Leukemia and Lymphoma

I have been training for the Knoxville Triathlon for a few months now. In the midst of all that I am also doing the Daily Burn “videos” that Bob Harper puts out. They have a promotion going on right now where you can get about 60 days free before you have to sign up. I highly recommend them… The videos are tough but I love them! I have missed a few days because I let life get in the way, but when I do them like I am supposed to, I feel a whole lot better! I have more energy, I feel more fit, and I am overall a much happier person!  I really believe these Daily Burn workouts are helping me with my training. They are short and sweet but they get my heart rate up and I’m not a sweater…but I am during these!

Anyway, my goal right now is the Knoxville Triathlon in May. I am doing this for fun and also to raise money for those who need it most.

Check out my fundraising page please and read about my story. 🙂  Every little bit helps. Please help me get to my goal!


My Life Changed with Lyft

In May of 2013, I was in Indianapolis, preparing to run a half marathon. I didn’t want to forget anything, and the weather seemed colder than we had originally planned, so it was a little hectic that morning. We were running a little behind and didn’t particularly have time to figure out how three runners and a spectator would get to the start line without wasting more time parking the car.  The suggestion was made by Ashley that we take Lyft. Of course, three of the four of us didn’t know anything about Lyft.

“So you mean some person that we don’t know is going to pick us up here, take us to the start line and drop us off?”

“I don’t have any cash.”

“So it’s all done through our phones?”

We had lots of questions.

Ashley opened the app, requested the ride and before we even got down the stairs, she received a text notifying her that our driver was out front.

It was so quick and painless. We couldn’t believe how easy it was! From that point on, I was hooked. We took Lyft everywhere we went that weekend, even though we had two cars with us! I asked the next couple of drivers a few questions (while eating the candy they gave me), and decided to put in an application online. It wasn’t long before I was contacted, and I set up my mentor session with Puddin’. I couldn’t believe how friendly this guy was. He made it easy for me to meet him, in an easy and safe location and a time that worked for me.

He did a thorough check of my car and of me. He put in all the information about my license plate, etc. and then we did a driving test before he took photos of my car, my license and me.

Two weeks later, I received a text message letting me know that I was approved to drive. All I had to do was get in the approved Lyft area of Nashville and click the steering wheel icon that was now visible in my app, to turn on driver mode.

Because I live on the outskirts of Nashville I am not able to work every day but I try to at least drive every Saturday. It’s easy money but it’s also a great experience. I meet so many wonderful, interesting individuals; I always tell people the worst part about driving for Lyft is that I get into fascinating conversations with my passengers and then I drop them off to most likely never see them again!

If you have any questions about my start with Lyft, or becoming a driver yourself, please let me know. I am happy to help!

Paleo….day 15

Breakfast: Two eggs with half of an avocado

Snack: Lara bar

Lunch: Grilled chicken with veggies and soy sauce

Snack: Lara bar

Dinner: Chicken with veggies and soy sauce

This was my first day back in the office after a week out of town on business. I was on eastern time last week but it was still hard to get up in the morning and get back into the swing of things. Luckily I had someone willing to make my breakfast for me so I had time to grab it and run out the door without being late to work. 🙂

Since I didn’t get out of bed any earlier than I absolutely had to, I grabbed some Lara bars to take with me as my snack. I had one around 9:30 and then was good until lunch.

For lunch I had some amazing grilled chicken with stir-fry veggies. With a little low-sodium soy sauce they tasted great. I had the same thing for dinner.

As far as workouts go, I probably should have done something in the morning, but since I got up so late I didn’t. On my Team in Training (TNT) workout plan, today was a rest day…so I won’t feel too guilty. 🙂

Paleo….day 13

Breakfast: Lara bar (running late)

Snack: Lara bar

Lunch: Salad from a pizza place

Snack: Lara bar

Dinner: Tacos with chicken strips, honey lime mayo, lettuce and tomato

On Saturday morning I met with my Team in Training group! I had emailed them back and forth but hadn’t met anyone in person yet. We had our first meeting on Saturday morning at The Athlete’s House in Nashville and then went out for a short run before meeting at Bongo Java across the street.

I am participating in an Olympic Distance Triathlon in Knoxville in May. I am going to be working with this team who will help support, motivate and coach me through my training. I am really looking forward to this new challenge of completing the longest triathlon I’ve ever done. The distances are as follows:
Swim 0.9 miles

Bike 32 miles

Run 6.2 miles

I’ll share more about the triathlon as training really starts up. For now we are easing into it.

After the running and mingling on Saturday morning, I had a little bit of time before I had to work. I worked for a few hours and then met up with some friends for the evening. We went to Yazoo Brewery in Nashville and then to dinner. For dinner I met at Local Taco in East Nashville with some friends.  I had tacos with chicken strips, honey lime mayo, lettuce and tomato. I asked for corn on the side but was too full to eat more than a few bites, even though it was delicious.

After dinner, four of us went to see our friend Bridgette Tatum sing at The Listening Room. Thanks to the food we shouldn’t have eaten, we headed home after just a few songs. I am not used to eating that much, or that type of food. I was uncomfortable for hours….

Overall it was a really good day and a nice Saturday until dinner time. 🙂

Paleo…day 10

***This week (days 8-12) I am not following the plan exactly because I am out of town on a business trip where most meals are provided by my company. I brought some food with me in case but for the most part will be eating what is provided.*****

I made it into the double digits!

Today was another day full of presentations and meetings. It was a larger group than yesterday as yesterday was just people from different locations within our little division.

