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At-Home Sh'Bam - yay!
Monday, August 28, 2017      2 comments

So I signed up for the Les Mills OnDemand service, which streams video classes of my favorite Les Mills activities to my home studio. Yay me :) So I'm been exploring the Sh'Bam offerings (many of which I remember from live classes) and the Body... Read more
How to survive vacation
Wednesday, August 23, 2017      3 comments

The family spent a few days at Kentucky Lake, to watch the eclipse in totality and for a brief vacation, but honestly these "vacations" make me more stressed out than ever. For one thing, I get ZERO work done because it's too noisy and there is ... Read more
Adding one day at a time
Friday, August 18, 2017      4 comments

Since I started back at the YMCA in August, I've tried to one-up myself each week, doing one more class than I did the previous week. My ultimate goal is to get in one cardio class and one toning or strength training class per day, but I have lo... Read more
Laundry Day Gratitude
Tuesday, August 15, 2017      5 comments

(I'm so behind this week, I'm functioning as though it's actually Sunday, my laundry day.) Today I put about two dozen child-size shirts in the washer. I don't know how he goes through two dozen shirts in a week, but he does. Half as many p... Read more
Dear Santa: please bring me more time to work out.
Saturday, August 12, 2017      4 comments

My 82-year-old mother has been living at the YMCA for the last couple of weeks. She discovered the aquatics classes and pretty much abandoned sitting at home doing nothing, in favor of working out in the shallow end. I love that :) So now ... Read more
So tired!
Thursday, August 10, 2017      6 comments

Between being uber-active again and not getting enough sleep, I've been dragging through the early mornings this week. I seem to have also evolved a resistance to the caffeine in coffee. :( I'm probably not getting quite enough calories, but I'... Read more
The most productive home school day ever - !
Tuesday, August 08, 2017      5 comments

Because we've home schooled our little guy since he was in pre-school at age 4 or so, he has no idea what this "back to school" stuff is all about. I had two summer classes in June, and went back for my residency in July, so to him my school is ... Read more
Barre Body - OMG!
Monday, August 07, 2017      6 comments

So I got up early today to try a class at the Y called "Barre Body." I figured it was some kind of standing fitness class, like a ballet class but not. OH WOW! It was so hard!!! I could barely get through it. It was an extremely intense w... Read more
Not So Mellow Mushroom Visit
Sunday, August 06, 2017      4 comments

First of all: why????? Second: Little Bear was being a pain all day so I don't know why I thought he would be any different if we took him out. The plan was to go to the 'Boro, to Mellow Mushroom for lunch then to play at the park, but it p... Read more
Dance musings
Saturday, August 05, 2017      3 comments

So the thing about spending about 15 years studying a dance form (in this case I'm talking about belly dance) is that at a point it all becomes natural. At some point everything you learn begins to coalesce into something unique, something that ... Read more
Finally a chance to get back to dancing
Friday, August 04, 2017      4 comments

I'm in thesis semester this fall, which means all the other classes are finished and I just have to write -- a LOT. So what's keeping me sane is moving, working out, and dancing again. I wish I could accurately figure out how many calories... Read more
Lost weight over Christmas!
Monday, January 02, 2017      3 comments

First of all, I have to thank my sister-in-law for giving me a Fitbit Charge HR for an early Christmas present because even though I had the Spark tracker and a Jawbone UP, I had no "friends" to compete with, I had to be close to my computer to ... Read more
Settling in to my new reality
Monday, November 28, 2016      3 comments

So it's almost the end of 2016 and I'm halfway through graduate school now. The Little Bear is FIVE YEARS OLD (!!!!!) and is as silly as ever. He's crazy smart and VERY active, so he keeps me on my toes. When I lost my job in 2015, I made t... Read more
A new chapter in my life
Friday, January 01, 2016      1 comments

So I started today with a bang -- or an air horn, actually. I ran the Day One Race (5k) -- a race that each year I never do and always regret not doing. Well this year I did it! Time wasn't great - just 38:17 - because I walked about half o... Read more
Life Lessons From Potty-Training a Three-Year-Old
Thursday, January 15, 2015      3 comments

Little Bear is struggling with the potty. He tends to wait too long, and then he goes in his pull-up and doesn't get a sticker. It's a very depressing thing to watch, from a parent's perspective, because he tries so hard most of the time. ... Read more

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