Monday, May 31, 2010

Thank You

Memorial Day has always been an important day to me. We always go to the cemetery and the local American Legion puts on a small program ending with three volleys of shots fired in honor of the deceased veterans. I am proud of my military heritage and now with my husband joining them in just a matter of weeks I am even more proud of him. I hope that you take a moment today to remember those who have sacrificed for our freedoms. Here are a couple videos that I love; the give me chills, make me cry and warm my heart.

Thank you to all our veterans and current military men and women.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Good Ole Lance

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Smell Like a MAN, man!

I hate the SMELL of working out! I hate B.O.! I hate that I can't stand the smell of me after a workout and I pity anyone within 5 miles of me at this point. EEWWW!! Today was no exception by the way.

I do, however, LOVE the smell of Old Spice!!

After Hours is my current favorite. Oh. My. HECK! This is what my man smells like! I wish the computer screen was scratch and sniff, then you'd totally know why it's so awesome... and I'd spend too much time glued to the computer screen!Today I totally used his body wash instead of mine! Sometimes smelling all fresh and flowerie has absolutely NO appeal to me. I want to smell clean, tough {cause I AM tough} and this is just that! LOVE IT!!!

And how can you NOT love this ad campaign?!! You just can't!

So as funny as it sounds, this is one thing I stock up on for my personal spa! What's on your list of must haves?

Friday, May 28, 2010

Sandal Etiquette?

So someone asked a question in Runner's World {I know, I'm on a kick} and I'm not sure I like the answer. Question: I've lost a few toenails thanks to running. Is it impolite to wear sandals around nonrunning friends? Answer: Are they new nonrunning friends? If so, yeah it's kinda rude. If they're friends who know you {and your gross habits} all too well, it's fine.

Now. I have a really gross toenail. I'm pretty self conscious about it actually. I cover it up with fingernail polish but it doesn't REALLY cover it up. I've been REALLY debating having it removed permanently. I still wear sandals though... ALL summer. So this posed question makes me wonder if I have been "RUDE" by doing so. Not that I care one way or another, I sure as heck am going to keep wearing my sandals around anyone and everyone... regardless of whether you're a new friend, old friend or total stranger!

So what's YOUR opinion?

What's Up Doc?

I haven't spotlighted a veggie for quite awhile; my bad! Sad considering how much I love them. Seriously. Love. Them. So I picked one of my all time favorite versatile vegetables. The carrot.
We have always told our kids that if they eat carrots they will be able to see in the dark! It is true that carrots help eye health. Have you ever noticed that a sliced carrot resembles an eye? I found a fun little website that had a lot of info on carrots. Go HERE.The FDA says this about the nutritional value of the carrot: fat free, saturated fat free, low-sodium, cholesterol-free, a good source of fibre and high in vitamin A.

No other fruit or vegetable has as much carotene as the carrot does, your body takes that carotene and converts it into vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential to strengthening the immune system, keeping the skin, lungs and intestinal track in order, and promoting healthy cell growth! And because beta-carotene is fat soluble, add a little butter when cooking and it will actually help the body make the best use of the nutrient!

The greens ARE edible and are full of vitamin K.

Aren't they gorgeous?!!
I LOVE bottled carrots! I love being able to throw them in whatever I am cooking and not have to wait for them to cook! I usually plant rows and rows and rows of carrots in my garden just for this purpose. Bottled gold!
A big favorite in this house is apple/carrot juice. We have an old Juiceman Jr. that we've had for years and year. It's AWESOME! Take a few Granny Smith apples and juice them and then add the juice from 2-4 carrots. Stir well. It will turn a funny brownish green color but it is SOO good! My kids BEG me to make it for them!

Just be careful not to eat TOO many... they will turn your skin orange!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Runner's World Mag

I got my first Runner's World magazine in the mail yesterday. I used to LOVE when this baby came in the mail but I haven't subscribed to it for YEARS. I was so excited to see it grace the inside of my mailbox and I couldn't WAIT to flip through the pages. I thought I'd share a could things that BLEW MY MIND!

Marathon Records:

Zac Fredenburg has the fastest time pushing a stroller {with his 10 month old son}. 2:32!!! WOAH BABY! His PR sans stroller is 2:21:40!

Someone { I don't know who but I must find out} ran it BACKWARDS {as in THEY ran backwards, not running the COURSE backwards, hehe} in 3:43!! Yes way.

Fastest marathon while bouncing a basketball is 3:48

Michelle Frost "ran" a marathon on STILTS in 8:25!

Michal Kapral ran 26.2 while juggling three beanbags!

The fastest marathon finish by a team of five runner linked together is 3:38.

It's amazing what people can come up with to set a record but truth be told, I'm impressed by ALL of these!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Field Day

Today I spent the day at my kids' school helping with their annual field day. I was SO excited to help because Field Day was one of my favorite days! Second only to the day we ran a timed mile, it was by far my favorite day, but that's a different post. I remember running and jumping my heart out for field day. I remember that everyone did. Every time I see Anne of Green Gables, when she goes to the picnic, after being found innocent in the "falsehood" about dropping Marila's amethyst brooch into the Lake of Shining Waters... whenever I see Anne and Diana beat all the boys in the three legged race, I fondly remember back to my third grade year and how my best friend and I absolutely dominating that same race! I love that memory.

