Upcoming Local Fitness Events

Hey guys, I’m just checking in quickly to share some upcoming local fitness related events with you.

Boston Mania SCW Fitness Convention
Next weekend you guys can find me in my happy place at the happiest place on earth. Mania is back in Boston, and I’ll be taking advantage of the learning and networking opportunities all weekend long. For my fellow instructors and trainers, there is still time to sign up if you want! I promise you won’t regret it. I went last year, and it was an amazing experience. You can sign up for one, two, or three days the weekend of 11/15 through 11/17.

True Runner Grand Opening
For my runner readers, a new store called True Runner opened this week in Chestnut Hill. True Runner is a specialty retail store that offers brand name running apparel, footwear, and equipment. The store is kicking off its grand opening celebration 11/15 through 11/17, and they have a ton of fun activities planned.

True Runner Weekend Events

Ultimate Bootcamp Yoga Event
For those that love bootcamp and yoga, Ultimate Bootcamp and South Boston Yoga are hosting a double workout on Saturday 11/16. You can take a 60 minute bootcamp class from 8-9am, followed by a 90 minute yoga class from 9:15-10:45am. For more information and to register, click here.

Ultimate Bootcamp Thanksgiving Workout
Ultimate Bootcamp is also hosting their 6th annual Thanksgiving Day Blast workout in two locations on Thanksgiving morning. You can get your pre-turkey sweat on at the Boston Common from 8:30-9:45am or at Arsenal Park in Watertwon from 9:00-10:15am. Either way, 100% of your entry fee will be donated to either the St. Francis House in Boston or the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. For more information and to register, click here. If I don’t teach a class on Thanksgiving morning, I think I might check out the Watertown workout!

Seems like a ton of stuff is going on the weekend of the 16th, huh? Anyone going to any of these?

If you check any of these events out, let me know. I’d love to hear how they are. Have fun!

35 Minute Upper Body Blast

Hello and TGIF!

I feel like I’ve said this a LOT lately, but Monday of this week was one of the days where I really didn’t feel like going to the gym.  I hope these Monday workout blues don’t become a pattern.  But I literally had to talk to myself (out loud, mind you) on the way home from work to feel even slightly motivated.  I made a deal with myself that I would go to the gym for about a half hour, do a quick upper body workout, and be on my way.

Well, that “quick upper body workout” ended up leaving me sore until Wednesday night.

35 Minute Upper Body Blast

I’m not sure if was the 15 minutes total on the row machine (my body is definitely not used to that) or the heavier weights I used, but whatever it was, I definitely was feeling it for days after.  Like serious DOMS style.  Or maybe it was just that I was really pushing myself to WORK in those 30 (okay, 35) minutes.  Who knows.  It’s just funny that these moves (pretty standard to me) left me that sore.  That being said, I recommend this one!  You could also substitute the row for 5 minutes of your cardio of choice.  Let me know how it goes!

Friday Housekeeping

I also wanted to mention a couple of other things before I check out for the weekend…

–First, I can’t believe we’re almost at the end of Fall Into Fitness Week 4.  Where did this month go!?

–Second, next week I have a super exciting giveaway for my local readers.  Make sure to tune in!

–This weekend should be another fun fall weekend.  Tonight I am meeting up with Slesh and Katrina and hopefully Bridget for some girl time, and then tomorrow Tim and I are heading to Portsmouth, NH for the night to use up a free Marriott night.  We go every fall, and I’m excited for some quality time together (we barely had any this week).  Nevermind being excited for a weekend away that isn’t for a wedding!

Us last year:

New Castle Island

–The next one is also for my local readers.  Sorry, out-of-staters.  I’m totally not trying to hate, even though it probably seems like I’m excluding you this week.  Anyways, my peeps at Ultimate Bootcamp are hosting a “Trick or Treat” workout this Saturday 10/26 at 9am at Arsenal Park in Watertown.  It’s $25 to register, but there will be fitness challenge “tricks” and they will be providing “treats” like gift cards and swag to the challenge winners.  You can also work out in costume for a chance to win prizes as well.  I so want to go but since I’ll be away I hope some of you will go in my absence!

–Finally, this one is a totally shameless self promotion.  I would LOVE if you guys could take a few moments to vote for F&F as your favorite blog in the Around the Plate 2013 Blog Awards.  I’m eligible for Best Recipe Guru and Best Blog of 2013.  I really appreciate all of your support — it’s worth a shot, right?

