Welcome to My Garden

We may walk on different paths, but we follow the same footprints.

This year I'm focusing on improving my running and overall health by taking the 2017 Mile Challenge and seeing where the journey takes me. I'm also revisiting the Monthly Challenge started by Nephew Jason in 2009.

I'll try to post something every day. It may be a short inspirational quote or a longer narrative. Please join me......

"If you don't try, you won't know you can."


Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 miles Day 2016

Sitting here wondering where this day went.....  I did get in a solid 7 mile run in this morning, baked a loaf of home-ground wheat bread and started a batch of yogurt, and had some relax time for Me.

It started to rain this afternoon.  A nice, gentle, bringer of memories kind of rain.  A rain that you remember as a child playing in the attic on a day such as this - too wet and chilly to go outside.  A rain that spattered on the window and obscured the view of the outside world.   A rain that you heard on the roof as you tried on formal gowns from long forgotten dances, proms, weddings, special events of years long past, pretending to be a beautiful princess in a huge castle ... dreaming of the day you would get to dress up for real and not just for pretend, sipping pretend tea with the obligatory pinkie finger extended, from pretend cups, balanced so elegantly on pretend saucers, and eating pretend tea cakes.  What fun we had, and what fun I had again remembering the memories .. a gift from this bringer of memories kind of rain.

And so, I wish you good-night, and God Bless ................


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2017 miles Day 115

I was talking about running with one of my students and mentioned that I was getting ready to run my 7th half-marathon.  Another student asked - "Why would you run that far?"  For a moment, I was kinda stumped what to say.  How can I explain the feeling of running?  How can I really explain the sheer joy of it?  the fear of it?  the agony of it?  the exhilaration of breaking through a 10 mile "barrier" for the first time?  How can I explain the pain, the stiffness, and wanting to go back for more?  How can explain the run?  I found the answer:  "Explaining why I run is like trying to describe the color blue to a blind person."  (No, the words are not mine, I remembered them from the book, Running the Edge by by Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano.)  or trying to explain bubble gum to someone who has never experienced it.  

The question still remains:  Why do You run?
My answer:  Because it's what I do.  It is a part of who I am.  It makes me feel great ... especially when I'm done and the sweat is pouring off my body.  

Now, GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017 miles Day 114

It rained last night, so instead of a muddy run, I'll hit the treadmill today.  Looking forward to an easy 8 miles.

Sharing another Tony Garcia post from Facebook this morning ... enjoy!!!

This. A whisper from my heart.
Smile. For it welcomes another. And without a sound it speaks, "I mean you no harm".
Smile. For it lets the light in. And without a sound it speaks, "Today, I choose to be okay".
Laugh. For it is music without words. And it allows others to dance with you.
Laugh. For it is love without words. And it allows others the freedom to sing their own song.
Express joy. For it is the signature of your heart. And from there, you can write a beautiful beginning.
Express joy. For it is the signature of your life. And from there, you can write the dreams you dream.
Things to do: Smile. Laugh. Express joy.
Go get today. ~G



Monday, April 24, 2017

2017 miles Day 113

A message from Tony Garcia to start your Monday

This. A whisper from my heart.
There will be times when it will not be easy. When the challenge set before you seems to demand too much.
There will be times when it will not be easy. When the burden set upon you seems too great to bear.
There will be times when it will not be easy. When the road stretching out ahead of you seems too long to travel.
There will be times when it will not be easy. When the question posed to you seems too difficult to answer.
There will be times when it will not be easy. When the task given you seems to break you into too many pieces.
There will be times when it will not be easy. When the fears which grip you seem too real to overcome.
There will be times when it will not be easy. When the scale of the dream seems too immense to be realized.
There will be times when it will not be easy. And then you realize, you did not come here for easy.
Accept the challenge. Bear the weight. Start down the road. Seek your answers. Pick up the pieces. Let go the fear. Chase the dream.
Go get today. ~G
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Yup  - pretty much sums it up for today.  Chase the dream!!!

Now, GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

2017 miles Day 112

Happy Sunday!!!  Not much to post today.  Taking it easy and getting ready for the next couple of weeks before the Colfax half-marathon.

Enjoy your day!!!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

2017 miles Day 111

Sharing a Post from Tony Garcia.  Enjoy!!!

This. A whisper from my heart.
These. 17 Life Lessons.
Learned during the Boston Marathon 2017.
1. Always have a Plan B
2. The time you had is more precious than the time you finished
3. Goodness and kindness still exist and they always win. Always
4. No matter how much you believe is owed you, take only what is yours
5. There are times, pain becomes a companion to everyone. Others know what you are going through
6. One man's hill is another man's mountain. Do not judge the climb of another
7. Walking is still a way forward
8. No matter the distance, it must be traversed a single footstep at a time
9. Miracles can be accomplished when you truly believe
10. Despite the cheering crowd, you will always hear your own voice. Choose words of faith
11. Weakness and strength are not choices. The choice is what you do when you are filled with one.
12. Fast and slow are terms of comparison, if the journey is yours alone, they are never needed
13. When you feel like quitting, it comes down to finding a single reason to continue
14. Daring to believe is the greatest risk of all. Take the risk
15. Each side of the hill presents its own challenges
16. You are likely to encounter obstacles you did not prepare for. Remember lesson 1
17. Sooner or later, your heart becomes visible. Capture that moment. ~G
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Thank You Tony!!!
Now - GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!


Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 miles Day 110

Post from Tony Garcia 4/21/13

Running Diary: Chase Your Dream
Stay strong
Stay humble
Stay focused
Stay disciplined
Chase the dream
Keep your head up
Keep your worries few
Keep your excuses fewer
Keep your eyes forward
Chase the dream
Remember who you are
Remember what you want
Remember setbacks happen
Remember the journey is long
Chase the dream
Remain patient
Remain confident
Remain hope-filled
Remain open to the lessons
Chase the dream
Be yourself always
Be faithful to the goal
Be a model of consistency
Be intentional in your choices
Chase the dream
Celebrate you
Celebrate living
Celebrate each step
Celebrate the journey
Chase the dream
Things to do: Chase your dreams
Go get today. ~G
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I am Chasing the Dream, And I hope You are too!!

Now, GET OUT THERE, There is stilll some sunlight left..............

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 miles Day 109

What do You get to do today? 
I have several things on my list.....  

We are in the process of revamping the garden and putting in raised beds with soaker hoses - have two more 10' x 4' beds to build.  We tore down a redwood deck a couple of years ago, so will be using that lumber.  That, along with edging the lawn sums up my garden day.  

Today will also be another longer speed run day.  My goal is 6 miles at a 8:35 min/mile pace with another 4 at a 10 min/mile pace, for a total of 10 miles.  At this point, I'm confident that I can do this.  My ultimate goal is to be able to run a half-marathon in 2 hrs. I know I can do it!!!  We'll see in about a month at the Denver Colfax half-marathon on May  21st.  

Tony Garcia posted this yesterday after running the Boston Marathon Monday.  Had to share.

This. A whisper from my heart.
When you trust your path.
When you find inner peace.
When you know your truth.
When you walk with faith.
When you come to know joy.
When you express gratitude.
When you no longer fear.
When you learn the lessons.
When you fully shine your light.
When you achieve a dream.
When you embrace who you are.
When you love the life you are living.
It will show. ~G
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From the smile on his face in the pic he also posted, you could see that he definitely loves the life he is living.  As You journey through this day:   Embrace who You are...  Live Your dream...  Live without fear...  Find Your peace... Shine Your light...  

Now, GET OUT THERE - You have work to do!!!





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2017 miles Day 108

From the book, Wanna Know a Truth, by Tony Garcia, pg 141


Every shortcut has a price usually greater than the reward.
~Bryant McGill

There are no shortcuts
Each step on the path must be taken 
This is perseverance

There are no U-turns
The path always leads forward
This is growth

There are no fast-forward buttons
You will arrive when you are ready
This is patience

There are no signs along the way
You must follow your heart
This is trust

There are no others who can walk your path
Only you know the way
This is your journey


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Instant gratification.  I want it.  I want it now.  I want to skip the hard work.  I want to skip to the fun part of crossing that finish line.  But, that is not going to happen.  This is day 108 of the 2017 mile journey.  This is Tuesday the 18th of April.  This is NOT a rest day.  You have proven that You will not take the shortcut.  You will not quit and find the easy way out.

Stay with it!!!  

Now - GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!


Monday, April 17, 2017

2017 miles Day 107

I spent the morning watch the Boston Marathon.  WOW!!!  and that's all that needs to be said.

Finished my day with a 6 mile run at a personal best pace of 8:45 min/mile.  Goals for the week will include a long run of 12 miles.
Hope you had a Marvelous Monday!!!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

2017 miles Day 106

Today is Easter Sunday.  Sharing a post from "Lemonadelogic"
"Today should be resolution day, not the first day of the year. Today is the day where starting again, being free and renewal matters. I think it should be today. The day where regret and shame and anger and worry and doubt all got pushed aside. It should be today. This is the true starting over day. He died for our do-over."

Happy Easter
Enjoy your day!!!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

2017 miles Day 105

500 miles!!!

Only 1517 more to go before January 1, 2018

Have a FANTASTIC weekend!!!  Have a rest day today - you earned it!!!


Friday, April 14, 2017

2017 miles Day 104

IT'S FRIDAY!!!

What do You get to do today?  

Today is a get it done, get going, get moving, get jiggy with it, get up, get to it - day

Now - GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

2017 miles Day 103

From the book:  Wanna Know a Truth? by Tony Garcia pg 127

If you wouldn't say those things to someone else you love, why are you saying them to yourself?
~Elaina Marie

Someone once glanced at my body and said, "You should be ashamed."

I felt shame.

Someone once looked into my eyes and said, "You are not beautiful."

And I could not see my beauty.

Someone once spoke of my aspirations and said, "You will never amount to much."

And I believed.

Someone once laughed at my dreams and said, "You are foolish to believe."

And I no longer dreamed.

