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I'm a 30-something stay-at-home mom to two boys. I lost 130 pounds through diet and exercise, and I blog daily about my struggles and successes with maintaining my new, healthy weight at

Organizing (and Wednesday Weigh-in)

What an exhausting day!I'm only starting to write this at 10:00 pm. When I woke up this morning, I remembered it was Wednesday Weigh-in, but that feels like a million years ago. This has been such a long day.I know I've said this before, but ever since my bipolar diagnosis and new medication, I've felt like a different person ....more

Springing into summer

We have had a fun weekend! Nothing crazy eventful; but fun, nonetheless.On Friday, Jerry, the kids, and I all had eye exam appointments. It was Jerry's first-ever eye exam, which I thought was just crazy! ...more

Summer vacation

Now that summer vacation is here, the days are really blurring together. We've been super busy with baseball--the kids have practice every day and games on Mondays and Wednesdays. Eli is also on a second team that he tried out for recently (I'm SO glad that he made it! ...more

2017 Summer Running Checklist

Can you believe that summer is just a couple of weeks away? I can't either. For the first time (maybe ever, but at least for several years) I am entering summer with a great mindset ....more

Lifestyle changes

Hey friends! My writing has been so sporadic lately, but I'm not even apologizing for it (not that I ever needed to, but I used to put pressure on myself to write frequently). I didn't even post my Wednesday Weigh-in yesterday (although I did weigh in, so I'll post it below).I've been pretty busy, but not with the usual stuff ....more

A fun zoo outing (and comparison photos)

On Saturday, we were invited to go to the zoo with the company Jerry works for. Once in a while, they'll host a fun outing somewhere, and this year, they chose the Detroit Zoo. They actually rented out the entire zoo just for employees and their families!The zoo normally closes at 5:00 pm, and our event started at 6:00--so we had the whole zoo to ourselves ....more

Hiking in central Oregon

(...continued from previous post)Okay, despite what happened on my first day there, the rest of the weekend was spent hiking and appreciating a different type of gorgeous scenery that Oregon has to offer. In this post, I'll just share a ton of photos and caption some of them as needed.Pictures never do scenery justice, particularly when taken from an iPhone, but this was the best I could do. This was my view of Mt ....more

Day one of my trip to Oregon

It's a quarter after ten, and I just woke up. I haven't slept this late since college!I was in Oregon for the weekend, and I took a redeye flight home on Monday night/Tuesday morning (the flight left at 12:30 AM on Tuesday). I had a three hour layover in Minnesota, and then arrived home at about noon yesterday ....more

National Weight Control Registry annual survey

This morning when I checked my email, I saw an annual survey for the National Weight Control Registry in my inbox. I registered for the NWCR several years ago when I'd maintained my weight loss for a year or two. It's basically an organization that follows people who have lost a significant amount of weight (at least 30 pounds) and kept it off for at least one year.They like to keep track of data and habits of these people, which they collect via surveys, and see if the findings give them any input on the habits of successful weight maintenance ....more

Forget Me Not 5K race report

A few months ago, my friend Emma mentioned that she wanted to run a 5K in the spring, and she asked if I'd want to do it with her. There was a local one called the Forget Me Not 5K that popped up on Facebook, and we registered for it right away. We made plans to train together, because we both wanted to get motivated to run.Well, as you know, the time passed, and neither of us trained! ...more