Never Compare Yourself to Anyone 

It is so very important to never compare yourself to anyone, but we are many times naturally prone to do just the opposite.  Society sets us up for this disappointment,  but we have the power to not live this way. It is also important to be careful when we compare ourselves to ourselves. I strongly believe that comparing ourselves to ourselves is very important in self growth, accomplishments, evaluation,  analysis,  motivation, and reality checks. But we must be careful not to allow ourselves to get too caught up in not being able to do what we used to.  For me, I have not really had this issue yet because I am a fairly new athlete,  having only started my fitness journey in 2010 and losing 100 pounds, I was not a lifelong athlete like many who now battle thoughts of never being able to do what you used to.  I know not all lifelong athletes struggle with this, but some do. I believe we all need to be kind to ourselves and use self comparison as a very useful tool and motivator, instead of any potential source of misery or feeling of failure. Remember,  failure is good. Failure is necessary for growth.  It’s all how you look at it. Change your perspective to feel fit forever. I love the book, ‘The Confident Woman ‘ by Joyce Meyer. I highly recommend it,  even if you are not religious.  Every single page is chuck full of excellent tips and reminders to live your best life. #feelfitforever 


4 Days of Snowshoe Bushwacking Adventures, in a row, was a 1st for me ❤

This past week has been a wonderful surprise and challenging all in one. We snowshoed bushwacked 4 days in a row to start the week off. I never snowshoed 4 days in a row before, and it was fabulous.  But to add to it, I never wore such big snowshoes,  36 inches, and I wore them all 4 days.  Plus, we went on some of the most challenging and steepest mountains, which added to the challenge and the thrill. It was excellent cross training too, by the way. Our adventures were a surprise because as luck would have it,  we were without power for a week, but you don’t know until each day unfolds if power will be restored,  so it was an unexpected treat to stay with Kevin, who had power, and get to snowshoe every day. On the 5th day,  I ran as part of my training,  and it went well.  The next day I found out I’d sprained my wrist.  It had been throbbing since Tuesday night, on and off, so I just used the ‘wait and see’ approach.  But Thursday morning brought swelling,  more pain, and limited use, resulting in a trip to my doctor. I planned 2 nice long runs for the weekend, and had every reason to believe it would be great, but it was the worst training runs I’ve ever had in my life.  Excellent training to train through days like that, within reason. I love running. I love it and look forward to it.  But I never expected both days would be so challenging. Although, there were some other things contributing to these challenging runs. I ate frozen peas after they sat in my freezer for a week of no power, they tasted good, but apparently were not, I found out during the run.  Still, I now think part of it was that it was just the big every day challenging week I had. I am happy with all I accomplished.  I now realize this morning,  that even though I fell short of the miles I planned on running this weekend,  I still ran more total miles this week than any other week this year.  Change your perspective to feel fit forever and be kind to yourself always.  Keep your head up,  you’re doing great.  Rome was not built in a day and neither is your machine.  

Lorraine’s Best Snowshoeing Bushwacking Adventure Ever!

We had the very best time snowshoe bushwacking this past weekend!  It was unlike any other snowshoe bushwacking adventure I had ever done before.  I am fairly new to this kind of snowshoeing, it is more like mountaineering and you need to use your poles and claws of the snowshoes to help you climb up steep hills and rocks.  I love it!  It is an amazing feeling to be able to do this and exhilarating, thrilling, and can be dangerous if you do not know what you are doing.  Kevin has been doing this kind of thing for several decades, he knows everything about the mountains and snowshoeing and how to do it safely, he has been a huge help. Kevin kept telling me that day and since then, that it was the best snowshoeing he had EVER done in his LIFE!  Wow! It really was the most wonderful experience and truly magical in every way.  The place, the conditions, everything was absolutely perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed every drop of that glorious adventure.  Kevin brought up an excellent point when he said, ‘what is snowshoeing anyway?’  Meaning that snowshoeing is different things to different people, and it is even different each time someone snowshoes, because of the condition of the snow, the type of snowshoe used, the terrain, the weather, and the ability of the person on that particular day.  We both felt fantastic as the day started off and felt excited about our day ahead.  We believed it would be great and that we would likely have the mountain to ourselves, especially since Kevin had to shovel out the unplowed parking lot at the beginning of the trail.  That and it was also a very cold day, which keeps many people away, but we never seem to get cold probably because we keep moving and if anything get hot as we go along and always wear layers for that reason.  We did not find anyone on the mountain, except for the animals that live there, and we did not see any human tracks.  We had the mountain to ourselves and that in itself is always a wonderful feeling.  The snow was perfect.  There was a minimum of 2 feet of snow with more in certain places due to wind, elevation, and terrain.  The texture of the snow was absolutley perfect.  It felt like we were walking on air!  It was my 2nd day of wearing extra large snowshoes and they felt like they were made for me special.  I wore 36 inch by 10 inch snowshoes, a size that no other woman has ever worn as far as Kevin knows, and he says that most men do not wear such large snowshoes either.  But it is important to wear the right size snowshoes for the conditions so that you minimize sinking in the snow and have a much more enjoyable experience.  Snowshoes were meant to stay on top of the snow and sink down only a couple of inches, ideally.  We had so much fun going through the many various different wooded areas to the top of the mountain.  It is so much fun to bushwack your way through and under and around all these closely grown trees.  It is such a treat to see all this beauty that most people never get to see and even though there is a part of me that would like to take more pictures as all this beauty unfolds as I go up the mountain, mostly I am just enjoying without technology and making memories that will last a lifetime.  #feelfitforever


