I’m Not Going to Sugar Coat It


My legs have been sore following my long run Saturday.  On top of that, the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole that I made Sunday, probably hasn’t helped my performance this week either.  I think I’m carrying 5 pounds of water around from sore muscles and too much salt from meals.

I ran the 8 miles today really slow-(forgot to turn Map-My-Run App on right away).  My legs were heavy and at times I felt like I was pulling a caboose.  Here’s the other thing though – I had some respectable hills and ran all of them.  Also, I finished probably feeling better than I started out.

As I said, I’m not going to sugar coat it – just tell it like it is.

Back to more sensible eating – low salt, low fat, low sugar and probably less carbs too.   I’m from the South and fried chicken was a staple at our house growing up – hard to let go of all that good comfort food.

Tomorrow is an easy 4 miles then Saturday is 17.  I have a gift certificate for a massage and will use it Friday to help loosen up those muscles before my Saturday run.  I’m just glad I can run those distances – slowly, but still running.

Have a great day!


Celebrity Chef Recipe Weekend with Rocco Dispirito and Julia Childs


Signature of Julia Child

Signature of Julia Child (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


After the 2012 Olympic Women’s Marathon this morning, we went to Church.  Afterwards, headed to the pool.  Mary Jo and Greg stopped by too.


Believe it or not…it actually has been too hot to be by the pool.  Today the high was 90 and lovin’ it.  Water temp was 85 degrees – perfect.  Flowers are looking tired but considering the conditions, all were in good shape.






Cypress even liked it.  Usually too hot for her.  She was content in the shade.




Greg stayed in the shade.



Afterwards to continue my “Celebrity Chef Recipe Weekend,” made up a batch of Rocco Dispirito‘s Paella.  By the way…he trains and participates in triathlons.  I am a fan of his and some day hope to meet him.  He is an awesome chef and all around interesting person.  Yesterday it was Julia Child‘s, “Beef Bourguignon.”  That was spectacular as usual.  The Paella was just as awesome too.



Here’s mine…



To complement the Beef, I’m making Golden Harvest Mashed Potatoes.  I have 2 other items to prepare for Alex and then finish it off with a colorful garden salad.


Tomorrow is “take your bicycle to work day,” (not really, but I’m going to anyway – 8 miles).  Using that for cross training.  Feeling pretty good after my run yesterday.  Ready to really dig in this week.  Running strong.


Bon Appetit!




Feeling Stronger Every Day and Visualizing Success!

Yesterday was stress and pulmonary function test.  No caffeine 24 hours prior to test – I get up so early that I still was able to have coffee on Sunday.  That is the only caffeine I really “need.”  However, I started getting a migraine late Sunday and couldn’t take my medicine because of the pending test.  That was tough.  Headache stayed with me all through the night and by morning was on 50th floor of 100 story building – and elevator still climbing.

No coffee or breakfast didn’t help things either.  So you bet I was there by 8:30 to get things under-way so I could eventually take my meds.  After I was checked in I was allowed to take my pill for headache.  Then after the first round of IV Injection, treadmill time and pictures, I was able to go get some coffee and eat. 🙂 Things were looking up.

I think everything with the treadmill stress test went  great.  The doctor conducting it said I was in excellent health.  In fact they were trying to get my heart rate up to 170 but after 12 minutes or so it was just at 150 with a steep incline and some speed.  He stopped it and said I could do that all day.  The official results will come in a day or so but in the mean time…it is all systems go for the October Marathon.  No hiccups or skips, etc (or whatever it is they see that causes concern).   With all of this going on yesterday I didn’t get my run in – had a post migraine sickly feeling for duration of the day.   Also, even though I took my own food for snacks, lunch, etc.  I had to eat a snack they provided that was purposely high in fat to get some kind of a reaction from gall bladder that was needed for the test.  Later on I  had a sick kind of feeling from that too.

That was then…this is now.

Losing more weight!

I am no longer running with what you might visualize as a 10 pound bag of potatoes.   By next month, shooting for knocking off another 10 pounds.

Think of how much easier that will be to run, breath and just do anything.  Next time you’re at the store pick up (2) 10 pound bags of potatoes.

Then go walk/jog (13) 15 minute miles. (the typical trip –  up and down every aisle in grocery store including trips around such for hard to find items, is barely equal to 1/10 of a mile; 5,280 feet = 1 mile).

That was me in the 3 half marathons I finished since 2010.  Slow and tough.  I would not attempt the full marathon this fall without losing that weight.  Hal Higdon says the additional weight and being a past smoker are two factors that increase my chances of having a heart attack during or immediately following such.  So reason enough right there to drop the weight (as if I needed any more reasons in addition to the 100 others).

Special note about potatoes: I love potatoes.  Wrote the book, “What Kind of Potato Are You?” (Just kidding – maybe later in life). Raised in a meat and potatoes family(for real).  Not rice.  Not Pasta.  Potatoes.  Mashed, fried, baked, parsley-ed, hashed, stuffed, boiled, souffle-d (not really), any kind of potato dish was always welcomed at our table.   So I have a healthy respect for such and know that potato farmers around the globe will forgive my analogy that temporarily may cast a negative image on the “fruits” of their labor.  Potatoes are great and a 3 ounce potato counts as 1 of the 2 starches I can have in a day.  So there you go.  It’s all good.

So here’s to better health and when you feel great you are better able to do great things.

Here’s your morning dose of inspiration.  This is You!
(After the ad YT will force you to watch).

