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"Negative" Blog Posts
Following suit from SANDIEGOJOHN's post a couple of weeks ago about apologizing for "not Sparking enough," I wanted to address all the recent posts where people are apologizing for being "negative" when posting or blogging about struggles or cha... Read more
Changing the Way I Think About Losing Weight: "Body Composition Change" versus "Weight Loss"
"Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense."
I am now on speaking terms with my body, but it took me a long time to get to that point. Part o... Read more
Lessons Learned from My Saxophone (and releasing the song)
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
-Vincent Van Gogh
I had my second saxophone lesson yesterday, and I was more self-conscious than I would have imag... Read more
"For God's sake give me someone who has brains enough to make a fool of himself."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
Is this the definition of failure?
(picture from de... Read more
Tri, Tri, and Tri Again
I haven't done a triathlon in 3 seasons, but after going with my friends to the New Brighton Triathlon a few weeks ago, I've had the itch to train again (not Swimmer's Itch--hopefully I don't get that). Today, I went to a lake to meet with a cou... Read more
Yes, yes, YES...CYCLING SUCCESS!!!
Not the most interesting blog post, but I am ants-in-my-pants excited today! I biked to and from the boxing gym (about 10 miles total), and my knee feels fine! After almost a year of not being able to bike, I'm back, baby!
I've never gotten... Read more
Sorry, heavy bag, it's nothing personal.
I don't mean to take it out on you, but you make such a good punching bag. I know you had nothing to do with me getting in trouble with my mortgage company and having my loan go into default. I know you had nothing to do with the fact that I've ... Read more
How Much Does My Happiness Weigh?
“Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.”
-Hafiz of Persia
I returned to the University of Minnesota in 2008 and was so excited to go back to college to finish my Bachelor's... Read more
Shock It To Rock It: Cathe Friedrich's Shock Training System
I am a workout video addict, and I have over 100 videos. My favorite and my go-to instructor, though, is Cathe Friedrich. She is experienced, motivating, and most important... Read more
Intentional Passion, Unintentional Inspiration
My brother John and I after Twin Cities Marathon, 2008. He did the marathon, I did the 10-Miler. It was his first marathon.
My brother would kill me if he kne... Read more
"The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching."
My broth... Read more
Want to Write Good? Then pick up a pen and get started.
"The desire to write grows with writing."
I had been struggling with depression for months earlier in the year because of financial struggles, loss of identity, and who knows what else. I was in a deep hole ... Read more
Getting Ready to Stay the Same: Considering Maintenance While Losing
"The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them."
Why the heck would I be blogging about weight maintenance? I am not anywhere near my goal weight, so I shouldn'... Read more
Huh, so there are things to do other than stuffing my piehole?
Who knew? Why didn't someone tell me this sooner?
All right, so I was well aware of the fact that there were hobbies other than eating, but for most of my life, eating has been my favorite one. Well, maybe not my favorite,... Read more
Dog Park Fun...and drama...
Today was a very active day--I walked a total of more than 2 hours, and overall it was a fun day. One of my co-workers came over and we went to the dog park near my house. I have an American Bulldog/Pit Bull mix named Dugan, and she has a Lab/??... Read more