For breakfast today I remembered that I had brought bacon all the way from Tennessee. I ordered two eggs from the bistro, which, once again looked more like four eggs, and ate my other half of the avocado along with my baked bacon. Delicious!

For my morning snack I ate a Lara bar. This seems to be the easiest thing to eat discreetly and quietly while in meetings all day. Apples and celery aren’t very quiet!

Our provided lunch resembled a thanksgiving dinner. We were offered (buffet style) turkey, salad, green beans/shredded carrots, beef tips, cheesecake and more. I had the turkey, beef and beans. With water!

My afternoon snack was dark chocolate. I’ve decided that since it’s allowed in moderation, I can have it three times a week. Let’s just say I’ve had my limit…..

Dinner consisted of small tuna salad croissants, ham wraps, coleslaw, broccoli and tomato in what looked like ranch dressing. I picked up the veggies, a wrap and a croissant. I ate the inside contents of the wrap and the croissant. The tuna was fantastic. The meat from the wrap, however wasn’t that great. It was ham, thoug, and I’m not a big fan of ham as it is.




I made it through the whole day without feeling hungry, once again. I was proud of my water intake today…I knew I had over 40 ounces before lunch and more with lunch. Water is always a hard part for me.

I’m excited to get to my two week point and find out if this is still working. :

Paleo…..day 9

***This week (days 8-12) I am not following the plan exactly because I am out of town on a business trip where most meals are provided by my company. I brought some food with me in case but will mostly be eating what is provided.

Water first thing in the morning!

Tiny workout: 5 minute yoga

Breakfast: two eggs, bacon and half of an avocado

Snack: Lara bar and apple with sunflower butter

Lunch: salad and my chicken salad wrap in a bowl that I did not eat yesterday

Dinner: Italian sausage, salad, grilled chicken and veggies

(these were the options: Italian sausage in marinara sauce, salad, penne pasta with marinara, grilled chicken, squash/zucchini/pepper mix, minestrone soup, pumpkin pie and some kind of pastry looking thing)

I hardly had room to do my yoga routine in my hotel room but I got through it. I feel better when I get up and move a little first thing in the morning so I knew it would be worthwhile. I headed down to the bistro in my hotel (this is all there is as far as restaurants go) and asked for two scrambled eggs and bacon. I had an avocado with me so I asked them to cut it open for me. I ate my two eggs (that looked more like four eggs) with my avocado and very greasy bacon.

I couldn’t finish it, but it was good, once I let the bacon drain a little. I guess I’m spoiled with my baked bacon at home!

There was a breakfast table set up in our meeting room but I couldn’t eat most of it (bagels and pastries and fruit- pineapples and cantaloupe) For a morning snack I had a Lara bar. Sandwiches and wraps were provided for lunch. I picked up a wrap and ate the meat and lettuce out of it.

There wasn’t much to it once I removed the wrap so I headed up to my room and had my chicken salad that I didn’t eat yesterday. Good thing the convention center where we have our daily meetings is connected to the hotel!

For my afternoon snack I had apple slices with sunflower butter. I had picked up an apple from the breakfast table in the morning. It was quite messy since I cut it with a plastic knife but it worked. I even got to share the sunflower butter with two ladies from work who thought I was crazy for eating something out of the ordinary. They liked it though. 🙂

Dinner was once again a buffet. I had a little bit of each thing I could have. It was very good! I had one piece of delicious Italian sausage, some salad, a piece of grilled chicken and a small pile of veggies. The food was great.

This day was one long meeting. All I did today was sit in a chair, walk to and from the bathroom, or two and from the buffet table.

Paleo….day 8

***This week (days 8-12) I am not following the plan exactly because I am out of town on a business trip where most meals are provided by my company. I brought some food with me in case but for the most part will be eating what is provided.*****

Water first thing in the morning

Tiny workout: 30 calf raises.
10 with feet pointed in
10 with feet pointed out
10 with feet pointed forward

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with bacon and avocado

Snack: celery and sunflower butter

Lunch: chicken salad wrap

Dinner: plain burger with lettuce, tomato and guacamole, from Champs in Altoona, PA. I didn’t have any bread or cheese with this

I should have done a different workout this morning but I woke up late and had to catch a plane so I settled for calf raises. 🙂

For lunch I had brought chicken salad wrap (in a bowl to facilitate eating on the road). It was packed in a bag designed to keep it cold. This bag was $4 at Kroger and I put inside another bag so it was a little less awkward to carry around. 🙂


I was traveling with two guys from work who decided to stop at Bob Evans so I was sure I would need my chicken salad wrap. I walked into the restaurant carrying my Titans container with my food inside. I opened the menu just to check out what they had and realized there was a Cobb salad that sounded not only delicious but also Paleo-ish. I ordered the salad without bleu cheese and asked for the low-fat raspberry vinaigrette dressing (which, by the way, I don’t think I’ve EVER chosen over ranch).

The salad impressed me and I was happy with my decision. I of course drank water with my meal and when finished, grabbed my chicken salad and headed back to the car.

For dinner, we met up with several other people from our group. Some had also traveled in from our Tennessee office while the rest were from either our PA, IA or FL offices.

Beer and pizza seemed to be the popular choices, and yes I gave in to one beer on the company, but after that I settled on a medium-well beef burger.

I asked for the burger to come with no cheese and ate it without the bun. They did not have avocado but did have guacamole…so I had that on my burger.


I drank more water with and after dinner. Overall a good day without too many feelings of hunger.