Boost Your Motivation By Spicing Up Your Workouts

If you are anything like me, you dread your workout all day. Not only that, but while you are working out you are wishing it was over already. I really dislike the act of working out, but I absolutely love the feeling of pride and satisfaction after I’m done. Once you push through and defy your own laziness, you get a newfound feeling of willpower and determination. The problem is, how do you make working out more enjoyable?...more

The "All-Inclusive" Sporty Staycation: Running!

The main impediment to my own pursuit of recreational"tri-athleticism" has always been reticence.That's it.  I'm shy; unsure of myself.I don't have the "proper jargon" down for the swim/bike portions of the program.  I don't have the right gear or proper technique.  And you have to know a lot of stuff....more

Carpe diem (also the paint brush)

It's the dog's fault. He woke me up at 4 am, because he suddenly had to go. So, since I was awake and since my alarm was set for 4:38 anyway, I decided to carpe the early diem. I was out jogging and back by 5:30, with my early chores done and a sleepy house all to myself. Egad. Time to work! I decided to carpe the paint brush and do 45 minutes of staining the fence. (This is a job that never ends because the more you stain the longer the fence stretches. But I keep at it.)...more

I Graduated!

…from Cardiac Rehab!!!After 36 sessions of Cardiac Rehab over the past 4 months, I finally graduated!  Here is my "graduation" photo, which they will hang up along with all of the other photos of graduates, on their bulletin board....more
Karen Ballum Thanks!!more

How To Set a SIMPLE Heart Rate Exercise Goal

I like to wear a heart rate monitor while spinning or jogging so I have confirmation for how things are going and can adjust my workout.  Some might call this OCD; I prefer to think of it as positive motivation. Wearing a heart rate monitor helps me figure out if I’m working too hard (almost never the problem) or if I can safely push a little more to get a great workout in as short a time as possible.Plus it helps keep my mind off the actual exercise.The trouble is, I have never been able to figure out what my actual target should be....more

Travel Theme: Sky

Rusha SamsOh, the Places We Seehttp://ohtheplaceswesee.comAutumn skies can be seen anywhere.  Keep your camera or iPhone handy!

Jogging in a Virtual Shower Cap

     I am short.  I am overweight.  I am out of shape.  Today I went jogging.  It turns out I can jog as fast as my son walks, so we were a perfect couple out in the sunshine today.  As we turned the corner, I saw a carload of people with the doors open, parked and talking on the street.  My instinct told me to start walking nonchalantly, but then I remembered Colleen Wainwright....more
I resisted walking to work because I think I look silly, wearing my skirt and socks with tennis ...more


Running away…   6 A.M. There’s something about the sun just up, the morning freshness. It’s the perfect time for a jog or a brisk walk. To me, something about a good run in this hour is sacred. Like the first skier down a mountain of new snow, or the very first bite of warm chocolate cake. This morning in particular I was listening to the rhythm of my feet, the chop chop chopping of a nearby sprinkler, the heaving of my breath, the strong clear echo of birds. As the day was just waking, there was still a sense of stillness....more

Skinny Jeans Are a State of Mind: Fitness Inspiration for the New Year

The new year is a time to turn our thoughts to fitness and renewal. There’s fresh hope that this will be the year we look our best. Sadly, the older we get the fewer calories it takes to run our bodies—making this goal all the less likely. So here’s a New Year choice: Give it up now and save on the gym membership....more

I love this post! It sounds like you are doing awesome! I'm not as brave as you with the half ...more

How NOT to Keep a Low Profile

With all this talk about terrorist threats and how Americans should keep a low profile I thought I'd do some research. To be honest, I didn't mean to do the research. I'm just an American and so I do American things without even thinking it's American. Duh. And then I feel stupid....more