Meet Penelope, This Week’s Adoptable Walking Dog

Penelope

Penelope

This week’s adoptable Penelope has not had it easy: She was found as a stray, seriously underweight and dehydrated. But being the charmer she is, she made her way into foster care and is now thriving. The Monster Milers aren’t sure how she’ll be as a running partner yet, but she LOVES to walk — so if you’re looking for someone to tackle the Wissackon’s All Trails Challenge with, you just might have found your partner in trail-walking crime.

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You’ve Been Pronouncing “LaCroix” All Wrong

Just now, my boyfriend was sitting across the kitchen table from me reading the August issue of Bon Appetit (Philly gets a couple of nods in the mag’s Best New Restaurants feature, by the way), when out of nowhere, he asked me, “How do you say ‘LaCroix‘?” I answered, “Uhhhhh, ‘La-qua,’ DUH.” (I am an obnoxious human, especially directly following my first few servings of caffeine for the day.) He answered back, “Wrong.” I slumped down in my chair in shame.

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Yay! SWEAT Fitness’s Free Outdoor Fitness Series Gets More Dates

SWEAT + SIP | Photo via Facebook

SWEAT + SIP | Photo via Facebook

Summer may be coming to a close soon (insert all the crying emojis here), but that doesn’t mean all the free summer fitness series have to come to an end — at least not SWEAT Fitness’ free SWEAT + SIP fitness series. We just got word that the series, which was slated to end in August, will now be running every Sunday (except for Labor Day weekend) through September 25th. Yippee!

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The Checkup: This Is the Exact Time When Fitness Studios Are Most Crowded

• Hate filing into an overcrowded fitness class and being forced to rub (very sweaty) shoulders with complete strangers? (Understandable.) Well, ClassPass rounded up tons of their data and figured out the most popular times to work out, based on region. In the northeast, that time is 6:30 p.m. In other words, if you hate super-crowded fitness classes, you should probably rearrange your schedule. [Women’s Health]

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WTF Is the Bullet Journal? (And Why Are People So Obsessed With It?) 

Bullet journals | Photos via @thebulletjournaladdict (left) @annaslettering

Bullet journals | Photos via @thebulletjournaladdict (left) @annaslettering (right)

The bullet journal has been taking over the internet lately. To wit: If you search #bulletjournal on Instagram, you will find over 200,000 photos of people’s journals — yes, THOUSANDS of people are Instagramming their journals — from all around the world.

So, WTF is the bullet journal, you ask? Well, it’s a journaling technique that was created by Ryder Carroll, a Booklyn-based digital product designer. The technique is … complicated to say the least, but it can be put into any journal and molded to fit and highlight your particular needs and priorities and organize just about everything in your life, from your eating habits to your emotions to your workouts to your to-do list. As Carroll explains in a video on the bullet journal, it’s a single place to “track the past, organize the present and plan for the future.” See the full video of Carroll explaining the journaling technique below. (It’s been viewed an impressive two million times, by the way).

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PSA: Herban Quality Eats Has a Sweet $2 Deal to Quell Your Mid-Afternoon Hanger 

If you unfailingly get hangry (that’s the perfect, eye roll-inducing mix of hungry and angry, obviously) around 2 p.m. every day, take note: today and today only, University City’s Herban Quality Eats is slinging $2 servings of guacamole and chips. That is all. (See their Instagram announcing the deal below.)

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The Muscle-Burning Class You Need to Add to Your Workout Bucket List 

Roots Athletics | Photo via Facebook

Roots Athletics | Photo via Facebook

I am not a coordinated human. When assigning spirit animals in happy hour conversation, my friends have labeled me a flying squirrel. Because I am the opposite of coordinated — I am a Kirk from Gilmore Girls-level spastic creature who gets compared to a flying squirrel WAY too often. (Yes, once is too often.)

So yesterday, when I was in the warm-up for the F.I.T. class at Fairmount’s Roots Athletics, a martial arts gym on the corner of Brandywine and 21st that’s been open for about nine months, and owner and instructor Levi LaLonde demonstrated a hopping handstand-like move that involved a mid-air foot switch, my mind basically shut down. I proceeded to try my best. It was not something I would’ve wanted any video evidence of.

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The Checkup: How to Fill Up on Protein Without Ever Grilling a Piece of Chicken Again 

• We KNOW you’ve seen the #mealprep photos of tupperware container after tupperware container neatly packed with pieces of grilled chicken breast nestled next to steamed vegetables. And if that looks absolutely terrible to you (we’re with you), the good news is — neeeewsflash — grilled chicken is not the only source of protein out there. Here, 25 chicken-less recipes that each boast at least 20 grams of protein per serving. Enjoy! [Greatist]

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Calling All Night Owls! This Free Late-Night Art Museum Boot Camp Is for You

Confession: At 9 p.m. on any given Friday evening, there’s a 96.7 percent chance that I am already in my matching thermal PJ set, and a 99.9 percent chance I am also watching Netflix. But next Friday, September 2nd, there’s some pretttttty decent incentive to stay up a little later than usual: Next Friday, the ladies from CoreFitness are hosting a free late-night boot camp at the Art Museum steps — complete with a post-workout shindig. (Because it isssss Friday night, after all.)

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