April 2010

Friday Night

Impromptu night out!   It all started with an innocent shopping trip… My mom gave me some cash for my birthday, and I really wanted to buy some summer clothes with the money.  The Husband accompanied me to Old Navy, and we stopped off at Starbucks for a coffee before we started.  The Husband is [...]


Veggie Eggplant Pizza

I’ve had an eggplant in our fridge for a few days, but I had no idea what to do with it.  When Megan told me about the Eggplant Pizza recipe on our run last night, and I immediately knew I had to try it for myself! The premises is simple, but Megan has a step [...]


Thoughts on Body Image

As you may know, I run a second blog called Operation Beautiful.  The mission of Operation Beautiful is to post anonymous notes in public places.  These notes typically encourage positive body image and a happy outlook.  Since I started the site, I’ve spoken to more than 3,000 girls, women, and men about body image issues, [...]


The Thirst

I am so THIRSTY! I cannot stop drinking water.  It’s like a desert in the back of my throat! I’ve really taken Century training (I have a 100-mile bike race on May 23) up a notch in the last two weeks, and I feel permanently parched.  I’ve been chugging water like it’s my job, and [...]


Crooms Flashbacks

Operation Beautiful has some really great guests posts from your favorite Blends (Bloggers + Friends) in the Change the Way You See, Not the Way You Look section.  Check it out!   The Husband didn’t have to work today, so we’re both sitting in the living room – me at the dining table and him [...]


Pancake Truffles, Take II

I thought I’d make my recipe for Pancake Truffles again this morning. This version had a sweet surprise in the middle, though! Instead of a banana segment, I used a big, juicy strawberry in the center and shredded coconut on the outside.  It was pretty much as delicious as I thought it would be, but [...]


You Have to Lose It Before You Can Find It

Another amazing hot yoga class at Orlando Power Yoga.  I met Katy for the 6 PM class, and we had a blast!  I’m really working hard on balance poses.  I have zero natural balance, but as the teacher said today, “You have to lose it before you can find it.”  So I try.  I fall [...]


Is This Pain Normal?

A-maz-ing lunch!  The star of the show was the Sweet Potato and Baked Beans Wontons! Recipe will be up on the Lunch/Dinner page shortly!   On the side, I had Orange Zest Parsnip Fries.  I used the same recipe as my Orange Zest Yucca Fries, but subbed out parsnips.  It was SO good.  Parsnips might [...]


Adult Behavior

I woke up feeling sore, thirsty, and hungry.  Guess that’s what 73.0 miles on the bike will do to a girl!   So, breakfast tasted especially delicious: Sweet Potato Pancake   Ingredients:   3/4 cup oatmeal 2 tablespoons almond milk 1/4 cup sweet potato, mashed (to mash sweet potato quickly, wash the potato, stab it [...]


The Great Bike Ride

I really cannot believe I biked 73 miles this morning!  When I saw the Garmin roll over into the 70’s, I nearly had a heart attack.  Just goes to show that you can go anywhere with a little bit of training.  :) Last night, I remembered an old post in which we talked about exercising [...]



73.0 miles in 5:37.  Close enough to 75.0 miles for me - I’m done! I feel like I spent the entire day on the bike.  I’m not saying that running a marathon is easy (because 26.2 miles on foot is never easy), but I swear that cycling long distances is the hardest physical thing I’ve [...]


75 Miles = Sore Butt

I am about to leave on my “long ride.”  That means I’ll be sitting on my bike for the next 5 hours or so.   Like this: Hopefully not like this:   (Pictures from Breakaway to Sugarloaf Mountain Metric Century)   Why, why, why am I about to put myself through 75 miles (alone) on [...]


My Vegetarianversy

Today is not only my birthday, it is also my vegetarianversy!  I realize it’s kind of weird to celebrate a style of eating, but the last year has been so yummy, and I’ve learned so much.   Here’s why I went vegetarian.  The Husband’s vegetarianversy is in a few weeks!   In the last year, I’ve [...]


Breathe In, Exhale Haaaaahhh!

Husband drove me to yoga class this morning!  I invited him to come, but he begged off, saying the class was a little too “advanced” for him.  It’s not that advanced, but I think hot yoga makes him nervous. :) Do you ever actually follow the teacher’s breathing instructions?  I know the rule is “breath [...]

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