Thursday, December 30, 2010

MY STORY - journey of weight loss & good health!

Whatz the Skinny?......my story, 2010: Wow, How Things Have Changed is posted on the Atlanta Track Club's (ATC) blog today.  Check it out.

2010 has been another fabo year and we still have 2 days left!   I'm going to do what I can to make it the VERY best 2 days!!!!  I'm starting with another looooong run along the Pacific Ocean.  My last day on the West Coast before heading back East. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Help NOT wanted?

NOT wanted by Prince William and future wife, Kate.  Oh come on kids!  Are you crazy?  OK so maybe you don't need to have 140+ servants that your father has but at least someone to cook & clean!!!  Yikes, I'd not pass that up for a minute.  As a matter of fact, CAN YOU SEND ME THE STAFF YOU AREN'T USING?

It's very sweet that the newlyweds are said to want to preserve their intimacy and privacy of first marriage.  I've not been married and I think this is beautiful and sweet but.......can't the cook & cleaning people come in when you are not home?!!! 

I guess the Prince & Kate want to be "regular" people but they aren't.  So maybe don't take it to an extreme but being someone that you aren't?!  Is that realistic?  Be authentic and true to yourself. 

Best of luck to them both; they are an adorable couple.  Reconsider and I'd go for the cook & cleaning at least.  If you could have "help" what would they do for you? 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Snow, sleet, sun, rain??

Where are you?!  Man o man, the winter storms & weather are outrageous. 

Blizzard in the NE, even snow in Atlanta and North FL per my mom.  Freezing temps - poor FL oranges may not make it.  Rains in Cali have destroyed so many homes and more rain on the way tonight.  Thank goodness I have no airline travel plans today!!!  Do you?  If you are reading this, I hope you are safe & sound, w/heat or a/c - whatever your climate brings. 

I have the great fortune to still be in sunny Southern Cali!!!  I must have had ESP when I chose this as my holiday destination.  The weather here is spectacular.  Yesterday it was in the mid 60's with more clear, blue skies.  I walked for hours........

Even after my 5 mile morning run - If you don't run the entire time, can you still call it a run?!  My second day of 5 milers!!!  Yesterday I tried something new - 1/4 mile run, 1/4 walk.  It was awesome and I'm not sore today.  Hmmmm, shall I try this again today or go for 1/2 mile? 

Here's my view.   Can you feel the sandBreezeSun?!!



Sunday, December 26, 2010

California here I am...

I beat the Atlanta snow and flew out just as it was arriving.  I'm so happy for those that were hoping for a white Christmas.  I guess it was Atlanta's first in like 100 years.  I think it may even be continuing today?! 

Off I go to sunny and dry (I hope) California.  I arrived safely and then waited for over 3 hours for my room to be ready.   Oh well, that gave me a chance to get to know the bartenders and some of the locals.  Finally my room was ready so I crawled, not really 2 drinks is my limit, to my room, ordered up a movie (Sex in the City2) and crashed early.  Only to wake up @ 6am on my first day of vacation. I guess that's OK since technically it was 9am to my body clock. 

It's a magnificent, sunny, bright morning.  How fortunate I am!!!  Picture this - bright sun, clear blue sky, Pacific Ocean w/the mountains in the background.  Now that sounds like a setting for a good run.  I'm finishing up my morning java and off I'll go.  To where?  I have no idea! 

Enjoy your day after, first day of vacation, last day of vacation or whatever today is for you.  Have a great one!!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

My last personal training session of 2010!

Another year, still 50 lbs lighter and SO much stronger!  It's unreal; I sometimes can't believe what I can do these days.  WooHoo - go me.

Well, I had my last training session with Dan yesterday.  Yep, there he is; coffee in hand and ready to torture.  Ahhhhhh.  I was a little sore going into the session from the prior workout....pushups! No sympathy from Dan; more like chuckles. 

Off we start, no clue what you call it but squats with the bar (& weights) behind your head, bent over rows, walking lunges and on we went for an hour.  Dan was in an awesome mood so it was really fun.  We laughed, I may have cried and laughed some more.  Another GREAT session. 

Because I'm new to all this or maybe because I'm a data junky or may because I'm jut crazy like this, when I compare the workouts from the beginning of the year to now.....OMG.  Is it really me?  I keep pushing or coaxing my body to new levels and my brain is keeping up with body. 

In 2011, (this isn't a NY resolution) I'm going to turn this around - my brain (I can DO this) is going to lead my body.  It's time for me to realize (and accept) I can do ANYTHING I really want to do.....in the gym, on the track, running a race or any other fitness goal.  I think (and read), the mental approach is as important as the physical.  So MENTAL here I come!!!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Through a child's eyes

Aunt Sara it was for most of the weekend.  As a gift, my 7 year old niece asked to spend the night with one of her girlfriends.  The fun commenced this weekend!  We started with a sleepover on Saturday night and moved into a FULL day of activities/events on Sunday. 

Following a not so healthy breakfast (what was I thinking buying Frosted Flakes!), we jumped into a TAXI and headed downtown.  Waiting, waiting for the doors to open at Philips Arena, we walked around hoping to get an inside view of CNN.  The doors opened, we found our seats and finally it was show time - DISNEY MAGIC!  For the next couple of hours, we saw most of the Disney characters and two pretty good magicians. 

Jump back into our TAXI and headed to pick up the rest of the family for our next big adventure.  This time, we drove so up & down the aisles looking for parking.  Finally parked and walked to the..... BIG TENT (you mean there is no building?) for Cirque de Soliel's OVO

It was wonderful experiencing a day through a 7 year old's eyes!  When was MY (or your's?) first TAXI ride?!  When did I stop believing MAGIC was the real deal?!  I still believe Mickey & Minnie are the real deal!!!  And what can I say @ OVO?  Welll Cirque wasn't around when I was a kid and this is nothing like Ringling Bros (I love them too). 

Camera's were not allowed in each of the venue's but I wouldn't have taken my photos of the artists, I would have shot the look on my niece's face at each turn.  The WOW, look of amazement, I can't believe this, this is so cool, did you see that?!  All those looks.  I'll remember Disney and OVO but mostly I'll remember HER! 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I'm in love.....

...well I wish it were of the romance kind but no such luck at the moment.  But along the way, I have recently fallen in love with.................BOXING! 

I had my first lesson with Dan.  As soon as I put on the pink gloves I knew this was for me.  I've watched my brothers bob & weave for years and finally it was me who was going to float like a butterfly & sting like a bee (thanks Mr. Ali).  I learned a few moves - 1/2, 3/4 and slip/swipe.  OMG, it was so much fun & a great workout.  I can't believe how energized I was from this session and I can't wait for the next one.  THIS is what working out should be like for sure. 

This stuff is still all so new to me but I think I LIKE IT.  This boxing thing fits my personality perfectly!!!!  What workouts fit your personality?  Hmmmmm..

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Jingle Jog

O what fun it was!  On Saturday bright & early, we met up to run our first Jingle Jog.  If you follow any of my other posts, you may recognize some of the people in this photo!  Yep, my co-workers and some of their kids.  Minus the reindeer we have on our heads, that's new. 

