Warrior Dash Week 3 Training!

Day One & Two: Rest Day

Day Three: Kick-It Class

Day Four: Kick-It Class

Day Five: One round for time

This box was a bit different than the one from the previous workout different gym.

40 Box Step Ups

40 Squats

35 Box Step Ups

35 Squats

30 Box Step Ups

30 Squats

25 Box Step Ups

25 Squats

20 Box Step Ups

20 Squats

15 Box Step Ups

15 Squats

10 Box Step Ups

10 Squats

5 Box Jumps

5 Squats

Time: 11:54

40:00 Step Mill

Day Six: Run/Walk with the dog. This is a new experience for me. She would totally freak out when we would pass by a sprinkler. At about mile 2.5 I was looking for the port a potty. Needless to say my run was a little distracted.

3.32 Miles 42:00 Minutes

Day Seven: Zumba

Staple items!

Certain foods should always have a place on your food pantry. These are called food staples. Our family particularly my mini me and I have a few of items that are a must.

Here is the story of how these items came about.

I am sure most of you know that I am not a cook. In 2008 the Chef took a job that had him out of the home for 6 weeks for training then off to work for 20-30 days at one time. For me this was a huge eye opener in more ways than one. Not only did I have to take the trash out, I had to grocery shop and figure out what my mini me was going to eat for each meal of the day.

I remember one day for lunch she wanted “Life” cereal. We packed up her cereal, in a to-go bowl for school and she ordered milk from the lunch lady, it just happened to be chocolate milk. A friend of my just happened to be having lunch at school that day and commented how dad must still be out-of-town if mom is sending cereal to school for lunch.

This brings me to the first staple item in our home. Cereal! I love cereal. I remember growing up and eating cereal all the time. When my mom worked we feed ourselves and it was cereal. When the Chef was out-of-town working, my mini me and I would eat dry cereal on Sunday afternoons while watching movies together. I like dry fruit loops and frosted mini wheat’s.

The next favorite item is Totino’s Pizza! Who doesn’t love a great Totino’s frozen pizza. I remember we would heat up a Totino’s after swim practice once a week. What an in-expensive staple item this is. My mini me and I love the meat combination pizza.

Last but not least the last item is something that I cook and we can eat for a few days. My mini me loves it!

Pasta Fagioli

3 cans of beans (Kidney, Northern, Pinto) – whatever kinds you prefer

1-2 C. Dilanti Pasta

2-3 cans of vegetable broth

Drizzle of EVOO

3 garlic cloves

½ yellow onion

3 carrots

3 celery stalks

8-12 brussel sprouts

Sea Salt


Italian Seasoning

Mozzarella cheese

Build your soup from the bottom up. Drizzle the bottom of your soup pot with EVOO. Cut your onion, garlic, carrots and celery place in the soup pot on med heat. While these items are cooking cut up your brussel sprouts then place into the soup pot. Season with S&P and Italian seasoning. Cook the pasta in a separate pot. Once the all the vegetables are somewhat soft add your beans and one can of vegetable broth. Re-season; when the pasta is al-dente  add it to the pot depending on how think you like your soup you may need to add more vegetable broth or water and from the pasta. Taste and determine if you need more seasonings.  Simmer until beans are soft and serve with mozzarella cheese.

Put your twist on this great soup. Add some Italian tomato’s and take out the brussel sprouts.

This is an easy low-calorie healthy soup. It has become a joke in our home today when mom’s cooking we are having Pasta Fagioli. Be sure to keep beans, vegetable broth, onions, garlic, celery and carrots on hand for this fabulous staple item.

Week 2 Complete!

Warrior Dash Training Week 2

Day One & Two: Survived the Nickelback, Bush, Seether & My Darkest Days concert

Day Three: I went to the gym thinking I was going to take a killer kickboxing class and they changed the class to Zumba. I had a blast dancing for an hour looking like a total idiot. But it was fun!

Day Four: 12 Rounds for time

10 Assisted Pull-Ups

10 Girley Push-Ups

10 dumbbell Squats

Time: 21:25

20 min Stair stepper

Day Five:  3 mile run/walk 37:35

Day Six:  6 Rounds for time

Tri-cep Push-ups 12

Sit-Ups 50

Air Squats 75

Time:  23:39

Day Seven: Couch 2 5K  Week 1 Day 1


Run/Walk 30 second intervals

Walk 10:00

No clue how many miles I did my GPS didn’t register on the indoor track at CMU!

Week 3 here I come!

Back to the 5280!

One benefit of traveling to the city is visiting new restaurants! 

The Chef and I recently traveled to Denver for a concert and visited a new fun spot in downtown Denver.

Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar!

We arrived a little before 4 when the restaurant opens for Happy Hour. A line has formed already!

The Happy Hour menu is incredible!



