Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How is fall treating you! It was like a switch was flipped, cool weather a little rain and Fall arrived. I am trying to embrace it as it is here, but I am not a fan of fall. I don't like the wet rain that comes with it. How is fall treating you so far?

I love good news after bad news. Monday, I got an appointment with an Orthopedic Doctor, but it was 3 weeks out. I was extremely bummed.

Tuesday morning I called and asked to be put on the wait list. They did that, then I asked if they could check while I was on the phone. She did and BAM! I have appointment on Monday! Super psyched about that. I want this darn boot off.  It already feels a ton better, like a 2-3 on the pain scale. I know, I know keep it in the boot until the doctor releases, me but I really want it out.

I have finished my first week of the squat challenge. I am feeling good, and can still move around.  Today is a rest day and week 2 starts tomorrow.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Monday

I posted this on my Facebook yesterday and I just kept thinking about how we juggle life. Sometimes we are so busy that we cannot keep up, and other times we are just waiting for life to happen.

I was going along in the busy state and was forced to slow down. It's Monday and I have to call and try to get in with the Orthopedic doctor as soon as possible. I would love to be out of this boot soon. My foot is feeling a bit better, although swollen looking still, so I embrace it the best I can.

Plan for the week:
- Eat the best I can
- Weights, abs and other upper body work
- Foot exercise the doctor sent home with me. Never to early to strengthen.

How was your weekend?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I've been booted

Thursday, I rolled my ankle. I have done that 1 million times before. About every 6 months I roll it so bad it hurts for several days. I woke up Friday and I was still in pain, so I decided to go to the doctor. The last time I went to the doctor for my ankle, I was in high school.  We decided it was best to get an x-ray and see what the damage was or if there was any. 

  • Bone fragment along the inferior tip of the medial malleolus, this appears to be old trauma, however in the setting of new trauma, an acute fracture component is not excluded.
  • Minimal plantar and posterior calcaneal spurring is observed.
  • Mild soft tissue swelling and join effusion may be present.
I was sad, so I ate pie. Yummy, Dutch apple pie. Then I got over it and sat down and figured out how I am going to still workout, until I see the Orthopedic doctor. This week should be interesting, to say the least.  For now, I make stupid boot jokes, take it off to drive as it is my right foot and overall have a pity party.

Have you ever been booted?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Seattle Brain Cancer Walk 2014

Today our team is participating in the 2014 Seattle Brain Cancer Walk benefiting the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at Swedish Medical Center. You might be wondering why we are walking for Brain Cancer.
Proceeds from the 7th Annual Seattle Brain Cancer Walk will support research efforts underway at the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at Swedish Medical Center. When it opened in 2008, the Ivy Center was the first brain tumor-specific community-based facility of its kind in our region. Today, with the support of our donors, the Ivy Center has become a preeminent Center of Excellence, offering patients coordinated, patient-centered care through a team approach that tailors the most advanced surgery and oncology treatment with access to promising new clinical trials. The Ivy Center's world-class research laboratory, which is funded almost entirely by philanthropy, is gaining national and international attention for its unique approach to fighting brain cancer

Please consider making a donation.  Donations can be made at our team site - Amazing Joe.

Photo from BCW 2010

Friday, September 19, 2014

Squat Challenge

There are a million Squat challenges out there, most of them are way to intense for me. I have no desire to do 200 squats in one day.

Last week, I found a good challenge and did it one day and then when I went to do the next day I couldn't find it. Thank goodness for My Fitness Pal sending a million and one emails because they sent me the squat challenge, again! It was like sign from the fitness fairy.

I started it Thursday, 20 squats were not bad at all! Not scary and hopefully, my body will agree tomorrow that I can handle. it.   I love that each week is a different type of squat.
Counter Balance Box Squat - is your basic squat, hands in front. I used a chair and had my bum just barley touch the chair before going back up.
Prisoner Box Squat - hands behind your head, but still use a surface to go down to. Chair, stool whatever you would like.
Counter Balance Air Squat - no chair, hands in front of you and just use your body weight.
Prisoner Air Squat  - This is listed as the toughest version. Hands behind your head, no chair and getting as close to parallel as you can.
The link I sourced has Intermediate challenge and an Advanced version if you are past the basics!
I have my copy printed and posted on the wall, let see if I can get it done and advance to the next level. 
Have you done a squat challenge before? Did you complete it?

Thursday, September 18, 2014


1. I ran on Tuesday night and it hurt, it wasn't that good hurt. It was that wow you are out of shape hurt. I hadn't ran in a week because of schedule and getting sick, so it is to be expected. But it sucks. I just keep reminding myself one day at a time.

