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Catching Up

by agirlandhermutt on April 8, 2014

Hello there! These past few weeks have been NUTS. For the first time in what seems like forever I can take a deep breath and just relax. Over the past month I have been traveling (Joplin and Atlanta!), moving and of course, trying to keep up my workouts while surviving work. With a few weeks of nothing major on the calendar, it is time to get to business getting my life in order.

First…Boston locals, be sure to check out my giveaway for a JustAddCooking 3-meal box!

Next…Let’s have a quick chat about all those shenanigans I mentioned above.


A few weeks ago I flew out to Joplin, Missouri to meet up with my Dad to visit my Grandma.

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Flights are good for reading all the magazines that I buy and NEVER read when I’m at home. I also got new sneakers. LOVE THEM.

We like to fly into Springfield and drive from there. The airport there is just a bit busier. *sarcasm*

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The main purpose of the trip was to spend time with my Grandma, which we did a lot! But I also got to spend some quality time with my Dad. There is no one that can make my Dad laugh like me and vice versa. My Mom and BF do a lot of eye rolling when we are together.IMG_2860

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While in Joplin we also got a chance to check out how much they have rebuilt since the devastating tornado in 2011. The tornado killed 158 people and caused about $2.8 billion in damages. I’m so impressed by how many new buildings, parks, businesses and such have been repaired and/or opened since then. This picture was the sight of the church that my parents and I attended when in town. The cross and the priest who had taken shelter in a bathtub were literally the only thing standing after the storm. The church has since rebuilt on a new site, but this incredible reminder is still there.

Obviously I did a little indulinge (see drink photo above) while I was away, I also got sweaty in the hotel gym. I did a few HIIT workouts and lifted some weights. I love a good hotel gym!
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I came home from that trip to the final push for my move out of my apartment. This just wasn’t moving though. I was purging. The amount of garbage that came out of my house was unreal.


I lived in my apartment for 5 years. Everything about that apartment was perfect for me. However, when we decided that it was time for me to leave it also felt like it was the right time to go. Just like people serve a purpose in your life, this apartment served a purpose in mine. I lived on my own. I grew up (a little).

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I’m all moved into my new place with my permanent roommate (the fiancé!) and trying to resist the urge to just throw every box I brought with me away. I hate unpacking almost as much as I hate packing.

So what do you do when you are stressed from moving?! You work out more. I tried all kinds of workouts the week of the move thanks to my ClassPass (more on that later this week!), but the actual day after my move I was booking it over to Chestnut Hill for my VERY FIRST SOULCYCLE class with the Boston Bloggers!


I’m going to try out another class before I give it a full review. Stay tuned!

I had one week at the new place before hopping on another plane. During that week I did the Tone It Up 5 Day Slim Down. Nothing crazy, just getting my food back in order.


Random purchases over the week to make me feel better and less stressed included:

Athleta Purple Pants that I have no business wearing but I am absolutely in love with.

A manicure that included a little bling for my bling finger.

And a phone case that is in no way indicative of my age or maturity level. SHINY!

After a week of living in boxes and attempting to get my life back in order, it was time to fly down to Atlanta for my buddy, Allison’s, wedding.

There was food!

Grilled Chicken Salad at Tap

Chickpea Cake with eggs & grits at The Porter. GRITS!!!!

There was drink!
Monday Night Brewing Drafty Kilt and Fu Manbrew

There was laying around in the sun.
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There was working out.
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There was thrift shop looking. Not buying. I’m not good at thrift shop buying. IMG_3314

And there was lots of love…wedding style!
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Congrats Allison & Kevin!
Seriously. Wasn’t she just the best lookin’ bride?!


And that is that! Back to the real world, unpacking and the gym. See ya soon!

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33 While 33 Update…And a new list!

by agirlandhermutt on February 26, 2014

Hi folks! My birthday has come and gone so it is time to see how I did on my 33 While 33 list.

In general, I did pretty good! My life took a turn in a different, and even better, direction than I had expected and I ended up doing SO MANY THINGS. Just not really things that were on my list. Hey. I’ll take it. The idea of the original list was to get out of the box/schedule/routine and try new things. I feel confident that I did just that.

1. Visit the Mysic Aquarium.- NO! This is pathetic. Its been on my list for YEARS. We had a plan to go when I was down in CT at the beginning of last year but an ice storm came through and blew that plan out of the water.

2. Travel to a new state. Done! Utah for the Blend Retreat!

3. Visit a zoo. Done! 6/28 San Diego Zoo

4. Read 15 non-book club books. DONE! Just barely though. Literally 15 books as of the day before my birthday.

5. Do something musical (learn an instrument, attend an opera, etc)- Kind of? I bought a guitar. ha! I did go to a music festival though. Does that count? I’m going to count it. DONE!

