the fitness games app review.

Good news for me: home HIIT workouts are BACK. 

Bad news for my downstairs neighbors: home HIIT workouts are BACK.

I had a little extra time this morning to get a workout in because Obama’s in town and they closed down a bunch of the roads for him. He’s such a diva.

Anyway. When I woke up, I wasn’t really in the mood for a walk/run, so I rolled out of bed and decided to do some jumping around in my living room.

I thought about doing my own thing, but then remembered that through my ambassadorship with Fit Approach and Sweat Pink, I was given The Fitness Games app to try out and review. Perfect timing!

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I picked a cross training workout: Bodyweight Madness 3. I don’t have any equipment at home so this was perfect.

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One of the best parts is that it breaks down every single exercise in case you’re not sure how to perform that movement.

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It has over 250 exercises, real-time updates, and it connects to social media so you can add friends and challenge others to workout and post their results. It’s pretty awesome.

It’s easy to get used to doing the same moves over and over, so this helps switch things up and get you sore in really annoying places. You’ll love it, so go download it and get your sweat on.

And now I’m starving. Food. Coffee. Then I’m going downtown to pet the bomb-sniffing dogs. They let you do that, right? 

What’s your favorite fitness app? Ever tried this one?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Fitness Games through their partnership with Fit Approach. I was not compensated monetarily, but was provided the Platinum Version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own.

second round of botox.

Here we go again.

Yesterday morning was my second round of Botox injections for my Dystonia. My appointment wasn’t until 8 a.m. but I was anxious the whole night and got up just after 5 a.m.

The doctor I’m seeing is pretty amazing. He’s a little Chinese guy that’s quick with his words, but makes his point so clearly that I rarely ever have to ask questions other than, “Is this going to hurt?” To which he replies, “Maybe. Don’t look.”

The first round of Botox was injected into the nerves that control whether the feet turn in or out. My left foot was turning in and my right was turning out. This time, my doctor injected the Botox just above my right glute into the nerve that controls the movement of the whole leg since that’s where the turn-out begins.

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I got a small dose this first time and if I notice any improvement or not, we’ll adjust the dosage from there. I’ll get more if nothing happens and less if it seems to paralyze the movement too much.

If it helps/hurts I should start to notice something within about 5 days. The strongest affects will be felt around the three week mark and then taper off after three months. That’s when I’ll probably get more/less.

The worst part is that it’s really painful. Not the injection itself. The first round hurt, but this second one was relatively painless.

It’s the, “Oh my gosh what if this doesn’t help me?” feeling that hurts the most. It’s the sadness of never crossing anymore finish lines as a strong, healthy runner.

I’m going to stay positive. But I’m keeping my hopes in check because I’ve only half-accepted the fact that this is a forever disease and I’ll just have to put my big girl pants on and deal with it.

On that note, I’ll report back in a week with or without good news.

AND on the topic of running, who else is having a full-on love affair with the new Runner’s World magazine layout? Ummmm update WIN of the century, am I right? I laid in bed last night wondering whether or not tweet them my praises.

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The content is still great. The cover chick is a badass, and I’m still not buying Hoka shoes no matter how many ads push at me.

Thoughts?

Happy Tuesday.

family reunion at disney.

I had a family reunion this weekend in Disney with friends-that-are-more-like-family. The last time we were together there was about 12 years ago, which is too long if you ask me. Our group of nine had a pretty great time.

There are so many amazing things I could say about this Disney weekend: we park-hopped through three different parks, ate mountains of french fries, rode our favorite rides and a few new ones. Every single salty and savory second was exactly what I was hoping for.

Friday night I high-tailed it to The Art of Animation hotel in Disney. We’d never stayed there before and it was so great–a lot like Pop Century and The All-Star Resort (for any of you who have been there).

Saturday morning I wanted to make sure to get in a short workout before we hit the parks for the day, and luckily, there was a running path right behind our hotel. It was a huge loop around a big lake, which I found out was sponsored by New Balance, the official sponsor for all runDisney races. Cool! Exercising before anything happens is just the best feeling ever–it sets my day off on the right foot.

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Toy Story Mania was first on our list, so we got to Hollywood Studios around 7:30 a.m. to get in line.

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On to Magic Kingdom! My favorite time in the park is when all the Halloween things come out.

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We tested our driving skills at Test Track in Epcot. I’m not good.

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We headed back to Epcot and Animal Kingdom on Sunday morning before I had to get home.

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Such a fun weekend. I have fantastic family and friends and I miss them already. Dare I say this mini-getaway was…magical? For more fun pictures check out my insta: runnaroundd.

How was your weekend?

just a few things.

Let’s pretend like I’m not stressed to the max and do a quick update. Because that’s all I’ve got the time, energy and brainpower for these days.

1. I walked to Publix earlier for a few things to hold me over before the weekend. And this guy is a jerkface. If you can’t fit THAT car in a parking space, you probably shouldn’t have a license.

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2. Biking to work is BACK. And my commute is pretty stellar.

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3. These are currently on my night stand. I’m in the middle of The Art of Fielding and lovvvvvingg it. Too bad it’s 400 pages and I won’t finish until Christmas.

