New York City 1/2 Marathon 2014 Finisher!

This past Sunday the 16th I ran my first half marathon, and it just happened to be the NYC 1/2. Smack dab in the middle of 20,000 people, I ran 13.1 miles through Central Park, Times Square, down the West Side Highway, around the tip of Manhattan, and finished in the financial district.

I trained for 12 weeks, using tempo runs, Zumba, swimming, hill runs, and long runs. I also used my long runs in Central Park to get used to the insane hills in the top portion of the park (which really came in handy on Sunday).

On the Saturday before the race, I picked up my bib at the NYC 1/2 expo. Good job, organizers. NYRR for the win!

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Picking up my bib and pretending I’m important.

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Everyone got to write why they were running. Most people were running in memory of a loved one or for cancer research. 

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I run because of Zombies. Obviously.

I had a lot of support while I was training for the race and on race day. My kick-ass mom flew up from TN to cheer me on. She also brought treats! Continue reading

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Southwestern Snack Wrap!

Enjoy this vegetarian dish. I sure did!

Really great lunch today! Southwestern Health Wrap: slice up some bell pepper, onion, and mushrooms. Add any beans you want (garbanzo, kidney, canned bean salad mix, etc.) Throw it in a pan of heated EVOO. Season with some cumin, garlic salt, and smoked paprika. When it’s cooked to your satisfaction, pop it on a wrap with Greek yogurt (instead of sour cream) and some avocado slices. You can even add some chopped red cabbage and/or savoy cabbage on top for SUPER CRUNCH! Enjoy!

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Review: Garcinia Cambogia, The Newest “Diet” Scam on Facebook

I usually try to ignore the advertisements on Facebook, but this one caught my eye a while back:

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Notice the wording and syntax in the ad. It’s obviously not aimed at middle-aged men. The use of the hyperbolic “tons” and the pleonastic “super fast” makes me want to throw up… because it reminds me of when I was a teenager and I was told that I could throw up food and it was a “super fast” way to lose a “ton” of weight by one of the girls on my cheerleading squad. I’m guessing young women are intended demographic (i.e. attractive white girl, fun colored hair, bright pink bubble, “crazy skinny,” etc.)

The ad seems to point you to “yogamixalot.com.” Ok, so I’m gleaning that Kelly Osbourne (who I think looks great, by the way) used this unknown product that may have something to do with a yoga program, and she lost a lot of weight without having to change her diet.

Clicking on the advertisement lead me to what looked like a Women’s Health Magazine article on Garcinia Cambogia extract and something called the Raspberry Keytone Diet.

This is a screenshot from the yogamixalot site on October 2nd:

looks a little like it's an article, or at least an actual cleared "advertisement article" from Women's Health Magazine. It's not.

It looks a little like it’s an article, or at least an actual cleared “advertisement article” from Women’s Health Magazine.

The page features a reporter and writer named Hannah Richards who “recently put an emerging diet trend to the test. We had to see for ourselves what this diet was all about.”

Here’s a picture of Hannah, the reporter from Women’s Health: Continue reading

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Dirty Dancing on Plantar Fasciitis

I’m sorry I’ve not been posting the past two days… I’m choreographing a concert down south, and I have 13 hour rehearsal days. It’s been nuts, and I haven’t had a moment to really sit down and think about anything but dance moves to “CC Rider” and “Spider-Man” (the concert is quite eclectic.)

The choreography is fabulous dirty southern soul, which really takes a toll on the body after a few hours.

Anyway, dancing for the better part of 13 hours with plantar fasciitis has been surprisingly fine. I’ve felt tightness. I’ve felt fatigue and slight pain in my heel, but with the rolling and icing and stretching, I’ve been completely focused on my job and not on annoying sensations in my legs and feet.

I keep on thinking about when I was dealing with PF for the first time and had no idea what was happening to me. I hadn’t even heard of plantar fasciitis. The slow decline over the months was horrific. Now, after the first hint of pain in my heel, I’ve got a game plan that not only works but QUICKLY works. Sweeeeeeeet!

Wishing all of you health and happiness!

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Turbo Healing: Plantar Fasciitis, Get Out Of Here!

Day four of my recurring plantar fasciitis struggle, (Click here to go back to day one and two) and I’m feeling absolutely no pain. None. How?

I’m icing, rolling, stretching, and checking my running/walking form all day long.

I wake up and use a tennis-sized TP Therapy ball to apply pressure and roll out my heel (where I usually feel pain first thing in the morning). I then lean against a wall and stretch my calves. Then, I head over to the staircase and hang my heels off the last step to stretch my achilles. Then, I get the hell on with my day.

At some point, I pull the frozen water bottle out of my freezer and roll/ice the bottom of my foot and heel. Later, while I’m watching a movie with my boyfriend, I’ll use my TP Therapy roller to roll out my calves, hamstrings, and glutes. Finally, I’ll ice the heels and arches of my feet while elevating them.

The next day, I’ll do it all again. And I’ll keep on doing it for as long as I think my good luck won’t run out.

I wish I had known what was going on with me the first time I got plantar fasciitis symptoms. I wasted months of my life confused and in pain, and I had no clue what was going on. This time around, being proactive has had such an extraordinary effect. I have some tightness in my calves that I’m stretching out, and there is tenderness when I roll out my feet and legs. However, there is no pain when I’m walking or running, and I don’t wake up with that acute heel pain that I’ve learned to expect.

