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Going (Sorta) Scale-less

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I’ve been without a scale for two weeks. Both of my scales, have for some reason or another, decided they had enough of being repeatedly stepped on and died. I’ve replaced the batteries and have googled ways to remedy the issue, but I still get the “ERR” message when I try to weigh myself.

It’s been simultaneously liberating and terrifying.

I am scared that I will end up at my previous weight, 237 if I don't track my weight on the scale.

I am scared that I will end up at my previous weight, 237 if I don’t track my weight on the scale.

I am obsessed with the scale and the number it feeds me, though I know better that I should not let it rule me and my day. And some days I don’t. However, more often than not, I do. I know there is more to a person’s health and more importantly, self worth, than a number on the scale. It’s already known that BMI is not an accurate indicator of health. But the scale is – to a degree.

Last week, Krysten wrote about her relationship with the scale and how she was going to go scaleless. I tweeted her about it, how I am going through something similar. The constant weighing – physical, emotional, mental, was exhausting and draining. It definitely was feeing into my anxiety and making it worsen. So it was kind of kismet that both my scales died at the same time just two weeks prior to her post.

Not having weighed myself does give me some anxiety – have I lost? More importantly, have I gained? But not weighing myself also has been freeing… I am starting my days with a more with positive mindset. Also it makes me more cognizant of what I am eating/drinking/etc.

So while I am not ditching the scale entirely, I will be buying a new one soon. Probably the Aria to go along with my FitBit. Technology FTW – I love my FitBit. But I won’t be stepping on it daily anymore.

Do you own a scale? If so, how often do you weigh yourself? What’s it like for you to go scale-less?

I’ve been without a scale for two weeks. Both of my scales, have for some reason or another, decided they had enough of being repeatedly stepped on and died. I’ve replaced the batteries and have googled ways to remedy the issue, but I still get the “ERR” message when I try to weigh myself. It’s…

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Book Review: Get Skinny Again

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Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of Get Skinny Again through FitFluential. As always, all opinions are my own.

Spring is in 2 days. And summer is soon! That means warmer weather and less layers of clothing. However, many of us, including myself, have gained some extra winter padding. And that padding needs to go bye-bye stat. This review is long overdue BUT it is perfect for now. Just as I spring clean my home, I need to spring clean my diet and my exercise regimen.

Enter Sarah Dussault.  Sarah Dussault is a fellow FitFluential Ambassador who wrote the book Get Skinny Again.  Based in Boston, Sarah is a certified personal trainer through the ACSM.  She is also currently studying toward becoming a holistic health coach through the Institute of Integrated Nutrition. If you think you recognize Sarah, you probably do – Sarah’s workout videos on YouTube are insanely popular and she has more than 120 million views!

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The book:

The book is divided up into 2 sections – Part 1, Time to Get on Your Fitness, Part 2, Time to Eat Clean and Get Lean, and Part 3, Time to Live the Fit Life.

Here is the breakdown of each chapter which is devoted to something:

1. Time to Sweat at Home;

2. Time to Hit the Gym;

3. Time to Spare 10 Minutes;

4. Time to Eat Right;

5. Time to Detox;

6. Time to Be Social;

7. Time to Get Skinny Again; and

8. My Story (read = Sarah’s story).

The book is bright, colorful, with lots of pictures and is easy to navigate. I like that she demonstrates what the moves are supposed to look like when done correctly and what bad form is. The exercises are easy to follow but are challenging too and they can be done at home and in the gym. And without tons and tons of equipment.  I also like the recipes she includes of which are for one serving which is good for someone like me who likes to eat all the food.  I also love the tips and tricks she provides when eating or drinking with friends.

One thing I have found over and over again with this book is that people are bothered by the title – Get Skinny Again. With the big health/fitness movement, the title seems counter intuitive as right now the emphasis is on getting fit and strong (“strong is the new skinny”, etc.). Sarah explains though, 

I wrote this book for the women out there like me who had a coach or parent dictating their workouts and meals up until or through college. Or perhaps you never played sports in school but were always naturally skinny and all of a sudden in your twenties or thirties you’ve noticed your body has slowly begun to put on weight. As we get older our metabolisms slow down and we have more social opportunities that involve lots of empty calories. Studies have shown that when you move in with a boyfriend or become a newlywed, you are likely to gain weight. And if you have a desk job with long hours, the odds are stacking up against you. It seems that we are doomed, but I am here to tell you that we are not.

