Tip of the Week

Don’t mistake eating out with a celebration.   Your birthday, anniversary, graduation or special achievement is one of the events that I think you can celebrate and let the calories fall where they may.  A meal out with the kids, your parents, a girlfriend or business colleague is just that, a meal.

Distinguishing between the two will make dining out a better and healthier experience.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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App Attack!

Admittedly I’m a little slow on the technology uptake.  I wanted the Iphone but we’re not an AT&T family so I ended up upgrading my old flip phone for the HTC Hero.  This was in December, sadly it took me about 5 months to realize there was a “market” icon where I could download apps.  Truth be told (because I’m nothing if not brutally honest here) my 10 year old clued me in to it or else I’d still be lost!

Now that I know about this nifty feature in my phone, I’m app crazy!  I can watch tv, leave myself notes, play Poke A Mole, find a Starbucks, calculate my tip and many other neat little things.  I enjoy the “Yo Mama” joke app but my daughter found it and it’s just not very PC for a 10 year old to share “Yo Mama is so ugly she made an onion cry” with her Girl Scout troop.

In addition to mindless entertainment, there are a lot of great fitness and health apps out there.  You can count your steps, track a run, count your calories or WW points, determine calories in thousands of foods, find healthy recipes, receive beauty tips, learn about CPR, research medical conditions as well as learn 1000 ways to relax!  The best part is that many of these apps are completely FREE!  What a bonus!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

The 3 R’s of Fitness – Rest. Relax. Recharge.

I just returned from a 4 day camping trip to New Hogan Reservoir with my family and a bunch of friends.  I think we topped out at 45 people.   It’s only a 2 and a half hour drive away but when we get there it feels as far from home as you can get.  We live in bathing suits, sunscreen and dirt the entire time.  Once we set up our camp and launch the boat we spend most of our time dragging the kids behind us on the inner tube, hopping in the water to cool off or grabbing another adult to spot us as we water ski.

When not on the water we are sitting on chairs under the EZ-Ups near the water’s edge.  The kids fish or play in the water and we adults hang out to chat, visit and completely relax.  Every now and then someone will take a Jet Ski out for a ride or hop on a friend’s boat to take another gaggle of kids out on the water.   It’s a perfect break from the day to day minutiae of chores and tasks.  Our main goal is to relax and enjoy ourselves and our kids.

As a rule I bring my workout clothes with me but frankly I don’t use them.  I take these days to completely recharge my batteries.  I enjoy the perks of all the work I’ve done because walking up the big hill from the beach to our campsite doesn’t wind me nor does water skiing hurt my body like it would if I wasn’t active.   These are the benefits that I work so hard for.  These little milestones that make me proud of the hard work I do.

We’re heading back to New Hogan soon and I will bring my running shoes and shorts as always but I expect they’ll come home as clean as I packed them.  And that’s ok!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

An Ode to Push Ups

And I’m not talking bras, although and ode to the Wonderbra is probably out there!  Nope, I’m talking the old-fashioned, face first on the ground, he-man power move.  All hail the mighty push up!

Push Ups are a complete upper body exercise.  You are firing your chest, back, arms, shoulders and core with a single exercise.  Whether your knees are on the ground, you are on your feet, at an incline or the more challenging decline position you are working it.

I used to dread push ups.  My arms would wobbly, I couldn’t hold my stomach in and I could barely get an inch down.  All it takes is practice and repetition and you will be able to execute numerous push ups.  In turn, you will reap the benefits.

Here’s a cool website to check out;  www.hundredpushups.com.  A few friends have recommended it and it provides a training plan so you can master 100 push ups.  You may be asking “why?”.  I say, why not?  If nothing else, it’s a great ice breaker at a party!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Happy Father’s Day

Wishing all the Dads out there a Happy Father’s Day.    If you are lucky enough to still have your Dad around give the gruff old dog a hug and tell him you love him!   If you are married with kids, give your husband a hug and remind him how much you appreciate the things he does for you and the kids.

If your husband is gone for work for most of the week,  today is the perfect opportunity for him and your children to have some bonding time. Grab a girlfriend, kiss the family goodbye and head to the spa while your other half plays Wii and chases the kids around for 12 hours or so.

However your choose to spend your day, be grateful for the Dads in your life!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

What Friends Are For

Ok so I watched the Real Housewives of New York’s 3rd reunion show and I have to say it was a waste of an hour.  Many hours in truth as I sat each week and watched each hour long episode.  The bickering, the arguing, the back-stabbing and nastiness was just over the top.  Oy.

I am grateful to have a nice group of friends.  Friends to run with, shop with (thereby helping me stay within the realms of fashion), laugh with, drink wine with, boot camp with and kvetch with.  I have a friend what moved to Texas who shares the same love for low-quality white Safeway cake with their famous Crisco frosting and a childhood friend that reminds me of what a goof I was, am and always will be.

My friend list however,  has whittled down throughout the years as my patience for bullshit and drama has decreased.  I don’t have room in my life for fair-weather friends, those that pop up when they want something.  Those who keep in touch as it can benefit them.  I don’t like mean-spirited humor and I have a total dislike for women who use the one-liner  “Bitch” as their response to anything good or positive that has happened in my life.

In return for being a good friend to me I will in turn be the most loyal and trustworthy friend you can ever have.   I will have your back in any situation, bring you food when you are sick and give you a hug whether you need it or not.   I will try and remember the milestones of your life such as birthdays and anniversary’s.  I’m not great on the phone but will pen you a note (on notecards, no less) or drop you an email to say I was thinking about you.

There’s no reason anyone of us should be stuck with bad friends.  Or bad friendships.  We should be around other gals who celebrate and honor us and we need to be that kind of friend that celebrates and honors others.  So the next time you may be tempted to drop the “B” bomb when you see a friend who has lost 25 pounds or gotten a hair cut that makes her look 10 years younger.  Bite your tongue and ask her what she’s doing to look so damn hot!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