8.27.2014

Pineapple Waffles

Dear hubby loves pineapple upside down cake and I hate to waste anything. So the last time I made him his favorite cake for a surprise it made perfect sense to use the pineapple juice in waffles! Okay, no it didn't. At first I told dear hubby he could use it in his smoothie. He makes them every day but when two days passed and the pineapple juice was still there, I dreamed up pineapple waffles! Just writing this post is making me want some more. Perhaps it is time to surprise dear hubby with another pineapple upside down cake! Although I am sure these waffles would be even more delicious with crushed pineapple chunks inside. Anyone want to guess what kind of waffles I will be making this weekend????

Ingredients:
1 egg
1 cup flour
1/4 cup oil
1 cup pineapple juice
2 tsp baking powder (please note: some baking powders can me made on equipment that may contribute to milk contamination)
4 tsp brown sugar (optional)

Steps:
Really easy. I plug in my waffle iron and do a quick squirt with oil to prevent sticking. I then toss all the ingredients into my mixing bowl and mix. By the time I am done measuring and mixing the waffle iron is hot and ready. I then put about 3/4 cup of batter onto the iron for each waffle and make sure I have berries throughout.

Servings: Makes about 2-3 waffles depending on your waffle iron size and how big you make your waffles.

P.S. Dear hubby did ask about that leftover pineapple juice about a week later. Oops....snooze and you lose!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for family.
Daily Affirmation: I may not be the woman I was years ago and that is okay. I am a better woman today. I am worthy.

8.25.2014

Maui Marathon: T-27 Days

Race day is just around the corner and I can't say I am overflowing with joy. Don't get me wrong, I am excited and I want to race but I am also nervous. I have even stated that this race is my nemesis. You can read how I did last year HERE.

The pain of last year is still fresh. Texting my friend saying I am dying is still fresh in my mind. Her words of encouragement still uplifting. The tears as I crossed the finish line and huddled against the wall for a few minutes still sting with the thoughts running through my mind....this is my second slowest marathon ever!

Let's take the Honolulu Marathon out of all of this and just look at this course. Last year was my third time to run it. I have done it each year from my first marathon in 2011. My times have been 4:46:40, 4:36:16, 4:39:46. I have a smart coach who recently pointed out to me that last year my time was only about 3 1/2 minutes off. Oh...in my mind it was so much bigger.


Negative thoughts are powerful and they can take hold of you...myself included. I have been told I am always so positive. Well, sure. I'm positive when I am not beating myself up unnecessarily. I can give into negative thoughts just as well as anyone else but I strive to not let them take hold of me.

Like today. I was at work feeling tired. I could barely hold my eyes open. My head was pounding and I was thinking all kinds of pitiful thoughts until it hit me. Why am I doing this to myself? If I think I am tired, I will feel tired. If I tell myself I will get over it, I will get over it. And I did.

Weekly miles starting 3/3/14
Running is a mental game as well as a physical game. I have been running hard and training well. Do I wish I could do more? Always. Have I done better than ever before? Yes. Am I tired? Yes. And that is okay.

Last week I ran a few less miles than I should have according to my plan. I have no regrets. I was tired and mentally fatigued. I needed to rest. Saturday I ran my long run of 16 miles and realized my dinner the night before was a mistake. I couldn't fuel on my run. I took no gels and drank limited sports drink. Thank goodness I was at home running on the treadmill due to necessary pit stops. It took a lot out of me but I got it done and I am stronger because of it.

T-27 days. Race day is just around the corner. I will focus on getting my mental game in check and I will continue to sneak in some extra go to bed early nights. Sorry dear hubby. I am tired. I need sleep.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful I can run.
Daily Affirmation: My mental game is getting stronger each and every day!

8.22.2014

Breaking down {emotional} walls

I heard this song on the radio this morning and it really touched me.


You see, it got me thinking. I am someone who never wants to ever give up and the idea of giving up on someone stings my soul but I get it. I totally can envision trying to reach out to someone, to offer unconditional love, companionship, and respect. To offer your heart and soul and not seeing any sign that all the love you offer does any good.

I know people pull away from people in their lives. I guess sometimes there might be good reason but I fear often times the issues are really small things that have been allowed to fester into big nasty things and no one really wins. Choosing to walk away must really be a desperate final last resort.

I may see things through rose-colored glasses a bit too often but I do believe that good does overpower evil. That kindness is returned. That the Golden Rule is golden. I believe in karma and the power of starting ripples of kindness.

On the reverse, I feel negativity is like cancerous cells that can grow like wildfire. I believe in speaking your mind but using respect and choosing words wisely. I believe words can be awful weapons and that we all, myself included, can slip up at times and say things we will regret later. I believe apologizing is more for your own heart than for the other person. I appeciate when someone does say I'm sorry to me.

I am striving to teach my daughter to think before she speaks. To use kind words. To build each other up and to open her heart to love and to be loved.

Go figure! All of this from a song on the radio this morning.

Have a great day!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the freedom of speech.
Daily Affirmation: My spirituality is blossoming!

8.20.2014

Love...it is everlasting

Today would have been my parent's anniversary, their 48th to be exact. I lost my Dad to leukemia and even though it seems like just yesterday as I miss him so much, his fight ended on March 31, 2010. My daughter was 2. She was by my side when I gave him our last hug. It still brings tears to my eyes. I am always there for my daughter and when she made it known she was ready to go I said, not yet. I wasn't ready to stop hugging my Daddy.

Today my Dad is one of my many angels in Heaven above watching over me and bringing me strength in my daily life and runs. In lieu of a teary-eyed post I will leave you with this one quote....


Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for unconditional love.
Daily Affirmation: My mind is open to learning.