Dunkin Donuts + Almond Breeze = The Best Pairing Since Will and Kate

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze and was written pre-coffee. The author cannot be held responsible for sentiments expressed without caffeine.

A day without coffee is like a day without sunshine. Dunkin Donuts + Almond Breeze = The Best Pairing Since Will and Kate

Right??

A few years ago, I had to give up coffee for a few months, and it was a dark point in my life with no happiness. I’m only slightly exaggerating.

I love everything about coffee—the way it warms me up inside, the morning ritual of it, and, obviously, the pep in my step it gives me. Ask my parents, my coworkers or my good friends, and they’ll tell you: you do NOT want to see pre-coffee Theodora.

And since I grew up in New Jersey, I have mad love in my heart for Dunkin’ Donuts, and it’s really my favorite coffee. You can keep your fancy French-pressed coffee and bla bla bla artisan coffee, but I love me a good cup of Dunkin’ and will even walk out of my way in the morning to get it. (That’s saying a lot for this lazy at heart girl.) Those seven years in DC were a dark time; Dunkin’ only started getting a hold on that market my last year there. Until then, I’d drive over to Capitol Hill or out to Arlington to get some. In college, when there were even fewer, friends and I took special pilgrimages during finals out to Maryland and Virginia to find our beloved DD.

But since I largely gave up dairy a few years ago, my only beef with the DD was their lack of non-dairy milk options. I can tolerate some milk in my coffee, but I really prefer non-dairy, and almond at that.

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WELL! Clearly I’m not the only one, and Dunkin’ Donuts finally listened, and is now providing Almond Breeze at select locations.

You can go to their store locator to see if your location is one of them (that little AM will denote that it is.)

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My drink of choice? French vanilla with Almond Breeze. Boom.

Happy National Coffee Day.

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What’s your coffee drink of choice?

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Fired Up!

Guys, I’m feeling all sorts of fired up and inspired today.

Between chatting with Ashley about her marathon, seeing how Charlie smashed her PR, refreshing Twitter obsessively for news on Dori’s marathon and tracking Meghan at Ironman Chattanooga, it’s hard not to be inspired, right?

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And Shalane freaking Flanagan busting out an amazing PR in Berlin.

Oh AND there was a half in my hometown today, too. I honestly regret not registering for it, but I think I’m about ready to stop running halfs for funsies and start trying for PRs again. (In the spring?)

But in the meantime, I’m switching tacks a bit and really want to focus on strength.


We have a new strength-based program that’s coming out at work next week, and I’m going to either follow that and/or do CrossFit.

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Melissa sent me this photo that Women’s Health was sending out as part of their pitch for post coverage of the Run 10 Feed 10. At first, I saw the raw emotion captured on both of our faces: happiness, disbelief, trying not to vomit (it was HUMID), pride. And then I actually thought “hey my legs look pretty good,” and then I zoomed straight in on my stomach and that’s all I saw. Sure, you can say it was a bad angle or whatever, but the truth is that I’ve always carried some extra weight around my stomach, but definitely some more has accumulated lately.

While I was busy having The Best Summer Ever, I was honestly okay with that, but I’m done. (And it is The Best Summer Ever that also caught up with me.)

Last night, I headed out to Brooklyn for my coworker Alex’s birthday. As I sat on the subway, I felt SO bloated from a few beers the night before that I hid my purse in front of my stomach. I’d been thinking lately about making some changes and last night solidified it. I’m done feeling crappy and bloated. I may never have a six-pack, but I’m done trying to strategically arrange clothes to hide my stomach.

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Erica regrammed this the other day, and it really rang true to me. When I’m not working towards some goal (as loose as it may be), exercise is a little less enjoyable. I need some structure. I want to work hard and see results.

So, my goal is to clean up my diet and cook more for myself (stay tuned for an awesome work thing I have coming up to share with you that can reward you for cooking at home) and cut back a little on the vino. I did find that I felt better when I cut out gluten, so just laying off on the gluten and processed foods a little more will help, too. Get stronger, feel better, look better. 

ALSO, on Tina’s recommendation, I bought a spiralizer because it was ridiculously cheap, and I can’t wait to make ZOODLES. 

And a huge congrats to my girl Sarah on launching her own app. You can download it here.

Who else is fired up to make changes this fall?

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