a new gym

For the past half a year or so, I’ve done almost all of my workouts in our home gym. It’s been an amazing resource to have. It’s so convenient and easy to get a sweat session in; I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to not having home gym equipment. That being said, there is… 

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my favorite weight lifting songs

bottle gym workout glovesThis morning, as I was pumping iron (that phrase is so kitschy, isn't it?) a particular song came on my iPhone and I really started "feeling it," you know? When the music is perfectly synced and the adrenaline is pumping and you feel like you can lift the heaviest barbell in the joint? I thought it might be fun to share my favorites, and, selfishly, I hope you'll share yours too! I'm always looking for new songs to add to. . .
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july goals

july goal chartBecause June was so crazy-pants, I skipped making any sort of health or fitness goals. I figured getting through moving into a new house unscathed was enough of a goal to take me through those 30 days. But here we are, closing in on the end of June and my life is starting to settle back down. Reviewing my yearly goals yesterday really got me back in the goat-setting mindset. Time to set my July goals! In July, I'd like. . .
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2012 goal check-up

I'm about ready to blow your mind. 2012 is halfway over. Well, actually, it'll be halfway over at the end of the week, but close enough. Is anyone else totally bowled over by that little factoid? I can't believe we're already through six months of 2012. Before you know it, we're going to be ringing in 2013. Crazy! With the marking of the halfway point of the year, I figured now was a great time to check in on my. . .
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my healthy rules

rulesI've heard a lot of talk recently about the new book by Bob Harper (of The Biggest Loser fame) called The Skinny Rules. I haven't read the book, but thanks to a sneak preview on Amazon, I did get a look at his 20 rules for dropping weight. Obviously, since I haven't read the book or implemented any of the ideology, I can't really comment on it—although, admittedly, I'm intrigued after hearing quite a few people say they've dropped weight. . .
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kitchen 101: how to dice an onion

step one slice in halfI hate dicing onions. I don't know if it's because my eyes are crazy sensitive or if it's because I wear glasses (or both!) but within 10 seconds of my first onion cut, the waterworks start. On TV, they always make it look like it's just regular ole crying when you cut an onion, but regular crying doesn't hurt. And man, does onion crying ever hurt. Ow. Ow. Ow. Even when I'm wearing my classy onion goggles, I still have. . .
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things i’m digging…

tv1. Cherries I've always been a big cherry fan, but lately, I've been pounding them back like it's my job! They are so yummy and tart and summery. My Dad planted cherry trees in our orchard (our orchard!), but we still have a few years until they are producing. For now, I'll just have to deal with the sticker shock of $10 bags of cherries. I'm loving them mixed with Greek yogurt, chia seeds, granola and banana slices for breakfast.. . .
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scenes from moving

me moving truck uhaulWow. This weekend was crazy. Moving is one big ball of stress, but we are in our house, our apartment is empty and we are officially Pekinites. As I mentioned last week, things aren't going exactly how we'd planned (do they ever?). The construction on my parents' house is behind schedule and our apartment was re-rented, so that left us one option—living together. It's actually worked out pretty decently. Babyface, Puppyface and I have turned the top floor of the. . .
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