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THE BLISSFUL WAY BACK

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THE BLISSFUL WAY BACK By: Lauren Anderson If you've been following along, last week I mentioned that I had a cold. I was wrong. I had THE COLD. And sleep helped, and eventually cured me-- so I wasn't wrong about that. But boy oh boy! Almost immediately after I hit “publish” on last week's blog, my recovery made a turn for the worst. By midnight that night I was...


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SLEEP. SLEEP OF COURSE.

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SLEEP. SLEEP OF COURSE. By: Lauren Anderson I knew it was going to happen. It was only a matter of time. When you fly too close to the sun, you're bound to get burned. What am I talking about? Sleep. Sleep of course. I'm just now staring at the horizon of one of my busiest times of the year. These last two weeks have been all hands on deck. Just...


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WASHING YOUR LEGS: HALLOWEEN EDITION

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WASHING YOUR LEGS: HALLOWEEN EDITION By: Lauren Anderson HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!! It's my favorite holiday of the year, and I hope you have a great one too--if you celebrate. If not, Happy Tuesday! Every year for as long as I can remember, my mom would make a huge pot of chilli on Halloween and open up the doors of our home. Neighbors and friends and family would stop by in...


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WEEK 100: Keeping It 100

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KEEPING IT 100 By: Lauren Anderson Holy Cannoli! I never thought I would get here, but here I am. 100 weeks of working out, and boy is my life different. Not just my body, but my mind, and my whole way I engage with the world. That is no small feat. I have never stuck with a workout-type-thing this long in my ENTIRE life. I have learned...


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WEEK 99: Calling For Back Up

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CALLING FOR BACK UP By: Lauren Anderson Beep beep beep. Snooze. Fifteen minutes later... beep beep beep. Snooze. After my fourth round of snoozing, I knew I was pushing it. I had to get up. But I can't. I just can't. So I snooze a fifth time. I finally decide that I don't really have to get up for another hour. I knew I was going to try and make...


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WEEK 98: JIMMY CARTER'S WORMS

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JIMMY CARTER'S WORMS By: Lauren Anderson     Funny thing about progress, is you never know how fast it will come. Sometimes you order a new skin cream off late night television and WHAM! You get beautiful skin after only one application. (This has never happened to me, but I keep dreaming.) And sometimes progress shows up in such tiny doses that it's impossible to even see it until years...


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WEEK 97: The Ripple Effect

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THE RIPPLE EFFECT By: Lauren Anderson They always say, “You are born alone, and you die alone.” Who “They” are we'll never know...but that's beside the point. And whether or not you agree with the great “They” and these bleak words of wisdom...is not really relevant. Because I don't think “They” are being literal here. I think what that old adage is really getting at is---IT---whatever IT is---starts and stops...


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WEEK 96: The Award For Last Place

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THE AWARD FOR LAST PLACE By: Lauren Anderson   I am no stranger to last place. I am not new to losing. I'm actually pretty good at it. Losing, that is. I try and stay gracious. I try and laugh it off. Because for as competitive as I can feel, I also know on a deep level that my physical ability is often no match for my brain's wishes. In...


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WEEK 95: The Led Zeppelin Phase

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THE LED ZEPPELIN PHASE By: Lauren Anderson Okay, full disclosure? I'm about two Proseccos deep right now. Am I drunk on some hefty pours of sparkling white Italian wine? No. But I feel...how should I put it...loose? So maybe this is the perfect place to be in to tackle an issue that feels like a personal mountain. The diet industry. In the past few weeks, I've learned that 4...


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WEEK 94: BackSquat That Thing Up

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BACKSQUAT THAT THING UP By: Lauren Anderson Four months. It's been four stupid months of healing for this gal--- and my tiny little wrist injury. I don't know if any of you recall, but early in May I twonked my wrist lifting a tote bag with a pair of jeans in it. Wait... not from weightlifting you say? NOPE. From trying to tidy up my apartment. (Injury added to the...


