Motivation Monday- Finding your why

I’m pretty sure I wrote this before, but it bears repeating.  The VERY first thing I ask anyone interested in starting any health journey is “why.”  Why do you want to lose weight?   Sure, looking great in your clothes and fitting into those jean from high school is nice, but that won’t keep you on track.  Cupcakes and alcohol are way too good.

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Most people know my story (and if you don’t you can check it out in about me section), but my why is making sure I am taking care of me so that I can have more energy and patience for my family.   I have 2 toddlers, I also work full time as a scientist.  I know that when I indulge too much and don’t exercise I am just a nasty person and my family gets the brunt of it.  I feel tired, bloated, sluggish and screaming toddlers make me lose my sh*t.

What also keeps me motivated is having other people help keep me accountable or incentives.  This week I have a private facebook group going.  We are all going to post every day something we are doing to stay healthy, whether that be a workout or a healthy meal.  At the end of the week I am raffling off a prize to a randomly selected winner.  The only rule to be entered into the raffle is to post something in our group daily.  If you need some extra accountability and want to meet some like minded people,  I would be happy to add you too 🙂

today is the day

I urge you this week to sit down with yourself, grab a piece of paper, a journal, a napkin, anything and be honest with yourself.  Why do you need to stay on track this week?  Maybe there is a history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes in your family and you need to lose weight to stay healthy, maybe you need some extra patience for your kids, maybe you have a stressful week coming up and a few good sweat sessions will help make you feel better.  Endorphins are a powerful thing.

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Let me know your why in the comments below.  I believe in you.

Guest Bloggers coming soon!

I am really getting some traction with this blog and I have to say it is so FUN to reach like minded people, and feel like I am contributing something to this crazy (sometimes sad) world.

As we all know, I am a chemist and I will be the first one to tell you I am not the best chef.  Don’t get me wrong, when I have a recipe I am a great cook… that is probably why I love baking so much.  It is a science you know.   I have been getting better with practice BUT my cousins, wow, they can cook!

So, I am super excited to announce my cousins will be joining the blog and contributing some amazing recipes for all of us!    The 3 of us are 5 years and 2 months apart to the date.  How crazy is that?

Introducing….

Annaleigh

annaleighAnnaleigh is my cousin 5 years my junior.  She lives up in NH and grew up in the south of Maine.  She is an aesthetician and owns her own spa Banana Peels Studio.  If you are in the NH area, check it out.  She is fabulous.  She is also a health coach, pet lover, and engaged to a wonderful man Tom.  She specializes in vegetarian and vegan recipes that taste scrumptious!   I am always in awe of all the foods she posts on facebook.  Smoothie bowls, chia pudding desserts, vegan donuts, kale salads, protein energy balls… to name a few.   I am so excited to see what she contributes to our blog!  

 

Jennifer

jenJennifer is my cousin 5 years my senior.  I have looked up to Jenn since before I can remember.  She is a literary genius.  I remember she was reading Russian literature for fun when she was in 8th grade just because she had already read all the classics and needed something new.   Jenn is the hit of every party because she makes the most fabulous recipes.  At Thanksgiving it is Jenn that makes the “turducken” and 3 kinds of stuffing because she couldn’t just settle on one.   She is going to contribute some serious deliciousness.

Please join me in welcoming these 2 ladies to our blogging family, and as always if you have any requests for a fact friday to debunk any questions you may have or if you are looking for any new recipes comment below or click the “contact me” link!    I will also be sharing some of my family friendly recipes that are quick and easy 🙂

 

Fact Friday: What are GMOs? Are they good or bad?

This week I had the pleasure to go to NYC’s Summer Fancy Food Show.  It was booth after booth of food.


While it was absolutely amazing, I was struck by the sheer # of people whose top claims on their products were non-GMO, organic, & gluten free.  Don’t get me started on gluten free.  If you don’t have Siliac’s disease or a gluten intolerance, your body can digest and process gluten.  Of course you feel better when you don’t eat lot gluten… Because who feels great after eating an entire box of pasta and bread followed by cake?  No one.  Downing an entire box of gluten free pasta won’t be any better for you.  Eat your gluten.  Rant over.

GMOs on the other hand were interesting to me and since I didn’t know all the facts, I couldn’t make an opinion, so I started asking a lot of the farmers & business owners “what are GMOs, and why are they bad?”

