Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Broken things...

What makes blogging so intriguing? Why do we LOVE to read our favorite bloggers intimate life details as often as they will post them? What makes their stories engaging and their daily routines riveting?? 

Personal experience! 

Maybe others have been through the same thing, but they are not sharing it like bloggers do. 
We put it out there what we are dealing with, we get to the nitty-gritty, the truth and the core and it's not always pretty, but we are always speaking from experience and in turn, speaking from truth. 

You know, I have talked about my past and my struggles with alcohol and of course food. Current struggles with healthy living and even a little hint at tight finances, but don't go all the way into depth like some. In all honesty regardless of how much we share on our blogs, no one knows what REALLY goes on except for the people we let in.  

So I may not share my bank balance or my stress level day to day with work, tenants and time crunches, but it's there. I may not share that I had 6 girl scout cookies before bed or that I only drank 40 ounces of water one day last week, but its there. I may not share all my fears of just being average, of being behind on goals I am desperately wanting to see spring to life. I may not go into detail about how daily I am reminding myself that I have VALUE and that I do not need to take second place. But I do, just like I am sure all of you do too.  

Broken Things
But today I am going to share about my personal experience with broken things. Big deal right? Right! Broken things are everywhere: a broken glass, a broken blender, I broke my ankle in 2000. This past week, two things of mine broke: a vase I LOVED and a ring that meant a lot to me, it has a story. 

For me, I would always keep things that were broken. Store them away to be fixed and then use my free time to sort through and fix them all. Tossing them just felt wasteful, but I rarely got around to it. Most often when I would get around to it, they weren't even able to be fixed right. Gluing a vase, but there are big cracks, a few missing pieces, but I would turn it to the wall and no one would know. Not a bad idea, right? 

But there was something to that. FOR ME, I would rather have the comfort of the THING, broken, glued, useless or the memory of what it was, instead of seeing it for what it was NOW. Broken. 

I love that yellow vase above, and the former Mary would have mended it up and put it back up on the shelf to display. But I am no longer ok with holding on to less than whole, patched up, broken things. I am tossing it, this is HUGE for me. Is it wasteful? Is it frivolous? Maybe. Maybe a thriftier gal would mend it and keep it, but for me, the emotional health of letting broken, less than whole things go is a metaphor in my life: 

I can let broken things be broken. 
I can let broken things go. 
I can let broken things be THINGS and not hoard the hurts 
of what it was SUPPOSED to be or mean. 
I can love myself enough to surround myself with:

oneness not 

less than

A ring my mother bought me years ago broke this weekend too. It's a ring that says Fear Not, from Isaiah 43: 

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
   I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 
2 When you pass through the waters,
   I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
   they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
   you will not be burned;
   the flames will not set you ablaze. 
3 For I am the LORD your God

I love the ring, but am letting it go too, with no worries and no fears at all. It's a symbol yes that meant a lot to me, but the message and the truth of it is written on my heart and there is no losing that. 

Just for the record, I DO sew buttons on shirts and things of that nature...I dont' throw everything. 

Do you save things JUST in case you need them, do you have broken things you can't get rid of because of sentimental value? Do you feel you are worth it to have nice, non patched up things? 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Up to tempo & a weekend of NEWness!

Monday... the second day of the week technically! Anyone else out there like looking at it that way and reminding themselves that SUNDAY is really the start to a new week--take the power away from a manic Monday and ENJOY it!! I know I will be... 

This weekend was FULL of fun! Saturday morning I had my race (recap SOON!) and my color analysis which went great! (FULL recap once I am through with the reorg of what is left!) After the analysis and working on changing the way I saw colors, we purged 47 items from my closet--scarfs & belts included--3 shoes not included in that overall number! 

It was AT LEAST 1/3 of my closet--AGAIN! 

But what I found as we sorted away and saw the donate pile grow was 1) I wasn't actively WEARING more than a  few pieces in that pile. Which means I didn't like how they fit or look and probably means subconsciously I knew it didn't look right and it made me dislike it.  

