Happy Weekend all!!

So, the following survey has been making it’s way around the blogosphere lately. I was tagged by the beautiful Koryn earlier this week to fill it out, so I’m really psyched to do so. Here we go:

A. Attached or Single? Attached.


B. Best Friend? See above. Also the girl who took the above photo and also this girl too. And also my friend since high school, Elyse, who doesn’t have a link yet but needs one. And also my mom. And also a few from college but this list is getting too long.

C. Cake or pie? Cake.

D. Day of choice? Dorris Day.

E. Essential Item? iphone.

F. Favorite color? The color of money.

G. Gummy bears or worms? BOTH.

H. Home town? Boston.

I. Favorite Indulgence? Candy Crush.

J. January or July? January Jones. July who?

K. Kids? Currently only of the Sour Patch variety.

L. Life isn’t complete without? A good cover.

M. Marriage date? This survey is prejudiced against the unwed.

N. Number of brothers/sisters? Six: 2 real ones, 4 step. I’m the oldest, but if you wanted to arrange us in tiles like the Brady Brunch intro, I’d probably wind up being Alice.

O. Oranges or Apples? I can’t compare apples to oranges.

P. Phobias? Does a general tendency towards anxiety about everything count?

Q. Quotes? Sadly, nothing I’ve ever said has wound up in cursive writing with a sunset in the background.

R. Reasons to smile? Presents.

S. Season of choice? Cayenne pepper.

T. Tag 2 People. Just like in a 5th grade game of capture the flag where nobody really knows who’s on who’s team, I’m tagging everyone.

U. Unknown fact about me? I mean now that we’ve made it to “U”, if you’re still reading, I’m pretty sure you know everything about me.

V. Vegetable? Nope, I’m in a completely conscious state.

W. Worst habit? The ones the monks wear. I prefer the ones worn by the nuns.

X. X-ray or Ultrasound? Pardon?

Y. Your favorite food?  Pasta.

Z. Zodiac sign? GEMINI

Now pick a few questions and lets talk about you.

What’s an unknown fact about you? I love learning random facts about people.

Any big plans this weekend?

First order of business, happy Thursday!

Second order of business, let’s talk about the Gynecologist!

Even though there are literally tens of guys who read my blog, this is a post geared toward the ladies. Sorry fellas.

Since this is a health and wellness blog, I feel I should cover more than just diet and exercise on occasion. And since the vast majority of readers are women, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the importance of the annual trip to the gyno. I had mine yesterday. It’s not the most fun activity one can imagine, but it is a necessary and integral part to staying healthy. Even if you have the nicest gynecologist in the world (which I do) the annual visit can still be an experience one wishes to avoid.

And now a witty moment with everyone’s favorite OB/GYN, Cliff Huxtable:

Everyone's favorite ob/gyn!

I love that show :)

And on that note, I’m just going to jump right into today’s countdown (because I think the title pretty much speaks for itself)

Top 8 Things I Would Change About The Annual Visit To The Gynecologist If I Was In Charge Of Such Things

8. Have a TV on the wall across from the examination chair. It would be nice to have a little distraction for my eyes. Personally, I never know where to look.

7. Perhaps offer a blow dry bar in the same place. Two birds, one stone. Just saying.

6. Always have the office located between a Starbucks and a Froyo place. Because I always want one on my way in and the other on my way out.

5. Letter size pamphlets, instead of legal size. Rather than those pamphlets about “Your Uturus And U” that are always so tall they stick out of your purse, maybe just give me a post-it with the name of the website where I can find all this information.

4. Make-up consultation. Because I could really use one. And if I’m already sitting there in the waiting room, looking at my face in the self-view camera on my iphone out of boredom, it seems like a good time for one.

3. In-office tailor. Since you have to disrobe anyways, if they had a tailor on hand who could maybe fix that hem while you’re having your exam, that would be stellar.

2. Built-in ultra speedy lab that only does pap and blood tests for that particular office. Like a good dry cleaner, you never have to wait longer than 8 hours for results. You come in the morning, and they’ll have something for you by the time you’re done with work.

1. Snacks. I think some refreshments would go a long way in making the experience a little more enjoyable.


Oh Cliff Huxtable :)

Do you mind going to the doctor, or do you tend to put it off?

What’s your least favorite part about going?

Any other ideas to add to the list?

Heyyy youuuu guyyysss! (Name that movie)

So, hello hello. I’m back. I missed you yesterday. I really did. I took the day off, because, well, I was really busy. Busy with work, busy with my weekend, and busy wondering if I should cut down to a 4-day a week blogging schedule. I’m not sure yet.

Anyways, I’ve noticed recently that I talk and even think differently now than I did during the period of my life I will herein refer to as: Before The Blog (BTB). That’s right, that’s an acronym. Why is it there? Because the fitness world loves their acronyms as much as- if not more so than- government agencies.

To illustrate this, I have made a couple graphs to conveniently show the difference between the way a Normal Person (NP) thinks versus that which goes on inside the mind of a Fitness Blogger (FB).


acronymn graph1

Word Associations:

when i say graph


identify graph1

So, let’s discuss. Do you talk, think and/or act differently now than you did BTB?

Omg you guys, I’m so excited about today’s smoothie that I’m just going to skip over the intro entirely and welcome back to the blog my dear friend and smoothie maker extraordinaire, Bevan!!



Bevan is back y’all. And she comes bearing gifts. The gift of a delicious smoothie and pictures of her new kitten, Randall. (In the words of Bevan, “he’s not a kit-nine, he’s a kit-TEN”)

Yay for Randall! I’ve recently started calling him ‘the Great Ran-DALLy’ like he is a magician or an illusionist or a WWE wrestler.

The Almond Kitten Smoothie 

(No kitten helper necessary, but suggested)

  • 1 handful of frozen kale
  • 1/2 a pear
  • handful of blueberries
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 scoop of green vibrance
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter


  • 2 frozen shots of wheatgrass
  • 1 splash of bees pollen to top it off


And just like that- a creamy, dairy-free smoothie chock full of super-foods you will LOVE! So cheers to your kitten, and if you don’t have a kitten you can cheers to Randall.

norm kittens

Happy Friday all!

Anything big planned this weekend?

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Neither? Both? (I’m a bit more of a dog person, but Randall might make me a convert :) )

Do you have a pet? What’s his/her name??