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Friday, March 30, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Recently the idea of participating in a Sprint Distance Triathlon was planted in my head. Like the Tea Cups at Disneyland, the idea just keeps on spinning round and round in my head. All the while this idea is spinning inside my head, out of the blue my Mother announced that she would like to make it her personal goal to be healthy and strong enough participate in The Danskin Triathlon this October 2012. With this news I knew that a Mother-Daughter Triathlon was in order! We both have had health issues this winter so when my mother discussed her goal with me, I knew that I too needed to get myself back to the old me and be a stronger healthier version. What better way to motivate regaining ones health and maintaining a healthier lifestyle than training for such an event.
The Danskin Triathlon Series has eight Races throughout the country. It is the largest women and girls Series in the sport. Sprint distance triathlons (1⁄2 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 3 mile run) that empower women by challenging them in a motivational, supportive, and safe setting with “cheerleaders” every step of the way. Select Races offer a Super Sprint distance option. Participation can be on an individual or Relay Team basis – making them even more first-timer friendly.
Be a part of something bigger than yourself. With eight Races throughout the country there’s no reason not to TRI! We want to help women to get moving. Our “women empowering other women” mentality combined with doable Race distances makes our events extremely first-timer friendly.
In the spirit of “paying it forward” the Series supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Team Survivor nationally; as well as a local food bank and women’s shelter in each of our Race cities.
All I know is this looks like it is three times the fun of a 5k and my Mom and I are in!! Grab your Mothers, Sisters, Aunts, and BFFS and let's Tri to get healthy!
Check out The Danskin Triathlon Series at www.danskintriathlon.net.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I have a super sweet tooth, which is why I was so excited when I came home today to the one of the most wonderful surprises, Jovial Foods sent me a box of cookies and pasta! My first introduction to Jovial Foods was finding their Checkerboard Cookies at a nearby Whole Foods. The cookies are so delicious, it's almost criminal! The nutritional value makes you feel like you're getting a treat and certainly not a cheat. I contacted Jovial Foods as I researched their products online and thought the nutritional value for the Checkerboard Cookies did not match the packaging. As it turns out the box was accurate and the online description was incorrect. Jovial Foods prides themselves on baking with Einkorn wheat; which is the first wheat cultivated 12,000 years ago. The antioxidant power in their products is twice the amount found in products with whole durum wheat. Their products are the purest most ancient species of wheat and also 100% organic. The staff was beyond courteous and friendly and even sent a package of other Jovial Foods delights. I can't wait to taste to the pasta and I especially can't wait to try the cookies! Low in sugar, low in fat, low calorie, and beyond delicious!!
Be sure to check out all the amazing products at Jovial Foods at http://www.jovialfoods.com/.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
The Great Race of Agoura Hills is comprised of several different races: there’s the Pacific Half that’s on roads, which I ran, the trail Chesebro Half Marathon mostly on trails, a 10k, 5k, Kid’s Mile, a family fun run, and even a diaper dash. There was pretty much a race for everyone. This year was the 27th annual race and it is consistently rated LA’s best running event and best post-race party.
The race started at Paramount Ranch, which is where many old movies and TV shows were filmed. The western town was really cool and a great place to start the race.
|The Barber Shop, haircut anyone?|
|Hotel Mud Bug, wanna room, bed bugs are free!|
|Mining Equipment, last to chance to buy your supplies!|
|Hanging out at the Saloon before the race, I wonder where Billy the Kid is!|
The course runs on roads around the Santa Monica Mountains passing through the historic districts of Cornell, Malibou Lake and Old Agoura. There were a couple big hills and one long loop back before turning at mile 10 towards the finish line. This is NOT an easy course by any means, it however was beautiful and fun. The weather was overcast, though I did not want it to happen, I kept waiting for it to rain. It was an extremely cold day in my opinion and I was not dressed weather appropriate, but at least I looked cute! I thought that it would be a lot warmer than it actually was. Fashion first, then weather!
|The skies were a slippy grey and I'm waiting on a sunny day!|
I seem to be participating in a lot of really hilly races, which I don't feel that I am adequately prepared to run. Would I complete this race again next year, assuming that I train better and add more hills into my training routine, the answer would be YES! It was an absolutely wonderful day and I proud to say that I have completed my seventh race!!
|End of the line...The Finish Line!!|
Friday, March 23, 2012
Who really knows what tomorrow will bring? I have dreams of the runner inside me that I aspire to be, but tomorrow I have no expectations. I am what I am. I am going to run with this motto and I will be the Little Engine that can! As much as I want to run like Phoebe Buffay from Friends I will remember to walk if my knees or stomach is yelling at me to walk. I will race against me and me alone.
