Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Transitioning from Summer to Fall

We have had such an unually warm and dry Summer season that I almost hate to see Fall coming.  Not since the first year we lived on the sailboat... in the Summer of 2002, has the weather been as good as this.... only a fraction of the rain that we normally get, and hot, hot days.  Lovely.

But for the past couple of day it has been raining off and on... the temps are cooler and now that the days are noticeably shorter, too, it does feel like Fall cannot be too far away.  It is September 1st after all!

I know I have to make some changes.. in my eats and in my food prep, and also in my workouts and most important of all, in my mindset and attitude.   I am one of the few people I know (other than The Captain who is like a heat-seeking missile) that has not complained about the hot and dry weather one time this Summer.  Yes, I know we needed the rain.  I am not complaining about that either, but...

I know I cannot forestall the changing of the seasons... I cannot control the weather, so I really must get ready and embrace what I do love about Fall in order to continue to have fun with my workouts and my eats and not be miserable.

I will miss the horse-drawn carriages that bring the tourists past my home... I will miss the turtles basking in the sunshine on the log in the lake across the street... and I will miss the beautiful Summer flowers... but there are so many things about Fall that I really do love.

Here are some of my favorite things about this time of year:

  • Pumpkin everything!  I love pumpkins and squashes and so making soups, and stews, and exprerimenting with waffles, and pancakes and protein cakes is going to be amazing!

Love TJ's pumpkin butter and hope to pick up more soon.

  • I have new rain jackets and rain shoes so I can get outside and walk and hike even when it is wet for days on end, and not be soggy!

I couldn't make up my mind between these Eddie Bauer jackets so I got them both!

  • I like running in the cooler weather and would actually rather run in longer capris and long sleeved shirts than shorts and tanks.  

And on a gloomy day, bright colors make it all more fun.

  • I love candlelight and now it is getting dark enough to light dinner candles again.  YAY!
Funny how our special at-home dinners often include sushi!

What about you?  What is your favorite thing about the changing of the seasons?

Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to with the coming of Fall?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Celebrating Girlfriends in August

I missed the boat!

It has just come to my attention that August 1st was National Girlfriend Day... but I am going to jump aboard now and get in on the fun before August is over!  I love my girlfriends and do celebrate them in a variety of ways,  and I also love to share great information with all of you.

I discovered this infographic recently from Oscar Insurance, as they are creating awareness on women's health and preventative care along with their  New York based health insurance.

It outlines the tests, screenings, and vaccinations that women might want to have at various ages throughout our lives, in order to stay on top of our health and wellness. it outlines the tests, screenings, and vaccinations that women might want to have at various ages throughout our lives, in order to stay on top of our health and wellness.

I know that I am somewhat lax occasionally about these things too.... but honestly, I have just booked a mammogram and a Pap test for the beginning of October when I return from a little time away.

Have a look... are there any items on this list that you need to take care of soon?

Are there any other tests or screenings that you think should be added to the list?

How do you celebrate the special girlfriends in your life?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

5 Lessons I Have Learned From Exercise

I have been playing the fitness game for most of my adult life... as a child, I was a chubby bookworm, who would always opt for a book or a game or a puzzle rather than playing outside running or playing sports.  I loved to do crafts, and paint, and I spent lots of happy time alone with those activities.

But as I got older and opened my social circle, I was attracted to very active, very adventurous people and I wanted to tag along with them on their fun and exciting activities. It started with outdoor activities such as hiking and backpacking in the Rocky Mountains, downhill and cross country skiing, and even running.  But eventually I started working out to enhance my abilities in those activities. Soon exercise and fitness became part of my daily routine, and now I wouldn't have it any other way.

I really feel like exercise has been a gift in my life... and has taught me some amazing lessons. Here are some of them:

1.  Exercises gives me a feeling of empowerment and confidence.

I have learned that bearing down and pushing through a workout or a run when I don't really want to, or don't really feel like it makes me feel stronger both mentally and physically.  I have learned that I am more capable of challenging physical activities than I ever thought possible.  Hiking narrow, slippery, gravel trails in the mountains and also sailing in less than perfect conditions are mentally difficult for me, and the feeling of accomplishment these things have given me affords me mental strength to draw upon when I am faced with new and scary situations.

2.  Exercise gives me balance.

I still have a tendency to withdraw, be introverted, put my nose in a book or in my laptop, and spend idle hours in mental workouts. I know that being physically active helps me be more well-rounded, more social, and more outgoing.

