Archive | May, 2012

May Foodie Pen Pal REVEAL Day!

31 May
The Lean Green Bean

Wow, I cannot believe that May is already over and that June is tomorrow. I swear 2012 is flying by like nobody’s business. Anyway, it’s my second favorite day of the month – Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day (the first is when the package actually arrives and I tear into it like a 6 year old on Christmas day!).

This month’s package came from Autumn (of and she sent me a delightful package which contained the following:

– Granola from her local grocer, that she said was her personal fave;
– Macaroon from Jennie’s;
– Snackanimals (Chocolate Chip) from Barbara’s foods;
– Kasha bar ; and
– Dk. chocolate, almond, and cherries bar.

Holy YUM! All of these treats were so amazingly good. I am having a hard time picking a favorite, but I especially loved the chocolate bar (I am a sucker for dark chocolate). I legit ate the entire thing in one sitting. I couldn’t help myself. It was so decadent. I knew if I ate half and put the rest away and found myself having to go to the bathroom at 2:00 A.M., I would have forgone the bathroom and would have just finished it off. I normally do not engage in eating a 2-3 serving chocolate bar in one sitting, nor do I encourage the behavior. However, in the instant case, it was just that freaking good. I was sad once it was over. But that’s okay, I had the other treats to tide me over. All of the snacks, including the granola, were portable so I got to have them while I was out and about doing the million and one things I normally do (school, work, internship, etc.). Also macaroons? How I love thee.

Thank you so much Autumn for such an AMAZING May month of goodies! You rock my socks! 🙂 Below are some pictures for your viewing pleasure:

Now, doesn’t this sound like so much fun?? You know you want to join… so here are the Foodie Penpals deets:
-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

Here’s the link to Lindsay’s site where you can sign up: (

Happy Thursday!



25 May

FitBlog Chats

Since I have become an addicted avid Twitter user, I have participated in FitBlog chats. What’s that you ask? FitBlog was started in 2010 by Katy Widrick ( in response to an overwhelming interest in creating a Twitter chat about blogging, fitness, and fun. Per Katy, “FitBlog is about three “C”s: Community, Contribution, Connection.” Participating in FitBlog’s chats (which occur weekly on Tuesday nights at 9 P.M. EST), is a fun way to connect with the fitness community. I have always had a great time when participating – I’ve made tons of new blog-friends and have been exposed to a ton of different blogs out there in the world wide web. For me, it’s been very educational; I have learned a lot about various health/fitness topics.

Anyway, I learned that there was a need for some moderators for upcoming chats. I was extremely interested in this opportunity. However, I was scared to apply but then as I thought about it more, I wondered what did I have to be really afraid of? So I signed up… and anxiously waited to hear back.

A few days later, I was contacted Katy who asked if I was available over the summer to moderate! I was so excited and replied that I was! I am cannot wait for my turn and will know more details as my date approaches. In the meantime, I will continue to participate in FitBlog and hope you join in on the fun too!

Miles for Melanoma 5K

24 May

Hello, hello ladies and gents. Sorry for slacking on posting. Work has been nuts and I just started my summer session classes for my MSW… in a nutshell, it’s been busy!

Despite my hectic schedule, I made sure to carve out some “me” time and get to the gym, train, run, etc. I really try not to miss a day of being active (Wednesdays/Saturdays are my rest days typically). Aside from the physical health benefits, I truly cherish the mental health benefits exercise provides. When I run or am doing a boot camp class, I can harness whatever negative energy/stress I have and use that to fuel me through. Running in particular, helps me clear my mind and focus. Plus the endorphin high is awesome. 🙂

With the summer rapidly approaching (28 days! Ack!), it seems that every magazine, article, etc. I’ve read has had something to do with skin cancer. New Jersey’s own “Tan Mom” has also sparked the debate about tanning beds and how young is too young to tan.

With my fair skin, I don’t “tan.” When exposed to the sun, I turn bright red and resemble a lobster with hair attached. When I was younger, I used a tanning booth twice and then freaked out about skin cancer and never went back. However, that did not stop me from trying to tan during the summer at the beach. Countless painful sunburns later, I now slather on SPF like its nobody’s business.

When I saw that the Long Island Road Runner’s Club was hosting the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) Miles for Melanoma 5K, I quickly signed up as a) I love to race and b) it was for a good cause.

I was surprised to see that a small festival was at the race. Radio station Fresh 102.7 was there as was Snapple. After sampling some of Snapple’s newest line of drinks, I lined up at the 5K start and boom, we were off! It was super hot out (80 degreees) and I am not used to running in heat so in the middle of the race, I wanted to strip down to my skivvies.

I finished the race in 30 minutes (not my best but that’s okay, it was only a few seconds over my best) and finished in 1st place for my age group, woo hoo! 🙂

After the race, I hit up Snapple again and got a full bottle of their new lightly sweetened white tea line. There are 2 flavors: Peach Passion Fruit and Cherry Pomegranate.  Both flavors were tasty, but I was over the moon of the Peach Passion Fruit, which reminded me a lot of their Peach iced tea – very clean, light, and subtly sweet. The Cherry Pomegranate was sweet and crisp. My husband like the Peach better.  What I liked so much about the drinks are that they are 80 calories for the WHOLE bottle. And the bottle is just 1 serving. It’s awesome. Plus, the drinks are all natural and contain approximately 4 ingredients: tea leaves, filtered water, sugar, and citric acid. I normally abstain from sugar and stick to 0 calorie sweeteners, but this was such a bargain at 18 grams. That’s less than a can of soda, red bull, and other drinks out there.

