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You need some flea in your life.

There was a time in my life when I associated the word flea with filth. No one likes when their dog gets a case of the fleas (it is the worst), and for most of my life any flea market I went to was dirty, full of used garbage, and left me going home smelling like a mixture of rotten produce and a barnyard explosion.

When I moved to Cleveland I spent quite a bit of time looking into neat things to do around the city. I’ve always loved to explore the culture where I live and try/visit new things or places that are hidden gems of the city. I knew about some of the more obvious cultural musts in Cleveland: The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, the museums, the West Side Market to name a few….but as I started to look around one summer event kept popping up everywhere I looked: The Cleveland Flea.

Immediately I thought back to my previous flea market experiences and cringed. I’m not one who likes second hand items or garage sales, and to me flea markets are larger versions of those things. I resisted going the first few opportunities I had to attend one, then finally decided I would go. At least I could say I checked it out, right?

The Cleveland Flea takes place once a month from June to October in the Asiatown neighborhood of Cleveland and exists with the mission to promote small businesses in the area. The Cleveland Flea, much difference from the other fleas I have been exposed to, is actually a small business incubator. While there are some vintage vendors, the majority are local Cleveland businesses eager to get their products in the hands of the nearly 10,000 visitors that check out the flea each year. The vendors range from clothing to succulents to dog treats to my favorite local vegan donuts from The Vegan Doughnut Company…..and the food trucks and options for feasting are out of this world.

Last weekend was the first flea of the year, so I had to go. Luckily one of my bffs Melissa was free to go with me and check it out for the first time!

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Waiting in line for strawberry lemonade!

I never go to the flea looking for any specific item…..that way i have zero expectations, but I do look over the vendor list before I go. When I saw my donut friends were there, that was the first stop for us….luckily they were right inside the gate! I know from experience that they sell out every time, and I wasn’t going to miss out! The glazed twist is a classic favorite, but I had to snag a strawberry shortcake and a few cookies and cream! I cannot tell you enough how tasty these donuts are…..and in case you forgot, I’m not vegan and no, you can’t tell that the donuts are.

One of my favorite finds at the flea: these super cute dish towels! Notice how many of the things i love involve foods??? I love the simplicity of the black and white, which matches my kitchen perfectly.

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One absolute must when at the flea: wear elastic waist pants. No jeans. You’ll eat a lot, trust me on this. I was excited to see one of my favorite food trucks, The Funky Truckeria, in attendance…..their tacos and goat cheese risotto balls are the dreams are made of!

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Mark your calendars for July’s Flea on the 14th….you don’t want to miss it! I’ll see you guys there!

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National Donut Day: One of my favorite days of the year!

Unless you literally started following my blog twenty minutes ago, you know one thing about me: I am obsessed with donuts.

I was recently talking to my mom about this love affair, and she shared with me something that FINALLY made me realize why my love for donuts was so strong. She ate a glazed donut pretty much every day during the end of her pregnancy with me! Thanks, Mom….that explains why my blood type is donut.

The past few years I haven’t been able to truly celebrate National Donut Day (which falls on the first Friday in June each year) because of prior commitments, but this year I had cleared the calendar and made plans with one of my sisters, Marenda, to participate in a donut crawl.

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We were very excited to try all of the donuts!

Yes, you heard right, a donut crawl.

During my drinking days I participated in quite a few bar crawls, but never a donut crawl, so I was excited! This event, which you can scope out here, takes place in a small town not far from where I earned my graduate degree and is such a great little community. …They already have the dates released for next year, so mark your calendar for the weekend of June 7th!

Surprisingly, I opted for the donut crawl option instead of the donut coma (the crawl came with 10 donuts….the coma had 15). Marenda chose the same. In addition to our donuts we received one drink (i chose coffee) and the cutest mug. In true Katie spirit, I dressed in a donut costume because I take my love for donuts seriously. It was not only funny but helpful, as it protected me from the rain when it hit.

Here’s a list of the donut shops that were present this year:

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I’ve shared before how much I love donuts from White House Fruit Farm…I grew up not far from there and think they have incredible donuts (blueberry and cherry are my faves). However, there were a few shops that had exceptional donuts in my opinion. Marenda and I made the decision to cut each donut into quarters and try one of each to determine our favorites. Our eyes may have been bigger than our stomachs, because we were full pretty quickly, but we stayed the course and tried them all.

