Behind The Scenes at the Bowflex Webcast

July 24, 2014

I’m back from Portland! What a fun trip. The biggest highlight was definitely the live Q&A webcast with Bowflex, but there were other highlights too. Did you miss the webcast? Watch the video right here!

If for some reason the YouTube video isn’t working for you, you can also watch the video by clicking here. (Warning: I couldn’t get it to work in Firefox, but it worked in Chrome. You may need to try a couple different browsers, too!)

This particular screengrab from the webcast is right around when things got emotional for me and I had to fight back the urge to cry (around the 27-minute mark).

This moment is from when things got emotional for me and I had to fight back the urge to cry (around the 27-minute mark).

The webcast started bright and early, at 8am, but my day started at 5:15am, when I Read the rest of this entry »


Tune-In Reminder: My Q&A is Tuesday!

July 20, 2014

This Tuesday, at 11am EST/8am PST, I’ll be taking YOUR questions during Bowflex’s LIVE Webcast Q&A! Watch from your computer (and submit questions) by clicking here. Need another reason to watch? According to the Bowflex blog post, folks that tune in will have a chance to win a Bowflex TreadClimber TC10!  Holy moley, that’s a fancy piece of exercise equipment! So join me, fitness expert Tom Holland, and Brooke Birmingham (who’s lost 172 pounds!) – it’ll be fun.

I’m going to Portland for the webcast, so this may be my last blog post until I get back. If you saw me during the webcast and am checking out this page for the first time, then WELCOME! I hope you look around. There’s lots of before and after photos, recipes, and posts ranging from inspiring exercise accomplishments to how I deal with depression and mental illness. You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. There’s a “Sign Me Up” box in the top right part of this page where you can subscribe to get new posts via email. Read the rest of this entry »


Charlie Chaplin Stood Here: An Exercise Adventure in Acton, California

July 17, 2014

Every once in a while, my loves of history and exercise collide. It happened the other night, when I went for a run in a location where Charlie Chaplin filmed one of his most acclaimed movies. And I have proof!

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Hello Stairwell, My Old Friend.

July 16, 2014

Check out this photo from after my workout on Monday:

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Drenched in sweat? On the 26th floor? You don’t have to be Nancy Drew (or even George or Bess) to figure out that this picture was taken in a stairwell. And that means one thing…

…My training has resumed! I’ve got a stair climb race coming up!

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Attend My Upcoming Online Q&A!

July 14, 2014

Exciting News! The good folks at Bowflex have invited me to participate in their upcoming online webinar, “The Journey to Health and Fitness”!  It’s going to be a live Q&A-style event, with a panel including me, Tom Holland (Bowflex’s in-house Fitness Advisor), and Brooke Birmingham, who blogs over at Brooke Not On A Diet. Brooke’s lost 170 pounds, and is really inspiring and courageous. I admire her a lot. We’ll be talking about health, fitness, and the journey each of us took to get to where we are today. It sounds like it’ll be a pretty casual affair with a lot of helpful, motivational information. And here’s the best part: YOU can help shape the conversation, because we’ll be answering questions from viewers! So think up some good Qs and I’ll provide some good As! 

“The Journey to Health and Fitness” will be live-streamed one week from tomorrow, so mark your calendars!  That’s Tuesday, July 22nd at 8:00am PT/11:00am ET.  CLICK HERE to pre-register so you can tune in on your computer, tablet, or smartphone!

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Better Late Than Never: July Weigh-In and Workout Progress Report

July 11, 2014

I weigh in once a month. I was in Michigan when the new month started, so this month’s weigh-in didn’t happen until I came back, on the 6th. Then, I wanted to write and publish my vacation posts (read them here and here), so that explains why this post is a little delayed. But… better late than never!

Here’s what the scale said when I stepped on it:

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A Few Days in St. Joseph, Michigan

July 8, 2014

Part two of my Michigan vacation recap! After a great few days on Mackinac Island, my family and I began the five-hour drive down the western side of the state, heading for the twin towns of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, on the shores of Lake Michigan in the southwestern corner of the state. This is where my mother grew up, and where we visited my grandparents multiple times a year all throughout my childhood.

My mom inherited my grandmother’s place, and that’s where all nine of us were headed when we heard that a terrible storm had swept through the day before, leaving 80,000 homes without power. Ours was one of them. We also heard that it might take 3 days to get power restored. Yikes. Not a great thing to hear when you’re just a few hours away from arriving! My sister and I jumped Read the rest of this entry »


A Few Days on Mackinac Island

July 7, 2014

I’m baaaaack! Hope you all had a great Fourth of July week. Mine was wonderful – I spent it hanging out with family in Michigan, where I grew up, visiting places we used to go to all the time when I was a kid.

First stop: Mackinac Island. Located in the very northern part of Lake Huron, Mackinac Island is known for a few things: its history, its ban on motor vehicles (which means bikes and horses are the main means of transportation), and its many fudge shops. As many brochures and websites point out, visiting Mackinac Island is like stepping back in time – specifically, to the late 1800s, when many of the island’s buildings were constructed.

The island is only accessible by ferry, and my in-law Anne took this great picture of me as we pulled away from the mainland.

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We used to go to Mackinac Island every Read the rest of this entry »


The Disappearance of Richard Simmons

June 26, 2014

Earlier this month, I got a tweet from Richard Simmons. Even though it only said “XOXO,” that tweet was really special, because it was the first time I’ve heard anything from Richard in four months.

Richard Simmons Tweet Richard is a remarkably accessible celebrity. He’s taught aerobics in Beverly Hills for 40 years, and anyone can come and exercise with him. It’s been reported that he’ll call 50 people a day, all across the country, to check in on them. He’ll respond to hundreds of emails and messages on social media every week.

Recently, though, it’s all come to a grinding halt. Richard hasn’t taught a class since February. He’s stopped answering emails. No one I know has heard from him. There are still Facebook and Twitter messages, but there’s a good chance they’re posted by his staff. Richard, for lack of a better word, has disappeared.

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A Workout Milestone on Day Two

June 25, 2014

A little while ago I completed my second workout since being sidelined with a hip injury, and it ended up resulting in a momentous workout milestone. Very exciting!

One of the things I do is keep track of all the Read the rest of this entry »


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