Loved This Workout’

31 Jul

This was a fun workout! I was in a drag-ass kind of mood going to the gym and dug this up for lack of anything better to do. It was a great change of pace from my usual rotation of workouts. Give it a try! 🙂 You won’t be sorry.


Dead Lifts, Push Ups, & Box Jumps….Oh My!

10 Jul

Here is the workout I did today. 15 minutes doesn’t sound like much, but while you are doing this workout you will feel like time is cruelly ticking by at a snails pace. Total ass-kicking combination to be sure.
I was able to complete 6 rounds in the allotted time. I will give this a try again in about 10 days. Good stuff!


Waka Waka Power-Sharing the Sun

14 Jun

Most of us are lucky/blessed/fortunate-whatever you want to call it- to live a life of relative comfort and convenience. Am I talking about huge homes, fancy cars-RV’s-boats, vacays and the like?

Well, no- right now I’m just talking about a convenience that most of take for granted…… Electricity. Lumination at the flip of a switch.

I like to take long runs/hikes in my beautiful home state of Colorado. The main rule of thumb when packing for a day on the trails is- pack more water and food than you think you might need. I’ll add one more thing- make sure your phone is fully charged. You don’t want to set out for a trail run (well any run for that matter) without a way to call for help if you are lost or injured.

I have been in a couple of situations where a short 5 mile run turned into 10+ plus miles of wandering aimlessly/running in circles and with my iPhone on deaths door. All the while lamenting the fact that I don’t have some kind of solar power pack to charge a dwindling phone. The INCONVENIENCE!

So, I started googling solar power packs. There are a lot of great products out there, but one really stood out. Waka Waka Power


The product they have created meets my needs and then some. I wanted portable backup power, small, lightweight, and durable. In addition to all that, this product also includes light. Yeah, that thing we all kind of take for granted.

Even with all of that, Waka Waka is something more. This company is taking on the hefty task of bringing safe lighting to off-grid families all over the globe. Take a look Impressed now?

Yeah, so was I. That was the deciding factor when I was narrowing down solar choices. Not only did this company come up with a product that was useful for a goofball runner like me, who doesn’t want to be without a means to power an iPhone anytime, anywhere….this company is trying to bring power to families who can’t just flip a switch on the wall to obtain light once the sun goes down.

I’m excited to use this product and I’m pleased with my choice. Waka Waka Power is a great gear addition not only for runners, hikers, and campers, but also for anyone interested in emergency preparedness (I will be giving these as gifts to the college-bound kids in my life).


Kale Salad Trial and Error

11 Jun

I love kale salad. I usually get a half pound or so at the salad counter for a quick meal.
Today I had a wild hair to try to make it myself. It’s pretty good, but could use some improvement. Not sure what though.

So today’s efforts include this list of ingredients:
Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Green onion

For the sauce/dressing

1 avocado
Apple cider vinegar
Rice vinegar
Lemon juice
Sesame oil
A tiny garlic clove <—- I'm thinking this can be left out next time, not good.
Almond milk until the desired consistency.

The verdict- not bad for my first attempt, but I like the store bought better. I will keep plugging away though.

Serpent’s Trail Mascot

5 Jun

Shared the trail with this guy today.

I am much more fond of lizards than snakes. I have encountered 4 snakes in the past couple of weeks. I’m kind of at my end with these guys. 😁

Push Up Punishment

3 Jun

I saw this workout over at Femme Fabulous .

I did a 1/4 mile run, then set 1.
Then 1/4 mile run, set 2, and so on, ending with a 1/4 mile run.

Yeah, that was a beast, but fun though. I am one of those weirdos who actually likes push-ups.

Rattlesnake Arches the Long Way

31 May

Today we decided to take the long Rattlesnake Arches hike. Roughly 15 miles.

We got started at 7am, but next time I think we’ll try to get to the trailhead at 6am as it got kind of hot for the last hour of the hike.

I thought these guys were pretty.


Always beautiful scenery.


We actually didn’t get lost on this hike, so that’s a plus. At one point we stopped to talk to a couple of people and they suggested we climb up the last arch and hike the return trip over the top of the arches. Alrighty then, we’ll give that a try.



So we reached the last arch (the top pic is from the lower trail, the bottom pic is from above/behind the arch).


Alec scrambling up the arch.


I was a little out of my comfort zone climbing up the arch. It’s not so much about fearing heights, but more about my healthy respect for gravity. I made it though and I was really glad I did because the views from the upper trail were uh~mazing.


This was a nice place to stop for lunch.


It was a lovely way to spend a Friday morning/afternoon.

Coconut Oil is My Windex

23 May

So, surely you remember the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. If you haven’t seen it, go out and get it and watch it right now. I’ll wait. 💬💬💬💬💬💬💬

Ok, got it, watched it…..good.

You know how Gus had this thing for Windex? Well I have this thing for Coconut Oil.


(I picked up this info graphic from Femme Fabulous )

Anyway, I slather this stuff on myself about 3 times a day. Seriously, I use it on my hair, I use it all over my body (I haven’t purchased lotion in months), I feel like a scaly old alligator without it.

Out of sunscreen? Eh, I’ll just make some out of this coconut oil and zinc oxide.
Lotion? Don’t need it, got my coconut oil.
Lip balm? I’m good…….coconut oil mixed with a little vitamin oil.
Moroccan oil for my hair? I’ll just see what this coconut oil can do.
Vegan “butter” on toast? No thank you, I’ll just use my coconut oil instead.

You get the idea.

Last night, my son and I were watching his sister play softball. The mosquitos were thick (and big) and my boy was getting devoured. I, on the other hand, was not bitten once.

He was all, “What the hell, why are they only coming after me!?”
I said, “I don’t know, must be the coconut oil (mixed with tea tree oil) I used earlier, they aren’t bothering me at all.”
To that he replied, “You need to seek treatment for your coconut oil addiction.”

Fast forward to the end of the game…. He’s itchy as hell saying, “I’m going to need some of that coconut oil bug repellant of yours for the next game.”

The other day, while on a hike, I got a scratch on my arm from a branch. So I cleaned the area and rubbed in come coconut oil on it. My son looked at me and said, “Neosporin, ever heard of it?” I said, “I’m good, got my coconut oil.” He shot back with, “Whatever, Gus Portokalos.”

What can I say……Coconut oil is my Windex. 🙂

This Was An Awesome Workout

22 May

I did this workout yesterday. The first time I did it (a month or so ago),I had to do the 20 & 30 rep sections in increments of 10, and even then I was beat.

Yesterday, I threw in box jumps for the hell of it.

I was happy to see improvement. I was able to do the 10 & 20 rep sections all the way through. For the 30 rep, I still had to break it down (deadlifts: 15-10-5, push-ups: 15-15, kb swings 22-8).

Super tired at the time, but got over it quickly. So my goal for the next time I do this is to get through the 30 reps in one shot.


Thank you Femme Fabulous for sharing this awesome workout.

Rattlesnake Canyon

18 May

So I decided to check out these Arches everyone’s always raving about. This canyon did not disappoint! What an awesome display! 




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