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4. This is my view in the morning when I drag my sorry butt out of bed for run/walks on Bayshore. I like it. I like it so much. A running/workout update will have to happen soon. I’m getting another Botox treatment on Monday. EEEEK.

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5. These are in my shopping cart right now because I like to load it up and then abandon when I knock some sense into myself. Let’s be real. There are bills to be paid and trail mix to be purchased.

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6. I’m going to Disney for a friends and family weekend. It’s going to be fun. But all I can think is how much work I won’t be doing and I how much work I’ll need to be doing. Where’s the Xanax?

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What’s going on with you? 

calm the sweet tooth.

Ever since my life ended at the dentist on Monday I’ve decided to be a little more sensitive to what I put in my pie hole every day.

I drink loads of coffee, I’ve jumped back on the soda train, and I have a pretty big sweet tooth. So. I decided to try and calm it down with a new treat at night that’s a little healthier and, um, not coffee.

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In its place: french vanilla tea! I take it with a heavy splash of vanilla almond milk and a spoonful of unsweetened cocoa powder. If it sounds weird, you’re weird. It’s actually delicious and prevents me from reaching for the M&Ms that are still in my fridge……. I should do something about that.

Tea is my new favorite late night work partner.

Ok back to all the social media things. BYE

Question for you: Coffee or tea? Almond milk or cow’s milk? 

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Is it time to catch up? How about we start with coffee.

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I may or may not have had two ventis in one day. #WIRED

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To balance out the coffee I took a break for fresh juice and reading downtown, but then I realized that what I paid for one juice could’ve bought me an entire grocery haul of fruits and veggies that I could use to make lots of juices at home. So that’s what I did.

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I need to do this more often. My insides feel all good and cleaned out when I drink a glass or two every day. The pulp, however, is on another level of annoying.

Let’s talk about friends. YAY FRIENDS. I got to catch up with this girl on Saturday. We’ve been friends since middle school and it’s been years since we’ve seen each other. My heart was so happy.

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In an effort to keep up my nerd status, I read this book in a day and a half. I got a little preview in the airport before I left Newark, and HAD to get it from the library when I got back. I reserved it on Tuesday, picked it up on Saturday morning and finished it on Sunday night. In short: it was hilarious and you should add this one to your reading list.

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Dear Florida,

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And they all have to do with your disgusting humidity. My hair hates you and so does the amount of laundry I have to do each weekend. PS that one breezy day doesn’t make up for anything.

Sincerely,
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Speaking of hot messes. I got a cavity filled today and next week I have to get another one. Ohhh the pain. Ohhh the awful drilling noises. I stocked up on lotsa stuff after work so this will never ever ever happen again.

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And tonight I’m having tea for dinner because I’m afraid to eat anything. My face and jaw still hurts and I just want to sleep. Tonight’s gonna be an early one.

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Good talk. And goodnight.

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put these on your reading list.

School’s in session, kids, and your first assignment is to read these three books.

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The Longest Date: Life As a Wife by Cindy Chupack

I read this one in a day and a half and I got really close to starting over and reading it a second time right away. Cindy Chupack tells a hilarious tale of her first marriage–which failed when her husband figured out he was gay–and then her second marriage and the stress of having/adopting a child. Every chapter is about something different and equally funny. Take away: marriage is hard but exciting and sacred.

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

I read Jeannette Walls’ first two books (The Glass Castle, and Half Broke Horses) and loved them both, so I knew this would be no different. The Silver Star is about two sisters who have an absent, scatter-brained mother. They’re all but abandoned and decide to move from California to Virginia to live with their uncle. The book really gets going when they start learning about their family, when we begin meeting new characters in the town, and when a terrible situation turns out just the way you’d hope. But when it ended I was hoping for more. I wanted to know the rest of the characters’ stories. (I hope there’s a sequel!)

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Ok, so I haven’t finished this one yet. I’m actually only about 100 pages in, but so far it’s great. It’s important to pay attention, though, because there are a lot of characters already in the mix and it’s tough keeping track of who’s who and what their stories are.

What are you reading these days? I still get my books from the library. Where do you get yours? 

the write stuff.

For awhile, I thought I had the writing thing down.

I was the elementary school kid who spelled everything right. I was the starry-eyed middle schooler who took English class way too seriously. I was a high schooler who got As on every paper. I built essays in perfect form. I followed writing guidelines. I bought an AP Stylebook. For fun. Then I went to college, and then I got a real job and realized how many fish were swimming in my pond. Big fish with lots of talent–more talent than me. And I didn’t feel so good anymore. I realized there aren’t as many rules as I thought, and that I had to un-learn a lot of what I thought I was so right about.

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Then I found this short article in a Hemisphere magazine on my United flight back to Tampa last weekend.

It may or may not improve my weirdo writing, but it’s a good reminder to help me get back to the bones of right writing.

1. Read: Good writers read–a lot. I love reading, and my favorite genre is non-fiction. I’ve read more biographies in the past year than I have in my whole life. Maybe I’m just nosy. I like knowing about other peoples’ lives! (Tip: If you’re a tennis fan, read Open by Andre Agassi. It’ll blow your mind.)

