Will Run for Food

.... and wine and charity! I work it off before I get there.... and I help others along the way.
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Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind.
Romans 12:2
Elegance doesn’t mean being noticed, it means being remembered.
Giorgio Armani

I have been looking forward to this upcoming weekend since last November - since before Thanksgiving!  The whole weekend is going to be one fantastic wining and dining adventure - with a half marathon thrown right in the middle.

I’m off to run the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon, put on by Destination Races on Sunday, and decided to make a vino-fabulous vacation out of it.  While I had originally signed up to run with running/travel buddy, Miss Gina, she cannot make the trip, so I will be having a fantastic sisters’ weekend with Jacquie.  

We will begin our trip in San Francisco.  As I haven’t been there since college and Jacquie has never been, I’m sure some of the touristy stops will be on our list.  From there, we will traipse out to wine country, where I’m sure we will each gain 5-10 pounds through winery stops, some amazing restaurants, and bakeries!

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If you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spared over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
Bruce Lee
Everyone is like a butterfly. They start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful, graceful butterflies that everyone loves.
Drew Barrymore

Well…. HELLO there! After months and months of silence, I’m finally putting fingers to the keyboard and saying hello!

A number of friends asked me both in real life and online about my blog so I took a peak and noticed that I had not posted in EONS! I mean… an image or a quote here or there does not a blog make. And, thinking about it, I miss the normalcy of writing, posting, connecting with people through this online modality.

My blog was a sense of stability.  While I was writing it on a regular basis, I loved it! I was healthier, happier, and doing so so well.  I was more the person that I feel I really am.

And I miss that stability.  So, with 14 weeks to go until the Chicago Marathon, I am refocusing.  I am refocusing on my blog, on my health and fitness, on me!!  It helps with my training, with my weight, my happiness…. all of the things that surprise, surprise, a blog would help with.

About two months ago, I left my full time mental health care job.  I was exhausted and overwhelmed.  I feel that I had lost myself.  I LOVED my clients but I was feeling bogged down by the bureaucracy and the little idiosyncrasies of working for a nonprofit that received government funding.  I was losing the momentum of 

I finally left my job and feel as if a whole new world has opened up to me.  It hasn’t been the easiest of transitions, leaving my clients, my stability, my lifeline.  

I’m not living in a constant sense of dread, of going to work in a state of panic and on the verge of tears all the time.  

I have been taking time to breath.  The simpleness of an inhale and an exhale is glorious.  

My friend Gina and I have been running a half or a full marathon a month and I will check in here about how those are going.  I will continue to cover food - both restaurants and recipes - and wine.  But, more will be added!

Changes will be coming on here…. be prepared and don’t be surprised as a makeover is needed.  But for now, I’m checking in and promising some more content!

Hope you had a fantastic 4th! xox

Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. Sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can win.
Vince Lombardi
I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.
Amy Poehler  (via awelltraveledwoman)

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A duck looks smooth & calm on the top of the water… But …. Underneath there is a restless paddling… Moral: Life is all about efforts but with a cool mind and calm expression…