We ran the 5K, the 1 mile dash, the relays or whatever else we could do to stay warm!  It was a great start to the day and the day only got better.  I had my first BOXING lesson with DanI LOVE IT!  OMG, I think I've found a new passion.  More on that for another day. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Queen of Soul

Pray for Aretha Franklin!  The news of late is sad for her.  She's been diagnosed with pancreatic "c". 

Did you know?
  • She was born Aretha Louise Franklin on March 25, 1942
  • Rolling Stone magazine ranked her #1 on its list of The Greatest Singers of All Time
  • She has 18 Grammys to date, and two honorary Grammys
  • Her first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 "Respect" and the year was 1967 - sit back and listen!
  • In 1987, Franklin became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Aretha Franklin was the only featured singer at the 2009 presidential inauguration for Barack Obama

 Go Aretha!!!!  Speedy recovery.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Oh my gosh.....a must read!!!!

The stars & the moon aligned.  In the right place at the right time.  Good karma. 

It happened yesterday.  Such a cool thing happened in bringing two people together. 

Several weeks ago I met a really neat woman, Stephanie, who recently started her own cosmetic line, Plā Beauty.  We hit it off immediately and have kept in touch over the weeks as her products debut.  Not only has Stephanie started her own line but a portion of her proceeds are going to a charity very near and dear to her heart - Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).  Stephanie & her husband lost their first child at 18 days old and CHOA was there for her then and now, so she is taking the opportunity to give back. 

That is cool enough on it's own but it gets better.  I subscribe to a daily email of national reporters looking for material.  Across my screen, I see an Editor looking for her story - Look Good, Do Good - Beauty Products With Charitable BenefitsI of course submit my new friend and the Editor loves it.  Off they connect and hopefully this will land a place in the new magazine or online for sure. 

But.....the most incredible and heartwarming part of this story is.......the name of the magazine is BELLA.  The name of my friend's child that she lost at 18 days is BELLA

Best of luck to them both!  Whatever comes of this connection, it's something I'll never forget.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bucket list

One week ago, my religious community lost one of its members to the dreaded "C"  after only being diagnosed six weeks prior.  I did not know him personally, would see him in synagogue but we never spoke.  Apparently many did not KNOW him as he led an incredibly private and awesome life. 

He kept his illness and the terminal nature of it completely private.  We were all stunned when we received the news of his passing.  Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to know him during his life but in his passing and through the eulogies, I came to know and admire him.

He was very successful; both professionally and personally.  Climbed the corporate ladder from sales to CEO.  He was very philanthropic around the world and he often gave anonymously.  What a son; did his mother's laundry & grocery shopping and didn't even live in the same state?!  Took his mom to gala's only after having someone come in to do her makeup! 

While he gave generously and quietly, these stories are wonderous but there is one that sticks with me more.  Following his diagnosis, he was asked if he made his bucket list.  He simply replied, "I LIVED my bucket list."

Allen Brill, CEO/President of Rolex USA - may you rest in peace.

Friday, December 3, 2010

QUICK WEIGHT LOSS

My Friday morning rant!  Come on.....too good to be true ring a bell!  Not only do I hate (yes hate) this phrase (QUICK WEIGHT LOSS); it's everywhere - every media source.  Especially this time of year and I only expect to see it more as we move out of Christmas and into NY resolutions. 

I have a Google alert set up for the keywords "weight loss atlanta."  Yep, I'm crazy like that but I like to see what's happening around me.  In today's alert alone, there are seven hits for quick weight loss schemes.  OMG, why do we fall for this?!  The promises are one thing but what @ how unhealthy it is and stats show "fast" doesn't stay off.  So why would I put my health at risk and stats show I'll gain it all back and then some.....because it's fast and easy?!  Too good to be true!

I'm passionate @ this; these ads make me nuts!  I've been there; I wanted it off FAST; start losing it FAST and I wanted to keep losing it FAST.  Then I woke up (with the help of Dan I must admit) and decided I wanted to lose it this one last time, keep it off (I've been on "diets" my entire life) and I wanted to do it in a healthy way. 

Lose it, keep it off and in a healthy way are oxymorons for quick weight loss.  Don't fall for it!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wax on, wax off...

or should I say - weight ON, weight OFF.  Someone please tell me WHY is it so much easier and faster to put the weight ON than to take it OFF?!  One of life's mysteries to me. 

After putting on a few (I wish it were only a few!) leading into Thanksgiving and then through the Thanksgiving weekend, it's time to get focused and get it OFF.  Since I began my weight loss journey, I haven't put on this much weight so I'm really challenged to get it OFF before I add on more.  A little freaked out but I know what to do.  Knowing what to do has never been my problem.  DOING IT has always held me back. 

I'm finding it a little harder to get focused.  I think because some around me have also gained through the holiday and write it off as "holiday gain" but my problem is that I can't write it off because "holiday gain" becomes "I had a bad day gain" or a million other "gain" reasons....excuses. 

Today I'm going to crowd out the excuses, add in some exercise and get going.  If I say this or write this enough times (like we had to do in elementary school), then it shall happen.  Wax on, WAX OFF!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Portion control vs. out of control

....back to life, back to reality.....it was the 90's and En Vogue's hit took off.  It's as relevant today as it was then. 

I'm coming to the end of a wonderful 4 day weekend spent in sunny FL with family.  We ate, drank, laughed, went to a movie (Burlesque and loved it!), looked at old photos, watched football (the Gators were awful!) and did I mention ate & drank.  Today begins back to life, back to reality for me AND portion control takes on out of control!  I really let myself go these 4 days, although I'd probably make that @ 7-8 days because it started before I left home. 

The result - I've now gained 10 lbs!!!!  A first since I lost my weight.  Freaking out?!  Yep a little. It's kind of scary because of all the "I gained it all back" stories I've heard.  I'm determined I won't be one of those statistics!  I know what to do and now it's about applying the motivation to go the Nike way and just do it

Line in the sand, the buck stops here, start your engines and JUST DO IT!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Just out of jail.......

At least that is how I ate yesterday...... like I was just out of jail.  It was wonderful but I am paying for it this morning.  So uncomfortable. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Mine was so much fun; spent with family & friends, nice & sunny (and not too hot) Florida weather overlooking the river.  My brother slaved over the outdoor grill for his traditional BBQ beef ribs.  They were outstanding.  We had the traditional turkey stuff too but the ribs!!!!!!!!!!!  I had ribs for dessert so does that tell you something.  My bro is always pouring some wonderful wines so add that all up.........

Yesterday's fare had no calories so I indulged completely and fully. I forgot how out of practice I am on overeating so this a.m., I'm a little on the "stuffed feeling" side.  Funny how that happens.  I'm watching the clouds go away and the blue sky take over.  So this is a wrap and out I go for a post-Thanksgiving run.   One year ago today I ran my first mile!  How far will I go today?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's already here....Thanksgiving and the official start of the holiday season.  Tomorrow, Black Friday, marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Wow!  So many milestones/events occur in the next 6 weeks so get ready.

In checking out FB this a.m., there are already so many wonderful greetings & messages related to Thanksgiving.  I have SO much to be thankful for that is for certain.  One quote I like - "Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving." - Thanks WT Purkiser & Paula Fisher for posting this. 

