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Posts Tagged ‘Fitness’

Starting Over. Fitness Journey, Take 112…

Raz and Zoe, my first day training again for a marathon (starting ALLLL the way over!)

There’s something both totally lousy and amazingly self-inspiring about starting over. Yesterday someone asked me “When’s your next marathon?” Which was depressing as hell  funny to me, because I haven’t run one in 18 months. I don’t even see myself as a runner anymore, and certainly not a marathoner. Heck, I don’t even qualify as a [...]

The Ironman First Timers List

Ironman pic for blog

The longer I wait at this point, the more I’ll forget. So I wanted to write down a hit list of all the things I learned throughout my process of training for an Ironman triathlon. This includes a list of things I learned in preparation for, and during, the event. It is ALL jumbled together. [...]

Ironman Race Report–My First and Last (Part One)

Royce and Zoe doing the Ironman-Lift-Your-Bike-Over-Your-Head-Thing

Here’s the 1st iteration of my race report. It’s part advice for first-timers, part experience sharing, and part closure. A few caveats: 1. This will be riddled with some profanity, which I try to keep to a minimum. But for this posting I’m not going to dilute it–I’m going to share it like it happened, or [...]

My First (and Last) Ironman Attempt

Ironman Raz

June of 2012 was a super magical month for me, it was when I finally decided to get my fat self in shape. I’d always wanted to run a marathon, and for years it evaded me due to lots of things that turned out just to be mostly excuses. But I was set on giving [...]

Are the Gains All Gone?

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In the past couple of years I’ve finally started to get in better shape. On a body fat basis, I went from ~30% to ~10%, and of course the changes eclipsed the scale and extended to CrossFit workouts, running, and have included more recently some biking and swimming. And for this entire time, it’s been [...]

“Be the Ball, Danny. Be the Ball…”


I really suck at swimming, though I didn’t fully realize it until I started trying to swim laps about 4-5 months ago. At the urging of some fitness friends, who knew I had a specific goal in mind, I decided to sign up for a Master’s Swim class about ten weeks ago. Master’s Swim is a [...]

Five Fitness Hacks to Lose 50 Pounds

Weight Loss

It’s the Super Bowl Sunday. Woooohoooo! So as a result nobody is going to read this, but it’s a-okay! I have to post when I have time, and right now I have thirty minutes before my scheduled run (more on the schedule thing later). *Also, I have no idea if these hacks will help you lose [...]

The Fitness Resolutions…


So I don’t have New Years Resolutions. But for sure I will cheer on those who do. My personal philosophy is that if you want to do something you’ll start it now, whether that’s August 27th or Jan 13th. But, I totally get the allure of turning the page and a clean slate. Cheers to [...]

My Fifth and Final Marathon (at least for a while)

Sacramento marathon > Phoenix marathon > San Francisco marathon > Chicago marathon > Sacramento marathon

A week ago was the one-year anniversary of my first ever marathon, and my fifth completed in the past year. The Sacramento marathon will always be a bit of a turning point for me, I felt like if I could run it last year–then run a few more during the year–and then run Sac again [...]

Part Two: A S*&$@Y Way to Lose $1,000 (the follow-up)

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A few months ago I wrote a post about how I lost a grand. And didn’t follow my intuition. You can read about that one here. Shortly after writing the post a friend of mine encouraged me to reach out to him and let him know I’d forgiven the debt. It was the right thing [...]

24 Ice Cream Sandwiches: Killing the Binge

Bulletproof Coffee

In high school I remember our neighborhood grocery having a sale on ice cream sandwiches. $1 per box. Deal of the century. So I bought something like ten boxes. I remember eating two of those boxes in one day (meh, that’s 24 ice cream sandwiches). What made me think of that was when I ate [...]

My Most Epic Bike Ride Ever


Sometimes I write stories with an intentional point. Other times I just write. Today falls into the latter category. 41 out of my last 50 days were spent traveling. When I got home two days ago, I PROMISED the kiddos I’d watch the fireworks with them last night. And I’ve missed a lot of events [...]

