2016 Boston Marathon with BIDMC

You guys, I have big news! Okay, I guess the title kind of gave it away, but I have the amazing opportunity to run the 2016 Boston Marathon this year on behalf of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)!

BIDMC fundraising

As you all know I’ve run marathons before in 2013 and 2014, but this is the big one. I have been a spectator at the Boston Marathon every year since 2009 and can’t believe that I’m going to be running this year.

After a DNS for the San Francisco Marathon this year because of an injury and the high cost of travel, I am ready to conquer my third marathon on what is arguably the most famous marathon course in the United States. This marathon is also particularly personal for me because of my connection to BIDMC and what I hope to accomplish by fundraising for them.

I’ve chosen to fundraise for BIDMC because of a very personal experience there in 2005. I have never talked about this on the blog before (and many people closest to me have only recently found out), but my freshman year at Harvard I was sexually assaulted. After going to University Health Services I was transferred to BIDMC. The staff was amazing. Not only were they extremely competent, the compassion I was shown was second to none I have experienced anywhere else in any situation. On top of that, the sensitivity to the situation helped ease the trauma of what had happened to me.

I’m choosing to talk about this now because I feel like too many survivors of sexual assault feel like they have to stay silent. There is still a huge amount of victim blaming and stigma around sexual assault and we live in a society that instead of teaching people how not to rape, teaches people how not to get raped.

Just a few days ago, another Harvard student shared her experience via the school newspaper The Crimson. Part of the introduction to her story really struck me.

I want to share my story for several reasons: to paint an accurate picture of how rape happens at this prestigious institution, to encourage my peers to take an active role in prevention, to dispel the notion that sexual assault is a spectrum, and to tell other assault survivors that they are not alone and they are not to blame.

I am fundraising specifically for the BIDMC Annual Fund which, in part, funds the social worker positions at the hospital like the social worker who helped me feel more at ease during my exam after I was assaulted and assured me that I was not at fault for what had happened to me. I want to ensure that everyone who goes to BIDMC, for whatever reason, receives the same level of care I received. I want to help BIDMC fund social workers, continuing education opportunities, expanded space, and research. I hope you’ll help by donating to my fundraising efforts.

I am no longer staying silent about what happened to me and I hope that I can help provide a voice to other survivors of sexual assault. If you have experienced sexual assault or are confused or unsettled about a sexual experience, reach out for help. If you are in Boston you can call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center or go to any hospital like BIDMC. If you are on a college campus, seek out the resources there (at Harvard the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response is amazing and many colleges have similar offices).

There is nothing to be ashamed of, you are not to blame.


3rd Annual Fall Dinner Party

Today is Columbus Day in the United States. How ridiculous is it that we celebrate a day that basically says things don’t exist until a white man discovers them? It’s also pretty ridiculous that for most businesses Columbus Day is a no-work holiday (including mine), but Veteran’s Day, which celebrates our active and retired military, isn’t. It just feels wrong.

All that aside I’m taking this holiday from work not as a day to celebrate Christopher Columbus, but to get my house back to usual after our 3rd Annual Fall Dinner Party, which was Saturday.

This year’s dinner party was a huge success and it’s my favorite tradition with Joe. The menu was allergy aware and contained no gluten and minimal dairy (only in one appetizer and to grease the pan for the bread). Today I’m sharing the recipes I used to show you that just because you have a food allergy doesn’t mean you can’t have a great dinner party or other celebration (you guys, the holidays are coming soon).


Gluten Free Beer Battered Smokehouse Chicken Bites – I adapted my recipe by cutting the chicken into smaller, bite-sized pieces and serving with a spicy raspberry barbecue sauce (raspberry jam, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, Texas Pete)

Gluten Free Beer Battered Smokehouse Chicken

Bacon Wrapped Bleu Cheese Stuffed Dates – Pretty self explanatory, but I stuffed dates with bleu cheese then wrapped them with bacon and put them in a 350 degree oven until the bacon was crispy. I actually stuffed and wrapped these a day ahead of time to cut down on my prep time for the party. This had the added benefit of ensuring the cheese inside was cold so as the bacon got crispy, the cheese didn’t run out everywhere. I also made several without any cheese for the dairy free attendees of the party.