Someone once crept inside my thoughts and said, "You should be afraid."

And I was fearful.

Someone once talked to my heart and said, "You are not worthy of love."

And I was never good enough.

Someone once too measure of my life and said, "You are simply a failure."

And I lived up to this.

Someone was me.  Once.  These were my words.  Once.  But nevermore.

For I no longer give myself permission to speak this way.

Words I would not speak to another.

Words that do not serve my good.

Words so unloving.

Words that are not my truth.


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This piece has a very powerful message.  Words can lift  up ... Words can tear down.  Words can spark an idea ... Words can crush a dream.  Words can make the seemingly impossible, possible ... Words can make a small task, mountainous.  Words are not always spoken aloud ... Words are whispered, Words are screamed, Words - from our facial expressions, body postures, eye-rolling .........

What words do You use?  What words do You hear?  What words ... ???  

Do not give Yourself permission to speak the words of shame, fear, self doubt, failure..... to yourself or to others.  These words are NOT YOUR TRUTH!!!

Yesterday I committed to running 20 miles these next two days.  I will speak the words of strength, courage, and believe that I will accomplish this task.  How do I know?  Because I said so...  that's why.
Now - GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!!!!



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017 miles Day 102

I really didn't want to run today.  Do You ever have days like that?  Instead of the "I get to" feeling, I had the "I have to" feeling.   It was very tempting to sit this one out, but I laced up my shoes and went.  The first half mile was just like I expected - drudgery.  I was very temped to turn around, but I didn't.   After mile one I decided to go one more mile, and I did.  By mile three I found my groove and mile four and five felt great and a wash of sheer pleasure took over as I neared the end of mile six.  My feet felt like dancing, and so I did - instead of the regular cool down and stretch.

Would I have felt guilty for not going for my run today?  Probably not.  Would I have experienced the joy of today's run if I hadn't gone?   The answer to that is - No.  I'm glad I chose to run today.  The next time I'm faced with the "have to" feeling, I will remember today and change my attitude to I "get to"

I am now 20 miles away from the 500 mile marker of my goal of running 2017 miles this year.  I want to reach this 500  mile marker by the end of this week.  Will I do it?  You bet I will!!!

And so - Good night, sleep well, and be ready to face tomorrow with a smile!!!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2017 miles Day 101

Excerpt from "Wanna Know a Truth", by Tony Garcia, pg 137

I'm grateful for today.  I'm stronger, braver, wiser.
~ Tony Curl

I shall greet this day with a smile.  For whatever it brings to me, I hold inside of me a joy that cannot be moved.

I shall greet this day with a wink.  For whatever it brings to me, I hold inside of me a knowledge that I will be OK.

I shall greet this day with my head up.  For whatever it brings to me, I hold inside of me a confidence that cannot be undone.

I shall greet this day with hope.  For whatever it brings to me, I hold inside of me a faith that always sees me through.  

I shall greet this day with patience.  For whatever it brings to me, I hold inside of me a calm from which I will breathe.

I shall greet this day with strength.  For whatever it brings to me, I hold inside of me a truth that speaks of how strong I have always been.

I shall greet this day with arms wide open.  For whatever it brings, I hold inside of me a gratitude for simply being given yet another day.

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I am doing just that - The sun is about to rise, and I shall greet it this day with a smile, wink,  and head held high, knowing that I hold within my soul hope, patience and strength to greet this day with open arms.  I am alive today and for that I am truly grateful!!!

Enjoy Today!!!!  

Now - Get Out There, You have work to do .....  !!!!!


Monday, April 10, 2017

2017 miles Day 100

One hundred days have passed since this journey of 2017 miles began.  A quick look back:  In January the focus was making smart beverage choices.  February focus was increasing exercise of the trinity and cut out soda.  March was the month to focus on developing smart food choices, reading labels, and avoiding processed or "fake" food.  This month, April, the task is to start a compost pile and minimize trash.

So, how have You been doing?  Make an honest assessment.  Look at how far You have come, and continue to make smart choices.  Remember practice makes permanent.

April is notoriously a month of unpredictable weather.  However, the sun is coming up earlier each day, the days are getting longer, there are fewer and fewer nasty cold days, and everything is starting to break dormancy and green up.  That's just what has been happening to You ... breaking dormancy.  You made the commitment to make specific changes each month.  And, each month those changes have become a part of your life.

This month's challenge of minimizing trash and starting or rejuvenating a compost pile is going well.  Garden beds have been cleaned out and debris turned into the compost pile along with some composted manure from a neighbor's cow lot.  Through the summer, I will continue to add kitchen waste (NO meat products, but egg shells are ok), and other plant waste from the garden.  There are numerous websites that offer tips and tricks for making a working compost pile, so I'm not going to go into detail on the how-tos here.  As far as trash goes, that is still a work in progress.  I am trying to devise a system that isn't too time consuming.

This is another Get-it-done-work-hard-don't-stop week.  Set three goals that You want to accomplish, write them down and stick to it.  Give You a high-five.