I definitely recommend trying the drinks at least. Anyway, check out some pictures from the race below!

I also have some super fun and exciting news to share in my next post! Keep your eyes peeled! In the meantime, have a great Thursday. It’s almost Friday, yay!

Lucille Roberts Makeover

19 May

I have been working out at Lucille Roberts since April 2010 when it opened right by my job in Manhattan. (It is literally a s 30 second walk to/from my job to the gym – so convenient!). Anyway, since I joined I lost a total of 87 pounds between eating right, taking small group personal training classes, and taking a variety of gym classes (special shout out to Betzy A. who is the most amazing trainer ever and blows my mind every single time with her passion and intensity).

Just recently, the gym manager approached me and one of my friends (that I made from the gym) that the VP of Lucille Roberts was doing a special makeover for their members and wanted her to pick 2 members for this. The manager of the gym picked me and my friend! We had to supply some before and after pictures and sign a waiver/release. We will participate in a photo shoot at the Lucille Roberts and they will make us over – hair, makeup, everything! I am not too sure of the other details… but as soon as I find out, I will update you all.  It’s really exciting.

On a side note: I am a Lucille Roberts cheerleader (I don’t think the makeover has anything to do with this – I think it’s unrelated as I am pretty sure the manager doesn’t know I have twitter/facebook).  What is a Lucille Roberts cheerleader you ask?

It’s an online ambassador program through an application called Social Toaster that helps you share informartion about Lucille Roberts with social networks. If you’re a current member of Lucille Roberts, I encourage you to join – it’s fun and so easy. It’s completely free and gives you the opportunity to win a free month of gym membership—every month! I am currently leading for the month of May!Yay!

Tomorrow it’s back to running for me! I’m participating in the Miles for Melanoma 5K – here’s hoping to PR!!


Chaise 23 (new workout) & new bar (review)

13 May

Happy Mother’s Day first and foremost to all moms and moms to be out there who may be reading this!

I was supposed to run the Japan Day 4miler this morning (Central Park) but my hubster has been awfully sick this past weekend and when we woke up, he was still out of sorts so I decided to sit this race out. I was bummed because I really enjoy running/running these races but in reality some things (or some ONE) are more important than a race/bagel/fruit.

Anyway, last night after I got out of work (I intern on Saturdays through July in the city), I decided to try out a new workout. The workout was called Reinvention Chair and it was being held at Chaise23.  Chaise 23 uses a modernized version of the oft-forgotten Pilates Chair—with a resistance pedal, overhead resistance bands (they call them “bungees”), and cardio sequences—for its fast-paced group fitness classes.

I was excited to try out this new class after hearing about in on the morning news the day prior. You can watch the segment I saw here:

(5.14.12 update – sorry for the broken/unavail link)

When I showed up for that evening’s class, I was given a quick tour and then shown where to change and get ready. The room was small – intimate almost. I liked it. Smaller classes equals more individual attention in my book and I was right.

After a quick demo of the moves we’d be doing, the class started. And from second 1, I was shaking and sweating. It was so awesome. Our workout was a total body workout. We did glutes, abs, arms, everything! The bungees were great and easy to use. They have 2 varying weights: 3 and 5. I chose the 5lb weights. Normally I use much heavier weights but the resistance definitely compensated. After 55 minutes of working out, we did a nice, long stretch which was really wonderful for me as most classes I go to, I have to run out the door back to work. (Yay for tight muscles! Womp)

Anyway, below is a picture I took outside the studio (sorry for not taking more pictures – I got too excited and forgot). And if you’re interested in checking them out, go to their. Intro classes are only $16.00 right now.

If you live in the NYC area, definitely check them out: (

On my way home from Chaise23, I decided to pop into Walgreens for an extra water bottle when I stumbled upon a granola bar from. I like that they were organic, low cal, and that they showed what the bar looked like from the inside out. I bought the choco-banana bar and immediately tried it out. It was tasty! Of course now I want to buy all of their products by the ton! Below are some pictures (I almost inhaled it prior to):

So if you see these bars in your area, I definitely recommend checking them out. Let me know your thoughts! Yay for new food and gym finds!

Have a great night!

Long Island Half Pictures!!

10 May

Fiiiinally… some pictures from this past weekend’s Long Island Half marathon! I am all smiles in the pictures (but inwardly I am crying).  But I finished, baby!

There were other pictures… but damn, I looked ROUGH. Hence why they are not here. Nothing sexy like closed eyes, slumping shoulders, and attempting to swallo a Gu… right?

Well, Planks A Lot

10 May

After reading about #plankaday through Jess at FitChickintheCity (http://, I decided I too, would jump on the bandwagon.

I am a weirdo who loves planks. I especially love doing side planks. I guess I am fond of them due to my general hate for ab work outs. I hate doing what feels like 500 crunches and getting nowhere. Also, I have to consciously make sure my form is perfect when doing a crunch and what ends up happening is that more time is spent in perfecting form (Is my core tucked? Is my lower back on the mat?)  than actually doing the exercise.

Anyway, I have been pretty good about keeping up with my daily plank, except 1/2 of the time I forget to tweet about it and then the @PlankPolice comes after me.  And while I am not realistically going to “jail,” I feel like I am getting reprimanded by my mom with his tweets (“Hard core or hard SNORE?”) In general, who likes that?

Check out more information (and join in on the #plankaday revolution) here:

Happy planking! 🙂