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RAD Reads and Weekly Review: September 15, 2013

So you really want to know what bloggers do on vacation?  Well we typically start our day doing this:

Bloggers-Vacation

This photo cracks me up.  Not only because it’s slightly ridiculous, but I just love how I have friends who are all on the same wave length.  Obviously we didn’t spend the entire trip hidden behind our laptops.  We went kayaking, swimming, played mini-golf, ate a TON of food and had numerous adult beverages.  The 2nd year at the Disney Beach House was the best yet and I can’t wait to share more details with you about Disney’s Vero Beach Resort…it’s quickly topping my list of favorite resorts!

As a great way to end the week, a few of us headed out to Walt Disney World on Friday to not only play in parks for a bit:

MK-Barry-Sarah-Rick-Leslie

But most importantly to eat here:

Martini-California-Grill

O.M.G. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing the renovations are at California Grill.  The decor, the food, everything…wonderful.  Be sure there will be a full detailed review to come shortly, but for now you can check out all the food porn over on my Instagram page.

Here’s what I’ve been up to on Running at Disney this week:

And here’s what’s been happening over on RAD Living:

Now on to some RAD Reads from some of my favorite bloggers!

Running & Fitness Posts
Mommy Run Fast tackles the Yasso 800s.  I’ve always been interested in adding this into my training plan.

The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail talks about her sugar addiction…are you secretly an addict??

Gabby’s Gluten-Free has a great look at her goals including perception, pressure & doing your own damn thing…I love this!

Disney Posts
Eating WDW shares a her favorite vegetarian dishes at WDW and they all look delicious!

This Happy Place takes an interesting look at the price of being a fangirl.  I love this take on the Disney community and what fandom actually means.

Imagineering Disney has great construction photos of Cinderella’s Castle.  Do you know how many bricks make up the castle?

Sparkly Ever After visits the new grand and miraculous Starbucks in Epcot.

Weekly Review
My past week definitely involved a TON of relaxation, but I did manage to squeeze in a few good workouts.  Our kayaking trip was an incredible upper body workout!  Here are all of my workouts from this week and to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Kayaking: 4.7 miles (4 hours)
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 20 min amrap: goblet squats, db thrusters & pushups
Friday: Magic Kingdom Walking (4 miles)
Saturday: Magic Kingdom Walking (5 miles)

The 20 minutes amrap I did on Thursday was at the resort gym called Anchors A-Weigh.  Love the name!

Anchors-a-Weigh

Didn’t love the gym…

Vero-Gym

Definitely not my style…  But I made the best of it, grabbed a dumbbell and made up my own workout.

Vero-Dumbell_Amrap

I did a quick 1/4 mile warmup run on the treadmill, which was awkward because I had a mirror right in my face…yikes!  Then I did the following 20 minute amrap (as many rounds as possible):

  • 15 goblet squats (20#)
  • 10 dumbbell snatches (20# x 4 & 30# x 4)
  • 10 pushups

I started with 5 burpees instead of the pushups, but realized by quads were quickly going to get burnt out with those, so I switched to pushups for round 2.  I got in a total of 8 rounds and was a sweaty mess after.  This workout was so tough that my quads and glutes are STILL sore 3 days later…crazy.

Tomorrow I will be starting the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge which is 8 weeks on the Paleo diet along with 10 workouts.  My weight will be taken, my measurements will be taken, photos will be taken…ahhhh!  I’m a bit nervous and excited at the same time.  I will be covering the whole thing over on RAD Living, so make sure to head over there and check it out!

Have a great week and remember to Be RAD!

Liebster Award

Huge thanks to Pam & Christine at We Run Disney for nominating me for a Liebster Award.  I really enjoyed getting to know them better when they were nominated and I’m honored that they want to get to know more about me and RAD 🙂

“The scoop on the Liebster award is that bloggers nominate other bloggers with 200 or less followers. Liebester means ‘favorite’ in German, so bloggers are to promote their favorite blogs, which will help others find new ones! If you are nominated, you have to follow the rules below and nominate 11 more blogs to keep the fun going!!”  What a fun way to network and expand the blogging community!

