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When it comes to running, I definitely have a love-hate relationship.  It takes a lot to get me going and even when I’m out there I usually am hating life for the first mile or so. That being said, I spent a lot of time training for my first marathon in the spring and summer of 2016.  Did I run the marathon? No. Did I try my best? Of course I did!… Read More

As previously stated, I took a two week Alaska cruise recently. This might just be my new favorite place. I knew I’d enjoy myself but was completely in awe of the untouched beauty present in so much of this vast state. We boarded the ship on a sunny Monday in Seattle, Washington. Not knowing what to expect, we headed out for about two days at sea, reaching Ketchikan as our first port… Read More

Vacations can cause many disruptions to a normally healthy lifestyle. It can be hard to stay on track when there are so many wonderful temptations in front of you. When it comes to vacations, it is all about balance. Recently, I took a two week cruise to Alaska on Holland America Line. If you know anything about cruises it’s all the food, all the time. I was pleasantly surprised to find I… Read More

It’s truly amazing what a few months can do for physical endurance. I still remember the way I felt on my first intensive hike.  I went with my family to Mt. Rainier for a gorgeous day of hiking to a river. I didn’t think much of it, planning to go on the hike.  I didn’t think about how I’d handle the incline and distance or how I’d handle keeping up with my… Read More

It happened again.  There I was, trying on clothes at the Nordstrom Rack, and I found myself in tears.  Now as somebody who has been overweight for as long as she can remember, this isn’t anything new.  Many times I found myself crying while trying on clothes, wondering why even the largest sizes wouldn’t fit.  I always knew I was on the larger side, but never thought of myself as so large… Read More