TBT Meets VFT!

This really isn’t the greatest picture, but it does have Derek, Kyle (home for a visit)  and Pete at the table along with some of the other usual suspects.  Those were the days.  We knew they couldn’t and wouldn’t last forever, but we were always happy for the all those crazy Thursday night feasts.  Our house is so damn quiet without this group!   Miss and love all of you!  So happy you all have such great things going on in your lives!!!

throwback thursday

Ciderella, Ciderella….

Good day and welcome to Vegan (Feast) Thursday and day 26 of the ab challenge (which is getting a little out of hand, but hey, it’s already day 26).  If you have made it this far, you probably can make it all the way.

You may wonder why this trainer would say “PROBABLY,” as opposed to something like “quitting is NOT an option.”  I am not a big believer in quitting things, but sometimes, when something is NOT working for you, even if it’s working for a lot of others, you have to know when it’s time to walk away and try something different.  This goes for fitness, but it also goes for all aspects of life.  It’s OK to try something and say “THIS IS JUST NOT MY THING.”  Just make sure you have a plan to find what IS your thing.

I really enjoy getting out on the streets and running.  Heat doesn’t bother me and I would MUCH rather run outside than on a treadmill.  As a matter of fact, I won’t run on a treadmill, period.  Because of my work schedule, running for endurance just doesn’t make sense, so instead, I put out of goal of about 6 or 7 miles a week, and I do short runs as many days as I need to accumulate my miles.  It seems to be working really well for me and took me years to figure out.  We are always work in progress.

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRKahqSTuxnqhv5d-Sa00Vq5SQ-S2kP9gMtKrLdXnIK66PER81vWhat better day than VFT to mention my awesome nephew Aaron’s business and share a link to some great recipes (and educational material as well).  Aaron has taken two incredibly important fields, agriculture and children’s education and “married” them by bringing the farm and the corn fields to kids, as well as the kids, to them!  His site recently shared some recipes to make with the kids and of course I recommend using almond or soy milk in place of any cow’s milk, where milk is an ingredient.   Check out the recipes, find books and more at this link:


With the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables this time of year, every day is Vegan Feast day around this house.  From the mangoes falling off of everyone’s trees, to the cherries which are at their lowest price of the season thus far and all the other gorgeous fruits and veggies, I have been making all kinds of salads and veggie combos.  I wish I had been making the eggplant/zucchini/onions and tomatoes “stew” back in the nights of the real feasts when we all gathered round the table on Thursday nights.  Can’t wait till we have the opportunity to recreate that.

Enjoy your Thursday.  Get in some peace, some fitness and definitely find your happy!

Thankful Thursday aka Day 19

Howie and Nicholas

Howie and Nicholas (Photo credit: Marji Beach)


“Along with love, compassion is the face of altruism.  It is a feeling from deep in the heart that you cannot bear others’ suffering without acting to relieve it.”


I am so happy that I chose to eliminate all animal products some years ago.  While I hadn’t eaten beef or chicken for decades, I decided to opt out of all animal products about 5 years ago (lost track).  Honestly, it started as a 21 day cleanse and an effort to lose a few pounds I gained during the menopausal years.  After 21 days, I don’t think I lost an ounce, but I felt happier and felt much less conflicted about my food choices, and knew that this was a lifestyle I could really embrace.


There is a joke that goes “How do you know if someone is a vegan?”  Which is answered with “Don’t worry, they will tell you.”  I try hard not to be an IN YOUR FACE vegan, like some of my favorite people are–because that’s just not my style.  I do, however, love the commercial for almond milk, where the guys says something about not understanding how you can know you don’t like it, if you have never tried it.  And then of course when the guy tries it, he likes it.


My point is, you may never know how good you can feel, if you don’t at least try something, and today, that something just might be a meal or two free of any animal products.  At the least, you will be creating a huge positive effect on your environment because as I always say, what’s good for us, is good for the animals and for our Mother Earth as well.

PS Ab challenge, day 19…85/120/50 and 75 seconds in plank.  I completed it in sets of 25 sit ups, 25 crunches, 25 leg raises, then repeated a second set.  By the third round I had already completed leg raises and just alternated between sit ups and crunches until I completed them all, then flipped over and held plank before stretching in cobra….Tomorrow, we rest!




Because a Picture is Worth 1,000 Words….