Thanksgiving Rewind 2020

November 29, 2020

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! Mine was very quiet and nice, and full of good food and quality time with my parents, because, due to the pandemic, it was just the three of us. Oh, and JJ. Can’t forget about JJ! Here he is licking his lips as my mom bastes the turkey.

I’ve been making good progress in my quest to lose weight, and I refuse to let a food-based holiday derail everything. That’s why I Read the rest of this entry »


Thanksgiving May Be Very Different This Year, But My Tried-And-True Thanksgiving Pledge Hasn’t Changed One Bit

November 23, 2020

I make an annual Thanksgiving trip to my sister’s place in Colorado. I’ve gone there every year since 2002… except this year. The pandemic caused my family to rethink how we’ll celebrate this Thanksgiving, and instead of being one of ten or more of us in Colorado, I’ll be one of three, having turkey day with my parents, right here in Michigan. It’s a bummer, but we’d rather have a smaller celebration by choice this year, than have empty seats at the table every year. 

I’m going to enjoy Thanksgiving, no matter the change of location. And I’ve going to lean on my now-vintage Thanksgiving Pledge to help me do that. I created this Thanksgiving Pledge in 2010, and I have taken it every single year since then. It allows me to enjoy whatever I want on Thanksgiving, without feeling terrible the next day or completely abandoning my healthy living efforts. Take the pledge with me!  Read the rest of this entry »


A New Vegetable, Another Virtual 5K, a Drenched Dog, and More!

November 15, 2020

I’m chugging along, folks. At the beginning of the month, I was down four pounds, but then the other day, I was up five. Losing weight isn’t easy, but I’m not giving up!

That’s a post-workout selfie from this morning. I’ve had a very healthy weekend. I took that picture at my gym after using the Read the rest of this entry »


Turning the Corner at the Corn Maze 5K

November 1, 2020

I completed 40 races in 2019 (in honor of my 40th birthday), and one of the most memorable was the Corn Maze 5K. An entire 5K race, all held within a giant corn maze! So I was super excited (and a bit trepidatious) to attend this year’s Corn Maze 5K, a few weeks back.

Let’s start with the elephant in the room: How did they hold a live, in-person race during a pandemic? With a lot of changes and safety protocols. First of all, Read the rest of this entry »


Two Virtual Races Under My Belt… In Two Consecutive Weekends

November 1, 2020

I spent some quality time with my favorite running buddy yesterday, and he thanked me with a big ol’ kiss!

JJ and I completed the Pride Stride 5K yesterday, which was a virtual race, which meant we could run it anywhere we wanted, and then submit our time to their website. Virtual races have become Read the rest of this entry »


My “Weakest Link” Interval Workout

October 27, 2020

There’s plenty I need to update everyone on, including not one, but two race recaps (!), but that’s something for another day. Today is a quick post about a challenging workout I created that’s quickly becoming something I look forward to every week. Read the rest of this entry »


Sand Dune Adventures Up North!

October 18, 2020

Get ready to shake sand out of your shoes for weeks, because… Sand Dune Alert!

I came back earlier today from a great weekend excursion – an overnight trip up north, designed with one goal in mind: to have an excellent, unique workout experience.

One of the things I miss most about living in Los Angeles Read the rest of this entry »


Recommitment: Week 1 Update

October 4, 2020

I started a new chapter last week. I recommitted myself to my weight loss efforts, vowing to tackle the things that I’ve let slide. I’m now one week in, and that first week went pretty well!

My meal prep worked wonderfully. It was great to have the lunches and dinners that I prepared last Sunday all week long, and I spent a good part of today Read the rest of this entry »


This Isn’t the 10-Year Anniversary Post I Wanted to Write, But It’s the Post I Needed to Write

September 27, 2020

Happy 10-year blogging anniversary to me! I started this website in September 2010, and in the past 10 years, I’ve shared my story in 1,568 posts. I’ve had 1.2 million page views. (Whoa!)

I’m incredibly proud that I’ve stuck by this website, and have now reached a solid decade of focusing on my health. But the truth is that I’m not in a very good place right now, health-wise, and I don’t feel like celebrating. Read the rest of this entry »


My First Stair Workout in Seven Months

September 20, 2020

Woohoo! I’m back on the stairs!

It’s been, oh, seven months since I’ve had a good workout on the stairs. I’ve missed it. When the pandemic first started flaring up, all my upcoming stair races got cancelled. All the gyms in my state were forced to Read the rest of this entry »