Hey guys! I’m handing over the blog today to Anna from Curious and Curiouser. She and I met about 5 years ago through a mutual friend – Anna went to college in Alabama with a girl I went to high school with in Utah, and Anna and I both ended up living in Winston-Salem and our friend Olga connected us. Such a small world! I hope you enjoy this post from Anna who is a casual runner and isn’t even sure if she calls herself a “runner.” I think the term “runner” is something many of us have thought about and wondered we fit that title, and her perspective on how perfectionism plays into this is super insightful. I loved this post!


Well, hello, lovely readers of A Foodie Stays Fit! I’m so excited to be posting on this awesome blog today. (Thanks for inviting me to be a guest blogger, Teri!) When I got a text from Teri asking me if I’d contribute a running post to her blog, I’d actually just finished a run. Or, rather, a “run.” You see, I have a hard time calling myself a runner. I’d like to be able to confidently name myself among the committed and inspiring runners out there, but I just don’t feel like I’m one of them.


Here are three of the main reasons I don’t feel like I qualify for the title of runner:

I don’t run regularly.

I enjoy running (sometimes – more frequently now than in earlier years), but it’s not my main form of exercise. I’m a Pure Barre addict-turned-instructor, so most of my workout hours are spent either getting my #ltb on at the barre, or helping other people get their workouts. I love everything about Pure Barre (more on that here), but do like to supplement my barre time with other forms of exercise. Most regularly, that means incorporating spin classes, the occasional yoga flow, and – from time to time – running.

I don’t run fast.

I know I don’t have to be a fast runner to be a runner. And I also know that part of the issue stems from my infrequent running (as mentioned in the first point). But regardless, it’s not always fun to plod along at a nine-minute-per-mile pace.

I don’t have a running community.

Having a group of people to run with and to keep you accountable to running is, of course, not a necessity to being a runner, but I feel like most of the legit runners I know surround themselves with others who love to run, at least in some context. I feel pretty insecure about my running “skills,” and so I haven’t pursued a group atmosphere.

That said, I did run five 10K races last year, between last spring and this spring. That felt good (and, truth be told, those are the five ONLY times in my life I’ve run six miles). My times were even sort of respectable (all of them were under an hour, which was my goal).


And I have been running more recently, now that the sun’s coming up earlier. It’s not uncommon for me to come back home after a 6 a.m. Pure Barre class (as either a client or teacher), throw on my running shoes, leash up my dog, and hit the sidewalk for a (not-so-quick) two to three miles. That has felt good, too.

The thing is, I like to be good at things. I have a tendency toward perfectionism for sure, and, if I’m not careful, it’s easy for me to fall into the rabbit hole of negative talk when I feel I’m not at my best. And I’m NOT great at running. For a long time, that meant I wanted to stay away from it altogether.

More recently, I’ve started to let myself try to enjoy running, even without being awesome at it. I’ve focused on how energizing the time with my thoughts can be. How it’s a wonderful way to include my pup in my exercise. How it’s something that sometimes feels like torture but other times – when I take the pressure off – is actually quite enjoyable. How it’s something that’s different – and that’s good – from the other things I do.

So, am I a runner? I don’t know. And these days, I’m okay with not knowing. My slightly ambiguous relationship with running is one that’s working for me. I plan on running more races in the future (the 10K is feeling like a good race length, but maybe there’s a half marathon in the cards for me eventually), because they make me feel motivated and accomplished and part of an inspiring group. I’m going to keep lacing up my Nikes, putting in my ear buds, and seeing where the road takes me. Call it whatever you want.06E773C6-8B2C-4252-B613-BEC2410D64B5

See? Such a great post! 🙂 (And I love Anna’s writing style.) I would love to hear from you guys on this topic – do you struggle with calling yourself a “runner”?

3 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]

A few weeks ago, I shared in an email newsletter that while I love summer, I often feel just plain stressed out with so many activities, even though they’re all good things. Many people replied back and said AMEN. While it made me feel better I’m not the only one who feels this way, it also made me sad that so many of us do!

But, I also got a few great tips via email replies from readers on decreasing stress and I wanted to share since they were so good! Hope you enjoy. Here’s to a less-stressful second half of the week!

I know how you are feeling oh so well. I love your tips! I have hid my phone from myself a lot lately! Oh my goodness I can’t tell you how freeing it is to turn off my phone during most of the day and check it here and there in the morning and sometimes at night… When I start to get overwhelmed and feel like I am in survival mode instead of THRIVING mode I PRAY HARD AND LONG for God to get me out of the yuck and rut and to CHOOSE JOY and to fight for gratefulness! When I start to see all the good in life and in Him man does my heart feel so much lighter. Girl I challenge you to write down ten things your thankful for or maybe only two everyday and I bet you will be thriving in no time! Love your newsletters!!!! ~ Bobbi