This quote is most evident in the greeting card we received from the Atlanta Community Foundation.  We have our company's charitable foundation set up through these guys and we get all kinds of mail from them but this one's the show stopper.  If you can't see the photo - enlarge it, it's worth it.  Thanks-for-giving!!!

I hope all have a wonderful day with family & friends celebrating old traditions and creating new.  Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fingers crossed......

.........good luck...........and all the wishes!!!!  Today is a BIG day.  We are making a BIG business presentation and it would be outstanding to land this one. 

I'm pretty excited.  Much too excited to type so until later........


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Trotters

Good times had by all.  My office team & I started off our holiday season with our first ever Turkey Trot.  We gathered and trotted (some ran, some walked) for about 1.5 miles.  It was a spectacularly beautiful day and outside was the place to be. 

But our Trot didn't stop after the 1.5 miles.  Upon our return, the real competition began and we are a very competitive group.  Sprints, backwards dash, sideways dash and the killer sideways squats (thanks Nikki).  I'm sure there are more official names for all these but I hope you get the jist.  Yelling and cheering each other on in our front parking lot.  Of course, this attracted spectators - the smokers in the office next door for one.  I guess they'll do anything for a smoke break.  Ugh!

We had so much fun!  Simple, almost childlike games. 

Our Trot was followed by a traditional Thanksgiving Mexican fiesta - heavy on fajitas and light on tortillas & chips.  Not too bad and it was yummy!  And yet one more competition - the Thanksgiving "word find."  A great start to the holiday season!!

I hope everyone has a "MOVING' Thanksgiving too. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The day after, the day after

Friday is one of those days going down in "the worst of" category.  While I won't spew the details - what's the diff really and it would not be right to mention names w/o permission (no Michael Phelps video here), let's just say how disappointed and sad was I!!!!

Have you ever had an idea(s) and you worked HARD to negotiate, pursuade, argue, convince someone else of it - using proven analysis, proven past results, expert opinions - and the person just says basically nope won't work.

I tried my very best.  I gave it everything I had.  I was physically, emotionally and mentally spent, worn out.  So yesterday, the day after - I worked out hard, purged some emotions (frustrated, sad, disappointed), fell into bed and woke this wonderful Sunday morning ready to take on new challenges. 

I'm blogging @ this not because I had a bad day, I didn't get my way or any of that.  That happens to us all; it's what we do after that makes the difference.  Two things helped me alot and that's why I'm blogging:

1.  The friendship and light touch of others - say what you want @ Facebook but on Friday night I put up a simple posting - "awful day."  The kind and supportive comments I got from friends near and far meant so much.  They probably had no idea their gestures would mean that much but they took the time to send thoughts & love my way.  Reach out & touch someone; you never know!

2.  Calling on my body to help me out - I'm so recent to exercise, I'm learning how awesome the human body is to be there for you when you need it.  I started the day with a pretty tough BodyBlitz class, gabbed with friends for an hour and then my one hour personal training session.  I pushed myself beyond my limits (actually in tears during shoulder presses).  After PT, I ran errands, had a nice lunch, got a manicure and 10 hours later from when I left my house, I jumped into a hot shower and dropped into bed.  I was again spent, worn out but what a difference.  This time, not a ball of emotions but a calmness and perspective that I needed. 

In my 50 years of never exercising, I never knew how my body could be there for me.  My "go to" was Xanax to calm me down and a sleeping pill to put me out so the next day I could wake and do it all the same.  That ship has sailed!  No more!!

No guru talk from me just fortunate & grateful to have learned over the last couple years how to use my body to rid the crap and be more positive and productive!!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Order up!

Simple concept, phrase or action statement that we use often.  Through observation and an informal survey - here's how some people ORDER UP......

Can I get
I'll go with - Joe Joe, this is you
I'll have
Gimme - Glen, that's you?!
I'd like
Bring me - heard this one the other night and almost feel off my chair
I'd like to have
I would like
The lady will have - Kyle, you really do this?!
I would like to have
Lemme get  - Southern or everywhere?
How about a

Does ordering depend on where you are in the world, passed down by family members like the good jewelry?  I'm OK with any of it as long as it is respectful to the server.  Man that gets me when people leave their "good manners" at home. 

How do you ORDER UP?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

My "T" score

Being football season, I'm guessing most people think a T" score has something to do with a touchdown?  Haha, not even close and if you know me, I follow the Florida Gators and that's about it....except what the heck happened to them last night against SC?!  Ooooooh, no Atlanta trip this year. 

Back to my "T" score..........as in my BONE DENSITY results.  I had a bone density test last year as I was just starting to work out with Dan + all my cardio.  Last year, spine was good, left hip good, right hip not so - beginning stage of osteopenia.   This year, I'm so excited that my right hip has moved into the green zone and is GOOD.  My doc said he rarely sees this kind of one year improvement.  WooHoo! 

I'm excited not only because I'm a results oriented person but this is huge!   It changes my perspective on my journey.  It's certainly @ the "mirror test," how I look & feel but now it's about my HEALTH.  For now and the future. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Why Weight?

It's been approximately 2 months since my last post.  I stopped the blogging because I sort of felt, what do I have to say that anyone really cares @ hearing, that will change the world or impact someone?   Then I realized that everyone has something that others want to hear, that will potentially impact another person and who knows @ changing the world...baby steps.  I was also reading a bunch of blogs and it was alot of complaining.  Frankly I got sick of it and backed off.  But to heck with that/them....

So I decided to get back to it.  Why Weight?  Well I just stole that from Body Solutions.  That's one of their lines and a fitting line for me now.  I love the writing so here it is.

So much and so little has happened in the past two months. On the weight front, I'm a yo yo.  This maintenance is something else.  The great news is the upward YO only goes up 4-5 lbs before I aggressively pursue the downside YO.  It's a lifetime and constant battle; I'm in.  I have learned and figured out over the past few months, that cardio is KING for me.  Without it 4-5 times/week, the weight goes on fast and stays on. 

I'm still running (that's a whole post in itself) and in addition, I started classes @ Body Solutions.  I've never done classes before and I love them.  I like the switch up on the cardio and these classes are a great workout, a great sweat and alot of fun.  My personal trainer, Dan McGrath leads a couple of the classes (Urban Ninja & Body Blitz) and Kerrey leads a couple different classes too.  Both are awesome instructors.  Very different but I like each of their styles.  I did yoga for the first time last week.  Robert was awesome for us beginners.  I didn't think I would like the yoga at first (so slow, no music hahaha) but I really liked it and will definitely do again.  Mostly I really like the variety between personal training with Dan, running and now classes. 

So Why Weight?  I'm not...jumping back into the blogging world with lots of exciting things to learn and share. 

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Wow, I wasn't expecting that.........

I had an awesome pre-long holiday weekend workout with Dan last night.  I felt great and was looking forward to a long weekend.  As I was leaving, I saw a fellow Body Solutions member that I haven't seen in a while.  She is the kind of person that when she walks in and says hello in her sweet southern accent, everyone smiles. 

