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First Day in NC

Good Saturday Morning! I hope you al are well. I am currently blogging with my coffee from my unbelievably comfortable  hotel bed and today one of my best friends will marry his perfect match- so life is good 🙂

Yesterday after we landed in NC, Adam and I went to pick up our rental car. We got a mini van since there are so many of us. We looked wicked cool driving around in a mini van- wicked cool!

We hoped in the van and drove to our hotel. We had just enough time to check in and drop off our bags before heading back to the airport to pick up some friends. I am loving our hotel, it is so funky.  I love when hotels have brightly colored decor.

On the way to the airport, we got our second iced coffees of the day. When you are up at 4 am, two iced coffees is a given!

Once we picked up some friends from the airport, we decided to head out for beers and some lunch. We went to R&R Grill which is located right in down town Chapel Hill.

I started off with a Peak Organic IPA.

For lunch I got the veggie burger. It was marinated, grilled veggies and cheese in between two portabello mushroom caps. On the side I got sweet potato fries. The burger was soooooo good, but the fries were not all that great. I was not a fan at all. I think I ate maybe 4 of them.

We spent the next few hours site seeing by way of bars 😉 It was fun to have a few drinks and catch up with friends.

Around 4:30 we headed back to the hotel to change and meet the bride and groom for a few drinks.

My outfit:

  • Black one piece tube jumper (Forever 21)
  • Bright colored beaded necklace (H&M)
  • Gold sandal (Coach)

It was great to hang out and see everyone. It was a fun night of friends, laughs and beer 🙂


Mother of the groom and I.

The groom and some of the guys.

Siblings 🙂

I ended up calling it an early night. Once this happened- I knew it was time to call it a night.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

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Early Flight!!!!!

Morning!!!! I am currently blogging from the sky 🙂

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I am on my way to Chapel Hill, NC (also known as FANNEtastic Food land) for a wedding! My good friend Mike is getting married tomorrow!!! I am so happy for him, he is marrying his perfect match!! I have been friends with Mike since we were five years old and we have been pretty tight ever since. He moved to NC about 6 years ago for graduate school. While in NC he met Kelly ( and the rest is history). There are about 12 of us going do, so this weekend is going to be epic!!!!!

Our morning began at 4:15 am, we got up to get ready and do some last minute packing (meaning, I added two more pairs of shoes to the luggage to have more “options”). FFF Dad woke up at the crack of dawn to drive us and our friends Paul and Katie to the airport. Have I mentioned how much I love my dad? 🙂

Everyone was super excited when my camera came out at 5am 🙂

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I was so exhausted I wanted to dive head first into a pool of iced coffee. SInce one was not available, I settled for a large iced coffee with half and half and sugar free vanilla syrup.

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I had a egg white and spinach on a whole wheat flat bread for breakfast.

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I have decided to take a break from my meds this weekend. I am certain I am not technically supposed to, but I have been waiting for this weekend for so long and I just don’t want to feel sicker than I already do.

AIrplane fashion:

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  • Navy Leggings (H&M)
  • Blue and White shirt (H&M)
  • Brown Leather Braided Belt (Urban Outfitters)
  • Brown Flip Flips (Target)
  • Jean Jacket (Gap circa 1998 🙂

Super Comfortable!!!!

I want to inform you that I don’t care at all about the Royal Wedding (except for checking out Prince Harry, droooooooolllllllllll). My husband, however, is obsessed.

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He keeps saying that he wants to get married at Westminster Abby…I don’t know how to break it to him that that ship has sailed.

Are you into the Royal Wedding like Adam, or could you not care less like me?

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Fashgasm

Hello! Fancy meeting you here 😉 I was really hoping to be back to blogging this week even though I am still sick 😦 But, Monday and Tuesday were AWFUL! My meds REALLY did a number on me. I will spare you the gory details. Not a good time 😦

Most of my eat (actually off them them) looked like this:

What’s that? Low sodium chicken broth and brown rice. Bland, but a few times I was actually able to hold it down and each time it felt like a huge victory.

I had been living on that stuff until today. The last two days I have felt much better and today, although I was feeling to sick to eat breakfast, I had sushi for lunch.

Salmon, Tuna and Eel! Delicious! I rolled the dice here, so far so good.I pray my stomach takes kindly to sushi. Sushi is worth the risk in my book!

A lot of you have asked if I have any news on what is going on and I don’t. I have been playing phone tag with the specialist. I have also been asked if I am working and going to class still. The answer is yes, for the most part. I has been challenging and not ideal, but I am a trooper 🙂 Thanks for your on going support! I greatly appreciate it!