Training Needs to Be Specific

Training needs to be specific to the event, such as if you are training for a road race or a trail race, your training needs will be different.  In trail running we use different muscles than in road running.  We need to run trails to train for a trail race because the muscles we use on the trail, as we go over rocks, roots, and streams, cause us to use our tiny little-used muscles, such as the piriformis muscle in our hips.  These tiny muscles used in trail running will not be activated on a treadmill or road running.  If training exclusively on a treadmill for a road marathon, you can have success, but if you train exclusively on a treadmill for a trail race, you’ll likely not be able to go very far, maybe 5 miles or less, until you feel those tiny muscles, that you haven’t worked, screaming and not letting you go on.  You’re legs will get tired and you won’t be able to go on.  You can mix treadmill and trail training, for a trail race, but you have to get out on the trails to train the necessary muscles.  I know I LOVE and prefer trail running, but as we likely all lead busy lives and especially during these winter months, it may not always be possible to get out on the trails as much as we’d like.  I am confident when you know what you need to do for success, you are much more likely to do it.  When something is your passion, it is on your mind always, and you will find a way to get it done.  It doesn’t mean it has to be perfect or exactly what you had planned, but I am confident it will be better and much more productive training than if you did not have all the tools of knowledge necessary to reach your goal.  Learn as much as you can to feel fit forever.


3 Day Adventure

What an awesome 3 days of adventures! As if there could possibly be any other kind of adventures! This girl loves adventure!  I am new to hiking in the Catskills and love these absolutely beautiful mountains.  I have now completed 8 of the 35 peaks in the Catskills.  That means that there are 35 peaks that are 3500 feet or more in the Catskills, although there are many other mountains that are not as high. We have also enjoyed climbing these very much, they are all beautiful and different, yet similar in ways.  The goal is to finish all 35 peaks.  Some peaks we have bushwacked, and others have been on trail, but bushwacking is my favorite.  I started my quest to do the 35 peaks this year, 2018, and am loving these adventures.  They have been like nothing I have ever done before.  There have been every kind of mixed weather and trail conditions imagineable and even some unexpected, as can happen in the mountains.  I love it!  It adds to the adventure.  I have also enjoyed hiking bushwacking in the dark, which is a lot of fun!  It is so freeing, peaceful, yet a feeling of great adventure and magical.  I love how these mountains make me feel like a kid, loving everything about all of it.  Many of these beautiful mountains feel like magical kingdoms you would see in a movie, yet here they are in my real life adventures.  It is an amazing feeling.  I love the challenge of bushwacking up technical terrain to see beauty that not many people can not see.  It is especially evident in the winter, with snow on the ground, if there has been anyone before us, we would be able to see their tracks, yet there are no tracks many places we hike, and to me, this is perfect happiness.  Do what you love to feel fit forever.  #feelfitforever