Going the Distance…Daily

I’m finishing my third week on diet and exercise plan.  All still going strong.  I’ve lost 6 pounds (all from fat too – not lean tissue) and several inches.  So glad.  I already see a difference in my running, breathing, etc.  Feels great.

My job causes me to travel a lot and I attend many events/banquets.  Yesterday was another one.  The lunch was a chicken breast stuffed with a lot of things not on the diet.  Then covered with Phylo dough and resting on a bed of mixed salad greens that had dried cranberries and nuts added.  I had called ahead and requested plain chicken breast without the embellishments, but didn’t happen.  So,  while I love all the extras, I scraped all from such and just ate the chicken and the salad.  It took so long to do so and carry on conversations around me with those I needed to engage, that I didn’t get to finish it before the program started.  Not good.

I struggle with a blood sugar issue and the biggest challenge to such is when I’m working out of town.  This diet is a strict 1200 calories and I try to be consistent with what I eat when (every 3 hours).  I am not sure but may have only eaten 1 ounce of chicken when should have had 3 and didn’t get enough salad (carbs).

After the luncheon I had a meeting that ran long.  So I went more than 3 hours without anything.  Therefore my blood sugar dropped.  After leaving the meeting I was really shaky and extremely tired – kind of like a fog.  Also had some nausea and a headache.  When I left, I drove to the nearest McDonald’s – ordered a grilled chicken sandwich with nothing on it, a bottle of water and a diet coke.  Then ate the sandwich (3 ounces of chicken) with only half the bun.  The diet coke was to get some caffeine for my 2.5 hour drive home.  Following the chicken sandwich, I also ate a protein bar.  Within a short amount of time I felt better and headed home – drank a couple of bottles of water too.   I keep a protein bar in my purse but didn’t want to eat in front of the others in the meeting.  Bottom line…each day is about going the distance.  Tomorrow is another race – to get it all in.

Last night Alex picked the cherries off our new tree that had ripened.  I ate a cup full as one of my 2 servings of fruit I’m to have each day.  They were great.  Sorry about the seeds in the corner – started in on them before I took the picture – I didn’t eat all of these – there are still some left for today too.  Jim and Alex aren’t that crazy about them – so I don’t have to share.   🙂

Today‘s Harvest from My Cherry Tree

There is a tree on my way home that always stands out among the others along the highway.  I mentioned it in a post back in November.

Photo Taken November 2011

Here it is in May.  Beautiful!

Favorite Tree “Welcoming Me Back from Another Trip to KC”
Photo Taken May 2012

Tonight I need to run again.  Didn’t do so last night after getting home – too tired.

Here’s your morning dose of inspiration and make today count.

Finally…An Iphone and Taps for the Ipod

We went out to dinner last night to Red Lobster.  I had my usual fare of grilled salmon, baked potato, asparagus and garden salad with vinaigrette dressing.

To keep from having to use butter, I squeeze several lemon wedges onto my potato and then seasoned with pepper.  It always does the trick.  I love potatoes but can’t afford the butter right now on this diet so that is my substitute.  It is actually pretty good.  I have also been known to put hot sauce on my potato too (w/o the lemon).  All good choices…

The big news is  – I got an Iphone!

Trying the camera out on Alex.

Then later Dolores came over .  She and Alex (both iphone experts) had a lot of good advice for me.

I have already begun using Siri (as Dolores suggested).  Added all my social media apps and others that would come in handy.

Best yet…No longer will I have blurred pics – yay! 🙂  I have spent the morning downloading free apps.  What are your favorite apps for your phone???

I’m going for a 4 mile run this morning – can’t wait.  Email or leave a comment and let me know how far you ran or walked today.    Waiting on that “work fairy” to appear and clean my house.  Wish there really was one.  That will wait.

More later.  Have a great day!

Weekend Rush – The Mission: To Get It All In

After work yesterday I headed downtown and did a late afternoon run/walk.  I ran the Capitol steps in between laps.

My legs felt really stiff and tight after sitting all day.  So, after two laps I did a lot of recommended leg stretches.   Then again after I finished too.  I was fairly hydrated when I started but because I was so busy today, I didn’t get enough time to eat a decent lunch so I nibbled on my trusted bag of almonds here and there.  I had a wonderful shrimp salad with pita bread about an hour after I finished.  It was just what I needed.

This morning I’m going to head into the gym but also run outside too.  There’s lots going on this weekend so I need to be a little more organized.

Todays List:

  1. Work Out
  2. Clean House (using neice’s cool homemade product ideas for such)
  3. Cook : Cornish Hens with Safron, Clam Chowder, Mexican Chicken, Tuna Casserole, Salad, Fried Potatoes, Muffins/Bread
  4. Shop for a Gift
  5. Attend Bridal Shower
  6. Work on some things from office

Sundays List:

  1. Long run/walk – 8 miles.
  2. Finish Saturday’s projects
  3. Church
  4. Alex’s Confirmation Class Retreat (6 hours)
  5. Prep for the week
  6. Watch Amazing Race/Celeb Apprentice

Sunday’s Long Run:

Superbowl Food…Maybe? It’s Always a Superbowl at Our House

Great stuff…

Yesterday I made a very crisp salad out of tomatoes, cucumbers, cranberries and Romaine lettuce. Ran it through the salad spinner and it’s good for a at least 5 days.  Doesn’t brown or wilt.

Today I made a roast smothered in stewed tomatoes, potatoes, carrots and onions – the best (well, Julia Child‘s might be a little better).

Then also fixed some Mexican Chicken with peppers and onions along with corn on the cob.

Don’t forget the Pumpkin Muffins…there’s nothing better.  Still cooling on a towel.

Great start to a great week ahead.