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I found myself feeling a bit shaky following a workout session a couple of weeks ago. On my way out of the gym, I stopped by the front desk and purchased a light protein shake. Per usual, I flipped over the bottle to peruse the nutrition info on the back. Only 170 calories for the entire bottle? Not bad, I thought.

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It’s been almost a week since I ran the Columbus Marathon 1/2 marathon, and I think I’ve finally fully recovered! What an exhilarating, unbelievable experience the day was. Being among 16,999 other people, all vying for the same goal – the finish line – I can’t even begin to explain what the energy was like. But, I can try! Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, I’m sorry, but this story will probably ruin Halloween for most people. It did for me.  Read the rest of this entry »

I came across this blog post on BlissTree today:

I Heart Powerlifting (And I’m Not Bulky Or Masculine)

I really love this post. I’ve talked to so many people lately, women AND men, who have asked what I do to stay in shape. When I mention lifting weights, many respond with something like, “Oh, I can’t do that. I don’t want to get bulky.” Really?! You ask me what I do to stay in shape and then dismiss my answer, when the example that it CAN work is standing right in front of you. Gee, thanks.

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The other day, I was reading an article on Fit Bottomed Girls about not allowing yourself to be intimidated when you’re working out at the gym. I know that’s easier said than done. Even after almost a year and a half of frequenting my gym 4-5 times a week, I still find myself second guessing what I’m doing, wondering if everyone is watching me and thinking how I don’t belong there, etc.

In the article, one sentence really started me thinking:

At my gym, many of the fit bodies are actually trainers who either make a living off helping others in the gym or just do it to share their knowledge.

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Wednesday night, as my husband and I were having dinner, we decided that we wanted to run a race this weekend. We looked online, and found one that sounded perfect – the Bull Run 5K, which benefited Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The coarse looked very cool, following a bike path along the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. I signed us up online, and hubby went to pick up our packets a couple of days later. We’ve been running quite a bit (except for my 2 week hiatus thanks to shin splints, but that’s another story), so we felt totally good about this.

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Two things inspired this post today…the first was the posting of the link to this article, courtesy of Urban Active and Yahoo! Health: 20 Habits that make you fat 
The second was a Facebook post by fitness smarty Jessica Smith: “Frightened and incredibly saddened over the amount of pro-eating disorders and dangerous diet blogs/social media out there… wish there was a way to help these girls!”

If you’ve read my About Me page, then you already know a bit about my exercise and weight loss “journey.” I loosely call it a “journey,” because I don’t feel like I’ve made so much progress as to qualify it as such. My weight loss/body fat percentage loss/inches lost numbers aren’t the most astounding in the world. (I think my hubby’s accomplishments – at 50 pounds lost now! – are much more impressive.) Adding more exercise to my life and decreasing my fast food intake hasn’t felt like that huge of a sacrifice.  (I guess I’m one of those crazy people that actually likes to go to the gym, so I don’t see it as much of a “sacrifice.”)

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