Five Things Friday #103 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #103

Even though it was a four day week, I’m totally wiped out by today. It might have to do with me waking up somewhere between 4 and 5:30 am like a crazy person for three days in a row in order to work out. For some reason, this week I was all about setting goals for myself. Few things make me feel more achieved (is that a thing?) than waking up for a 5 or 6 am class and ACTUALLY DOING IT. So that’s what I did.

My Wednesday was also crazy — like 15 hours crazy — because I tried to fit in clients I didn’t see on Monday because of the holiday. I woke up at 5:30 am and got home at 9 pm. Let’s not do that every day. K thanks.

So I’m ready for the weekend, which will be AWESOME because tomorrow I am flying home to MD for a short trip. I’m headed back to visit both my family and Neil’s, so it should make for an fun-filled two days. One of the things I’m most excited about is for my sister to pick me up from the airport because she’s bringing her dogs and if you know my relationship history with Pinky then you know I can’t wait. Follow along on IG this weekend if you want to see my embarrassing childhood bedroom. It’s legit.

In regular Friday fashion, here are a few of my favorite things from this week!

1. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

I needed a new pair of shoes because I was starting to get shin splits during my HIIT workouts. I have the Nike training shoes, which are designed with both front-to-back and lateral stabilization (good for high-intensity), but the workouts I do also involve a lot of treadmill sprinting. I found that the training shoes didn’t have as much cushioning as I needed when doing those sprints, so I picked these bad boys up this week.

They are designed for running, but should hold up just fine for the other movements. As soon as I break them in a bit I’ll let you know how they are!

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

2. Perfect Bar

I love Perfect Bar. I’ve loved it since I started this blog and tried them for the first time at Expo East. They (along with #4 today) are one of the companies that I reached out to multiple times over the years — before brand and blogger partnerships were as prolific as they are now.

I didn’t have success getting through to anyone until this year and I was so happy to have made a connection! They sweetly sent me a box of their main flavors and I’m still working on finding the new ones. My Whole Foods doesn’t carry them yet, but I’ll be on the lookout. They’re clean, healthy, and really just delicious in every way. They’re sweetened with honey, which you can definitely taste, so if honey’s not your jam then they may not be for you. But try them anyway first.

Perfect Bars

3. Smucker’s Cherry Preserves

If you went grocery shopping with me last weekend on IG, you saw that I snagged this immediately. It’s my favorite jam/jelly/whatever, but not all stores carry this flavor. Whenever I find one that does, I buy it immediately.

I’ve been making AB + jelly sandwiches this week with the over-salted AB I accidentally made last week. Whoops.

Smuckers Cherry Preserves

4. Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Fig Granola

Along with Perfect Bars, Purely Elizabeth granola has been one of my all-time favorites since starting this blog. I first bought it as a secret Santa gift, but bought one for me as well so I could try it first and see if it was good.

OMG. This was the first flavor I bought and it’s still my number one. There’s several other ones I like as well, but Purely Elizabeth will always have my heart. I bought some this week and have been going to town. 🙂

Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Fig

5. New Hosting!

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I wasn’t able to get up my normal number of posts this week, which was a bummer, but it was for a good reason — I switched hosts! I previously had Bluehost and had no prior problems with them until about a month ago. Suddenly my site slowed way down, images wouldn’t load, etc. I tried chatting with a representative who told me to switch something on the back end so I (read: Neil) changed some settings to no avail.

I also received an email saying that my current plan was going to be discontinued but that they had bumped me up to a higher one at no charge for the remainder of my term. I feel like a better plan should = better hosting, but it was still taking forever. After reading everyone else’s horror stories, I just decided to switch. SiteGround came highly recommended by several other bloggers, so I signed up. Last time I switched hosts I had Neil and our friend Matt transfer the site over which was headache-inducing and time-consuming, but SiteGround provided a free migration and now everything is all set!

My friend Ange wrote a more comprehensive account of her switch here if you’re in the market for a change!


That’s all I’ve got for this week! Check back Monday for a recap of my weekend at home!


  • What’s one of your favorite things this week?
  • What are you doing this weekend?
  • Favorite granola?

23 comments on “Five Things Friday #103

  1. Those are some long days! I wake up at 5 am most days to workout so I understand that feeling. This week I’ve managed to get 8 hours of sleep a few times – which is unfortunately rather rare – and oh my what a difference it makes! I also made it to acupuncture to help with some sore muscles, definitely a highlight of the week.
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  2. When do you go to bed when you wake up between 4:30 and 5 a.m. to go and work out? I am trying (?) to get into a morning workout routine to have more time in the evenings, but getting up so early means I’d have to go to bed pretty early too. Oh, the dilemma! 😉

    I need to try these ‘Perfect Bars’… I am not a big fan of most protein bars. Are they crunchy?
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    1. I’m usually in bed by 10 and sometimes get there a little earlier. The perfect bars are softer and not really crunchy!

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