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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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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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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Strength Training to Become a Fit Bride

I hate to admit it but it has been some time since I’ve regularly hit the gym. I play volleyball twice a week and go to a spin class about once a month, but it has been a few months since I’ve actively gone to the gym to workout. The lack of sweat has become […]

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A Newcomer’s Guide to Registering for runDisney

“I’m going to Disney World!” I screamed as the registration confirmation popped up on my laptop screen. It may not seem quite as intense as winning Super Bowl, but surviving the annual Princess Half Marathon Weekend registration through runDisney definitely is something of which to be proud. Registration, from the guidance of friends who have run […]

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