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Weekly Workouts and Weigh In {8/18/14 – 8/24/14}

Last week was not a good week in terms of exercise or food. I had great intentions, but a combination of exhaustion from not sleeping well and a sore knee/foot, really kept me from accomplishing what I had hoped. But this week is a new week. Onward.

Monday 8/18/14: 2.8 mile lunchtime walk

Tuesday 8/19/14: Rest Day (Photo shoot in the evening)

Wednesday 8/20/14: 2.85 mile lunchtime walk

Thursday 8/21/14: Knee was bothering me so I took the day off.

Friday 8/22/14: Knee was still bothering me.

Saturday 8/23/14: Stalls at the barn followed by a 20 minute ride.

Sunday 8/24/14: Nothing. But I did manage to finish one book (Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead), read a second complete one (Hysteria by Megan Miranda), and started a third (Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf)

I didn’t weigh in last week either. I knew my weight was either going to be up or the same, just based on how I felt. I also knew because of my lack of exercise, and eating out, it wasn’t going to be any different.

This week though, we are back on track.


I’m FitPossible!

Happy Monday all!

Not only is today a BEAUTIFUL day (low 70s and sunny!), it’s also my birthday! It was a great weekend spent with family celebrating our fathers and my special day. Continuing the celebrations tonight with a dinner on the town with my other half.

I started my day with a run. I had no desire to get up and absolutely zero motivation to even work out. But I forced myself. I told myself to just free run. No program today. And just see how I feel. Well, I ended up running for 14 minutes straight! 3 1/2 minutes LONGER than I did on Thursday. I was so excited. I was so proud. I keep feeling better and better, and stronger every time I run. It’s such a good feeling! I’ll be starting week 5 of couch to 5K tomorrow, so I’m happy to know that 5 minute runs will seem easy peasy to me now. They used to be such a struggle.

Which leads me to something awesome I found out about over the weekend –

You are looking at one of the newest I’m FitPossible ambassadors! I’m so excited to join another community that’s so supportive, no matter your fitness level. And I know many of my SweatPink sisters are also ambassadors over there! I just love how the wellness community just overlaps everywhere!


Hope you all are having a great start to your week!

What’s On My Mind Wednesday {6/11/14}



It’s that time of the week again! It’s time for ……


My birthday: Next week, I turn the big 2-8. I know it’s not a big birthday by any means, but for the first time in my life, I’m kind of in denial. I think it’s the fact that I’m closing in on 30. And the fact that my 10-year High School Reunion is this year. I’m just suddenly starting to realize I’m in my late twenties now. Even though sometimes I still feel like I just turned 21! 😉

Spain: A month from today, we will be in sunny, hot southern Spain for 10 days. I can’t even believe that we are down to 30 days. It doesn’t seem real. I feel like we just booked it yesterday. But it’s been almost 5 months. I can’t wait to see my best friend and her husband. I can’t wait to explore a new country with my fiance. I can’t wait to travel internationally with my fiance. I just can’t wait to travel. I love traveling.

We’re definitely hitting Seville, Vejer de la Frontera, and some other local spots. But any fun little day trips that are worth checking out would be greatly appreciated!

Couch to 5K: I finished Week 4, Day 3 today. I made it through the three days of 3 minute and 5 minute runs. Next week starts 5 minute, 8 minute and one 20 MINUTE RUN! I’m seriously freaking out. I keep trying to tell myself that I can do it. But I’m scared. I told myself that if I can do that 20 minute run with no issues…. I’ll signing up for the first 5K. Because if I can run for 20 minutes, than I know I go further than that.

I keep reminding myself Duration – Not Distance. Even though I want to be running 10 minute miles already!

Untitled design(4)Also – I’m kind of obsessed with my Teal Running Shoes.

Which leads me too…..

Running Music: I need to have music blasting in order to have a successful run. I know most people do. It helps me to zone out. I don’t think of my aching legs and breathing nearly as much. However, I’m finding I’m in a total music rut. I’m bored with my playlist. I like the RockmyRun app, but it’s the same playlists over and over with no shuffle. Pandora is quirky when there isn’t a good internet connection, however, I do love it when I’m not running.