I stopped by her workout for a quick hello and she shared that she recently had a not so good biopsy and required chemo (details are a private matter).  WHOA!  I wasn't expecting to hear that.  We won't see her for a few months as she travels home to take her treatment.  The good news is she said its treatable, she's young, healthy & strong and all that works in your favor for sure.  My thoughts & prayers are with her. 

As I was driving home this is all I could think about....this fellow workouter and that you never know what you'll hear or experience so make each moment & day count for the most.  I guess that's why they call the "present" a "gift." 

I know she'll do well.  She's a strong girl, great mom and she has all of our thoughts & prayers from Atlanta with her every step of the way.  If she reads this some day.....just like when we are at Body Solutions trying to lose weight or lift weights - we are all in this together!

Friday, September 3, 2010

An apple a day keeps me healthy............

The folks @ Apple marketing got it goin on.........frustrating but genius.  When they launch a new product, they saturate the marketplace - TV, internet, print, everywhere.  You see it, you love it and you want it but wait..........YOU CAN'T HAVE IT.  Not yet anyway. 

Yesterday I got the emails @ the new iPods and just in time as I'm ready to trade up my Shuffle cause it's full  and I want more songs.  I'm lovin the new Nano and decide I gotta have it.  Race (during rush hour traffic) to the local Apple store.  Yep, you know how this is going.  Not available in stores until next week.  UGH!  I'm so not happy.  OK, I'll order online when I get home.  NOPE, not shipping for one week.  UGH!

No more excitement to run this weekend with lots of songs on my new Nano.  I guess I'm going to have to settle for excited to run this weekend AT THE BEACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everyone have a great Labor Day weekend. 

Monday, August 30, 2010

Meet ups

This past Saturday, for the first time I joined the Body Solutions Saturday "meetup" run / walk group.  It was a great workout and alot of fun! 

I have been so intimidated by the thought of joining a group to do any sort of fitness activity.  I guess, although I want to be a runner for example, in my mind I'm a beginner.  The thought of doing a kick boxing class sounds cool but what if I can't keep up.  So I joined the group among friends who I felt would support me no matter what.....and I'm so glad I did this cause here's what I learned...........

......my fitness ability is better than some and not as good as others.  I'm OK.  I can keep up respectably.  I didn't embarrass myself (I don't think).  Runners don't always run the entire race; its OK to walk a few minutes.  This is an important lesson for me, a beginner, with big goals.  Now I'm ready.  So can I join a meetup of people I don't know - hmmmm, that will be a big leap.  I'm learning (repetition is good) that the biggest leap I have in front of me is in my head....my mental leap.  I really thought I had that one but now, not so sure.  I'll work on that one now! 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Racism....alive but not so well

OMG, I don't live in a bubble by any means but.........  Tonight I'm sitting in a Buckhead bar.  The three gents to my left engage me in convo.  Nice enough.  The oldest (probably 60's) a Buckhead resident.  From all he was saying sounded successful and lots of mula.  The other two (30's) were investment guys and trying hard to impress their client.  It was almost nausiating at one point but that's their job. 

All's good until @ their 4th round and the jokes started.  Off color to say the least.  The Jews, the Blacks and the Hispanics didn't stand much chance.  Oh and did you know that in Buckhead the reason there are more female joggers than males is because the males work!  The older then describes with great bravado his initiation into the SAE fraternity (some 40 years ago) where the KKK was present.  Check please!!!!!  Get me out of here before I find myself at the Fulton County jail.

I'm still sitting in bewilderment.  Speechless.  Thinking.  How can people be so ignorant?!  And hatred.  Like jealousy, it eats away at you.  Aren't there better, positive things one can focus their life on?

Frustration creeping......

After I completed the 10 mile breast cancer walk in October 2009, I set my sites on becoming a "runner."    I first wanted to run 1 mile and I accomplished this on Thanksgiving day 2009.  Next I wanted to run a 5K; run the entire 5K.  I read every article I saw, consulted Dan, signed up for the ATC Women on the Move, got my co-workers running with me, etc.

I was doing good (I thought) and at the end of winter 2010, I was up to 2 miles w/o stopping.  Wow, I was psyched.  However........since then I not only feel like I haven't progressed, I think I've regressed.  I'm back to my 1 mile, maybe 1.5 on a great day.  I've kept up my running but not like I did in the fall/winter.  They say a rest day is good for recovery but I feel like it sets me back.  Is that normal?  Between vacations and the HEAT + HUMIDITY, I'm not going the distance I was earlier in the year.  I'm still going out many days but I don't feel like I'm moving forward - frustratingly (is that a word?) stagnant. 

So what's a girl, wanna be runner to do?!  Get a plan for sure.  I think that's my weekend project.  No more reading articles cause I think I've read them all.  I feel a spreadsheet comin on.......!!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Am I a statistic?!?!

Whatever works for you, go with it.............One year later and I'm still journaling.  Yep, I carry this with me everywhere I go....along with everything else in that big ole bag. 

During the last 18 months, I ordered every journal I could find.  They were so complex so we decided to create our own.  I partnered with my trusty friend & coach, Dan, and here it is.  You can get one if you want too.........

You know.......Study after study shows that 'those" who write down what they eat, lose & keep off the weight.  I guess I'm now one of "those"..........

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A sign?

I'm in my car.  Stopped at a red light.  Opening a box of Dots and BAM!!!!!!!!! The Dots go flying everywhere.  I wasn't sure if there was an earthquake or what.  Then it hit me.  No pun intended.  The car behind me just slammed into me.

So........I'm wondering is this a sign to lay off the candy?!  Should I consult my spiritual leader, Rabbi F. or my fitness coach, Dan M.?!?!!   I'm sure both will think I'm crazy.

Monday, August 23, 2010

I'm back....we're back....it's great to be back

My O My, its been six weeks since my last post.  I haven't fallen off the face of the earth although there were days I was ready to jump.  Not sure where my head was.....didn't blog at all - post or read.  I miss all the knowledge and sharing. 

So hear goes a quick update on the last six weeks, in no particular order.  So much fun and good times!!!
  • My co-worker, fellow runner, weight loser and member of Girls on the Run turned 50!!  Her daughters organized a group run on the Silver Comet Trail to celebrate.  Tons of fun and what a great idea. 
  • I GRADUATED from IIN - yep, I'm officially a Certified Health Coach.  If Dan only knew 18 months ago....from a fat, out of shape girl into a passionate health coach. 
  • I went to Israel for two weeks.  That was BIG.  Had a great time with family and new friends.  I was Driving Miss Daisy as I call it for my 88 year old mom.  She held my hand/arm throughout the country but we didn't miss a beat.  Climbed to the top of a waterfall and logged lots of miles each day. 
  • My nephew got ENGAGED.  The first kid in our family.  Soooo excited for him.  The wedding is next summer in Anguilla.  Aren't they a great couple!!
  • Joined the board of one of our local, private day schools.  Man board membering takes hours! 
  • And.......drum roll.  Last week, I celebrated my one year weight loss anniversary - kept off my 50 lbs.  FAT FREE ANNIVERSARY as I call it.  OMG, loosing 50 lbs was incredible and keeping it off for one year is outrageous.  And how did I celebrate one may ask?  Cardio and then Body Solutions workout.  Boy how my life has changed in so many ways. 
As anyone can see, it's been a great six weeks.  Soon to be Labor Day which marks a beginning of "stuff" - fall (cool weather come soon), holidays - reenergizing and rejuvenating.  I'm ready!!! 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Got TANKED w/co-workers

Yesterday, I got TANKED with two of my co-workers at Body Solutions.  It wasn't a party day, that would have been fun but more like we dunked in the TANK to get our body fat tested. 

