Still moving forward

30 Dec

Happy New Years Eve Everyone!

I had hoped that I would be running today and joining everyone on a virtual 5K tomorrow but this happened. I have been ignoring a pain in my foot since my run on Thursday and when I could not do my recovery yoga on Saturday morning I took myself to the drs.  Rest Ice and Elevate until  I see the ortho this week. There is nothing acute that says we will stop me from my 2013 race plans yet so I am hopeful.







Despite my one foot status, I was able to get myself moving  mostly upper body work of course .  I did miss my long run today.

Here is how my week ended up for the HBBC

5 runs- Thank you to everyone who ran for the Pams 5K

5 yogavibes work outs- love you Zooma race series for this training gift

6 strengths and core workouts- WOW was something else this week.

hit my veggies everyday.- can’t miss with a green smoothie and a salad everyday 🙂

On Wednesday I threw out every cookie that was sent home from the holidays.  It was tough to do, but i can’t do the sugar.  I love my family and they were very excited to share several vegan cookie recipes.

If you need a tip to keep you on  track for the rest of the challenge here is what has worked for me.

Never leave your house hungry!  I always eat before I go anywhere.

Have a good time ringing in the new year!


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Whirlwind of a week

23 Dec

Thanks to the HBBC group and my Team in Training group I have had alot of help keeping on the health and fitness routine.  I have decided that I just love training for half marathons.  Everything just falls into place.
My mantra this week was: If you stick to the plan, the excuses fall away.  It was something that just came to me when I was running in the morning.

So this week I had :

4 runs -Saturday I almost got blown off the path it was so windy!

3 yoga workouts – 1 at the gym and that class is so much better now.  Yogavibes online classes are the greatest for building confidence in your yoga practice.

6 strength and conditioning sessions

Love my fruits and veggies everyday.

I didn’t make all my Facebook check ins.  Newtown left me speechless.

This week in Team in Training, we focused on running form and I feel like even the subtle changes I have made so far are helping.  Amazing what some coaching can do.

I am so excited to have so many of my HBBC friends join me on Friday for the Virtual 5 K .  There are some great prizes up for grabs so let me know if you want in!

ll the info is here-


ProCompression Socks ( your choice) 4 sets of socks

Vega One gift box ( worth 35.00) 2 box sets

Larabar gift box ( worth 20.00)

Choice Organic Tea gift box ( 2 -4 box sets)

Sports Authority Gift card – 25.00 ( 2 gifts cards) gift card- 25.00 (2 gift cards)

SparklySouls headbands- 10 headbands!

So to be eligible for the prize drawing you have to do one of the following, if you do more than one you will double your chances.

1. On 12/28/12- run 3.1 or do 30 minutes of any exercise – leave a comment on the blog of what you did or tweet it using hashtag #pams30

2. Donate to my team in training site to Team In Training

The prize drawing will happen on 1.1.13.

Here is a special Happy Holiday picture from our dog Lion!







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Special Post-Christmas Delivery

23 Dec

On a Christmas Eve  thirty years ago, I spent the dinner  in the guest room of my in laws house with my husband timing contractions.

Little did I know that Pamela would wait until her due date to make her appearance three days later, otherwise I would not have missed the meal!

Since we all know its her birthday on Friday, don’t miss out on signing up for the Virtual 5K !  We have several prizes and so far very few people signed up so far!

So while you are scheduling the week,  plan 30 minutes of exercise and maybe you will get a special post Christmas delivery too!

All the info is here-


ProCompression Socks ( your choice) 4 sets of socks

Vega One gift box ( worth 35.00) 2 box sets

Larabar gift box ( worth 20.00)

Choice Organic Tea gift box ( 2 -4 box sets)

Sports Authority Gift card – 25.00 ( 2 gifts cards) gift card- 25.00 (2 gift cards)

SparklySouls headbands- 10 headbands!

So to be eligible for the prize drawing you have to do one of the following, if you do more than one you will double your chances.

1. On 12/28/12- run 3.1 or do 30 minutes of any exercise – leave a comment on the blog of what you did or tweet it using hashtag #pams30

2. Donate to my team in training site to Team In Training

The prize drawing will happen on 1.1.13.

Thats it.  Its all about bringing health and fitness to a family celebration.

Here is a recent picture of Pam and I.








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One lucky lady

18 Dec


I am the luckiest galfriday in the world.  My team in training fundraising was gifted by a wonderfully generous donation that put me well on the way to my goal.