3.  Exercise gives me a mental lift when I am feeling a bit down.

There is nothing like the endorphin rush from a sweaty, hard, outdoor run to put a smile on my face. If I am cranky or unsettled for any reason, putting on my running shoes and heading outside gives me a chance to sort it out and I always come back feeling better.  Getting sweaty offers me great mental release.

4.  Exercise gives me the opportunity to learn more about myself.

I love paying attention to the way my body reacts to various movements.  I learn where I am weakest, less flexible, and also how my body functions.  I have learned that I cannot out-work a lousy diet. It's all good information.

5. Exercise has taught me patience.

This is a big one for me as I was born a bit deficient in this area. I like to say my older Sister got all the patience and there was none left for me.  But training for a half marathon taught me to add mileage and distance s-l-o-w-l-y to my routine so that I didn't get hurt.  Weight lifting has taught me that building muscle takes time and effort. Nothing happens overnight.  I have learned not to give up, but to perservere, with patience and sometimes even grace!

What lessons have you learned from exercise?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

And This Week...

... got off to an wonderful start with a quick cup of coffee and a banana followed by a short but speedy run around the neighborhood. It was quite warm already when we headed out at 8:45 a.m. so I kept it short and sweet, just over 3 km, and tried a new route.  I think my speed work is paying off.

We somehow got caught up in the middle of a Sunday group from our local Running Room store and kept pace with them for a few blocks till they veered off in a different direction.  Actually it was kinda fun and that is something I may pursue.

We came home and drank lots of water and then I stretched while I put together a wonderful breakfast for us both. I had part of a leftover baked sweet potato in the fridge so mashed that together with some vanilla protein powder, eggs, flax, and cinnamon, and made waffles... Mmmm... topped with a bit of syrup (sugar free for  me) and some shredded coconut.  I am good for hours now.... oops, sorry for the fuzzy pic!

Here are some things I am looking forward to this week:

Continuing our Metabolic Aftershock workouts... we are doing this 9 week series again and taking a break from traditional strength training.  The leg workouts are killer and I hate love them.

Eating these yummy cherry tomatoes that are growing in our balcony garden.  Does anything taste better than fresh tomatoes?  I cannot imagine what it would be.

Reading the inspiring and motivating articles in these Weight Watchers publications.

Making more of these lovely little High Fibre Egg White Muffins. You can find the recipe on my food blog We can begin to feed... if you are interested. I love them for after workout snacks, particularly on my low carb days.  And they are really good slathered in nut butter or creamy cheese.

Trying this recipe for Tumeric Tea or Golden Milk.  Isn't that a lovely name? I am jumping on the tumeric bandwagon and going to make sure to have a cup of this every day this week.  On my low carb days, I will use stevia instead of honey as the sweetener.  I have been reading more and more about the health benefits of tumeric, particularly when it comes to inflammation and I am going to see if it will help me.

Tasting these new North Coast Naturals vegan protein powders that just arrived in my mail box. Thank you NCN.  I can't wait to use them in some new recipes.

Adding some ENERGYbits back into my diet on a daily basis.  I tend to use them very sporadically and forget to take them regularly. This week, I am going to start filling a tin and keeping it on the kitchen counter so I see it when I get up each morning.  I really do like the benefits that a daily serving gives me.  If you are interested, I have a discount code EATRUNSAIL that will give you 25% off your purchase of ENERGYbits or RECOVERYbits.  And yes, if I ever in my lifetime, have it used a certain number of times, I would qualify for a free bag... dreaming!

Planning a little trip off-Island in September. We are heading for a week's getaway to Vancouver, and a bit of shopping in Bellingham/Burlington, WA and then to Port Townsend, WA to visit another old and dear friend. It involves 3 different ferry trips and lots of scheduling but  I am looking forward to seeing some family, some friends and doing some cross-border shopping.  Yeah, the exchange rate on the Canadian dollar is awful right now!

So, what are you looking forward to this week?

Have you used ENERGYbits or RECOVERYbits before?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Get Lean Gluten Free Cookbook Review


I am reviewing a new cookbook that I have been using a lot the past several days over on my food blog today....

Why not head over there and check it out!  Even if you don't live gluten free, it is chock full of great recipes using whole, real foods... ingredients you likely already have on hand.

Have you seen it yet?  What do you think?