Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Run Week

So, this week marks my first long run that required on of these....

We did 12 miles on Sunday. It went really well!! I had a really fun run with a team-mate and my legs felt great. 

Today I did my first tempo run of the season. 
Here's how I broke it down....

Warm Up: 1.5 miles at 10 m/m
Tempo: 3 miles at 9:20 m/m
Cool Down: 1.5 mile at 10 m/m

Our YMCA got new treadmills that are awesome!! They have a virtual training mode that allow you to travel through trails of state and national parks, it includes the incline of the terrain as well as lets you visually "travel" the course. The HD screen is pretty awesome. It gives you something decent to look at! It also gives you little tid bits of info about the course too!

Today I did my tempo run the the state parks of Utah. I virtually ran through canyons, forests, by rivers and streams. The incline varied from 0-2% randomly throughout the course.
 It is a great distraction and my 6 miles really went fast!

Another exciting tid bit from my life....The Pilates Center of Omaha is expanding their studio to include a "fitness" studio to hold a variety of classes that vary from Yoga to TRX to Kettle Bells and more. They have asked me to manage the fitness studio! I have been working with instructors to create a class schedule and working with the owners to build, design, and promote the new space! We are hoping to have our grand opening in the next 2 weeks and to kick off classes shortly after! 

Check out the website!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Skinny Squirrels and Fat Americans

While in Florida, it was very obvious that the weather stayed nice year round. First sign...the squirrels were skinny. Noticeably skinny. In January, here in Nebraska....the squirrels look more like this..

Yup....they have put on their winter weight to try to survive the harsh winter here in the Heartland. Not in Florida. I also noticed something else striking regarding weight. Americans are fat.

Disney World attracts people from all around the globe. Our resort had a particularly large population from Brasil. It was incredible. It was glaringly obvious. We are a nation of gluttony. So, I did a little research. 

The Center for Disease Control reports that one-third of American Adults are considered obese and that 17% of kids age 2-19 are considered obese. 

2010 State Obesity Rates
Alabama32.2Illinois28.2Montana23.0Rhode Island25.5
Alaska24.5Indiana29.6Nebraska26.9South Carolina31.5
Arizona24.3Iowa28.4Nevada22.4South Dakota27.3
Arkansas30.1Kansas29.4New Hampshire25.0Tennessee30.8
California24.0Kentucky31.3New Jersey23.8Texas31.0
Colorado21.0Louisiana31.0New Mexico25.1Utah22.5
Connecticut22.5Maine26.8New York23.9Vermont23.2
Delaware28.0Maryland27.1North Carolina27.8Virginia26.0
District of Columbia22.2Massachusetts23.0North Dakota27.2Washington25.5
Florida26.6Michigan30.9Ohio29.2West Virginia32.5

The CDC wrote... " The public is already flooded with nutrition and diet information from multiple sources. As a result, they are sometimes confused about what, how much, or even how often they should eat."

I Call Bullshit.

Is it really confusing that eating an apple is a better diet choice than a snickers bar. Is it really confusing that eating a turkey sandwich is better for you than a 10oz Porter House steak. Is it really that hard to understand that eating a plate full of Pasta with Alfredo and dunking a butter covered bread stick in it just might be overkill??

Why are kids fat? I have never seen a 7 year old sitting behind the wheel at a McDonalds drive thru. I have never seen a 5 year old pull out their debit card to pay for a large soda and cotton candy at a baseball game. 

Come on!

It's not confusing. It's about choices. We are choosing to be fat. We are choosing to be unhealthy. 


Because it is easier. It is easier to stop at a drive thru than it is to cook a meal. It is easier to buy a cotton candy that it is to tell our kids "no". 

Alright America...it is time to MAN UP! 

We don't want the world to think of us as fat, lazy Americans. Not cool!

We don't want to be a generation of people that make our own children sick.  

We don't want to be a generation of people that spends more time in the hospital than with family. 

It's time. Take charge of your own life, your own health, and think about our kids needs....not their wants. 

"I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, others come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready, you see. Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me." - Dr. Seuss 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Disney Family Vacation

The Kendall's packed up and headed to Disney World for a 5 day family vacation that just happened to fall on Wes' 5th birthday!
We got a great deal on tickets that included  park passes, air, transportation, hotel, and food! 


Wes was so excited when we got there that he lost the ability to walk....he literally hopped down the entire length of the sidewalk up to the gates of the Magic Kingdom. Both Dave and I agree that moment was our favorite of the entire trip!

We met a ton of the characters so Wes could get his birthday autograph book signed.

We rode all the rides!! Wes even rode Space Mountain and loved it! I will say...we pushed him a little too far by talking him into riding the Tower of Terror with us....but that's another story!

We had silly family fun time!

We saved a couple of planets!

Saw some amazing shows!

And got up close and personal with some animals on safari!


It really is the happiest place on earth!

We swam in our outdoor pool every day, we walked miles on end, and truly got a full Disney experience. I feel very fortunate to have got to have such an amazing time with my two favorite boys!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Mission of Characters!

Wes turned 5 January 9th. We planned a family vacation to Disney World and honestly had an amazing time!!

When we got there Wes decided that for part of his birthday present he wanted an autograph book and wanted to get every character's signature. 

Well we didn't get everybody....but I think we did pretty well.

What do you think.....

Further Vacay details to follow!