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Running on Coffee and DREAMS

I’ve literally been running on coffee and dreams the past week and I’m going to keep on doing it, because I LOVE what I do and I’m going to make it happen! She Rocks Fitness is DREAMING BIG! I felt so inspired last week and I’ve just been going with it, because I have nothing to lose, and I refuse to fail. My clients have been kicking butt around the country. I’m training hard, eating well, staying focused, and being more pro-active. Not only am I starting to meet so many new people who are helping me expand this business, but my current clients have been rock stars with this as well. Trust me, it hasn’t been puppy dogs and ice cream all the time! I’ve gone through my ups and downs, doubted myself, and had countless sleepless nights. I’m at a point in my life professionally and personally where I feel confident, beautiful, and STRONG and it’s just time to GO FOR IT! 

With that being said, I’ve not only been very busy with clients, but I’m also working on my “plan” or “vision board”. Running helps me with these ideas. As soon as I hit the pavement, the ideas/visions start flowing. Hence why I’ve been hitting the pavement a lot the past couple of weeks. I look forward to it, because the ideas just start popping up, to the point, that I have to come home and write them down ASAP. Lots of running and lots of coffee! 

I’ve also been thankful to have such a great Mom, who is so supportive of what I want to do with She Rocks Fitness! Even though she thinks my Green Monster Smoothies are disgusting looking; cannot believe I eat chia (“you mean like the Chia Pet?”); and cannot believe that people pay me to “torture” them. She’s 100% always there to help me when I need it and give me the honest truth, whether I want to hear it or not. So it was really fun to take her to the Yankee game this weekend as a big THANK YOU! I swear she didn’t stop smiling. Thanks to a good friend, we had a unbelievable suite, in which we were treated like royalty! Good food, cold beers, great people watching, and of course awesome baseball!

Yes this post may have been a little cheesy, but I don’t care if it is, because when you feel good you should pass the positive energy around! Right? So with August right around the corner, She Rocks Fitness is ready to kick butt this month with a new look, a giveaway, killer workouts, and most importantly spotlighting friends and clients who ROCK! Have a great start to the new week!

High-Fives to WIAW!

Usually I wake up on Tuesdays feeling like I have a “case of the Mondays”, but I woke up well rested and feeling pretty darn good! High-Fives to me! All of my clients were in the afternoon and evening, so I was able to do a bunch of work, practice yoga with a friend, take the dogs for a walk, do a quick 20 minute at-home circuit, and prep everyone’s workout. It was a nice change up from my usual schedule. Check out what I was munching on throughout the day. Lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, and of course a usual favorite of mine…Costco pizza with loads of veggies. It was a active, positive, energized day and I’m not complaining one single bit. Enjoy the pictures and hope everyone has a fabulous “What I Ate Wednesday”! Thanks as always to the lovely Jenn for always hosting! xoxo

Breakfast:

Pumpkin Microwave Muffin + 1 Peach + Nut Butter Jar

Lunch:

Tuna Salad + Spinach, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Fresh Corn, Salsa, and Hippie Butter

Snack:

Dinner:

Costco Pizza + Roasted Broccoli, Tomatoes, and Mushrooms

Also, please make sure to check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff28mNCAf4o I am a Ambassador for Zooma Women’s Race Series and I’ll be running the Half-Marathon on September 22 in Cape Cod! They’ve decided to announce a NEW location and it will be announced on Thursday! All you have to do is click on the link below and guess the new location for your chance to win a prize. It’s easy and worth a shot…right? GOOD LUCK! Here is the post: http://zoomarun.com/2012/07/wherewillzoomago/ So check it out and make sure you ENTER! 

Alright, it’s time for me to train my first client of the day! Have a good one and see everyone later this week!

