Hi. Welcome to my blog. Thank you for stopping by! Wonder who I am? One fateful encounter, which I explain below, shaped my outlook on life and my personal belief that when I die I do not want to look back on my life with any regrets. Yes, that’s a hard one to live up to, but I am consciously and earnestly trying my hardest! My favorite Broadway quote comes from the fantabulous musical “Wicked,” —> “Those who don’t try, never look foolish.” Think about that one for a while… To me, it seemed like an invitation to move out of my comfort zone and do things I never imagined, even if it meant feeling a bit self-conscious.
It is said we are the sum of our experiences. Good and bad. Yes, I agree. But there’s another saying: “At any given moment, we are precisely where we want to be.” Wait, what? Well, not exactly. Not all the time anyway.
My life philosophy was cemented into my being after one enlightening experience. I once ran into a friend I had not seen in literally five years. (!!! After five years! !!) We hugged. I asked her, “What’s new?” Her response was, “Oh nothing.” I was so shocked at that answer I vowed to never, ever live a life so absolutely routine it would ever require an answer like my friend gave me that day so long ago. I taught my philosophy to my children as well: life is no dress rehearsal. We only go around once. We receive no second chances! There are no rewinds, only flashbacks. Live life joyfully. Be grateful for everything. Expect nothing. Celebrate family and friends always. <——— Try it. You will like it!
I am vegan. There I said it. That disclosure usually puts people on the defensive. Why? I have no idea. I’m vegan for a variety of reasons: to improve my diet (so I live a longer & healthier life) and to improve my athletic performance. Another reason is my displeasure with huge factory farms and the suffering of animals. And for the health of our lovely planet. I have a “meat-free” home, and people’s reactions who visit me amuse me.
I did not really become serious about fitness until after my two children were born. It was tough to lose that baby fat. I ran for pleasure first, then amped it up to compete in races.