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Dinner Decisions

Thursday, September 27, 2012      9 comments

Its Open House night at school. I find it easier to stay late than go home and then come back. My decision is compounded by distance. In the past, the department would all get together for dinner together as a rare social occasion. This sch... Read more

How to Get Rid of Cookies

Thursday, September 20, 2012      17 comments

When I was living solo, I always kept chocolate chips in the house. I never bought icecream, cookies or candy, because its easier to resist those things if you have to go out and get them. But sometimes you WANT. That's what the chips were fo... Read more

What's on my iPod

Saturday, September 15, 2012      7 comments

Music is motivating right? Keeps us going thru the hard workouts, the hills and when we're 80% done with the run or bike. Unless you are me. When headed out for a 5 miler (60 min) or another task that needs to be accomplished (house d... Read more

Zucchini is my Secret Weapon

Wednesday, September 12, 2012      14 comments

En Guarde! Well no, not really. But if you have a recipe that you would like to improve the health benefits, keep moisture, while being mostly invisible to all but the most dedicated vegetable hater -- try zucchini. I've subbed 50% for th... Read more

I get by with a little help from my SparkFriends

Sunday, September 09, 2012      14 comments

One of the unfortunate realities of teaching is the number of germ toting kids you come in contact with. Since I've been out of the game a few years, I no longer have an immune system you can bounce quarter off of....and I got some kind of ick.... Read more

Go wish Doglady Lood Guck

Saturday, September 08, 2012      6 comments

She has her first Triathlon on Sunday. I know how hard she has worked at her fitness and conquering fears and foes. I know she is going to do great at this, but a few extra angels giving a lift... that never hurts.... Read more

Finding my new normal

Friday, August 31, 2012      15 comments

(Apologies in advance. I am typing this on a tablet, and sometimes the zpelling goes wonky.) For 2 long years I have been out of work. The first year was a haze of depression and stubbornly putting one foot in front of another just to get... Read more

Middletown/ Monroe "Just Tri It!" Race Review

Tuesday, August 28, 2012      15 comments

My last race of the season and basically, I did it because the location is fairly close to where I grew up. I had heard a few "friends of friends" talk about it, so I was hopeful there would be someone I knew to race with. Turns out, nobody, b... Read more

Yes, I believe that is do-able

Saturday, August 25, 2012      13 comments

Just a quick one before Child comes back from Grandparent's house. Today's Tri was a smidge shorter than West Point (.3mile swim instead of .5 - other distances the same: 13 mile bike and 3.1 mile run) However given that I did one only... Read more

West Point Triathlon: I'll be here next year!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012      14 comments

I live a hop, skip & jump from one of the oldest military institutions in the United States: West Point. I've been to concerts, the Museum (largest collection of arms & armory in the Western Hemisphere!) Mother's Day at the hotel and rambled ar... Read more

Its a small victory

Monday, August 13, 2012      17 comments

This should be viewed as a Part 2 for the Swedish Fish Experiment blog: 1) Tried out my new Athleta workout top and bikini shorts bottom on a 20 mile bike ride to see if they would be acceptable for my Triathlon on Sunday Aug 19th. Yep. W... Read more

The new sneakers, new sports bra, swedish fish experiment

Thursday, August 09, 2012      14 comments

A few people said "Wha..?" or some variant on my status update yesterday. 1) While on vacation, I went to New Balance outlet in Maine and got some new sneakers. Yesterday was their first outing. 2) I snuck out of the funeral to go to... Read more

Aliens have kidnapped my brain

Monday, August 06, 2012      17 comments

Scene: yesterday's 3 mile trail run Me: Wow, that was a great run. I wish it could have been longer. (pause) WTF??? - WHO AM I???... Read more

Question for the Triathletes (& other endurance junkies)

Saturday, August 04, 2012      5 comments

Triathlon A -- West Point is going to be August 19th. I've already paid. Yes I will attend. Triathlon B - Middletown Y will be August 25. Only 1/3 mi swim, a hilly 14 miles but a dead flat (Rail Trail) 3 mile run. This can also be done ... Read more

Avoiding bad decisions

Thursday, August 02, 2012      10 comments

If its one thing I have learned on Spark, its that I make bad food decisions when I am tired. Today has been a slog. We went to the County Fair last night. Yes, I brought my calories in and splurged on a few things, but overall nutritiona... Read more


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