Giving it a go

I compose blog posts in my head while I walk in the mornings. While they never seem to make it to the screen here, trust me when I tell you that they're filled with angst and wisdom, and would probably make great reading. The process of getting them from my brain to the blog just seems like too much effort most days, in a life where every decision about what … [Continue reading...]

Project Happy/Healthy Me: June Review and Goals for July/August

My goals for June (and half of July) were: Work back up to run/walk workouts three times a week - Done. I'm jogging 3/5 of a 5K three times a week and it isn't totally awful most of the time. We'll call that a win! Continue to concentrate on clearing out one quarter of the garage, by myself, for 30 minutes per week - Umm, not much was accomplished on … [Continue reading...]

Project Happy/Healthy Me: March review and goals for June

My goals for March were: Keep up the run/walk workouts three times a week - I was doing well with this one until the training rides for the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure bike event started getting longer and more intense. I found that my hip flexors were very painful when I tried to combine running with the high intensity and/or long … [Continue reading...]

Dear Comrades: It’s been a little while since last we spoke

Way, way back, so long ago that it hardly seems real now when I think about it, I used to write blog posts as naturally as if I were casually checking in with a friend every day. Heck, I sometimes posted more than once a day if I had a particularly interesting - at least to me! - day. I didn't worry about what anyone wanted to read, or about how it all came … [Continue reading...]

Creating a new habit

post-5K 9/3/2011

I never used to walk anywhere if I could drive. I never used to bring my own food - healthy or otherwise - to work with me. I never used to walk a 5K every morning before work so that I could start my day off with 8,000 steps on the pedometer (that I didn't own). I never used to do anything about it when I had worrisome medical symptoms. ...but I do … [Continue reading...]

Not an athlete

post 4 miles, 4/26/14

I was in a Weight Watchers meeting this morning when I had one of those annoying "a-ha" moments. It wasn't my normal, early Saturday morning meeting because I walk/jogged a 4 mile event to honor Pat Tillman, an American football player who quit the NFL to enlist in the Army after the events of September 11, 2001. I was feeling pretty good because I was down … [Continue reading...]

Just Write

"I need to include at least one picture with every blog post, for SEO, Google+, and Pinterest." If you don't write anything, there's nothing for a search engine to fine and nothing to be shared on Google+ or pinned. "I need to finish that major project on the blog before I write any new posts." The project isn't as massive as you're making it out to be in … [Continue reading...]

Three things I’m grateful for this week: March 27

Making lemonade from lemons!

Our vacation to Phoenix for Spring Training. Oh my gosh, it was so good to get away and relax for a few days - I'm so grateful to my husband for organizing everything (and doing all of the driving) so that I could focus on the enjoyment of it all. Gentle rain. Last month's gully-washing rain in San Diego were awful because so much moisture came down so … [Continue reading...]

Surround yourself with inspiration

More Than Coffee, a  limited edition print by Lehan Veenker on minted.com

This is a sponsored post; it does not contain affiliate links. For as long as I can remember, having bright, pretty things to look at has inspired me. From the colorful posters I plastered on the walls of my on-campus apartment freshman year in college to the bright red, patent leather heels that make me smile whenever I wear them, I am happiest - and do … [Continue reading...]

Three things I’m grateful for this week: March 6

Three fabulous bloggers (and one very fortunate one)!

San Diego finally got some desperately-needed rain. Yes, we did get about a quarter of what we ought to get for a whole year in one very soggy weekend and yes, lots of areas flooded badly, but I was beginning to despair of ever seeing rain without going on vacation again. Also, it restores my hope that further precipitation could still happen here before the … [Continue reading...]