A Big Time Announcement: My Next Four Stair Races!

February 6, 2017

Stair race season is in full swing. I’ll probably compete in eight events between now and this summer. A few of those are up in the air at the moment, but I can definitely announce my first four races of 2017, and I’m pumped!

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I love competing in new venues. I only added one new building to my list during the winter and spring months last year (Republic Plaza in Denver). This year, though, I’m doing as many new races as I can. In fact, every single one of the four races below is a new-to-me building or a new-to-me city… or both!
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How to Make Pretty Meals and Appetizers That Look Like They Should Be in a Magazine

February 2, 2017

I’ve become a big fan of a fun, new-to-me product that makes cooking gorgeous, magazine-ready food easy. And I promise: this post isn’t sponsored or paid for in any way. In fact, the company doesn’t even know I’m doing it! (Although I’m open to partnerships, wink wink!)

The product is Read the rest of this entry »


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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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 »