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Monday, August 30, 2010

SacFit Saturday!

On Saturday we did the Lake Natoma Loop - 11-12 miles around the lake in Folsom. It is a run/walk that I dread every year because the first time I did it, things went bad and the other two times I did it it was so hot and coming back there is not much shade and almost everyone has heat issues due to the length of the run and the lack of shade coming back. Well that was not the case this time! The weather was forecasted to only hit a high in the 70's and it started out kinda cold and windy (espcially once we got right on the lake) - We ended up merging several groups since all the groups were small so I got to walk with my hubby!! We decided to let MJ lead which allows me to not worry so much about pace and I can wander within the group and chit chat with the members. MJ did an awesome job leading (I could get used to this!) and I had such a great time wandering, walking and talking to everyone! I even wandered with a couple of the running groups that are around the same speed as we are for a bit - it was so nice to talk with everyone! The weather was perfect and I finished 12 miles feeling strong and kinda pumped up! I took this pic on the return side of Lake natoma - at this point we are more than halfway around - my guess is we had about 4 miles to go. Lake to the left, Hubby is in the white shirt with the camelbak (right by the garbage can..) and MJ is to his left with the gray shirt and white cap. The group ahead of us is a running group - we had met up and the third aid station and all stopped to use the facilities.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A busy and full of activity weekend!

So I started the weekend with Sacfit - 6 miles at race rehearsal pace (which is a minute per mile faster than we normally go) It went really well and our group was a lot smaller than it has been, but everyone was still together when we came back! That is a big achievement since on the longer walks the group get really spread out! After Sacfit we ran some errands and and tried out a new restaurant - Sunflower Cafe - it is a vegetarian place and very good! The hubster and I both had burgers (they are famous for the "nut burger") and Logan had a quesadilla. After that we stopped by the local fire station and borrowed some life vests for Sunday's trip to the lake. Local fire stations here have a life vest loan out program that is really great since we don't go around the water all that much and really haven't found the need to invest in some, but it is nice to have a place you can pick them up and then not have to worry about being around the water. More errands, a trip to REI where I was so tired I took a seat in one of the chairs inside a tent and let my boys wander around and shop. Jeff got a Camelbak - I got mine about a week ago and have now used it twice and I love it!!

Sunday was a day for stepping out of our comfort zones and doing new things! We met up with The Folsom Trail Runners and they were doing pretty much whatever you wanted to do! We started the day with a trail run (my first!) and the trails were so pretty and shady - I can see how people love to run the trails! We then went out as two different groups - a group that wanted to road bike and a group that wanted to mountain bike the trails. I went out with the road bikers. We only did a short ride (I did 5 - the others took a long-cut and did 7 total) so we could get back to the great opportunity that one guy had set up for us.

A guy drove from Santa Cruz and brought out his stand up paddle boards! I had never tried them but had discussed with another Weight Watchers member that that was on her list of stuff to do now that she had lost her weight - I thought it sounded great and tucked it away for future reference - so when I found about this opportunity I couldn't pass it up! There were only two moments when I thought I was crazy - the first was going from me knees to standing up on the board, but once I was there I was fine and the second moment was after a boat passed and created a wake and kinda threw me off balance but I never fell off and loved it so much!! This is a picture of stand up paddle boarding from Shape magazine - they had an article on what a great workout it is. Just keeping yourself on the board works your abs, rear and legs and the paddling of course works yours arms and shoulders. It all felt very natural to me and I can't wait to do it again!! (Of course I was wearing more clothes than these very fit ladies are wearing...)
There are pictures of me on the paddle board taken by a friend, but she had to leave before I got back to shore and I'm sure I will get pics from her sometime this week. I will post some when I get them!

After we were done we hung out a little more at the lake and played in the water and just had a really good time - it was a wonderfully active and relaxing weekend if it is possible to have both at the same time!

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Belated Sacfit Saturday Post

We had a pretty busy weekend full of errands and such so I couldn't get to this post until this morning.

As you probably already know - due to various injuries I'm walking this season and not running. So I'm coaching within the Purple group and I'm having a BLAST! First to embrace my "inner purpleness" I bought a Tutu and wear it on the trail (and I will also wear it for all my races as well) - I bought it at the California State Fair but they have a local business (as well as online) - here is the link - The Zootique - what I have is a child's Tutu that she helped me alter so it would fit, but I know she would also do a custom order - just tell them Sabrina from Sacfit sent you!

This is me right before taking my group on a 10 mile walk! I get so many compliments on it and even the cyclists that go by will comment as well. It is just a ton of fun!!

Secondly - I have met this amazing person - her name is MJ and this is her first season with Sacfit. In talking with her over the course of three weeks and lots of miles I have learned a lot about her including that she is a WW member and has lost 60 pounds as of last Thursday, every time we do a new mileage it is a new longest distance walked for her and Urban Cow Half marathon will be her first half marathon (just like it was mine almost three years ago). She reminds me of me my first season. She has the same questions and struggles as I had my first season. It is an honor to be walking with her and helping her meet her goals. I came to a decision that I shared with her on Saturday and I will share it with you all today. In Sacfit our races are our own, we pay our fees so we are not obligated to walk or run with our pace groups - usually race time is the time where we try and better our last time for that distance. I know that I can not better my half-marathon time so I'm going to give back to the group and specifically MJ. I'm going to walk her first half marathon with her. She has a time goal in mind, but truly does just want to finish - she has invited her parents to come and watch (they are coming from Oregon!) and I can't wait to see her cross the finish line and get her cowbell medal!

My first race I had someone do that for me and I really slowed down about halfway through and this person would run ahead and run back and run ahead and run back and got me to the finish line (she must have ran double the mileage that day!!) and I'm still so grateful for her - now it is my time to give back.