  • East Coast Oyster$1.25
  • Can Beer$2
  • House Infusions$4

Our party decided on 2 dozen oysters! I am not an oyster fan but these are opened fresh at the bar!

We also decided to have some other happy hour menu items.




Seafood Dynamite

Gumbo Fries

What what a terrific menu at very very reasonable prices!

Wine was the choice of drink! (Imagine that)

If you have the opportunity to dine at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar I highly recommend it!

So stop in downtown Denver 17th & Wazee and meet Josh the bartender he will take good care of you.!

For you burger lovers out there we were introduced to the best burger place in Colorado!

All natural burgers, fries and shakes pre-pared to order. Look for larkburger in Edwards if traveling through Colorado.

Time for a nice calorie burning workout to burn off all these calories!

Warrior Dash 2012 Training!

 In 2010 my friend Kenda convinced me to join her to run the Warrior Dash! This is a picture of us after the race! OMG! This race is so much fun! We have a group of girls who run this race each year! I will write about my training for the next Warrior Dash  here. To hold my self accountable for getting ready for the race on August 18, 2012 in Copper Mountain Colorado! 

Warrior Training Week 1 in the books!

Day 1: 12 mile bike ride looped around the river trail final push was up Monument Road huge a$$ hill!

Day 2: 8 sets 20 seconds on 10 seconds rest as many as you can do in the 20 seconds!


Sit -Ups


30 Minutes Crosstrainer

Day3: 2 mile run on treadmill, 30:00 minutes on stationary bike

Day 4: One Round for Time

40 Step-ups on high box

40 Squats —- I would touch my bootay on the top of the box!

35 Step-ups on high box

35 Squats

30 Step-ups on high box

30 Squats

25 Step-ups on high box

25 Squats

20 Step-ups on high box

20 Squats

15 Step-ups on high box

15 Squats

10 Step-ups on high box

10 Squats

5 Step-ups on high box

5 Squats

Time: 14:45

30 minutes stair stepper

Day 5: Rest Day

Day 6: One round for time

400 Walking Lunges

100 Push-ups (I did girly ones will add boys next week)

I learned in this workout that the parameter  of my back yard is almost 100 lunges!

Time: 21:44

Day 6: Swim Lesson!

Float on back 3 minutes

Float on stomach 3 minutes

100 meter kick with board head out of water

100 meter kick practice breathing

50 meter backstroke

4 x 50 meter kick with fins with board

6×50 Sprint kick on 1:00

15×25 sprint on :40 last two 25’s on :30

Cool Down: mixed 50

 This is Kenda and I after the 2011 Warrior Dash!

If you are Warrior time to sign up and start training! 


NY Best Seller! Fifty

Fifty shades of Grey!

My book club is reading the book Fifty Shades of Grey. We meet tomorrow night to talk about the book. I thought  I would share my thoughts now.

I think one of my friends said it best …”Fifty Shades of Grey”? I’m reading it now. It’s explicit, but I can’t put it down!!!

I loved this book and the sequels, can’t wait for #4.

Set the sex/porn aside for the moment. Don’t we all just love a great Cinderella story? I am a helpless romantic at heart. Just the romance and the love Christen has for Ana in the book  keeps you reading. Yeah a billionaire hot bodied man doesn’t hurt either.

Fifty Shades of f$&$@up is so true for all of us. No I haven’t been abused by a crack whores pimp but trust me I have had my share of life’s f$&@upness. The fact that someone can overcome their f$&@up issues is huge.Christen focused on work and basically par taking in BDSM to deal with his f$&@up ness. Once he realized he did love her he would go to the extreme to keep her. Now who wouldn’t want to read about that love story.

Favorite parts of the book!

There are so many but here are a few. I loved that Christen went to the hardware store to buy a few pieces of hardware from Ana. I am sure this would be so unrealistic for a billionaire but it’s a book and didn’t you get that feeling when reading like wow he’s here really here. Of course Ana is naive enough to really not realize he is there to see her and he get jealous while there.

I loved when she was at the bar and couldn’t stop thinking about him. Come on I know you once had those thoughts. Back when I was in school we didn’t have awesome technology like today. I loved that she was brave enough to call him, I am sure her inhibitions were low due to the alcohol, making that phone call pretty easy. But the fact that he actually showed up and took care of her was awesome! Holding her ponytail while puking!!!! How many 20 something guys would really do that?

Ana calls it how she sees it with him. Her honesty and innocence just keeps me rooting for her. I love how she wants Christen to change and the realization that he may never change being honest with herself. She is real and I love that.

Can you imagine what it would be like to not be  touch the person you love not be able to run your hands up his chest or kiss his neck? I was just as confused as Ana on the touching thing. What happened to you Fifty that you can’t handle a loving touch? What is it going to take to get you past this fear?

I could go on and on! Will give an update on what my book clubs thoughts are after we meet tomorrow night!