400 Pounds Lost? No Surgery? Stop Lying!

Originally posted 2009-08-01 10:00:50. Taken from Fitness 102: Here is a man who a few years ago contemplated suicide. He felt hopeless and had no desire to live. He wanted to disappear from the world around him. Just a few years later, he’s completely changed his life and is starring in his own television show. […]

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Running in the Dominican Republic


Hello my friends!

I’m on my way back to DC right now from quite the adventure, as most of you have seen via Instagram! I spent the past 5 days on a press trip in the Dominican Republic courtesy of their tourism ministry. Such a cool experience – I felt so lucky to be there! I’ll be sharing a couple posts with the details about the trip, which was adventure/fitness themed (right up my alley!), but for now, I thought I would pop in while on the plane home to share a quick recap of the runs I got in while on the trip, plus details about where we stayed, in case you’re interested in going there yourself!

While in the DR, I covered a total of 17 miles via my running shoes, broken into three runs – a 6 miler, a 4 miler, and a 7 miler! My favorite way to explore.


I did all the runs with my friend Sarah! She’s training for a marathon in April, so she was fully on board for runs on the trip, which was awesome. You guys know I always like to have a running partner in crime. We had a lot of fun catching up over the miles!


Considering the last run I did before this trip was in a blizzard, it was insanely awesome to be running in shorts and a tank. I felt so unencumbered!

The first run Sarah and I did together was on the night we arrived – last Thursday night. We both connected in Miami and had the same flight from there to Puerto Plata, and it was delayed, so we missed the welcome group dinner and were instructed to do whatever we wanted when we got in. After a long day of traveling/sitting, we were both pumped to throw on our running shoes and explore a little!


We stayed at the beautiful Casa Colonial boutique hotel the first two nights of the trip, so we ran around the hotel compound (there were a bunch of other hotels in there, too, so it was large) for simplicity/safety since it was dark. That hotel would be wonderful for a honeymoon, by the way – it was small and very luxurious/romantic. Highly recommend!

6 miles later and we were ready for dinner. Weird to see a Garmin photo without a jacket and gloves!


Our second run of the trip was a rainy 4 miler (I started my watch late) on Sunday morning, completed around the grounds of Sea Horse Ranch, where we had the pleasure of staying (in a Villa – it was amazing) on Saturday night. It POURED on us but we had fun with it – I always feel like a kid again when I run in the rain. It was warm out, so it felt nice!


Our final run was this morning in Puerto Plata! On the last two nights of our trip, we stayed at the Iberostar Costa Dorada, which is a large all-inclusive resort – would be great for groups/families. Sarah and I started our run on the beach (slowly – it’s SO HARD to run in sand!):


And then decided to run into the town, where we heard that we could “turn right after the baseball stadium” to find a nice running path along the beach.


We ran along the road for awhile, which was a little loud with the traffic, but cool to see more of the real town outside of our resort bubble.


And then – we made it!


The view to our right:



Does anyone know what the statue on this island is? We were so curious!




From there, we decided to attempt to run back to our resort on the beach instead of via the road. All was well, until we hit this:


Uh oh. How do we cross?! It was deeper than it looks (and filled with trash, yikes):


We made friends with a group of local guys who were out running for baseball practice. They also couldn’t figure out a way to cross the water! Back we all headed.


We followed them on a short cut through the woods, then made our way back to our hotel the same way we came. Oh well!


Nearly 7 miles, done! Decent pace, too, especially since some of it was on sand.


I was supposed to do a final long run (10 to 11 miles) before the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC half marathon in a week and a half while on the trip, but it didn’t end up happening. We had really early starts most of the mornings so there wasn’t time for much besides what we did, and by this morning, when I actually would have had the time, I was super tired from all our adventure, and also didn’t want to do an extra 3 or 4 miles solo! Oh well. I was happy I got in any miles.

I’ll be back to share more adventures over the next few days – planning to do one post about our food and one about the fitness/outdoorsy adventures. Stay tuned, and a huge thank you to the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism for having me and covering my expenses for this trip!

Running in the Dominican Republic originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on March 3, 2015.

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Contemporary Jewelry Design Group Tastemaker Interview: Marion Fasel

“Jewelry is the most personal thing we own, we have. Jewelry tells a story.” –Marion Fasel

I had the recent pleasure of meeting with
Marion Fasel’s career with jewelry began as serendipity. It turned out to be a very fortunate twist of fate. Her first job out of college—figuring she needed “office experience”–was as an archivist for a very important collection of American jewelry. Her position grew to include curating that collection.

