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Taking These Porcelain Babies for a Walk . . . or Run!

I just got back from what started as a walk, but quickly turned into a walk/run. You see, as I was getting ready to head outside today, I knew I didn’t want to go for a full-out run. I was feeling pretty tired and I could feel a ton of lactic acid running through my body.

But then, once I get started, I decided I was going to do a walk/run; often times, quick running sprints mixed with fast-paced walking or light jogging can actually help flush some of the lactic acid out of your body. So, that is what my game plan was tonight.

My exercise path was 4.28 miles and it took me 43 minutes to complete it. I ended with 2 minutes (for a total of 45 minutes) of light walking. It went a little something like this:

*5 min. warm up

*1 min. sprint, 2 min. fast walking (5:00 – 15:00)

*1-mile run (15:00 – 22:55)

*Back to 2 min. fast walking, 1 min. sprint (22:55 – 40:00)

*Ran the rest of the way home (40:00 – 43:00) = 4.28 miles

*Cool down – walk (43:00 – 45:00)

NOTE . . . I have a few rules about a walk/run workout that are the result of my slightly demented runner’s way of thinking:

– I never stop in the middle of the hill; even if it means running a bit farther than the designated 1-minute mark.

– I also never stop at the top of hill.

– Or in front of people.

Combine all of these rules and you will understand why the middle of my workout lead to a one-mile run: I started my “one-minute” sprint at the bottom of a one-mile long hill. Yes, ONE-FREAKING-MILE long hill! More on this hill in Several Reasons Why My Sister Requires Rehab.

But I was glad I did it. I have taught myself to love hills, and conquering this one always feels like such an accomplishment. It just keeps going, and going, and going . . .

One thing I wish I could have changed — my decision to wear black capri pants. I thought the slight drop in temperature would make hiding my porcelain-tinted legs — why show those babies if need not be? — OK, but I was dead wrong. Note to self — no one gives a crap about your legs.

By the way fabulous readers, if you live in an urban area like yours truly, and you cannot exactly drive your car along a sidewalk or dirt path to measure your run, walk or bike, then check out Map My Run. It’s an awesome tool that lets you draw your route on a map or even satellite map of your area. It totally rocks my world!

OK, I gotta shut up and go eat dinner … I’m hungry!



Filed under Eat, June 2008, Pray, Run

Things Are Looking Pretty Good …

So far, so good this morning. I have gotten lots of work done, and breakfast was nice and healthy. I didn’t get as much sleep as I would have liked — only about 5 1/2 hours — so I will have to work more on that tonight.

Breakfast was fairly simple again:

*3 egg whites (I use the a carton of liquid egg whites because I hate to waste the yellows), and a 1/2 egg yolk and whole white from one organic, cage-free egg. I topped the eggs with about 1/8 cup of light, shredded cheese.

*One slice whole grain bread (6 grams of fiber).

*And a sliced nectarine — I ate what was still attached to the core while I cooked my eggs. It was so yummy and juicy!

I also always have a big glass of water with lemon in the morning — it is so refreshing. You can see it next to the plate. It’s hard to notice the lemon juice, but it’s there! I don’t put the lemon wedge in because of pesticides. I learned my lesson with that after a breakfast episode where I threw the whole thing in and my sister cried out in dismay. (: She had just read an article about the pesticides on lemon rinds. So, I figure, better safe than sorry, right?

By the way, I did have a small cup of ice cream after dinner last night. It was about a 1/2 cup topped with 1 1/2 Tbsps of chocolate chips. You can see how small the dish is — it fits into the palm of my hand!

It was pretty nasty here early this morning, but it looks like it is clearing up. I am hoping to get out and exercise today.

Talk to you soon!

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Time for a Change … Are You Up for It?

I don’t really even know where to begin this post, so I am just going to start and try to make it sound as coherent as possible.

The whole purpose of this blog was to initiate change; a huge change not only for me, but for the readers who follow it so faithfully.

