Monday, May 23, 2016

Wild Canyon Games

 Some time ago my daughter and I decided we wanted to see the crazy and athletic Wild Canyon Games. Because of the remote location they do not allow spectators so we signed up to volunteer!
 We were assigned to traffic duty the day we arrived, but there were too many so we got to hike and play a little.
Morning came early for volunteers and athletes, but there was a little time for socializing.

 It had rained overnight and the last half of the bike portion of the triathlon was  epic!
 Riding 4 miles up a hill was the easy part! We were there to direct them off the road and cheer them on!
 We were thankful enough to see the end of the bike ride. Some riders had to carry their bikes close to 5 miles of mud! They are spraying themselves off! The mud was thick!
We were happy to be indoors after a cold morning! This was a giant memory game. Timed and way harder than it looks.

 We woke up to sun on Sunday! That was perfect for the team relay. 
This is one little portion of the obstacle course,
And ends at the top of this butte!

We had busy days and short nights........ We also made memories together but we do not care to do it again in this way, unless we are an athlete on a team!

Monday, May 16, 2016

HotShot Memorial Run

 So, Mel is my friend I met on the way to Bolivia. She was on my serve team so we spent a week of intense time together. She commented she was doing couch to 5K program and would anyone want to run in a race with her. Of course, I said you cannot run your first ever race alone! Saturday was the day. Weather was perfect, she did awesome. (I did pretty good keeping up with her!)
 This was a fundraiser and memorial for 9 hotshots who lost their lives in 1994. 14 people were killed in the fire but 9 of them were from Prineville. For a small town it was extremely devastating. This man knew them and was reading this poem to us. It was very touching.
This memorial is beautiful and in the park the race started and ended. 

I've been increasing my mileage and was really happy to take a step back. I'm hoping to run 12 on Wednesday and that will be my last long run until my half marathon on the 28th. 

Keep on moving!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Running Las Vegas Blvd

When we decided to make a last minute jaunt to Las Vegas I thought it would be fun to run the strip. (early in the morning, of course) 
My son said he'd go with me, but he opted to sleep in when the time came.

Early morning was best so I didn't have to dodge hoards of people.

I didn't go far, but I did get in a good work out thanks to the stairs that cross the roads.
There was plenty of them!

Lots of stop and go..... But I'm glad I did it.

Have a healthy Wednesday!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Health Hacks

I was told about this great site, Cotopaxi, (named after a volcano in Ecuador) that donates a percentage of every sale to different organizations across the globe to advance health and other livelihood initiatives.April 7 was World Health Day, but isn't it good to celebrate our health every day?

They've shared some of their health hacks and asked if I'd share some of mine. How do I live a healthy lifestyle every day? 
I eat a healthy breakfast.  Make sure to see the beauty in the world around you. Even if you are having a bad day, look for the beauty. Move your body purposefully every day- a run, a hike or a short walk. Let someone know you love them. SMILE! 

Now, go have a healthy weekend!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Nutritive Cleanse

I tried this a couple of weeks ago. I lasted 3 days. It was hard to do in the midst of half marathon training.
 I do like YoungLiving products and the balance complete was delicious.... but it has 11grams of sugar in each shake and the ingredient list includes fructose! (no wonder it was delicious! right?) I also noticed my hot flashes increased, but am not sure why. (sugar maybe?)
I'm a fan of the ningxia red. (2-4oz daily)
What I discovered is that with the pup and a morning routine I'm finding it harder to fix breakfast and eat! I generally don't like doing smoothies for breakfast, but I actually enjoyed a meal replacement shake. At least for now while the morning schedule is crazy.
I picked up Vega One to try. It has great ingredients, but I have  a hunch it won't taste so delicious. I may need to add some blueberries.

Make it a healthy week!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Amazing Weekend Hiking

The weather was too perfect to not get out on Sunday! Elsa went on her first hike, too!

 We were rewarded with a beautiful view of the Cascade Range.
 The trail-head starts at an old homestead- only trees left standing.
 And an orchard.
So many little signs of spring; if you are looking.

I hope more hiking is in our future this spring.

Friday, March 18, 2016

What's in My Box?

I've been out so many evenings I've hardly had a chance to cook. I really do like to cook dinner for my husband- he has been working 70 hours a week and this is one thing I can do for him. He never complains either, which is a bonus! 

He isn't a big greens eater, which we know the produce boxes come on strong with greens in the spring. Here I have beautiful rainbow chard, butter lettuce and kale sprouts. The chard I'll use in smoothies, the butter lettuce will make an awesome salad and the kale sprouts I'd like to try and bake.
I also have potatoes, beets, shallots, and a bunch of green garlic. Pot roast is on the menu this weekend. I like that because we usually have leftovers which can easily be eaten on a busy weekday night.

Make it a healthy weekend!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


The swim center got rid of their water aerobics instructors! Can you believe it?! 

Guess I better start running!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Water Aerobics

This is another new-to-me activity I've been doing. As a participant in the Moving Mountains town challenge I got free access for 5 visits to my local pool so another friend and I decided to try it together. There is 3 different evening classes and they are all a bit different.
I was at Costco recently and found bathing suits for $20! Double bonus! Now that I've used my 5 free visits they also make a heck of deal to join until the challenge is over in May. Although I need to start running more, I'd like to keep this up for awhile.

Have you tried water aerobics?

Monday, February 29, 2016

Cabbage Rolls

Remember my last produce box? My neighbor gave me the suggestion to make cabbage rolls. (she got the same produce box)

She uses these wraps.  There is about 20 in a package. 

I browned 1 pound of ground beef with garlic. While that cooked I used my food processor to shred the head of cabbage,  about 1 cup of carrots and one onion. I added it to the browned hamburger. I also added soy sauce, ginger and salt and pepper to taste and cooked it until starting to get soft. 

Here's my filling. 

I filled and wrapped them according to the package directions. I used the whole package and all of the filling. 

I baked them about 15 minutes in an oven that was preheated to 425 degrees. I calculated the calories to be about 100 per roll. Hubby and I both loved them!
You can vary the filling depending on what you have on hand.

This was my first time making cabbage rolls and it was so much easier than I expected.

Have a wonderful  day!