About Me

My photo
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

Monday, December 19, 2011

Yesterday was perfect

Yesterday was perfect Ran with my bicycling husband He has stamina and speed so that pushed me! Food was homemade fresh local seasonal small often actually all vegetarian Girls in the house are vegetarians so dual food prep here and I always chose vegetarian when I have both on the table Love having all my children home! Really cold this winter, houses at the beach are not built well I grew up in Cleveland so I know cold but man this house is drafty and cold this winter Feeling good Christmas .....in a word bah humbug.....broke stressed tired of consumerism frenzy so done with it! My gifts will be special time, back rubs, homemade soup and fudge. I just can't go shopping bored of it all!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

reflections on yesterday

this blog will be endless reflection of the prior day

I got to work at 1 of my jobs, and had the thought that while I know how to do this job well and I do it at 2 hospitals within 2 different models I do not like it. I am happy I have 2 jobs to compare the different aspects of each to each other but it just made it clear more quickly that it is not what I will be doing in 3 years. I prefer to be a teacher a Diabetic educator to be specific. So with that intention out there I continue on doing my jobs but my mind is set on me being a teacher. It is not so much about doing more about the feelings when I am being in all areas of my life. I ramble here but hey it is my blog! I may clean, wash and cook...what I am doing today but I am being a Mom and all of my 3 children are home for a few weeks I couldn't be happier!

Who I am being while I am doing whatever I do is what makes me content. Because when you change your perspective everything changes and really nothing appears to have changed except it really has in a huge way.

I intend to be a teacher very soon and in the meantime I hold that intention all day in every interaction.

I walked up and down stairs all day at work 7 story hospital.

egg burrito coffee
salad with cottage cheese at work (huge win for me usually burger and fries)
work party I ate a few bites of appetizers and had a lemon drop martini

today is a new day and no work all my time to myself and family getting ready for Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

new plan

I am switching gears
now it is going to be all about high intensity interval training(HIIT) 2 times a week and weight lifting 2 times and ditching marathon training. excited to see how this will change the shape of this old lady! I ran 2 marathons and it was great but my left hip disagrees with me!

of course need to eat the way I already know is healthy......lots of water, plan meals so I don't have excuses and
small fresh homemade seasonal frequent meals with high quality protein and 1 day out of 7 eat whatever I want to keep me from freaking out.

this new plan starts today. I need to blog daily in the evening after the day is done so I keep it real!

anyone out there to do this with me?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Recipes I love (so I know where to find them)

Christmas lentil soup

Sheridan's idea.....because my kids love Lebanese food and it is red and green and yummy!
 4 bowls
 30 minutes
 45 minutes


    • 1 bunch red stemmed Swiss chard washed and chopped into bite sized pieces
    • 1/2 cup lentils
    • 1 large yellow onion small small dice
    • 3 cloves of crushed garlic
    • fresh cilantro small bunch finely minced
    • 1 tbsp flour
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 quart water
    • salt
    • pepper
    • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
    • juice of 1 lemon


    1. In a soup pot simmer lentils in water covered until they are tender about 40 minutes.
    2. in a sauté pan add oil and onions cook until caramelized
    3. then add the Swiss chard, cilantro, spices and garlic, cover and cook until wilted
    4. then add flour cook 5 minutes
    5. then add vegetables into soup pot with lentils add lemon juice simmer for 10 minutes
    6. serve with warm pita


healthy vegetarian dish to add to Christmas dinner!


banana bars

smells delicious


    • 1 cup flour
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/4 cup shortening
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 1 egg
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp allspice
    • 1 very ripe banana, mashed


    1. usually double bake in large glass baking dish
    2. when still warm glaze with slurry of milk and brown sugar


Mary Theresa Schaut was in my class and church growing up!