I give Sarah’s book two thumbs up. I think it’s a great tool for anyone in any shape at any age. You will definitely see  me relying on this book again and again. It is worth every penny. :) Pick it up at a bookstore near you or online and let me know what you think!

Want to connect with Sarah? Check her out on these channels:

Twitter: GetSkinnyBook
Instagram: GetSkinnyAgain
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GetSkinnyAgain

Oh and do not forget to check out Sarah’s YouTube channel as well!

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of Get Skinny Again through FitFluential. As always, all opinions are my own. Spring is in 2 days. And summer is soon! That means warmer weather and less layers of clothing. However, many of us, including myself, have gained some extra winter padding. And that padding needs to go…

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So There’s That…

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Yesterday was the NYC Half Marathon. I debated running it because of my lack of training and decided to go for it because a) money and b) it would be fun no matter what.

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Well, it didn’t happen. :( Womp, womp.

I set my alarm for 4:45 knowing I’d have to leave by 5:30 to catch my train into the city. I had everything all ready so there would be no rush in the morning.

And I overslept. I woke up at 8:30, my wave time already had time at 8:10.  To say I was upset is an understatement.

I have the chance to run next year with a guaranteed entry so long as I complete the Brooklyn Half (all signed up); the Queens 10K (July); the Bronx 10 miler (September); and the SI Half (October).  But I have no excuses this time for next year. I usually do the Brooklyn, Queens, and SI Half without issue – I just gotta make sure to run Bronx.

So what did I do for my Sunday? I went shoe shopping, ate Girl Scout cookies and went to a beer launch. The cookies happened alongside with the beer drinking. Because why not, right? Hello grown up milk and cookies, haha.

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Now to start training for the More/Fitness Half and Brooklyn Half! I am also scheduled for the Scotland 10k which I had fun running last year and look forward to doing so again. :)

Have you ever overslept and missed a race?

Yesterday was the NYC Half Marathon. I debated running it because of my lack of training and decided to go for it because a) money and b) it would be fun no matter what. Well, it didn’t happen. Womp, womp. I set my alarm for 4:45 knowing I’d have to leave by 5:30 to catch…

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Run the City

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Hi friends!

This Sunday is the NYC Half Marathon! The NYC Half is a big event in the city, like the November marathon itself. The race begins in Central Park and then runs through Manhattan via Times Square and to downtown by South Street Seaport. It will be my 2nd time running it, having won a chance via lotto. I have been in a huge running rut and have not trained for this whatsoever save running for the train when I am going home from work each night. I wasn’t going to run it but a) it was a lot of money and b) who knows if I ever will get a chance to run it again. So I am going to go for it. It’s not the first time I have winged a race and it won’t be my last. I am nervous because it’s going to hurt and suck. I’d be lying if I said it would be anything but.

So I went down to the expo which was at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea where other NYRR expos have been held. The expo was lackluster – usually I can get lost in the expo for hours checking out each booth but I was in and out. I did stop by the ASPCA booth to get my tech shirt and a running shop booth and bought a cute tee and some fun high socks! And I got free Lara bars, because isn’t that what expos are for?

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Yes, these socks say Will Run for Beer. I totally will!

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So we’ll see what happens. The goal is to finish, have fun, and most importantly, not die.

I also signed up for the LGBTQ 5mi run and the Run for One 4 mi run later this Spring. And I plan on re-joining the LI Road Runners. As much as I am in a rut, I do miss running.

Have you ever been stuck in a running rut? Any advice for someone stuck in a rut like me?

What are your plans this weekend? Are you running any races like the NYC Half? Chime in below!

Happy Friday!

Hi friends! This Sunday is the NYC Half Marathon! The NYC Half is a big event in the city, like the November marathon itself. The race begins in Central Park and then runs through Manhattan via Times Square and to downtown by South Street Seaport. It will be my 2nd time running it, having won a chance via…

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I’m Alive!!!

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Hello friends! Long time no see… I know I have been so terrible with writing. I have just been so busy with internship/school, I’ve just been so, so tired.  And let me tell you, losing an hour of sleep due to DST did not help but I am pumped about it being lighter out later in the day. :)

So what the heck have I been up to?

For one, not running. :( Insert thumbs down emoji.  Sigh. I thought I got out of my running slump and I did, for awhile, but then I slipped back in. This winter has been brutal and I am hoping as it warms up, I will be more inclined to run. I am set to the run the NYC Half next week and I am not sure if I will do it. It will suck either way – I run it, do horribly, feel awful/out of shape or not run it, and lose $160(?) dollars. What should I do?!?! HELP!!!

