Huh? I said WHAT?
A vet tech friend of mine had worked with a bird rescue, and needless to say, the birds were not always coming out of the best situations. There was a beautiful Macaw that became homeless after its owners were arrested for running a meth lab in ... Read more
Yes, you CAN be too exhausted to exercise
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
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
I'm not going to be a success story.
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
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
"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
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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