Getting In Shape

Why I am Running a Marathon

by julie on April 15, 2015

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Recently, I was featured as a Boston College “Soaring Eagle”   – for writing my memoir and founding Project Sleep. This was a huge honor, but also very ironic. While at BC Law, I felt like a total failure. Diagnosed with narcolepsy at the beginning of my second year, I scolded myself for falling behind and never securing […]

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ZUMBA! Beginner’s Tips

by julie on October 1, 2013

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Just Dance! I rediscovered Zumba last night and SMILED for one hour straight. I laughed, tripped over my own feet, and sweat profusely. I left the class a happier version of myself.  I recommend Zumba for anyone that finds the traditional gym workout boring. Just give it a try – maybe you’ll love it, maybe […]

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Why Yoga Pisses Me Off

by julie on June 24, 2013

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Yoga pisses me off. Sure, I look peaceful on the outside, but behind the cute clothing, I’m angry. Last Friday, I attended Yoga on the Beach while on vacation in Sea Isle City, NJ. The sun shinned bright, waves crashed nearby, seagulls soared overhead. It was surreal – something out of a staged yoga DVD. Yet […]

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REM Runner’s 21 Day Yoga Challenge

by julie on June 14, 2013

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I’m taking on a new challenge – doing yoga every day for 21 days! Returning from SLEEP 2013, my energy was low and my pants were tight. I needed a short-term goal to jump-start my summer. Today is day 4 of my challenge and I’m feeling GREAT. My body is sore, but in that good […]

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As a person with narcolepsy, a sleep disorder or chronic illness, what’s your take on exercise? Too tired? Crucial to your health? Improve your symptoms?   My latest video explores my experience as an athlete with narcolepsy and offers tips for successfully incorporating exercise into your life. Come back for more videos soon! Thank you […]

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Returning to yoga yesterday was like a homecoming celebration. Last fall, I stopped practicing yoga due to a back injury. My doctor had recommended I take time off from exercising and unfortunately, I took his advice. In truth, his advice was convenient because I wasn’t feeling motivated at the time. Time passed. Too much time.  […]

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To Fly: Running Mt Washington Road Race

by julie on June 20, 2012

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I started this journey with a broken heart; I felt lost and alone without my Dad. I wanted so badly to re-connect with him on the mountain. While training, I faced fears and trampled over my comfort zone many times. I gained support from people near and far. By race day, my heart was filled with love […]

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The Silver Lining

by julie on May 22, 2012

“The next time you encounter fear, consider yourself lucky.This is where the courage comes in. Usually we think that brave people have no fear. The truth is that they are intimate with fear.” -Pema Chödrön  Today is one of my final hard training days before I take on “one of the most grueling road races in […]

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Hello, my name is NOT G.I. Jane.

by julie on May 11, 2012

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you.All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly.” -Richard Bach  “I don’t wanna run.  I don’t wanna climb. I’m sick of fighting. I’m exhausted.” These thoughts cross my mind daily.  I do not wake […]

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    Exciting update: I’ve received an official registration to run the Mt. Washington Road Race in my Father’s honor!   The CEO of Northeast Delta Dental (the event sponsor) got word of my quest and contacted me to offer a complimentary registration. Turns out, a friend in the narcolepsy community tweeted about my quest and […]

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