Six Interesting Reads

Hi guys!

Just checking in quickly to share a few links.  I love that many of you have sent me health and fitness related articles lately.  Since I found a lot of these reads very interesting, I thought some of you might too!

Six Interesting Reads

10 Packaged Food Words to Beware

Enough with the Bullshitting

When Working Out is Too Much of a Good Thing

The 75 Year Old Body Building Grandma

10 Ways to Survive Your Injury Without Being a B*tch

Disney Sets New Standards for Food Advertising to Kids


Anyone have any fun reads they’d like to share!?  Leave the link in the comments!

Off to teach my Core class and work a floor shift at the Y — if you’re around, come say hello!

P.S.  Happy Birthday JESS!  Hope you are having a wonderful day 🙂

Ten Tuesday Thoughts

Forewarning:  LOTS of random Athena thoughts ahead.

1.  I can’t decide how I feel about Chobani’s new(ish) Blood Orange flavor.  What do you guys think?  Do you like it?

2.  Lunches made by mom really do taste better.  Don’t you think she was just ASKING for me to take a picture and post it in F&F with that fruit display?  Just saying.

3.  There is nothing more thrilling than free stuff arriving in the mail.  I recently won a Clif bar giveaway over on Itzy’s Kitchen and my goodies arrived last week!  I hope any of you that have won my giveaways in the past get as excited as I do!  By the way, I tried Clif’s sweet & salty Mojo bar for the first time this weekend, and it’s UNREAL.  I loved the chocolate almond coconut flavor!

4.  Check out this gem of a picture I found while working from my parents’ house on Friday.  Really, mom!?  What were you thinking?!

5.  Friday night I went out with a bunch of friends to the Lansdowne Pub in Fenway for Katrina’s birthday celebration.  It was a fun time!  My goal of the night was to 1) not be as hungover on Saturday as I was when I tried to bake sombrero cookies, and 2) to NOT bust out any kickboxing routines in the bar.  Both goals = success, with the exception of doing ONLY monkey arms.  And only because Bridget started it.

6.  The earrings I ordered from Sarah during PCDC night also arrived last week.  Me likey!

7.  Did you guys see my Mother’s Day brunch post featured on Around the Plate last week?  If not, check it out!  Here’s the link:

8.  There is nothing worse than the sound of a kid’s merry-go-round thing at the mall or outside a grocery store.  My children will never go on one of those things.  Shudder.

9.  I finished the first book in the “Fifty Shades” trilogy this week.  Holy pornographic awkwardness!!  I seriously was covering the text as I read on the plane ride home from my business trip because I didn’t want the man sitting next to judge.  It’s so dirty!  I think I’m going to continue reading book two and three though.  Anyone have the books I can borrow?  The storyline is so disturbing, but I’m hooked and want to know just why Grey is as controlling as he is.

10.  Went to the dentist last week.  Cavity free for 27 years!  Boo ya.  Yes, I just said boo ya.

What’s on your mind today?!

Guilt Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Did you guys know that today is National Grilled Cheese Day?

In honor of such a glorious idea (seriously, who thought up such a wonderful thing?), I decided to whip up a guilt free grilled cheese sandwich for dinner tonight.

Guilt Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich


  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2  slices whole wheat bread
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup drained canned artichoke hearts, sliced
  • 1/3 cups red bell peppers, sliced
  • Cooking spray, to grease


  1. Spread mustard on 1 bread slice.
  2. Top with cheese, artichokes, and bell peppers.
  3. Top it with another bread slice.
  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat until hot.
  5. Add sandwiches to the hot skillet; cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Yum yum in my tum.  Was a bit messy, but otherwise satisfied my grilled cheese craving.

What’s your favorite way to eat a grilled cheese sandwich?

Of course I guess it doesn’t matter if you opt for a guilt free grilled cheese sandwich if in the hours before you consume said sandwich you snack on everything in sight.  Today after work was just one of those days for me.  I was literally chomp chomp chomping away!  Chocolate covered almonds, bits of my baked oatmeal, Triscuits and strawberry salsa – you name it, I was picking at it.

Finally I forced myself to brush my teeth, drink a huge glass of water, and go upstairs.  Oh well.  It could have been worse.

How do you guys curb your snacking cravings?

Anyways, I’m glad the work week is almost done.  To play catch up, Wednesday night’s workout was a double sesh at CBC.  Party trucked it over with Ashley and Aloisia to take Cutz and Kix.  Holy sore.  I could barely jab by the end of Kix because Cutz was so shoulder intensive.  My workout’s have been extra hardcore this week – during class on Tuesday night Ashley said “you know you’re working hard when planks are your rest,” and teaching PUSH this morning definitely “pushed” me over the edge.  I totally get why that class is called PUSH now.  I definitely kept saying “Keep pushing through!” over and over and thought it was so funny.  Loser alert.  What did you guys think of class this morning?  You probably didn’t find me saying “push” repeatedly as humorous as I did.

Jess – hope this was “painful” enough for you (yes folks, people actually request painful classes!), Ashley – hope you liked the 70’s playlist, and Meg – sorry I didn’t do booty blasters per your request but somehow I don’t think you were that upset about it!

Sorry I can’t post the workout for copyright reasons, but if you guys have any questions please let me know.

What’s been your best workout this week?

On the way home from the gym this morning, I think the same turkey that was in my yesterday was crossing the road.  Bobbing its head Egyptian style across Chestnut Hill Ave.  Stopping traffic.  Why am I still laughing about this?  Turkeys are such an awkward animal, don’t ya think?

Ever seen a turkey randomly crossing the road? 

Time for SLEEP.  And if you aren’t ready for bed yet, here are some articles of possible reading interest:

Have a great night!