Friday, November 21, 2014

Growing Food in Xela

If you can look past these adorable kids check out that field behind them. The area near Quetzaltenango is very fertile growing lots of fruits, vegetables and corn.

 Unfortunately we were told not to eat any food away from our hotel. 
Almost as good as my local farmer's market!
Look at how they were farming on that hillside! 

I tried to stick with fruits and veggies with a little lean protein. The desserts were generally traditional to the area and I had to try them! 
I'll be rested up soon then I will get back to eating and exercising on a regular basis.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend Hiking on the High Desert

Look at this gorgeous day for a hike! My daughter Rene joined me. 

The desert is very dry this year.
This canyon has amazing rock formations.

To continue we had to cross this creek. We weren't expecting it to be running so swiftly and be this deep this late in the year so we didn't attempt it.

Our weather has been nothing short of amazing! Snow is in the forecast though. 

Get out and enjoy it while you can!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Cardio Challenge

I've been involved in a another community challenge! It always keeps me going!!

Does anybody else know if their community does these types of wellness activities to keep their town on the healthy track?

Friday, October 31, 2014

What's in my Box?

My produce box looks similar to last week. I learning to love the root veggies and squashes.

I've got a big turnip this week. I'll use that in a stew along with the red potatoes and peppers.
I believe the squash is an acorn, although this week mine has little warts on it.  I'd love to hear your favorite way to prepare your acorn squash.

We are still harvesting tomatoes in Central Oregon, which is crazy! 
Swiss chard will be used in my smoothies and I order the field greens separate which I'll eat every day for dinner. 

I've been focusing on whole, real food, but also seem to be fighting water retention, which I think is related to hormone changes. It's frustrating but I'll stay the course. 
Have a fantastic and healthy weekend.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Keep Moving!

Gotta keep moving however you can!

This is my daughter who took the stairs first while I took the photo!  We were walking through Laurelhurst Park and they had these great set of stairs. 
If you've never dug for clams you don't know how much work it can be! 

The idea for my life is to move as much as possible for my health. I hope you are doing this too!

Have a healthy week!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bay to Brews Race

We were going to the coast this past weekend and was missing a local Octoberfest run and found out this one was going to be in the town we were staying. I thought, "Why not"?!

A little bling is nice.
It was a little drizzly, but heh, is mid-October on the Oregon Coast. I didn't actually wear my rain jacket, so that is a good thing.
We started under this historic bridge.
Ran along the Newport Bay. 
Ran a little on a trail.
We had a few good uphills. 
Then ended at the Rogue Brewery! (You see I have my rain coat on now!)

It was fun although I don't remember running with a cold- not as fun as it could have been.

Have a healthy week!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Whats in my Box?

What a great box this week! Wish my photo would have been as good!

Red cabbage: I'm thinking about making a soup with this. Any suggestions?
Acorn Squash: Love to bake them and eat- yum!
Tomatoes: fresh with my greens or with basil and mozzarella as an appetizer
Gala apples: Best apples I've had this fall!  Crisp and sweet!
Kale: Smoothies
Sunchokes (or Jerusalem artichokes) I cleaned, sliced then tossed in olive oil with s&p. Ate a few and gave the rest to co-workers to try. A few bites was fine, but didn't really want more. :)
I added spinach and mixed field greens to my box cause I never have enough greens!

Are you still getting produce boxes or is your garden still producing? Amazing it is mid October.

Have a healthy weekend!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Gray Butte Hike

Two days of hiking in a row, and look at the weather considering it was October 10!

We brought my nephew on Friday's hike. 
Two days of hiking makes for crazy summit hikers!!

Resting and enjoying a little bit of refreshment before returning to the pick up. The weather is supposed to change dramatically this week, so I'm glad we did this.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tam McArthur Rim Hike

My daughter is in town and asked if I wanted to go hiking. What a question! Of course I did!

It was only 5 miles round trip but the views made it worth every step!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Hydroponic growing of tomatoes. It's one way to get freshly grown organic tomatoes all winter! I'm lucky it is within a couple of miles of my house.