November Project – Week 22 – New Year’s Eve


This morning I went a little rogue at November Project. I started climbing stairs at 6:10 am & left the stadium at 6:50 am.

My husband needed to have minor surgery & I was his driver for his 8:30 am appointment. So, the weird NP timing was because he wanted me to be able to go work out this morning & I wanted to be sure I was back home with time to get him to the appointment early.

(My husband is fine. He’s asleep on the couch next to me right now. He has a follow up appointment in 2 weeks but the surgery went well. No big plans for celebrating the new year for us tonight.)

I got in 11 sections of stairs climbed this morning. I was annoyed my legs were shaking like a newbie, but maybe that’s fitting since the 1st time I climbed stairs with November Project was around this time last year.

Hope you all have a wonderful 2015!

Race Planning for 2015

I am a person who really enjoys scheduling things. I keep my paper day planner in my purse at all times.

I was overjoyed when I got a day planner for Christmas from my in-laws. (They got me an awesome gym bag too!)

To my in-laws: thanks for buying things on my Amazon wish list! You rock!

Anyway, I’ve started scheduling some races for 2015 – and I’d love for you to join me!


This Sunday – January 4th will be my 2nd year participating in the Quincy YMCA’s Frozen 5K.

If you’d like to join me, register at

My team is November Project.


Sunday, February 1st will be my 2nd year participating in RACE Cancer’s Super Sunday 5K.

They have both 5K & 5 Mile options.

If you’re interested in registering, please use my personal referral link: (If I get 5 people to register for the race with my referral link, my race registration fee will be refunded. There is also an award for the person who refers the most runners.)

I’m sure you’re not at all surprised but I’m on the November Project team.

I set my 5K PR last year at Super Sunday and I had a wonderful day. It’s a race I’d highly recommend, even if I didn’t have a referral link.


August 29th will be my 1st year running in the Blacklight Run in Brockton, MA. (It’s a slight twist on a color run – but the same type of concept.) The race location is the same place that I ran the Ugly Sweater Run in 2014 and Color Me Rad in 2013.

You can register for $30 if you sign up before 2015.

The team I’m on for the Blacklight run is GLOvember Project. (Tee hee hee.)

Will I see you at any of these races?

Free Boston Class – CardioTapNYC

Part of the reason I started this blog was to be able to share free fitness opportunities with you.

On January 7th at 6 PM CardioTapNYC will be hosting a free class in the Back Bay area of Boston.

I’ll be attending & it will be my 1st time trying tap. (So if nothing else, watching that will be hilarious.)

They told me to invite friends to help get the word out.

Please email Subject: “Boston/Free Class” to get your name on the list.

A Walk in the Park

I’ve been enjoying my Christmas break – seeing lots of family on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and even the days after (eating the leftover food).

My fitness routine has been a little lax over the break though, so I worked on that over the weekend.

On Saturday, my husband & I went for a walk in Pope John II park in Dorchester.

It’s got great views of the Neponset River and paved walking trails. There were lots of families walking (some with kids trying out new bikes) and people walking dogs too. It’s a nice walk!

Our 1/2 hour walk helped me reach over 7,500 steps for the day.

November Project – Week 21 – Christmas Eve


I feel like a bad version of “If you give a mouse a cookie”.

If you give Danielle a 3 week break from November Project, she will only get in 6 sections of stairs climbed upon her return & will feel like she’s going to throw up.


I’m glad I returned though. Another week off would have only made the next stair climbing feel worse.

I wore my reindeer jingle bell santa hat, so I’m hoping that my start photo came out OK & I can share that.

It was great to be back among the supportive November Project tribe. Elin gave me a hug & welcomed me back.

Co-leader Evan climbed alongside me for a section being extremely encouraging.

If it wasn’t Christmas Eve, I may have tried to push through the nausea and not leave early.

But, I’m going to Christmas Eve parties on both my & my husband’s sides of the family tonight – so I didn’t want to do that feeling sick.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season!

Edit: Here’s a photo of me on the starting line:

NP_Christmas_EvePhoto credit: Rosa Evora

Quick, Easy, Delicious Meal – Smart Flour Frozen Pizzas

Disclosure:  Through my role as a Northeast Bloggers Network member,

I was sent complimentary Smart Flour products in exchange for my review.

The opinions expressed are completely my own.

My house is a wash with holiday spirit.

But with all the present buying, gift wrapping, etc. – finding time to cook dinner isn’t happening.

Thank you Smart Flour pizza for coming to the rescue!


Their pizza is not only delicious, but bonus, it’s gluten free!

I had planned to invite a friend over that keeps a gluten free diet (due to celiac disease) to try the pizzas with me & my husband – but the winter season is also a season where it seems too many bugs are going around & she’s sick. (Get well soon!)

