Napa Getaway – The Inn on First

Today again we are departing from our usual sweat, blood and tears to mention this lovely B&B located in the historic section of Napa, CA.  The Inn on First.

I am plugging this particular establishment because it’s run by two very dear friends of ours, Jim Gunther and Jamie Cherry.  They purchased the Inn in May, 2007 and have created a lovely, sophisticated and sublime retreat.

What distinguishes their luxury Bed and Breakfast Inn from any other in Napa Valley is the touch of San Francisco style they have added to the decor, and their focus on hospitality as a personalized gift to their guests.

Now about the food!  Jim graduated from the California Culinary Academy (Le Cordon Bleu) in 1994 and I can personally attest to  his magic in the kitchen.   My mouth still waters over the chocolate souffles he made and I’ve never tastes such a creamy butternut squash soup!  He makes food that you simply want to eat!

So if you are contemplating a trip to Napa for a weekend getaway, please check out The Inn on First.  You won’t be disappointed!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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Fashion-ugh-ble

Short departure from the normal running, boot camp, etc.  Today we talk fashion!

As they say on Project Runway, “one day you’re in, the next you’re out”.  Well, in my opinion some of the fall season should be an “out”.

Here’s my quick rundown on a few of the  latest fall trends.  Some I like.  Some not so much.

Leggings

Really?  Again?  The rule from the late 80’s still applies today.   Unless you have very thin, very long legs this is a trend you should skip.   You’ll thank me later.

Tunic Tops

Now I sound like a broken record.  Really? Again?  Come on!  The funny thing is, I do like this look on the hanger.   Tunic tops take me far back to my late teens and very early 20’s and the layway plan at Lerner’s.  Enough said.  Unless you are pregnant, pass on this.

Knee Length Boots

Finally!  LOVE these.  Wear them with tights and a skirt or dress and they look great.   Take caution if you are not a slim-legged gal.  The top of the boot should NOT be so tight at the leg to cause skin to squeeze out the top.

Short Sweatery Things

Don’t know what they are called but I love them.  Some versions are shorter in front, longer in the back.  Some versions short, others long.  Whatever, these are great thrown over a longer top with jeans, a skirt or a pair of trousers for work.  You can, I guess, wear them with leggings, but consider yourself warned.

Buttery Leather Bags

Hobo, shoulder or tote, these bags are divine!  It’s worth the $$ to invest in one of these bags.  Soft and supple these bags hold their shape unlike the very inexpensive versions that are as sturdy as a plastic bag from Safeway.  Splurge a little this season.  You’re worth it.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

On The Go Low Calorie Healthy Food Snacks Keep Your Weight Under Control

The following article is courtesy of Lorna Darden a fellow Fitness Moms member  Enjoy!

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Working a 9 to 5 can get in the way of your well being sometimes. Living a busy life can keep you from eating the right meals and snacks. The only food you can get at work tends to be the vending machine down the hall with fatty and high calorie temptations.

Maintaining your weight or trying to lose weight is difficult at work, there are so many bad influences that keep you from getting your daily nutrition. Being on the go doesn’t leave you with much time to make healthy decisions about your eating habits. Snacking healthy is very important to your health. Never let anything or anyone get in the way of your health, you have one life treat your body good and it will treat you the same.

Here are some nutritious snacks to take along with you at work and on the go.

I personally love Fiber One bars. These individual wrapped bars contain great nutrition giving you 35% of your daily intake of fiber. Each bar is 140 calories, 4grams of fat and 2grams of protein. Fiber is good for you because it not only keeps your digestive system in tact it keeps you fuller longer.

Multi-grain sun chips has 18 grams of whole grain which is good for the heart. They come in a variety of flavors and they are pretty tasty. This hearty snack contains vitamin E, vitamin B6, iron, thiamin, niacin, zinc, magnesium, protein, etc. Vitamin E and B6 are antioxidants which helps with maintaining good skin, strong immune system, and so much more. One bag is 140 calories and 6 grams of fat.

One hundred calorie packs are also good too. They are individually wrapped cracker or cookies that are made with wheat flour. They are only 100 calories and three grams of fat. Each pack gives you the right amount of portions so that you won’t over eat.  It contains 4% of iron and 1gram of protein.

They always say a apple a day keeps the dentist away. Apples are low in calories, high in water which makes you feel full and are good for the teeth. Apples helps fight cancer, lowers your risk heart disease, has loads of fiber, prevents constipation and are filled with antioxidants. You can be creative with apples, cut them up sprinkle with a little cinnamon or eat them with some plain low-fat yogurt. All fruits are great as a snack, they are full of water which suppresses the appetite and are good at giving you your nutritional value. Dried fruits are gives you nourishments too.

One of my favorite favorite snacks is Yoplait strawberry yogurt! I love yogurt especially the nutrition you get from it. It comes in a wide variety of flavors and is packed with calcium and vitamin D which is good for bone health. Low-fat yogurt is best, either way you can never go wrong with yogurt.

Raisin Bran Crunch is a whole grain cereal loaded with nutrition, high in fiber, low in sodium and in fat. Pour some in a sandwich bag or a bowl to take along for a snack,. It’s sweet, crunchy and has lots of raisins which is good for your digestive health. One cup is only 190 calories and 1g of fat. Healthy cereals are a great idea as a snack.

Almonds are delicious and have a high potency of vitamin E which is good for the skin. Almonds contains good fats and protein to give you the energy that our bodies need. Walnuts are a great snack too. Also eating wheat and oat bread for a snack is very smart. These breads has a high value of protein, fiber and good carbohydrates.

Veggies like broccoli and carrots can be a daily snack. Carrots are good for your eyesight, teeth and gums. There are plenty of vegetables to choose from all are great! Healthy drinks like Ensure, V8 and other beneficial drinks are good as well.

