Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Work Out Wednesday-Work Out Challenge

For the past couple of months, I have had a fairly stagnant exercise routine: two days in the pool and two days on the elliptical with one of those days incorporating weights.  I wouldn't say that I am bored with my routine, but I am just at that point where I need to mix it up a bit...I need a challenge.  Starting April 1, I am going to set a goal of exercising six days a week for six weeks.  I want to use this opportunity to incorporate more yoga and stretching in to my routine.  I also want to really push myself to be active daily, but also realistic.  Which is why I am choosing to only do this for six weeks.  At least for now.  If I just set a goal to work out six days a week as my new routine, I know I would fail.  I would get burnt out and frustrated.  This way, having an end in sight will help me keep my focus and hopefully motivation to be successful. Additionally, I am planning on exercising the two extra days at home, to avoid getting tried of the gym.

I am going to be using Work Out Wednesdays to set my goal for the upcoming week and report on my progress for the previous week.  Here is a look at the goals for Week One:

April 1: 30 minutes of Yoga- video
April 2: 45 minutes of cardio-elliptical
April 3: 40 minutes of water aerobics
April 4: 30 minutes of Yoga-audio
April 5: 30 minutes of cardio-elliptical; 30 minutes of circuit training
April 6: DAY OFF
April 7: 60 minutes of water aerobics

Friday, March 23, 2012

Thanks to Pinterest

At first I thought Pinterest was the biggest time waster.  I thought I was just suppose to go out surfing the internet looking for random things to pin.  But after a few visits, I began to see the usefulness of this website.  It is not just about posting random pins, not at all.  It is a place to share ideas, but more importantly, a place to STORE ideas.  Ever been surfing the internet and find a great recipe, but not have a printer to print it?  Then you are either trying to email it to yourself or book mark it in an endless and unorganized location on the browser, never to find it again.  Now I can just pin it to Pinterest, keep it in an organized location and go back to it later.  I love it.  I am already keeping craft ideas, books to read, decorating tips, recipes, and fun ideas to make life easier.

I thought about starting another blog dedicated to displaying Pinterest inspired posts.  But I like the idea of keeping one blog and sharing all of my ideas in once place.  I am planning on posting all the great things I make/cook/bake/decorate here on my blog. I find Pinterest so inspiring, I am looking forward to working on all kinds of crafts, not just those from Pinterest.  It is also inspiring me to try new foods and recipes, which is fun too.  Here are my first two projects:

 These are sprinkle cookies made from a box of cake mix.  They where super easy, fast and inexpensive to make.  They are a very soft cookie, I don't think it will be possible to make them crunchy.

This is a "Weekly Goals" picture frame.  I covered an old picture in fabric (the frame was actually in the Goodwill pile) and made the background out of scrapbook scraps.  This is placed behind the picture frame glass.  Then, I can write my goals on a sticky-note so they can easily be removed/added as I achieve each goal.  I love this idea because I like to keep lists and I like the idea of being able to easily add and remove goals.                          

If you would like to follow me on Pinterest, just click my Pinterest button in the upper right hand corner of my blog!

Happy Pinning!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A-Z Happy Birthday Brandi

Salty Superstar recently posted a blog called "A-Z" dedicated to Brandi.  It's a fun blog post, so I thought I would do something similar.  And very fitting to post on what would of been Brandi's 34th birthday.  Happy Birthday Brandi.

A-Age: 34

B-Bed Size:  Sleep Number Queen

C-Chore you hate: Cleaning the house, which is why I have a housekeeper.

D-Dog's Name: Dotty and Jeter

E-Essential start of the day: Brushing my teeth.  It's the first thing I do each morning.

F-Favorite color: Purple

G-Gold or Silver: Silver

H-Height: 5'4"

I-Instruments I played: piano and flute

J-Job Title: Environmental Scientist

K-Kids: No kids, just fur babies

L-Living arrangements: I own my home and live with my husband.

M-Mom's name: Pam

N- Nicknames: Cow and Leeners

O-Overnight hospital stay other than birth: coughing up blood and two back surgeries.

P-Pet Peeve: People who don't follow the rules.

Q-Quote from a movie: "The steps aren't enough, you have to feel the music."

R-Right or left handed: Left

S-Siblings: One, an older sister.

T-Time you wake up: weekdays around 6 am.  Weekends between 7 and 8.

U-Underwear: Everyday

V-Vegetable I dislike: Peas!

W-Ways I run late: Traffic

X-Xrays I have had: Countless chest and back xrays.  And one of my broken wrist.