Back At It

It’s been over a week since I have written a post and it was kind of nice break! Between my getaway on Nantucket and then coming back to a packed week of clients, I was in la la land while on vacation and then exhausted from work and just didn’t have anything special to share. But I woke up feeling inspired and ready to get “back at it”. I also have to admit that when I did come back from Nantucket I was slightly depressed and seriously missing the ocean. That place holds such a special place in my heart. One of my goals for next summer is to be able to promote She Rocks Fitness on Nantucket, so that I can train clients who vacation there and possibly even do some beach boot camps. I think it would be great exposure for me professionally, because you never who you’ll meet. THINK BIG DREAM BIG JUST DO IT!

So what else has been going on in my life…Let’s see…Lots and lots of yoga and running! It’s what my body has been craving and I”m just going with it. You all know how much I love both of these. It’s my “alone time” as I like to say. It is also therapeutic mentally and physically. Plus, I love the way they make my body feel and look. Since Wednesday, I’ve done 4 yoga classes since Wednesday and each has been with a different teacher, so it’s been a nice variety and challenge. Wednesdays class I was able to float up into handstand (with the wall behind me of course) gracefully, because I didn’t think about it, I just DID IT! Love when that happens! 

I received this beautiful e-mail from a client this weekend and it brought a huge smile to my face! It’s so inspiring to know that I’m helping and changing people’s lives on a daily basis. I know that my clients sometimes hate me during our workouts, but they always leave smiling, sweating and of course always coming back for more.

“I’m having so much fun with you! I feel so motivated. I haven’t had this much energy in years. And I think I may even lost a pound. I have a few more to go to get to my goal weight but I love that I already feel a little tighter. My goals for the weekend are to stay active and to really control what I eat and drink. No sweets and no fried food!!”

This is what I’ve been munching on lately! Lots of Greek yogurt, fresh berries, colorful vegetables, and lots of protein! I think the pictures say it all. DELICIOUS! 

I’m also grateful for my Mom and friends the past week! My Mom because sometimes when you need to hear the real hard not so pretty truth, Mom is the one who will just say it. Usually it isn’t what I want to hear, but in the end I appreciate her honesty, because she is usually right. Gosh darn it! And my friends, because they are always there for me whether near or far. They are so supportive of my dreams and goals! I’m pumped for this week ahead! New clients, old clients, a fresh start, new blog posts, and to never give up and make these dreams COME TRUE!

Have a fabulous start to the new week! See y’all soon!

LOVE My Morning Runs!

I love waking up in the mornings during summer and just hitting the pavement! It’s peaceful, warm, usually a beautiful sunrise to watch, and the best way to wake up and start your day. I usually prepare a pot of the coffee the night before and set the timer, so that by the time I wake up, brush my teeth, and make my bed, the coffee is done and the kitchen smells delicious. Coffee, music, and water and I’m ready to ROCK. Early morning runs are usually the ones that I just go, because I’m usually still half asleep and I don’t have time to think about it, which I love. Sometimes the mileage is planned, but when I’m on vacation or in Nantucket (like I am now), I kind of just go freely and see where it takes me. Running while on vacation is FUN. 

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Yes I workout and run while on vacation, because I enjoy it, it makes me feel good, and after a night of dining out and possibly too many cocktails, it nice to just sweat it out and reboot! I will do it first thing in the morning and then have the rest of the day to lounge around, relax, read, and soak up the sun. I don’t train as hard as I usually do, but I like to remain active, whether it’s running, walking, or casually swimming I like to move! Plus it’s a great way to explore new places and meet new people.  

Friday was a early morning and a long day! Up at 6:00 AM, I trained 3 clients in a row and then hit the road with Kala to head up to Nantucket. 4 1/2 hour drive + 1 hour ferry ride and we finally made it on the island at 6:00 PM. We hit the beach for a evening swim, threw some dinner together, and then called it a night. Kala was already snoring at 9:00 PM. 

As I sit on our deck this Saturday morning, while sipping coffee, and watching the sun start to peek out of the clouds, it’s time for me to fuel up with some breakfast and hit the pavement and enjoy a morning run on beautiful Nantucket Island. Have a beautiful day and enjoy the weekend! 