Here are the rules for nominees:

  1. List 11 facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
  4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate.
  5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.
  6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

Ok…let’s do this.  This will probably be more information than you’ve ever wanted to know about me.

11 facts about me!

  1. I was born and raised in NJ and will always be a Jersey girl at heart.
  2. I have 2 tattoos and really want to get more.
  3. I could very easily become a crazy cat lady.
  4. I don’t really enjoy running…I do it because I can.
  5. I have a terrible fear of flying.
  6. I have my Bachelors from NYU and my MBA from UConn.
  7. I work for a small non-profit association.
  8. I have a type-A personality and love planning…events, trips, parties, you name it!
  9. I drive a black Jetta with over 117,000 miles that is named Gretta the German Jetta…she is awesome!
  10. I’m obsessed with taking photos of food and my cats…I have almost 7,000 pictures on my phone.
  11. I’ve been married for 3 years and 4 months to my best friend and soul mate.  I’m a lucky gal 🙂
He actually put Mickey ears on for me...total keeper!

He actually put Mickey ears on for me…total keeper!

Answers to Pam & Christine’s questions:

  1. What is your favorite race?  Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon…there is food & booze at the finish, duh!
  2. When did you start getting serious about training?  October 2011 for the 2012 Princess Half Marathon
  3. What is your favorite time of year?  Spring – Warmer weather and my birthday!!
  4. When is your birthday?  Speaking of birthdays…March 20th
  5. What is your favorite vacation spot?  Walt Disney World of course!
  6. How many different places have your lived?  I’ve lived in 16 different homes…that’s a lot of moving!
  7. Do you have a favorite meal?  Anything Mexican…tacos, enchiladas, chips & salsa, margaritas YUM!
  8. How many siblings do you have?  None, I’m an only child
  9. What is your favorite cheat food?  Probably pizza, or cupcakes, or cake, or massive amounts of BBQ, or….
  10. Fun fact few people know about you!  I met Jerry Garcia when I was 13 years old
  11. Why did you start blogging?  I started RAD to hold myself accountable for my training, but it has turned into something I love and couldn’t imagine ever stopping.

Now enough about me…I want to hear from some of my favorite bloggers!  This has nothing to do with followers (because I’m not sure what followers we’re talking about…Facebook, Twitter, RSS, email subscriptions ..what??), these are just people that I respect in the blogging community and would love to get to know better 🙂

I nominate the following for a Liebster Award:

Here are my questions for my nominated bloggers:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What motivates you?
  3. Do you have pets?
  4. Do you have a favorite way to exercise?
  5. How do you deal with stress?
  6. What is your favorite food?
  7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  8. What is on top of your bucket list?
  9. Who inspires you?
  10. Who is your favorite Disney character and why?
  11. What is your favorite post on your blog?

Thanks again to We Run Disney for nominating me!

Healthy Living Summit: Saturday Morning Recap

A 7:15 am alarm is a little early for me on a Saturday, especially after not going to sleep until close to 1:00 am.  But I was excited for the day ahead and my stomach was growling, so I was anxious to get downstairs.  I found the wonderful group of ladies that I met at the cocktail party (Beth, Kim, Laisha and Jamie) and immediately hit the buffet.

Breakfast was sponsored and developed by Wild Harvest and it was amazing!  The options were both healthy and delicious, which is rare for most hotel catering.

Pomegranate Granola Breakfast Parfait
YUM!

Potato & Asparagus Hash

Maple Apple Turkey Sausage Patties

Greek Inspired Egg Scramble

The Greek Inspired Egg Scramble was developed by Kelly of Cupcake Kelly’s as part of the HLS Breakfast Showdown.  Conference registrants were given the opportunity to incorporate 10 Wild Harvest ingredients into an original breakfast recipe.  Kelly was the big winner and she received a $500 gift card to any Supervalu store.  Congrats Kelly, your dish was fantastic!!  Make sure to check out all of the submissions in the showdown…there are some great recipes.

