Recommended Reading: Mongolian Feast

Slate has published an excellent article called “Sheep Eats” that recounts Catherine Price’s experience at a traditional Mongolian feast. I’ve been talking a lot lately about needing to respect the animals I eat, and knowing where they come from, and honoring them when I eat them. Price’s experience really puts that thought process into action… with compelling, humbling... read more

TV: Now Just Half Dead To Me

About a month ago, I wrote about how Dave and I were turning off our TV for the month of May to participate in the Whole9Life Kill Your TV program. The changes in our habits were significant but not dramatic. Turns out, we weren’t as attached to the devil box as we thought and real life has way to much going on to miss the TV (too much). What We Learned 1. I didn’t have more time – but I had... read more

Review: Rocky Mountain Organic Meats

Before I started eating clean (and prior to viewing Food, Inc.), I thought that meat was meat. I didn’t concern myself with where or how the animal lived, what it ate, or its general health. I also didn’t think much about the taste variance in meat. Sure, I knew the $60 steak at Ruth’s Chris would taste better than the $7.99/lb. slab at my local grocery store, but for everyday eating, it... read more

Friday Flashback: 35+36 Burpees

I’ve been blogging here since 2008, and – if I do say so myself – there’s some good stuff in my archive that you might have missed. On Fridays, I’m going to take you on a Friday Flashback and point you to some good stuff from the checkered past of The Clothes Make The Girl. 35+36 Burpees Originally posted on September 25, 2008, this post was written when I was still in the throes... read more

Pain Sandwich On Running Bread

Our workout this morning – another barn-burner designed to help us prep for The Murph next weekend – was a meaty filling of hard work, sandwiched between two 1-mile runs. Challenging in real-time, it rendered me completely useless for the last few hours. Post workout, I ate breakfast, flopped back into bed, pulled the blanket over my shoulders, and watched Kung Fu Panda on my laptop in preparation for... read more

Every Second Counts

This morning, we did one-arm snatches, and I graduated to a new weight: 30#. It felt pretty awesome. So awesome, in fact, that I got a little ahead of myself and did one set with a 35-lb. dumbbell (!) but my form kinda disintegrated, so I backed it off to the 30s for the remainder of the sets. They did not look like this:   What is going on there in image #2? Is the barbell whispering a secret to him?... read more

Right On Time

Pretty great message, right?! I don’t know about you, but if I’m not careful, I can mindlessly toss myself into the spin cycle of regret, churning on things like… I wish I’d never abandoned my old web site; I’d be so much further along by now! I can’t believe I lost more than a year to this stupid thyroid stuff. It’s like I’ve been running in place for a... read more

Food FantasyLand

These photos seem to be showing up all over the place today, but I found them at the art blog My Modern Met. Brought to life by Seattle-based artist Christopher Boffoli, the photos in his project “Disparity” create a whimsical playland in which food takes on epic proportions – and each photo tells a story on a tiny-but-impactful human scale. Boffoli explained the motivation behind this... read more

Homemade Rogan Josh Seasoning

Ever since I discovered rogan josh a few years ago – and stopped confusing the spice blend with actor Seth Rogan and singer Josh Groban – I’ve been held hostage by my need for rogan josh. Originally devoted to Penzeys, I had a recent flirtation with the Savory Spice Shop… and both blends are definitely worth the 2-hour simmer time. But last week, when I pulled 3 lbs. of lamb cubes out of... read more

Good News Re: The Frankenneck

Long-time readers know: I’ve got a Frankenneck… which is how I think of my no-longer-there thyroid and the associated scar (which is so faded now, thank goodness!, it mostly looks like a wrinkle instead of a throat slash through which a doctor removed what’s turned out to be pretty f*cking vital to my overall happiness and well-being. Anyway… The first thyroid meltdown happened in... read more

Running On Noodles

See that up there? That is generally known as a Concept2 Rower. I call bullsh*t on that! That thing is “The Noodle Maker.” It transformed my legs from muscle and bone into a pile of unreliable, wiggliness. Skills 8 rounds: on the minute: 1-3 pushups, work up to weighted on the minute: 1-2 static chin-up holds, chin over bar, 5 seconds; lower for 5 seconds My pushup weights: body – body... read more

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