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Catch up Race Reports

Hi! Long time, no see. So sorry for the radio silence; life’s sure been busy. This site is named www.fitandbusylife.com for a good reason, isn’t it? It’s all about prioritizing the good stuff in and among the best. First comes coffee, then family and loved ones, next is work (have to pay the bills, right?), then training, and then comes fun website stuff. Dead last is housecleaning, laundry, and shopping as evidenced by the current state of my house. Pictures unavailable! But I want to do a quick catch-up on some races I did over the past few months, and I need to do… Read more »

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 »


Not Your Average Joe, 5-Mile Race Report

Race Report: Not Your Average Joe, 5-Mile Race I feel like I’m smack in the middle of several races. We are on the fast track toward high school graduation, and it seems like there are events every evening, sometimes more than one, and it sure is keeping us busy. It’s an exciting time, but if you know me, you know it’s also a very weepy time. I’m just keeping my focus on one thing at a time. If I look too far down the road, well, you know…weeping commences. Did someone say commencement…? Waaaah! But a bright spot in the middle… Read more »

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Marathon weekend!

  Okay, so I didn’t actually run a marathon for marathon weekend. But it felt like it! It started on Friday night with a seemingly innocent little 5K to kick off the Illinois Marathon weekend of races. I arrived at my starting corral (I picked the timing group that projected to finish in about 35:00) with plenty of time to spare before the race started, which gave tons of time to wait in the cold with 8000 other people, literally. Marathon Weekend Goals I told myself over and over that the most important thing for me to do was to pace myself… Read more »

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The Biggest Loser

So, I’ve lost almost 100 pounds and have returned to focusing on fitness with the same intensity I had once upon a time. Does that make me a Biggest Loser? I’m so happy to feel the vigor rising from within…the passion that looks at food as fuel and nutrition as part of an end goal. For me, that end goal is to be faster and fitter and to have fun doing it. And most of all, to be a good example to my kids and others. One of the things that has helped me to finally lose weight and will… Read more »