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Race Day #2

I did it!

Saturday, I completed my second major race, the Baltimore 10-Miler.  It was a beautiful course through Druid Hill Park and then through JHU out to Lake Montebello and back.  Ten miles of officers and people being supportive and plenty of Gatorade and water.  It was awesome… until it wasn’t anymore.  I got to the finish with a broken blister on my right heel again, two rolled ankles, and cramps so bad in both legs.  Oh and my mid-upper back on fire.  Reasons?  I didn’t really train for this one.

Bmore 10 Miler

I finished though… in under the time limit with almost a minute faster pace than the Frederick Half.

Bmore 10 Miler medal

There would have been no way I would have done either of these last year.

So what’s the difference?


In December 2016, I had weight loss surgery.  I was sitting at 396 at this time last year (right picture).  Right now, I’m at 280/281 (left pic).


This was not the easy way out.  There is a lot of work that went into getting the surgery.  I started the process a year ago this month in fact.  Every day is a struggle to get through all the fluids and all the protein that I need to intake just to keep going.  Hence the walking more, the getting out more, the doing more things, etc.

Last year, Maryland’s King Crab Challenge was just a thought on a piece of paper of things I wanted to do.  Now, thanks to the surgery and the support I have, it’s a reality this year.  My feet aren’t thanking me for it yet, but my esteem is.

Now to get my legs elevated so my ankle and heel can heal.  19 weeks and 5 days until Baltimore Run Fest!

Have a great week everyone.

Listening to:  Hamilton

Reading:  The Shack by Wm. Paul Young

Quote of the Day:  “Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It’s a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.” ― Thomas Carlyle

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Summer Bucket Lists

I’ve had the song “Mad World” in my head for the last few days.  The last couple days have been a whirlwind of activities for just about everything.  It’s scary how things change and the things that set certain situations into motion.

I’ve been neglecting my blog, my workout routines, and just having a very blah attitude for the last six weeks.  It’s hard getting back into the groove of things after being in a down swing but here’s to trying.

Graduations are happening this week and next.  What better time to bring up summer bucket lists?

Ideas for Solo Travelers:

  • Explore your city as a Tourist.
  • Take a random road trip alone.
  • Get your passport.
  • Go camping and unplug.
  • Hike a mountain.
  • Go geocaching in your hometown.
  • Treat yourself to a spa day.
  • Go to a music festival and connect with people.
  • Skip rocks on a lake.
  • Try a fitness class at your local gym.

Ideas for Couples:

  • Explore your city as a tourist.
  • Start driving, using a coin to pick the directions.
  • Get your passports.
  • Go camping.
  • Hike a mountain.
  • Go geocaching in your hometown.
  • Try a fitness class at your local gym.
  • Explore your local farmer’s market.
  • Host a dinner party.
  • Plant a garden together.

Ideas for Families:

  • Explore your city as a Tourist.
  • Go camping and unplug.
  • Go geocaching in your hometown.
  • Skip rocks on a lake.
  • Take a family road trip.
  • Have standing Family Game nights.
  • Watch your local fireworks show together.
  • Go to a drive-in movie.
  • Clean out closets and host a yard sale.
  • Have a water balloon fight.

Ideas for Graduates:

  • Take a road trip with your best friend.
  • Go to the beach/senior week.
  • Watch your local fireworks show.
  • Go to a drive-in movie with friends.
  • Clean out closets and host a yard sale.
  • Have a water balloon fight before people leave for college.
  • Pick one thing you’ve never done/couldn’t do, and go do it.
  • Take a camping trip.
  • Do a solo road trip.
  • Read a book I’ve never read before.

Most of these I got off of Pinterest.  If you want more ideas, Pinterest and Google can provide great ideas or even starting points.  For road trip ideas, Pinterest and the Day Zero Project have things to do in each state.  Check it out and have a great summer!

Listening to:  people talking.

Reading:  The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

Quote of the Day:  “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” ― Marie Curie

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Morning everyone.

Yesterday, I completed my first ever half marathon.


I really want to stop talking about it because I feel like I’m bragging about it.  I get that I should be proud of my accomplishment because not everyone has done a half-marathon before.  Maybe I’m just a little weird on this one and I don’t like bragging.


A half-marathon is definitely not something I would have ever done before losing 100 lbs.  I had thought about it and had even put it on my Day Zero Someday list.  I signed up for the race in February when Crystal and I had been talking about it.  I reasoned that it would be a good goal and reward to myself for getting the surgery and for staying mostly on track.  With me, it’s go big or go home so I signed up for not only the Frederick Half that I completed yesterday, but also the Baltimore 10-Miler (June) and the Baltimore Half (October).  Completing all three runs puts me in the King Crab category of Maryland Races.

After that run, I’ll have gotten five medals this year and completed three in-person races, just in time for the Time-Turner event through the HRC.  In October, there is the chance to order the medals/register for the events we may have missed throughout the year.  There is only one medal I want from that one this year:  The Perfect Prefect!