Here is what I came out with (plus some additional research) on the Cons AND Pros of GMOs.

GMOs are genetically modified organisms.  What I had originally thought was that they were genetically modified mainly for size.  For example, if you had a big tomato and a teeny tiny one, extract the genes from the big one and continue to grow that strain so you always have big tomatoes.  It would be similar to if you wanted a blue eyed baby to make sure both parents had blue eyes only… (Hopefully we NEVER do that! But you get the idea).  The reason we need to do that is our population is growing so we need more food.

Ok here comes the “bad.”

1.  Pesticide Resilience:  A lot of companies started making food that was resilient to pesticides, that way they could plant a field, spray pesticides all over the plants and the food would survive but all the weeds and bugs would die.  This is bad for 2 reasons, 1- harsher pesticides that we could possibly ingest, and 2- using stronger pesticides leads to super bugs and weeds that you need even stronger pesticides to kill and so it perpetuates the vicious cycle.

2.  Single Strains of crops.  In Mexico, there used to be hundreds of different strains of corn.  If there was a blight, it may only affect a few select strains of corn and the rest would survive.  With the GMOs, because they are more resilient (like super plants)  they are starting to take over the heirloom crops and effectively make other strains extinct.   Think of the potato famine in Ireland.  Because there was only 1 kind of potato planted,  all the potatoes in the blight were affected- therefore no potatoes survived.  Same idea.  If we wipe out other strains of foods and there comes a bug or something that kills it…. There goes your entire crop.

3.  Monarch Butterflies:  ever wonder why the symbol on the Non-GMO icon is a butterfly?  
Monarch butterflies rely on milkweed to survive.  The monarch butterfly lays it’s eggs only on milkweed because that is all that the caterpillars eat.  The pesticide glycophosphate has basically eradicated milkweed so the butterfly can no longer migrate up to Canada and there are about 50% less butterflies in Mexico.    What’s interesting though is, milkweed is still a weed, and farmers don’t want it near their crops, so where is the fine line of farmers making a profit on their crops and the future of butterflies?  I found this to be a great article.    What some people are thinking is to strategically plant milkweed for butterfly survival, that way it isn’t naturally occurring in farmers fields but still there for butterfly food.

4.  Honey Bees- what would we do without bees to pollinate our crops?


This is another theory, that the pesticides are contributing to the loss of bee colonies which would be devastating to agriculture.  Again, this is where the science comes in.  Is this actually true?  There are many factors leading to the decline of the bee, pesticides may or may not be one of them.  I found this article interesting.
OK so that was what people are saying as to why we should not use GMOs but I actually did not see much sound science in these claims.  We also have to realize that organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency have pretty bright people working for them and they don’t want to harm any of us, they are people just like you and me.  They are governing pesticide use and GMOs…

Now you may be asking the question, why do we need pesticides?

Pesticides are used to control various pests and disease carriers, such as mosquitoes, ticks, rats and mice. Pesticides are used in agriculture to control weeds, insect infestation and diseases.  There are many different types of pesticides; each is meant to be effective against specific pests.  This article by the Environmental Protection Agency goes into the different types.   They help control West Nile virus, Lyme disease, bird flu and rabies.   Microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and protozoans, can cause microbial contamination in hospitals, public health clinics, and food processing facilities.

 

LASTLY, Why do we need GMOs?

With the world population increasing, we have been able to produce more food per acre than before.  More food on less land.   Also, most GMOs have been modified to actually be BUG resistant (NOT pesticide resistant)  so for particular crops it has reduced insecticide spraying (which is good).  They have also increased crop production.  With increased yields of crops, there is less hunger, more profit for the farmers and it has lifted economies out of poverty.    Some crops are also modified to have better photosynthesis or to be self fertilizing.

This quote was pulled from a large amount of research and I really couldn’t agree more.

Most of the perceived ills of genetically modified foods are either illusory or far smaller than believed. And what the data suggests is that the benefits, while modest in the rich world today, might be quite substantial in the future, and are already much larger in the parts of the world where the battle over GMO approval is most actively raging.

