Monthly Archives: April 2015

The car-sharing built-in fitness plan

Don’t tell my son, but there’s a part of me that secretly hopes we don’t get around to replacing our third-string beater that recently bit the dust. It’s not just the money saved (though there’s a sizeable difference in insurance … Continue reading

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Can nuts really help you lose weight?

Because I eat a big bag of cashews for lunch on Mondays, I try to stay away from nuts the rest of the week. But now I wonder if I shouldn’t be eating nuts more often. The conventional wisdom is … Continue reading

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Finishing up a triathlon with a triathlon

I didn’t need any more running miles to finish up the 8-week YMCA triathlon, but after swimming 1.25 miles and cycling 19 miles on Saturday I couldn’t resist adding in a 3-mile run to make the cycle complete. It was … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: 2 new cycling PRs!

By Colleen, age 12 I got an awesome cycling PR last night after softball practice! The fastest I ever rode before at the Y was a 6-minute mile. But last night I rode my first mile in 4:59 and then … Continue reading

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Protein-powder brownies

We’ve been tinkering with these tasty bars over the last few weeks as spring sports season is gearing up. I tend to pack them as a pregame snack for Ben and Colleen. They also make a great pre-run snack, so … Continue reading

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‘Maybe the next bite will be better’ syndrome

There’s a lot of things that irritate me about the book “Ten Habits of Naturally Slim People,” by Jill H. Podjasek. It’s too New Agey for my tastes  and makes it sound like all naturally thin people have these enlightened … Continue reading

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In search of thread-in-the-tapestry runs

Friday’s run was both frustrating and exhilarating. The weather was gorgeous – sunny and upper 70s – but I wasn’t used to this kind of summer heat and I wound up wilting under the sun. It was weirdly disorienting to … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: A funny way to get happy

By Colleen, age 12 Did you know that mimicking a smile can actually make you happier? According to Psychology Today, the logic is that when you use the muscles you use when you’re happy your brain thinks you are actually happy. The same … Continue reading

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Y-tri update

This YMCA triathlon project has me a bit frustrated lately. On the one hand, it’s scattered my focus so that I’m not concentrating as fully on a running plan as I’d like to be. On the other hand, swimming and … Continue reading

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Warning: Not all salsa con queso is a calorie bargain

  So I’m needing to peel off a few pounds for about the gazillionth time since my 2010 weight loss, and when I need to be strict I usually pick up a jar of salsa conqueso because it packs so … Continue reading

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