HI! I’m Alyssa.


I currently reside in Richmond, Virginia with my black lab/running buddy, Chloe. She’s got the biggest zest for life you’ve ever seen.


It’s true what they say about running being cheaper than therapy. I’ll even reference that fantastic Legally Blonde quote, “Exercise gives you endorphins; endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.”

When I’ve laced up my sneakersΒ (yes, sneakers — I grew up in South Jersey) and am pounding the pavement, I’m in my happy place. I am also a Pure Barre teacher, and I’m a big fan of total body spinning. I’ve found my passion in fitness, and I’ve completed a marathon and 9 half marathons.

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You can probably find me working out most days at a myriad of different times. Even, perhaps… in a parking lot? In flip flops? Don’t make it weird. That was a strange day.


My favorite races are run alongside my boyfriend, Alex. His one stride equals about three of mine, but he graciously lets me run beside him.


Just to even out the sweaty-not sweaty ratio of this page, I’ll throw you a picture of us all dressed up, too.


I’d consider brownie batter, wine, and smiles the perfect diet (hey, one’s calorie free). But that’s kind of a lie, because most of my homemade dinners are made up entirely of veggies.

I’m a (mostly) health-conscious girl with unhealthy adoration for online shopping, Snapchat filters (follow me @ ablyssa), musical theatre, and ridiculous costumes.


Corny as it may sound, my blog is meant to capture all that is “blyssful” in my life. From great runs to my adventures in fitness and nutrition to my crazy misadventures, I cover it all. And rebranding once you’re 6 years in just takes too much time and energy, ya know?

So gimme a ring if you need some enthusiasm, wine, a showtune, or a good laugh. Or an inordinate amount of Anchorman/Wedding Crashers/Stepbrothers quotes.

I’m always down to lend all of the above.

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1 Debbie March 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm

You’re adorable, funny, authentic and entertaining. We’re gonna be best friends! xo


2 Haleigh March 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Hi Alyssa! Thanks for stopping by my blog! That’s so funny that you have a black puppy named Chloe, too πŸ™‚ She is adorable!! I can’t wait to hear more about your puppy adventures. Maybe Chloe and Chloe can be blog friends!! hehe..


3 Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) March 15, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Your blog is too cute! Oh my gosh…Chloe is beyond adorable. I had a black lab too! And the Ke$ha picture is amazing – I thought it was really her! πŸ™‚


4 Brittany March 23, 2011 at 1:25 am

Hi, I’m here from Katy’s blog The Singing Runner! You’re awesome and i love Blizzards from DQ! I got a ticket last year, for making an illegal u-turn (i definitely didn’t see the sign!!!) for trying to turn into DQ for a blizzard!!! sad.


5 moveovercelery March 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Wow, you’re gorgeous! I totally dig the Ke$ha photo. πŸ˜›

Look forward to reading your posts and getting to know ya!


6 rantonit March 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm

‘ello . I just took a quick peek around ‘n I like it :). Seriously good work !


7 scatterbrainjane April 5, 2011 at 3:42 am

Cute blog- new reader :)!


8 Amy @ countrystrong21 April 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Just found your blog and after checking it out I’m definitely going to subscribe and become a regular reader.

Here’s a link to my blog if you want to check it out http://countrystrong21.wordpress.com/


9 vixter2010 April 6, 2011 at 9:08 am

Your blog is cute and I heart your dog!


10 Tara April 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I just found your dog through Moves n’ munchies. I’m from Moorestown! How funny is that? Gotta love the phillies πŸ™‚


11 Brandi April 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Hi Alyssa!
I just found your super cute blog this morning! I’m also a runner who lives in Virginia Beach! Hope to see you out on the trails! πŸ™‚ Congrats on running Shamrock!


