Monthly Archives: August 2013

A kids’ point of view: Victory!!!

By Colleen, age 10 So you know already that I won the family weight loss contest. Slim Fast helped a lot. Even though my total loss was not very much (6.4 pounds in five weeks) I’m happy with what I … Continue reading

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DIY outside yoga

I told myself that I’d treat yoga class like a doctor’s appointment. No skipping, or my neck would pay the price. But I didn’t really want to go, didn’t want to be cooped up in that room — especially after … Continue reading

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Handy dandy canning tool

Despite my interest in healthy eating, I’ve struggled to get over my aversion to intensive gardening. As a kid, getting sent out to pick endless rows of green beans felt more like punishment than anything to get excited about, especially … Continue reading

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Colleen wins family weight-loss contest

We got together for breakfast at the Indiana Pancake House on Sunday morning to see Rowan off to college — where she went from being a freshman to a junior in just one year of serious study* that will save … Continue reading

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Hill sprints!

So I made the mistake of giving Traci some back issues of Runner’s World, and when I show up at the hills course on Friday she wants to do sprints. And you know what? I loved it. We started out … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: Discovering what my limits aren’t

By Colleen, age 10 For the first time ever, I ran two miles. I RAN them, I didn’t walk. The weird thing is, I felt great afterward. In fact, it wasn’t even my idea. Ben gave me a long lecture … Continue reading

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Yo-yo yoga

I hate this new yoga class. Correction: The class is not new. I am new to it. The teacher tells us to let go of any judgments we may have, but I can’t stop judging her. Her voice reminds me … Continue reading

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My Cheerios running fuel ritual

You know how the Japanese can make a whole ritual out of making tea? Well, that’s how I am with Cheerios and peanut butter. It’s one of my favorite pre-run meals. In fact, I’d choose a Cheerios-studded spoonful of peanut … Continue reading

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At age 70, Grandpa sets a record

Despite eating a record seven ears of sweet corn when we got together at Mom and Dad’s Saturday night to freeze corn and can green beans, Grandpa reports that he still managed a slight loss in his Sunday morning weigh-in. … Continue reading

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Running ‘sacrifice’ brings rewards

The bad news: I feel like I’ve got increasingly less control over my running and racing schedule as I try to mesh my needs with those of my family. The good news: At 48, I’m faster than ever before — … Continue reading

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