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Nowhere Near Perfect

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This weekend at home was honestly much needed and pretty awesome.  Call me crazy, but I love hanging out with my mom 🙂

She made me yummy food like fish tacos.  Seriously, these are so so so good…don’t worry, I asked her for the recipe.

We ate baby tomatoes from her garden.


We went running on Sunday morning.


I prepped my food for the week.  The tofu is covered with the same stuff used for the tilapia fish tacos.  It tastes good on the tofu, but better on the tilapia.


More food prepping…


Mom made another delicious dinner.  This time, it was grilled shrimp served on top of a giant salad.




I had a pretty big revelation this weekend.  Mom and I had a big talk after dinner about my life, and the perfection I was striving for.

Recently, I have been trying too hard to be perfect…at everything…and I was literally driving myself crazy because it is impossible to be perfect.

I joined the Savage girls thinking that would make my eating habits perfect and my body perfect, when all it really did for me was add this unbearable stress all the time because I am not perfect…in fact I am no where near it.

I tried to keep up this perfect image on the blog, only showcasing the great workouts I did and the healthy meals I ate, not truly talking about my feelings or the days when all I wanted was a giant bowl of ice cream.   I wasn’t being real, and I wasn’t being me.

Working on the cruise taught me a lot of things in regards to healthy eating, healthy living, the environment, and how the chemicals in our world are affecting our bodies.  While working on the cruise, one of the things that I would do was educate others on this “clean living, detoxification, no impurities” lifestyle.  Because I was educating them on this perfect way to live, I wanted to be exemplary and not hypocritical so I tried to lead this “perfect” lifestyle, when really it was probably the farthest thing from perfect that I have ever experienced.  When I came home and tried to control things and be even more perfect, I feel like things spiraled out of control.

When I think about the people that I truly look up to, whether they are fitness instructors, bloggers, or whatever…the reason that I look up to them is because they do what they do well, but they are authentic.  They let people inside to see the real them and all of the flaws included, and although I aspire to be like these people…showcasing my flaws was the last thing that I ever wanted to do.

When I was in Body Pump training, we had to write down what we loved about our favorite instructors.  Without a hitch, without a second thought, the first thing that I wrote down was that I like to see them make mistakes.  Now, that doesn’t mean I want my instructors to flub the whole class, but to hear them accidentally cue “squat for 2/2….actually I mean super slow!” is refreshing to me….because I know that person is real and human…just like me.

I have been working so hard to do everything 100%, do everything perfect, and it was turning me into a robot.  What kind of a life is that?  I wasn’t enjoying time with friends, I wasn’t just sitting back and relaxing, I wasn’t ever taking a night off, I wasn’t living my life…and that takes a lot of work.

So, from here on out I want to be true to you, true to my group fitness classes, true to my family, true to Brian, true to my friends and be the real ME!  The real me is someone who loves to eat healthy, try new recipes and workouts, who loves ice cream and chocolate, who loves to bake for EVERYONE whenever there is an opportunity, who hopes to inspire others to try a new vegetable or workout for an extra 30 minutes.

Now, this doesn’t mean that I am going to go and eat a big old McDonald’s hamburger with all the toppings, a large fry, soda, and a chocolate milkshake on the side…because that is not me either.  But, if a friend calls me up and asks to meet up for ice cream or a drink, I am not going to stress because it wasn’t in the “plan.”  I am going to be so happy to see that friend and truly enjoy my time with him or her.

It is crazy how it suddenly hit me last night, but I am so HAPPY that I finally realized what was wrong in my life.  A saying that I heard once that will always stick with me is “Everything in moderation, including moderation”  Hello!  How brilliant is that?!  Thank you to whoever came up with that, because I need  a little moderation on my “moderation.”

So, here is to Monday and starting off the week on a new foot.  Boy, does that feel good!

Driving Like a Granny and Taking a Break

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Good Morning!

Last night was yet another late night.  How is it that whenever I make it a goal to go to bed early, everything in the world occurs in the later evening hours forcing me to stay up late…Oh well!  Here’s to trying again tonight 😉

At least I had a good excuse for why I was up late last night.  I got my first haircut at the salon my sister works at, Salon Orange Moon.


That’s my sister cutting hair!

The salon has a very welcoming and cool feel, and has a crisp look because of the bright orange and white color scheme matching their logo.

