If Development is so difficult . . .


. . . why do it?

Development: the act or process of devloping; growth; progress

Development, progress, growth, improvement. Call it what you will, you can’t create development without some effort. There’s a saying about marathons, maybe you’ve heard it?

If it were easy, everyone would do it.

All growth depends on activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. — Calvin Coolidge

If development is so difficult, why do it? That’s the $64,000,000 question, isn’t it?

Maintaining my weight loss isn’t easy; but it’s worth it

Are you satisfied with how you feel?
The people who have gotten to know me via blogging know me as a relatively fit person who maintains a relatively healthy weight. For much of my life that wasn’t the case. Although I have been relatively fit for many years, most of those years were spend yo-yoing back and forth about 40 pounds.

No matter how fit, if you’re overweight, in some way your life is limited. Maybe you can’t find clothes that feel good and make you feel good about yourself. Maybe you feel invisible. Maybe you can’t walk as far as you want to, or ride the rides with your kiddos, or worry about fitting into an airline seat.

Maybe you’re at a perfectly healthy weight, always have been. Maybe you still don’t have enough energy, have backaches from carrying the kiddos around, can’t easily get up from the floor (or the chair, or the car).

Running at elevation was hard — but worth it!

It will be hard, but it will be worth it
Development, progress, growth. Of course it’s hard. It’s not easy to change our habits. Familiar is easy — after all, we know what to expect. Most of us are scared of the unknown:

  • Will it be painful?
  • Will it be tiring?
  • Will it feel hard?

The answers are yes, yes, and yes. You will be so proud, though, when you realize that you can do things you didn’t think you could. You’ll be proud as the same activities no longer feel so hard. You’ll be happy when something that once left you sore no longer does.

Many people avoid exercise because they’re already tired. The secret that regular exercisers know is that it actually gives you more energy, not less. Not at first; it takes time for your development to turn into progress. Stick with it, though, and I promise that one day you will realize you are far more tired when you don’t move your body.

Development is hard, but you will never regret that hard work when you’ve made that progress.
— Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy

Deb Runs

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup


Tell me in the comments:

Can you give me more reasons to work on your development?

What does development bring to mind?

5 Ways I Shake Up Fitness in the Summer


I am active year round, but I won’t lie, it just seems easier to be more active in the summer: longer days, warmer days, lighter clothes. Sometimes during the winter it just seems so hard to be changing into and out of fitness clothes, and as much as I love my fitness clothes, they just don’t keep me super warm, even inside, when it’s freezing outside.

During the summer, though, it’s really easy to change in and out of clothes. There’s more light in the evenings, and while I’ll never be an evening person, even I can get out for the odd evening workout now and again during the summer.

I’m talking about how my fitness changes in the summer for today’s Friday Five  from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run.

I love to swim, I always have. In a lake, in a pool, everywhere except the ocean — I’m not overly fond of salt water (or jellyfish). One of my dreams is to have a house with an enclosed lap pool. We actually looked at a house like that up here, online — the house itself was a garish disaster so we never actually viewed it, but part of me wanted that lap pool so badly.

I swim once a week in the summers — every once in a while twice a week if I can fit it in. I don’t do it because I’m going to “tri”, I don’t do it because it’s good cross training (it is), I do it because it makes me feel good.

Darlene and I basically walked (with a bit of running thrown in) a half while we were in New York City. No joke!

I didn’t get quite so many steps in on our daytrip to Bennington, but it’s fun to explore on your feet.

We really hadn’t done much in the way of daytrips until this summer, but we often don’t take vacation during the summer (yet another FOMO opportunity for me), so this year I’m trying to switch things up a little.

Trying new stuff
I took my first in-store yoga class at Athleta after one group run. I’m eyeing either kayaking or a SUP class in the near future, things I keep saying I want to try, but haven’t yet.

I’m getting FOMO (fear of missing out) with all you kayaking and SUPing bloggers!

More walking
During the winter it gets dark so early I can’t walk with Lola and Mr. Judy in the afternoons. I try to get us out a few times a week after dinner during the summer.

During the spring, before it heats up, I’ll often take Lola for a couple of shorter walks a day. One in the morning, and one in the afternoon to get the mail.

That’s my go-to suggestion for people who want to get more steps in: get in a dog! Or visit a shelter if you don’t have a dog — they almost always have a dog walking program and it’s a win-win for both the people and the dogs.

Splitting up my strength training
It doesn’t always happen, but in the last few weeks I’ve been trying to do shorter sessions of strength training on most days by doing upper body one day, lower body the next, and abs most (but not all) days.


Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

Have you tried a new fitness activity you love recently?

Do you find it easier to be active in the summer?

What is the best thing you have eaten this week?

5 Favorites from SSS (Summer Sweat Series)


Summer is the time where everything just kind of hangs out — even all the jiggly bits we wish wouldn’t hang out. It also happens to coincide with my mini off season. Generally at the end of the year I take an off season, where I still run, but there are no hill repeats, few races, no weekly schedule.

Although I am technically training for my fall half right now, by running with my USAFit group, I don’t consider myself to really be in training until about mid July. It’s the perfect opportunity to try to get in more cross training, as I wrote about in my Weekly Wrap this week, and see if I can tone up those jiggly bits a bit.

Every time I gain a few pounds I’m reminded of how much better running feels when I’m at a lower weight. An off season is the perfect time to work on it — and it will only benefit my running in the long “run” (sorry, had to go there).

It’s Favorite Friday at this week’s Friday Five  from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run — and I want to share with you some of my favorite things from the Summer Sweat Series, a free exercise/eating plan that came along right when I needed it.

Daisy Duke Ready Workout
It seems so simple, but no joke, this workout kicked my butt, as I also mentioned in the Weekly Wrap. My buns were sore!

Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes
I must say these coconut flour pancakes really hit the spot (even if I made them on week 2 and they were from the week 1 meal plan). The first time, after making the pancakes, I just wanted to dive in and eat. The second time I simply forgot to take a photo.

Coconut flour pancakes are different from the pancakes you’re most likely accustomed to; I’ve tried a variety of recipes, and this one is really good.

Simple but satisfying

Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich
I’m not sure the smashed chickpea avocado sandwich really qualifies as a recipe, but it was super simple, super filling, and super tasty. I left out the dried cranberries and made the sandwich with Ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread, so you get that salty-sweet thing going on.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad
This salad was also super tasty. I changed the recipe around to suit my tastes again — left out the corn (nothing wrong with corn, we grill it often, but I felt the sweet potato was enough carbs for me), used mango instead of pineapple in the salsa — I’m not a huge pineapple fan and besides, I happened to have a mango.

I really liked the dressing, although I decreased the chili powder a bit because I like things only mildly spicy.

My only quibble was I needed more dressing — but then again, they don’t show it being served over a mound of greens. Next time — and there will be a next time — I’ll double the dressing.

You can’t beat free
Seriously. When it comes to strength training, I crave variety. So I’m enjoying a few different workouts. I do wish there were videos, but hey, as they say, you get what you pay for.

I also like that there is a wide variety of recipes. Vegetarian, paleo, “normal”, more carbs, lower carbs. And dessert and snacks.

I’m not following the recipe plan, so if I do lose any weight I can’t really trace it back to that. I have gotten out of my cooking rut — you know, where you make the same things over and over because it’s easy and fast?

Healthy cooking can take a bit more time, but it’s worth it.

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

Do you stick to the same recipes or like to experiment?

Got a new healthy recipe for me to try?

Same old same old or variety is the spice of life?