Monday, August 12, 2019

Highest Highs and Lowest Lows in Fitness + I Finally Bought THE Jacket

I saw this quote the other day, and it really resonated with me:

“The comeback is always stronger than the setback.”

I know we’ve all had highs and low with regard to our fitness journey, so I wanted to share some of mine that immediately come to mind.

My lowest fitness lows:

Barely recovered from a flare, I decide it’s a good idea to run a half marathon. I pretty much crawl over the finish line with exhaustion.

During a favorite CrossFit workout, I feel pain in my lower back, but continue to work out because I don’t want a “DNF” (did not finish). I end up in the ER later that night.

My highest fitness highs:

I participate in my first CrossFit competition (which was a high itself!) and complete 50 Hang Power Snatches at 75 pounds. Prior to the competition, I didn’t *think* I could even do one. I definitely surprised myself!

Turning right on Hereford, left on Bolyston and crossing the finish line of the Boston marathon – one of my lifelong goals. I even finish with negative splits!

As cheesy as it might sound, fitness is a journey, not a destination. Through all the highs and lows, you’re allowed to cry and scream or do whatever you need to do to deal (been there, done that), but you’re not allowed to give up. If anything, start again and come back stronger!

live fit tank top

Tank from Live Fit

I Finally Bought THE Jacket

Guys, I really wanted this jacket from L.L. Bean all last year, but it was always sold out when I went to order it. (I ended up buying this more affordable option instead, which I liked but wasn’t super high-quality.) It’s technically backordered right now, but only until 8/16, so I’ll definitely have it in time for fall! I just hit purchase and couldn’t be more excited! 🙂

L.L. Bean White Pile Fleece image save 25% with code SAVE25

And (!!) I got free shipping and saved 25% off with code SAVE25!


More favorites from the sale…

LL Bean Soft Cotton Rugby
LL Bean Sweater Fleece Pullover
LL Bean Soft Cotton Stripe Rugby
LL Bean Women's AirLight Pullover
LL Bean Mountain Classic Fleece Jacket

Question of the Day

What’s your highest high and lowest low when it comes to fitness? 

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Primal + Keto Cooking Made Easy: Easy Peasy Pesto

Pesto is one of the most versatile sauces in terms of use—and preparation. An herb, a nut, some garlic and good quality oil are really all it takes to put together a tasty pesto sauce you can use on virtually any meat or veggie dish. (We love it as a topping or marinade for chicken!)

This easy, simple pesto recipe offers a perfect go-go recipe when you want that classic basil and pine nut pesto flavor. What will you use it for?

Easy Peasy Primal Pesto

Servings: 4

Time In the Kitchen: 5 minutes


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Primal Kitchen® Extra Virgin Avocado Oil (or olive oil if preferred)


Put torn basil leaves, garlic cloves and pine nuts in a food processor or blender. Pulse for about 10 seconds or until garlic appears well chopped. Add cheese and salt and pepper. Run processor while you pour in oil and blend well into a spoonable sauce. (If you’ll be storing rather than using right away, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to maintain color.) Enjoy!

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 392
  • Total Carbs: 4 grams
  • Net Carbs: 3.5 grams
  • Fat: 39 grams
  • Protein: 5.5 grams

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The Macro-Balanced Breakfast I Can’t Stop Eating + At-Home Workouts I’ve Done Lately

Hi, guys! Happy Monday to you!

Before we get into the “meat” (is that weird?) of this blog post, I have two quick announcements for ya…

1. Today is the FINAL day to save 15% at Beautycounter. If you’ve wanted to try the Overnight Resurfacing Peel or Charcoal Mask, now is the time to do so! Or if you’re already a customer, be sure to stock up on your favorites. There might not be another site-wide sale like this until next year!

If you’re looking for product recommendations, check out this blog post that shares my updated (super simple) skincare and makeup routine as well as some additional details about the sale.

Beautycounter save 15% site wide image

2. Today kicks off a fun 6-week running challenge hosted by Brooks Running! Mal, Quinn, and I are all planning to join in. Check out additional details on the Brooks website (and to receive weekly updates) as well as this post on Instagram. And, of course, let me know if you’re IN for the challenge. I’d love to have some buddies join me! 🙂

Brooks Best Fun family running and celebrating

The Macro-Balanced Breakfast I Can’t Stop Eating

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been SO LAZY with my meals this summer. I’m still meal prepping and eating healthy for the most part, but I haven’t been on top of my meal prep and cooking game like I usually am. Basically, this means I’ve been eating a lot of rice cakes with nut butter (typically Teddie Peanut Butter) and banana slices for breakfast. And, honestly, I’m not all that upset by it! 😉 I mean, it’s a delicious breakfast that fills me up and is fairly nutritious and macro-balanced. Ya can’t beat that, right!?

rice cakes with peanut butter, banana, and cinnamon with an iced coffee tumbler

macro breakdown in MyFitnessPal for rice cakes with peanut butter and banana slices on top

At-Home Workouts I’ve Done Lately

On the workout front, I’m sort of in limbo right now. I signed up for an Orangetheory membership at a NEW location just minutes from our house, but it doesn’t open until mid-September. I have a membership at the YMCA, but I’m just not super motivated to work out there. Long story short, I’ve been doing at-home workouts quite a lot lately. I love a good running workout or one with minimal equipment, so it’s pretty easy to just make it happen at home in our driveway! 🙂

Here are some favorites from last week – most are bodyweight or requirement minimal equipment. The last workout was technically done on a treadmill at the YMCA, but you could totally do it outside. Happy sweating!

FYI: If you’re in the market for adding a kettlebell or two to your equipment, Amazon’s “Deal of the Day” is on kettlebells! 🙂

Question of the Day

WHAT breakfast is on repeat lately? 

WHERE do you typically workout? 

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