My sister has cut my hair numerous times, but it has always been in a bathroom, kitchen, or at school.  I was so excited to have my first experience at her salon.  So many of my friends have gone to her and rave about her, and I feel like I was the last one to join the loop.

She began the treatment with a head and neck massage (much needed!), then took me straight to the wash tank where she massaged my head as she washed it.  The haircut I got was just a simple trim because I am growing it out, but she used several products on my hair that made it silky smooth!

I was definitely tired by the end of it because we didn’t start until a little after 8pm, but it was worth it!

Driving Home

I have never thought myself to be an amazing driver by any means.  People who ride with me often comment on how close I sit to the steering wheel, how non-agressive I am at the wheel, and many other things.  Well, if I had any doubt in my mind about my driving, last night sealed the deal.

I was simply driving home from my hair appointment with Brenna, not thinking much about the speed  I was driving, but making sure not to go over the speed limit…when I noticed bright lights in my rear view mirror.  The car behind me was getting awfully close.  I didn’t want to speed up though because I was content with my speed, and I didn’t want to go over the limit.  Then, the car passed me…and it was a cop.  Apparently, I was driving too slow for even a cop to follow me!  Remember, I wasn’t under the limit, just right at the limit.  Oh well!  At least I didn’t get a ticket…

Taking a Running Break

Lately, I have been training for my second half marathon.  The race isn’t until September, but I really want to feel good during the race and run the half marathon sub two hours.  I think that those are pretty obtainable goals

My first half marathon last September

Saturday, I completed a nice 8 mile run, and last week I was able to fit running into my schedule.  This week, it just doesn’t look like that is going to happen, so I decided to take a one week break from running and focus on trying to fit more sleep into my routine.

Now, whenever it comes to skipping a workout, I always get a little pang of guilt fluttering in my stomach because I am rarely the one to quit, stop early, or not follow through with a commitment.  I have had to remind myself that although I am not running this week, I am completing other workouts, and that rest is just as important as work…especially when trying to obtain a goal such as increase my speed.

It is far enough out from the race that this week won’t have a negative effect on my training, and my body needs the extra rest more than it needs to log the miles right now.

So, my goal for today (and the next day and the next…) early to bed!

PS:  Don’t forget to submit questions for an upcoming Q and A post!!

Do you ever skip a workout in order to give your body more rest???

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Secretly Bad For You???

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Yesterday, as soon as I got home from volunteering, I headed out for a 3.5 mile run.  The run was originally scheduled the day before, but it was raining pretty hard so I decided to postpone it for a day.  It wasn’t my fastest time.  Although I wasn’t sore directly after the Body Pump training weekend, I think that my muscles are definitely fatigued and not able to work as hard this week…but I am pushing through!

I then came in to cool down and bake some cookies for the women I am volunteering with at the Symphony.  The event that they are coordinating is this coming Monday, so Friday (tomorrow) is really their last day to get all of the loose ends tied up and I thought some Oatmeal Raisin cookies would help them power through 😉

And before heading to church choir practice I quickly stopped at Target to pick up some red workout gear.  The colors of Body Pump are red and black, and while you aren’t required to wear the Les Mills clothing or even red and black it helps to be in “the essence” (that is what my trainers called it).  And I totally agree!  When I think of putting on special clothes to teach Body Pump, it is almost like putting a costume on for show choir.  I am able to get in the zone, and it just wouldn’t be the same without it 🙂

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to try the clothes on and the shorts were just too baggy.  Not exactly the look I am going for.  Looks like I will have to return them!



After team teaching my second Body Pump class this morning, I was more than ready for breakfast and luckily had a bowl of overnight oats with y name written all over it.



10 Foods that Are Making You Fat

Yesterday, Brian sent me a link to an article on Cha Cha about 10 foods that are secretly making it hard for us to lose weight. I thought this article was particularly interesting because for me, I think about this kind of thing all the time and try to always be aware of what I am putting in my body, but Brian pointed out to me that not everyone thinks like that and may not realize the harm in some of these foods.  So, here is the list with a little bit of my own insight about how to stay in the safe zone!