I did this last November and it was interesting to see the change in 8 months.  I've gained 5 lbs since last November.  This is the same 5 wicked lbs I've been trying hard to get back off over the last month or so.  I'm still working on it!  From that 5 lbs, I gained 3 lbs of muscle and gained 2 lbs of fat.  My body fat % went up slightly.  Not so thrilled with that but I am happy @ gaining muscle.  The weight lifting/strength training is working. 

I guess ideal would be gain muscle and have my body fat % go down?!  I have a  ways to go to ideal or optimum as they put it and that's the good news.  Lots to work towards.  I love me some goals.............!!!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Time...

It's funny how the meaning or impact of things changes...over TIME!  Didn't really mean that as a pun but.....it's early!

27:56 - The men's winner from Ethiopia's TIME in the Peachtree Road Race 10K.  That's less than a 5 minute/mile - WOW!  I ran down to the street just to get a glimpse of the elite runners pass.  What a treat.  Literally sprinting for 6.1 miles.  To just watch them was thrilling. 

1:13:24 - My niece, a 1st time Peachtree Road Racer, finished in I think record TIME.  I'm so proud of her for running the race (w/her dad) and she had a blast.  Motivation for me next year?

11:01 - My fastest TIME on Saturday for running one mile.  I've been working hard on bringing down my TIME.  Run farther, faster!

26:24 - I completed my first 2 mile run w/o stopping.  Didn't run it to beat any TIME, just to finish.  As I ran, I heard Dan saying to me, it's 85% in your head.  I turned that 85% into 100% and finished the 2 miles.  Yahoo!

July 4th, 9:30pm - This TIME couldn't come fast enough for my niece last night as we waited for the fireworks to begin.  It was an outstanding show.  From my balcony, we saw 6 fireworks shows. 

In the past, TIME has been more @ where do I need to be by a certain TIME.  What watch will I wear today (I have a bunch) so I know the TIME at every moment.  I don't want to be late; I like to be on TIME.  Some of this still holds true  (I like to be on TIME but no longer wear a watch) but now this means so much more to me than just getting there. 

It's now TIME to start a new day!  I'm excited for day 3 of the long, holiday weekend.  I'll wear no watch, no place to be at any specific TIME, just enjoying another day with family & friends.  Happy post 4th!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Almost.............

Close but not quite..........

The 3 day WEEKEND - I can't remember the last time I was so excited to have a long holiday weekend.  Hanging out @ home, pool, long runs...no real plans and just plain fun & relaxing.  Can't wait.  @ 10 hours until get it started. 

The PANTS - I have a goal to get back into a pair of pants by 7/4. (I've gained a few that I'm struggling getting back off, not quite a panic yet but.....).  I can get them ON, almost a zip up but not quite.  Two more days to go..........ooooh!

The ENGAGEMENT CELEBRATION - tonight!  Can't wait to see my nephew and his fiance.  The two families are gettin together for some cheer!

And whatever else comes my way............Happy & healthy 4th to all!!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Excited for the weekend?!

WooHoo, I'm so excited for the holiday weekend.  Why?
  • My nephew and his fiance are coming in and we are having an engagement celebration dinner tomorrow night.  Can't wait!
  • 3 days off from work and NO alarm - I'll still probably get up early but the thought of doing it on my own vs by alarm is wonderful!
  • Pool - early morning before intensity builds up.  RELAX and watch the water....mesmerizing!
  • Workout - Dan on Saturday and time to do some longer runs w/o being rushed to get somewhere!
  • Family, friends, food, fun - too bad "drinks" doesn't start with F but a little of that too! 
What have you got planned? 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Vote for me...

Isn't this the cutest face?!  What a sweet dog!  Please take a minute and vote for Emmett!!!  And, pass this on so Emmett can get the votes and notoriety that he deserves.




Monday, June 28, 2010

Who's talkin.....

I'm not sure who originally said these but I like them.  How can I go wrong thinking this way? 

"Optimists live longer even when wrong"
"Add life to years, not year to life"

Rolling into a 3 day weekend!  Yippee, Friday can't come fast enough. 

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A powerful 4 letter word........

FOOD! 

I'm experiencing another incredible class weekend.  Yesterday we heard form Mark Hyman and Howard Lyman.  Both interesting, passionate men. 

Mark Hyman (MD) talked alot @ functional medicine.  That is looking at your body as a whole system; treat the system not the sympton.  Ask WHY, not WHAT?  Dr. Hyman has written lots of books but really centered on causes of disease (5 - toxins, allergens, infections/bugs, poor diet, stress) and identifying what we need to GET RID OF and what we need to ADD.  He spent little to no time on what you should/shouldn't eat; that's not his gig but more importantly in his words "food is the most powerful medicine."

What a fantastic and seemingly logical approach but why then are 72% of Americans considered overweight?  The US spends $2.5 trillion (how many 0's is that?!) or 16% of our GDP on healthcare.  Or as Dr. Andrew Weil terms it "sickcare."  In the US, there's been a 700% increase in diabetes since 1983.  These are stagering statistics that no one can argue, whether vegetarian, vegan, gluten or dairy free, meat eaters, etc.  All agree on one thing - WE ARE GETTING FATTER AND UNHEALTHIER as a nation. 

Then bring on Howard Lyman.  Whoa boy!  He's most remembered as the man on Oprah's show talking @ mad cow when Oprah said something like - I'll never eat another burger.  Then both Oprah and Lyman were sued for $180M by the cattleman's association.  They won after a long legal battle.  He's a funny, 72 year old, guy from Montana who grew up on a cattle farm, ultimately took it over and now he's vegan!!  We heard his story and after watching a short video on "factory farming," I'm not sure if I can eat meat, chicken or anything from either.  OMG, how disgusting. 

Factory farming was a new term to me.  I knew the concept existed but I really never thought @ it all that much until yesterday.  It's a vision that's hard to get out of your head.  The mistreatment of the animals is awful, the filth of the environment is disgusting.  While the film was rolling, you could almost smell it's awfulness.  So this has me thinking............do I need it (animal products) to feel good?  I really like a great steak but ooooooh?

Making good choices is complex and yet the right thing for me on many levels - my long term health, control my weight, humane treatment of animals, care for our environment....it's much more complex to me now.  When I started this journey, making good choices as Dan always reminds me really only meant eating well, picking the right foods.........did he know that I would uncover so much more?  Hmmmmmmmm.....

Friday, June 25, 2010

Happy 88th birthday..........MOM!!

Today is my mom's 88th birthday.  WOW! She's incredible too.  I'm so lucky to have such a great role model & influence (not to mention great genes) in my life.  I talked to her @ 6am as she was starting her day.....breakfast then gym then bridge then dinner with my neice.   How @ that for 88?!!!!  Go mom go!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bloggers block and....

