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I hope that your Friday is off to a nice start. I finally arrived back in Charlotte last night just in time to dash from the airport to the studio to teach my 5 p.m. strength class. And let me tell you, after not picking up a weight for a week…I am feeling it this morning!

On the day that I was to return to Charlotte, we got around 3-4 inches of snow which led to multiple flight delays and cancelations. I ended up getting home just a day later than planned which was no big deal.

I will always say yes to another day with my family and with these views.

Although it was REALLY cold in Florida while I was visiting. It got down around 20 degrees...

Chicken noodle soup might be basic but there’s nothing better than its simple goodness on a cold winter day…especially if you’re fighting off a cold or the flu. This is my personal favorite recipe for a homemade chicken noodle soup that is 100% made from scratch and also features a healthy dose of the anti-inflammatory spice turmeric.

Made from Scratch Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with Turmeric

When I say homemade here I mean from scratch starting with a whole chicken and making your own broth. Trust me, it makes all the difference in the world.

I find the process of making the soup all the way from the broth to the...

Today brings 24 weeks pregnant and I celebrated it with a trip to see my parent’s primary care physician here in Florida.

Pregnancy-wise, I’m feeling great but today marks four weeks of battling various cold/respiratory ailments. My symptoms were getting worse and not better so I finally caved and saw another doctor today and started an antibiotic. Something has to give!


Can you believe that baby boy is the size of a cantaloupe!? That seems so big. He’s just under 12 inches and around a little under a pound and a half.

  • baby has developed sleep and wake cycles and is even yawning in there
  • this is so cool…as baby’s brain grows more complex, he’s begun developing memory and thoughts (baby is probably thinking “what is all that coughing and can you stop jostling me around mom?”)
  • lashes, eyebrows and hair have grown but are white and not pigmented at this time. I am SUPER curious to see what kind of coloring this baby gets as ours couldn’t be more opposite
  • face is almost fully formed

Hi and happy MLK Day to my U.S. readers. I hope that whether you’re spending the day working or enjoying a day off from work that you take a moment to remember how much power you have in using your voice when something matters to you.

My weekend began in Charlotte and ended in Florida. The weekend was nothing too crazy because I’m still under the weather and Tanner was at a conference (in town but was gone all day).


It was a rainy Friday night so we opted to stay in and rent a movie. Tanner suggested picking up Thai food but I had all the ingredients on hand to make red coconut curry so I threw that together quickly. I also spent a lot of the day Friday picking up and cleaning around the house and it was so nice to go into the weekend with a clean slate.

Here’s the curry recipe for those interested. It’s super simple and also can be Whole30/Paleo friendly if you’d like it to be.

We rented Battle of the Sexes with Steve Carrell and Emma Stone...

While I knew that running would change during pregnancy, I was in no way prepared for how quickly it happened after receiving a positive pregnancy test. Running in the first trimester was an experience in learning how to not only listen to my body but also trust it.

While I’m well into my second trimester now, I’ve had this post bouncing around in my head for months and I just feel like I have to get it out. The first trimester is such a weird time where very few people know you’re expecting and you’re experiencing all sorts of physical and emotional symptoms. This can be especially overwhelming if you’re a first time mom and questioning everything.

5 Things I Learned About Running In The First Trimester

(running in Florida at 7 weeks) 

1. I had to stop…a lot!  

It seemed like I couldn’t even get through an easy 3-4 mile run without stopping fewer than five times. I would mentally tell myself I’d get to a certain time or mileage and then stop on the side of the trail/road and...

Happy Friday.

It’s a warm, gray and rainy day here in Charlotte but a three-day break from freezing temperatures has been nice. It’s supposed to get cold again tomorrow! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve posted a picture of the girls so I thought you might like one for a little Friday smile. They’re sweet as ever!

