Buck Up Little Bucky!

At the urging and encouragement of my Marin soccer league, I recently  joined up with the Golden Gate Women’s Soccer League .  I play with gals who are really good, strong players.  Many of them have been playing for many, many years.  Their skill level is high and they are an aggressive bunch.   Only having come back to soccer after a very long break, I accept the fact that my skill level is not as high as many of the others on my team or the teams we play against but it still bugs me.  I hate the feeling of not doing a very good job, of just bumbling along.

But, like I tell everyone who finds themselves in a similar situation, whether it’s being the last person to finish a run or those who can’t do a full push up, you have to have patience, give it your best and you will get better.   In other words, quit whining and just get out there.  Sound advice for us all!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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Lesson Learned

Last week was a particularly crazy one for me.  I took on a large project for one of my clients, have an increased workload at my part time job, have been fighting a cold that Brad coughed on to me while still trying to manage the day to day of the family and kid stuff that is constant.  I know this sounds familiar to many of you.

The one thing that slipped a bit were my workouts which caused me more angst than any of it.  There were a few mornings that I chose working instead of going for an early run or a quick trip to the gym.  Big mistake.

Skipping those workouts set me up for a day of running and not in a good way.   It reiterated how much I need to get out and move in the morning.  Not only for the physical benefit but for the mental boost it brings.  My energy level rises and I am more in control of how I tackle the day instead of letting the day roll over me.

So this week I’ve plotted and planned, gotten some runs organized with friends and have my mornings scheduled to include my necessary workouts.  Let the week begin!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

If Not Now…When?

People are procrastinators by nature and I’m including myself in the mix.  Who hasn’t played a computer game (Farmville anyone?) while “working” on a report or taken a nap instead of folding the clothes?  Many of you have set your alarm to get up and exercise only to slam the snooze button for the next hour only to realize you no longer have time to work out.  Now is the time to turn this around and luckily for you I have some tips to help you out!

1.  The snooze button is NOT your friend.   Being re-awoken every 8 minutes is just cruel to you and your bed mate!  If you have problems getting up at the first alarm sound, start going to bed 15-20 minutes earlier.  Having TiVo eliminates the need to stay up to watch “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” so get your butt to bed.

2.  Create a master list of the things you have do but don’t want to do.  Now break that list down and try and tackle one thing per day and try and do that first thing.  You get a lovely sense of accomplishment and that hated thing gets crossed off!

3.  When in doubt, hire it out!  Hate cleaning?  Arrange a service to come in twice or once a month for the heavy duty chores.   If funds are tight, look into bartering with your friends.  You’ll do their filing or help organize their office if they (or their teenagers) weed or mow your lawn.

4.  Exercise.  You knew that would be here.  In general I’ve found that people who exercise on a consistent basis have more energy and are more productive.   Need that boost in the afternoon to finish up work from the office?  Having worked out earlier in the day will ensure you have enough energy to complete the tasks.

Good luck on getting your to-do list done!  Let me know what other tips you have to get over your procrastination.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Brother Can You Spare A Dime?

The recent natural gas line explosion in San Bruno was a terrible tragedy.  Houses decimated and countless lives turned upside down and inside out.  Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this tragedy.  The American Red Cross has partnered with local organizations to give aid to those in need.  Visit their website for more details or to donate to help those in need.

This is also a tragic reminder that we all should have an emergency plan in place.  Where to go in case you can’t go home, which out of area or out of state person should be the designated contact person for your family in addition to someone  locally that you can call or contact.  You should also copy insurance documents, birth certificates, wills or other important documents and keep them in a safe deposit box or scan and save them to a UBS stick or some other storage device.   A little work now can save time and frustration in case of an emergency.

Again, our thoughts and prayers to those affected by the tragedy in San Bruno.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomatoh

Even with the mild summer we had there is still a bounty of tomatoes in people’s gardens!  While at first seeing pounds of tomatoes, zucchini or cucumbers is a delight but right around now may be overwhelmed with the abundance.

Here are two recipes to take advantage of your summer excess

Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients:  Fresh tomatoes, rinsed and cored; Olive oil; Kosher salt

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Take your rinsed tomatoes and cut them in half (for larger tomatoes you may want to cut them in quarters)
  • Place the skin side down in the baking dish and drizzle with olive oil (1T or so) and sprinkle with kosher salt
  • Bake in the 400 degree oven for 45 minutes
  • When cooled squeeze the tomatoes out of their skin and into a pot (if using right awy) or into a tupperware or freezer bag- discard the skins, be sure to scrape the pan with a spatula into the bag or pot – this is a delicious and layered flavor that should be used!
  • Use this mixture as a base for sauce or soup, spooned over baked chicken or tossed with pasta, garlic, basil and Parmesan cheese

Roasted Zucchini

Ingredients:  Zucchini, rinsed and cut in half, lengthwise; Olive oil, Kosher salt;

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

  • Place zucchini, cut side down on a baking sheet
  • Drizzle with olive oil (1T or so) and sprinkle with Kosher salt
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until tender

This is a great side dish with fish, chicken or steak but also tastes great tossed warm in a fresh garden salad

Now go run!

Keli 🙂