I’ve been thinking a lot about why this is happening to me… why this happens to a lot of people. My friend Mac from The Running Company in NYC said it’s tightness in my calves and hamstrings that is to blame, but WHY are my calves and hamstrings tight? Why are my heels and the backs of my legs screwed up? Continue reading

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Plantar Fasciitis: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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In September of 2012, I noticed a strange pain in my heel when I woke up and started to walk around. I didn’t tell anyone because it didn’t seem like a big deal. I didn’t think too much of it and figured that it would go away if I stopped abusing it. Then, the pain got worse. I started to really rest it (which meant I stopped running and working out… but I still had to dance on it for work.) I thought to myself, “Do I have a bone spur or a hairline fracture? What is going on?”

Then, it spread to the other heel.

WHAT. THE. HELL?!?

I didn’t know injuries could travel like that… just jump from one foot to the other.

It was now December 2012, and I was in so much pain it was affecting just walking around my apartment (not to mention my inability to properly do my job as a dancer.) Finally, I went to see an orthopedic specialist at the Campbell’s Clinic in Memphis, TN. It was around Christmas, and I was visiting family. I had been dealing with a pain that started as annoying and progressed to unable to painlessly walk in three months.

They did X-rays and some other minor tests. I was shown to a room. The doctor eventually came in, listened to what I had to say, and then told me he knew exactly what it was: plantar fasciitis. (P.S. my X-ray came back clean without any fracture, so he was quite confident.)

He gave me a sheet of paper with a few guidelines and sent me on my way. I was slightly in shock about the entire thing. I’d been trying desperately to fix and rest my foot, and this paper said all I needed were a few stretches and ice. Oh, and the doctor said I could start running again. That seemed crazy to me… I could barely walk. Continue reading

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Home Made Fresh Vegetable Soup: Good For Your Soul (and Your Health!)

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Aaaahhhh! There’s just something about soup that makes you want to put on PJ’s and hug yo mamma.

The problem is, when you buy soup from the store, you don’t really know what’s in it. It’s probably loaded with sugar or sodium. It’s probably got some chemical in it to make it last a long time on a shelf. Gross!

Soup is an intimate thing (that’s why we want someone to bring it to us when we are sick, right?) Let’s reacquaint ourselves with some kick-ass soup that is really good in your mouth and really good on your waistline!

Chef B’Friend’s Impromptu Veggie Soup Recipe: 

Ingredients: (and make sure they’re of good quality, and that means farmers market or organic. It’s important!) Continue reading

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Viva Las Vegas! Sin City Vegan Challenge: Final Day

Though the slot machines and chorus girls have been outrageously fun, it’s time for me to pack up my belongings and head back home to stinky streets of NYC. However, before I get on that plane, I gotta tell you about eating the fanciest Vegan meal ever right across from a super-fierce actress!

Let’s start at the beginning.

I woke up and got in the pool…

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Wow, I had a really original idea and took a picture of my toes by water. Wait until Instagram gets ahold of this mastery!

… and I stayed there all day.

Eventually I did laundry, packed, and did other boring things. Let’s fast-forward to the good stuff!

I went by myself to dinner (my best friend, who I was visiting in Las Vegas, had to work.) I read some reviews on Happy Cow (a fabulous vegetarian/vegan website) about Sinatra. No, not Old Blue Face or whatever they call him. Sinatra is a restaurant in the Encore casino and hotel. The reviews were all positive, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did know that I was about to go into a casino alone and sit at the bar to order food.

There was a big wait for the main restaurant and a small wait for the bar. I small wait. I sit down at the bar and am promptly tended to by the bartender. I asked for the wine list as well as the regular menu.

Now, I read in some of the reviews to ask for the vegan menu, and I eventually did. However, I wanted to see what the “regular” food was like and if I was going to be left out of the “Sinatra experience” by my dietary restrictions. The bartender told me that they can try to make certain things on the main menu vegan, but the vegan menu was pretty killer. Here’s the vegan menu:  Continue reading

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Viva Las Vegas! Sin City Vegan Challenge: Meatless Meatball Fail

It’s the third day of the Las Vegas Vegan Challenge, and I’m sad to say… I had a bit of a fail.

Let’s go back to the beginning.

If you’re just joining me, catch up with everyone else by going a few entries back to the beginning of my Las Vegas Vegan Challenge: Travel Day and Day One. I’ve traveled from NYC to Las Vegas to visit my best friend who lives here.

I woke up early and had to fend for myself in my friend’s apartment. He had some microwaveable brussel sprouts from Trader Joe’s in the fridge. I popped them out of the bag and sautéed them with a little EVOO, salt, and pepper. Microwavable pouch: you’re stupid and I don’t need you. Be gone!

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The breakfast of champions!

Once my friend crawled out of his cave mid-day, we decided to go to The Meatball Spot in town square. Now, I know from eating the vegetarian meatballs from The Meatball Shop in Brooklyn, NY, that there is a bit of parmesan cheese in the vegetarian balls. I knew that even if I didn’t get any extra cheese on them, I’d still fail. Continue reading

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Viva Las Vegas! Sin City Vegan Challenge: Day Two

So, if you’re just joining me on this post and haven’t been following along… I’m visiting my best friend in Las Vegas and writing about eating vegan while on vacation. Here we go!

Yesterday, we went to the Hoover Dam. It’s was pretty impressive.

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The only bad thing about going to see the Hoover Dam was not eating beforehand. Once you start eating a regular breakfast, it gets real weird when you skip it. (Read about the benefits of eating breakfast and how it helps you lose weight here.)

After (what seemed like) hours of driving and touring the damn dam, my friend took me to Skinny Fats. It’s an interesting concept, half of the menu is “live healthy” and the other half is “live happy.” Even though I think living healthy is living happy, that’s their shtick.  Continue reading

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