Experience Luxurious Wellness at Hotel Del Coronado

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There are few things I enjoy more than wellness days. Healthy exercise, some relaxation, good food and I’m in pure bliss zone. It turns out the the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego has some perfect wellness opportunities lined up for guests and locals, including a spin class, brunch and spa access…ahh. Are you feeling healthier and more relaxed already...
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How to Spend a Week in Portugal

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I’m a planner. I love knowing where I’m going, what I’ll be doing, who I’ll be seeing, etc. Most would agree when I say I have a pretty structured life. (Good? Bad? I don’t know.) But when my best friend invited me on a trip to Portugal with five week’s notice, I decided to make it happen. I also didn’t...
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Running the Chicago Marathon: Weekend & Race Recap

Me running past my family at mile 17 in the Chicago Marathon
My legs are finally totally recovered! For the first 2 days after the marathon I’d been hobbling around like a grandma – which I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised about after running 26.2 miles. But still. Now that the rush and buzz of last weekend is dying down, I can take a deep breath, chill out, and relish in the memories of...
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Facing the Fear of Failure

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//Image by Paperfelt// You know what’s so terrifying about running a marathon? It’s not the 26.2 miles. Not really, anyway. It’s about reaching for a goal and letting go of your fear of failure. For months you’ve been pushing yourself on long training runs, testing your mental and physical capacity. You’ve been forgoing late nights out and drinks with friends...
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September 2015 Recap

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As I sit here writing this I am jet lagged outta my mind. I just got back late last night from my Portugal trip! So as I write this at 7pm on Sunday night, my body is screaming “bed time”, right now it would be 3 am in Portugal. But here we go! September was the peak of my marathon training,...
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Chicago Marathon Training Update: 20 Miles, Check!

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While in Oregon I completed my last long training run. This beast was a 20 miler that had to be done on a Friday morning BEFORE work. Yes, that is a very bad idea. But based on my weekend schedule, it was the best option! So I got up, packed my necessary gear (GUs, Nuun, water belt, sunglasses, ID, etc.)...
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Hi From Oregon!

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Hi from the beautiful Pacific Northwest! I made a quick trip to home to Oregon for my 10 year high school reunion, and as soon as I get here I always feel instantly relaxed. The cool, fresh air, slower pace of life, greenery EVERYWHERE. And of course, coming back to your childhood home that’s always full of so many memories....
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Quick, Healthy Meals for When You’re in a Rush

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The #1 thing that stops me from eating healthy is being busy. (The next is being overly tired. I lose all discipline and get seriously hangry.) But when I’m busy I’ll grab whatever is quick and convenient as opposed to the best option for me. While I prefer to meal prep with whole, nutritious foods for the week, the reality...
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Bikini Body Guide (BBG) – Weeks 5-8 In Review

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Hi Friends! Did you start the 12 weeks of Bikini Body Guide (BBG) with me? If so, yay lady! We are now done with EIGHT WEEKS of BBG! (See the initial post about BBG, and the review of weeks 1-4.) In the past four weeks you have accomplished the following: 240 Sumo Jump Sqauts 480 Burpees 480 Weighted Step Ups...
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The Best Skincare Products for Sensitive or Rosacea Skin

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Hi! So pretty much my whole adolescent and adult years my skin has annoying. As a teenager I was an acne oil-slick and today my skin is (was) constantly rough, dry and sensitive due to rosacea. (One extreme to the next!) Anyway I went through gobs and gobs of shiny, sparkly face lotions and washes wit big names and big...
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