Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

May 16, 2021

Taking two weeks off of exercise sucks. I hate it. But that’s exactly what I had to do, thanks to the plantar fasciitis in my left foot, and the injury in my right knee. It’s a good thing to let the body heal, so I’m trying to be good, and not rush back into exercise. I don’t want to aggravate anything.

The first week of no exercise was tough, because I missed it, and yearned for it. But then, in the second week, I swung to the far other end of the pendulum and start thinking maybe I’ll never exercise again, and I’m just fine with that thought.

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More Cincinnati Photos… and an Injury Update

April 27, 2021

My trip to Cincinnati was short – I was only in town for approximately 24 hours. The biggest highlight, of course, was the race (which you can read about here), but I made the most of the rest of my visit, too. Starting with… the American Sign Museum!

This place is awesome.

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Was Completing My First Stair Race In Over A Year A Terrible Mistake? (Cincinnati Fight For Air Climb Race Recap)

April 25, 2021

I was woefully under-prepared, and nursing an injured foot. Why did I sign up to race up and down thousands of stairs?

This morning I collapsed on the grass (actually, it was turf), after a job well done, and felt a specific sense of pride that I haven’t felt since February 2020. It’s a mix of accomplishment, exhaustion, pain, and invincibility – and I only experience it when I complete a stair race.

So, the answer to the question at the beginning of this blog post is… Because I love stair races. Period.

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A Healthier Deviled Egg

April 11, 2021

I love Deviled Eggs, and I love making them at Easter. Want proof? This is the third Deviled Egg post I’ve published after Easter! I shared my recipe for Smoky Onion Deviled Eggs in 2016, and my Avocado Deviled Eggs in 2019.

This recipe is for a more traditional Deviled Egg, but it’s a healthier version, and they’re very good. My mom is a Deviled Egg connoisseur, and she loved ’em.

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My First Race Recap in Five Months!

March 28, 2021

I ran an in-person 5K race last weekend – my first since the end of October – and I ran it with my best running buddy!

This was probably the 8th or 9th 5K race I’ve run with JJ, although a couple of those were Read the rest of this entry »


It Only Took Eleven Years, But Now I Have a Bulletin Board For My Weight Loss Chart!

March 14, 2021

I’ve been keeping and updating my weight loss chart since 2010. And during that entire time, I had to taped to my wall, using painter’s tape. Up until a few weeks ago, that is. I finally got a bulletin board for my weight loss chart!

When I lived in California, I never saw the need. Taping it to the wall worked just fine. But Read the rest of this entry »


My New Hiking Goal, Plus StairMaster, Meal Prep, and Other Successes

February 28, 2021

In 2020, I set a goal to walk one long trail from end to end. I broke it into chunks, and did a different portion every weekend, ultimately completing it in August, walking 102.6 miles in the process. Now I’m back at it!

JJ and I went for our first hike of 2021, and it was the first leg of my 2021 hiking goal: to Read the rest of this entry »


Switching Up My Meal Prep Because I’m So Sick of Salads

February 14, 2021

Let’s get things started with a few updates. This Wednesday will mark 12 weeks of constant headache (residual pain from my shingles outbreak in the fall). The good news is that it’s been extremely mild, and I’m used to it, so I barely notice it anymore. It’s been weeks since it’s flared up to the point where it’s caused any significant inconvenience in my life. Hopefully this means it will go away soon – I feel like I’m 97% of the way there!

In other news, I’m hitting the stairmaster with a renewed vigor. My current plan is to use it twice a week (Mondays and Fridays), and while I’m only starting my second week of that plan, I’m excited by it.

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February Weigh-In and Update

February 7, 2021

Happy February, everyone! I wanted to start this post with a correction. I track my workouts, and last month, in my 2020 Year-End Progress Report, I said that in order for activity to count, for me, as exercise, it needed to “be activity where the sole purpose is to get exercise.” Well, there’s an exception to that rule… shoveling snow.

(There’s actually probably more than one exception, but, for now, I’m going to focus on this one.)

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This Pizza Recipe is Breadless… and Cauliflowerless Too!

January 31, 2021

I do love a cauliflower-crust pizza. They’re very healthy, delicious, and they satisfy that pizza craving. I just got my recipe printed in a cookbook! Hey, I hear there’s a big game coming up next weekend… what a great time to make a healthier version of a popular game day food!

Guess what, everyone. That’s not a cauliflower-crust pizza in my hand. I tricked you! That’s actually… a chicken-crust pizza! (I’ll pause for gasps here.) Read the rest of this entry »