Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Hibernating Bear


Wow...it's March and I feel like a bear that has just come out of hibernation!  Winter is finally over, the snow has melted, the trees are beginning to bud and the air..when sniffed...smells warm and rich.  Of course, right now I'm in Florida where is Spring is definitely here! The weather has been divine and I have been running every day! Glorious!! Feels good to get back to myself and feel strong again. 
So it's 2012 and I am thinking about either a 10K or a Half-Marathon challenge by this Fall.  Haven't decided yet what to do.  I am running a 5K in April when I go home to see my family.  (Florida is my husband's family.)
I will keep everyone posted.  And I am glad to back, running, eating and blogging!


Monday, January 2, 2012

Favorite Blog of 2011

Well, here it is.... my favorite 2011 blog!  It was fun going back and reading all my blogs.  I realize I haven't been very consistent in blogging and that isn't going to improve over the next 3 months as the Legislative Session begins and I have to go to work.  Drat! Being a legislator is interfering with my LIFE! ;) But I will still try to get some new posts in whenever I can!! Have a great New Year! Make 2012 your healthiest year yet!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Fun Workout!


This was my workout this morning and it was fun!!  Do it 4xs thru and you will be sweatin'!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2012 Running Goals

Thinking about my 2012 running goals and three things come to mind:
1. Another couple fun 5Ks - I'm signing up based solely on the cuteness of the teeshirt they give me!
2. A 10K - in Kansas City, of course!
3. A second 10K or....a half...I think I might just throw down that great big challenge on myself! Training for a half would be intense, but I would love it!!
Gonna pray about these here goals and let'chya know!

For now, it's been fun taking a look at a few possible 5k, 10k and Half options....

A fun 5K here.
A possible Half Marathon or 10K here.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Tis the season.....

Time to head out and enjoy the Christmas "afterglow"while running the Christmas "roll" off!! Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Great Calorie Burning Workout!

Christmas is mere days away... and I don't know about you, but I have been a little too fond of the Christmas cookies!  So, here's a great workout that keeps you inside and warm, but gets you all sweaty and burns some serious calories!  Enjoy!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Long time....

Wow, I've been away for a while.  It's amazing how fast time flies!!  All is well here.  I continue to run, but a little less often now that the weather has turned cold(er) and windy(er).  For some reason, I am a total wimp when it comes to the cold weather.  We need to move south! ;)  I can hardly stand to be cold.
So, I've supplemented my running with some really good lifting routines.  I'm using this book:
The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess[Paperback]

I love it!! Well, better get off. I've got some Christmas cookie baking to do! <big smile>

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Intuitive Eating: Principle #7



7. Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food Find ways to comfort , nurture, distract, and resolve your issues without using food. Anxiety, loneliness, boredom, anger are emotions we all experience throughout life. Each has its own trigger, and each has its own appeasement. Food won't fix any of these feelings. It may comfort for the short term, distract from the pain, or even numb you into a food hangover. But food won't solve the problem. If anything, eating for an emotional hunger will only make you feel worse in the long run. You'll ultimately have to deal with the source of the emotion, as well as the discomfort of overeating.

Some days it feels as if I will never get through it all.  Some days are just "one of those days."  Learning to honor my feelings of frustration, exhaustion, anger, and fear without food has been one of the greatest gifts I have given myself.  It is a lesson, however, that I must continue to relearn my entire life.  But that's ok.  I know have this precious tool.  And when I know that I am binge eating because of my emotions, I can examine those feelings.  I can be kind to myself and gently redirect my behavior.  And once in a while it is rather delightful to deliberately and mindfully let myself eat those pieces of chocolate.  Knowing full well I am tired or angry or frustrated, but I do it in the full knowledge of what I am doing.  Mindfully.  And that's ok.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Run, Football and Fun!

Saturday is shaping up to be a great day.  Started this morning with a fast 2 mile run.  I don't have the time for a long run, so instead of throwing in the towel altogether, I decided to run using the time I had allowed. 
Now, I am off to have breakfast with the family, who are all in town for the big football game today!



