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alex's life book

  • In early 2006, I began creating a life book for my daughter, Alex. Click here for links to articles describing my experience.
  • And for those of you who are more digitally inclined, in late 2006, I recreated key pages of Alex's lifebook for an article I wrote for AlphaMom, using Scrapblog.

    You can see the final digital result (and leave comments, if you'd like!) here.

what's been on my nikon lately

  • And you can view my favourites here.

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I don't have any progress to report because I'm not running, but I did want to write to encourage you. Whether or not you get any cosmetic benefits, the health benefits of running are enormous. You will start to breathe better, you will have even more energy now than you did when you were just going to the gym, and your risk for all kinds of diseases is going to go way down. When you get to that sweet spot when your body is used to the running, it can become your time to meditate. Best of all, to me, is what a great example of health you're setting for Alex. She will see running as something that mamas do and want to do it herself. So maybe when she's your age she won't have to go through what you are because she will have been running from the get-go.

Karen, you are beautiful in so many ways, not the least of which is your physical beauty. That cannot be diminished by wrinkles and cellulite, as your pictures of gorgeous Granny the Great prove. Most of all though, you are a beautiful soul and have made this world a better place to breathe in. Thank you for that.

Keep running! You can do it!


I have nothing to report this week, Karen. Nothing good anyway. We were hit with a nasty cold/sore throat last week so between wiping two little noses, offering throat lozenges and hot tea, and trying to breathe through my own stuffiness, I did no exercise whatsoever.

I didn't measure because I know if I did I'd likely see larger numbers not smaller.

However, you are still inspiring me simply by the fact that you are NOT 10 inches smaller this week. Seriously. I find it much easier to relate to someone who is so real than someone who is melting away like it's nothing.

Keep going, Karen, and I'll be with you next week!


Wow, sster, thanks! That's exactly the kind of thing I needed to hear. Thank you for your kind words.

And Lisa, hang in there, li'l buckaroo. I hope you and your family are feeling better!



Hiya Karen, Greetings from England.

Don't give up kiddo, you are doing so darn good. Love the pictures on your blog.


I'm not making any formal attempt to lose inches or pounds (yet!) but I'd just like to say that childbirth and breastfeeding must be the best weight-loss plan EVER. In the 15 days since my little Phoebe was born, I've lost about 25 pounds! Kick ASS! :)

(Now if I could just figure out what this bread-dough-like thing is where my belly used to be, we'd be all set.)


Oh, don't give up! It takes a while to build yourself up when you first start running. Just watch, in a few weeks, it will feel easier! Not to mention that just by getting out there and moving, you are reducing your stroke and heart attack risk!

Me? Stress ripped almost 8 pounds off of my body in 4 weeks time. My hubby had a mild stroke. We are also eating whole grains, lots of fish and chicken now in an effort to lower his LDL, so that helped too. Now I just need to add some regular exercise to the mix. I am psyched to say that I was able to fit into a pair of my all time favorite shorts that have not fit me since before my 3rd child was born.


Karen -

I've read your work for sometime now. You are truly an inspiring person. The things that have become obvious to be from reading your work are: 1.) You are a talented writer 2.) You are a great mother. 3.) You are hardworking and determined.

Because of #3, I am sure that you will excel in your jogging venture and meet your own expectations.

You've almost convinced me to set some jogging goals.

Best of Luck, and Thanks for your witty stories and writings. They sure make my work days more pleasurable.



I brought my running clothes to work today. You have inspired me to get back on the wagon... not to mention I'm going to Puerto Rico in July for a week with my husband and his company. A year ago I was the skinniest I had been in years because I was getting married. Then, starting with the honeymoon, it all went downhill. I ate whatever I wanted... rewarded myself with dessert. Loaded up on carbs... Now I'm 10 pounds heavier and miserable. Last year I looked incredible in a bikini and this year I haven't even put on shorts yet. Thanks for your inspiration!!



That is EXACTLY what happened to me. I was skinnier than I had been for AGES at my wedding, and on our honeymoon, I celebrated our marriage with a lobster a day. Little did I know that was the beginning of the end...

... kudos on getting back into it!



I think 3/4 of an inch is a lot when you're talking about cellulite, my friend.

dave / higher powered

"my ass is continuing its death march down the back of my legs."


Karen, I've been running/walking now since January. I've lost 28 pounds. I didn't weigh this week, since I made really really REALLY bad choices this week and I knew that I didn't exercise enough, and the scale would go up. I'm not ready for that.

Think of it, though 3/4 of an inch is still less than last week. In fact, had you not exercised, that 3/4 inch lost oculd have been 3/4 gained, which would put you 1.5 bigger.

Hang in there. If I can do it, the laziest person ALIVE, you can too!

H.A. Page

Just think about how good you feel after a workout, though. Why are we so focused on exterior looks and shapes?

It is the act of the matter that is so important. And the discipline. OK. So I'll get up and go do something now.



my progress to join you? well, I did bring my gym bag to work today - you gotta start somewhere!


K - Don't you love those mirrors? I don't know why they usually exist in brightly lit department stores, but I like the one in my bathroom that forgives me a few dress sizes and masks over any ass pockmarks with that glaze that only comes from years of accumulated soap-on-mirror.

2 3/4 inches is damn fantastic. Enviable. You're running's going to get easier, once your lungs catch up. I recently took a hiatus from training (triathlon) and the run's the hardest thing to get back in to. Any chance you want to mix up your run with other stuff? Cross training burns, baby, burns those calories to crisps....

Nimitz' Lady

I just joined the "challenge" today. Started speed walking over my lunch hour. Now I'm all stinky. =( But I feel good cause I got out there and did something.

Sorry, no measurements to report as this is the first day. I'll try to remember to post next week.

Nimitz' Lady


Hi Karen,

I saw your post on blogging baby, which included the fact that you felt you couldn't regulate your breathing. I've always exercised, but a couple of years ago I started doing a pilates class once a week. Now I am almost never out of breath.

I'm not suggesting you replace your running with pilates, as that alone will not burn enough calories for weight-loss. However, it will teach you how to breath more effectively, which is obviously helpful if you are running :-), in addition to improving flexibility and muscle tone.

Also, can you find something to do that you enjoy? I'm sure you'd be much more likely to stick to that than something that is a chore, to be endured to achieve a goal. For example, I hate the machines at the gym, so I do their classes, which are usually a much better workout than you could give yourself on the machines. I'm not sure how bike friendly where you live is, but there are bike paths everywhere where I live and, because it's very hilly and by the ocean, it's a great workout with a nice view. I just moved to Southern California from England...

Hope this helps,

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