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I'm a Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor!

You read that right, friends: I did it! I got certified! The day before the official kickoff of Blogfest was the day of certifications. Some of my friends got certified to teach Strong by Zumba (which is really fun, and you should totally try it. Disclaimer: It is not dancing!), others obtained their certifications in other subjects, but I was all in on the Schwinn!

Fortunately for me, I was still on Eastern Standard Time, because the class began at 8 a.m., and we all know I ain't a morning person.

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week


This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for shopping at the Farmers Market, but all thoughts, purchasing decisions, and photos are my own!

Do you guys have farmers markets in your area? Did you know National Farmers Market Week is coming up in just a few weeks (August 6-12)?

I recently had the fortune of shopping at the Pike Central Farm Market at Pike & Rose recently, and I fell in love! I love farmers markets because you get to buy fresh, local ingredients, and you often learn about businesses and foods that you might never hear of otherwise. I went with my good friend Judy. We stopped by after free yoga at the new REI and brunch at Owen's Ordinary. I wanted to pick up some ingredients I'd never cooked with so that I could make something different for dinner for the next week or two, and Judy was down for a stroll around the market.

I Bought A Bike

A few weeks back, I bought myself a bike. I set a goal to drive to work less often on days where I don't have events or activities immediately after work. I could take Metro to work, but I could also commute by bike, which is even better for the environment, and better for my health. Plus, since I'm getting my indoor cycling certification next month, I wanted to get myself more comfortable on bikes in general. 

I went to Performance Bicycle in Columbia, Maryland, and got a great deal on a low-end, functional, hybrid bike. The bonus was that it was in one of my favorite colors!

How I Spent Global Running Day

Hello friends! It has been a while since I last posted here, hasn't it? Sorry to have neglected you guys! Things have been busy on my end with my move, work, and getting my butt in shape! I've been posting on Twitter and Instagram, so if you follow me there, you won't miss anything!

As part of my "getting my butt in shape" plan, I've been getting in a bunch of two-a-days over the last couple of weeks. One cool thing that I've been doing is taking Pilates at lunchtime at work (it's free as part of our health insurance), and I'm definitely starting to notice a difference with my core strength! I hadn't done Pilates in a looong time, so I forgot that I actually liked it!

Quest Bar Protein Cookies

I've been a fan of Quest Bars for a little while now. They're so good! I like to pack some for volleyball tournaments and hiking, but I also like to keep some in my desk for days when I don't get a chance to eat lunch. Each bar provides me with at least 20g of protein, which I definitely need as an active person!

After work and yoga on Friday, I headed over to Target to pick up some Quest Bars. Did you know that they sell them at Target? I actually had no idea, but I'm glad they do! They have everything at Target, don't they? That's why I'm always getting in trouble when I go there! "Oh, I just need to pick up a pack of staples!" (Leaves store with a new desk, a new stapler, poster board, a swimsuit...)

Coffee + Protein Powder = A Match Made in Heaven

Disclosure: I was provided with one canister of Click Active protein powder in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts contained in this post are my own. 

Have you ever thought, why can't I just make one drink in the morning that has protein AND coffee? Well, you're in luck! Today, I'm going to tell you all about this amazing protein powder I tried, and I'll even share with you a delicious new recipe! Oh, and one other thing: One of you lucky readers will win a canister of mocha protein powder!

Click Active. Those are some magical words! These guys are the real deal! They have this amazing protein powder which has 25g of protein in each serving, as well as caffeine from espresso. It tastes delicious, and helps you get that extra perk in the morning that you would normally get from your regular ol' coffee.

Why I Want to Teach Indoor Cycling

I'm going to BlogFest again this year! I'm so excited! I had such an amazing time last year, learned so much, and met so many inspiring people. I can't wait to do it all again!

This year's BlogFest is being held in Las Vegas, and I'm doubly excited because I've never been to Vegas, let alone Nevada, before! Hooray to checking another state off the list!

Last year, I almost signed up for the POP Pilates training, but I decided against it. I had not done Pilates in I don't know how long, but I distinctly remember not being too passionate about it. After last year, I thought, why don't I try to find something I am interested in that I can get certified in next year?
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