Motivation Monday #11

Happy Monday Friends!

imageWe weren’t able to make it up quite as early on Friday as we would have liked but we got here before 9pm and able to have a healthy dinner before getting to bed. imageWe were up with the sun & the first on the slopes Saturday – skiing some tougher terrain All day! We woke up Sunday to the photo above & the snow seemed to be endless pouring from the sky – it was pretty cool! We’re taking a lesson today so we can have a professional show how to take things to the next level for the remainder of the season. My muscles are definitely feeling a little tight but I’ve been hydrating, consuming anti-inflammatory foods, soaking in the hot tub, and doing a ton of yin yoga to keep moving.imageThis week starts 6am classes and I’m very exciting for my new offering! I’m hoping to maintain my cardio but I also have to remember to take care of my body and not overdo it. That being said, this week I’m cutting interval training/running and only cycling for cardio. There are 5 more Motivation Mondays and I can’t wait to share the overall results and take-aways with everyone!

Week 11

“The more you believe the closer your dreams become.”

Exercise Routine:

  • weights & cardio 55min 3x/wk & yoga 55min 2x/wk (Phil)
  • cycling 5min  3x/wk & 55-90 min yoga 6x/wk (me)

Dietary Routine:

  • Breafkfast: protein shake, oatmeal w/walnuts & bananas, or banana bread
  • Lunch: turkey chili w/sour cream & multi-grain chips, New England clam chowder, or super salad
  • Dinner: salmon cakes w/soba noodles & winter greens, tofu nuggets w/ raw veggies, or red lentil daal w/roasted veggies & naan
  • Snacks: popcorn, apple, raw veggies, sunflower seeds, or plantain chips


’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂


Motivation Monday #9

What a beautiful Monday!

IMG_0957I hope everyone else enjoyed their weekend as much as Phil & I. When I said we wanted to get back out on the mountain and prove ourselves  (to ourselves), I wasn’t lying. We took it relatively easy Saturday and totally blew past where we thought we’d get to on Sunday…with a little help from our friends. After a lunch time pow wow we decided to join our them yet again and tackle some tougher runs. We dove in head first and went down some of the more challenging terrain – it felt great! IMG_0954I of course couldn’t have survived the 6hr ski days without my yoga practice – starting the morning with some mediation / light vinyasa and finishing the day with some yin to stretch things back out. Now, it’s back to the power yoga grind with 11 classes this week (2 advanced, 1 beginner, 8 all levels).IMG_0876Obviously there is no shortage of physical activity here, haha, but the dietary routine is on point too…it has to be to stay happy/healthy! We’ve got 7 more weeks to make some real changes & it’s feeling great!

Week 9

“You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way”

Exercise Routine

  • weights/cardio 3x wk + yoga 2x wk (Phil)
  • daily yoga + cycling/jogging 3xwk (Me)

Dietary Routine


  • Banana Pecan Bread
  • Multi-Grain Cereal w/banana & lowfat milk
  • Scrambled eggs & veggies and sprouted toast


  • Vegetarian Taco Salad
  • Tomato Soup w/parmesan crutons
  • Grilled Chicken or Shrimp w/brown rice & veggies


  • Protein Shake
  • Squid ink pasta w/garlic and herbs
  • Mixed greens w/pumpkin seeds, almonds, dried cranberries, feta & homemade dressing


  • Popcorn
  • Apple w/peanut butter
  • Hummus w/cucumber & pita chips


’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂




Motivation Monday #8

Happy Monday Friends!IMG_0907Well, we survived the birthday weekend shenanigans in Tahoe and Phil & I really challenged ourselves on the slopes. I’m feeling motivated after the rush of pushing past my comfort zone on the mountain and hoping to carry that momentum into this week!IMG_0913 Neither Phil nor I are venturing near a scale until the beginning on March but we know we’re on the right track because we’re both feel good – indulged this weekend but didn’t go crazy, bumped up the intensity of our cardio a bit, and are trying to cut back on booze during the week. It’s a double boost of motivation because we’re officially in theIMG_4867.JPG Lenten season & now more than ever we are supposed to work on being the best version of ourselves. We were both considering ‘giving up’ something for Lent but since we’re already on this healthy living grind we’re kicking it into high gear instead…we are half way through our ‘2016 healthiest year ever’ kick start and I
can’t wait to keep going. I’m adding some new classes to my schedule at the end of the month, so check out my yoga page if you’re interested. I feel so lucky that I get to share my passion as my profession and hope my offering continues to improve. Come March I will be ‘offically, officially’ be at my current work life goal and it feels awesome! Until then, I am focusing a lot on my personal practice to find some inspiration & the classes already on my plate (which believe me is a lot on already)!

Week 8

“Just because at first it might seem risky, impossible, or pointless doesn’t mean its not worth trying. Follow your heart & don’t give up.”


  • 75 min yoga 6x wk (Me)
  • 55 min yoga 2x wk (Phil)
  • 55 min cycling or jogging 3x wk (Me)
  • 55 min lighting & cardio 3x wk (Phil)

Dietary Routine


  • protein shake
  • sprouted bagel w/banana & pb
  • oatmeal w/cranberries & almondsIMG_4780


  • tofu stir fry w/veggies & brown rice
  • grilled chicken w/mixed green salad


  • homemade protein bars
  • popcorn
  • dark chocolate w/pistachios


  • fish tacos
  • whole wheat pizza w/pears, fennel, arugula & balsamic
  • tofu nuggets w/salad & sweet potato chips


’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂


Pocono Weekend Round Up!

As promised, today’s post is all about our weekend up the mountains! Phil and I had an amazing time with friends and family as we said goodbye to the winter season…well, hopefully!

Friday was a low key night since we planned to spend the day skiing Saturday…well, we tried to keep things low key! If you’ve ever played played cards for humanity than you understand how an innocent few rounds can turn into several hours of insanely irreverent fun!

Our intended early morning start turned into more of a late breakfast and yoga hour to stretch things out!

We finally geared up and made it to the mountain in the afternoon. While my inner child was bursting at the seams with excitement, mainly because I was 12 the last time I strapped on a set of skis, my paranoid adult mind was petrified I would re-injure my still fragile back.

20140311-014239.jpgWell, I only made it down a few times because my back couldn’t handle it, BUT we had a blast and what was waiting at the lodge was well worth it!

20140311-014739.jpg We ended the day with some homemade pizza, red wine and The Wolf of Wall Street. Truth be told, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the movie but the pizza was yummy and red wine rarely disappoints!

We all used daylight savings as an excuse to stay in bed just a little later than usual. I for one could’ve stayed in bed ALL day but we were headed to grab a bite at the gem of the Pocono restaurant scene, The Jubilee!

After brunch we packed up and were all ready to hit the road, except for one tiny hiccup…

20140311-020015.jpg…Phil’s car wouldn’t start…whomp whomp! God bless AAA and the tow truck driver, Pocono Joe!

In keeping with my ‘find the good’ theme from yesterday, the inevitable tow did have an upside…

20140311-020319.jpgPhil and I got to spend the whole ride back holding hands…I love this man more than I can even attempt to put into words!

All and all the weekend was wonderful! I feel so blessed to have such a loving and supportive partner in life who challenges me and brings out the best version of myself!

Bye bye snow…Hello Sunshine!!!