Ramzi's Mom's cake


    • 2 cup flour
    • 1 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
    • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 cup crisco
    • 1 cup milk
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 tsp vanilla


    1. cream sugar and crisco, add eggs one by one
    2. then slowly add all the rest of the ingredients
    3. pour into 2 round cake pans bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes until knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
    4. cool
    5. icing
    6. 3 cups powdered sugar
    7. 1tsp vanilla
    8. 1/4 cup cocoa
    9. small amount of milk add 1tbsp at a time until icing is spreadable.


favorite oatmeal chocolate chip cookies



    • 1 cup butter
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 1/2 cup flour
    • 3 cup oats
    • 1 bag chocolate chips


    1. preheat oven to 375
    2. cream butter and sugars, add eggs and vanilla
    3. and remaining ingredients
    4. drop by rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake about 10 minutes


Anthony loves these.
Mariana wants these every Thanksgiving.


pomegranate martini

perfect Christmas party drink


    • 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
    • 2 oz vodka
    • 1 oz Cointreau liquor
    • cup of ice


    1. pour all ingredients into a shaker and the into filled martini glass add a few fresh pomegranate seeds into glass for pretty garnish.


snicker doodles

simple cinnamon cookie
 30 minutes


    • 1/2 c shortening
    • 1/2 c butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/2 c sugar
    • 2 2/3 c flour
    • 1 tsp cream of tartar
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp salt


    1. cream sugar and fats
    2. add eggs
    3. combine all ingredients
    4. walnut size balls
    5. roll in cinnamon sugar
    6. bake 375 degree oven for 8 minutes


Samantha loves these!


white velvet

cream of cauliflower soup
 serves 6
 15 minutes
 40 minutes


    • 1 head of cauliflower
    • 8 oz broth
    • 1 onion
    • 3 cloves of garlic
    • 1 jalapeño pepper
    • 1 cup of cream
    • salt pepper and nutmeg


    1. rough chop cauliflower, onion, jalapeño, and garlic
    2. add all to a large soup pot with both and water to cover vegetables
    3. cook on simmer until all vegetables are tender
    4. then in small batches and with care puree in blender
    5. return to soup pot add cream and season to taste.


 Cassandra and Samantha love this made with vegetable broth.
 my friend Vicky also adores this!

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Dreams are the stuff of the soul.
Dreams give everyday life a deeper meaning and purpose.
Dreams are exciting.
What big dreams are on waiting to become realized?
Take time for stillness and and create.

0600 1/2 bagel with provolone and cup of coffee
0930 blah blah I forget what I ate and don't care anyway
it was simple not too much and lots of vegetables
steering away from meat these days with two vegetarian girls and two omnivore men in my house I make a variety of foods everyday and find myself eating the vegetarian food almost always.

I did not exercise

I bought a Christmas tree with my sweetie the kids could care less about picking the perfect tree...whatever. when the kids are out of the house my sweetie said let's buy a two foot tall tree and be done with it so much work! I agree!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

kind of weird

well I went to physical therapy
assessment my performis muscle on my left hip is in a knot
treatment stretching, hip abductor strengthening and core work.
the cause weirdly my left leg is 2 cm longer than my right leg.

so I wonder if running marathon distance is in the cards for me at least one more time?
with this new information I believe cross training is a must. swimming may become my new go to exercise.

thankful for:
my home and jobs
teens who question everything
my health and current state of gratitude
excellence not perfection
my husband
my friends who support me and those who don't

Saturday, December 3, 2011

for realzzzz

awake before my coffee making husband
the air is cold but I am warm under cozy blanket
I am thankful for now and all that is which makes my life
today no hospital so planning a run the marathon may be slipping away due to my hip according to my plan I should be up to 18 miles today but I can only run 5 or suffer for days my physical therapy starts this week too little too late for me to be ready.

Christmas is coming and I need to prepare clean, decorate,shop, invite, cook, relax and enjoy.

coffee/bagel with provolone
5 mile run over dressed and over heated it looks cold until you get moving when will I learn?
pink grapefruit oooooohhhhh myy yummieness !!
Hawaiian bread with cheese
water water and umm water
grocery shoppin
invited friends over for drinks and apps this evening
making roast and garlic mashed for my son(his choice) home cramming for finals
deep cleaned stove
made stuffed mushrooms, mini pizzas from scratch with grilled onion and mushrooms and holy granola chocolate chip cookies with my daughter then our guests bailed out kind of sad but had fun in the kitchen all day with my daughter!