Sunday, April 29, 2012

Recap of the Weekend!

This weekend Teammate Nicole and I were at the Spring Fest at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair Grounds in Chippewa Falls.  We were selling Octopus, Wine Glass Charms, Mini Clipboards, Necklaces, Bracelets, and Glass Marble Magnets.  The weather Friday and Saturday were quite miserable.  We were bundled up with space heaters in our booth. With the weather being so crummy not many people ventured out.  Then today a much better day with the weather, it came with a higher crowd of people but very little purchasing.  I am however greatful for this weekends event as they donated the space to us so every penny that we sold we were able to put 100 percent of it towards our fundraising.  My glass marble magnets certainly had people looking, especially the kids as they were shiny and had really cool pictures.  With that being said we raised 130 dollars and I can't wait for the couple of other events that we have coming up that we can sell our crafts at and get the information about Team In Training out to the people of this area.  If  you are interested in what crafts I do have available please check out my Facebook Page for a current list of items that are I still have.  One event I am super excited for is the night we are partnering with Irie Sol at the MouseTrap Bar in Eau Claire (watch for the event flyer).

Still going on is my May Flowers Virtual 5k!

Please help me reach my goal of 100 MEDALS mailed out! (Currently have 8 signed up)

Walk, run, skip, crawl, shop around the mall, where ever you are, when ever you want until May 14, 2012. BLING included! All finishers will receive a finishers medal as our thank you to you for supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Please share with your friends!
To register, click below:
Thank you again to everyone who has been so supportive of me and my journey with Team In Training/lifestyle changes.  Without your support I would not be able to be as successful as I have been.  I love each and every one of you for all you have done!

Monday, April 23, 2012

May Flowers

Walk, run, skip, crawl, shop around the mall, where ever you are, when ever you want until May 14, 2012. BLING included! All finishers will receive a finishers medal as our thank you for supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Please share with your friends! Lets make this Virtual 5K great!

  To register, click below:

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Where are we at now?

Since the chili cook off and pizza ranch are done what's next?!?!?! Well I am excited to say that we have the 2012 Bowl For A Cure coming up, along with a night with the band IreSol at the MouseTrap bar.  Along with those 2 events we are going to be at Burrachos and Noodles & Co.  I am still selling bracelets along with some necklaces.  For pictures off all upcoming events you can check out my facebook page also I am planning on getting my fundraising tab all caught up on here this week. Thank you to those who came out for the Pizza Ranch Tip Night - it was great.  Special Thank You to Jean McNair and Becky Nelson who helped Team UHC out, you both were a great help!
For my personal life, well its been crazy!  I have not been training like I should nor eating correctly.  After I get caught up with life this week my plan is to get back on track starting next Monday.  I need to get out and train, along with eating correctly.  I am tired of feeling drained and wore out when I shouldn't be. I am going to start over with my 100 day challenge and document my eating habits!  Please check-in and see how I am doing I will be documenting more also for all to see as I need the support!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Pizza Ranch TONIGHT!

Please stop by Pizza Ranch Monday April 2nd for dinner!! I will be serving from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm! Pizza Ranch is donating 20% of the sales that evening to me to go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!!! This coupon needs to be printed off and brought with you.

Please share with your friends! The more coupons that come in, the more PR will donate!!!

I hope to see you all out there tonight :)

Also want to say THANK YOU to those of you who donated on my $5.00 challenge.  I was able to raise $202 for the week.  I was not able to raise the $500 goal so no purple highlights and no purple hair for race day:(  Also please watch for some upcoming events that are going to be awesome!

Don't forget you can also find me on Facebook!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

$5.00 Weekend Challenge For The Leukemia &Lymphoma Society

From Friday, March 22, 2012 at 8am and ending on Monday, March 26, 2012 at 8am!

I AM CHALLENGING EACH ONE OF YOU to donate ONLY $5.00 to my fundraising efforts. You can give it to me in person or donate on the donation site (life is so simple)! $5 is a small amount to help out a great cause!

Just think, if you all 700 of you donated JUST $5 for cancer research, I could raise $3500 (exceed the goal I have and be done fundraising)....




Thursday, March 15, 2012

Chippewa Valley Top Chef Chili Cook Off Complete

Wow, the weekend went by fast along with the week.  I can't believe we are done with the Chili Cook Off. We didn't get the turn out which we had hoped and I think that has a lot to do with the weather.  It was 60 degrees out in March.  Who would have thunk!?!?! Even though it was not the best turn out it was still a great and fun event.  I learned a few different things for in the future.  We had celeb judges Sarah Stokes and Chris Herzog join us for the day - Here is the news clip from the night Click Here for Video!  I will be updating my Thank You Page here in the next few days - trying to get caught up with my classes in school (which will be done this week).  Also I am hoping to have the total that we raised shortly.  I am waiting for a couple silent auction items to be paid. 