It turns out that we all benefit from this happy accident. First, we have the gorgeous books that Marion has published independently and with her friend and colleague, the late Penny Proddow. And then we have her position as a contributing editor to InStyle Magazine that has allowed Marion to be an arbiter of jewelry design and style since 1996. InStyle is a touchstone of design and fashion, and has become an intriguing window into the lives of celebrities (check out Marion’s recent #RocksMyWorld feature here). To have an influential editor as deeply knowledgeable as Marion about jewelry design—both contemporary AND its illustrious history—is a true gift. She has a rich understanding of where we’ve been as jewelry collectors and designers, and an innate understanding of current jewelry design and trends. She gets just as excited about an emerging designer as she does when interviewing, say, Elsa Peretti (ok, nearly so).

Marion Fasel and I compare notes about jewelry, and writing, at Cafe Cluny.

Marion Fasel Interview

Over coffee and breakfast on a recent snowy morning at Café Cluny in New York City, I had a chance to ask Marion a few questions about her career and “talk jewelry” for a lovely suspended moment.

CJDG Editor Monica Stephenson: You started out as an archivist, then curator, for an important private jewelry collection. So did the jewelry come first, and then the writing?
Marion Fasel: It was simultaneous. When you are archiving and documenting, you are transforming a story, a narrative, to the computer. Words are always present.

So the jewelry and the words come together? Could you ever separate one from the other?
Jewelry is so rich with content, the words come with it. Jewelry tells a story of a life and documents history. It is personal and tangible.

Marion Fasel With This Ring

Some reading material by Marion Fasel: With This Ring, and Bulgari Serpenti.

Your beginnings with jewelry were with 20th Century jewelry design. How has knowledge of this era of jewelry translated to trend forecasting—an important part of your role as a contributing Editor for InStyle–for current jewelry design?
Well, clothes come first. Jewelry history has to start with the clothes. Academically, you have to look at fabrics, and necklines. Was the fabric substantial, to hold a brooch? What sort of necklaces graced those necklines? You can’t look at jewelry in a vacuum.
For trends, you look at runways, and you look at historical context. You develop a sense for knowing jewelry and colors, and seeing how things play out. That is how trends start to become almost obvious: it’s usually history repeating itself. If you look at current fashion, you can predict based on the past.

Good point, you need to know the past to predict the future. How would you characterize our current fashion landscape?
It seems that we are in an era of safe clothes that lends itself to innovative jewelry, which is exciting to me.

Besides innovation, what jewelry trends or directions do you find exhilarating right now?
With the advent of CFDA, and a real influx of the Fashion world with jewelry design, jewelry is no longer lumped into the world of “accessories.” This has changed as more jewelers and designers are recognized as artists, including young and up-and-coming designers. There is a new creativity represented in jewelry.

Marion Fasel #RocksMyWorld InStyle

Marion Fasel writes a recurring #RocksMyWorld feature for InStyle Magazine.

What do you geek out on?
Ha, pretty much everything! I’m really into photo research: I love finding great pictures of jewelry being worn.

Yes! I love your Instagram feed—you have the very best TBT (Throw Back Thursdays)!
I have lots of tearsheets, files, and books to pull from!

You and I share a love of good old-fashioned tearsheets, as we’ve discussed on social media…speaking of files, you have interviewed some pretty incredible jewelry personalities in your career, both collectors and the designers who create them. Does anyone stand out as a favorite, someone whose life you truly admired or had a connection with?
Wow, I’ve been enchanted by so many designers, particularly their perspectives on life and why they do what they do. I interviewed Paul Flato, who worked with Fulco di Verdura in the 1930’s. Even very late in his life, he still had a sparkle in his eyes. Elsa Peretti blows me away. I cry after interviewing her. Gianni Bulgari is in his late seventies, and he’s still as devastatingly handsome as when he was in his twenties or thirties. The one thing in common with these designers is that they continue to look to the future; they are not living in the past. You can FEEL THE BURN when you speak to them. They are passionate. And every time I interview them, it’s just like it was the first time.

