Who Am I?

Seven months ago, if you would have said to me that I would be 70 lbs. lighter, I would have thought you were crazy.  If you would have said that I would want to eat healthy and exercise, I would have thought you were insane.  Well, seven months later, here I am at 70 lbs....more

Fear No More...at least of flying

I am on the biggest high of my life right now and it is all due to conquering a fear.  This was not just any fear for me, it was a phobia of flying that I have had for 20 years.  I was able to fly for the first time without any medication or alcohol in my system.  I did this on prayer and my belief that my higher power, God, is in charge and he will keep me safe.  With that being said, there are other even bigger things that I accomplished all related to getting onto an airplane.  I was able to fit into just ONE seat this time, was able to buckle into said seat with...more

Can You Breastfeed and Train for Marathons?

Maintaining my milk supply is a struggle, but one that is manageable. I know that after a weekend of hard, long training or racing that I will see a drop in my supply in the days immediately following. The human body is amazing, but expecting it to produce the same amount of milk after a 6 hour bike ride, 4,000 yard swim, and 22 mile run (over the course of 2 days) is pushing it. But, there are a few steps that I take to immediately work on increasing my supply back up to where it should be. ...more
I have a friend who ran though her 8th month and about 8 weeks post partum. Her supply issues ...more

Shh, Little Voice!

This weekend I have the great fortune to be spending some girl time in Palm Springs with some of my brilliant and fabulous friends. We’re going to lounge around a pool in 90 degree weather, drink cocktails, and read trashy novels. Sounds great, right?  I am so excited!That is…until I think about spending most of that time hanging around a pool in my bathing suit. That skimpy piece of clothing that took way too many hours of my life to find. That tiny garment that requires I contort myself to shave in all the necessary places.  Ugh. Are you kidding me?...more

Cancer Does Not Discriminate

We did everything ‘right’ with our son Jack....more

Compete vs. Complete [And Some Happy-Haps!]

As I was making plans to move up here from San Antonio, I registered for a couple of races.  One was, for all intensive purposes, a sprint-oly triathlon (750m swim, 14.4 mile bike, 4.5 mile run) about a month after I had arrived.  Well, I explained about my *umph* and training last week and how it has considerably dwindled (especially swimming) since I moved here to Chicago, but I can't lie...I knew I'd be fine going into the race.  However, I struggled with the idea of *completing* rather than *competing* several times; I think even lost sleep over it....more

Counteracting the Effects of the Modern Lifestyle

There's no arguing that we, as humans, are more sedentary than ever. We sit in front of the computer, the tv, the tablet, in the car, on the subway, at work, at school... and many tasks that were previously hard work have been automated for us.Simply stated, you sit too much!...more

My Moral Development and My Body

Prepare dinner for my child or go hang out at the coffee shop with friends?  Leave the kids home alone while napping or stay put even though I really want to pick up a couple items from the store?  Give my kids a few pounds of junk food so they'll leave me alone or sit down and read a book together?  Wake up when my children are sick in the middle of the night and care for them or holler at them that they are keeping me awake and to knock it off?  ...more
@Linda Anselmi Thank goodness I'm so perfectly human!more

Paleo Buns

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