Posts Tagged ‘HLS’

August is over. It certainly feels like it outside. We’re bordering on fall weather and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I don’t think I’m quite ready to let summer go yet.

I never get tired of this though.

(this is also how I feel about fall and the fact that I’m going back to philly ;))


Recap – goals for august

1. HALF MARATHON – oh yes. you can read post here

2. try hot yoga – I went! only once but I went & loved it. yoga will become something I do regularly (if I keep telling myself that)

3. join gym or commit to strength training on my own – I didn’t join a gym. I really just can’t justify spending the money just so I can go to classes. I did start doing more cross training, but not as much as I want to. I give myself half credit on this one.

4. have an amazing time at HLS. Definitely. Recaps on HLS here, here & here plus my lessons learned.

August was a bit of an odd month. I talked a little bit about how weird I felt after the half marathon in this post. I’m adjusting how I think about my workouts and getting more on track.

Last night, I did my first speed workout. Speed work makes me nervous, which probably explains why I skipped it the past 2 weeks. oops.  I did  8 x400 intervals at an 8:57 pace with a 1 mile warmup &  .5 mile cool down.  It flew by!  Intervals made it go by so fast. Big fan. 

and completely unrelated but worth sharing – yesterday afternoon, I pulled this out of my desk drawer (which is always stock piled with bars, nuts, etc). I got this in my HLS swag bag and didn’t have high hopes.20110831-090320.jpgit was surprisingly delicious & chocolatey


how did you all do on august goals? 

thoughts on speedwork?

who wants to send me workouts to try :)?


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borrowed from the HLS facebook page

1. strangers aren’t that scary. I went into this nervous as you all know, because I’d never met anyone else that was attending. I arrived at the hotel, checked in at the front desk, and made a friend waiting for the elevator. Took a whole 5 minutes.
Nice to know that I wasn’t the only one who went without friends. So glad I went!


2. Dawn Jackson Blatner is the author of The Flexitarian Diet. Her message was about R.A.W. Realistic & Achievable Wellness. I know meat isn’t awesome for me, but I like it. I could never be a vegetarian, nevermind a vegan. I respect those who go down that route, but it isn’t for me. So in her words, I’m not anti-meat, I’m pro-plants. I’m intrigued, Dawn.


3. You don’t feel defensive unless you have something to be defensive about. – Julie


4. Only put things out in the world that you’re willing to stand behind. This probably isn’t something I learned, more something I was reminded of.


5. When dealing with negativity: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? – Heather

I like the way she phrases it. Ask yourself those 3 questions before you respond to someone who makes you feel less than warm and fuzzy. (not that I’ve had to deal with a lot of blog negativity)


6. If there is someone you want to meet, just do it.  I was a little shy when it came to introducing myself to many of the bloggers that I read. Why?  I’m not really sure. I thought everyone was trying to meet them and didn’t want to be annoying? It was awkward, so I avoided it?  They were busy talking to people they already knew?  Who knows.

I should’ve sucked it up and done it.  Some of them were good about talking to the newbies and some weren’t. So I just assumed they weren’t interested in meeting me.  Probably not accurate.  Thinking about it now, imagine what its like to be in a room with 200 people who know lots of details about your life and you have no idea who they are.. awkward? yeah.    So next time..


and one random not-so-HLS-related lesson:

7. if you open/unhook bracelets, they don’t set off the metal detector.


this = serious crazy pat down from the scary security ladies while all my stuff clogs the scanner belt and I get the stare down from the dude who stuff is after mine. sorryyy


unhook bracelets = casual stroll through the metal detector. smile. retrieve stuff.

dear boston security guy –
thank you for kindly letting me know that I don’t need to volunteer for the body scanner.
love, alli


I’m feeling prettyyy motivated this week, my friends. Renewed desire to get my butt in gear. So I’m back on the training plan. Week 1 wasn’t so hot last week. Week 2 is going fairly well.

On the food front – preparation is everything. Having food & a plan of what to do with it is key. So I bought a container of strawberries at Whole Foods the other night, broke out my super strawberry slicer and planned out a few days worth of breakfast.

20110824-113147.jpgstrawberries 20110824-113229.jpglove grown granola – simply oats.  Thanks Tina!
20110824-113242.jpgadd some greek yogurt. deliciousness on my desk.

3 days in a row. addiction possible.

pretty sure I’m out of all 3 of those ingredients now though. sad.


now if only I made as much effort with dinner last night. oops.
I swear I’ll stop talking about HLS now.

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holy photos. so many!

Saturday morning – Breakfast started at 8.  Excited for it all to begin!

Agendabreakfast was sponsored by attune foods – loved these coasters.

I enjoy all types of happy hour 🙂

lots of bloggers!we started with an ice breaker.  then I went to Stepfanie’s session on Writing a Better Recipesuper informative! now I just need to come up with a few alli-originals.

then Dawn Jackson Blatner gave a great talk on Action Mantra’sBrittany, Heather, Julie & Courtney inspired everyone to Rise Above the Negativity. Lessons learned:    Your blog is your castle, you can rule it however you please.     We can use whatever lens we want to see and share our lives.