2. Wednesday we took a walk with the kiddos a little of two miles, with some time to stop and play. It is always good to get out with the kids and it reminds me of when I was walking 20 minutes a day. I enjoyed that. I looked forward to that and I think I might start it again.

3. I printed out a beginner squat challenge. I need to start it. Guess I should make an official post on it to make it all written out and a goal. Why am I avoiding it. Oh I know, because I don't want my legs to hurt when I sit down to pee.

How is Thursday treating you?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Here we go again

This Weeks Plan
Monday: Rest
Tuesday:  Week 3 Day 1 - C25K
Wednesday: Week 3 Day 2 - C25K
Thursday: Weights
Friday: Week 3 Day 3 - C25K
Saturday: Brain Cancer Walk - Donate HERE
Sunday:  Rest
Here is this weeks plan, yes  it is Tuesday and I am already playing catch up. Last week was a mess, so no need to recap that.
I am almost back to  normal healthy wise, my house is not. While my family is getting better, it is a mess. We had our carpets cleaned LAST Tuesday and well they did a crap job. So they came back yesterday to do it again. This means everything is all over the place. We were the last stop for the day Monday night, leaving me a house that is out of control.  I just hope the carpets are dry today so everything can back in its place. I need order, our house is to small for this much craziness.
The bonus of getting your carpets cleaned is everything is picked up. All those little messes or 'storage' place as your kid refers them are purged. This helps with the holiday season coming. Speaking of holiday's we have already started decorating for Halloween and one little kiddo has a costume.  Here is a sneak peak.
How did Monday treat you?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunday Funday, posted on Monday

The back to school germs finally hit the me! My daughter brought them home first, followed by the littlest getting it and then the husband. I thought for sure I was in the clear until I woke up Friday feeling like death. I didn't even end up showering all day Friday or changing out of my PJs.
Saturday, was a BEAUTIFUL day in Washington, maybe on of the last nice days and we all lounged around feeling crummy all stinking day. I did manage to get a shower in at some point.
Sunday, I started to improve, although breathing is still difficult I felt like I need to get out and enjoy some of the nice weather. The kiddo's and I went to a local paved trail for a short walk. 

The trail is stunning this time of year and shaded 90% of the way. Which made it bearable to be out walking in the middle of the day. Although, the little one wasn't as happy on my back as she would have been in her stroller.
Big sister wanted to take photos along the way, and honestly if the path wasn't all uphill it would be a awesome spot in the fall for family photos. I need to see if I can figure out a flatter way to get to it. 

This was our turn around point. The trail took us to the freeway and this was a pedestrian bridge over it. The big kid thought it was cool because we drive under this bridge all the time and she had never stood over the freeway. The way back down was fun, and while she complained I think she was happy to be heading back to the care. The path wasn't long by any means, maybe 1.5 miles up, but I think she was tired of not having me run with her. Some how, she thought I could run with the baby on my back. 

At the end of this adventure, she said she wishes we could do it every day.  I  said we can come back because it is super close to home and as long as the weather cooperates we can practice our running on this path.
How was your weekend?

Friday, September 12, 2014

My survival kit - what would you take

I was contacted by Man Crates, a company that ships all kinds of gifts for men in wooden crates and asked:

Is I was stranded on a island what would I want with me?

Instantly, I thought Lip balm and coffee. :) I live and breathe for those things, and my family and what not. But let's get practical if I am stranded my family probably isn't with me. They are safe somewhere.

Every time I tried to write down something crazy that I would need, I countered with a practical item. So her is my list. Safe, boring but you know I would be happy!  

1. All you need is love lip balm - A big stick of moisturizing lip love. It's a natural blend of butters and oils that feed and care for lips. It's a whole lotta lovin' for lips. I need this because I assume, I am stranded on a sunny island. Not only will it work as lip balm, I can use it on cuts and scratches.

2. Gender Bender Big Bath Bar - Charcoal DTox: Clean that doesn’t discriminate. Because truly clean doesn't discriminate, the Gender Bender invites all to wash and be cleaned and Posh. I want to be clean! Salt water gets drying and sitting in the sand all day. If I was ever on Survivor this would be my luxury item.

3. Nuun All Day Drink Mix Tablets will send you to a hydration oasis with all day performance. These vitamin enhanced tablets will play a fundamental role in keeping you energized and focused while encouraging you to drink more water throughout the day. A girl needs to hydrate! Might as well do it with something that taste good. 

4. Nalgene water Bottle - Pretty self explanatory right, have water need place to keep it.

5. Books - I picked the Harry Potter book set, because there is enough of them that I could read them a few times before I got bored. Plus, if all else fails I can use the paper to keep me warm. Nothing would please me more then to be stranded with books! An entire library would be awesome, but something I could read over and over again would be okay too.

