How I Lost Weight Using My Fitbit

Since I posted the picture below on Facebook and announced that my husband and I have lost about 135 pounds between the two of us, I've gotten several questions from friends asking for details: how we did it and how we used our Fitbits. So here goes. ...more

Why Angelina Jolie's Essay Moved Me to Tears

I didn't think I would cry reading Angelina Jolie's essay in the New York Times about the surgery she recently had to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. But the tears started coming mid-essay. ...more

Athletes Beware: Know the Signs of Blood Clots

Yes, I want to scare you. A bit. OR actually, I just want you to be aware. You think of blood clots in old people. You don’t think about ultra runners or triathletes being the ones who who develop these blood clots. Yet we are prime candidates for ...more

What to Bring to Your First Barre Class

I've been wanting to try a Barre class for a while because there is something about that ballet barre that speaks to my inner ballerina. I imagine myself, long and lean with my hair in a tight bun, stretching gracefully over my pointed toes. Maybe ...more

Little Food Changes That Have a Big Impact

It's National Nutrition Month, so it's a great time to take a look at small changes you can make in your daily diet. With the average American diet comprising approximately 70% processed foods, it’s safe to say that most of us enjoy eating at least a ...more

Rape Culture at the Department of Veterans' Affairs

Survivors of rape should not have to hear rape jokes at medical facilities that treats rape survivors. But they do. What is the Department of Veterans’ Affairs doing to combat its rape culture?   Image Credit: Bob Shepard via Flickr ...more
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17 Important Things to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

I guess it is time to get serious. I take very little serious in life, so it is always hard for me to buckle down and get stuff done. But many would say having a baby is serious business. For me, it happens so often around these parts the hospital stay is like a mini vacation with room service and everything. Shall we treat it as such? Why not. ...more

Find Your Workout Match With These 8 Workouts

You cannot do the same thing for twelve years, let alone a lifetime, and stay motivated or challenge your body. Plus life happens and different life seasons have not allowed me the same time and flexibility in fitting in certain workouts. Here are 8 workouts that... work. ...more

Motivational Monday #103

Happy Motivational Monday, Friends! Sorry for the lack of posting lately. I haven't really been in much of a writing mood, and when I've tried to write a post, it seems kind of forced ....more

100 Days to Summer: Day 18

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Crazy Things I Believed When I Was Manic or Depressed Which Were Later Proved Untrue

Crazy Things I Believed When I Was Manic or Depressed Which Were Later Proved Untrue Crazy stuff. Commonly crazy stuff that I don’t even begin to understand. At different points in my life I’ve believed these things. I’m not making them up. The message of this is if you have bipolar disorder or serious depression, hang in there. Crazy Stuff I Believed When I was Manic Which Later Proved to be Untrue 1.  I thought I was some kind of Messiah. Since I’m not a Christian, I’m not certain which kind of Messiah I was supposed to be. Maybe the Richard Bach of Illusions fame type? But in reality, I’m not a Messiah. Just a girl with bipolar disorder.2. I thought I was a Vampire even though I didn’t even have any hickeys on me at the time. And I’m doubtful that any of my high school hickeys that I had was from a Vampire. Just a hickey from a Loser because only Losers give hickeys, right?3. I was obsessed about two different individuals who knew it and know it. This is scary. This finished right after the episodes because I was depressed and felt so incredibly low to the ground. It wasn’t like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It was more creepy like: “You are the one for me.” Icky and embarrassing. I’m happy to say that I’m on speaking terms with both of the guys years later. 4. I thought my life was in danger and that I could protect myself with a sarong and a motorcycle jacket. It must have worked because I’m still alive, right? 5.  I thought that the deoderant Secret was meant especially for me because I had all of these secrets.  ...more

My Amazing Weight Loss Journey

 My Weight Loss Journey ...more

9 Encouraging Blog Posts to Read During Infertility

Every three months I post a list of my favorite blog posts from the last quarter.  This quarter, I focused on posts that will hopefully encourage you in your faith as you wait and hope.  Enjoy! Best Post to Read If a Major Birthday is Making Infertility Harder...more

20 healthy, on-the-go breakfasts

Hi friends! How’s the day going? Your comments this morning were cracking me up ....more

Hiking to Potato Chip Rock [2015 Edition]

Hi friends! Hope that you had a great weekend. I’ve been back to the work grind on this Monday and have been busy, busy, busy! ...more

On Conquering Creative Fear

Sometimes Motivation comes from unlikely sources

Last week I only made it to the gym once.  Pea's juvenile arthritis flared and we had a few days of being up all night and missing school. This weekend was busy with soccer and my fabulously talented niece's surprise 18th party.  We had a blast.  Big families are awesome! The kids are also out for spring break this week and Pork Chop's best friend is keeping us company so the gym will have to be pushed back on my schedule to the evenings we don't have soccer....more

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