Switching Gears:

Let’s talk about fashion! As much as I love to write about healthy food, and working out, before those two really became a big deal in my life my one true love was fashion. I sometimes don’t address it as much as I would like because I have a fear that I could create a shopping addiction  for myself. But, I love expressing myself through my clothing. I am very eclectic with my style. To be honest, I kind of just have a knack for fashion.  I believe I should really try my hand at being a Stylist (Move over Rachel Zoe!).

Most of the time I leave my house and love what I have on. I have an ability to put things together just so to create something fun, stylish and functional. There are those rare moments though were I put on something in a rush and because I have nothing else clean (like in today’s case) and just walk out the door and come to find out once I actually walk by a mirror that I have created a masterpiece! Said reaction to an unexpected fashion “moment” is what I refer to as a “fashgasm” .  Ladies and Gentlemen (or gentleman, the one man who reads this blog. Hello, FFF Dad!) I present to you today’s fashgasm inducing masterpiece:

  • Camel colored cropped high waisted skinny trousers (H&M)
  • White HUGE ruffled collar button down (Anne Klein)
  • Navy cardigan (J Crew)
  • Navy blue patent leather 4-inch heel Tahari T-strap Mary Jane’s (droooooooool! Yes, I have been drooling over my own shoes all day!)

I should have known this was going to be amazing. I mean honestly, how can you combine a high waisted trouser, ruffles, cardigan, 4 in heels and anything patent leather and not come out looking fantastic!

Tell me about your favorite “fashgasm” inducing outfit!

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Hello!!!! Thanks for you sweet comments on my last post. I know I say this a lot, but your support has meant the world to me 🙂 I had a day filled with a double dose of family. I spent the morning with my family and the evening with my in-laws.

I had brunch with my family. It was great to see everyone. I never ended up getting a family photo 😦 I really wish I had. Brunch was fruit, egg whites and fruit salad. I took a croissant because it looked good, but I couldn’t really eat it. It doesn’t take much to fill me up lately.

After brunch Adam and I hit the road to head to my sister-in-law CJ’s house for Easter dinner.

Well, hello there, handsome 😉

What up, New Hampshire!!!!

Upon arriving my brother -in-law showed us the most hilarious video of my nephews. I swear I spent my entire day laughing at this video…poor Gavin.

Dinner was cooked by the lovely Fornash women 🙂 I had a little Ham, allllll kinds of green veggies and my mother-in-law’s pasta salad because I am obsessed with it. It may be my favorite thing about warm weather besides running in the sunshine and drinking ice cold beer in my backyard.

After I digested, I hopped on the trampoline. My nephews quickly followed suit. Auntie Ali 28 going on 5…

Dessert was a small piece ice cream cake. It has been ages since I have had it…delicious!

It was a great day with family…

Doesn’t that last photo just make you melt?! So adorable!

I hope those of you that celebrate Easter had an awesome day 🙂

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Update…

Hello! I just wanted to do a quick post about how things are going. I received some blood test results today and my levels are all still off, actually they are worse than they where. I was informed my by doctor on Tuesday that I have a giant ulcer as well. It makes a lot of sense to me considering I have been silently suffering from stomach aches for quite some time now. I have been put of more meds to try to repair the ulcer. They are not fun, they make me pretty sick and because of that my eating is really off. I don’t eat much because my stomach feels yucky. Sometimes the meds make me so sick that I don’t really eat for a full day.

The doctor is thinking that the ulcer is not really the only issue. So I will still need to have some procedures until they can figure out what is going on with me. I am not allowed to workout at all, which is soooooo hard for me. I am starting to get so jealous of runners when I see them out on the street, like angry jealous. I think the most difficult part is that running is how I deal with stress and this situation is so stressful. I just want to lace up my sneakers and fly. This week the weather is going to be beautiful and I am fairly certain I am certain I will not be able to resist the urge to run. So I probably just will…HA! I dealt with a horrible winter (one of the worst in history) with the reward being enjoying spring and summer running that I love so much. I am getting annoyed that I am unable to do so. I also want to run my half that is in a month. I am hoping we figure out what is going on and fix it quickly. My doctor is also a runner so she totally gets how I am feeling and my need to get this wrapped up asap.