1.  Salad Dressing–Many people are aware that the creamy dressings pack on a lot of fat and calories (sometimes making your salad choice worse than a burger!), but we also have to be careful when it comes to dressings that may seem lighter like Italian and Balsamic Vinaigrette.  When using dressings at home, it is always best to measure out your portion sizes according to the label so that you know exactly what you are getting.

  • Salad Dressing Alternatives–Using simply vinegar along with salt, pepper, garlic, and spices of your choice is always a great option…and has almost no calories!  Mixing vinegar with a tablespoon of hummus or using salsa are some other great alternatives that packs a lot of flavor.

2.  Mayonnaise–Only one tablespoon of this creamy sauce has 90 calories, not to mention the fact that there are a lot of processed ingredients usually used to make the dressing.  On a sandwich, try subbing mustard or a small amount of avocado (1 Tablespoon).  If you are making tuna or chicken salad, sub non or lowfat plain Greek yogurt.  You will lower the number of calories and boost up the amount of protein in your meal.

  • Mayo Alternative–Small amount of avocado or mustard on a sandwich.  Lowfat or nonfat Greek yogurt in tuna, chicken, or potato salads.

3.  White Bread–When it comes to choosing white bread versus whole grain or whole wheat bread, you always want to choose the whole grain/wheat.  White bread is what we can call a fast releasing carbohydrate due to the way the body processes the food.  When the body processes fast releasing carbohydrates it causes a big spike in the blood sugar levels causing the body to release more insulin.  After a lifetime of these blood sugar spikes and your body not utilizing this excess sugar, a person could eventually develop diabetes and this excess sugar is stored in the body as fat.  Without getting too in depth (there is a lot that goes into the way our body processes carbohydrates)

  • White Bread Alternative–whole grain or whole wheat bread

4.  Regular Soda–One can of regular soda has around 150 calories.  If someone were to drink one can of soda a day, that would be over 1,000 calories added to your diet!  By simply cutting out this drink and replacing it with water, you will lower your sugar and caloric intake greatly.

  • Regular Soda Alternative–sparkling water with a splash of 100% cranberry juice with a squeeze of fresh lime, or just plain water!

5.  Ketchup–Ketchup is LOADED with sugar, with around 8g of sugar in only 2 tablespoons of this condiment.  With this sauce, really watch portion sizes and limit your consumption to every once in a while.

  • Ketchup Alternative–salsa, plain tomato sauce, or just limit your portion sizes.

6.  Artificial Sweeteners–There is a lot to be said about artificial sweeteners.  The article by Cha Cha points out the fact that artificial sweeteners are not satisfying to our bodies that want the “real thing” leaving us craving and eating more in order to feel “satisfied.”  There is also a lot of research about the chemical effects of these artificial substances in our bodies.  When it comes down to it, it is always best to be as natural as possible.  And simply because a box says “all natural ingredients” doesn’t mean that the ingredients are actually natural.  We need to actually read the label, and research any ingredients we may not be familiar with.

  • Artificial Sweetener Alternatives–Stevia (to date) is one of the safest sugar alternatives.  Some low glycemic sweeteners that are great alternatives are agave nectar and palm sugar.

7.  Restaurants--This article notes that most foods at restaurants are cooked in butter or grease.  Salads are served with more than a regular portion size of high fat nuts, cheeses, dried fruits, and salad dressings.  Trying to stay healthy, but enjoying a meal at a restaurant can seem like two conflicting tasks, but don’t worry…you can eat healthy and enjoy dining out at the same time 🙂

  • Restaurant dining tips–always check out nutrition information online before heading out to the restaurant so that you can be informed when you make your order. Ask for sauces on the side so that you can control the amount you put on your dish.  Have 3/4 of your plate full of veggies and a portion of protein that is the same size and width as your own palm.  Avoid the bread basket, and don’t be afraid to make special requests (like asking for your broccoli to be steamed instead of cooked in butter 😉 )

8.  Chicken Tenders–Another thing that the article makes note of is that a lot of people think that simply because something is chicken, it is automatically healthy…which is not the case.  Chicken tenders are almost always fried and served with high calorie dipping sauces.  When dining out, opt for grilled chicken or make your own “healthified” tenders at home.

  • Chicken Tenders Alternative–Use organic, free range, boneless, skinless chicken breasts dipped in egg whites and coated in almond meal to bake up your own chicken tenders as a substitute option for high fat, fried chicken tenders.

