Meal Planning: As Hot as Hansel Right Now

I hate throwing food away. I hate $200 grocery bills. I definitely hate the “what are we going to have for dinner” conversation (so much that I posted about it here).

I hate making bad food decisions. And I hate ordering out (It’s always more expensive than I think it should be, I’m never happy when they say, we’ll have that ready for you in 45 minutes, and I eat too much).

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10 Things I Have Good Reason Not to Eat and 1 Thing I Have No Good Reason Not to Eat

Last week, I wrote in general about how and why my diet has evolved. This week it’s a list of the things I don’t eat. When I sat down to write this, it was actually hard because they don’t feel like rules.

I did not wake up one morning and say, I’m not going to eat these thing. Instead it’s been a work in progress over the years to refine what I put in my body. Fun fact: while writing this I found this article which identifies almost everything on this list as an inflammation culprit – another great reason to cut these foods. Here it goes… Continue reading

Why I follow Jessica Alba’s Workout Rules and Break Jillian Michaels’

There are some pros and cons about being a first born rule follower. Con: I can be predictable. Pro: I can set my own rules around things I want / know I need to do and then I have to do them because as a rule follower, I am obligated.

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Winter Workout Essentials: New Year Workout Routine

When it comes to working out, the seasons have always been constant. After Halloween, the days get noticeably darker. After Thanksgiving, the days get noticeably colder. After New Years, there is no escaping the coldness and the darkness, unless I head inside to the gym.

The outdoors, with its green trees, blue skies and sunshine, is so much sexier than the gym. In the winter, enjoying these outdoor sights becomes elusive with its 14 hours of daily darkness. The winter is also temperamental with snowstorms, wind chills of -5 and ice.

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Cleaning up my Clean Up Act: Natural Makeup

Blame it on the all-girls high school I attended, but I have never been able to get in the habit of wearing makeup during the day. College. Law school. The Office. Nope.

The only occasions that warranted makeup were: going out with friends, dates, speaking engagements, client meetings – that was about it.

I still feel a little self-conscious when I wear makeup. Yet (I hate to admit this) I feel better when I apply it. Doctors must think there is something to that too. After my first child was born, the North Carolina hospital’s discharge papers directed new mothers to apply makeup to ward off postpartum!

Call it hitting 35 and realizing I could use some help. Or call it moving back to my small hometown where it is impossible to go anywhere without bumping into someone, but two things happened in 2016:

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How Setting Low Goals Keeps Me Running

Saturday morning, as soon as I got out of bed, I put on my running clothes – even my running shoes (Trick #1, more below). I was ready to go!

Except outside it was cloudy and misting rain. It looked chilly. I’ll just have a cup of coffee, then I’ll go – I told myself.

Coffee made. But these little boys. They’re so cute. I’ll go after they finish playing.

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Adaptive Running: New Trails & Stroller Pushing

Running has been the constant in my life since I was 12 years old.  Things change, people change, cities change but the solace, strength and peace that I find in running remains.  Once my first was born, I suddenly had a new constant: the love for my child.  No decision was made without consideration of him.  How to reconcile my two constants?

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Running Playlist: Refresh for Spring

My current work-out / running playlist is starting to become monotonous to me and, as of Monday, I am now running a leg of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Marathon Relay.  Time to refresh my playlist.  When I made my last playlist, with the goal to get me through the last days of winter, I came across a few songs that did not make the cut.  This playlist is a combination of those runners-up (many of which have grown on me) and songs that helped me prepare for a race last fall (more on that below.)

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Hotel Friendly Strength Workout

I was traveling this week.  When the gym is in the same building, I have no excuses to avoid stumbling downstairs and sweating through something.   Despite hotel gyms’ unbeatable convenience, most have the same fatal flaw.  They are often uninspiring and I’m not always sure what I’m going to get, i.e. a few bikes in a windowless room in the basement and they all squeak – yay!  (This is a real description of a nice enough hotel in Charleston, SC.  Granted it’s a really old hotel.).  So in traveling weeks, I plan my strength workouts for my travel days.

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