Rock ‘N’ Roll Denver: My First Half Marathon!

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On Oct. 19, I ran the Rock 'N' Roll Denver Half Marathon - it was my first ever!! And wow, what an experience. I didn't realize how much fun running a half marathon would be....yes, I did just put 'fun' and 'half marathon' in the same sentence. But for real, you guys, it was FUN! I'll be … [Read more...]

The Older Sister / Conquering Challenges

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I felt like a kid. I felt like a hero. I felt healthy. I felt strong. I felt unstoppable. I felt proud. Yesterday, I tackled one of the hardest things I have ever done. I went with one of my best friends since middle school and we attempted the 3 Dune Challenge at the Indiana Dunes State … [Read more...]

Mile 27 Marathon Recovery

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This past weekend, I ran my 2nd full marathon.  This marathon was almost a year in the making - from the time I set a goal to run a sub-5 full, to creating a training plan, executing said plan, and finishing my marathon with a nearly 35 minute PR and 4:52 finishing time.  To say I had a very good … [Read more...]

Get Off Your Broom – Check In Week 3

  Today is Wednesday, so that means it's time to "get off your broom" and check in with us! Stop right there and go weigh yourself and let us know how you are doing! This is week 3 for our Diet Bet, but even if you aren't participating in the Diet Bet we still want to see how you are … [Read more...]

Tuesday Three’s

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  My fellow writer, Lisa, did one of these posts over the summer and I thought at the time, it was a neat and fun thing to try myself some day. Some Tuesday. See, it's called Tuesday Three's. She used the tabs across our SJ home page as inspiration to come up with a list of things to … [Read more...]

Not All Sugar is Created Equally

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Oh sugar, if only you weren't so tasty. And so toxic. How is one to reconcile our innate human desire for sweetness with the harmful effects of sugar consumption? By knowing that not all sugar is created equally, for starters. One of the biggest misconception in the world of weight loss and healthy … [Read more...]

Pop Art Snacks Review & Giveaway!

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Whether it's watching the newest episode of Scandal (#addicted - anyone else?), during my 6 p.m. economics class, or that lull between lunch and is-it-time-to-leave-work-yet?, I am a habitual snacker. I am a lover of munching between meals. Knowing this, I am careful to pick and choose what I nibble … [Read more...]

The Older Sister / How Are Your Knees?

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How are your knees? The older you get, the more apt you are to answer this question with a negative answer. Our knees support nearly 80% of our weight while standing. That a big job for two knees. I follow a blog called Fitknitchick and I really like it. The author of the blog is Tamara Grand and … [Read more...]

Goals Are Dreams With Deadlines

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Goals are dreams with deadlines.  I'm not sure where I first heard that expression, but I love it.  If you don't set that end date, what are you working towards? If you follow my personal blog, you know that in just a few days, I'm going to step up to the starting line of my second full marathon. … [Read more...]

Falling Off the Wagon

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!   I was looking for ideas for today's post and noticed a pretty prevalent theme: How do I recover from falling off the wagon? How do I get back on track after a bad week? How do I stop beating myself up for eating three desserts instead of just a small bite of one? The answer comes … [Read more...]

New Balance 880v4 Women’s Running Shoe Review + Giveaway

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I had the opportunity recently to try out the New Balance 880v4 women's running shoe. According to New Balance:   The 880v4 is the ideal shoe for the high mileage runner who demands a resilient, dependable ride with reliability and responsiveness. Delivering on go-to neutral cushioning with … [Read more...]

‘Tis the Season: Fall & Winter Squash

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Ok, let's try this again. I had a lovely post all typed out for you, and such is my luck, it didn't save and got erased. Cue death glares and mean words directed at the computer. Deep breaths. Take 2.  There's something about fall food that I love more than any other! Decadent chilis, plump … [Read more...]

TMI Thursday: Stress Incontinence

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This post is going to come with a warning - we are going to get up close and personal about our lady parts.  Guys, you might want to skip this one.  Ladies, if you don't yourself deal with the occasional leaking I'm sure you know someone who does.  Yes, we are talking about pee.  Specifically, … [Read more...]

Chafing and Other Woes

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    Chafing is something I never really gave much thought to as an athlete. Chafing is something I have never really gave much thought to as a non-athlete either. UNTIL this weekend, when I discovered that if the chafing is ignored long enough, it will cause you plenty of … [Read more...]

Diet vs. Exercise: What’s Better for Weight Loss?

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Great news: You've decided to make some changes to your overall health and wellness! You want to lose weight and you’re ready to start TODAY. So where to start? When it comes to weight loss, the facts are clear: 80% of weight loss comes down to dietary changes.  The food choices you make on a … [Read more...]