So what about you? What would you be stranded with? Would you want Wine or Coffee? Those both were on my list at first and were weeded out. :)

As I was checking out Man Crate I found this:

I wouldn't be upset if this was under the tree for me at Christmas. The bacon crate, who says you need to be a man to enjoy it. What crate looks most interesting to you?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I am getting derailed this week

Oh my, no matter how I try to get on track I get knocked off.  That is ok, I am just picking myself back up.

Monday - I was supposed to run. But I had moved ALL the kids toys to the living room as, we were getting our carpets cleaned on Tuesday. Monday night stepped on a kid toy, broke it ad rolled my ankle. AWESOME!

Tuesday - I planned a rest day. I was insanely busy. I ended up getting home at 1AM Wednesday morning, going to bed and being woken up at 4AM with the baby barfing on me.  AWESOME!

Wednesday - I drank so much coffee my stomach should have wholes in it from all the acid. Didn't phase me. No workout, struggled through the day with a sick kiddo, very little sleep and half day for the big kid. AWESOME!

Thursday  - Today, it is Thursday and my list of shit to get done grows. On top of it all I have an event for my business (Snarky Posh) tonight in Marysville. That is an hour north of me. Which goes until 10PM. Then I get to come home and try to sleep, maybe, please kiddo feel better.

Basically, week 3 of C25K is a big fat FAILURE, but you know what it just means that I can start it again next week.

This won't derail me. Just take me on a little tangent. Getting back on track. Starting Friday, waiting Saturday okay Sunday at the latest.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Women of Wonder 5K

I signed up for this knowing I was unprepared. I had just started back on the couch to 5K program, but I felt if I didn't sign up I would go the rest of the year without running another event. I had already participated in the St. Patrick's Day Dash in Seattle in March and then nothing.

Of course, my kids decided to have the worst night of sleep ever. When I sent the big kid to bed, she came to tell me her sister had vomited in bed again! That's a whole different post, but we go got her cleaned up and back to bed by 11PM. She thankfully, slept until 5AM, but big sister had woken up not feeling well in-between then.  Little sister went back down at 5AM, but I had a hard time getting back to sleep. Just when I did the alarm went off.

I got up, got dressed and headed out the door. I stopped and got some coffee and a breakfast and headed to GreenLake for the event. After finding a place to park, getting my bib and using the bathrooms, I busted out my phone and wasted time. I have a problem of arriving early to things.

It has taken me 13 months after having Ms. Jillian to sign up for a race. A race that I call my starting over point. I knew I wasn't ready in fact, I used the couch to 5K program to help me get through this, run/walk intervals the entire time. I really worked on pushing my run and walking on the walk parts. In the past, I would speed walk and not let my legs recover. Today, I focused on walking...and then really running in the run part. Sadly, I had to restart the program at one point because I wasn't done when the program ended. It's okay though. This is my starting point. My time was 46:33, 10 minutes slower then my PR from 2012 on pretty much the same course.

At the end of the day, I finished I collected my medal and I felt pretty good. I don't feel like I killed myself, but I am proud of my accomplishment.  My next 5K is a month away, so it gives me time to work through the program and hopefully improve on my time.
Overall, this event was great. It was their second year running the event after the Iron Girl program switched from a 5K/10K in Seattle to a Tri. It gave Promotion Events and easy slot to fill and I am glad they did. I look forward to doing it again next year.

Weekend Update

Last week I had a plan that ended in a 5K, I can say I participated in my first 5K alone since the baby. Yes, I know technically she is considered a toddler since she is 13 months, but she is still a baby to me.  Recap of the 5K tomorrow.

Last Weeks Plan
Monday: Weights  - Done
Tuesday: Week2Day 1 - C25k - Done
Wednesday: Weights - Done
Thursday: Week2Day 2 - C25k - Done
Friday: Week2Day 3 - C25k - Ended up resting
Saturday Rest - Played in the sun and rest
Sunday:  Women of Wonder 5K - used C25K to run
This Weeks Plan
Monday: Week 3 Day 1 - C25K
Tuesday: Rest - I just have to much on my plate, interview in the City and then I am heading to Portland for a Posh 1Day training and driving back he same night.
Wednesday: Week 3 Day 2 - C25K
Thursday: Weights
Friday: Week 3 Day 3 - C25K
Saturday: Weights
Sunday:  Rest
This week I am busy, I am hoping I can stay on track with my eating. The first thing I need to do is be prepared. I am going to get my grocery shopping in today and will make sure I get healthy snacks for me.
How was your weekend?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Funday

I saw this floating around Facebook, even though the original posting to Youtube is from 2009. I hate stairs, but would I do this if I saw it probably.

Why because it is fun! 

