Sweating Pink.

Each day I wake up, place my feet on the floor, go to work and motivate individuals towards their fitness goals. It is my clients, participants, family and friends that inspire me to stay healthy and strong. I believe that a strong body builds a strong mind and that a healthy lifestyle forms a happier quality of life.
By moving your body and fueling it with natural, non-processed foods,  you are able to live each day to it’s full potential. So when I take my feet off the floor and crawl into bed at night, I know that I’ve provided my body with what it needs to thrive.
I myself am a marathoner, Spinner and high school women’s lacrosse coach. I personal train and teach group fitness classes because I love the feeling of helping others achieve their goals. There is truly no better feeling than helping someone else develop and discover their inner strengths. 
When you begin to surround yourself with others similar to you, in beliefs and values, you can gain so much. You begin to crave their knowledge and appreciate their passions. It is that creative, supportive atmosphere that drives individuals to success. 
With this sense of community I can challenge myself. I can push myself harder. I can know when to take a break. 
Most importantly I can look around and know I am part of a team that feels the same way I do. 
I am proud to Sweat Pink

The Trend Report

Hey guys, happy Monday! What better way to start the week than with a wrap up of some fun summer infused trends to try before summer runs out!

I decided it necessary to go back to my roots on this post. This blog originated with me trying out fitness fads and blogging about my experience. Although this summer has felt like it’s been pulled out from underneath me, I have got to try some pretty cool stuff!

Stand Up Paddleboarding. 
$ ($16-64/ hour or day.)
Back in the spring I tried stand up paddleboarding. This summer I ended up doing it twice more! Once down on the Cape and another along the Charles river. I can’t say enough good things about my Boston experience. All the managers I work with choice this as our annual summer outing.

Planking on SUP, of course 😉

Here are some fun perks to SUP
– The board is really large and stable. Unless you are in open ocean with tons of wakes, staying up on the board isn’t impossible.
– If you do fall, getting back up is easy breezy. Kneeling is always an option as well if you can’t seem to steady yourself.
– Core stabilization is the name of the game. When you’re up you need to stay upright and strong or you’ll tip over.

If you haven’t tried SUP, I would definitely recommend it. It’s a great summer activity and fun way to try a water “sport” no waved required.

Outdoor bootcamps. 
$$ (around $13/class)

Are you in?

This summer I decided to branch out of my comfort zone and hit up another gym. I like the idea of going in and no one knowing me or my profession. I can be a student and just do what I’m told. I love it. Great pros of bootcamps…
– They are offered at many different locations and for a multitude of price points. If you live in Boston, here are some great ones! Ultimate Bootcamp, Beantown Bootcamp, Boston Bootcamp, CAC Bootcamp, just to name a few…
– Getting outside is amazeballs. If you live in a location like me, you must take advantage of this limited nice weather! What better way to sweat it out than in the outdoors.

Road Races. 
$$$ ($25-100 depending on the distance)

What a better way to spend your Sunday than working out for a cause you believe in?? Make this the year you commit running a road race! Whether it’s a fun run, 5k or even a half marathon, races are a great way to meet new people while getting that heart rate up. Here’s some basic steps to finding and prepping for a road race this summer…

  • What do you believe in? Find a cause that means something to you. Recruit friends, family or even co-workers to join in on the fun! 
  • Research and find your race. Sites such as Active.comRunnning in the USA and Running My Races are great places to begin your search. 
  • Train. Make sure you’re giving yourself ample time to train for this race. Especially if you are not a runner; make yourself a running calender. 
  • Buy a new outfit! Ok… maybe this isn’t crucial, but it definitely helps motivate you towards that start line. 
  • Lace up those sneaks! On the day of the race make sure you have the essentials; pins for your bib, water, music if you’d like. 
  • Have fun!! 
So what are you waiting for?? Get out there and try one of these trends that sparks your interest. It seems to me though, that these 3 are no passing fad but instead fun activities that can be enjoyed next year as well. 
Be on the lookout for the Fall Trend Report where I’ll go to trapeze school, try out an adventure race and maybe take another whack at Zumba (don’t worry, no videos!). 

Portable Breakfast: Pancakes!

I have a confession to make. 

Outside my gym. Lucky girl.

I can’t wait for fall. 

Every year around this time I feel I get a little antsy. It’s bittersweet. I love summer and always feel like I didn’t do everything I wanted to do. Yet, I go to Target and the sight of #2 pencils and Halloween decor makes me gitty. 

I’m torn. Ugh. 

I’ve lived in New England my whole life. From being born in Vermont to being raised in New Hampshire, I am a New Englander. For the 4 years I was in Tampa for college, the one thing I missed was this season. It’s more than a couple of months. It’s our smooth transition into hibernation. We deserve it because we are basically plowed in for the next 6 months. 

I love the smell of fall leaves, the crisp air, apple picking and of course pumpkin flavored everything! Fun activities like OctoberFest in Harvard Square and wine tasting with friends make me excited for this transition. 

Thinking of all the exciting new recipes I can create with the pumpkin pie spice as well as pumpkin puree…. my mouth is watering. 

So I guess I’ll give in. Pack up the bathing suits and replace them with cardigans.

At least I have these to devour snack on 😉

Protein Pumpkin Pancakes

Recipe modified from Eat, Lift and Be Happy

1/2 cup organic canned pumpkin
2 egg whites (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup water
1 cup gluten free flour, almond flour or brown rice flour
1 big scoop vanilla protein powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

Toppings: Organic raw honey, PB, Almond Butter… oh the possibilities 🙂
Combine ALL ingredients in a large bowl except for the water. Leave that out for the time being. Gradually add in the water until it has the consistency you desire; thick or runny. 
Spray a skillet with non-stick spray OR use a little coconut oil if you have it. On medium heat ladle about 1/4 C onto the skillet and cook for about 2-3min on each side. They will begin to firm up and that’s when you know they are done! Be careful, don’t let them burn!
Lather generously with your choice of spread. Enjoy 🙂