2) As the pile grew, I saw it all had a very yellow hue to it, which is for "summer" people and it makes me look sallow, washed out and sick. I am impressed I started to pick up on these things right away. ME= stay away from muted colors, yellow undertones, GO for bold colors with blue bases. More later... 

I tried a new part in my hair too: from the side sweeping over. Two reasons: 1) I feel I have a big forehead which can make my face "hard" and this softens it. 2) Black is a good color for me, so bringing my hair and my clothing closer will achieve the same purpose as wearing my right colors: it will compliment my complexion.  

What do you think?

Where do you part and WHY? 

I got a new bed! Here is my old mattress: it's quite broken down! I have had it almost 7 years and I bought it used. It's seen better days. AND it's getting a little too squishy/springy to feel supportive. 

To make a short story shorter, a neighbor got stuck with a brand NEW mattress when a friend purchased it and moved across country. She came to me asking about storage or tossing it and then offered it to me... pretty white, FIRM, new bed. God is SO good! So is my neighbor girl, but it was His timing!  


I had a Great tempo run on Friday of last week--I used to dread them, but now I love them. I drink in the challenge! My Tempo is an easy loop--1 mile to the lake, a fast 2.97 around and easy 1 mile home. 

The idea is to push your body to a comfortably challenged pace and hold it there for a set amount of time or distance in the middle of your run. This will cause your muscles to fatigue rapidly which is called a lactate threshold. (the intensity where lactic acid starts to release into the blood stream) If you work out at or near that, you will raise your threshold and run faster. 

Go Runkeeper, I LOVE this FREE app!! 

Tempo runs are recommended twice a week! (yeowza!)

Runners World Magazine says, "Runners tackling longer distances should do longer tempo runs during their peak training weeks: four to six miles for the 10-K, six to eight for the half-marathon, and eight to 10 for 26.2." For a 5k race 20 min in the middle of your run should suffice! It is hailed as the single most effective way to increase your speed no matter what your race and that is hard to argue with.

I busted out my Marathon necklace so I was feeling speedy and even the SHORTS. My tempo run distance was a little short for the training I am doing, but it's still good hard work! 

LUCKILY HOT pink is in my color pallet or I would be missing a great deal of my clothes and accessories and my beloved pink fanny pack, my run partner!! The tempo was good, I FELT like I was much faster than I was in the middle, but I was a little low on water intake and working hard against that feeling. Overall not to shabby... 

How long are your tempo runs? Do you faithfully stick to the 4 Vital Runs when in training mode? 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A WINNER & your St. Patricks Day Pics!

Congrats to Kerri from Kat's Adventures in Dietland for winning The Freak Factor book by author Dave Rendall! Email me with your mailing address and get ready to use your weakness to your uniqueness!

St. Patty's Day Race pics! You guys ROCK--like a shamrock! Congrats to everyone who ran over the green holiday, here are a few of your awesome pics!

Katie at Run for the Bikini!

Tina at the Get Lucky 7k!

Ann (on the right) at the 100% Irish for a day

Megan at the Tour de Village 5k


Even the smallest effort on our parts can spark inspiration for others. And inspiration causes a chain reaction--others around you get the urge to change to. To push to a new level, to try new things, to be something different.

Do you know that only about 1% of people ACT from inspiration?? So, if 100 people see these pictures of you AMAZING girls running and racing, ONE person will act out of that inspiration and run or race themselves. 1%!?!? Isn't that astonishing!! Let's be in that 1%--be inspiring to others, act when you are inspired and start a CHANGE reaction!!

Thanks to the readers who sent photo's and took part! Happy Running!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

MDRA 7 mile & Color Analysis

HAPPY Friday night!!

This week has been one where I really am present to God's timing in a BIG way. I know that he is in control always, but some days it seems like he is far from me, like I can't sense his presence. BUT I know he is always there.