12 Jill April 12, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I live in Haddonfield Nj!!!


13 klh May 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Just came across your blog…so cute! Definitely a new-to-me to follow : )

Katie : )


14 Marissa May 26, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Ok so I feel a little awkward blog stalking but I just came across your blog and I love it! I’m also so jealous that you’ve worked in the restaurant biz so much! I keep telling my parents/friends I want to waitress/hostess and get into restaurant business and they all sort of laugh at me! – excited to read more πŸ™‚


15 Krissie J May 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Found you via Hope and really dig the blog. LOVE that you’re a Phils fan! πŸ˜€


16 Lindz @ happyorhungry May 28, 2011 at 12:33 am

I love this about page, and smiling is my favourite too πŸ™‚
That is an AWESOME Halloween pic, you totally look like Ke$ha. I actually thought it was her until I saw the caption.
I’m excited to start keeping up with you.


17 Samantha May 31, 2011 at 10:57 pm

oh my god, you understand my ke$ha obsession. and you like black labs?! get out of my head, please!! #craaaaaze (:
you seem so sweet and authentic, i absolutely love the blog from what i’ve seen! you’re hilarious, by the way!


18 feerlessfood June 9, 2011 at 7:13 am

Hey Alyssa! When did you graduate Catawba and when did you move to Virginia Beach? I graduated from William and Mary in 2009 and work for Amerigroup Corporation. Now I’m taking a new position with the company in Tampa! Ha, I’m actually is North Carolina in a hotel right now actually lol


19 seegirlsmile June 11, 2011 at 2:15 am

wow. i luv your blog and am super impressed and smiling at these pics and your apparent luv of life.

luv Elf.


20 Devan June 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

I love you blog and love those wine glasses! I look forward to reading more of your blog!


21 Lexie June 29, 2011 at 11:55 pm

I found you from Holly. You’re fun πŸ™‚

Your Ke$ha costume reminds me of my Alice Cooper costume. Although most people didn’t get it…


22 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy July 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm

As I was reading this, I couldn’t help but thinking, “Okay, this girl seems pretty cool, I think I’ll subscribe to her blog,” but when I got to the Jesse McCartney part…I couldn’t help me freak out a little, only because I can relate so much, hahaha. My cousin and I discovered Jesse when he was on All My Children years ago, and that’s when I started buying everything Dream Street, signing up for his fan club, searching for concerts in the area. Ah..embarrassing, haha.


23 Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing July 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Hi, Alyssa! Just found your blog from your guest post on I’m an Okie. I live in Chesapeake and it’s always fun to discover other local bloggers. πŸ™‚


24 meg July 14, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I’m pretty sure we were meant to be best friends! and I love your blog..


25 Kristine @ Running On Hungry July 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm

LOVE the blog! Can’t wait to read more! (And if you’re ever in SF and find yourself needing a puppy sitter… you know who to call) πŸ™‚


26 Carly July 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Wine =’s Bliss, so you are well on your way to enjoying life little lady! Looking forward to catching up on your recent adventures.
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27 megan @ the oatmeal diaries July 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Just came across your blog and LOVE IT! You’ve definitely got a new reader πŸ™‚


28 Dorsa @ Mixed Tape July 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Hey I found your blog on Colleen’s blogroll and I love it πŸ™‚ Super cute blog, and super cute puppy πŸ™‚


29 Jamie @ snacktress July 31, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Hey – just came across your blog and I love it. Your Ke$ha costume is perfect.

Definitely gained a new reada!


30 Danielle August 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I just found your blog because my friend Colleen did a guest blog for you!!! I’m from Williamsburg but grew up in Chesapeake so its super cool to be reading a blogger that lives so close!!!


31 Claire August 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I just found your blog and am absolutely in LOVE with it!! Yay!
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32 Lauren August 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Just found your blog and I love it! I’m a teenage blogger and I also live in VA! So funny, just this past week I’ve found so many more bloggers near me! πŸ˜€
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33 Crystal August 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Your Kesha impression: AMAZING! And I need some wine glasses. Looking forward to reading your blog. πŸ™‚
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34 Wendi August 12, 2011 at 3:37 am

LOVE your blog girl! I just stumbled upon it today and am pretty darn smitten. Keep doing your thang hun! πŸ™‚
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35 Britton August 16, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Hey!! So glad I came across your blog! I am a fellow runner and ran my first marathon back in February of this year! It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but so rewarding at the end!! Good luck with the rest of your training! I am in the process of training as well for my second in November! Looking forward to reading more about your training!


