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Yes, you CAN be too exhausted to exercise

Wednesday, July 20, 2011      12 comments

Yesterday was just a plain bad day at work. I was exhausted before I even walked in the door, so putting on my empathy voice was a challenge. It was extremely busy and the phone calls were non-stop. We do not get breaks (and are actually penaliz... Read more

Kaleigh Needs a Hero: The High Price of High Expectations

Tuesday, July 19, 2011      17 comments

Kaleigh the Rottweiler I have been a foster parent for many animals over the years, and have had surprisingly little trouble placing animals in new homes. Sometimes... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts I'm not going to be a success story.

Monday, July 18, 2011      36 comments

That is because I already am a success story. Over the past year or so, I learned I wasn't fed up with the fat on my body--I was fed up with myself and with toxic people in my life. Rather than start a weight loss plan fueled by self-hatred... Read more

*tsk tsk* Naughty, naughty!: The Week In Review

Saturday, July 16, 2011      14 comments

And that's a “*tsk tsk* Naughty, naughty!” full-on British nanny style, with waggling finger and all. I could probably simplify this blog to this sentence: Holy overeating, Batman! So...yeah. This was not the most spectacular week for eati... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts "Negative" Blog Posts

Friday, July 15, 2011      200 comments

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"

Thursday, July 14, 2011      12 comments

"Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense." -Henry Miller 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)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011      11 comments

“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

Epic. Success.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011      13 comments

"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

Sunday, July 10, 2011      8 comments

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!!!

Friday, July 08, 2011      10 comments

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.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011      9 comments

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?

Tuesday, July 05, 2011      13 comments

“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

Monday, July 04, 2011      4 comments

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

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Intentional Passion, Unintentional Inspiration

Sunday, July 03, 2011      64 comments

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

Fat Athlete

Saturday, July 02, 2011      12 comments

"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." -Anson Dorrance My broth... Read more


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