Do These Four Cheetos Alternatives Stack Up To The Real Deal?

May 21, 2018

In recent weeks I’ve made jokes about my love of Cheetos, and admitted to indulging in excessive amounts of them. Then Audra, in a comment on this post, planted a seed: there are probably healthier versions out there!

Audra specifically recommended Barbara’s, which I didn’t find at the Ralph’s, Gelson’s, and Sprouts that I shopped at over the past three weeks. I did find other options, though, and I’m sure there’s more out there! Read the rest of this entry »

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48 Rainy Hours in Colorado. Hail, Too!

May 18, 2018

If you wanted to see some hail in May, you should’ve been in Colorado last weekend. Last Saturday evening, during a brief but violent storm, it hailed pebbles of ice.

I’ve lived in Los Angeles for nearly 16 years, where Read the rest of this entry »


I Love You and Miss You, Gerry Sinclair! (1922-2018)

May 15, 2018

On Saturday, January 17, 2010, I walked into Slimmons for the very first time. I had met Richard Simmons a week and a half prior, and he had more or less twisted my arm into taking one of his aerobics classes. I was over 400 pounds, and very nervous about the class.

As I waited in the lobby for some friends that were on their way, an energetic older woman approached me. She had a big, warm smile, and perfect hair and make-up. “Welcome, dear, I’m Gerry. Is this your first time?” She made me feel instantly at ease. “You’re going to love it, dear. Richard is a doll.”

Gerry and me in 2013.

She was right. I quickly fell in love with Slimmons, and spent countless hours taking classes there. Gerry grew to be a very special friend.

Gerry Sinclair passed away yesterday, after a brief bout with pneumonia. She was 96 years old. In addition to being my friend, she was, and will forever be, one of my biggest role models. Read the rest of this entry »


Break? What Break? I Just Did the Lemon Climb Denver! (Race Recap)

May 14, 2018

On Saturday, my sister Sarah and I competed in The Lemon Climb Denver, a 43-story stair race to the top of a tall Colorado skyscraper.

You: Really? A stair race? I thought you were taking a break!

Me: I am taking a break. But the break, while necessary, was a spontaneous decision, and I had registered for this race months ago, accepted money from Read the rest of this entry »


I’m Two Weeks Into My Exercise Break, and It’s Going… Well…

May 10, 2018

…great!

Me, at one my favorite walkable places, a pedestrian footbridge over a freeway near my house.

After pushing myself really hard for a really long time, I decided to take a break from intense, rigorous exercise. But I couldn’t bear the thought of being completely inactive, so I established a rule: Read the rest of this entry »


Trying New Things: Training Mate and Hope Hummus

May 7, 2018

I love trying new things and sharing them on this blog, and I have two things I’m sharing today.

1) Training Mate. Or should I say… a visit to Stud City?

Training Mate is a group fitness studio featuring Read the rest of this entry »


May Weigh-In Results and Workout Progress Report

May 3, 2018

Before I begin my monthly deep dive into stats and charts and other general nerdery, I wanted to quickly share a couple more things that I’m celebrating. As you’ll recall from my post earlier this week, focusing on my successes is a great way to quiet the negative emotions that have surfaced since I began my little exercise break.

So here’s something awesome: Read the rest of this entry »