Life Updates

by Melissa on October 19, 2016

Hi friends!  I think this might be the longest period of time I’ve gone without writing a blog post.  To be honest, I’ve probably had about 50 blog posts written in my head whether it was from the inspiration of a fantastic run or just a long commute after work.  But, with as crazy as life has been in the last 6 months, sitting down to actually write a blog post was the furthest thing on my mind.  Maybe soon I’ll be able to write about that.  Until then, I thought I’d just give a life update!

Why a life update you might ask?  Well as a newlywed, documenting the last 6 months sounds amazing.  As you may know, Devin and I got married this past March.

We started our summer celebrating another wedding!  Shannon and Jason (Devin’s sister) got married at a beautiful beachside resort in sunny Florida.  It was a lot of fun to celebrate their marriage and relive some of the emotion of our wedding.  Plus, it was a blast to attend our first wedding as husband and wife.


While we didn’t have any major vacations planned, we still had a great summer relaxing by the pool near our home, exploring DC and the surrounding area, and taking mini trips.  To be honest, it makes complete sense that a summer vacation was off the table with our amazing honeymoon in March!  Soon, I will relive that on here too!

One mini trip we took was back to Pennsylvania to celebrate the fourth of July.  It was an unusually cold 4th back in PA, but we made the most of it with a bonfire and a hike on the ski slopes.  As an added bonus, we had some fantastic sunsets too!



Devin earned husband points with a surprise trip to the Kennedy Center.  DC is a lot newer to me than Devin, so there is still a lot I haven’t experienced.  I’m happy to say I crossed the Kennedy Center off the list as it will likely be one of my favorite DC experiences.  The views from the outside deck along with the grandeur of the decor and entrance made it very memorable.  We saw Gregory Alan Isakov with the National Symphony Orchestra.  If you haven’t heard this music before, I highly recommend you look it up.  Fantastic!


And it wouldn’t be a DC summer without a trip to Great Falls.  Last year we finally decided to just purchase a pass and I’m so glad we did.  We’re only 20 minutes away which makes it a perfect mid-day adventure for a walk on the canal.  Also, Great Falls has a special place in my heart because it was one of the first dates Devin and I ever went on :)


To wrap it up, this wouldn’t be an Eat on the Run post without some mention of either food or running, so here we go… we FINALLY ran our first race together.  Just a few weeks ago, as I was getting over a cold, Devin and I ran a 5K together.  It was so much fun!  You’re probably shocked that this hasn’t occurred earlier, and to be honest, so am I.  But, I don’t think it will be the last race either – Devin now has the race bug!


Thank you for bearing with me as I work out the rust in my blogging and writing skills and get back on the wagon.  I think a little sabbatical from it as I enjoyed newlywed life and dealt with some life shifts was absolutely what I needed.  So, I thank you for sticking with me and coming back to read, whatever the frequency.


Getting My Groove Back

by Melissa on May 23, 2016

I can’t believe it’s been over 2 months since our wedding.  Shocking really!  Time certainly does fly!  A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that getting back into a solid workout routine was the most difficult transition.  After a little bit of time, I decided to give myself some slack.  For at least 3 months prior, my workout routine was a non-negotiable.  I was working out at an intense level and honestly, shouldn’t sustain that for longer than what I did.

I started to think about that season the way I think about training for a race.  Your priorities and workout load are at a level that is meant to be sustained only for a certain amount of time, and then you need to give your body a rest, re-assess, and then decide on your next goal. 

Since giving myself a little slack, it’s been easier to workout.  I don’t have as much pressure on myself.  And in full disclosure, I did go to the doctor a month ago, only to find out I had low magnesium, which can cause fatigue.  So, it’s been a two fold approach to my workouts.  Give my body the fuel and supplements it needs to recover, and ease back into the workouts I enjoy.

What have I been enjoying, you ask?  You guessed it – running!  I didn’t make running much of a priority before the wedding.  I didn’t have a race on the calendar (except the one down the aisle), which allowed me to include more circuit and interval training.

Now that I’m a part of the Speed and Strength Training Program with Run Farther & Faster, I’m getting back into my running routine.

one mile time trial 

Unfortunately the soggy DC weather hasn’t been as cooperative :(  So, while I went to Boston for a week long conference, I enjoyed the sunny weather and amazing running culture that only Boston can be known for. 

