Monthly Archive:: October 2012

I had an unexpected day off from work today due to Hurricane Sandy.  I was home to accept my Vegan Food Swap package.  My grandson Dylan was very excited to see the package arrive and helped me open it! Courtney  http://courtneyfos.com/  my swapper really hit it out of the park with my swap.  You will notice in the photo the blueberry almond bite bag is open. It  did not come that way. I tore right into them. They are delicious. I love the swap because it helps me fill my purse and desk with great vegan snack options that I never take the time to search for at the store. Thank you Courtney. If you are interested in being part of a challenge here is the [&hellip

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Lets  talk about another important learning in my running journey.  The knees. The skill of running I learned is all about forward motion.  DUH!  you are moving quickly  toward a goal.  This is great if you do so at a gradual pace letting your muscles, tendons and ligaments all adjust as you increase your workout intensity and mileage. You can do this by adding strength training to your workout routine like cross fit or yoga for runners.  This is the smart way. I did not do that. I tried to keep to a running schedule but also pushed myself every time I felt good at the end of a run to go a little faster. I tried yoga  a couple of times, but had a [&hellip

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That was me 15 months ago…. I am coming up on my running anniversary.  Nov. 4, 2011- NYRR Dash to the Finish Line was my first 5 K race. My time was 37:32.  The journey to that first race began in June 2011 with my commitment to run/walk 30 minutes a day. People ask me all the time how I got started running and that is the truth.  thats what I did.  I committed to every day 30 minutes walking less and running more and working toward a 3 mile goal. My equipment list: Nike Pegasus sneakers.  I went to Lady Foot Locker and asked them for a good pair of beginner running shoes and the young lady pointed me in the best direction.  This [&hellip

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I just finished being part of a great blogger chat with the #fitblog community all about your fitness bucket list. My number 1 bucket list item is to run a half marathon and raise money for charity. After reading all the positive blogger recaps of the Nike SF marathon and half marathons, I decided to join Team in Training for April 2013 and raise money for the Leukemia and lymphoma society.  I am incredibly happy to be part of this effort. Here is a link to my fundraising page. http://pages.teamintraining.org/nyc/nikewhlf13/gophyllisgo I know many of you have experience with team in training and with fundraising so I would love to hear your thoughts on how to hit the fundraising part of this head on. I will [&hellip

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Well. i tried to bake a vegan cupcake last weekend and it failed miserably. I could not take them into work they were so bad. I tried to buy one with a five mile radius of my house in Stamford CT and while  I found a very pretty one, but the taste was awful. But the silver linings ( yes there are two) to this post are: I ran my first virtual race and it was a blast.  It was fun to join the Run with Jess facebook grouphttps://www.facebook.com/RUNwJESS?fref=ts  and sign up get the tshirt and record my time.  I will try harder and recruit others to run next time. The baker at Mrs Greens gave me the following suggestion for a good vegan cake [&hellip

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I had a bit of a blog block since Staten Island.  I reached out to some great friends, Jen #momsgottarun and Nurys@irunnyc77 and Laura@lryamin to talk it out. The are all so inspiring and great women .  After listening to them, it dawned on me, its not all about a race. This blog is not about a race its about me and my transformation from a unfit and low energy person. Its not about training for one event, its about living my life better every day. Its not about just doing it for me, its about getting this message out to help other people. So in other words, get off the blog block and blog already! Thank you so much for helping me get off [&hellip

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The Staten Island Half Marathon Recap I had been planning to run this race with my daughter for several weeks.  12 to be exact and it paid off. The race day forecast had been calling for rain but the rain held off until right after I crossed the finish line.  I had hoped to do better than my Philly half time of 2:39 and I did!  My official time was 2:32 but I did stop for a potty station break so I am calling it 2:30. I had visualized 2:30 as my goal and it was amazing to make it.  I felt great after the race and had a case of the runners giggles.  Anyone else get those?  I was so happy and excited and [&hellip

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I learned so much over the last year about the role of food in my life.  Food is essential we all have to take in calories in order to fuel the engine? But it’s all about finding the right type of fuel. I am a Ford Fusion, I run on Ethanol a corn based fuel.   Over the last year of research for my autoimmune issues, I started eliminating foods from my diet to see if it made an impact on my overall health.  I started in Jan. 2012 with the PCRM  21 day Vegetarian Kickstart.http://pcrm.org/kickstartHome/index.cfm  At the end of January, I already felt a change and I was ready to try the next step eliminating dairy.  That was so much harder.  No eggs was [&hellip

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Hello Everyone, This post is dedicated to all my very dear friends that I follow on twitter.  I call you all my friends even if we have not met, because  without your posts and information I would never have gotten to where I am today. Amanda- Runtothefinish.com- you are one stop shopping for how to learn to run. You encouraged me without even knowing me.  Your tweets sounded like they were talking to me!  I am your # 1` fan.  I will be cheering you on at the NYC Marathon! Florida is a looking good! Jess- Runwithjess.com- you have the whole practice of physical fitness down to an art.  I am reading all the books on your library recommendations and getting so inspired. ” could [&hellip

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Today I received this email and I was so happy.  Since I was at the Healthy Living Summit and I met so many wonderful bloggers that are part of these great communities like sweat pink and fitfluential I have wanted to be part of it. I applied for both and I started working on my messaging with all the tools I have learned from the summit and from what I know from my day job 🙂 Slowly I can see some traction, I am hearing every once in a while.. ” I read on your blog”  or I will talk to someone that was at a race I was at and we will be instant friends because we have that connection.  I hope that I [&hellip

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