Over the past 8 months, I've vastly reduced the amount of dairy fat I consume with an eye towards reducing my LDL cholesterol levels. (In terms of dietary sustainability, I'm unwilling to completely give up cheese for the rest of my life unless ... Read more
Moving this: UPDATE 5/9/16: We moved again! This time to the Chicago area, in January 2015. It's been a rough transition. We moved in with my in-laws for a few months, then got a place of our own in Grayslake, IL, June 2015. I started working... Read more
Breakfast on the run
I've always loved the idea of a smoothie, but I could never find one I enjoyed drinking that kept me full long enough. I especially despise protein powder in any form, as they either have a weird aftertaste or are just way overly sweet - or bot... Read more
Finding my tribe
When we left Seattle over a year ago, it was one of the hardest moves I've been through. Not only did we leave behind a walk-able, bike-able, transit-friendly (relatively) city for the outer suburbs of Chicago, I left behind my tribe.
Beca... Read more
Heading into another year!
Ok, so officially 2014 is over a month old, but it still feels new!
I've been thinking a lot lately about how much different this year is from last year. Instead of staring down the possibility of a triathlon, I've actually completed a spr... Read more
Embracing the oft-dreaded Plateau
My body seems to lose weight in steps, not a smooth curve as frequently depicted on the Sparkpeople tracker. I hang out at a particular weight for weeks or months, and then suddenly 5-10 lb just sort of falls off. I then hang out at the "new" ... Read more
Hacking up a lung...
All kinds of fun.
Bronchitis of some sort made a round through our family - first C, then B, then me, then K. So I spent the first two weeks of September unable to do much more than the bare minimum of required walking. Two weeks without ... Read more
Getting back in the groove
Sunday - 4+ miles running with Angela
Monday - 2 mile run on my own
Tuesday - 5.5 mile bike ride (easy ride, a couple of gentle hills, more just getting outside first thing)
Monday: Did 2 complete loads of laundry (wash/dry, fold/put aw... Read more
I have just been in a funk lately. Off and on, not continuous, but I'm getting sick of the mornings when I wake up and just feel like being a slug.
Using exercise as an anti-depressant can be fabulous as long as I have a good routine in pl... Read more
This summer, I'm loving...
- living in Seattle. We seriously have the best summers - sunny, warm (but not hot), bit of a breeze, and NO humidity. Sunrise before 6, so getting up for that morning workout is relatively easy, and people her... Read more
I burned.... soup
Ah, the joys of having two small children...
My kids picked up something from somewhere that resulted in fever, chesty cough, and a runny nose. I knew I had picked it up from them, but it didn't really hit me how much this would slow me do... Read more
Building a better relationship with food
I can remember obsessively counting every calorie, wanting to earn extra exercise calories (or points, when I was in WW), trying to decide if that brownie I had was a 2" square or a 1.75" square, and just in general driving myself nuts.
Whe... Read more
I am a Triathlete!
On April 16, 2013, I completed an indoor triathlon at our local YMCA.
I am officially a triathlete. :-)
I'm registered for an outdoor triathlon (same distances, but swimming in a lake not a pool, biking on a trail not a stationary, an... Read more
Well, this month is off to a good start! Sunny mornings always make me happier.
I tried the "spinning" class at my Y for the first time in a very long time - yowch! It wasn't so much the hard work of pedaling the bike as those "contact po... Read more
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I feel like I'm doing all the right things, but the scale won't budge. I even tried measuring my tummy and thigh to see if maybe it's a muscle vs. fat thing - I measured BIGGER!!
I'm definitely stronger - weight lifting has help... Read more