9.  Specialty Coffee Drinks–We all love a good latte or icy coffee drink every once in a while, but they can pack on a lot of fat, sugar, and calories.  Try to make drinks like this a special treat and enjoy them only every once in a while.  Not only will you save calories, but you will save money too!

  • Specialty Coffee Drink Ordering Tips–Only get these fancy drinks as a special treat, ask for no whipped cream, opt for skim or lowfat milk, and order the smallest size.

10.  Cheese–Cheese isn’t necessarily bad for you, but it is another food where we need to watch our portion sizes.  It is always best to choose a lower fat option rather than a full fat or no fat.  The no fat options tend to have some chemicals in place of the fat to help with the consistency and the flavor, and our body needs fat to process fat…so low-fat is the better option.

  • Cheese Alternatives–Simply watch your portion sizes on this one and opt for low fat options.




What are some of your favorite tips for healthy eating and watching portion sizes?



When 6 Miles Feels Like 60

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Here is a little recap of yesterday:

I woke up bright and early, as usual, and started my day with a bowl of none other than…overnight oats:

My mix-ins included raw cacao powder, sunwarrior vanilla protein, strawberries, and peanut butter.  It was so tasty, and I really like the combo of the rich chocolate, peanut butter, and strawberries.  It was kind of like a reese’s peanut butter cup with jelly on it 🙂

6 Miles

After the sun was up and my food was all digested, I contemplated on weather or not I would run.  I skipped out on my run yesterday, and thought maybe I would just do my run in the afternoon.  I chatted with my mom and because mom’s always (don’t tell her that) know best, she convinced me to do the run and get it out of the way because afterward I would feel energized and accomplished.  So, I set out!  I didn’t have a particular path in mind so I ran all over downtown Indianapolis, and let me tell you…this was the longest 6 mile run of my life!  At least it felt that way.  My legs, particularly my hamstrings, were very tight, I felt like I couldn’t pick up any speed throughout the workout, and I had to keep stopping because of stoplights.   Not an ideal situation.

Even though the entire time I wanted to stop and go home, I kept going!  I finished the 6 miles!  Was it my best time?  Not even close, but I did it.  Even though I completed my 6 mile goal, I still didn’t have that “I’m on top of the world!” runner’s high afterward that I usually get, and I kind of didn’t feel that great about the entire experience, so again…I called my mom who had just the right things to say.  She reminded me that I was the only one setting these lofty goals for my self (to increase my speed), when I increase my mileage, at first it is about endurance and logging the miles rather than doing these new miles as fast as I can, and she reminded me that I didn’t stop when I wanted to, I plowed through and stuck it out to the end.  Basically she made everything better again…thanks Mom 😉

So, there you have it.  Running (for me) isn’t always fun, isn’t always easy, and doesn’t always feel good…until I take a step back from the situation and look at what I have accomplished.

I did it!


After my run, I then showered, got ready for the day, made myself a quick smoothie and was out of the door to volunteer at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, study a little BodyPump, and meet with one of my bosses at one of the gyms I am teaching at.

Almond Crusted Fish

I then came home and Brian and I did our little boot camp workout plan, cleaned ourselves up and I made us something pretty tasty to eat.

Roasted broccoli, green beans, and red onion along side almond meal crusted pollock.  Honestly, it was so good.  It was one of those meals that is gone in less than two minutes without any breaks taken for breathing.  The fish was simple.  I got the idea from one of my friends a couple of weeks ago, and had been dieing to try it ever since.  I simply too the pollock and dipped it in egg white on both sides, then dipped it in plain almond meal.  I baked it at 400 degrees for 13 minutes.  So fast. So simple. So delicious.  I’m not even exaggerating.

Naked Chopsticks

We then headed out to a sushi restaurant called Naked Chopsticks to celebrate our friends being done with pharmacy school forever!  In just a short amount of time, they will have their hooding ceremony (just before graduation) and they will be doctors!  I can’t believe it.   It has been a long 6 years, but we are so proud of them 🙂

Caitlin is a pharmacist!

Melissa is a pharmacist (she is the second one from the right)!

Tori and Kegan

Brian and I

Brian and I love this restaurant, so even though our dinner was delicious, we made room for one roll to share 🙂  I think just about everyone at the table ordered the famous Playboy roll that comes out on fire and has a slightly spicy flavor.  It is one of my favorites.

