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Amazing Ping Pong Video…

As a kid growing up my family had a ping pong table in our basement that my friends and I used to spend hours playing on weekends. I always had fond memories of table tennis - so much so, my wife and I talk about possibly getting a table for our own rec room when the girls get a bit taller. In the meantime, we bought the Wii Resort game and controller upgrades when that option came available last year because its table tennis feature got great reviews. Now our oldest is not such a fan of … [Read more...]

10 Life Lessons Learned During Marathon Training

I'm training for my sixth full marathon, which will be the Shamrock Marathon on March 18, 2012 at Virginia Beach, VA. I ran this race last year and had a ball - it was incredible running along the ocean!To run that distance takes me between 4:30 and 5:00 hours. While training for a single marathon, there are hundreds of miles logged running and hours spent alone with your own thoughts. Nearly everyone I speak with thinks that's a boring waste of time, but it's actually when I do some of my … [Read more...]

A 5K With My Kid….

This past Sunday I had the pleasure, delight and honor of running a 5K (3.1 miles) race with my daughter. It was her third and the second that we've both run together. Check out the pictures of her accomplishment! For the past few months, our oldest has been participating in the Girls on the Run (GOTR) program at her school, which means she and a dozen other girls spend an hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays doing various training runs and learning other life lessons. GOTR is a fabulous … [Read more...]

Sometimes Fighting Siblings is Good…

Kids learn to care about the things that their parents care about. Hopefully, kids are able to develop a passion for those activities or hobbies on their own. Such is the case with my family and Karate. We've been attending classes together for the past six months. Let me be clear - Karate is not about beating people up and it's not evil. However, when I was a kid my parents forbid me from taking Karate classes - which I wrote about in the post Are Witchcraft and Karate … [Read more...]

Farewell to Summer: My Half Marathon – Photos and Results

A few weeks ago, I completed the annual Frederick Running Festival for the third time and I'm just getting around to posting the photos. Unfortunately, this year they only offered a half-marathon (13.1 miles) as opposed to the full (26.2). I was able to finish the full run with a completion time of 5:20 last year and 4:58 the year prior. Apparently they cut the race back to a half this year because the back leg of the full marathon was deemed "too dangerous" since it was run along the … [Read more...]

>Farewell to Summer: My Half Marathon – Photos and Results

>A few weeks ago, I completed the annual Frederick Running Festival for the third time and I'm just getting around to posting the photos. Unfortunately, this year they only offered a half-marathon (13.1 miles) as opposed to the full (26.2). I was able to finish the full run with a completion time of 5:20 last year and 4:58 the year prior.Apparently they cut the race back to a half this year because the back leg of the full marathon was deemed "too dangerous" since it was run along the … [Read more...]

3 Keys to Beating My Addiction: Caffeine

Last week I decided that I wanted to stop drinking caffeinated coffee and diet soda with caffeine as well. I realize that caffeine in moderate amounts actually has been proven to have healthful benefits for a variety of nasty disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and some types of cancer, but I still needed to stop. The problem was, that I couldn't drink the stuff in moderation. Each day, I would practically polish off a pot of coffee by myself before heading to work during my morning … [Read more...]

My Worst Addiction…Finally, Redeemed

>This work of art may helpmy addiction to salt.....I have a problem, an addiction of sorts.  Most people who know me (or have shared a meal with me) know about it.That addiction is salt. Forget smoking, booze or gambling - none of those can touch salt for me.Sodium is the one habit I can't break. I literally can put it on everything, watermelon, apples, pizza, naturally-salty-clams, sodium-infused soups...etc. In fact, I'll often take Frank's RedHot and pour salt directly into the … [Read more...]

Weighing myself and holiday weekend options….

>Yesterday was my weekly scheduled weigh-in at WeightWatchers and I'm happy to report that I was down another -1.6 lbs. for a grand total weight loss of -28.4 lbs. Things are trending in the right direction. However, I know myself and from past experience a small speed bump - such as a holiday weekend fete - can grind to a halt my efforts to eat healthfully. Yesterday's meeting suggested two options to choose:Strive to maintain your current weight.Stay on track and continue efforts to … [Read more...]

WeightWatchers Weigh-in Update…

>It's been a while since I've given an update regarding my weight loss efforts - so I'll try to squeeze one in here (I'll just pretend I'm squeezing into a pair of skinny jeans.)This past Thursday I was able to get to a much needed WeightWatchers' weigh-in, and I am happy to report that I was down -1.8 lbs. for a grand total weight loss to date of -26.8 lbs.Oddly, whenever anyone finds out that I'm on WeightWatchers they give me the business about being vain or being fixated with my body due to … [Read more...]