Alex’s Million Mile

At Blogger Bash NYC, I met a new staffer at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

She is a Mom of a childhood cancer survivor, Lily.

As a way of raising funds & awareness, her family broke the Guiness World Record in June for the Biggest Cup of Lemonade.

This year, they’ve asked me to participate in #Journey2AMillion. Participants will be logging miles and raising money for childhood cancer research this September.

I’m already committed to fundraising for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk benefiting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, also in September (don’t forget, our yoga fundraiser is on Sunday!).

BUT, I am tracking my miles walked to help team #BigLemonade reach their goal of 3,121 miles, the distance Lily traveled for her cancer treatment.

The cool thing is the tracker is integrated with FitBit, so I can connect my FitBit and have miles track automatically, including the ones I’m walking in the Jimmy Fund Walk.

Will you consider joining team #BigLemonade in September?

Bonefish Grill – Westwood

I mentioned in my previous post about my blogger night out in Westwood that I’d write about our complementary dinner at Bonefish Grill in a separate post.

Huge thanks to Janelle, blogger at Boston Wannabe for the food photos. I don’t know where my head was but I didn’t take a single picture at dinner and she bailed me out with the awesome photos below.

The waitstaff at Bonefish Grill were attentive to our table and the food seemed like it would never end!

We were stuffed, but it was all worth trying.

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The appetizers were Thai Coconut Shrimp, Ahi Tuna Sashimi, Bang Bang Shrimp, and Calamari

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Chilean Sea Bass & Atlantic Salmon with Mango Salsa

The sea bass was one of my favorite bites of the meal!

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Fontina Chop:

Boneless pork chop, fontina cheese, garlic, prosciutto, mushroom marsala wine sauce

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Lily’s Chicken: 

Goat cheese, spinach, artichoke hearts + lemon basil sauce

This was so creamy and delicious! I’d recommend trying it.

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The steak was so tasty it was nearly gone before a picture could be taken!

It was topped with lobster and a cream sauce.

I was pleasantly surprised that a restaurant that specializes in fresh fish would also have tasty steak and chicken options too!

Just when we thought we couldn’t eat anymore, out came desserts.

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Warm croissant-like doughnuts, tossed in cinnamon sugar, served with sea salt caramel and chocolate sauce

These were tasty and it was fun to plunge the squirt bottle of caramel in the doughnut to fill it.

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Pumpkin Crème Brûlée

I took home leftovers of this! So good!

Thank you again to Bonefish Grill for hosting our group of bloggers!

I’ll be back in the future and I’ll bring my husband next time.

November Project – 8/26

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I had a great morning climbing stairs at November Project this morning. I got in 12 sections climbed, because I had a bit of a delayed start due to the large group of us climbing on PR day. (I let the people actually racing go in front of me.) That’s one section more than last week.

I think Mary Anna’s photo below shows that I have absolutely no fun at November Project. 😉

It’s great to be back with this wonderful group! The community is wicked strong.

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Gwynnie Bee – 3rd & 4th shippments

You may remember from a previous post, I am now an affiliate for the awesome clothing rental company Gwynnie Bee. They fit sizes 10-32.

For a flat fee, they send you plus size clothing to rent. If you love it, you can keep it, for a low additional charge.

Here are the items I got in my last 2 shipments:

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Triste Chic Retro Floral Shift Dress

I wasn’t a big fan of the fit on this dress, but the colors were awesome for the MassBio event I wore it to.

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Jete Spotted Tie Dye Peplum Top

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Triste Purple Tie-Dye Shift Dress

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Triste Bold & Bright Rose Shift Dress

The rose shift dress was my favorite of everything Gwynnie Bee has shipped me so far and I wore it more than once

Use any of the links in this post to try out Gwynnie Bee for free for 30 days.

Disclosure: the links are affiliate links but all opinions on Gwynnie Bee are very much my own!

BollyX at Boston GreenFest

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On Saturday afternoon, I was part of a free BollyX fitness class, sponsored by Be Active Together, at Boston Greenfest.

