March 1st, 2015

7 weeks until Boston + Meal Planning

We’re in the home stretch now, so I think I can officially start counting down weeks until Boston.  Just seven to go!

Here’s the training recap from the week:

Sunday: 12 mile run with a fast finish (8:00, 7:30, 7:15)

Monday: 30 minute full body strength + 15 minute warm up spin

Tuesday: 8 mile run in 68 minutes

Wednesday: 6 mile run in 46 minutes (warm up mile, then alternating 400m at 8:00 pace, 7:30, 7:00, 6:40 x 5)

Thursday: 20 minute strength + spin

Friday: 6 mile easy run

Saturday: 20 mile run off

I’m heading out for my 20 miler this morning (first one of the cycle!) I just have to beat the snow storm in the forecast.

We’ve all been fighting colds in our house this week and I skipped Thursday’s spin session to sleep in and catch an afternoon nap.  But overall, I’m fitting in most of my training.


This week’s meal plan:

Sunday: 15 minute Creamy Avocado Pasta

Monday:Pulled pork (maybe this beer-braised one) + Massaged Kale Salad

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Collard Green Wraps with leftover pulled pork + guacamole

Thursday: Bibimbap with Cauliflower Rice

Friday: Garlic Baked Shrimp

Saturday: Day in NYC

Also, a reminder for those of you in the 5 by the 5th challenge to plan for your March 5k or 5miler this week!

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Have you been staying healthy this winter?

How often to you take naps?

February 27th, 2015

7 Ways to Exercise When You Don't Feel Like It

My friend Alexis is here today to talk about exercising when we don’t feel like it.  Perfect timing, as this was my day yesterday, and it’s more of a struggle now with two kids than it ever was before.  Thanks for the great tips, Alexis!

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Thanks for having me Laura. Hi everyone, I’m Alexis. A SAHM of one and owner of I started my blog when my little man was born as a way to keep track of everything we learn – him as an independent little man and me as a mom.

Let’s have a show of hands – who’s new year’s resolution was to lose weight or get fit? Keep your hands up if your motivation is already waning or gone all together?

Life is busy, and taking an hour out of your day to workout can be difficult, despite best intentions. Maybe you had a gym bag ready to go for the morning, but had a baby that just wouldn’t settle that night. Maybe you were all ready to do a home work out during the kids nap time, but couldn’t be bothered after spending the morning with a toddler who managed to soil every piece of clean clothing in the house. Maybe you were going to go for that afternoon run, but the kids just remembered a school project that is due the next morning that they need help with.

Whatever the reason, here are 7 easy ways to get some exercise into your day, without having to do a traditional workout.

1. Swap Out Driving

If you don’t have far to travel, an easy way to get some exercise is to swap driving with walking or bike riding. It could be something as simple as a quick walk to the corner store, or riding bikes with your kids to school. If you have a bit further to travel, you could walk to public transport. It’s something that’s easy to do that enables you to increase your level of physical activity.


2. Suck in your Belly Button

I spend all of my Pilates workout being reminded to suck in my bellybutton. When you are holding your muscles tense, you are actually working them out and you don’t even have to do anything. The good news is that you don’t have to be doing Pilates for this to happen. Just suck your belly button in during the day and work those abs.


3.  Incidental Exercising

I am a huge fan of incidental exercise, it’s all about finding little ways to get more activity in your day. Instead of taking the elevator, use the stairs. Park a little further away and walk the extra distance. Need to talk to a colleague? Walk over to see them, rather than calling.


4. Clean the House

Want to exercise, but you have people coming over later? Clean the house. With all that lifting, moving, wiping, stretching, sweeping, vacuuming and mopping, you will burning the calories without even trying.


5. Commercial Exercise Challenges

If you watch a bit of TV a great way to add exercise to your day is to do a commercial exercise challenge. The idea behind this is that every time a commercial comes on the TV, you jump off the couch and start exercising. You can create one yourself targeting the areas you would like to work out, or you can use an already created one like this:

TV commercial exercise


6. Keep Moving

The goal of “keep moving” is to keep active and moving during your day. So instead of sitting when you’re at work, stand and burn hundreds of calories without doing a thing.

Something my husband does all the time is fidget / taps his feet. For me, if I’m standing around waiting, I love to do calf raises. You can do them anywhere and they are fairly inconspicuous, so you don’t get too many weird looks.


7. Enjoy exercising

When it comes down to it, the best way to keep yourself active is to find an exercise that you enjoy, whether it’s dance and Zumba or running and biking. If you are enjoying what you do, it won’t seem as hard and you’re more likely to make the time.


What’s your favorite way to keep active?

How do you handle days when you don’t feel like it or have no time?


February 25th, 2015

A day in life + WIAW

Spring? Where are you?

Yesterday I woke up to -2 degrees (and I don’t even want to know what the “feel like” temp was!) I bundled up to head out to our (unheated) garage to get my 8 miles in. It’s crazy to me that 8 miles on the treadmill is so doable these days [...]

February 23rd, 2015

One-on-one coaching giveaway

Hey friends,

I’m really excited to have a facelift to my Holistic Health Coaching website DONE! The last few months, I asked a local designer to help me piece together what I couldn’t do on my own and I’m really happy with how it all turned out.

You can check it out here!

To [...]

February 22nd, 2015

Weekly workout recap + meal planning

Hey everyone!

I’m going to try to keep this brief. Yesterday was a marathon of a day, filled with everything BUT my marathon training run… oops!

I woke up to a message asking if I was coming to teach a workshop at a local mom’s group on sugar. We had booked it when I was [...]

February 20th, 2015

Why children should avoid artificial dyes

Did you know that many additives, preservatives and dyes that are used in food in the US are banned in other countries?

For example, the use of artificial dyes and colors in processed foods is banned in Norway and Austria. In 2009, the British government promised to stop using dyes by the end of the [...]

February 18th, 2015


We’re in the middle of another week with several “feels like” sub-zero mornings. I’m thankful to have the treadmill as an option, but wow, I’m really ready to get back outside.

I’ve been doing a number of speed workouts on the treadmill to make the time go faster, but I’m having a tough time determining [...]

February 16th, 2015

How to handle the negative voice in your head

Do you know the voice I’m talking about?

The one that tells you that those pants make your stomach stick out, and it can’t believe you just finished off the last 3 brownies, and, by the way, when will you ever get some self-discipline?

The one that is frustrated that you skipped your workout again [...]

February 15th, 2015

Marathon training recap + Meal planning

I heard someone say this week that the Boston Marathon is only 60-some days away?! Wow! That thought actually gave me renewed motivation to stop slacking and get my miles in. Okay, maybe I haven’t been slacking dramatically but I’ve cut several runs short and have been taking it “easy” for marathon training. But I [...]

February 13th, 2015

Homemade Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Valentine’s day is the perfect excuse to create chocolate at home, don’t you think?

We don’t have any big plans for the weekend. Our Valentine’s tradition has typically been to choose a different night to get out because the restaurants can get so packed. And since we forgot to get in touch with our babysitter, [...]

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