Birthday Girl

Three years ago today, after a grueling 28 hours of labor, 3 hours of pushing, then emergency c-section I met the sweetest little face I had ever laid eyes on. Today, that same face racked up an estimated 25 time-outs. Sassed me out for not serving her water with lemon. Picked out her own (matching!) outfit. Wiped her own bum. She even told me my teeth were “Barry White.”


Holy time-warp. 3 years feels like 3 days. Happy birthday Cece!



I hope you all enjoyed this lovely weekend with your perfect angels too ūüėČ

Here’s what’s in store for the week. Put on your trainers and come. You never regret a workout!

Monday: circuit training! 1 minute per station. Don’t miss this fantastic total body workout ending with an intense abs and back session!

Tuesday: Life’s a Bench! Come challenge yourself today! You’ll work muscles you never knew existed.

Thursday: isometrics and plyometrics! Think: full range of motion (plyos) and zero range of motion (Isos). Both challenging and toning your body in the most efficient ways possible. Don’t miss out!

Have a lovely evening and see you in the a.m.!


Life’s a Beach!

Hello ladies!

We are back at my parents’ house from a fun but EXHAUSTING beach holiday. We had a constant stream of visitors, many under the age of 2, throughout the week. Lots of late nights and early mornings. We packed up the beach house this morning and somehow made it out of Newport alive and in one piece, three of us sleeping and one of us groggy eyed and driving. I deem it a success.¬†
While I’ve been home I’ve been trying to check out other classes and get fun, new ideas and workouts to bring back to you. ¬†Yesterday I dragged my brother, his girlfriend, and my dad to Yoga on the Beach. We loved every second of it. Yoga is rejuvenating to begin with, and what better setting for a mind-body workout than the sea, the sand, and the sky? Here is a photo of our instructor Shannon:
Now I have to tell you about one of the coolest group fitness experiences of my life. Late last week my brother Jim and his girlfriend Bre convinced Brian, my other brother and I to wake up at 6am and join them at Harvard football Stadium for a workout put on by The November Project. Has anyone heard of this phenomenal grassroots workout in the US? Last November, these 2 Boston guys started inviting their friends to work out with them at Harvard Stadium as a way to keep each other motivated to stay in shape during the winter. Friends told friends. More and more people started hearing about it and had to check it out for themselves. Now the November Project has grown to epic proportions. Every Wednesday they hold an open workout for anyone who would like to join them for a morning spent sprinting up the entire length of bleachers at Harvard Stadium as fast as you can. Every now and then they would ring a cowbell which meant you had to get down and do either burpees or push-ups. We left feeling wobbly and humbled, but exhilarated! The guys who run it are hilarious and had us laughing the whole time. The vibe was so positive and the comraderie was awe-inspiring. I was completely shocked by the amount of people who showed up ready to work their butts off at 6 in the morning.
There I am, in the 5th row down, with 100 other “newbies” after our first NP workout.¬†
Tomorrow morning I meet up with my old friends at Stroller Strides in Providence RI. Another wonderful group of moms finding creative ways to incorporate fitness into motherhood.  I am feeling ready to come back armed with fresh new ideas and a renewed excitement to share my passion with the loveliest women and babies in London- that would be all of you  ; )
Thank you to everyone who is doing the plank challenge with me! Great job with the daily check-ins! If anyone would like to hop on board for this week, just let me know! Who doesn’t want a stronger core, less backache, and perfect posture? Let me know and I will add you to our list.
Thank you also for keeping me in the loop on what’s new with you and your little ones! I love love love hearing from you. Have a great week working out together and remember to drink loads of water, pace yourself, stretch, and pat each other on the backs for a job well done in my absence.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