Now, GET OUT THERE - You have work to do....!!!!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

2017 miles Day 99

Today's meditation from:  "Wanna Know a Truth", by Tony Garcia, pg. 130


Don't let procrastination take over your life.  Be brave and take risks.  
Your life is happening right now.
~ Roy Bennett

When the "have to" in your life becomes the "get to" in your life, you will understand the sheer power of gratitude.


When the "should" in your life becomes the "will" in your life, you will look back on these days without regret.


When the "need" in your life becomes the "want" in your life, you will embrace the freedom of choice.


When the "but" in your life becomes the "and" in your life, you will never again be overtaken by excuses.


When the "one day" in your life becomes the "today" in your life, you will be closer to the dream for your life.


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This is the day to live the "get to" life.  Set your goals for this week.  Don't procrastinate for tomorrow.  Live today - You have made that choice.  You have come so far.  Continue to live the life you want to live.  Continue to strive to be the best You that You can be - then strive to be better!!!

Take today and Reflect.  Look at the list you made last week.  Evaluate and honestly answer the question.  "Did I accomplish my goals, or did I procrastinate and make excuses?"

Take today and Rejoice in your accomplishments so far.  Make a list of three things that You are the most proud of.  Give You a high-five and a big hug!!!  You did it.

Take today and Rest.  Today is a rest day.  Today I will take it easy and run an easy couple of miles.


Enjoy Your Sunday!!! 



Saturday, April 8, 2017

2017 miles Day 98

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Outdoor temp 50, wind speed 6 mph, Shoes laced, water bottle filled, phone charged, door open ...............  I'm off for my Saturday morning run.  Scheduled 12+ miles today.  

Now - GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!


Friday, April 7, 2017

2017 miles Day 97

Friday found me working in the garden and a trip to the garden center for a couple of fruit trees and bushes.  I'll count this as a weight lifting day.  Nothing like a shovel in your hand and a pile of dirt to move, holes to dig, trees to plant, gravel to spread, brick edgings to place.........  Whew - that was a workout!!!

Didn't get a run in today, and that makes me a bit sad.  Knowing that tomorrow is Saturday and have nothing scheduled on my calendar except a long run makes me happy.

Hope you had a Fabulous Friday!!!




Thursday, April 6, 2017

217 miles Day 96

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2017 miles Day 95

It's a wonderful Wednesday morning.  I'm enjoying the sunrise, my quiet time, and a cup of coffee. 

 How's your work-hard-get-it-done week going? 

 Monday I wrote three things down that I wanted to accomplish.  Today is another long run which I will check off my get-it-done list.  I have a 50 mile goal again this week.  I did start a new painting and will post the work in progress on my art blog.  I have the sky done and will work on the foreground.  The garden is a work in progress, but today I will finish pruning fruit trees.

I found this on a blog posted by Tod Leho and it sums up today:


So...............................  Nothing is accomplished by sitting and thinking about it

Now - GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017 miles Day 94

Today is a long-run day for me of 12 miles.  It's  is kinda chilly out, but the wind isn't blowing. I set my mind to it, I wrote it down, now I will do it!  Why?  Because I said so, that's why!!!
Now, GET OUT THERE - You have work to do!!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

2017 miles Day 93

Start this week off with the realization that this is going to be a get-it-done kind of week.  Set up a schedule.   What are three things You want to accomplish?  Write it down.

Today is a work-hard kinda day

Now - GET OUT THERE - You have work to do!!!!!


Sunday, April 2, 2017

2017 miles Day 92

Have a Glorious Sunday!!!

Looks like a beautiful day to do an outdoor run for a change.  Think it's going to be a ten-mile kinda day.   Enjoy!!!

Also, take some time today to just relax - you deserve it........


Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017 miles Day 91

April 1st and the start of a new month and a new challenge.  The first three challenges of 2017 are by now second nature.  However,  I will also continue to motivate and inspire to keep the body, mind, and spirit strong, hydrate, and make smart food and beverage choices.

Start a compost pile
Don't just throw stuff away - minimize trash and maximize recycling.

We have become an instant gratification, use once and throw away, I want that - society.  I'm no different.  I purchase items for their convenience.  I purchase items because I want it at the time.  I purchase items that have a limited use.  This month, my focus will be on the art of compost, and the art of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle".  

There is a lot of discussion about climate change.  Here is my thought.  If the planet climate changes (which it has done since the beginning of time) humans as a species will either adapt or die out.  I believe humans will adapt.  I also believe that in order to survive, man as a species needs to focus on three essentials of life:  Clean water, clean air, and fertile soil.  When he has these three essentials, he will adapt and survive any change in the climate.  And so, this April 1st we begin, or revisit, how we can improve our "little corner of the universe"

Task for this week:
Analyse your trash.  What are you throwing away that will eventually end up in a landfill?    Does this trash include vegetable material that could be composted and used in your own garden?  Vegetable matter that ends up in a landfill will eventually break down and become part of the earth.  It is not the problem in a landfill, just a volume problem in your own trash can.  What are you throwing away that could be recycled or donated?  

This month is going to be a bit of an eye opener for me.  I know I can do a lot better in the trash department and have a lot of work to do.

