Tunes For Tuesday – The 70′s With The Who

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Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday – The 70′s Edition for July!

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Image: Daisy


Welcome to Week 2 of celebrating music of the 1970′s for July’s Tunes For Tuesday.  Today’s song is “Baba O’Riley” (released in 1971) by The Who.  The Who is great running music and considering my first real job out of college was assisting Roger Daltrey’s manager, the songs have special meaning.


This clip of “Baba O’Riley” features Roger, the Irish band The Chieftains and Sinead O’Connor at the 1994 “Daltrey Sings Townshend” show at Carnegie Hall.  I had the pleasure of working on this amazing show that featured a slew of artists.  I was a naive 24 year old who didn’t realize the absolute greatness of what I saw on stage for two nights but with the magic of YouTube, I can watch it again and again.


If you look really closely in the middle section, second row, you might see me in the audience (why I didn’t sit backstage, I’ll never know) but don’t worry about looking for me, enjoy this awesome rare version of one of the greatest songs of rock and roll.  Enjoy!




Do you have a favorite song by The Who?  If so, which one?



A Life Changing 10K With Jeff Galloway

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It’s no secret that I have a love/hate relationship with running.  I still feel like a fraud because I’m so damned inconsistent with my running.  It’s been hard to get back in the groove since Ragnar and Live Ultimate with Wild Boy but wow, did the run the run that ended FitBloggin2014 change my world.


Every FitBloggin’ ends with a run – a 1 miler, a 5K or a 10K.  Last year, I met one of my favorite people, Carrie@FamilyFitnessFoodduring the 5K.  We were both taking it a little slow and wound up chatting most of the way so in my mind, it was a successful run.  I planned on running the 5K this year until it was announced that the 10K route was going to be over the Savannah Bridge (I love me some bridges) and was going to be paced by Jeff Galloway!


Yeah, that Jeff Galloway, the Olympian, official Training Consultant for the runDisney race series, Runner’s World columnist and developer of the Run-Walk-Run method.  Jeff gave a pep talk to all the runners before we set out to do our runs and took pictures with everyone who asked.

Jeff Galloway, FitBloggin', 10K, Savannah Bridge, runDisney

Jeff Galloway and me in my Ragnar shirt for motivation


Leading up to the run, I was nervous.  I tried to get Shannyn@FrugalBeautiful to join me on the 10K but she chose the 5K instead.  I did get her and the lovely Kelly@NoThanksToCake to take a quick selfie with me before we all went on our separate runs though.

FitBloggin, run, 10K

Pre-Run gathering and selfies with Kelly@NoThanksToCake and Shannyn@FrugalBeautiful


The 10K started with a large group but those quick ladies like Allie@VitaTrain4Life, Sarah@RunFarGirl and Jesica@rUnladylike left a small group that got to actually run (well, Run-Walk-Run) with Jeff and his lovely wife Barb for an entire 10K distance.


Stephanie@FoodFitness4Real and I were absolutely geeked out at our good fortune to actually cover a distance with the Galloways.  I had never purposefully done the Run-Walk-Run method (vs. the run and then take walk breaks when I can’t keep up the pace) and I’ll admit that I was a bit hesitant to try it.  Running has always fueled a “don’t stop” attitude in me that makes me feel bad when I need to walk.  However, when Jeff told me that he has been using Run-Walk-Run without injury for over 30 years, I figured there must be something to it (especially with as many times as I’ve been injured).


Our Run-Walk-Run intervals were for 15 seconds each.  I was surprised that the short bursts of power alternated with periods of light recovery allowed for what felt like greater sustained effort for a longer period of time.  The sustained effort certainly came in extra handy when the Savannah Bridge offered this course:


Savannah Bridge, 10K, run, Jeff Galloway

Check out the ascend of the Savannah Bridge as Ashley@FierceForwardForLife and Jeff Galloway approach.


I’ve done my fair share of bridge runs but this one was definitely steep.  I felt the intimidation creep in when I saw that the top of the bridge was touching clouds (look at the photo again)!  It certainly didn’t help matters that it was ridiculously warm and swampy humid at 7:30 in the morning.


