Posts made in January, 2011

confessions of a healthy lifestyle blogger : part 4


Posted on Jan 31, 2011 in Lifestyle

Missed the other “confessions” posts? Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.

1. I love cast iron. And I love bacon. I seriously love cooking bacon in cast iron.

2. Over the past 6 weeks, I’ve lost and gained the same 3 pounds too many times to count. I’m starting to think I’d rather be a chubby athlete that eats chocolate cake than be a skinny gym rat that counts calories.

3. I pass the time during my runs imagining what I’ll wear/say/blog/do during my half marathon. Dorky, right? I also like imagining kissing the bricks. So excited about that!

4. I have dozens of pairs of glasses. Literally.

5. I went to the library this afternoon and checked out nearly all my books from the YA section. I love books written for people half my age.

monday motivation : worrying


Posted on Jan 31, 2011 in Motivation

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but doesn't get you anywhere.

They are calling for an insane amount of ice falling here tonight, so I’m trying to remind myself that worrying gets me no where. We have people food. We have puppy food. We have a gas stove. And we have lots of books to read. Worrying is worthless.

hair today, gone tomorrow.


Posted on Jan 29, 2011 in Fashion & Beauty

I had no idea when I posted this picture in yesterday’s FNPN post that it would create such a buzz.

There were comments and tweets and e-mails and Facebook posts and someone even sent the National Guard to check on me.

Okay, maybe not. But there was more of a reaction than I expected!

Yes. I cut off my hair. Well, not all of it.

About a foot of it. Which wasn’t even close to all of it. It was looooooong.

My stylist said, “Well aren’t you dramatic?” Haha. No! I just wanted to donate my hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths project.

Donated hair is made into wigs which are given free to cancer patients that are in need of them. They say each wig takes six ponytails. I’d say by behemothly thick hair is worth at least two or three ponytails (it was 3 1/2″ in circumference).

I wish I could say this was 100% selfless, but in all honesty, I was getting very sick of the upkeep of my long hair. It took around 30 minutes to brush out my hair. I couldn’t get it to stay in a ponytail while I was running because it was so heavy. And most of all, I was just ready for a change. My last haircut was at least 2 years ago, maybe more.

And then I heard about the Beautiful Lengths program and it came together.

After hacking off my ponytail last night, I went in this morning for a real haircut. I LOVE it. It feels so much lighter and healthier.

My stylist was great. I’m a big fan of walking in and saying “do whatever” because I know in my job, when a client says that to me, that’s when I do my best work.

She straightened it out, but I’m interested to see what it does when I let it air dry. My hair has a TON of curl in it. She thinned out my hair and gave me some layers. Ahhhh, I swear I lost 5 pounds of just hair in the last 24 hours.

My favorite part of my new ‘do is a little hidden.


I love that my red streaks are hidden. If I want you to see them, you will. If I want to hide them, I can. My stylist was getting ready to put away the color and said, “Wait! I want to give you one in the back so it shows when you have a ponytail.” Sounds good to me!

It was actually really nice to just sit in a salon with a magazine (Whole Living in case you are wondering) and just not have to do anything else but that. She played with my hair. I read about smoothies. A nice way to spend two hours on a Saturday.

It’s amazing how great a good haircut can make you feel.

i’m a quitter.


Posted on Jan 29, 2011 in Fitness

So, I’m toying with the idea of canceling my gym membership.

You’ll learn pretty quickly that my fickleness towards the gym is a constant in my life. One minute, I’m waxing poetically about how much I love gym culture. And then the next, I’m skipping out on the gym for weeks at a time in order to run outside or do a dance class.

Having a gym membership is a nice option. Albeit an expensive one. We pay almost $50 a month for our gym membership at a gym we love. But I’ve found myself only going to the gym about once a week in the past few months. And only because I say, “Oh, we are paying for that, I should really go to the gym.”

It’s not that I’m not exercising—I am. We have an elliptical and recumbent bike in our apartment, plus a lot of assorted free weights. I’ve been running and walking outside a ton, and that will only increase as spring draws near. Plus the ever fun Wii games and fitness DVDs. Summer brings hikes and swimming, too. I really like the idea of an “active lifestyle” as opposed to going to the gym for the entire purpose of burning calories.

My big concern is weather and training for races and not having an indoor track to do it on. I’ve been told by my doctor to not run outside when it is below freezing due to a lung condition (although I’m starting to test that limit). Also, I am way, way, way, intolerable of heat. Not that I plan on training for any races in August. I guess I could always buy a $4 day pass for the days when I MUST run on the track.

I’ll admit though, there is something special and motivating about going to the gym. Everyone is there on the same mission. It is a chance to turn off the rest of life and really get down to business. I’m just not sure that is worth $600 a year, especially considering my #1 2011 goal.


fnpn : week in review


Posted on Jan 28, 2011 in Food, Lifestyle

Pizza of the week:

Bacon, egg and cheese pizza.

Best thing I ate or drank this week:

Molten chocolate cakes.

Best workout of the week:

Running 3 1/2 miles yesterday. It felt so good to get back outside!

Best deal of the week:

A $20 Amazon gift card for $10 thanks to Living Social. Love the group coupon sites! Groupon and Eversave, too!

Best of the Internet for the week:

Pop music done in bluegrass. AMAZING. Check out all of their videos.

Favorite blog post of the week:

Kath’s series on home organizing. Her neat and simply closets and drawers are totally inspiring. I want to run into my closet and throw out half of i.

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Favorite purchase of the week:

My Keen Boots. I am in love with these. I’ll be wearing them until Spring.

Favorite photo of the week:

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Pizza. Love the colors in this shot!

Happiest moment of the week:

Watching the Indiana Hoosiers beat the Illini in Assembly Hall on Thursday. It was totally electric. And awesomesauce.

Scariest moment of the week:

I’ll explain this tomorrow.

Triumph of the week:

Managing to actually stick to our half marathon training schedule.