....random thoughts.  It's been @ 3 days since my last post and I think I'm suffering from bloggers block OR maybe there is just too much stuff jumbling around in my head.

Man o man so much going on right now.  My business is picking up (YAHOO), headed to NYC for another class weekend; lunch with a friend from 1st grade (that's a looooong time ago).  My bro & his wife are going to be in NYC too so hookin up w/them.  Client meeting, class and leaving a little time for whatever comes my way.  Maybe a museum this time around cause it's going to be a boiler there too. 

Some random & totally mindless stuff:
  • Book reading - finished Girl in Translation - liked it!  Now reading Backseat Saints - weird but making it thru.  Anyone read anything great?
  • More magazine - for the over 40 readers, haha.  Some good articles this month on multi vitamins, eating to avoid breast "c" - good read. 
  • LOST 1 lb....4 more to go.  Tried on my skinny pants.  Can't zip them and goal is to zip up on July 4!!!!  Back to journaling.  
  • Lucy - shop there?  The power shorts are on sale.  Love these!   
  • Topsy turvy - haven't started it yet.  Will try over July 4th weekend.  Any tips?  I love tomatoes.
  • Converter - got to get converter for trip to Israel.  Counted up all the "plug in's" I use, ugh!  Laptop, cell, iPod, blow dryer, flat iron.....Do they make a converter power cord :-)!!!
  • USB on laptop going - driving me nuts.  The one I use for my mouse.  Anything I can do @ this other than replace laptop!  LOL. 
OK, solved. Less bloggers block and more......so, so much going on.  Making it another great day!!! 

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Adios....Shalom...Au revoir....

Most people say goodbye, we say..........Make good choices!  My coworkers and I laughed about this the other day.  Our farewell's are laced with "make good choices."  It's that little being there for each other that helps in the easy times and gets you thru the tough days too. 

I haven't make such good choices the last couple days.  I've not been feeling myself and I used that excuse to eat things that would have never made it onto my plate.  Like FISH & CHIPS last night at the Buckhead Bottle Bar.  Uh true confessions, add calamari, a piece of pizza sort of thing and an adult bev or two!!  WHAT WAS I THINKING?!  Not to mention I knew I'd feel like crap when I woke up this morning but that didn't stop me either. 

This week has been a roller coaster weight week.  Down 1/2 lb, up 1 1/2 lbs.  Every day has been unusual swings in my weight (yep, I weigh daily).  It's been frustrating to say the least.  I had those days when I made good choices and gained so I guess I also figured, what the heck...eat what you want.  Ooooh, that's a bad place for me. 

So today's a new day.  Today I'm going to work on getting my head back in the game.  I've kept up my running (walking more during this heat) and think I need to add something new to my cardio.  Maybe get back in the gym for step or elliptical.  Perhaps my body needs to be awakened or I'm in a rut.  Shortly I'm headed to Body Solutions to train with Dan and on Thursday night he said today we are doing something different.  I'm looking forward to that and maybe exactly what I need.  Hmmm, maybe Dan recognized a rut before me?!  Not possible?! 

 It starts today.....sayonara.....Make Good Choices!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Is getting healthy making me sick?

This sounds like such a strange question but I'm left to wonder / question.  I started my weight loss and journey to better health with Dan McGrath in February 2009.  It was great.  Loosing weight & inches and feeling wonderful.  I was not sick a day in 2009.  It was spectacular.  I missed all the colds, flu's and everything else that went around.  Now 2010 rolls around and I feel like I've been nothing but sick.  UGH!  It's awful. 

Last night I woke up in the middle of the night with a sore throat and fever.  Burning up!  That's a whole other question - how do you go to bed feeling great and get sick in the middle of the night?!  Since the beginning of 2010, this is the third time I've had a sore throat.  The last two times rolled into bad, bad colds.  I'm so hoping this one doesn't go that way. 

I don't get it.  I eat healthy; healthier than I ever have in my life.  I exercise regularly, never did that before.  I get good rest, at least 8 hours / night.  My stress level is manageable, lower than prior years for sure.  So what gives?  Why do I keep getting sick? 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Topsy Turvy

The back story - I reveal to you........I don't cook!  I have not cooked throughout my 50 lb weight loss journey.  I WARM UP!  I buy pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, turkey, grilled veggies, etc. mostly at Whole Foods and I warm up.  Honestly I don't own pots & pans.  Haven't for years.  

In going thru my nutrition classes, there's so much discussion around connecting with food in a positive way.  Grow your own, cook your own, sit down to eat w/o distraction and really enjoy the meal.....I love this on a conceptual basis but haven't yet put this into practice.  Sound familiar to anyone?!  Well, I'm not really doing any of these and sometimes in class I feel like a fraud and then I wake up and remember, hey.....one step at a time.  I'm eating so, so much better now than one year ago and there's lots ahead of me - growing my own, cooking, juicing (that sounds great if I didn't have to clean the juicer) and more. 

I'm writing @ this because I'm going to take my first step!  One of my birthday gifts is the Topsy Turvy!  How funny and cool is that.  I'm finally home this weekend and its a good time to start it off.  I'm a "read the directions" kind of person" so.......I hope its simple :-).    If you have experience with this and/or can offer any suggestions, drop me a note. 

I'm hoping my plant looks like this................


Thank you Nikki & Chase for inspiring me to next steps!




Sunday, June 13, 2010

52 years young....

I'm thankful, grateful, blessed and more!!!  It's going to be a great year. 


Friday, June 11, 2010

French fries

DINNER...........

That look?

Yesterday I was travelling to NYC again and over and over strangers stopped me with questions.  In the Atlanta airport, I was stopped twice and asked for directions/explanations of the concourses.  OK, that happens sometimes. Then I'm walking on the streets of NYC and again twice I was stopped and asked for directions.  One time, I really thought I was on candid camera.  I was uptown and a woman who spoke very little english stopped me to ask "where is the Bowery?"  We were so far from the Bowery, I pointed south and said "a long way away" (in NYC terms long way).  She just looked at me and then asked "how I get there?"  Hmmm, how do you explain in english to someone who doesn't speak english to take a bus (no clue which one), a subway (no clue which one) or a taxi (ahhh, the easiest but most expensive answer).  Well I tried my best and used the international method of communication - hand gestures.  I hope she made it.

So what's in a look, my look or is it simply that everyone is stopped by strangers?  I hope they all made it safely to their destinations.  I did and am having a blast!!!!  Bad eating day yesterday; travel does that to me sometimes but today's another chance to MAKE GOOD CHOICES. 

BTW, the ultimate stop occurred to me several years ago at the Atlanta airport.  I was checking in for a flight to Tel Aviv (layover in NY).  A guy came up to me and asked if I'd get his mom (who spoke NO english) to Tel Aviv OK and call him when she got there.  We both made it fine. 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Eat to lose....

I'm back in the weight loss game.  I'm maintaining my loss pretty well but I stopped journaling a couple weeks ago and picked up 5 lbs and it's not coming back off so fast.  It never did the first time so why should I be surprised I guess.  Not surprised but disappointed & today a little frustrated. 