One thing is for certain…my new motto thanks to my running coach who provided me with some greatly needed insight and perspective is, it's better to be the Little Engine who says I think I can... I think can, rather the Little Engine who simply says I can't! When life kicks you in the butt kick back!
Regardless of the typical jitters, which will hit me right when I get to the parking lot, I know that I will have an amazing time, this race is called The GREAT RACE, after all! As usual, I will be freaking out on the inside, but quiet on the outside. I try to stay as calm as possible in order to keep my stomach under control. Will I be able to keep my stomach under control for the full 13.1 miles? That is always the question. This time I will eat a GoGO squeeZ Apple Sauce around mile 9. In my head I can already visualize what tomorrow will hold. I will line up at the start. I will go through my mental list. Shoes tied check. Cord to my headphone dropped down the back of my shirt check. iPod playlist check. Before I know it the gun goes off and I will take off…See you at the finish! This is going to be a GREAT RACE!!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I just recently discovered Pintrest, an online pinboard that allows you to organize and share things you love. I have found that it is a great place for collecting and organizing your favorite websites. If blogging is graffiti with punctuation marks, what is Pinterst? And now I have countless more ways to waste time on the computer. Are you a pinner? Follow 13 Going on Crazy at http://pinterest.com/13goingoncrazy/!!
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Please pinch me...Am I crazy or am I just plain old goofy for even considering running the 2013 Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge. For those of you that have never heard of this race let me break it down and get you up to speed. This is a 39.3 mile adventure held over two days in Walt Disney World. Runners will run the Half Marathon on Saturday, followed by the Marathon on Sunday. As interested in this race, I however have never ran in a marathon. As you might have already figured out, I love to set lofty goals for myself...I come from the school go big or go home! I guess with this I am definitely going big! I am scared to death of this idea, but according to Walt Disney, "If you can dream it, you can do it." With that said, perhaps if I am already dreaming about this race it must mean that YES I can do it!
Take a look at last years bling...Mickey Medal if you complete the marathon, Donald Medal if you complete the half marathon, yes the coveted Goofy medal if you complete both the half and the full marathon! They are just screaming, "PLEASE WEAR ME PROUDLY AROUND YOUR NECK!!"
Any recommendations or suggestions? Should I do this as my first full marathon?
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I have not been honest with you my readers and most importantly with myself. At the age of 12 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. I will never forget our annual family vacation in Walt Disney World right before my twelfth birthday. My family and I flew to Orlando for a week of fun, celebrating New Years and my birthday, and way too many sweets. But this trip to Disney World was not too much fun for me. To this day I could still tell you where every bathroom in Walt Disney World is, even the secret ones! Though I was tired all the time and everything, I mean everything went right through me, we still managed to have a great vacation. My parents simply assumed based on my symptoms that I simply had the stomach flu; unbeknownst to them it was way more serious.
The next few months were rough as we still did not have an explanation for my symptoms. I even remember throwing up at Old Orchard mall, which is an outdoor mall, in pure winter white snow right in front of Cheesecake Factory. You have to understand that this was a 2-story Cheesecake Factory where the guests ate on the second floor with floor to ceiling glass windows. Mind you when I throw up, I like to throw up on all fours, for some reason it makes my stomach feel better. Needless to say that everyone had a front row seat for a sight that they truly did not need to see. My father was ready to cancel our annual Super Bowl Sunday party at our house as they did not know if what I had was contagious. My parents told me that if I did not have any symptoms for three days we could have the party. I kept it together and like clock work as our company was leaving my house; I started throwing up uncontrollably in the kitchen.
