Turning a Layover Into a 7 Mile Run


After running around finishing all my final appointments, errand running and goodbyes to friends yesterday, I think I went to bed at midnight.  Yeah, my 5am wake up call was not so much fun this morning.  But on the up side, I was able to check all three 70 lb bags and my shiny hot pink and lime green cruiser bike.  (HUGE grin)  Once I landed in Chicago, I had planned on meeting up with a college friend to break up my almost 6 hour layover, but he was in a jam and so my plans were blown.  Instead of filling my time up with mindless eating and internet scanning, I decided to figure out a way to complete my scheduled 7 mile run.
The first thing I did was Google “gyms at O’hare” and the first answer was the right one, Hilton at O’Hare.  Apparently more and more airport hotel gyms offer day passes to workout, shower, etc…  AWESOME.

As I walked underground to the hotel, I thought about the things I needed to run.  I had my new New Balance Trail shoes on, I had extra socks, undies and a sports bra in my carry on and really I was needing a clean tee for after and a pair of shorts.  Before heading to the gym, I visited a gift shop and bought a pair of men’s boxer shorts (remembered that from cheerleading in high school) they are MUCH cheaper than workout clothes (9 bucks) and are lighter than air so they were perfect and bought an adore (see picture) souvenir tee shirt.  I was all set, I paid my gym fee $20.00 and spent the next 2 hours working out.

7 mile run @ 9:15
3 sets of calf raises, 1 min planks, spender crawls, burped jumps
1 great post-run mini yoga stretch.


What did the whole thing cost me? $19.00 for the adorable ChiTown tee + $9.00 boxers + $20 fee = $48.00  Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY.  I would have eaten and drank more than that and felt much worse in the long run if I hadn’t worked out.  Plus, I’ll sleep like a baby on the overnight flight back home to London.  And as an added bonus, I did not have a low blood sugar on my fight and was able to workout purely on gatorade and no added sugar.  My DTC camp has taught me SO much and I can’t wait to talk about it all soon...next week when my life calms down.  lol


I just want to add that I could have easily walked the airport and gotten my daily steps in that way too, but I’m training for something BIG and wanted to stick to my plan.  Tuesday I’ll explain it all...stay tuned.


I’m off in a couple hours to London, I’m dying to see my doggie and my hubby and my husband’s father is in town visiting too.  AND, yes there is always and AND my husband is throwing me a birthday/4th of July party to this weekend.  I left way before my birthday so we never celebrated it and I’m excited…

Have U Ever Had aN Airport Workout?

Know of Any Airport Gyms?

Keep Your Diet in Check with MyFitnessPal


Exercise has become a focal point of many people’s daily routines – contributing towards efforts to maintain our overall fitness. However, we must remember that keeping fit is not only about clocking in miles as it also revolves around a healthy diet, particularly for those who are looking to lose weight. Nutritional biochemist Dr. Shawn M. Talbott says “as a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise.” Keeping up with proper nutrition can be rather difficult at times, which is why it’s really important that we utilize certain tools to help us remain aligned with our fitness goals. In this case, the best tool at our disposal is our smartphones.


Last year, Google reported that the health and fitness category had seen the most growth compared to other app niches, which is a true reflection on how much we’re relying on our smartphones to whip us into shape. Despite how much time we spend on our phones, some still find it hard to stay motivated in accordance with our fitness goals, and many developers have taken the next step by adding a rewards system to their products, essentially turning their health apps like Carrot Fit into a game. Others have been subtler with their approach to fitness, featuring sports-themed games such as Betfair‘s Tennis Stars and Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven Jackpot to inspire players to engage in regular exercise aside from enjoying the gameplay available.


