Couch to 5K Plan

Yesterday I signed up for a 5K run.  It is the Pumpkin Pie 5K in Denver, and part of the proceeds will go to a cause very dear to my heart, Global Hope (we have to get a team of 10 or more to earn money for Global Hope).  The problem is that I haven’t been walking or running consistently for awhile.  So, today will be my Week 1, Day 2 workout.  Six weeks is not long enough to be in great shape for a 5K, but I hope to be better than I am now.  This is just the push I needed to get up off of the couch and move. 

Day 1

Brisk 5 minute walk.  Then, alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. 

Day 2: Repeat Day 1.


10 Day Eat-At-Home Challenge

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Have you ever seen the blog 100 Days of Real Food?  It’s awesome.  The blog is by a young mother that feeds her family only wholesome, homemade food each meal, every day.  Nothing processed, no shortcuts, just healthy homemade stuff.  Her latest post is about making homemade Halloween candy. That takes some perseverance, dedication and time.  She is a warrior.

Well, bless her heart. As much as I would love to be THAT mom, I’m not.  Friends, let me be real honest.  There are days that having a shower AND clean underwear earns a win in my book. Truth.  

So, I’m going to do MY version.  10 days of homemade food.  That means 10 days of cooking for my family with no fast food or Chinese take-out.  By the way, I’m only counting dinner.  Three meals a day?  I don’t think so.

So here is my tentative 10 day…

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Summer is Over, Fall Travel is Here

The carefree days of summer are fading away as fall quietly slips in with crisp mornings and subtle color changes.  In a couple of weeks those colors will burst forth like an explosion of fireworks. A drive through Colorado in the fall is a must for any bucket list; especially a drive along the “Million Dollar Highway”‘ south out of Ouray.

Our first fall trip this year was to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We stayed at the Wort Hotel. It is an historical hotel and we enjoyed the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill that was attached to the hotel.  There are lots of shopping and eatingimageimage imageimage opportunities in this small town; as well as scenic hikes. Yellowstone is a day trip, but we didn’t have time on our short stay.  Jackson Hole is a fun place to visit and seems to be very popular with the ‘retired’ crowd- atleast at this time of the year. imageimage

Devastation and Healing

As the flood waters begin to recede, many families are starting to put the pieces of their lives back together while others are still in crisis mode. How bad was the flooding? There is not a soul alive in Colorado that has ever seen the likes of this. It was said that this was a 500-1,000 year flood. The weather service described the storm as rain in”biblical proportions”.
Most families do not have flood insurance. When you live on the side of a mountain in a semi-arid region, flood insurance doesn’t seem that pressing. Some families lost more than their homes, pets and livestock. A young couple was washed away with the first surge. The last I heard the death toll was five, but people are still missing.
Families in Evans were told that they could not use their toilets or showers for 10 days. TEN DAYS. How do you begin to rebuild and clear away the muck and mud when you can’t even wash your hands?
As always, after the bleakest moments, after the very darkest hour, we get glimpses of the best of humanity. People are coming together and gving what they can. So please keep the folks in Colorado in your thoughts and prayers and count your blessings. And buy flood insurance.

Rocky Mountain High

We made it back from Europe in time to squeeze in a quick trip to the mountains to visit family before the school year starts. Traffic came to a halt outside if Manitou Springs because crews were still clearing debris from the highway that came from the massive mudslide yesterday. Flash floods were rather severe this week.
It was a gorgeous drive with the meadows lush and green. We made it to Buena Vista and the collegiate peaks are more verdant than I have seen them in years. Buena Vista, or ‘Bueny’ as the locals call it, is a small mountain town between Salida and Leadville. The Arkansas River runs through it and several white water rafting outfits are in the area. Other area attractions include in Monarch Ski Resort, Ski Cooper, hot springs, Cottonwood Pass, St. Elmo ghost town and the Turquoise Lakes.
By evening a cool breeze was blowing and it got chilly fast. The fresh mountain air had a subtle pine scent. A few deep breaths and you can’t help but be in a better mood.