It was a very difficult winter and by April of that year, I had lost a lot of weight and they still did not know specifically what was wrong. By this point, I was not only having diarrhea, but I was having bloody diarrhea. At first I was too embarrassed and confused to go to my mother and explain what was now happening. Even I knew that this was serious. During this time I watched the movie, A Child’s Wish with Anna Chlumsky, which is about a young girl who is shown throwing up blood, being diagnosed with cancer, and is dead by the end of the movie. After watching the movie, I decided to do exactly what you are not supposed to do; I went on the internet to figure out what was wrong with me. After research and the knowledge that I learned from the movie I diagnosed myself and decided that I was dying of cancer, that was a lot to take in for only being 12-years-old. I finally gained the courage to tell my parents my diagnosis and that I had accepted my illness.
My parents called the doctor immediately and took me to the doctor the following day. After a really bad blood test, with extremely low blood count, my doctor called my parents at 10 pm to discuss the results. I was promptly taken the next day to see the head gastroenterologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. After a series of tests involving me drinking way too much GoLYTELY, after every dosage I was given a Beanie Baby. The results from the colonoscopy were conclusive that I had Crohn’s Disease.
Since Crohn’s Disease is an autoimmune disorder, which is characterized by severe stomach pain, diarrhea, anemia and the inability to properly digest food. No one, especially not a 12-year-old girl would want to talk about this. As most people can remember 12 is a very embarrassing age especially if you are a girl becoming a women. Unfortunately during the initial first few years of my diagnosis I dealt with some very unkind and unsympathetic reactions from extended family members and friends. As a result, I did not tell people what specifically was wrong with me and perhaps the 12-year-old girl is still inside me. To this day I do not openly tell people that I have this disease. I mean now being a 20-something female trying to make it in the professional world, who wants to talk about this topic of all topics? I have dated guys for months and never told them what was wrong with me. I preferred to let people think that I was a picky eater who orders food like Sally from the movie, When Harry Met Sally. One of the most difficult aspects of having Crohn’s Disease is finding a way to tell people about it. Of course my immediate family knows and has been my biggest support system. Outside of that I try to keep it a secret.
I go through periods where I am perfectly healthy, but during a flare-up it is a completely different story. One minute I could be perfectly fine and then out of nowhere, my stomach will cramp up and I need to find a bathroom immediately. After I go to the bathroom, I feel better for a few minutes, but the pain and urgency always come back.
My advice to other young women dealing with Crohn’s who like me are embarrassed and afraid of what most people will think, is to step up to the plate and come out of the bathroom. There’s no cure for the disease, but with diet and lots of food journals, life can be both manageable and enjoyable. If people can’t accept you for you who are then they don’t need to be apart of your life. Who needs people with their toxic energy in your life. Learn your boundaries, understand what foods are your friends and what foods you should stay away from. Be prepared for social situations, bring your own food if you have to, and don’t be shy when ordering at a restaurant. Tell your waiter exactly what and how you need your food prepared.
So one might wonder how this has affected my running. On the days where I lack energy to even tie my shoes, is the day that I know that I must hit the pavement even if I simply walk. I plan my running routes on where there are accessible and clean bathrooms. One might wonder and question why I have chosen a sport that is physically and mentally challenging. I have learned that NOTHING and I mean NOTHING can ever hold me back. My running has truly been my saving grace. I made a conscious decision not to let my body hold me back from doing the activities, which I love. I feel the most alive when I am running and I will not allow my body to prevent me from logging those miles. It has been my personal journey and life lesson that life can’t and won’t take the wind out of my soul.
We are not alone in this particular race, some well known and well respected people with Crohn’s Disease include: co-anchor of Nightline and Primetime Cynthia McFadden, Private Practice's Amy Brenneman has ulcerative colitis, Pearl Jam rocker Mike McCready, NFL quarterback David Garrard, NFL tight end Chris Gedney, the 34th president of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 35th president of the United States John F. Kennedy, Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino, PGA golfer Al Geiberger, hockey pro Kevin Dineen, actress Shannon Doherty, singer for Saves the Day Chris Conley, son of President George W. Bush, Marvin Bush, and Gold Medalist Sir Steve Redgrave. There are countless names that are not included in this list.
I know that there are so many people with this disease who suffer greater than I do, my prayer for all who are suffering with Crohn’s is that in our lifetime through science and research, that a cure will discovered.
For further information please visit Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, http://www.ccfa.org/.
