T25 Days 6-11 & Turkey Week Recap

Life has been a little crazy lately 🙂 I was home all last week working remotely, spending time with family, and breaking it down on the dance floor at my sister’s wedding. I had an exceptional week at home!!!

Before I do a “quick” recap I want to wish my incredible parents Happy 35th Anniversary! Thanks to their continuous love, support and guidance, I am the woman I am today. I’m so grateful to call them MY parents.

Happy Anniversary Dad and Mom

So, what did I eat last week? I’m proud to say I was good 90% of the week. I enjoyed a burger (no bun) and sweet potato fries one night, and then a lot of popcorn (left over from the wedding) on Sunday. Throughout the week though I had two eggs with an avocado, shakeology, and lentil-lime salad. I also enjoyed a delicata squash and a gluten-free “pizza” made on gluten-free bread (just one slice).

Clean Eating Turkey Week

Wednesday night my parents, brother, his girlfriend and I went out for sushi. It was SO good. My brother and dad taught my brother’s girlfriend how to use chopsticks. She’s left-handed and said she’s never been able to really use them properly. It was SUPER entertaining to watch.

Sushi Dinner

On Tuesday morning we woke up to this:

White Thanksgiving

I was happy as a clam; the rest of the family not. so. much. See my sister got married on Saturday and everyone was afraid the snow was going to delay people from getting to Pittsburgh. Thankfully the weather cleared up.

I kept up with my workouts for the week, although I didn’t take any pictures of my double workout on Friday. I was too focused on getting my workouts in and getting ready in time for the rehearsal dinner.

Day 6 of T25

T25 Day 6

Day 7 of T25

T25 Day 7

Day 8 T25

T25 Day 9

Wednesday marked the first night of Hanukkah, which meant that Hanukkah was going to fall on Thanksgiving. This won’t happen for another 70,000+ years. My parents found this Menurkey that marks the occasion. It came plain and my dad decided it needed a little color


Day 9 T25 – Turkey Day! I treated myself to Starbucks to enjoy with breakfast and the Macy’s Parade!

T25 Day 8

T25 Day 8_2

We had 34 people for Thanksgiving dinner. As if planning a wedding for my mom wasn’t enough, she cooked dinner for everyone and had gluten-free options, vegetarian options, and everything was nut free. My mom is SUPER woman. P.S. She found these napkins that said “Gobble Gobble N’at” (Pittsburghese)

Thanksgiving Dinner

Day 10 T25 – Forgot to take pictures

Day 11 T25 – Decided to get my workout in first thing before I headed back to Austin. I knew that I would be too tired from traveling once I got back to Austin. I was SO glad to get it done; it made traveling so much better.

T25 Day 11

All those workouts kept me sane throughout the week. With all that family around and my sister’s wedding, it was 25 minutes to myself. I must say though I think I burned more calories on the dance floor than I did in all my workouts combined; maybe. My mom KNOWS how to throw a party; I swear she missed her calling as a party planner. My sister looked GORGEOUS and everything about the wedding was fantastic! The ketubah signing & wedding ceremonies were very special and left several of us in happy tears. I was so honored to stand beside my sister and new brother-in-law as they exchanged vows. I’m beyond happy for these two and wish them many, many years of happiness together.

Wedding Pictures

Well, that’s all I have for now. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Baltimore and Miami

I’ve been traveling a lot lately and I’ve finally found some downtime to catch up on life. The last week in September I was in Maryland visiting old friends and working. I landed in Baltimore on Saturday and immediately when downtown to catch the Maryland/WV football game. Despite the weather my friend Kara and I had a great time

Maryland Football Game 1

Rained out

Thanks Kait for the poncho!

Sunday I was honored to be a guest at my friend Cat’s vow renewal wedding. Her and her husband got married almost 2 years ago, but never had an official ceremony or reception. They decided it was time, so on a beautiful Sunday in Maryland Cat and her husband Kyle renewed their vows in front of family and friends. She was a gorgeous bride

Cat gets married 1

I even ran into some old co-workers

Cat gets Married 2

Sunday night I enjoyed margarita’s, tacos and the Emmy’s with the group of women that I used to always hang out with. It was so good to catch up!

Monday and Tuesday I worked remotely. Wednesday-Saturday I was in Baltimore for Natural Products Expo East. I’m happy to announce that we won best new food product at the show!