How did everyone do on the greens challenge? Although I stuck to the plan to include greens at every meal, I certainly fell short in other areas (time to lay off all the celebratory drinks!).
Whether you are are just getting back into exercise or are training for a race or athletic event, we are all looking for ways to strengthen our core. For the next 14 days I will be planking for at least 2 minutes each morning! Who’s with me? For this challenge, I would love your input on how to make it robust and hold each other accountable. Email check-ins, photos on facebook, tips on new plank variations, or just personal feelings/ goals for strengthening your core are all beneficial to the group as a whole. ¬†Some important tips for your daily plank:
Keep breathing
Chins up!
Abs in
Mix it up with side plank, hip dips, glute raises, and finish with superman 
Increase your time a little bit every day!
If you are interested in participating just shoot me an email and I will form our email chain by Tuesday.
If you are doing a 10 pack or 3 month package I will be following up with 3 new workouts to stay motivated and super fit this week.
Photos to come! Looking forward to hearing from you!
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14 Day Challenge: go green


14 Day Challenge¬†defines challenge in this way: “difficulty in an undertaking that is stimulating to the one engaged in it”
How will you challenge yourself today? Tomorrow? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Picture yourself succeeding in your own personal challenge. How will you feel after completing it? How would you feel if you gave up on it? Remember, nothing good comes without effort. In the next 14 days, I challenge you all to eat something green with every breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Here is why:
For very few calories, greens pack a serious nutritional punch. What better way to shed the baby weight than with a low calorie, high fiber, protein-rich, vitamin dense food? Did you know that calorie for calorie, broccoli contains as much protein as steak? Greens contain chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a powerful detoxifier for your body. Our modern diet is full of acid-forming foods like meat, fish, fried foods, processed carbohydrates and dairy. Cancer cells thrive in acidic environments. In order to keep your PH at a safe level, and prevent free radicals from running amok and causing all sorts of health issues, we need to neutralize acids with alkaline foods like kale, spinach, Swiss chard, rocket, and broccoli. An alkaline body supports a healthy immune system (think: disease prevention, weight loss, glowing skin, hair, and nails, high energy levels, and increased milk flow for those of us breast feeding). 
Greens are loaded with potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, folic acid, and vitamins C, K, E, and B.
Greens contain omega 3 fatty acids, important for baby’s brain development if you are pregnant or nursing, protect against heart disease and lower LDL (the bad cholesterol).
Greens make you look gorgeous! Studies from the University of Nottingham show that people who eat their greens (all veggies for that matter) appear more attractive than those who do not eat the minimum recommended servings per day. I don’t know about you but I don’t need a study to convince me of that.
Here are some delicious ways to get your greens in at every meal:
Drink them in the morning:
In a blender, combine the following:
1/2 cup OJ
1/2 cup aloe Vera juice or water
Handful of kale
1/4 cup frozen spinach (or regular spinach wi a couple ice cubes)
1 frozen kiwi or 1/4 cup frozen strawberries 
3/4 cup coconut milk
Handful of kale or spinach
1/4 cup frozen broccoli
1 tsp spirulina
1 frozen banana (make sure you peel your banana before freezing it!)
1 cup chopped spinach
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup mashed avocado
1 cup coconut water
1 tbsp aloe Vera juice
2 tbsp lemon juice
A dash or two of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup ice cubes
Lettuce wraps (choose large leaf, rich green lettuce, pick your protein, add hummus or all natural sesame seed dressing, smear avocado, shredded carrot, dash of sea salt and pepper)
Have you tried a mason jar salad? If you are a girl on the go, they make too much sense. You can prepare it hours before you eat it. The key is to start by pouring a dash of your favorite dressing followed by layers of your favorite veggies, protein, and my favorites: chickpeas and pine nuts. Top your mason jar with a hearty green like kale, and it won’t spoil quickly. When you’re ready to eat, just shake and serve.
1/2 an avocado with squeezed lemon and pepper
Green peppers with hummus or bean dip
1/2 cup coconut milk mixed with scoop of all natural chocolate or goji/acai berry Amazing  Greens powder (sold at Whole Foods)
Loaded superfood salad. Try spinach, romaine, arugula, add quinoa, sunflower seeds, pomegranate seeds, shredded carrot, cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, edamame, topped with fresh lemon juice and olive oil
Spinach burgers:
How will you creatively add greens to your meals for 14 days? I can’t wait to hear your ideas and steal your recipes!