Archive for June, 2010

The trick is to find a little bag… then sneak the little yellow kettlebell inside.  Claire’s bag was an easy target.  But 8KG is heavier than you’d think.  The zipper stretches and the seams start to spread.  The baggage handlers probably won’t appreciate my little addition.  I’m wondering if my husband will notice.  Probably once we claim our luggage at CDG and he attempts to hoist it onto the TGV… he might notice. 

If I succeed, you will soon see multiple posts about the joy of kettlebells in Provence.  Then imagine the photos! 

Wish me luck. 


I had a nice pre-workout snack this evening that I thought I should tell you about, because you know I love food almost as much as kettlebells!

Sautéed Leeks with Wilted Spinach and Shiitakes!

I created this recipe out of a need to use my new fab pan I got for Mother’s Day, the Le Creuset Faitout Campagnard (shallow casserole with lid).  It’s a beautiful piece, and I had to use it tonight… so I started with a little olive oil and sea salt on medium heat, added a few onions and let it sit for awhile.  (By the way, this is a great time to invite a few friends over, because they always walk in and think you’re cooking something amazing.  Surprise, it’s just onions!  But it does make the whole house smell good.)  Anyway, then I added a few thinly sliced leeks and stirred those around for a bit.  Sliced a few shiitakes and washed several handfulls of baby spinach… then turned the heat way down to low, threw in the mushys and spinach, made a few rounds with the pepper mill, then put the lid on so the whole thing would steam a bit… and about 1 minute later it was done.  Voila… fastest dish on earth!  Plated it, added a little freshly ground nutmeg (because you know you can add nutmeg to everything) and more ground pepper… pair it with a nice cold Viogner and you are all set!

Now, the deal about Shiitakes is that they contain a lot of natural vitamin D.  (sometimes as much as 4 times the USDA recommended amount)  This is important to vegans because mushrooms are the only vegan source of vitamin D.  And here in Seattle that’s a good thing.  In fact, with the rising use of sunscreen, everyone needs more vitamin D!!   So sauté up some shiitakes… and enjoy the sun in the backyard!

Time for some kettlebells:

Tonight I’ll do several rounds of Get-Ups:
1. Get Ups to side plank
2. Get Ups to kneeling
3. Get Ups to standing

CD selection?  This might just be a Victor Wooten night… A Show of Hands.

Peace, and good eatin’


I was on a mission to do 4 sub-8-minute miles the other day, I had some great music on the mp3, but within a few hours of returning home from my run I felt the dreaded, yet familiar, “runners hip-joint pain”.   This is a pain that most runners experience at one time or another.  The last time I had it was back in early November during my final weeks of training for the half-marathon.  This time, it was about 32 hours before my next race, and I still had to knock out some kettlebells.

So I grabbed the Arnica for my hips and neck. (my two trouble spots).  After a few minutes I considered following it up with a little Icy Hot or Tigers Balm, but I decided I should try a little “homeopathic test” to see if Arnica alone could do the job.  After all, I had just read an article about how the chemicals in sunscreen can get absorbed into your bloodstream.  I thought if that can happen, what about the chemicals in Icy Hot or BenGay?  Icy Hot contains 30% Methyl Salicylate, which they warn you not to use if you’re pregnant.  Warnings like that are enough to make me want to switch to homeopathic medicines for sure!  (and natural sunscreens).  

Arnica montana did the job that night.  It took my mind off the pain long enough for me to get a quick kettlebell workout in.  I added a few extra sets of windmills and figure 8’s to my routine because those are two really good exercises to get achy hips moving (and you know how I feel about moving through pain!)  But I would say that Arnica has a subtle effect.  I think the fact that you don’t get overwhelmed with the scent of menthol and evergreen is probably a good thing (I didn’t have to hear all the flack about it from everyone in the house)… but it’s possible that the smell creates a bit of a placebo effect.  Same with Tiger Balm (which I love, by the way!) …but when I smell it, I think it’s starting to work already.  Is it?   

By the way, to find out all about Arnica… more than I could possibly explain on this blog… check out the site:

More in a later post about my race this past weekend up in the Cascades, but I’ll just say this: It was challenging!

Peace and good night!