So, when I had an evening spent wrapping presents, my husband suggested we make the Smart Flour pizzas for dinner.

What a great suggestion!

Now, my husband & I don’t normally eat gluten free food, so we wondered if it would taste as good as other frozen pizzas.

We were pleasantly surprised that it did!

Here’s a photos of the cooked margarita pizza:


We also tried the pepperoni & cheese pizzas and they were equally tasty. If I had to pick a favorite of the 3, I’d pick the pepperoni.



The pizzas are a little smaller than the frozen pizzas I usually get from Stop & Shop, so my husband & I made 2 pizzas instead of 1.



Gifts are wrapped & ready for Christmas

Still Missing November Project


I was looking forward to stair climbing with November Project this morning, after missing 2 weeks from being sick.

When my alarm went off at 5 AM, once again I didn’t feel well. 😦 I had a sore throat and headache.

I debated if I should get ready & just go work out anyway, or go back to sleep and give my body some rest.

As much as I miss my November Project workouts, and my NP friends…I eventually decided that I should listen to my body and give it the recovery time it needs, so whatever bug I’m fighting off doesn’t linger into Christmas.

Hopefully, I’ll see everyone next Wednesday for my 1st November Project workout of December 2014.

NorthEast Comic Con

As some of you may know, my husband is also a blogger.

One of his blogs, Staying Square in MA, he subtitles “The Official ‘Getting Fit in Massachusetts’ Companion Reader“.

In the about section he says, “Sure, we’ve traveled all across the Bay state in pursuit of exciting athletic adventures, but that’s only half of the story! For every 5K, spin class, and stair climb; there’s a comic shop, video game store, and convention waiting in the wings.

We attended both days of NorthEast Comic Con, and you know what? I had a great time! It was a wicked fun con and I highly recommend it!

It took place at Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA.

NECC1Dave & I attended with Press passes which was pretty darn cool!

Thank you to the awesome PR person, Julie Dennehy, for hooking us up!

NorthEast Comic Con was very impressive with their array of topics. Yes, there were vendors with long boxes full of comics, but there were also video game vendors, Cosplay contests, music acts, and even circus performers!

I was also pleasantly surprised at how family friendly the con was. I smiled every time I saw children & parents dressed in costumes.


On Saturday, we browsed the show floor, cheered a performance of the Video Game Music Choir, and headed upstairs for the 50 Years of Horror on TV Panel.

The 50 Years of Horror on TV panel guests were Nicholas Brendon – “Xander” of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, Naomi Grossman – “Pepper” of “American Horror Story”, and Butch Patrick – “Eddie Munster” of “The Munsters”.

The panel was very interesting, and I liked the chairs that the panel guests sat on.


After the panel, we headed back to the show floor, where I nerded out at spotting the Obscura booth. (Their shop was featured on the TV series, Oddities.)


Then we headed to the Kreature Kantina  lounge to play some trivia with Morgan White Jr. and listen to The World is Square (a group that plays music from Square Enix video games) perform.

Morgan White Jr. is a great trivia host, and we’ve played at trivia nights he’s hosted before. No one else even tries what he does – it’s stream of conscious, audience suggestion based trivia – rather than something like a Stump trivia game that has questions pre-written and teams writing down answers.  My one critique would be that he did not stick to the topics in the NorthEast Comic Con schedule for his trivia. I’d definitely suggest the organizers have him back at future events, but don’t put a topic for the trivia in the program – just that he’s there hosting trivia.

For example, we stopped by for Marvel trivia but suddenly I was winning a prize for knowing which Beatles song was about a serial killer. (Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, not Helter Skelter as most of the players guessed.) While I didn’t mind winning a prize, I was hoping for trivia about the topic listed in the program.

NECC6Picking up my prize – the bag definitely came in handy

Next, we headed to the Marvel Comics 75th Anniversary Panel. It was interesting, even for people who aren’t comic fans.


We ended the day browsing the show floor again.


We were back by 10 AM on Sunday for another fun filled day!

NECC9 NECC10NECC11Performance from Simply Circus

We went to the 25th Anniversary of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” Panel. The panelist was  Gary K. Wolf (the creator of Roger Rabbit). The voice of Roger Rabbit, Charles Fleischer, stopped by too, and cracked us up with both high & low brow jokes.

NECC12Voice of Roger Rabbit, and a cosplayer in the audience

After the panel, we browsed the show floor again – and bought some presents for Christmas gifts (and some for ourselves).

NECC13NECC14I met this adorable puppy Angel at one of the booths!

I plan to be back in June, when the same organizers of NorthEast Comic Con host a Pop Culture Expo.

Want to see Dave’s take on NorthEast Comic Con? Check out his blog post: Recap – 2014 NorthEast Comic Con