Category Archives: Health and Nutrition

Hittin’ That Cush: OOFOS OOlala Sandal Review

The nitty gritty disclaimer: I received a pair of OOFOS Project Pink sandals of my choosing to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews.

Before anyone gets too disappointed, this post is about sandals, not anything Snoop Dogg or Tommy Chong might be discussing. What can I say? Writing a solid headline can be a little too fun sometimes. So yes, full disclosure, the cush here is really shorthand for ‘cushion‘ and yes, it’s still worth a gander.

A typical day at T9HQ.

As someone who has previously proclaimed her love for being practically barefoot, this was a very interesting experience. When the opportunity came up to try OOFOS footwear, I knew I didn’t want to pass it up. A copywriter and brand voice by day, I spend a lot of time with products, specifically products made by the outdoor industry. What’s that mean? If it’s for going outside, for women, for athletes, or some combination thereof, I’m in. It is indeed a bit of living the dream to be able to show up to meetings sweaty, or to have my running clothes count as work clothes.

However, the business isn’t all about what I like or want, otherwise the spectrum of offerings would be very different! There are times when I have to write copy about products I have no personal experience with yet, and that’s when I draw on personal testimonials from others.

Case in point: the J.R. Sandal.
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An Envisioned Fitness Future

Listening to Lewis Howes’ podcast has been enriching, exposing me to people and ideas I would not have otherwise explored. During a recent interview with Michael Hyatt, the two of them discussed the power of writing something down: when we write something out for others, we often get clarity for ourselves. One thing that struck me in the moment was Michael discussing his “envisioned fitness future.”

Here’s what was powerful about it:
– He made the statement in the present tense, “because there’s power in that, like you’re already there.”
– He acknowledged it’s something he’s moving toward.
– It was direct and it included an action plan.

How many times have you had a vision, but it had no action plan? As Michael noted, when you’re clear on the how, the what starts showing up. Giving oneself permission to dream is important, and with that comes the importance of having some clarity on the future. After revisiting yesterday’s CRAFFL, I feel this is ringing especially true for me at this juncture in my life.

There are two recent points in my life that I see as high points in my fitness: when I got married in 2012 and the Fall/Winter of 2014.



When I got married, I had been hitting up 30 minute TRX classes regularly and was probably the strongest I had ever been. I have no idea what weight I was walking around at, but that didn’t matter because I felt incredible. I had confidence, was strong, and loved pushing myself every day. Sure, it made it such that I was almost unable to get zipped into my wedding dress as my back had grown wider, but that’s okay. I was a fit bride who had conquered eating disordered life and was ready to launch into a new chapter.

In the Fall/Winter of 2014 I was probably in the best running shape I’ve been in as an adult. Longer runs felt fluid and easy, and while I was leaner than I had been in 2012 when I was married, I still felt strong. It was almost too easy to pace two friends through the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon. Right after is when I became pregnant — so really, it’s wonderful I did, because I being in great shape put me on the right track to have a fit pregnancy.

As an ectomorph, I lose muscle fast if I don’t keep working at it, and to be frank, while I do feel blessed to have had such an ‘easy’ postpartum ride, I miss how powerful I used to feel. I used to feel fit for anything. I used to sweat and smile and sleep hard at night. I used to feel confident pulling on any piece of clothing, like everything would look good no matter what. Like I was living the best version of my true self.

I’ve gotten to a place where I am tired of missing what I once was. Now, it’s time to focus on who I am and who I am becoming.

My envisioned fitness future looks like this:

I stand tall with confidence. I feel strong in my own skin and am the living embodiment of what I feel is a good role model for my daughter and for other women who also strive to be fit, healthy mothers. Running longer distances at a conversational pace comes with ease, and running the hills nearby while pushing my daughter in the run stroller is a welcome challenge I take on at least twice per week. Alternating cross training of TRX and boot camp exercises (like 22 Minute Hard Corps) and running is my regular routine, with some PiYo mixed in for active recovery. I have made improvements based on what I have learned about my diet, am fueling my body well while still allowing myself to indulge, and look forward to putting in a workout six days per week with one full rest day.

What’s your fitness and health future as you envision it? How will you get there?

Blood Don’t Lie: Food as Fuel and Medicine

A little while back I mentioned that I was excited to get my blood drawn so I could get feedback on how I’m doing nutritionally, and how I can alter my intake to improve both my general health and athletic performance. It has been a full year since I last had my personal biomarkers analyzed via InsideTracker, and a lot has changed since then!

In 2015, I had the most comprehensive panel done, what InsideTracker calls their Ultimate panel. I was pregnant, hadn’t been working out regularly at the time of analysis and was not actively thinking too much about what I was putting into my body. This time around, I am almost eight months postpartum, have found a good cadence in my running and workout routine and am thinking more and more about what goes into my body. In fact, I still consider myself to be eating for myself and my little one, as she is still primarily breast feeding. This means that if I’m not getting enough of any one thing in my own diet, my body will leach what it needs for her from my stores. No stores, and you know what that means: deficits. Yikes.

Now, to answer the big question: what changed year over year, and what did I learn this time around via the High Performance panel? Continue reading

Performance from the Inside Out

After a few false starts, including showing up at the lab without my form, now in hand, I’m ready! Why yes, I am excited to get my blood drawn tomorrow morning. Why? Because I am excited to see what progress I’ve made on my performance from the inside out, and to see how I can continue to improve my health and performance moving forward.

IMG_0576A year ago, I was nearly through my first trimester of pregnancy (and constantly getting stuck with needles anyways) when I took my first test from InsideTracker. Most athletically minded folks and otherwise are familiar with the idea that every body is different. What worked for your cousin, your mom, your boot camp instructor may not work for you because each of you is truly different. InsideTracker utilizes “accurate blood biomarker analysis plus personalized interventions for nutrition, exercise, lifestyle and supplements to optimize health and fitness.” In other words, it checks out your blood to tell you what’s going on inside, then tells you where you’re killing it, where you’re nearly there and where you may have to return to the remedial course, so to speak.

Here’s a few surprising things I learned about myself from my first test and what I changed accordingly along with some screen shots from my personal blood work analysis. Each category tested will fall under one of three levels: optimized, needs work or at risk. As you can tell from what the recommended foods are shown below, I was able to tell InsideTracker that I’m a vegan. InsideTracker will tailor your recommendations according to what you do eat, whether you’re a celiac, a vegan, a picky-picky, you name it. Continue reading