I kept at the Run-Walk-Run pace and at one time I was running in step with Jeff and asked him for his advice about running up hills.  He said to try to almost not have your feet touch the ground, to glide a little.  We chatted and ran and chatted and ran.  As we ran, I heard Kate Bush singing in my head “be running up that road, be running up that hill“.


Kate Bush, 10K, Savannah Bridge

That’s me in the orange leggings “Running Up That Hill”.


Savannah’s a beautiful city and I’m so glad that I got the chance to see some of these amazing views while running up the bridge (why I didn’t take any coming down, I’ll never know).


Savannah Bridge, running, 10K, Jeff Galloway


I ran a good portion of the way back with Jeff’s wife, Barb,  and we talked about running, our children and about the research about how regular exercise (including running) has proven positive effects on the brain.  I don’t often get the chance to run with someone and I forgot how much different it is to run and have a meaningful conversation with another person (I talk plenty to myself while I run).


Before I knew it, we were back at the hotel just about 6.2 miles later.  When I looked at how much time elapsed, I noticed the time was slower than my normal 10K – but not by much.  What was different though was the way that I felt.  I felt great!  My back was a tiny bit achy but that was it!  It sounds ridiculous but a tiny ache was nothing compared to my recent after run feelings (crap would sum those feelings up nicely).


RunDisney, Jeff Galloway, 10K

Happy FitBloggin’ Run-Walk-Run 10K faces


I got back inside the hotel for breakfast and I couldn’t contain myself.  I was overwhelmed with how good I felt.  Maybe it’s a little too self-congratulatory, but I was ridiculously proud of myself for not only completing this unexpected 10K (in the crazy heat and humidity – thank goodness for cloud cover) but for finishing it strong!  I was a jumble of emotions that I actually had to go to the bathroom and cry a little bit.  I‘ve been known to cry on my runs but not necessarily after them.


This 10K has changed me.  I went on a modified Run-Walk-Run 5 miler after FitBloggin’ and I felt great!  For a long time I’ve been battling some running demons and maybe adopting a Run-Walk-Run style will be the shift I need –  both physically and emotionally.

Post 5 miler post FitBloggin'

My post FitBloggin’ 5 miler after photo


There’s a half marathon out there waiting for me.  I’ve trained for 4 half marathons in as many years and injury has given me a DNS for all of them.  Maybe 2014 will be my half marathon year, you never know.


What’s your running ritual that keeps you motivated?

Friday’s Featured Female – 4 From FitBloggin’ Special

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Welcome to Friday’s Featured Female!

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF
This weekly series features inspirational stories from admirable women.  IMHO, it’s always good to be reminded of how strength, determination, hard work, heart and ingenuity can impact the quality of one’s life and I’m proud that these women will allow me to share their stories here.


Today I’m not featuring one female, I’m featuring 4 women that I met at FitBloggin’.  I met most of these women for just a few minutes but they all had impact on me.  I’ll be following all of these women in the future and hope you might too.  None of these ladies know that I’m featuring them here so I hope they know it’s in admiration:


1.  Antonieta Reyes@TheExtraPounds:


Toni spoke up in the “Maintaining Your Mojo” session and I liked her attitude about her health journey.  We met for a few minutes between sessions but a girl with a with a business card like this makes an impression:


To connect with Toni:



Instagram: @antonieta305

Facebook: @antonieta.reyes


2.  Ashley@FierceForwardForLife:

I was introduced to Ashley by one of my favorite bloggers, Kelly@NoThanksTo Cake.  The two of them together made quite a pretty picture.  Ashley had such a friendly smile that it was easy to feel like she was your best friend just upon meeting her.  She was also one of the small group that ran the 10K with Jeff Galloway so I feel that even though we didn’t talk much, we share a pretty special experience.

Upon returning home, I looked up Ashley’s blog – FierceForwardForLife and realize that not only has she gone upon her own interesting healthy living journey but that she is a community builder (her Facebook page has over 40K Likes!) and jewelry designer.  Ashley also seems to be a girl who is definitely her own woman.  I need to get to know her better!