She is lighting the Playboy

Unflamed playboy

Brian chose the Fire roll for us to share, and honestly, I am not even sure what is in it, but it tasted good 😉

This is definitely the “fun” kind of sushi that doesn’t taste like raw fish at all.  A lot of the rolls have cooked fish in them, so I would say that this place is definitely a good place to introduce someone to sushi.


Considering it is Saturday, I set my alarm pretty early so that I could wake up and go running before pilates class, however, I severely overestimated what time the sun would come up so it looks like I will be going for my 3 mile jog after pilates.

My mom and dad are coming into town today to take me to lunch for an early birthday celebration, and I have absolutely no idea where I want to go….Hopefully I think of something before they get here!

Have a great Saturday!!!

Questions of the Morning:

  • Do you like sushi?
  • If you do like sushi, do you get the traditional rolls, or the “fun” rolls?  What are some of your favorite flavors?


Happiness Equals Success

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Yesterday was a day full of doctors appointments and driving.  Until I arrived back in Indianapolis and picked up my brother, Kenny from my sister’s apartment.  He is on spring break right now, and came home from his school in Florida to visit.  He kind of has a backward spring break mentality I guess, we usually go to Florida for our week off, but since he is already there…why not come on back up to Indiana!

Once we got to my apartment, we were both ready for dinner.  I wanted to whip up something nutritious, quick, and tasty…isn’t that what we all aim for every night?  Well, let me tell you, this little meal comes together in about 20 minutes…can’t beat that!

Baked Pollock, Broccoli, and Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients for one serving:

  • 1/3 sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 1 fillet of pollock
  • salt, pepper, and garlic pepper to taste
  • non-stick cooking spray


Simply begin by spraying your baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Thinly chop the sweet potato and place on the baking sheet, chop the broccoli and place on the baking sheet, and place the thawed fillet of fish on the baking sheet.  (I placed all of mine on the same baking sheet!)   Sprinkle with salt and pepper and any other seasoning you may want to try.  Place in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.  Check the “doneness” of the veggies and fish at 10 minutes, if the veggies aren’t quite tender enough, or if the fish isn’t flaking yet, then put it back in for 2 more minutes.  Remove from the oven, place on your favorite plate, and enjoy!


After our speedy dinner, Brian, Caitlin (our friend from Butler who lives downstairs), Kenny, and I headed out to run some errands.  We were one happy foursome all packed in the car 😉

While we were at the mall, I saw something that I had never seen before…in fact, none of us had ever seen this before!  It was a parking spot with a charger for electric cars!

How neat is that?!  Someday I hope to have a hybrid or an electric car.  They are just so much better for the environment and great on mileage!  I love that Indianapolis is putting in parking spots like this to be accommodating to those who have electric cars.


On the way home, there was a special request to make some cookies.  Not only do I love baking for others and make sure to always have the ingredients on hand, but you have to remember that I have just been completely deprived of my baking hobby for the past 5 months…so of course I jumped at the opportunity and said yes!  I opted for the simple, classic, but always delicious chocolate chip cookie.  Or “Chocolate Chippers” in my book.  Me, my siblings, and my mom have been baking these cookies since before I could even walk.  They are probably one of the first things I have baked on my own, and they are my grandpa’s favorite.  When Grandpa comes into town, we better have some fresh chocolate chippers in a tupperwear container just for him.

Chocolate Chippers

Yield:  makes about 2 dozen medium-large size cookies (if you make them with a tablespoon you will get way more!)


  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla (I always put a little extra!)
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 12 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 375.  In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar (firmly packed) until creamy.  Then, add eggs one at a time and vanilla until thoroughly combined.  In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt , and baking soda.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, constantly scraping down the sides of the bowl to make sure that everything gets mixed in.  Once the batter in completely mixed, add in the chocolate chips.  Scoop the dough into little balls on an ungreased cookie sheet (you can determine the size).  Bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool on a piece of wax paper.  Enjoy!!!!



This morning was off to an early and busy start.  I was at the gym by 5:30am to do another 5×400 run before attending a BodyPump class.  I then quickly hurried home, showered, got ready, made myself a little coffee and then ran out to meet with Kris the owner of Avec Moi, a local eatery that offers different homemade to-go food items daily, caters an array of different gatherings, and uses fresh ingredients that are local and organic whenever possible.