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My top picks from this box of amazingness:

Lemon Donut from Valencia Donut Co: this one is easy to spot in the box. It had such a great flavor and consistency, something hard to find with lemon donuts. Often they have an artificial lemon taste, but not this one. Highly recommend them to my donut lovers nearby their shop in Valencia, Pa.

Apple Fritter from Bill’s Bake Shoppe. This donut (closest to the text in this picture) was FABULOUS. I am a huge fan of apple fritters, and I was a little worried about this donut. It was the last one we got in the torrential downpour and we kind of just had the guy throw it on top of the box. The fritter is hands down the best fritter I have ever had.

Sprinkled Cake Donut from Sweet Chessie’s. This was the only cake donut in the bunch, and it was unique in its appearance, as it lacked the typical donut shape. The frosting was delicious, and the cake donut even better.

All three of these shops are places I will easily be revisiting in the future!

There was one thing we indulged in that I have to mention…..the donut sandwich we had! It features pulled pork between a fresh glazed donut. Ohhhhhhhmmmmmgeeeee! I like my pulled pork plain, but Marenda chose one of the bbq sauce options on hers. We were both very pleased. I love a sweet/salty mix, so this was perfect! Don’t knock it until you try it!

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I can’t wait for next year’s event and hope you partake in a fun donut crawl, too!

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And just like that….80 days are DONEZO!

Well, ninety days if we want to be 100% accurate.

Many of you have asked me why my time doing this program seemed longer than eighty actual days….that’s because you don’t count Sundays aka rest days, meaning ten extra days are added on to those eighty workouts! Sooo…..three months. That’s what this program breaks down to……….and it’s over now!!!!!!!!!!!!

This past weekend I officially wrapped up 80 Day Obsession, and I have to be honest….I was kind of sad to see it go. In some ways it felt like I had been doing the program foreveerrrrrrrrr, but in other ways it seemed like I had just started.

Was this workout program a journey? Absolutely.

I ended up finishing the program down 16.8 lbs and 18.4 inches lost….not too shabby! However, I have to say….the thing I’m most excited about is how strong I felt at the end of the program. Sure, losing weight/inches is cool, but actually feeling yourself get stronger as time passed….that was really a great success.

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So what’s next? This week I did some Core de Force and a little from both T25 and Hammer and Chisel. My plan initially was to do CdF then go into H & C next month (thinking I wanted a little break from weight lifting), but after two days without weights, I was missing them BIG TIME. In fact, I actually started considering going back through 80 Day and doing another round. I’m going to make a decision as to what program I want to start over the weekend and officially begin it on Monday.

Besides that, I will be getting back into my Ninja Warrior training this week, which includes rock climbing, running, and a medley of workouts with my tractor tire, sledgehammer, plyo box, and bosu ball. I’ll also be back to throwing in some kickboxing classes as well. This past week I was able to take my first kickboxing class since January, which was fabulous. Even though I teach kickboxing, I was very cautious during 80 DO because I did not want to go up even higher in the food bracket list. Teaching had me already bump up two brackets (I had to ensure I had the right amount of calories coming in), and if I had opted to take additional classes for the workout purpose, I would’ve needed to adjust even more. Since I struggled some days to eat the food I was supposed to anyway, I elected to just not take any classes until I finished the program.

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You guys all know that the FIRST thing I did the morning after I finished up 80 DO was hit the donut shop….I successfully went three months without a single donut! Donuts are probably the only thing that will get me up before 8am on a Sunday!

But……..I have to be real with you guys…..I wasn’t that into them.

Yes, you heard right. I ate the donuts and wasn’t a huge fan. Thinking maybe it was a fluke, later that day I ordered a stuffed crust pepperoni pizza. I didn’t like that either. Later in the week I got hibachi and also McDonalds…..I didn’t like either. What does this tell us? My taste buds drastically changed as a result of my nutrition on this program, and I’m not too upset about it if we are being honest.

Speaking of nutrition, all week I felt lost. The timed nutrition aspect of 80 DO really had become a routine for me, and I actually liked how it was structured. I am definitely going back to the preworkout/postworkout timed meals for sure regardless of what program I am doing, but most likely will be following the rest of the meal plan structure because it just worked.

Final thoughts on this program if you are considering it:

The performance line is a MUST. I’ve said this before, and some of you probably thought I was blowing smoke up your ass, but I’m serious. This is a challenging program that tasks your muscles in a major way. You have to help them recover! You want to eliminate muscle soreness! The performance line is my go to. If you are going to do this program, don’t half ass it….just use the stuff. You’ll thank me later.