I have though, been working out. Some days I will go 4-5x per week if my schedule allows. Some weeks, it’s just 3x. Which, when you are trying to lose weight, sucks. I have been buying a ton of spring and summer stuff so I am hoping that boosts my drives to get my booty moving. I also joined a Crunch gym which opened by my house so I am excited for all the new, shiny equipment and the new classes. Even hubs joined, YAY! I need to lose this extra winter weight. It is no bueno for all the shorts and bikinis I have in mind for summah summah time.

I am in the process of reviewing 2 awesome books for you through Fitfluential and am hopeful to have the reviews up this week. One is a cookbook and the other is a fitness/healthy living book written by two fellow bloggers/FitFluential ambassadors. :)

Also, remember how last year I was in this little thing called Fitness Magazine?

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Well the magazine reached out to me to do a follow-up piece because they had a great response to the piece! But instead of a magazine piece, it’ll be like a video blog soooo I am working on that right now along with a bunch of other ladies who ever were part of the I Did It! section of the magazine. I am very excited for this and I am really touched by them saying that the piece really resonated with readers. :) I cannot wait to share more with you on this and will keep you posted soon as to a publishing date.

What else has been going on? Mmmmm, oh I found out I am gluten sensitive and am allergic to milk and cats. Um… I have cats as pets and I love cheese, so in the words of Howard Wolowitz on Bing Bang Theory, “WHAT THE FRACK?!” I am trying to be more gluten free but it is hard. But the stomach pains after are  usually incentive to cut gluten-rich foods out more and more.

So that’s what has been happing in the last month. Spring is in 10 days and graduation will be here in just about 2 months. Hurry, hurry!

Have a happy and fantastic Monday!

XO

Hello friends! Long time no see… I know I have been so terrible with writing. I have just been so busy with internship/school, I’ve just been so, so tired.  And let me tell you, losing an hour of sleep due to DST did not help but I am pumped about it being lighter out later…

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Good Day, Sunshine… [#sunshineburger review!]

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by FitApproach and Sunshine Burgers. All opinions are my own.

Hi friends!

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to try Sunshine Burgers. Sunshine Burgers are America’s #1 brand of Organic Veggie Burgers.  But until now, I had not heard of Sunshine Burgers. Sunshine Burgers were created by Carol Debberman who started making them for her kids at home over thirty years ago.

Sunshine Burgers are made with certified organic, verified Non-GMO whole food ingredients, free of gluten, soy, corn, canola, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy or eggs. I recently found out I am allergic to milk and am gluten sensitive so knowing that these were free of dairy and gluten really appealed to me.

I thought I would get one or two flavors to try. Nope! I got the whole kit ‘n’ caboodle. It was a happy surprise!

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Not pictured: falafel.

I took to social media to see what flavor I should try first and after overwhelming vote, I tried Loco Chipotle. And it was tasty! Actually all of them are. There are so flavorful, easy to cook, and make for easy portability. The burgers are already are fully cooked, so they don’t actually need to be cooked—just brought back up to room temperature. I utilized the microwave a lot with them just because of work, and it was like the easiest, no brainer thing to do.

Also, look at that bottom picture more closely – you can see the beans and the carrots. Even some of my friends from the gym who saw my many picture postings of the burgers commented on the same thing.  Seeing the actual ingredients, in addition to being able to pronounce the ingredients, made me enjoy the burgers that much more. They were a great easy addition to salads and quinoa I also ate during the week.

Two recipes I made with the Sunshine Burgers – the first one pictured above is a chipotle wrap:

Ingredients:

1 loco chipotle sunshine burger

1 ezekiel wrap

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1/4 cup of avocado cubed

optional: light ranch dressing, shredded cheddar

Instructions: heat up the burger according to instructions and crumble up with the spinach and avocado. Assemble into wrap, top with cheddar and dressing, fold and eat. Of course you can use whatever veggies and toppings you’d like.

The second was an egg-sunshine burger scramble (see above).

Ingredients: egg whites, southwest sunshine burger.

Directions: cook egg whites thoroughly and added crumbled sunshine burger and cook until eggs are set. Top with your favorite toppings: cheese, ketchup, hot sauce, salt, pepper, etc.

I really need easy and quick with my crazy day to day. :)

Anyway, I definitely recommend sunshine burgers! Tasty, convenient, not pricey at all, and no tummy troubles. A win all around! They have definitely found a permanent place in my home. Where can you find sunshine burgers? Click here to find a store-locator – and check out their site for even more fun, tasty recipes!!

