My First Ride: the Good, the Bad, the Slippery


This past Sunday, I participated in the Ride for Heart. I had just purchased my bike and trained on it once before ride day. Stupid, I know. I was convinced that I would be able to do the 75km route without any problems.



The Perception Deception

Body Image

Everyone has a different idea of the perfect body. But societal pressures and the media are so influential and insidious that they propagandize people into shaping and determining the kind of body we should strive for: that we must be tall, tanned, and slim – for women, big breasted and for men, well-defined muscles. And of course, we should also be young and athletic with no physical disabilities.


Fall Is Better Outside


Fall is such a beautiful season.

The vast array of foliage colours, the crunching of leaves beneath your feet, the way your skin feels when the cool air brushes up against it …everything just seems so magical.

I discovered a little trail by my house a few weeks ago, but didn’t get a chance to go back with my camera until today. Sadly I missed the prime time for leaf-peeping, where trees turn the most brilliant and brightest shades of yellow, orange, and red. I did, however, still manage to capture beauty, elegance and innocence found in nature.


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My First Marathon

STWM Medal

It feels weird every time I say it, but I’m now a marathoner.

Marathoner. Such an easy word to say, but behind it lies countless hours of practice, preparation, commitment, and struggles. Leading up to the race, I had often wondered if I could make it. After all, I was the least experienced runner among my group.

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The Challenge, the Course, the Miles. I Survived and Conquered.


More than 15,000 women (and lucky men) laced up this past weekend for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, DC. This was my second half-marathon, and my first destination run. Sort of like a mini-vacation with a race squeezed in-between. And instead of finisher medals, participants received custom Tiffany’s necklaces. How fun!!

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30-Day Challenge: Day #30 (…NY Resolutions and Challenge Conclusion)

30-Day Challenge (Day30)

I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s Resolutions. It’s an attempt to momentarily feel good about yourself, and temporarily provide optimism and hope. For most people, the pledges made during the annual ritual of resolutions perishes before any significant changes happen in our habitual dispositions.

Lose weight. Quit smoking. Save money. Spend less. Eat healthy. Exercise more. The list goes on and on. Continue reading