To connect with Ashley:








3.  Jennifer@ItSuxToBeFat:

Jennifer was my Bootcamp Partner.  When you spend some swampy, sweaty time doing awkward high fives at 6am in the name of fitness, you bond a little.  Last year during Erin@DigDeepPlayHard‘s bootcamp, I met Bobbi@NHerShoes during and since FitBloggin 2013, Bobbi and I have had the chance to work together so I believe in the power of bootcamp partnership potential.

After getting home and checking out Jennifer’s site ItSuxToBeFat, I’ve learned that Jennifer has lost over 100 lbs, is an elementary school teacher and is a runner.  Jennifer writes her blog with her sister, Katherine.  It seems both Katherine and Jennifer were at FitBloggin’ and I only seemed to have met Jennifer (sorry Katherine).  I hope they both don’t mind that I blatantly stole this shot from their site to show just how cute they both are!

Jennifer, Katherine,

Jennifer, Mickey and Katherine at FitBloggin’. Image:


I look forward to following the journeys of both Jennifer and Katherine and if you want to also, you can connect with them via:







4.  Gail@GoGoGail:

Gail was the leader of the “Blogging Over 40″ Discussion Session.  I was hesitant to attend this group but the discussion was very enlightening.  I still can’t get many of the discussion topics out of my brain and I plan to share many of them here in upcoming posts.


Like me, Gail has a Tunes For Tuesday series (I wonder if she has any Duran Duran or 80′s New Wave) and as a freelance editor and writer who’s been blogging since 2006 (under Shrinking Sisters), I think I can learn a lot from this lady!

If you’d like to connect with Gail, you can do so via:







Happy 4th of July and I hope you enjoy this special 4 Bloggers From FitBloggin’ special!


I’d love to know which blogger out there inspires you!  Have you ever been to a conference and been inspired by someone you saw speaking or someone you met?  How did it change you? 

Getting Nourished at FitBloggin’

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Ever feel hungover from a vacation?  After a two week trip which included a long stay in Chicago with friends and the FitBloggin’ 2014 Conference in Savannah, Georgia, I was happy to get home.  Being away for so long can sometimes be depressing but when I sat down to write today this lyric from Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” popped into my head:


FitBloggin', health, fitness, conference, blogging, Train, Drops of Jupiter


The past 2 weeks were most definitely a soul vacation.  Chicago and Savannah were nourishing.  Good friends always fill your heart and soul but few people can say that a conference can have a similar effect.


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FitBloggin’ 2014 Attendees: Image: Carrie D Photography


Last year FitBloggin’ was life changing and this year FitBloggin 2014 was soul nourishing.  When you get the chance to spend a weekend with a bunch of people who share a passion for community, health, wellness, fitness and blogging, you can’t help but feel refreshed and invigorated.  Nourished isn’t a word that normally doesn’t apply to conferences but FitBloggin’ is different and here’s why:


N – New (and old) friends

If you’ve ever thought that maybe the social media friends you have aren’t really your friends, here’s where you’ll find out.FitBloggin’ is the place where you’ll get to see if you can crossover from virtual friend to IRL friend…and likely, you will.  It certainly happened to me!


My SoCal Ragnar team was born at this conference last year - Amy@It’sAllAboutTheJourney, Jill@TreeFitness, Carrie@FamilyFitnessFood, Jamie@FitApproach (who got married this past weekend!) and Kia@BodhiBear (who was not only my ride to and from Atlanta but she was very visible during the conference).


Ragnar So Cal 2014

Ragnar So Cal 2014


I met the amazing Kimberly@ManifestYourself and Nellie@BrooklynActiveMama at FitBloggin’ last year.  Kimberly and Nellie teamed up with Cassandre@LosingInTheCity in May for A Healthy U Conference.  I never would have been invited to speak at their conference if I hadn’t met these ladies through FitBloggin’.,,

Kimberly, Cassandre and Nellie

Even though the conference runs from Thursday night to Sunday morning, I still did not get enough time with many friends including Kelly@NoThanksToCake, Melissa@MelissaRunningIt, Erin@DigDeepPlayHard, Aliah@TheGetFitDiva, Alyssa@DoubleChinDiaryTammy@GingerMantraDanielle@TheTRexRunnerShannyn@FrugalBeautiful, Erica@EricaDHouse and Kat@KatrinaElle just to name a few.

