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A Special 30th Birthday

Posted May 23 2012 7:17am



[Image by my very talented friend Jon , who meets celebrities like Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul . He actually hung out with them over the weekend. No big deal.]

I’m not sure who’s more excited about Mal’s 30th birthday today—him or me!


This morning, I woke up before Mal’s alarm went off, so I could make him a big ol’ birthday breakfast before he headed to work.

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His breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 pieces of toast with butter, Greek yogurt with fresh raspberries, half of a grapefruit, and a “mini” iced coffee with almond milk since he plans to hit up Dunkin’ Donuts for their $1 Coffee Day on his way to work.

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My breakfast: 1 egg, toast with peanut butter, Greek yogurt with fresh raspberries, half of a grapefruit, and an iced coffee with coconut milk.

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I have a bunch of fun surprises planned for him later today, and I can’t wait to give him his presents and celebrate with him. I love birthdays, especially Mal’s!

[rewind to last night]


Last night’s CrossFit workout was a lot of fun, and it’s one you can easily do at the gym or at home, so I turned it into an image that you can print or Pin on Pinterest . (FYI: I have a workout board with tons of workouts like this… and a pug board .)


I used a band for the pull-ups and finished in 25:01.


After CrossFit, I was pretty hungry, so I snacked on some trail mix while I made dinner.

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I’ve been downing trail mix like it’s my job lately (random handfuls between meals), so I decided to actually measure out one serving, which is 1/4 cup (160 calories). It’s a lot smaller than I thought it was! Mental note: take it easy on the trail mix.


On the menu for dinner: baked chicken and Sweet Potato Wedges cooked in coconut oil, which are the most amazing things ever. I cannot get enough of these babies. I went back for a second (and third) helping last night.

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After dinner, I satisfied my sweet tooth with a few Hershey’s Kisses.

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Feel Great Weight

May has been a busy month for me. I feel like I’ve spent more time traveling than at home! The month started off with a 3-day trip to New York City , followed by a day-long fitness conference , another trip to NYC , and then an . Even though I’ve been having a blast on the road, it isn’t surprising that all of this nonstop travel involves some fatigue, stress, and makes it more difficult for me to eat well. When I’m running around from place-to-place and event-to-event, I sometimes make poor decisions with regard to my weight-loss goals, like choosing a buttery croissant over a Greek yogurt and happy hour over an early-morning run through a new city.

Being constantly on the go means that my normal eating and exercise routines get a bit out of whack, not to mention slacking on my healthy habits doesn’t make me feel good about myself, so through my travels over the past two weeks, I’ve made it a point to take care of myself and keep my waistline in check. Use these tips to ensure you don’t forgo your goals while on the go: 4 Healthy Habits on the Go .

Question of the Day

When is your birthday?

I’ve asked this question on CNC in the past, but I love finding birthday twins (mine is June 19th), so I thought you guys might too! Feel free to play along!

P.S. You still have time to enter my giveaway to win a pair of compression socks . I will pick a winner this afternoon. I’m also hosting a giveaway to win a Bob Harper DVD on Trading Up Downtown !

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