Monthly Archives: March 2012

La Ma Famiglia

By Deanna

My family. Oh my family. How I love them dearly. It doesn’t matter near or far. Through happiness and sorrow. Through sickness and health. I know we will be “there for eachother”.

We suffered a loss this week, although a life well lived at 93, it’s still a loss. My heart is sad for my cousins, for my family. And now whenever I drink orange soda, eat split pea soup, have a lollipop or eat cracker jacks, my heart will remember someone I love. 

With over 50 first and second cousins, I thank my Aunts, Uncles and older Cousins for always reiterating the importance of family, because whether I see my family every five years, once a year, or every day, I know that this family will always be bonded, by strength, by unity, by love. It doesn’t matter if I never see my family,I’ll always support and honor them, because they are my family, my blood.

When I see my children interact with the older cousins, making memories, carving their way into the family, it takes me back to the times I had with my cousins, how I worshipped them, followed them around like a puppy dog, wanting to be just like them. It makes my heart sing.  It makes me smile as I see my children doing the same thing.

I’m proud of my family, my entire family, the young, old, and all in-between, throw thick and thin, we’ve been there for each other, and will continue to do so.

I love you, La Ma Famiglia!

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I Know This Much Is True

By Deanna

*Being organized is the key to success. I’ve been a scrambled egg the month of March, it certainly came in like a lion, and threw me on my ass. I’ve forgotten so many major appointments, and things – all because I didn’t organize my calendar or look at it daily. Duh. I look forward to April being the gentle little lamb. Oy Vey. 

*Life is short. I have a number of close friends and relatives that are going through some major life hurdles, and as scary as it is, it’s also a reminder that life is too damn short to sweat the small stuff. I’m really working on letting things roll off my back, I’m trying not to react, think before I speak, not take things personally, and I gotta tell you, some days are easier than others.

*I’m a pushover. Yes, I am. I try to hold my ground with the little buggers but it’s hard, they are so darn cute! I hope I’m setting us all up for failure. Oy Vey.

*I’ve struggle with being a Judgy McJudgstein, I think we all may. I try on a daily basis to not judge, try to understand motives or actions, or better yet, not care. I have no idea why people are moved to do the things they do, nor is it any of my business i.e: maybe the cashier at CVS was a brat because she just learned her mom has breast cancer, failed her drivers test, or maybe her friends left her out of something. My point, I need to live my life, and not others. I need to stop trying to figure people out, or judge them for doing this, or not doing that. Who cares? Really? 

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”  ― Mother Teresa

“Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect -and I don’t live to be-but before you start pointing fingers…make sure you hands are clean!”― Bob Marley

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Hard Work Pays Off

By Deanna


Half Marathon Training, Week 6Another great week of training, I’m just thrilled that I am keeping up with my training plan.  I’ve only managed one day of cross training but it helps, I need the change of focus because all I feel like I’m doing is running, I don’t need to hit a wall, I have four weeks till April 15th, for the More Magazine Fitness Magazine Half Marathon and I’d really like to stay on course. Like last week, I am really trying to focus on miles in the bank, and hoping the one day of speed work a week will give me the best possible chance to PR.

Monday: 4.5 miles, 4 miles of running, 1/2 mile warm up.

Tuesday:  Cycled 6.2 miles, swam 1400 yards, ran the bleachers for about 20 minutes, and did a lower leg workout of squats, lunges, arms, core work.

Wednesday: Ran 4 miles, split this one up, 2.25 in the morning and 1.74 after work

Thursday:  Ran 5.1 miles, it was a hot and muggy run, felt like crap the entire run.

Friday: Rest day!

Saturday: Ran 11 miles, best long run to date, negative splits, great pace, this is what I needed to restore my confidence in my running. I battled the voices in my head around mile 8 and kicked their ass to the curb, felt good to be strong physically as well as mentally. My hard work the last three weeks really paid off. I’m pumped!

Sunday:  I’m hoping to get out for a walk sometime today…gotta fold and put away the laundry though, it’s been in the basket for at least two days…ugh! 

Like I’ve said the last three weeks, scheduling my runs in is KEY!! I was able to get some real miles in bank which I believe set me up for a great run on Saturday.  I look forward to another great week of training, I need to fit in my long run during the week as I’ll be away over the weekend, which will mean, I’ll need to go to bed early most nights, no late night TV for me. 

Hope everyone has a GREAT week of running, and working out!

Happy Trails!

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