My name is Angela. I am a scientist, wife, cat-mom, and running enthusiast. I blog about my journey through healthy living!

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Nicely Settled In!


Hello everyone! This past week was a whirlwind! Monday wasn’t so bad but the rest of the week was crazy!

Monday, I got home from work a little “early” and decided to head out for a quick run before dinner. It felt SO REFRESHING! In the sweating-your-butt-off kind of way. I only ran for 15 minutes, 13 minutes for a mile, but it felt good to be out there. I can’t wait to get into a better running routine!

After dinner, I took my new buddy Max for a walk. He now hangs out in my bedroom with my at

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12 Hours & 5 States Later

It is done! Rob and I drove the 12+ hours to Chicago last Thursday and Friday so I could be settled and work without having to stay in hotels constantly. Over the weekend before, I had a few get-togethers with friends and family to say goodbye. I will see them when I come home but it isn’t the same as living down the street (or across the drive like my parents are). It was nice to see everyone!

Anyway, we drove for a few hours Thursday night and just stopped at a hotel on the highway when we got tired.

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The Loews Hotel Chicago


For 10 days on my business trip, I had the privilege of being able to stay at the Loews Hotel in Chicago’s Loop. Only a few blocks from Lake Michigan, shopping, restaurants, and work, it was the perfect place to stay for this trip!

Check-in didn’t go smoothly because of a problem with my reservation (not a normal issue so I wouldn’t hold it against them). The woman at the desk though was awesome and did everything she could to help and called me immediately when she figured it out.

The room was absolutely beautiful and spacious. I can’t

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Long Lost Blogger Returns


Hello! Wow it has been a while since I’ve last blogged. As you probably know, I got a new job in a city half way across the country.

The company wanted me to do orientation in July instead of waiting until August so I agreed. What I didn’t realize is that they would want me to continue to train every single week thereafter. I’ve been doing a lot of flying back and forth between Philadelphia and Chicago, and I’m feeling stretched thin and overwhelmed.

That being said, I’m home this week and working from my kitchen. I need to

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Orienting Myself in Chicago


Hello everyone! Last week was crazy. I mentioned a new job and a big move to Chicago. My company wanted me to come out ASAP to attend orientation so I got to spend a little time in the area last week!

The flight out was easy, no travel hiccups. I arrived midafternoon at the Westin Hotel in Lombard. The room was simple but cozy and comfy.

The first night, I took some time to workout since I wasn’t hungry yet. I had packed Focus T25 and my resistance band so it was easy to get something in. Sadly, this

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5 Positives of 21 Day Fix Extreme


The other day, I wrote about the 5 things I struggled with while attempting to do the 21 Day Fix Extreme. Today, I’ll write about some of the things that I like!

1: Balanced Meals

I mentioned that the containers aren’t arranged in a way I prefer (low carb), but they are still relatively balanced and a great guide for someone unfamiliar with healthy eating. If you aren’t used to meal planning and eating a balanced diet, then this program would be pretty great for you. The booklet tells you everything you need to eat in each container. It

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Chicago, Here I Come!


I realize I haven’t blogged much because I’ve been so busy so a quick little update about life. The big news is about my interview in Chicago. Well, I got the job! I go out for New Employee Orientation next week. Then I still have time to move and settle in before starting sometimes in August hopefully.

Once I get an apartment, I will have a better idea of what I can start working. It is exciting and scary all at once. I have lived in a city before so that part doesn’t bother me. I lived in Brooklyn

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5 Struggles With 21 Day Fix Extreme


Apparently I have a tough time with strict weight loss challenges. I made it a whopping 2 full days on the 21 Day Fix Extreme (21DFE)! There were a few things I just wasn’t prepared for when starting 21DFE, especially with the holiday weekend only 3 days into the challenge. You would think having accountability partners would help but it didn’t stop me from slipping up all weekend.

1: Eating Out

Rob and I tend to eat out a lot on the weekend because we are always on the go. I mentioned that the booklet has a Dining Out

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