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How Much Do You Move? Plus, Fitbit One Product Review

A couple months ago, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I realize that, in the grand scheme of things and the many debilitating diseases and conditions out there, this is a comparatively minor condition. I have waited to talk about it though, because it’s still not “fixed,” still not resolved, and I quite frankly feel self-conscious and depressed about it. After two months of... read more

Fitness pro, mom of 2 awarded top bikini honors in Helsinki

***I penned the following about a very dear friend of mine, Tiffany Rae. Congratulations, hot mama! You continue to inspire!***   For nearly 15 years, Tiffany Rae has been a presence on the world fitness stage. Although she’s competed in numerous federations and racked up trophies and titles, an international first place finish still eluded her. Until now. The first weekend in... read more

Keeping Kids Healthy: Exercise is Not Enough

It seems like everyone is talking about the problem with childhood obesity.  It’s even the focus of this season’s Biggest Loser television series.  The problem is inactivity and poor nutrition.  Some schools are trying to fight the problem by adding additional exercise classes for students, but research published in the British Medical Journal from Plymouth University and... read more

On Loving Getting Older: MEPS the Second Time Around

Me in 2006 I am considering returning to military service in the Air Force Reserves (1 weekend a month plus 2 weeks a year).  I served in the active-duty force for 5 years, 9 months before separating in 2008 to focus on family.  I’m still not certain if I am going to go back in, but there are several compelling reasons: service to country, wonderful community, professional fulfillment,... read more

You Are What You Eat: My Biggest Loser Complaint

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”  –Ann Wigmore I started watching the Season 14 premiere of The Biggest Loser on Hulu last night.  I’ve been a fan of the show since Season 1, Episode 1.  I have always found it to be a motivational and inspirational show.  My husband can’t stand it–he... read more

I Guess I Do Like Running: On the Mend from Plantar Fasciitis

You know that saying about how you don’t know how good you had it until it was gone?  Well, even though that saying refers more to sweethearts and soul mates, I’m going to use it to talk about sole mates. About 6 weeks ago, I woke in the middle of the night with intense pain in the center of one of my heels.  It progressed, and I determined it is the dreaded runner’s affliction plantar... read more

Mud Run Fun! Tac Force Challenge Obstacle Course

And this is AFTER I rinsed them off… What a fun race!  My friend Lina and I participated in the Tac Force Obstacle Challenge mud run this morning.  It was my second mud run–the first being the Dirty 6 in Chandler, AZ–and it was her first.  We both had a blast! The race consisted of 31 obstacles over 3.1 miles.  The obstacles included tasks like scaling a high cargo net,... read more

Don’t Tell Me You’re Not Made For Running

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard someone say, “I’m just not made for running.”  Usually, it’s followed up by something like, “I’m too big-boned,” or “I’m not built for it,” or something of the sort.  I personally used to believe I wasn’t made for distance running, that surely my body was “made for... read more

Plant-Strong Running

Yahoo!  I ran the Flying Pig Half Marathon in Cincinnati this past weekend.  Although it was my 9th half marathon, it was my first plant-strong race. It was an opportunity to see how 6 months of whole foods, plant-based eating would stand up in 13.1 miles of running.  I am happy to report that I felt the most energetic in this race that I ever have in a half.  I felt almost frisky, like I was chomping... read more

Waist-to-Height Ratio

I’ve been struggling a little with Dr. Fuhrman’s “Ideal Weight” calculator–I think the number it spits out is fair for me and my body type and build, but I don’t feel the calculator produces a fair number for every person. When I saw this article, “Waist-to-height ratio is a better screening tool than waist circumference and BMI…” I felt I’d... read more

Arnold Sports Festival 2012

I finally did something I’ve wanted to do for about 10 years–attended a fitness competition. I started with a high-visibility one–the Arnold Sports Festival 2012, held in Columbus, Ohio. Not only did I see Arnold Schwarzenegger in person (short, fake tan, dyed hair), but I watched hundreds of competitors strut their stuff on stage. I attended the amateur competition in fitness, bikini,... read more

Ideal Weight

If you’re trying to lose weight, you probably have a goal weight in mind. I know I did when my weight loss plateaued after my second daughter was born. After months without the scale budging, I finally accepted that, “This is the size I am now,” and donated all my slim, sexy clothes to charity. Then, I eliminated meat, dairy and eggs. Now, 5 months later and 20 lbs lighter, I am... read more

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