Fitness & Running

My Past Race Results

This post is part of an October series about fitness, weight loss, and gluttony. To read all the posts in the series, see the index here. I've been thinking about how much I love road races and the fun surrounding them. They really give me focus and a goal in trying to improve my PR. [...]

Fit Friday #10

This week brought insights and progress in solidifying healthy eating habits that were still a little shaky after the first trimester food aversions and second trimester overpermisiveness. I've transitioned to a more plant-based eating plan again. Whole foods, no sugar. I am still fighting to avoid temptations, especially cookies, but it is much easier to [...]

Fit Friday #9

This week was insanely busy. I was at a wonderful classical homeschooling practicum (for Classical Conversations) all day Monday through Wednesday, with kids in the playcamp and nursery who came home exhausted, and then had crazy days yesterday and today. Good choices this week: Making a great menu plan on Sunday after we got back home [...]

Fit Friday {and an ode to the watermelon}

Another week on track! I'm pretty happy overall with my choices in eating this week.  Piles of watermelon I've chopped and chilled seems to be a wonderful solution to sweet cravings this time of year. Did you know that watermelon has 40% more lycopene that raw tomatoes do? And the seedless varieties have the highest amounts! Lycopene is a powerful phytochemical [...]

Fit Friday

Fit Fridays are back and I'm determined they are here to stay. Since my confession post, I've really gotten back on track. I have made one change, in that I'm taking a short, somewhat experimental break from MyFitnessPal. After using it for so long, I'm pretty aware of what my daily calorie counts are, and know [...]


So I might have slipped off the healthy eating wagon for a week or so. I thinking I'm mostly hanging on again, despite being crammed into the back, one foot dragging behind. It started on a Thursday night, when my husband and I had a babysitter, a night out and everything. The next day we'd [...]

Fit Friday

Well, I'm actually posting Fit Friday before midnight for once! Overall its been a much better week as far as my eating choices go. I've really only had 2 overindulgences. The first occurred after my husband and I stumbled across a show called "American Baker" or something or other on TV and the contestants were [...]

Fit Friday

This week went much better than last in terms of my eating choices. I won't say it was perfect--far from it, especially on Memorial Day. But I felt like I was moving out of the rut of feeling tempted by everything. I actually lost a couple pounds this week, which I'm not trying to do [...]

Fit Friday: back in action

Sometimes life just hits all at once and to keep the important balls in the air you just have to keep juggling those balls and let a couple drop. Last week, the Fit Friday post was the ball that fell and rolled away. I was coming off a two week stint of long days with [...]

Fit Friday #1

I have to admit, knowing this post lurked at the end of the week kept my habits in check during several weak moments (although unfortunately Wednesday wasn't one of them...). Which is why I'm starting Fit Fridays--to increase accountability in daily calorie logging and exercise. I use the MyFitnessPal app on my smartphone and ipad [...]

A review of DietBet

            Early this year, just after the holidays, I joined my first DietBet. Basically, this is a website/app/company that has you bet money against your own ability to lose weight in a certain amount of time. You can chose the amount of your wager, and join a group of other people, sometimes fitness celebrities, in [...]

The 3 Pillars of a Fit Pregnancy–And an Introduction To Fit Fridays

I'm settling into the second trimester and the nesting bug has bitten. I'm all about getting the house set up, finishing decorating projects, knocking out some business stuff for the free clinic I volunteer in, and over-all tackling of the "to-do" list. I love getting into this productive zone after a few months earlier in [...]

On Becoming a Morning Person

I think I just might have done it. I think I might now be A Morning Person. It's hard to say for sure, but when my alarm went off at 5:08 this morning, and I didn't hit snooze, and it wasn't quite as hard as last week to get out of the bed, I began [...]

Health Progress and Goals for 2013

Last year, I really focused on increasing my consumption of veggies. I eliminated most of the processed food from my regular eating, and had a lot more vegan meals, including a full 6 weeks of low-fat vegan eating early in the year. All this, along with increased activity and careful portion control of non-healthy foods, [...]

Fall Garden and Health Goals, Books, and a Novella

September has finally brought cooler temperatures to our area, allowing time outdoors to actually be pleasant, and my husband finished planting our fall garden.  Since my he's short on time and still recovering from shoulder surgery, I had these raised beds built and filled by local company, so all he had to do was plant. [...]