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  • Shopping Trip: Funny Story

    Yesterday was a blast!  It was a big day but it was a blast!!! My sister and I had decided to head up north to Tupelo, Mississippi, to do a little shopping.  She is getting back into running and needed a new pair of running shoes.  There is an excell...

    Posted on 1/19/2016 by MelisRunning | 6 Comments

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  • We Haven’t Chatted About Paxton For A While…

    We really haven’t chatted about Paxton for quite a long while!  I guess it’s time for an “update.” Paxton went to the vet in December.  It was time for his Heartworm preventative shot.  These shots are great!  You only have to get them every 6 months...

    Posted on 1/13/2016 by MelisRunning | 10 Comments

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  • Failure isn't final

    There are times when things just click.  Diet is easy and on point.  Workouts are going great.  Everything in life seems to be carrying us towards our goals.There are also times when the world is falling around us and we are able to push through that...

    Posted on 1/12/2016 by usmcmp | 45 Comments

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  • My Top 10 Get Fit Suggestions

    After a few years on MFP, I have figured out a some things about weight loss, fitness and running. Most of it I didn't learn in the forums. ;)The most important is this, weight loss and fitness is fragile!Since I got on MFP, I learned how to run, I r...

    Posted on 1/12/2016 by dsjohndrow | 35 Comments

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  • Truck Parties

     We pulled away from the front door of the elementary school as my son scurried inside. Breath steaming in the rare sub-zero temps. The little black SUV our temporary shelter from the winter morning, my daughter and I started the drive to the middle ...

    Posted on 1/12/2016 by downsizinghoss | 32 Comments

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  • *Did I Ever Tell You About The Time…

    I knew, I mean I KNEW this weekend would be epic.  I didn’t realize at the time just how EPIC it would be! This weekend was the Mississippi Blues Marathon.  Earlier this year, I was selected to be a Race Ambassador for “The Blues.”  This was a big ho...

    Posted on 1/10/2016 by MelisRunning | 8 Comments

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  • #Frustration

    I’ve heard a lot of comments recently from my MFP (My Fitness Pal) friends. See, I’ve met a lot of really great people through MFP!  Some of the best people ever are on that site.  MFP has been instrumental in my success in losing 170.  I think it’s ...

    Posted on 1/04/2016 by MelisRunning | 78 Comments

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  • Running - The Quick Start Guide

    Running is better than drinking alcohol and I dribble a lot less. The problem with running is, well, me! I don't really like it, but I like what it does! It's my private place, and don't share too many of the thoughts that I have out there... well ex...

    Posted on 1/05/2016 by dsjohndrow | 8 Comments

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  • The Lateral Habenula Potential

     Yep, it's a new year.  The start of my 4th new year on MFP.  MFP has slowly wormed its way into my life.  It was a vital piece to my success in losing weight, but more importantly - in getting healthy.  I met people here.  Lots of really awesom...

    Posted on 1/04/2016 by GypsyByTheSea | 29 Comments

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  • Coaching, information streams, body images, ramblings...

    Let me first start this off with some full disclosure.I've been coaching for about 3 years now.   I don't claim to be an expert, I don't claim to be the best, but I do take my profession very seriously and I've been able to help others, help myself, ...

    Posted on 1/01/2016 by SideSteel | 23 Comments

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  • The Engagement Story

    Soooo,   #1 Daughter and I were doing some last minute Christmas shopping on the Wednesday before Christmas.  We had gone to an outdoor shopping mall and because we are super smart people, had parked in a secret area that only locals know about.  It...

    Posted on 12/29/2015 by MelisRunning | 9 Comments

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  • Goodbye 2015!

    2015 has been a mixed bag. I am grateful for putting 3 cancer surgeries behind me. Here are a few bullets from my year.- I ran over a 1000 miles.- I ran Boston, NY, San Diego and Zydeco marathons. 3 of those in 3 months.- I ran across Rhode Island wi...

    Posted on 12/31/2015 by dsjohndrow | 11 Comments

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  • Things that suck.

    I try not to do things that suck.In fact, I generally avoid things that suck. When I first tried to get in shape (and believe me I tried and failed many times) I decided to try running.   I quite literally looked in the mirror, was fed up with what I...

    Posted on 12/29/2015 by SideSteel | 16 Comments

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  • Resolution

    It seems to be our collective agreement to take a moment and pause, at year's end, to reflect upon where we've been and where we want to go.  It's a time when "Best of" lists are propagated and many of us sit down and resolve to make changes in the u...

    Posted on 12/30/2015 by forrl | 16 Comments

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  • Bittersweet

    In June 2012, while out having to purchase a house in record time because of drama in my own life, I got a call that both of my parents had been admitted to the hospital and my brother and I needed to get there immediately.  My father (had Parkinson'...

    Posted on 12/20/2015 by Duck_Puddle | 11 Comments

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  • An eyeopening experience

    Today was the first day of watching my macronutrients (see yesterday's blog!).  What an eyeopening experience this was for me!!  NO WONDER my cholesterol is raised.  NO WONDER my weight loss has become stagnant.  It was quite extraordinary as I watch...

    Posted on 12/18/2015 by SnagTop | 12 Comments

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  • Christmas Came Early

    It's no secret that I've been struggling for a while.  I've shared much of that here.  I've talked about how I was trying to realize in the deepest part of myself, how words can help or hurt and trying to act accordingly.  I've also talked about my s...

    Posted on 12/18/2015 by forrl | 13 Comments

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  • Re-evaluating things . . .

    Last week I had my long-awaited doctor's appointment.  Having had so many health benefits over the past year with my weigh loss, I was excited to see my cholesterol numbers since last year they were a bit elevated.  I was certain that this year they ...

    Posted on 12/17/2015 by SnagTop | 8 Comments

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  • Truth, Lies, and Acceptance

    It is my belief that everyone is addicted to something at some point in their life.  Addictions could be as devastating as drugs and alcohol, gambling, or food… They can be as simple as needing approval.  Watching my family nearly deteriorate after...

    Posted on 8/31/2015 by SquattingLikeItsHot | 4 Comments

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  • Look beyond the food log

    There's a trend I see with clients and while it's going to sound obvious, you need to hear it.   Your food decisions are influenced by a variety of factors that are not exclusively related to hunger, or what you want to put in your mouth (giggity).If...

    Posted on 12/16/2015 by SideSteel | 3 Comments

    39 votes + -