Do you workout while on vacation? 

Yes It’s Another WIAW…ALREADY!

Happy Wednesday! Not sure how we are already here again, but we are and to me that’s always a GREAT thing! It was a beautiful Tuesday here in New Jersey. The sun was shining and the humidity was so much lower then it has been, so I was able to take the dogs for a nice afternoon walk after my morning clients and Hot Yoga. Heather’s class was NO JOKE! I was sweating before I even got into downward dog and the class was a serious workout. You know when you are holding Warrior II for what seems like hours and your quadriceps start yelling at you? Yep, that happened today!  Triangle never felt so good!

Since it is Wednesday, yep you guessed it, it’s another “What I Ate Wednesday” thanks to the lovely Jenn! Like I’ve said before, you should join the party and check it out. I mean who doesn’t like to food gawk once in a while? I have no shame…I LOVE IT. Here are my eats from a great day of workouts and clients. Enjoy and talk soon!   

Snack + Workout:

Breakfast:

Lunch:

I had a delicious two egg scramble with corn, yellow pepper, spinach, and tomatoes. I topped it with avocado and salsa! It was delicious and even took my pictures, but my iPhone had a slight hiccup and went dark on me for a few hours. Apparently I had too many applications open. Whoops! I had no clue that was possible. Either way it was a spectacular scramble!

Dinner:

What was your workout today? and What is your favorite summer fruit?

Blue Crush + Protein Pancake Recipe

One of the places that I LOVE the most in life is the OCEAN! Give me salt water, sand, and sun and I am one happy girl! I’ve been so grateful to have vacationed and lived by the sea. It’s an addiction and one that will not go away. I love my beach hair and how it’s salty, messy, and has a mind of its own. I love opening my book and a few pieces of sand fall out. And I love the way the sun and salt water make my skin and body feel so clean, bronzed, and natural. After my mini-getaway last weekend, both Kala and I have been through some serious withdrawal. It didn’t help either, that I totally got sucked into watching “Blue Crush” late Saturday night. Yes it is a total chick flick, but I am a sucker for surfers. Honestly, how can you not be? Surfing is such a great workout. Plus, I think that it is the best that Kate Bosworth has looked. Her body in that movie was strong, sexy, and rocking. She is WAY too thin these days… Anyway…When I lived in Encinitas, CA surfing and running were my workouts. Almost every day after work, I’d come home; load my surfboard on my car; and hit the waves for about 2 hours. Killer workout, peace of mind, and possibly checking out the other surfers…not a bad workout at all! Just saying…

Kala and I are both HUGE fans of the sand and salt and the ocean is whispering our name again, so it looks like it is possibly time for another getaway. I mean it is summer and life is short, so I’m following my bliss and heading there at the end of the week, because it’s time to live with no regrets and just do it. What is your crush?


On another note, I’ve been whipping up some delicious batches of my Protein Pancakes and have been posting them around social media and have been getting lots of responses and questions on how I make these delicious bad boys. So I’ve included my recipe below. Don’t get frustrated. It took me some practice and experimenting with flavors, measurements, etc. until I finally got the blend that works for ME. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes, because I love hearing from you! Even send me a picture! 

She Rocks Fitness Protein Pancakes

  • 1 scoop whey protein ( I use unflavored protein powder)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T chia
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 T unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 large splashes of water
  • 1 serving of fruit
  • 1 “heaping” T of nut butter

Directions:

  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl;
  • Add egg, unsweetened almond milk, and water;
  • Use a whisk to blend well;
  • Heat up frying pan to medium – high heat and then spray with Pam;
  • Add mixture to pan (I like to add 1/2 of fruit to the batter) wait about 3-5 minutes and then flip;
  • Wait another 3 minutes and then remove from heat and add remaining fruit and nut butter!

Breakfast is served! This is a healthy, balanced, and delicious way to start your day and it can be ready in under 20 minutes, so no excuses that you didn’t have time to eat. Get up a few minutes earlier and make it happen. Happy Monday!