On another note I have been nominated by Fitness Magazine for Best Blogger of the Year 2012 and would appreciate your support by voting for me and spreading the word to vote!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Very upsetting run as I needed to stop to go to the bathroom at 1.25 miles. To the loosers outside the loo please teach your child that it is rude to continually knock on the door, jump up and down, and make groaning noises. I can hear everything that is going on right outside the door. It's not going to make me go any faster. :) Run's like these make me very nervous for the next run, that this will happen again, which it continually does. Despite these pre-run jitters I know that tomorrow will be another day and maybe I am glutton for punishment or determined to kick my GI issues in the rear, I will lace up my running shoes and go for another run.
In my house dessert is the most exciting part of the day, which I why I had a cookie emergency in my house last night! In the middle of baking my cookies I smelled gas from the oven and realized that it was not getting hot! I immediately took my cookies out of the oven, called 911, and the gas company to come out and fix this. The very cute fireman shut off the gas and thanks to Frank from the gas company order was restored in my world when he fixed my oven. Most nights one of my favorite after dinner snack with tea is to bake cookies by EatPastry. These cookies contain no eggs, no dairy, no preservatives, no processing, no fillers, NO GMOs, no funny business. With only 50 calories per cookie, this would bring a smile even to the Cookie Monster's face! My favorite flavors are Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip, Chocoholic Chip, and Gluten-Free Snickerdoodle. Don't go searching for the GF Snickerdoodle just yet, I was lucky enough to get sneak taste at the Natural Expo West and it was to die for! What I love most about EatPastry is that you can eat the dough two ways, raw or cooked. I know that you hear your mothers voice screaming in the back of your head saying don't eat raw cookie dough. Since EatPastry's cookie dough does not contain dairy or eggs, you don't have to feel guilty about licking the spoon, only if you double dip! My refrigerator is always stocked with EatPastry cookie dough, to find out how to stock your refrigerator visit EatPastry's Product Locator.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Yesterday marked the beginning of daylight savings for most people. What are you going to do with your extra hour of sunshine? Get in an early morning run and see the sunrise? Or get in an extra run after dinner and see the sunset? I don't know about you, but I am not planning on wasting my extra hour of sunshine! And yes, this is coming from yours truly the glass half empty girl!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Today I was lucky enough to attend the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim. This is the world's biggest trade show of natural, organic and healthy products out today. I found out about this expo from EatPastry, which makes amazing vegan and gluten free cookies! With over 3,000 exhibits the place packed! Most of the attendees are vendors or work for vendors. There were a lot of samples and information on new health products and food. I left with so many new and different foods to sample that I will be reviewing and discussing them in the coming weeks. Please check back often to hear about these new foods! Here 's a few pictures from the event with some of my favorite booths.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Sprinkles, the gourmet cupcake store in Beverly Hills is opening the very first 24-hour cupcake vending machine. SERIOUSLY!! This takes ATM's to a whole new level, where your dough comes out with icing on top! Say goodbye to sugar withdrawals and HELLO to Sprinkles. You can now be rest assured that your midnight cravings will be fulfilled. The machine is pretty in pink and filled with yummy goodness. With all of the miles I log, I should not feel guilty for a once in a while indulgence! These cupcakes taste so good they should be illegal, I swear the secret ingredient is liquid crack!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
I have a great idea, if you have time to spare right now and you kind of like my blog….
I was nominated at Fitness Magazine for Best Running Blogger and you can vote for me HERE. Please spread the word and share this link with everyone and I mean everyone you know! I appreciate your support and encouragement during this journey!
Thursday, March 1, 2012
With all of this talk about how we are given the gift of extra an day got me to thinking. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Would you climb the highest mountain? Would you call that person that you lacked courage to call? Would you quit your job to be a writer? Perhaps the fear of failure is a grey line, an electrical fence if you will, that holds us back from even trying. Life is an intricate dance where we try our hardest to stay inside the wire and not not get shocked. What if we did not have this fence? I just would like to feel more motivated when I don’t feel like doing what I know is good for me. I just don't want to create a life for myself, I want to create a life that I love. I dare you to do the same! Be extraordinary! I guess Benjamin Mee is right, "You know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery, and I promise you something great will come of it."