Monthly Archives: December 2011


Ellie and Jon’s 2012 Bucket List

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I’ve been reading a couple of other bloggers posts recently, and I stumbled upon a great idea. Amy at Lavender Parking posted her bucket list for 2012 after reading about Lesley’s own list, and I think it’s a great idea. Ellie and I sat down this evening and talked about what we wanted to do, so without […]

Off-topic: The Next Brew, what do you like?

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Today I wanted to diverge from our typical running and fitness talk to another hobby of mine, Homebrewing. Some of you may already know, but for those of you who don’t, I am getting my feet wet in the brewing of beer. So far, I’ve completed four batches, two of which don’t completely suck, and […]

Holiday Recap and the Group Run

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As promised early in the week, a recap of the holidays and of our monster group run!

Friday was Festivus for the rest of us! Ellie and I packed up the car and headed west to Albany for the festivities, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. I was privy to many good homebrews courtesy of Tom Owens, […]

Weigh-in Wednesday #12

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Well, I am pretty happy by the reports thus far, and if I’ve missed anyone I’ll be happy to update! Here are the results for this past holiday weekend!




I am pretty happy that both Brian and I lost weight, as I know we both worked pretty hard to counter the holiday weekend. Very awesome, and […]

Quick Note: Advertisements

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I was notified today that on some of the posts there are now Advertisements being displayed at the end of the entry when you view them. Apparently part of the terms of use for gives them the right to inject ads from time to time into your blog. I am looking at how to […]


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The first day back after a couple of days off is always a drag. Fortunately, it is a short week with another long weekend coming up!

Overall, we survived the travelling, the gift giving, and—more importantly—the eating. I had one or two dozen too many cookies, but that’s okay . . . it’s Christmas! I had plenty […]

Christmas sign off!

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It is time to finish up our shopping, our baking, our wrapping, which leaves little time to do anything else. It is far too easy to push exercise and health to the back burner when everything gets crazy, but it is so, so important to just take a step back. Take a half hour and […]

Weigh-In Wednesday #11: T’was the Week before Christmas . . .

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T’was the week before Christmas, when all through the land
Not a fat nerd was stirring, except for their hands.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that a magic weight-loss pill soon would be there.
The WoW players were online, making sure to be well-fed,
While visions of world firsts danced in their heads.
And Ellie […]

Embarrassing but True: The Song That Kept Me Going Last Night

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Last night I was really itching for a run—and for a long run. I hadn’t gotten out at all since last week so I’ve had a lot of pent-up energy, and also there is always that feeling in the background about putting up poor numbers on Wednesday.

So with that, I slipped on some socks, got […]

The Cheapest Sport, and a Bonus Rant on Forced Consumerism

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I was out shopping over the weekend for the upcoming holiday when two things hit me.

1. Trying to find true meaning in the Christmas season is becoming increasingly difficult to uncover through the mass-marketing of products and the constant onslaught of pressure to buy gifts for everyone you know.

2. The sport of running is an insanely […]