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7 Questions With an Author: Jon Stolpe

This post marks the latest installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s author is Jon Stolpe Jon is an online writing buddy who’s been blogging for years at his entertaining and informative siteJon Stolpe Stretched - where he writes about a wide range of topics. He has a passion for family, leadership development, missions, and personal growth. Here’s seven questions with … [Read more...]

Facing the Hills….

Here's a great guest post from one of my favorite online writing buddies, Eileen Knowles. She's funny, insightful and loves coffee as much as me - how can you NOT like somebody like that? If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ======================================================== My family and I recently moved from North Carolina to Georgia. It's a coming home sort of move for my husband who was born and raised in North Georgia.  For … [Read more...]

3 Painful Lessons About Practice

Four weeks ago I ran and completed the 2013 Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon - a 13.1 mile jaunt through the highways and byways of Frederick County Maryland. Now mind you, the last time I had run a distance that far was early last summer before the birth of our son. Even though I'm in better shape than I was then - great cholesterol and blood ratios as well as a 31 lbs weight loss - I still had not been training or practicing for the distance. I signed up on a whim after a … [Read more...]

How I Lost 30 lbs in six months….

I've written a few times on this blog about the scary heart issue that I had toward the end of last year and my subsequent overnight in the hospital emergency room. I also wrote about the ongoing fight I've been forced to face against myself to lose 40 pounds at the recommendation of my cardiologist. Since I've started this journey, I've lost 31 pounds total - and I hope to lose the remainder before the summer ends. While I've been going to WeightWatchers to help manage my food intake … [Read more...]

Most Expensive Medical Procedures

According to CNBC host Jim Cramer, the number one cause of bankruptcy in America is unexpected health care costs. One of the biggest challenges with health care reform is that every American will be required to have some type of health care coverage, but many of those individuals can't afford it and the country continues to age. While I admire the ideals behind health care reform, I thinks its implementation and execution could conceivably bankrupt our country - in the same way that … [Read more...]

Fighting the Good Fight – Against Myself

I recently shared about a sobering emergency room visit involving a cardiac issue I had. As a result of that visit, I've made some lifestyle changes  regarding how I eat and how I exercise to ensure healthier outcomes going forward. I've been on WeightWatchers for three weeks now and went to weigh-in this morning. As of today I've lost another -2.6 lbs for a total loss of -9.2 lbs. So far so good. Additionally, I've committed to exercising everyday. To help me in that regard, I … [Read more...]

My Emergency Room Confession

I had no intention of sharing this recent episode in my family's life, but it's becoming such a large part - it's difficult to avoid. For starters, I've got an irregular heart beat which means my cardiac ticker tends to tock when it should tick. It's not been an issue - until recently. On Wednesday, August 29th at 6:45pm I had to call 911 to have an ambulance take me to the hospital for severe chest pain. They ran a battery of tests and kept me overnight due to my family history of … [Read more...]

Running for My Life…

I've written several times here about my training and completion of six full marathons over the past three years. The photo insert is my most recent finish from last year. During that time, I've learned a lot about myself through running. Here's a post I wrote about 10 Life Lessons I've Learned From Marathon Training. One of the reasons I love running is because of it's similarities to writing. Both are challenging disciplines that require time, attention and practice. I believe that … [Read more...]

Fastest U.S. Marathon Sellout Ever

This morning I swung by the web site for the Marine Corp Marathon and saw that a record was set - the fastest sellout of a full U.S. marathon since endurance races have been held in this country. This type of thing probably doesn't matter to non-runners, but the press release below, posted by the event organizers, has some stunning facts. ================================ Marking the fastest sellout in the history of marathon events, the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) has sold 30,000 … [Read more...]

2 Good News Updates…

Two great pieces of news. First I just registered for the 37th Annual Marine Corp Marathon (MCM). This race will be held on Sunday, Octocber 28th and runs all over Washington, DC. I ran in this marathon two years ago and it was by far the most fun of the five full marathons I've completed thus far. I missed out on last year's running of the MCM because the race sold out in less than 48 hours and I dragged my feet - thinking I'd have time. Not so and that really bummed me out. This year … [Read more...]