Water Water Water

Water Water Water

No, I’m not talking about Texas, a state which has unfortunately seen much more than its share of water these last few weeks.   My thoughts and prayers are with all the folks in Texas (as well as other surrounding states) who are dealing with a record amount of flooding this month. No, the water I’m talking about is the drinking kind, and there’s plenty of it my life right now. I decided last week to make one “healthy” change to aid in my weight loss efforts, and that change was to drink more water. Before last week, I would have told you that I have no problem drinking the required 8 glasses a day. I LOVE water, and I do drink it a lot. In fact, other than 1 cappuccino a day (which includes 1 cup of fat free milk) water is the ONLY beverage I drink....

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Banana Cake

Banana Cake

I don’t know about you, but when I find a recipe using a search on the Internet (usually Pinterest, in my case), as soon as I click on the link, I find myself scrolling (sometimes endlessly) to the bottom so I can quickly see the list of ingredients.  Before I get all caught up in a recipe, I want to know that it’s “do-able” for me, or if the ingredients are so specialized that it would take me a special trip to find them (wheat germ? sake? fish sauce? for real??).  Sorry, but if I can’t buy it at Meijer’s, it’s too much work. Not very cosmopolitan of me, but, there it is. 😛 And I don’t want to scroll through paragraphs upon paragraphs of description to find that out. So….with that in mind, here’s the...

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Happiness is What You Make It

Happiness is What You Make It

So, I’ve totally given up on the Hal Higdon post-marathon training program. 😛 It’s not that it was bad, it’s just that this week, it had me running 5 miles three times, and I just don’t feel like getting up at 4:30ish to run five miles before work right now, and certainly not three times in a week! (Plus there’s a 40-minute tempo run on Friday…and that’s not even counting the long run on Saturday!) And one of those 5-milers was actually an interval run…yuck! I’m not really training for anything right now (other than Jamie’s  Kona 10k next month), so, I just decided to wing it. Jamie had a hockey tournament last weekend, so I had to do my long run solo. It was sticky and warm, and the humidity hung in the...

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Changing Eating Habits – A Teenage Perspective

Changing Eating Habits – A Teenage Perspective

Well, I’m two weeks post-marathon, and my life is starting to return to normal.  Ish. I ate better last week, but Mother’s Day got me a little. What can I say, my family knows me well. 😉  It did not bode well for my weigh-in. I’m still above 125. Yes, that’s a .4 loss from the prior week, which is certainly better than a .4 gain, but I need to rein it in better.  I’m running regularly again and started on week 2 of Hal Higdon’s post-marathon recovery training program, so I can only hope that will help me regulate this post-marathon bloating or whatever it is.  I’m definitely feeling overweight these days, unfortunately. As far as running goes, I’m mostly doing the Intermediate version of Hal Higdon’s marathon recovery program, since I ran his Intermediate...

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Ah, Reality. . .You B*tch

Ah, Reality. . .You B*tch

For those who have never experienced it, the days after a marathon (especially one where you actually met your goal) are pretty much a non-stop high of knowing you can do anything.  Anything, damn it!! 😀  It’s quite a feeling, and I do highly recommend it.  (The running 26.2 miles part…eh, not so much. ;)) Unfortunately, one discovers that, while there are a lot of things a marathon runner can do, one thing they cannot do is eat copious quantities of food and still maintain their weight.  Nope.  Definitely not.  It is, however, a lot of fun to test the theory. 😉 Last week was all about eating and not exercising.  Period.  I didn’t do any exercise whatsoever until Saturday, but I ate some good food in that time.  I already mentioned our trip to Bagger Dave’s on...

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Glass City Marathon Report – Part 2

Glass City Marathon Report – Part 2

  This post is a continuation from Glass City Marathon Report – Part 1. Thank you for your patience with this very long post!! Leg 5 – Jamie When I ended the previous post, I was passing through Relay Exchange #5, where my friend Jessica was handing off the relay bib to my son, Jamie.  Here’s Jamie, patiently waiting for me to round the turn. Once he got the hand-off from Jessica, he fell into step beside me. I really didn’t know what to expect from him when I caught up with him, but I was so tired (this was mile 20.9, as you may recall), I didn’t say anything.  He, however, was eager to talk. As he attached the belt around his waist, he said, “So, Dad told me I should say something to make you laugh, but I got nothin’, so you’re out of luck.” ...

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Glass City Marathon Report – Part 1

Glass City Marathon Report – Part 1

If you wonder why it took me five days to get to this, well, it was a pretty eventful race!  So eventful, I wanted to capture it all, and that meant that I wrote a novel. 😛 I tried to trim it down, but it’s just so hard.  I’ve finally given up, and I’m just going to let you have the entire story and decide for yourself what you want to read.  But…I’m going to give it to you in parts, because I’m feeling guilty about not having anything posted yet, but I still haven’t finished the last part. :/  So…here is part 1! April 26, 2015: Pre-race As it turns out, 4am comes early. 😛 I had an English muffin with butter and jam, and I took time to enjoy a half cup of coffee and even fold some laundry.  I had made a list of...

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