Hey Teri. Great list! We have such different lives (I’m a stay at home mum with 3 kids living in Australia) but all of those things ring true for me as well. Regarding your “done” list, my friend and I have a “to do” list and a “ta-da” list so at the end of the day we can ask each other what is on our “ta-da” list. And it does make us feel like we have accomplished something! Even if it’s just made the school lunches and got uniforms ready. Ta-da! And it’s always easier to give advice than to take it, particularly our own advice. Good for you and thanks for sharing xxx ~Renae

When I try to do everything I end up getting nothing done. ~Caitlin

I HIGHLY recommend the book “Essentialism” by Greg Mckeown. Put it on your summer reading list! I swear, you’ll be less burned out and more excited about the things you choose to put your energy into.  ~Elissa 

Love all these tips, and I bought that book and I can’t wait to dig in! I’d love to hear from you in the comments with your tips for decreasing stress while still appreciating all the good, many, plentiful things life has to offer.

0 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]

This healthy banana ice cream dessert can be made with just one ingredient – toss a frozen banana in a food processor and blend blend blend. This variation –Protein-Packed Healthy Banana Ice Cream with Sea Salt & Chocolate Chips — pumps up the protein & flavor for an extra special treat. 

I’m a big fan of made-up holidays. Valentine’s Day? Love it. (Really, I do.) National Ice Cream Day? Uh, sure, love it. So I celebrated it yesterday.

I don’t really need an excuse to eat ice cream, but I guess I needed an excuse to blog this recipe. I’ve been making it (or a variation of it) for years after discovering in college over 10 years ago (oh hey, that’s weird to type) and I’ve never blogged about it. Sorry about that. But hey – at least I gave you this chocolate superfudge brownie ice cream recipe a six years ago! That fixes things between us, right? Okay, cool.

Protein-Packed Healthy Banana Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Protein-Packed Healthy Banana Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter or peanut butter (optional); I love Justin’s vanilla almond butter or creamy peanut butter in this!
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips + extra for topping (chopped)
  • 2-4 tablespoons almond milk
  • Coarse sea salt
  1. Combine the banana, protein powder, nut butter and 1 tablespoon almond milk in a mini food processor and pulse to combine. At this point, it will probably be really dry so add another tablespoon of milk and blend. The goal is to use as little milk as possible and rely on the banana to create creaminess. Be patient – it can take 1-2 minutes of blending to make the creamy texture. If it looks really dry, add a little milk at a time until it gets all creamy and delicious.
  2. Once it’s super creamy, add the chocolate chips and pulse to break up the chocolate.
  3. Put in a cute bowl (these are my favorite), and top with extra chocolate and sea salt.
  4. Enjoy!

I find my mini food processor works best for this, but you can use a larger food processor or even a blender if that’s all you have. You may just need to scrap it down more often.
Protein-Packed Healthy Banana Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ingredient Notes:

  • Your banana should preferably be very ripe when you freeze it so you don’t need any extra sweetener
  • I use the Trader Joe’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks, but any semi-sweet or dark chocolate works!
    • To be honest, I rarely top it with chopped chocolate. I just eat the chocolate that gets blended in. But it was looking pretty disgusting in photos without some stuff on top so I added that quick step. Extra chocolate for a photo never hurt anything.
  • I used Vega Vanilla Protein Powder. The flavor will change based on which protein you use, and so will the amount of almond milk you need to add.
  • It bears repeating – use as little milk as possible for the creamiest texture.
  • I like pink himalayan sea salt. You can buy a himalayan sea salt grinder at Trader Joe’s too. See those cute little flecks of salt? Look closely. Seeeeee?

Protein-Packed Healthy Banana Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

If you dig peppermint, you’ll like this 2 minute chocolate peppermint ice cream!

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? If we’re talking regular real ice cream (which I can’t really eat since I can’t tolerate diary), I love cookies & cream and strawberry. My favorite non-dairy options are the Ciao Bella Coconut Sorbet or any of the So Delicious Cashew Milk or Coconut Milk ice creams. They’re so dang good.

3 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]

Weekly Eats – How I fuel for workouts while eating gluten-free (breakfast, lunch & dinner ideas!)

July 14, 2016

After my post about my body before and after CrossFit, a few of you commented that you’d like to see how I how I fuel for workouts while eating gluten free but not Paleo. I’ll do a post dedicated to the topic in the future (hopefully soon!), but in the meantime, I’ll start sharing some of […]

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Last Week’s Workouts

July 13, 2016

Last week was a good mix of running, CrossFit, ROMWOD and rest! I was planning to post this Monday night and that just didn’t happen! I’m currently at the beach (although I still haven’t seen the ocean – we’re headed over there this morning!), and I actually really love blogging on vacation. I’ve always loved writing […]

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The Weekender: Favorite Links + Weekend Recap

July 11, 2016

Happy Monday y’all! I’m so excited for this Monday because I’m only working one day this week and then I’m headed to the beach with Tommy’s family for a long-overdue vacation. I’m so excited to get away from the daily grind and to spend time with his family, whom I LOVE. They are such wonderful […]

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