espresso time!

I found this is my favorite way to start the day…I am improving on my barista skills. My newest thing is making an iced mocha with the espresso. Very yummy.


blueberry muffins!




espresso!

 It doesn’t seem like it should be Monday already. I guess that is because I worked most of the weekend. I’m thankful to have a job, so I’m not complaining.

As you probably know, I am a wine drinker. Do you have one of these handy tools? John is demonstrating. This is a wonderful thing! And we bought it at a liquidation store for $5.00. Awesome deal.

Opening the Chardonnay with an automatic corkscrew

removing the cork from the machine

I love tools that make my life easier. Do you have any neat tools that you use often?

What are you doing to make your life better today? Have a Happy Monday!

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I love running outside!

1 mile :16.49

I decided to run outside today since the weather has been so nice this weekend! It was great. I’m still alternating running/walking. It sure is taking me a long time to improve my pace. I found that I enjoy running outside much more than the boring treadmill. I jogged around a favorite spot of mine that has a trail around a pond usually filled with ducks. However, today I noticed that half of the pond was very unattractive due to construction in the area. After I reached the loop around the pond, I found the other end looked much better. I felt sorry for the poor ducks. It used to be such a lovely area with a fountain to enjoy the scenery. This is what Gateway Island used to look like.

Its been a busy weekend since I have been trying to catch up on work due to my being sick last week. I have worked a few hours here and a few hours there and feel much better about my workload. I also found the time to spend with my youngest daughter yesterday for a short shopping trip and attending a church service. It was a fun mommy/daughter afternoon!

Whitney


I began attending church again, especially since it was one of my goals for the New Year. I’m glad that I made this decision.

It’s amazing how being involved in a church can inspire me. Look at the video below from the praise team at my church, WOC.

http://player.vimeo.com/video/19228022

I’m very pleased that I found Zumba fitness for PS3 on our shopping trip. Can’t wait to try it! I also got it at a discounted price. Love that!

Now, that it’s almost the end of January, are you sticking to your resolutions?

Migrane

 I’ve been sick for a few days this week. I have not been able to get my workouts in and my healthy eating plan has consisted of eating crackers and drinking Sprite. The feeling of nausea I have had for several days was the onset of a migrane. I should have thought of that. If I had taken a migrane pill a few days ago, I would have been better days ago. I haven’t had a migrane in months, and I usually don’t get the nausea with them. But, once I figured that out, I took a pill this afternoon which made me sleep for 4-5 hours. I feel much better. I am so glad. I don’t like feeling bad. I have tried to work at home some but I’m sure I’ll be behind at work next week after missing 2 days of work. I’ll probably have to go to the office this weekend to see how much work is piled on my desk.

I think I’ll run in the morning.  Murfreesboro weather is forecasted to be mild and an outdoor run sounds lovely. The treadmill is getting boring to me.

While I slept today, Tiger was getting into everything! He loves exploring and was missing the attention he usually gets from me.

Have a great weekend! 

Dreams

To all the runners out there….do you ever have dreams about running? I remember a very vivid dream I had last night. I was running outdoors and seemed to never get tired or fatigued. (definitely a dream!) It seemed like I was running for hours without any pain. I was running through the streets of a town with lots of scenery. I thought it was a very interesting dream and wonder if my dream is trying to tell me something. Like….“keep training, you’ll get there one day.” Or, “don’t give up.” Or, “when this snow melts, get outside and off the treadmill. You will enjoy that more”. I’m listening….

Busy week

I haven’t had much time for blogging this week. It’s been a busy one! I’m looking forward to The Biggest Loser tonight. Any thoughts on Season 11? I really don’t like the contestants training with the unknowns being away from the rest of the contestants for the first 4 weeks. I don’t remember the contestants since I haven’t seen them.

My Tuesday ritual is to go home after work, eat a light, healthy dinner and watch my favorite show! I am also due for a workout today. So I will try and fit that in too. I did a Taebo workout on Sunday followed by a training run. I am still a little sore. I love the way Billy Blanks makes me feel so strong and powerful!

