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“Dreams Can Come True”

Tahmina Kohistani is the only female athlete representing Afghanistan at the Olympics this year — and just the third Afghan women to ever compete in the Games. She’s really quite awesome: leopard head scarf, optimistic attitude, brilliant smile, and an unshakeable belief in going after our dreams. Watch her interview with Meredith... read more

Spa(ish) Week: Day 3 Recap

From July 22 through July 28, I’m going to make it my job to be as fit, healthy, and well-rested as I can be. Because I’m curious… How much time does it really take to make health and well being our number one priority? And how much awesomer will I feel if I do it? Read all about my Spa(ish) Week 2012 plans here. Day 3 Recap I had trouble falling asleep on Day 2, then I woke up way too early on... read more

Two of My Fave Things!

What’s as delicious as Sunbutter + strawberries? What’s as badass as burpees + box jumps? Patrick Stewart + the Olympic Torch Seriously. How freakin’ great is this?! And now I’m just going all the way down the geeky rabbit hole. Join... read more

Tuesday 10: Olympics Countdown

The Olympics are coming! And as I confessed in my previous Tuesday 10 devoted to the Olympics — which you can read right here — it’s practically a holiday around our house. Or a quarantine ward because we catch serious Olympics Fever. Dave, Smudge, and I have a date to watch the opening ceremonies on Friday, and we’re having a British food viewing party. (Recipes coming this week in case... read more

Spa(ish) Week: Day 2 Recap

From July 22 through July 28, I’m going to make it my job to be as fit, healthy, and well-rested as I can be. Because I’m curious… How much time does it really take to make health and well being our number one priority? And how much awesomer will I feel if I do it? Read all about my Spa(ish) Week 2012 plans here. Day 2 Recap This was one of those days that starts out one way, then kinda takes on... read more

Spa(ish) Week: Day 1 Recap

From July 22 through July 28, I’m going to make it my  job to be as fit, healthy, and well-rested as I can be. Because I’m curious… How much time does it really take to make health and well being our number one priority? And how much awesomer will I feel if I do it? Read all about my Spa(ish) Week 2012 plans here. Day 1 Recap Sigh. The first day of Spa(ish) Week wasn’t the wonderful,... read more

Rants & Raves – 07/22/12

Oh, the webbernet! It gets me all riled up with dire news and mainstream idiocy, then blammo! it hits me with something so awesome, it must be shared. Welcome to this week’s collection of Rants & Raves! Rants Monthly hormone poisoning? Check. Thyroid hormone frustration? Check. Temperatures above 95F? Check. Annoying stuff on the internet about health and fitness? You betcha! It’s like... read more

Spa(ish) Week 2012

A few weeks ago, my neighbor Stef and I had a conversation about her amazing aunt. I’ve never met Auntie (which is how I will now forever refer to her) but in my imagination, she’s like a character played by Meryl Streep: a woman of a certain age who is comfortable with her beauty, is wise, has a sharp sense of humor, and refuses to conform to what other people want her to be. I don’t... read more

Strength Friday – 07/20/12

In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I’m following the Wendler 5/3/1 strength training program. Twice a week, Dave and I are hitting the craptastic gym in our Converse to lift heavy and crank through a mini-metcon. Dear Bench Press, I love you. This week has been a mélange (I really love the word mélange.) of knife skills practice, moodiness, sunshine, homemade food, pizza cravings, dark... read more

Scenes From The ‘Hood: A Story In Photos

I’ve had two appointments with Dr. Sebring in the last week to discuss my lousy-high level of Reverse T3. That is a lot of driving (an hour each way) and new info to process. I’m doing said processing by lying on the couch with a Dick Francis novel and hiding from real life for a while. I’ll give you a full update on all that’s transpired when I’ve got it all straight in my... read more

Sweet Surprises

Here’s the kicker about this life: sometimes a sweet surprise materializes right in the middle of the ordinary, presenting us with a reminder to be open to magic and to be filled with gratitude. Yesterday was “Run-Walk Day” on my training plan. That means I walk for the first half of the 4-mile loop around the lake, then run 1:00 intervals, followed by 2:00 recovery for 24 minutes, then... read more

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