2. Empathize: Be your reader for a hot minute. Will they get what the heck your talking about? Do you care? Write for them.

3. Visualize: Similar to number three. How will your readers read what you’re writing?

4. Look stuff up: They had me at “you can begin a sentence with ‘and'” because that’s my M.O. fo sho.

5. Revise: Read it over one or five times, and then have someone else read it over one or five times. Maybe six. Better safe than sorry.

I’m not looking for good grades anymore. I’m just hoping to talk to the right people at the right time with the right message. And now that I get paid to write (still can’t believe that) it’s even more important than ever. Good thing it’s still really fun.

food and how i pack it up.

Let’s talk about convenience. And my lack of patience. I’m a millennial for goodness sake and instant gratification are my two middle names.

Take hair, for example. I like quick-and-easy hairstyles, which is a little ironic because I recently got bangs and that’s the most inconvenient hairstyle on planet earth.

Back to food because that’s more fun. The inconvenient side of food is that it takes for-freaking-ever to make sometimes, but packing up food after the terrible making process is very convenient when you have a 17-piece food storage set. Which is what I bought on my last trip to Ikea. Hell to the hell yes.

It’s called PRUTA, which I believe is gibberish for “holds all the food.”

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Packing these babies up is quicker than the time it takes me to eat my meals. Read: lightning speed. On Tuesday morning I threw lunch together and was out the door in a nano.

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I sliced up some peaches and banana to go with my morning coffee, and for lunch I made a big spinach salad with onions and carrots and smushed it down to fit in a can of tuna.

My meals were good, but nothing topped THIS waiting for me at home.

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TWELVE. JARS. OF ALMOND BUTTER. God help me. I won the blog giveaway of the century from Amanda (thank you!!!). This shit’s so natural it’s got an expiration date of like 20 minutes ago. Plus it’s gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, organic, and raccoon-approved. (Check it out here.)

Large amounts of almond butter are not safe in the runnaroundd house. I’m definitely going to share the wealth this week at work.

Conveniently delicious. And even more convenient that I had two solid workouts yesterday. 

If a box of anything could end up on your doorstep what would it be?

labor day weekend, estling lake.

This was the post I didn’t want to write. The end-of-vacation post.

Five days ago I was all but running to my car to get to the airport. I was hot. I was tired after a long week. I was mentally and physically done with everything. Done.

This morning I feel new. I’m rested. I feel like I can see the things that are in front of my face. I’ve smiled more this weekend than I have the past month. 

And I’m not ready to head back to Tampa today. I’m a different person here at Estling Lake. I’m excited, outgoing, motivated, loved, centered (if we’re getting all hippie), totally relaxed. I’m probably more fun. I’m leaving on United at 3 p.m. Who wants to slash the plane tires for me?

I can’t pick any favorite moments because I’m obsessed with them all. To name a few:
(1) A painless flight on Wednesday night that left late from Tampa but still arrived on time in Newark because the pilot “gunned it.”
(2) The most spectacular day in New York City on Friday when the weather gods showed. up. and I got to visit three friends.
(3) Three consecutive days of Jersey pizza.
(4) A Saturday morning pancake breakfast with tons of relatives and friends I haven’t seen in years.
(5) A Saturday evening Italian feast at La Cucina.
(6) Ten million cups of coffee every morning with my uncle.
(7) Walk/runs every day with no time crunch, just one foot in front of the other.

There were so many hugs. And my heart is about to explode. Here’s what you didn’t see on Instagram.

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Wednesday night: Somewhere between Florida and New Jersey.

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Thursday: Morning coffee on the deck. The weather was perfection.

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Part of my walk/run on goes through trails in Mountain Lakes. Heaven.

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Beach day, hello.

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A quick grocery run to stock up on some bunny food.

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Pavolo’s pizza; the best ever.

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Friday: Fishs Eddy, NYC.

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I could’ve spent hours in Fishs Eddy. They have everything you could ever want for your kitchen. It’s so perfect in there.

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I found a farmer’s market (or it found me) in Union Square.

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Walking the Highline.

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My friends took me out to lunch at Aquagrill on 6th and Spring St. After walking for 4.5 hours, it was the biggest treat. To start, I got the Rosemary Citrus Sprtizer: Iced London Dry Gin, Rosemary Syrup, Hint of Green Chartreuse and Fresh Lemon Soda. ((Best decision ever. It was like drinking a flower. With lots of alcohol. An alcohol flower.))

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South Street Seaport; another one of my favorite places.

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I headed even further down to the water at South Street Seaport to visit another friend. We had drinks and caught up at Watermark. The views were freaking unbelievable. I’m SO JEALOUS he lives a block from here.

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We cute.

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Facing the Watermark; the water is behind me.

The pace of NYC is my speed. It’s exciting. It’s different every day. I’m going to be there one day. Some day.

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Sunday: It was raining and that only means one thing. Baking! Apple Walnut Bread happened.

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Monday morning: Just a few hours left of vacation before I shove off to the airport. Big sad face. But I’ve got so many happy feelings for this past weekend. I can’t wait for another.

How was your weekend?