Heading out for the morning

We chatted at one of my favorite, local restaurants, Petite Chou about blogging, how she started her business, tips on how to brand Treble in the Kitchen and take it to the next level, and just life in general. Right now, I am at a point in my life where I am wanting and needing to start a career.  One of the hardest things about the situation is because I have so many interests, Kris could definitely relate to me with that.  It was great to talk with someone who is pursuing her dreams while still coming up with new goals, challenges, and interests everyday.

I think that part of my struggle right now is that I absolutely LOVED my major in college, and I still love the non-profit arts industry, but I also have always had a passion for health, nutrition, and fitness.  I have never had to choose between the two loves, and I don’t want to start now…I just need to figure out how to do it all. The important thing I need to remember and constantly tell myself (and have my mom tell me) is that there is not a “right” way to do things.  The “plans” will always change and as long as I am happy doing whatever I am doing, then I am successful 🙂

Question of the Morning:

  • How did you decide what career you wanted to pursue?  Did you know from day 1 that you wanted to pursue a certain goal and figured out the steps to follow in order to get there OR
  • Did you have a lot of different interests and figured out your own unique way to combine them all into one unique career just for you?

I hope everyone enjoys this Thursday!




Toilet Incident

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Today, while I was home alone, an unfortunate event happened…

The toilet overflowed.


Now, this wouldn’t have been such a big deal if we had a plunger…but we didn’t, and I had no idea what to do.  I am so thankful for my parents and Brian’s parents, because when it comes to things around the house, Brian and I can be pretty helpless *sometimes*.  So, the toilet is overflowing, and we don’t have a plunger, what is the first thing I do?  Text Brian.  How does he respond?  Call maintenance.  I did not call maintenance.  While this did seem like a big deal to me at the time, I feel like they would have laughed in my face if I called them to plunge my toilet.  Instead, I called my Dad because Dad’s know how to do everything.  He tells me to plunge it…we have no plunger (it looks like there is no way of getting out of this without one).  Then, he tells me to shut the water off.  I thought he meant to turn the water off in the whole building…he did not.  In case you didn’t know, there is a little knob at the back of your toilet that looks like a faucet.  If the toilet is overflowing, you can turn that knob to the right to turn the water off.  Who knew?!

I was shocked to find a picture of this immediately!!

I shut the water off, got dressed, then headed out to the store to buy a plunger.  The store was right down the street, so it didn’t take long.

Once I got home, it literally took one plunge to solve the entire problem.  So, my lesson of the day from this little experience…always have a plunger on hand.



After this little toilet incident, I spent the rest of the morning applying for jobs, responding to e-mails, fixing my budget, and doing laundry.  Just crossing one thing after another off of the good old to-do list.  I then decided it was time to stretch the legs and head out for a 3 mile run.  It was a little bit colder outside than usual.  So, at the beginning of the run I was freezing, despite my long sleeves, and at the end of my run I was burning because of my long sleeves.  All in all, it was a good run.

Finished with an 8 minute and 43 second pace.  Nice and comfortable.


By the time I was done with my run, I was more than ready to refuel.  Since the cupboards are looking a little bit random this week (I don’t know what I was thinking when I did my grocery shopping last week), I made a little black bean and tuna salad.

  • 3/4 cup black beans
  • 1/2 can tuna
  • 2 baby yellow peppers
  • 2 Tbsp salsa
  • a couple of squirts of sriracha

Mix it all up in the bowl and enjoy 🙂


After lunch, I spent more time knocking things off of the to-do list, and the next thing I knew, I was tired of sitting and ready to start moving to the kitchen to make dinner.

I used up the last of my tempeh in this tomato sauce dish.  It was so simple!  I simply chopped some broccoli and asparagus and cooked them up in the tomato sauce until they were tender, then added the tempeh for the last couple of minutes, and voila!  Dinner was served.


Now, I am mentally preparing to teach an abs class at a gym that I have never taught at before!  I am nervous simply because it is a new-to-me facility, and excited because I love teaching 🙂


Wish me luck!

Guest Post: Fitting It All In

I am so excited for today’s guest post from the amazing Clare!  I started reading her blog at the beginning of the summer and have been hooked ever since.  I love reading about her career decisions, latest workout tips, and tasty recipes.

