One Year Blogiversary! And My First Ever Giveaway!

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Greens & Coffee Beans is officially one year old today!

The time has absolutely flown by and I can’t even believe it has been a year since I’ve started this little blog. Where has the time gone? I feel like so much has happened in the past year! Let’s take a look back shall we?

February:

My first post ever! (can we all agree that first posts are the most awkward?)

I auditioned for my Pilates teaching job (and got it!)

March:

Ran my first 8k!

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Made chocolate oatmeal protein pancakes with peanut butter topping which is my most popular recipe

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Went hiking a lot.

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April:

Went gluten-free and my tummy was very happy about it!

Ran the Autism Speaks 5K

Turned 21!

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And did some more hiking

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May:

Finished my Junior year of college and moved out of the dorms FOR GOOD

Ran a 4 mile Sticky Bun Run and my first 10K

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Started my first internship

Went to the farmer’s market a bunch

June:

I did lots of yoga

Ran the Race for the Cure 5K

My brothers graduated high school

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I started Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer, and got some muscles!

And had a few more trips to the farmer’s market.

July:

I volunteered at a triathlon and found my grandmother’s peanut butter machine (in the same week! It was a good one)

Lost someone I went to middle school with

Went to the beach!

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Watched the Olympics like a crazy person. Seriously, I watched every single sport.

August:

I tried my first CrossFit class and almost joined the cult.

Went to the farmer’s market AGAIN (theme here?)

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Moved into my first apartment

Started my senior year of college

September:

I tried CrossFit again

Almost set the oven on fire

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Learned how to eat healthy on a (small) college budget

Ran the Mayview Madness 5K (my legs still hurt thinking about that elevation!)

Checked out the Watauga County Farmer’s Market. More than once

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October:

Ran the Triangle Run/Walk for Autism 5K while home for fall break and got new running shoes!

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Went to my senior homecoming game

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Cooked up some pretty tasty chili

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Threw a halloween party

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And you guessed it, spent more time at the farmer’s market

November:

My artwork was published in a book!

Celebrated Thanksgiving with my family and my 6th anniversary with my boyfriend

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And had a Friendsgiving! Complete with cranberry sauce of course.

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Ran the Black Saturday 5K

December:

I became a Tribesports Ambassador!

Celebrated Christmas with my family

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Ran The Gobbler 5K

January:

Rang in the New Year

Had my last first day of school

Survived the Boone flood

Took a day trip to Asheville & had a French party!

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Which brings us to February!

Giveaway Time

I’ve really enjoyed writing this blog for the past year and I really appreciate all you guys for reading. I thought I’d show my appreciated by hosting my first ever giveaway!

I want to put together a box of my favorite goodies for the winner. I don’t know what I’m going to put together yet, but I’m hoping to get some input from the winner, basically the prize is wide open!

To enter simply leave a comment telling my what you’d like to see on the blog, what would you like to see more or less of and would you make any changes? I’d love to get a little feedback!

For additional entries you can like Greens & Coffee Beans on Facebook, or follow me on twitter and tweet something about the giveaway, just make sure you tag me @coffeeandgreens. Just leave a comment telling me you did so.

Giveaway ends Friday May 1st! Be sure to enter, this is in appreciation of you guys!

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Burnt Out {LiveFit Week 7}

This week was a little rough.

As much as I’ve raved about the LiveFit program I’m honestly starting to get a little burnt out on it.

Don’t get me wrong I still think the program is awesome, but my gym routine is getting a little stale. I have serious gym ADD and get sick of workouts pretty quickly and I think I’m hitting the point where I’m done with strictly lifting weights 6 days a week. I’m starting to dread workouts (not okay) and I’m not as excited about it as I was a the beginning of the program.

Not to mention I’m just straight up tired.

Phase Two has 6 days of workouts with just 1 rest day. Sometimes my body is fine with that, but there are times where I can tell I need a rest day but I don’t want to take a day off because it will throw the program off. Well that’s stupid.

I do still want to complete the program, but I think I’m going to give myself more leeway with it. My plan? If I need a second rest day, no big deal, I’ll take it and pick up my workouts where I left off. If I need some variety I’ll shorten the workout a little so I can take that cycling class I’ve been craving. If my quads feel like they’re going to fall off I’ll just skip those lunges! Okay I still need to do the lunges. I guess. If I have to.

It’s all about finding balance. I don’t want to dread a workout. I want the gym to be fun, not some kind of punishment and sometimes that takes a little re-evaluation.

So far this approach has been working out really well. I went to a wonderful spin class yesterday, and whew, my legs were on fire. It’s been far too long. My butt’s now paying for that one, but it was MUCH needed.

Today I made it to a Zumba class (I even got my mom to come with me! She loved it). I like Zumba because it doesn’t feel like a workout until class ends and you realize you’re drenched in sweat. The instructor was this teeny older lady, who was really cute but had no rhythm. Not ideal, but she was still a lot of fun. And she played Mambo No. 5, it’s been a while since I heard that one.

Making time for other forms of exercise has definitely left me feeling refreshed and excited to get the gym. I’m ready to keep tackling LiveFit. Week 8 here I come.

How do you get out of a fitness rut?

What’s you’re favorite 90’s/early 2000’s song? I’m feeling nostalgic =)

Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure 2012 5K

This race was by far my favorite race I’ve ever ran. I have never felt so inspired and moved  in my life.

Saturday morning I was up bright and early at 5 am (ugh) for a 7 am race time. 20,000 people were expected at the event. Crazy. Luckily my mom (who is amazing and got up at 5 to go with me) and I got to the parking lot early and didn’t have to wait for a shuttle.

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After checking in and picking up my number, my mom and I walked around to the different sponsor booths and picked up our fair share of free swag. The free stuff is secretly one of my favorite parts of racing, I can’t help myself.

The race started in front of Meredith University and looped through downtown Raleigh. The course covered several rolling hills, nothing crazy steep, but they felt pretty killer towards the end. Especially the last uphill stretch before the finish line. I was huffin and puffin up that baby.

The best part about the course was that the neighborhoods along the course had their houses decked out to support the cause. There was a house with balloon boobs and tree full of bras. I loved it. Every neighborhood needs a bra tree, just sayin. There was also lots of volunteers and spectators around every corner cheering us on and blasting music, so awesome for them to do that so early in the morning.

But the best part of the race was by far the people. The survivors, the amazing tributes to friends and family and celebration of life in general. I’ve never experienced anything like it. I felt so inspired and invigorated through the whole race because of it. Seeing 20,000 people come together for one cause is truly a moving experience. I even teared up several times, I’m a huge sap, but it would be hard not to find the whole thing very touching.

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Oh and there was a man in a huge pink tutu. I would laugh but he was fast! I need to bust out one of my old ballet tutus at a race soon, that would be a sight.

And oh yeah, I PRed. Boom. My chip time was 30:41. That’s a 1:30 improvement over my last timed 5K! I didn’t hit my goal of a sub-30 5K but I’m happy with it regardless. I didn’t do any speed training (or much running in general) before this race, so hoping for a sub-30 was a little ambitious, but now I’m only 40 seconds away!

I would do this race again in a heartbeat. I can’t wait to do it again next year. It’s definitely a new favorite!