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Showing posts from October 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Campy!!

Campy, You have been with us for 2 years and today we celebrate your 3rd birthday here on Earth. We aren't quite sure what happened to you when you were born and why you ended up on the street, but we are grateful that you were found behind a building and finally rescued. Not knowing what we were getting ourselves into when we found you on, we couldn't resist this dog named "Sparky" and his long, long legs and cute, cuddly face. Turns out, you have changed our life. We wake up every morning excited to start the day and coming home from work is always a happy time for us. Seeing your expression when we walk through the front door, and hearing you from our 3rd floor bedroom window, is absolutely priceless. You'd think after 2 years you would get tired of jumping up and down and kissing us when we come home but of course not. You remind us every day how much you love us and how thankful you are to have a roof over your head, a yummy meal twice a day an

Hawaiian Quinoa Pineapple Tofu Salad - Creations

Back in October 2007 I was about to participate in my 2nd Ironman...the Ironman World Championships. I was injured, scared and overwhelmed but somehow, I did it....and managed to keep a smile on my face for most of the 140.6 miles. I've started and finished every Ironman I have signed up for because at the end of the day, my heart is set on finishing what I started. As of now, I have some unfinished business on the magical island that is Kona. I never wanted to relive that painful experience of racing injured in Kona but somehow my stubbornness got the best of me. Ever since Sept 2007, I raced and trained some-what injured. Sure, I set some PR's and had some good races but overall, it hasn't been fun to want to improve my performance and have a physical limiter. Fast forward to 2010 and I am 100% injury free, healthy and 365 days (give or take a day or two) away from racing in my 5th Ironman...the Ironman World Championships....did I mention I am 6 1/2 months away from bei

Nutrient dense meal planning

The last FREE online Iron Girl newsletter was filled with great articles! I am so excited to see the new 2011 Iron Girl race schedule!! Online registration opens for all events (except 1) on December 31st!! If you are thinking about doing your first triathlon or are looking for a top-notch all-women triathlon/duathlon/running/walking event....I highly recommend registering for one of the many events in the Iron Girl event series. Two of my favorites are Iron Girl Clearwater 15K and Iron Girl Atlanta (triathlon). I hope you enjoy my latest article in Iron Girl!! Nutrient Dense Meal Planning "The best strategy for promoting optimal health and reducing the risk for chronic disease is to choose a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods," according to the American Dietetic Association (1). However, living in a nation filled with processed food - and very good marketing - means very little meal planning and plenty of calorie-dense options. Now-a-days, there is nothing unusual about pu

Art of Recovery: Part II

When was the last time you had an amazing workout....followed by several more amazing workouts? When was the last time you had a horrible workout...followed by several more horrible workouts? Do your legs feel fresh or do they feel heavy and tired? Is your head in the game or are you feeling directionless and without reason to continue training? Do you feel as if you can never fully give 100% to your workout, as well as giving 100% to the rest of your daily responsibilities? Do you feel as if you can never gain control over your appetite or perhaps, you don't really have the appetite that you are use to? Do you feel as if your training is something you "have to do" because you signed up for the event or something that you "want to do"? Do you have a lingering injury that just never seems to heal itself? Over the last 4 weeks, how many times have you given yourself a day to sleep in and wake up without an alarm clock in order to ensure a restful night of rest? An