I Spent My Friday Night Running Around a Decommissioned Military Base

January 31, 2017

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Nice backlit selfie, right? I was in Orange County for work on Friday. I finished at 6pm – the worst possible time to hit the road for the hour-plus drive home. So I stalled by going for a run in a super cool location! Read the rest of this entry »


I Did A Richard Simmons’ Video for the First Time. Plus, The Major Milestone That I Totally Forgot About!

January 26, 2017

When I went to Michigan for Christmas, I took a couple Richard Simmons DVDs with me. DVDs are great for traveling – they’re light and easy to pack. Sure enough, on Christmas Day, when the gym was closed, I popped “Sweatin’ to the Oldies 3” into my laptop and got in a great workout. It was the first time I had done that video. And yesterday marked the first time I’ve ever done “Sweatin’ to the Oldies 4.”

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Historically speaking, I haven’t done Richard’s DVDs all that often, mostly because Read the rest of this entry »


Here’s How to Make (and Eat!) A Healthier Cheese Ball

January 25, 2017

If you’re like me, you absolutely LOVE a cheese ball. What’s not to love? It’s a GIANT BALL OF CHEESE! It may come as no surprise that cheese balls are a high-calorie affair, so I came up with a lighter version.

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This would be a perfect addition to your upcoming Super Bowl festivities. Who wouldn’t to nibble on a cheese ball while Read the rest of this entry »


It’s My Anniversary! Here’s the Realization That’s Been Seven Years in the Making.

January 23, 2017

It was seven years ago today, at Richard Simmons’ suggestion, that I started logging my food and emailing him the logs. That marked the beginning of my long, extremely rewarding journey that has resulted in a weight loss of 160 pounds – which I’ve kept off. I thought it’d be nice to mark the occasion with a new ‘before and current’ photo comparison!

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The photo on the right was Read the rest of this entry »


Yes, I Roasted More Beans. No, This Post Isn’t a Rerun.

January 20, 2017

A little while ago, I shared my easy-peasy recipe for roasted garbanzo beans. This post is another roasted bean recipe… but with different beans. So ignore that sense of deja vu, because this post isn’t a rerun. It’s more like a sequel. Or, to use Hollywood vernacular, it’s a ‘reboot’ or a ‘reimagining.’

The beans I roasted this time were black eyed peas (which are in fact Read the rest of this entry »


I Left Town for a Weekend Getaway… and Stumbled Upon Some Awesome Public Stairways!

January 18, 2017

I spent the weekend in San Clemente, California – a small beach town in Orange County. My entire family gathered there to celebrate my mom’s birthday, and my sisters and I stayed active by going on long walks both days. It was during those walks that we stumbled across a major find… public stairways that would be fantastic for stair training.

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The stairs are all brand new, built as part of the Read the rest of this entry »


Two Hikes: One Historical, One Completely Illegal

January 16, 2017

I love a historical hike. I’ve blogged about hikes to a Cold War missile defense facility, the ruins of a Nazi compound, and to the site of a hotel that overlooked the city (until it burned down 117 years ago). My most recent hike adventure was… to an abandoned zoo!

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The Griffith Park Zoo was the main zoo in Los Angeles from Read the rest of this entry »


Stay Warm All Winter With My Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Stew

January 12, 2017

Here’s an easy, healthy, outrageously delicious recipe that that’s perfect for a chilly evening this winter. Make a big batch, and freeze the leftovers for an even simpler meal down the road! Doesn’t it look great?

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It my Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Stew, and here’s how to make it: Read the rest of this entry »


Today is National Take the Stairs Day! (And I’ve Been Celebrating All Week)

January 11, 2017

Dust off your sneakers, because today is National Take the Stairs Day! I’ve been going cuckoo bananas with the stairs lately. Over the weekend I climbed to this awesome perch…

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…FIVE TIMES! 48 stories x 5 climbs = 240 total stories. And yes, that’s as Read the rest of this entry »


3WAYS2 Rethink Your New Year’s Weight Loss Resolutions… So You Stick With ‘Em All Year Long!

January 9, 2017

New Year’s resolutions are a big deal, and so many of them involve losing weight. Self-improvement is always something I can get behind!

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It’s the ninth day of the year, and unfortunately, studies have shown that by the end of two weeks (only five days from now!), nearly one-third of all New Year’s resolutions will have already been abandoned. And GUESS WHAT? I don’t want you to give up on your resolutions!

With that in mind, I put together three ways you can rethink or reframe your weight loss resolutions.  Read the rest of this entry »