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Chubby Girls Run – More Than I Have Since 2013

One of the Michigan back roads where Run for CHUM takes you. Most beautiful run I've ever done!

One of the Michigan back roads where Run for CHUM takes you. Most beautiful run I’ve ever done! Sign up now for September!

I just finished my third full week of training for my upcoming half marathon in January. I was a little nervous to move from 3 miles per day (for the first two weeks) to 4 miles per day. But when I saw my stats in Map My Run after my workout, I was tickled pink! I ran at a good pace for me!

Even better – and more surprising – when I wrote in my running journal about my 4 miles, I paged back to find the last time I ran that much. I knew it’d been a while, but what a shock to see the last time was in September 2013! The day I ran my last half marathon, the Run for CHUM charity run for my sister’s therapeutic riding facility in Michigan.


Strangely, I was nervous again on Wednesday. What if I was tired now and much slower? I was so nervous that I’d suck, I skipped my circuit training on Tuesday to regain my strength. But Wednesday was great, too! I decided to do my circuit training on Thursday because I must get stronger in order to run faster, but I knew I might be slower Friday just from being tired.

I did great Friday, too! (And so I made up my missed circuit training session on Saturday. πŸ˜‰ )

My body is really beginning to show me that it’s happy to be getting stronger, even though sometimes it’s not fun to try to do exercises I can’t do for the 40 seconds per circuit round. Forty seconds, guys. Sheesh. But…every week I’m a tiny bit better. I can see small changes when I look in the mirror.

And once I started envisioning myself running faster while trying to do a 60-second plank, I was able to stay up and straight for the whole 60 seconds! The more I envision myself getting stronger, the stronger I get. It’s so cool! (For more information on cool things your brain can do, read You Are the Placebo by Dr. Joe Dispenza. Awesome book!)

If you’re working on improving your health, exercising more, training for a run, or anything that requires a lot of effort for small changes, keep going! Don’t give up! Together, we can achieve our goals. Β πŸ™‚

Chubby Girls Run – A New Column to Celebrate Trying New Things

I asked and you answered – and so here is my new column (for at least the next 29 weeks)!

My runner's journal on the first dayWhy Chubby Girls Run? Well, I first started my running journey when I was 39 and chubby. πŸ™‚ I’d been thinking that I wanted to do something a little wild and crazy before I turned 40, but I couldn’t think of something that I might actually enjoy. Then, the week before my birthday, my friend Dwight said he wanted to run a marathon once just to say he did it. That definitely sounded wild and crazy!

But when I did a little research, it seemed like most “bucket list” marathoners found the experience so brutal, most only did it once. I didn’t want to do anything that would hurt that bad! So I convinced John to do the Couch-to-5K podcast series with me and…one thing led to another. We did a 5K race in Brentwood, CA, and a 10K race in Santa Barbara, CA, and they were kind of fun! John and I both decided a half marathon would likely be a distance we could handle without too much discomfort. So all three of us signed up for the 2008 Pasadena Marathon and Half Marathon.

My runner's journal canceled Pasadena MarathonWe were all so stoked for it! The race was scheduled to be exactly eight months from the date Dwight and John and I all had lunch and decided to do this crazy thing together. John and I were so excited, we rented a motel room a couple blocks away, got special shirts with “Run for CHUM” printed on them (because we were raising money for my sister’s charity), and we both woke up before the alarm went off that morning. But when we walked out the motel room door – smoke! Oh no! A few minutes later, we were told the race was cancelled due to fire in the hills above!

My runner's journal Surf City MarathonCrap! All that training and energy for nothing. But no! We regrouped and found another race as quickly as we could. Finally, Dwight and John and IΒ ran our first marathon and half marathon in Huntington Beach, CA, about 7 weeks before my 41st birthday! Woo-hooo!! I made my goal!

And so begins the funny part of the story. I liked it! I liked long-distance running! I never liked to run in gym class, and was relegated to the shot put and discus arena when I tried to join the track team in high school. To this day, the first mile about kills me. I’ve gotten better at slowing down in the first mile, but all I can think about is how I can’t breathe and how slow I am and why am I doing this?! Haha!

But mile #2 – every time – brings in some of that endorphin rush. I find my rhythm, feel the grace of movement, and relax into the beat of good music punctuated by my running shoes on the sidewalk. It’s basically awesome.

I kept a runner’s journal from the first day (pictures of it here) but didn’t record my weight at first. At the time I started, I was probably around 168 or so. A year later (April 2009), I recorded our weight in the journal because we both wanted to lose weight. I weighed 178 pounds (just shy of 81 kg).

Definitely chubby. πŸ˜‰

Kitty crossing the finish line at one of the half marathons I ran in SydneyBut the fact is, I kept running because I liked it. I came in at the end of races – at least once I was last. In the 2010 Blackmores’ Sydney Running Festival’s Half Marathon, I limped/ran the whole 13.1 miles due to a hurt muscle a few days before. I didn’t think I’d finish, but there were two women from New Zealand there and the three of us ended up kind of running together. I came in third to last in a field of thousands of runners, but I finished! And all those people in the picture – they cheered for us! (I high-fived the other two after we crossed the finish line!)

I would guess I was about 165-168 (75-76 kg) at the time. However, you want to look at it, still chubby. πŸ™‚

Even when life went to hell in a handbasket, I’d find myself running again. I never found a way to lose any weight and stayed in the 165-178 range from March 2008 on. After John got in a motorcycle accident in March 2014, I stopped trying to exercise and spent a lot of time stress eating. By January of this year, I was up to 198 pounds (90 kg)! I actually ran a little bit even at that weight!