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by FitApproach and Sunshine Burgers. All opinions are my own. Hi friends! A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to try Sunshine Burgers. Sunshine Burgers are America’s #1 brand of Organic Veggie Burgers.  But until now, I had not heard of Sunshine Burgers. Sunshine Burgers were created by Carol Debberman who…

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Valentine’s Day 2014 Recap

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Happy Tuesday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend whether or not in a relationship. I had my internship and then after I went to my husband’s best friend’s surprise 30th birthday party. So I did not get a chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day until Sunday. Hubby and I went out to Montauk to see the lighthouse and go on a seal walk.

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We stopped at the SouthHampton Publick House for some lunch and beer before continuing our trip out east. It was pretty cold, with high wind by the water. Nonetheless, it was really peaceful and serene being out there. We also collected some fun treasures (unusual rocks, shells, and sea glass) and saw some natural oddities, including some sea creature skeletons (including a large spine which once belonged to something, eek!).

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It was a lovely way to spend Valentine’s Day with hubby.  And it was a nice alternative way to get in a workout outside of the gym!

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How did you spend your Valentine’s weekend? 

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend whether or not in a relationship. I had my internship and then after I went to my husband’s best friend’s surprise 30th birthday party. So I did not get a chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day until Sunday. Hubby and I went out to Montauk…

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Flourless Brownies!

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Happy Sunday!

I got the craving for brownies today. But I didn’t want to make box brownies. I wanted homemade brownies. As luck would have it, I got an email from Skinnytaste with newest post, Amazing Flourless Brownies . I looked through the recipe ingredient list and save for one item, I had everything.

I was a little reticent because it called for black beans and balsamic vinegar. Buuuut I trusted Gina (from Skinnytaste) as I’ve made plenty of things from her that came out awesome.

After heading to the store for the missing item (cocoa powder), I set to the task. The recipe was easy enough and 30 minutes later, I had this:

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So the verdict??

Amazing! And you would’ve never known about the black beans. If you’re a bean fanatic like me, you can kiiiiinda taste the bean in the aftertaste but it’s hardly noticeable. And at 144 calories a piece, it’s guilt free too! And it’s a great gluten free option too!

Try them for yourself! You’ll be amazed too! :)

Happy Sunday! I got the craving for brownies today. But I didn’t want to make box brownies. I wanted homemade brownies. As luck would have it, I got an email from Skinnytaste with newest post, Amazing Flourless Brownies . I looked through the recipe ingredient list and save for one item, I had everything. I…

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Why Rachel Fredrickson’s Huge Weight Loss isn’t the REAL Issue

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Disclaimer: I am in school to become a social worker. I am not a licensed (read: professional) social worker YET. However, as a clinician in training, I do have the knowledge and understand the background of mental illnesses. In the end, if you feel you have some kind of issues – depression, anxiety, whatever, please seek professional help.

I stopped watching The Biggest Loser years ago (though I did watch on/off last season) because to be real, it triggers something in me. [For which I am going to therapy for - yes, I am the therapist with a therapist]. I have always struggled with my weight – I remember being in the second grade and being in ballet and being to suck in my tummy (uh it’s called baby fat).  My mom was always on a diet – I remember the cans of SlimFast in our house.

I was shy growing up. And food was celebrated the way it is now – eat when you’re happy, eat when you’re sad, eat whenever because this is America and there is food EVERYWHERE. Food was a reward in itself. Passed a test? Here’s some candy.

So I got fat. I am not going to shy around it. I was morbidly obese at my highest weight at 237. I was probably around 170 in high school. I am only 5’5”. I remember wearing a size 12 then. College was worse with its endless buffet of greasy food and tons of carby deliciousness. I always steered clear of the salad buffet.  And I put on more weight. And it was a vicious cycle – I hated my body, so I ate my emotions which then made me gain more weight and then more sad, so I ate more, and it was just on, and on, and on.

When I met my husband – then boyfriend in 2007, we put on the relationship weight together. Heaven forbid I be that girl who ordered a salad when her boyfriend was eating a burger for shame of what he thought. And in 2010, with my weight being at an all time high, I decided to get fit, get healthy. For me.

