Foodie Pen Pal - October

The Lean Green Bean

This month I received my goodies from Stephanie @ Confessions of a City Eater. I was super excited because as soon as I checked her blog, it had so many recipes of so many delicious stuff. Stephanie is a cook and a baker. I knew I was in for some great goodies.

I Survive My Cruise With Very Little Damage

Freddie and I in front of the ship
I'm back from my cruise and I'm proud to say that I survived it with very little damage.  You might be asking, did you gain any weight?  Well, I have to be honest, and confess that I did.  I gained 2 pounds. It might seem like a low number, but believe it or not, I do feel them on my body.


According to Norwegian Cruise Lines' statistics the average cruiser gains 7-20 pounds in the week and only 3% of the 4,000 passengers visit the fitness center during the cruise. I must admit that these statistics scared me.

A Cruise ~Will I Pass the Test?

NCL "Star"
So here we go, after four long years!!! We are taking our first official vacation since I got sick. I'm so excited!!!

It was our plan that after my husband and I retired, we were going to be traveling, but God/Universe had other plans for us.

Getting diagnosed with cervical cancer was NOT in our plans.  Then again, it is not in anyone's plan to get any kind of cancer.

I Conquered My First 5K

Keeping a steady pace
I did it!!! I conquered my FIRST 5K! It was an amazing and indescribable experience.

I woke up so early with very little sleep.   I was so excited and anxious at the same time. It was a cold day, but I felt confident.   The race was starting at 7:45 am.

We got to the site about 6:30 am and I already felt the energy of the people.  We ALL felt it!!!  My cheer leading squad was present with me (my good friend Maria who was going to run the race with me, my husband and my brother).

It was amazing to see the sea of women ready to tackle the run.  Some were experienced runners and some of us first timers, but nevertheless the energy soared.

I'm Ready for My First 5K

So the day for the race (Run Like A Diva) is almost here.  I must confess that even though I know I'm ready, I feel anxious, nervous and a little apprehensive.  I guess its normal since I'm facing the unknown, but I will give it my best shot.

The fact that I'm doing this is unbelievable  to me because I NEVER  liked to run before, and now I'm doing it and no one is putting a gun to my head. (I think that was the only way I would have run before- LOL)

On this journey- it's to my amazement to have learned  how the mind set changes when you make it change.  You start seeing and approaching things differently.

I'm A Foodie Pen Pal

I am sure everyone knows what a pen pal is.  Years back I used to have a pen pal  from Nicaragua but somehow we lost contact, but I have always liked to exchange ideas and stories with other people.

So when I heard about the program "Foodie Pen Pals", I was intrigued.  So what is it? you might ask.  Well, Foodie Penpals is a program that Lindsay Livingston from TheLeanGreenBean.com started in September 2011.