7 Stocking Stuffers for Runners and Other Athletes


(Contains affiliate links) What kind of gifts should you get someone who enjoys fitness and outdoor activities? Even if it's someone you picked out of a hat for a company Christmas party, or a family gift exchange for that cousin you don't know very well, here are a few suggestions for stocking sutffer-friendly gifts for the athlete. 1. FitBit Bracelets. So many people have a FitBit these days, and they're a little pricey for a Christmas gift exchange, but interchangeable bracelets are … [Read more...]

How Fat is Too Fat?


Once in a while, I'll make a negative comment about my weight or my looks, say I'm too fat, and my sweet boys are always so quick to come back with a counter-statement. "You are NOT fat!" Cuddle Bug will exclaim. But I am. Maybe not by some standards. But by my standards that I have for me, and only for me-- I'm too fat. "There are a lot of people a lot fatter than you," Talker insists. That's not really the point though. I'm not comparing myself to other people, only to me. Yesterday … [Read more...]

Should You Dress in Costume for a 5k?

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Maybe it's just because I have no sense of humor, but I've never worn a costume to run a road race. There will be the occasional over-achiever that shows up to a 10K or half marathon wearing a tutu or seasonal costume, but there are nearly always at least a handful of runners who show up to a 5k wearing a tutu and bobbly headband. These are the folks who take the term "fun run" literally, so I guess that makes sense. I've worn a green shirt to a St. Patrick's day 5k, and a blue tank a running … [Read more...]

Finding Freedom Through Forvgiveness


  How do you forgive someone who hurt and betrayed you? Should you even try, especially when they refuse to apologize or even acknowledge that they did anything wrong. Many years ago, a friend had made a comment reveling in my husband's failure at something he had tried. It was a careless comment, but it stung, and I decided that I would sever my relationship with that friend. Shortly afterward, I was relating the comment to another friend, and told her how much it hurt, and that … [Read more...]

How to Run Hills Without Dying


Do you dread running hills as much as I do? There have been times when I almost start to panic when I see a hill coming up when I'm running a race, even if it's a course I'm familiar with. It defeats me before I even get there. Correction: I SURRENDER to the hill before I even get there. But I've come up with a strategy for conquering these inanimate monsters that might help you, too. Don't Make Eye Contact. It works with wild animals, and it works with monster hills. When my kids are … [Read more...]

Don’t Get Plowed Over by a Fat Girl While Running a 5K


Contains affiliate links. Have you hesitated to sign up to run a 5K because you're not sure how it works? There have been times where I've wanted to stop mid-way through a race and just start yelling at people. Like, "YOU CAN HANDLE GOING 3 MILES WITHOUT ALL 5 OF YOUR BEST FRIENDS! SINGLE FILE, PLEASE!" Unfortunately, I've also about run over some of these poor people because they just seem to forget that there are other runners on the course. I've come to the general conclusion that these … [Read more...]

Protein: How Much Do You Need?


You know there are three basic elements of foods that we should eat. Those are protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Most of us, I think, don't have much problem consuming enough fat, especially if you're eating an American diet. Ditto for carbs-- although not all carbs are made alike, so while you may be getting a good amount of carbs in your diet, if they're all simple carbs, you're not doing yourself any favors. When it comes to protein, we may not as easily get enough in our diet. There are a … [Read more...]

Salad & Smoothie Sunday: Italian Pasta Salad


Italian Pasta Salad Years ago, my friend Holly made up a batch of this salad, and it instantly became my favorite. It makes up a huge batch, making it easy to take to a potluck, or divvy up into single-serve containers for a week's worth of veggie-packed lunches. Ingredients: Veggie Pasta (I use Wacky Mac spirals, made by New World Pasta) Italian Dressing (bottled, or make your own) Olives Veggies: get creative, choose at least 4 different varieties, keeping color in mind: Chopped … [Read more...]

Sunday Salad: Mex-Mash-Up


At least once a week, we have Mexican food at our house. It's really probably more like 2 or 3 times a week, but who's counting? It's really easy to make the kids tacos or nachos for dinner, and convert that into a taco salad for myself-- saving calories and fat grams by skipping the tortillas or chips. That's exactly what I did for this week's featured salad. Mexi-Mash-Up Ingredients: 2 c. salad greens 1/4 c. Chopped Tomato (8 calories) 1/4 c. Drained Black Beans (62 calories) 1/4 c. … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Succeed with Your Nutrition Goals


There are so many moments during any given day where we have to make choices about our health and wellness. Even NOT doing something is making a choice. I have a lot of head knowledge about health and fitness and diet-- I've actually taken nutrition classes and health classes. But putting that knowledge into practice? Not always easy. It's all about the decision that's in front of you right now. This moment. When you're staring in the fridge because you're bored. When you mosey down the chips … [Read more...]