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Bleu Cheese

Vegan Spinach Dip – I used this recipe for inspiration, but made several changes. I sauteed a large garlic clove in olive oil, then added 6 cups of frozen chopped spinach. As the spinach began to thaw I added 1 cup of unsweetened original almond milk and heated through. I then added 1 brick of Daiya cheddar (cut into cubes) and 1/2 bag of Daiya mozzarella shreds, stirring constantly until it was creamy. Then I added Sriracha sauce for a kick. I transferred the dip to small crocks and topped with more of the Daiya mozzarella. Served alongside Food Should Taste Good multigrain chips.

Vegan Spinach Dip


Apple Pulled Pork – I totally neglected to get a photo of this, but it was delicious and super easy. I added 1 bottle of hard cider and 1 Tbsp. maple syrup to the crockpot along with 1 large onion (sliced) and 1 honeycrisp apple (sliced). I placed about 4lbs. of pork on top of the apple and onion then added 1/2 of another hard cider and about 2 Tbsp. of Rosemary. I set the crock pot to low and let it go for 5 hours. At 5 hours I sliced up two Granny Smith apples and added them to the crock pot and let it go for another hour. Then I drained off most of the liquid and fat then shredded the pork along with the apples and onion.

Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad with Cranberries, Spinach, and Pepitas – I did some prep work ahead of time for this one too. The day before the party I diced half of a large butternut squash and roasted for 20 minutes, then stored in the fridge. The day of the party Joe cooked a box of quinoa according to package instructions. I put the squash back in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees then tossed with the warm quinoa, fresh spinach, dried cranberries, and pepitas (pumpkin seeds). I finished with a mix of cranberry pear balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil.

Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

Pumpkin Pesto Roasted Green Beans – Yep, missed a photo of these too, but I swear they were delicious. I made this pesto last year for a pumpkin gnocchi I adapted from the recipe, but decided this year to use it to spice up my green beans. I made the pesto and blanched the green beans the day before to cut down on cooking time. The day of the party I coated the blanched green beans in the pesto and roasted at 375 for around 15 minutes.

Gluten Free Beer Bread – I used this recipe for gluten free beer bread, using New Grist gluten free beer and Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Blend. So quick, easy, and delicious! I cut out the butter drizzle, but did use butter to grease the pan.

Gluten Free Beer Bread


Dairy Free Pumpkin Ice Cream – You’ll have to excuse the lack of real measurements here, because this was a huge experiment that luckily turned out pretty well. Two days before the party I made an ice cream mix by heating 1 can of full fat coconut milk with approximately 1 cup of unsweetened original almond milk. I beat two eggs and tempered them by adding a little of the warm milk mixture at a time and whisking constantly. Then I added the tempered eggs to the milk mixture and added 1 can of pumpkin puree, about 1/2 c. pure maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. I let this heat for about 5 minutes, then chilled in the fridge overnight and all day Friday. On Friday night I added it to the canister of my ice cream maker and churned according to the manufacturer instructions. The best comment of the evening was, “This tastes like pumpkin pie – exactly like pumpkin pie!” Experiment: success.

Dairy Free Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pamela’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies – I tweaked this recipe to use coconut oil in place of butter to keep it dairy free. They were so delicious and easy to make!

Daiya Chocolate Cheezecake (Dairy Free and Gluten Free) – These are unbelievably good. Honestly, I would never guess if you handed me a piece of this that it’s dairy free and gluten free. I’ve had other flavors too and they’re all delicious.

See, I told you that an allergy aware dinner party didn’t have to be boring or bland. If you needed to cut out nuts completely you could use pepitas on the chicken bites and use all coconut milk in the ice cream. Using olive oil to grease the pan for the bread and not stuffing the dates would entirely eliminate dairy. The possibilities are endless! Don’t stop celebrating with friends just because you or they have allergies.


Need a Break, Boston? Getaway!

If there’s one thing (I hope) I’ve made clear on this little slice of the Internet, it’s that wellness is not just about exercise and eating well – your mental health plays a huge role. Sure, exercise and eating well can impact your mental health, but there’s more to it than that. Speaking of, did you see my post on Friday? If not, read it. I’ll wait. Done? Okay, we can continue.

Sometimes, for the sake of your sanity, you just need to unplug and go off-grid. You may remember that I did just that over the 4th of July and was really able to engage with the people and events that filled the weekend. I needed it desperately and afterward was able to hit the ground running at my new job. It was then I realized how important it is to disconnect on occasion.

