I Competed in the Dallas Vert Mile and Climbed More Stairs In One Day Than EVER Before

January 16, 2018

I was lying on the carpet, unable to move. Pain and fatigue pulsed through my body, and every limb felt heavy, like I was being pressed into the floor. A woman appeared, looking down at me. “Are you finished?” I nodded, and she disappeared, only to return a few seconds later, ripping open a little plastic pouch with her teeth. She pulled a gorgeous multi-colored medal from the pouch, and I reached up, slowly, and took it from her. I pushed a few words out, in between gasps for air: “It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” She laughed and walked away, and as I rested the medal on my chest, my vision suddenly got cloudy. My eyes were filling with tears, and I started sobbing, nearly 500 feet above the Dallas sidewalk.

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Before I begin this recap of my experiences at the Dallas Vert Mile, I want to remind everyone reading this that Read the rest of this entry »

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Double Peach Chicken

January 10, 2018

My first recipe of 2018! It’s a good one, inspired by a recipe I found on the back of a bottle, and then forgot about for months!

Last September, I went hiking with friends, to a rocky coastline still littered with debris from a shipwreck that happened 50 years ago. (Read about it here!) We went to lunch afterwards, and I was intrigued by the recipe for Peachy Chicken that I found on the back of the bottle of Heinz malt vinegar on our table. So I snapped a photo of the recipe.

I forgot all about the photo until recently, when I was Read the rest of this entry »


I Competed in 18 Races in 2017. A Brief Look Back Before I Start Looking Forward.

January 8, 2018

I published my 2017 Year-End Progress Report a week ago, but it occurred to me the other day that something was missing. It covers my weight loss and maintenance, my workout progress report, and my cardio miles, but there was no mention of my races. And I raced a lot. 

Time to remedy the situation! In the future, Read the rest of this entry »


Scuba Diving in the Kukulcan and Chac-Mool Cenotes Was One of the Coolest Things I’ve Ever Done!

January 4, 2018

I shared many parts of my Christmas vacation in Mexico in my last post, but I saved the best for last: Scuba diving in cenotes! And I have gorgeous photos to prove it.

Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula is full of underground rivers that wind through limestone caverns. You can access these rivers at places where the ceiling of the caverns collapsed. These access points, called cenotes (pronounced ‘sin-oh-tays’) are all over the Yucatan, and look like flooded sinkholes. Some are Read the rest of this entry »


Four Tips For Eating at a Buffet That I Figured Out During a Vacation in Mexico

January 3, 2018

I spent Christmas on a fantastic vacation in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. My whole family met up there, and we stayed at an all-inclusive resort. And, like many all-inclusive resorts, this one had a lot of buffets.

I haven’t eaten at many buffets since I started losing weight, and the thought of all the buffets was a bit daunting. After all, they Read the rest of this entry »


My 2017 Year-End Progress Report

January 2, 2018

I look forward to this post all year! You know I share my weigh-in results and workout progress report every month. But when a new year starts, I put together a report that encompasses the whole prior year. I find it very interesting and hugely motivating, so let’s get to it!

First, my weight loss chart. I did my first-of-the-month weigh-in, and I’m up two pounds. Read the rest of this entry »


Merry Christmas, and KEEP IT UP All The Way to 2018… and Beyond!

December 21, 2017

I haven’t had much time to write this week, and don’t foresee my schedule opening up in the near future, but I wanted to put together a short little something and wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.

Please allow me to express my gratitude as well: I’m in my Read the rest of this entry »