60 Miles, 3 Days, 1 Goal

I am walking in my 2nd Michigan Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in August 2011. The day after I completed my 1st 3-Day I logged into the Susan G. Komen website and registered for next year's event.

Was the walk easy? No. So why sign up again? Because I can! I can raise the awareness, I can raise the funds, I can walk the walk! And this year I am fortunate enough to have my sister join me on this awesome journey. There are thousands of 3-Day walkers who can't walk with their sisters, I embrace this year's journey with every ounce of gratitude!!

Please follow along as Jennifer and I fundraise, train, raise awareness, possibly argue, and find out more about each other than we ever imagined!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Fund-raising At The Copa!

This past weekend we had the first of two Detroit Tiger concession fundraising games.

This opening weekend game was a great to get our feet wet; fortunately our location had us just busy enough! At 1:15 p.m. (3 hrs before the first pitch) twelve of us filed into booth #327 and began counting, sorting, straightening, cleaning, prepping, stocking, cooking and of course panicking! The gates opened at 2:30 and by 3pm we had our first customers and the nerves were all settled. We happily served with smiles lots of hot dogs, kielbasas, nachos, popcorn, beer, pop and a ton of coffee and hot chocolate!

By 5:40 p.m. the game was over and the sad fans were filing out, since the Tigers lost 3-1. Now it was time for some to again start counting the entire inventory which includes the cups, trays, buns, hot dogs, kielbasas, candy, bags of chips, ice cream, popcorn buckets, nacho trays… And others had to clean the grills, pans, nacho machine, hot chocolate machine, counters & floors. Kay & I counted and sorted the cash, collected uniforms, spoilage and journeyed down to Comerica Park dungeons to turn it all in. And then journey down again because I forgot to get my “coupon voucher” and then journey down AGAIN because we forgot to have the spoilage slip signed! Phew…2 ½ hours later we were in our cars on our way home!

It was a lot of work, a long day, but a ton of fun! AND preliminary reports indicate that we rose close to $500 for our Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure accounts! That makes it all worth it in the end!!

Thank you to all our April Angels for your help on making this yet another successful fundraiser!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Staying Positive!

I’m feeling a little crabby today so I need to put into perspective all of the great things that have happened this week to get out of this funk!

Let’s start:

~ Our NCAA Brackets 4 Boobs ended on Monday night which brought an overwhelming total donation of $400 to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure! Kyersten Helsel was the winner who generously donated back to the Sistahs!

~ I had a great training week and stayed on track, Jen & I made it to the gym every morning by 5:30 a.m., put in 10+ walking miles, 60+ minutes of strength training, 1 hour of cardio, plus a little bit of Zumba time @ home (thanks to the PS3 Move!) and it’s only Thursday!

~ I received 2 online donations –I can’t tell you how exciting it is to watch the little thermometer climb and to get the e-mail notifications “A donation was made on your behalf”!

~ I called my doctor’s office and scheduled my yearly physical – all the ladies out there, have you scheduled yours?? If not, call now!!

~ The kids were home for Spring Break, so I was welcomed home with smiling faces and a clean house each day!!!!

~ Jellybeans have been in full stock on my counter (thanks to the dear hubby) for my continuous consumption throughout the evening --- and this morning ‘cause I was starving when I got home from the gym!

There that did help! A little bit reflection therapy does a mind some good! Here’s to a good weekend!!

Friday, April 1, 2011


Okay so I attended my second Zumba class this week and I am definitely hooked! If you haven’t heard of Zumba, it is a Latin-inspired dance-fitness program with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body with easy to follow dance steps. Zumba utilizes the principles of interval and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning. I wanted to find something that would mix up my normal gym work-out routine; with their “Ditch the work-out and join the party” tagline this fits the bill! I’m fortunate that it’s offered at Anita’s School of Dance, which is about a mile from home. The price is right - $5 drop-in and the time is perfect - 7:30pm – 8:30pm.

This weekend’s training miles are 6 and 4, but with Mother Nature’s cruel way of showing what a real Michigan Spring is like, we probably will be walking in the malls. We’re thinking we should try Somerset tomorrow – I LOVE to window shop!!