Showing posts from August, 2013


This is something I wanted for a long time. I heard all the grain-free recipe bloggers raving about it, and quickly added it to my wish list. Just when I'd decided to bite the bullet and buy my own (it's really not that expensive--just $35!), I was lucky enough to win one from Amber's giveaway on Paleo Savvy! I was positively giddy and couldn't wait to get started with my new kitchen toytool.

The Spiral Vegetable Slicer: I can't sing this thing's praises enough. Now, I love my spaghetti squash.  Spaghetti squash bolognese (like this Balanced Bites recipe from Practical Paleo) is one of my absolute favorite, most often-cooked and consumed dishes. However, sometimes the time spent cooking, de-seeding, and scooping out that spaghetti squash is just too much.  I've also used a julienne peeler to shred up squash, but I've also found that to be a laborious, messy process.

Enter: the Spiral Slicer.

This thing takes regular ole vegetables and turns them into...

Check in on your goals

I've done less goal checking-in on the blog this past year but I've certainly been setting and keeping track on my own.  Time to look back and reflect on some of these...

In May, I joined the Runners' World Summer Running Streak, vowing to run at least one mile each day, from Memorial Day through Independence Day. I thought it'd be a good way to get back into running after some time spent focusing more on strength, and it was. If you followed along on DailyMile, then you know I achieved my goal, logging at least one mile daily for those 39 days.

Did it get me back into running? Somewhat. As I mentioned before, I found that running outside in suburbia or parks is much more enjoyable to me than city streets. Most of the miles logged did, sadly, take place on a treadmill, but I didn't mind it so much. I would jump out of bed 10 minutes earlier than usual, hit the treadmill for a quick mile, and then start my day feeling awesome, because I already ran a mile!


Live with fire at SUMMER STREETS!

Disclaimer: I was compensated to attend and blog the event described below, but the participation, opinions, and reviews expressed are all my own. 

Summer Streets is an annual event where, for three consecutive Saturdays, a nearly seven-mile stretch of the road (between the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park) is closed off to automobiles from 7am - 1pm.  This opens up the streets for adults and children to run, walk, bike, rollerblade, skateboard... and PLAY!

Along the way, there are fun, free activities to explore, learn, play, and exercise.

To help get people moving, there are six rest stops along the way, some of which may be more "restful" than others.  There were zip lines and adventure zones, as well as urban art and city picnics.

On Saturday, I woke up bright and early, glad to see the sun was coming out for a gorgeous morning.  I put on my snazzy new Reebok apparel.  In addition to the fun colors, I love the "dry-fit" technology that wicks away sweat, keepin…

Bootcamp with Barry

We are jumping from one awesome workout to another!  The winner of last week's DMF Giveaway is Angela! She commented: 

Congrats, Angela!
Moving on, from booty-shaking to booty-blasting at Barry's Bootcampin New York City. Last week, you may have noticed some Tweets and Instagrams showcasing this kick-butt workout. Here's what went down:
I was pumped to try out Barry's Bootcamp for the first time this past week at a media workout sponsored by Chobani.  I'd heard of Barry's Bootcamp before, but really had no idea what to expect.  It was my very first bootcamp class, so I was a bit nervous going in!  All I knew was to expect strength AND cardio in one intense workout.  And that's just what we got.

The Barry's Bootcamp location in TriBeCa (one of many locations worldwide) was pretty impressive.  In the entryway, there was a small cafe/smoothie bar with various offerings.  In the bootcamp... studio? gym? giant room of equipment? we rounded up to get the part…

Celebrate Reebok Classics

Hey sneaker addicts, Reebok is celebrating the anniversary of their Reebok Classic leather shoe with a LIMITED EDITION sneaker. Check out these beauties, brought to you by Reebok:

City Classics at Reebok In light of the 30th anniversary of the Reebok Classic leather shoe, Reebok is releasing a collection called City Classics. Curated by NYC graffiti legend Stash, the Reebok City Classics Collection unites artists from around the world to create limited edition kicks that capture the style of each artist’s home city and kick-off a new decade in Reebok Classic Leather. These unique designs were created by graffiti artists from Atlanta, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Chicago, Moscow, Tokyo, Miami, Philadelphia, and Mexico City. Get your hands on these limited edition Classics and rep your city! Head over to Reebok now!
Classic Leather - City Classic in L.A. by EklipsClassic Leather - City Classic in Atlanta by Totem

Interested? Click here to see more!

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DMF: Dance Motivation Fitness

From ages 2-15, I took dance classes weekly. It included hip hop, tap, and jazz, and I enjoyed it year after year.
Because I loved dancing growing up and my affinity for group exercise classes, you'd think I might enjoy dance workout classes, right? You'd have been wrong. I'm not saying I never do them, but they're really not my favorite, probably because the options were few.  Zumba never did it for me; it felt forced and on occasion boring--the same moves, no matter what the music. There are some dance exercise classes that are great, but, as always, it depends entirely on the instructor.
Guess what? I've found a FANTASTIC instructor.

Lindi Duesenberg founded Dance Motivation Fitness (DMF) in January 2013 (just 7 months ago!) and it seems to be off to a great start. Last week, her team reached out, inviting me to sample the new DMF workout at DANY Studio in New York City, and I am so glad I said yes.

From the website: "Powered by awesome music and inspir…

August in NYC!

Happy August!  I'm setting some goals for the month, and dare you to do the same.  My goals are in three categories: work, budget, and CHOCOLATE! I'm giving up chocolate for August (have already been successfully weaning off) in preparation for doing my second, more thorough 21 Day Sugar Detox in September. Hold me to it!

What are your August goals?

Now, for my NYC-locals, there are some great events coming up!

1. A special event is taking place at the Reebok CrossFit 5th Ave:

This Sunday, August 4, head over to CrossFit 5th Ave, where Team Dangerous is putting on "throwdown WODs", with all proceeds going to the MS Society.  It's $10 to join in on the CrossFit fun, and they'll also be sharing pamphlets and information about Multiple Sclerosis, the MS Society's, and information about upcoming MS Society events.

The event will run from 1:00 to 3:00pm, and there will be post-WOD festivities taking place after.  Go check it out, have fun, and support the…