Award for best new food product

The team at Expo East

Despite all the work I was able to enjoy some time at the Inner Harbor, along with some yummy sushi!

Inner Harbor 2 Inner Harbor 1

Sushi 2 Sushi 1

Last week was spent catching up on everything that had happened the week before while I was out of the office. It ended on a high note as I joined my sister and mom in Miami for my sister’s bachelorette weekend. I enjoyed pool time and quality time with family. It was nice to have one day of relaxation (Saturday) where nothing else mattered except making sure I reapplied sunscreen at least three times so I didn’t get burned

Blue skies and palm trees South Beach Pool action Stern Girls

Now it’s back to the grind this week preparing for three upcoming shows and so much more!


Whirlwind of a weekend!

Due to traveling on Friday, I didn’t get around to posting. I know it seems like I keep missing a day here and there, and I apologize, but things are just a little busy. I promise though to always keep you posted on what’s happening, even if it takes me an extra day or two to post.

Thursday was my last day in town before heading home to Pittsburgh. It was a very bizzare day that started off on the right foot with a healthy breakfast and prepping my shakeology for my morning snack.

photo 1 Morning Shakeology

Then the craziness began. I went to take the elevator to the roof to get to my car and the elevator wasn’t working. The light would be lit for a split second and then it went off. So, I walked the stairs. There aren’t many, and I didn’t mind, but I didn’t realize this was just the beginning.

That day we were to deliver pizzas to 4 grocery stores in the area, as well as on up in Dallas. They were having a big meeting about how our product would be in stores and we thought it would be nice for people to try the pizzas before they hit shelves. I’m driving along and my tire light comes up. REALLY?!?! Thankfully it was just low pressure, but I was nervous that I’d have a flat tire.

Low Tire Pressure

I got to my destination to make the pizzas and the person’s whose house I was at had to leave immediately because of a personal emergency. I was left alone to cook the pizzas and was so worried something was going to go wrong. Thankfully the pizzas cooked nicely (although I thought two of them were going to burn the oven was so powerful). After I cooked the pizzas I immediately went to the store to drop them off….except they didn’t know I was coming nor did they know about a noon meeting. WHAT? I ended up talking to the store manager explaining about who we were and why we were dropping off the pizzas. I left there and thought to myself, “IT IS ONLY NOON!” I was really hoping the day would get better…. Thankfully it didn’t get weirder. If I didn’t know better I would have thought there was a full moon that night.

That night when I was driving I saw a rainbow in the sky…. there was no rain! If you look right under the lamp post you should be able to see it faintly.

Rainbow 2

Pretty cool! That night I made dinner for me and the boy. On the menu: Tilapia with Purple Potato Crust and Chive Rosemary Oil, side of zucchini, squash and purple potatoes, and a side salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette. It was YUMMY! Dinner

Next time I make it I am going to cook this potato side up for 10 minutes and then under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to brown the potatoes. The instructions said to bake potato side down, but that didn’t work out so well when serving.

Friday I spent traveling home to Pittsburgh, hanging with my mom and her friend, and having sushi with dad for dinner. We had so much sushi, and it was SO good. Worth EVERY bite!


Saturday was all about my sister Erin. It was the day of her wedding shower. Family friend’s were throwing it on her behalf. It couldn’t have been a nicer day in Pittsburgh. Everything turned out amazing!

Erins shower 1

The space

Erins shower 2

My sister giving a speech | My mom and me

Sunday was brunch at the family restaurant, more time with family then off to the airport to head back to Austin. All in all it has been a solid 4 days! Glad nothing bad happened on Thursday among all the craziness, and grateful for a beautiful weekend with my family (only sorry my brother couldn’t make it).

Question: How was your weekend?

More Juggling

Another day…. another desk full of paperwork 🙂

I don’t work well in clutter, and unfortunately/fortunately my desk has been covered in it the last few days. We have numerous tradeshows coming up, along with our new product line being launched, so there is A LOT happening. Who is ready for some quality, gluten free pizza crusts and frozen topped pizzas in their grocery stores?!?!

