2018 · running

Here We Go Again, Cleveland!

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Two years ago, I went down to a race expo to sign up for what would be my fifth full marathon – the Cleveland Marathon.  During the nearly five hours (yep, five hours – #slowandproud) it took me to finish the race, we experienced #alltheseasons and I feel the need to tell EVERYONE this fact because my finish photo is sunny.

<– See?  You’d never know.

Despite the crazy weather, I fell in love with the Cleveland Marathon.  The race was so well organized, the course was a wonderful tour that highlighted some of Cleveland’s best (you cannot beat running by the water, in my opinion!), and well supported by race crew, volunteers, and spectators.  There’s just something special about this city that I love, the people, and the amazing running community.  You know this race has a special place in my heart when I’m smiling while I’m sitting here thinking and writing about it.

2018ambassador badgeThat’s why I am SO excited to do it all again in 2018!  This time, as a Cleveland Marathon Ambassador!  I’ll be running one of the Challenge Series, the 8K/26.2 distance challenge where you run an 8K on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday.  I am so pumped!  I’ve never done a Challenge like this before, so we’re in for a fun adventure.

I’ll be sharing updates about my journey to marathon weekend on here and on Instagram (@tnewlove) if you want to follow along.  You can also check out my fellow Cleveland Marathon Ambassadors here.  Warning: they are all crazy awesome and if I haven’t been able to convince you that Cleveland is the race for you, their energy and posts probably will 😉

If you haven’t had a chance to run through Cleveland yet, I invite you to join me this year!  If you have, I welcome you back and hope you’ll join in the fun again!

Let’s do this, Cleveland!

2017 · lifestyle

Looking Back on 2017

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New Years Eve – an annual day, for many according to my social media feeds, for reflection.  I’m a proud ticket holder of the reflection train and have enjoyed looking back on both the highs and lows (aka growth opportunities) of the 2017.  Even though I’m posting this in 2018, I wanted to share this look back on 2017 with you and for my own record.

By far, the highest high of 2017 was completing my dietetic internship and passing the RD exam.

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I’m officially a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist!

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As I was studying for my exam, I came across a podcast that ignited a spark.  The RD Real Talk podcast expanded on the concept of intuitive eating, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  In addition to other areas of nutrition and well-being I’m passionate about like integrative/functional nutrition and sports nutrition, I’m immersing myself in learning about intuitive eating.  I am so excited to continue to learn and grow in my practice as a dietitian in 2018!

Another high of 2017 was all of the hiking we were able to do in the later half of the year.  This high came after the low of Tim breaking his foot.  We are grateful that his recovery went smoothly!

There was a lot of running in 2017 – the Oktoberfest 5K in September, the Glass City Marathon Relay with my family in April, the Muddy Mini half with my sister in June, and my sixth marathon in October.  It was this year I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and started running with a local trail group and did the Fall Running Series.  I fell off the bandwagon toward the end of the year with meeting up with the group, but it was another one of the highest highs from the year because it was something I had wanted to do but had put off because of fear.  There was anxiety over meeting new people, but mostly fear over expectations of not being fast enough, running long enough, or running as much as others did.  This was SO not the case.  The trail running community welcomes everyone with open arms.  I am thankful for the continued passion for running, and for getting to share this passion with others.

BGSU – a common thread in the core of my life.  I completed my dietetic internship through Bowling Green and graduated with a Graduate Certificate in Food and Nutrition, my youngest sister graduated, and my entire family (#FalconFamily) headed out to campus for homecoming.  Forever a Falcon, BGSU will always be a highlight of my life.

What is it about water and nature that brings so much joy and contentment?  I am thankful for getting to spend a few days by the Atlantic Ocean with my mom, a few days on the Gulf with my family, a few weeks by the lake – by myself and with family, and many miles of trail running soaking up the beauty of the world around me.

This year, we also faced some challenging times.  There were tears, questioning, and hard times that I can’t even summarize in one word – but the ups and downs, twists and turns, expected and unexpected are what make this life what it is.  I’m internally programmed to look for gratitude and found comfort in looking for the lesson and opportunity to grow in every situation.  By no means did I or am I doing this perfectly, but that’s okay, I’m a work in progress.

But above all, the high of my life will always be those I share it with.  My husband, family, friends, classmates, colleagues, teachers, mentors, running buddies, and more.

Thank you, 2017.

What is one of your “highs” from 2017?