So, as you can see it is hard to write a blog called Food, Fitness, Fashion when I am not really eating and not working out at all. The fashion part is still there. I mean I have to get dressed everyday 🙂 But I also have some serious insomnia right now, I sleep about 3-4 hours a night. I think it is just worry. My body feels exhausted, but my brain is so energized. The insomnia has me looking like a zombie. So although I may have on cute outfit, I look terrible and don’t want sleep deprived pictures of me on the internet.

At the end of the day, I am mostly just frustrated that I am sick and it is taking such a tole on my life. I am going to be talking with a specialist on Monday to schedule the procedure I need. I know that will really get the ball rolling. I am grateful to have doctors that are committed to figuring it out and making me healthy as soon as possible. It is not fun, but honestly it could be sooooo much worse. I miss writing so much and am hoping to just jump back in head first. Thanks for all the tweets and e-mails. You guys never cease to amaze me with your outpour of support. Your e-mails make me smile, feel inspired and sometimes even crack me up. Thanks so much 🙂

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First of all, thanks for all the comments, e-mails and tweets regarding my last post about my health issues. I will keep you all posted on the progress as I figure things out. I am sure it is all nothing and honestly, I have jumped over bigger hurtles in my life.

If you follow me on twitter or are a facebook friend you may have noticed my interest in this article that I saw thing morning on CNN. It immediately attracted my attention for a number of reasons:

1.      I just watched a documentary on the Jon Benet Ramsey case this weekend (yes, occasionally you lovely blog readers need to be exposed to my intrigue surrounding true crime – deal with it 🙂 ).

2.      Last week I watched a similar story on The Today Show about the padded bras Abercrombie Kids was marketing to girls as young as 7 years old. I was pretty appalled and wanted to find out more.

3.      As a future Guidance Counselor (see the light at the end of the tunnel…it looks so bright!) it is something that I need to be generally aware of.

4.      If you are a long time reader you know I am a huge advocate of promoting the self-esteem of girls and woman in any way possible. I began writing this blog two years ago about my journey to get healthy and love myself with the hopes that it would inspire other women and girls to find their voice and see their true worth.

I think like many of you that have read the article, I agree with a lot of the author’s points of view and I don’t agree with others. I do 100% think it is up to parents to decide what they feel is right for their child, and every single child is different. There is no one size fits all answer here. I am also not a parent, so I have no idea what it is like to have to make these decisions for your child. I can barely decide what color collar to buy for Oscar, never mind figure out if it is appropriate for my 7 year old daughter to be walking down the street in a pair of cut off shorts. I do however; think that there is a very fine line between allowing your child freedom of expression and contributing for the over-sexualization of our girls.  (I call them “our” girls because the responsibility belongs to all of us). I agree with the author’s point that just because a store sells it and markets it to your children doesn’t mean that it is fine for them to wear. Ask my dad about that light blue tube dress I bought (with my own money mind you) when I was 14 years old. He burned it. Lucky for him, it was from Contempo Casuals and was pretty flammable to begin with so it made the job easy. At the time I was livid, looking back, he was right. I had no business going to the park in a tube dress like that.

I do think that the author takes the responsibility away from the retailers a little too easily. They know what they are doing here, if all the little girls in the class shop at this one store and are buying their padded bras, everyone will want to. They are playing on that middle school (and even elementary school) need to fit in, and that is wrong. They are putting parents in a really difficult position just to make money. You may need to get out your rose colored glasses for this one- whatever happened to social reasonability? The retailers can obviously see that a 7 year old in a padded bra or a thong is really inappropriate. Is destroying the self-esteem and over-sexualizing our girls worth the $20 (don’t quote me on the price) that you make of each padded bra you sell to a 7 year old? I know you are thinking, “That is so idealistic, Ali. They only care about making money.” And, you are right it is, and they do.  But, I guess I am an idealist.

I have shared my previous self-esteem struggles and my issues with disordered eating that I have overcome. Those issues stemmed from many things going on in my life that were unique to me. However, I would be lying if I pretended for one second living in a society that tells me to be beautiful I need to be thin, silent, over-sexed and perfect all at the same time didn’t play a huge role in that. It did. HUGE! It took me years to learn that I can be me, have a voice, be smart, have flaws, make mistakes and still be sexy. In fact, that is what makes me sexy. I am real, I am unique and I am amazing! I think we should take the focus off of making girls into small versions of women and let them just be girls for a while.  Invest that money you would be spending on a padded bra into a new gymnastics leotard or a pair of soccer cleats for your daughter. I promise they will provide her with more self-esteem than any padded bra ever could.

What are your thoughts?

