And now for some really good news…

And now for some really good news…

So, if you’re regular reader of my blog, you may remember the post I made back in December, about the old, dilapidated home that I often ran by and admired for its historic value, only to discover on one of my runs that it had been torn down without warning. If you don’t remember, or if you never read it, I will summarize it by saying that I likened that house to a weight-loss journey: it was my opinion that, if you don’t take care of yourself, and you don’t change and improve when you get rundown, you will begin to lose value, and you might find yourself “torn down” like that house. While I certainly think that my weight-loss analogy is valid, that’s not really what I thought of when I first saw that house. The day...

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Paczki Day 2015!!

Paczki Day 2015!!

You didn’t think I would let this most auspicious day pass without a post, did you?? What day, you ask? Why…Pączki Day, of course! Yes, that’s right, it may be Fat Tuesday to the rest of the world, but it’s PączkiDay here in the Polish enclaves of Southeast Michigan. I’ve written about my love of these “jelly doughnuts on steroids” before on this blog, so you can feel free to go search it, but just know that if you wondered if I would pass it up this year, due to my ongoing struggles to get back to goal…the answer is no!! I am still a firm believer that everything is good in moderation, and I’m firmly against deprivation just for the sake of feeling like I’m “being health-conscious.” I love...

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Even I Think I’m Crazy Sometimes

Even I Think I’m Crazy Sometimes

I know last winter was the worst winter in metro Detroit history, but I really feel like this winter is trying hard for second place. Maybe the reality is that I just never trained for a marathon before last year, and so every winter that I train for a marathon seems interminable. :p Case in point: last Friday morning, I had 7 miles on the schedule. Fridays kind of suck, because I have to go to work, but I also have to do a long-ish run. I had decided to do this training plan because I felt like I wasn’t prepared enough for my last marathon, with running only four days per week. So, I bumped it up to the intermediate plan, which includes a fifth day that happens to be a longer run, but also the day before your longest run of the week. The plan calls for it...

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Happy Birthday JJ!

Happy Birthday JJ!

  Today is my youngest son’s ninth birthday! Where does the time go?   I make no secret about his early years…he was a rotten baby. :p I joke that the song that I most associate with his year of birth (2006) is Daniel Powter’s  “Bad Day,” because that child had nothing but bad days. In fact, his “bad days” lasted until he was about four. That would be the reason why I only have two children. And yet, he has turned into the most happy, outgoing, caring, amazingly positive child! He always has a smile on his face, and he always sees the best in everything. He loves to help people and is so giving and generous, sometimes to a detriment…he likes to give away his lunch to his friends at school. :p That little boy brings me...

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Oh, Winter, Why Must You Torment Me So?

Oh, Winter, Why Must You Torment Me So?

Well let’s start with my anniversary, which was awesome.  We ended up driving all the way over to Saugatuck, which is about two hours and 45 minutes away. The drive there was uneventful, and we enjoyed the sights, although there wasn’t much snow to marvel at. (Note: remember this for later.) We drove out to the coast and looked at the ice on Lake Michigan. We then enjoyed downtown Saugatuck. We ended up staying at the Belvedere Inn, which was gorgeous. It was built in 1913, and has quite an amazing history. When the inn’s owner found out I have a degree in history, and did an internship with a preservation society in college, he was pretty excited. It’s not often that I am able to impress someone with my useless undergraduate degree. He...

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Happy Anniversary to Me!

Happy Anniversary to Me!

  So I guess I haven’t posted in a while…ooooops!!  No, seriously, it has been on my mind, but I have had a major thing going on in my life that has required all my attention. I don’t want to talk about it right now, but it is not a bad thing…it’s just, well, a thing.  I will divulge more soon! For now, know that I am still running running running!  In fact, I ran 6 miles yesterday morning at 4:45am, and then another 9 this morning.  It was a cold (14 degrees) but beautiful morning to watch the sunrise. Yes, my sleep suffers, but you know what doesn’t? My food intake! In fact, since today is my 18th wedding anniversary, and we are going out for our usual anniversary dinner/caloric extravaganza, those 1400 calories...

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The No-Title Post

The No-Title Post

{1/19/15: I just looked at my site and couldn’t figure out why this post had a number for a title.  Turns out, I forgot to give it an actual title in my rush to put it up last Friday night, lol!} Thank you to everyone who offered supportive comments from my post from earlier this week. I can’t deny that this 10 pounds is really been frustrating me for many months. I appreciate the suggestions, and I have been thinking about getting one of those body fat scans for a while, I just need to figure out where to go to get one! I did take some measurements and pictures before I started my marathon training, so hopefully I’ll see a difference after 18 weeks.  Unfortunately, I could definitely tell a difference between the pictures I took earlier this...

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