I took my daughters to Applebee’s for dinner last night. It was excellent. I ordered a spicy shrimp wrap. But….I woke up in the middle of the night so thirsty. It really makes you think twice about eating out when you don’t really know how much salt is added to their meals.

I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

Friday-Eve

It’s Friday-eve. It’s my last day of my workweek and I always look forward to that. I have announced that tomorrow will be Gina-day! Every once in a while I treat myself to a day just for ME! Of course, it probably won’t last all day, but I’ll take what I can get.

Tonight, after work, I cycled on the stationary bike while watching a few Dr. Oz episodes I had recorded. It was a good workout. I’m scheduled to run tomorrow, so I wanted to do a light workout. I’m so proud of myself for fitting in a few workouts on my workdays! Go Gina!

Here’s what I had for dinner tonight:

Chicken Florentine with an applesauce cup and green tea

Don’t think for a minute that I’m a gourmet cook or anything. This was actually one of those skillet dinners. Very easy to make and very tasty also. I love pasta recipes with spinach.

I recently subscribed to Runners World magazine. I thought this is a good idea since I’m trying to run more and I need all the help I can get. I got my Runners World free gift in the mail today. So, while eating dinner I scanned over the tips it provided for beginning runners. I was very interested to read a tip that beginners should focus more on minutes than on miles. Maybe that’s what I need to do.

After dinner, I plan on relaxing and enjoying a glass of chardonnay!

Do you have any tips for beginning runners? I’d love to hear from you.

Celebrate small victories!

I came home after work and decided to get in a workout. I know you are supposed to stretch before running and I did. But I obviously didn’t stretch out enough. After running about 1/2 mile, my right leg started hurting. This is the same leg/ankle that I have problems with. I slowed my pace, hoping it would get better. But it didn’t. I ended up walking for a few minutes then slowly began running again. This helped a little. I was able to finish one mile. But my pace tonight didn’t suffer too much. I finished at 16:55 for 1 mile. The last run I completed at 16:00. I was hoping to improve my pace, but pain got in the way.

I’ll concentrate on the positive. I completed a workout on a weekday.  So, it can be done! Celebrating small victories!

My next run will be on Friday. I expect a much better outcome. And to quote one of my favorite movies, Gone With The Wind, “I’ll think about that tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day…” -Scarlett O’Hara.

First event of 2011

I signed up for my first event for 2011! This will be my 3rd year to participate in March For Babies. This is a special cause to me because my first born daughter was premature. If you aren’t familar with this cause, “The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.” – March of Dimes website. You can support me or join my team by clicking on the link above or the box found on the left side of my webpage.

This is a 2 mile walk/run. So, I thought what better way to work up to running a 5k, than to do a 2 miler first. I have over 100 days until the event, so I’m going to work up to 2 miles and hopefully be able to run the whole thing. This will help me prepare for the 5k I will do in October. Baby steps. I’m still training on the Couch to 5k program, but have slacked a little. I have spent more time lately doing other cardio exercise than running. But it’s time to get back on track!

A few hours later I decided to workout. I wanted to see what my pace is for 2 miles so I know what to work on for the March for Babies event. After stretching and a 5 min ride on the stationary bike, I hit the treadmill.

I started with walking and eased into running. I was able to run .75 mi without stopping. That is a first for me. With the couch to 5k plan, I have been alternating between walking 2-3 min and running 2-3 min for several cycles. I was happy to see that I could run for longer than I expected. I walked most of the second mile but did a few bursts of running. I ended up finishing the 2 miles in around 36 minutes.

This must sound really slow to those of you that are professional runners, but for me this was about on track. Now I know what to work on. I’d like to be able to run the 2 miles non-stop first, then work on the speed. I’m glad I have over 100 days to get ready.

After my running workout, I decided to pop in my newest exercise DVD, The Biggest Loser Cardio max!

I love this workout! And the cool down/stretching section was just what I needed. I don’t want to be sore tomorrow!

I’m also using my Biggest Loser calendar to log my workouts.

I really like this calendar since it has recipes and tips included for each month.

I love the way working out makes me feel. When I lose motivation or feel like slacking off, I wish I could remember this!