I hope you enjoy her guest post and I will see you from London!!!


Hi Treble In The Kitchen readers! My name is Clare and I blog over at Fitting It All In. The blog is a way for me to share how I stay healthy while living a busy lifestyle, but recently my career path has become a big focus as well. Since Tara is about to leave for her big cruise ship adventure I figured it would be fitting to talk about my crazy  and complicated course as well.

I’m jealous.

I’m jealous of those people that know exactly what they want to do with their lives, choose their college major immediately, find the perfect job out of college and start living their happy “real world” lives with no trouble.

I was actually staying pretty close to that course. I only changed majors once (left architecture to do marketing and graphic design) and got an amazing job opportunity in my hometown that provided tons of growth opportunities. Life was good.

But then I started slowly meandering down another path. I started my blog a few months after graduation as a way to share my new passion for health post-eating disorder. And then as my blog grew, I decided I wanted to become more knowledgeable about nutrition.

That’s when I decided to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which will graduate me as a certified health coach this coming April.

Oh and did I mention that the blog inspired me to start a project with my social media team at work? I guess I like social media now too.

So now I’m stuck. I’m in my rotational program at work that used to be my dream job, but often I’m wishing I could do something else. Now that my hobbies include health, nutrition, and social media I keep thinking that I might be happier if my career were more focused in those areas.

Choosing a new life direction isn’t that easy. Quitting a job is a big deal. It’s terrifying. It means potentially moving. Likely a large pay cut.  A lot of “what ifs”.

I’m still deciding what I’m going to do. I’m looking into all my options and trying to remain open minded, but I’m also trying to follow my heart and embrace adventure.


I guess sometimes figuring out what we love doesn’t always happen when life says it should. I’m trying not to be jealous and instead enjoy that I’m creating my own story.

Better late than never!

Full Of Emotion

Tomorrow at 3:55pm, I will have boarded my flight and will officially be on my way to London.




I can’t believe how fast it has come!  All sorts of emotions are mixing around in my head making it hard to decipher what is actually going on.



I am so excited about the adventure that I am about to embark on.  I have no idea what to expect…well ok I guess I think I have a little idea of what to expect.  But I have never been abroad before, let alone all by myself and I am so excited to see all of the people that I will meet and the places that I will travel.



I tend to worry and get nervous about most situations.  Not in a debilitating way that interferes with my life, but just enough that keeps me on edge. I am worried that I won’t have enough money, that I will have missed some huge important detail and be unprepared, that I will be sent home for some crazy reason, and the list goes on.  All of these worries are slightly irrational and something that I just have to “go with the flow” on.  I think a little nervousness is normal though…right??



The holidays are my absolute favorite time…ever.  This year, I am missing Thanksgiving with my family and Brian’s family.  I am also missing Christmas this year.  Usually for Christmas it is just Mom, Dad, Tara, Brenna, and Kenny, but this year my mom organized it so that Grandma and Grandpa are coming for the holiday season!

I absolutely love spending time with my family and can’t believe that I am missing this family event!  Also, last year was the first Christmas that Brian and I spent together.  We started some of our own traditions and were able to spend Christmas Eve with his family in Indianapolis and Christmas day with my family in Fort Wayne.  I know that all of this will pick back up and resume when I get home, but I am sad that I am going to be missing it this year.



I have no idea where I am going after my training in London.  The details of my schedule for the next coming month are something I haven’t been informed of yet.  What will my room look like?  How many roommates will I have?  Where will I keep my stuff?  How does laundry work?  What kind of food are we eating?  When do I have to wake up every day?  Will I have to study? All I feel I have are questions with very little answers, but come Monday I am sure that I will be able to answer them all (or at least most!)


Now on to the important things…


Dinner Last Night

Last night, my mom made a new-to-us recipe called Chicken Sputnick.   It was a recipe that she found in the local newspaper, and I have to say that the reviews were right…it was delicious!

The dish was made of potatoes and onions cooked with sherry cooking wine, paprika, pecorino romano cheese and chicken.  Everything was full of flavor and so tender!  The steamed broccoli on the side was the perfect accessory 😉



For breakfast, I had a bowl of Coco Wheats with banana…I forgot how great this stuff tastes!


