Reader Question: Help! I’m Self-Conscious at the Gym

April 17, 2017

I hope everyone had a better holiday weekend that I did. I’ve been fighting a nasty cold, and I hope, by the time you read this, the worst will be behind me. I’ve thought that once already, on Friday, when I was feeling pretty good. But then I woke up on Saturday a sneezy, snotty mess. Now, as I type this, I’m feeling like I did on Friday… and keeping my fingers crossed that I won’t regress again.

Meanwhile, a reader recently reached out to me looking for some advice, and I wanted to share how I replied: Read the rest of this entry »


The Simple Walking Workout That Wore Me Out

March 18, 2017

I don’t give myself a break from exercise after a race. No resting on my laurels here! Instead, I take a rest day on the day before, so I’m ready to go on race morning. That meant I was due for a workout the day after my hour-long stair race in Springfield, and I couldn’t skip it. Yes, I was achy and sore, but I gotta do what I gotta do. I decided to keep it easy and light… until I stepped on a cardio machine that had other ideas. Read the rest of this entry »


HAPPY NEW YEAR! And… Christmas in Michigan, Part Two: Exercising Like a Lunatic

January 1, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The new year excites me, because it means my anniversary is in a few weeks. I’ll soon be starting my SEVENTH year on my weight loss journey, and I’m still going strong. I’m so proud that I’ve lost 160 pounds and kept it off for two-thirds of a decade!

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That picture on the right is from Read the rest of this entry »


I Cancelled My Gym Membership and Here’s Why.

October 17, 2016

It’s the end of a chapter in my life: I’ve cancelled my gym membership at Crunch, after four and a half years.

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Crunch is a great gym, but it’s time to move on. Read the rest of this entry »


Getting My Fitness On In My Hometown

July 11, 2016

I’m in Michigan, and I’m staying for a few weeks. I’m able to work remotely, so I’m staying with my parents in my childhood home, and I turned their kitchen table into a temporary office. The other day, I addressed a need I have when I travel: the need to exercise. So… I joined a gym. Read the rest of this entry »


A Terribly Awesome Trip Up Jacob’s Ladder

February 18, 2015

Remember the Jacob’s Ladder? Probably not. I’ve only mentioned in once before, in a blog post last May, but it’s a challenging cardio device that’s basically a never-ending ladder. It’s also a Bible story, but that’s a whole different blog post (on a completely different blog).

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The rungs move on a circular track, so you’ll Read the rest of this entry »


Hello from Michigan!

December 22, 2014

I’m back in my home state for Christmas, and having a great time. Finished my Christmas shopping, been hanging out with friends, helping my parents with cooking and cleaning. And my parents have a whole slew of new neighbors:

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There are deer everywhere. We never used to Read the rest of this entry »