Lunch:

I took a ton of photos because the guy at the table next to me in Whole Foods was asking about my giant camera and I was schooling him on it. i think I should work for Canon 🙂 I figured I would them them all to you 🙂 That is ginger tofu, wheat berry salad, whole wheat orzo salad and a whole bunch of kale (iron).  I ate about half of it, I have no appetite!

Beverage:

See ya!!! 😉

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Hello! Yes, I am back. I had over 400 blog e-mails this morning and if that doesn’t say ‘it’s time” I am not sure what would. I was amongst the missing for over a week and it was actually kind of hard for me to take a break, but awesome at the same time. I love blogging and I love the community and “family” I have made through blogging, but sometimes a girl just needs to not have her life all over the internet for a while. I have been blogging for almost 2 years straight (where did the time go?!) and this may be the longest break I have ever taken with the exception of the 2 weeks I took off while I was honeymooning in Europe.

But to be honest, this has a little more too it than just not wanting my life on the internet and needing a break. I haven’t written because I didn’t know how to write about what is going on with me because I am just not sure what is going on. I have about 12 different drafts of this exact post written. Plus, I have not been working out or eating regularly- so really what is there to write about.

So what do I know? Well, I do know that exercise induced asthma (while I do have it) is not the real problem with why my running has been so hard. Truth be told, everything physical has been hard for me. On Wednesday, I got news that made it all make sense. I have always been anemic, if you have read for a while you know about that. So my doctor checks my blood levels every time I go for a physical. Wednesday she called me and told me I needed to come in the next day. My red blood cell level is extremely low.  For a normal menstruating women, red blood cell levels should be around 38%. I am typically around a 34%, which is a indicative of moderate anemia. Well this time I was at a 22%.  Not only to I have a red blood cell counts, but my red blood cells are are tiny- significantly smaller than they should be.I had my levels tested again on Thursday to see if it was a fluke and unfortunately, it wasn’t.

So what does all this mean?  Well, for starters the fact that I am able to stay awake is a wonder, ha! Since my levels are so low, when I exert myself my heart and lungs are working so much harder than the average person and my brain is getting less oxygen. My doctor cannot understand how the hell I ran a half marathon like this.I told her it is because I am a rockstar- dur! And I have a secret weapon named Adam that runs next to me and talks me though it.

So what is causes it? What is the treatment? Well, We are pumping my body full of iron (luckily I am no stranger to pumping iron 😉 ). I am taking upwards of 700 mg of iron a day to try to even out everything, which is killing my stomach. It will get better when my body gets used to it. As far a causes, there are a million possibilities, no exaggeration! My other symptoms are making my doctor think I have some internal bleeding and because of that we are planning some “exploratory procedures” (I will keep the details to myself).  My doctor and I are 100% committed to figuring out what it is and fixing it fast.  I told her “I have a half marathon in 8 weeks, can we make this snappy?” Luckily, she is a runner too- so she totally gets it.

So what’s up with the food and fitness? Well, eating should be normal. But, I had had no appetite really since the iron is hurting my stomach. I have been living off Luna bars that were a gift from Julia.  Fitness wise, technically I CAN workout. The doctor put it this way, “You CAN workout if you need to. But, in my opinion this is a good reason for a rest.” My sleeping has been off too. My body gets tired, but my brain doesn’t. So I spend a lot of time at night up watching Sex and the City, which is fine.

So there you have it…that is what is going on and what I know about it. I feels great to get it out there. I am hoping we figure things out quickly and I can get back to my normal self asap.

What is my take away?

  1. I am angry- I just am. This is an inconvenience. My immediate reaction was an angry “I don’t have time for this!”. It is frustrating and stressful. But it could be sooooooo much worse- so I am okay.
  2. I am mad at myself for not getting checked out earlier because I knew something I was wrong. I am also pissed off at myself for mentally beating myself up for not being able to physically perform or train to the level that I thought I should (Own worse enemy?)
  3. I am mildly scared.
  4. I am sure I am fine. This is honestly just one more hurtle for me to jump over and land on my feet at the end. I am certain it is nothing and I will be back to normal in no time.
  5. I am REALLY listening to my body now. She is so smart and had never steered me wrong before.

In an effort to make this post somewhat “normal”. I present you with breakfast:

two whole wheat waffles with natural peanut butter, a banana sliced and coffee.  I have been working on this for about an hour and a half. I eat slowly since the iron and I are not friends.

Thanks for all of the tweets and amazing e-mails from all of you. I am so blessed to have such amazing friends and readers and I missed you all so much. Thanks for your patience 🙂

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