What do YOU do with 11 extra minutes?

Today has been pretty busy, but also pretty exciting. After a long day of travel home from Dallas last night (I can’t wait to be able to take nonstops instead of connecting itineraries next week!), I got to sleep in until 7:45am – 8.5 hours of sleep never felt so good! This week has been a bit light on sleep for me, but I am definitely going to use the weekend to make it up.

When I did get up, I headed downtown for a meeting that yielded some great news. I made it through the interview process and am going to be a contributing writer for my favorite health & fitness website, Greatist! I am so thrilled and honored to be a part of the Greatist team – I have admired this site for so long and can’t believe that I actually get to work with these writers whom I respect so much. I can’t put into words how much I’m looking forward to learning a lot about health & fitness, even more about writing and researching, and working toward such a wonderful goal of helping people to be their best selves. Just know that I have been squealing like a little girl (out loud, yes) all day. It’s a good thing I’m working from home! Between this and getting my coaching certification in May, it’s looking like 2012 is the year I get really serious about health & fitness – which will hopefully translate into even more tips and advice for you :)

Following my Greatist meeting, it was back uptown for a busy day of meetings and other consulting work (fortunately, from home). It wasn’t until 2pm that I even looked at the clock and noticed it was lunchtime – I definitely don’t pay attention to hunger when I’m busy, and today was one of those days. Since I wasn’t super hungry and I didn’t have a lot of time, I decided to make a recipe that’s intrigued me and been on my list to try for a while: Paleo Oatmeal. I mostly followed Tina’s instructions to the letter, except I cut the walnuts and used a teaspoon of almond butter and a few chocolate chips instead of the peanut butter. I actually liked it even more than Tina herself seemed to – now I just need to get my hands on a jar of Nutella to make it even better!

After my 10 minute meal, it was back to work – and the afternoon definitely started slipping away in a sea of emails and conference calls. Where does the time go? I had optimistically been wearing my yoga pants and Switchback Tank (which is my favorite Athleta product so far – it’s super slimming and makes me look incredibly buff!) all day in hopes of getting to the gym. But when 3:30pm struck and I still had mountains of work to do, I realized it just wasn’t going to happen. What to do?!

Luckily, that’s where Daily Burn came in. I haven’t been doing their workouts daily, preferring to mix it up with my standard weight lifting routine as well as some time on the elliptical (so I can kill two birds with one stone and watch my favorite shows while I work out). However, I tried their videos a few days this week and was pretty pleased – the Tabata Transformation video was fun and sweaty but not crazy intense, and the Superhero Kickboxing was short and sweet but a lot of fun – I definitely want to give kickboxing more of a try. Today, I chose the quick (11 minute) Bikini Butt workout with the peppy Anja Garcia. Butt was probably not what I needed to work on today, since my glutes are still really sore from a killer round of deadlifts on Wednesday night (3 sets of 10 reps at 90 pounds!), but I was just excited to get pretty darn sweaty in only 11 minutes. Every little bit counts!

Now – shower time and then back to work. And hopefully this weekend I’ll have some time to finally get my Rock N Roll USA Marathon report completed – I have a lot to say (not all of it positive), so I’m taking my time to make sure I word it all properly.

Happy Friday, everyone!


  1. Congratulations!! So proud of you! And greatist is lucky to have you!

  2. congrats! I’ll have to check out Greatist and look for you! Also looking forward to your DC Rock n Roll report – I was there too and interested to compare notes!

  3. YEAHHHHH!!!!!!!

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