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-Absolutely have an accountability group. I’m always thankful for the ladies in my online fit clubs, but I was especially for this program. Toward the end I lacked some motivation and needed the extra acceptability. Luckily, I had about 10 girls following the same program I was, and they helped me keep my eyes on the finish. Sometimes you need all the help you can get.

If you fall down, just get back up. This is a long program, and some of you may be worried about stating because you are afraid you may miss a day, or mess up the nutrition. I screwed up a ton! But I always kept going. No one is perfect, and the end result is so worth it. Just try it! If you need that extra support and a fitness wingman, I’m here to help you every step of the way!

Thanks so much to everyone who supported me on this journey! Now onto the next big thing……..

P.S. Can you believe that the pineapple my magician friend Stacy made me on January 21st looked like this NINETY days after she made it? It stuck with me through the entire program! Maybe to be symbolic of the fact that my reasons for yelling out “pineapples” during the workout were dwindling????

Happy Sunday, friends.

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Rock the Reset: Day 14

ONE MORE WEEK!!!!!!!!

Can y’all hear the jubilation through my typing????!!!!!

Don’t get me wrong….I love how I am feeling internally, how I’m sleeping, and the food I am eating, but I definitely am looking forward to getting back into my normal routine.

Coffee….Energize….workouts….I can’t wait to be reunited. I honestly cannot believe I have not cheated with COFFEE once!!!!! I’m very impressed with myself.

This week is the Restore section of the detox, meaning legumes and grains are eliminated and my focus is on simple nutrition. I also add in a new supplement, Revitalize, which helps restore the healthy bacteria in my digestive tract.

So how did Week Two end up? Well, let me tell you…..

Earlier in the week I connected with two local bakers who own a start up vegan doughnut company in the area. I loved all of the info on the company, and they invited me to a doughnut tasting they were hosting today. Knowing this was something awesome and something my bloggers would absolutely love to know about, I attended the tasting with my friend Julie and new friend Erica. I’ll be blogging about the company very soon, so be on the lookout, but let’s just say…..this happened:

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I can’t wait to share about these beauties!

The bonus to trying the doughnut samples….I had extra calories, so I was able to get in a lovely 3 mile run. On this beautiful March day, I have to say….it was exactly what I needed to recharge my batteries and refocus me for this final Reset week. Tomorrow, back to yoga…but only for another week.

Here’s a look at my meal plan this week:

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My final week!

This week I am finally giving tempeh a try. I’ve heard many great things about the recipe that came with the program, and since I’m trying lots of new things with this Reset I figured I would build it into this final week. Other than that I am incorporating my favorite recipe thus far, the zucchini cashew soup! It’s so easy and good!

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Let’s see how this goes. 

Tomorrow I will weigh in to see how I’m doing, as well as take measurements. I’m not super focused on the numbers on the scale….I’m more focused on just getting through this week!

Shoutout to my Shakeology for pretty much saving my life. It’s nice to still have a serving of chocolate every day…makes me feel like I’m having a cheat when I’m not.

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! This week is going to be a great one, I just know it!

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I DONUT live a life without donuts!

Donuts are one of my all time favorite things….I’m pretty sure anyone who reads my blog and follows me on Facebook knows this. I mean…..I captain a running team called Running for Donuts and run the race with a donut on my head. It’s an obsession. I’ve embraced it.

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I go by the running name “Bearclaw.”

Every now and again I like to enjoy a donut from Peace, Love, and Little Donuts….a franchise that makes the best donuts around, but most of the time I prefer making healthier versions of this treat.

I know what you are thinking…they don’t taste like real donuts. If you are after the Fruity Pebbles donuts or Creamsticks, then you are right….you can’t make those kinds healthy regardless of how hard you try. I love chocolate, and I love chocolate glazed, so the recipe that I make the most is the closest thing to that. They are so good!

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Donuts that taste like a brownie but fit in any meal plan.

Here’s my recipe!

                                                                         Katie’s Chocolate Donuts

– 1 cup whole wheat flour (or oat flour)
-2 scoops Chocolate Shakeology
-1/2 cup Truvia (you could use Stevia if you prefer)
-3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
-1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
-1/2 Teaspoon Salt
-1/4 cup egg whites
-8 ounces natural applesauce
-1/4 cup water

Mix well. If batter is too thick, add more applesauce or water until it reaches desired consistency. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees! Enjoy!

**If you are a 21 Day Fixer, I break one donut down to be 1/2 cup yellow, 1/2 purple, 1/2 red.

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You won’t regret these beauties!

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