Currently we have a Virtual 5k going on.  What is a Virtual 5K you ask?  Well its a 5K that you complete at your own time and convenience while still getting the Bling!!  Walk, run, skip, crawl, shop around the mall, where ever you are, when ever you want on from March 11th until March 25, 2012. BLING included! All finishers will receive a finishers medal as our thank you to you for supporting the LLS.

Please share with your friends!

To register, click below:

I can't say THANK YOU enough for all the support that you have given me.  Also I have created a facebook page to go along with this.  I will be posting information on here along with there.  Please "Like" my page!  Have a great night!! LOVE YOU ALL!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Down To The Wire

We have come down to the last couple days before our Chili Cook Off!  I was on the sunrise show this past Monday Morning talking about it. Thank you WEAU for your support and having me on air.  Here is the video if you want to watch it.  Chili Cook Off (Sunrise Interview 3/5/12)

We have so many great things for the Silent Auction - here is a general list - Predator Football tickets, Eau Claire Express Baseball, scrapbooking, household decor, paint ball passes, movie tickets, homemade quilt, winery gift card, hair salons, and massages! Thank you to all who donated to the Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Chili, and your time. So many great items which I am super excited about.  One other thing I am excited about is trying all the different types of Chili that are going to be at this event, who is going to be the winner?  Please come out and enjoy ALL YOU CAN EAT chili for $5.00, and get some yummy sweets with it. 
Well enough about the Chili Cook Off, I really need to get my training in gear after this cook off.  I know we have some other fundraisers in the works which should be fun also.  I am a few weeks behind on my training but I know that I finished the Nike Womens back in October without proper training so I know I can do it. I do want to beat my first PR, which I also know I can do.  Starting next week I am planning on holding myself accountable for my training and eating and will be posting daily.  I hope you are all doing good!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Less Than A Week!!!

We have come down to the 1 week marker for the Chippewa Valley Top Chef Chili Cook-off!  I am super excited as things are really starting to come together for it.  We as at Festival Foods in Eau Claire for 3 days getting the word out, many hours spent contacting businesses to donate for either the silent auction, for gift certificiates for the winners of the Chili.  I know Nicole worked hard at getting letters to the area fire departments/police stations with the hopes we can get them involved.  I will be posting items we will have available some time this week!  I know its going to be great, we have worked super hard to make it this way!  Thank you Kyanne and Karen for driving down to help with the festival foods, also for getting any other items you may have been able to get.  Please keep watching my blog as I update the upcoming events as we have so many more things to offer.
You can still sign up your chili!!!!! Please email for more information.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


WOW,  I have learned so much in the last coule months about fundraising.  Setting up a big event is way more then I expected it to be but is a great learning experience.  This Chili Cook-off is going to be a huge success I can feel it already.  We have gotten so many great donations and are still looking for more people who think they have the BEST Chili.  If you think your Chili is the Best CLICK HERE to get your registration form.  Please have it in the mail soon so your spot is reserved.  I have many places to update on the Thank-You board, I will be updating that hopefully this weekend.  If you would like to donate to the Silent Auction or to the Bake Sale please email me so that I can put you down on my list. 
We have 2 celebs that will be judging the Chili from the local area - Sarah Stokes and Chris Herzog from WEAU-13.  Also got asked to be on the Sunrise show with WEAU-13 on Monday March 5th, 2012, I am super excited to tell the community about Team in Training along with the Chili Cook-off!

One side note - I just want to say I can't wait to be running on the beach next week!  I will be disconnected from the "world" for a few days!  Hope you are having a great week!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Roller Coaster Ride

What a day today has been!  Some good and some bad.  I am so Thankful for my friends who have stood beside me and are still standing beside me during this venture.  I started to read the book The Courage To Start: A Guide To Running for Your Life by John Bingham.  This is funny as I see things in me doing the same and a reality check to what we think.  I also started a visual of my weightloss venture. I put glass beads in a container (the number equal to the pounds I want to lose) and then put another container next to it.  This is a great reminder that I am the only one that can do anything about my life.  I have to remind myself that while I am paying it forward by fundraising for a great cause, I am also doing this to take charge of life.  I want to say Thank you to my team-mate Nicole for all the heard work you have been putting in to the Chili Cook-off, and to my boyfriend for being at my side.

If you are interested in donating to the bake sale/silent auction/or you think your chili is the BEST, please send me an email at or fill out the form below for the chili.

Thank you to everyone for making this a great become a great one!  I am excited for the day to come.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

CVTC Chili Cook-off

If you think your chili is the best?

So many great items available at the bake sale along with that we have the silent auction.

Items at the Silent Auction currently are - Golf Packages at Lake Hallie Golf Course, Hickory Hills Golf Course, Gift Certificate to Rochelle's Salon, 30 Minute Massage from Katy at London Massage, Panera Bread Basket, Passes for Paint Balling, Milwaukee Bucks Gear, and MANY MORE ITEMS to come!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Until There's A Cure!

Until there's a cure, there's no finish line!