Note:  I did meet this weeks goals, except for the 50 mile goal.  Sunday was an easy 2 mile day, Monday was a travel/rest day, Tuesday was a 10 mile day, and Wednesday I was starting mile 7 when I felt a sharp pain in my left calf muscle.  I stopped and tried to massage it out, but that didn't work.  It was more than a little cramp and decided to take it easy for a couple of days.  I tried a run on Thursday but the pain was still there and  walked 2 miles instead.  I decided to take Friday off.  This morning there is no pain, but will take it easy again today.  There is no sense in risking a major injury just because I'm too stubborn to quit.  Sometime you have to just listen to your body and make smart choices.  

Now, GET OUT THERE - You have work to do!!!!




Friday, March 31, 2017

2017 miles Day 90

Friday morning, the last day of March and the 90th day of this 2017 journey.  This morning I read a Facebook post this morning from Tony Garcia as he prepares these last two weeks to run the Boston Marathon.  I want to share it with you.  Pay close attention to "Understand"

This. A whisper from my heart.
Like so many of you, I stand on the very edge of another challenge.
And with only 2 weeks until I head to Boston, there is so much I still need to do.
But, the list of "things to do" may not be exactly what you may think.
I'd like to share my list, in hopes it might help you, as you prepare to face the challenge set before you.
1. Untangle
2. Unpack
3. Unzip
4. Unfold
5. Understand
Untangle. Untangle the past. Understand that as you remain wrapped up in what once was, the used-to-be, that which you cannot change, you are prevented from moving forward.
Unpack. Unpack your fears. Lay them out and take a real good look at them. Ask yourself difficult questions about them. Where were they created? Why do they still take up so much space in your life?
Unzip. Unzip your doubts and excuses. Expose them. Watch as they shrink in the light. You see, they prefer to exist in the darkness. That is where they breathe and grow. That is when they come to life.
Unfold. Unfold your wings. Unfold yourself. So many times, you have played it safe, played small, downplayed your gifts, allowed yourself to be contained. For the past. For your fears. For your excuses. It is time to stop playing small. Unfold yourself.
Understand. Understand, in the end, life is not a checklist. It was never intended to be a list we check off, so we can move on to the next thing. Learn to enjoy the process of unfolding. Allow yourself to be present in the moment. Do not be in such a hurry for what comes next. What is now, matters most.
Go get today. ~G
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This 2017 mile journey is not just something you will check off your list as done and done.  This is life changing, this is your time to enjoy the process of unfolding yourself and realize the best You that You can be!  

Now - GET OUT THERE - You have work to do!!!!!!!

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017 miles Day 89

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” 
– Aristotle

This is what this year is about - being excellent and developing the habits that make us so.  A while back, I said practice does not make perfect, practice makes permanent.  Continue to make smart beverage choices, and you will break away from old habits and make permanent new ones - making smart beverage choices.  Continue to make smart food choices, and you will break away from old habits and make permanent new ones - making smart food choices avoiding the empty calories, and preservatives.  Continue to exercise the trinity daily, and you will break away from old habits and make permanent new ones - exercising your body, mind, and emotional self.  

Now - GET OUT THERE - You have work to do!!!  


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

2017 miles Day 88

Top of the Morning and Week!  Today's message is from the book,  Wanna Know a Truth, by Tony Garcia, pg 111.

"Luck has a way of evaporating when you lean on it."
~Brandon Mull

I know you face many challenges.  And while I wish for you many things as you set out to face them I will not wish for you luck.

I will not wish for you luck.  I will wish for you faith.
For when you believe, that which you desire shall be realized.

I will not wish for you luck.  I will wish for you trust.
For when you fully trust yourself, impossible is a lie.

I will not wih for you luck.  I will wish for you strength.
For when you find your strength, the obstacles set before you shall disappear.

I will not wish for you luck.  I will wish for you hope.
For when you have hope as your partner, there is always a light on the path.

I will not wish fr you luck.  I will wish for you peace.
For when you allow peace to reign, the worries you hold simply dissolve.

I will not with for you luck, I will wish for you confidence.
For a quiet, steady confidence in yourself will  lead you where you are meant to be.

I will not wish for you luck.
I will wish for you to know you already have everything you need to see you through.

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"Good luck" - How many times have we heard that?  "Good luck on that test", "Good luck in your job interview",  "Good luck in your race today",   "Good luck in surgery today",  "Good luck - you'll need it",  "Good luck ........................."

I've never really understood that seemingly well wish of "Good luck".  It's not luck but your preparation.  It's not luck but your willingness to put in the time and effort to full-fill your dream and reach your goal.  It's not luck but your  faith, trust, strength, hope, peace, and confidence that will pull you through.  To wish me "luck" is to imply that I did not put in the time,  I did not put in the miles, I did not put in the effort, I did not work hard enough.  To wish me "luck" is to imply that my abilities are not important and it is the "luck of the draw", the "luck of the wheel", the "luck of chance" that will make the difference.

