January 2010

Southern Goodness

Ten hours later, I’ve arrived! If you guessed that I was visiting my mom in Tennessee, you were right.  :)   My mom moved to a little town in Tennessee called Powell when I was 19 (I lived in Pittsburgh at the time).  She’s a country girl at heart, and I think my hometown of [...]


Are We There Yet?

Guess who’s going on a road trip! James, Maggie, and I are going on a wild adventure!  (The Husband has class and work, so he is staying in Orlando.  But I can freelance from whenever my laptop is so it doesn’t matter where I spend the week!) Can you guess where I’m going?   Hint: [...]


Happy Birthday, Dad!

My dad came to visit today, and I took advantage of his presence by shuttling him to the bike shop (he’s a serious cyclist).  We got cleats for my bike shoes, and now I need to practice clipping in and out.    A lot of you mentioned investing in a triathlon suit for my upcoming [...]


I Eat Bricks For Breakfast

Metaphorically speaking, of course. I had an AWESOME brick workout today – meaning I biked, transitioned, and ran.  I think they call them “bricks” because your legs feel like BRICKS when you start to run!  :)   First up:  The bike!    Distance: 12.15 miles Duration: 53:21 Average Pace: 13.7   It is a really [...]


Three Woofs For the Weekend

YA! It’s the weekend! James is excited. No really, he is.  :)   My car is back from the shop (I was in an accident last Thursday).  It’s as good as new now – AND I finalllly get to put my Marathon sticker on! All, down to business:   Afternoon snacks included 1/2 a melon [...]


Life is Going Swimmingly

Another awesome pool workout!  :)  Does anyone else get really excited about changing and showering at the gym? I’m lame.   First up was the Intro to Iron Pumping Challenge workout!  That’s 3 days this week – goal met!   Day 7: Shoulders, Chest and Triceps Warm Up: 5 minutes of cardio Overhead press: 3 [...]


Bring on the Voodoo Magic

Good morning, world!  The Earth says HELLO! Love Florida sunrises.  :)   I am on a serious oatmeal kick.  Today’s mix:  Pumpkin Oatmeal: Us Southerners get screwed when it comes to canned pumpkin, by the way.  I hear its available year-around in the North, but it’s only available in the grocery store from October – [...]


I’m Baaaaack!

My first big post-marathon run!  I was a little nervous. But a little excited, too!   I did 6.0 miles after work today!  I was nervous about my foot because I injured a tendon during my marathon a few weeks ago.  But my “angry tendon” felt fine!  Wahoo!   And guess what? I felt like [...]


Pets in Bed

I would very much like the work day to be over so I can go on a LONG RUN!  :)  I have decided I’m going to try to tackle a slightly longer distance tonight (6 or 7 miles?).  My foot feels great! We’ll see.   Lunch: The star of lunch was a hummus, artichoke, sundried [...]


Coffee and Cherries

Anyone else have really weird dreams last night?   I dreamt the Husband was divorcing me (and was being really mean about it), and I had to go back to my former job.  My old boss was making me buy him leggings online, but I couldn’t figure out how to send an email from Outlook [...]


That Food Journalist

Michael Pollan was on Oprah today! Swooon! I love Michael Pollan.  His book “In Defense of Food” changed my life.  Great read if you want to learn more about the industrialization of our food.  His other book, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” was quite good but not my favorite.  He has an EXCELLENT creative non-fiction writing style. [...]


Workout Embarrassment

Wonderful triathlon training workout!   I met up with Ryan and we did a sweet run/swim combination.  First up: the run!  I’ve been holding on my runs since the marathon because I injured a tendon on my foot.  In fact, I’ve only ran 3 times for a total of 6.5 miles in the last 2.5 [...]


No, No Nut Butter

Mmm. Oatmeal: I went a little TOPPINGS CRAZY this morning. My oatmeal contained:   1/2 cup oatmeal 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup rice milk 1 sliced banana Toppings: flax, unsweetened coconut, brown sugar, almonds Someone asked me the other day why I don’t put nut butters (like peanut butter) in my oatmeal.  The answer is… [...]


How to Form a Habit

1.  Tell everyone you know you’re going to form a new habit (like the Intro to Iron Pumping Challenge). 2. Set an attainable, realistic goal (like lift weights three times a week following a clearly organized plan). 3. Don’t set yourself up to fail (like by promising you’ll lift five days a week!).  Oh, and [...]

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