There is the Pamela Birthday virtual 5K on 12-28-12 with lots of prizes for anyone who signs up and/or donates.  I hope you all join in.  If you don’t want to run that is fine!  just do any exercise for 30 minutes and leave a message on the blog.

This is Pamela at age 9 months. Adorable 🙂 I can’t believe she will be 30 on 12-28-12.  I remember this day like it was yesterday!

My very good blogger friends Laura and Renee contacted me about working together on a project for next year.

They are so awesome and just to brainstorm with them was great.

Once I know more about it I will let you all know sure.  If you are not following Laura @joyfulshimmy and Renee @bendiful you are missing out on ALOT.

HBBC was a challenge this week with a very busy project that included several 15 hour work days but with the contunied support of the amazing Facebook group and the Yogavibes online classes I made it thru.

Here was the week

6 runs

5 yoga workouts

6 strength and core exercises

My goal as to try a new exercise class and a new fruit or vege.  I didnt try a new class so I a forwarding that goal onto this week.  I did try pomogranates.  They are a lot of work.  I had dragon kale and it was not my taste at all.

THEN – I received these great ornaments from my Hung for the Holidays swapper melissa.  I know it is more blessed to give than to receive and i was really happy when Marci and Larisa my ornament swappers loved the ones i sent them, but I was over the moon when i got mine. 52 but still a kid inside.  its a half marathon christmas ornament!  Thank you so much @m_mslove.







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Training and taking it up a notch!

12 Dec

Over the last week, I have met some really awesome people who have really inspired me to keep going and moving along.

Vegan Divas – Yummy delicious donuts.  I have been trying to get to this place for a while and on Saturday it finally happened. I had the cinnamon and the coconut donuts and they were glorious.  I also got the vegan quiche and had that for brunch on Sunday and it was amazing.  The taste was out of this world.  I am definitely going to make this my after team in training run on Saturday treat.

Sparkly Soul– I met Kristina from Sparkly Soul at the Team in Training expo and she was amazing.  She told me all about her team in training experience, as well as complimented me on my health and wellness journey.  She is an amazing health advocate.  The headbands are amazing.

 Team Tough Chik– This group is just amazing.  They are so supportive and all about a very positive message of promoting sports for women.  They also helped support me when I needed it.  Experience in this world of health and wellness is very valuable and I appreciate their counsel very much.

I recently read a great story from a post on No Meat Athlete:

 “If you want to take the island, burn your boats”

 This cliche gets tossed around a lot, especially in business books, but I love it.

When we set goals — especially, the big, scary, exciting ones that move us to act — our natural tendency is to leave ourselves an out.

We’ve learned that sometimes we fail, and it’s not much fun. We’ve also learned that when we fail publicly, in front of our friends, it sucks even more.

And so when you set that crazy goal, the one that has the potential to change your life or even define it, there’s a decision you make at the outset, often without realizing it.

The decision is to either bet on yourself — by telling every single person who will listen to you what you intend to do — or to bet against yourself, by keeping it a secret.

You know, just in case you fail. Smiley face.

“I’ll surprise everyone,” we say. “I’ll make all these huge changes in secret, and one day, when I run my marathon / finish my triathlon / celebrate my year as a vegetarian / quit my job, then everyone will see what I’m capable of.”

This, of course, is total bullshit. It’s fear, and all that stuff we tell ourselves is just rationalization.

So what do you do instead?

Tell everyone. Put it on Facebook. Put it on your blog. Set up a public Google Doc where you’ll track your progress, and invite the people you most respect to keep you in line. Find a partner. Write it on your forehead if you have to. Make a deal with a friend that you’ll pay them 100 bucks if you quit. Or that you’ll donate that money to a charity that you hate.

Whatever your boat is, burn it. Instead of protecting yourself so that failing won’t hurt, use that fear of failing as one more reason not to fail.

And if you fail — and make no mistake, you might — I promise it’ll be good for you. While everyone was sitting on the couch watching Dancing with the Stars, you were out there trying. Making progress towards something that matters. Doing instead of watching.

If it doesn’t work out, is that really something to be ashamed of?

So I am burning my boats:

Here is my race calendar for 2013

Jan 18- Zooma Women’s Half – Amelia Island, FL*

Mar. 23- Sleepy Hollow Half- Sleepy Hollow, NY*

April 28- Nike Women’s Half – Washington DC- TEAM IN TRAINING*

June 1- Zooma Women’s Half- Annapolis, MD*

August 10- Sea Wheeze Half- Vancouver Canada

Sept. 15- Rock n Roll Philadelphia*

Oct. ? – Staten Island Half

Dec. – TBD Would love to do the Rock and Roll Vegas Half





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Roller coaster -say what?

