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exercise is my medicine. I run, swim, and lift weights anything to keep my body in top form. I am an RN, a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a friend. I am grateful for my life and each new day. My PRs Los Angeles Marathon (March 22, 2010) - 6:00:03 San Diego Rock and Roll Half Marathon (June 6, 2010) - 2:47:53 Redondo Beach Superbowl 10K (Feb 2010) - 1:03 Redondo Beach Superbowl 5K (Feb 2009) - 27:31

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Long Beach Marathon '09

I have 104 days to prepare for my next 13.1
love this video because it shows the amazing course of the Long Beach Marathon

today it is a perfect summer day and I am so happy I got out there and ran even though I could have decided not too because
~its too hot
~it is Sunday "day of rest"
~I just don't feel like it
~I am sunburnt from my run Thursday with no sunscreen
~I would rather eat brownies I made last night
~would rather paint my toenails
~insert any random excuse

I am grateful :
~that I can run
~that I know exercise is medicine and today 5 mile dose was just what I needed to brighten my mood
~that I have another event pulling me out the door because I am basically pretty unmotivated

Saturday, June 25, 2011


World's easiest and yummiest Brownies
melt butter/chips the add the remaining ingredients bake for 30 minutes at 350
  • 1 stick of Butter
  • 1 bag of  Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 Eggs

Monday, June 20, 2011

Life is Good

Life is good.

Summer is wonderful.

Children all out of school relaxing~ family building time!

GOALS this week

1.  I will go to the beach for exercise everyday this week. I work M,W, F  sunset. T and Th at sunrise.
2.  Eat dinner outside everyday this week.
3.  Eat light healthy food, mostly fresh vegetables, fruits.
4.  take my girls to some cool place they have never been in Los Angeles....need to think about where to go somewhere in nature for a sunset hike.

I am finding my own way now, I let go of my attachment to a large on-line community. I learned some important things in that community but I also spent too much energy, time on-line neglecting other areas of my life.

There is a time for everything. So now is a more quiet time for me. More focused on my life, family and dreams in my post college deadline, papers, and post-t.com life. I meet an amazing friend Janelle there so that was the best thing about the site!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My Dad

reflections about Dad
family man
faithful and speaks the truth
married to my mother for 59 years
devout Catholic prays the Rosary and goes to Mass everyday
Avid reader I have never seen him without a book
always present, actually listens in conversations
father of 9 of course I am his favorite! (I think we all believe that)
loves a dark beer and fish/chips near any open body of water anywhere anytime!
problem solver
a true gentleman
I wish he lived closer so I could see him more often. He is coming to spend 3 weeks with me in Jan 2012!
So happy God picked him to be my father!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

114 days to 13.1

I am always changing like everything.
But I know I really like to run and if I think I am going to run Los Angeles Marathon again in March I need to keep training I need a few Half Marathons before that like one in Oct and one in Dec (hope I can go to Las Vegas in Dec. still not sure)

Since the Los Angeles Marathon 2011 I have not been too focused on running and my mood shows it.

Solution for me sign up for a fall event. I need to pull of an actual event to train towards or I get lazy real fast.
I signed up for Long Beach Half last year but I did not run because my daughter came home from Humboldt for a visit. I choose to spend time with her rather than run that event. I really want to run Long Beach Half Marathon. So I am going to sign up for it this year and go for it. The actual signing up for an event changes my brain chemistry.

I run because it makes me happy. No matter how slow I go I just keep going happy I have use of my legs!


So I have 114 days to plan!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


The goal of exercise is anti aging and mood brighter; it is my medicine. I start almost everyday with 1 hour of exercise.
Water is the best thing to drink.
I waste way too much time on-line and watching TV.
Running and weight lifting has become a habit of mine over the last 2 years.
The food I eat is mostly the same everyday except for dinner.
Breakfast poached egg, whole-wheat toast and 1 cup of coffee.
Nuts and fruits for snacks.
Lunch vegetables tons of them either soup in winter or salad in summer.
3pm is my hardest hour: best anti-dote is a protein, sunshine fresh air and green juice.
Favorite dinner: grilled fish tacos Baja style.
Whatever I need I give away .