What’s up for the weekend? Going out? Going away? Staying in?

Whatever you choose, enjoy it!

My Nutrition Upgrade: Week 1

A couple of weeks ago I shared an opportunity for you to sign up for an online nutrition program called My Nutrition Upgrade through my partners over at Ultimate Bootcamp.  I’m not sure if any of you ended up taking advantage of the price discount through F&F, but Week 1 started last week and I wanted to share some tidbits from my experience so far.

My Nutrition Upgrade

To refresh your memories, I was excited about this program because it offered three different tracks for people to choose from.  I signed up for the Go Getter track, the program for those happy with their weight but just wanting to take their performance to the next level.

Here are some of my favorite parts so far:

  • The program stresses the “pursuit of progress, not perfection.” <—Love. Nobody is perfect.
  • The program states that even making one nutrition upgrade a day is a victory. <—This is totally in line with my approach of taking one small step at a time instead of a large overhaul with daunting goals that are bound to fail in the long run.
  • The program states that it is NOT a diet, but a new way at looking at food in general.  <—Diets don’t work.  Lifestyle changes do.  Simple as that.

Every Monday and Thursday we receive our “upgrades” for the week.  This comes in an email format, with printed information and about a 15 minute video featuring the nutrition coach.  The first upgrade last week was to get to know your seven super foods: fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, lean proteins, nuts/seeds, and calcium sources.

Fruit Salad

The emails/video did go into more detail about each category by providing examples of each, referring to benefits of eating them, etc.  I found this part to be more of a refresher for me, but I did get a few takeaways and some new recipe ideas to try.  Some tips I wanted to share with you guys:

  • Try to get three superfoods into every meal that you eat.  This takes some creativity.
  • Black rice! Ever tried it?  When I choose to eat rice instead of quinoa or other whole grains, I always go brown. I’m going to try black rice next time.
  • What to look for when picking out bread — at least 3 grams of dietary fiber and whole wheat has to be listed in some form in the ingredients list.

I also enjoyed the superfood cheat sheet that includes serving sizes.  That is something I could definitely improve on.  I think I usually eat three times the amount of a regular serving size!


The second upgrade last week was to clean the junk out of your house.  Biggest tip = just remove the trigger foods, which is definitely something I did after my snacky week two weeks ago!  Upgrade # 2 also talked a LOT about how to read labels and decipher what healthy advertising is true versus what isn’t.  It’s kind of ridiculous how UN-regulated food labels are!

So… so far so good! There’s also access 24-7 to a nutrition coach via the Google Group created for your track, so it’s nice to see what other people in my category are asking.  I asked for a few new grab and go breakfast ideas to switch things up from my usual cottage cheese weekday breakfast.  I’ll likely try some of these out next week.

Finally, here’s a quick snapshot of some of my blog-worthy eats last week:

Weekly Eats 10.14

From left to right/top to bottom:


  • Sunday night lazy dinner = tuna melts with a side of heirloom tomatoes
  • Crock pot pork and apples, with a side of sautéed Swiss chard and another side of roasted turnips (had this for dinner on Monday and Tuesday)
  • Grilled peach and basil ravioli with a pesto sauce and shrimp <—the ravioli was one of our purchases when we went to SOWA this summer.
  • Next two pics are from our anniversary dinner at The Fireplace.  My appetizer was the butternut squash bisque and my entrée was the Dijon and chive crusted cod with quinoa, cranberry, walnut, apple, and spinach.
  • Friday night vegetarian wedding dinner option: salad and stuffed pepper <–YUM


  • Roasted eggplant and apple quinoa salad over greens with walnuts and dried cranberries (had this for lunch Monday through Wednesday)
  • Southwestern sweet potato salad — lunch for Thursday and Friday

Unpictured meals include all my cottage cheese breakfasts, an egg and cheese sandwich on an English muffin on Saturday morning, and the dinner from the Greek dance on Saturday night.

Are any of you also participating in My Nutrition Upgrade?  Any thoughts or ideas on superfoods or cleaning out the junk?

Disclaimer / Disclosure:  I was not paid to write this post, but I was provided a free registration in the program in exchange for writing a review and sharing my experiences with my readers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.