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WEEK 93: A State Fair State of Mind

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A STATE FAIR STATE OF MIND By: Lauren Anderson Let's talk for a minute about FOOD GUILT. I typed that out in all caps because FOOD GUILT is an all caps kinda thing. It can make or break any event, dinner, day, snack, child-parent interaction, grasp on reality...You name it! For those of you lucky ones that don't experience what I'm calling FOOD GUILT, let me break it down....


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WEEK 92: A Scandal in Brunch-landia

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A SCANDAL IN BRUNCH-LANDIA By: Lauren Anderson I don't know how it happened. But it did. Quite possibly one of the most embarrassing things I've ever had to go through happened this last weekend, and I figured I'd tell you all about it. Did I debate whether or not I want the whole internet to know my shame? You bet your booty I did. But I landed on...


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WEEK 91: The Class Of Then and Now

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THE CLASS OF THEN AND NOW By: Lauren Anderson This past weekend was my high school reunion. It was everything it ought to be. One part awkward, one part fun. One part was exciting, one part bittersweet. There were lots of baby and kid pictures being shown, with parents ranging from joyful to exhausted, sometimes in the same breath. There was a little bragging and a little excusing from...


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WEEK 90: Potential Rigor Warning

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POTENTIAL RIGOR WARNING By: Lauren Anderson A few Christmases ago, my mom, my step dad, and myself were about to head over to my step-grandparents house to celebrate. We had been tasked with bringing a dish to share. My mom got this great recipe for cold cheese tortellinis that you dip in this special sauce. It was a twist on finger food and they were delicious. Since it was...


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WEEK 89: Gotta Gotta Get Up To Get Down

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GOTTA GOTTA GET UP TO GET DOWN By: Lauren Anderson “1...2...3...4 Get your booty (woman) on the floor. Gotta gotta get up to get down. Gotta gotta get up to get down.” - Coolio. It's a funk tradition older than funk itself. You can't get down on the dance floor unless you get up outta your chair first. I mean, it's just science. And even if you haven't thought about Coolio...


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Week 88: Beware of The Big White B!tch

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BEWARE OF THE BIG WHITE B!TCH By: Lauren Anderson A while ago, I was meeting a friend for dinner. They were standing outside the restaurant and watched while I crossed the street. It was heavy traffic, around rush hour, so attempting to be a pedestrian during these times is always an exercise in caution. I work downtown, and live in uptown so I'm always crossing traffic. So when...


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WEEK 87: The Glamorous Life

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THE GLAMOROUS LIFE By: Lauren Anderson When I first became a full-time actor at the Brave New Workshop, I was asked to take on some other duties as well as acting and writing in the shows. In addition to doing what I was hired for, I was also in charge of creating an archival system for the vast amount of 50+ years of theatre history and media...


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WEEK 86: Conquering The Anderson Curse

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CONQUERING THE ANDERSON CURSE By: Lauren Anderson My Dad went college, but never finished. And I'll tell you why... Astronomy 101. The legend begins with my Dad going to school when the draft for Vietnam was in full effect. His status as a college student saved him from the having to put his name in, but only if he remained a registrant. Fresh out of high school, and...


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WEEK 85: Physician, Heal Thyself

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PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF By: Lauren Anderson So I did it. I finally went to the doctor to see about my wrist. You know, that vital body part that affects virtually everything I try to accomplish in a day? Yeah. That one. If you've been following along, you know I hurt my right wrist a little over a month ago now, (NOT at the gym either-- I was picking...


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WEEK 84: Red White and IKEA Blue

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RED WHITE AND IKEA BLUE By: Lauren Anderson It's the Fourth of July today, and while I hope most of you are at a barbeque, or riding on a boat, or sleeping in, I just had to take a minute and drop by and share a story fitting for this day. Although America's history is complicated and violent, and the present isn't much better as of late, still...