SF CRUST with image pdp SF Pizza CHEESE Proof #5 CORRECTED 052113 SF Pizza MARG pdp SF Pizza PEPP pdpI know I’m bias, but I hadn’t take GOOD gluten free pizza until I tried this pizza. It takes more like a whole wheat pizza thanks to the ancient grains sorghum, amaranth and teff.

Yesterday was a mix of emotions. I stayed on track with my clean eating and got in a great run that helped me clear my head. A good run really helps me to let go of the worries and stress happening around me. Working out in general does this, but running is different. And for someone who didn’t like to run up until a year ago that’s a BOLD statement because I think running can be boring.

I thought it was a lot cooler outside when I first started running, but apparently it was H-O-T. I ran about 20 minutes and stopped because 1) it was too hot 2) I had tingling in my leg and 3) I needed to go to the boy’s house because he was making dinner (scary thought, but it actually was good!).


I love these running shorts that I got a few months ago; the bright color is AWESOME!

What did I eat yesterday to keep my body fueled?

  • Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 egg white, steel cut oats and cheddar cheese
  • Snack: Greenberry Shakeology with frozen blueberries and strawberries
  • Lunch: Nice fresh salad with homemade Ginger Sesame Miso Dressing from Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset cookbook with an apple on the sideLunch
  • Snack: Red and green bell peppers and cucumbers with Mediterranean Hummus
  • Dinner: Quinoa, chicken mushrooms and cheese (the boys concoction)

While it was awesome that the boy made me dinner, I have to say the highlight of my day was the phone call I received from a family friend telling me to talk him out of buying fried food. His wife is out of town and had to make dinner for himself. He was standing in front of the fried foods, which of course was more enticing than the healthier option. I think I talked him down 😉 Everything is moderation is my philosophy, but having a pack of fried anything around is not a good thing if you don’t have self control (I’m totally guilty of no self control when it comes to foods I love that should be in moderation).

Yesterday was rough, but thanks to my mom and my accountability group (my girlfriends) for letting me vent and a great run the day REALLY turned around. I appreciate all the support and am grateful to each and every one of you ladies. I’m stronger and wiser thanks to each of you.

Question: How do you release stress?

Day 3 A Little Rocky

I will be the first to admit that I don’t always have perfect eating days. Sometimes I’ll have a weeks worth of good eating and then a day or two of not so good eating. It all depends on what is happening in my life, and how prepared I am (even if I’m fully prepared things come up). Having said all that, I do wake up every day with the intention to eat healthy. Yesterday was one of those days that started good, but had a bump or two in the road.

Tuesday night I prepared for my Wednesday morning workout. I set my alarm, put out E&E, and a NoGii bar (pre-work snack). Having everything laid out the night before helps me in the morning. It’s nice to roll out of the bed and have everything ready to go and set up.

Morning Pre-workout Ritual

Yesterday’s workout was ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 3. I LOVE this program and the resistance training. I always feel stronger after a workout, and know I put my best foot forward when I’m shaking after

Morning Workout

After my workout I was ready for the day. I was focused and determined to tackle the challenges of the day. I knew proper fueling would do the trick. So, for breakfast I had 2 eggs with 1/4 cup steel oats and 1/8 cup of cheddar cheese


My morning snack was the new and improved Greenberry Shakeology with frozen strawberries and frozen blueberries. It was tasty. [Sorry no photo]

I was right on track and the day was coming along nicely. Then they brought pizza out from the back. Y’ALL I CAN’T RESIST PIZZA! It is a weakness of mine. For years I didn’t eat pizza because I couldn’t find a gluten free pizza that was tasty, and worth the calories. Fortunately I work for a company that produces an amazing gluten free pizza crust. Unlucky for me we have to test it out. 🙂 Okay, it’s not unlucky; I love it! There is no filter on this picture; how yummy!?!?


Finished off my day at the office and enjoyed an afternoon snack of a small grapefruit [not pictured], mixed fresh fruit and cottage cheese.

Afternoon Snack

Last night was trivia night. I knew since I splurged earlier in the day that I would be good and get a salad for dinner. I also figured a salad would be safer; the last time I ate at Pluckers (I had wings) my stomach was upset. Well unfortunately the chicken salad I had with grilled chicken, shredded parmesan cheese, corn, black beans and a balsamic apple cider vinaigrette on the side did NOT sit well.


I’m guessing I’ll have to eat before I go next time. It’s okay, I prefer the great company and trivia game.

