Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Read an interesting artical about "hidden holidays". We all plan and are thoughtful for Thanksgiving and Christmas. In the summer, tho, the holidays are more subtle -- weddings, picnics, grad parties, even just enjoying the long evenings with "a cold one"
Celebrate but beware of those sneaky calories.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Flutopia institute is flautists working to improve the world.
Saturday was their 5k. It was very different and fun.
It was misty to start- the chalk drawings on the sidewalk began to run.
As we waited around the organizer gave musicians assignments.
We took off to a group playing Flight of the Bumblebee. Fun!
We did two laps around the park and this is what we enjoyed-- the flautists, a salsa drumming group, a brass band playing Sousa, an 8 year old singing an opera , a bluegrass fiddler, a young couple singing, a clarinetist, some more flutes. We got to enjoy each performer twice. We were encouraged to clap, wave, whoop.
At the end where you got your water and snack, another group. i think you may be able to see finishers behind the flautist.
The race benefitted Doctors Without Borders. For an extra $3 I bought a recorder for the children they see on mission trips.
All in all, a great way to spend my Saturday AM.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
I've had a bunch of mini blogs in my head this week, so here goes.
Flutopia is the 5K race next weekend. It's in nearby State College PA -- along the 3.1 miles, they have musicians (including flautists) to serenade you. It supports Doctors without Boarders, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, and for an extra $3 you can donate a recorder for a child at a mission site.
In one of my favorite holiday movies, the character Judy the elf says something to the effect that for Scott (who will become Santa) seeing is believing, but for children, believing is seeing. Well, I fall with the adults in one aspect now-- during the Julu 4 5k, I looked down at one point and could SEE some pretty toned quads. Those squats are paying off!
And speaking of squats, I seem to be sliding off my latest plateau and I think I owe it to having done ST three times this week. I have also been TRYING to track but it is a little harder when you cook things-- like for lunch I had a spark recipe that I switched up a little because I always start and realize I need to sub something. (I forget to read the WHOLE recipe before I start)
Let's talk food a bit, too. What "cheats" do you use? Artificial sweeteners like Truvia? V8 for your veggies? Laughing Cow Lite Cheese? I do all of these, but sometimes I feel like they are shortcuts--but are shortcuts bad or brilliant?
Met up with a friend who is new to running and doing a C to 5K program. It was fun to be the "seasoned jock" to give advice like my favorite walk/run app- Podcaster that really helps me keep pace. My phone is too old for Runkeeper or MapMyWalk but at least this helps me keep time if not distance.
That's my ramble for the day. Hope you have a great day. More on Flutopia next weekend!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Which are more comfortable?
Meeting your calorie range or putting bad food in your mouth mindlessly?
Wearing clothes that are not tight or eating a whole box of Mac and Cheese?
Feeling in control or snacking on a thick PB &J
Meeting your goals or a row of oreos?
Have a day of feeling comfortable.
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