Last night I spoke on a panel about blogging that was hosted by Charlotte Lately. On the panel we had a branding expert, a photographer, a tech guru, an accountant and two bloggers – myself and Katie from Mumus and Macaroons, who is lovely. We spoke to 50 bloggers about everything from Instagram algorithms to content generation to SEO techniques and much, much more. I am an open book when it comes to sharing professional knowledge, whether it be fitness industry insider tips or blogging-related topics so please feel free to pick my brain any time!

Okay, before I go teach yoga at 9:30, I’ll show you what I’ve been eating this week.


So much to share on this 22nd week so let’s hop right to it.


Baby boy is right around a pound now, coming in around 11 inches and around the size of a coconut. My other app says a papaya!

  • Baby is sleeping in cycles of around 12-14 hours per day.
  • Growing brows and lashes as well as first signs of hair on his scalp.
  • Skin cells are starting to produce keratin which is a protein that will help develop the outer layer of skin.
  • Hearing has developed enough that the baby can hear sounds inside of my body like breath and heartbeat.
  • Developing greater sense of touch and practicing grip. It’s not uncommon for the baby to grab onto the umbilical cord!

I feel like there have been a lot of changes in the last week and things haven’t felt quite as easy as they have in the...

Happy weekend. Wait, it is the weekend right?

I feel like I’ve seen versions of this quote all over Instagram this week and it’s pretty accurate! This is such a weird week of the year where everyone seems off their normal routine and feeling out of sorts. I’m not sure if any of you are reading blogs this weekend but it’s been weeks since I’ve done a recent eats round up so I thought I’d pop in with one this Saturday morning.

I hope you guys are enjoying these last few days of 2017. I’m finally starting to feel a little better so I’m grateful for that.

Lots of food for you today!


Plain full-fat greek yogurt with honey, banana, granola, raspberries and Wild Friends almond cashew super butter. (Which is on sale 40% off on their site right now!)

I’m having a dance party over here at my desk listening to the four-hour playlist I just put together that compiles all of my favorite workout songs from 2017. This year I was super dedicated to putting together regular playlists for you guys to help you through your runs and gym sessions – I hope you used them and enjoyed them!

For today’s post I wanted to bring all my favorite jams together into one playlist PLUS highlight some of my favorite workouts from 2017. Hopefully you’ll find this post to be a great resource to motivate you to start off 2018 strong on the workout front!


Okay, go ahead and navigate over to Spotify, follow this playlist and start listening to it as you read through the rest of this post. I guarantee that you’ll be feeling psyched up to go try the workouts once you start listening!

Also, just a reminder that you can listen to it straight through but I really love to hit “shuffle play,” especially since there’s over four hours of music here.


I love sharing workouts and hopefully I can do even more of this in 2018! I’m ALWAYS open...

Hey guys! I have absolutely loved following along on Facebook, Instagram and blogs to get a glimpse of everyone’s Christmas festivities over the last week or so.

I was a little bummed not to be seeing my family for Christmas. I considered booking a last-minute flight to Florida but in hindsight I’m so glad I didn’t because I would never want to take my germs on an airplane or to my parents and grandmother.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, I gave Tanner my cold and he was super happy to get that for Christmas.

We decided to make the most of Christmas with just the two of us because this is likely the last quiet Christmas we will have for a very long time!

I mocktailed my way through Christmas with this combo of Fever Tree Naturally Light Ginger Beer with unsweetened cranberry juice, Spindrift sparking water and lime. I just discovered this ginger beer at World Market and I am OBSESSED! One big bottle has two servings and each serving has 50 calories and 12...

I’ll give you a break from all the holiday content and Christmas recaps to pop in with my 21 week update. Don’t you worry, I’ll have my Christmas post up tomorrow!

I was bummed to miss my 20 week post last week due to being sick because 20 weeks is technically halfway. BUT “full-term” can actually be anywhere from 38-42 weeks so we’ll call this my halfway mark…especially since it seems first babies are often late. Only time will tell.


Baby is growing! Around three-quarters of a pound and 10.5 inches from crown to heel. I’m not digging the endive comparison but some other sites have said large carrot so we’ll roll with carrot. 20 weeks was a banana and I loved that!