Boston Running

Exploring new cities on a run is probably in my top 5 favorite things of all time.  Chocolate and Devin come in a tie for first ;)

I’ve also indulged my love of fitness classes.  Devin took me to a boxing class for my birthday, which was a lot of fun, but left me more sore than I’ve been in years!  Hitting a bag is no joke.

Title Boxing Rockville

And, to my good fortune, the hotel I stayed at in Boston was attached to a beautiful mall.  And within that mall was a FlyWheel.  I love indoor cycling and the FlyWheel brand and style of instruction suits my personality to a T.  It was great to get in a sweaty class before a day of sitting through conference sessions.


I’m now finding what a good week of workouts looks like for me, with room to wiggle as things come up and for when I just want to do something different.  It’s important to have a plan to succeed, but you should be able to deviate a little.

This extra time has also allowed me to indulge in one of my big goals.  To write an e-book.  That’s right, you’ll see my first e-manual for healthy eating debut in early June!  I couldn’t be more excited

Paige from Your Trainer Paige and I have teamed up to write an 8 week workout and nutrition guide to get you Sleek and Sculpted!

Sleek & Sculpted  

I’ll post more on Instagram and Facebook for links on where to get a sample and to purchase!  Feel free to message me with any questions! 

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HelloFresh: A Review

by Melissa on April 15, 2016

Since returning home from the wedding and honeymoon, my cooking game has gotten a big boost.  I had a coupon for a free box from HelloFresh and decided to cash it in for our first week home.  The time it can take to meal plan, grocery shop, and prep was going to be too much between the many other things we needed to do to get back to reality.

Our meals arrived in a cooler box with cold packs covering the meat and fish.  I’m not sure when it arrived, but it was still very fresh and COLD when we brought it into the house.  We went with the 3 meals per week plan, which allows us to have one night during the work week to cook our own meal, eat out, or just have leftovers. 

So what’s in the box?


In each box, the fresh ingredients are divided into smaller boxes and labeled for the recipe they’re designated for.  Also, each recipe is included with step by step instructions and pictures.  It makes tackling a new recipe much easier when you know what each step should look like. 


Jamie Oliver has partnered with HelloFresh and each week you can choose the recipe he has created specifically for this service.  The common belief is that they want to help busy people make fresh, healthy, delicious food from scratch.  I couldn’t support that more!  Cooking is one way to show love, connect with your food, and really enjoy time with family and friends. 

Our first meal was a Jamie Oliver recipe (above) The Grilled Chicken with Warm Green Bean Salad.  We really enjoyed this and will absolutely make it again.  Hint: there hasn’t been a recipe so far that I wouldn’t put on the table again.  Everything has been so tasty!  I’m even learning new skills and discovering different ways to cook our favorites.

Other recipes we’ve enjoyed:

Fiesty Fiesta Tacos (not as spicy as I imagined with a name like “fiesty”!)


Not pictured: Juicy Lucy Burger.  Hands down my favorite so far.  I have everything ready to make these when we get home on Sunday.  PLEASE do yourself a favor and put these on the table soon! Smile

Crispy Chicken Milanese.  So light and full of flavor!


Jamie’s Sticky Asian Style Salmon.  Honestly, Asian style dishes are not my specialty, and I feel like I knocked this one out of the ball park.  It tasted like a restaurant quality meal!


One drawback for our us?  No leftovers.  Devin and I are big on taking leftovers for lunch the next day and don’t want to purchase our meals out.  So, we do have to plan ahead and get ingredients for salads and sandwiches.  Not a big deal, but we have always relied on our dinners to supply a little extra Winking smile

Our plan right now is use HelloFresh for the weeks we are busy or will be away during the weekends.  This way we’re still cooking at home, having healthy delicious meals.  Plus with the quality of ingredients, it’s still cheaper than eating out.  I’m envisioning we will use HelloFresh twice per month.  I still love to grocery shop when I have time and to make my own recipes.

Interested in trying HelloFresh

Use this coupon code: B5WFYG to receive 3 free meals (aka 50% off your first box).  It’s a wonderful service for busy couples or families.

Have you tried a service like HelloFresh?  What has been your experience?