“You Lose Your Face?” (my first before and after photo)

Raz before and after

If you stop by on occasion you know that I’ve been working on losing weight, after many years of going up and down. Mostly up. Usually staying up. Several things motivated me to finally make it happen; and a big one of them was seeing all these before and after pictures of different people who had [...]

Why You Should Run a Marathon (seriously)

The San Francisco Marathon Start

I have become one of those annoying “hey-I-ran-a-marathon-so-should-you” types. If you’ve never had an inkling to run a marathon, if the thought of it bores you to no end, or makes you nauseous. then read no further. But if you’ve ever had even the slightest thought of it, let me give a quick rundown on [...]

A Quick Plug for Clean Eating (and not quitting!)


For those that read my blog, you know I’ve been working on getting in shape for, well, years. And most of those years were wildly unsuccessful! Some of my prior posts on this are here and here. I had spurts where I would do better and even points where I got in decent shape, though [...]

Tape ‘Em Up, and Nine Other Lessons from Two Marathons

Running a Marathon...10 Tips

A little over a year ago we took the kiddo’s to a “Girls on the Run” event. I ran a 5k with Royce, and remember how willing and able she was to do the jaunt faster than me. I kept thinking “why can’t we walk a little and enjoy the day?” and “I hope there [...]

Prepared to Fail

California International Marathon

Tomorrow is the Sacramento marathon (also known as California Marathon, or CIM). I am not really a runner. Yet, I love to run. The solidtude. Steps on the ground in a rhythmic pattern. Letting your mind wander. The runners rush after a good jaunt.  I just wasn’t built to be a long distance runner. But [...]

Running Fast(er) vs. Running Slow(er)

Rich Razgaitis

This year I did my first Turkey Trot, I think ever but there’s a chance growing up we did one. In Columbus there was this run called “The Dam Run” (Hoover Dam) and we did it a few times as a family but don’t recall if it was on Thanksgiving. And, no, I don’t want [...]

Exercising your inner ‘Rocky’

rocky balboa

Here you go, another way to get to your wellness. Go for it, and start exercising your inner Rocky! “If someone says you can lose 20 pounds in the course of a year by punching a bag, then I’m signing up,” says Stephen Stoute, the 39-year-old chief executive of Carol’s Daughter beauty and skin-care line. [...]

Dogged Pursuit


  Can we agree on a few simple premises?  1. There’s a huge need for secondary or replacement primary income right now? More than ever in the past three decades, perhaps longer? Everybody is faced with the prospect of layoffs, 401k matches missing, salary reductions, and on. Not to say that everyone is going through [...]

Rockin’ Reno

Reno Event, Al and Glenn

  What happens when you pull together 500 people who… Have high energy?  Great leadership?  Are excited about a new paradigm to feeling great?  And ready to take hold of their own financial future?  httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUV-QV_jp0w Well, when you combine all of those things in the dynamic city of Reno, and a huge portion of those [...]

Thoughts from 3am


I have heard of counting sheep. Drinking warm milk. Reading boring text. Taking S4. Prayer and/or meditation. Ambien. And others, in order to fall asleep. At some point I have tried all of these things. But tonight, I thought I would add “Blogging” to the list of dream-inducing events. I do not think this will [...]

Secret Diet Revealed!


It’s finally arrived. The secret diet. It’s the magic bullet. And it all comes from a peer reviewed medical journal, the New England Journal of Medicine. Ready? Would you guess South Beach? Atkins? Zone? Pritikin? Grapefruit diet? The amazing Inthinity System from Univera? (http://www.youtube.com/watchv=XLmglkG45jQ) You’re wrong. And you’re right! The magic diet? It simple. It’s [...]

Lose It!


There are all sorts of gizmos, gadgets, and fads as it relates to weight loss. We all know that and each of us probably has a story or two of some purchase we either regret, or are embarrassed to admit, because it was one of those too-good-to-be-true panaceas. So often we enjoy a bit of [...]

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