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For years I’ve beaten my body up while training. Running has taken a toll on my body (no question) and my forties are continuously throwing me for a loop. (I don’t want to talk about it. Harumph.)  I was introduced to the concept of Flaxie Packs by my friend Joanne McCoy who, it turns out, is co-owner of the company. She thought that my running partner and I would benefit from using them so I agreed to give them a shot. After all, between my nagging IT band injury and all my other bumps and bruises while while weight-training, I certainly could use…

Well, week two has passed and we are still seeing some good results with the program! I actually only lost one pound this week but I feel tremendous. My clothes are fitting much better this week and I’m really encouraged. I’ve lost a good three to four  inches off of my waist already. I’m getting used to portioning and packing my own food and have a much easier time at resisting the every day temptations of life. I personally like to keep my meal plans simple and rotate them every two days. One thing that has remained constant is my…

This year I’m not running a marathon. You heard me. I’M NOT RUNNING A MARATHON. It will be my first time skipping in six years. (Technically, I did not run the year of Hurricane Sandy. That was the year I was scheduled to run my second New York Marathon but it was cancelled and I trained up through 20 miles so I TOTALLY COUNT IT.) I don’t really know why I am not tackling a marathon this year. It wasn’t a big decision or anything. I think Katie and I just needed a mental break from training and simply couldn’t bring…

It’s done. I FINISHED. I CONQUERED. I AM VICTORIOUS. Obnoxious, much? Clearly the fact that you are reading this blog means that Katie and I made it across the finish line of the 2013 Steamtown Marathon. Which is a fantastic feeling. (Even if the feeling only lasted a few hours before being completely re-submerged into real life. Which totally sucks, BTW. Not my own real life, just the fact that one can get up at a ridiculously early hour in the morning, accomplish a tremendous feat of endurance and then return home a few hours later only to be faced with laundry…

The Steamtown Marathon is tomorrow. We leave this morning at 11am. I’m suddenly not feeling ready. I’ve been so busy with work and kids,that I’ve not done a thing. Had a work function until late in the evening on Thursday. Spend an inordinate amount of time this week packing the kiddos for a soccer tournament that was (of course) cancelled at the last minute. Had a rare girls night out last night. Ate way too much and ended up crashing immediately after my return. It is 6:00am and the whole house is still asleep. It occurs to me that I’ve FORGOTTEN…

You know that whole marathon thing I’ve been talking about here and there? It is really creeping up on me. I’ve been running, of course, but never with an official plan. I  knew I needed to have one, but just never seemed to get around to mapping it. It is all about the art of denial, y’all. Of course, it is hard to deny the impending marathon when the organizers keep sending you race updates. So Katie and put together a plan for the next few weeks to get ourselves on target for the Steamtown Marathon on October 13th. (Which, in marathon…

They call it the “happiest 5K on the planet” where brightly colored cornstarch blasts turn participants into streaking rainbows. The Color Run hit Philadelphia on July 14th and our family was in attendance. For those who are unfamiliar, The Color Run is a 3.1 mile, un-timed race where thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. I’ve been wanting to do one since its inception. Everything about it appeals to me. Every time it came to Baltimore or DC, it was sold out before I could even register. But finally, we hit the jackpot. And it was worth…

If there is one thing that I’ve consistently struggled with in my life, it is the evening dinnertime battle. I lack the energy and creativity to fix up a good meal for my family in the time frame I’m faced with. (Meaning – the 20 minutes between arriving home from work and getting to soccer practice.) Aside from hiring my own personal chef, I’ve found a pretty terrific solution to help with this nightly conundrum – Flatout Thin Crust Flatbread. (Insert heavenly choir here.) The beauty of Flatout Flatbread is that it can be used to create delish pizzas that…

I’m a happy, happy girl these days. My attitude is better. My smile is wider. My sense of humor returned. Heck, I even bought Chia seeds the other day. Why? It is running season again! Granted, it is still chilly out there but the birds are chirping and ice cycles are no longer forming in my hair. And THAT makes me happy. (Because who wants to run with an ice ponytail and hypothermic fingers?) And with the return of running season is a new resolve to incorporate the right nutrition and training into my daily life. (That and the threat of bathing…

I’ll be honest with you, if my oldest was offered the opportunity to swim in a pool filled with soda… he would. The boy is a huge fan of soft drinks. No question. He’d rather drink a soda than eat a steak. Last August, when I was invited to spend a few days in Atlanta with none other than Coca-Cola, the boy practically begged me to go. (I think he secretly thought I would return with a lifetime supply for the family.) I learned a lot about the beverage company while I was there including information on their 800 lower…