Elect Yourself Mayor of the Gym

Thursday, 29 March 2012 by
I am very competitive. I love to win. Board games? Ice-cream-eating contest? Limbo competition? I am confident that I can defeat any challenger… …with one major exception: fitness. It started in grade school when I was the last kid picked for every team. I’m no better as an adult. I tried to compete the first time I visited the gym….
In my last post, I mentioned my need for a group workouts. Yes, they are motivational, but even more than that, they’re social. I absolutely love social events – cocktail parties, art shows, dinners with friends, alumni outings – you name it. Anything to get out, meet new people, and spend time with friends! But attending events like these can sometimes make it difficult to stay on the healthy path….
As I said in my post Monday, it’s really hard to fit everything I want to say about CrossFit Center City in a single post. The first time I walked into the gym I was really nervous. I always thought of myself as a weak little girl who sometimes can’t even lift my heavy pocketbook. But looking back on the last two weeks,…
When my co-workers first suggested I try CrossFit, I immediately Googled it. Seemed simple enough, so I agreed to participate. Then someone sent me this video and asked, “Are you sure you want to do this?” Watching the video made me exhausted, as well as anxious, and then a little nauseous. As you know from my previous posts,…
The food might have been a challenge, but the view was great!
No one should be unhappy on vacation, but that’s just what I was on the first day of my recent trip to Las Vegas. Unhappy in Vegas! I know a lot of things are legal there, but being unhappy should be outlawed. There was so much to do and see that I was overwhelmed. I was also overwhelmed with grumpiness,…

A Runner’s Love

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 by
February is the month associated with love — a cornucopia of greeting cards, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, and dozens of red roses. For me, last month was a month to reflect on the reasons why I love running.

To love something (or someone) is individualistic

The same applies in the context of running. The physical benefits of running are undeniably worth the effort but it takes more than a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) to keep me logging miles….

Another wolf pack on the move…

Thursday, 08 March 2012 by
Dog in Canoe
Just like Layla, I’m also a member of a wolf pack of two – me and my nine-year-old pit mix, Maggie. I never thought adopting a dog would lead to weight loss, but that’s what happened to me. I had never had a puppy before, so the world of house training and keeping a puppy from chewing on everything within reach (and some items that were definitely out of her reach yet still made it into her mouth) was new to me….
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When paws hit the pavement

Wednesday, 07 March 2012 by
Dog in Canoe
Anyone who likes to exercise has a weather preference for their outdoor activities. Since I am a fairly new runner, my preference is to run in the cold. I love the brisk feeling of the cold air in my lungs. I love the moment my body turns from cold to warm and loosens up. I love feeling the steam from my collar once I have completed my run….
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Experiencing the thrill of the fight

Monday, 05 March 2012 by
Cue the Rocky theme… I have a lot in common with Rocky Balboa. We’re both from Philadelphia. We’re both good Italian Catholic Americans. His birthday is the day after mine. Besides our I.Q.s, the biggest difference between us is that he can knock a guy out, and I can’t even land a punch. I decided it was time to channel my inner-Rocky….
If you know anything about me, then you know I bike everywhere — to work, to the store, to school. Everywhere, every day, no matter the season. All told, I probably log about 50 miles a week in the saddle. Before you call me nuts, let me explain why I ride. (And even if you did call me nuts,…
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