So other than getting over the soreness I’m still experiencing from yesterday, I’m not doing too much right now.

Have a great week!

Listening to:  Amazon’s Long Weekend Rock playlist

Reading:  Fables Volume 10

Quote of the Day:  “Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.” ― Bear Bryant

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April’s Goals

Happy April!

Facebook Memories is one of the best things they did and sometimes the worst.  Most of my memories of today are of sadness or frustration.  One has a comment from my mom, who passed away last February.  I wasn’t crying until I read that comment.  Now, I’m having issues focusing on other things.

So let’s focus on accomplishments and what I’m doing in April.  Maybe that will help.

These are the 1001 day goals I completed in March:

  • Complete Dave Ramsay’s Financial Classes.  If you haven’t taken them, I highly recommend it.  Weekly budget meetings are saving my sanity (and hers too).
  • Publish a novel!
  • Donate clothes you no longer use to Goodwill.   This was round one of what I can see will be a few more this year.  My outfit today, while cute, makes me feel like I’m playing dress-up.

Before I get started on April goals, I want to go over what I did in March.

  • Miles reached: 243.35 (214.65 miles to Rivendell!)
  • Weight lost: 14 lbs (Down to 303.4 from 317.4 on 4/1)
  • Books read: 7
  • Blog Posts: 8
  • Signed up for a cooking class
  • Signed up for a Paint Nite event

So what’s April’s goals?

  • Reach 300+ miles.
  • Lose at least 15 more lbs.
  • 12 blog posts.
  • Finish reading five more books.
  • Finish and frame my cross-stitch project.
  • Start on the next story to finish.
  • Buy a lottery ticket.
  • Do Cross-fit at least eight times this month.
  • Start work Weight Loss Challenge (4/2)
  • Go to Paint Nite event with Ray (4/1)
  • Write 10,000 words on any story.
  • Buy more stamps.  I’m going through these like crazy thanks to mailing postcards and birthday cards to my fellow HRC’ers.
  • Reach 200 postcards both sent and collected.  I’m at 199 and 196 respectively.

It’s going to be an exciting month with plenty to look forward to!

Since today is the 3rd, Paint Nite happened already as did the start of the weight loss challenge.  For the challenge, we have three months to lose a certain percentage of weight.  Because I had surgery, losing about 14 lbs a month hasn’t been so bad, so I set my goal at 13 percent of my starting weight.  In three months, I have to lose about 40 lbs.  I can do that!

Oh and here’s a picture of our paintings:


Looking forward to making today a better day than it has been.

Listening to:  My writing playlist on Amazon

Reading:  Masques by Patricia Briggs.  I wanted something familiar right now.

Quote of the Day: “Joy is something that we have to choose and then work for.” ― Francis ChanCrazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

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Goal Update-March

Holy cow.  It’s March 1st already?  Wow, this year is going quickly.

Since it is the first of the month, time for a goal update.

These are the 1001 day goals I completed in February:

  • Visit Rainbow Row in Charleston, SC.
  • Visit South of the Border.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt.

Before I get started on March goals, I want to go over what I did in February.

  • Miles reached: 175 ( miles to Rivendell!)
  • Weight lost: 14 lbs
  • Books read: 4
  • Blog Posts: 7
  • Signed up for the Maryland King Crab (The Frederick ½ Marathon, Baltimore 10-Miler, and Baltimore ½ Marathon).
  • Drove to Charleston, SC, and Charleston, WV on back to back weekends.

Not too much done but it was a lot of fun visiting

So what’s March’s goals?

  • Add 100+ more miles.
  • Lose at least 15 more lbs.
  • 12 blog posts.
  • Finish reading 5 more books.
  • Finish and frame my cross-stitch project.
  • Start on the next story to finish.
  • Sign up for a cooking class.
  • Get our commitment tattoos.
  • Buy a lottery ticket.
  • Pass two of classes and start my third class.
  • Finish Dave Ramsey’s financial class.

Lots of things to do.

Today is also the first day of Lent.  For the next 40 days, I’m writing at least three pages a day in my notebook, for good or for bad.

Here’s to another awesome month!

Listening to:  The Scourge of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler.

Reading:  The Scourge of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler.

Quote of the Day: “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” ― Karen Lamb

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DC Bucket List

I’ve been in D.C. now for almost twelve years this summer.  It’s really weird typing that.  If I had been told that I would spend that much time of my life in the Capital City of the “Free” World when I was in middle school, I would have laughed at you for dreaming big.  As it happens, I was 16 when I first visited D.C. and I knew then that this was where I would end up.  I just didn’t see myself sticking around this long.

