Hunger vs. Emotional Appetite

We humans are complicated creatures, and we eat for all kinds of reasons not associated with hunger: happiness, sadness, boredom, excitement, stress, exhaustion, dehydration. Some people are very focused on eating fuel for their workouts. Others (like me!) might simply enjoy the pleasurable taste of their favorite foods. One of the great gifts of eating paleo is that it’s easier to identify when I’m... read more

Bohemian Brussels Sprouts

One of my favorite things about travel is the way it challenges my assumptions about how things work. By necessity, I’m SUCH a creature of habit in my everyday life – which can lead to a systematic slog through far too many days. But I feel wide awake when I travel, like parts of my brain that have been dormant are lighting up and alive. The architecture, people, language, and food – especially... read more

Paris Dispatch – 10/24/11

I’m both sad to have our holiday come to an end — and eager to return to a routine that includes lots of meat and vegetables. I have fully taken advantage of all of my deposits in the good health bank and my withdrawals from that account are close to maxing out. We’ve had so many once-in-a-lifetime eating experiences in the last few days, that each one needs its own blog post, so... read more

Paris Dispatch – 10/22/11

We ran along the Seine to the Eiffel Tower this morning, and yes, it was as incredibly awesome magical amazing as it sounds like it would be. Cold air, gray skies, and around a corner, the Eiffel Tower peeking out of the mist. Yellow and orange leaves underfoot, little puffs of our breath dancing in front of our faces. C’est incroyable. We’re heading out now to tromp around Montmartre and... read more

Paris Dispatch – 10/21/11

Yesterday felt like the longest day in history: up at 6:00 a.m. for a final (melancholy) walk across the Charles Bridge, then a fast breakfast and ride to the airport to learn that our flight was delayed two hours. We chilled in the “Relax Zone”… When we got to Paris, we dropped our bags in our apartment in the 16th arrondissement and rushed out the door for a nightime Fat Tire Bike... read more

Final CrossFit Praha WOD & Prague Dispatch – 10/19/11

Today is our last full day in Prague, then we’re off to Paris tomorrow. It’s bittersweet: Paris will be wonderful, but I’m sad to leave Prague behind (for now). After a glorious day of 60F and clear, sunny skies yesterday, Prague is showing its moodiness — perhaps the city is also sad to see us go? — with cold drizzle. We had to bundle up for our walk to CrossFit Praha, but... read more

CrossFit Praha WOD #3

I just want to go on record as saying that using an alarm clock on vacation is evil. Also evil, Zdenek’s workout today. But first, here’s a look at the CrossFit Praha gym. It’s starting to feel like home, and I’m fighting to avoid thinking about our last workout (for now) there on Wednesday. Here’s the building where CrossFit Praha lives. This is the buzzer on the front door.... read more

Prague Dispatch – 10/16/11

I just have time for a quick post before I hit the pillow — workout #3 at CrossFit Praha tomorrow. We’ve been enjoying the cool weather and a few days ago, it went from good to perfect: clear blue skies, brilliant sunshine, and daytime temps in the 50s. My favorite weather. After a magical weekend in Cesky Krumlov, we enjoyed a lazy Sunday here in the sunny CZ. After a late breakfast, we spent... read more

A Little Gypsy Music

About 100 miles south of Prague is a small city called Cesky Krumlov that inspires daydreams of princesses and werewolves. The town and castle construction started in the late 13th century, and most of the old town is tucked into a horseshoe of the Vltava River. It looks like this: … and this: … and this. The castle has a drawbridge and a bear pit populated by European brown bears, and on... read more

CrossFit Praha WOD #2

Whew! After gingerbread dumplings and Dacicky Lager for dinner last night, we were moving a little slow this morning. But the alarm said, “Arise, vacationers! And pay your penance.” So we hustled into workout gear, bundled up against the cold rain, and hoofed it the scenic mile — through Wenceslas Square with umbrella-armed locals on their way to work — to CrossFit Praha. The... read more

Prague Dispatch – 10/11/11

We took the train to the town of Kutna Hora today to visit the Sedlec Ossuary, a.k.a., the bone church. You should read all about the Ossuary here; it’s fascinating. Rather than being morbid, it was life-affirming and beautiful. Then we wandered around the cobblestones in moody weather and ate one of my favorite meals of my life at the Restaurace Dacicky. Be sure to check out the menu; it’s a... read more

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