January ’18 Ultimate Coffee Date

The-Ultimate-Coffee-Date2-1-600x600Welcome to the 1st Ultimate Coffee Date link up of 2018.  I‘m linking up with Coco @ Running with Perseverance and Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner. 2017 was filled with ups and downs in the world and tons of travel for me. I’m excited to chat about my plans for 2018.

What is the Ultimate Coffee Date? Imagine we are having coffee together… this post is what I would tell you. So grab a cup, “listen” and then tell me what is going on with you in the comments, please!

I love the drama of the view out my window!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I need extra hot coffee. It’s FREEZING in Chicago at the moment. People are raving about the 31 degree temps on Sunday like they won the lottery. Yes, it’s been that bad. On Tuesday morning, I ran to Pilates (2 miles) and it was -5 degrees feels like -20. That may have been the coldest run I’ve done in my life. At least we didn’t have the “bomb cyclone”- whatever that is! I’ve been a bit obsessed with the view out our window. Interested? Check out my Instagram and Instagram stories.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that my cabin fever has turned into wanderlust. I got my passport renewed and I’m ready to GO! Well, we don’t have any international plans yet, but I do have some fun stuff coming up. I’ll be going to San Francisco for work at the end of the month and swinging by to see my mom in Vegas on the way home. I have a few work trips in February. In March, I’ll be heading to Expo West in Anaheim and running the NYC Half again. I have some fun running and adventuring trips coming in May, too. Of course, I’d ask you what plans you have on the horizon.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I’m excited for Sweatworking Week in Chicago. My friends at A Sweat Life schedule a week with multiple exercise classes and lunches each day and a fitness festival on Saturday. It’s a great antidote to all of the holiday feasting. I always see friends and meet new people, too. If you’re in Chicago, check out the schedule here.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I’m making a few small changes that my doctor recommended. I’ve been taking some new supplements for a while. She recommended this Garden of Life Green Superfood drink every morning. The Apple flavor is growing on me. She also had me switch the majority of my club soda/La Croix to water with lemon. Apparently, club soda is acidic and lemon water is alkaline. Who knew? She wants me to check out the Alkaline Diet, too. I bought this book but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. I’d ask if you’re making any changes for the new year.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I have some more great finds and giveaways coming in 2018 so keep your eye out.  I’d ask you if you were trying anything new to be healthy in 2018 or anything great that I need to try.

If we were having coffee… I’d ask “what’s happening by you?” Please tell me in the comments!

PS. Please don’t forget my great giveaways.



  1. Coco says:

    I am enjoying enjoying your frigid pics from afar! Although we did get the super cold weather in D.C. Looking forward to what you find for us in 2018!

  2. Farrah says:

    I feel ya on the coldness, although I imagine it’s colder there (I am nottt a fan of this windchill. ._.).

    I hope I can make it out to Expo West someday! I’m glad that I got to meet you over at Expo East last year though! :]! Looking forward to seeing what kinds of new things you find there! :]

  3. We have the same arctic temps in Iowa, and are expecting some “tropical” temps in the 30’s tomorrow!!! I had not heard of the bomb cyclone until yesterday morning when I read about it in a blog….glad that’s not happening here.

    • Erica A says:

      I’m super excited for tomorrow and next week. I ran 10K this AM and the second half was almost pleasant because of the sun! It always surprises me when new weather terms come up. What did they call that before? Bad wind?

  4. Kim W says:

    Kudos on running to Pilates in such brutally cold temperatures! I can’t even imagine what that must have felt like. It’s cold here in DC, but not quite that bad.

    I might try more lemon water this year, too. I had no idea about the alkaline vs acidic thing. Interesting!

  5. Amy D says:

    I absolutely love Garden of Life Green Superfood and other Garden of Life products! Also, it’s been as low as 30 degrees here in Florida. I am certainly not running outside in those temps.

  6. I was just recently in San Fran it’s such a fun city I hope you have a fantastic time. It was supposed to be warmer tomorrow but now it looks like that’s not happening. Thanks for joining for coffee today!

  7. Teresa says:

    We had one week of temps in the teens and 20s, which is frigid for Mississippi! However, it’s supposed to be back int the 60s this week …so, I feel for you guys! I always get a bad case of wanderlust during the winter months and usually start planning our summer vacations during this time. Looks like London is on tap for this fall!! Enjoy your upcoming travel and stay warm!

  8. It hasn’t even hit 40 degrees this YEAR in Charleston. I’m so sick of the cold. I could never live in Chicago or anywhere cold, I think I would have Seasonal Affective Disorder. I just want to hibernate and drink lots of coffee today.

    I have tried those green drinks and didn’t like them at all. I like the fresh juice from juice bars but not the superfood smoothies. I would guzzle it down if I had to, I guess.

    I have crazy wanderlust and started looking up cruises… I think it’s my desire for warm weather!

  9. Vickie L Couturier says:

    what fun,i love having coffee with my friends

  10. vicki says:

    It’s been chilly here for us in Houston… a week of lows in the 20s/highs in 30s. I’ve got a marathon next weekend and a trail run 2 weeks after that… that’s about as far as my race schedule goes.

  11. The cyclone Bomb did bring some good Instagram pics!!! I could never imagine -20 F feels. Happy New Year 2018!

  12. Clarinda says:

    I’ve got no race schedule this year, as I am concentrating on switching to forefoot running. I have research to do and lots of practice (mental and physical). Great job getting out in those temps! I like to brag that I went for a group run with Feels Like temps of -25F, but that was so many years ago! I tend to freak out with 30-40 degree temps now. LOL

    Stay warm and happy 2018!

  13. Wendy says:

    It’s been a tough couple of weeks to be an outdoor runner! I’ve got a half in Alabama in a month, so I have to get out there and run!

  14. Dana Rodriguez says:

    We broke a record here for cold temps last week but we dodged the snow.. barely. It snowed a lot 20 miles east of here and all the way to the coast. I am looking forward to warmer temps later this week. The Garden of Life Green Superfood looks good!

  15. Is it weird that it was actually easier for me when it was super cold because I have a big coat that fits? That said, screw that weather, let’s get naked. I wish it wasn’t going to be rainy and gross, though. I finally got the dog bathed yesterday and it is gross today.
    I’m so proud of Jeana and the crew for how they have built Sweatworking. They have an empire!

  16. Amber Ludwig says:

    What if we put lemon in soda water? I am such a carbonation addict lol!! That greens drink looks nutrient packed! I am feeling you with this cold weather! Except now its like 30 in WI and it feels like a heat wave lol!!

  17. ellen beck says:

    Like someone else up here I too am in Iowa, cripes, Jan1 was -30 with wind chills my pipes froze, Jan2, pipes froze and burst Jan3 my truck didn start, I didnt blame it!
    I like how youi Dr thinks I need one that thinks outside the box like that!

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