Hello! Are you still out there?

Lordy, lordy. I just signed into Life with Red for the first time in over month, readers are you still out there?

I last posted the Friday before I started my new job, which is pretty much right around the last time I did a lot of things. I finally feel as if I have a handle on my new role and that life has settled down a bit and I can devote the time and energy I originally had when I began Life with Red. I hope your still out there readers because I’m back!

But first, where have I been?

My new job // I started my new role on October 7 handling a the marketing and communications for an organization just outside of Boston. While the tasks and the responsibilities of the role are similar to my last position I am working 100x harder and about 10 hours longer a week (hence the lack of time for LWR!). I am happy to say that after 2 long years of looking for the RIGHT role, I’ve found it. I’m glad I didn’t jump ship just because everyone else was doing it and that I waited for and worked  the right role to come to me. I’m excited to have started this latest journey and I will share what I can on the job here on the blog as it relates to the day-to-day.


My nana // It saddens me to write that on the afternoon of October 11th my 91 year old nana passed away. I am completely biased because she was mine and I only had one grandparent ever, but my nana was the best grandmother ever. Growing up we did have much of a relationship outside of birthdays, holidays, and the annual back to school shopping trip because my nana was a traveling fool. Every time we saw her she’d be off to another trip- Las Vegas, Bermuda,you name it Nana’s seen it. But when my parents moved to NH almost 8 years ago she became my co-pilot on holiday visits, I think because she hated my uncle’s driving. It was on those hour-long road trips to and from my parents house that nana would tell me stories – stories about her younger years, her trips, my grandfather, my mother, and the latest family gossip – and it was also a time when she reassured me that it was okay to be single and poor as long as I was happy. We held a wonderful service for her that contained more laughter than tears, including my mothers speech which married me off – telling those there to remember her that nan had seen her four grandchildren get married. Uh, mom? My dad leaned over and thanked me for saving him money on the reception. I know she was looking down at us giggling at my mom’s mishap and winking at me wondering who the gentleman seated at the back of the room was.

Nashville Pedal Tavern

Nashville // I spent the weekend of my 30th birthday celebrating with 10 of my friends in Nashville, TN. I drank a lot of angry orchard, shot a lot of fireball, sang a lot of Wagon Wheel, bartended a pedal tavern, nursed a serious hangover, sang on two stages, got ice’d, was serenaded by an entire bar, and ate a lot of hot dogs over the course of four days. I will work on a full recap post for you soon!


Now where am I going?

Since returning from Nashville I have put in my first two full weeks of work, almost fully retired from babysitting, attended an inspiring breakfast (hint, hint you’ll be hearing about that soon), had a suite view for the Bruins, and began thinking about the future of Life with Red. I am working on a few product reviews, recaps, 101 in 1,001 updates, and have my fingers crossed to do a collaboration with some bloggers to celebrate one of their recent milestones!

Bruins Game

I hope your still reading and I hope you’ll stick with me as I iron out a new posting schedule and get my groove back!

Fit Bit Fridays

3 years ago I had the idea to create a list and blog on 30 things I wanted to complete before I turned 30. Though the list has always been in the back of my mind, the blogging lasted at most 6 months.  One of those thirty goals was to fit into a pair of size 8  designer jeans with the caveat that they actually had to zip and look good, because as my roommate will tell you “just because it zips, doesn’t mean it fits!” In late October of last year I was gifted a Fit Bit from a vendor at work and wore it religiously for 3.5 months before it was lost in 3 feet of snow during a frantic shoveling session here in New England but with a trip planned to Chicago in early April in which I knew there would be a whole lot of walking I stopped into Best Buy, cashed in $30 in rewards, forked over another $20 and purchased myself a replacement, the Fit Bit Zip and began tracking my steps again.

Now its June 6th and I’ve been tracking my steps for 2 months, most days coming up just short of my 10,000 a day step goal but I’ve got renewed hope and a new goal in sight. It was made officially official this past Wednesday that in 19 weeks or 133 days I’ll be boarding a jet plane with 10+ of my closest girlfriends to ring in my 30th birthday in Nashville, TN and what perfect way to celebrate that weekend than by zipping up a pair of those size 8 jeans and sliding on a pair of cowboy boots!

The goal is to lose 40lbs (2lbs a week) and go from a size 14 to a size in 19 weeks.

How I am going to do it?

  • Tracking my calorie intake with My Fitness Pal
  • Participating in a 6-week long weight loss challenge through my employer via Daily Endorphin
  • Twice weekly Fitness Class as Primal Tribe
  • Walking, Jogging,  Running, Skipping to the tune of 70,000 steps a week with my Fit Bit Zip
  • Juicing with my Bella
  • And keeping myself accountable by reporting my workouts weekly via Fit Bit Fridays posts here on Life with Red!


I’ll start with a look at my Fit Bit Dashboard for June 1 – June 5:

Fit Bit Week1







Workout Roundup Week 1:

Sunday: Does walking to brunch in Hoboken count? Nah, ok.  #FAIL
Monday: #FAIL
Tuesday: 1st class of 8 week session with Primal Tribe consisted of the following test:

Primal Test Class 1

1 mile completed in 14:17

100 squats completed with time to spare

38 knee pushups

82 step ups




Wednesday: walk 1 mile, run 1 mile (12:57!), walk 1/2 mile (all homework from training class), 6 street sprints*
Thursday:  the following workout at Primal:

6.5 Primal Class

*What are street sprints? Feeling good and less like I was going to chop off my calves I decided to add a few sprints to my workout.  The area I was doing my sprints in was less than .25 of mile, but I’ve got to start somewhere right?  Here’s a map that will better explain what I was doing:  Street Sprints

I’m thinking of the next few weeks I’ll share a little bit more on my history with working out, including 5K times, so both you and I can see if and where I making improvements. I’m also planning on taking measurements and updating this blog monthly with inches and lbs lost,  I haven’t yet decided if I actually want to share what my weight is (a girl needs a little anonymity!) but would share down X amount of lbs, X amount of inches lost.


How are you staying fit this summer? 

What are your fitness goals?