2018 · lifestyle

Welcome, 2018!

Hello, hello!  Happy New Year to you!

I get joy from finding the right quote for the occasion, and as I was searching for something to express my thoughts for the New Year found this written by Neil Gaiman:

“Be kind to yourself in the year ahead.  Remember to forgive yourself and forgive others.  It’s too easily to be outraged these days, so much harder to change things, to reach out, to understand.  Try to make time your time matter…”  -Neil Gaiman

This particular quote continues on, and you can finish reading it and his other wishes for past New Years on his website.  It ends with…

“Hug too much.  Smile too much.  And, when you can, love.”  -Neil Gaiman

I. Love. This.

You are enough, and the world needs you – your light, your passions, your skills, your voice, and your love.

Cheers to bringing more hugs, more smiles, and more love into 2018.

Wishing you and your loved ones all the best in the new year.  Now let’s go make 2018 all it can be ❤

 

 

2017 · travel

Florida Getaway 2017

Tim and I were fortunate enough to be able to tag along on a trip with my parents and sisters to the Don Cesar in St. Petersburg, FL last month.  It was our first time (mine and Tim’s, my family had been there before) staying at Florida’s Pink Palace and it was a treat to get to spend time with my family and soak up the sun.  We feel very lucky to have had gorgeous weather each day we were there, so the bulk of our days were spent outside.

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Every time we come back from a trip to cold, dreary weather in Ohio I question why I live here.  Then I see memes about why I live where the air hurts my face (no alligators, large creepy crawlies, large snakes, etc.) and remember that I truly love living in “the heart of it all.”  Ohio is awesome for so many reasons.  End rant.

We left the resort once our entire trip to venture out for Mom’s birthday dinner, and otherwise enjoyed what was offered onsite.  The three day weekend flew by in a flash of eating, walking on the beach, and reading and lounging by the pool.  The food at the onsite restaurant was amazing.  If you go for breakfast, I recommend the monkey bread.  You’re welcome.

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They also had a fitness center, yoga room, and group fitness classes.  Water aerobics outside in the sun and yoga on the beach?  Sign us up!

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I took advantage of the complimentary non-motorized watersports and went out on a SUP each morning.  Two mornings, I found myself paddleboarding WITH DOLPHINS.  Life doesn’t get much better than that, folks.

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We took our GoPro out with us one morning and I have no idea what I did but IT DIDN’T RECORD (I swear I hit record and saw a red flashing light!).  That’s about 20 minutes of Tim, Dad, and I kayaking/paddleboarding gone and I’m so bummed!  If you have any tutorials/videos you recommend to help this technologically challenged girl out so this doesn’t happen in the future, please comment because clearly I need helpppp!  The fun we had making the memory is definitely more important though, so all is well.

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I can take a solid selfie with a selfie stick, though 😉

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It was hard to leave this little slice of paradise.  We are so thankful we were able to join my family and cherish the time we got to spend with them.

Any fun favorite family vacation memories?

2017

Life Lately

Hello and the happiest of Fridays to you!  It’s December 1st and the holiday season is well underway over here.  It’s been a whirlwind of a month and it’s time we caught up, don’t you think?  I’d love to hear about what you’ve been up to and are looking forward to in the comments below!

The biggest thing that has happened…

In my last post, I mentioned studying a couple of times.

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I was studying everywhere – the gym, the couch, the car…

Well, I’m excited to share that the studying paid off!

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I’m officially a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian!  Whoo hoo!  I have several posts lined up recapping my dietetic internship and studying experience for those of you who may be interested.

We went on a family trip…

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I took (and passed!) the RDN exam just after lunch, and we hopped on a plane later that evening.  We spent a few days in Florida and it was a wonderful time spent soaking up the sun and enjoying being together as a family.

I auditioned to become a CycleSTAR for the new CycleBar studio opening near us…

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I’m looking forward to going through boot camp (CycleBar’s instructor training) once construction on the studio is complete.  Our Cycle Squad got together for a team ride a few weeks ago and it was a blast!  If you’re local, you can follow CycleBar Hudson on Facebook and Instagram for exciting updates!

Catching up, hiking, and cooking…

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I had several projects, books and articles I wanted to read, and random little things that got put on the back burner while I was in my internship and studying for the exam.  There has also been a lot of hiking and cooking!

