New Blog Pages, 4 Miles & A Stir Fry Dinner

First things first – thank you so much for your enthusiasm for the Reebok gift card giveaway! I’ll draw the winners on Monday so please keep those entries coming. I have to say how inspired and amazed I am at all the awesome workouts you guys are commenting about. I wish I could reply to every message but that messes up the random comment number generator thing I use to choose winners, so instead I’ll stay it here – keep up the good work. I’m proud of all of you for kicking butt and staying active!

Also, I wanted to mention that by popular demand I finally created two new “tips” pages on my blog I’ve been meaning to make for ages: How to Start a Blog and Tips for New Bloggers. The first page goes through all the nitty gritty mechanics of starting a blog (hosting, domain names, etc.), and the second page shares some tips for staying motivated, making blogging easier, and growing your audience. I also just added a section this morning to the blogging tips page on my favorite plugins (aka how I got my Twitter feed, Facebook “like” box, and Instagram and Pinterest photo feeds in my right sidebar!). I hope you find the pages helpful!

Anyway! Yesterday, I went on my first run since the half marathon last weekend – 4 miles with my friend Karen. It felt great to get back out there! :)


I still had the Rock ‘n’ Roll DTAG on my shoe. :)



We had a fabulous run – chatting away the whole time as per usual, and my legs felt nice and recovered, too. When I looked at my watch after we were done I realized we were going faster than I thought! Average page: 8:22 minute/miles. Nice!


  • Mile 1: 8:23
  • Mile 2: 8:27
  • Mile 3: 8:34
  • Mile 4: 8:03

Ended strong! Total time: 33:34. Total distance: 4 miles.


When we were saying goodbye, Karen brought me down into the metro with her so I could see one of the poster advertisements that was up – the Crystal City 5k Fridays advertisement has her boyfriend, Jeremy, in it! He’s in green, front and center. How random! They just discovered it this week. We decided we should all do one of the races together, since he’s a local race celeb and all now! ;)


And you know what’s even funnier? Apparently the current advertisement on the back cover of Endurance Magazine for the Tarheel 10 Miler is a picture of me and my girl Elle holding hands crossing the finish line at last year’s race! My friends Tim and Lindsey down in Chapel Hill saw this and snapped a picture of it for me. So random!

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Elle and I think they should send us a copy of that picture. :) We love it!

I had a good and productive day yesterday getting all sorts of blog and private practice client work done (so far so good with the new AnneTheRD business – and I’m also happy to say that I have a client that needs guidance with the FODMAPs diet, which I wrote my masters paper on! Glad that knowledge has been put to good use!).

I closed the laptop down around 6:30 and my college BFF Turner came over for dinner and Vampire Diaries (yes, I swear we’re 30 years old) watching! Matt had a soccer game and I think he was pretty glad to vacate the premises while we watched the show. Lol.

Turner and I have been alternating dinner dates lately and when one person hosts/cooks, the other brings something fun to drink! Last night, Turner brought Prosecco. My favorite!


For dinner, I decided to keep things simple and make a basic stir fry. I used this shrimp stir fry from Trader Joe’s and also added a chopped fresh baby bok choy I had on hand and needed to use up.


Instead of using their seasoning, I made my own with some fish sauce, low sodium soy sauce, cracked pepper, and garlic powder. It came out really well!

We served the stir fry on top of this fun red rice from Indian Harvest that I got as a sample at the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) Summit. It was good – really chewy! It reminded me of bulgur or wheatberries or something in terms of texture.


Ready to eat!


Happy Friday, everyone! Have a great weekend!


  1. 1

    Congrats on your new celeb status! ;)

  2. 3

    I love that Trader Joe’s stir fry! I’ve been wanting to try out one of those Crystal City 5ks. I just haven’t bit the bullet yet.

  3. 4

    Great photo of you and Elle. You really need to frame a copy of it for posterity.

  4. 5

    Love the picture of you guys holding hands across the finish line! Congratulations!

  5. 6

    Prosecco is the best! And thanks for adding the new pages, I’ll have to check them out when I get a chance to do some blog maintenance!

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    Great new page! I never use the packet in the stir-fry, I just use the veggies! The Soy Ginger salad dressing from TJ’s is great on stir-fry. I use it for my husband, I have a gluten intolerance :)

  7. 8

    I love Prosecco too! So good. That shrimp stir fry looks delish!

  8. 9

    I hope you kept that tag on :)

  9. 11

    I’m going to go check out your new pages now thanks for sharing!

    We don’t have trader joes here in Australia but they seem to have a lot of things like your stir fry that really save you time but are healthy.

  10. 12

    Aww fun! I’m glad you and Turner had a hot date ;) So jealous over here!!

  11. 13

    What a great photo! You should def get a copy. Stir fry is my go to meal-so easy, filling and tasty!

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    Healthy Eater says:

    Wonderful photo! Well done — and great tips on getting started in the blog world…

  13. 15

    Do you “like” Tarheel 10-Miler on Facebook? I’m fairly certain they posted that same picture of you and Elle to their FB page recently, because I definitely saw it before you posted it here. Probably an alternate way to get your hands on a (digital) copy of that photo. :)

  14. 17

    So I just found this blog a few days ago and I think I have read the entire thing. As a fitness guru and UNC fanatic, I really appreciate your blog! You’re a great writer and so relatable. You just became one of my favorite bloggers. :)

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    I find the FODMAPs diet so interesting!! And beneficial for the people who really need it. :D

    Also, great job on the 4-miler!!! It always feels good to get back into running after a big run like you had. :D

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    I can’t wait to read your blog tips- As a new blogger, I feel like there are still so many things I don’t know! And, twitter is so overwhelming… I just signed up yesterday and have no idea what i am doing!

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