My Workout at the Worst Pool in Los Angeles

August 22, 2016

I’ve swum laps at a number of city pools around town over the years. I can count five off the top of my head, with my favorite being the pool built for the 1932 Olympics. Most of the pools are pretty easy to get to, but there’s always been a closer one, in my own neighborhood, that has eluded me. It’s called the Read the rest of this entry »


The Most Important Thing You Will Ever Read on This Blog: Why You Should NEVER EVER Give Up on Your Weight Loss Goals

August 18, 2016

At the beginning of May, The New York Times published a lengthy article about long-term weight loss that was an absolute bummer. Scientists followed contestants from “The Biggest Loser” and concluded that their own bodies fought their efforts to keep the weight off, making long-term weight loss success nearly impossible. The article was a trending topic on social media, and so many people struggling with their weight read the article and felt defeated, overwhelmed, and hopeless.

I haven’t been on “The Biggest Loser,” but I have lost 160 pounds and kept it off for over five years. I’ve accomplished something that very few people have, and that article was terribly depressing for me, too.

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I said, in a previous post, that the article Read the rest of this entry »


My Favorite Olympic Quote From Rio

August 15, 2016

I love watching the Olympics. I especially get all swept up in the swimming, and the events in Rio did not disappoint. It’s exciting to watch people, at the top of their game, push themselves even harder, further, faster. I’m inspired by these athletes. Read the rest of this entry »


Look Out Behind You… It’s a WATERMELON SHARK!

August 14, 2016

The most dangerous, conniving, ruthless shark of them all isn’t a great white or a hammerhead… it’s a watermelon shark!

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They’re rarely seen most of the year, but during the summer, they might show up at your picnic or pool party and devour all the fruit in sight.

I made this watermelon shark on Read the rest of this entry »


An Impressive Return to the Stairwell AND My All-Time Highest National Ranking!

August 11, 2016

It’s been nearly two months since I’ve raced or trained in a stairwell. After the TOWERthon in June, I was ready for a break. That was my 9th stair race in six months! Now, though, I have to start getting ready for my fall stair races. And that meant… time to get back in the stairwell!

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I didn’t waste any time. I returned to Los Angeles on Saturday, and my stair training began Read the rest of this entry »


For the First Time in 9 Weeks: Weigh-In Results and Workout Progress Report!

August 10, 2016

I don’t do official weigh-ins while traveling, since I’m away from my weight loss chart, so I missed my July weigh-in entirely, and I’m a week late for my August weigh-in. Better late than never! I stepped on the scale, nine weeks after my June 1st weigh-in, and here’s what it said:

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Down two pounds! I’ll take it. A weight of 251 means I’ve lost and kept off 151 pounds for 6.5 years. That’s Read the rest of this entry »


A Full Final 24 Hours in Michigan

August 8, 2016

I’m back home in Los Angeles. I had a wonderful trip, but it feels so good to be sleeping in my own bed again, for the first time in six weeks. Kinda hard to believe it’s been so long, but as the cliched saying goes, time flew by. Good thing I Read the rest of this entry »


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