February 2014

This post is sponsored by Musselman’s new BIG CUP applesauce. I remember the moment so clearly. It was a warm night in July, and the Husband and I were just settling down on the couch to watch TV. The baby monitor crackled to life, and I heard Henry call out. I peeked at the monitor [...]


Running Around Reno

What an incredible whirlwind.  I’m currently blogging from an (oh-so-comfy) hotel bed in Reno, Nevada.  I flew in last night and am flying home tomorrow, so I spent the day doing my Operation Beautiful thing.  But first – I had to go on a run! I absolutely wanted to see the downtown area of Reno [...]


Ironman March 2014

It’s baaaaack! Winter is coming to a close; spring is right around the corner (even if it doesn’t feel like it yet!).  And spring and summer means TRIATHLON SEASON.  Woo to the hoo! I love Ironman March because it helps me get back into the habit of swimming, biking, and running every week, and it [...]


This week has been craaaaazy so far.  A lot of fun… … And a lot of work. This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which is always a huge deal for Operation Beautiful.  On Monday, I spoke at University of North Carolina Pembroke.  On Tuesday, I spoke at Davidson College.  And tonight, I’m flying [...]


This trip was an excellent opportunity to try out my new grocery list technique – explained below. As mentioned in last week’s post, I’m doing a blog partnership with the value grocery chain Aldi.  I’d never shopped at Aldi until this month, but it’s been a really eye-opening experience, especially as I work hard to [...]


Photo An Hour

Fellow blogger Kelly recently did this post – simply taking a photo every hour to illustrate an entire day – and I loved the concept!  What a fun way to document a random Sunday.  It’s interesting what taking photos every hour shows – and what it leaves out.   7:30 AM - Normally, Sundays are [...]


Goat Cheese Grits

How’s your weekend going?  Ours is just swell.  We’re spending lots of time together and enjoying the beautiful weather.  It’s nice and warm here in Charlotte. In case you can’t understand toddler talk, he says “in the mouth,” “in the belly,” and “then you poop it out.”  Haha.   I wanted to share a quick, [...]


InnerCity Weightlifting

When I was on the Cabot Celebrity cruise, I met an incredible man named Jon Feinman.  I was extremely inspired by everything he does with InnerCity Weightlifting and knew that you would be, too.  Read on!   Jon is a personal trainer with a Masters in Business Administration.  He was searching for a way to [...]


Run & Swim

Not this kind of swim… This kind of swim. Yesterday, I asked Henry if he wanted to go swimming.  This is how the conversation went:   Me: “Henry, do you want to go to the pool and swim like a fishy in the water?” Henry: “No, dolphin in ocean.” Me: “Oh, okay. Do you want [...]


When I received an email asking me whether I’d be interested in doing a post series on Aldi grocery stores, I jumped at the opportunity.  Funny story – because of the name, I used to think that Aldi was a fancy-schmancy European grocery story with prices similar to Whole Foods. Imagine my surprise when, a [...]


I Don’t KNow What Came Over Me

Yesterday was a whirlwind of chores and activity.  All of the sudden, I felt like I *had* to get all those little tasks checked off our To Do list. I don’t know what came over me… But I got all of this done!   Scrubbed the master bathroom – it was definitely looking neglected. Swapped [...]


Tuesday Happenings

Hang tight! How is it only Tuesday? HMPH.  I’m thinking that it should be at least Thursday, right?   I had a really great morning – I tackled a 3.5 miler all by myself.  I like to run with a buddy, and running with the stroller is fine, but man… Running solo is the BEST.  [...]


10 Miles and Some Home Improvements

Guess who joined me for my ten miler? The Husband has gotten really into running – it’s pretty awesome.  For a long time, he’d join me on 2 – 4 mile jaunts, but while I’ve been training for this Half Marathon, we’ve been doing all of our runs together.  He’s gone from someone who didn’t [...]


What’s Your Longest Long Run?

I had something different for breakfast this morning – Chia Seed Pudding.  I bought a huge bag of chia seeds for the Coco-Nut Cups so I’ve been trying to find creative ways to use them up. Chia seeds come from a desert plant and are packed with omega 3s, protein, and many vitamins.  Two tablespoons [...]

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