Sunday, April 2, 2017

Upward and Onward! Route 66 Marathon (or bust)!

Well.  I did it.  I have committed to the 2017 Williams Route 66 FULL Marathon. (I haven't registered yet, but I'm saving my pennies to register.)

The whole idea is daunting and scary and exciting at the same time.   A full marathon?! Am I kidding myself?

No I'm not.  I'm committing to finishing the 2017 Williams Route 66 Marathon this year.

I've been very quiet in my blog for a long time.  But I have been running and training fairly consistently for the past year.   I am not as consistent as would like to be, but I am still working on it.

Unfortunately, I most likely will be doing most of my training runs by myself, or with my dog.  

There are many benefit to having a running partner or joining up with a running group or club. To name a few:

  • Camaraderie
  • Accountability
  • Encouragement and pushing from other group members when the going gets tough
  • High 5s and Cheers from other group members when you make improvements
  • Developing new friendships/relationships
  • Deepening already established friendships/relationships
And many more!

Alas It's hard for me to join up with local running groups regularly. Whenever a new training session is announced, I plop my money down with good intentions of training with the group. And I actually get to make one or two group training runs.

However making the group runs regularly is just not possible for me and my family's schedule.

So I'm going to be dusting off my blog and sweeping the cobwebs out of the corners.

I hope to make some new online friends, and I really desire that we can encourage, push, and cheer on each other as we train and better ourselves.

I'll be mostly posting about my running and fitness journey.  But I'll also be posting about my life as a whole as well.  I run and train so that I can have a healthier and happier life.  It only seems fitting that I would include a little bit of my non training life in my blog.  

And just to be upfront and honest.   My life is crazy, a bit chaotic, and full.  My life is not full of fun and rainbows everyday, but I love my life and my family.   My house is not the cleanest house, but it is a home (yes you might see pictures with my laundry piles, or sinks full of dishes, or stained carpets in the background).

If you are expecting this to be another fitness blog where the author is the perfect 10 with a perfect home and a perfect family... sorry you will be disappointed.

But if you have no expectations whatsoever... then please come on in!  Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea, lace up your training shoes, and join along with whatever training plan you are working through right now.

Hugs and God Bless

   Angie D.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Quick and easy meal idea - Balsamic Chicken and Carmelized Onions

Hello all you Strong Girls out there!

When starting or restarting to change your lifestyle for better health and overall nutrition, it can be really hard to adjust from eating mainly processed foods to eating more whole foods. 

Let's face it.  Eating healthier takes more thought, it takes planning ahead, and it can be a stretch on the budget.  Plus, we tend to over complicate things when picking meals for the week or daily menu.

A healthy meal doesn't have to be complicated.  It can be as simple is picking your protein, picking your complex carbs for your sides, picking your healthy fat, and adding some seasonings and herbs. Viola!  You have all the makings of a healthier meal option. While it will cost more than a box of easy mac n cheese, making a healthier meal for the family doesn't have to break the budget.

Here's what I made for dinner tonight for my family of 5.    

Balsamic Chicken with Carmelized Onions.

It was quick and simple, and from start to finish took about 45 minutes to just under 1hr. 

The Balsamic Chicken was simply

1 to 1 1/2 lbs chicken tenderloins (I used frozen chicken tenderloins)
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Put the tenderloins in a skillet, add the olive oil and vinegar and spices, simmer on stove top, turning frequently to cook chicken evenly.

Almond Rice Pilaf

1 Cup Brown Rice
2 1/2 cups water

Simmer brown rice in water on stove top.  As the liquid simmers off, add liquid from balsamic chicken to the rice.  Simmer until done.

Carmelized Onions

One Large Red Onion - Skin removed and sliced
4-5 mushrooms  washed and sliced
 1 Tbspn raw honey

In a skillet, heat up a drizzling of olive oil.  Saute onion slices and mushrooms, stirring frequently. When onions are almost tender, drizzle raw honey over onions and stir the onions.

Put together a salad with your favorite salad greens, and dice a tomato to top the lettuce.


This was a really quick and easy, and the cost breakdown makes this meal economical

Chicken - 1 1/2 lbs @ $2.00/lb  $3.00
Balsamic vinegar and olive oil - Already in pantry
Garlic - Already in Pantry
1 Cup Brown Rice - $.50
Large Red Onion, Mushrooms, and Tomato - about $2.00
Salad Greens - $1.50

Approx $7.00.  More expensive than Mac N Cheese, but cheaper than eating out!

What are some whole food meals that you like or have created?  Share them below or share a link to your favorite recipe!


Angela's Fitness Progress Vlog #2

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Angela's Fitness Vlog #1

I have started working out more consistently, but haven't updated.  So my friend Christina and I challenged each other to do Vlog updates.  So here is my first one!

It is easier for me to talk than type, but hopefully I will be writing again soon too!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

It has been too long. It has been almost 10 months since I last posted a workout. I did work out sporadically here and there, but nothing consistent, and nothing of merit worth recording.

But I'm starting to get back into working out regularly and posting it here for accountability and merit.

Today I did a 40 minute workout from Lauren Brook's Ultimate Body Sculpt Vol 1 dvd. It was hard... and I am so sore because I have allowed myself to get so out of shape. But it felt good, and I feel accomplished just because I finished.

Starting to read Dr. Gott's No Flour No Sugar Diet book

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

CF Tulsa WOD of the day


Plus i got my first double under today.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

CrossFit Tulsa WOD for Today


5 Rounds for time of:

30 Squats

10 Push-Press 100/75

Post time to comments

61 lbs 15:28
So slow... but getting stronger