I even tried redoing my playlist. And it didn’t help. I just don’t know what to do…. I guess I should listen to Pandora’s Dancehall channel and see if I can come across anything that makes me dance at my desk. That is usually how I know it’s going to be a good running song!

And finally…

100 Books in 2014: I have set this goal for myself in 2012 and 2013. I’ve been just shy each year. I promised myself I would make it this year. It works out to be like 8.5 books per month. Totally doable seeing how much I read. I realized on Monday night, that it’s almost the halfway point. At this point, I should have read just around 50 books. Guess how many I’ve actually read?


I’m 14 books shy of even being on track. So guess who is now reading like a banshee to catch up to said goal.



Questions for you:

1. Have you ever been to the Rota/Cadiz area of Spain? What is a must-see?

2. What kind of music pumps you up for your workout?

3. Have you ever set a reading goal for yourself? How did you do?

Have a happy Wednesday!

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday my friends! I hope you all had a super duper weekend.

My weekend was amazing. Super relaxing and super fun. I felt ready to tackle the work week when I walked into the office today. Even with it being 80 out today. Bring on the work week! Here’s a quick recap for ya!

Friday: When 5 PM hit, I was out the door knowing that I was heading for a night out with my parents and other half. We were off the Elks Club for a Meat Raffle (and yes, it’s exactly what he sounds like!) and the big drawing for Joker’s Wild. The pot was up to around $7900, so we knew someone could win at any time. I ended up winning the 50/50 raffle during the Meat Raffle. I had to split with three people, but I still walked away with $50 bucks! A winner was drawn that night, and he took a pretty nice chunk of money home with him! We were happy for him, but were bummed it wasn’t one of us. A lot could be done with $7900 bucks!

imageThe sky looked so pretty on Friday night!

Saturday: I was out the door early to head to the barn to get stalls done and body clip one of the lesson horses in the barn before it go to hot and sticky. Ruby is probably my favorite lesson horse, even though I don’t ride her. She was/is the best teacher for any beginner students I’ve had, and she was a great show horse in her day taking many kids to blue ribbon rides. Now she lives the life of leisure teaching beginner students how to ride and just getting loved on. And she’s beautiful. I adore her so much that’s she is in my engagement photos :).


Once I got home, it was time to grab some lunch. The other half was out cutting trees down with his brother, so I ran to get us some subs. We were having a gathering at the house that night, so I wanted to make sure we got something good in us!

And then it was the first party of the summer. And we had a ball! It was great company and we just laughed all night long.

Sunday: Up early to get groceries and errands done. At 9 AM it was already 70 degrees, and looking to be the first hot and humid day of the summer. I want to get everything done as fast as I could so I could be out by the pool the rest of the day. And that’s exactly what I did. By mid-afternoon, we came in and took off for a little bit. And got a Fisherman’s Platter for dinner.  I rarely eat fried food, but it was such a sign of summer to get one. Nom nom nom. Then we just relaxed and I read. I’m currently reading ‘The Death of Bees’. We were in bed early last night and it was the best being able to sleep with the windows open. Summer has finally arrived!


This morning I was up early to get my run in. It was going to be to way to hot out at lunch today, and I don’t handle the heat too well, at least when it comes to exercise. Today was week 4, day 2 of Couch to 5K.

Pros – the run went well, no side stitches and no breathing issues… well, minimal issues. I’m finding it easier to run the 5 minutes now and that’s good.

Cons– my phone decided it didn’t feel like playing music this morning, so I ended up listening to the birds. I definitely found it harder to zone out and work on my breathing. Evidently, I rely on my music. But it was still a nice peaceful run!

Hope you all had a wonderful day!

And now for the winner of the Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer in Lemon-Lime….

Congratulations to Agnetha Foong! Please e-mail me at aglimpseintoerynsworld at gmail.com

with your mailing information so I can get your packets out to you!

