JPRAHL's Blogs

Here we go again.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014      3 comments

I'm back, again, attempting to start this cycle of health, again. I think this time I possess the motivation I didn't the past few times. It's not about being skinny anymore. It's about being healthier, and living a long and happy life with my... Read more
Reason #2: Clothes
Monday, January 16, 2012      0 comments

Honestly, very few of my clothes fit me right now. My son is 3 months old and I'm mostly still wearing my pregnancy clothes. I had to go buy jeans in my new size, and I hate them. Also, my wedding ring doesn't fit me - and hasn't si... Read more
A walk outside.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012      1 comments

Real quick - this baby is about to cry. Today, since Chicago's temperature is in the 50s, I strapped babyboy into his stroller and headed out for a 2.15 mile walk through Lincoln Park, which felt amazing. Whew! My husband has rehearsal to... Read more
Couch to 5k #1.2
Tuesday, January 03, 2012      2 comments

Tonight, after a full day of a tired/cranky baby and a healthy dinner with my (also committed to losing weight/getting healthy) husband, I went down to the fitness center in our building and completed Couch to 5k #1.2. I'm returning to so... Read more
Reason #1: My Dad
Monday, January 02, 2012      0 comments

Today I took a 35 minute walk on the treadmill (2 miles) and did lat and ab work. Why do I want to get in shape? Reason #1: My Dad. My Dad, age 63, has had two heart attacks. Overweight all his life, he's also stubborn and... Read more
Couch to 5k #1.1
Sunday, January 01, 2012      0 comments

Inspired by it being the New Year and all, I completed Couch to 5k #1.1 and continued to walk for a total of 3.1 miles/50 minutes/264 calories. Whew! And now my husband and I are going to throw away all the crap food we accumulated in 2011. :)... Read more
The truth: Size 14.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011      5 comments

I was a size 6/8 at my skinniest. As of today, the only pants that fit me are a size 14. (and I just weighed in at 189 lbs.) This does not please me. I did great two weeks ago - and lost a pound. Now I've gained back 2.5 Alright, alr... Read more
December 4th, 2011
Sunday, December 04, 2011      1 comments

Having had a baby via c-section about 8 weeks ago, I'm not loving my body right now. I'm also aware of what I have to do to fix that. I've also gone on record as committing to running at least ONE 5k in 2012, so it's time to get going. I'm br... Read more
February 6, 2011
Monday, February 07, 2011      1 comments

Sigh. I thought getting back into the swing of things would be easier. Then my job got crazy and my hours got longer and Chicago's winter got nastier and staying inside with my cats, some wine, and books seemed like the best way to spend an ev... Read more
January 10, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011      0 comments

At the end of my first week - of eating around 1350 calories a day and working out again - I lost 6 pounds, which was glorious. So, I entered week two tonight with optimism, and had a good workout at the gym. I'm also carefully tracking calorie... Read more
January 4th, 2011
Tuesday, January 04, 2011      0 comments

Despite a really draining day at work, and freezing cold Chicago winter outside, I still worked out this evening. I'm fortunate to have a gym in my apartment building (even if the machines are old and semi-janky) so I headed down there and got ... Read more
January 3rd, 2011
Monday, January 03, 2011      0 comments

Last night, after vowing not to weigh myself, I weighed myself. And, sad to say, I've gained 28 pounds over the past 8 months. Which, honestly, isn't a surprise to me - I've admittedly been to the gym very little since my wedding and have... Read more
January 2nd, 2011
Sunday, January 02, 2011      1 comments

Well, I made those resolution things just like everyone does around the New Year. And so, I headed back to the gym this morning armed with my fancy new water bottle and my ipod, per usual - and it felt really good. Granted, I didn't... Read more
Back to One
Tuesday, May 25, 2010      0 comments

Tonight, Eric and I took big steps toward our goal of being healthy getting fabulous in time for Greece - and took a 20 minute run outside through Lincoln Park while my laundry dried. Though it was a short run, it felt really great and we're goi... Read more
65 days...
Thursday, February 18, 2010      1 comments

Oof. It's been very hard to adjust to a new job, even though it's a job I'm really enjoying. For one, for the last 2.5 years I've had an on-site gym so my lunches were always workouts, which helped keep me in shape. Now, in addition ... Read more

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