Green Tea is Gross

There, I’ve said it.  I can’t stand the stuff.  I know it’s this uber-health, anti-oxidant superstar but I honestly just hate it.  I hate the expensive brands as much as I hate the cheap brands.  I hate it cold.  I hate it hot.  I hate it with lemon and I hate it sweetened with honey (super gross) and I even hate it as an ice cream.  I am sure if it came as a cake and had a pound of Safeway’s Crisco frosting slathered on top, I’d still hate it.

So my next step is to find another food item that has some similarly excellent health benefits and eat that instead of the green stuff.   No excuse me while I pour my glass of green ick into the sink.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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And She’s Down

Exercising regularly and eating properly (most of the time) I am blessed with a pretty good immunity.  Our family, in general has been healthy (knock wood).  Until this year.  Alexa had strep 3 times in a very short period of time and I’m on my second bout since the end of July.   I’m drinking tea and hoping to get an Rx re-filled so I can start to fight the infection.

I hope to be back on-line tomorrow with some great information, but for today, I’m back to bed.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Getting Everyone Back on Track!

Getting the kids back into their schedules is the first step to getting yourself back on track.    I’m sure your calendar is jam-packed with back to school nights,  pick up, drop off, juggling after care for the little angels and squeezing in some volunteer time on top of team sports practices, dance class, gymanstics and probably a part or full time job.   I know mine is!

I’ve been really excited for the kids going back to school for a reason other than silence in the house.  Getting them back into their schedule helps me get back into mine.   If you are trying to get back on track here are a few things that I’m doing.  Feel free to steal these simple tips!

  • Lunches get packed for the kids and myself; no more throwing together whatever looks good or heading out to lunch every day.
  • Exercise, which I enjoy, still needs to be fit in the schedule because if I don’t go for a run before the kids are awake, I won’t be able to or want to fit it in later.
  • Grocery lists need to be posted and added to as needed, no more winging it at the store!  Saves me time and money
  • Early to bed makes it easier to rise earlier so I can get more things done!

Good luck with your fall schedule!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Tip of the Week

Forget about where you “wish” you were and focus on what you are doing right now to improve your health.  You are a winner just for showing up to class, for taking that first step, for writing down what you ate for breakfast, for dragging yourself out to the gym before the sun rose.

So what if you still have 10 (20, 30 or even 50) pounds to lose, can’t run a block or only made it to the gym twice this week.  Celebrate your small achievements, focus on the small steps and success will be yours!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Wine for a Cure!

Who likes wine?  Who likes gourmet food? Who wants to help make a difference?

Well I’m happy to tell you about a VERY worthwhile and important fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Third Annual Wine for the Cure.   This September 25th event showcases wines from the Livermore Valley and pairs these wines with culinary dishes from local chefs.   It’s

This event hits close to home because our family recently spent a weekend at Lake Hogan with Tara, an 11 year old who is afflicted with CF.  In spite of the multiple daily breathing treatments and medications she takes, she remains a ray of sunshine and hopefully a cure will be found in her lifetime.

If you wish to attend the event, details are below.  If you aren’t able to attend this event and wish to make a donation (any amount is appreciated), contact the Northern California Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 415-989-6500.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

wine for a cure
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in collaboration with Goal Line Productions, is proud to announce the Third Annual Wine for a Cure to take place on Saturday September 25, 2010. The night will showcase wines from the Livermore Valley and will be paired with culinary dishes from a special menu created for the evening. Wine for a Cure will raise money to provide funds for the research necessary to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. This year, we are thrilled to honor Dr. Karen A. Hardy, M.D., Director, Bay Area Pediatric Pulmonary at Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland.
Saturday, September 25, 2010 VIP Guests: $100
Main Event: $75
Goal Line Productions
5959 Coronado Lane Pleasanton, CA 94588
5:00 pm VIP Lounge
6:00 pm Main Reception Begins
Please contact Amy Whalen with inquiries
415-989-6500
awhalen@cff.org
CFF Northern California Office
100 Bush St., Ste. 101
San Francisco, CA 94104
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Exercise and the Energy Connection

With work, family activities, household and other responsibilities pressing down on you it might seem that beginning an exercise program is just one more energy drain on an already tiring schedule.   The truth is, exercise provides and energy boost by increasing your blood flow and oxygen through your body.  You think more clearly and your body works better overall by exercising on a regular basis.

If you are beginning an exercise program, you may feel some fatigue post-workout, however that feeling will pass once you have a snack, drink some water and take a shower.   Then you will experience the energy surge that you need to get the day going and your work done.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

The Dirty Dozen

It’s no secret that buying organic produce can be a budget buster!  For those of us trying to stretch our food dollar it becomes a matter of determining what foods are better purchased as organic versus those grown conventionally.  Luckily Prevention Magazine (www.prevention.com) comes to the rescue!

Check out their Dirty Dozen listed below.  These foods should be the ones that you always buy from the organic section.

The Dirty Dozen (Go Organic)

  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Bell Peppers
  8. Spinach
  9. Kale
  10. Cherries
  11. Potatoes
  12. Imported Grapes

Prevention also lists the 15 Cleanest Foods, those foods that you can buy as conventionally grown.   Definitely check out the article here!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