Oh and the big news - I have paid for and committed to my races this season! (committed as in I should be committed....) My race schedule looks like this...

September 12 - Buffalo Stampede - 10 miler
October 3 - Urban Cow Half Marathon
November 7 - Morgan Hill Full Marathon

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Review - Penny's Low Fat Desserts!

I do get random emails now and then asking me to review various products and I haven't found anything I would really like well enough to do a review - until now!

I'm a subscriber to Penny's Low Fat Desserts newsletter and in the last one she was asking people with blogs if they would like to receive samples to try and review on their blogs. I couldn't send off an email fast enough! Just a couple of days later they arrived!!

In February I was in Whole Foods and they were having a chocolate fair and giving out samples - one of the product samples was the most wonderful chocolate peanut butter cookie and I bought a couple after trying them, but since them each time I go into Whole Foods they are out (shows you how good they are!!)

Penny sent me 5 samples - Almond Poppy seed Muffin Top, Carrot Raisin Muffin Top, Toffee Cinnamon Cookie (no sugar added), Chocolate peanut butter cookie and a White chocolate Cranberry cookie. (the nutrition info is at the bottom of my post)

I had the Toffee Cinnamon cookie first and it was so good! I heeded Penny's advice and warmed it in the microwave just a tad and it was warm and very tasty! - I would not have guessed it was no sugar added!

Next up was the Chocolate Peanut butter cookie - I knew I would love this one since it was the one I had already tried, but again warmed it in the microwave for a few seconds and it was sinful!! The cookies are all very good size and this is a very indulgent treat for only two points! I was thinking it would be a great recovery treat after a long run or walk with a cup of milk! Yum!!!

Now the next three I went into having my reservations - each of them had flavors that I'm not crazy about but I figured I would eat them and honestly give my opinion about them....

The White Chocolate Cranberry cookie was next on my list to try and I'm not a fan of cranberries, but this was delish! The balance of white chocolate to cranberry was perfect and just enough - where I wouldn't have even tried it, now if I saw it on the shelf I would definitely buy it!

The Almond Poppy seed muffin top was moist and I didn't add anything to it, just ate it plain - it really didn't need anything - again here - not a fan of poppy seeds but I got over that when I tasted the muffin - hard to describe the flavor - but it was wonderful!! Warmed up in the microwave and served with my coffee, it held me over until the time I normally eat my snack which was another unexpected perk since the muffin top is only 1 point!

And last but not least - Carrot-Raisin Muffin top - I'm not a fan of carrot muffins, cake etc... and I'm not a fan of raisins and I was all prepared to not like this muffin at all - boy was I surprised! I was perfectly spiced, moist with just the right amount of everything! I heated it up and again ate it with my morning coffee and it too got me to snack time. I would have to say that after sampling it - it is my favorite (unless I could get away with eating the chocolate peanut butter cookie for breakfast!)

I also especially like that they are a local company - In Grass Valley only about an hour from where I'm at. I can picture Penny in her kitchen whipping up a batch of cookies and mailing them out to people everywhere! Penny's Website is - it is worth the trip to check out their muffin tops and cookies!

As promised here is the nutrition information for the 5 products I sampled - along with the points value as well!

Almond Poppyseed Muffin Top - NUTRITION FACTS: Serv Size: 2 oz (56g), Amount/Serv: Calories 110, Fat Cal 5, Total Fat 1g , Saturated Fat .5g, Transfat 0g Cholest. 0g, Sodium 200mg, Total Carb 25g, Fiber 4g, Protein 2g, = 1 point

Carrot-Raisin Muffin Top - NUTRITION FACTS: Serv Size: 2 oz (56g), Amount/Serv: Calories 110, Fat Cal 0, Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Transfat 0g Cholest. 0g, Sodium 240mg, Total Carb 27g, Fiber 4g, Protein 2g, = 1 point

Toffee Cinnamon Cookie (No Sugar Added) - NUTRITION FACTS: Serv Size: 2 oz (56g), Amount/Serv: Calories 100, Fat Cal 20, Total Fat 2.5g, Saturated Fat 0g, Transfat 0g Cholest. 15mg, Sodium 200mg, Total Carb 33g, Fiber 6g, Protein 3g = 1 point

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie - NUTRITION FACTS: Serv Size: 1.8 oz (52g), Amount/Serv: Calories 150, Fat Cal 25, Total Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 1.5g, Transfat 0g Cholest. 0g, Sodium 160mg, Total Carb 38g, Fiber 7g, Sugars 18g, Protein 3g, = 2 Points

White Chocoalte Cranberry Cookie - NUTRITION FACTS: Serv Size: 1.8 oz (52g), Amount/Serv: Calories 150, Fat Cal 20, Total Fat 2.5g, Saturated Fat 1g, Transfat 0g Cholest. 0g, Sodium 140mg, Total Carb 39g, Fiber 7g, Protein 2g, = 2 Points

Disclaimer: Author of this blog received samples of the products for a review.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

SacFit Saturday!

What an amazing morning for a walk!! We were out at "the pond" at 7:15 and the weather was perfect and the parkway views were just stunning today - I took my time to appreciate just being out there and enjoying the walk, the scenery and the company. Oh and did I mention I was wearing a purple tutu?? I saw it at the fair and I bought it thinking - I'm going to have some fun with my walks! I totally rock the tutu look and I even had the cyclists commenting on it as they went by! I will have to take a pic next week before I go out and get all sweaty. I had a stressful exhausting week and it was wonderful to have a nice walk today.

On another note I missed posting my 8 month anniversary - On Friday August 6th it was 8 months of maintaining my weight loss! The time is flying by really quickly and before I know it I will be celebrating a full year!