taking a rest day: it’s okay.

16 Jul

As a mostly Type-A, competitive weirdo, I sometimes usually stress out if I miss a workout or deviate from what I had penciled into my calendar for my workout that day, but I am just popping in here to remind myself (and anyone other there reading) that it is absolutely okay to listen to your body and adjust accordingly.

Be gentle to yourself.  This morning, I had mentally prepared to swim and ride in Malibu with my triathlon training group at 7 am.  However, as Friday rolled around and I realized I was exhausted, the prospect of waking up at 5-something to get down to Malibu did not sound appealing.  So I adjusted, and allowed myself to sleep.   I still got up and knocked out some Tone it Up workouts (and plan to do some cardio later).  Workout accomplished, and no loss of sanity or sleep. WORTH IT.

Only compete against yourself.   On that same note, it’s also important not to let your equally competitive friends get in your head —  the “they did xyz workout, I should have too…” guilt-game can be very, very real, and also unhealthy.

So my advice, for myself and others, is to (obviously) try to workout 5-7 days per week, but it’s okay if you need to adjust.  Or, god forbid, take a rest day one day!  Most of us out there  have commitments beyond exercise, so sometimes those take priority.

Just incorporate a lesson from the worst Bachelor of all time, Juan Pablo, when thinking about whether or not you should take a rest day:


Any tips on how you incorporate rest into your routines? 

hump day treat [7.13.16]

13 Jul

I’m back (very, very late, but better late than never is true and also not a cliche at all but I digress) with this week’s installment of the things I’m currently listening to, loving, and obsessing over…

Currently streaming… 

I’ve mentioned this before, but I really love the Lady Lovin’ podcast by Lo Bosworth, Jilly Hendrix, and Greta Titelman.  They cover a wide range of topics — from women’s issues to entrepreneurship to dating advice to financial tips (that’s where I discovered Nicole Lapin‘s book).


I also recently discovered “Two Inboxes,” a Forbes podcast by Molly Ford Beck (the creator of Smart Pretty & Awkward, a blog I have been following since 2008).  Two Inboxes features interviews with individuals who have profitable side hustles and how they make it all work.


I love listening to podcasts during my commute to work (I currently walk to work so saying “commute” is a bit…insincere?)  Today I reviewed some documents for a few hours and played a few podcasts which made the task moderately fun.

Obsessing over…slowly becoming a triathlete.  WAY more to blog about this – but it has been really fun adding two new-to-me sports to the mix. Fun story from our brick workout last weekend – I was setting out for an hour-long ride (followed by an hour run) and had clipped into my bike…just to realize my chain was off.  So I was pedaling and nothing was happening andddd fell off my bike.  I have a gnarly gash on my knee but it looks worse than it is.

I am training with two of my good #DTLARunning buddies, Kevin and Abel, along with Team 2 End AIDS to raise money for AIDS Project Los Angeles to help people in LA living with HIV/AIDS.   While we are all currently training for all disciplines, we are participating in a relay in September.  Abel in the ocean, me on the bike, and Kevin dominating the run.  If you’re at all able, please consider donating (any amount helps and will directly impact those living with HIV/AIDS).  You can make a tax-deductible donation, here.


Currently coveting…this Tour De Soul water bottle.  1 instructor down, 5 to go.  And I have until the end of the month!


Guilty pleasure du jour…. Soooo I don’t feel that guilty but I recently discovered ProYo frozen yogurt (thanks to Lindsey @ Fit and Awesome‘s annual Soul Cycle fiesta in Manhattan Beach).   This is high protein, low calorie (and DELICIOUS) frozen yogurt.  I am all about it lately.   Keep a lookout for this stuff in the freezer section of your grocery store.


Little things I’m loving…

  • Garden Variety Runner – My friend from high school (and college!), Angela, just started a brand-new blog called Garden Variety Runner (though she is not), but she is a vegetarian so her meals are mostly of the “garden” variety.  Angela and I became very close in high school because were attached at the hip in cross country and track — and were essentially training partners for 4 straight years (though she was always faster).  Angela and her husband live in Los Olivos, CA where she is a teacher, and it has been fun starting to follow her healthy living/running/recipe blog!
  • Get To Work Book – My friend Heather bought this planner and I had to follow suit.  I LOVE how it focuses on setting goals, and also how each day has a lot of space to fill in different items.  I’ve loved plotting out my workouts at the beginning of the week to make it more likely I actually do them.

