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Major Milestone!

Friday, August 26, 2011      5 comments

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Saturday, August 20, 2011      4 comments

I've not been blogging as much lately. Part of this is that I'm feeling success in my lifestyle changes and have fewer challenges to think about via my blog. Partly it's being busy doing fun summer adventures. But blogging is important and ... Read more

Cooking for 7 hours

Monday, August 08, 2011      4 comments

I'm trying something new this month. I found this web site that has menus and recipes for a whole month worth of food that you cook in a single weekend ( They have a diet version of their summer menu, so I gave it a try. ... Read more

Finishing last

Friday, August 05, 2011      7 comments

Yesterday I decided on a whim to go do a running event. A local club here has an informal race every Thursday evening in summer. I figured this was a low pressure way to try out running a longer distance (4.5 miles) and running with competition.... Read more

The big hike

Tuesday, August 02, 2011      7 comments

Hi Sparkfriends! I'm back to civilization now. It's a big adjustment after 8 days in the woods mostly on my own. My trip was fantastic. I hiked 70 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I carried a 30-lb backpack w... Read more

Big adventure

Friday, July 22, 2011      4 comments

Hi Sparkfriends. Sorry I've been absent so much lately. I've been crazy busy finishing up work and packing/planning for a week's vacation. Today I leave for a 7-day solo backpacking trip. I plan to cover over 70 miles in Yosemite and nearby... Read more

All better

Sunday, July 10, 2011      3 comments

After my fall on my last run two days ago, I set out for my run today with some trepidation. At first, my elbow and knee ached like crazy and I almost quit. But I told myself I'd give it 5 minutes before I gave up and walked. Once I got goi... Read more

Pride goeth before a fall?

Saturday, July 09, 2011      3 comments

I was out running yesterday and feeling pretty full of myself. I was running along so easily, I thought "I'll just turn this 2-mile run into a 3-miler". Cruising along, head in the air, proud of my fitness, I failed to watch the trail ahead of m... Read more

Darn, back to reality

Tuesday, July 05, 2011      6 comments

I just spent 4 days backpacking in Yosemite. Besides getting outdoors, taking in the amazing scenery, and making new friends, I got to eat anything I wanted. What fun!!! I was hiking so many miles up and down hills carrying a 30-lb pack, th... Read more

Quick update

Monday, June 27, 2011      4 comments

Hi Sparkfriends! Sorry I've been offline a bit lately. Here's a quick update on my past and upcoming week. last week: Business trip for a conference. A+ on my exercise, C- on my eating. past weekend: Visiting family. Had an awesom... Read more

Nachos, garlic fries and hot dogs, oh my!

Saturday, June 18, 2011      5 comments

I survived a harrowing journey through the land of temptation. I spent the afternoon at the ballpark. The stench of the garlic fries was enough to put me off them, but the mini pizzas smelled heavenly as they walked past me in the hands of ... Read more

My reward

Tuesday, June 14, 2011      5 comments

Last month I hit my weight loss goal and earned my reward. Usually my reward is a facial, but this time I decided to get new running shoes. I'd been running in my trail runners that I normally use for hiking. They're comfy but pretty heavy. ... Read more

Wow, I used to carry around that much more weight?

Monday, June 13, 2011      7 comments

At a camping/hiking trip this past weekend, I helped out the group by taking our big 5-gallon water dispenser over to the spigot a hundred feet away and refilling it. Filling it was easy, but it was a real struggle to haul the thing back to our ... Read more

My latest workout trick

Tuesday, June 07, 2011      7 comments

I've been doing interval workouts based loosely on the C25K plan. I'd worked my way up to 3.5 minutes jogging and 1.5 minutes walking. But I found myself barely moving on the jogging portion. Just trying to eke it out until the timer went off. N... Read more

What to do on a rainy weekend?

Friday, June 03, 2011      6 comments

We searched for anywhere within 200 miles where we could find some sun this weekend. No luck. So, how to be active this weekend? Option 1: go for a hike anyways. Our club has a hike that's mostly in the woods, so maybe it wouldn't be t... Read more

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