Here’s the latest with baby boy! (Did you miss my gender announcement? IT’S A BOY!)

  • Although he’s getting all the nutrients he needs from the placenta, baby swallows a little bit of amniotic fluid each day to practice for when he’s out in the real world. The crazy thing is that the taste of...

Happy New Year!

I’m currently watching the Rose Bowl and hoping my Dawgs pull out a win but gosh, it’s been a crazy game.

Our New Year’s weekend was a very low-key one.

Per usual, it included a lot of yoga. On Saturday I taught at 11:15 and then Dorie and I led a vision boarding workshop later that afternoon. I’ll be writing more about this in the next couple of days!

After the workshop, I went over to Tanner’s brother’s house for our final family Christmas with his dad and step-mom. I received this body pillow which is officially the best present ever. I’ve slept with it for two nights now and I’m a fan. It’s been seriously amazing for giving me more support in my hips and shoulders as I sleep on my side and I know that I’ll just love it more as the bump gets bigger.

I decided to try a body pillow first before going the Snoogle route (those things are just so big) and so far, so good with this pillow.

Although I’m not personal training at the current moment, I couldn’t let the holiday season pass by without putting together my Christmas Cookie Crusher workout! These workouts were an annual tradition for my clients and we usually brought each other cookies or some other goodies on the day that we did it. I think this is the fourth year that I’ve done it. Here are links to previous years – 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And just a reminder as we are in the thick of holiday cheer, you NEVER have to earn your food or burn off x number of calories to make up for what you did eat. Enjoy your life on every level from celebrating moving your body to eating lots of greens and healthy food to savoring sweets to sharing a toast with friends.

If you are in the mood to get moving and sweating during the holidays, I’ve got a workout for you. And if you’re not and want to chill and relax with friends and family, that’s cool too. Bookmark these workouts...

One thing I loved about 2017 was getting back into a good groove with reading. I’ve been reading every night before bed and it’s the best way for me to unwind, relax and get sleepy. I’ve read quite a few good books (and suffered through some bad ones too!) but I wanted to share my top 10 favorite books of 2017 with you…selfishly in hopes that I will get some good recommendations to kick off 2018 with!

Here we go!

The page turners and mysteries that kept me up way too late…

The Woman In Cabin 10 – I read this book a couple of weeks ago when I was visiting my grandmother and I literally couldn’t put it down. I think I finished it in under 48 hours and stayed up until 1 a.m. reading the night that I did.

The Good Girl: this book sucked me in quickly. It was crazy and I never would have seen the ending coming. I can’t say that it’s the best book ever by any...

Hi there. I’m sorry that I missed my 20 week recap yesterday but I have been hit by a chest cold that’s left me homebound in PJs and resting up as much as possible.

Although it’s not exactly how I envisioned hitting the halfway mark, I’m just so grateful to be at this point with baby…


I didn’t want to make you guys wait any longer on the gender announcement so hopefully I’ll have the 20 week recap up tomorrow. In the meantime, we are over the moon excited about welcoming a little boy into our family in May!

I wrote a few pregnancy posts in my first trimester that I kept private and unpublished. The first was at four weeks and three days and the last line of the post reads, Oh and one last thought. My early guess/mama’s intuition is that this is a baby boy.”

From the moment I got that positive test I had this overwhelming feeling that it was a boy and that stayed with me throughout early pregnancy. At our 12 week ultrasound/NT scan, our tech said she would be very surprised if it wasn’t a boy and she confirmed it at our 18 week anatomy scan. Actually, she didn’t even have to confirm it…I looked over at the screen and said, “oh so I...

Good morning and welcome Monday. Today is an exciting day because my parents finally return home from their 30-day trip. I can’t believe how much I missed being able to pick up the phone and call them. And even though I only see them every 3-4 months or so (hopefully that will be more frequently once baby is here!), I’ve missed not seeing them this time of year.

