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13 Things Running a Marathon Taught Me

13 Things Running a Marathon Taught Me

About sixteen years ago, back when I was in college, I got a wild idea. I heard somebody talking about their experience of running a marathon, and I was intrigued. She seemed like an average person, someone I could relate to, and yet she had done this unimaginable thing! She had run 26.2 miles! And she had lived to tell about it. Could I possibly do it too? I started to wonder… Before this, I had dabbled a bit in…

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Living a Healthy Lifestyle–As Easy as Riding a Bike!

Living a Healthy Lifestyle–As Easy as Riding a Bike!

My 2-year-old is learning to ride a bike. But not in the same way I learned to ride a bike. Have you seen balance bikes? These things are amazing! Seriously, so genius! The idea is that the kid learns the hardest part first—the balance—and then can easily transition to a real bike because the pedaling is the easy part. It’s the opposite approach to the traditional training wheels, where you pedal along, never worrying about your balance, and then you…

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Rock Solid–Our Girls Camp Message

Rock Solid–Our Girls Camp Message

Back in February, I told my mom about this project I wanted to start–all about helping women achieve better health by learning to love their bodies. I also told her that my sister-in-law, Heidi, was starting the process of becoming a life coach, and that she wanted to help women find more confidence and joy by managing their mental and emotional health. She was excited for both of us, and then excited for herself as a light came on in…

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My Trip to Eugene and Why I Always Cry

My Trip to Eugene and Why I Always Cry

Earlier this month, I went to Eugene, Oregon, with my dad and my 13-year-old son, Connor, where we spent four days watching the NCAA Track and Field Championships. As track enthusiasts (that may be a mild term, considering my son’s OBSESSION with pole vault, my dad being a track coach and having been to the NCAA Championships for nearly 20 straight years, and myself being willing to take babies, toddlers, and young children to our state track and field championships…

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Lessons Learned from the Garden

Lessons Learned from the Garden

This week marked the beginning of one of my very favorite seasons: GARDENING SEASON! Now, for many, the end of May is mid-gardening season, or maybe you can garden all year long. But here in Wyoming, at 6900 feet elevation, gardening season is short. And so I try to enjoy every single minute of it! Gardening runs in my family. We joke that there is a “gardening gene” that we all inherit, but as a kid, I was pretty sure…

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From Surviving to Thriving: Living A Tempo Run Life

From Surviving to Thriving: Living A Tempo Run Life

I have been a self-proclaimed “runner” for over twenty years now. In high school, I ran track, and did the middle distance events, from the 300m hurdles up to the 1600m run. But once I was done with that season of life, I settled into longer distance running. I began running as my main (and sometimes only) form of exercise and entering a couple races each year, ranging from 5ks to half marathons. Other than the occasional long runs when…

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Wean Yourself From Willpower

Wean Yourself From Willpower

Have you ever wondered about those people who can stick with healthy habits? People who exercise daily, year after year? People who eat healthy consistently, not just when they are on a diet? How do they do it? How do they stay motivated? How does their willpower last so long? Let me tell you a secret. They’re not using willpower. WHAT?? They have TONS of willpower, right? No. They’re just really not using it. Not often anyway. So now that…

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Thoughts on LDS General Conference *It’s Really All About LOVE*

Thoughts on LDS General Conference *It’s Really All About LOVE*

This past weekend was so amazing! I always enjoy General Conference, but this year, my kids really got into it and listened, and I was able to just relax and soak it all in. For those who are not LDS, let me explain. Twice a year, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints holds a church-wide general conference. It includes five sessions over two days, and is designed to teach and inspire its members to come unto Christ. We…

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The Illusion of Perfection

The Illusion of Perfection

If somebody told you they were going to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, you would laugh at them (at least inwardly.) But yet, when we tell ourselves that we can, and even should be perfect, we take ourselves seriously. As a recovering perfectionist, let me tell you something: Perfect is an illusion. And Perfectionism is the ultimate con artist. The line Perfectionism sells sounds something like this: “If you just try hard enough, you…

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