A semi century of wild wisdom. Here’s a cheeky outlook and journey through the second half of a century. Over 50, taking it on and loving it! A challenge to all to fight off a stagnant or indifferent demeanor, the moment you are in right now is a gift. Embrace it. Treasure it. Live it.

Daniel, Tori, Myself, Ben, Talia and Anna

Daniel, Tori, Myself, Ben, Talia and Anna

This past weekend I completed the Jacksonville Marine Corps Half Marathon. This was my first long distant event in 13 years. I went in feeling ready for this event. Actually, the most prepared  I have ever felt for an event.  I could never have been a strong finisher without a personal training plan designed just for me by Ben Wyns from The Village Push.  Not only did he map out a 12 week training plan. He was available every step of the way to provide support, guidance and tweaks as training unfolded. Ben’s encouragement made me want more from myself and kept me motivated even when I had some discouraging moments. Though I am boldly biased, I am also confident you will not find a better running coach.  You can look for his upcoming ebooks and/or join The Village Push. The Village Push not only has running plans but an abundance of health and fitness training.  Joining The Village Push is absolutely FREE.

The colorful part of participating in this half was training and running alongside family and friends, also known as “Team Always”.  We were all in different parts of the state, yet could virtually cheer on each breakthrough that everyone passed. By the time race day approached Team Always could be defined as well groomed silent assassins.( Sorry, it’s classified, to say more would compromise Team Always top secret strategy) On race day, Team Always had secured several PRs, not to mention hundreds of kills.  Everyone ran a solid race. I personally had some race day irritants that kept me behind my goal pace. That said, I have to compare this race to previous two half marathons I have run. This was only my third half (so far). It wasn’t a PR race but it was my smartest half thus far. My first two half marathons, I just winged it, no real plan or training strategy. I just made sure I could do the distance. The result of racing without proper training, left me injured after each one. It set me back to where I had to take weeks off and then got discouraged to the point I stopped running all together.  Thanks to a good training plan that included specific recovery practices, I am healthy.  I have taken just a few days off, well four to be exact.  Then I ran an easy slow 4 miles to confirm recovery.  It feels good to say I am ready to train for my next race. Ready to chase down some PRs.

“Team Always. Always positive. Always giving 110%. Always there for each other. Always Wynning.  It isn’t about place or rank but about effort, motivation and inspiration”  ~Coach Ben Wyns

Published on July 23, 2014, by in Motivation.

I would like to introduce you to The Village Push.  The Village Push is a community that not only rewards you for your fitness goals, but provides a multitude of fitness courses. You can participate in these courses right from your computer. So these workouts are available wherever you are, from your home, hotel, office….. I joined The Village Push to get a defined plan for improving my running goaIs. However, I got much more than just a training guide for running. There are so many fitness courses to choose from that compliment my training. The Village Push continues to add new courses and articles, so my workouts are never stale and I stay informed. I recently did an interview with The Village Push Chiefs, Josh Wilson and Ben Wyns. Thank you to the makeup artist for making me look like a rock star! Literally.


Check out The Village Push or if  you are ready  Join The Village Push

The Village Push



This is an awesome recipe I have adapted from my niece Anna, as in “Anna’s Primal Brownies” from a previous post. The original recipe is made with almond meal and they are most delicious! Always a favorite of my family and they never last the day when everyone is home.  This recipe substitutes the almond meal with hazelnut flour/meal and topped with a sprinkle of sea salt.


1 ½ cups of hazelnut flour/meal

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

¼ cup pure maple syrup

1 whole egg

½ cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.



In a medium size bowl combine the hazelnut flour, baking soda and salt.  Mix well.


In a separate bowl combine the coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup and egg. Mix well


Then add the wet mixture to the dry. Mix the two together until they are blended well and have a batter consistency.

Then stir in chocolate chips ( you can always add or select other ingredients for variety….nuts…raisins…coconut)


Using a spoon drop the batter onto a cookie sheet. I use a silicone cooking sheet.


Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Edges  and top will be a golden brown. I also turn the pan half way through cooking. I then sprinkle with a little sea salt.


These cookies last longer and taste exceptionally well when cold from the refrigerator or even freezer.  Enjoy!

Published on April 24, 2014, by in CrossFit.



I am retiring from Crossfit, but I still have hope it is just a sabbatical. We will see.  With a degenerate AC joint and osteoarthritis it is too painful to perform any overhead movements right now. No more handstand push ups for this girl.  I want to clarify that this is NOT a crossfit injury. It is years of gymnastics and athletic wear and tear, combined with genetics and age.  Injury can happen with any sport but there are those who take pleasure in pointing out “CrossFit and injury”.  CrossFit Pinnacle has extremely attentive and comprehensive coaches who kept me in good form, leading me to my best year in 2012 Crossfit Open. I finished placing 15th in the SE Region and 211th worldwide in my masters age group.  Thank you coaches! So yeah, I am sad. I miss the intensity of WODs. I also miss playing and doing gymnasty stuff. That is probably what I miss the most.  Maybe with physical therapy I can eventually return to some of my favorite exercises.  Hey, aerial cartwheels are still an option.

Since “doing nothing”  is never an option I have returned to the road. I am teaming up with my son and running coach Ben, “Fun Guy Run Guy”.


