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13.1 Lessons I’ve Learned While Training for My First 13.1

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Yesterday, I braved the snow and ice (thanks a lot, Nemo!) and went out for my last long run before the Disney Princess Half Marathon. I planned to take on 12 miles -- my longest run to date. Though the packed down snow and icy patches along my usual route slowed me down a bit, I am happy to … [Read more...]

Bye, Bye Comfort Zone

You know how people say that you have to break out of your comfort zone if you ever want to experience real change? Well, I'm here now, and guess what? It's scary as hell. I am in the midst of my full-blown training plan for the Disney Princess Half Marathon next month, and as I log my mileage on … [Read more...]

Learning to Silence Your Inner Critic

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I ran my first 5K of the season this weekend, and shortly after I passed the first mile marker, I found myself falling victim to one of my old behavior patterns: negative self-talk. Or, in my case, mentally bashing myself. I started the race strong: I shot out in front of most of the racers, and … [Read more...]

Appreciating The Body You Have…Right Now

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For as long as I can remember, I hated the body I saw when I looked into the mirror. Everyone has their body hang-ups. I believe you'd be hard-pressed to find a person who couldn't name at least one part of their body that they wished were different...bigger, smaller, more shapely, perkier, … [Read more...]

Letting Go of the “Old Me”

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I have a confession to make. Prior to this weekend, I hadn't weighed myself since before the holidays. And by holidays, I mean Thanksgiving. These past few months have included some of the the most defining moments of my life -- not the least of which was finally moving out of my parents' … [Read more...]

Keeping My Own Promises

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When you're trying to adopt healthy living habits, I truly believe that success can boil down to just one factor: The ability to make a commitment, and actually stick to it. Now, this is not something for which I'm traditionally known. I'm shamelessly of the "I'll finish it later" variety who … [Read more...]

Oh, Gym, How I Loathe Thee. Let Me Count the Ways.

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Recently in my journey to optimal health and fitness, I have discovered a shocking new development. I absolutely, positively hate the gym. When I first began losing weight, if I wasn't at home or at work, I was on the elliptical at my local YMCA. As a result of juggling two jobs, my only available … [Read more...]

The Right to Bare Arms (and Stomach, and Thighs…)

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As the summer months officially come to an end, I decided it was finally time to step back on the scale. And, unsurprisingly, I was greeted by an additional five pounds. It's what I was expecting, given my week-long jaunts in Vegas, Atlantic City, and Orlando, the endless string of barbecues and … [Read more...]

I am Runner, Hear Me Roar.

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When it comes to our diets, there are a few hard and fast rules that will help just about everyone drop a dress size. You know, like eat more celery and less Cheetos. But when it comes to the day-to-day decision to break a sweat -- because, let's face it, there is no lasting weight loss without … [Read more...]

Fake it ‘Til You Make It: Running My First 5K

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I did it again! After running my first four-miler on the Fourth of July -- and proving to myself that I didn't die or, worse, come in dead last -- I finally had the courage to run my first 5K. And, appropriately, it just so happened to be the 10th Annual Downtown Westfield 5k and Pizza … [Read more...]