Good news made an appearance to our day starting at mile 0, when the predicted rains took a detour from our 54 mile route to Darien, Georgia. The temperatures were in the 40s and no one much minded because after 30 minutes in heavy traffic on a 4 lane highway, we veered off on rural roads with barely a vehicle — a fine Georgia gem!
Continue reading East Coast Greenway cyclists: Hinesville to Darien, and beyond
The lobby of the Fairfield Inn in Savannah, Georgia filled with 40 cyclists wearing high visibility orange, yellow and green clothing, and bicycles tricked out with the latest blinkies. The riders were anxious to begin the first leg of this WAY tour (Week-a-Year) from Savannah to Hinesville. While the final destination is set for Titusville, Florida — today’s ride was all about riding safe, as a group and resuming conversations exactly where we left off a year ago.
Continue reading East Coast Greenway – Hellooooo Georgia!
My distance running debut (beyond the high school track) – was on June 17, 1978 , at the Vestal XXK in Vestal, NY. The race organizers (Triple Cities Runner Club) and specifically Alan Jones, the Race Director at that time encouraged women to run distances previously frowned upon and it was an event where Kathrine Switzer — who famously ran the all-male Boston Marathon in 1967 — ran in 1971. Continue reading The Vestal XXK Re-run
I am now at day 52, or is it 53 of Whole30-who’s-even-counting-anymore when you are nearing Whole60? Several people who have never tried Whole30 have politely inquired if I am planning to stop this silly form of eating, consider attending a Whole30-Anonymous session, share something to the likes of “I have gone 52 days without eating toxic chemicals masquerading as food” to a hearty round of applause and nods before being assigned a buddy to help slowly wean me off of cauliflower and broccoli. Continue reading Whole30 Take 2
We’ve reached the finish line of 30 days of eating only whole foods, and I have to say, I am joining camp with those who have found this 30 day experiment to be life-changing. Continue reading Whole30: Days 27-30
I lay in bed, listening to the rain, re-adjusted the pillow to relax into a 10 minute yoga-fix-your-posture-pose, while browsing the latest headline news on my smartphone. With shoulders-freshly-aligned, I got up and immediately dropped that slippery phone, watching it hit the floor with a BAM. There, it mocked me, knowing creaky knees did not appreciate bending. I bent toward the floor anyway, waiting for joint resistance, and feeling none, continued the descent. There is always a limit to deep-knee-bends. Yet, something unusual was happening, as Team-Bend continued the downward descent. How low could one go? Feet flat, balanced, calf and hamstrings in rare embrace, I paused. Not because I couldn’t get back up — rather marveling, that 2 decades have passed since our last visit from the flexibility-gods.
Hello, Gumby. Continue reading Whole30: Days 22 through 26 and Hello Gumby
There is no data recorded during Whole30. No counting calories on a small notebook tucked under important paperwork in the office. No scale watching. No visits to Bed Bath & Beyond to test drive a new scale. No sneak trips to the Doctor’s office just so the nurse can give you a weigh. No trying on every pair of pants for a before-n-after comparison. No Excel pivot tables with accompanying pie charts spitting out trend analysis of macro nutrient consumption. No spinning through back entries of your FitBit with a ‘those-were-the-days’ reflections on when you once collected such data. No measuring tapes, no more Google-calorie-food-checks, because the management of food data has been handed over to the Internal Affairs Department. Continue reading Whole30: Days 18 through 21
I love spending time in the produce aisle. I get to discover foods I’ve never consumed before, and make friends with workers unpacking the latest deliveries. I ask them questions, lots of questions, because Produce is my new Grocery-Home. Continue reading Whole30: Days 16 and 17
Hard to imagine hubby and I have managed to eat ‘whole’ for a whopping 15 days. We spend a LOT more time in the kitchen prepping and cooking, and many-many dishes are used in the process, with a dishwasher constantly filled. Gone are the days of a quick sugary snack, gone are the days of mindless eating, gone are the dips in energy, and all our thoughts point to how to get creative with our next meal. Continue reading Whole30: Days 11-15
To much relief, there is a calm after the storm. The broccoli is no longer brawling with the grapefruit, the unusual body tremors have subsided, the days of blank stares & delayed responses to ‘how is it going?’ are over, and everything seems to have settled onto one big discovery. My prior Whole30 food choices weren’t as healthy as I once thought. Continue reading Whole30: Days 7 through 10