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Training for Rugged Maniac!

Congratulations to all the Drink Chia! giveaway winners! I will contact the 13 of you this evening via e-mail for your mailing addresses. Please send them to me within 48 hours so I can submit them to the lovely folks at Drink Chia! Scroll down for the names of the winners! _________________________________________________ I have so much to tell you about everything that’s been going on this past week! My health has taken a huge turn for the better, and my fitness is at the highest level it’s ever been, but I’ll fill you in on what exactly I’ve been doing over the weekend. The ... Read More »

WIAW: Trader Joe’s and Christmas Dinner

  Happy Holidays! I hope everyone has enjoyed their holidays so far and is looking to forward to ringing in the New Year next week. I’ve had a great time and I wanted to share some of my recent foods and festivities. Last weekend, I visited Gainesville to work on packing and cleaning the old apartment, since the big move is this weekend. I hardly put a dent in it, but I did get to visit the recently opened Trader Joe’s in Butler Plaza. I’ve been bouncing up and down at the idea of going since I heard we were ... Read More »

Weekend Wrapup: Gone to Gainesville

Good morning! I know I’m a day late for this post, but it feels like a case of the Mondays, so that makes it ok, right? I sort of started my weekend on Thursday, when I was feeling a little restless and decided to get a haircut after work. It’s been so hard for me to commit to a new stylist after having the same person cut my hair in Gainesville for years, plus I experienced a bit of sticker shock after moving to a bigger city.  A coworker recommended a new salon, so I took the plunge and booked ... Read More »

Playing Catch-Up

Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend! I went back to Gainesville, packed a few more things I couldn’t bring with me last week and hung out with Troy and a few friends. It just so happened to be Halloween, Florida-Georgia, and The Fest weekend all at once, but I had so many things to catch up on that I didn’t really enjoy any of the festivities. I’ve been AWOL, so let me catch you up quickly. Last Sunday, I officially moved into my new place in Altamonte Springs, a city just outside of Orlando. It’s a really ... Read More »

Farmers Market Finds: Tioga Monday Market

Happy Wednesday! The week has hardly started, and I have some exciting news to share with you… but I may just keep you guessing, since today’s focus is on something a little different. This is Part 2 in a series on Gainesville’s many fabulous farmers markets. If you missed it, check out Part 1 on the Union Street Farmers Market. Tioga Monday Market On Monday, I stopped by the Tioga Town Center to visit their Monday Market, which features vegetables, crafts, organic food, fruits and local specialties. This week, it was pretty small, but the growers explained to me that ... Read More »

Weekend Wrapup: Good Food & Fitness

Do you ever wake up with that confused feeling on Monday morning trying to figure out if it’s still the weekend or if you have to go to work? I definitely did this morning. Fortunately, I had a satisfying, relaxing weekend to hold me over until next Friday. Friday After work, Troy and I did this 550 Killer Reps workout from BodyRock. I love the old BodyRock workouts where they only use body weight and hadn’t started using equipment like sand bags and bars yet. My time was around 28 minutes, but I didn’t do all 50 walkover pushups. I did ... Read More »

Farmers Market Finds: Union Street

Good morning! When I got back from the Central Florida Bloggers Conference this weekend, I mentioned that I’d be taking this blog in a new direction soon. One of the speakers at the conference really opened my mind up to new sources for content, and inspired me to focus on some of the amazing local things Gainesville has to offer. Instead of complaining about not having a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, I want to praise Gainesville for its farmers markets. We have six weekly! We may live in a small country town, but with ample land and resources surrounding ... Read More »

Weekend Wrapup

Hey there! I hope you’re having a great weekend so far! I know the weekend’s not over yet, but it’s been pretty eventful so far and there’s a storm rolling in, so no better time than now to get you all caught up. It was absolutely gorgeous out yesterday, so Troy and I decided to hit the gym and the pool. As we were leaving, Troy noticed a frog just chillin’ on our wall. No idea how it got in, but we had to capture it. Troy gently put a plastic container on it and I slid the little fellow ... Read More »

WIAW: Girl’s Night

I’ve been seeing these What I Ate Wednesday banners all over my favorite blogs and I still haven’t figured out exactly how it works, but I think it goes  something like this: 1.   I post this graphic. 2.    Then I tell you about some of the really awesome things I ate the day before. Yesterday one of my good friends, Becca, moved back into town and we went out for a girl’s night. We first stopped by Flashbacks Cafe, where one of Becca’s friends had just finished painting a mural. This was one of those times I wish I hadn’t ... Read More »

Training For My First Race

I finally decided I’m going to run a 5K. I’m going to stop talking about, pre-register, and actually do it. I can’t tell you how many races I “was supposed to” run before, until deciding at the last minute I was too out of shape or not training far enough in advance to be able to run. That’s why I’m going to whip out the Visa, cough up the $30, and stop making excuses. I’m pre-registering for the Gainesville Beer Run 5K on September 28th. What made me so motivated to run in this race? Well, there’s beer involved, for ... Read More »