I don’t know what happened – why now? – but at the beginning of January 2016, I decided to lose 50 pounds (nearly 23 kg) in 50 weeks…and it’s working!Β I think a big part of my success came from deciding to blog about it (see the first post here) and from posting a picture of chubby me after losing 2 pounds the first week. There was no way I was going to let that be the last picture of me! Hahaha!

Even though I plan and expect to be down to 148 (67kg) before Christmas, the fact is that I’ve always been on the chubby side. And I’ve been chubby every single day I’ve ever run. Β And saying I’m a chubby slow runner always makes me laugh for some reason!

And if I can encourage you to do something a little wild and crazy that you don’t know for sure you can do – lose weight, run a race, sky dive (that one’s for you, not me!) – then I want to do that, to encourage you!

Runner Journal signup for 2017CHalfMSo for the next 29 Sundays – that’s when I run the 2017 Carlsbad Half Marathon – I’ll be writing about my running progress, what’s working and what’s not. If I can get some other chubby runners, girl runners, writer runners, or other runners to come guest blog and encourage us both, I’ll do it!

I promise to try to keep future posts shorter. But I wanted to give us both a solid foundation to build on. Now go and build something yourself! I know from experience – you can do it!

Last Day for Free Book

Hi friends!

I’m so excited to see how well Unexpected Superhero is doing! It’s been a fun few days watching stats and finding out what new people think of the book. I hope you’re enjoying my giggly enthusiasm on Facebook. πŸ™‚

Today is the last day that the book is free, so if you haven’t picked it up, hurry and get it! In a few hours, it will be back to its regular price of $3.99. Tell your friends, too! Unexpected Superhero is Mad About You becomes Mr and Mrs Smith.

Coming Labor Day Weekend in All Formats
For those of you who own something other than a Kindle, Unexpected Superhero will be released in ebook format on Friday, August 30 to Nook, Kobo, Sony, iTunes, Smashwords, and more! It may take a few days to upload to some of those sites, but I hope to be able to get the uploads to take effect on that Friday. Yay!

New Short Story Coming
I just purchased the cover image for my short story, “Superhero in Disguise.” That will be out for your reading pleasure on Tuesday, October 1. Yay! It’s the slightly updated story that appears in the Romancing the Pages anthology. It’s the romantic first meeting of Tori and Joe on Halloween night. Fun stuff!

Book Signing Events
Starting this Saturday, I will be doing several book signings in Michigan. The first one is at the ROCK for CHUM event in Mason, Michigan. It’s at The ROC, 1706 W Dansville Road. Most things start around noon, and there will be several live Christian bands playing beginning at 2pm. I’ll be at a table somewhere selling and signing books, with a portion of the proceeds going to support CHUM. Admission is FREE with donations appreciated.

Similarly, on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, the RUN for CHUM will be raising funds in the form of foot races – a kids run, a 5K race, and a half marathon. I’m not ready, but I’m running the half marathon! Apparently, there will be a place for me to sign books after the race as well…if you can wait that long. I’m usually one of the last to cross the finish line. πŸ™‚

And I’m very excited to announce I’ll be doing a book signing at Horizon Books in Traverse City! This is the bookstore I remember my mom taking us kids to whenever we went into “town.” Didn’t matter if we needed anything, we were going to stop at Horizon Books. LOL! Can you guess where I got my love of books?

I’ll be at Horizon Books on Front Street on Saturday, September 7, from 3pm to 4pm. I’ll take a few minutes to entertain you with why I chose to set my books in Traverse City and the surrounding area, and then I’ll sign copies of Little Miss Lovesick and Unexpected Superhero.

I hope to see some of you at some of these events! πŸ™‚

August Book Signings and Events

calendarAugust is going to be a very busy – and very exciting! – time for me. On Tuesday, I’m off to the Romance Novel Convention in Las Vegas. It will be held at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino on Fremont Street, August 7-11, 2013. If you love romance novels, check out what the convention has to offer.

I’ll be participating in the Author/Reader Meet & Greet from 3-5pm on Saturday. Share some M&Ms with me and chat about my books and what’s next.


You might want to come to the whole thing, or just stop by the Book Fair on Sunday to buy autographed books by your favorite authors – like me! πŸ™‚ Here is a list of all the authors participating.

Then on August 17, I’ll be at the ROCK for CHUM event in Mason, Michigan (near Lansing). It’s a fundraiser for my sister’s facility, CHUM Therapeutic Riding. Check out the Facebook page for more information. I’m not sure the setup since I haven’t been there before, but I’ll be at a booth or table somewhere signing books for part of the day. πŸ™‚

The RUN for CHUM is on Labor Day this year, Monday, September 2. I can’t believe my madness, but I’m going to the run the 13.1 mile half marathon (!) and then get cleaned up to sign books at a book table there. Am I crazy or what?! Hahaha! So please stop by and see if I’m still breathing. πŸ˜›

Super_ip09_FINALI haven’t booked anything else yet, but I’m hoping to make a few stops at bookstores and/or libraries in southern Michigan, and in Traverse City, MI, where Little Miss Lovesick is set. (Unexpected Superhero is sort of set there, too, but I renamed it Double Bay so I could change things around to work better for my story.)

I’ll keep you updated as to new events I’ll be at, so check back or subscribe to the blog and/or my newsletter (both on the right sidebar). Stay tuned to find out when you can get Unexpected Superhero as a free Kindle download!

Talk to you all more soon!