The Blonde Ponytail KILLER WORKOUT

Happy Friday! I’m beyond excited to have a guest post today from the fabulous Jess who is the author of the Blonde Ponytail! She’s a ROCK STAR! Her workouts are KILLER; her body is amazing; she is dedicated to health and fitness; and she owns a ridiculously adorable Golden Retriever. Make sure you check out her website and give this workout a try. You will not be disappointed!  I hope that everyone has a fabulous weekend! Please make sure to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen. See y’all on Monday and let me know how you feel after trying this out! THANKS AGAIN JESS! 

Hi She Rocks readers!  I’m Jess and the author of Blonde Ponytail.  I am so excited to “meet” you as Kathleen is one of my fitness and healthy living inspirations.  She lives it, breathes it and owns it!

I’m a NSCACSCS and certified Spinning instructor. I work full-time in higher education but my husband and I just relocated for his job (he’s a college baseball coach) so I’m currently looking!

As a former collegiate athlete, I like being challenged and testing my limits even now. My philosophy with working out is the same. Go hard, give it your all, and reap the benefits.

I balance my HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts with of running and spinning—you can’t exert max effort all the time!

Kathleen asked me to share one of my favorite workouts. Because I am a runner first, I tend to incorporate sprints into many of my circuits. My husband and I did this workout while traveling; he is my best workout buddy!

Out of the ‘Box’ WOD (workout of the day)

Run 800m (.5 miles)

10 push-ups

20 air squats

30 full sit-ups

Repeat 6 times

Workout totals:  3 miles, 60 push-ups, 120 squats, and 180 sit-ups.

If running isn’t your thing, I have plenty of at-home workouts for you too.  Balance is key so don’t be a cardio queen without strengthening those muscles too.

Thank you for reading and feel free to contact me with questions or a friendly (virtual) visit!

Blog: www.blondeponytail.com

Twitter: @blondeponytail

Email: blondeponytail@hotmail.com

Back To Reality + WIAW

Oh yeah I disconnected for a whole week from writing a post and it felt really good! I needed to take a break, enjoy my “Girls Weekend”, focus on the “real life”, and it was exactly what I needed physically and mentally. The weekend was SPECTACULAR and involved a lot of beach time, wine, seafood, walking, and spending quality time with a dear friend. Kala also had a pretty spectacular time as well. I honestly think she is still recovering…she did a lot of swimming. It was hard to come back to reality and took me a whole day to get back in the swing of things, but Nantucket has a tendency to do that to me! It’s my favorite place in the world and can never get enough of it! Sigh…

It’s going to be a quick “What I Ate Wednesday”, because I have plans with friends this evening and I’m going to focus on eating good BBQ food, conversation, and just kicking my feet up and enjoying the July 4th Holiday! I started my morning off with early clients, hit up the yoga studio for a 75 minute Hot Vinyasa class, and then did a 30 minute leg circuit at home to really torture my legs…It felt good and my legs are definitely feeling those curstey lunges! I LOVE them!

Thanks Jenn for always hosting and I hope that everyone has a wonderful July 4th! See y’all soon!

Breakfast:

Lunch:While I was away I got my Tiger Eye Mala Beads in the mail and I have been wearing them non-stop! I love the way they feel, look, and their meaning. I ordered them from Etsy after I saw my good friend Alyson rocking a pair and knew I needed some Mala Beads in my life!

Tiger Eye Mala Beads:

In some cultures Tiger Eye is used to ward off black magic; a mixture of evil spirits, evil doing and negative influences.

Tiger Eye is a stone of protection that is also very grounding. It encourages a passion for life and enhances your willpower and drives your will for success. It promotes clarity of intention, boosts self esteem, and gives courage, determination, and strength.

Do you wear Mala Beads? If so, which ones do you ROCK?

HAPPY JULY 4th and have a wonderful day with family and friends!