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We are all pretty excited for the big match up.  I will be wearing my brown and gold proudly, but also proud to see so many fun, happy Nebraskans in town (spending their money ;)  Last evening we saw the Nebraska team going to a movie..wow, those are some large men.  Well, better get into the shower!  Have a great day of college football everyone!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fall Cleaning Workout

Too windy this morning for a run, but I am getting a great workout from starting a major fall cleaning project.  Time to dust down every surface, reorganize jammed closets and thoroughly muck out the house.  And all the up and down on my ladder and bending and kneeling and reaching is quite the workout!  See, you don't always have to slap on the spandex and wrist bands to get some real exercise in. ;)
I'm also cleaning because I have a few new rugs on the way. Decided to change up the more tradition antique look of the living room by ordering a large brown shag rug!  Here's the picture from Overstock.com.
So the hardwoods are going to get all shag-a-delick this winter!  Groovy.

My dear husband's den however is staying tradition...hey, he lived through the 70s and wants NOTHING to do with groovy shags in his private thinking, reading, writing area... so, he gets a lovely Persian.   I had to talk him into a rug, he normally likes the bare floors, but in the winter is just so nice to land your cold feet on a rug in this house!  So he finally relented and is getting this:
 So, off to get more cleaning done!  Have a groovy day all!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11: Every life is precious


I've been away for a while.  But today seemed a fitting day to return.  Not because I want to blog about fitness or eating or anything like that.  But because I want to talk about a subject that I am so passionate about.  And to remember.
So, everyone asks today: Where were you on September 11th.  I was at home.  My sister called.  In near hysteria.  We were being attacked...she was sobbing...turn on your tv she cried!  So I did.  And there were the images.  The towers were smoldering.  She had just seen the second tower being hit.  She was so afraid.....We talked and talked.  I calmed her down.  It's ok.  Be calm. It will be ok.  God has not left us, nor has our strong nation.  We will respond, we will recover.  Then came the attack on the Pentagon.  More panic, but perhaps more rational panic.  Ok, so we are clearly under attack.  Get the word out.  Get people back to their homes, keep them safe.  We talked about all kinds of options.  And then President Bush came on.  We were relieved.  He's ok and he is on top of this.  Thank heavens.  And then they grounded all planes..... we finally stopped talking, she was calm.  I went off to work.  Co workers were stunned...we mostly talked, little work was done that day.  We were all in shock.  Processing.
But I remember that evening so clearly.  Harlan and I watched more news and then at twilight, we went outside and looked up into the darkening night sky.  It was strangely silent.  We remarked on the silence, on the fact that not a single plane was in the sky over America tonight.  We were comforted by that thought.  Our world had forever changed and we contemplated that change in silence as the night darkened.  Planes had suddenly become instruments of terror.  And evil.  Lives had been taken.  So much death, so much sadness.
Now, ten years later, we look back.  We think about this great evil.  And we call it evil because it was.  Why?  Because three thousand innocent people died.  They were going to work, going on vacation - simply boarding a plane to take a trip.  And they were murdered.  Their lives ended.  Their potential gone.
That is evil.  Evil because human life is precious.  Every life is precious. 
The plane that went down over Pennsylvania carried a young woman who was pregnant.  She and her unborn child are listed among the dead.  Her unborn child listed as the victim of murder.  Think about that.  That child, still in her mother's womb, is listed as a life lost.  Gone forever with her mother.
Now, read this.
I hope we can all see that 9/11 was such an evil act because human lives were destroyed.  In an instant.  Gone forever.  Lives that will never grow up, fall in love, learn a career, change the world, help another human being, marry, bear children, laugh, cry.  All gone.  In an instant.
Life is precious.  Life should never be denied.  Never.  Life is not a choice.  It is a blessing.  It is a miracle.  It is worth defending. I will never stop defending life.  I hope you will join me.