Thursday, April 3, 2014

I might be getting a new job...

In FLORIDA!!!!  I've been trying to get there my entire career and now there's a chance.  But I just wanted to put up a quick post to let you all know I haven't dropped off the planet completely.

I've rented out my house and now I just gotta get that job so I can move.  Oh yeah and my daughter is graduating HS this year, so now all that stuff is coming into play.

So, what have I been up to?  Packing and painting!

What keeps me motivated, oddly enough, is how long triathlon season is in Florida.  That means if I have to miss the June Tri, I can certainly find another.  Worse case is it move to next year.  I don't want that to happen, but one way or another a triathlon I will complete!  (I say in my Yoda voice).

Monday, March 10, 2014

Life is Crazy! And Itchy too!!

Yes I am still alive for those who are starting to wonder.  I just got crazy busy and had to adjust my priorities a bit, but I'm good now.  I've probably gained about 5 pounds, but I am still working out though only like twice a week at this point.  Not very good in the triathlon training department, is it?  I also haven't been doing any strength training at all and I can really feel it.  I'm looking forward to getting back into a rhythm.

In other tri-training areas, I haven't been able to go back to the pool lately because my skin is so irritated by the chlorine that it burns now for several days after I swim.  It doesn't seem to matter what I do.  So, my goal in that area is to hydrate like crazy and try to moisturize my skin as often as possible.  I'd love to know if anyone else has ever had this problem.  I swear if feels like I rolled around in fiberglass for days after a swim.  I'm at the point now of my skin feeling itchy all day long and it's been 2 weeks since I last swam.  I went to the doc and next Monday I go back for results of my blood work to see if there's anything in that department.

Well anyway, I hope you have a great week!  Happy Monday everyone!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Planning ahead - Meals and Workouts

Lately I've been in this "get organized" mode and it's not a bad thing.  My house has stayed clean for over TWO weeks now.  It's truly wonderful to walk into my house and know that I don't have anything to pick up because everything is already picked up.  The kitchen is clean with no dishes left in the sink overnight.  My sink is even shiny!  That's right, I'm FLYing.

If you aren't familiar with the FLYLady, check out her website - especially if you long for home organization - at  The beginner steps are awesome and totally get you ready to do some serious de-cluttering.

In the process of getting organized, I also found another "oldie but goodie." The idea of cook for a day and eat for a month.  Ever heard of it?  It's self-explanatory really, but there are SO many websites out there that offer free recipes and menu-planning.  Since it's just 2 of us, I usually cook enough for four or five, so why not freeze the leftovers?  This week, my grocery bill was less than $20 because of planning ahead and using my "frozen assets".  I've got a few books on hold at the library with even more awesome cook ahead/freeze recipes.  I'm really looking forward to those.

Another by-product of getting organized is the schedule planning.  I sit down once a week now and attempt to plan my week.  There are all kinds of websites out there offering free planner templates with everything from tasks and menus to Bible study and exercise.  I'm loving this.  I'm a huge list maker and it always gives me such a sense of accomplishment when I've completed my list.

Planning workouts as if they are an appointment instead of something I just get around to is HUGE!  For example, on Tuesday, I had to go to court (speeding ticket and I wanted it reduced) so I ended up going in to work much later.  This meant I wouldn't get home until after dinner time.  So, instead of sleeping in like I REALLY wanted to, I set the alarm and got up and worked out.  Amazing - I have rarely done that.  But there's something about writing down a plan that helps it stick.

It was a quick workout, but I did around 25 minutes of bike plus treadmill.  Even kicked it up a few times and ran - crazy, I know, but eventually I will run the whole stinkin' time.  Until then, every little bit helps I hope.

So... have you tried freezing meals in advance?  What worked best for you?  Better yet, what was the worst meal (taste or texture) that didn't work out the way it was planned?  

Monday, February 10, 2014

New Bike Trainer

After reading tons on triathlon training and all the coaching, I realized I needed to make a change from the recumbent bike to an upright for working out at home.  Given that the gym-type stationary bikes are so expensive, I decided to buy a bike trainer.  I didn't want to spend a lot and I didn't find anything on Craigslist or in thrift stores.  After quite a bit of research, I found one on Amazon that didn't break the bank - just over $70.

There were a lot of complaints in the reviews about noise with all the trainers, but several folks mentioned changing the tire worked well.  I found a nice and fairly smooth tire for around $15 at Dick's Sporting Goods.  It made a HUGE difference compared to the knobby trail tire I had before.  Plus I got some more experience in changing bike tires (more on that in a future post).    

Riding a bike on the trainer is a lot different than riding outdoors.  For one, the seat is far more uncomfortable, that's for sure.  I'm going to easy myself into it a little at a time.  Today I managed around 5 minutes.  I don't know the distance or RPMs though - no bike computer.  That'll be the next purchase and fortunately not extremely expensive, probably no more than $15.  So the total expense for converting my mountain bike to a stationary bike will be right at $100.