After breakfast, the planning committee kicked off the summit with some opening remarks and by thanking all of the great sponsors.  The list was very impressive: Wild Harvest, Reebok, Cherribuni, Drink Chia, Happy Family Brands, Energy BitsReebootizer and more!

Main Session Room

Exhibitors

We then all broke into small groups of about 10 for some introduction icebreakers.  The facilitator for my group, Rachel Wilkerson, asked us a bunch of questions like “What is your favorite condiment?” (dijon mustard) and “What is something risky you would do if there were no consequences?” (skydiving).  While these types of exercises are not my favorite, if was fun to find out a little more about my fellow bloggers.

Everyone then headed down the hall to the CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day) with Reebok.  I was bummed to not take part in this, but I still got these awesome headbands.

The WOD was led by CrossFit Games competitor Jared Davis and a team of coaches from around New England.  The room was packed and there wasn’t much room for most exercises, so the WOD consisted of a 5 minute AMRAP of 7 air squats and 15 jumps.  It was pretty basic, but I heard a few people saying they could hardly walk when they were leaving.  So I guess it was a good introduction to CrossFit…

CrossFit WOD

Jared Davis Cheering on the Group

We had a short break so everyone could freshen up and then the sessions began…yay!  The first session I attended was Blog Photog Basics with Gretchen Powell of Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen.  The title of the program was “Just Say No…to On-Camera Flash,” which I noticed after I took the photo below with a flash.  Duh…

I actually learned a TON at this session.  I’m a newbie photographer and never knew much about aperture, ISO, white balance, etc…  I have a DSLR, but I clearly haven’t been using it properly.  Gretchen shared some great tips on how to utilize natural light, what the best tripods are, and good editing software to use.  I even improved my photographs during the session!  Check it out:

Gretchen at the Beginning of the Program
All washed out…

 

Gretchen at the End of the Program
Much Better!

You can clearly see a big difference in these 2 photos.  I still have a long way to go to perfect my photos, but this was a huge help in leading me in the right direction.

The next session was the one I was looking forward to the most, Blogging with Brands.  This was a panel discussion led by Lauren of Say What You Need To Say and included 3 bloggers (Theodora, Ashley and Anne) and 3 brands (FitFluential, Dancing Deer Bakery and Porter Novelli) who discussed the various aspects of working with brands on your blog.  They answered the questions: “How do you make money?” “How do you get paid?” “How do you get free stuff?”  These are all things many of us are wondering.

Blogging with Brands Panel

Other great takeaways from this session were knowing the parameters of brand agreements, what brands are looking for in bloggers, and what to do if you don’t like the product.  It was great to hear the perspective from both the blogger side and the brand side, and what has and hasn’t worked for them in the past.  This session left me really excited about all of the opportunities out there and gave me the courage to ask for what I want.

And that brings us to lunch…super yummy lunch!  But I’m going to leave that for another day 🙂  Stay tuned for Part 3 on lunch, the afternoon sessions and wrap up!

Healthy Living Summit #HLS12

This weekend I’m at the Healthy Living Summit in Boston.  The conference is for bloggers and blog readers who focus the various aspects of healthy living, including fitness, food and well-being.  If yesterday’s pre-conference was any indication on what is in store today, I can’t wait!!  I think I’m most looking forward to the session on Blogging with Brands with Kelly Olexa from FitFluential and longingly watching everyone do a CrossFit workout this morning with Reebok.

Click here to view the entire agenda for the day and make sure to follow #HLS12 on Twitter for updates throughout the day.  Now I have to go get ready for what I’m sure will be a healthy and yummy breakfast!  Full updates to follow later this week 🙂