When shows like The Biggest Loser came on, I was fascinated by them. Losing 15lbs in a week? That’s crazy! And people were lauded for losing so much weight, week after week. But with all the nutritionists and doctors and personal trainers/fitness gurus there, there was not a single mental health clinician – not a psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed social worker, nothing. But even still, focus on that show was and is on the physical. Not the internal. So many times weight gain has an emotional tie to it and it’s never discussed. I say it now all the time. After I lost the weight, I thought I’d lose all the emotional baggage. But nope. It is still there.

So Rachel. Rachel, Rachel, Rachel.

Rachel at 260.

Rachel at 260.

Rachel at 105.

Rachel at 105.

And with last night’s finale, with everyone up in arms about the winner’s thin frame – again, I didn’t watch the show this year, so I didn’t see the gradual loss over time – I wonder if this woman has a reverse opposite eating disorder. She could have had binge eating disorder (classified under the DSM 4 as EDNOS, eating disorder, not otherwise specified though the current DSM, DSM 5, does recognized Binge Eating Disorder aka BED as its own disorder) which then turned to anorexia or bulimia with some ties of body dysmorphic disorder.

I do not know Rachel personally as a client, so I cannot speak to what in fact mental illness she may or may not have. 

The looks on Bob and Jillian’s faces were faces of concern. The other contestant behind them also looked disturbed.

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Clearly there is more going on. I get everyone’s concern. She’s very thin. She lost 60% of her body weight. But if she is in fact suffering from an eating disorder, lets discuss that. Let’s not shame her for being so thin. And let’s not shame her – or anyone else for that matter for being overweight. I would encourage her or anyone to find a therapist. Figure out why you are overweight and what the issues behind it all are. [I understand that there are plenty of women who are her age (or more or less) that weigh the same and they’re OK.] It pains me that later she cancelled an appearance on Kelly & Michael. The media backlash cannot and will not be good on her.

But I hope that no matter what, she gets the necessary help she needs. But lets also talk more about the emotional ties that come with weight and food – whether its too much food or not enough or being obese or being anorexic. These are all diseases that need to be addressed. And so many people forget mental conditions are in fact diseases. And that there is more to them and not someone just trying to be thin.

/soapbox

Disclaimer: I am in school to become a social worker. I am not a licensed (read: professional) social worker YET. However, as a clinician in training, I do have the knowledge and understand the background of mental illnesses. In the end, if you feel you have some kind of issues – depression, anxiety, whatever, please…

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Summer Run in February

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Okay, so it’s not summer in NY, yet.

But yesterday it was a balmy 50 degrees. I had no motivation to run. I was supposed to run the 4mi Gridiron in the morning but my husband was not feeling well, so I stayed home. But alas, I had ten miles scheduled and I knew that I should take advantage of the warm weather outside, especially since it was supposed to snow on Monday.

And it is. Snowing I mean. Sigh.

So after being lazy (read = watching the KittenBowl on TV), I went off to the park to run. I was really tired (I don’t know why, I hadn’t done a thing) and felt unmotivated.

But I had my husband drop me off at a different park. So since I was literally dropped off in a park 30 minutes away, I had no choice but to run. After a slooooow start, I finally felt my groove and was even running a 10:57 pace for me which seeing as I haven’t really been running outside, was awesome. I went to Eisenhower Park, where I used to run with the Long Island Road Runners. I need to renew my membership with them. I enjoy their races and cheap race fees ($6.00). Since I hadn’t been to that park in awhile, I decided to take whatever path and enjoy the scenic route.

I discovered some memorials that I did not know the park had. After awhile it kind of became a thing – run to each memorial (some were closer, some were farther on different sides of the park). It was beautiful and very emotional, especially the 9/11 memorial.

 

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At the end I got 5 miles because my husband came to get me and we had to be elsewhere within the hour. So no to 10 miles but for the first time I felt like if I had had the time, I could have done it and not died. YAY. Hope for the future! Speaking of the future, I am officially officially officially IN for the 2014 NYC marathon. I also signed up for the Hamptons Half Marathon in September because hey, it’s the Hamptons. Any excuse, right?

Oh and I ordered (read=rented) my graduation cap and gown! May 21, 2014 cannot come soon enough!

Did you catch the Superbowl? Were you happy the Sea Hawks won? What about the commercials? Sound off below. Happy Monday!

Okay, so it’s not summer in NY, yet. But yesterday it was a balmy 50 degrees. I had no motivation to run. I was supposed to run the 4mi Gridiron in the morning but my husband was not feeling well, so I stayed home. But alas, I had ten miles scheduled and I knew that…

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