36 jassy August 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

like your blog πŸ™‚
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37 Nichol August 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I LOVE your blog!! I am a 29 year old, full time working mom of two (10 and 5), who loves Carbs and WINE!!! I quit smoking just about a year ago and ran my first half marathon this year. WOW, what an addiction!! My next run is a maddening 6K with 10 military style obstacles, super excited about it. I have the largest team for the event so far πŸ™‚ and I am going to Vegas in December to run the Rock N Roll Half Marathon!! Keep up the awesome posts!!! πŸ™‚


38 thehealthyapron August 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Just read your about me and you seem so friendly, upbeat, and full of life! Love it!
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39 Hannah September 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm

YAY for field hockey! and Running half and full marathons! Yay for Phillies!
Love your blog and re-design by jenny.. another thing we have in common! πŸ™‚
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40 Katy @ HaveYouHurd September 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Awesome to meet another VA blogger that loves food and staying fit! You’re Ke$ha costume was pretty BA also…oh and you’re a HS Coach (me too! bball though πŸ™‚ All these things are saweeeet and now I can’t wait to read your blog! yayyy


41 Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill September 25, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I just started reading your blog…love it! I’m amazed by your Kesha costume–you captured the essence of her pretty darn well! πŸ™‚
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42 ChocolatePBCups October 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Hey Alyssa! I just came across your blog and wanted to say hello:-) You seem really funny! I love your Kesha costume, it’s kind of scary how good you look like her. Maybe you would beat Jenna Marbles in a Kesha contest. πŸ˜€

and your puppy is adorable!!
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43 danidelicatessen October 15, 2011 at 12:22 am

LOVE your blog! Just found you through meg over at moves n munchies : ) definitely will be back, and your puppy is adorable! i want a black lab so badly but my cat would not have it.
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44 Katie November 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm

So I may have to consider the possibility that I have developed a girl crush on someone other than Zooey Deschanel… if it’s alright with me is it alright with you? Just recently found your blog though Julie’s guest post and I’d thought I’d stop in to let you know that I’m loving your blog. Hard. I’ll definitely be a presence here… don’t mind me.

– Katie at http://www.ohshineon.com
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45 Jess November 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Just found your blog through PBFingers and I love it! I was out spectating at Marine Corps and I read your race recap, sounds like you had an awesome race! Congrats!
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46 Gabby Bladdick November 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm

LOVE your blog! Found it through awesome Julie! You’ll be getting frequent emails that I commented. Just sayin’
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47 Marian November 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Hey Congrats on your first marathon girl! That’s amazing! your gorg by the way<3


48 Stephanie @ Snacking on Sunshine November 30, 2011 at 2:29 am

Your blog is the bomb! Super glad I found you, I feel like we’d be -very- good friends in real life πŸ˜€


49 jules December 2, 2011 at 8:22 am


i just found your blog and i’m trying to subscribe but when i click your subscribe button i get a whole page of non-nonsensical text! am i doing something wrong?



50 Molly@This Life Is Sparkling December 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Just found your blog and it seems so fun! I LOVE anything that has glitter or sparkles as well πŸ™‚


51 Kelsey @ The Secret Life of Kelsey December 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Love your blog πŸ™‚
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52 ash December 30, 2011 at 9:22 pm

love your blog- excited to see you are at VA beach as I currently reside in Norfolk (almost a year )- Happy Holidays!! And love the pictures of your puppy!


53 gabriella @ embracement December 31, 2011 at 11:59 am

I’ve never commented so I just wanted to let you know how much I adore your blog and want to be bffs! Weird? Sorry. No really, though, it’s blogs like yours that have inspired me to do things like finally sign up for the marathon I’ve been going back and forth on, and realize that other people go through shitty breakups too, and want to even start up my own blog again!


54 Kelsey @readysetfeast January 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Glad I found somebody else who also loves really awesome music…aka J.Bieb, Ke$ha, and old school boy bands. I don’t understand why peeps be hatin on our music all the time!


