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300 pounds of fat later, how did one sib help the other?

Recently I interviewed a guy who shed 90 pounds and reversed his type 2 diabetes with the help of his sister, who’d lost more than 200 pounds. “I can’t even put into words how much I owe her,” Quinton Horton … Continue reading

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Finding a way to finish

It seems like about the only triathlon I do anymore is the YMCA Busy Body Triathlon, which is roughly the same distance as an Iron Man but gives you eight weeks to finish. To be honest, I was kind of … Continue reading

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Conjuring up your inner kid

The whole time we were in South Carolina last week, this one phrase kept popping up in my mind: The Activity of Living. It was a fragment from a recent lecture by Dr. Rudy Kachmann, longtime neurologist and head of … Continue reading

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Letting go of 2017

A few days into January I toyed with the idea of going for 2,017 miles in 2017. A couple of Colleen’s teachers who are also runners were going for it. Averaging 5½ miles a day sounded completely doable under their … Continue reading

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Using ‘workout mode’ to tackle an unpleasant task

Why is it that I can embrace all kinds of pure fitness workouts, but I have to trick myself into a grueling, cumbersome task like getting out the heavy 12-foot step ladder and cleaning gutters? When our son’s not off … Continue reading

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The ‘FitBit effect’on a family gathering

When we arrived at my parents’ house for dinner yesterday, four or five people who on any other given Sunday might be planted around a chip bowl trying out a new dip were zooming around the house racking up FitBit … Continue reading

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A cross-training plan for January

Inspired by a lingering case of plantar fasciitis and  the legions of FitBit evangelists who’ve emerged during the holidays, my plan for January is temporarily switching from a running-based fitness plan to one that emphasizes four mini workouts per day. … Continue reading

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Holiday food log 25-26: 2 valuable lessons

I keep wondering if this holiday food log is a frivolous waste of both my time and yours. This is a busy time, right? Yet learning how to eat during the holidays in a way that feels enjoyable without losing … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: Shattering my PR at Swiss Days 5K

By Colleen, age 13 I have a love/hate relationship with the annual Berne Swiss Days Race. On the one hand, it is part of my heritage as something my grandfather helped start 40-odd years ago. However, this race has always … Continue reading

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Why Tri?

Fighting interior battles during a race is nothing new, but on Sunday at Tri the Creek it wasn’t my Inner Whiner who was making trouble – it was my Inner Miser. Potato Creek State Park is my favorite venue for … Continue reading

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