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Fill the Cup Campaign

I’m SO excited for this weekend…Saturday the husband and I are hosting our first Christmas party!! And what makes it really exciting is that we’re doing it with a twist…we’re making it a charity event for the World Food Programme’s Fill the Cup Campaign.

A little about the campaign:

“Fill the Cup” aims, literally, to fill a cup with food for all of the 59 million children who go to school hungry throughout developing countries around the world – boosting their chances for health, education and a more promising future.

“A child dies of hunger every six seconds. WHO has declared hunger and malnutrition the number-one threat to public health,” said Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme.

Hunger is a #1 threat? That absolutely floored me when I first read it, and I couldn’t just ignore it.

I’m well aware that many people aren’t able to donate to charities even if they really want to. However, it only takes 25 cents to fill a cup with food. I have 25 cents on my washing machine and probably under the floor mats in my car too. And I’m willing to bet most of my friends do too. The World Food Programme would probably laugh if I mailed them a quarter, but if we all put our quarters together it could make a pretty big impact.

So that’s what I’m doing Saturday, and I can’t wait for it!!!

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November 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm 1 comment

Treadmilling to my Heart's Content

So far I’m sticking with my plan of being a “smart” runner.  I’m trying to stay mostly on the treadmill so I’m more likely to listen to my body and less likely to keep going because it’s still a mile to my house (or stop because it’s easier to go inside then head off on a second loop).

This morning I headed to the gym nice and early and did a nice 30 minutes on the treadmill followed by some arms.  I can’t tell you what I did really.. I set it to random and then covered the screen and just ran. I hit the up and down speed buttons constantly, whenever I felt I needed to go slower or faster. I was probably around 5.5-6.0 when I was running, and took quite a few walk breaks in between.

I felt good. And strong. Strong is good! I ended up covering about 2.6 miles with an avg of 12 plus minute miles. So no speed demon here, but mission of a run complete 🙂

 

November 29, 2009 at 11:34 pm Leave a comment

Treadmilling to my Heart’s Content

So far I’m sticking with my plan of being a “smart” runner.  I’m trying to stay mostly on the treadmill so I’m more likely to listen to my body and less likely to keep going because it’s still a mile to my house (or stop because it’s easier to go inside then head off on a second loop).

This morning I headed to the gym nice and early and did a nice 30 minutes on the treadmill followed by some arms.  I can’t tell you what I did really.. I set it to random and then covered the screen and just ran. I hit the up and down speed buttons constantly, whenever I felt I needed to go slower or faster. I was probably around 5.5-6.0 when I was running, and took quite a few walk breaks in between.

I felt good. And strong. Strong is good! I ended up covering about 2.6 miles with an avg of 12 plus minute miles. So no speed demon here, but mission of a run complete 🙂

 

November 29, 2009 at 11:34 pm Leave a comment

Reckless Running

I used to be what I call a “reckless runner”.  I paid no attention to proper training, technique, or preventing injury.  To prove my point, I ran a half-marathon when I was 16.  I think I might have completed two long runs before the race. TWO. Total. Not to say I jumped off the couch or anything- I was quite active- I played field hockey, ran track, went to the gym…but that’s not the same as running 13.1 miles. But hey I was 16, like anybody could tell me what to do. I actually did fine. Good actually- I didn’t get hurt, and I ran it in 1:58:25.  (Co-ed marathon, team Twinkle Toes…oh yeaah)

I couldn’t jump off my cushy couch and run half that far now if I wanted, but that’s not my point.

My point is, that was dumb. I’m smarter now. (And more injury prone).

I’m saying adios to running with reckless tenacity.

(It’s called training right? Not just doing.)

So if I’m not being reckless, what am I doing? I’m listening to my body.  I’m stopping at the first sign of pain.  I’m following the rules. I’m increasing slowly.  Wearing good shoes, running on soft surfaces, not setting lofty goals.

That last one’s tough. I’m one of those all-or-nothing people. I constantly find myself making plans and schedules, only to then miss one day and say I’ve screwed up so forget it.  This time I don’t have a plan. (Ok, maybe later). I don’t have anything set in my mind when I set out.  No time frame, no distance goal. Just a little running. Maybe some walking and jogging and then running some more. I’m warming up. Stretching. Cooling down.

I leave you with this:

November 26, 2009 at 11:09 pm Leave a comment

Dazzle Dash-ing

 

My family is definitely not the mom-dad-2.5 kids-and-a-dog-type family.  We have so many branches due to marriages, re-marriages, step-families, cousins, kids, adoptions, etc and so on, that it’s near impossible for everyone to make it to any given holiday. So we arrange at will. This past weekend I went home to celebrate Thanksgiving with my side of the family.  Plenty of turkey, stuffing, taters, and pies included!

Yesterday we went to one of those big drive-thru light things, the  Symphony of Lights. Except we didn’t drive! The 1st weekend the display opens each year, they hold a race and a family fun walk through the 1.4 mile lighted course.  So we bundled up and burned off a bite or two of turkey:

And my favorite:

 

 

November 23, 2009 at 11:09 pm Leave a comment

Spiced up Fruit Salad

I’ve been craving fruit salad since I had some the other day. I’m really picky when it comes to freshness/ripeness/texture of fruit. If it’s not quite right, I don’t eat it. That makes it a little hard on my fruit intake during the winter when there’s not quite an abundance of fresh fruit.  If the fruit’s cut up I don’t really notice so much, so obviously fruit salad was the perfect answer!

Cut up lots-o-fruit:

The best thing about fruit salad is that it doesn’t really matter what you put it. Today I did:

2 apples (1 red delicious, 1 golden delicious)

1 banana

1 can pineapple tidbits

1 can mandarin oranges

 

and the secret ingredients….

 

cinnamon and vanilla! yumm

November 17, 2009 at 12:05 am Leave a comment

Nothing in the Fridge

Well I literally have a bare pantry. Time to go the store! I did scrounge up a frozen Lean Cuisine. The box said it had extra veggies, but I wasn’t buying it, so I loaded in the only thing in the freezer (well besides ice cream, but I hardly imagine that would go with noodles)…edamame!  I love adding extra veggies to frozen meals…I’m famous for veg-ifying pizzas.

This only managed to hold me over since I had a pretty good-sized lunch.  I had an all-day training for work so the provided us with yummy Chick-fil-a lunch boxes.  Filled with their classic sandwiches (which are always a favorite), chips, fruit salad, and walnut-covered brownies.  I have long been a fan of the fudgy brownies, they’re just divine, but I was surprised by how good the fruit salad was.  Where they managed to get fresh strawberries I have no idea, but I wasn’t complaining!

November 11, 2009 at 11:35 pm Leave a comment


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