09 Dec

Love that song from the 80’s

It was that kind of week for me, but thanks to my all the groundwork over the last year of a solid health and wellness journey its all good.

A huge shout out to all the supporters of Galfriday4hire! and all my new followers on twitter!  379 and growing.  I am so blessed to be part of this community.

Its was a great week for the HBBC challenge.

6 runs- my goal was to run outside twice and I made that happen

I had purchased cold gear and did not need it at all. good to have anyway.

6- yoga workouts including the gym class.  Did a much better job of keeping up.

12- stretching and core workouts – these are key to keeping my knees in shape

WOW- my workout space is tiny too so I enjoyed this one!

My goal for next week is to try a new fitness class and a new fruit and vegetable in the smoothie.

This week I also met my Team in Training group for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in April.  It was an inspiring morning run in Central Park.

Running for a cause will really challenge me as a runner as I realize that I am part of a team and that this group is working to raise funds to fight a disease.  My immediate family has not been touched by blood cancer, but so many of my teammates have lost family and friends.

The money we will raise will go to life saving research.  Please join me and Nike in doing what you can to help move them closer to a cure.

Here is a link to my fundraising page.  My goal is to hit 500.00 by Dec. 31.  Please help me get there!


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Staying on track

04 Dec

Yesterday I received my thank you gift from Vitacost for hosting my first blog commercial.

I received a great batch of desk goodies that will really help keep me away from anything naughty around the office over the next few days.

I received a Vega French Vanilla Shake.  I am a HUGE fan of Vega One and all their products.  These are great to have to drink in the afternoon.

The teechia cereal mix really intrigues me.  Its got every good for you grain in it and some blueberries and dates too.  It looks delicious and a nice substitute for my gluten free oatmeal.

Who doesn’t love hand lotion especially in the winter and gum and  a cookie like snack?  Unfortunately it was cocoa so I can’t eat it.  I gave it to a friend that I am working hard on convincing to go dairy free. She loved it.






This box brought me to the topic for this post – Staying on track. 

Luckily, I work in a very health conscious office.  We do have the occasional box of donut holes around.  Many people work in offices that are constantly stocked with bagels, donuts, and temptations of all kinds.

I found the best way to stay on track is to stay full. The easiest was is to stay HYDRATED.  Often when we think we are hungry we are really thirsty.  Drink at least 8 glasses of each day.

Much on the crunchy stuff.  Cut up apples, carrots sticks, celery sticks fill me up.  I am dipping them into almond butter or hummus for a really good snack 🙂

Drink protein shakes.  They fill you up and then you will be able to walk right past that cookie plate.

And my biggest tip- NEVER leave the house hungry.


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December and HBBC week 2 recap.

02 Dec

We are headed into December and I had the strangest feeling yesterday.  It felt warm and euphoric and hopeful.

Could this be my Scrooge heart melting?  Could all this journey into health and wellness unearthed the Christmas spirit?

Its Dec. 2 and my house is decorated and I have bought several gifts and made plans to actually do crafts.




It was another fun and fabulous week on the HBBC world too.  I just love this challenge.

This week, I did learn the value of a rest day.  I reflected on my two races from last week and read several more chapters from Running on the Edge. Its a good book about balancing life and running.

My challenge this week was to go to Yoga class twice.  I did go to the gym yoga class.  My daughter Laura loves yoga and attends regularly.  I can see why.  Everyone in the gym classes are gorgeous and even though I looked like I should be there to watch the purses, I rolled out my mat and tried to keep up with all the young-ins.  I will keep up the practice for sure and I am glad for all my planks a day prior to taking the class.   I will continue with the practice with online classes.

I received yogavibes as part of my training package for the Zooma race in January and the classes are amazing.

This weeks workouts-

5 runs

2 yoga classes

hits the fruits and veggies each day

did the workout of the week circuit style !  Pushups are tough!

I also launched the Pam’s 30th bday virtual 5K or 30 minutes of exercise on 12/28 /12 to celebrate my daughters birthday.  Its a great way to mark a wonderful event in our family and get everyone moving.

Next weeks goal will be to run outside more despite the change in weather.  I bought the cold gear so I need to use it!  At least 2 runs need to be outside.

This week was also the end of Pile on the Miles from  I made a goal of 100 miles for myself for November and I did not make it.  I was 15 miles short of the goal.  That was not the challenge for me. It did not have the sense of community and support I need and I am thriving in the HBBC 2012 so I am looking forward to the upcoming weeks 🙂


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