Leave impossible behind, be inspired. get off the couch. meet like-minded people. be extraordinary. create a world without cancer. be someone's hero. find your inner athlete. change lives, starting with your own. save lives one mile at a time.

Please think about donating. If all of my friends and family donated just $5.00 I would be able to raise over 3000, which would be exceeding my goal. To those who are helping with the upcoming Chili Cook-off thank you! To those who have donated your donation is greatly appreciated. To those thinking about it now is the time to pay it forward!  


Thursday, January 26, 2012

34 Degrees

Today hit 34 degrees outside. Yes I did go for a walk/run this afternoon, and my goodness did it feel great.  Since I have not majorly worked out/or ran for about 3 months I started back at Week 1 Day 1 of the Couch to 5K training.  Today's workout was pretty easy which is a good thing.  I can't wait to be running for the half-marathon! Hope you are all having a great week!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

Great start to the week!

Today has been a very successful day.  I was able to secure a site for the Chippewa Valley Top Chef Chili Cook-off.  This will be Sunday March 11th at the Eagles Club in Lake Hallie.  Also asked THE best DJ in the Midwest JD from Midwest Entertainment. He is so wonderful.  Got a few of the silent auction items lines up also.  If you would like to donate Chili as you think yours is the best please contact me for more details.  Also watch here as I post more as the time comes closer!  I want to Thank Bridgette with Rochelle, and Katy (massage therapist) as they both have donated.  This is going to be a great event!

I hope your Monday started out your week as good as mine has!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Paying it Forward!

These fun necklaces are available for purchase - 20.00 each which does include shipping. They are made by a friend of mine who has severe Narcolepsy! She makes these in her spare time to help her stay awake. Please help her stay awake while also helping out my fundraiser.   You can comment on here or email me at if you would like to order one of these. (They will come with the chain)

One other thing that I am super excited about is a couple other fundraisers that were talked about on Saturday when Nicole and I were able to meet up for a short period of time on Saturday!  Charity Poker Tourney, more talked about with the Chili Cook-off! 

Hope you are all doing good!  I am really going to push myself (along with my toe) this week, I am headed to Jamaica with a friend and her son the end of February.  I think this will be a great motivator to really get myself back to the gym!  I will be running this half in 132 days from today!  :) Once again thank you to everyone who has helped me out during this adventure that I am enjoying.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Warm Winter Day

Yesterday was a wonderful day out.  I attempted to go for a run, unfortunately my toe was not ready for that much pressure.  I however stayed out an hour and walked just over 3 miles.  It felt great to get outside even if my toe is rebelling today.  I took a picture of the sunshiny day along with my favorite running partner, yes she is a mini doxie.  Miss Reina is full of energy and loves when we go out for long walks/runs.  I hope you all are doing good.  Fundraisers are in the works, and please think about making a tax-deductible donation to a great cause!  Thank you everyone for your support.  One last thing, I have fixed my blog so all can post now!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fundraisers in the planning stages

Last night Nicole and Jessica (2 of my team-mates) came over and we talked about what we can do for the up-coming months.  I know we are going to have a dine to donate night, along with my start of a yearly fundraiser - Chippewa Valley Top Chef Chili Cook-off!  I am super excited for that.  If you think your chili is the best please contact me to learn more.  We are still in the planning for it but I am excited as I LOVE CHILI.  I am so glad last nights planning was good.

Now, on to my other challenge, my silly toe.  I really hope it gets better soon, this not being able to get into the gym is driving me nuts.  The swelling is starting to go down some so I am thinking, wishin, hopin that it won't be too much longer.  Hope you all had a great day today!  Welcome Winter back again!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Completing this Marathon in Honor of Nicole Koerth!

I had a wonderful conversation with my friend Connie. I asked if I could run this marathon in honor of her daughter.  Connie was more then happy!  I am so happy to hear that Nicole is in Remission from Leukemia.  Hope you all have had a great day!  Please help me support a great cause!

Also wanted to say THANK YOU to Stacey Kruger for creating this wonderful document for me!  

Monday, January 9, 2012

Exposing TNT to the Chippewa Valley!

WOW since I signed up with TNT, I have gotten a couple others to join me Kyanne P, Nicole E, and then Nicole also had a friend sign up!  This is going to be a great season.  I am on hold when it comes to training, I feel down the stairs in my home on Wednesday.  My big toe is certainly not happy with me brusied and swollen.  This is just a small hurdle.  I can't wait to start running.  It will be great.  Keep posted on some wonderful fundraisers that we will be having.  If anyone would like more information about Team in Training please contact me I would love to have you join. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I am doing it again!

As of this morning, I have officially signed up for my next half marathon.  YES! You heard me correctly.  This time I will be running (this is my plan) in San Diego in the TNT Rock N Roll.  I am super excited.  TNT is running a sign up special right now, ZERO to sign up (normally 100.00).  We have til the 8th to get people signed up for an awesome cause!  Who is going to join me this round?