Anyway, after the 5 minutes on the bike, I jumped on the treadmill and did a mile.  My speed was mostly 3 mph, but then a couple times I thought I'd run.  Once at 5.0 mph and once at 6.0 mph.  That only lasted around a minute each, but now I know I can do it!  Not bad for being sick, huh?  I'll start working at extending the times each week.  I can't wait 'til I can actually run a mile (and eventually more) without stopping!

Happy Monday everyone!  Hang in there and keep to your goals.  We can do this healthy thing, we just can!  My new motto is "Be like Nike and Just Do It."

Sunday, February 9, 2014

One is better than none

I worked out one day this past week - one.  I think my sinus/cold thing has moved into bronchitis territory now.  Oh how we take for granted being healthy and able to breathe clearly.

Unfortunately, when I'm sick I love comfort food.  I need a few recipes for some healthy comfort food, not the greasy crap I ate most of the week.  Any ideas?

Given my lack of exercise and lack on control in the food department (oh and did I mention TOM's visit?), I know I'm going to have to work hard to lose a few extra pounds.  I haven't weighed myself yet, just guessing.

I'm not going to beat myself up too much.  This is the first time in a long time that I've been hit with a cold.  In fact, I think the last one was when I was still smoking (I quit that stuff in Oct 2011).  Anyway, I did get one workout in and I will do more this week - even if it's only strength training and some walking or easy peddling.

Hope you have a fantastic week!!  Stay healthy! ;p

Friday, February 7, 2014

Snack Attack - NEW RECIPE

Ok, I found the most amazing snack.  I even have this for dessert occasionally.

Here is the link to the original recipe from

GreenLiteBites' Roni calls it "Quick Apple-Walnut-Cheese Salad."  I just call it the AMAZING Apple snack.  It tastes exquisite, but don't take my word for it...  If you try this recipe, please let me know if you like it.  Even my picky-eater daughter enjoys it (minus the nuts).

Ingredients I use:
1 medium Fuji apple
1 Mini Babybel Light cut into lots of bite size pieces
1 small handful of walnut pieces (about 1/8 cup)
1/2 TBS honey
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg

In other news, I have been sick all this week - I don't know if it's a sinus thing or a cold thing, but it basically sucks.  I haven't been exercising given that I can't really breathe very well.  There have been days where I barely get 4000 steps but also days when I top 10,000.  I haven't gotten to the pool (still wary in that department) or done any purposeful aerobic activity though.  I just hope to kick this thing soon!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Book Review - "Triathlon for the Every Woman: You Can Be a Triathlete. Yes. You." by Meredith Atwood

It took a couple months, but I finally finished this book.  When you only read on the treadmill and at bedtime, it takes awhile.

I found this book to be very entertaining as well as informative.  I wouldn't say that it's a training guide, but definitely a guide into the world of triathlon.  Lots of basic terms are covered, but mostly it's about Meredith, the author, and her journey to be an IronMan.  And it is one hilarious, yet inspiring, journey.  I appreciate all her tips and tricks, and while I may not do EVERYTHING she suggests, I'll certainly be thinking and planning ahead.

I guess the most memorable tip I took from the book is to never, ever change anything on race day.  Train the way you race.  Don't get new clothes or especially new shoes.  Don't get a new bike or a new diet.  Not saying that you can't get new stuff, just not on race day (or the day before).

I enjoyed how real the stories in this book are.  Like the way she and her husband got into tiffs or full blown arguments during training.  Training can be stressful.  Throw in a relationship, kids and a full time job and it can be a recipe for disaster.  Meredith talks honestly about how she and her husband, a.k.a the "Expert," get through it all.  She also brings in some outside experts too.  There's a word from her coach and others she met along the way.

I like how she did not claim to have all the info, but just wanted to share and let other women know that they too can be triathletes.  Yep, even me.  And you too.

Btw, Meredith Atwood is also a blogger (imagine that) and can be found at 

As for my training today, I did 20 minutes on the bike and then 20 minutes on the treadmill.  Tomorrow is a swim day.  I'm not looking forward to it as much.  Yesterday, I had some sort of reaction with the pool water and my skin felt like I was getting stung/bit by fire ants all night last night and all day today.  Not something I want to do again.  I even rinsed off in the shower at the gym and then took a regular shower at home.  I don't know if the pool was over or under chlorinated or what, but stinging red-dotted skin is not how I like to roll.

Anybody ever have a problem like that with pool water?

I guess I could just step in the water at the shallow end and see if it burns my legs at all.  That way, if it does, it's only my lower legs and not my entire body.  But then I wouldn't get my swim workout =(

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