Monthly Archives: July 2013

Shop Vac Syndrome

In my evolving weight-loss glossary, Shop Vac Syndrome is a tendency to feel the need, whether consciously or unconsciously, to “clean up” whatever food happens to be lying around. If you’re in the kitchen cleaning up after a meal, that … Continue reading

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Tracking down a longtime Swiss Days runner

We’re all getting psyched for the 40th running of the Swiss Days Race on July 27, and on a whim I tracked down longtime participant Mark Shorter — a Kokomo math teacher who turned out to be the guy who … Continue reading

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Running Mii vs. Running Wii

This has been the summer of the running Wii. Training regularly with my sister — ramping up our workouts with intervals — has been awesome. Introducing Colleen to 5Ks has been fun.  Coaxing  various family members into a team triathlon … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: Star goals vs. moon goals

By Colleen, age 10 One day me and mom were out running a 5K, and I was picking out places to start walking. Then mom said, “Have you ever heard the saying ‘Shoot for the stars, and you’ll at least … Continue reading

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Beautiful bean dip

“You’ve gotta try this dip,” my sister said last weekend when I went to pick the kids up after the Loon Lake 5K. “It’s so good!” Her friend Lisa brought it. She calls it Ugly Bean Dip because she ran … Continue reading

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Don’t fear the scoreboard

This week’s addition to my weight-loss page is the term “scoreboard,” which is how I think of the small notebook I still use to track my eating and workouts. I suspect a lot of people despise tracking their food intake … Continue reading

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Race remorse?

Should Traci and I feel guilty that we apparently placed higher than we deserved at the Waterfall 10K? This was the topic of yesterday’s run. According to the results, emailed out on Sunday, our times — 1:04:33 and 1:04:34 — … Continue reading

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Loon Lake 5.5K

The Loon Lake 5.5K has become a tradition for my sister Traci’s family, as they always visit her in-laws at their lake house over the 4th of July weekend. I never seem to be able to get off work for … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: I need a challenge

By Colleen, age 10 First of all, hope you had a happy 4th of July. To be honest, I haven’t run much since the 5K-a-day challenge ended. And I just figured out why. I need a challenge to stay interested, … Continue reading

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4th of July strawberry cheeseball

Colleen and I were going to make these cute little firecracker cream cheese wafer things she found on Pinterest for the Fourth of July, but that recipe went awry when the instant pudding mix the recipe called for turned our … Continue reading

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