We all are here because we are looking to make our lives better — whether it be by eating healthier foods (Eat), calling upon spirituality and holistic health (Pray), or getting up off our asses and going for a walk (Run).


But as of late, I have been feeling like I have been promoting so much change for others and ignoring the changes my own body is craving. In other words, I can dish it out, but I can’t take it. At least, that is how I feel today.

Well, I have been reading this fabulous book — The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Any Change (and Loving Your Life More) — as a result of my new job with the First30Days Web site, and I have got to tell you that it has really got me athinkin’. Mix that with my overwhelming feeling of dissatisfaction with the way I have NOT been healthfully living and you gotchyourself a recipe for change!

So, I thought, “Why not share it with my readers at Eat, Pray, Run?”

Now, because the theme of the book and Web site is to commit to thirty days of change I have kicked off my personal challenge this morning. Throughout the next 30 days I am going to blog the steps I am taking to make my day a healthier one, and, hopefully, you can learn from it, too.

I think you will.

To make things easy, a list of things I would like to change:

1.) I want to be stronger. I don’t necessarily need to lose weight, but I would like to see an overall commitment to building physical strength. I want girly musk-les. So, you will begin to see more workouts from me — I mean, I am going to give ’em all a shot! I probably won’t be able to sit down on the toilet without holding onto the sides, but I am going to go all out anyway. Look for pictures, videos and workout reviews. I look really red-faced and silly when I exercise, but your going to get it all, right here.

2.) I want to eat more healthfully. I work and run around like a crazy girl a lot, and when I do sit down to eat, I don’t necessarily feel like cooking — or eating healthfully for that matter. Eating sporadically and not putting the best foods into my body is starting to wear on me. Therefore, I will begin to post what I am eating to keep me in check, and give you some healthy meal ideas. Lemme know if you have any other suggestions for this part of the 30-Day Challenge.

3.) I need more SLEEP. Again, I love what I do and, therefore, I put a lot of time toward making my writing life better each day. This is not a bad thing in the least bit, but when it begins to completely compromise your sleep and make you lean on coffee like it’s a prized gem, you may have a problem. I do. So, I am also going to begin to try to commit to more sleep. I think it will help me eliminate stress, mood swings and, of course, dark circles. I will log it in here, and I am counting on all of you to hold me accountable.

4.) I want to be more spiritual. I have so many fabulous spiritual resources and I feel like I don’t put them to good use. Look for more tips from experts, and reviews of books, CDs and classes. Come on, people, help me say, “Ommm….”

Now, I am going on vacation at the end of the week, so some of the meals might be pretty bo-ring. But I will try to jazz it up as much as I can . . . promise.

I am going to end this post here, but stay tuned for a few more separate posts today that will highlight what I am eating and a really interesting quiz.

In the mean time, check out the 9 Principles of Change located in the right sidebar of this page. You will see them there every day, and they will serve as a reminder of why we are here.

Wanna make a change? Keep checking Eat, Pray, Run for inspiration, and sign up for the free First 30 Days daily email program where you will get the tips you need to make a change today!


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We Finally Set a Date!

So many of my fabulous readers have been asking me for a wedding update, so here it is!

We set a date, and we are getting married May 31, 2009. This is such an exciting time in our lives, and picking a date to be married suddenly makes everything seem so official! I feel like a “real” bride, and I am looking so forward to all of the festivities that will come along with this year.

Thank you for all of your excitement. Sharing this event with people like you, my fantastic readers, just makes everything that much more special!

Happy Saturday!



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Living Like It’s Your Very First Day

I love Adam Sandler, but his movies are not generally ones in which people discover “a deeper meaning” or “thought-provoking message,” right? I mean Billy Madison offered me a few good laughs, but nothing along the lines of spiritual teachings.

But when I first saw Sandler’s 50 First Dates, which also stars Drew Barrymore and Sean Astin, I recognized a very profound message that I enjoy watching unfold each time I watch the movie, as I did yesterday with Dan and my brothers.

