2014 Grammy Nominee Playlist

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With the weather hovering at or around 0° several days during January, I've been trying to divert my attention from the chill and keep warm by sweating through hot yoga classes and the circuits that I teach at work. Another welcome distraction for an admitted red carpet junkie like me? Awards show season! I fused those two ideas and designed a workout playlist for Friday's AMRAP plyometrics workout that included only the hottest of ...continue reading

Healthy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Banana Split

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 {Source} Amiright?! I've had many friends and even fitness pros exclaim the benefits of exercising on an empty stomach. I, for one, am strongly on team EAT! The latest research has found that even just a light nosh will help you work longer and harder. So eat dessert first! This clean recipe is healthy enough to be a pre-workout breakfast, but would also work as a snack or a bedtime snack. It packs more protein than ...continue reading

7 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Embrace Your Imperfections

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Besides my 2013 resolution to have more fun, one other thing I worked on the past year was my perfectionist tendencies. That's been an issue with me for as long as I remember: I fall into the people pleaser category and like to set pretty ambitious standards for myself. With "try, try again," as my motto, I'm getting a bit better at cutting myself some slack, whether that means taking an afternoon to do nothing but watch a movie and read ...continue reading

Awards Show Workout Game: No Equipment Required!

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With the People's Choice Awards last Wednesday and the Golden Globes tomorrow, it's safe to say that red carpet season is in full swing! Considering I'm a music, movie and Project Runway junkie, these events are pretty much mandatory viewing in my book. The surprisingly eloquent speeches, the entertaining performances, the beautiful fashion...it's all good! What's not so good: Sitting on the couch for more than seven hours straight. ...continue reading

Meatless Monday Dinner: Pizza Polenta Parfait

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Have you ever eaten polenta? Prior to this kitchen experiment, I'd only had it as a side while eating out. Polenta is just cornmeal cooked into a paste with water or stock, which can be eaten as-is or baked, fried or grilled. You can find it in grocery stores in tubes or make your own from boxed cornmeal. It's a versatile side since it can take on the flavor of whatever you prepare it with. It's surprisingly light, too! ...continue reading

New Playlist: Dance Through 2014!

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Happy first day of 2014! As you might know, I'm not huge on resolutions—I prefer setting goals, intentions and adding things to my life rather than taking them away (why stress about omitting gluten when you're not intolerant)? More power to you if they work for you, though! This year, my main goal is to try something completely new each week. That adds up to 52 never-done-before activities by this time next year! I'm excited to get ...continue reading