GMOs are neither poison nor panacea. What they are is a toolkit, a varied one, with real benefits to the environment and millions of people today; with the real potential to have a larger positive impact immediately if they’re allowed to; and with the possibility of a dramatically larger benefit down the road as the science behind them improves.

Read the full article here   I think it would be beneficial to have GMO labeling for people that this is a concern for so you can be well informed but I don’t think this science is bad in it’s totality.

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So what does this mean for you and me?  For me, I thought it was interesting information and things I hadn’t really thought about.  Will I only buy non-GMO food now?  Probably not.  Do what the information what you will, but this is something the farmers and governments will be battling out I’m sure.  For now, I have a family to feed and whether my kids eat non-GMO organic strawberries or regular it doesn’t matter much to me as long as they are eating fruit.  With how quickly they devour said fruit, I can’t afford the non-GMO organic option, and honestly I don’t think it matters.

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Random facts for today 

  • I love all things hot pink when it comes to workout gear.  
  • I saw a turtle, rabbit, fish jumping, a robin, and squirrels on my run this morning.
  • Jimmy woke up (day 3 of potty training) and did a BIG peepee on the potty
  • I listened to Maroon 5, Ke$ha, and John Mellencamp on my run this morning
  • I have a newfound love for coconut water post run.  Headaches be gone. 
  • It’s 8:30 and my daughter is still sleeping.  That is unheard of.  

  • Sam pretended she was geko girl yesterday and climbed my walls

  • Sam made me a “fancy restaurant drink” yesterday and she topped it off with a bitten apple.  Her drink was actually delicious.  Iced tea with seltzer and apple

  • Jimmy is potty training and loves superman.  He is doing so good!

  • Sam is learning how to swim and will keep her head in the water for at least 4 seconds!!!

What are some random facts about you? 

Running to relieve Stress

To anyone I have interacted with the past 2 days, I’m sorry (especially to my kids and husband).  I don’t know what it was but I felt this enormous stress, like I could literally feel my blood pressure and any little thing made me want to explode. 

I think a big part of that was the past week I made the choice to sleep in instead of getting up early to workout.   I didn’t notice how much those hours exercising before the house was awake helped my sanity and set the tone for the rest of the day.  

First off, you get to admire the morning sky.  


Then, you get to enjoy your coffee, you can think, and you can envision how you want your day to go.

I’m training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon in October so I took myself at 6am to the Delaware & Raritan Canal for my run.  A nice easy 7 miles along the Delaware.  

Whenever I got tired I tried to remember all the things I’ve read on running

  • Don’t swing your arms
  • Lead with your heart
  • Pick up your feet
  • Don’t kick your feet out

Writing these it must sound like I have horrendous running form, not really but I tend to get sloppy as I get tired.  


Now it’s off to celebrate the two men I love most in this world (aside from my son).  My husband and my dad.

And family, if I start to lose it today, remind me of my run.  Everything is going to be ok.

Won’t Stop till Brooklyn

I can’t believe it, it is now official!  I registered for the Rock n Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon! 

I have been doing at home workouts exclusively for 1 year now.   While I got phenomenal results, it was time to get outside and switch things up.

A few weeks ago, my awesome sister in law invited me into her “summer running streak” group, in 3 weeks I logged 44 miles so I figured if I could do that I could sign up for a race.  Nothing keeps me motivated like a race date.    Super excited for this puppy, and yes I get excited to add a medal to my wall.

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Now comes the hard part.  For me, it is scheduling in those long runs.   My husband works Saturdays, and my kids are 2 and 4 so I will either be headed to the gym for a date with the treadmill and Netflix, or an early morning Sunday before our family day.

Anyone else running this race?  Anyone interested in training with me?  I’d love to interact with fellow runners during the training.  It is always more fun to train with a friend, even a virtual one.

Fact Friday-Sunscreens (and why grading them isn’t always the best) 

With the kick off of summer last Memorial Day Weekend, I am sure a lot of us have seen (and shared) on social medial the yearly post put out by the EWG “Environmental Working Group” where they rate the best and worst sunscreens of the year.

While I think they have the best intentions, they still don’t have the resources to really rate these products where it matters.  Their methodology looks impressive, but there is one CRUCIAL flaw.  They look at the ingredients individually to make up their grading.  Although that is part of the puzzle, they don’t take into account the science and art of formulating a finished product.

