Monthly Archives: February 2015

A kid’s point of view: A pain-free foot AND a 6-pound loss!

Guess what: The doctor finally cleared me from my stress fracture AND I lost 6 pounds last week in our family weight-loss contest! I think I had a good balance of activity and healthy eating. Also, after my workout the … Continue reading

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Wise words from WordPress’ surprisingly cool overlord

“ ‘Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.’  “… I’m not sure the provenance of this quote, but I read it and it really resonated with me, … Continue reading

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I can’t believe I ate the whole thing

There’s this catch phrase I remember from when I was a kid, “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing,” apparently tied to this 1972 Alka-Seltzer commercial. Sometimes I wonder if this pop-culture slogan took root in my second-grade self … Continue reading

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Breaking pain barrier on 4-minute wall sit (after 2 failed attempts)

It took me three tries to get through a 4-minute wall sit on Day  21 of the 28-day wall-sit challenge. The first time I quit just a few seconds in, irritated with the song my daughter had selected (“Bohemian Rhapsody”). … Continue reading

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Gearing up for 8-week YMCA ‘triathlon’

Over the weekend the kids and I signed up for the local YMCA’s Busy Man Triathlon 2015, which requires you to swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and run 26.2 miles over an eight-week period ending April 26. I committed … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: It’s hard to wait

By Colleen, age 12 Yesterday was middle school soccer signups. I can’t wait for the season! Me and my friend Dani were trying to get everyone at our lunch table to sign up, but, sadly, we were the only ones. I … Continue reading

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Ben’s mighty meaty ‘masserole’

My 17-year-old son the weight-lifting addict got this recipe off reddit recently. There is 5 pounds of meat in this cooking pot, people. We adapted the recipe just slightly, using 2 pounds of roasted chicken breast (from the no-thaw crockpot … Continue reading

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A year without Diet Coke: Would a sip now ruin everything?

Shortly after realizing it’s been more than a year now since my last sip of Diet Coke, this troubling question entered my mind: Would it really hurt anything if I periodically took a sip under very specific, limited circumstances, such … Continue reading

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The surprise benefit of a simple fitness challenge

So it turns out that I can now do a 3-minute wall sit, thanks to the February wall sit challenge. I didn’t think I could – not even while I was doing it, focusing intently on the Johnny Cash song … Continue reading

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When it’s too dangerous to drive, go for a run – in the woods

The wind started whipping up Saturday just before I headed out for a trail run. I wasn’t too concerned because I knew the woods would block most of the wind, but I wasn’t prepared for how insane the driving conditions … Continue reading

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