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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4 Weeks of Routine

Work has been crazy lately. Last week wasn’t so bad but felt difficult for some reason. The two weeks before though, I was working lots of extra hours and feeling really stressed out. On the bright side, there are no clients at the office for the next 4 weeks and hopefully I can stick to a regular routine for a while.

I thought about making big, lofty goals for the next few weeks but I’m going to be honest instead. I’m tired and stressed out. I don’t need big goals to worry about. I need small things to do to

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New Work Gym, Ultimate Convenience

Today was essentially Day 1 of my 90 day goals and I wasn’t about to skimp out. I joined my work gym! It is right in the basement level of my office building so I have no excuse to skip a workout.

There is a weight area to the left also.

It is a very small gym, since only tenants of the office building can join. I was 1 of 2 people working out at 4PM! The manager said it was the busiest at lunch time, with about 15-20 people in the gym exercising. For the size of the

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90 Days to Thanksgiving

Where, oh where, has Angela been?  Around and busy.  What else can I say?  I wasn’t as Nicely Settled In as I claimed in my last post.  Just the next week, my commute turned into chaos and I realized half my clothing essentials were still packed!  But I am getting there slowly.  I am starting to get a feel for routine, and it is relieving a lot of the stress.

I did decide I need to start being more proactive about my health.  My weight is stable, but at a number higher than I would like.  It isn’t the number

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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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