Tina, Lisa, Janeetha & Beth talked about numbers. focus on the things you can control. numbers can motivate but also make you crazy. check in with yourself & what works for you.

oh hey friends! Kristy, me, & Holly

After the last session, a group of us wandered back over to Reading Terminal Market to check it out while its open. I could’ve taken a thousand pics, but instead you get sign & flowers. pretty
liberty bell!!I don’t think I’ve actually ever seen the Liberty Bell. Glad we made it during the jam-packed weekendabout ten of us ended up at The Corner for dinner. Super cute. Sangria was excellent – just what I needed after a looong and informative day these little cornbreads were fantastic – soft, fluffy, buttery

I ordered the corner burger – it was good but nothing blog-worthy

diana & kelly

no one touched their food without snapping photos first. I love it. The table next to us thought we were crazy.

delic margarita at the loews hotel
everyone else’s pretty cocktails

and that was Saturday!!

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pre-HLS nerves

Tomorrow afternoon, I’m getting on a plane to Philadelphia to spend the weekend with a bunch of strangers.

When tickets to the Healthy Living Summit went on sale, I consciously didn’t try to get one. I was curious. I thought about it, but it sounded like one of those ideas I get super excited about for a whole 10 minutes.

A few days later – after reading all the hype, all the excitement, after getting a preview into how many fantastic people were going to be there, I started to regret my decision.

And then someone backed out.

Someone needed to sell their ticket, so I JUMPED. on my birthday, interestingly enough, I got a ticket.

Why do I want to go to this?

1. I love blogging & this is a great opportunity to learn

2. Its run by a phenomenal group, whose blogs I read. (if you read blogs, you know how exciting it is to get to meet them)

3. There is an incredible community of people who are passionate about healthy living and balance. I want to be a part of it.

4. Why not?!

Safe to admit that I’m pretty nervous. Not knowing anyone is going to be awkward at first. But I’m really hoping awkward moves towards fantastic pretty quickly.

Really excited.


was pretty excited about this as well, but HLS definitely wins.


if you haven’t been to Falafel King, GO NOW. holy wonderfulness. mmm

plus maybe HLS will inspire me to actually take pictures when I leave the house. So far this week:

  • I went to Toscano for Restaurant Week lunch. DELIC! no pics to prove it.
  • I had a wine date with Christina. Always a fun time but no pics to share.

blogger fail.


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this is what I ate for dinner last night. because every post needs photos 🙂


I can’t believe its August already.  I know, I know.. everyone says that.  I can’t believe I’ve lived in Boston over 6 months already..  it feels like I just got here. but at the same time, NY feels like a loong time ag0.

new month means its time for goals!

Goals for July – recap

1. get to 12 miles  – done. realll ugly. but I did it.

2. take lots of pictures  – I think did a pretty good job?   I tried.

3. spend some QT with baby mac – oh yes. accomplished. i am in love. with charlie. and finn too.

4. do yoga once a week –  uhh. fail. I don’t think I did yoga even once. (I did buy a groupon for 5 classes though! pretty sure that doesn’t count here)

5. get to the pool – I did!  only once, but I got there. I predict more pool time in August..

mmm. pink smoothie.




goals for august

1. HALF MARATHON – aug 7. – 7am. READYYYY

2. try hot yoga – groupon purchased. just need to get there.

3. join gym or commit to strength training on my own –  I really need to start cross training more. strictly running is only going to get me injured.

4. have an amazing time at HLS.  – I don’t know a soul. I read their blogs. This community inspires me. Its time to meet them & have a fantastic time.


what are your goals?

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I had a phenomenal birthday!! thanks everybody

Friday morning I got up & did a 6.6 mile loop through the common, the Esplanade & over to Cambridge. It wasn’t hot or overly sunny so great for a long run.

Pineapple makes me really happy so perfect for a post-run breakfast 

Then the real fun begins!  
Early afternoon, Suzy & I headed over to Fanueil Hall for some lunch & cocktails.

love it. 
this was delicious. Kingfish Hall‘s – Fish & Chips
(birthday is a great excuse to eat something so fried and wonderful)
lindsey came to join us 🙂
sister love. 
we later moved to the bar to “watch” the bruins game & eat pre-birthday-celebration
jager bombs at 7? sure suz – that sounds like an excellent plan. 
We spent the entire night & Clarke’s, which was great. 
People came early, people came late, people stopped by, I just set up shop & enjoyed every minute. 
so many fun people came out!  
(though so many got missed by the camera – sad)
overall – fantastic night & wonderful start to 28!!
Other exciting news!  I got a ticket to this year’s HLS!!
Will be so fun. I can’t wait! 🙂 

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