Did you catch the Academy Awards last night? I sure did! Unfortunately, Anne Hathaway and James Franco weren’t the best hosts. But they were good sports, so I have to give them an A for effort. The dresses, on the other hand, we’re pretty amazing. There weren’t many that I hated, but there were a ton that I loved. Keep reading for my favorite dresses at this year’s Academy Awards.

Today we’re lucky to be featuring a hard core runner, Jess, from Run Girl Run.  Jess has run 23 races so far and isn’t stopping any time soon! So whether you’re a beginner runner looking for tips and inspiration or a more experienced runner looking to connect with a fellow racer and read fun race recaps, Jess’s blog is not to be missed.
Also, she has a ton of amazing-looking healthy recipes from from 2010 New Year’s Resolution to cook at least one healthy meal a week.
1. Tell us a bit about your blog?

My blog covers all aspects of running, health and fitness, including training, nutrition, motivation and making it all fun. Run Girl Run is a title I came up with almost five years ago when I first started my blog. It was meant to be a motivator for me as I was training for my first marathon and using my blog to document the process. In five years, my blog has changed a lot, but I still love writing about running and fitness and helping people people jump right in. I love hearing from people who have just finished their first race or have tried a race I recommended. Plus the community is so encouraging and they are a great group of motivators if I’m having a rough week of training.

Well, the new season of “America’s Next Top Model” started off with Tyra being…well…typical Tyra (in other words, nuts.)  She started off by dressing up and acting like different kinds of girls that audition for top model, then revealed that they would not be showing the auditions in the episode.  Boo!  Those are the best part!

She then pretended to be Ashton Kutcher (once again, Tyra is nuts) so she could “punk” the girls.  She told all the winning girls that they didn’t make it onto the show.  I have no idea what the point of this was.  It all seemed a bit cruel to me.  Soon after, the girls found out that they actually made it onto the show and they went crazy!

When Kathryn took a vacation to Disney World at the end of January, she posted about how to try and eat healthy when surrounded by tons of tasty temptations.

Well, now I am in a similar situation, except that I am not heading to sunny Florida.  I am heading off to gorgeous Stowe Vermont on Saturday where I will be skiing the lovely slopes of Mt. Mansfield and claiming my prize of the HGTV dream home! Just kidding – I wish! But I am really am going to Stowe to ski where I can at least catch a glimpse of this amazing home and dream about what it would be like to win it!

You won’t catch me dead in a gym anytime soon. But you will catch me working out from home 5-6 times a week. I still live with my parents so I’m extremely fortunate when it comes to equipment. They have a treadmill and an elliptical, and those are my two favorite workout machines. Plus there are so many different ways to work out at home.

The time will come when I do move out, and I’ll be forced into a fitness center to get my workouts in. I’m dreading that though. Why, you wonder? I have many reasons…

This week, Ali informed that contestants that 2 team members would be eliminated.  There was a red line that applied to both teams. Whoever fell below that red line, no matter which team they were on, went home. There was also the typical Biggest Loser weigh-in in which one team votes some one off. Double the fun!

This week, Brett & Cara’s team trained outside the ranch, at a Bas Rutten’s MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) studio. They came, they fought and they conquered. They spent hours punching, kicking, fighting, hoping this whole new intensity level would keep their team intact for the week.

Remember when gastric bypass surgery was seen as a miracle weight loss surgery to cure obesity? While it did work well for many obese patients, there were also stories of people who died during the surgery.causing gastric the procedure to develop a bit of a bad reputation because people were scared that the health risks were not worth the surgery.

Just in case you’re not familiar with the procedure, gastric bypass surgery is when the stomach size is made smaller and part of the small intestine is bypassed so that a person cannot consume as many calories or as much food. It’s a surgery that is complicated and not without risk, but can work well for some people suffering from obesity.

When I was in high school, I used to babysit two little boys every day after school.  In any normal situation, this would have been torture, but there was one thing that made babysitting them bearable…they had a trampoline.  Yes, every day after school I would FORCE them to go on the trampoline with me.  “Please can we play basketball instead, Kathryn?’ they would plead.  “No!  We’re bouncing!”  I would exclaim.  Why?  Because trampolines are SOOO fun!

Well, apparently there are new, crazy trampoline workout classes- not the ones where everyone has a mini trampoline, but ones where you bounce around in a HUGE room with a trampoline floor!  Amazing.

I’d like to welcome Janetha from Meals & Moves for our 9th installment of Getting To Know You!  It’s so exciting to think about all the amazing bloggers we’ve had featured since the end of 2010 – and we’ve had A LOT of them! So many lives, stories, recipes, exercises and it just keeps getting better with Janetha here today!

And it just so happens that she posted 30 interesting facts about herself yesterday, so if you want to get to know Janetha up close and even more personally, check out her post!

And now for some Meals & Moves…

1. Tell us a bit about your blog?

Hi. I’m Janetha G.

I know it’s still February, but it’s going to be 60 degrees in Chicago and I couldn’t be more excited! Who could help but have spring on their mind with weather like this!

When I think spring, I think fashion.  It’s always about this time of year when all my favorite clothing stores (H&M, Loft, Express, Macy’s) start changing the displays from darker colored sweaters and matching scarves to bright bold spring colored tees and tank tops. It always feels strange buying a top that you know you can’t wear for a few months.

The spring season always comes packed with tons of fun, cute (or maybe not so cute) fashion trends, and I always enjoy seeing the new styles hit the store shelves.