Salads to Go

One of the best gadgets for creating fresh crisp salads , is the Salad Spinner.  After soaking and rinsing the lettuce, just put the torn leaves into the Spinner basket and with a few hard presses, centrifugal force pulls the water away from the leaves.  I fill it just half way with lettuce and do this twice for each half basket full.


In the past I would combine the salad for the week in a big bowl minus the dressing.


Now I have a better way…


It’s salad in a jar.  Very easy to create.  After cleaning and chopping all of the veggies, fruit, etc., just assemble.  Dressing goes in first then all of the wet produce (tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, berries).  Follow that with lettuce, and other leafy greens.  Make sure it’s stuffed not allowing for air, then seal Mason jar with lid.

I like to have boiled eggs handy to throw into a lunch along with the salad jar and some yogurt.  It’s fast and helps me get my 3 cups of raw veggies in each day.

The jars keep for a good week – sometimes up to 10 days.  These salad jars have Romaine and Butter lettuce with cucumbers, green peppers, tomatoes, olives and a Ranch dressing.

Try it and then circle back and tell me your favorite salad combo.

Have a great day and make it count!

Pain…Hello Old Friend

How soon you forget all of the pings and pain that you pushed through early on in training.  After only a half mile, the muscles in my lower legs ached.  Almost a welcomed feeling.  Your first thought is to stop, but then you remember.  In the past it took to get to mile 3 sometimes before that pain went away.

That was my cue to push through it.

Today with the wind chill well below 0 Fahrenheit, I gathered up my gumption and headed to the Y.  Not being a member and not wanting to spend precious time filling out forms, I bargained with the clerk to let me do the treadmill today and I’ll come back with forms filled out tomorrow.

He agreed.


Because I am starting from 3+ years of doing nothing, I walked 2 miles at a pace of 3.4 miles per hour.  Could have gone another mile but not going to push it for today.

It felt pretty good and I just kept telling myself, “Be patient it will all come back in time.”

I don’t plan to spend all of my time at the Y, but on days like this, I’ll now have some where to go that is close to home.


I love winter.


Will be back out there soon enough.  For now, the treadmill is my friend.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Frozen Face Frost

I watched a man running today in my neighborhood.

Wishing that was me, I made my way out to the great outdoors 2 hours later.

Bogged down with several layers and a scarf in front of my mouth, I headed out.  After 1 mile, I headed back into the warmth of my home.

Who am I kidding…I’m 56 and out of shape.  Breathing those cold temps in can negatively affect my heart.  Heading to the gym tomorrow.


Tonight’s full moon…


As I cook our New Years Eve dinner.  This year for the first time ever, we chose to stay home.  It’s all good.  I think it’s a good sign for the road ahead.

Happy New Year and thanks for following my blog.  #PeaceOut!

Doing It!

Two days of my 1200 calorie diet and 600 calorie burning work out.  Walking  2 miles and kicking it to Billy Blanks Tae Bo.  It’s hard but I’m doing it!  

I’m using My Fitness Pal and Map My Run apps and they are excellent tools.  Not weighing for a week.  Can’t wait to see result. 

Going for the Goal(ld)

This last year I’ve picked up some really bad habits.  Used food as an emotional crutch following my husbands 2 strokes and gave in to fatigue.  I have to do more than I have ever before to gain back my health.  Therefore, today begins my 1,200 calorie diet and exercise program that will take me a minimum of 5 months to lose the weight I’ve gained and the confidence I’ve lost in myself.  I’m going to do whatever it takes to climb back to the person that finished a marathon three years ago.

So my diet will be a simple 1200 calorie 6 meal a day plan that is low fat, low sugar and low salt.  The exercise starting out will be a brisk 2.5 mile walk 6 days a week coupled with a 30 minute kickboxing workout.

So here I go…



Mile 26 of St. Louis Rock and Roll Marathon

Running Recipes…tell Me Yours

I love to cook especially if the recipe is a healthy one.  I have a stand by recipe of stir fried vegetables – onions, red and green bell peppers cut up along with chopped chicken breast stirring in taco seasoning.  I discovered if you boil and then shred the chicken breast, then add it to that mixture it is absolutely wonderful.  Can’t get enough of it.  This can go on a warm tortilla or on top of a salad.  

I also have to say that I love all of the Sabra flavors of Hummus with tortilla chips.  Grilling anything coupled with blanched asparagus 

and salad in a jar is outstanding.

What are your facorite recipes?

sometimes don’t have the time.  I’m always looking for new recipes or how to improve on the old.

First Week Is Exhausting

So I’ve had 4 training runs and at the end of those days, I’ve been totally exhausted – including tonight.  When I run – to get deeper breath, I breathe 2 breaths in and then two breaths out at running pace.  It helps.  There are hills around my house so I try to run the hill and then walk fast to catch breath.  My goal is to be running the full three miles through – including portion after hills by next week.  My long run Saturday is only 5 miles.  So that’s good too.  Praying while running helps – today’s run offered up for family, team and pregnant women in need.  Working to catch up to this gal in photo from 2013.  😀730078-1090-0040s