Archive | August, 2011


11 Aug

Apparently my goal of downloading ALL of these WONDERFUL and droolworthy pictures is going by the wayside and the Blackberry(ahem Crackberry) is winning.  Hopefully sometime soon I’ll crack and download all of the pics from my camera or get an upgraded phone(this is the more likely option).  So here are a couple more little gems from my phone.

DA DA DA DAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!! I present to you, LIBKIES!!!!!  The darker ones are Pineapple Upside Down Cake Libkies and the lighter ones are Baklava Libkies.

So, everyone has heard of Larabars, right? Well they’re amazing but they’re kind of expensive when you like to eat them every morning as pre-workout fuel(sidenote: I actually can’t stomach much when its early morning but a half of a Larabar or one Libkie will suffice for moderate to semi-intense workouts. I eat the other half when I get done) BUT at over a dollar a bar(for the carrot cake ones that I buy in bulk) that’s almost as much as my  gym membership a month.  I’ll probably always have a Larabar or two in my house at any given time but I’ve been transitioning to making my own versions.  Let’s face it, I love to experiment and I love knowing what’s going into my food so to me, its a no-brainer to make my own.  I stick to a minimalistic approach and if its not needed or doesn’t add anything nutritionally, I don’t add it.  The basics of them are dates, nuts and vanilla. The possibilities are endless and with a Costco membership and their price on dates, forgettaboutit.

Libkies that need to be made ASAP

Pineapple Pie(the true key to getting whatever I want,  my mom taught me at a young age. There’s a background story to this, but you’ll have to ask if you want to know the long version.)

German Chocolate Cake

Cherry Garcia

Pina Colada

More Baklava- I can’t get enough of this flavor

Daisey- pistachio/cherry

AND whatever else I can come up with.  Stay tuned!



10 Aug

So, a week ago I made a commitment. A BIG commitment. Something that royally scares the pants right off of me. BUT as of right now, I’m just going to continue with eating the weird/good for me stuff and plow through the plan I have. I’ll tell you all what it is later. I’m bad at keeping secrets but I need to know that I CAN do this before I tell everyone. Patience grasshoppa………….it will come in time.(written 7/21/11)

I just re-read this post and its totally unneccesary because it basically tells you all nothing!  Congrats Meredith, congrats.(written 8/2/11)

Ok, so the background of these previous posts is that I made a commitment to do a Triathlon. There, I said it and I almost just threw up in my mouth when writing that.  I just read Caitlin’s recap of a Tri that she and Ashley( read that one too, but oddly it made me thrilled to do one) did.  I seriously got physically ill when reading Caitlin’s recap.  Its not that I want to back out, its that I want to accomplish this extremely big task I set for myself.  I know I’m in this thing, I’ve started training, I know I CAN do this mentally and physically. Now its just making sure I have the strength and stamina to do it come April 2012.   Again, I’m trying to keep my breakfast down.

I haven’t gotten nervous until I read Caitlin’s recap.  I think things just got real.  I will be doing(along with a wonderful friend who introduced the idea of a triathlon to me)  the Try Charleston Sprint Triathlon on April 28, 2012.  I will do it.  I NEED to do it.  I HAVE to do it.  Why? because I need to live out this saying: “If you dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.”  That’s going to be/has been my mantra for my training.  I have a 4 month training plan that I’m doubling, and then the last month will be maintenance and tapering down.  I have the plan, I’m working the plan.

SO, a list of things I have:

For biking: new bike, so flattering bike shorts, helmet, and the knowledge that I rode 4 miles OVER the distance I have to do for the tri. Needs: possibly a different bike seat, ow.

For running: love of running, fear of injuring myself, lack of self control when I run because I know I can just go out and run 4 miles if I want to but I will probably injure myself so I have to work up to it. Needs: new running shoes and restraint.

For Swimming:  lovely Speedo suit, goggles, and cap.  Needs: to make sure I can swim 500 meters(preferably more)  and a gym membership so I can swim in the winter.  I’m not a natural born swimmer but I can swim, so I would consider this my weakest sport.  All help is welcome.

So, I’m asking for prayers, support, words of encouragement, questions on how training is going, etc. because I realized as I was reading Caitlin’s post that I can’t keep this inside any longer.  I can’t do this alone, I’m not doing this alone.  I wanted to know that I could do it before announcing it to the world nonchalantly, so the time is now.  (written 8/9/11)