Popular Blog Posts

  • Starting Mentoring Relationships

    As we start January, there will be a lot of excited, often struggling or confused people signing up for MFP. They'll be looking for help and support, and there are a lot of amazing people on here who can serve as great mentors. An effective mentoring...

    Posted on 1/05/2015 by ihad | 3 Comments

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  • Where the Magic Happens...

      It's a fine line I walk these days.  The fine line between growth and stagnation.  See the circles on the diagram?  One represents growth.  One stagnation.  I am so damn comfortable in my little zone.  Not really happy, but it's a familiar place. ...

    Posted on 1/04/2015 by gypsy_spirit | 22 Comments

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  • Put Your Lights On

    There is a monster that lives not inside of me, but alongside of me. I have lived under its shadow for the last 23 years. It lies to me. It tears at me and leaves its marks in places that not many others can see. It doesn't shout or roar, but whisper...

    Posted on 1/02/2015 by Mr_Bad_Example | 23 Comments

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  • Year in Review

    2014 Goals: Bench BW 5x5 Squat the same amount I was at before my back injury with good form. 5k at a 7:00 mile average pace. Run a Spartan Beast and Half Marathon. So how did I do in meeting those goals? Nope. Meeting my running goals, getting dow...

    Posted on 1/02/2015 by The_Enginerd | 4 Comments

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  • New Year's Resolutions

    I wonder how many of us will find our favorite workout spot flooded with the "new year resolution" visitors?  I admit I was cautious today as I arose and headed to my local Anytime Fitness.  "Will all the treadmills be full?  Will I have to wait or, ...

    Posted on 1/02/2015 by shadowjack1965 | 17 Comments

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  • The Power of Encouragers

    Over the holiday break, the kids have raided my library in a quest to fill their free time with interesting activities. Of particular note, the girl is eagerly studying my copy of Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time as she tries to beat him in ...

    Posted on 1/02/2015 by ihad | 10 Comments

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  • My Last Run Of 2014

    Tuesday evening, you would have found me at my desk on FB putting out a pitiful plea for somebody/anybody willing to run all or part of a 20 miler with me the next morning. I really didn’t expect a response.  I was basically just whining about runnin...

    Posted on 1/01/2015 by MelisRunning | 10 Comments

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  • 2014: A Year in Review

    Dear 2014,We said goodbye officially at midnight last night. I didn't cry. There was no sadness. The truth is, you gave me a run for my money. Emotionally, physically, intellectually, and professionally, you delivered challenge after challenge. You m...

    Posted on 1/01/2015 by srslybritt | 5 Comments

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  • Adios 2014!

    I did a lot this year. It started off with turmoil, ended with greatness: new friends, travel, food, mud, weights, medals, and headbands. So I will try not to focus on the last month and how I basically undid all of my work (not completely, but still...

    Posted on 12/31/2014 by _dracarys_ | 13 Comments

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  • 1975 and the Principal’s Office

    Waaaay back in the fall of 1975 I was entering 8th grade.  It was the very first day of 8th grade and I was sitting in homeroom.  Our homeroom teacher was doing the “first day of the school year” rigmarole. The next thing I knew, I was trudging down ...

    Posted on 12/30/2014 by MelisRunning | 24 Comments

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  • So, it's been 200 days.

    So, it’s been 200 days.  Is it really that big a deal anymore? I mean, to me it is, because the surgery was traumatic. Recovery was painful, especially the first two months. And rehab was a bear, even now. If I have two or three strong weeks, I can a...

    Posted on 12/30/2014 by RabbitLost | 18 Comments

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  • 2015 Goals

    I decided to look back at my goals for 2014.  I missed nearly all of them.  I know exactly why.  I know exactly what to do to prevent that from happening this year.  I progress and backslide a lot, but every time I come back with a new set of tools, ...

    Posted on 12/30/2014 by Desterknee | 15 Comments

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  • Bow-Wow-Wow!!!

    Paxton takes his job as protector of the house seriously.  He is ever vigilant.  Ever faithful.  Always on guard. One thing he is not is obedient.  At least not immediately. Take today, for instance. #1 Son purchased a new (used) car.  He drove it ho...

    Posted on 12/29/2014 by MelisRunning | 10 Comments

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  • The Tetris Effect

     Many years ago, I had an obsession with the game Tetris.  I loved it so much, I eventually had to put it away.  I could seriously lose time trying to beat my last score.  It was the first game to capture my attention so completely.  Looking at the ...

    Posted on 12/30/2014 by gypsy_spirit | 14 Comments

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  • 1,600.38 Miles. BAM!

    Funny that my blog post from last week would be running in the Popular Blog Posts right now.  It was,  ”Will I Make It?  2014 Goals.” In that blog, I was super scared that I was not going to be able to reach my goal of 1600 miles before the end of 20...

    Posted on 12/24/2014 by MelisRunning | 5 Comments

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  • my X rated resolution for 2015

    I resolve to lift, eat, cardio, and get comfortable enough in my own skin to send my hubby noods again!  /endthread 

    Posted on 12/29/2014 by bynsky | 7 Comments

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  • Dec 29, 2015 - Yay! or Boo/Hiss!

    December 29th, 2015 - Yes, a year from now!   New Year's Resolutions are great!Of course many of us say "New Year's Resolutions are rubbish, but they are made to be broken". I say yes that is true if I set resolutions that are impossible to obtain. I...

    Posted on 12/29/2014 by Chevy_Quest | 13 Comments

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  • Halting a Binge Session

    This has been a life-changing year for sure, with lots of supports along the way. I had an entire team of specialists along to help me including a nurse, dietitian, psychologist, physician, a kinestheiologist, doctor, and surgeon. I attended classes,...

    Posted on 12/19/2014 by jgnatca | 9 Comments

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  • My 2015 MFP Resolution

    I resolve to not blog anymore after this one.  You're welcome.  

    Posted on 12/29/2014 by TheSnarkasticSkyscraper | 31 Comments

    49 votes + -

  • After the Anger

    Anger can drive you or crush you. It can be one of the most powerful motivating forces in the world or it can destroy everything in its wake. How we handle it often determines how we live our lives. As I have lost weight, I have learned how much ...

    Posted on 12/28/2014 by downsizinghoss | 17 Comments

    55 votes + -