JJ and I Have Hiked A 47-Mile Route Over the Past Few Months!

May 31, 2020

There’s some old railroads in my area that have been converted into hiking trails, and JJ and I have been hitting portions of these trails during many of our weekends over the past few months. It occurred to me recently that if JJ and I targeted a couple specific areas, than we will have cumulatively covered a continuous stretch of trail that’s 47 miles long! That became a new goal… and I reached that goal on Sunday.

Check it out: We’ve covered this entire 23.5-mile trail, twice! (There and back.) 

(Click on the map to see it bigger.)

Most of the trail is called Read the rest of this entry »


Three New Items. Two Vegetarian, One Not. Two Delicious, One Not.

May 30, 2020

I can’t wait until I can get a haircut. I want one so badly.

In other news… even in a pandemic, I’m finding new-to-me products that pique my curiosity. I don’t go out of my way to explore and find new items in the supermarket, but if I happen to see something I’ve never seen before (typically in endcap displays or near items I buy regularly), chances are I’ll buy it and bring it home. Wanna read about my latest new-to-me purchases? Read the rest of this entry »


The Saturday Morning Workout That’s Been Kicking My Butt

May 25, 2020

All I wanted was a simple post-workout photo, and JJ photobombed it!

And then, seconds later, JJ landed a kiss right on my lips, complete with tongue! Read the rest of this entry »


I Wouldn’t Say I Cheated On My Most Recent “Chopped” Cooking Challenge… But I Did Stretch the Rules

May 17, 2020

My office does a fun “Chopped”-inspired cooking challenge, where they provide a list of three secret ingredients, and we use them to make a dish over the weekend. I’ve done it twice before (read the posts here and here)… but this time, I had to stretch the rules a little bit. But I ended up with a delicious late night snack, since that was the category.

Crunchy carrot chips! I’ve been wanting to make these ever since Read the rest of this entry »


The Meat and Pasta Meal That Contains No Meat and No Pasta

May 13, 2020

In my last post, I shared a big exercise win for the week: my first run in six months. This post is about a big food win – a delicious meal with a few interesting (and new-to-me) ingredients.

Looks delicious, right? It’s vegetables, pasta, and ground meat. Except that it’s not pasta or meat, at least not in the traditional sense. Read the rest of this entry »


I Was Dreading My First Run In Six Months… And The Outcome Surprised Me!

May 10, 2020

It’s been a good week, and I want to share my successes. That’s right, plural! Not one success, but two!

WHOA! I need a haircut!

I’ll share one of those successes in my next post. This post is about a huge exercise win: I went running for the first time in six months! After Read the rest of this entry »


I’m Adding Hundreds of Miles to My Cardio Miles Total

May 4, 2020

I want to get back into monthly weigh-ins. And since a new month began a couple days ago, I stepped on a scale, and was down another pound! I had weighed myself midway through April, for the first time since I began working from home, and had lost 9.2 pounds at that point. That’s now a total of 10.2 pounds lost in the seven weeks that my state has been under a Stay-at-Home order. (Here’s how I’m doing it: Part 1 and Part 2)

Getting back into monthly weigh-ins means I should Read the rest of this entry »