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Can a Fun Run motivate me to work out again?

4 Jun

I’ve been on a bit of a workout hiatus. In order to motivate myself to workout again, let me tell you about a my very first Fun Run!

As part of San Antonio’s FIESTA, SARR (San Antonio Road Runners) hosts Fiesta Fandango 2.6 Mile Fun Run. The route  is through downtown San Antonio just before the  Flambeau Night Parade, the largest illuminated parade in the United States. Before the race even begins, the crowd of thousands is already lined up along the downtown streets waiting for this spectacular parade to begin. It looks something like this:

Crowd in front of the Alamo

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Bleachers full of spectators!

It’s a good thing I had never been to this parade because if I had known I was going to have to run, eh-hem walk, in front of all these people, I would not have shown up!

Oh, one more thing. Every year there is a theme and the runners dress in costumes. This year’s theme: Saturday Night at the Movies.

“I’m Sexy and I know it” and his Superheroes!

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Movie: 8 seconds

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Jessie and Woody from Toy Story

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Captain America

These are just a few of the costumes, there are some amazing photos on SARR’s online slideshow.

The lovely ladies from Shakira B. Workout Crew kinda became our running buddies. Even though we didn’t officially meet until after the race, it was nice to have a group to keep pace with throughout the run. They were one of many local organizations that participated.

San Antonio ladies from Shakira B. Workout Crew

I don’t know how those adventurous runners run in those awesome costumes! I grabbed a pink shirt, belted it and wrapped a scarf around my neck. That’s as many accessories I can have on me when I’m about to run 2.6 miles! It was the BEST time though! Even with all the onlookers hootin’ and hollarin’, it was great to see all the costumes, to see San Antonio peeps out to enjoy the last parade of Fiesta and to run alongside my friend Deborah! Thanks Deborah for encouraging me to run and for the memories that make me smile.

Me and Deborah ready to run!

Remembering how what a great time I had does encourage me to get back to the gym. These events are always more fun when you push yourself and you can reach your next fitness goal. I’m looking for my next run where I do want to have fun but also challenge myself to a better finish time. What do you do to spice things up or to motivate yourself to workout?

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Fiesta, Food, Familia and Friends

26 Apr

Every April in San Antonio, TX we throw a party, a FIESTA. (ok not ‘we’, I just attend) If you are not from San Antonio, the best time to come visit is during FIESTA® San Antonio. It’s been going on for over a century and this 10 day party is filled with parades, festivals, food, music and it’s all (mostly) in the name of raising money for non-profits and scholarships. But don’t tell the party-goers, for them it’s all about the cold beer and chicken on a stick.

For the first time, I took my family to the very family- friendly Fiesta Arts Fair to help support the Southwest School of Art. With a whole section dedicated to crafts for kiddos, hot corn on the cob, and live music, it was a success! This will be on our list for sure next year. Oh yeah, there were some amazing artists with their work at the fair. Top artists come from all over the country for this. When I grow up, I’m going to buy some of that art for my grown up house.

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An event that is always on my list to attend during FIESTA® San Antonio is NIOSA. A Night in Old San Antonio. Downtown’s village La Villita is overtaken by thousands of fiesta-goers ready to eat up some delicious fried food and chug down some tasty, ice-cold drinks! The venue has an ‘around the world’ theme because of the various cultures that have and do influence our city of San Antonio. Different sections of cultures such as French Quarter, Mexican Market, Mission Trail, Sauerkraut Bend and more serve food and play music accordingly to create a fun atmosphere.

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Two food staples I don’t go without:
Maria’s Tortillas – fresh corn tortillas, doused in butter, sprinkled with cheddar cheese and red salsa … The wait is long but worth it! These ladies spend their night cooking these delicious treats while the line of hungry but patient fiesta-goers listen to live beats of Tejano music.

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Fried Green Tomatoes – Not the movie. Sprinkle some salt and lightly dip them in ranch and eat ’em up!

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A real food blogger would laugh in my face at my Android photography skills. Haha. (Editor’s note: I also won’t leave without delicious Beignets-square pieces of fried dough covered in powdered sugar. So yummy I forgot to take a pic before I ate them!)

A new favorite: Fat Bread – buttery English muffin (I think) with sautéed mushrooms and melted mozzarella! Umm, it is called Fat Bread after all.

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Just like the Arts Fair wouldn’t have been a success without my family, NIOSA is never a success without great friends to celebrate and not count calories. Tuesday night at NIOSA is a perfect night for a few ‘mommy’ friends to sip on refreshing sangria slushies, laugh at each other’s stories and gush about the way cooler-and-blingier-than-everyone-else’s fiesta hats we will have next year! ¡Mil gracias Mandy y Deborah!! Your friendship is greatly treasured.

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There are MANY more events happening during FIESTA® San Antonio like King William Fair this weekend but for some events, you’ll have to catch next year like Oyster Bake. FIESTA® San Antonio has a balanced blend of family-friendly events all over the city. So don’t miss out on a San Antonio tradition and a chance to create new memories with friends and family. ¡VIVA FIESTA!
For more information about events and the organizations supporting FIESTA® San Antonio, visit www.fiesta-sa.org.

Try something new. Wait, I’ve had this before …

6 Aug

I’ve been working out and changing the way I eat. No really, I have. I even treated myself to a personal trainer on my birthday. And she guides me with nutrition too. But this post isn’t about how fabulous I am doing or how hot I am going to look … Ha.

It’s about me sharing how trying new things can bring back fond memories.

My trainer suggested that I eat a grapefruit or orange everyday. They are belly fat reducer foods … Or something like that. I was avoiding eating the grapefruit because I thought I wouldn’t like it.

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The first one I peeled like an orange and sure enough I didn’t like it. I couldn’t get to the juiciest part of the flesh. The next one I cut in half and scooped it out with a spoon. What happened next was pretty amazing … It took me back to my childhood when I would eat these with my mom. Just like that … Cut in half and eat with a spoon, y un poquito sal por favor. I think maybe that was the grapefruit diet fad. Or she just really liked them?! I didn’t ask but admittedly I texted her to make sure the memories were real. Sure enough, I was right (that happens sometimes)! The memory of being with her and having a grapefruit just made me smile.

Yep,m I love how God stores those memories for you and brings them right back … I posted before about how I knew this about memory and sense of smell. I hadn’t experienced it with taste.

Changing my eating habits led me to making soup in 102 degree weather … In August … In Texas. Crazy? Yes. I’m working on eating fresh, healthy foods and my son has many, many food allergies and this soup was a match! Chickpea and spinach soup. A variation from Bethenny Frankel’s White Bean and Spinach Soup. (whose book: The Skinnygirl Dish will make you want to stay in your kitchen! … And cook) The soup was refreshingly easy to make and To.Die. For. Delicious! And totally worth the warmth.

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I sit down and get half way through my bowl and to my surprise, decade-old memories of sitting at a different table rush over me. The recipe wasn’t the same but the flavors must have been just the right mixture to send my memory back to college sitting somewhere eating, chatting and laughing with my friend Jessica … This time the memory of the exact place isn’t so clear but sharing that time with her is. Amazingly, I don’t think I’ve seen her since.

Do you cook something or eat something in particular just because of the memories the taste holds?

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