Monthly Archives: October 2010

2010 Kentuckiana Start! Heart Walk

On September 25th, I participated in the Kentuckiana Start! Heart Walk benefitting the American Heart Association. This wasn’t a race for me but it was a pretty cool event that I felt was worth sharing with you here.

It was a chilly morning and I parked a little ways away, which allowed me to walk past the baseball stadium. I can’t believe my phone takes pictures this good, better than my camera even.

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Since we were walking and not running, we brought our 4-legged friends to join us. They need their exercise too! Meet Suzie (my dog, the Beagle) and her friend Alf.

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Alf also found his “brother from another mother.” Ha!

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University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong was there to deliver the kick-off speech. Both of his parents passed away as the result of heart and cardiovascular diseases, so obviously he is passionate about this cause. He also pointed out the survivors, who were wearing red hats. I was once again counting my blessings.

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As we walked downtown and across the 2nd Street bridge (I believe the walk was around 3 miles), I took a lot of pictures of things we passed by, including the new KFC Yum! Center, which if you live in Louisville, you either find really exciting or really disappointing. I can’t decide.

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Going across the bridge to Indiana!

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And one last one because it turned out cool and totally not how I intended.

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Hope you enjoyed this little recap! Obviously, I am passionate about running but I also enjoy a nice walk or anything that gets people to be active, especially if it means supporting a great cause.

Heart Disease is still the #1 killer of both men and women here in the United States. Let’s do what we can to make sure us and our loved ones don’t go down that path.

For more information, check out the American Heart Association webpage.

Komen 5K Louisville

I can’t believe it has been a month since I’ve blogged here! Especially when so much has happened recently. Let me tell you about a race I ran recently!

On Saturday, October 9th, I participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure here in Louisville, which was held down at Waterfront Park.

I joined a team from work and ran the race with my good friend and training partner Farrah. It was the perfect morning for a run; a little on the chilly side, but the sunshine kept us warm.

The course was flat and included a trip across the 2nd street bridge over to Indiana and back. Nothing too memorable. I didn’t go for a PR (finished in 32:42). I just took the opportunity to enjoy a nice 5k run on a Saturday morning and to help out a good cause in the process. It ended up being so much more than that.

The thing I remember most about this race is feeling overwhelmed and blessed at the same time. So many were walking and running with signs on their backs that said “In Memory Of…” or “In Celebration Of…” and it really hit me just how many lives are affected by breast cancer.

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I thought of my friend Erica and how awesome her story is. And she just a ran marathon by the way!!!

I also thought of my husband’s mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery not long before she passed away (from another cause). I was kind of mad at myself for not wearing a sign. Isn’t it sad how you can get caught up in your own life so much that you sometimes forget what others have been through?

I am truly blessed and I think being at this race was God’s way of showing me that. I am happy to be alive, happy to be healthy and grateful for my ability to run. I cannot take these things for granted.

It’s funny how we can show up somewhere thinking it’s no big deal and end up being completely moved. It was a beautiful day. :)

Tofurky Pizza and Blog Evolution

I have to admit, this thing has been in my freezer for quite some time.

I was really excited when I heard that the vegan Tofurky Pizza finally came out and were being carried at my local Whole Foods Market. The best selling point for this pizza is the Daiya cheese, which is the best vegan cheese (for pizza) on the market, in my opinion. I tried it on a homemade pizza once and it was delicious.

I didn’t care much for the high price of this item (around $7) but you have to factor convenience into the cost. This would feed me for at least two meals and only took 12 minutes to cook in the oven. No time spent on preparation or chopping veggies for toppings.

I decided to get the Italian “Sausage” and Fire Roasted Veggie because a plain cheese pizza just sounded boring to me and the only other choice was pepperoni. I need my veggies! Plus, this may be the only time I try this product so I had to go all out!


The left side got bent a little bit from being shoved around in my freezer for several weeks.  But other than that slight defect, this looked pretty good!

The Good:

  • I liked that the crust was thin and got a little crispy thanks to my cooking it directly on the oven rack.
  • The vegetables were delicious!
  • Short cooking time and easy to cut with my pizza cutter.

And the Not-So-Good:

  • Even though this pizza tasted decent, it probably still isn’t worth $7.
  • There was not nearly enough Daiya cheese on this pizza.
  • The Italian sausage was just okay, I expected it to be a bit more flavorful.

Verdict?

I would probably buy this product again, perhaps another variety, if I need to get a vegan pizza to go and the store I am at is all out of Amy’s No Cheese Roasted Vegetable Pizza. The sauce they use on that pizza is so good, you don’t even need non-dairy cheese.

I had the leftovers for lunch today and I have to stick by my “just okay” review. But I’m glad I finally tried it!

Have any of you tried the Tofurky pizza? Did you like it?

Blog Evolution

I have not been blogging a whole lot the past few months and it’s had me doing a lot of thinking regarding this blog and it’s future. By the way, I’m happily taking suggestions on name changes. Ha.

I feel like in many ways, I have moved away from what this blog was originally intended for (an accountability/food journal) and that’s okay. A lot has changed in the past two and a half years that I’ve been blogging here.

But what hasn’t changed is that I still love to write and share the things I enjoy with people, which is what I want to continue to do here. I love this community!

While my weight loss is a big part of my “story” and a reason for blogging, I don’t want to focus on that so much anymore. I still struggle sometimes to maintain my weight but I’m in a good place now and have another system of accountability that is working well for me now.

I also went vegan more than a year ago and so much about that has changed my life and my views on a lot of things regarding food, health and other topics.

So anyway, please be patient with me as I work out the kinks and decide how best to move this blog forward. And if you have any advice, I’ll at least consider it ;-)

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