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I'm Down to Two Dads

Thursday, July 21, 2011      15 comments

Consider this blogging therapy. I need to get this out of my head because it’s been banging around & driving me crazy since Monday. That’s the day that I found out my biological father had died. I grew up in a typical, slightly dysfun... Read more

Postponing a Dream

Sunday, July 03, 2011      31 comments

Tuesday, July 5th was to be the day that I registered for the 2012 Disney Princess HM. Ever since the day I found out about this race it has been my dream to run it. I’m a huge Disney fan, and the idea of running through WDW (especially Cinder... Read more

Flying Pig: My First Half-Marathon Race Report!

Friday, May 06, 2011      39 comments

Sorry…it’s a long one! Last weekend, I was blessed to run my first half marathon with my sister, Lydia (BRIDGE1028) & one of best SparkBuddies, Mel (MGJARVI). It was their first half marathon too! Running a half marathon had been a dream of m... Read more

Please Help Me Pad My Playlist

Friday, April 15, 2011      17 comments

I am so bored with my running playlist. This is not good, considering I'm running 14 miles this Sunday and getting ready for the Flying Pig half marathon on May 1st. So, I thought I'd reach out to my friends. Can you suggest some songs to... Read more

JASR: My (Almost) Non-Race Report

Monday, March 28, 2011      24 comments

This weekend I traveled to Pittsburgh to meet a bunch of Sparkers…oh, and to run 8.1 miles in Just a Short Run! I apologize that there’s no pictures; I brought my camera but forgot to use it! The race itself was difficult for me. I was fe... Read more

I am a Spinning GODDESS!

Monday, August 30, 2010      44 comments

(Karen, in the spirit of celebrating what we're doing right, this one's for you!) I just finished my best spinning class. It could've been the music (Gloria, Mambo Number 5...classics!) It could've been that the bike was set up perfectly.... Read more

Buh Bump!

Thursday, August 26, 2010      3 comments

Lately, I've been cruising smoothly along on my wonderful Spark journey. I've been trying new workouts (love spinning!), cooking tasty healthy recipes, building muscle, even losing weight on occasion. I've been waving to my fellow Spark buddie... Read more

Lake Tahoe Wedding Weekend in Pictures

Sunday, August 08, 2010      8 comments

On July 24th, my sister & her fiance were married at Lake Tahoe. It was also my parents' anniversary, so we ambushed them with a surprise wedding vow renewal. Here are pictures from that special weekend. A great shot of Lydia's beautiful ... Read more

My First Vision Collage

Sunday, August 01, 2010      2 comments

After several years of being a SparkPeople member, I finally decided to make my first vision collage. Here it is: There are three races I really want to run (I never ... Read more

The Memory's the First Thing to Go

Monday, July 19, 2010      2 comments

I recently crossed my 50 lbs lost mark. It took so long to reach that point, so I was thrilled about my accomplishment. I even considered writing a “halfway to goal” blog with before & after pictures and what I’ve learned along the way. L... Read more

Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

Friday, July 09, 2010      6 comments

My sister's getting married in two weeks & I'm her maid of honor. They're having a morning ceremony at Lake Tahoe. The decision to have destination wedding was a spur of the moment thing, so we've been scrambling a little to book flights, hote... Read more

How Do I Make It Better?

Sunday, May 16, 2010      5 comments

My daughter Laura went to her senior prom last night. She went with Gary, her boyfriend that she's been seeing for about three months & who she's crazy about. She's been ... Read more

Fat Girls Run Too!

Sunday, March 21, 2010      4 comments

We've had some beautiful weather here in Cincinnati over the last several days. I decided to take advantage of the mild temperature & go jogging at Voice of America Park. It's a popular spot because of its smooth, paved path around a nice pond... Read more

A WooHoo! Reality Check

Saturday, March 06, 2010      8 comments

I've been a little frustrated lately because I've hit a plateau. We've all been through it & know how irritating it can be to gain & lose the same few pounds over & over. Anyway, today I walked into my daughter's room & she had this photo on h... Read more

Where, Oh Where Did My Motivation Go?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010      6 comments

One of my main goals this year was to lose 25 lbs by my sister's wedding on 6/19/2010. I'm in the wedding, so the possibility of wearing a sleeveless dress in public was all the incentive I needed. Until last week, I was doing really well; I h... Read more


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