So grateful for my life and all that it is, most importantly all the people I get to know!

Fail=washed 2 white lab coats with a black pen.

My exercise today

Monday, June 13, 2011

because that is why

why I keep working on becoming healthier.

To keep building strength.
 The day will come when the wind blows.  instead of snapping, I hope to gently bend, as the mighty oak tree against the storm, because of all the work I am doing. 
I have to do the work - no one else can do it. 
although it certainly is not easy is it?

How To Be Alone

learning to live
one day at a time
happy with myself
alone with no fears

Saturday, June 11, 2011

V. Woolf

What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful, that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. The main requisite, I think, on reading my old volumes, is not to play the part of a censor, but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever; since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard, and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.

V. Woolf

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sounds of Silence - Gregorian Chant (HD)

I love silence

I love silence
My car used to answer my phone "hands free" whlle this sounds nice it was disruptive. When I ran the Los Angeles Marathon in a "monsoon" it killed my phone. I never figured out how to make my car recognize my new phone but guess what? I don't care. I am thankful this happened to my phone thanks to the rain I found new place of peace and quiet inside my car.
Before every trip in the car I would call someone. Now I use the quiet time to think and just be. I do not like the radio either or AC just roll down the windows and take in the moment.
While all things electronic surround us to simplify (supposedly) our lives I think I was loosing track of beauty, nature quiet ......all that is. It is just perfect as is a never-ending spectacle if we just be in the moments that are.
I am not a fan of random noise.
Why some people need to chew and crunch every time they watch TV makes me dislike TV.
I dislike going to the movies because the chewing and crinkling annoy me.
I dislike co-workers who chew gum, crack their knuckles or make other noise.
I hate canned laugh tracks on TV shows.
I could be a hermit. I would never tire of the alone time and I would love the sounds, scents, and views from my own place.
I survive random noise by
Leaving the scene before it becomes a crime scene. haha!
Avoid going places I know will cause me stress, like the movies.
I spend much more time outside in the elements these days alone with nature walking or running and that is how I thrive despite living in a small-shared place.

 “Energy Leadership” by Bruce Schneider 
Schneider says, “Stress isn’t something that happens to someone. It’s something someone feels about what’s happening. Your capacity to deal with any outer situation is based on your inner perspective."
What was new to me is that I am never the victim of stress. I am always the creator of stress by how I perceive what’s happening and how I see myself in relationship to it. Before, I always thought stress was created by the situation I was in and that I was powerless to do anything but get through the stressful situation as best as I could.
I love becoming aware of this limiting belief!


Friday, June 3, 2011


why I overcomplicate stuff is a mystery

Why do I work at 2 hospitals 2 miles apart and force myself to learn 2 systems/doctors/nurses/routines?

Why do I get paralysis from over analysis?

Why did I just spend 3 years and thousands of dollars getting a degree that would allow me to stay in my current position?

Why and this is really a mystery do I spend hours online focused on gaining health when I am healthy?

In the past few years ~I stopped smoking, gave up soda, stopped living on junk food. I stopped shopping and gathering more and more useless crap. I woke up.
I started becoming aware of what I ate; I realized I was spiritual even though I reject organized religion.
I started running and love the process of training for big events. It is a blast to plan and train and you never know what will happen out there. Anyone remember Los Angeles Typhoon, I mean Marathon this past year. I will never regret that day. When I am 99 years old that memory will bring a smile to my face and I did not cross the finish line! I froze solid to a Starbucks chair around mile 24.  It is the stuff that you can not predict, plan or even want that makes the best memories. I will probably participate in the Los Angeles Marathon every year until I can no longer walk because it is just that incredible!

So I am trying to bring myself to sign up for another event. So I can once again set my mind reaching, planning towards the big day.

I was thinking Long Beach in October or Las Vegas in December. Still have not committed to either. I will plan and think about it this weekend. Of course I like to complicate things and here’s the rub I currently like to run barefoot; actually naked feet no weird silicone things……..I now love barefoot sand running.