Run ZOOMA Nashville with me!

Fridayyyy! So ready for the weekend. I lucked out once again and do not have to work! I’m hoping to get out in the sunshine some on Saturday and then I’m FINALLY going to a Predators hockey game Saturday night with some friends that are in town.

As promised on Wednesday, I have some fun news and a promo code for you lovely (lady) readers! I’ll share details after my list of Friday Favorites… as always, thanks to Heather for hosting the link-up!

Friday Favorites 3/20

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– Coconut Mocha coffee

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I bought a box of these K-cups at Target last week on a whim since it was on sale. Great decision. I’ve had it iced and hot, and I just love the flavor! Not too overpowering. Coconut rocks my socks (as you will see…)

– Coconut La Croix

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I think this is the only La Croix flavor I’ve ever actually liked. It is super refreshing, and makes me want to relax on a beach! My coworkers keep asking me if I’m going to add rum to it… not at work, people. Beach though? Perhaps 🙂

– Netflix + cardio = more cardio

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(That equation makes sense, right?) I signed up for a free month of Netflix since I have a new-ish e-mail address to use (thanks, blog!). Decided to try out iPad Netflix watching at the gym… it only took me 6 months to ask the gym for the wifi password. I’ve been spinning, running and ellipticizing to my shows. It makes cardio fly by! And yes, in the picture is Season 1, Episode 1 of Parenthood. Just started it, and I CAN’T STOP WATCHING. I’ve heard about how awesome this show is (especially from Janae’s blog – I’m now asking myself the same question: why did I wait so long to start this show???). I may even be throwing some extra cardio sessions in just to watch it.

– Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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So, this was the first show on Netflix I watched with my subscription. I plowed through the first season in less than a week! Tina Fey is a producer of the show, so I knew I would love it. It’s hilarious (lots of dorky humor – straight up my alley). I was literally laughing out loud on the treadmill watching it last week (people probably thought I was just REALLY happy that I was running…false). The episodes are short (not even 30 minutes) and kept my attention, which can be difficult (RIP Game of Thrones, Revenge, and any show that requires close attention).

– Twisted Zinfandel

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I picked this baby up last night for dinner (kidding! …but not really). I absolutely love zin, and this did not disappoint! The price was the best part – $7.99!! I did a little happy dance in the wine store when I saw the price (they probably thought I had already been imbibing before I did my shopping).

– Hemp seeds on green smoothies

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Roll Tide to my Alabama friends. For the record, I only like this cup because it is pink.

I have been topping my green smoothies with Trader Joe’s hemp seeds, and they are such a great addition. They add great texture and staying power! I am obviously a fan, since I have included these seeds on two Friday Favorite posts now! In my smoothie: spinach, 1 frozen banana, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 scoop chocolate Designer Whey protein

– New blog header

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Ok, I know this is super amateur, but it is SPARKLY. And I actually am not even sure how it ended up so pretty and sparkly, but PicMonkey is genius and knew exactly what I wanted. It was fun to play around with and fills in the top of my blog for the time being. I hope you will accept it. 😀

Link Love ❤

Alyssa’s Tips To Getting The Most Out Of Your Barre Class –- loved these tips and incorporated them into my Pure Barre classes this week.. definitely felt more focused (and now sore!)

5 Reasons You Need Rest Days by Heather –- AMEN to rest days!

Bethenny Frankel’s Life/Business Advice from Lauryn’s blog –- I die over Bethenny (well, and Lauryn). She’s so hilarious and I love her approach to healthy/balanced living, her yoga DVDs and her cocktails. She’s super savvy when it comes to business, too.

How To Surrender by Heather Waxman – Heather, you win again! This post could not have been written at a better time – I felt guilty for taking time off of blogging last week, but I definitely needed a little break, and this post made me feel a little more sane.

– Gina’s post on The Art Of Moderation – On. Point. Perfection.

And now for some race talk!

ZOOMA Nashville

I am so excited to announce that I was chosen as an ambassador for the ZOOMA Nashville race!! Girls, mark your calendars for the weekend of November 6th-8th!

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I was SO pumped when I saw that this race series chose Nashville as their next location and immediately applied to become an ambassador. I move here, they move here… it’s meant to be. It’s a women’s race with both 5K and half marathon options. The BEST part (well, besides the running and getting to hang out with ME!) is the amazing fit girl’s weekend you can experience! In addition to a fitness expo, there’s a Mocktail party the night before, and after the race, a party involving wine (helloooooo, Barefoot Bubbly!), massages and music! You will also receive a swag bag with a race tee, running socks (yes, for real!) and a journal. It’s going to be such a great weekend, and I’d love for you to join in the fun! As an ambassador, I received a promo code for 10% off your registration fee to share with you gorgeous people! Click here to register!