I've been able to take off 1 1/2 from the 5 but haven't been able to break past it yet.  I'm back to journaling every day, eating right/making good choices and regular exercise but no go.  Nada!  Not happening for me just yet.  I'm not giving up...never.  It's just the way it is. 

Its funny when I mention my gain to friends, they sort of dismiss me - "you got this," "5 lbs is no biggy," "you've done this before" and on go the comments.  Yeah, I've done it before, many times in fact but frankly it doesn't get any easier.  I'll turn one year older in a couple days and I think its gettin harder!  But I'm never going back so this is just the way it is for me. 

I guess this is my very own game of cops and robbers - good guys/days and bad guys/day.  The game I will play for the rest of my life.  It's my lifestyle now.  I got that and am much happier because of it yet there still are those days (like today) when its frustrating.....The great news is today's a new day and I'll take it one day at a time.  Relaxing @ a goal is not my strongest point but I'll work on it........

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Gadgets and data.......oh me!

For the last 12 or so years, I've been crazed by all the techno gadgets.  I partly have my business partner to thank.  He had a MacIntosh computer on his desk in the early 90's (nope, they didn't call it "Apple" back then) and was always into tech stuff.  Starting with the PalmPilot; I had to have every new version.  I had one of those electronic notepads that you write on and then download to your computer.  Great concept but it never worked.  The SmartBoard - had that.  Then I moved to the BlackBerry which first started out looking like a pager and progressed thru many versions.  Now to the iPhone and who knows what's next.  I'm not gettin the new iPhone that's for sure.  I really want the iPad but how can I justify that?!  Please someone give me one good reason!!!!

Now enter exercise and fitness.  Once Dan, my coach, said "monitor your heart rate"....you can probably guess what ensued.  We drove all over Atlanta; me driving, him looking for the right HR monitor for me.  That led us to our Internet search.  My first heart rate monitor was a Suunto.  I didn't keep it long; couldn't really see the #s that well and way too complex for me. 

Next a very basic Polar that gave me my HR and the time of day.  Hmmmm....I wanted more information because if you don't know already, I'm a data junky.  I've tracked my workouts since I started in February 2009 and I have journaled my eating every day since then as well.  For me, journaling keeps me on track and is a key. 

My next and current is the Polar RS300x combined with the Foot Pod (pedometer) and the Flowlink (allows me to download to My Personal Polar account).  LOVE THIS.  From this, I get my HR, time, pace, distance and I don't use all the functionality either.  I then download the info and can track my activity by day/week/month.  Crazy!

Awww but it doesn't really stop there.  Enter the Gruve.  I wear the Gruve everyday to track calorie burn.  It's a cool tool and the concept is to ensure I'm movin alot!  It projects colors and the goal is green.  Not easy but a good challenge. 

More importantly is WHY do I use, do all this?  I'm a competitive, goal oriented and data driven person.  Put that all together and I use my journal, my HR, my time, my distance, my calorie burn to encourage & inspire me to keep going, to celebrate progress or a great day, to recognize a not so great day and get with it the next day.  It's my own personal formula.  As in everything, it's not one size fits all so each person should find what works for them and then go for it with gusto!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Board meetings......quality living....

I just came from an annual board meeting of one of our private day schools.  It was the annual meeting to recap the year, install new board members (ME for one) and welcome the new Headmaster.  The school is 25 years old and for the past 16 years had the same Headmaster.  He moved and the new one takes over shortly.

We heard the traditional presentations, all very impressive for what's been accomplished over the last year and equally as impressive as to what is ahead of us.  We're moving in the right direction. 

As I, the newcomer of the group, sat listening and making some private notes, I was especially drawn to how the new Headmaster described his predecessor - all the stuff you'd expect and his "trademark warmth."  His "trademark warmth!"  I was touched by this description.  Wow, what a spectacular quality  or gift to possess.  How do you get that?  Born with it?  Learn it from your parents?  siblings?  teachers?  What a rich life to have the opportunity to touch people in this way.  Maybe because I know this man, I can summons up the feeling when I've been around him - sweet, gentle, kind, caring.  His trademark warmth will forever have touched me too. 

Sunday, June 6, 2010

We did it!

Wounded Warrior 5K!  Man there are some hills in Marietta!!!


Saturday, June 5, 2010

A cup of java..........

 ....to start my day.  I love the Starbuck's Region blend.  Verona is a fav too!

Today's the Wounded Warrior Run.  We are meeting shortly and heading to the run together.  This is all so new to me.  My 2nd "run."  The 1st time w/friends.  I read all the time how much people love running w/friends although every now and then you read @ the person who's really a single, lone runner.  I'm not sure which I'll be.........today is the beginning of something new. 

It's going to be a great day.  Finally a weekend at home.  I love to go away but there's no place like home and my own bed & am coffee.  (yeah, gotta have the morning Joe).  I'm pretty much booked with errands although I hope to get to Amy's son's book signing - This is not profanity.  He has Tourette's and wrote a book.  He also just graduated from Emerson so she must be beaming today!!! 

I took a quick glance at the newspaper.  The oil spill is unreal, out of control.  The wildlife - poor birds and now washing on the beaches of the Panhandle.  Tourism?  Lives & Jobs affected?  ugh! 

I'm not a sports fan but know enough that Wooden's death is a big one.  So sorry to hear that.  May he rest in peace. 

The flotilla's going to Gaza.  Israel, do what you have to do to protect yourself.  I'll be there soon!

And locally, as of 7/1/10, no more texting while driving in GA.  Long overdue law for sure.  I'll start practicing today! 

Friday, June 4, 2010

"THE GREATEST CASUALTY IS BEING FORGOTTEN"

Tomorrow, I'm doing the Run for Wounded Warriors with my two co-workers.  You've seen them pictured on my blog.  The run options are 10K, 5K and 1 mile.  We are going for the 5K. 



This is an important run for so many reasons. 
  • A great cause - Run for Wounded Warriors, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to host a 10K and 5K race to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.
  • The 2nd time I've run a 5K and not since the blogging conference.  Really the 2nd time I've run in a group. 
  • The 1st time our office team will run an organized run together
I am excited and nervous at the same time.  I'm not accustomed to running with a group so this will be great practice for me.  I'm used to running by myself or with 1-2 others.  I'll work on my mental strength between now and tomorrow morning.  I'm really excited to run with my co-workers.  We run just about every morning and this will be a highlight for us for sure.  We're all goal oriented so FINISHING alone will be great. 

Here we come..........

Thursday, June 3, 2010

HFCS makes the news........Consumption is coming down folks!


Check out this article on High Fructose Corn Syrup but more importantly........stay away from the stuff.  Limit refined & processed foods and stay on the perimeter of the supermarket.  Now we're talking.........

This is one controverisal product - many on both sides.  Is it a contributor to the increase in obesity, illnesses in the US?  This is a highly processed, engineered product.  How can that alone be good for you?

Whether it's consumer pressure or they know how bad it is for us, you have to take heed when a number of companies (who are out for profits and positive PR) have stopped using corn syrup in some or all products; Hunt's ketchup, Snapple, Gatorade and Starbucks' baked goods.  Another great reason to keep buying Starbucks. 

