breaking a trail to prom

I just want to look nice in a prom dress, she said quietly. Her words squeezed my heart tightly. No. I won’t cry. I will help her. Gatherings with my side of the family often end in deep conversations about health, weight loss, and exercise. All the women in my family inherited the curse of the apple body type. Not a…

mt. san jacinto, ca

Originally posted May 30, 2013 – edited My friend, TJ, the hiking program director at the Biggest Loser Resort Fitness Ridge, posted some pictures on Facebook, sharing details of some cool and challenging hikes she had recently completed. I was planning a mini vacation, and looking for some challenge myself. Fueled by TJ’s recent adventures, I focused my online research…

climbing up and letting go

It’s Thursday and I’m in the throes of a crazy Rim to River (and back) day hike at the Grand Canyon.  In preparation for today’s madness hike I did a training hike at Mt. Charleston this past Monday – Memorial Day. I scrolled through old posts to see if I had written about hiking this trail before –…

throwing it down in May

Okay, okay…so we’re 5 days into May and I’m only just publishing my May goals. What with the April wrap-up and then the exciting news about my big contest win, I ran out of time. Also factoring into the delay this month were my BIG PLANS(!) to introduce a cool way to offer link ups to my monthly…

why do I do this to myself?

I’m sick of being sick. My cold symptoms made their first appearance two weeks ago Monday. I dismissed the scratchy throat and stuffy nose as mild annoyances, and believed wholeheartedly that they would be short-lived. I was, after all, practicing oil-pulling and garlic feet. By Wednesday morning I didn’t feel any better. So I did what any sensible person…

psa: don’t run with a broken ass

Strength training is important for many reasons, not the least of which is that by adding lean muscle mass you ramp up your body’s fat burning capability. Seriously, who wouldn’t want this? I understand, on an intellectual level, that adding muscle is the best way for me to boost my metabolism and turn my body into a fat burning…

monthly challenges recap: february edition

Welcome to the second installment of the 2014 Monthly Challenges Recap! Challenge 1: Barre fitness classes The first challenge I took on in February was 5 sessions at Pure Barre Fitness. I had heard much about this fitness craze, based on the principles of ballet training, and how these 55 minute classes could truly transform your body. I…

pure hell at Pure Barre

This post has been two weeks in the making. And now, due to a self-imposed deadline, I find myself writing it after an over-indulgent margarita-featured happy hour. Forgive the typos, won’t you? Five weeks ago I decided it was a good idea to buy another Groupon. We all know what happened the last time I did that. This…