The "Ali" WOD

I’ve written about my love for Muhammad Ali and my love-hate for double-unders before, here and here. My goal today was to tackle a slightly modified CrossFit Central workout that incorporated hill running, double-unders (or, more accurately, double-under attempts), and overhead presses. In my head, I called it the “Ali Tribute Workout” because his legendary training camp... read more

Have Recipes, Will Travel

I flew to PA on Thursday to visit my parents. Sadly, my flight did not look like this: But it was uneventful and I managed a 2-hour nap. At the receiving end, my parents – with their hugs and their hot tub, four days of cooking together, no barbells in sight , and a welcome home dinner at Fogo de Chao in Philadelphia. We’ve been cooking up a dino-chow storm (recipes and photos to come next... read more

Belly Dance Beet Salad

My dad is of Lebanese heritage, and since I was a little girl, I’ve always been fascinated by belly dancers. The costumes! The finer cymbals! The glittery, shimmery jewels that accentuate the way they move. I’ve even taken belly dancing classes at different times throughout my life. I’ve never gotten very good at it, but it’s still super fun. Turns out, the Western form of belly... read more

Whole30 Grill-Out: Story in Photos

One of my foodie daydreams is to have a dinner party with a table like this… Or like this… But with friends like this… … the setting doesn’t much matter. (That’s Bonita, Melissa, Dallas, Catherine, Georgia, and Erika. Missing from the photo because we were all too distracted by the food to remember photo opps: Anna, Matti, and Blake.) Last Friday, we arranged the 100%... read more

NYTimes Book Review: The Food Movement, Rising

Michael Pollan – author of Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, and the adorable, portable, sensible Food Rules – has a dense, but readable (and worth it!) piece in the NYTimes Book Review this week: The Food Movement, Rising. Rather than review five foodie books individually, he’s taken a look at food politics, its history, and how its playing out now.... read more

I Can Do Anything Good

I am TOTALLY doing this tomorrow morning. Seriously. 5:15 a.m. I will stand on my sink in my leopard pajamas and declare all the things I like. How can a bad day follow that?! It can’t. I hope I don’t fall off the sink, hit my head on the tile, pass out, and have my eyeballs eaten by my cat... read more

100% Grass-Fed, Organic, Happy People

 [Melissa & Dallas prove that Yankees can totally rock the Texas plaid.] How freakin’ great is it when people exceed your expectations of them?! I’ve been working with Melissa Urban as my nutrition coach since last July, and the way she’s helped me learn to eat and re-shaped the way I think about food is nothing short of miraculous. Before this weekend, we’d only talked... read more

The Sexiest Part of You

No, it’s not your ripped abs or deep blue eyes or the way you swagger into a room… it’s your brain. Which is why I was happy to see this blog post from the NYTimes about how to choose the correct cycling helmet. I cringe every time I see an otherwise adorable Austinite cruising down the street on a bike with no helmet. You’re super cute in your sundress or camo shorts… until... read more

Reach Out and Touch

Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple has a great post today about the power of touch. “The largest organ on our body is the skin. Its protective layers guard our muscles, bones, internal organs, and ligaments, while its active function results in the most fundamental of our five senses – that of touch. For all our focus on maintaining optimal organ function through diet, exercise, and... read more

I Can’t Help Myself – I Like Them

I know it’s a controversial point of view, but I love burpee box jumps. Ridiculous, right?! Our CrossFit Women workout yesterday was very taxing, and I didn’t finish it before the cut-off, but I’m calling it a rousing success anyway because (1) it included burpee box jumps which I totally loved; and (2) it was really, really, really hard, which made me feel like a champ, even though I was... read more

Scotch Eggs, a.k.a., Protein Pellets

I’m super into British mystery books – Dick Francis, Elizabeth George, but not Agatha C… sorry! – and TV shows like Midsomer Murders and the Inspector Lynley Mysteries. I love the accents, the Queen’s English, the tweed and Wellies, the reliance on hot tea as a cure-all, and the moody weather. The food? Meh. But I’ve always been curious about Scotch eggs, and last week, I made a... read more

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