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Day 26

25 Jun

Happy Monday all! This past weekend was tons of fun! It was the first weekend in Raleigh for quite some time so lots of catching up with friends and hitting downtown :).

For those of you who were concerned (!), I finally found the perfect way to make a cup of coffee! I used to use sugar-free syrup and milk but really wanted to ween myself off of artificial sweeteners. It seems I could never get the right ratio of sweetener:milk:coffee, I even tried coffee with almond milk and wasn’t a fan. The solution? Basic french vanilla creamer. I also made my family’s bean salad over the weekend; it’ll last me at least 2 weeks which I’m completely fine with :-P.

A couple of runs happened but not long ones at all-it’s SO hot and humid. It’s really not safe to run in this kind of heat and personally not-enjoyable! Even the mornings and evenings are tough. To make the runs a complete workout, I popped in Tony Horton’s Ab Ripper DVD after-ouchie…

Early morning client at State’s gym then to the office!

Lunch: turkey, humus, cuckes, and spicy mustard on fresh whole wheat bread with sweet potato chips and string cheese. This bread from Kroger is amazing! My friend Sarah introduced me to it and I think I love her that much more because of it! 

This week in workouts:

  • Monday: Step and 15-minutes of Plyometrics
  • Tuesday: teaching Body Sculpt & Stretch, Pilates or On the Ball
  • Wednesday: teaching Back 2 Core & Stretch
  • Thursday: Homemade workout!
  • Friday: Step

Today is solely dedicated to blood pressure testing. I’ve taken blood pressures before, but it was automatic and did the hard part for me; at the tap of the enter button, it squeezed, listened, and recorded the clients’ blood pressure without me having to concentrate too hard. I loved it! But at my internship, it’s all manual and I need to learn how to listen for both the systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number) beats in order to participate in the wellness program. That being said- stethoscope in hand (a pink one!) and I’m off!

Gigi’s cupcakes have been on my mind for too long and tonight I’ll be indulging in one 🙂

Turkey Burgers with a Feta Surprise

4 Feb

Happy Friday!

Client, breakfast, work, client, POWER hour! I’m very excited about the workout today since I already know it’s Tabata intervals! I’m sure Charlotte has heart-pumping workout in store for us.

On Tuesday, I had lunch with a good friend who I haven’t seen in forever (Hi Jess!) and she mentioned she needs to be more open-minded when it comes to food and cooking. She came to the right person! I love and enjoy experimenting with new recipes, especially when I have someone to share them with. This recipe for Turkey burgers is extremely easy, it develops your palate with the addition of feta cheese (a tangy, salty Greek cheese) and can be stored in the freezer for later use*.


  • 1lb. lean ground turkey (the leaner=more expensive)
  • 1/4c. chopped red onion
  • 1T. dried Italian seasoning
  • pepper
  • 1t. lemon juice or balsamic vinegar (I ran out of lemon juice and tried them with balsamic=delish!)
  • feta cheese


  1. combine ground turkey, onion, Italian seasoning, juice/vinegar in a bowl. form into 4 patties and carve a deep hole in the center of each patty.
  2. stuff ~1 tablespoon of feta cheese in the center. cover with the edges of the patty.
  3. grill ~4-5 minutes on each side.

Add a whole grain bun, tomato slices, spinach leaves, Tzatziki sauce, and/or humus and you’ve got a Greek-inspired burger in minutes!


Prepare these burgers (or any burger) ahead of time, wrap them in foil, and freeze them instead of eating the burgers consecutively throughout the week.