My mother tells me that a teacher will hold the students hand as they study and  learn the material, they will coach and guide but when the test comes, they sit back in silence and let the student demonstrate what they have learned. Not always, but often that is the case and it's always nice to come through those tests, look to the teacher and see "YEP, He was there the whole time. " It was that kind of week: pieces fell into place, I stood my ground, God's timing was perfect and everything feels good even if it isn't perfect.
Tomorrow morning I am running my first race as a MDRA ( Minnesota Distance Running Association) member! The MDRA 7 mile!  

I am excited, I haven't raced since my Honolulu Marathon so I am really looking forward to it! Plus it will be nice to take part in an MDRA race as a member. I am not shooting for a time goal exactly, but if I can run 9 min miles for the whole thing, I will be happy.  

Color Analysis 101!

You ALL know that I am a little challenged with my fashion. Not always, but often I wear things where the color isn't the best for me (aside from the attraction to sequins, ruffles, sparkles and shimmers--anything a 10 year old would dig).

I loove me some sparkles!
WELL... I am SO happy because tomorrow I am getting a professional color analysis, wardrobe consultation and shopping trip for new additions to my closet as my BIRTHDAY Gift from my sweetheart!!  Such a unique, wonderfully thought out and personalized gift from a unique and wonderful man.

He really is the cream in my coffee...

His mother is a color consultant and she is coming to my house, looking through my wardrobe and helping me pick the perfect items and weed out the ones that are BLAH with my complexion! THEN we are going shopping as part of the gift and getting a few new choice items to add back in. What a WONDERFUL gift. It's not simply buying me an outfit, it's really providing a means for me to look and feel my best which means SO much more than just a new dress.

Le Sigh. I. am. the lucky one.

BUT, the chaps STAY!! LOL! As I was taking a quick inventory making sure all my everyday clothes were clean and hung up, I found my leather, fringed chaps. Pretty HOTT huh?
Now all I need is the motorcycle and I am set.

Do you know if you are an autumn, winter, spring or summer? Know what color fits best with your eyes? I will do a FULL recap with a little video even of all the work we do and the new clothes!


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Three things Thursday

Thursdays are like my Friday's but this week Friday is my Friday! Wha?? I know. The world in which I live.  Hope your week is turning out to be a GREAT one!! Who has GREAT news to share?? Someone does, tell me one thing that is going your way this week!

1) Changing your world can be one small step!! COMMIT to 30 min of activity, CALL someone and be upfront instead of emailing, COMPLIMENT someone genuinely for no good reason. Change your world and change yourself step by step! It's like that chinese saying goes: "Little by little one walks far." 

2) Some people worry that the older I get I will run out, some people say they are bad for you, some people use only half... me? I can't get ENOUGH. 

Eggs. Yes, Let's hear it for EGGS!! How do you make yours? Do you egg out breakfast, lunch and dinner like I do on some days? Thank goodness Easter is on the way, I can mask the obsession with pastels and fake rabbit ears a little while. 

3) I LOVE Kettlebells. LOVE them. I have two sets at home, but they are not nearly heavy enough. I need an 18lb and a 30lb at least for most of what I want to do with them, but I work with what I have! 

I like Kettle Bells because of the way swinging them engages your muscles differently. Since the center of gravity extends down beyond the handle into the bell, you use and engages the entire body at once to control the movements of the bell. Swinging, chopping, cleans, snatches are all exercises that produce a great cardio output,  develop strength and increase endurance. Plus they make your core ROCK hard.  

Can't wait to talk tomorrow about my race on Saturday!!  
What are you doing this weekend?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Get Lucky 7k recap & Volunteering 101

Happy Wednesday everyone, mid-week, whew, it's flying by!  

And that's not the ONLY thing flying, the snow is back in Minnesota and I am having to eat my words. I told at least 10 people it would NOT snow again for this season. What was I thinking, THIS is typical March weather.  

today, hmm. 