The highlight of my day was a card that I got in the mail from my dear friend Emily. It brightened up my day. I’m so lucky to have her in my life. Can’t wait for her and the rest of the RI crew to come visit me in TX.

Card from Fried

Cherish your family and friends y’all! Life is precious. Live every moment with purpose. Never be afraid to tell someone you love them. Speak kindly to one another & count your blessings!

Question: Have you ever had a bad day of eating? What did you do to make it better?

My Grandpa George

As I sit down to write this post this morning I realize that I didn’t post something yesterday. Life has been a bit hectic and unfortunately I wasn’t able to get to my blog yesterday. No worries. Good things come to those who wait, right? 😉

This past weekend I spent some much needed time at home with my family. Unfortunately, my brother wasn’t able to make it, but we still managed to have a good time nonetheless. At one point my mom and I were lying around reminiscing about my childhood. She told me she has always been curious about what I remembered from my childhood and what I thought of her growing up (she was equally as interested in knowingt what my sister and brother thought as well).

While my mom and I were talking it dawned on me that the anniversary of my grandfather (my dad’s dad) passing was right around the corner (i.e. it was yesterday). I was fortunate to have all four of my grandparents around while I was growing up. My grandpa George (my dad’s dad) passed away when I was about 15 and my other three grandparents passed away within the last five years. (side note: it was weird to have all three of them go around the same time; one minute I had three grandparents and then the next minute they were all gone).

I loved each of my grandparents equally, but there was something a little extra special about my grandpa George. He came over to the U.S. from Hungary during WWII while his parents and only brother stayed behind and eventually were all killed. My grandpa lived with his uncle, and began working. He built a life for himself from the ground up. When he passed a guy from the synagogue came to our house and shared stories with my family about him.

It was really comforting to hear those stories, and see/hear what others thought about him. My grandpa would help others out, even if he didn’t have the means. He built his business and life from the ground up. He owned a couple of movie theaters in Pittsburgh (which is where/how my parents met) and he started his own agency. That same work ethic and humanity my grandpa exuded was definitely instilled into my dad who has passed it along to us kids.

I personally remember him bringing over Arby’s every Sunday after he went swimming at the PAA; watching “The Sound of Music” with him for the first time (still one of my favorite movies to this day); swimming in the pool at the apartment where he and my grandma lived; going to baseball games with him; celebrating the Jewish holidays with him, especially passover and how he ran seders (I remember his last one and the first one after he passed); running around his apartment and making silly faces in the mirrors of the one hallways and thinking their place was so cool because it had a soda machine; talking to him on the phone and him calling you “stranger” if he hadn’t talked to you in a few days (my dad’s parents lived 5 minutes from us and a few days was a long time for him to go without talking to us); visiting him at his apartment one of the last times he got sick and my grandma telling me how much it meant to him that my friend Lauren and I came to see him. I have so many more wonderful memories of him and remember some of the little things that seem so silly, like how he rub his bald head or moved his hands when he was thinking. Most importantly though, even though he didn’t always say it, I knew he loved me and my siblings unconditionally.

I’m sad every day that my grandparents aren’t still around, but I’m grateful for the time I did get to spend with them. They loved my sister, brother and me, and spoiled us like grandparents do with their grandchildren. I believe that they are watching over me (and the family) and are proud of all that I’ve accomplished.

This is a picture of my grandpa George, me, my brother Michael, and my sister Erin.

Grandpa George with Erin Michael and Me

This was probably one of the many times he was at the house for dinner or just stopped by to say hi.

This is my grandma Helen (my mom’s mom), my sister and baby me!

Grandma Helen with Erin and Me

My mom’s parents lived in Muncie, IN during the summer’s and California in the winter’s. It was ALWAYS great to spent time with them in Pittsburgh and California. When I was in college I would spend my spring breaks in California with my mom (who would meet me out there), my grandma Helen, grandpa Jim, my Aunt Kathy (my mom’s oldest sister) and on most occasions my uncle Mike (my mom’s youngest brother; side note: she was one of 6 kids). I have so many wonderful memories of my mom’s parents and my aunt and uncle, but we’ll save those for a different day. I just wanted to share this picture that I found when I was home this past weekend because it made me really happy! 🙂

Question: What are your favorite memories with your grandparents?