For those of you who do not know the premise of the movie, Henry (Sandler) lives a paradise-esque life in Hawaii where each night he wines and dines an out-of-town woman — no strings attached. That is, until he comes across Lucy (Barrymore), a local resident who he meets at a coffee shop. But there’s one glitch: Lucy suffered a brain injury that each night erases from her memory everything that happened after the accident, including her new love, Henry.

The film keeps the typical Sandler laughs in place, but my favorite part is at the end — don’t worry, I won’t give it away — when you witness a moment where Lucy wakes up and recognizes the beauty of her life. It is, for me, a deeply moving scene where you realize the actual gift this woman possess; she wakes up every day and rediscovers the people and life she loves so dearly.

I get a little teary (OK, I completely bawl) every time I watch this part of the movie. Not because it is sad, but because it is so beautiful. Imagine what it would be like to wake up every day and be reintroduced to your family, husband or wife, children, job of your dreams . . . it would be magical, right? There is no greater appreciation.

But what if we could all take a bit of that message with us? I try to do just that each time I watch 50 First Dates because, while I may not have damaged my temporal lobe, I understand the importance of recognizing life for what it is. Don’t get me wrong — it is not always easy. But every day starts anew — as we have learned with this movie — and there is a grand opportunity to try again at applying the lessons you have learned.

Motivational speakers around the globe tell us to, “Live each day as though it’s your last” which is a beautiful message, indeed.

But what if we lived each day as though it were our first?


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The Return of the Blogger . . . and Her Coffee

I have to apologize for being such a horrible blogger these past few weeks. I feel like I have been saying that in a lot of recent posts, so I figured I would just make one big, “I’m sorry” entry and give you the down-low.

I don’t like to make excuses, so, instead, let me offer you a few explanations as to what I have been up to lately:

1.) I am moving. This is the most major one of all. Not just because packing up all of your crap and trucking it to a new home kinda stinks, but also because I am moving out of the state . . . to Ohio to be exact. I have mixed emotions about this one. When it is all said and done, we (Dan and I) are moving for a fantastic reason. He was offered a full, professional contract with a dance company — year-round, benefits … the works. So, that’s sooooooo exciting, right?!  RIGHT! But it is also tough for me. You see, I have never lived anywhere but Pittsburgh, and even more so, I have never lived more than about 30 minutes from my family. Therefore, sorting out the details of a normal move (where to live, what to get rid of and what to bring, etc.) has been heightened by the bittersweet fact that I will be leaving my family. I know that we will be OK — we have a tight-knit relationship — but the truth that I will not be able to drop everything just to help out my sister, or go to a soccer game for that matter, is a real slap in the face.

2.) I got a new writing job. YAY! YAY! YAY! No complaints here, but I am busier than ever. Can anyone say early mornings (4:30 a.m.) and late nights (like, midnight)? I am loving it, but coffee has become a staple before even beginning to communicate. But, hey, I really do love my professional life.

3.) Wedding plans. Again, I love this stuff, but the details are killing us. We are starting to understand just a bit why people elope. It seems so silly to spend so much money on one day. Not to sound cliché, but we are looking for the marriage, not the wedding, people. Forty-five cents a fork (spoon, knife, salad fork) … are you kidding me?! Finger foods anyone?!

So, there you are — the top three things that have been hindering my fabulous blogging skills. But like I said, I don’t believe in excuses. Therefore, I am turning over a new leaf today. Yes, yes … I know that sounds so silly. But I am serious. I am not going to let this stuff get in the way anymore. From here on out, I am here to fulfill you reading pleasures, fantastic blog readers.

Just don’t be alarmed if I sometimes sound a bit crazy … it’s the coffee talking.



Filed under Eat, May 2008, Pray, Run

Thought for the Day!

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” — C. S. Lewis

Happy Friday!


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