I really was excited about going today and seeing all the kids have as much fun as I did. I was looking forward to seeing my own kids "compete". I encountered a different Field Day than I expected. It was this morning that I realized that there really are more overweight kids now than when I was a kid. You can OBVIOUSLY tell which kids are active and PLAY outside vs. those who don't. My heart went out to those who fell into that second category; for those few minutes they were at my station I tried to encourage them as much as I possibly could. I desperately wanted to see any spark of enjoyment. It's hardly possible to help a child love fitness in that minuscule amount of time but I was determined to be positive and encouraging.

There was something else, this one had me red in the face! There was a boy who was "chosen last" and ended up without a partner. At the last minute a girl came and joined the group so they were paired together. In the next group over I hear some smart-alec kid yell "girl's name! I feel SO SORRY FOR YOU!" And he yelled it over and over and over again!! For some reason that just ticked me off. I went right over to that boy {SO NOT LIKE ME} and said something like "Knock it off. That isn't nice. Why would you say something like that?" Sugar coated, like I'm afraid of some lame 3rd grade snot of a bully. Maybe it's because I remember being chosen last and I hated it bitterly every time. Maybe it's because I know this boy {no he isn't my son} and I had some kid of surrogate mama bear episode. I hate bullies.

On a good note though. The sun decided to shine for at least HALF of the day. But at least it wasn't FREEZING {we are still getting SNOW}. We got to have a fun family picnic. My kids had a blast and did great. It seemed like most of the kids had a blast running around and being kids. Today and tomorrow are the last days of school for my kids! And we're going to have a FUN summer!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Need Motivation?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Choose YOU!

I don't often get into these giveaways! BUT. Tomorrow is my 29th birthday and I thought, "How stinking awesome would it be to win something for my birthday?!!" Plus I thought, "I like blue. I like flowers. This stuff is cute". So Bam. There you have it. Me getting hopeful over a giveaway where my odds are one in 300... or more by the time the giveaway ends. But here's hopin...Go to HERE and check out this blog. Beth is hilarious. It's called Shut Up and Run for crying out loud! I love it! And being a runner I have to admit that I love it even more! Ooohhh I hope I win!

Cherry Cherry

Cherries. Mmm. Where to begin! I LOVE cherries! Fresh cherries especially. Commence salivation!!
I found an AWESOME website. I love when that happens!! This one is You should go check it out. There is a bunch of information on there as well as yummy recipes! You can even connect with them on Facebook; technology... crazy!

Here are some cool things about cherries:
*Known to some as America's Super Fruit.
*More 80 MILLION Americans are living with some form of heart disease! RED foods contain anthocyanins; heart heath benefits related to reducing inflammation, total cholesterol, and belly fat. So eat RED!
*Their pretty red color comes from a powerful punch of antioxidants! They are one of THEE best sources of antioxidants {along with cranberries, blueberries and blackberries}. They have a great section specifically on these antioxidants. Worth the read.
*Many studies have shown that cherries lower uric acid levels, high levels of uric acid contribute to arthritis, inflammation and the onset & progression of gout.
*Cherries are HUGE in Pain/Recovery. Check out this section for sure!! Runners who drank cherry juice 2x a day for 7 days before as well as the day of a long run had significantly less muscles pain following their races as those who drank other juice. Again, because of those blessed anthocyanins!! Guess what I am going to start doing?!!! YEP!! Cherry Juice!
*Cherries are one of the few known food sources of melatonin; your body produces melatonin naturally, it's what regulates sleep patterns.

Sounds like a great food to either add to or increase in our diets eh?!!Another added bonus to these beauties are their blossoms! I LOVE LOVE LOVE cherry blossoms!
And... who doesn't love Neil Diamond's Cherry Cherry?!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Yoga Journal

I can't believe I haven't posted about Yoga Journal yet.

I love yoga. It's relaxing. It's intense. It's invigorating. It's soothing. It's strengthening. It's AWESOME! So this sweet website {} has videos you can watch of different yoga routines. You can build your own sequences. You can find routines specific to the end you want to achieve. Try these:

1. Click on the multimedia tab and then on podcasts. You'll love it.
2. Click on the poses tab and then on browse categories. You'll find anything you could imagine here!
3. Click on the poses tab and then on build sequence. You can do so by your level and by category. You get exactly what you want.

Here is one of their podcasts. Try it out. Tell me what you think!
Yoga - Yoga Journal to Go Podcast: Move and Sweat

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Love my Ruby

Friday, May 14, 2010

Mongo Mango

I LOVE LOVE LOVE mangoes!! We just scored a bunch of them from our local co-op and we are in HEAVEN!!! We've had them in salsa, smoothies and fruit salad and we've been sure to have a couple all by themselves! They are so sweet, smooth and so yummy! Our baby is LOVING every bite!Mangoes are a great fruit too!! Here are a few things that I learned about mangoes, and a few things that I already knew!

