For Better or Worse: 2012 Health & Fitness Trends

December 27, 2012 at 5:40 am

Like many other people, I enjoy looking back at the expected trends for the year and seeing which ones took and which ones did not. I also like to reflect on what worked for me and what did not. I enjoy trying new fitness and health classes and ideas and 2012 was no exception. I looked up the hot fitness and wellness trends for 2012…

(Very Brief) Thoughts on Christmas

December 25, 2012 at 9:47 am

Since I imagine you all are celebrating Christmas, or enjoying a day off (or both), I am punting with some nice Christmas advice from 2 unlikely places: Former LDS leader Howard Hunter and the Grinch. I hope whatever you are doing today, and whatever you celebrate, it is filled with joy! And from the Grinch:

A Running List – 2012 Running Highlights

December 23, 2012 at 9:46 am

In 2011, my goal was to run less and I did. I had been plagued by injuries and needed a break. I did run less – partially because I decided to train for the 200 mile Ride for AIDS and partially due to a scary medical issue (DVT in my leg!) After completing the ride and recovering from the clot, I was not sure what…

Friday Finds: Food, Glorious Food! (Chefs, Apps & Links I Like) & Deals!

December 21, 2012 at 5:53 am

I always stress about hosting parties, because my brother took all of the culinary (and style) talent in our family. (My middle brother got all of the mechanical skills but that is a post for another time.) Back to the point, I saw this awesome new service that could solve at least half of my hosting issue – the food part! (and it looks like…

Inspiring Giving

December 20, 2012 at 5:38 am

The holidays are a time for giving and sharing, but it can become overwhelming to buy gifts and satisfy the “I wants” – especially for kids. I was inspired to learn more when my friend, Liza, recently posted these photos of the donations she gathered for the Pajama Program. The Pajama Program is a non-profit that donates pajamas collected by volunteers and distributes them to…

A Kind Idea (#26Acts), Mnemonics & Last Minute Deals!

December 18, 2012 at 5:48 am

Though many people love the holiday season, it can be a tough time for some. The tragic events on Friday are making this season feel particularly difficult. I saw these posts on my way to work yesterday and immediately wanted to post them. Bravo Ann Curry and Nicholas Kristof!! There are so many easy ways to be kind to honor these innocents and so many…

Virtual meets Reality and “Baking”

December 16, 2012 at 9:25 am

In the 9 days since I turned 41 and published my list of goals for the year, I am off to a great start. On the topic of trying something new and doing things that scare me (#2 and #39), I joined a virtual group I am a part of for an in person event! Chicago has a LOT of awesome running bloggers and they…