Although we didn’t meet at FitBloggin’, it was also a time to reunite with my good buddy Allie@VitaTrain4Life

Allie, VitaTrain4Life

Me with Allie@VitaTrain4Life


There were also so many fabulous new people that I met as well – Stephanie@FoodandFitness4Real, Ashley@FierceForwardForLife, Shannon@BadAssFitness, Allison Carter (girl, I don’t even know your blog), Jesica@rUnladylike, Sarah@RunFarGirl and I finally got the chance to hug and hang out with the wonderful Alan@SweatingUntilHappy!


Leopold's, Savannah, FitBloggin'

Alan@SweatingUntilHappy in a Melissa sandwich with me and Melissa@MelissaRunningIt – a great ending (with delicious ice cream) to a first night of FitBloggin’.


O – OMG! Moments

So, it rains a lot in Savannah.  Unexpectedly, so there were a lot of OMG moments including:

  • Got to meet and take a selfie with the vegan athlete, Arian Foster of the Houston Texans.  I’ll admit that not only did I not know who Arian was, I didn’t even know that there was an NFL team called the Houston Texans.  I’m certain with a son that has embraced sports this is the type of stuff that I’ll get to know soon.
Arian Foster, Health Warrior, Chia Bar

Me mugging with Health Warrior’s Chia Bar and Arian Foster of the Houston Texans.

  • 80′s Zumba - I’ve taken one Zumba class before but there was no way that I was going to miss this one.  Sadly, no Duran Duran was played during the class.


U – Unexpectedly Good Eats

Who knew that an old fashioned town like Savannah had such modern restaurants?  The restaurants I went to in Savannah rivaled many of the establishments in both NYC and LA in both food and feel!

The Coffee Fox, Ampersand, The Bee's Knees, Augusta, Savannah, Metter, grits, sweet tea, breakfast tapas

Deliciousness in Georgia


Normally, I’d classify myself as not a fan of southern food but I believe I’ve been converted. Here were some of my favorite things – the Horchata Latte at The Coffee Fox, Fried Green Tomatoes at Bohemian House’s Rocks on the RiverGouda Grits and Athena Cocktails at Ampersand, the Turkey Burger, beer and Oreo Pie at The Crystal Beer Parlor (none pictured but the place is absolutely worth mentioning) and the sweet tea and breakfast tapas at the Bee’s Knees in Augusta (a stop made on the way to the Atlanta airport).


R  - RunDisney 10K Savannah Bridge Run with Jeff Galloway

I still can’t believe that not only did I run an unexpected 10K over the massive (and scenic) Savannah Bridge but that I did it with Olympian and run coach extraordinaire Jeff Galloway (and his lovely wife).  I’m a sucker for bridges so it was almost a gimme when I found out that the bridge was only included in the 10K (vs the 5K or the 1 miler) at the end of FitBloggin’. The fact that Jeff Galloway was running the 10K made it an even quicker yes.


RunDisney, Jeff Galloway, 10K

#EpicSelfie fom top left corner: Jeff Galloway, Ashley@FierceForwardLife, two people I don’t know, Margarita@CupcakeCardio, Me, Stephanie@FoodFitness4Real and Barb Galloway.


This run was so unbelievably life changing for me that it will get it’s own separate post in the near future.  All I can say is that Jeff and Barb Galloway may have altered my running life forever and I’m thrilled to have taken this #epicselfie to prove the awesomeness.


I – Ignite Presentations

Ignite is the Key Note of FitBloggin’ and it allows multiple speakers to each present on their topic of choice for 5 minutes with 20 slides to help tell their story.  Presentations vary from the funny like Sarah@LosingWeightandHavingFun’s – How To Make A Proper Cuppa Tea or Andre@MissionMeltdown’s rap to the inspiring from Allie@VitaTrain4Life, Alan@SweatingUntilHappy or KrisOlsen.  Every single speaker did a great job!

Ignite Fitness

Ignite makes everyone at FitBloggin’ friends whether they meet each other or not.  Being in a room when people share some of their innermost thoughts and feelings to a crowd is something that has an impact.