* Mangoes are one of the best sources of betacarotene, quercetin and astragalin. All of which are powerful antioxidants that neutralise free radicals. If you remember, free radicals are those beasts that can damage cells and lead to heart disease, cancer, premature aging and degenerative diseases.

* In just one small mango you will find a quarter of your recommended daily allowance for vitamin C, just about two thirds of vitamin A, and lovely amounts of vitamin E and fiber.

* They also are a good source of vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium!

* Mangoes also contain pectin, which is a soluble dietary fibre, it has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels.

* Ever hear the term ‘high volume’ food? It means you get A LOT of food for a small amount of calories. Mangoes are one of these high volume foods! One mango has about 135 calories. They do contain a good amount of natural sugar too, that same mango will have about 30g.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Bike to work day is May 21st! I'll remind ya'll next week but start planning NOW!! **I've seen multiple dates for Ride to Work Day. I actually found one that said it was TODAY. So I'll probably post this baby over and over again for ALL the Ride to Word Days/Weeks that I come across. It's a good excuse to get in a little exercise, save some money and even lessen your imprint on the planet!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

faster than you

Saturday, May 8, 2010

First is the Worst of all the Game

This morning was race #2 of the year. My second 5K. I was super excited for this one though! I had a bunch of friends there running too AND it was a FREE race!! That's right, FREE! Because running was meant to be FREE!!

Here I am with a few of the Marathon Mamas!! Without these girls I really don't think I would be ready for our Marathon in 4 weeks! They have made those long runs not only do-able but ENJOYABLE!! Thanks girls! I love ya!My neighborhood girls!! A few of us have moved away from that neighborhood but I will forever be grateful that we moved there and I had the chance to meet these women. Great friends. Period.An old valley friend was there too!! Isn't this chick just GORGEOUS?!! When I run, I look like crap! She makes running look GOOD!!!I am still floored by my race this morning! I was planning on running it with a friend; it would have been her first race and she was nervous. But she hurt her knee and couldn't make it. So I really had to get my head in the game and decide what my game plan was. I don't think I had it figured out until after it started!! Annie caught up with me and basically said, LET'S DO THIS THING!! Okay. Let's do!!
Here is my little fan club! My kids made "Go Mom" signs and I literally almost cried when I ran past them!! It was an amazing feeling to have them cheering me on!!And I REALLY can't believe the results! FIRST in the woman's division! Holy Smokes!! I didn't quite beat my PR. I should have looked down at my watch!! I KNOW I could have beat it!! There was a guy who was trying to sneak up and pass me at the end but there was no way I was going to let that happen!! So I blew him out of the water!! {Oh, sorry... that's my competitive side talking. I try not to let her out very often}

I got a certificate and a loaf of super super yummy bread!! Wow. I am blown away!! Next Saturday I have my first 10K of the year. I REALLY want to beat my PR and I really think I can! Is there a stronger word for addicted?

Friday, May 7, 2010

GO Bananas

First in my re-committed Fabulous Food series is the BANANA!I ALWAYS have a stock of bananas in this house... unless it's super close to payday and we can't take a trip to the grocery store yet!! They are better than candy! My kids can't get enough of them. What's not to LOVE?!

I found some great info on Check it out:

*Bananas are made up mostly of sugars and fiber. Which is why they are a GREAT food for workouts! They give you immediate and prolonged energy!!! The fiber also helps your digestive tract... won't go into gory details but we all want that system to be working properly... so eat your fiber!

* Bananas contain tryptophan. Tryptophan is an aminoacid that can help regulate you appetite, improve your sleep AND elevate your mood!!

* Bananas are high in iron. Did you know that the main function of iron is to help carry oxygen from the lungs to the muscles and other organs? IMPORTANT!! When iron is low, oxygen consumption slows down. You see where this leads right?! Right.

* Bananas also are a GREAT source of fructooligosaccharide. It's a kind of sugar that acts like a fiber, passes undigested to the large intestine and nourishes the "good" bacteria in the colon. Ultimately helping your body absorb calcium better!

* Green bananas contain indigestible short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that help the cells in your stomach. When healthy they too help absorb calcium better!

* The USDA just allowed the banana industry to tout bananas ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke! Bananas are very high in potassium and very low in sodium; a perfect ratio for preventing high blood pressure.

* Bananas are naturally anti-acidic, to try eating a banana when heartburn kicks in!

* For the same anti-acid reason, bananas are gentle on the stomach. Ever heard of the B-R-A-T diet? When you've got the Dreaded Mahocus {diarrhea & such} eat Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast!

* Want to stop smoking? Bananas contain vitamins B6 and B12, also potassium and magnesium: all of which help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

* Rub the inside of the Banana peel on mosquito bites... bye bye itch!!

* The potassium and B vitamins in bananas help reduce stress and improve nerve function.

So go ahead... Go Bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S! {Must sing like Gwen Stafani}

Sunday, May 2, 2010

no holidays

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