13.1 Miles

Seven months ago, I signed up for the Disney Half-Marathon as a motivation tool to get into shape. Two weeks into my training, I got injured. I attempted to refund the money or switch days (or years), but it was a no-go. I was going to have to run it or forfeit.  The weeks leading…

Mind-Full

I got a record player for Christmas. Yep, it’s one of those hipster suitcase-looking ones from Urban Outfitters. For a woman who owns five typewriters, a record player seemed like the logical next step. Today however, I realized it went a lot deeper than that… In today’s culture, everything from our words to our love affairs…

I Ran Once

Once upon a time, I ran cross country. For three years, I, Rachell, ran on the high school cross country team. I even lettered in cross country. I have a Lettermen’s Jacket. Oh yeah. Now, before you get too many visions of an incredibly toned and athletic Rachell bounding up mountains — let me paint…

I’m Back!

Hello all. I’ve missed you, and I’m back! I’m back and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for your support. This year has been interesting. I started Embraceable, Ashley got married, I quite teaching at APU, I started substitute teaching, and I got accepted into a credential program. I signed up for a half-marathon, discovered a new love…

Progress, not Perfection

A huge part of my journey in making peace with food has been the discovery of the philosophy of intuitive eating, which is detailed in the book Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, two registered dieticians. The book is indeed revolutionary, at least to me, because it freed…

Visualize!

It is my third week being steadily back on my Weight Watchers plan. I have attended three meetings and I have separated all of my Cheerio’s and chocolates into individual Ziplocks with my points written on the baggies. (1 cup Cheerio’s 3pts. 3 TJ’s Tahitian Vanilla Caramels 2pts). The first week, I was down two pounds…

I am a Loser

I am a loser. I have been for a week and a half now. I get out of bed in the morning. I go to the bathroom. I go back to bed for ten minutes. I get back up.  I weigh myself and…. I am down three pounds! I have lost three pounds this week!…

Zombies, Run!

Last October, I started watching The Walking Dead. I watched all six Netflixable seasons in two and a half weeks, thereby dethroning my previous binging record of watching eight seasons of Grey’s Anatomy in four (while working on my masters degree) [actually, you know what, that still wins]. My obsession with The Walking Dead was uncontrollable. For months all I…

Dream Life

I’m still here. Sometimes life starts to get busy and it is hard to find the time to write.  Sometimes I think I just tell myself that I am too busy because I don’t want to have to write and tell the world that I have still not had an intentional work out session since…

Just Do It [for yourself]

I unexpectedly found myself crying on Sunday night. I had spent the evening with a friend who used to be more than a friend, and it had been overall very pleasant. But after he left I recalled an earlier conversation we’d had that suddenly seemed to stick out. He does mixed martial arts and has…

Dancing Through Life

I have neglected this blog. I have abandoned this project. I am ready to begin again. Over the course of the last month post-Ashley wedding, I developed a foot injury that stopped me for running. I also gained a passion for toffee that could not be quenched. I have miraculously managed not to gain back…

[Don’t] Just Do It

This summer has been a strange and difficult one. I have learned a lot, and I have not sunk into emotional unsteadiness as I have in years past when faced with a torrent of “uncertainty,” but it has still been difficult — growing pains always are. I have always had unreasonable expectations for myself. I…