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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

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cold and Hot Weekend

My Memorial Day weekend.
Friday I left work early to avoid the weekend get away traffic, only to get stuck on the 405 Freeway.
Traffic is predictable leaving the LA  on most long weekends, unfortunately.
I had my 5 month old Alaskan Klee Kai puppy and  21 year old son to keep me company on the drive.
The drive felt like a video game with changing screens like we were getting no where really fast!
My son, Anthony

Saturday Morning(5/26/12) snow at Lodgepole campground in Sequoia National Forest
Me in the pink/purple coat hiking to a waterfall in the Giant Forest

Sylar (5 month old Alaskan Klee Kai)

Sunset in Redondo Beach Memorial Day 2012
When we left LA it was sunny and 66 degrees~when we  arrived at Lodgepole campgrounds in Sequoia it was 27 degrees and snowing at 11:30PM ! 8 hours later we lost about 40 degrees.
My husband drove our RV up a day earlier to secure a campground and hike and commune alone with nature. When we arrived he had dinner ready and a campfire glowing among the falling snow~very romantic!
A great deal of people were tent camping and while I admired their strong will to tough it out I was happy to have the warm RV.
I woke up to see 4 inches of fresh powder on my car and everything else it was magical! I grew up in Cleveland but my son had never seen snow actually falling and he was seeing it with a childlike enthusiasm. We had a snow ball fight and hiked into the woods for hours. The snow melted by afternoon but it remained very cold in the Giant Forest.
We left Sunday afternoon to catch the summer kick off  weekend at the beach. The ride home was faster since no on was on the road, but my son needed to study with computer and there was no service up in the forest.
Sunday evening I enjoyed a sunset beach walk and spent Monday listening to air show WWII planes circle in formation and planes dragging ads for the crowds gathered in the sand.

I love living in Los Angeles.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012



Ship to Shore 60 mile bike ride part of the Tour de Cure ride series raising money for research to end Diabetes.


http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1123443    This link is to the 100 mile ride we opted out of the last 40 miles and instead found 60 miles to be enough of a challenge!!!! I am certain my husband could have done the 100 mile ride but he stayed with me the entire ride!!

I am a reluctant rider. I dont own a bike and I prefer walking or running for exercise.
I dont know how to ride with clip in shoes and be pro at riding, so I just wore my running shoes.
I am taking a break from running due to Periformis muscle pain/tightness and as any injured runner know you need a back up plan for cardio.
So in January when I got an email asking me to join a team ride at work I shared the idea with my husband and he encouraged me to try it.  He rides often and he is really fast and loves to climb, so when he said he would help me it was a done deal. I had a personal expert to guide me.
We rode side by side the entire 60 miles. It took me 7 hours.

The best part was the early part of the ride over the bridges in San Pedro, the hardest part was the switchbacks were you gain 1000 feet in 2 miles on Palos Verdes  East!!

I now have an alternate way to get my cardio in and a great way to workout. I need to increase my pace if I intend to ride with my husband or any groups.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Discomfort

I recently broke free from addiction: Facebook and an on-line fitness support community. I am currently going through the uncomfortable feelings of missing these habits. I am not saying that Facebook and on-line support groups are evil, just that for me it was time to let go.
Time is precious and I was wasting it comparing myself to others and not getting much done. Hours of looking at photos and reading blogs turned into hours, days, weeks of wasted time.
These habits initially were purposeful and felt right but eventually over took my life as a preferred way of spending time, bad idea!
Habits are created for a reason. I was bored, with out purpose and felt disconnected. Did online communities fill that void? Kind of, but not really. So these days as I struggle not to just go back to these old habits instead I am allowing myself to be still and bear the discomfort of quiet. Try to develop healthier habits.
One of my newest habits is walking twice a day with my puppy. As a child I would walk everywhere. I loved to walk. My mothers car was not that reliable, as a child so I had to walk to everything, swimming lessons were 2 miles away for example. School 1 mile if you missed the bus. Also most of my childhood we did not have a TV so walking was a form of entertainment.
I walked a great deal and thought about things or talked and walked with one of my brothers or sisters.
So I am going to endure the discomfort of leaving these not so healthy habits behind and walk much much more.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

secrets revealed

I grew up in Ohio. My roots are there, with midwest values and big family ways. I left that far behind in 1984 when I found the Golden State with my sweetheart.  I have a good life, I live in Heaven actually.
EXCEPT I miss my parents and sibling terribly.  No one else moved out here. I am a Left Coast to the bone now....but I miss them all.

It is my parents 60th wedding anniversary today. And a few months back my sweet little sister planned that we all get together in June. It has been 11 years since we were all in one place at my same sister's wedding. She is a gem a real angel. She planned and planned and tonight at my parents anniversary dinner was the big REVEAL.  I wish I could have been there to see my parents surprise reaction!!

I talk to my mom almost everyday, many times she said she wished we could all get together soon, I could not tell her the secret.

Now I cant wait to see everyone in June in Ohio my sister planned the reunion in http://www.nps.gov/cuva/index.htm
now that is cool we get to trail run, hike and bike all while spending time with my family!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Day 1

Every day is a day 1 a fresh start a new chance


Today is day 1

I don't have any goals currently to spark my exercise interest.

I am not signed up for a race with a countdown clock, my big bike ride is now an exciting memory Palos Verdes hills all 60 miles of it done.

So my question to myself this morning is WHY? Do I need to scramble and find another race to keep me exercising? I think not. For awhile I will run because it brightens my mood and makes my feel better.

Exercise is my medicine. And today I am working but after work a sunset run will be perfect!

Everyday is a new chance, a clean slate a day 1

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I hate Facebook



I have recently de-activated my Facebook account.
 I made an impulse decision about a month ago to de-activate my account without telling anyone even my family and closest friends. I just did it for me because I am addicted to the site. I would post endless pictures and comment and stare at everyone's posts. I would see who was doing what with who when and how.....but I was doing none of that. I was sitting on a chair staring into a screen and doing almost nothing. I had to take care of myself I had to de-activate. It had unintended consequences. I thought I was taking care of myself but I hurt people by not sharing what I was doing.
People I love thought I doing something to them, my family and friends were hurt. So that is why I hate Facebook.
I dont have the self control to use the site. Like an alcoholic who can not even take a little sip of wine I as a Facebook addict can not go on the site, ever.
I had to pop in and apologize but I can not go back on ever. I sure hope this Facebook runs its course and dies like myspace did!
Not going on Facebook after spending hours each day on there has not been easy. Many many times I wanted to re-activate my account but then I remember I cant. I am addicted.

Since I de-activated my account I have been thinking, walking, riding, running, cleaning, planning parties, organizing my house, planting my garden and really just have been enjoying my life more.
I stopped comparing myself to everyone, worried why I wasn't invited to the random events I saw photos of, stopped knowing more about people than was necessary. I have to say life is good.
Have you ever considered how Facebook has impacted your life?