2014: 4 Day Recap

2014: 4 Day Recap

My intention was to run Thursday morning, but my legs were crushed from the double leg-centric workouts on Wednesday, that it was more of a jog/walk.  The plan was do run a four-mile loop, which I still completed, but not by running.  I completed what I had sent out to do, just not in the manner in which I intended.  Sometimes, that happens.  On Friday morning, I went to my favorite yoga class - a 75-minute Ashtanga practice in Arlington. It had been a few days since I'd been to the studio, so it felt really good to stretch my body, focus on my breathing and flow through a class. 

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2014 30 for 30: Day 8 and 9

2014 30 for 30: Day 8 and 9

Yesterday was tough. After walking my niece and nephew to school, which was a fabulous way to start the morning, I went to the gym for a leg and cardio circuit. I did the same workout two weeks ago and had sore legs for days.  I can tell I'm getting stronger, because while after yesterday's workout I was sore, I'm not super stiff today.  And then I did another workout last night.  Read more here.

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2014: Days 5, 6 & 7 Recap

2014: Days 5, 6 & 7 Recap

Day 5 of this year's 30 for 30 was the most fun thus far! On Saturday, my friend Katie and I went to the National Mall and participated in an hour long yoga class.  This class, however, differed from every other yoga class I've done in the past, because it took place outdoors, in the grass, next to the Washington Monument.  Thankfully, the day was sunny and beautiful. 

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2014 #GJ30for30: Day 4

2014 #GJ30for30: Day 4

Yesterday's run was taken inside, where I did a combo of the stepper and treadmill.  It was one of those workout's where I felt as if I simply "checked the box" and got it done, although I did feel better afterwards. Today, on the other hand, was intense.  But, I found that I really got into it and enjoyed the workout. Also, a delicious smoothie recipe for a post workout refuel.

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2014: Days 2-3

2014: Days 2-3

Good morning! The feeling of true Spring is in the air (not the faux Spring that was upon us on March 21, the actual start of the season) and it makes me happy.  Birds chirping, the possibility of more outdoor activities and longer daytime hours are all reasons to feel a smidge more joyful. Talking days 2 & 3 and a recap of the Best of U.S. Awards Show.

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2014: The 4th Annual 30 for 30 Challenge

2014: The 4th Annual 30 for 30 Challenge

Welcome to the 4th Annual Genuine Joy 30 for 30 Fitness Campaign! The idea was born three years ago. I had completed my first Ironman triathlon and had stopped working out consistently.  Summer was quickly approaching and I knew that I wasn't in the shape I wanted to be in while heading into the warmer months.  Rather than waiting until after Memorial Day to get started on the program, I wanted to use April as the springboard to improve my fitness.  Want details? Read on.

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Beyond Organic: Benefits of Biodynamic Wine

Beyond Organic: Benefits of Biodynamic Wine

As a Special Contributor to Genuine Joy, Adriana Cesar shares her experience with Biodynamic Wine… "No worries, it’s not nuclear" she explained.  Read on to learn the benefits of these organic wines and how they differ from the standard bottle of wine.

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Food Finds

Food Finds

One of the things I truly enjoy in life is going to the grocery store. That sounds like sarcasm, but it is one of my most favorite places on the planet. I enjoy checking out new foods and reading ingredients; reading about the way certain food impacts the body.  In the past month, I've tried some delicious new foods and only one that I couldn't finish.  Below, you'll find the photo of the food, a description, where I purchased the product and where you can purchase online. The rating scale is from 1-5, with 5 being the highest recommendation.  Bon appetit!

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Healthified Shamrock Shake

Healthified Shamrock Shake

First things first.  I have to admit... I've never had a Shamrock Shake. Not because I eat a perfect, 100% healthy diet, but I do believe in clean, healthful eating.  I enjoy dessert and have been known to eat a french fry (or two) in my time, but I do try to eat food that comes as close to it's purest form as possible. The reason is an entirely different post and I've gotten a bit off topic, so, back to the seasonal treat. Keep reading for the "Healthified Shamrock Shake" recipe and history on the seasonal treat.

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Daylight Savings Cure-All

Daylight Savings Cure-All

I don't know about you, but I'm struggling with daylights savings time.  It's only an hour, but getting up in the morning has been a challenge for the past few days.  Tomorrow, I have a 6:30am fitness class, so I will most likely sleep in my Under Armour studio wear tonight.  (I'm only half kidding!) Take a look at some of Elle Magazine's suggestions for the Ultimate High Energy Morning.

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