Pre-vacay fitness prep!

Im sooo excited and OVERDUE for a vacay. Between my 10th graders and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I’m ready for a break. BUT, in order to fully allow myself to relax, I’ve been busting my BUTT [literally].
I’ve been going to spinning class this last week, WHY haven’t I been going my whole life!!? I’m so obsessed. And of course, my beloved barre class.

I’m currently in bed [in my workout clothes for the morning] so I have no excuses but to workout before work at 5am. It’s my last chance to bust ass before I leave earrrrrly Thursday morning!





Getting festive w/ fitness.

I LOVE getting festive & Valentines Day is like the cutest holiday to get festive with. So, here is my festive post!
1. Loving the pink smoothies I made. mixed berries, carrots, coconut juice, water, pomegranate seeds, plain Chobani. In recycled bottles, of course.]
2. My pink yoga mat!
3. Pink blouse. I love blouses, and pink.
4. This quote. I LOVE life, so what better holiday to express that? :))

I’m a little sad because I won’t be celebrating w/ my lovey this Valentines Day so I need ideas ladies [and men] on what to make him! [preferably sweets.]





Black coffee & “the reader” !

Ah, is there anything better than Saturday morning?! I can NOT wait to drink my coffee [in bed] and catch up on ALL your posts! & comments :)) I thought about it all night while I was falling asleep.
Happy Saturday morning to you all, excited to see what you’ve all been blogging about!
Also, if you have any amazing bloggers that you recommend for me to read, comment below!!


Resistance, in more ways than one. [also, Suja advice wanted!]

Tonight I went to my fav barre [cue resistance pun 1] class, this instructor is NO joke. I absolutely love the aftermath of a class w/ her but during the class, not so much.
After a Barre class I always treat myself to a Kombucha. I lovee nourishing my body and these babies do just the trick : )) [and its better than treating my EXTREMELY fatigued muscles to sugar] I’m glad I did too because I came home and my mom had ordered Chinese food……..[cue sudden urges and little self-constraint] but not so fast! I opted out and had a delicious Boca burger w/ avocado and laughing cow cheese on top! YUM.
PS I’m hearing soo much about Suja juices….I WANT them. But, I live in MN so not sure where to find them! HELP!!





I want your snack ideas!
I am a HUGE snacker. & I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that as long as you’re snacking on clean choices! Today I was at work & realized I didn’t have anything in my purse! How did I let that happen?!
I throw snacks in my purse, gym bag, desk, etc.
Why I love snacking:
-it keeps metabolism working ALL day.
-it helps you get all your servings in fruits and veggie! [nutrientss]
-it’s fun to get creative.
-eat less at larger meals!

Snack 1: apple before lunch [its true, teachers love apples.]
Snack 2: Cheerios w/ organic dried berries 3ish hrs after lunch
Snack 3: mini chobani w/ flax seed [while watching the Bachelor episode I missed last night!] afternoon, before second job.

Here are a few things I snacked on today, what are your favs?!

Night time prep! & relaxationn.

Ah, just finished getting everything ready for tomorrow [a nightly ritual]. Lemons are cut for my H2O, lunch is made & packed in fridge [along w/ a mini Chobani, & my morning smoothie is ready to be blended right before I head out the door!
Feels soo good to finally lay in bed after a longggg day and a tough Barre class tonight. My muscles are feeling very good!
How do you all relax at night?! I play solitaire & look at Instagram on my phone [maggiemmorse] but I’m thinking there could be a better way to unwind!




doctors orders: H2O & Seinfeld.


I had to leave work early yesterday because this horrible sickness has finally caught up to me :(

But, being sick is no excuse to slack or give in to temptations. So, for lunch (what I REALLY wanted was the leftover Chinese food in the fridge), I made a boca burger, topped w/ avocado, an egg (SSU), mustard, and a whole-grain bun w/ laughing cow cheese.


& tea, of course.


& watched Seinfeld ALLLL day.


Then, at about 6, after laying around all day I felt like I needed to get up and sweat a bit. So I drugggg my butt to Barre class and pushed through.  There were a few times that I felt pretty light-headed and thought it wasn’t a good idea but I am very glad I did it.

After my workout, I went straight home and went back into bed and enjoyed a delicious Kombucha. AHHH. I’m feeling much better today, just in time for the weekend : ))





[my nurse]


Time-saver smoothie tip & sugar alcohol.

If you’re anything like me, mornings are a bit rushed. I like everything in my life to be completely in order & night times are my time to get everything organized for the next day.  One easy trick is getting my smoothie prepared for the next day.  Then, in the morning all I do is put it on the blender and it’s ready for the car ride!

[Monday nights smoothie: kale, blueberries, coconut water, chobani, pineapple, & some avocado.]
[Last night’s smoothie: pom seeds, kale, mixed frozen berries, coconut water.]

I’m also loving these ThinkThin bars. They are FULL of protein, barely any sugar, & taste delicious.


They DO contain sugar alcohol, instead of sugar, so I made sure to research about sugar alcohol before trusting the label. Here is what I found:

Sugar alcohol gets its name because of its molecular structure, which is a hybrid between a sugar molecule and an alcohol molecule. Biochemically speaking, sugar alcohols are structurally similar to sugar but are either poorly digested (e.g., maltitol), or poorly metabolized (e.g., erythritol).

 The downside of maltitol is its poor absorption. In high doses, it will cause a laxative effect (i.e., diarrhea). This isn’t a concern in protein bars with less than 20 grams, but down a couple of the bars with over 20 grams and you might spend the afternoon in the restroom; fortunately, most companies are listing sugar alcohols directly on the label.

 Furthermore, if you’re watching your weight, take comfort in the fact that maltitol causes minimal insulin secretion. This is important for maintaining blood sugar, which is a significant factor in controlling your body’s hunger.