The More You Run, the Sooner It’s Done


Some people are born runners. Others are not. I fall firmly into the later category. I love triathlons for the swimming and cycling that keep me from having to do too much running in a long race. So, my mantra for running is: the more I run, the sooner I’ll be done. This mantra really helps me when I’m tired after the first two events and feel like walking. Actually, it helps me in runs … Continue reading

Inspired by Oprah


My grandmother in heaven was smiling at me a few weeks as I attended Oprah’s Live the Life You Want weekend. She could never miss an episode of Oprah. Oprah was her expert for everything (and she never got to see Oprah in person), so I was thinking about her often as I attended Saturday’s all-day inspirational workshop. The weekend opened with Deepak Chopra and a grounding meditation. He reminded us that we see the … Continue reading

Trying the Tri Again


If you read my posts last year, Sari to Tri, you know that triathlons is a family-sport for us. My MIL proved it again by competing in her first open water sprint triathlon. She completed it in 1:48! The cut-off time was 1:50, so improving by several minutes was necessary for her not to be DQed. By completing it in time, she got 2nd place. 1st place was running right beside her and finished only … Continue reading

Not a Dr. Oz Fan, But…


I’m not a Dr. Oz fan. It probably started when he sounded like a mouthpiece for the AMA trying to scare everyone about the dangers of raw milk. He talked about the dangers without talking about the problems of pasteurized milk and why raw milk is supposed to be healthier. He also didn’t concede that raw milk producers who are licensed by the state have to go through a lot more testing and keep cleaner … Continue reading

Glow Run: A family motivator


A glow run is a great way to motivate the family to move. My family just did a night-time 5k glow run. It gave the children a reason to run 3 miles. My older child is 7, and my younger turned 6 just before the race. We started training about 5 weeks before the race date. The first week, the kids ran 1.5 miles. The next week 2 miles. Then, we increased gradually after that. They … Continue reading

Allergies: Genetic or Environment? Where do allergies come from?

Where do allergies come from? New studies have some answers… My husband only recently developed environmental allergies. He blames it on me, calling them sympathy allergies, kind of like sympathy pregnancy pains & cravings. Well, we know that isn’t true (his are developed over time to allergen exposure), but I have considered the fact that I have a lot of allergies, a reason that my son has allergies, especially food allergies. Researchers have found that … Continue reading

My Nutrition Kryptonite My Kryptonite

We all have a kryptonite, something that weakens our otherwise strong-willed decision making. For me, it is cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies. I must eat them when put in front of me. If they are in my house, they will not be for long. A lot of the time, I purposefully buy other kinds of dessert: ice cream, puddings, pies, and cakes. These desserts are no temptation for me. I can easily give them to … Continue reading

Train Like a Man How to lift weights for women

Too many women fall for the myth of strength training: that men and women should lift weights differently. It isn’t true. I don’t care if you aerobic instructor who got her training back in the 80s says so. A lot of instructors, yoga or aerobic, just repeat things they have heard other instructors say without any real back-up. Women gain strength in the same way that men do: by gradually lifting more weight. Some women … Continue reading