In My Sister's Running Shoes
Imagine you were a competitive runner in high school, and 27 years later you still hold records. You were invited to train with an Olympic coach who believed you would make the U.S. team. It was discovered you had a heart condition, and you le... Read more
New 5K Philosophy
Well – I did it! I completed my first 5K and discovered my five new 5K Philosophies:
· I am thrilled that so many friends joined me. Many of them also finished the... Read more
Happy Birthday Scar
Today is a day for thanksgiving.
One year ago the surgeon removed 17 pounds of tumors that I later found out were cancerous. Today I have lost an additional 32 pounds and have never been healthier.
One year ago I made myself take a few... Read more
Life is Like a DVD Player
My life has been like a DVD player the last few weeks. There have been two very important events that caused me to hit the RECORD button so I can treasure them forever. First, my son, Daniel, got engaged to his girlfriend, Clare! What a preci... Read more
A Courting Story
So my honey took me courting this morning!
It has been 23 years since we had a date to play racquetb... Read more
The Color of Disappointment
If disappointment was a color, I would have to begin with bright yellow. The greater the hope and anticipation for success, the brighter the yellow must be. Without hope and anticipation for something good, there cannot be disappointment. I... Read more
OK friends, I need your help.
I need to complete my summary for the Chairman's Challenge in the next few days. One of the questions I have to answer is "How have you impacted your coworkers, friends, family and community? If my pouring ou... Read more
So tonight I go back for my second health evaluation at the health club so I can provide my official improvement numbers for the last Challenge check in. Before my first evaluation, which was in November, "The Mean Girl voice said I was going t... Read more
The Tale of Two Voices
Once again I turn to a literary genius to help me express my current state of mind. I see no need to try to rephrase what Charles Dickens so masterfully stated.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom... Read more
Words of Wisdom
Isn't it amazing that the best advice is usually the simplest and shortest? Words to live by like wash your hands, wear clean underwear, and don't stand directly behind a cow. Last month Stephanie, my coach through our health program at work, ... Read more
Back to Reality
I must admit that I am a little depressed. I just came back from an eight day trip to Puerto Vallarta with my hubby, sister, her husband, and six friends from church. It takes quite a bit for me to be down, but let’s face it. It’s really toug... Read more
I am a ....
The first day we visited our health club, I worked out on an exercise bike. An elderly man, I’ll call him Charles, was slowly walking on the indoor track and sat down on a bike next to me. It was obvious he was struggling to breathe. In fact,... Read more
(Rated G for Genuine due to brutally honest transparency and a bad example)
I remember my dreams in great detail. I’m usually pretty good at figuring out how my brain took the events and the emotions of the day, put them into my Ronco Brain... Read more
One of the fringe benefits of going to the gym is the inspiring people I meet. It is the “Silver Sneakers,” Senior Citizens, who inspire me the most. They are retired and yet they choose to get up early and start their day with exercise. First o... Read more
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I'm 25 today!
Now before all of you think I’ve lost the few marbles I still have in the game or have turned into a liar, let me explain. Twenty-five is not my age. Today the scale says there are 25 fewer pounds than the first day of my wo... Read more