Instead of wishing "Good luck",  wish instead "God Speed to you", which basically means "journey well".  To me it means - Go with God - God be with you - Put your trust in God knowing He was there with you as you prepared for your journey.  He was with you as you faced the challenges, obstacles, and cliff edges.  He is with you now.

And so, my friend - God Speed to you!!!

Now  GET OUT THERE - You have work to do!!!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017 miles Day 87

It's a rainy March Tuesday morning.  I'm starting my day with a hot cup of coffee, some Me time, and planning my day.  One thing on my list is baking some bread, which I usually do about once a week. We are wheat farmers and several years ago I started milling my own flour.  I started with a hand mill, but the 20 min of hand cranking was just a bit much, so I purchased an electric Nutrimill stone miller and have been very pleased with the results.  There is nothing tastier than fresh out-of-the-oven bread especially if it is made with the goodness of whole grain, home-milled flour.

One of the many benefits of baking your own is you know exactly what is in it.  My recipe includes whole grain flour (the wheat berries are grown in our field so we know that it has not be sprayed with pesticides), yeast, butter, honey, yogurt (I culture my own), and water.  Nothing else.  We did an eye-opening experiment when I was teaching biology.  We took some fresh out-of -the-bag bread of various brands and a piece of fresh homemade bread.  Placed them in the open air for a couple of hours, then sealed them in plastic baggies.  The first to mold, of course, was the homemade bread (about a week).  Most of the store bought breads never did mold even after several weeks.  My students learned the power of preservatives and were quick to conclude that maybe a diet full of these preservatives weren't that good for a body - "hey if even mold won't eat it, should I"?

The baking of bread is fundamental to our human existence.

I could go on and on about the historical significance of bread baking and civilization.
I could go on and on about the symbolism found in a simple loaf of bread.
I could go on and on about the health benefits of eating bread

I could go on and on, ...........  but I won't.  I'll leave that up to you to discover.


Enjoy your day...................Now Get Out There - You have work to do!!!

Addendum:  Today is an indoor treadmill day.  I have a 10 miler scheduled.  I would consider running in the rain, but think I'll pass on that one.  The temp is bordering on freezing.






Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 miles Day 86

It's a Marvelous Monday!!!

“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ....get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” 

I think Abraham Heschel has it right.  This is an amazing life journey we are on.  How many times do I take life for granted?  How many times do I go through the motions of today and at the end wonder where the day went?  How many times do I pass that same tree, that same bush, that same flower, that same blade of grass, that same ...................  person ................ and do just that - pass by.

I will make a commitment to make every day an "Abe - kinda - day".  I will face this world with radical amazement!  I will not treat life casually!  I will slow down and marvel at this Creation!   I will not miss an opportunity to share this amazement with others!  I will .... and so I shall!

Now - GET OUT THERE!!! .....  You have work to do!!!




Sunday, March 26, 2017

2017 miles Day 85

“Sunday. A day to refuel your soul and be grateful for your blessings. Take a deep breath and relax. Enjoy your family, your friends, and a cup of coffee.”

I don't know about you, but I think Sunday morning is the greatest.  It's my down time, my time to reflect time, my rejoice time, my start the week out right time, my don't have to do anything if I don't want to time,  catch up with Me time ... my quiet time.

Take time for You today.  Even if it is just 5 minutes.  Sit and say "Hi - how ya doin?"  Answer the question truthfully.  If You don't like the answer, ask You - "Why?"  Answer the question truthfully.  If you don't like the reason ask You - "What do I need to change?  What is one thing?"  Write it down.  Take the responsibility to make that change this week.  

Goals for this week will be a repeat of last week and the one thing You wrote down.

  • Running goal:  Log 50 miles (I know I can because I did it before)
  • Nutrition goal:  Continue to eat nutritious meals.  Read food labels and avoid those with added preservatives.  Limit the empty calorie snacks.  (I know I can because I did it before)
  • Exercise goal:  Take 30 minutes a day to exercise my brain and 30 minutes to just sit and enjoy.  I will continue to include weights in my daily exercise. (I know I can because I did it before)
  • Hydration goal:  Continue to make smart beverage choices.  (I know I can because I did it before)
  • And .....  Make that one change

Now - Give You a high five and have a Great Sunday!!!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

2017 miles Day 84

I DID IT!!!!  I met my goal of 50 miles in 5 days!!!!  I knew I could, and so I did.  I'm going to take today as a rest day.   Rest days are necessary - yes indeed they are.  These days allow your muscles to rejuvinate, rebuild, and rejoice in the fact that they can take the day off.

ENJOY YOUR DAY 
and
HAVE A FABULATASTIC WEEKEND!!!


Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 miles Day 83

A message from Tony Garcia.  Originally posted on his G Force Facebook Page 3/23/17

Running Diary: My Victories
This may look like defeat.
But please know, my victories cannot often be seen. For they are found in the smallest of decisions. To simply try again. To simply rise to my feet. To simply believe I can do this once more.
My victories rarely able to be measured by human instruments. Times I've danced with my angels. Moments I've jumped despite not seeing the net. Instances of knowing goosebumps and breathlessness. Battles I've won over demons and fears others cannot imagine.
These, my personal victories. Seen by few, understood by few, celebrated by few. For they come without fanfare. Without arms raised high. Without much more than a whispered, "You can do this".
And should I stumble and fall short of the finish line, it does not mean I have been defeated. For in daring to bring myself to the start of the journey, I knew a victory.
And should I never attain the dreams I dream, it does not mean I have been defeated. For in daring to dream the impossible, I knew a victory.
This may look like defeat.
Do not be fooled. Today, I shall celebrate a victory. For I made the decision to try once more. ~G

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Tony Garcia is an amazing man;  a runner, a crossfit warrior, a poet, a heart of strength, love, courage, honor.  He has inspired me to push beyond, to move forward, to rise to the challenge.  I hope he has the same impact on you.

NOW .... GET OUT THERE!!!!  You have work to do!!!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017 miles Day 82

Today I'm going to!
Today I'm going to do it!
Today I'm going to look forward instead of back!
Today I'm going to remain positive!
Today I'm going to lace up my shoes and put in the miles!
Today I'm going to keep going when I want to quit!
Today I'm going to avoid the distractions that get in the way of my goal!
Today I'm going to run strong!
Today I'm going to reach the goal I set for myself this morning!
Today I'm going to!

What's your "I'm going to" today? 

NOW ....  GET OUT THERE!!!  You have work to do!!!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017 miles Day 81


From:  Wanna Know a Truth by Tony Garcia, pg 100


There are beautiful things in the world and there are sad things and when they come together they make a star.  The light is far away and the strangest part is that the light is inside you.
~Victor Lodato

Perhaps strength is not something you must acquire.

Maybe it simply exists within you and waits for a time you must be strong.

Perhaps courage is not something you must acquire.

Maybe it sits quietly within you and waits for a time when you must be brave.

Perhaps faith is not something you must acquire.

Maybe it breathes softly within you and waits for a time when you must believe

Perhaps worthiness is not something you must acquire.

Maybe it waits patiently within you until a time when you recognize your true value.

Perhaps you would view yourself differently if you no longer believe you are deficient.

Maybe the time has come for you to recognize that you have always been enough.

For what you seek has always been with.


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I believe this to be true.  I believe that deep within our subconscious there is a well that contains our strength, courage, faith, and self worth, and all the other attributes, good and bad, that make us human.

How many times have you faced an "insurmountable" task and found that there was no prefix attached to the word and the only thing left was a "surmountable task".  What did it take ... to remove that prefix ...  You found a way to pull strength, courage, and faith out of your well of humanness and found a way.  You did it!  You removed the prefix.  It's not something someone else did for You, it is something You did for You.

This poses a bit of a conundrum.  What is the process, method, spark - that enables us to tap into that "well" .....  that collective soul of strength, courage, faith, self worth, ................

I believe that I hold within my self the Spirit of my Creator.  The Spirit, being of the Creator - and the Creator of all ... not two separate, but one.  (confusing, and yet - not).  When you think about it, we are all connected in some way through that well of subconscious humanness.  I believe it is the Spirit that dwells within all of us that taps into the well and draws out from the depths of the soul and being, the strength, courage, faith that are needed to remove the negative prefixes - turning the insurmountable into surmountable.

We are not deficient.  We do hold the power in the well of our being.  We are not on this journey alone.  We have the Spirit within us tapping into that well.
Sometimes we just have to ask ... it's called prayer.

Now .... GET OUT THERE!!!  You have work to do!!!



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2017 miles day 80

"A little progress each day adds up to BIG results"

Of course that is true.  

Now ..... GET OUT THERE 

and make a Little progress today!




Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 miles Day 79

Time to set goals for Me this week.  This is going to be a great one.  I want Me to set goals that are for Me.  I want the goals to be challenging and realistic.  I want to see if I can push the edge of Me just a bit more

Running goal:  Log 50 miles
  • Doubt:  are you crazy?  that's a lot of miles!  you can't do it!  when will you find the time?  it's going to make you stiff and sore!  you might cause an injury!
  • Me:  I'm not crazy!  It's less that 9 miles for 6 days!  I CAN do it!  I will find the time.  It might make me stiff and sore, but I will survive.  I will listen to my body and slow down when my body tells me.  I ran 44 miles the first week in January, it's only 6 more.
Nutrition goal:  Continue to eat nutricious meals.  Read food labels and avoid those with added preservatives
  • Doubt:  that wont work!  you like your snacks! 
  • Me:  Yes I will make it work and find natural snacks that don't come in packages.
Exercise goal:  Take 30 minutes a day to exercise my brain and 30 minutes to just sit and enjoy.  I will continue to include weights in my daily exercise.
  • Doubt:  that's funny just thinking about it!  you can't just sit, you always have to be doing something!
  • Me:  The funny thing is, since I've been doing some of both already, doing a bit more will be easy.
Hydration goal:  Continue to make smart beverage choices.  
  • Doubt:  awe - common - really?  thought maybe you'd give in, after all, you have in the past.
  • Me:  I feel good and don't need it to make me feel good.  


