat about that today!

We typically don’t buy all organic meats or product or dairy, but we do as much as we can. I use the dirty dozen for guidance, and also buy organic greens, bananas, sweet potatoes and produce with edible skin.


January 12th, 2015

Importance of Functional Training and Knowing Your Imbalances

Last week, I was one of the vendors at a local health and wellness fair. At the table next to me was a physical therapy office performing free functional movement screens.

I watched as they tested strength, balance and core stability through a series of exercises. I joked with them that I needed to [...]

January 11th, 2015

Week one of Boston Training and Meal planning

Hi everyone,

Was your week as freezing cold as ours? Winter has officially arrived, just in time for my first week of Boston training. I put in way too many miles on the treadmill this week, but they’re done!

Sunday: 30 minute spin +15 minutes of kettle bells, push ups and core

Monday: 8 run [...]

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