So research it yourself.  Beware:  The Corn Refiners Association has launched an aggressive and highly visable "advertising blitz" to promote the stuff.  You may have seen the TV commercials.  On the opposite side, read just about any article on nutrition, healthy eating/lifestyles and you'll hear plenty of con's. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

National Running Day - 6.2.10

I going to run with my team from work. 
What do you have planned?


Monday, May 31, 2010

Sunscreen - new favs

I got the opportunity this weekend to really put my two new sunscreens to the test.  I've been using them at home for everyday use but haven't "sat in the sun" until now.  Yesterday I sat on the beach for a couple of hours and today at the pool for an hour or so.  Did I mention this weekend was the first time I've put on a bathing suit since 2008.  That was pretty show stopping in and of itself.  Back to sunscreen. 

I'm pleased to share and recommend my two new favs!  I found them both through research on Environmental Working Group's cosmetic dbase. Both are rated high or rather rated low in toxins.  I'm not being paid or sponsored by either of these and this is really my opinion only.


MyChelle - on my face!  It's not oily/greasy at all.  I got some sun on my face but no burning.  It didn't leave a white residue (zinc oxide) either.  It says "non eye irritating".  I didn't do much to irritate my eyes so I'll leave that for another day.  No smell to this one - love that. 

Badger - on my body!  This one too seemed to work or at least kept me from getting fried.  I can tell because there are places that I apparently missed and they are fried.  This one DOES leave a white sort of film, leave behind but pleased to say it soaked in or faded fairly quickly.  The tube states that it "contains a high quality pharma grade zinc oxide..."  This one smells like typical health food store type product.  It too faded pretty quickly or it would have been off my list. 

I've started to pay closer attention to what I'm putting ON my body as I continue to be improve what I put IN my body.  Both of these sunscreens stood up to FL summer day on the beach and at the pool.  That's a pretty good first read for me. 

If anyone has tried some great sunscreen products, please share.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

He's engaged!!!!!!!!!

There's quite a bit to blog about this holiday Sunday morning but nothing compares to the news of yesterday, my nephew is ENGAGED!  This is big in every sense - he's the first born and oldest son of my sister, my mom's oldest grandchild, the first grandchild to get married, the first of the cousins to get married.....a wonderful, caring, loving, ambitious guy! 

"The girl", his girlfriend, now fiancé, from college that carried over into post-graduation is adorable.  She is bubbly, fun, caring, loving, also ambitious and a runner! got the catch of a lifetime....if I do say so.

He totally faked her out on the "ask."  Took her ring shopping for over 2 hours yet he already had the ring.  Looked at rings in person and online and then it went something like, "I have one I like better."  How @ that for a kid!!!!!!

So here's the beautiful ring!!! He did an awesome job by himself and of course with the help of his mom and text messaging!!! 

I know and pray they have a long, happy, sweet life together!







Saturday, May 29, 2010

Getting started.....

My holiday weekend is off to an awesome start.  The Atlanta Track Club (ATC) asked me to talk to their Peachtree in Training group @ nutrition.  Who loves this topic more than me?!  The group ran a 5 miler and as they enjoyed their coffee & bagels we talked about nutrition & running.  Preparing, race day and recovery.  Of course I added in hydration & my personal favorite....sunscreen!  GREAT group of guys & gals.  They energized me, inspired me to keep at my running and maybe next year....the Peachtree. Who knows.  I'm up to 1.75 miles!!  Go me!

I''m now sitting in the airport (Concourse E - whew!) waiting to board my flight for FL.  A few days in the hot, humid days of long ago.  I grew up there and hot & humid is why I left.  Not that we don't have hot & humid in Atlanta but at least we have some hills!  And seasons!    Florida will be fun and I'm looking forward to getting to the beach.  It will give me a chance to try out my new sunscreen that got a great rating on EWG.  I'll spend some time with my bro and his family and my dear mom.  She's so cute....she's so excited for my arrival. 

A long weekend is great for recovery.  Rest, relax and recharge and then get going again.  At the same time this weekend, it's important to take a few minutes to remember the victims of wars.  We thank them for their honor & service!  Have a wonderful Memorial Day all........

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Little by Little Fills the Cup...

Today's post comes via Jody @ Truth2BeingFit.  Check her out and the full post behind this towel.............


Haba na haba hujaza kibaba is a Kiswahili proverb which means little by little fills the cup.

Baby steps, inch by inch, little by little or however we want to say it - it all adds up.  So many times I was frustrated but I kept with it and man am I glad I did - 9 months and counting for keeping off the 50 lbs!!!

(You can purchase the towel too).

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I missed them........

Lately, I've missed a number of things:
  • Blogging for one - this is my first post in several days.  I've been crazy busy and that's a good thing so I'll save that for later.
  • Richard Gere AND the Dalai Lama - both were staying at my hotel this past weekend and I missed seeing them both!  That would have been a cool sighting. 
  • Pay phones - not sure if I've really missed them or not.  Memories of standing out in the rain or driving around looking for one.  I didn't know they were still around until running in NY last weekend and I saw a guy talking on one.  Stopped me dead in my tracks! 
  • Fruit - man o man, never thought I'd say this (former fast food, junk food eater).  Came home late Sunday night to little to no food in the house and no time to get to Whole Foods this week.  I miss my apples and bananas!!
  • Running - I missed the office run both Monday and Tuesday due to meetings.  I'm so happy and proud of the team who went w/o me.  Go Team!
  • Dan workouts - never thought I'd say this either.  Missed sessions due to travel.  Ready to get back to it.  I miss Body Solutions
  • Reading a good, fast, mindless book - The last one I read was Mary Higgins Clark's newest.  Got any recommendations?  Sitting on a plane again this weekend (and hopefully the beach) and really need a good read. 
  • My mornings - time to myself to lollygag around! 
And now.....off to work.............

Thursday, May 20, 2010

What's for breakfast?

At the end of the month, I'm talking to a group of runners @ running and nutrition.  In thinking about what I want to share, it got me researching - running & eating, hydration, nutrients, etc.  Ask 10 people and get 10 answers.  No surprise, that's pretty much what I found on the internet. 

I'm always reading about what you should eat before and after a run; carbs prior and carb + protein after say many.  Definitely need fuel and recovery for your body.  I read this stuff but do I always follow what I read?  Do others? 

I did a little informal survey of my a.m. running team.  Four of us ran today and here's our BEFORE and AFTER eating. 

Runner 1 - BEFORE-whole wheat toast w/PB, banana.  AFTER-hard boiled egg
Runner 2 - BEFORE-nothing.  AFTER-hard boiled egg
Runner 3 - BEFORE-hard boiled egg.  AFTER-hard boiled egg, skinny bagel w/PB, 2oz turkey sausage and water, water, water
Runner 4 - BEFORE-hard boiled egg.  AFTER-organic oatmeal

How did we do?  We have the hard boiled egg thing down for sure but we need to get some carbs into us BEFORE and AFTER.  So often we are afraid of carbs due to weight gain but when running, we need to let that go.  Big shout out to Runner 3 for the water, water, water!!! Water is crucial.  Off to share the survey results with the team.  Interesting.........I wonder how the running group next week will answer the BEFORE and AFTER

Love to hear what you eat BEFORE and AFTER  a run?