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About Diane

Ciao! My name is Diane. I'm a wife, a mom, a working professional, and a Weight Watcher from New Jersey. I started blogging in 2011, at 45 years old, when I was training for my first Half Marathon at Rutgers on April 22, 2012. Since then, I've lost 80 pounds, completed my Half Marathon goal and gone on to train for and run my very first Full Marathon. On Jan 13, 2013, I ran the Disney Marathon in Orlando, Fl! What an incredible day. As the saying goes -- "The person who starts the race is not the same person who finishes the race." I am forever changed! So now we move on to the next phase of this journey! Come along. We're in this together!! Ciao for now!

#JoyRising – thanksgiving

#JoyRising – thanksgiving

Sometimes family can’t be all together for Thanksgiving.  Caity gathered with Mom and Deb in Florida.  Erin, Peter and I snuggled in our Baltimore apartment with Jewel.  The magic of FaceTime brought us together for a time.  Then – like magic, our first Christmas Card of the season arrived…..and brought the whole day into perspective.  “As Long As We Have Family, We Have Everything.”



Ciao for now….Diane

#JoyRising – ornaments

#JoyRising – ornaments

When you move — and you are living in a temporary apartment — everything you own, minus what you brought with you, is still in storage.

And when this period of your life — lasts longer than you expected — and seasons change — with Christmas coming — and all your decorations are in bins/in storage/in New Jersey…..   You Hafta Go Shopping!


Ornament Shopping!!  Ohhh – it was so much fun.  Peter, Erin and I — like Kids in a Christmas Candy Shoppe!

Don’t worry Caitlin, we will take you back there when you are home so you can select your special twinkly bits!


Ciao for now…..Diane

#JoyRising – shutterfly

#JoyRising – shutterfly

In this digital age — I still L.O.V.E. sending and receiving real, paper and ink, Christmas cards.  Some years, they have photos, other years – a charming Christmas scene or an eco-friendly card supporting a charity or an animal in crisis. Right around now — a few weeks before Thanksgiving — I order my Christmas cards.  JOY!

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