55 Ashley Mammel January 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Absolutely LOVE your blog! Thank you for inspiring us all to add a little sparkle, fitness, and flare to our lives! You are such an inspiration! πŸ™‚


56 Alyssa :) February 20, 2012 at 3:58 am

Hi Alyssa!
I checked out the list of attendees for the Blend Retreat and I obviously I had to click on your link! (I love meeting other Alyssa’s! lol). Anyways, I look forward to reading your blog:) And possibly meeting you in Boulder! (I’m about to register and I’m soo excited:)
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57 Cara February 22, 2012 at 2:10 am

Your blog is too cute! Very cute pictures too πŸ™‚


58 Carrie Purchase@Myhealthyaddictions February 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm

LOVE the Blog- you seem totally awesome! I have a lab too, well a lab/boxer mix and a pure boxer! I love them so much πŸ™‚ Im always temped to put close on them too, but the hubby won’t go for it πŸ™
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59 Elizabeth March 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Your website is too cute! You are so funny and I literally was laughing out loud at all your adorable pictures!


60 Ashley June 18, 2012 at 7:14 am

I just recently came across your blog site and absolutely love it! it’s encouraging and funny. I used to be a runner (almost physcotic) but experienced a broken hip and have had a hard time getting back into it. I know being the ripe old age of 26, a broken hip is un heard of…the real trouble with that was that it was a few years ago so that makes it even worse. short distances are usually fine, anything under 9 or 10 miles but i struggle with anything over. I have most recently gotten a puppy who really helps, her and I are on what i call 2-a-days….she loves it and it gets me going. So reading all of your blogs is very encouraging and i really enjoy this site as most days, I need a kick in the butt to get going so I just wanted to say Thank you. I have only every ran 5ks but am working towards a half marathon at the end of the summer and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be able to do a full so we will see.
Thanks Again,


61 Jeff Kletter June 23, 2012 at 9:53 am

Hello Alyssa,
I came across your blog. We’ve been working with the Melanoma Research Foundation for years and I’m happy to hear you caught yours early.
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If you are interested in trying KINeSYS, I’d be happy to send a few travel size bottles for you to try.
All the best and keep protected,


62 Rich July 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Love your fav movies! LMFAO at all, especially Wedding Crashers! I haven’t given up on you for Ragnar Las Vegas in November. Keep running and keep in touch.


63 Alek Prus August 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I like your blog ! I run too you should check mine out(:


64 Katie August 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Hi Alyssa!!!
I live in VA Beach also!! I am training for my first full marathon in January and sure do need a kick in the butt!!! I haven’t been doing that well with my training and need to get more strick. What suggestions do you have?? Please help!!


65 Sarah B. September 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Hey girl! I love, love, love your blog and am so glad I found it. You’re quick-witted and have an awesome perspective on life. I nominated you for the One Lovely Blogger Award. This is partially because I’d love to hear 7 random @$$ facts about you. Not even gonna lie.



66 Kaitlyn December 22, 2012 at 11:48 pm

alyssa! havent been to your site in a while and ive missed it! love the updated about me and the 2 yr blog recap! so much to celebrate, congrats on all your achievements. I love following and hearing about your VB adventures and cant wait til i maybe move back to my good ‘ol vb hometown as well. xx, kaitlyn
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67 Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction February 1, 2013 at 11:19 am

Hey girl! Love the blog and the costumes! You are adorable!
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68 Kloe @ Running Shoes & Chocolate Mousse February 12, 2013 at 5:10 am

Hey there Alyssa,

I swear you are literally, well… me!
I’m a mega passionate runner, and really want to start training for a half-marathon, that’s my next goal.
I’m also in love with all things nutrition, fitness and healthy living; and love finding other bloggers that share that!

I will also confess my undying obsession for Will Ferrell movies… Give me Anchorman and Step Brothers and a block of chocolate anyday, and a happy girl you’ll find. πŸ˜‰

Lovely, humorous blog; it’s so entertaining and provides lots of good info on fitness and healthy living too!

Keep up the great work,

Kloe x
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69 Alana Kandt June 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Hi! I am new to the blog world and stumbled upon yours! I love it!! Thanks for sharing!!!


70 Rachel August 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm

Hey! I absolutely love your blog and find it so helpful and insightful. I have created a blog of my own called pbandrae.com and was wondering if you could check it out and offer me any tips you may have to help me expand? Thank you!


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