Category Archives: Exercise

5 Lies of Exercise

What confusion do you face as you prepare to face your short-term or long-term health and fitness goals? Here are the 5 lies of exercise that I allowed to sabotage me for years. Lie #1: There is no sense starting an exercise program at your age. It doesn’t matter if you’re 30, 35, 40, 45, or beyond, this lie is brutal. As each year passed and I remained sedentary and unhealthy, I felt like I had less and less of a chance to return to a life of fitness, let alone reach any sort of goal. And I was right. But it had nothing to do with age and everything to… Read more »

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Six Weeks to Go: Two More Triathlons

Two more Triathlons! I’m in the final six weeks until my first Olympic-distance (aka International-distance) triathlon. The Litchfield Triathlou is on September 11th, and on my way there, I’ll be picking up another sprint-length tri on August 28th, the Chicago Triathlon. FYI: Sprint distance is usually .5-mile swim, 15-mile bike ride, and a 5k. The Olympic distance is usually a 1-mile swim, a 30-mile bike ride, and a 10k. Some courses are a bit shorter, but those lengths are in the ballpark. Last week, my training partner Stacy and I drove two hours to the Chicago lakeshore to take an… Read more »

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Keeping your Fitness Focus When Stress Hits

I haven’t written much in the past two weeks, and I can’t get into a lot of specifics, but I’ve been dealing with some long-term issues that have made my life even more busy. Not only busy, but pretty traumatic for me and my loved ones. I have to admit, my thought has been, “Well, is this it? Is this when I give up on my fitness goals?” I mean we all have a limit to our fitness focus, right? And, as I saw when my triplets were born, the sort of life-changing circumstances I’ve faced over the past few years kind of asks a person… Read more »

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No-Guilt Fitness In Your Busy Life

Before my triplets were born, I was very fit and active. I didn’t mind a few extra steps and often found ways to get some. We’d purposely pick the parking space at the back of the lot or take the stairs rather than the elevator. We’d always say, “Why not? We are not lazy people.” Well, in the years following the birth of my triplets, I lost that bounce in my step. I started circling the parking lot to find the closest spot. When I’d see someone headed to the row I was in, I’d wait if I suspected that person… Read more »

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Esprit de She Race Report

I love reading detailed race reports, so I write them as I like to read them. If you’d prefer something less wordy, here are some bullet points about the Esprit de She. Esprit de She is an awesome event! I did great–reached all my goals. The swim was harder than I expected. Cried at the finish line. Will do this race again and again. Now, if you want all the details about my experience here you go… Esprit de She This past Sunday, my friend Stacy and I competed in the 2016 Gildan Esprit de She triathlon in Naperville, IL. It… Read more »

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Turn Your Daydream Into a Destination

One year ago, I turned my daydream into a destination. One year ago, I wheezed going up the stairs. Today, I ran five miles nonstop and set a new PR. One year ago, my kids couldn’t have donuts in the house more than a few hours because they’d be devoured. Today, I threw away two uneaten donuts that had gone stale. One year ago, I couldn’t fully zip my size-20 jeans. Today, I easily zipped my size-6, fresh-out-of-the-dryer, skinny jeans. One year ago, I dealt with my emotions by pouring salt and sugar on them. Today, I made it through some tough things… Read more »

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10 Tips for Living Fit in a Busy Life

I’ll be the first to admit that living fit is difficult when you’re smack dab in the middle of a busy life. You already know how busy I am. I have five kids still at home, a full-time job, church activities, grad school, book writing, blah, blah, blah. All the day’s minutes? They are used up. Your story may be different than mine, but I’m sure you feel no less busy than I do. So how do we find time to make things like working out and eating healthy food possible? I’ve learned by trial and error how to prioritize fitness in a way that doesn’t… Read more »