I had SO much fun last weekend at the Team Ortho Get Lucky 7k as a volunteer! 
It was relativly warm, espeically working and moving around. I LOVE working as a volunteer for races, that is how I got involved with Bolder Options as well. 

It was a big race and there were a ton of great costumes--everyone in green and a few people really dressed up--leprichauns, girl scouts, it was FUN to see all the people!

Thanks to the volunteer coordinators too for all their hard work and organization. All I did was show up, check in, get a sweet vest and fill waters! THEY had been on site early, directing all of the volunteers, coordinating and being generally awesome. 

It was a wonderful feeling to congratulate people as they came off the finish line. Seeing everyone's sweaty, red, happy faces was a reminder to me of how rewarding running can be. I mean how GOOD does it feel to have someone tell you you did your best and you are a rockstar....everyone wants to hear that and saying it makes us feel good too. Win Win.  

Apparently the course was beautiful, downtown Minneapolis through the city! 

Reader LOVE: 
Thanks Heather for recognizing me  and saying hello! It was SO cool to meet you, nice work on your running! 

Jason was there!

Wendi found me!

Melanie saw me and said hello!! 

Tina rocked out her race! 

Alexa is the running queen!

And Stacy (on the right) completed the Lucky 7k as her FIRST Race!! 

There were SO many others there I didn't get pictures of: La, Guy, KG, Sean! Congrats to ALL the finishers! 

Volunteering 101
1) Find something you enjoy or are passionate about and an organization you can get behind

2) Visit the organization and talk to the volunteer coordinator. Chances are there are a TON of things to do to volunteer outside of the norm

3) Carve out time to DO! Ask yourself these questions before you start:
  • What are my talents, abilities and skills?
  • What do I want to achieve? Why am I volunteering?
  • What kind of work would I be good at and/or willing to learn?
  • What type of organization or "cause" would I like to contribute to?
  • How much time do I have to give? When am I available?
  • How long a commitment am I willing to make?
  • How far am I willing to travel? What are my transportation needs?
  • What kind of environment would I prefer to work in? Indoors? Outdoors? Physical work? With other people or alone?

Then--Have FUN! 
What do you volunteer doing? What do you love about it?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Recipe: Banana free Green Monster & updates

Happy Tuesday, this is going to be one of my busiest days this week! I LOVE busy days!! 

Run Update
Last week I had some kind of stomach flu...ewww! And I was knocked on my butt pretty much. My running was quite out the window and I even missed work, but there is always a silver lining! 

I ran over the weekend, but nothing like I am supposed to be doing for my training (on which I am behind. Phooy!) But life happens and you just pick up where you left off. This week I am back at it strong, this morning I went out for a run and felt great.  

Banana Free Green Monster
So my sweetheart isn't big on banana's, but I didn't think he would notice in an amazing Green Monster! He did, right away. SO I whipped up a green monster free of banana and a little on the tropical side. 

2 Cups Spinach
1 Cup Frozen Pineapple
2 Table spoon Chia seeds and 
1.5 Cups Coconut milk 

The Chia really thickens the smoothies up, so there is no need for more fruit! 
All kinds of additions can be made too: supplements, protein powder, seeds etc...
It's a fresh Green Monster, tropical, bright and tasty--perfect as you sit and day dream about summer coming... 

Weekend Updates: 

The weekend was a great one! I went out with co-workers to say goodbye to the Fitness Director, the one who hired me as a trainer! It was a wonderful time, but he will be greatly missed. This is me and my Group X supervisor and we were hamming it up at the BBQ Joint! 

Volunteering at the Lucky 7k in Minneapolis Saturday morning was a BLAST! I landed with a number of other volunteers all from Single Volunteers of the Twin Cities. It isn't a dating organization, just single people having fun and did we ever! 

Don't forget to email your pic of your St. Patrick's Day race with a blog link and I will be posting them on Friday!! 


Do you like bananas? What's your main smoothie staple? 

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