There are plenty of nutritional apps out there, though the one that comes highly recommended for those that need detailed nutritional information for their specific health goals according to The Loop is Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal. In 2005, the company started out as a website and has since developed a number of extremely popular apps, with this diet tracker topping the charts in the health category four years in a row. Having the biggest food database in the App Store with over five million cuisines, the free app can accurately record your daily caloric intake in just a few short minutes so that you can focus more on improving your diet instead of worrying about the input process. For those that love to cook, you can import recipes from anywhere on the web and in just one tap, you’ll be able to track the calories from that recipe.

And if you’d like to download any exercise tools along with this one, Calorie Counter can also be paired with plenty of MyFitnessPal apps such as Healthkit, Fitbit, and MapMyFitness.

Do You Use Any Calorie Counting Apps?

Saying Goodbye to The Lake – Giving Thanks


This is what I woke up to this morning…what’s the phrase, saving the best for last?!  When I saw this, I knew it wasn’t an accident.    God works in mysterious ways.  I woke up teary-eyed, not only because I was saying goodbye to my family but because I was saying goodbye to a huge chunk of my life.   This was my last sunrise in my parents house.  After 14+ years of Lake of the Ozarks summers, it was all coming to an end.  Anyone who has spent their summers on a lake, knows it’s the best thing ever.   Our family started coming to The Lake when I was a teenager, so I guess that means its been 21+ years…  We would visit and my parents would talk about moving there one day…then they actually did.   I was living in New York at the time and was a busy working girl, but I always made time for The Lake.  The Lake meant “fun in the sun” but it also meant precious family time since we all lived in different parts of the country.  Grandchildren, friends and many (ex) boyfriends visited and were approved (or not) by our ever growing family of lake friends.  Carol, is like my honorary Grandma – she’s just like my real grandma, quick witted and always got an opinion.  My good friend Linda made me my adorable honeymoon handbag and then later made my husband his coveted Crown Royal quilt.  Then there’s Mary, she loves my blog and is quite possibly my biggest supporter!
Switching gears a bit, I believe that when I got sick, almost died and then got diagnosed me with Type 1 diabetes, it was no coincidence that it all happened at The Lake.  Life thad thrown me one wicked curve ball but the big guy upstairs made sure I was safe with my parents and more importantly, my parents were surrounded with their Lake family.   I don’t talk a lot about God on the blog but I have to believe that it happened in that place because he knew I needed those who loved me most, around me and supporting me at that critical time.    As I sit here typing, about a thousand Lake memories float through my head and I couldn’t feel luckier having such a great backdrop for my life.

So, here’s to you Lake, I might have “Shown You Drinkin” but you showed me that life is all about surrounding yourself with good people; the ones that you can laugh and act ridiculous around, the ones who might just encourage you to skinny dip and the ones who remind you that life is short and you only got one shot at it!   Thanks for all the laughs and the memories and the fried green beans and the buffalo wings and more importantly, THANK U to all my crazy Elks lodge family.  I didn’t realize saying goodbye would be so emotional but I do support my parents decision to put their house up for sale.  They are ready to explore and adventure out, I’d like to think they got that from me… :-)  !

Now let’s get this Giving Thanks started…

This week I’m thankful for…


…keeping up my run training at least…in between all the fun that is…



…a very shocking surprise visit from my big sister.  #awesome


…barely and I mean barely making the 70 lb (yes, I get 70 lbs) on each of my 2 bags.  Guess Im not buying anything in Houston (yeah right).

...my mini #SUP session on Thursday.  If you still haven’t tried SUP – you are seriously missing out.


…spending Father’s Day with my dad.


…lululemon...just because I pretty much am in love with this bathing suit top.



…experiencing goldfish races – my fish PERCY, went undefeated for 5 rounds and won me $100.00.

IMG_0440…meeting Lindsey.  My sister brought a friend to the Lake and she was a bit of a spitfire – kinda reminded me of me, thats probably why I liked her!!!  :-)


…sunsets viewed from the boat (always better from the boat)…


finally eating some Gulf shrimp…YUM. 

What Are You Thankful For This Week?

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