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Triathlon (3 of 5): Bike

Monday, June 11, 2012      10 comments

There are no pictures of this section. Use your imagination. This out-n-back takes us into town and back again. We were on normal roads, not closed to traffic although there were police at intersections holding back traffic. I was so gra... Read more

Triathlon (2 of 5): Swim

Monday, June 11, 2012      13 comments

After deep but short sleep, its time. The alarm found both me and my sister waiting in anticipation. I had laid out my clothes the night before. So I sling them on, my sister applied my tattoo numbers, we brush teeth and hit the door. ... Read more

Triathlon (1 of 5): Prologue

Sunday, June 10, 2012      9 comments

Triathlon (1 of 5): Prologue To say I was nervous before this weekend was an understatement. Unsettled, anxious, jumpy, frayed are also words that spring to mind. I made a list and checked it twice. I spent 2 days packing. Worried ... Read more

I'm Number One!

Sunday, June 10, 2012      8 comments

I am the #1 finisher for the HITS Hunter Mtn Sprint Triathlon in the Athena 39 and under! Does it count if there was nobody else in the category?!... Read more

The accidental vegetarian

Tuesday, June 05, 2012      10 comments

I was going to title this "High Carbing and Feeling Gross" but that is a sad title dont you think? This one is much more optimistic. Normally, I keep to a higher protein diet with lower carb numbers than the tracker says. (Its constantly ... Read more

An Optimist and an Ironman walk into a pond....

Friday, June 01, 2012      12 comments

Or, My Adventure Getting a Wetsuit or How I Spent $40 for a 1.5 hour 1-1 Coaching Session with a real Ironman and got this wetsuit for free! -------------------------- (ring-ring) -Hi. I'm going to be doing your triathlon on June ... Read more

6 Month Sparkiversary - And Why One Dress Matters to Me

Wednesday, May 30, 2012      16 comments

Pardon me while I repeat myself, but its part of the story: My lifetime peak weight was in November/ Dec 2010: 197. The 2011 New Year's Resolution was to Get Serious. So using the simple technique of "Dont eat like a pig" I managed to loo... Read more

Salads: Instruments of Fat Destruction

Thursday, May 24, 2012      8 comments

Yes, we all know we should be getting our veggies. I thought I would show you MY favorites to keep around in the fridge. I find the hardest part of getting my veggies in, is finding the time to prep them. Its gets annoying. Each of these tak... Read more

Oh, that you should have my problems

Wednesday, May 23, 2012      13 comments

A real (but embellished) problem currently in my household: Child: What's for dinner mommy? (eats a snow pea) Me: Chicken Child: Ew! I dont like meat! (eats a cherry tomato) Me: Ok, I can rock the vegetarian thing. Would you like... Read more

A cautionary tale

Saturday, May 19, 2012      7 comments

Needed to pick up DH's tux and then head to the wedding rehearsal & dinner. I had been good all day in anticipation of the dinner....and I was STARVING. So we decide a quick swing thru Wendy's for Frosty's would do the trick. And we split a m... Read more

Wardrobe Issues

Friday, May 18, 2012      9 comments

Yesterday, the seasonal switch happened, when I put all the sweaters away and take out all the shorts. And as much as I hate doing this, it provided a little muscle to the need to prune my wardrobe. As healthy as I feel, its becoming dif... Read more

My tracker today is a complete work of fiction

Sunday, May 13, 2012      4 comments

We went out for brunch this morning. I was starving when I woke up and had 1 cup of fruit salad and told my stomach to be satisfied until 10am. I ate the things I wanted to eat (ham! english muffin with eggs, ham & cheese on top, turkey in gra... Read more

About my head "injury"

Friday, May 11, 2012      8 comments

A very funny letter I just got from my sister: "We're a bit worried about your obvious untreated head injury. Its the only explanation for this triathlon thing. Of course the other alternative is that you're awesomely stubborn and goal-orien... Read more

Yet Another Reason to Shop Local

Tuesday, May 08, 2012      6 comments

Or at least within the United States:
-south-asia-17981323 Chinese farmers use formaldehyde on cabbages as preservative. I dont know if these cabbages make their way into the US market... Read more

Want Spinach?

Monday, May 07, 2012      4 comments

I'm currently eating a wilted spinach salad that is so large, I had to use one of the serving bowls to eat it from. Relax, I used ham instead of bacon. Some jack-wagon ripped all of the spinach out of one of the shared plots in the Communi... Read more

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