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  • Contigo for Target Infuser Water Bottle – I love this thing.  The bottom section has a space for fresh fruit (I follow the Tone It Up recipe for “Bikini Punch”: muddled raspberries, lemons/limes, ginger, mint, and a dash of cayenne pepper).  The top fills up with water like a normal water bottle, and the mix from the bottom infuses the top portion.  So. good.  The best part is that the lid completely locks, minimizing the potential for disastrous spills.

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What is getting you through the week?  Share your current favorite listen, watch, read, or guilty pleasure in the comments! 

hump day treat [7.6.16]

6 Jul

I’m back with this week’s installment of the things I’m currently listening to, loving, and obsessing over…

Currently bumping… this Bieber remix of Drake’s One Dance (skip ahead to 43:00 to hear the full track).



Obsessing over..actually learning about personal finance.  I’m the least financial literate person there is, and have only learned the absolute minimum not to go broke.  Last week, I was listening to the Lady Lovin’ podcast (hosted by Lauren Conrad’s real life BFFs, Lo Bosworth and Jilly Hendrix) when they had financial expert Nicole Lapin on as a guest to explain the importance of setting financial goals for yourself and to figure out what you really want in life to set yourself up for success.  She had some really great tips — like creating sub-savings accounts to make small savings goals more attainable.  I immediately bought her book and plan to read it ASAP so I can sound like less of a dunce when I try to to throw around terms like “PMI” or “dividend.”

Guilty pleasure… Starbucks’ latte with coconut milk, sprinkled with a little cinnamon.  I love it because there’s no need to add any additional sweetener.

Currently coveting… the Garmin 735XT.  File under “want, but definitely don’t need.”  I love my Garmin Forerunner 10, but with more swimming and riding, I am ogling mutli-sport Garmin watches.  Definitely on my wishlist (but see “long term savings goals in “Obsessing over….”, above).

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Little things I’m loving…

This sweatshirt.  Yes, I own it. #TLOP4EVER #NOMOREPARTIESINLA

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Newport wedding weekend – My good friend Ryan from high school got married on Sunday in a gorgeous ceremony in Newport Beach.  It was such a fun weekend with my old guy friends, and I’ve never seen Ryan look so happy. Going back to work today was not easy, though, that’s for sure.

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Ezekiel french toast – (dip two slices of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread in a mixture of 1/4 cup egg whites, 1 tablespoon vanilla protein (I like Vega’s Protein & Greens or Perfect Fit from Tone it Up), and 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon.  Cook in a pan sprayed with coconut oil for two minutes on each side and top with berries and organic maple syrup).



What is getting you through the week?  Share your current favorite listen, watch, read, or guilty pleasure in the comments! 

fitness friday: a pre-weekend workout tip.

1 Jul

In general, I love to work out.  I like how I feel the whole rest of the day and it in general just makes me happy.  Even if some of my colleagues joke that all I do when I’m not at work is exercise, it is an important part of each day.  But, as the week goes on, sometimes it is hard to make myself get out of bed, especially after a long week of waking up early to squeeze in workouts and the occasional late night at work.

A few months ago, the DTLA Soul Cycle opened, which is walking distance from my current apartment.  My friend Kristina started going every Friday before work – and we quickly became tight with our instructor, Lisa.


I absolutely LOVE Soul Cycle – and I can say that because I teach spin classes, and have also tried basically every other major spin studio, at least those in LA.  I’ll save my intense musings on why I love Soul so much for another post, but the point is it works for me.  Just like that “If we build it, they will come” line from Field of Dreams, if I schedule a Soul rooster ride, I will go.  I start every Friday off early, STOKED to work out, and then I grab a smoothie on the way to work.  Not to mention, going to Soul Cycle feels like a treat — I don’t wake up annoyed I have to get a run in or do weights in a haphazard and lackluster fashion in my living room.

Kristina, Lisa, and me this morning.

Kristina, Lisa, and me this morning.

So, my tip is to give yourself something to look forward to — maybe a run date with a friend, a studio class, a hike, etc.  It’s both a motivator to work out when I might otherwise opt to sleep in or phone it in, AND its a reward for getting through it all the other days AND I get to spend time with Kristina before work.  Win-win-win.

