Monday, October 13, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I conquered it!

Well I did it!  After years of saying I was going to, I finally did it!  I was one of nearly 4200 participants to battle the 27 degree temperatures with 80% humidity at 8:00am on  Sunday morning to battle the 10 mile race.




Walking up to the start corral I was shaking with nerves, the sea of brightly colored runners daunting.  I climbed over the rope and said greeted the runners around me (I babble when I'm nervous).  The gun sounded and we shuffled forward as a group waiting for the crowd to scatter a little before picking up pace.

Did I mention how hot it was?  By the time I hit the 2.5 mile water station I was parched!  But, I kept going, listening to the pounding of feet all around me. The experience was unreal - people on the side lines were cheering, spraying runners with personal hoses, handing out water soaked sponges and ice chips, candy and raisins.  I saw several signs along the route cheering people on, there was one lady about mile 5 who had a sign declaring "free hugs" and I needed one, so I stopped to hug her and cried a little.  I shed tears a couple times when complete strangers called out my name and shouted encouragement.

Coming around the final corner I could hear names of runners being called as they crossed the finish line and it seemed so far away, I could see anxious faces awaiting their family and friends, and I wanted my family.  I kept going.

Hearing my name comping over the speaker announcing that I had indeed do it, made me spill a few more tears.  Having a finisher's medal placed around my neck and hearing "good job" stopped the tear and elicited the biggest smile possible.  I did it!


it took me 2.14 hours but I DID IT! and will do it again :)

*up next - Commander Gander! and possibly the Huffin Puffin


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I got the runs

OK, so that is perhaps not the best title - but well I do.  I have managed to pull my big butt over the finish lines of three (3) races in 30 days!

the first I already mentioned - where I took 5 mins of my last year's time!

my 2nd race was my very first 10K on Canada Day

thirdly I took another 1/2 minute off my 5K time this weekend past! (do you see the icebergs in the back)

Less than 2 weeks until my next, and biggest race (the Tely10) I am still trying to kick my sugar habit!
I CAN do this!

something I learned the hard way - too much sugar free candy will give you the other kind of runs :(

Friday, June 27, 2014

I'm detoxing - bad

We need to talk about that white powdery substance that makes me feel good.   can't seem to keep it off my mind. It keeps me coming back for more.  The more I have the more I want.  It always manages to sneak its way into my thoughts.   No matter how many times I tell myself I'm giving it up, no matter how many times I hide it away, no matter how many times I tell myself I can have it in moderation- I find myself elbow deep in a bag of gummy bears, sucking Reese's off my fingers or licking the batter out of the mixing bowl!  Hi, my name is Dawn, and I'm addicted to sugar, it has been 3 weeks since my last fix.

I am doing my version of the clean eating thing again - its kind of a paleo/low carb/no sugar hybrid that better lends itself to living around the bay.  I can cut the carbs, the alcohol, the dairy and the processed foods no problem - but sugar is always on my mind.  I wake up with salivating from the previous night's  Willie Wonka-ish dream.  The worst part of my detox should be over - but I'm sitting here today chewing my nails wondering how to get my next fix.

I WILL NOT BREAK!  I WILL NOT GIVE IN!  I WILL NOT!  OMG I WANT SUGAR!



I need THIS! I need a Kitchen Safe Then I could hide my sweets safely away and not sabotage myself.  (hint hint Husband I think you should buy it for me)


I will not have sugar today *fingers crossed*





Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I'm such a flake

Time is just not my friend!!  I can't believe since I blogged again.  I have so many projects - er idea things on the go right now I can't seem to keep the days straight.  We'll go with the short update....

Me and Husband went with M and her boyfriend to Mexico (during the A to Z challenge) where I got a wicked bad sunburn on the 1st day, but didn't let it get me down.  We chilled on the beach, ate strange things, swam in Cenotes, participated in Myan blessings, climbed ruins, learned a few new phrases, and got chased by a giant iguana trying to steal my hamburger!


We came back from Mexico all burned up to find that the harbour was packed with ice.  Kiddo went on trip with her school band, then she had her school concert.  Then she sang Bobbie McGee and played Elphaba in her Voice conert.

Then my friend Debbie came down from Ontario to visit.  She loved the scenery, the row houses and George Street, but didn't like the cold.





We went on an ice berg tour, and I may or may not have got up close and personal with a berg.  Ok, I did I got sooo close my hands were all over it!  (which is a big deal - and you really should not get that close)




 
Then on Father's Day I ran the same 5K race I ran last year (here) by myself and managed to take 5 minutes off my time!  This year M was out of town.  I finally did something I have been talking about for a long time - I registered for the Tely10 a 10 mile road race!!! {{I shiver with nerves every time I think about it}}




And now some of the bergies are melting and the harbours are filling up with growlers and bergy bits.  Kiddo is studying for final exams.  And I still have too many project/idea things :)  BUT I'm gonna try not to be such a flake!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Z Z Zucchini

Zucchini serves as a good source of vitamin C. A water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C dissolves in your body fluids and protects your cells from free radicals, which are highly reactive compounds that oxidize your DNA, lipids and proteins, causing cellular damage. Getting enough vitamin C in your diet also aids in nerve cell communication, helps your body metabolize cholesterol and keeps your tissues strong.
Zucchini also provides you with lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytonutrients that belong to the carotenoid family, which is the same nutrient family that includes beta-carotene, a source of vitamin A. Lutein and zeaxanthin promote healthy eyesight. They filter light rays as they enter your eye, helping to ensure that harmful rays can't damage your eye tissues.

With only 21 calories per cup Zucchini makes an amazing pasta substitute in my house, I also love it in stir fries but my favorite is zucchini bread!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Y Ya Yams




Yams are members of the Dioscoreae family. Depending upon the yam variety, of which there are about 200, its flesh may be of varying colors including white, ivory, yellow or purple while its thick skin may either be white, pink or brownish-black. Their shape is long and cylindrical (oftentimes having offshoots referred to as "toes") while their exterior texture is rough and scaly. Yams have a very starchy and slippery texture and when cooked, will either be creamy or firm, depending upon the variety. Their taste is earthy and hardy, with most varieties having minimal, if any, sweetness

Yams are an excellent source of vitamins C and B6, with 1 cup providing approximately 20 percent of your daily requirement of each of these nutrients.