This Week’s Fitness Fun

7 layer dip healthier

Good afternoon, my friends! Before I get into this week’s fitness and food adventures, a couple announcements:

  • Thank you so much for the enthusiasm around my Nutrition for Runners program! I appreciate the support so much, and I hope that those of you who give it a shot will find it very helpful and interesting! Just an FYI that there is an option being offered right now that includes both the full program AND the opportunity to have 4 group calls with me and Jason to get your own specific nutrition and training-related questions answered. There are 17 spots left – get them while they’re hot! This personalized package deal won’t be offered again.
  • For those of you participating in the Winter Shape Up, I have posted the WSU Week 2 Meal Plan so you have time to go shopping for food this weekend! Enjoy, and keep those awesome updates coming – love seeing how you guys are crushing your fitness, working on intuitive eating, and trying new-to-you meals and recipes! Keep it up!
  • Gearing up for the Super Bowl this weekend and looking for some healthy (but crowd pleasing) recipes? Try my Healthier 7 Layer Dip (pictured below and THE best – this is what I’ll be making on Sunday!) and my Pumpkin Bean Dip!

And now, this week! I had a fun week of workouts – after sitting on the couch most of last week because I was sick, it felt good to get back out there this week!

On Tuesday, I decided spur of the moment to try out OrangeTheory; I wanted to get in some speedy running but the sidewalks were a snowy mess. Perfect! They offer a free trial for the first time you go so I gave them a call and was able to get into the noon lunchtime class.

OrangeTheory, if you haven’t heard of it, is a heart-rate based high intensity interval training workout. You spend the hour long class alternating between doing intervals on the treadmill, intervals on a rowing machine, and boot camp type moves on the floor.


I’ve been meaning to try out OrangeTheory for ages so I was glad to finally make it there! I really liked the heart rate factor and the fact that you could see your stats on the board in real time – it helped make sure you weren’t phoning it in. The heart rate doesn’t lie, y’all. ;)


They also send you a follow up email after class with your stats from the workout, which I thought was cool. (Not sure what that broken graphic was supposed to be!)


The class was fun and hard – good sweat session. I liked that everyone of all abilities got a great workout since it’s effort/heart rate based – they have options for walkers, joggers, and runners on the treadmill for each zone they want you to be in, etc. I did find myself getting a liiiiittle bored on the treadmill occasionally (you guys know I’m not a treadmill fan), but overall the instructor did a good job keeping us engaged and mixing up the paces/difficulty. I don’t think I’d sign up for a package here to go consistently just because I love running outside too much, and for indoor classes I’d rather focus more on strength, but on days like Tuesday where it was snowy/unsafe and I wanted a butt kicking workout, it was awesome. Definitely recommend checking it out! I just wish they were on ClassPass. :)

Speaking of ClassPass (<—affiliate link, fyi), I know some of you asked for an update on what my thoughts were on it now that I've tried it for awhile. Well, the verdict is that I like it enough to keep doing it on my own dime (they gave me an initial free trial to test it out for blogging purposes)! I've crunched the numbers and given the fact that so many of my favorite studios are on there (CorePower Yoga, Edge Yoga, and most recently my old friend Urban Athletic Club‘s Georgetown location is now on there – exciting!!), it makes sense financially. So yes, love ClassPass and highly recommend it. It’s awesome – extremely user friendly interface (love that you have all the workout studio schedules in one place – amazing), syncs to your Google calendar (so key for me), and more and more studios are being added each month, so if you’re someone who likes to mix it up like I do, it’s super worth it.

I hit Urban Athletic Club up via ClassPass on Wednesday morning with my friend Kathleen for their lower body class, which was great – we did a fun mix of some of my CrossFit favorites like wall balls, deadlifts (with heavy hand weights), goblet squats, etc., plus some cardio moves and TRX work, too. LOVEEEE their workouts – they do such a great job getting you working hard while still keeping it interesting and fun and super varied. You never get bored!


In running news, I have officially signed up for the Potomac River Running Individualized Training Program! I’m really excited about it and went to my first session yesterday morning – it’s $400 for 4 months and I think it will be really worth it. For the program, we get coached morning track workouts twice a week (Tuesdays are speed days, Thursdays are usually more tempo/hill workout type days) with the group, as well as an individualized training plan and personal support for training-related questions from the coaches. I’ve never really been great about doing speed workouts consistently, and I never really knew what to do once I was at the track and just ended up doing the same thing over and over, so I’m really excited about this. It’s awesome to have coaches telling you what to do and timing your laps – so motivating! After spending the past year running at the same speed for all my runs and not really pushing myself (which was necessary after doing two full marathons essentially back to back), I’m ready to see what I can really do if I’m trying. Talking to Jason so much while writing our Nutrition for Runners program must have inspired me!