Twelve years later and I’m still surprised by this city some days.  D.C. is almost always changing.  Restaurants and storefronts closing or moving on to other locations, the food trucks tooling around the city, taxis and ride sharing companies moving people around the city, old places I used to go when I first got here giving way to new places to meet the times…

Here’s my D.C. Bucket:

  • Busboys and Poets—The first time I went to Busboys and Poets on 14th and V Street NW, I was in shock at how low-key, laid back, and chill the atmosphere was. They offer poetry nights, events, and just awesomeness.  The food is good and if you are up for an adventure, try the DC Tap Water.
  • The National Mall—I’m not as much an outside person as I would like to be. The National Mall though offers a lot of interesting things though.  If you stand by the Washington Monument, you can see the Capital Building, the Smithsonian Museums, and the Lincoln Memorial.  I’ve played softball and dodgeball there, watched outdoor movies with friends, celebrated different cultures, watched the fireworks and walked two 5k’s there.  There’s always something interesting to do and it’s never the same things.
  • The Tidal Basin—From the Washington Monument, you can also see the Jefferson Memorial and the White House. To get to the Jefferson Memorial, you’ll have to walk around the Tidal Basin.  In the spring, you can see the Cherry Blossoms in bloom.  Continuing past the Jefferson Memorial, you’ll pass the FDR Memorial, another one of the great presidents.  Keep going and you’ll end up at the MLK Jr. Memorial, one of our more modern leaders.
  • Eastern Market—I’ve been here twice but Eastern Market started my love for open markets. There are so many vendors selling foods and crafts that it is easy to spend time looking through everything.
  • Dupont Circle—Dupont Circle is one of the many circles in D.C. I used to spend a lot of time here, either sitting in the Circle people watching or at Books-A-Million (closed) reading a book.  In June, be on the lookout for the Pride Festivals and join into the fun.  Stop by on Sundays to enjoy the Farmer’s market.
  • MLK Jr. Library—I was surprised to find a library with Sunday hours and so many books. There are different groups who meet here along with other events going on throughout the month.  Whether you need a break from walking around touring the city or just looking for a new book to read, this is definitely a place to stop along the way.
  • The Awakening—While not currently located in D.C., this statue was at one point. At over 70 feet across, this giant waking up is a really neat piece to look at.
  • Robert E. Lee’s home— You can see this building from the back of the Lincoln Memorial. It’s located upon a hilltop overlooking Arlington Cemetery and you’ll have to pass by JFK’s memorial to get up the hill.  It’s a great walk though.
  • Folklife Festival— Every summer for two weeks, the National Mall hosts three or four different cultures, showcasing the life, the times, the food, and people. I say I go for food every year but it’s really good food.  One year, Hawaii was featured so while we were eating lunch, we were able to hear the guy who re-did “Over the Rainbow” perform.  It can be very eclectic but it’s a nice way to “see” the world without really leaving D.C.
  • The Yards Waterfront—This one is newer but it looks awesome. I’ve dropped people off here and their Harris Teeter always has parking.  The Yards has plenty of walking space, outdoor movies and lots of food places near-by.

Happy Friday and best of luck on your own adventures!

Listening to:  Thirty Seconds to Mars Station on Amazon

Reading:  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling.

Quote of the Day: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”― Aristotle

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Making Something Awesome

Remember last week when I mentioned that I would start talking about my goals?  This weekend, I completed one of my goals:  Make a Super Epic Rainbow Cake.

This month, we had a handful of birthdays, two of which were our kids.  Add this to me being in the mood to bake something I still can’t quite eat yet and I ended up making the cake.


I used Yolanda’s 4 lb vanilla cake recipe.  If you haven’t seen How to Cake It’s YouTube channel, check it out.  Every Tuesday, she adds a new video with different cake designs.  The designs were what first caught me along with her creativity.  It’s amazing watching her videos and how things come together.  Her channel was the first time I’d seen a mega cake.  I would have loved to have made a mega cake but what I made worked.

Here is a link to How to Cake It’s blog and the vanilla cake recipe I used.  Like I mentioned, I went with the 4 lb version.  The recipe has the quantities to make more or you can ½ the recipe (at least everything but the baking powder… go with at least a tablespoon for the smaller recipe) and make a smaller cake.


For the colors, I used Good Foods liqua-gel food coloring from Amazon.  The colors came in two days (thank you Prime!) and you can tell how vibrant the colors are.  I mean just looked at that cake!


To top it off, I used two tubs of regular buttercream.

I was happy with the cake, what I could have of it.  Ray said out of all my baking experiments so far, this cake was the best.  It’s very moist, melt in your mouth cake.

What I would change would be to make a bigger batch of batter and add some color to the buttercream.  Other than that, it was epic.

If you try How to Cake It’s, please post pictures to How to Cake It’s blog post with the recipe.

Good luck!

Goals complete so far:  2

Listening to:  My Top 100 videos on YouTube

Reading:  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Quote of the Day:   “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”  ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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