A friend of mine from college, along with a group of like-minded colleagues, wanted to provide a way for people to do just that: get out of the city, break up the day-to-day routine, and recharge. So they founded Getaway, the first ever startup that helps you get out of the city.


From their website: “By doing our best to provide you with everything you need to break from routine, our goal is to help you hike your way back to balance.”

Yes, please. Tell me more.

Currently available in secluded areas within a two hour drive (without traffic) of Boston, Getaway cabins are 160 square foot tiny houses on wheels, custom designed by Getaway’s student architects with the newest innovations in eco-friendly technology. Inspired by the tiny house movement, the focus is on living simply (pretty much the opposite of what most of us in the city do on a daily basis).

Where exactly are they located? You won’t know until 24 hours prior to your trip, at which point Getaway emails you with all the details. This helps people avoid the usual trap of vacations: overplanning.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a launch party for the newest Getaway house, the Clara and I was so impressed.

The Clara

Like other Getaway houses, the Clara is perfect for all seasons with screened in windows and propane heat (plus plenty of blankets for extra cold nights). As someone who loves camping, the idea of being out in the woods is so appealing to me. Joe, on the other hand, has no desire at all to experience camping. With comfortable mattresses, hot water, and a stocked kitchen, this is something I’m sure even Joe would love!

Inside Clara

Clara sleeps up to four and the tiered design allows for ample “hanging out” space (plus a swing seat to make that literal). A large window beside the bed allows you to take in the view (which while in the woods will not be of Zack Slik and his bluegrass music, as nice as that would be).

Even though the launch party was in the shipyard in East Boston rather than in the woods, camping chairs, cornhole, and music evoked the camping feel.

Clara party

You can bring your own food and fun or you can purchase some of the Getaway provisions in your cabin. What kinds of provisions are available? From the Getaway FAQ:

Inside the cabin, we’ve stocked the Getaway Provisions with snacks, meals, and activities.  Feel free to use whatever contents you’d like:   whether you’re looking for an easy meal, need some charcoal or firewood, or are in the mood for a bike ride, we’ve got a little something for everyone!  Keep track of the jars you’ve opened on the provided sheet and pay for each with cash inside the designated cash jar, or via Venmo @GetawayHouse.  Each jar is just $2-4, as marked on the lid.  We ask our campers to follow the Honor System when using the Provisions. Provisions can vary by stay, but you could find any of these food items in stock:  coffee, hot chocolate, tea, granola, cereal, rice, soup mix, pasta, pasta sauce, trail mix, beef jerky, a s’mores kit, and more!  You might also find matches, charcoal, playing cards, bocce ball, a key to unlock bikes, or other fun activities to help you enjoy your stay.

Because there are coolers in the cabin, you aren’t limited just to the provisions you find once there. With a stove and kitchen supplies, you can bring food and make full meals and snacks. Clara also includes a guidebook to nearby hidden gems.

While Clara is the newest Getaway house, she isn’t the only one. You can also book a Getaway in Lorraine or Ovida, also within two hours of Boston with slightly different designs and amenities.

Whatever kind of getaway you want to experience, there’s a Getaway house for you. Just be sure to book soon because the available dates fill up quick!

These are exciting times for Getaway and the whole team is buzzing with anticipation. I have to say that I’m on the edge of my seat to see what comes next and I’ll be keeping an eye on their blog, for sure.

Founder and CEO of Getaway, Jon Staff, gives supporters a sneak peek of the Clara.

Founder and CEO of Getaway, Jon Staff, gives supporters a sneak peek of the Clara.

So if you need a break from your day-to-day (who doesn’t?) be sure to check out Getaway and let me know what you think! Joe and I will certainly be checking out one of the houses soon.

Also check out Getaway on Facebook and Instagram. Want Getaway in your city? Nominate it by visiting the Getaway website and clicking “Nominate Your City” at the bottom of the page.

Which Getaway looks like where you’d like to stay for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of city life?


Apple Chia Seed Muffins

It isn’t often that I post on a weekend, but it also isn’t often that I make something so delicious I need it to go on the blog immediately.

After a ridiculous Friday night that resulted in 10 hours at Massachusetts General Hospital, bloodwork, a CT scan, and an awful spinal tap that took well over an hour of actual stabbing, Saturday was spent just lying around the house.

