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March-Out Like a Lion(?)

I began March with a completely new approach to my health and fitness. I took on I ❤ To Run, “Run Every Day Challenge” to run at least 1 mile every day and I survived. It’s ironic that the last day of the challenge would land on Easter Sunday. It’s the last day that it is weighing on the balancing scale of “family” time vs “me” time. I wasn’t sure how I was going to run today, until Bigpoppa actually suggested it. “Why don’t you go for a run?” he says. “Yes, why don’t I ?” and that is how 20 years of coupling works. Because, tomorrow, on April Fools Day, marks the 20 year anniversary of our first date. Awe.

ImageI have discovered  that the Run Every Day Challenge is really more about finding the time for yourself than being able to run a mile. It just took me 31 days to gain that perspective. Kudos, I ❤ to Run peeps for teaching me a little more about myself than i knew. The time was always there, i just had to claim it as mine. Kids activities, work, cleaning, house stuff, had taken away the “me.” The lion had to take it back.


Me and my trainer, Laura Roman, @seaofwellness

March, I grew, as promised, I met and surpassed my push-up goal, I completed a 15 miler without thinking about it, AND even got in some nasty hills and intervals in my training runs. I am back to 5am Bootcamp, spin, and weight training with a regimen. My trainer knows my goals and has increased them as I met them. I’ve learned that if you ask for help in your training, routine, supplement, diet, that there are alot of people who will help and follow through with you. You can’t do it alone. I am blessed to have met amazing smart women in the health and fitness fields, and though not every tip will work for me, I get to pick their brains and take away my own decisions.

March, my food journal was all the feedback I needed to clean up the loose ends and the sabotages in my diet. I highly recommend it to anyone who is feeling like they are slumping on the food aspects. It only  took a week of journaling and some wiser shopping choices for me to see where the calories were, and why I wasn’t able to make any changes. But you have to be strict in what you journal! I seriously, caught myself not picking at work because I DID NOT want to have to write it in my journal. You need to be honest with yourself. MImagey snacking staples have changed, I am now in constant supply of carrot sticks, celery sticks, cheese and nuts. Ive embraced the world of hummus and what seems like a million new flavors. (Thank you, Sabra) I switched from apples with peanut butter to PB2, and I am back to protein drink before i go to bed, which i believe to have partially helped my insomnia.

March, the Southern Ocean Ladies Running Club has competed it’s first organized run. The Shamrocks For Sandy 5k/10k Run and 1 Mile Kids Run was a tremendous success. The details of the event will be in my next blog, i feel it deserves a blog all its own, as well as the amazing women that put it together. I actually tear up each time i try to compose it, because my heart is so over filled with joy and pride for my friends and all that we have created.

I have 5 races coming up n the next 54 days. Each one holds its own importance and priority to me, and each one I will approach in my own way, whether it be a 5k, a relay (with my amazing, beautiful friend, Jen) or a half, I am planning on some great times, and lots of perma-smiles. April begins with I ❤ to Run‘s 1-3-5 Challenge, and my club has a push up challenge going on the side. I have lots of work left to do, but am confident that March  has set me on a successful path. I am ready to “BRING IT” every, run, every work-out, every race, every day.

 I am the LION. I feel like the lamb i left behind in February was the planner, the LION is the executer. I am strong.

 Happy Easter!

Run Jersey Strong,




Shamrocks 4 Sandy Race Day Countdown

ImageLucky 7. Luck of the Irish. Lucky Charms. Lady Luck.

Seven days left until the “Shamrocks For Sandy 5k/10k Run and the 1 Mile Kids Leprachaun Chase”. The community is talking about it, the word is out, this will possibly be the largest, funnest, greenest running event our town has ever seen! The Southern Ocean Ladies Running Club has done a fabulous job organizing this race and has had a lot of fun doing it. We ended registration at noon today with 609 participants! The irony is uncanny that 609 is our area code. This must mean good things are to come.

As the date is getting closer, I am finding more things that need to be done, and I am finding more help than ever from my club. This week the bags will be stuffed, shirts ordered, registrations organized, vendors placed, signs out, and daily social media flashes! (I call flashes, those moments when i post and everyone “likes”. We plan these out so we can flood facebook at once with our status. It works. It just takes timing and alot of participants.) I can not even begin to thank everyone who has helped create this event. The club, the sponsors, the vendors, the registrants all have joined in making it a success.

