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ran up some hills, chopped off my hair, cooked up some soup

Good morning!IMG_2258I can’t believe I wore short sleeves and didn’t slip on ice once today. Could this beautiful warm sun be a sign of spring?!!!IMG_2261On the menu: HILLS. When I did this same workout on the hill below in August, I finished each of the ten reps in 39-41 seconds. When I tried again in January, I hit about 38-39 seconds. IMG_2259and TODAY I finished in 35-37 seconds! I was so happy to shave two seconds off my time that I almost high-fived all the Army guys 😉 . Next up I tackled this smaller yet still mighty monster five times:IMG_2262And also took off a second or two! Small victory, people.

How did I get faster? It could be because of a lot of strength training (especially squats, lunges, wall sits, bosu ball stunts, leg lifts, and core exercises), and a lot of hills (and stairs!)… or it could be because I lost 5 pounds of hair yesterday.2014-02-19I decided it was time to say goodbye to all of my hair and get a sassy bob and bangs. Tada!

Anyways, let’s go from hills and haircuts to hearty soup?red_lentil_soup_DSC0001I invented a lentil (and BACON) creation the other night, and it was pretty good!red_lentil_soup_DSC0004The recipe was inspired by my mom’s paprika-based red lentil soup as well as this tumeric-based Egyptian red lentil soup recipe. We were going to just stick to the Egyptian recipe, but realized with each taste test that it needed a bit of an overhaul. So, here’s the final mix!

Hearty, Healthy Red Lentil Soup – Slow Cooker Style (Serves 6) (inspired by Food.com)

  • 1.5 cups red lentils
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 4 small red potatoes, chopped
  • 5 stalks celery, chopped
  • 5 small carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup cilantro
  • 1 small lemon, juiced
  • 5.5 cups chicken stock
  • salt and pepper
  • Greek yogurt & bacon (optional toppings)

Directions: Throw everything in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or cook on high for 4-6 hours. Blend ingredients together with an immersion blender (or other blender of choice). Top with Greek yogurt and/or bacon!red_lentil_soup_DSC0006How is it already 9:30 am?! Time to get to work. Have a great day!

  • Have you ever impulsively chopped/dyed your hair?
  • How do you get faster?
  • Do you usually stick to recipes or adjust them?

14 thoughts on “ran up some hills, chopped off my hair, cooked up some soup

  1. When I saw how long your hair was getting I knew we were in store for a classic MaryD hair overhaul! It looks great. It’s going to look even better in Baltimore tomorrow!

  2. I’m waiting for a few more inches of hair growth and THEN I will chop it off and donate it (I need a minimum of 8 inches). First time donating, but looking forward to short hair and the change! :)

  3. Your hair is ADORABLE. I’ve chopped mine before when it was super long…. now I’m back to that super long, but I don’t think I’ll go short again yet. I want to get into the summer and see if I like the long beachy waves (mine is naturally wavy so this isn’t difficult – I don’t do high-maintenance beauty). We’ll see if I hate it once it gets hot.

    The soup looks amazing! I need to make soup this weekend and I think I have everything you used. Plus I never make a soup that isn’t slow-cooker-friendly. This might just make the cut!

  4. I used to dye my hair black black black all the time when I was in undergrad because I somehow tied my hair color into how I was feeling. When I did it I had been experiencing a few rough breakups so there you go! I get faster by doing my track/speed workouts, and eating well so that I feel lighter when I run! And I always, always adjust recipes, especially when I’m trying to make comfort food a little healthier!

  5. I cut mine shorter last April and went for the whole shebang this past august. I’m actually trying to grow my hair back now because I felt old! Ha! I guess I thought 30 meant you had to cut your hair. Pfft.

  6. LOVE your hair! I’ve always wanted to get a bob but I have crazy think wavy hair that turns into an afro when cut above my shoulders. I have the pictures to prove it. That soup looks really good too. I’ve been crazy about lentils this year and will definitely be giving it a try soon :)