Long story short, a five day headache that comes on really painful out of nowhere and that causes nausea and dizziness really scares doctors. They’ve ruled out the emergency causes and now I have a referral to a neurologist. Oh, and I still have a headache. Joy. Thanks to everyone who saw my post on Instagram and Facebook and sent me well wishes. Your kind words kept me from going crazy Friday night and Saturday.

Still, after being mostly immobile on Saturday, I needed to feel useful today. Exercise is still out of the question until tomorrow, so I decided to do the thing that makes me second happiest: bake.

It’s chilly in our house which lets me know that fall is officially here. My favorite fall flavor is apple (sorry, team #PumpkinSpiceEverything) and with a bag of honeycrisps in our kitchen, I was inspired. I also decided to add a healthy kick to whatever I made by using chia seeds, which are full of omega-3s important for brain function and heart health. With that, Apple Chia Seed Muffins were born!

Apple Chia Seed Muffins

Apple Chia Seed Muffins – Gluten Free

Makes 12 muffins

3 apples, peeled and diced
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 1/2 c. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
3/4 c. pure cane sugar
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
3/4 c. coconut oil, melted
1 extra large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. almond milk
2 Tbsp. chia seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and dice apples then coat with ground cinnamon. Heat 1/2 Tbsp. of coconut oil in a large skillet and cook apples until just soft. Remove from heat and set aside. Mix gluten free flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk egg and add melted coconut oil. If you need to heat your coconut oil to liquefy it, ensure it is not hot enough to scramble your egg before combining. To egg and oil mixture add vanilla extract and almond milk. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Stir in chia seeds then fold in apple cinnamon mixture. Fill a muffin tin (or if you’re like me, 12 of these awesome silicone muffin liners) and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

The filling in these muffins stays moist, so you are met with a delicious, gooey apple muffin reminiscent of apple pie. The chia seeds add a great crunchy element to complement the soft muffin dough. You guys, they’re seriously good.

They aren’t exactly low-calorie muffins (approximately 260 calories each) so they’re definitely an occasional treat. You could cut down on the sugar (the cooked apples are quite sweet, so less sugar would still make for a delicious breakfast) to decrease the calories, but with the goodness of seasonal apples and chia seeds you know you’re getting a boost of healthy ingredients all the same.

I hope you give them a try and let me know what you think!

What is your favorite fall flavor?


Guest Post: To The Person Who Asked My Wife If She Was Pregnant

Today I have an anonymous guest post. I haven’t done an anonymous post before, but for the privacy of the people involved, this is an exception. People need to hear this. Thanks for the post, Anonymous.


To the Person Who Asked My Wife If She Was Pregnant,

The upshot of your inquiry, was to tell my wife she had the body of a pregnant woman – which is the same as being called fat, if you’re not pregnant. She’s not. She has, however given birth to our two sons, and you’re obviously familiar with the concept of pregnancy’s effect on the female body. My wife exercises regularly, and is an avid runner. She keeps the whole family’s diet on the healthy side, with whole grains, fish, vegetables, kefir, Greek yogurt and supplements for vitamins, probiotics,and DHAs in the mix too. She does enjoy red wine, and has a sweet tooth – we both do, in fact. She is healthy, beautiful and sexy.

So when someone seemingly innocently asks about a non-existent pregnancy, she questions her entire lifestyle and why she puts effort into maintaining her body. Her self-esteem is damaged – she doesn’t feel like the healthy, beautiful, sexy woman she is. Her day is ruined, and as her husband and someone who loves her dearly, my day gets ruined too. I wasn’t present when you decided to ask a personal, invasive question of a stranger, but if I had been this is what I would have liked to tell you, and all of your ilk.

I figure you’re one of two kinds of people. The first type, is simply ignorant of the kind of damage you’re doing by asking such a question. If the little pouch you observed would have been due to a pregnancy, it would probably be in the first trimester, when most expecting moms don’t widely release the news to due a fear of miscarriage which occur in those first 12 weeks; Personally, I never ask a woman about a pregnancy unless she looks like she’s smuggling a regulation size basketball, or if she brings it up herself. I would be mortified if I made the mistake you made – but you don’t care about that, you simply need your nosiness satisfied, and you’re too socially stupid to consider the consequences of your assumption being wrong. I suppose there are plenty of socially impaired people out there, maybe it explains why this happens almost regularly – if it were a one time occurrence, we might be able to ignore it.