Our Christmas plans aren’t set in stone yet and I’m so tempted to pick up and head to Florida but this is such a difficult time of the year to get sub coverage for classes if you don’t plan WAY in advance and I have to teach Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas. So does Tanner…and possibly Christmas Day!

On another work related note, I’m trying to get this post done early as the remainder of my day will be dedicated to the studio. I’m teaching two classes this morning and then we have an off-site meeting this afternoon/evening for 2017 reviews and 2018 goals and strategy. I’m eager to get our marketing plan in place for next year, especially since I’ll be out on maternity leave for several months.

Okay, enough chatter. Here’s the weekend. It was a festive one with Christmas gatherings both Friday and Saturday evening.

On Friday...

Happy weekend! I’m enjoying a Saturday morning of hanging out at home catching up on work and baking four loaves of sourdough to give as gifts before I head to the studio to teach at 11:15 and then out for Tanner’s family Christmas this afternoon/evening.

Last week was a little rough. I owe you a post-mortem on my “strategy for managing a busy week” post but let’s just say…things didn’t go exactly according to plan. It definitely wasn’t a complete wash but definitely didn’t make it all happen as I hoped.

Here’s what did happen when it comes to food and eats!


It’s been cold in Charlotte this week so breakfast has been a lot of banana oatmeal with cottage cheese stirred in and topped with almond butter and figs. I’ve also been using about 1/4 cup of coconut milk eggnog in my oats for a holiday twist.

How about a little Throwback Thursday today!? I owe you guys the last recap of my time in Portland for #FirstsNeverStop with Under Armour and Samsung. You can check out part one here (a trip to UA HQ + surprise camping!) and part two here (the most awesome “triathlon” experience of dragon boating, running and mountain biking).

I left off with the end of our all-day outdoor adventure “triathlon” that included a 14-mile dragon boat row down the Willamette River, a 5 mile run through Portland and a 12-mile mountain bike ride at Forest Park. It was an amazing day but needless to say we were all wiped out and HUNGRY after it was over!

The rest of our time on this trip was all about rest and recovery, starting with a delicious meal.

We piled back into the vans and were told that the next stop was...

Hi from Charlotte. I arrived home last night around 7 p.m. after spending the last five days with my grandmother in Florida. I’m going to share an overview of my visit today but before I do, I thought it would be fun to tell you how I spilled the beans to her about my pregnancy. A few of you have asked!

She knew we had been trying for a while but my grandmother is one of those who doesn’t really pry for info unless I share. She knew that we had a surgery scheduled but I can’t even remember if we told her dates or specifics.

Anyway, remember when I went to Florida back in September for a quick weekend visit? My mom had been in Charlotte the week prior and I decided to fly back with her for the weekend. The main reason for this was because at my very first “pregnancy check” appointment, my doctor tried to use a portable ultrasound to see if the sac was in the right place and to detect a heartbeat and while he could see an embryo in the sac, he couldn’t get a heartbeat. He said, “we’ll stay optimistic and schedule you for a re-check in 10 days” and also explained...

Today marked 18 weeks pregnant and it’s been fun to be in Florida to share it with my grandmother!

Here are baby’s milestones at 18 weeks…

  • Baby is yawning, hiccupping, sucking, swallowing and twisting, rolling, punching, and kicking too. Just wish I could feel it!
  • Nerves, now covered with a substance called myelin that speeds messages from nerve cell to nerve cell, are forming more complex connections. And those in the brain are further developing into the ones that serve the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing.
  • Baby’s hearing is growing more acute, making it more conscious of sounds that come from inside your body. (uh…baby is probably hearing lots of gas bubbling from mom!)

And with me!

Weight Gain/Body Changes: well, the week after Thanksgiving I was coming in 11 pounds up at my doctor’s appointment but I think some of that was post-bird bloat as this week I seem to be hovering around 8-9 pounds. I’m kind of whatever about it and trusting my body to do what it needs to do.

Bump is definitely getting more noticeable and my grandmother is loving how I wake up looking relatively...