Because today is literally my last day, I have a list of things to accomplish, a special family dinner, and a family movie outing!


Happy Friday!

Not Expecting Autumn

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After seeing the beautiful weather outside the past couple of days, I just had to lace up the running shoes and get out there!  The highs in the afternoon have been in the 80s, but in the morning the weather has been in the 40s and 50s.  So cold that I can see my breath.  This brings up the dilemma of what to wear when working out outside.

Today, I opted for running shorts and a sweatshirt, but it still wasn’t the right combo.  My legs were freezing the first portion of the run, and then I felt like I was burning up after the first 10 minutes.  There just isn’t  a way to balance it, I guess.


Because my knee has been hurting lately I was a little nervous about running, and I actually forgot to wear the knee brace that I purchased to help give me a little extra support.  I set out and told myself that my goal was to run for 30 minutes, and as soon as I felt any sort of discomfort in my knee that I would stop and walk….and guess what!  I never felt any discomfort and was able to complete the entire 30 minutes pain free, thank goodness!


After the run, I walked Bella around the block, then came inside and did Jeanette Jenkin’s 10 minute Booty Bootcamp video again, then did the following:

  • 50 center crunches
  • 10 push-ups
  • 50 crunches on each side
  • 15 bicycle crunches
  • 10 push-ups
Because it is sooo dark until practically 7:45am here in Indiana I definitely ate breakfast before my workout (I woke up around 6am). Since Brian and I are dog-sitting, it was easier to transport buckwheat than it was to transfer all of my frozen fruit and blender so I had buckwheat for breakfast!
The buckwheat was mixed with cinnamon and half of a banana.  It kind of tasted like banana bread!


Not Expecting Autumn

Ok, so it is clearly autumn.  The weather is cooler, the leaves are changing color and falling, pumpkins and cornstalks are adorning each house.  I have purchased and cooked up pumpkin and butternut squash, apples, and started cooking warm soups.


But to me it just doesn’t feel like autumn.  Maybe it’s because this fall is totally different from any other fall has been for me.  Usually I am getting out all of the fall decorations, planning my halloween costume, making trips to haunted houses and apple orchards.  This year is different.  Because I leave in a couple of weeks, I did not get out any fall decor, there is no reason for me to plan a halloween outfit, and I have yet to purchase a pumpkin to decorate and carve.  I have realized that because I am leaving, I mentally planned to not be here for any holidays, and therefore did not anticipate being here for the season change.  But I am here!!  Brian has his big exam on Monday, but after that I am going to plan plenty of fall activities for us to do so I can get out of “season limbo.”


What are some ways you have adapted to the season change?  Decorations?  Special baked goodies?  Visiting an apple orchard?  A fall festival?  Let me know!!!


Finding workout moves to do with a mini exercise band is actually harder than I expected.  Luckily, I was able to come up with some moves on my own.

  • Side leg raises with band around ankles
  • Forward and backward leg movement while lying on side with band around ankles
  • Opening and closing of knees with band around knees and knees bent to 90 degrees
  • Squats with band just below knees and pushing resistance outward
  • Stepping side ways with band around ankles
  • Band around knees and raising and lowering hips in bridge position while pushing resistance on band
  • Band around wrists, in plank position and lifting hands to feel resistance
My mom also sent me this video that I will try tomorrow.
Brian then sent me a text saying that he totally forgot his lunch in the refrigerator so I decided to bike it to him!
It is such a beautiful day outside which is much needed after a weekend full of rain.  The bike ride was pretty quick and a good way to squeeze in some cardio.
Unfortunately, my knee started to hurt around lunch time so I took some anti-inflammatory medicine and I am now doing the R.I.C.E. method in order to help it heal.
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression (I’m not really doing compression)
  • Elevation
Resting is so hard for me because I honestly feel like I always have a ton of pent-up energy inside of me that I just need to get out, but after talking to Mom about how important it is to rest and take it easy when things hurt differently than usual I am going to take it suuper easy this week on my poor little knee.
What do you do when you can’t do your usual workout because of pain or an injury?
I then made myself a blackberry banana smoothie with a little spinach in it topped with granola.   I guess when I don’t have one for breakfast I have to squeeze my daily smoothie in somewhere.
Does anyone have any experience with knee injuries/pain and how they dealt with it?  I would love to have you share!!