Recently, I feel like a have a lot to say, or just maybe a lot on my mind …  who doesn’t feel this way, right?   Anyway, I’ve been writing blog topics for the gym that I belong to, and decided I might as well share some of them here as well…   (These aren’t necessarily photography related, so bear with me)

What’s Your Why?

I was in a group class recently when the teacher put out the question “What’s your why?” and it’s been on my mind ever since.   It’s not often that we slow down enough to ponder these questions about the larger picture of life.  So, what’s your why?  What’s your why for working out? Do you make it a priority? Why do you do it? What motivates you? Is it to fit into the smaller section of your closet? Is it so that you have control over something in your life? Is it for health reasons? I have multiple answers to that question but at the end of the day, I want to feel good, capable, strong and healthy.

I spent many years skipping things because I felt too fat (& embarrassed) to show up.  It’s sad to me now, to realize that I just wasn’t et in a place to see it was all in my power to make changes, but I wasn’t there.  I sometimes think that now I’m trying to make up for lost time.
Now I want to keep up with my kids, and I want adventure.  Those are my why’s.  What are yours?


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I have decided to go ahead and be confident in resigning to the fact that I am horrible about blogging.  It should just be a yearly update at this point and really, it’s just a reminder to myself to sit down and look forward to the future, because that’s about as often as I can get myself to sit down and actually do it.  I give so much credit to those people that blog regularly and who are willing to be vulnerable and really put themselves out there.  I wish I was one of them.  We can always continue wishing, right?  I don’t necessarily believe in resolutions, because I think that sometimes when you make them, you’re setting yourself up to fail, but I do believe in goals and this year I have many – physical, educational and emotional.  They all really go together, but this one is physical and because of the connection, emotional in turn.

Today is 1/12/17!  I love January.  Not only is it the start of the new year, it’s also my birthday month.  My actual birthday doesn’t always thrill me, but the thought that my birthday coincides with a fresh start is the part that I love.  This year I’m turning 48.  In the last few years, I’ve made some big changes and met some big goals.  I did my first (and only ;)) 1/2 marathon, I did 2 spartan races, but one of the biggest was climbing Mt. Whitney.  But really more than any of those, I’ve been consistent in working out at least 3 times a week for the last 2.5 years.  I am quite certain that I’ve never been consistent like that before.  I was so fortunate that I met the right people at the right time.  I went to a Chamber Mixer (my one and only) and met a business owner of 168 Fitness named Chad Skrederstu.  He and his wife Ana have really been game changers in my life.  I have a great support system there – people that I would otherwise never have known.  I need accountability.  It’s just the way I’m put together.  Which is why it helps to have a program like Fit in 42 that you can go back to when you need it.  I have recently had a set back in the area of weight management, so I’m starting at the basics again.  It’s so hard. Always.  It’s time to refresh and get control back.  I have a few photos on my phone that I constantly look back at – I remember exactly how it felt to be this strong.  I’m going to work my way back there.  Because of the accountability factor, I know that by putting this out in the universe, it’s much more likely to happen.

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Here’s to a great 2017!



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Recently, I’ve been struggling with how to enforce bedtime to my teenagers.  Am I alone?

When the kids were little, I was the sole (practically speaking) decision maker in the house.  They did what I said.  Bedtime was a ritual.. bath, jammies, books, bed.

Now it’s so much different.  Most nights, I am in bed before my kids have even changed out of their school clothes.  I feel an obligatory urge to say ‘ok, don’t stay up too late’, or ‘remember, you have to get up early’… but really, are they listening? Sometimes after I’ve gone to bed at 9:30, I wake up around 11, to find all of the lights still on and one or both, still awake.  That’s when the ‘time to go to bed!’ finally seems to sink in because by now I’m yelling and they’re listening.  Deep down, I realize that it’s still my job and it will be weird when it’s not.  It’s such a funny thing the way time marches on.  They are older now and want to make their own decisions.  I get it.  I have no idea when my parents stopped telling me when my bedtime should be, but I do remember many nights in high school, staying up to work on projects until late into the night when there were no longer tv shows to watch – remember the colored bars that would come on the tv?  You knew that you were up late when that happened.  But that’s not the case anymore.  There’s always something on or some youtube video to watch or something on the dvr or netflix.

So when is it time to stop saying ‘time for bed’?  Does it continue until they leave for college? Just one more of those questions that you never imagined you’d have.

This is one of my favorite jammie pictures of my own boys (pretty sure they won’t love it as much as I do). It was taken 10 years ago and I’m so happy to have it.  I still love it.



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I realize that summer is almost coming to an end, but we are still immersed in this crazy heat wave, which is why this dessert is still a perfect fit for the next few weeks, so go ahead… make it!

When I was in high school, foods was my favorite elective.  In fact I think I took it 3 out of 4 years.  One of the projects we had to do was to demonstrate a recipe with a partner to our class. My partner in foods class was my dear friend Julie.  We were on vacation in Palm Desert with her family when we stumbled across this recipe in a Bon Appetit magazine (circa 1985).  I’m not sure that the measurements are exact, but it’s so simple that you can’t go wrong.  She is still one of my dearest friends and I still make our recipe…  often.  When I made it the other day, my son, Peter, said that next year for his birthday, could I please just make this instead of birthday cake! You know it’s a keeper when it’s a go-to for 30 years.  The perfect summer dessert! Enjoy.


Sly Lemon Pie
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Easy, refreshing summer dessert!
  • 1 graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 container vanilla ice cream
  • 1 container frozen lemonade
  1. Let ice cream and frozen lemonade soften on counter for approximately 15 minutes.
  2. Combine ice cream and frozen lemonade with mixer or spoon, once softened.
  3. Pour into graham cracker pie crust.
  4. Freeze until hard.
  5. Garnish with a lemon!



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