Remember that goals are not finish lines


NOW - GET OUT THERE!!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

2017 miles Day 78

Today's Reflection from Wanna Know a Truth? by Tony Garcia, pg 101

Maybe "okay" will be our "always"...
~John Green

It is OK to have questions
It is how you discover your answers.

It is OK to experience doubt.
It is how you dis.cover your faith.

It is OK to give in to the brokenness.
It is how you discover your wholeness.

It is OK to give over to the fear.
It is how you discover your courage.

It is OK to let your heart be exposed.
It is how you discover your truest loves.

It is OK to simply stand motionless.
It is how you discover your direction.

It is OK to fall due to weakness.
It is how you discover your strength to  stand.

What you will discover is that it is going to be OK.


And on that same note - great song from the Piano Guys


NOW ...GET OUT THERE!!!   
        And HAPPY SUNDAY!!!!




Saturday, March 18, 2017

2017 miles Day 77

Two more weeks of March.  This month definitely has held to the saying:  "In like a lion - out like a lamb".   During these past couple of weeks high wind warnings were a daily event out here on the eastern plains of Colorado.  We have also had some very nice days also.  I can always tell when spring is about here when I see the first indications of daffodils and tulips in the garden.  It'll be a couple more weeks until I see any flowers, but that first sign of green is certainly an indicator that warmer weather (and calmer winds) are in sight.

I look forward to the days when I can run outside without having to wear my coat.
I look forward to the days when I don't chase tumble weeds
I look forward to the days when I can pick fresh tomatoes
and lettuce, and radishes, and carrots, and peas, and beans and ..........
I look forward to the days when I relax in the shade with a tall glass of lemonade
I look forward to the days when the sun gets up before I do

But right now - I will look forward to today and smile because..........

I can run on the treadmill and have a coat to wear outside if I want to.
I am able to chase tumble weeds and clean out last year's garden beds and get them ready to plant
I have the space to plant tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, carrots, peas, beans, ........
I am making smart beverage choices so enjoy a refreshing lemon water and don't miss soda
I enjoy the sunrise every morning ...  well, almost.


Friday, March 17, 2017

2017 miles Day 76

Today's Inspiration:  A couple of quotes from Thomas Edison

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. 
The most certain way to succeed is 
always to try just one more time. 

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.


~Thomas A. Edison




Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 miles Day 75

A few small changes in diet can have huge impacts.  This month I've been focusing on reading food labels.  It's interesting what goes into many of the "good for you" foods ... those that are marketed as being healthy.  One of them is yogurt.  I was amazed at what I found on the label of Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt.  There are 170 calories and 26 g of sugar in one serving.  WOW!!!  What else is in there?  The ingredients list is a bit long with several added ingredients I wasn't sure about.

Image result for yoplait yogurt nutrition

I love yogurt, but didn't want all that "extra stuff" that commercially produced yogurt companies put in.  So, I decided to try to make it myself.  It was a lot easier than I thought, and I was able to control the ingredients.  I actually have been successfully making my own yogurt for a while.

You can find the process online.  There are several websites that give great step-by-step instructions.

How to Make Yogurt at Home!!!
Here is what I did.

I started with a small container of plain Greek yogurt containing active live cultures.  I compared several and chose the one with at least 5 cultures listed.  The brand isn't as important.  But, it must contain the active live cultures.

The process:
(I purchased a 7 cup glass bowl that has a plastic lid and have a glass 1/2 pint jar to save some of the yogurt for the starter for next time.)
1.  Measure 6 cups of whole milk.
2.  Heat the milk in a kettle on the stove to 185 degrees.  Be very careful not to scorch your milk.
3.  Cool the milk to about 90 degrees then add your container of plain Greek yogurt you bought at the store.
4.  Pour part of the mixture in the 1/2 pint jar to be used as the starter for next time.  Pour the rest into the glass bowl and cover with the lid.
5.  Set the bowl and jar in a warm place (about 100 degrees) for about 12 hours.  I have a multi-function cooker that has a yogurt setting.  It was kinda expensive, but it is also a pressure cooker, rice cooker, and slow cooker.  So, the cost wasn't really that much.  I also use it to heat my milk instead of on the stove.  Just a bit more convenient.
6.  After 12 hours, put the bowl and jar of starter in the refrigerator to cool and finish solidifying.
7.  Enjoy!!!
8.  If you want the thick Greek style yogurt, you can strain it through a coffee filter.  Use the liquid whey for cooking or drinking.  The resulting yogurt will be nice and solid.  Almost a cream cheese consistency.

There is nothing like fresh yogurt.  And the best part is you control the ingredients.  I use it in breads, add some blue cheese for a rich and creamy blue-cheese dressing, add it to smoothies, as a topping for our morning bowl of oatmeal.......  Like the fruit flavored yogurt?  Add your own fresh or frozen.

Try it!!!!  Making your own yogurt isn't as hard as it looks.  Be sure to start with a plain yogurt that contains the active live cultures.  They will do all the work for you.


NOW .....  GET OUT THERE!!!!