6. Sew 5 items.- Done! Yes! I made cute little hand warmers.

7. Complete 3 30-day challenges.Almost! I did 2!1.Spend Less May! 2. Dry in July

8. Learn to bake macaroons and take them to a party.- Nope. Whoa. That requires a lot of ingredients and work.

9. Try 33 different beers and/or wines. Done! GABF!!!

10. Run a 5k…again.- Done! Electric Run

11. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.- Kind of. I walked under it!

12. Eat at a Tom Colichio restaurant.- Nope.

|13. Try 3 new-to-me workouts.- SOOO many new workouts this year! TRX; Ultimate Boot Camp; Summer Shred!; Flywheel; Indoor Rock Climbing

14. Participate in a murder mystery dinner.- Nope.

15. Learn to play poker.- No. So easy to do and I just never did it!

16. Organize, scan and store old photos.- Ha. Hahahahahaha.

17. See the Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight.- NO! We were so close one weekend but something came up. Ugh.

18. Take Korky on a day trip.-I can’t remember! I take Korky everywhere with me when it is nice so I’m not sure why this one made the list in the first place. He is 13. He has no interest in day trips.

19. Buy a car!- No. Long story short…my car had a little tinkering done on it and now it runs perfectly. Knock on wood.

20. Make 5 non-recipe Pinterest items.- Yes! I was crafty in bursts throughout the year.

21. Take 3 hikes.- Red Rocks & Chautauqua

22. Have a proper picnic.- No. This year!!!

23. Go vegan for a week.- No. I’m not sure why. I don’t think this would be difficult for me.

24. Become scuba certified.- No. Change of plans. My Dad and I decided that our claustrophobia might not mix well with this. We will stick with snorkeling.

25. Really learn to ride my bike (gears, change tire, etc).- Kind of. I do so much better with changing my gears and feel more comfortable, in general. I still don’t know how to change my tire though.

26. Try 5 new foods.- YES!

27. Host a DIY salad & pizza night.- No. :(

28. Learn to open a coconut.- YES! My parents got one for me and I opened it right before I left for the airport while home for Christmas. I have pics to prove it.

29. Walk to Mordor.- No. I had a hard time keeping up and then started going to the gym for my exercise.

30. Make at least 1 dish from each of my cookbooks.- No. HA! I ended up getting rid of every cookbook but two.

31. Learn to make dog treats that Korky will actually enjoy.- No.

32. Eat lobster in Maine.- Yes? I was reminded by the BF that I have eaten lobster in Maine. Twice.

33. Go skydiving!- No. Change of plans and may not be a bucket list item. I’m not sure anymore.

I said for each that I accomplished I would give myself $5 to a new bag fund.
Total in the new bag fund=$75 (15 done!)

For each item I did not accomplish I would donate $5 to the Merwin Memorial Free Animal Clinic.
Total donation=$90 (18 not done!)


Now on to the NEW list!

1. Participate in an athletic event.
2. Visit the Mystic Aquarium. Pathetic.
3. See the Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight.
4. Read at least 1 non-book club book a month.
5. Revamp the blog.
6. Hit my goal weight. You know, no big deal.
7. Find a budget software and stick with planned budget for the year.
8. Go vegan for a week.
9. Grow fresh herbs.
10. Bike more than 20 miles at one time.
11. Complete a workout challenge.
12. See more live music!
13. Host a girl’s night.
14. Visit at least 3 new breweries.
15. Have a Christmas tree.
16. Watch a sunrise at the beach.
17. Take a dance class.
18. Visit the arboretum.
19. Plan something fun for my 35th birthday!
20. Learn how to play the guitar. That I already own.
21. Go on a proper picnic.
22. Go fruit picking.
23. Attend a couples class (painting, cooking, etc)
24. See a play.
25. Learn to do a headstand.
26. Buy a bikini.
27. Go kayaking.
28. Visit the Harbor Islands.
29. Try every specialty spinning studio in town.
30. Learn to play poker.
31. Buy an original piece of artwork.
32. Have a wine & cheese night with no tv, just music.
33. Knit 3 things!
34. Get married!

For the items that I accomplish I will put $5 towards an unnecessary workout clothing purchase. Think Lululemon or new colorful sneakers. For those that I do not accomplish I will add $5 towards a donation to the MSPCA Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center. <—Don’t worry. I donate on a regular basis, but this would be in addition to my yearly donation.


Stay tuned! I think this year is going to be a good one. ;)

See ya Friday with an update on my workouts, weight loss and everything health & fitness related in between.


Happy January 6th!

January 6, 2014

Happy January 6th! I’m about 6 days behind the rest of the world. Yay! That feels about typical. I feel like this is my New Year’s Day because I spent the first few days of the new year battling a mega cold. Like one that gets you all swollen and snotty. Despite the fact that I’m working through […]

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