You can have abs or you can have a life, but you can't have both

As I  mentioned a few months ago, I’ve been following a specific weight lifting plan and diet that has, overall, changed my body in ways that I like. Then, recently I read a blog post recently from a writer who wrote: You will become who you surround yourself with. If you hang around people who... Read more »

How NOT to train for a half marathon

How NOT to train for a half marathon
Hey guys, guess what! I’m signed up to run the South Shore Half Marathon on April 4th! Am I using a training plan? Nope. Have I run more than 8 miles at once since…uh… I don’t know when? Nope. Did I also sign up for the Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler two weeks afterward? Yep.... Read more »

Four Steps to Finding My Inner Adventurer

Four Steps to Finding My Inner Adventurer
At my current job we recently started a Toastmasters club and I’m scheduled to give my first prepared speech next week. The topic? Icebreaker! I just have to talk about myself for 4-6 minutes. I’m typically much better at just winging it but in this case I actually wrote something down. And this is it.... Read more »
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Thinner, Leaner, Stronger: 10 things I've learned by going by the book

Thinner, Leaner, Stronger: 10 things I've learned by going by the book
I mentioned in my last post in October that I’d purchased the book Thinner, Leaner, Stronger and a meal plan in order to see what would happen. So far I can say the following after using the meal plan and work outs from the book for approximately six weeks or so: 1. I have lost... Read more »

The post where I talk about food and working out

So, as I mentioned in my last post I’m trying to get back on track with how I want to workout. At my new job I have a coworker whose physique I admired during a fitness class at the gym in our building. I complimented her later and she told me her secret: she bought... Read more »

Why I'm Starting Over: What to do when your fitness routine goes off the rails

This time last year I ran the Hero Half 10K and came in first in my age group. Earlier this year I ran a half marathon PR. And then I got a new job and a puppy and  a husband who doesn’t work a traditional 9-5 schedule. And, I’ll admit it, although I’ve been taking... Read more »
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Personal Life, Puppies, and Priorities: What happens when these things change

You may have noticed some radio silence here at Eri-thon. I have so many things that I want to share with you including some seriously overdue race reviews, the Road Runner Sports Adventure Run, trying out Coop Fitness, half marathon training with CARA, and my new Divvy membership. Also, why I’m taking a break from... Read more »

9 Facts about Life: One Post at a Time (Interview with a ChicagoNow blogger)

<strong>Why do you blog?</strong>
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To make people laugh, sometimes cry (in a good way) and mostly to feel normal – I guess I like to evoke some good emotion from my readers.  I like to let other moms/parents know that we are all experiencing the same situations and emotions.  As parents, sometimes we all feel that we need to portray perfect and really, we are not all perfect, we are messy and stuff happens – and it can be funny, if you let it be funny.    We all have the ability to look at a situation, see the truth of it and find the funny.</br> 
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Personally, I started out with long posts on Facebook.  I gravitated to the funny in a situation and then posted.  I was finding that many of the posts that I was reading on Facebook were negative.  I was trying to counteract the negative.  The feedback that I received from people reading my posts led me into blogging.  I also found that I had an opportunity to say just a little bit more with blogging.</br>  
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<br>I used to worry about writing about my family.  But, my boys are funny guys and we all love to laugh here.  Now when something funny happens they actually say, “You should write about that!”  </br>
Many of you have have been reading this here blog since before I transitioned to ChicagoNow, back when I was on Blogger. One of the reasons I ended up moving to ChicagoNow was for the opportunities but it’s also given me a great community of other bloggers who all blog about different topics, have different... Read more »

Ragnar Chicago: When the wurst is not the worst

After last year’s experience with Ragnar Chicago I knew I wanted to do it again but under MY terms. Which meant it was time for me to be a team captain. And, thus, the Wurst Ragnar Team Ever was born. Why the Wurst? Because a good chunk of us came from the Wurst Running Club... Read more »
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Road Runner Sports Adventure Run: Join me!

I’ve been busy these past few weeks so I haven’t had time to write about trying out Sproing Fitness or my upcoming Ragnar Relay. I did manage to get featured on the Chicago Running Bloggers’ Meet the Blogger Series, though. You can check that out here. So, yes, I owe you more than few posts.... Read more »