We are all on a journey.

My hope is that the twists and turns of my journey will inspire you on your own. This is not a diet blog. Not an exercise blog. Just a simple blog about one girl's path towards health and wholeness. Because I believe that the words of the great poet Wendell Berry are true--that we are all "summoned towards wholeness." But the question is, will we respond?

About Me
a-plan-for-dinner-didnt-i-just-do-that-last-night-fafc3

5 Tips for Getting It Done: Mealtime

I’ve had a lot of people ask lately how I get mealtime done after work. And first of all, I will say that cooking for one person is a bit easier than preparing meals for an entire family. First of all, I’m only thinking about my likes (bacon) and dislikes (olives), instead of trying to think through an entire family’s likes… Read more →

14752771268_5733e9e98b_o (1)

Retraining my Taste Buds (and a sorta, kinda recipe)

If you were to ask me to close my eyes and imagine the taste of my childhood, it would be Little Debbie oatmeal pies. That soft, ever so slightly spiced, oatmeal cake with the white cream filling that left your mouth coated with…something both chemical and delicious. The taste of college? McDonald’s hamburgers and fries. Our cafeteria was, shall we… Read more →

16358273697_becb81b59b_o

Trapped Inside

There’s a post-it note stuck on my mirror. I see it every morning when I stumble into the bathroom, my face crisscrossed with sleep lines, my cowlick asserting itself. I see that purple note when I lean in close to the mirror to put on my make-up, hiding and highlighting. And I see it again at night as I scrub that… Read more →

health-quotes-sayings-meaningful-inspiring-run-feet

Unwritten Symphonies

Today was a long day. It was a day full insecurities. I got so deeply into my own head that I just couldn’t see my way out. All day I felt like the slightest breath of doubt would send me over the edge. And to my utter amazement, I found myself wanting to go for a run. No. Needing to… Read more →

keep-calm-and-ask-me-questions

What would you like to hear?

I have a whole mess of ideas in the queue, but I wanted to take a moment and ask, what would you like to hear? I want this to be a community, a place where we have a dialogue. While I love sharing what worked for me, it won’t work for everyone! But if there’s something you’d like to hear… Read more →

tumblr_inline_niic4nYI7P1sgreer

To Whom It May Concern: Running Edition

If you ever read previous iterations of my blog, you know how much I love writing passive aggressive notes to anonymous people. And that’s certainly not about to stop. So here you have it, the first bit of Healthy and Whole snark. You’re welcome. Dear Redneck in the Pick-Up Truck, I’m sorry. I fear you may have mistaken me for someone that you… Read more →

Flickr Creative Commons

Buy the Red Pants

I was browsing the clearance section at my local Kohl’s a few years ago. My fingers flipped nimbly by the smalls, mediums and larges, only pausing when I got to the hangers marked XL.* On another rack I quickly moved past the cute single digits and plunged well into the double digits. Almost out of the teens, but not quite.… Read more →

Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

No More Bikini Body!

It was a Tuesday afternoon and I was trying to will myself to hold a plank for 10 more seconds. My arms shook and drops of sweat made jagged circles on my yoga mat.* From the screen in front of me a chiseled blond spoke chipper words of encouragement while I grumbled expletives under my breath. And then she said… Read more →

Butternut Squash Lasagna

So, this felt like a good time to give you a recipe that you can serve on a real plate First, I should clarify. I’m not a low-carb fiend that would throw myself on top of a plate of pasta like it’s a live bomb. All things in moderation. Plus, pasta sauce is really hard to get out of clothes.… Read more →

198 // 365 - Place Setting // Gedeck

Soggy Paper Plates

Let’s say it’s 2012, and you’re in my neighborhood. It’s 6:30 in the evening, and you see that my lights are on. “I wonder if Brandy has dinner ready?” you wonder. Because maybe you’ve come to a party at my house before, and you’ve sampled my creamy roasted tomato soup with thick grilled cheese. Maybe I’ve made you a decadent birthday… Read more →

XSLT by CarLake