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WEEK 83: MEASURING UP

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MEASURING UP By: Lauren Anderson About a month or so ago, Solcana acquired a new piece of gym equipment. It's called the Peg Board, I'm pretty sure. But I like to think of it as “Wall Cribbage”. It's essentially a big board that's been mounted to the wall with a bunch of holes in it, that just perfectly fit these two 'pegs'. Using mostly your arms, you scale...


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WEEK 82: If You're Going Through Hell, Keep Going

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IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH HELL...KEEP GOING By: Lauren Anderson The other day, my stomach didn't feel so hot. Like, not in the stomach ache kinda way, more like the, um-better-not-be-too-far-from-the-bathroom kind of way. So I did what my stomach told me and I stayed close to the bathroom. Sorry, I promise I am going somewhere with this... In between jaunts to the throne, I laid myself down and watched...


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WEEK 81: The Noodle To Beet

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THE NOODLE TO BEET By: Lauren Anderson Cooking. That thing I attempt to do from time to time now, that I swore I never would. I still don't enjoy it all that much... but let's face it, the benefits far outweigh the costs. Cause there's the actual nutritional benefits, of knowing EXACTLY what you're eating, and the actual literal cost. It's cheaper to eat at home, right? My wallet...


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WEEK 80: Dazed and Enthused

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DAZED and ENTHUSED By: Lauren Anderson The first time I tried to audition for a musical in college, I failed. Meaning I never even made it to the building. By the time I got halfway through the quad I had talked myself out of it, so I turned around at the fountain, and headed back towards the freshman dorms. It was like I was in a daze! I was...


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WEEK 79: A Squat For Thought

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A SQUAT FOR THOUGHT By: Lauren Anderson “Can you get this?” Yes. Got it. No problem. “Can you reach that?” Sure, lemme just balance on this leg, aaaaaand done! “Can you get down there and push that to the back?” Yes I can. Done and done. “Can you lift these two?” Of course. “Are you sure? They're heavy.” Yup. I'm sure. Got anything else while I'm at it? * * * That was...


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WEEK 78: I Guess I'll Go Eat Worms

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I GUESS I'LL GO EAT WORMS By: Lauren Anderson “Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I guess I'll go eat worms!” Does everyone remember this old childhood song? Whenever I'm feeling particularly down about myself, for no good reason, I always hum this song. And then I usually turn to food to console me. And not food that is set up to support me either. It's comfort food....


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WEEK 77: Loving The Chins I'm In

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LOVING THE CHINS I'M IN By: Lauren Anderson Uh oh. It happened again. It had been so long since it happened at first I didn't know what I was feeling. I was just merrily minding my own business when it creeped up like a body snatcher in the night. I wasn't doing anything wrong. I was just cleaning out my download file on my computer and I saw it. This...


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WEEK 76: Gauntlets of Power

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GAUNTLETS OF POWER By: Lauren Anderson When I was 25 I managed a toy store for a year. That was a really interesting time in my life, filled with a lot of transition. It was the first year in my professional life so far that I couldn't find enough steady work as an actor or in the theatre field. So I did what adults have to do, and...


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Week 75: A Great Big Swiss-Understanding

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A GREAT BIG SWISS-UNDERSTANDING By: Lauren Anderson My Grandpa used to love whipped cream. He would have it on every dessert whether it was pie, ice cream, Jello-- if Grandma and Grandpa were coming over, there would be whipped cream in the house! And that was the only time too. He wasn't a snob about it either. It could be homemade, Cool Whip, or even Reddi Whip in...


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WEEK 74: I Left My Inhaler Upstairs

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I LEFT MY INHALER UPSTAIRS By: Lauren Anderson “Everyone in the wedding party can put your bags upstairs, and then meet us outside for pictures. You've got 5 minutes! Quick!” I hauled my bags of wedding miscellanea up the stairs and plopped them down where I was told. I rummaged through my tote looking for different shoes. Because even though it was only about 6:00, I had been...


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