Anniversary Weekend

Anniversary Weekend

That’s my husband and me, on the morning of our 19th wedding anniversary. Aren’t we cute? ;)Yes, another anniversary is in the books, and although it was challenging, my husband and I did manage to sneak away for a bed-and-breakfast overnight with dinner. We had hockey in St. Clair Shores for Jamie at 10:30 Saturday morning, then we had to drive back Downriver to drop both boys off at JJ’s practice. My father-in-law met us there about 2 o’clock, and then Jason and I took off.We drove for about an hour and a half, out I-94 to 127 north. Sometimes, he likes to take the “long” way to our destination, just to throw me off. This time, however, I think he actually got lost, because we ended up in a small town called Onondaga. We...

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Calories vs Smart Points – 7 Week Comparison

Calories vs Smart Points – 7 Week Comparison

Warning! What follows is a lot of geeky numerical comparisons, including some excessively complicated (but highly colorful!) Excel charts. If this kind of stuff makes you want to run from the room screaming…I highly suggest you keep scrolling. ūüėČ But if you, like me, are curious to see how the new Weight Watchers Smart Points program compared to a pretty standard calorie counting regimen, read on, my friend! As a reminder, I am a current Weight Watchers member who has been Lifetime since June 2012. In 2014, after running my first marathon, I gained about 10 pounds from my self-chosen goal weight range (115-117). I spent a year trying to get back to goal using the Weight Watchers program before deciding to try something different (calorie-counting) in...

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The Daily Grind

The Daily Grind

I’m trying to get back to some kind of a routine, and that includes posting on a slightly more frequent basis. I mentioned with my last post that I had gained some weight after our fun hockey tournament in Pittsburgh, so this week I was really determined to settle back into a normal eating pattern. It’s been a bit of a challenge for me ever since I FINALLY hit my goal (right before Christmas), what with a holiday trip to North Carolina, and then New Year’s, and then a trip to Pittsburgh. My exercise has been spot on, but my eating has been a little lacking. Last week, I had Monday off, and I managed to run 3 miles in 9¬į weather. But that’s not the impressive part; the impressive part is that I then went into the barn and worked out, still...

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Pittsburgh Tournament Weekend

Pittsburgh Tournament Weekend

I know I’ve been absent for a week, but JJ’s hockey team had a tournament in Pittsburgh last¬†weekend!¬† What follows is a very long and picture-heavy recap of the tournament and my attempt to¬†navigate the trip while trying to stay healthy. The biggest challenge to the weekend, for me, was the fact that the entire team rented a bus that we all took to Pittsburgh. I’m not one who enjoys giving up control of my road trips, especially now that I’m trying to eat better. One of the ways I try to stay health-conscious and save money is by packing healthy snacks and bringing a lot of food with me. I was worried that there wouldn’t be room for my cooler and all my other food prep necessities, along with 16 hockey bags, but there’s a...

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Back to Reality

Back to Reality

Ah, yes…back to¬†harsh reality of eating right and exercising in the frigid cold of the Michigan winter. :p I forgot to talk about my weight from last week, so let me catch up. The first week after my vacation, I settled back into a pretty decent routine, although we did have a Christmas celebration with my family, and that was a little challenging. So much good food! However, I ran 4 miles before the dinner, and I tried to make good choices at the dinner table. My sister brought another tray of cookies, though, and that was impossible to resist. The next morning, I got up and ran 6 miles. The weather was good, dry and not too cold, and I was pleased to find that I was able to maintain a sub-11 pace for 6 miles. We had two hockey games the weekend of New...

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Hockey Project

Hockey  Project

And now, finally, I can share the project that took up so much of my time for the last two months. ¬†Like, I was eating, breathing, and sleeping this project. ¬†I desperately wanted to have it done before Christmas, and that was a good part of the reason why we left for North Carolina so late (and why I was so behind on everything up to that point!). So, here’s how it all started: ¬†back in September, at a hockey tournament for JJ’s team, one of the hockey dads pointed to the big poster-sized collage at the professional photographer’s stand and jokingly said to me, “So, Steph, can you do that?” It was really impressive, and although I said no at the time, the truth is…I was challenged. ūüėõ And heaven forbid I back down from a...

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Christmas Holidays, Part II

Christmas Holidays, Part II

Well now that I’ve given you all the scoop about my fun and (too) exciting holiday, it’s time to recap the food and exercise aspect of it. ¬†Because as much as I’d like to say that I don’t think about food all the time…I do! ¬†And since¬†Christmas and vacation are pretty much my two biggest challenges, well, when you add them both together…holy temptation, Batman! And the reality is, the temptation proved to be too much for me. ¬†I just could not successfully resist all those sweets and all that food, especially when dealing with the shenanigans of my family. :p¬† I ate a ton of food over the holiday, much more than I should have.¬† But to my credit, I did do two things right: 1) I tracked everything, and 2) I exercised every day....

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