Health & Fitness Fitness classes, hikes, and a huge dose of motivation

Pep Talks to Myself: Exercise is not a punishment

Pep Talks to Myself is a series where I give myself (AND YOU) the tough-love advice that I need to hear. More ass-kicking here. Two weeks ago, I committed to exercising every single day for the rest of the year. Yes, I had already been striving to exercise daily because of the 5 To Thrive, but … Continue reading “Pep Talks to Myself: Exercise is not a punishment”

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Our Grand Canyon hike

Don’t hate me: I didn’t love the Grand Canyon. Yes, it’s crazy-beautiful. But it’s also kind of a tourist trap. What I did love was finishing such a challenging hike with my ❣️husband❣️. The smile on his face when we got back to the viewing ledge was very sweet and very memorable. And I loved … Continue reading “Our Grand Canyon hike”

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Sedona Honeymoon: Where we hiked, what we ate, and where we stayed

Last week, Grant and I honeymooned in Sedona, Arizona. It was magical. Sedona is incredible, and I can’t even remember the last time G and I had that much uninterrupted time together. Maybe never? That said, we definitely have different ideas about the perfect getaway. We talked about it and decided that Grant prefers a … Continue reading “Sedona Honeymoon: Where we hiked, what we ate, and where we stayed”

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Get your ass to the front of the class! (And two more secrets to enjoying group fitness)

Until a few years ago, I had never, ever exercised with any intention. I played basketball and volleyball in middle school, but those practices were largely spent hiding from the ball, avoiding drills, and I rode the bench a lot during games. In college, I would occasionally use the elliptical, and I took a pilates … Continue reading “Get your ass to the front of the class! (And two more secrets to enjoying group fitness)”

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How I Lost the Weight: A Love Letter to Gretchen Rubin and the Whole 30

When I set out to lose weight earlier this year, I didn’t know what I was doing. I’d never tried to lose weight before, at least not in more than a half-hearted way. I didn’t try a bunch of different diets or even consult a nutritionist. What follows is not a magic recipe or a … Continue reading “How I Lost the Weight: A Love Letter to Gretchen Rubin and the Whole 30”

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