What “80/20 Clean Eating” Means to Me

Moving forward in my health journey requires having a game plan. I’ve been steadily increasing my movement since the beginning of the year, but my eating habits are lacking in discipline. I may eat super healthy one week, but completely fall off the wagon the next. My issue is deprivation: I do not handle strict diets well. If I tell myself I can’t have some food item at all, then it is all I crave until I get my hands on it. Poor mentality, I know, but it is something I continue to work on and struggle with currently.

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Caprese-Stuffed Mushrooms

Servings: 4
Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley

  • 4 large Portobello Mushrooms, stem removed, washed and dried with a paper towel

  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese

  • 1 cup grape (or cherry) tomatoes, halfed

  • garlic salt, to taste

  • fresh basil, shredded to garnish

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to grill/broil settings on high heat. Arrange oven shelf to the middle of your oven.

  2. Combine olive oil, garlic, and parsley into a small bowl. Brush each mushroom (in and outsides) and place them dome-down on a baking sheet.

  3. Place tomatoes in a small saucepan with garlic salt and “squash”. Simmer on low until fragrant.

  4. Fill each mushroom with the tomatoes and top with 1/4 cup goat cheese. Grill/broil until mushrooms are tender and the topping browns (about 8 minutes).

  5. To serve, top with the basil, drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with salt to taste.

My First Virtual 5k

The COVID-19 virus has had an impact on everyone and everything it seems. We’re reminded how uncertain and fragile life can be, yet at the same time each day is a gift. I am continuing to look at my ability to run as another gift in life. Running exercises not only my body, but also my brain.

I completed my first virtual 5k on Sunday. It was a mental battle, but I completed it.

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Back to Basics from a Once-Upon-A-Time Runner

It happens to many runners: you start running, you push your body faster, you go farther, you dream about PRs and distance goals, you watch your intake meticulously, and suddenly you see possibilities you never had the courage to dream before. Then BOOM! Something stops you in your tracks. Perhaps you get hurt. Or you get busy. Or you burn out. And as quickly as you gained mileage, fitness, and confidence, it all disappears.

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It’s Official! I’m Registered For the Michigan 13.Wine Half Marathon

I’ve been saying it since the beginning of 2020: I’m going to register for the Michigan 13.Wine Half Marathon happening Sunday, August 16th. This was my very first half marathon I trained for and ran in 2013, so registering again has special significance to me. It was a milestone of pride in the past, and I held high hopes it could be another in my future. A goal to aim towards in terms of my physical abilities. A savior for my lowered self-esteem.

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