Popcorn, this light and tasty snack has loads of fiber and is low on calories, sodium and fat. I’m talking about homemade popcorn, not microwaveable popcorn which is loaded with unhealthy fats and high in calories and sodium. Before you go to work pop you enough to last all week and bag it in small bags.

Fig bars and Quaker Oats snack bars are good too. Both are low in fat and the fig bars very fulfilling. Whole grain muffins are very healthy too. If you are a raisin lover then you will love prunes. Prunes are a very good source of fiber that will not only improve your digestive health, but suppresses your appetite, are loaded with vitamins and lowers cholesterol. They called it nature’s laxative.

Gum is good too. It might not have nutritional value, but it cleans your teeth after a meal and helps to protect your teeth and gums. Gums like Trident, Extra, Orbit, etc are wise choices. Gum can also help with your sweet cravings and with your weight loss because it has sugar in it and it is low in calories. Dark chocolate has healthy benefits, it is more healthier for you than milk chocolate.

Peanut butter is rich in protein it may be high in calories, but it offers you a great deal of nutrition. If you want to watch the calories you can choose to purchase low-fat peanut butter. It taste even better with some white or wheat crackers and whole wheat bread.

Hope these ideas can be of help wanting to be healthy is easy, but staying healthy can be difficult. By eating healthy gives you the opportunity to eat more and weigh less. Try to watch what you eat even though it can be hard at times and remember to always eat in moderation. To stay healthy and fit Fat Burning Furnace is a great fitness program to give you the body and nutrition you need to always look your best.

Health Buy helps keep you on track with all natural vitamins and supplements. Live well and eat well.

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Now go run!

Keli

5 Tips to Get Healthy

Most people are interested in leading healthy lives.  Many of these people don’t have a clue as to how to achieve this.  Here are 5 quick tips to help you get healthy!

Read Labels/Reduce Serving Sizes

This first step is the ultimate eye opener.   A serving is much smaller than you expect it to be and calories add up quickly.  You will automatically change how you eat when you start reading labels.

Avoid Drinking your Calories

Smoothies were marketed as a way to drink a meal on the go.  In theory, great idea but it backfires.  First of all, smoothies can contain upwards of 500 to 600 calories, and are filled with simple sugar.  Even more importantly, study after study has shown that when you drink 500 calories, your body doesn’t register that you have ingested 500 calories in terms of satiety or satisfaction.  Drink a smoothie now, you’ll be hungry in a hour.

Switch Your Snacking

Replace chips, pretzels or other snack type foods with items that have a mix of protein, fat and carbs.  A 200 calorie snack that will tide you over can be carrots and hummus, 1 tablespoon peanut butter on a whole grain, low carb tortilla and a half banana.   Think mini meals instead of an empty snack.

Increase or Add Exercise Minutes
If you currently walk 3 times a week for 30 minutes, either add 10 minutes to your walk or add another day of exercise.  Ideally you should be exercising 5 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes.  If you want to lose weight, you need to increase your time to 45-60 minutes.

Reduce Stress

Stress is a killer.  Literally.  Find activities that will help you deal with everyday stressors.  Meditation.  Yoga.  Writing in  a journal or blog.  Dishing with friends.  Whatever you choose, do it often!

Good luck on your journey to a healthier you.  Please email me any other tips that you have for creating a healthier YOU!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Half Marathons and Other Fall and Winter Races

It’s officially Fall and there are some great races coming up!  Check them out!  I’m going to be running all four!

San Jose Rock N Roll Half Marathon

San Jose, Ca -October 4, 2009

Fast.  Flat.  Music at almost every mile.  It’s an easy PR, what else is there to say?  Register NOW!

Nike Women’s Full and Half Marathon

San Francisco, CA – October 18, 2009

Hilly.  Beautiful.  Great bling presented by tuxedoed SF Firemen! Sold out but worth paying the price for a bib on Ebay!  (not that you heard it from me.)

Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay

Monterey, CA – November 15, 2009

Coastline.  Monterey.  Aquarium.  Cannery Row.  Priceless.  Get thee to Monterey!

Hark the Herald Angels 12K and 25K

Angels Island, CA – December 12, 2009

Trail running on an island in the middle of SF Bay with 360 degree panoramic views?  Sign me up!

If you know of a kicking race, let me know so I can promote it here!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Wander Lust

One of the best things about running is that it’s an excellent opportunity to un-connect from the day to day grind and let your mind (and your body) wander!

I started my 12 mile run on Saturday morning with my iPod at the ready and my Garmin set to go.  I started running, hit the Garmin, turned on my Shuffle (the gadget, not my pace) and away I went.   Often times I focus on my pace, my breathing, my distance (am I there yet?) or otherwise occupy my run with, well, running stuff.

This time, however, I had some stuff to work out so I started the internal dialogue.   I am juggling quite a few things at the moment and I’ve been having some problems figuring out how to either add more hours to the day or scheduling things better.  And since I can’t change time and space yet, I have to re-jigger my schedule.

As I pondered my calendar, I ran.  I’d check my watch every now and then to check pace but otherwise I really didn’t pay much attention to where I was.  Once I got my schedule under control and had a plan in my head, I moved on to other items of concern.    Soon, I was at 5 1/2 miles and almost halfway done.

After a while I got tired of working out my life plan in my head and focused on running.  That proved to be a bad decision.  Surprisingly, when I focused on my running I didn’t enjoy it as much.   So I circled back to my to do list and let the running go.

It was a nice break from my normal running approach and it took a lot of the pressure off.  So next time you go for a run and feel overwhelmed by that and life, let your mind take a wander and enjoy!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