It’s been way too long since I’ve taken a BollyX class and I missed it!

BollyX is a dance based fitness class with Bollywood inspired music and movement.

I have such a great time in class, even when I’m off beat, like I am in the video below.

Bhangra at City Hall! Great energy everyone! @bollyxfitness @beactivetogether @bostongreenfest

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My husband joined me for an afternoon in Boston, so he took the pictures below:

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After the class, we walked around Boston going to Boston Public Market, Faneuil Hall, The North End, and the Greenway, before hoping on the T home at South Station.

On the ride home, we realized my FitBit had died. I checked at home and it died at 2 PM, an hour before the BollyX class. I’ve logged the class and walk in my FitBit dashboard, but I’m a little annoyed that my FitBit friends list won’t include my 10,000+ step day.

Blogger Fitness Class at Life Time Athletic

On Thursday night, I attended a blogger event at University Station in Westwood.

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The first stop was Life Time Athletic for an Alpha Training class. We were told it was a crossfit style class.

Here’s how the website describes it:

Designed for groups of 2 to 6 people, Alpha Training is the most intense, highest form of training we offer. It is an outcome-based regimen that works all of the body’s core energy systems. By focusing on speed, power, strength and endurance, it pushes the body to extreme limits and eliminates weakness while incorporating proper technique and nutrition to achieve maximum results

We had 2 trainers, Tanya & Keith. They both rocked.

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Our awesome trainers

For the warm ups, we did high knees, butt kick stretches, and some jogging.

Then, we hopped on the rowing machines for 100 meters of rowing followed by sets of burpees.

The trainers were great at explaining modifications so everyone could keep up, regardless of individual fitness levels.

Next, it was on to the weights.

First we did squats with 35 pound weights.

Then we did a section of squats with weights, then using the weird weight thing the trainer is demoing below that I can’t remember the name of, followed by running on the treadmills.

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I forget what this was called, but lifting it was a work out.

Jessica from Keeping Mommy Sane is looking on in the blue on the right.

I was so happy to meet Jessica in person after winning her Red Sox Girls of Summer contest gave me an AMAZING once in a lifetime Fenway Park experience.

I really enjoyed the class. There was a lot of leg work, and my legs were already sore from November Project stair climbing the previous day, so I definitely felt it the following morning. (But it’s OK!)

Then we got a tour of the gym. It is huge! 3 floors, a spin studio, yoga/pilates studio, weight machine floor, 2 basketball courts, a spa, kids activity room, and 4 pools – 2 pools are outside and have a water slide for kids! Wow! There is no set pricing because the customize each package based on what the person wants to do at the gym.

Here’s a photo of our group post workout:

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Photo credit: It’s Kristin

After the class we drove to Sports Authority where they gave each of us a $25 gift card. I had a certificate from the Sports Authority The League program (I recommend signing up, it’s free) so I ended up spending only $11 out of pocket on a new sports bra ($45) and tee shirt. ($6).

Then, we went to dinner at Bonefish Grill, which I’ll write about in a separate post.

November Project – 8/19

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I’m back!

After about a month of an unintentional break from climbing the Harvard Stadium stairs Wednesday mornings with November Project, I was back with the 6:30 AM group this morning.

I climbed 11 sections, about 1/2 of my personal record of sections climbed.

I’m happy with that!

My leg muscles are always a bit shaky and hesitant when I’ve taken time off, but in a few weeks, the muscle memory will kick in and I’ll be back to chasing a full tour. (Full tour is climbing all 37 sections.)

I got a new phone as a birthday present to myself, and it’s the 1st one I’ve had that has a front facing camera.

Here’s my 1st selfie ever:

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Me, in the car, a few minutes early for the NP 6:30 AM group

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Photo of people finishing their climbing also taken with my new phone

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The group photo is posted! Can you find me?

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Hint – I like to sit near the section number so I can easily find myself in NP photos