What do you feel is more rewarding: publishing books—solid, tangible–versus the slightly more ephemeral online and print world?
Hmmm….when you work on a book, your time and mind are not your own. There is a process to doing a book. Then when it’s done, you have to promote—I never liked that part much. It’s almost like postpartum depression when you finish. For so long you are firing on all cylinders, and it is so exciting. You never know a subject as well as when you research it for a book.
The hard part is writing it. It will humiliate you every day of the week! The work builds on itself, so you have to have the foundation factual, or it all falls apart.

You have acted as a consultant to a number of premier jewelry brands. What advice (besides your Designers and Books List for jewelry designers) would you give to an aspiring/emerging jewelry designer to get noticed by editors and grow their brand or business?
You must be original and true. It is extremely important to focus on what your vision is and what works best for you. Not because you see it somewhere else or someone tells you to do it. This is important. If you are looking to the left or to the right, it’s hard to keep your head down and be truly creative. As a designer, you must have a message and narrative, succinct and clear. I can’t emphasize that enough: Editors are very busy, to be heard you must be specific and CLEAR. And remember that sometimes success appears to be overnight, but usually it takes a minimum of five years to begin to be successful.

What’s next for Marion Fasel in 2015 and beyond?
{Laughs} I never like to talk about current projects. I finished the third book in the Bulgari Trilogy, Monete Collection, in 2014, and I’m still unwinding from that. Seriously, I subscribed to Coin Weekly! Nicola Bulgari began collecting coins as a boy, and designing around them in the late 1960’s. All of the centerpieces are actual coins, spanning from ancient Greece to twentieth century American coins. They were extraordinary, and I lived and breathed coins while I was researching and writing. I’m still captivated.

Thank you so much, Marion! I want to leave my designer friends, or any artist, with her important message: you need to know how to tell your story.

Marion somehow manages to span this divide between Historian and Pop Culture. She fully embraces, and celebrates, the modern while honoring and revering the past.

She is still a curator–her job as an editor and author is really curating our modern aesthetic. We are in good hands.

Marion Fasel

Marion at work.

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Tandoori Sweet Potatoes

Tandoori Sweet Potatoes | @naturallyella

Tandoori Spice Rub | @naturallyella

I’ve noticed over the past year or two that the recipes I share on the site are heavily skewed towards vegetarian main dishes with a few desserts and random recipes sprinkled in as I go. One thing I don’t share a ton of is vegetables as side dishes (primarily because when I whip up a vegetable dish, I put enough bulk behind it to make a full meal).

However, this is a recipe I use as a ‘meet in the middle.’ My husband will have this as a side dish and I’ll top a bowl of quinoa/greens with these sweet potatoes (usually followed by a dollop of greek yogurt) to make these sweet potatoes that full meal I desire.

These sweet potatoes take a bit of time to cook but if you’re in a bit of a hurry, you could cut the sweet potatoes into smaller sizes or even blanch them just until the sweet potato was beginning to soften (then roast!) I’ll also make a full batch of the tandoori seasoning and use it on other vegetables (or chicken, if that’s your thing) as well!

Tandoori Sweet Potatoes
Prep time
5 mins

Cook time
45 mins

Total time
50 mins

Author: Erin Alderson
Serves: 2 to 4 servings

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • ¼ cup whole milk greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoons tandoori seasoning (see recipe here)
  • Cilantro, for serving

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚. Cut the sweet potato into ¾” thick wedges. Toss with greek yogurt and tandoori spices until well coated. Roast for 30 to 45 minutes until sweet potato is browning and tender (this will depend on how thick you cut your sweet potato slices). Serve with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.


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Food Navigator’s special issue on breakfast cereals, plus additions

First see Bloomberg News on Who killed Tony the Tiger: How Kellogg lost breakfast (February 26)Next, see what’s happening to breakfast from the point of view of the food industry.

What’s for breakfast? Re-inventing the first meal of the day

On paper, breakfast cereal ticks all the right boxes. It’s quick, great value for money, and nutritious – the perfect recession-proof food. Yet US consumption has dropped steadily as consumers have sought out more convenient – and often more expensive – alternatives, and ‘breakfast’ has switched from being one of three square meals a day to just another snacking occasion. So is the future one of managed decline, or can innovation pull the cereal category out of its funk?

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://www.foodpolitics.com/2015/03/food-navigators-special-issue-on-breakfast-cereals-plus-additions/