PROMO CODE – 10% OFF: KARINA15

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I love that this race celebrates women through running. Many of us do not celebrate ourselves the way that we should. Finishing a race is AMAZING and makes you feel so confident and proud, and I think every woman needs to experience this if possible! Please feel free to share the discount code with anyone you know that would love a race-cation. Check the ZOOMA website for details on travel/lodging for the weekend (or you can sleep on my couch – I hear that is the secret to getting that PR that you’ve been shooting for!).

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I personally will be running the half marathon this fall and am looking forward to finding a new training program and documenting my journey here on my blog! Who wants to train with me?? 🙂

Nashvillians – look out for local training runs coming up later this summer!

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Have you ever run a ZOOMA race?

Any Netflix recommendations? On my list are (unless your persuade me otherwise): Gilmore Girls, Weeds, the next season of Orange Is The New Black (duh), Downton Abbey (buuut it’s only on DVDs), How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory

Do you love coconuts? Annnnd, do you want to go to the beach right now? Yes, and, yes. May and June beach trips can’t get here soon enough for this girl!!

This should’ve been my first post

Hi there! Hope you all are enjoying your Wednesday. Mine started out with an early morning workout per usual… But you wouldn’t know it’s per usual, because I haven’t introduced myself yet! I’ll be sharing a fun (maybe?) cardio workout with you. But first…

..you thought I was going to say “let me take a selfie”
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A few random facts about me:
– I wake up ridiculously early (usually in the 4:00 hour)
– My favorite healthy food is cottage cheese
– My favorite unhealthy food is queso dip in large amounts (somehow it usually ends up on my shirt, in my purse… Messy business)

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– I can play the flute
– I have workout ADD
– I love the Memphis Grizzlies
– I have a weakness for artificially flavored cheddar crackers (Cheez Its, Goldfish…heaven)
– I took a bird watching class in college. Binoculars and everything.
– I really really love champagne
– I have a dog named Holly who lives with my parents now in Memphis

IMG_2882.JPG Ok, that’s everything you need to know about me! 🙂

Why I started blogging

I have been wanting to start a blog for a few years now. I’ve been following (stalking) several healthy living/fitness blogs for awhile (I remember obsessively reading Self magazine’s Eat Like Me blog back in college…anyone??).

I’m not a great writer… I was a Biology major, but for some reason I always enjoyed sitting down at a computer and typing up papers for my non-major classes (preferably with a glass of wine…in my dorm, not the library).

I’ve also had a strong interest in fitness for a long time. I grew up playing every sport then began to work out on my own at the gym and with yoga/Pilates DVDs in high school. Several of my friends throughout the years have asked me what I do/what I eat to stay in shape, and I’ve written up workouts & meal options for them (not a registered dietician.. I only wrote up options based on what I eat). I think people ask these questions because I tend to be a happy & energetic person; the lifestyle I lead helps me feel this way. So, I thought it would be fun to share what I do on a blog!

Lastly, I love how healthy living bloggers are a part of a community and have formed friendships. And I always want to connect with people who share the same interests as me!

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Back to today

I put together a quick cardio workout for this morning using the treadmill and the stair master. It’s the Don’t Fall on Your Face workout. It incorporates uphill walking lunges & shuffling sideways on the TM and sidestepping on the stair master. So, hold on to the machine if needed!

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20 Minute Treadmill Workout

IMG_3052.PNG Adjust to speeds that work for you. Bend your knees and get down low during the side shuffles for a more intense workout (think basketball practice – defensive stance!)
10 Minute Stair Master

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During the side step-ups, step your non-leading foot in front of your leading foot.
These workouts are brought to you by Microsoft PowerPoint 2008. I really need a new computer.

After showering at the gym and arriving at work, I refueled with toast topped with avocado, cottage cheese and unevenly distributed chia seeds.

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Now, the Christmas cheer continues as Brent and I watch the NBC Rockefeller tree lighting (and I dubbed today Wine Wednesday).

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However, I’m not so happy with Brent’s Christmas tree, though… Check out who the star is.

IMG_3043.JPGAwful, right? Oh, and wait… It swivels.

IMG_3044.JPGMy mom nailed it with her response to these pictures:

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Cheers!

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Is it Wine Wednesday for anyone else?

Tiger Woods fan or no?