Snowshoeing Bushwacking Adventures

We had the best time snowshoeing bushwacking yesterday, even though the conditions were challenging, it made it even better!  I love adventure! Yesterday certainly was a grand adventure!  It started out with everything beautifully coated in snow, the trees and roads to get there were completely covered in snow. It sure was gorgeous and exciting.  We even saw snow rollers, which are nature made snowballs.  They are beautiful and were all over the place for about the first mile in the woods when we started out on our adventure.  It got even better with the most beautiful winter wonderland snow covered picture like beauty as we got deeper into the woods.  We surely felt like we were in heaven with smile covered faces and joy in our adventure loving like minded hearts.  But then as we made our ascent up the steep mountain, in our snowshoes, through about 2 feet of snow in spots, it started to snow.  The snow was so very pretty and it added to the magic of the adventure.  But then the snow stopped, and instead it started to rain. It was rain from the snow on the trees melting down onto us from the slightly higher than freezing temps at the time.  Either that, or perhaps it started to rain instead of snow, or both.  We got completley soaked, our heads, hair, faces, all our clothing, everything was soaking wet.  My face, hair, and eyebrows were dripping with water. We were moving very nicely which kept us feeling good, but we knew if we stopped or slowed down, we may succumb to hypothermia due to the wetness. The conditions made the snow ball up on the snowshoes, making it not be able to grip with the claws of the snowshoes like it’s supposed to. My snowshoes stayed pretty clear, most of the time, because I duct taped them beforehand.  It was an amazing feeling to be dripping with wetness from getting soaked unexpectedly in the winter. It felt baddass.  It definitely added to the sense of adventure.  It was my 1st time using such a large snowshoe, 29 1/2″ x 10 1/2″, and they did not disappoint.  I fell instantly in love with them and it felt like they were made specifically for me.  I was told I did very well and that most women are not able to comfortably wear such large snowshoes and that I took them instantly and very naturally.  It sure felt great. Even though the snow conditions were far from ideal for snowshoeing, I was even told that they were the worst conditions for snowshoeing, I did not have a problem with the conditions with my snowshoes. I love my new snowshoes I got as a Christmas present,  I didn’t get to try them until now and cannot wait for our next adventure. The beauty continued as we snowshoed bushwacked up the mountain. Everything was completely covered in snow and some of the trail we broke was steep & potentially dangerous rocks we needed to climb up, that were completely covered with snow, and hard to manuever at spots. It was so much fun!  It was an amazing feeling to be able to do this hike, especially under these conditions.  It was very empowering and soul satisfying.  As we neared the top of the mountain, the peak, the most beautiful evergreen forrest emerged.  We found the canister and signed in, took a quick picture, and headed back down so as to not stand around too long soaking wet in the near freezing temperature.  It was actually several degrees above freezing, but with heavy cloud cover which always makes it feel colder when it is not sunny.  I cannot stop thinking about our grand adventure and will enjoy these wonderful memories for a long time to come.  Live your best life as often as possible and do what you love to feel fit forever.



My ‘Theme Song’ and How to Stay Strong

I LOVE music! I love most kinds of music and I have certain songs that are favorites. These songs seem to remain favorites no matter how long because they still do that ‘special something’ for me.  All of my favorite songs are from very different types of music, and I love the diversity and variety.  One of my all time favorite songs is ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’, by McFadden & Whitehead.  I have many times sung this song to the top of my lungs as I told people who were with me as I was singing, that I feel like this is my ‘theme song’ and that it feels like my life.  I feel like the words in the song relate to my life because I have been through so much, for so long, and they have been extreme situations that most people would never have to go through.

Here are some of the verses to the song: “There’s been so many things that’s held us down, But now it looks like things are finally comin’ around” and “But we won’t let nothin’ hold us back, We’re putting our selves together, We’re polishing up our act! If you felt we’ve been held down before, I know you’ll refuse to be held down anymore! Don’t you let nothing, nothing, Stand in your way! I want ya’ll to listen, listen, To every word I say, every word I say! Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now!” I LOVE these words!

And here is another verse that brings another very important thing to remember: “I know you know someone that has a negative vibe, And if you’re trying to make it they only push you aside, They really don’t have, no where to go, Ask them where they’re going, they don’t know, But we won’t let nothin’ hold us back, We’re gonna put ourselves together, We’re gonna polish up our act! And if you’ve ever been held down before,I know you’ll refuse to be held down anymore! Don’t you let nothing, nothing, Stand in your way!”

This is a very important verse to remember because there will always be people in your life who are negative or toxic to you and it is important to limit yourself from these people and focus on your own goals and positivity and happiness.  Don’t let them drag you down with them.  Don’t let them take your joy away.  Be the example of sunshine and light they need and hopefully this can help them or others.  Be strong and be true to yourself.

The Bible verse Mark 12:30-31 says ‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and will all your strength.  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.

I completely agree with and live my life this way.  To live your life loving your neighbor the way you love yourself and God loves you, means that you absolutely have a pure heart and good intentions, always, for everyone.  It does not mean that if someone has done something evil, scary, or wrong to you that you should go and be their best friend, no you should not be their friend at all, but it does mean that you can pray for them and wish the best for them, but from a safe distance.

You need to utilize common sense for all things in life, yet sadly common sense is not common.  Remember God loves you so much, you are His child, He made you perfect, He made each of us perfect and loves us all the same.  He gave us life to enjoy it and to continually learn and grow in our lives and in our faith. Live this way, as God wants us to, and you will feel fit forever.  #feelfitforever #feelingfitforever


#1 Question: What do you eat? 

People are always telling me that I look atleast 10 years younger than I am and that I look so very fit and healthy.  The #1 question I get is how do I do it? People want to know what I eat. I tell them that I eat healthy,  whole foods regularly and that I am always thinking before I put something in my mouth. I ask myself,  is this helping me or hurting me? 

Food and drink is our most powerful weapon against and is our most healing tool we have. We have total control over what we eat, yet many people do not utilize this wonderful opportunity,   or not fully utilize it.  