Thank you to all those who entered!


My Goal: Just to Have the Time of My Life

TGIF! Happy Friday all!

We’re finally getting some spring-like weather up here in New England (complete with what may be some early April showers monsoon type weather). And by early, I mean essentially the entire last few days of March. At least it will be in the 40s… except for Sunday. Which will be in the 30s. Have no fear, spring appears to be on it’s way!

All I can say is…we better have a LONG HOT SUMMER. I won’t even complain this year if we get multiple heat waves. I will bask in it. Seriously.

So with spring and summer finally on it’s way, it got me thinking about my goals for this year – the things I want to accomplish so I can look back and remind myself how the spring/summer/fall of 2014 will be one of the best years yet!

1. Learn to Paddleboard – I live by the ocean. I should at least learn to do something water related (besides swim of course. I’ve been able to do that since I was a kid!). Paddleboarding just looks like so much fun, while being a great workout, while enjoying the summer weather. Thankfully, Sierra works at a Paddleboarding place in the summer and said she will teach me. Hooray!

  1. Run a 5K – I’ve been saying this for probably 5 years now. Maybe even longer. But for the first time in a very long time, I feel like I can stick to training and learning how to run. I am totally getting a runner’s high when I run now. Even when I’m sucking wind after just a couple of minutes. After I’m done, I feel like a new person. And I can’t wait to do it again. This time, I’m sticking with it. Hopefully tonight, I’ll be hitting the road for the first time since it will be close to 50. Got to build up the stamina there since I can’t run a race on a treadmill!

A few spring/summer/fall options for 5K’s in the area are:

  • Flag Day 5K – Saturday, June 14th (It benefits the 1st Lt. Derek Hines Soldier Assistance Fund; I grew up with his family. It also falls 2 days before my birthday. Which would be an amazing experience to finally reach a goal before my birthday!)
  • The Nate Bibaud 5K – Saturday June 29th
  • Yankee Homecoming 10 Mile and 5K – Tuesday, July 29th (it’s during Yankee Homecoming, a Newburyport tradition)
  • 25th Annual Apple Harvest Race – Sunday, October 5th

Who knows! Maybe I’ll be so ready by June I can run all of them. However, I’m just going to go with the flow and know that I have at least 4 ahead of me that I could do! Just need to keep up the training!

  1. Travel – Last summer, we took a week off and basically just hung around and took in the sites close to home. This year, I want to travel. I hate flying, but I love visiting new places. We’ve already planned at July trip to Rota, Spain for 10 days to visit my best friend and her husband. A fall trip is also in the works so we can celebrate the other half’s birthday and start planning our wedding (HOORAY!!!). I’m also hoping we’ll get to do some fun weekend trips, as long as money allows!

  2. Enjoy Every Minute  – I feel like every summer goes by in the blink of an eye. Suddenly it’s September and I’m looking back wondering where the hell the summer. Come September this year, I don’t want to look back and wonder where it went.

  • I want to look back and say ‘That was the best summer ever.’ I want to spend time at the beach, or by the pool, and attempt to get a tan (I burn usually… I’m Irish).
  • I want to take long walks in the summer evenings, or the early mornings, before the humidity sets it.
  • I want to have campfires and gatherings, and endless nights that we will talk about for years to come.
  • I want to be outside as much as humanly possible.
  • I want to travel around with my camera and create a personal portfolio I will be oh so in love with.
  • I want to have the time of my life.





Foto Friday #1

As part of the ‘reinvented’ blog, I’m always trying to think of new things I can do, besides just write. Since it’s a look inside my world, whether it be books, health/fitness, photography or just my musings of the day, I need to plan accordingly. I’m hoping as I delve deepper into the blogging world, I’ll have a bit more of a schedule for things. But for now, since not a whole lot of new stuff is happening, I decided today would be Foto Friday!

What is Foto Friday you ask?

