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Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 08:05 am
The name of this blog might be “Get FIT,” but that seems to be getting harder for more and more Americans.

I know awareness on the issue of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. is improving, but are our habits really becoming healthier?

A lot of times I think living a healthy lifestyle can be...
Friday, April 8, 2011 03:53 pm
Once again, I must apologize for being so lackadaisical about posting here. I’m happy to report, however, that I haven’t stopped blogging because I’ve fallen off the wagon. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I’ve been training intensely for my first marathon, and the big day is this Sunday! I’ve put in my double-digit miles on Saturdays, including a 20-mile run ...
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 11:59 am
Wow, it’s been months since I’ve updated this blog. To both people who read this, I’m sorry. (That’s the standard apology when a blogger comes back from a period of laziness: first comment on how long it’s been, then jokingly understate the number of people who read said blog. In reality, we actually have four readers. Hi, Mom and Dad!) If I were a bear – a...
Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 03:44 pm
I'm not hungry today. The challenge has been pretty easy lately, which is completely the opposite of what I expected. I am definitely learning a lot about the cost of food, though. A lot of my favorite things, like hummus, cost a ton of money for ingredients that are relatively cheap, which signals to me that I should be making these things at home instead of buying them already packaged.
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Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 08:44 am
Tracy Smith with Feeding Illinois poses this question for the day: The cupcake truck is outside your building, calling your name, but at $3.25 that decadent temptation is out of the question. What will you be snacking on instead to refuel? No sweat. I would (hypothetically) go with an old favorite: a spoon full of peanut butter, which has lots of protein, unsaturated fat and a boatload o...
Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 01:47 pm
Public food aid is always a controversial topic. Critics say it’s rife with fraud and abuse, while proponents say it doesn’t do enough to help people avoid food insecurity and get back on their feet. Regardless of how one feels about public food aid, it’s important that we as a society recognize the challenges presented by poverty and hunger. With that in mind, I’ve decided...
Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 04:08 pm
The 38th annual Capital City Century was this past Sunday, and although I didn’t bike it, I did sleep in. It’s a 100-mile bike trek outside Springfield, and a few of my friends and family rode the whole thing. Here’s a video of the race put together by a friend. It’s pretty amusing, and it features on of my favorite songs ever. Cake - The Distance...
Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 05:19 pm
I’ve had a couple of great running buddies over the years. Key qualities include just
the right level of cheerleading and knowledge of such things as stretches, tennis
shoes and running paths. (I’m also glad when they’re talkers – ‘cause running
gets boring, and I’m usually too busy panting to bring much to the conversation.)

But far mo...

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