Leave a workout tip below: What’s your tip for beating the battle with the bed? 

hump-day treat.

29 Jun

That mid-week slump is REAL – especially this week, with a three-day weekend glistening over the horizon.  To get you through the last half of the work week, I wanted to share with you a few things I’m loving from around the web and IRL . . .

Currently bumpingthis Faded X Panda mash-up.  My neighbors probably already hate me for waking up to rap music at absurd hours, but this on loop probably is adding fuel to the fire.

Oh, and this too.  #SaveDatMoney



Obsessing over…all things related to the OJ Simpson trial.  I loved the FX mini-series, “The People v. OJ Simpson” that was on earlier this year, but I am absolutely enthralled by the 30 for 30 documentary called OJ: Made in America.  It goes into such depth and detail about his celebrity – I knew he was charismatic but I had no idea of the sheer magnitude of his fame.  This documentary also explains the racial dynamics at play in Los Angeles in the early 90s, as well as OJ’s repeated  domestic abuse of Nicole.  Highly recommend for anyone interested in the case, and especially those in Los Angeles.  I’m also reading Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run Of His Life,” which is the book the FX mini-series was based on. It also gives more detail about all aspects of the trial.

Guilty pleasure du jour…(tangent: remember that MTV movie “2GE+HER”?  Well, it was amazing on many levels.  Carson Daly at his prime. But anyway, 2GE+HER’s rival boy band was named Du Jour.  So good).  ANYWAY.  I am, admittedly, a Bachelor fan.  Not because I believe the franchise is a vessel for the lead to find “true love,” but because I LOVE the behind-the-scenes blogs and podcasts that unpack how the show is produced, and it’s just a fun guilty pleasure.  Of course I watch the show, but I really watch it so I understand what’s going on in the blogs that recap them.  (My favorites:

  • http://lostangelesblog.com/ – Zack’s recaps are sporadic these days, but he’s hilarious.  Every other comedic recap is an attempt to do what he does.  Also, he went to high school down the street from mine, so I have to rep someone from the Conejo doing big things…
  • Lizzy Pace’s recaps on Funny or Die: Funny, perceptive, and oh yeah, she was in my sorority in college.
  • Sharleen Joynt’s recaps on All the Pretty Pandas and Flare – Sharleen was a former contestant (remember the opera singer from Juan Pablo’s season?) She has excellent insider knowledge and makes astute obersvations.
  • I’m also obsessed with the Bachelorette Party podcast from my girl (I don’t really know her, but if I did we would be bffs) Juliet Litman on the Channel 33 podcast network.
  • The “Here To Make Friends” podcast is good too – with great guests and a look at Bachelor Nation through a feminist lense:


Little things I’m loving

Group chats – I am pretty sure I could not get through the week without group texts.  My family keeps in touch through our “Squad” group chat – and it is nice to be able to talk to everyone throughout the week, even about things that may seem unimportant or trivial.  My girlfriends Heather and Kristina and I have a chat we titled “#LAwHers” and that has been a constant source of both comic relief and support.  I love a good group chat, but I love it more with a name and with an emoji.

Reconnecting with old friends –  In the last couple of weeks, some of my friends from out of town have visited LA, and I’ve gotten to grab dinner with them, funnily enough each on consecutive Monday nights.  Last weekend, I joined my high school friend, Heather, at an event with Shape Magazine.  We took a class with FlyWheel at a pop-up loft downtown and had a blast.

Currently covetingThese rad skateboard decks.  I don’t skateboard, but I’d totally have this hanging on my wall somewhere.

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What is getting you through the week?  Share your current favorite listen, watch, read, or guilty pleasure in the comments! 

fitness friday: RnR SD 26.2

17 Jun


A little less than two weeks ago I ran my fourth full marathon – RnR San Diego.  It was a wonderful day and despite the fact the course is challenging and I went in with minimal expectations, I managed to PR with a time of 3:43:38.