The Southern Ocean Ladies Running Club has worked tirelessly on the plan and the execution. When I first had the idea for this race,  I sent a text to my to officers, Tara Leary (VP), and Dawn Centanni, (Secretary)  and they ran with it. (Literally!)  The first club meeting we had about our run was full of ideas and suggestions of how we wanted a race to be. Our specifics about being “green”, our specifics about helping 2 local charities, and our specifics about its distance and location were things we would not sacrifice to do this the way we wanted. I hope it works, and i hope everyone has an amazing time. This is our first organized race as a club, we are open to all suggestions, and ideas for the next one. Please be kind about your observations, we have put our hearts into this to make it great!

Barnegat Bay Beach 3/10 taken by our runners on a group run.

Barnegat Bay Beach 3/10 taken by our runners on a group run.

Storms in or area last week flooded beach and bay areas, hindering the clean up works of ALO this weekend, and flooding area businesses and homes..again.

I am finding more and more people feeling defeated after each storm and tide swell. I watch other area towns receive so much media attention and I watch our beautiful LBI get very little. It’s hard to be able to grasp your head around the effects this will have on our economy and summer as so many others may flock to other areas for their vacations instead of ours. I have hopes our small businesses will persevere, and our families will be well. With all of our help, we can recover and prove LBI is ALIVE!

Now, instead of leaving you with thoughts of desperation and despair, I want to TRY and be a small source of positive for you. Stay with me. Remember my education here. I’m a Physical- Therapist Asst, by license not a Psycho-Therapist.

On Sunday, we will have over 600 runners, kids included. We have the opportunity to change the course in 600 people’s lives! Participation in this event shows that you want a change, that you want your beach, you want your homes, you want your businesses back. 600 people will stand together in one small parking lot and prove to other communities that, “Hey! If no one is going to do this for us..we will do for ourselves!” Image

This is our time for a little “Community Outreach”. MEET  the women from Southern Ocean Ladies Running Club, MEET the volunteers from ALO,  MEET the Dunkin Donuts staff that came a long way to support, MEET the vendors, MEET your fellow runners, MEET Cole Johansen and his family and come MEET ME!. 🙂 This is our community, find a way to help, make a connection with someone. There will be 600 runners on race day. Leave with one new friend.

Grab your tutus, your water bottles, your cheer signs, your friends. Come show them how strong Southern Ocean County is!

“Something Positive, Starts Here” and now I put it in your hands to keep it going.

Run Jersey Strong,


My Munchie Makeover

March. My overhaul month.

I vowed to participate in the Run Every Day Challenge, and i decided  it would be a good time to reevaluate the things that may still need changing or tweaking in my training. Spring is the time for new beginnings, filled with possibilities. So, why not try to break some habits too.

I am a confessed nacho addict. I enjoy baked tostitos, salsa, cheese, with a glass of wine. This is my “go to” snack. I have these 3 ingredients in my cabinets at ALL times, and if one is missing, trust me, Im calling Bigpoppa to bring one of the above home. I need to quit nachos. Between the carbs, and sodium, I am undoing my doing. AND i need to change my attitude toward my snack choices.

“Do Not Reward Yourself With Food, You Are Not A Dog”-One of my favorite Jillian quotes, i should have it tattooed somewhere as a reminder. I work so hard on my training, and then i blow it. I call it sitcom sabotage. I sit, watch tv, and eat. Sometimes I justify that I worked out, sometimes I bargain with myself that my snack options could be worse, sometimes it is just really really yummy. But now Im up for a challenge, Im ready for change. I vow i will no longer troll the cabinets for snacks, just because its “time”. I will find good snacks to eat!

I decided to ask my club members, (SOL Running Club), for some advice. The answers I got were confusing! Ice cream, vs yogurt, cheeses, vs peanut butter. No carbs, litte carbs, no fat, just the “right” fat.It seems everyone was confused or challenged with the same issue. So, i hit up the store and scanned the shelves for some options.

I came across this Greek Yogurt Dip, low in calories, low in fat, and a little protein..hmmm. I decided on ImageCucumber Dill for a little tangy taste. Then, i scored Sabra Spicy Hummus. This may be my godsend , because i crave spicy heat!