Since it does seem to happen every so often, my cynical side begins to wonder if there’s a second type of person who asks a woman about a pregnancy which isn’t actually there. I think you do it on purpose; it is a malicious, passive-aggressive, catty attack on someone who has done nothing to provoke you. Why would someone do such a thing? I’m not sure, but my best theory is that you wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and see someone trapped in a cage of self-hatred, and you think the only means of escape is to knock someone down a peg. You’ve actually found a way to fat-shame someone who isn’t even fat (which I’ll admit is a term as ugly as it is subjective), and yet you won’t get called out on it, because the insult is cloaked in warm, fuzzy, family-friendliness. I’d applaud the brilliance of the tactic, if only it wasn’t so plain and outright mean.

If you’re in the former, socially stupid camp, let this be a lesson to you. Women who ARE pregnant get asked all kinds of questions about their body day in, day out. They are treated to labour horror stories, and questioned about every little detail on their lifestyle – what they eat, whether or not they’re exercising, what kind of birth they’re planning. They might enjoy some adult conversation that doesn’t revolve around that stuff – they might feel nostalgic for the “normal” life, and if not, they’ll probably discuss pregnancy details with you unprompted. Show some manners, and mind your own business.

If you’re in the latter, malicious camp, you have a learning opportunity too. While you can do some superficial damage to her (and therefore us), you can’t make us fundamentally unhappy – we have too much to be grateful for. By the same token, your cage of self-hatred is one you constructed yourself, and you’ll free yourself of it not by attacking others, but by appreciating the beauty and light within your own life. Try to build yourself up, and if you can spare the effort, maybe even build up someone else, and do it sincerely. If you still don’t get it, try this: if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.


October Opportunities & Injury Recovery Milestone

Today is the last day of September (thank you, Captain Obvious). Everyone says it, but isn’t it astounding how quickly time seems to pass once you’re an adult? The day to day monotony blurs our relationship with time. We’re all so busy that everything just flies by.

That’s neither here nor there. Today’s post is to celebrate a milestone I hit yesterday in relation to the foot injury I’ve been enduring. Now is as good a time as any to give you all of those updates.

When last we chatted about said injury, I was waiting (im)patiently for a call with my results. The call came as I was on the train that evening and the decision was that I likely had a Morton’s Neuroma (uncertain because the MRI was somewhat inconclusive), but that if I was still having pain I should get a cortisone injection. I was not only still in pain, the pain was increasing. With this knowledge the orthopedist scheduled an injection for two days later.

At 8am that Friday I had the injection. I was told the anesthetic would be the worst part, but it most certainly was not. While I’m grateful I was at least partially numb for the injection itself, once the medication was being injected into the afflicted nerve, it was the same pain I had been experiencing, dialed up x100.

This was all at once excruciating and reassuring — at least I could be certain they were in the right spot. Immediately after the injection I had some relief, but once the anesthetic wore off I was in intense pain.

This is where they marked my foot during ultrasound to guide the injection.

This is where they marked my foot during ultrasound to guide the injection.

I spent all day Friday at home on the couch and most of the weekend doing the same. I spent a lot of time with my feet propped up watching TV with the guinea pigs. There are worse things.

Notsu likes Blair Underwood

Notsu likes Blair Underwood

For a week thereafter my pain had ebbs and flows. I was given a sheet on which to track my pain level twice a day for the first week. During that first week I minimized all activity (including walking). I took extra trains and buses during my commute and didn’t go on walks during my lunch break. I was very sedentary and it was driving me crazy. There were times my pain made it up to a 6 out of 10 and I wondered if the injection had helped at all. A couple of times I was at a 0 and was convinced everything was right in the world.

The question of whether the injection worked is one that is still up in the air for me. The doctor who performed the injection told me to give it two weeks to really know for sure. This Friday will make two weeks.

In response to that, I decided to test out some extra walking and even some running this week. After all, the injection only truly worked for me if I can run again. Not being able to run is not a good option.

So Monday I tried some jogging as part of my warm-up prior to meeting with my trainer. After a five minute warmup of walking, I did two minutes of jogging followed by two minutes of walking. I continued this for a total of 20 minutes (including the warm-up).