Ben is a running specialist at Jacksonville Running Company. He will be coaching me back to half marathon distance.  Ben has written training programs ranging from beginners to advance for all levels of runners.  If you are interesting in learning more about his training guides you can find the information here at The Village Push.   Recently, he set me up with a training program for an 8k. His training schedule not only secured my progress,  I beat my goal finish time.  My goal was 55 minutes, and I finished in 54:15. Slow by most runners standards, but I’ll take it.  Next on the agenda is to continue to register for 5ks races. Then the plan is to run the Marine Half Marathon in Jacksonville in October.  I would like to continue on this course to complete the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February 2015 with my daughter, Tori.

This is just a short update.  I really should pay more attention to my site here. I will try to keep my progress more up to date.


Here is a picture from my very first half marathon. I am posting this picture for some mojo motivation. I look forward to completing my next half with some proper training and coaching. I have only ran few half marathons and  I winged them, with no real game plan.  Ready to strategize.


Have to put my gymnasty stuff aside for now, but I  like knowing I could do this past my 50 year mark and in my heart I still can. For now, I have my feet back on the ground, a spring in my step and new goals to accomplish.





Yes, I have totally neglected this website and neglected to post any updates.  It is a good thing that I am not published writer under contract.  I would be released of my duties.  It is more fun to write when it is all about successes. I am currently dealing with several obstacles in regards to my fitness. Physically, a lot is the same since my last post. I am still experiencing pain in my shoulder and cannot lift weights until this is corrected.  An MRI is in the near future.  For insurance reasons I have put it off till this new year.  I am also still in the throes of menopause, oh joy.  I will spare you the details of rehashing the struggles of hot flashes and gradual weight gain.

Speaking of weight gain, let’s add the extra obstacle of being diagnosed with hypothyroidism.  Basically my thyroid, which regulates metabolism, is dysfunctional. One of the causes of hypothyroidism is years of chronic “dieting”. Though there are other causes, I am convinced that “dieting” is what has damaged my thyroid.  Which, if you have read my post I had done a lot of “dieting” through the years.  I was especially guilty of extreme dieting those early years of competitive gymnastics and dance.  There is a huge difference between “dieting” and developing a healthy lifestyle.  I have had an unhealthy relationship with food for years.  Honestly, I confess that it is still a struggle to not fall back into familiar bad habits of restricting calories.  So, I am putting this out as warning.  Dieting has done more damage to my mental and physical health than anything else.  It has been a challenge to make sure my body is getting all the healthy fuel it needs.  For me it has been more of a struggle to keep fueled than it was to restrict.  This has become even more of a struggle since my body decided to be fat happy.  But I win, because that is what we do on Team Always Wyns.

The plan: Giving up is not an option

With my physician’s care we are continually monitoring my blood work and hormone levels. I am currently taking Synthroid to address the hypothyroidism.  The dose is still being tweaked with lab results.  So far, I am not noticing a big difference other than some increased energy, but this is still fairly new and being adjusted.

My nutritional goals stay the same. I continue to eat primal/paleo plates but since I am introducing more cardio, I have adjusted to more carbohydrates than previously.  I still limit processed carbs and sugars.  The majority of my fuel is real and basic. I try to avoid empty calories and make sure the food I am eating has nutritional substance.   I have also set a rule to never eat less than my calculated BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate).

My fitness and exercise goals had to be changed.  The point for me is to always have goals, keep challenged, and move forward. With the shoulder injury it is too painful to lift weights.  I tried to modify the lifting and workouts, but so many movements in crossfit involve the shoulder.  Missing my crossfit workout and crossfit family is an understatement, but I have to listen to my body and take a break. Plus, it was too discouraging to know I have the ability to do pull ups, handstand pushups, snatch, clean, jerk…but my body will not let me.  I am a product of over achieving, so if I can’t do it better or stronger than last time, it sucks. No, it was literally depressing and I was in tears after many workouts. Not because of the shoulder pain, though it was significant. It was the fact that I had to work with an empty bar and couldn’t play hard like the other kids. Yeah, I got issues.  It’s just how I’m wired.  So for now, I have set some new goals.  I am chasing breaking 30 minutes on 5k again. I have only run a 5k in under 30 one time, with my PR @ 29:18.  My son Ben who is a running specialist for the Jacksonville Running Company has written some awesome race plans. He personally customized a plan for my 5k races and also for my upcoming 8k race at the Music Marathon weekend in Melbourne. I am very excited and looking forward to this weekend! It will be Tori and Daniel’s first half marathon, and Ben will be running the full marathon hopefully with a qualifying time for Boston.


In other news, life is to be lived well and full. Every Thanksgiving it is a family tradition for us to run the Turkey Trot 5k together.  This year I not only got to have all my kids home for Thanksgiving day they were all able to stay for the whole weekend!  Always, when everyone is home, we have all our adopted kids join in, friends that they all grew up with.  I love when my house is crazy and alive with all of them there. We had bocce ball tournaments, movies and had a blast creating our Christmas card photo.

Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot 5k


Family Christmas Card



After the holidays Michael and I had an adventure of camping on the beach.  In spite of the cold weather and rain we made the most of our time had some great laughs.  Being away together is always welcome and never dull.  We survived the rain and the cold weather, but when a wind storm came in and threatened to blow our tent out to sea, we had to pack up and head home.  There, we hid in our jammies the rest of the weekend.

Beach Treasure

Sun rising on a New Year