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Ehh, Go Take a Hike.

When you have weather like this:

Hikes are mandatory.

In preperation for fun times outdoors with Maggie, I threw together a quick cold breakfast.  Tried out a new cereal plus a classic:

Does anyone else mix their cereal?!?! I can’t remember the last time I had an entire bowl of one brand/kind.  Sliced a nana, and poured the Almond Milk…good times.

Two thumbs up, all around!

As I was leaving this morning I had to deal with this.  I SWEAR this photo was completely un-touched by me, as in…she did this to herself.

She was looking at me like:

A) Yes, I am a dog in a blanket and propped up with a pillow.

B) Why do you care.

C) Go away now…….eye closing time needs to continue.

Tough life, eh?

With a snoozing boxer at home (and a snoozing pomeranian elsewhere in the house) it was time to meet Magz for a hiking adventure!

We were ready for action.

We were promised animals such as these:

There must be a steadily growing trend of Turtle Takers in my neck of the woods.  Sadly…the only “animals” we saw were stuffed and/or plastic.

(is anyone else humming the Jurassic Park Opening Theme….admit it…….you are.)

Regardless, the hike was yahhhhh-mazing.  It is a 6 mile trail….3 up, and 3 down.  The first 2.3 miles are easy breezy with a few rolling hills, and the last .7 is pure hill out-of-breath craziness.  Love!  Check out the scenery!

LIZARD!  Ok, I guess we did see animals.  I love how it is still keeping with the Jurassic Park theme which I know you are STILL humming.

We were stylin’ and profilin’, YO!

Before we knew it, we had reached the top!  There is a massive (and ancient) Fire Tower at the top of this hike that scares the ever-living-poo out of me.  Maggie thought she could get me up it, but alas…the Blogger Boy only made it to the second level before I tucked my tail, and reversed back to solid ground.

Maggie, however, was a total trooper…and took my camera ALL the way to the top!

I took her word for the view, as I watched from below.  😉

The pics turned out amazing, though!  So beautiful!

By this time, my hunger was ready for the picnic I had packed, so it was so long…Tower O’ Fire (and doom, in my case)

We headed back down the trail, and then it was lunch time!

Almond Butter and Jam sammies….Veggies (Orange Pepper, Asparagus, Broccoli) and Pine Nut Hummus….and BOOTY!  This time I decided to give the Veggie a break for a hot second, and went with New York Pizza!  Loveeeee.

Also sliced up a nice Starfruit for dessert!  Love these little guys.

On that note….it is time for a MUCH needed shower, and get ready for work tonight!

Have a great day bloggies, get out and enjoy that sunshine as much as you can!!!



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Sunshine. I heart you.

Another day in beautiful Augusta, GA!

Woke up this morning, and headed down for a fruit/carb overload…which is such my style it’s not even funny!

Round one…..ding, ding, ding!

Annnnnnd two.

With a belly full of fruit and pastry goodness….it was time for a nice walk in the beauuuuutimous weather of Georgia!

I wanted to run SO badly that it was not even funny.  I have one more week of no running to go, via the Physical Therapist.  Darn you, bum knee!  I will say…since I have taken off running, and been doing my strength/isolation exercises for the hip…no knee pain!  So maybe it is working it’s magic after all.  We saw some amazing scenery!

After a nice walk, it was time for some YMCA sponsored shenanigans at their local Y.

Best part of warm weather?!?!?!

Iced. Coffee. Wonderland.

Oh Venti Iced Coffee with Skim Milk….how I have missed thee.


Fresh Market/Earth Fare=happier.

Where my favorite.coffee.EVER. was found, and bought.  This brings back memories from dear Florida!!!

And we still have Earth Fare…Mall Madness…and PF Changs to go!  There also may be some ice cream in pajamas involved (see my last post), hey…I will do just about anything for free ice cream.  Lucky for them I don’t sleep in the nude….jus’ sayin’.

Happy Saturday bloggers!

PS…I have no Mystery Box Picture to update/tease you with (it will be revealed on Monday!) so here is your clue:

10% can really add up.


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Booty-full Meeting

Well hello, Sunday.  I love you.

Bran Muffin, Oatmeal, Pecans.  I also snuck in my own pear.  😉   You would have thought I was smuggling cocaine in a balloon internally the way I was gocked at.

The oatmeal was so filling with the pear that I got to take the muffin later for lunch, holla!

Headed home for a while and answered some emails…keep them coming guys, I am loving reading the stories!  You guys are amazing!  Snacked on a mini-cup of my favorite cereal/Almond Milk combo for some pre-Spin fuel:

And assembled my lunch to eat @ the gym after Spin…

Pomegranate Greek God’s….leftover Bran Goodness Muffin, Apple, Banana, Almond Butter

Headed to spin, which was a bit more optimistic!  Still not back to my happy and ecstatic spin, but we are trying to form some sense of normality.

After spin I was staaaaarrrrving.  Did I mention I have homemade organic pumpkin butter at work?!?!?!  Thanks, Matt.

This mixed wondermously with my Almond Butter, and was smeared all over the bran muffin:

I swear to you, I could live strictly on fruit, carbs, and sugar.  I think I will patent that diet.  Anyone who is with me can pack up, and we can start some sort of cult in California.

After spin I tidied myself up, and helped Kim start to work on our big annual faculty meeting.  What happens when your Wellness Director is in charge of snacks?!?!  Organic JOY!