Figuring out what’s next…

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I don’t share much about work on here, but as you’d probably expect after completing the internship and passing the exam, this is a big part of my life lately.  I’m also deciding what direction I want to take this space on the web – so, we will see!  If you have any nutrition/fitness/wellness/life topics you want me to address, let me know 🙂

I think we’ll stop there for today.  What have you been up to lately?

Before signing off, I wanted to let you know that Kim of KHNutrition.com is hosting a 12 Day Self-Care Challenge.  I love this reminder to take time to take care of YOU, especially during the holidays.  The challenge kicks off today, Dec. 1.  

2017

What’s Up Wednesday

 

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Today I thought I’d do something a little different and link up with Shay over at Mix and Match Mama as she co-hosts What’s Up Wednesday!

What We’re Eating This Week

This week, we’re eating a random assortment of things as we attempt to clean out the fridge!  The cooler weather has me craving all the soups – so I whipped up a loaf of bread and made Pinch of Yum’s Detox Broccoli Cheese Soup.  This has quickly become one of my favorite soup recipes!  I used two bags of steamed broccoli and found a protein-rich nut milk to boost the staying power and amp up the protein content of the soup.  Winner winner 🙂

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What I’m Reminiscing About

This past weekend – it was beautiful and we did a lot of hiking!

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What I’m Loving

Slippers.  It is freezing in our apartment in the early mornings and evenings, and my slippers are saving me from prematurely flipping on the heat.  I have slipper moccasins from Old Navy, but these (less than $20) and these also look comfy and cute for fall and winter.

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What We’ve Been Up To

Finishing our fourth Fall Hiking Spree!

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What I’m Dreading

I’m not sure if it’s dreading, it just takes some getting used to…. but the gray, cool weather has been around for a few days now and it’s a shock to the system after a weekend of sun and 70’s.  Knowing that this is what we are settling in to for the next several months it’s mentally daunting, but I’m focusing on enjoying what the season brings – cozy sweaters, evening hot tea, and the upcoming holidays with family and friends are just a few things that come to mind!

What I’m Working On

Studying. 🙂

What I’m Excited About

Tonight is the last race of the Fall Running Series!

What I’m Watching/Reading

Watching – Fuller House season 3 (such a cute and cheesy show!) and rewatching Parks and Rec (Leslie and Chris are my spirit animals…love them!).

Reading – The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin, Unshakeable by Tony Robbins, and Intuitive Eating by Ellen Tribole and Elyse Resch.  If you have any fiction (happy, light, and fun) or other non-fiction read suggestions, I’m all ears!

What I’m Listening To

My study materials.  Seriously.

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If I’m not listening to my study materials, I’m listening to podcasts.  My new favorite is the RD Real Talk podcast!  I love hearing RD’s share their experiences and advice with fellow colleagues.

What I’m Wearing

A wrap cardigan or flannel shirt, yoga pants/leggings, and slippers (of course).  Life is good, friends.

What I’m Doing This Weekend

I’m hoping to spend some time reading and working on my temperature blanket.  At the rate I’m going, 2017’s blanket will be finished by mid-2018!

What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month

There’s a lot going on in November, but I am most excited about Thanksgiving!

What Else Is New

I’m planning out my 2018 race calendar, which is exciting!  I’ll share what I plan to sign up for soon!

Have a great day! 

 

2017 · baking · food

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I love all food, all-year round…but there is just something special about fall food.  In my house, it’s more than just the arrival of all things pumpkin spice – we must also honor and celebrate APPLES!

As you may have seen on Instagram, I ❤ apple picking and we recently came home with a big bag of gorgeous red delicious apples.  I made my favorite apple cake and apple cinnamon bread – and I’m sharing that recipe with you in portable muffin form!  It’s nothing fancy, but that’s the beauty of fall.  There is a rustic, cozy vibe about it all and I am pumped it is finally here.  Yay for fall baking!

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Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples, finely diced (peel them first if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used coconut milk)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

For the topping:

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a muffin tin or spray with nonstick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, stir to combine cinnamon and brown sugar for the topping.  Set aside.
  3. Stir to combine the dry ingredients (wheat flour, white flour, and baking powder) in a bowl.  Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and white sugar.
  5. Beat in eggs, one at a time until well mixed.
  6. Beat in 1/2 of the dry ingredients and 1/4 cup of milk until combined.  Repeat with the remaining dry ingredients and milk.
  7. Fold in apple pieces.
  8. Pour batter into muffin tin.  Spoon topping mixture over the batter.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy 🙂