My foot was a little cranky afterward, but nothing major. Yesterday I decided to push it a little further, so after a three minute warmup of walking, I did two minutes of jogging followed by two minutes of walking for a total of 35 minutes! I was so excited that I completed 16 minutes of jogging (at a 6mph pace) because it is the most I have been able to run in three months. Cue the happy dance!

I got in a great burn from my running/walking intervals. Yay for being able to run again, even if just a little.

I got in a great burn from my running/walking intervals. Yay for being able to run again, even if just a little.

Does this mean the injection worked? I’m not prepared to answer that just yet. One day of being able to run for 16 minutes does not a cure make. Today is a rest day due to an event I’m attending, but I plan to try running again on Thursday (hopefully for longer stretches at a time) to see how that feels. By Friday I should know whether to schedule a follow-up with the doctor.

So why am I choosing to share today instead of on Friday? If all goes well, this feeds directly into my October goals of regaining my running endurance by completing at least four runs per week.

While I was unable to run (or even walk) I told Joe to remind me once I was well how much I wanted to run. I figured that way on the days when I feel tired or just unmotivated, I’ll remember to be grateful for the fact that I can run.

It feels so great to say that, even now when I don’t have a 100% clear answer. I can run. I will run. I am a runner. An injury may be a setback, but I won’t let it define me.

Here’s to October and all the opportunities it holds.


Protein Coffee for National Coffee Day

Happy (Inter)National Coffee Day, everyone! The Internet can’t seem to decide if this is an International or National affair, only that it may be the most important holiday ever. I’m on board with that. I am not, however, on board with standing in ridiculous lines for free coffee so I made my own before leaving the house this morning.


Protein coffee for the win! It’s amazing how much this tastes like a decadent coffee drink, but at 84 calories and 10g of protein it fits right into my nutrition plan.

For those of you wondering, it’s one scoop (1/2 serving) of Arbonne chocolate protein powder (certified gluten-free and vegan) in a standard cup of hot coffee. I put it in my individual Ninja blender cup and pulse it until it has a nice froth.

This is one of my morning staples because I have such a long commute that if I eat breakfast before I leave the house, I’m hungry way before lunch time. If I leave the house without having anything, I’m starving by the time I get to work.

The amount of protein in this helps keep me satisfied during my commute so I don’t make unhealthy choices due to hunger once I get to work. Before I started doing this again (I used to make it in the winter instead of a morning protein shake), I was completely out of food for the day by 11am on more than one occasion. Yeah, no good.

Now I can sit back, enjoy survive my commute, and have breakfast once I make it to work. Who knows, maybe I’ll walk to Dunkin Donuts midday once the lines die down to try for my free coffee.

What’s your morning routine? Are you celebrating (Inter)National Coffee Day?


Fitbit Charge HR

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, y’all. Between a cortisone injection last Friday (I hope to share more about that soon), my first theater audition in seven years, and work being so busy that I have occasionally felt like I’m drowning, I haven’t had much time to blog.

Still, I couldn’t wait to share my new toy! Through a competition at work I was able to get a discount on a new Fitbit and I’m already addicted to it.


I opted for the Fitbit Charge HR because the allure of having all day heart rate (and therefore a more accurate picture of calories burned throughout the day) was too good to pass up.

I’ve been a Fitbit user since 2012. I’ve had versions that don’t even exist now. Ultra, One, Flex…let’s just say I really like fitness trackers.

The Charge HR is my favorite so far by leaps and bounds! I should note that yesterday was my first day wearing it, but still.


Isn’t it pretty? I went with the plum color instead of black because I could use a little color in my life.

Even with an injured foot and trying to minimize walking (doctor’s orders), I hit my 10,000 step goal because I was so motivated by the heart rate monitor and stair tracker (both features the Flex didn’t have).


The battery does seem to be draining more quickly than the website and enclosed materials suggested, but that may very well be because I keep cycling through the options on the device itself to see my progress.

It also keeps the time, which automatically flashes up when I turn my arm and look down at my wrist, but otherwise isn’t displayed. How cool is that?! The band is a standard watch band so it doesn’t budge unless I want it to.

You guys, I’m obsessed.

I’ll try to keep updating along the way to let you all know how things progress, but I highly recommend this tracker.

