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Okay friends, let’s get real. Recently I shared my desire to challenge myself in a few areas of my life, the most important of which was health and wellness. I made that a priority because I’ve been feeling lousy these past few months and frankly, I don’t like what I am seeing in the mirror anymore. I’m tired and unhealthy and I look it. For the first time in my life I’ve found myself walking instead of running, avoiding social gathering and hiding behind others in pictures. It super-sucks. And it needs to change. Immediately. I don’t want to follow this path anymore. I don’t want…

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I feel the need to address the elephant in the room… ME. Yes, me and my lack of updating lately on this site. I know, I know. I made this big ole announcement about how I had found my blogging voice and how I was super excited to be writing again and then I was eerily silent. I’ll spare you the sordid details but it involves travel soccer, archery lessons, white knuckling it through the end of the school year and a coworker leaving. (Good times!) I was still writing for Pursuit Of It All but not as much as…

Female Wellness

I’ve partnered with Violet® supplements to talk about breast health.  This being a woman thing is just not so fun sometimes. I had the “privilege” of experiencing my first mammogram the other week. I’d been putting it off for eons. I’m a little ashamed to admit it but I was actively avoiding potentially bad news. You see, breast cancer and breast complications run in my family. In fact, a cousin of mine passed away at an extremely early age due to breast cancer. It terrifies me. So when I finally went to get the ole mamo done, I was incredibly nervous.…

Mission 10 Miler bling

Well, I did it. After taking a year off and running rarely casually I finally made my “big comeback.” It wasn’t what one would call effortless or graceful (by any stretch of the imagination) but I made it across the finish line. Let me start out by saying that I definitely wasn’t in training mode for this race. I wasn’t actually planning on anything official until the Frederick 1/2 on May 3rd. But a friend of a friend offered the bib to me and who am I to turn down something so karmic? The weekend of the Mission 10 Miler I was also scheduled to visit…

Let’s face it, 2014 was not a stellar year for me on the racingscene. Rather than don bibs, clock times and wax poetic about chia recipes, I spent myweekendsas arecreational runner.And by recreational runner I meanoccasional runner.Andwhile mentally it wasa relief to not have to be “on” and train all of the time, Ihave to admit that I missed it. Running is my therapy and without it…Igo a little crazy. Okay, I go a little crazy with it as well. WHAT’S YOUR POINT, INTERNET?! Anyway, this year will be different. I’ve not settled on a full marathon to conquer as…

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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…

The Stairs

Ever since I was a kid I’ve struggled with being carefree. I want (oh how I want) to spend the majority of my days throwing caution to the wind but it rarely happens. I find myself holding back in various situations where others wouldn’t think twice. It’s odd because in many ways I am a risk taker and happy to be so.  Holding back is so limiting.  Silly example – the other day I was running through Georgetown and I happened upon THE STAIRS. (You know which ones I’m talking about right? The creepy never-ending stairs from the Exorcist movie.) Shudder. Anyway, I got…

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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…

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Ever discover something so wonderful you just want to share it with the world? Thanks to my dear pal Lori, I found the 21 Day Fix and it is quickly transforming the way I live out my life. I’ve spoken before about my need to take back my health. This plan has resonated with me like no other has. And after one week, I’ve lost seven (yes, OMG!) pounds, feel incredible and I am still totally committed. THE DEETS: 21 Day Fix focuses on workouts AND portion control. Portion control is my biggest area of weakness. Even when I eat well,…

tired woman

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…