When assessing a sunscreen, you need to look at the finished product.  The finished product encompasses the ingredients (how much of each ingredient), the process, stability (of the entire formula, not just the sunscreen actives), microbial robustness, SPF (UVA and UVB protection), irritation and allergy testing, then additionally irritation and allergy testing when exposed to the sun (ie photostability, phototoxicity, photoallergy),  product aesthetics (if it is goopy, oily, greasy, or whitening are you actually going to use it?) … just to name a few.

This may seem confusing, so lets think about it this way.  Imagine you are given a list of ingredients like this:

  • butter
  • sugar
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • flour
  • syrup
  • cornstarch
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • chocolate chips

  These are the basic ingredients in a chocolate chip cookie.  Now let’s grade them.  Butter is a fat, sugars make you fat, eggs are good for you (they are protein!) vanilla is natural, cornstarch, baking powder, and baking soda aren’t really necessary right? They are just chemicals, so they must be “bad.” Salt is bad and chocolate could be good if it’s dark chocolate…right?

Creating sunscreens is just like baking.  It is a science and an art.  Just with a different type of knowledge.  

Grades of ingredient matter:  To make this cookie, you aren’t supposed to just use butter, but melted butter.  Sugar is sugar right?  Wrong, this would call for packed brown sugar and granulated sugar in specific ratio.  Flour- hmmm, all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, almond flour?  They all will make the same cookie right?

The process is critical to your outcome:  I am sure we will get a delicious cookie if we just combine all these ingredients one after another in a bowl then bake it at any temperature for any length of time… No?

Getting the gist?  These ingredients could yield the most delicious cookie you have ever tasted, or it could yield something crunchy, chewy, burnt, under cooked, too salty, a fluff ball, runny, crispy… the possibilities are endless.

When we evaluate this cookie, the taste and therefore the performance of the cookie is LARGELY impacted by the levels of ingredients, how they are meticulously blended together, and the exact process for baking them.   If you want to find out the right levels of ingredients and the process to make this fabulous cookie, you can do so here.

Here are some of the possible outcomes using the same general ingredients.

These ingredients could also make a cake, cupcake, muffin, bread, or pancake….

Back to Sunscreens

When I looked at the EWGs list for the top 22 Kids Sunscreens I was a little shocked.  In one of them, they use sodium benzoate as a preservative in a leave on application.  Sodium benzoate is OK in a cleanser, but should not be used in a leave on.  Also sodium benzoate needs a low pH to be effective as a preservative (below 5), but minerals are stable at a higher pH (around 6.5-7)… so that right there sets off red flags for me on the stability of the product.

Another that scared the crap out of me was a high level of zinc and all other ingredients were natural oils… what the hell?  How does the zinc stay stable?  Does it just sink to the bottom of the tube?  No thickener, no emulsifier, no preservatives?  That is a sunburn (or allergic reaction) waiting to happen.

At the end of the day, this chemist would trust Coppertone, Neutrogena, heck, even Banana Boat with her skin.  These companies have a WEALTH of knowledge.  There are SO many people working on any one of these sunscreens to ensure that it is stable, provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, has the right level of preservatives to keep the product safe from contamination.  There are also toxicologist, medical safety officers, and analytical chemists making sure the product is safe and effective.  Oh yeah and most importantly, there are formulators and engineers (or the cooks) who make sure that it feels great so that you actually WANT to use it to protect yourself from the sun…

Because let’s face it, if you hate the way it feels (no matter what kind of miracle rating it is given) you won’t use it and what good is sunscreen if it isn’t on your skin?

That being said, there was good information on their site that is accurate, like their article on the 8 facts about sunscreens.

A major issue I have with all these small label brands is that since the cosmetic industry is not regulated (but hopefully will be soon)  they don’t have a set standard for safety & efficacy.  I don’t think it is intentional that this small brand used the preservative the wrong way, I just think they didn’t know.  What is scary is that it is on the market and the product is getting a high rating.

There is no harm in trying something new, but when it comes to something as big as sun protection.  I am sticking with the experts.  Do your research.

 

In case you were wondering, here are my favorite sunscreens:

For my kids:

Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50:  For beach days I love this sunscreen.  It goes on easily and rubs in quickly.  It has mineral sunscreen filters.  I personally don’t have a preference but my daughter has eczema.  The mineral filters are gentler on her skin.  My son is fine with either mineral or chemical filters. They both protect, just by a different mechanism of action.

Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 - 8 fl oz

Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Mineral Block Face Stick, SPF 50 OR

Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunblock SPF 60+, Stick:  I cannot stock enough of these sticks.  I have them in my diaper bag, my purse, my car, my beach bag, at daycare… My kids are 4 and 2 and they use them themselves.  They provide excellent coverage and my fair little kids have NEVER gotten burnt using them.  Even when we go to the beach for an entire week.

Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Mineral Block Face Stick, SPF 50- .5 ozNeutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunblock SPF 60+, Stick- .47 oz

For me: I have 2-3 routines… Daily, Beach Days, and Running Days!

Daily

Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 55: for my face.  I apply this daily, after the shower.  It goes on and rubs in quickly.  After a few minutes I put my makeup on.   If I am going to the beach, I still wear this but I just don’t put on makeup so I can re-apply through out the day.

Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 55- 3 oz

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 55: For my body.  After the shower I put this on everywhere.  Once it dries (which it does in seconds) then I get dressed.  This avoids tan lines and smudging on my clothes and I am protected no matter what outfit I chose to wear.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 55- 3 oz

BEACH DAYS

Neutrogena Beach Defense SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion:  I can’t say enough about this sunscreen.  I have it in 30 and 70.  It smells like a pina colada frozen smoothie.  It goes on and rubs in quickly.  I love it and can’t live without it.

Neutrogena Beach Defense SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion- 6.7 oz

Coppertone Oil Free Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 for my beach bag.  My husband hates oily lotions, so this is a great option for us.

Coppertone Oil Free Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30- 8 fl oz

Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50:  I think I love Coppertone because it just smells like summer to me.  My mom used Coppertone for years.  I also like the way it feels and protects and I know it is properly formulated.

Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50- 8 fl oz

RUNNING/OUTDOOR SPORTS

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30: I like this one because it stays put!

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30- 7 oz

Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50: Not greasy as all. Fragrance is light Rubs in well. After applying, skin felt smooth and dry, not sticky or greasy. I couldn’t tell it was there. Sun protection is great.  Also like it in SPF 30.

Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50- 5 oz

In general, I don’t use sprays for my family.  I have a few Sport, ultra sheer, and beach defense sprays in my beach bag and by my back door just in case I need something really quick or to spray my back and shoulders towards the late afternoon on a beach day.  It is a personal preference, I feel more comfortable applying a lotion to my family because I know we are “covered.”

 

After a beach day, this is my guilty pleasure.  

Hawaiian Tropic Ultra Radiance After Sun Lotion 

Hawaiian Tropic Ultra Radiance After Sun Lotion- 8 oz

It has glitter 🙂

Fact Friday- Allergens (in food, nature, and skincare)

I was thinking about what I wanted my next Fact Friday post to be about and there has been SO much going on lately around “reactions” that I thought it would be good to do a post specifically around allergens.

What is an allergen? How do you react? Where are they found etc?

My daughter Samantha has an eczema, an egg allergy, and seasonal allergies.  Her body reacts differently to all 3 (poor thing).  My father had severe seasonal allergies, and my brother was so allergic to everything he got 6 shots a week for several years.  My sister in law also has allergies and get shots for them… Needless to say, genetically, my daughter was screwed!

What is an allergy?

An allergy or allergic reaction, is what happens when your body responds to a normally harmless substance and thinks it is invading the body.

I  LOVE learning with pictures, and I think this helps so much.

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There are 2 steps to a reaction.   This is SO important, and most people don’t know this is how the body works.

STEP 1.  You are FIRST exposed to the allergen.  At this time, you will not have any reaction.  It is called “Sensitization.”

What happens, is the allergen (pollen, a food, a lotion ingredient, anything) comes in contact with you whether you inhale it, eat it, or touch it.

Cells release signals which stimulates the B cell (pictured above) to begin producing a LOT of IgE, a specific antibody.   There is a lot of IgE so it starts looking for another cell that is its home (it’s receptor)  The IgE looks for and attaches to Mast Cells.   At this point, the mast cells with the attached IgE are considered sensitized.  Basically they are ready and waiting for the next time you are exposed to the same allergen.

