Friday Fitness Roundup…for the month of April!

So, you might have noticed that I’ve dropped off recently.  April was a very busy month for me, but I’m getting back on track.  I will start up next week with posting on Friday’s again.

I kept up with all of my workouts in April, even while I was on vacation.  I even ran a 4 mile race once I got back.  I had run the same race 13 years ago and beat my time from back then.  I’m still slow and steady, but I actually ran the entire time…no walking breaks for me.  I was so energized by it that I’ve now signed up for a 1/2 marathon in October.  I’ve never run more than 5 miles, but I’ve got a few months to train!


High noon…an end to a memorable vacation.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “High Noon.”

It was high noon and I was boarding my flight back home. The end to our California vacation has come, but we will return. It was my son’s first time to visit and we truly packed it all in. Friends, family, hiking, Universal Studios, Santa Monica Pier, and of course time at the beach. I’m sure the locals thought we were nuts to be in the water (well…just our feet), but even with it in the mid-60s and windy, it was a heat wave to us. The New York winter has been a rough one, even getting some snow the last week of March. I had stopped trying to warm up. I’m now looking to the rest of April as a time for spring renewal, and I plan to spend as much time as possible outdoors, soaking in the sunshine.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Whoa!.” (What’s the most surreal experience you’ve ever had?)

So, for weeks, I’ve been meaning to write about A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner, one of the books I’ve read to meet my reading goal for the year.  This prompt reminded me that I have been procrastinating this post.  Why?  Because the most surreal experience I’ve ever had was Sept. 11, 2001.  I was working at the upper end of Manhattan at the time, just about 7 miles north of the World Trade Center. I had a perfect view of the towers from my office.  I was always there very early and was so that day enjoying the perfect weather.  As reports started coming in of what was happening, we looked out the window and could see the smoke coming from the buildings.  We went back to our desks to call friends and family who we knew were downtown and then go back to the window to see first one and then two towers missing.  As the day went on and I got myself home to my apartment in another part of Manhattan, the day became less surreal and more real and nightmarish.

How does all of this relate to the book?  Well, it takes place in two distinct time periods: in 1911 and 2011.  It beautifully weaves together two love stories, one of a women deeply affected by 9/11 and one during the height of Ellis Island.  The descriptions of 9/11 transported me right back to that day and the days and weeks after.  The smells in the air that lingered, the articles in newspapers and magazines.

One of my favorite quotes from the book:  “The person who completes your life is not so much the person who shares all the years of your existence, but rather the person who made your life worth living, no matter how long or short a time you were given to spend with them.”

Friday Fitness Roundup #8…

Friday, March 13:  Rest day

Saturday, March 14:  30 mins jogging and 30 mins strength training

Sunday, March 15: 60 mins Zumba

Monday, March 16:  Rest day

Tuesday, March 17:  Rest day

Wednesday, March 18:  Rest day

Thursday, March 19: 60 mins Zumba; 30 mins strength training

I need to do better next week.  Goals are four workouts with at least three strength training days.

Mint chocolate chip…

Really, is there any flavor better than mint chocolate chip?  I do love plain chocolate, vanilla, and anything with peanut butter, but mint is my all time favorite.  It’s cool and refreshing with bits of chocolaty goodness.  My enjoyment runs the gamut of fresh mint ice cream to my childhood favorite of Baskin Robbins – food coloring and all.  It reminds me of getting ice cream with my grandparents and sitting outside in the sun eating.

mint choc chip

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “32 Flavors.”

Friday Fitness Roundup #7…

Friday, March 6:  Rest day

Saturday, March 7:  60 mins Zumba

Sunday, March 8:  90 mins Zumba and 2 hrs dance (Followed by a very large dinner and 10 hrs of sleep!)

Monday, March 9:  Rest day

Tuesday, March 10:  Rest day

Wednesday, March 11:  60 mins pole and 60 mins Zumba

Thursday, March 12:  30 mins jogging and 30 mins strength training

I’ve signed up for a 4 mile race in mid-April, so I need to start training quickly for that.  You will be seeing a lot more running in the coming weeks.  I’m so glad the weather is getting warmer and I can start to get some fresh air!