Do you have a favorite fitness gadget?


Waiting for Answers

Waiting is always the hardest part of anything, right? Well maybe not always, but it sure seems that way today. I had an MRI for my foot on Sunday (moved up from the original appointment time of Tuesday that I mentioned on Friday) and I’m supposed to get my results today. All I can do now is wait and when I wait, I start to think too much.

A previous X-ray ruled out a stress fracture so the MRI will help pinpoint whether this is some sort of join inflammation or a Morton’s Neuroma. Given that my foot has started to hurt more and more, even while taking NSAIDs and resting, I’m starting to think it isn’t just inflammation in the joint.

It’s also a little frustrating that I’ve already made several of the adjustments that would normally be prescribed for a Morton’s Neuroma (shoes with a wider toe box, shoe inserts, rest, ice, elevation, etc.) so what’s left would be cortisone injections, alcohol solutions to essentially kill the nerve (from what I’ve understood so far anyway), or surgery to remove the nerve.

I’ve been doing some research to prepare a little and weigh my options. Based on the ongoing pain that isn’t relieved at all by the methods I’ve already tried, it seems unlikely that a cortisone injection will get me back on my feet in time to start training again for a spring marathon. Reading several running forums (everything from marathons to ultras), people by and large recommend the surgery for the quickest option for getting back to training. Apparently it has a fairly high success rate and because the incision is in the top of the foot, weight bearing activity can begin pretty quickly.

I shouldn’t get ahead of myself since I don’t have an official diagnosis yet. Who knows, maybe it’s something else entirely. Maybe surgery isn’t even a viable option for what I have going on. See, I told you waiting is the worst part.

In the meantime, have any of you ever dealt with Morton’s Neuroma or another foot injury? If you’ve had a Morton’s Neuroma, what was the treatment method you chose?


Fitness Friday – September 11, 2015

I almost didn’t post a Fitness Friday recap today because I felt the date called for a more serious post. Then I realized that other people are writing posts, or sharing old posts, that probably do the anniversary of 9/11/01 more justice than I ever could. That said, here’s one I really like from someone I went to college with (and who is making quite the name for herself these days). If you do want to hear my take, here’s my post from a couple of years ago.

Fitness Update FridayWhat you get from me instead is my week in workouts! Unfortunately this week has been a really tough one for my fitness, due largely to issues with my foot injury. I’ve been having a lot of pain this week and my appointment with the orthopedic specialist yesterday resulted only in appointments for more testing (MRI next Tuesday).

That said, I did get in a couple of good ones.

Saturday, September 5
Workout: None to speak of, unless drinking on a boat counts as a workout. No? Okay. We met Joe’s parents on their boat at 10am and took it to Salem, MA for the weekend.
Steps: 10,265 (at least we did do some walking after we got to Salem)

Sunday, September 6
Workout: See Saturday. Woke up, went to brunch in Salem, wandered around town.
Steps: 12,638

Monday, September 7
Workout: Lazy slug all day. Attempted a run in the evening, made it 3/4 of a mile before the pain was just too much. Resolved to not try running again until I have real answers about my foot.
Steps: 3,979

Tuesday, September 8
Workout: Skipped the gym to run errands, but worked out once I got home. 30 minutes on the bike, 100 squats, 40 push ups
Steps: 9,373

Wednesday, September 9
Workout: 30 minutes of cardio (10 minutes on bike, 500m row, 10 minutes on bike, 500m row) followed by 30-minute session with trainer (superset: single arm TRX row & half-kneeling single arm overhead press; superset: RDL with 25lb plate and resistance at hips & plyometric push ups with resistance at ribcage; KB side step ups & bent over row with elevated resistance band)
Steps: 15,162

Thursday, September 10
Workout: No gym (appointment with orthopedic sports medicine about my foot).
Steps: 10,943

Friday, September 11
Planned workout: 5:30pm spin class

Clearly this week hasn’t been my best, but the holiday made it impossible for me to see my trainer more than once and the foot pain has really set me back. Fingers crossed this upcoming week’s workouts turn out a little better (and that I get this foot issue figured out asap). I’m even planning a trip to the gym tomorrow even though I don’t usually get to that part of town on the weekend. My goals are worth it.

How did your workouts fare with the holiday weekend? Any good plans for the upcoming weekend?


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