It was fruit and cheese tray galore!

And the best portion of the food:

It was Booty…as far as the eye could see!!!!  You did good Krucker, now back to peelin’ those Kiwi’s!

Before we could munch on the goodies we had to attend to some business…it was a rarity for all of the staff to get together.  As a “gym” we have our own staff, and then we are affiliated with all the local schools in the After School program…so needless to say, it was a packed house.  We went over plans for the new facility which will be partnered with the city for an aquatics center.  It is going to be super-swank.  I cannot wait!!!

We played an ice-breaker type of game where we all had stickers on our back with “characters” who we couldn’t see, and ask other people questions to determine our identity.  I had “Cher” on my back, and needless to say…everyone who could see it started dying in laughter.  It was quite the show.  I also had to give a brief presentation on the Strong Kids Campaign, and our next Spin-A-Thon that ties into it!  Needless to say, “Cher” didn’t have trouble in the group setting.

I also got a surprise when Charlie (the C.E.O.) presented me with my five year pin!!!!!

Lord I felt like I needed to some sort of Oscar speech!  hahaha

Enough of that, time for FOOD!

I decided to make these “healthy” snacks my dinner, so I loaded up:

Round One:

Annnnnnnd two:

Did I mention how overly obsessed I am with the Veggie Booty?!?!

Abby enjoys the White Cheddar.  😉

Since I “snacked” for dinner, I deserved a dessert, no?!?!

Panizzle it was for a split decision scone.  One was blueberry…the other orange…split those baby in half and you get the best of both worlds:

Does anyone else “save” their favorite bite for last?!  Check out this glorious, icing topped final yumminess:

Yummmmmmm.  Massive amounts of caffeine were also involved.

What. A. Weekend.  Never thought I would say this, but looking forward to Monday.  It is so awful losing a close friend…but I am excited to have things go back to somewhat normal.  Again, thanks for all the thoughts and well wishes…you guys are amazing.

Heres a nice end to the weekend!  Look what came in the mail today!

I PASSED!!!!!!!!!!  I am officially AFAA certified.  I am not going to lie, that written test was KILLER so I am ecstatic I do not have to re-take it.

My excitement upon opening this letter can be correctly demonstrated as follows:

Alright…Panera is literally closing us out, so I am wrapping this up…later bloggies, have an awesome night!!  ❤


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Left hip….why can’t you be more like your brother?!?!

Seriously….all my knee pain has been attributed to the fact that I have a weak left hip.  More in just a bit.

I was dreading my doc appointment, but was excited to go to Salsarita’s for lunch with my dad!  Yummy burrito time.

You choose your meat (or in my case, grilled veggies) and then all the toppings you want!  My beast included the following:

  • Grilled Veggie base (Squash, Zucchini, Onion)
  • Black Beans
  • Guacamole
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • hot salsa
  • jalepenos (I ❤ it hawt.)

They rolled that sucka up, and I was served lunch!  I even managed to resist their delicious chips.

Totally gross.  😉  Hated it.

I think at some point in my ravage like state of destroying the burrito with my mouth, I may have inadvertently ate some of the paper!!!!  Ah well, I can always use the fiber I suppose.

I then headed straight to the Physical Therapist for an assessment on this ole bum left knee.

This place was so nice!  Not a place I want to FREQUENT, but…still…nice facility.

So after poking and prodding, watching me walk on the treadmill…and some strength tests, it was determined that my left hip is dramatically weaker than my right, and I have been unknowingly overcompensating that by putting pressure on that knee!  He said it could have started while training for my Half Marathon last week…which was totally rushed.  I did things too quickly, and upped my mileage too dramatically.  I knew this going in, but I was still thankful that it was a good prognosis.  I have to do 3-4 weeks of intense isolation strengthening exercises, and then I bump up to some more advanced stretches/exercises.

I basically just have to get my left hip caught up with my right.  Hence the title of the blog, why can’t my left hip be more like it’s brother?!?!  I am officially grounding them both from running, hoping for an attitude adjustment.  Sorry right hip, but one bad hip spoils you both.  So there.

Good news is that I can still teach all my classes!!  I was so terrified I was going to be banned from everything, so that was a huge sigh of relief in itself!  Thanks for all the well wishes!

Headed to Kroger to pick up some goods for dinner.  They have a very respectable organic selection.

Made a huge salad for dinner, and was SO excited to finally have found a Fitnessista favorite to go along side.

Mary’s Crack!!!!!!!!  Yummmmmmmmmy!  Before I inhaled the salad…I snacked on this amazingness:

Honeycrisp Apple (SO good, but so expensive!  This one small guy cost me almost $2.00!), Golden Kiwi, Choco-Goodness Kind bar (semi melted, which made it even bettah.)

I trained some members on the machines, and then headed back into the office to inhale the salad!

drizzled with my fav…

Dessert was in the form of a variety of fruit from the salad bar.  I swear I could eat fruit 24/7 if allowed.

There also may be a Starbucks and some dark chocolate involved later.  Maybe a movie too?  Gotta love a good movie and great company.  Throw in a Soy Latte…perfect Friday.

Also, remember…the OIKOS Greek Yogurt giveaway is still on!  Enter in this post by commenting, telling why you want to receive the Greek Yogurt.  Make sure to provide a contact (i.e. Email)  Winner will receive 4 small containers, one large container, and a super cute tote bag.  One vote per person, and voting ends Sunday at midnight!  😀  Happy voting!


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