It really does matter what foods and drinks you put into your body,  not just the calories and nutrients.  It’s important not to put anything extra in your body, such as a long list of hard to pronounce ingredients found in some so called healthy drinks. 

Simple is best. Make a healthy drink yourself.  Get a blender, buy healthy foods, mix up different fun combinations, but don’t add powders that are not whole foods. Keep everything whole and real foods. I generally don’t make myself drinks, I rather eat food,  I love eating healthy. But if you want a healthy drink its always best to make it yourself. 

I do not eat sugar, only rarely. 

I do not drink alcohol,  only rarely. 

I eat throughout the day regularly and do not starve myself. 

Many people may not be eating enough food and it may be the reason your not feeling your best, or it can also be the reason your not losing weight if that is your goal.

Eating healthy can significantly increase your ability to stay healthy.  I rarely get sick and have not been sick yet this year or last. 

Eating healthy can significantly increase your ability to sleep and sleep well to awake rested and ready for the day.

Eat healthy to feel fit forever.  #feelfitforever #feelingfitforever 


This past weekend I had such wonderful adventures!  We bagged 3 of the 35 peaks in the Catskills and I got my 1st canister, which means there was no trail to get to the top of that mountain.  We even had to break trail in the fresh snow as we snowshoed bushwacked our way to the top of the mountain where I found my 1st canister and signed in our names on a pad that is kept inside the canister which is attached to a tree.  It was so much fun snowshoeing bushwacking our way to the top of the mountain.  It was absolutely gorgeous to see what many people do not get to see, certainly not anyone had traveled that way since the weekend before as the log’s last entry was marked.  I felt so very extra special to be able to do this and I can’t wait to do more, lots more.  It is definitely my kind of fun.  I love adventure!

We got a late start out that day and wound up going back down the mountain in the dark.  I had so much fun going down the mountain in the dark!  It was an incredibly, cool feeling to be alone on that mountain, just the two of us, in the dark.  There was approximately 8 inches of snow, more in spots due to wind drifts, and there were icy spots throughout.  I wore snowshoes that kept balling up with snow and ice and so on my way down the mountain I would sometimes walk backwards on the very steep parts, especially once it got dark.  Thank God we always bring our headlamps because you never know where your adventure will take you and its always good to be prepared.

The next day, we bagged 2 more peaks, for a total of 3 peaks this past weekend.  I cannot wait to check out all 35 peaks!  The 2nd day of our weekend adventures, we decided not to snowshoe, and opt instead for cramp-on’s, which are claw like teeth that attach to the bottom of your shoe with an rubber band that goes around the outside of your shoe.  It was my 1st time wearing actual cramp-on’s, as opposed to just ice cleats.  There are so many different brands and varieties of ice cleats, and you can even make ice cleats yourself with an old pair of sneakers and some sheet metal screws drilled into the bottom of the soles of your old sneakers.  Any of these ice cleats usually work fine in general icy conditions, especially on the road.  But we were not on the road.  I am a trail lover at heart and my heart always longs for the trails.  I feel like being in the woods is where I belong.  I feel like being in the woods feels like home to me.  But being in the woods calls for something more, something better, than your basic ice cleat.  The cramp-on’s I used were phenomenal!  I highly recommend them!  I felt like a beast!  I felt invincible.  These cramp-on’s easily handled any condition, ice, snow, uphill, downhill, it gripped everything.  It was a safe, fun, running in the woods adventure with my new favorite cramp-on’s. Although I do very much look forward to snowshoeing again, you just need the right conditions for snowshoeing. I love snowshoeing!  I love anything out in the woods in any weather.  I think we should embrace and be thankful for all the different seasons we are blessed with.

This past weekend I got a really great compliment that made me feel really amazing.  I actually got several compliments throughout, my this one compliment will stay with me for a long time to come I can tell.  It made me feel like that person really believes in me and that I can and will do so much more amazing things in the future in my fitness and adventures.  He said to me as we were enjoying our adventures together this past weekend, “She was born in her 51st year”, he said this with a big smile on his face and I could feel the intense good feelings radiate through his being the whole time we were together in our adventurous weekend.  Adventures are awesome no matter what but especially when shared with someone special.  Adventures make you feel fit forever! #feelfitforever


I am 1 of 64 people selected in the world for Run Ultra Blog of the Year

It is absolutely an amazing phenomenal fabulous feeling to be 1 of only 64 people selected in the world! But to have my name amongst amazing and famous people like Scott Jurek, is so completely totally thrilling,  it is hard to fully describe.  I have absolutely no expectations of winning 1st place.
I feel like I have already won! ❤  

But if you would like to vote for me….

Please go to to vote for me, scroll down a bit on the webpage to find the area to click on to vote
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