Y-Yummy foods I make: Chile, Beef Stew, Red Pepper Soup

Z-Zoo favorite: Monkeys!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Liebster is a German word that translate to "favorite" "dearest" or "beloved."  By one blogger giving it to another, I am  saying your blog is a favorite of mine.  My dear friend at Salty Superstar has given me a Liebster Blog Award and I could not be any more excited.  Jessica is a special blogger to me because she is not just a blogger out there somewhere in cyber space, we actually met one another at a CF event and currently both live in the same area.  I have lots of friends through the internet and blogging, but it is just a different connection when you have actually met the person face-to-face and can meet up for coffee.  

As a recipient of the award, I now have to pass the award on to five of my favorite blogs.  This is tough...many of my favorite blogs have already received this award and re-awarding seems silly.  And so many of my favorite bloggers don't really post anymore, so they really are not blogs I am reading right now.  So, after a few weeks to consider my favorites, I came up with a good list.  Not all are CF blogs, but that is just the way it is right now. Here are the blogs I love, in no real order.

1. So Much for the Plan- I first connected with Danielle because we had several things in common: later life CF diagnosis and infertility.  Danielle's main focus in blogging was life when CF and trying to become a mother.  In 2011 her wish came true times three!  Yes, she now is busy with triplets, but still finds the time to blog.  Her blog focus has shifted to her family, but she is still very much aware of how important her health is for both her and her family. 

2. Supply Chain Mission Impossible- A new blog on my blog role, the main focus is a mission impossible theme of a database nerd.  It is filled with data, math, humor and topics that seem to be over my head.  And the author happens to be my husband, so why not give him a little encouragement.  

3. Guest Check- Also a new to me blog, this is an art focused blog.  Different artists feature sketches on "guest check" paper.  This is a creative site and fun to see what the different artists come up with during the week.

4. Exercising Diary of a Cyster-Although Jessica has not blogged for some time, I still just love her and her blog.  She is a hard working nurse with CF who is dedicated to exercising.  I like her blog because it is not just a CF blog, but she will post on all aspects of her life.  I think she is a special person and hope she gets back into blogging soon!

5. Lindsay's Lungs- I discovered this blog during my fund raising with the San Francisco's Finest.  Lindsay's cousin was a honoree and he talked about her story.  She was part of the kalydeco clinical trials and showed great improvement during the trail.  I can't wait to follow her progress on this medication.

Each blog that I have given this award to now has the opportunity to pass the award on to other blogs they love.  The rules are:

1. Acknowledge the blogger who gave the award by linking back to them'
2. Give this award to five other bloggers (who have fewer than 200 readers), and let them know through a comment on their blog.
3.Post the award on your blog.
4. Best of all-bask in the glory, have fun, and share the love.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Being One of San Francisco's Finest

All of a sudden, I have so much to blog about.  Expect lots of posts this month.

March 8 was the big Cystic Fibrosis Foundation event for San Francisco's Finest.  The event was awesome!  We had a great turn-out, with lots of young people in attendance for networking and spreading CF awareness.  So far we have raised close to $40,000...and counting.  I was very excited to participate in this event and I would really like to help next year too.

There are a lot of aspects to this event that I would like reflect upon. There is so much to talk about, I am going to start a new blog series called Being One of San Francisco's Finest.  Topics will include fund raising, supporters, networking, and public speaking.  I'll also include a few pictures in each post from the event.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Save the Gold Dust Lounge

I can't remember the first time I ever stepped foot in the Gold Dust Lounge, but I can safely say it is one of my favorite bars in San Francisco.  The bar has a unique atmosphere, with friendly customers and awesome bartenders.  The drink prices are totally reasonable, a rare find in a big city. I have met some really amazing people while sitting at this bar including a mortician and a man from England here to ride his bike from SF to LA. I bring friends here.  I bring tourists here.  This bar has rich history in SF and has been in operation for over 45 years. 

It became my tradition to stop for a drink at the Gold Dust after CF Clinic, when I was still going to clinic in SF.  I have even made mention of my stops at this bar in previous blog posts.  I looked at it as a little reward for dealing with clinic in the first place.  Even though I don't have clinic in SF anymore, I am still a patron of The Gold Dust whenever I am in the area. In fact, after clinic on Friday (details coming in separate blog) I made my way over to SF for a little shopping and a drink at the lounge.  I was sad to learn when I arrived at my favorite local hangout, that the owners of Gold Dust had been given an eviction notice and have been told to vacate the premises so an Express store could open in its location.  Note SF already has an Express 0.2 miles from here.   I am in disbelief that this bar, full of history and character could be replaced by a big business retail facility. This is not ok. No one is going to close down my favorite bar!

Now, the Gold Dust is still going full swing.  They are also putting out a major campaign to save this bar.  I am in full support of this movement.  Please check out their website, like them on facebook, maybe even sign the petition to save this historic location.