This is an important step because you can become sensitized at any time.  Doctors know what “known” sensitizers are.  There are specific ingredients that doctors know that if you keep exposing yourself to them A LOT, your body may develop an allergy to them.  There are 26 known or top allergens or sensitizing ingredients in fragrances.   Scientist in the cosmetic industry know what these ingredients are AND what LEVELS would pose a risk so they are avoided… smaller companies and private individuals who make their own skin care ususally don’t have this knowledge.

Step 2:  This is the second, or third, fourth, (or 100th time) you are exposed to the allergen.   Once you have been sensitized, when you come in contact with the allergen, it now has a place to go.  It binds to the “ready” mast cell and the cell releases histamine into the body.

This release triggers your symptoms of hives, itching, swelling, watery eyes, anaphylactic shot etc.

There you have it, an allergic reaction.

It is important to note that IgE is specific to each allergen. That means that IgE to cat can only trigger an allergic reaction to cat. A blood test will help identify the amount of IgE in the body. Knowing your IgE levels for different substances will help identify the specific allergic triggers that may be contributing to your symptoms, i.e. if you are allergic and what you are allergic to.

Tune in next week when I elaborate on this allergy thing a bit more, specifically related to skincare.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Resources

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/allergy-basics

https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/at-a-glance/allergic-reactions

http://www.wisegeek.net/what-is-a-food-allergy.htm#didyouknowout

 

 

All before 8 am

Some days fly by.

Last year I attended a TED talk given my by company.  The CEO, Alex Gorsky, really is a phenomenal man.  He practices what he preaches and I felt (and still feel) so proud to be a part of his company.  He is super active, runs marathons and always participates in the yearly company sponsored triathlon.  He also needs to travel the world for business on a regular basis.

Something he said really rang true to me.  He said “I have no control over what the day throws at me, but I can control how early I wake up.”

Although I’m not a CEO, I feel the same way about being a working mom & wife.   Since I’ve started waking up earlier, I feel like I’ve added so much “free” time to my day.

Although it’s not glamorous.  Proof below.

Today we needed to get the kids up, dressed, and fed so I could be out the door by 7:30.

My run started around 5:45am, it was so beautiful out this morning!
I ran a nice 3.5ish mile loop around my neighborhood.  It was bright, it was the perfect themperature, the sun was shining through the trees, hardly any cars out… I ran into several deer though.  Those pesky buggers weren’t even scared!


I rocked out to some Britney Spears Pandora…


When I got home there was someone who had just woken up and was waiting for me by the door


Look at those sleepy eyes!

Before I could even stop sweating, we had work to do.  It was breakfast time!


Luckily, we made it out on time.  Kids fed and dressed, lunch packed for mom, shake in hand.    These kids don’t know how good they have it!  Breakfast was all set when Jimmy came downstairs.


Coffee and in my meeting by 8.  It’s lunch now… Is the day over yet?

It wasn’t fast, but it felt good.


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Running through Summer

I don’t know about you, but I always have to switch things up to keep my fitness routine exciting.  If you don’t look forward to exercise, you won’t do it!

Last May (2015) I started my Beachbody fitness journey.  I did 21 day fix extreme, and over the subsequent year I completed a few rounds of extreme, body beast, hammer and chisel, and on demand challenge du jour.  It was last Sept/Oct. that I started waking up at 5am to get my workouts in and converted  part of my basement to a gym.  With warmer weather and the sun up so early, I can’t force myself to go downstairs so I have started running again!   I am considering registering for a half marathon (or 2) in the fall to keep myself on track.   I love sticking to a workout calendar/training plan.

Feels so good to get outside!


This morning I was doing an upper body workout downstairs and my daughter came down and said “mommy, its gorgeous out!  Why are you working out inside?”  Wise girl.  I will still utilize my “basement” gym because I have a new love for weight training, and it will only help my running performance… And sometimes we can’t leave the house.  I really don’t feel like running with 2 toddlers.


Questions for you:

Do you have any fall races lined up?  If so, what are they?

What is your favorite race distance?

Do you like running alone or with a running buddy?

I am thinking of creating a facebook group for people training for the same race… would you be interested in joining us?  The races on the table for me are the Philly Rock N Roll Half Marathon and the Brooklyn Rock n Roll Half Marathon.


You in?