I picked up this little trick somewhere. I cut my celery thin and half my baby carrots, they  last longer, it appears that there is more on my plate and my brain is fooled and i don’t want more.

I am happy to say, both snacks were completely satisfying and i was not left feeling guilty about the things I ate. I was able to squeeze in another serving of veggies at the end of the day and i actually enjoyed it. The spicy is VERY spicy, just a heads up. I LOVED it! Im excited for snacks again!

Since Im on a roll with the munchie makeover, I decided to makeover up my lunch also. Usually, I enjoy a cup of soup when im home, or fruit with yogurt while Im working. Well, check this out…Portabella Stackers! Super easy! and Super Yum! I grilled portabella mushrooms and red onion on a grill pan, topped it with tomato, avocado, and a thin slice of cheese, with a hard boiled egg on the side. Heaven. Image

This month is all about making a change for me. Making a change for “me”. Time to step up to challenges, time to reduce the waste. Stop throwing away progress with calorie intake, start arming myself with better options. I am ready to meet these goals and surpass them!

Remember my last post? I announced my 20 push up goal (on toes)…today, i DID IT with my trainer, Laura, at the gym. There to witness, was my runner girl friend, Serena, yelling my name and cheering me on while she was running on the treadmill. We caused a quite a scene. Classic. Thank you Serena babes! I LOVE my running club. Next goal 25!

Run Jersey Strong,



“March-Run Every Day Challenge”

March. “In Like a Lion out like a Lamb.”

It’s freezing in New Jersey, and it admittedly takes alot of motivation to get outside for a run. I am a terrible treadmill runner. I do NOT own one, so for me to use one, I have to hit the gym and this is where it all goes wrong for me. It’s hot, I always have to pee, I have to cover my read out with a towel or I quit, my music can not drown out the panting guy next to me, I don’t like to smell other peoples perfume, and when I try to watch the tv with no sound, the spelling bee queen inside me picks out all the typos on the closed captions. Some are funny. Some, not so much. This is my own private hell. I can not get over 6 on the dreadmill. I never feel accomplished, I just feel like I did it because I HAVE to.


Southern Ocean Ladies Running Club Group Run- BRRRRR!

I am week 8 into a C25K group I am training and now I have even recruited some of my longer distance runner girls to meet me in the icy, bitter weather every Sunday 8am. Its cold. We freeze. But we love it. And everyone of them would rather be here than the treadmill. But then i am left the rest of the week figuring out how i will get my next run in freezing cold temps. Alone.


Dunkin Donuts + Shamrocks For Sandy = Great Race!

I am not officially “training” now. I ran the WDW Disney Half in January and have been busy planning the Shamrocks For Sandy 5k/10k that my running club is hosting. (Side Note- Dunkin Donuts is our Premier sponsor. Check out the totally cool awesomeness of our race posters on DD doors everywhere. Oh, and thats MY munchkin, pointing it out!) My next race is the Atlantic City April Fools Half, and i have 2 more Halves for Spring.

I have been feeling…random. My schedule is off, actually its not a schedule at all. Its “Random Acts of Working Out.” I regret not scheduling a spring full marathon and have awful “Marathon Envy” of my friends, Jen and Kim as I watch them increase their runs every week.  I miss it. I miss planning out training runs, I miss cross-training, and dare I say, I miss speedwork. Even when I puke.

Now, i have found, I ❤ to Run’s, “March-Run Every Day Challenge” and i am reborn. I am ready for the challenge. It helps that my running club, Southern Ocean Ladies Running Club,  has vowed to do it also. Today is Day 3, and I am already looking forward to planning out my week of running. The object is to just run a mile every day. You can do more, but you can’t do less. My plan is to take it one step further and begin a 30 day overhaul. The works. I am going to start a food journal and stick to my weight training schedule. If i can do it for 30 days, it will become a habit, it will change me significantly, AND it will give me something to work on. My personal trainer, Laura,  asked me to set a goal, to commit, to one thing, that I can achieve with her help. Push ups are my nemesis, so my goal is 20 push ups. I am at about 10 now.

March. “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb”

Hopefully for me, it will be the other way around.


I love my Newton Gravity’s

BTW, I have a reputation for having a “few” pairs of running shoes. So i think it is the best time to break in my New Newton Gravity’s.

Wish me luck in my 30 day challenge.

Run Jersey Strong,



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