Foto Friday is going to be a day where I post a random photo from my personal collection of works, or possibly a really cool photo from a past photo shoot, and maybe write a little snippet or something that goes along with it! Maybe it will spark some creativity in me.

Anyways, welcome to the first Foto Friday. My one rule – please don’t take screen grabs of these photos. If you’re interested in any of them, please let me know. :) Also – if you’re interested in seeing more of my work, make sure to like eryn e photography. You can either like it on the side bar, or visit here!


My love for photography began at the beach my sophomore year of high school on Plum Island. To this day, it is still one of my favorite places to photograph, both personally and professionally. I recently had family photos done and my engagement photos done, forever capturing one of my favorite places.

I love black and white photography; while I don’t go black & white unless I feel the picture really calls for it, I just love how it can capture a mood, a feeling or just enhance the effects of a photo. This photo was taken in early August. Summer was starting to wind down, but the weather was still perfect. I was waiting for a client to arrive for their session so I wandered around the boardwalk snapping pictures as I went. I love the depth of field in this. I love how it came out.

Photos can spark a different emotion in every person. For me, the blurred out boardwalk represents the start of summer. It seemed like early June was just upon us and suddenly, it’s just a blurred memory.

Does this photo spark any emotions from you? If so, what?

Monday Funday!

Happy Monday folks!

This weekend seemed to go by in warp-speed (Don’t they all this time of year?) but it was definitely a good one. Most of this post will be in pictures, because simply put, pictures tell a good story!

Friday – After work, it was a relaxation night. I’ve been fighting a cold off so it was best to curl up with a good book and rest the night away

Saturday – Woke up, read a book, did our measurements and weekly photos for Insanity, went for a nearly 3 mile walk and then came home and I got ready for my best friend’s bachelorette party. The day began with us sailing on The Ninth Wave in Newburyport, followed by a cookout at her parents house and a bar crawl through Newburyport. Good times were had by all.


Sunday – Spent the morning recovering from the above Bachelorette Party. After, we did our groceries, food prep and our Insanity Fit Test. I was pretty stoked with the results!

Switch Kicks – 40 (up 3)

Power Jacks – 34 (down 3 – probably could of done more, but I burned out)

Power Knees – 68 (Up 13)

Power Jumps – 25 (up 8)

Globe Jumps – 7 (up 1)

Suicide Jumps aka Burpees – 10 (up 4)

Push-Up Jacks – 5 (5 ACTUAL Push-Up Jacks – this is huge because two weeks ago I could barely do one push-up)

Plank Obliques – 5 (down 3 – but I was exhausted and also slipping everywhere)

Needless to say Insanity – insanity is working! I’m also down a couple of inches all around!

After Insanity, we did some cleaning and the fiance cooked an amazing Summer dinner of grilled chicken and veggies. Yum!


Only 4 more days until vacation begins!

Until next time.


Summer, Where Did You Go?

It seems like just yesterday I was counting down the days for graduate school to be over. I couldn’t wait, but at the same time, it meant that summer would be over too. Suddenly, I felt like I was in a catch-22. While I wanted school to be over, I never wanted the summer to end. It was a wonderful summer. I had a great birthday with family, watched one of my closest friends get married, re-did my bedroom and my parents bedroom, and spend countless hours with the people I love the most.


Before I knew it, Labor Day weekend was here. The official end of summer. And thankfully, the weather could not have been more perfect. So on Sunday afternoon, my parents and I took a spur of the moment trip into Boston where we ate a delicious lunch at The Chart House and visited the New England Aquarium. I felt like a kid again at the Aquarium.

I got to pet a sting ray…

Me Touching a Ray 2 smaller

And see lots of penguins (my favorite!)

Penguin 2

Penguins on rock

And even got to see some sharks (also a giant sea turtle, but did not get any good pictures of him)! 

Shark Aquarium

And for the record, I’m still petrified of sharks. Seeing this guy up close only made it worse.

Needless to say, it was one of those days that I will always remember and make me wish summer would last forever.

What are your favorite summertime memories?

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