SHAPE Fit Chicks

Have you entered the Road ID giveaway?  I’ll select a winner tomorrow (Saturday) AM.

I’ve shared a bit of my story about why health and wellness are an important part of life for me.  I haven’t always felt in shape or healthy.  But for about the past five years I’ve had a good streak of keeping 40 lbs. off, by making a choice everyday to strive for health, toning things up, eating a rather clean diet, and maintaining balance with workouts – weights, pilates, yoga, walking, running, swimming, etc.

Being featured on SHAPE as a “Super FIT Chick Who Hates Running” is something I’m proud to share with you.


Just to be clear–“hate” is a strong word.  Just like my dad encourages me to “never say never because never is a long time”, I can’t say I “hate” running.  It’s just not the sole form of exercise that I rely on.  In fact, I’ve been able to stay in better shape the less running I do.

I trained for and successfully completed the Chicago Marathon five years in a row.


But at 40-50 lbs heavier than I am now, I have no idea how I did it.  Now I run 10Ks and work on speed by running about 2-3x/week.


I’ve found what works for me–balance.  It’s different for everyone. Running is my go-to workout when I’m really stressed or need to focus and think about everything that’s going on.

I want to thank the folks at SHAPE for including me.  And I’d like to share that so far comments from friends have been:

“You’re like the opposite of a beach model.”  Ha, Ha.  I am the only one covered from head to toe…and in the snow.

Left on my vmail the other night:  “You must be at the health club signing autographs.”  I needed a laugh!

Share your good fitness news with me today…or – have you ever been featured in a paper, magazine, etc? 

Catching Up

A few things to share today.

Last week was another week of time spent on airplanes so I was able to read two books.  39 and 40 down…home stretch to 50!


The Other Life by Ellen Meister is the story of happily married Quinn.  She has a young son and is pregnant with another child.  Her life is quickly turned upside down when she finds out that the baby she is carrying has a serious medical issue.  The book has The Time Travelers Wife feel to it.  Switching between realities.  Quinn has the ability to squeeze through space (it starts with a crack in her basement wall) and switch lives.  She enters the abyss and is then back with her former boyfriend – she’s not pregnant, she’s unmarried, and her mother is still alive.

It was a very gripping story and is an interesting look at What would you do?  Stay or go?

I’m really behind the times here but I am finally reading The Hunger Games trilogy.  My niece and I saw the movie when it came out and I was in the dark – I hadn’t read the books and didn’t know much about the story line.  The movie was stressful!  I knew what I was getting into as I started to read The Hunger Games by Susan Collins.  The book was even better than the movie and I felt like my pulse kept going up and up as I continued to read.  I’m well into Catching Fire and may try to finish the trilogy this week.  I don’t know if I can take that much stress condensed into two more books!

Random running tip for the day – if you are running in the dark, get a headlamp.  I rarely run outside in the evening but it was about 55 degrees last night after work and I had to take advantage of the warm air.  I put on my trusty headlamp and hit the path.  If bikers can sport flashing lights, so can runners.  At one point waiting at a crosswalk, a guy told me I looked like a light house (the lamp was on ‘flash’).  I told him I felt like I was on The Amazing Race.

And finally, I was wide awake at 3am.  Kostas sleeps like he’s a person – he’s supposed to stay on the brown dog blanket.  His stinky paws were in my face.

Do you have a headlamp?  What do you use it for?  Are you a Hunger Games fan?  

Are you on Goodreads?  I am – let’s connect.   My mom joined on Saturday – my niece was explaining the App to her and I summed it up by saying it’s like Facebook for really smart people.