S – Sessions

Conference sessions at FitBloggin’ come in 3 varieties – educational, emotional or exercise.  Here’s my take:

  • Education: I wasn’t particularly interested in most of the talks this year.  Some seemed to repeat from last year and 2 were about podcasting.  I was particularly disappointed with 2 of the sessions I attended but I did love the presentations by Katy@KatyWidrick about Media Kits and with Shannyn@FrugalBeautiful about Blog PlugIns and found them both very interesting and helpful!  The How To Survive Your First Triathlon discussion session could (and likely should) have been made into a presentation.


  • Emotional: Last year I found myself in quite a few small discussion groups and it was both wonderful and draining.
  • Blogging Over 40 with Gail@GoGoGail was very eye opening.  It reminded me of how much age-ism there is in the fitness/health culture and that I am part of an untapped group of smart, savvy females that need to convince PR people what we’re worth!  #noelderbloggers
  • Maintaining Your Mojo with Kat@KatrinaElle and Dubya@DubyaWife impressed me with how prepared both moderators were and how the attendees really spoke up and supported one another.
  • Blogging Without Losing Yourself had 4 moderators – Kimberly@ManifestYourself, Nellie@BrooklynActiveMama, Maddie@FoodFitnessandFamily and Presley@RunPretty (which seemed a bit excessive) but perhaps it was the sheer number of moderators that gave a wider perspective of the subject matter.  This is a topic that could have been discussed for a very, very long time.


  • Exercise:  Cards on the table, the trampoline class from last year was sorely missed BUT having Erin@DigDeepPlayHard reprise her outdoor bootcamp (along with her husband and infant daughter to help motivate the group) was amazing!  I’m a fan of hot vinyasa yoga and I can say that I’ve never sweat so much in my life.  Erin is a powerhouse that makes exercise accessible, fun and challenging which is a quite a feat!
DigDeepPlayHard, FitBloggin'

Brave Bootcampers after a 6am class.


  • I also found the 80′s Zumba class a ton of fun.  Even though it was light hearted, I was sweating and sort of emotional.  Kia’s yoga class was not the yoga I typically like but after lack of sleep, a slow stretchy almost restorative class was what my body needed even if my head disagreed.


Zumba, FitBloggin'

80′s Zumba


  • I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to attend more of the exercise sessions but they clashed with some of the other discussion groups or presentations.  I wish that there was another afternoon exercise session at a different time because I’m especially sad that I missed PiYo/Insanity.


H – Hell Yes! Attitude

After two weeks away and some soul vacation, the fire of inspiration for blogging, my business and for fitness was reignited.  Ever since I went to my first blogging conference (Bloggy Bootcamp by the SITS Girls), I’ve loved the quote, ” If the answer isn’t a ‘Hell Yes!’ then it’s a ‘No!’” but it never resonated with me until I got home from this conference.

We all want to be healthy and happy human beings but sometimes we do our best to stand in our own way.  It’s not easy to say no or choose the path that would better suit us but it may be the only way each individual can really thrive.

I went for a 5 mile run Monday (which is long for me – especially after running 6.2 miles the previous day) and it was glorious.   My mind was clear, my body felt strong (even though I barely slept and was jet lagged) and my soul felt nourished.  I”m looking forward to the latter half of 2014.  You never know what might happen….


Post 5 miler post FitBloggin'

Post 5 miler post FitBloggin’


What nourishes you and who’s with me for FitBloggin’ Denver in 2015?

Tunes For Tuesday – The 70′s

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Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy


It’s Tunes For Tuesday and welcome to July!  Since it’s the 7th month of the year, we’ll be celebrating the 1970′s this month.  I did it last year (remember this 1970′s song with the awesome mondegreen?).  If you don’t know the term mondegreen, it’s a great one and you ALL do it even if you don’t know it).


Today’s tune is Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”.  This song always gets me running and this particular weekend I got the chance to run with the Olympian and famous run coach Jeff Galloway (the founder of the Run Walk Run method) – more about that with the upcoming FitBloggin’ recap but let’s just say that this FitBloggin’ run was life changing and this song might need to be my new theme song!





What was the last life changing thing that’s happened to you?

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