Transitioning Back to Reality Post Wedding

by Melissa on April 12, 2016

Over 3 weeks ago, I married the love of my life.  When we started planning last February, it was hard to believe the day would ever arrive.  Between picking out a dress, choosing the venue (not hard!), flowers, rings, seating charts, and so much other fun, it could be an overwhelming process at times.  When our weekend was finally here, it really was worth all the effort Devin and I put into it (and our parents!).  I can’t wait to share the story and photos from the day.  We have a few snapshots to tide us over (see below) :)

Jekyll Island Wedding venue:  Crane Cottage @ The Jekyll Island Club

photographer: Concept-A Photography

Jekyll Island Wedding

While I had a lot of advice on prep, planning, and even how to enjoy every moment of our wedding day, I didn’t have the same advice for how to handle the few weeks after all the fun died down.  Luckily, we chose to do our honeymoon directly after the wedding (giving ourselves a buffer day), which extended the celebration and fun. 


But, getting back into reality was no joke.  For a few days, I kept looking at people like “don’t you know the biggest day of my life just happened!?”  After being on an emotional high for almost a month, the other side of that was something to deal with.  Thankfully, my husband is oh so supportive and made our transition back into our new reality smooth and fun!

I also had some forethought and made a few plans to make our adjustment a little easier.  First, I started us with HelloFresh.  I’ll have a full review of the cook your own meal delivery program soon, but all I can say is I’m hooked now!  We had it delivered the day we arrived home from the honeymoon, so I didn’t have to worry about running to the grocery store and planning meals.  Definitely recommend for any new hubby and wife! 

IMG_20160329_173359 If you’re interested in trying HelloFresh, use code B5WFYG for $40 off your first box!

We also had our house keeper come and tidy up our townhome prior to coming home.  Definitely a splurge, but with my personality type, organization and cleanliness decrease my overall stress levels. 

Making the transition from bride and groom to husband and wife has been fun.  It’s now about “us” and “our” life.  Plus, I have a beautiful new last name to throw everyone off when they email me! Ha! 


So, what has the hardest transition been for me so far?  Getting back into my workout routine.  It was such a priority before the wedding, as it probably is for most brides.  Therefore, after the wedding it was nice to not have the pressure to get the workout in.  Also, I had very specific workout goals prior to the wedding.  Now I’m in search of my new goal and motivation.  I’ll keep you posted on what I figure out, but for now I’m just focused on working back into a regular routine and enjoying the workouts.  Whatever interests me that day is what I’m going to do!

Are you recently married?  How did you do with the transition post-wedding?  Any tips you want to share with any future Mr & Mrs?


Whole30 Thoughts

March 10, 2016

It’s just a little over a week until our wedding!  It’s been a crazy busy, but fun few weeks.  We’re getting ready for a beautiful day and a warm tropical honeymoon – yay! “honeymoon luggage style” In the last post, we were in the middle of our first Whole30, and I definitely did not want […]

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Whole30 Days 8 through 14

February 15, 2016

OMG. The Whole30 timeline is completely on point.  Meaning, days 10 and 11 are the hardest days.  And my wall came on day 12 – by wall I mean complete meltdown.  It was as though a sugar addict possessed my body.  Poor Devin.  At one point during the meltdown, he said “ok, just eat the […]

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Whole30 Days 1 through 7

February 7, 2016

As a registered dietitian, you’re probably wondering why I’m following the Whole30 eating pattern.  Good question!  Let’s start with a few points first I’ve always been a proponent of the 30 day eating pattern as a way to learn more about the foods you’re eating and how they affect you.  In essence, the Whole30 is […]

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What Can You Learn During Training?

January 28, 2016

Training for any race, whether a 5K or a marathon, leaves a definite mark on a person.  You learn a few things about yourself.  Sometimes you learn that you’re more equipped to hit the snooze button than you originally thought.  Sometimes you learn that you have a little more to give than you ever knew.  […]

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Winter is Here + A Workout

January 26, 2016

Holy cow!  We’ve almost dug ourselves out of the over 2 feet of snow that got dumped on us this past weekend.  I have to admit it was kind of fun being stuck inside and braving the storm with Devin :)  So many firsts for us this year! We tried to shovel often to keep […]

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2015 In Review

December 30, 2015

What a whirlwind year!  It feels like it was just 2014 to me! There is one word that can summarize my entire 2015:   Change. Overwhelming, exciting, joyous change!  As I take these few days to reflect, I can see in the end, God always has the best plans. Devin and started to talk about moving […]

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