With that, I am going to try to make one day a week about a fun exercise and write about it on my Sunday Funday.  There are things I have wanted to try and I said I would, time to search Groupon and find some FUN ways to get some fitness in.

What out of the ordinary, fun workouts have you done?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Saturday Spotlight - Fundraisers

I just completed a fundraiser for the Seattle Brain Cancer walk with my Posh Business. We raised $150 for our Team, which will be matched by another Corporate Sponsor. 
If you are in need of a fun and easy fundraiser I would love to help you out. We can do it online, we can do one product or the whole catalog.

It is easy, its simple and trust me worth it - visit my website Posh by Jen to check it out, then reach out to me through my blog of my Facebook Page Snarky Posh. Let me help you raise money.  Note, you do not need to be local to do this. Let's chat and use the power of Social Media to raise money for your organization.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

"Faux" Potato Soup

It has cooled down a bit in our area. It is still lovely outside, but it is cooler in the AM. It makes me want soup. I emailed my friend yesterday for the millionth time for her Mock Potato Soup recipe. I ran to the store and picked up everything to make it when the big kid was home from school and the baby napped.

True blogger style, I forgot to take any photos of the preparation process. In all honestly, I thought I would botch it somehow and never want to post about it. I did make a few tweaks because I have problems following a recipe. :)  

1 medium cauliflower, cut into small chunks, about 20 ounces after trimming
1 small onion, diced, 2 1/2 ounces
3 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (pre-shredded not recommended)
3 pieces bacon, fried until crisp and crumbled, optional
2 green onions, chopped, optional
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

In a large dutch oven, bring the cauliflower, onion and broth to a boil. Cover and simmer until the cauliflower is very tender, about 20-25 minutes. Use a stick blender to puree the soup until completely smooth and thick. Add the butter and cream; mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the cheese; heat very slowly until melted. Garnish with bacon, green onion and parsley.

And here is how I made it:
In a large pan cook bacon (I used the whole pack) and onion. I sliced everything up and sautéed it in the pan.  Once cooked, I added the broth and cauliflower and cooked until tender.  I don't have a stick blender so I used my mixer and mixed it up until kind of, not really smooth.  Added the butter and cream and mix. Salt and pepper to taste and garnished with cheese.  My high quality photo of my food! It actually was really good and will be my lunch the rest of the week.

Makes about 6 cups or 6 big servings
Can be frozen without the toppings

Original stats Per Serving: 263 Calories; 22g Fat; 11g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 4g Net Carbs  (My stats were slightly higher since I used ALL the center cut bacon and not just a little)

Overall I really liked it and look forward to making it again this fall.

Have any good Fall soup recipes?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

One more day, one more day

I know so many kids are back to school, but we don't go back until Wednesday. Today is meet the teacher day the big kid is going into 2nd grade and is excited to get back to school. I think she is more excited to see her friends then she is to actually go to school. This summer she had a fear because she said that "someone told her they cover the clock", "so I have to learn to tell time". We worked on I and she can now tell time on a analog clock and I think she feels confident to start school.

After we meet the teacher we are heading to the mall, why you ask, to stand in line at the Lego store for a free toy. :) I know I am the worlds best mom. LOL  I figure, big kid feels left out a lot so any thing I can do to raise her spirits.  I am already behind on my schedule, this holiday weekend really messed me up. I sat down last night and realized it was Monday and I didn't work out. D'oh!

Today, I will get in my couch to 5K and add a little strength routine in afterwards. Keep it light but get it done. 

How is Tuesday treating you?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekend Update and September Goals

Last week went pretty good the plan looked like this:

Monday: Weights - Accomplished
Tuesday: Run 20  min -  Accomplished ended up starting C25K day1
Wednesday: Weights - Failed
Thursday: Run 30 minutes Accomplished C25K day 2
Friday: Rest or Pilates - Failed 
Saturday Run 45 min  - Ended up donating blood
Sunday: Rest  - Ran C25K day 3
What else was I up to this weekend...I mentioned I donated blood and I have officially donated 2 gallons. That sounds so creepy, but being O - I get called frequently to donate.


Before I went to donate blood I chopped a few inches off my hair. It was time, I was so over the ponytail, high messy bun. So I did it. Plus, it gave me a couple hours kid free. I joked with the stylist that donating blood was amazing kid free time. Like a field trip for mom. Ahh, its the little things. 

Monday: Weights
Tuesday: Week2Day 1 - C25k
Wednesday: Weights
Thursday: Week2Day 2 - C25k
Friday: Week2Day 3 - C25k
Saturday Rest
Goals for September - Keep it simple, clear and attainable.
- Lose 10lbs (new weight taken today)
- Eat 90% whole foods
- Don't give up on c25k
How was your weekend?