I have an interesting history with this race.  I did the half in 2012 and loved it.  It was also the first place I broke the 1:40 barrier in the half. In 2013, I ran my very first full marathon on this course and it was a battle.  The last 6-8 miles were a struggle and it was a huge learning experience.  This time, I went in with a plan to just use this race as a gauge of my fitness and to get another 26.2 race behind me.  I had trained for LA in February, but about a month before the race I developed pretty intense plantar fasciitis and opted not to race on that day.  In the interim, I’ve ramped up my cross training (cycling and swimming) and resistance training through Tone It Up.  I’ve also cleaned up my diet, and felt the difference on my training runs for RnRSD.   I didn’t do a long run over 18 miles for fear that I would injure myself, and didn’t really follow a comprehensive training plan, so I wanted to start out slow (first 6-7 miles no faster than 8:30) and then get faster.


The night before the race I got dinner with some of my #DTLARunning guys – I wasn’t really nervous until we all got together and I realized I was going to be running for a long time the next morning.  Woof.


I was lucky to stay just a block from the start line with my  friend Ryan.  We watched some frivolous reality TV which also helped keep my nerves at bay.  And the best part?   I recognized the first contestant on a Fox reality TV show from college.

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Why yes, I was a big Loggy fan in 2010.


As I was unwinding, my #DTLARunning friend/training partner Alvaro messaged me and said he was going to pace me and that my plan of starting with 8:30s was stupid because I was going to get tired anyway.  Gulp.  We arranged to meet in my corral and he’d pace me.  He is confident I have a BQ in me – but I did not want to put that pressure on myself at San Diego, knowing I was undertrained and also knowing there’s a beast of a hill at mile 21.


I met up with the #DTLARunning crew, found Alvaro, and we were off.  I really enjoyed the first 10 miles or so, through North Park and Normal Heights.  There was good crowd support and fun signs.  Alvaro and I kept it sub-8 (on accident on my part, less sure about him) and we rolled into the half at 1:42.  I listened to podcasts the first half, and then turned my music on as a “treat” later on in the race (yes I realize that sounds absurd, things get weird in my brain during a full mary).

I started getting a little tired around mile 16, in the Mission Bay area where the course got a little bit boring.  I stopped to walk a few times here and there, but was generally just enjoying being out there.  While I did get tired, I never felt gassed out or like I was experiencing glycogen debt.  I also did not experience cramps or crazy charley horses (like I did in my last marathon).

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The race went by quickly – all of a sudden we were at mile 20.  And then that beast of a hill… We sped up the last mile or so and the finish really did seem to go on forever.


I was really REALLY happy with a PR on this course (and a 6-minute course PR as well).  More than anything, this was the best I’ve ever felt post-marathon.  I was a little sore for two days after, but was able to exercise and get my muscles moving.  Definitely hungry now for a sub 3:40 and an eventual BQ.

After the race, I hung out with Alvaro and the #DTLARunning crew. IMG_7209

And then indulged with Ryan with mimosas and views of San Diego.



It was a great re-entry into the marathon distance and boosted my confidence at my fitness level right now.  Even writing this made me feel those #endorphinwasted vibes I love so much.

On the fitness docket for me this weekend is a Saturday morning run with #DTLARunning and checking out the Shape Magazine Movemeant Foundation event, and a spin sesh on Sunday with Electric Flight Crew.

How are you sweating this weekend?  


16 Jan

I know, I haven’t blogged “in a minute” (that’s something people say to mean literally any unit of time, but whatever).

I used to have a tradition where I’d recap my year with the songs that summarized each month…and although I failed at getting that posted anywhere near the end of 2015, I am not one to break with tradition.  So, I thought I’d pop back up really quickly to summarize the gist of 2015 and then hit you with some 2k16 goals. (Tangent: what’s with the hashtags of #squad #squadgoals this past year?  I’m guilty of using them, but not 100% sure what either of them mean.  #squadgoals?)

ANYWAY.  Here are the songs that summarized my twenty fifteen.  I’m skipping the recaps this year (my life is boring and and I am not sure anyone cares, but here’s some addictive songs and some rad photos from the last year).








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And while I’m here, might as well hit with you some 2016 goals – not making “resolutions” per se, but here’s what I want to tackle in 2016:

  • PR in the marathon.  Not putting obscene pressure on myself to BQ, but trying to run smarter (and slower in the beginning) to finish with a faster time.  I would love to see 3:39:xx this year, but I’ve also been pretty lazy with my training.  I’ll be happy with any finish (or that’s what I tell myself).
  • Complete a triathlon.  I’ve signed up for one.  #gulp
  • Read more. (for pleasure, duh)
  • Tackle some unspecified professional and personal goals (gotta keep some things a little cryptic…)