On Thursday morning, we did mile repeats. I did a warm up jog of 1 mile, then started the repeats, which just means that you do 1 mile at a reasonably speedy but not I’m going to die speed (they said to build about to your 10k pace), jog a lap to recover, and then do another. I ended up doing my mile repeats at about a 7:30 pace. I did 3 of them, per the coach’s instruction, and then did a half mile jog to cool down, for about 4.5 miles total. Great workout and I felt strong at the end with plenty of gas left in the tank, so that’s a good sign!

It was COLD out there but the sunrise when we were just finishing up our workout was nice. Brrrr – is it spring yet?! I’m totally over the dark and the snow, not sure about you guys…



And that’s about all I have for you guys today! Even though it’s super cold out, I’m still randomly craving smoothies – I made another one for me and Matt this morning, enjoyed with a side of almond butter toast and some AnneTheRD client materials before racing out the door for a client meeting.


This morning’s smoothie featured coconut water, kale, avocado (so good in smoothies), protein powder, banana, and frozen mango. Inspired by the green smoothie I had at Canyon Ranch last weekend. Yum!

I’m off to finish up work and then close down the computer for the weekend. Have a good one! :)

This Week’s Fitness Fun originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on January 30, 2015.

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Wendy Brandes Jewelry in Rapaport Magazine

Before January slides into February, I need to thank Rapaport Magazine for including me in this month’s issue. I’m one of three designer lines mentioned, and the focus is on my “Maneater” collection. Rapaport is the top print publication for the diamond industry, so it was nice for my gem dealers to see their products […]


#idazzletravels: VICENZAORO The Boutique Show

Yvel Pearl Brooch

I am leaving my first

An inventive pearl brooch by Yvel Jewelry.

VICENZAORO The Boutique Show completely changed their show format for 2015, and it was absolutely gorgeous. Many halls didn’t feel like a traditional trade show at all, with plush carpets and brilliantly-lit booths glinting with jewels. The show was divided into six different districts, each with its own flavor and unifying characteristics, such as Icon, glittering with bespoke high jewelry, and Look, the place to discover new brands with a fashionable edge. Each theme had its own identity and color theme (though I didn’t actually find the colors that helpful when navigating the show).

I was very impressed with the quality of the jewelry vendors. The jewelry was exceptional, from the finish of the metal to the quality of the gems. The companies represented were overwhelmingly Italian, and this made for some interesting interactions–limited English spoken by representatives in the booths, not always understanding social media or the importance of images and marketing materials–but generally people were lovely and welcoming to the US press that attended.

Pasquale Bruni

The windows at Pasquale Bruni defied description, they were so lovely.

I didn’t hear a lot of American accents spoken in the halls of VICENZAORO. I think it is unfortunate that more buyers from the Unites States don’t attend this venue. This is a place to find gorgeous gems, diamonds, and gold from vendors eager to do business with the US market. I saw brand-new trends (silicone and diamonds!) and incredible examples of craftsmanship and thoughtful design. Italy is a global leader in jewelry design and manufacturing, and it shows with this format. Buyers and press get to see avant-garde trends months before the Las Vegas market week in the US, and retailers have a chance to receive the jewelry well before the critical Fall selling season. I spoke with a prominent US retailer who considers it a serious competitive advantage to attend the VICENZAORO show, where they can discover private label vendors in particular and build cohesive collections months before their stateside counterparts. And have I mentioned that the food and wine are better than most jewelry trade shows?

Museo del Gioiello necklace

A priceless historical necklace at the Museo del Gioiello in Vicenza.

At the opening press conference, the show organizers stated to the press that “business and culture can go hand-in-hand.” Proving this, I had some memorable experiences while in Vicenza. We were entertained by the very talented jazz pianist Stefano Bollani. Saturday evening after the show, VICENZAORO hosted a tour of the brand new Museo del Gioiello. The tour was eloquently led by the Director of the Museo, Alba Cappellieri, who is also the new Women’s Jewelry Association Italy President. Afterwards, there was a private tour of the Palazzo Chiericati, home to some pretty impressive works of art by Gauguin, Rothko, Wyeth, Caraveggio, and Van Gogh, housed in an impressive Palazzo designed by Vicenza hometown hero, Andrea Palladio.

All in all, the show was a true pleasure to attend! Thank you to the show organizers who hosted us. Stay tuned for more jewelry pictures and trends spotted at VICENZAORO…

VicenzaOro US Press

Our US #pressposse from left: Jen Cullen Williams of Luxury Brand Group, Michelle Graff of National Jeweler, Becky Cole of Diamonds in the Library, Jennifer Heebner of JCK Magazine, and myself!

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