Fighting Isolation With My “Above Average” Tribe

Well hey there, friends. Long time no talk. I feel as if that is something I’m saying to a lot of people these days: Long time no talk. Life has been crazy busy. With my new work position, I am finding my days filled with work projects and new mental challenges with my training intake. […]

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30 Days Into My “Plant-Forward” Transitional Lifestyle

Happy July, my friends! I am so proud of us all for surviving the first half of 2020. Wow. Has it been a year or what?! As the fresh produce season in Michigan is in full bloom, I thought now was a good time to write about the last thirty-or-so days of my transition into […]

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Tending To Life, A Gardener’s Approach

I spent Sunday morning weeding my garden. Though the garden is relatively small, it took close to two hours to fully de-weed and groom the space so my vegetable plants have their ideal room to grow. As sweat rolled down my back, I relished in the physical exertion of the work and started to think […]

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Intentional Look Into My Emotions

With the abundance of time the world seems to be allowing me, I’ve been taking time in the mornings to meditate. This meditation has been crucial for my overall mental well-being during this challenging year. I’ve been searching my soul, talking with God, and reflecting on my well-being with deeper intention. I am a firm […]

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My “Why” For Walking Up To The Starting Line

Everyone has a starting point. They are different for everyone, but we all have one. My current “starting point” began in December 2019 and took several months to inch my way to that actual starting line. After attending several get-togethers where my sole focus should have been the festivities of the holiday, I was having […]

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My First Virtual 5k

The COVID-19 virus has had an impact on everyone and everything it seems. We’re reminded how uncertain and fragile life can be, yet at the same time each day is a gift. I am continuing to look at my ability to run as another gift in life. Running exercises not only my body, but also […]

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Back to Basics from a Once-Upon-A-Time Runner

It happens to many runners: you start running, you push your body faster, you go farther, you dream about PRs and distance goals, you watch your intake meticulously, and suddenly you see possibilities you never had the courage to dream before. Then BOOM! Something stops you in your tracks. Perhaps you get hurt. Or you […]

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The Quest for a Running Watch

Two years ago my husband talked me into a terrible decision: to switch from iOS to Android. I had been the proud owner of an iPhone since Gen 1, and the change was difficult for the simple reason of shifting perspective on how the interfaces worked. The change was also hard because the vast majority […]

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Shin Splints, Treadmills, & Prevention Measures

I attempted to get in a morning walk this morning. This Michigan mid-April weather has been strange with freezing temperatures and snow flurries, so I took to my treadmill. Yet by 0.59 miles into the walk, I was literally in tears as I held myself up by the treadmill’s armrests and stretched my calves. I […]

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Yes, I Know How I Got To This Point.

This past winter I heard an acquaintance whisper, “Wow, she really let herself go,” as she walked away from me after a friendly exchange near the plus-size clothing section at Kohl’s. Our quick exchange was filled with hugs, smiles, and an introduction to her boyfriend. It was a turning point for me. Only moments before […]

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My Health Journey & Where I Am Now

Before I dive into my past health journey, I’d like to begin by stating my honest feeling about body image, weight, and self-esteem: The number on my scale is how much I weigh. That number matters in terms of health reasons, but beyond that it is simply a number. That number does not represent my […]

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Introducing The “badashery” Approach To My Health

A key component of Uncorking Peonies will be covering topics concerning my health. Moving forward, I plan to cover topics on taking control of my nutrition, exploring exercises I can sustain and perform regularly, and researching how to help my body feel (and look) its best. I’m referring to this newest approach in my health […]

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