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.

Working out with a mask on is Read the rest of this entry »


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.)

There’s a very practical reason why people shovel snow – Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


I Need Some Silliness Right Now

January 10, 2021

After the seriousness of my last few posts, and remembering the time and effort that went into crafting them, I need to post something simpler, and sillier. Richard Simmons action figure to the rescue!

I pre-ordered this action figure in the summer, and then completely forgot about it, until it showed up on my front porch six months later. Yup, it’s a Richard Simmons action figure. Yup, it’s official – Richard signed a licensing deal so this company could make and sell this. Read the rest of this entry »


2020 Year-End Progress Report

January 4, 2021

This is typically one of my favorite posts of the year. I’ve done a Year-End Progress Report every year for ten years, and use it to crunch numbers and check in on all the awesome progress I’ve made over the past 12 months, in regards to my health, fitness, and weight loss.

To be honest, I’m dreading it this year, because I haven’t made any progress. I’ve actually gone in the opposite direction. So I’m rethinking this post. This year’s report isn’t about progress, it’s about taking stock of my circumstances and setting a new baseline, from which I can make all sorts of excellent progress in 2021.

And I’m going to highlight any successes that I come across, so I don’t lose sight of them. I need all the motivation I can get! Let’s practice: Read the rest of this entry »


It’s 2021! My First Post of the New Year

January 1, 2021

Welcome to 2021!

Uh, yea, I did write 2021 on the back of a credit card bill! I hope you and your loved ones had a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season. My holidays were very quiet and nice. It was a small group – just me, Read the rest of this entry »


Here’s Some Medical Advice: Don’t Get Shingles On Your Face

December 6, 2020

The past few weeks have been awful. I’m currently recovering a nasty case of shingles on my scalp, face, and in my left eye. The worst of it is over, which I am very thankful for, but I’m still dealing with pain. In fact, I’ve had the same non-stop headache for over three and a half weeks now. The intensity varies, and I’m managing it with a mix of over the counter and prescribed painkillers, but I’m ready for it to be over.

The first sign that something was amiss was about four weeks ago, when Read the rest of this entry »