Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Writer

I’m a runner!

It’s official, I’m a runner now! I roll out of bed in the mornings (every morning except Sunday) and put on my running gear. I made myself a playlist specifically for my run so I’m not checking the timer on my iPhone anymore to see how long I’ve run. I know when I get to […]

Weight Watchers is working! Plus, another C5k update

I weighed in for my weekly Weight Watchers tracker on Sunday and had lost another 2 pounds. That brings my grand total so far to 8 pounds! I can see the difference! The best part? I have not felt restricted in what I’m eating at all. Saturday we went to a steakhouse and I ordered […]

Triathlon anyone?

I know, I can’t believe that I’m actually considering doing this. When you say the word, Triathlon, many people associate it with the Ironman Triathlon and that thing is brutal. Wikipedia describes it like this: An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) consisting […]

Couch to 5K and Weight Watchers

I meant to post on this earlier this week, but I am now running 20 minutes straight without stopping! I set my timer for 8 minutes, but as I approached the 8 minute mark, I felt so good, I just hit reset on the 8 minutes and kept running. When it got to the end […]

Couch to 5K – Week Whatever!

Because of schedules, laziness, and anything else I can think of, I did not run at all last week. I had great excuses (not wanting to leave the kids alone and sleeping while I ran, what if something happened to me while I was running and my husband wasn’t home to call — he was […]

I’m doing Week 5 of the Couch to 5K

Well, I’m sort of doing the plan. Today, for the first time, I jogged 8 minutes straight. Then, I walked for 2 1/2 minutes and jogged another 8 minutes straight. I’m going to continue doing this for the rest of this week and then next week, I’ll up this to 10 minutes. The week after […]

Back to Week 3 of Couch to 5K again!

I’m finally getting settled in the new place, but still have tons of boxes to go through and tons more to take to storage. However, I was able to get back to running this morning with my husband. Since he was swimming off and on during our time apart and neither of us got any […]

Couch to 5K – Week 4

I’ve officially started the Week 4 schedule of the Couch to 5k program and I have to say that I’ve impressed myself! This morning, as I prepared to start my 5 minute warm-up walk, there was doubt nagging at the back of my head and I wondered if I could run 3 minutes, walk 90 […]

Couch to 5K, Moving and Stress

Let me preface this entry by saying we are moving. Moving is very stressful, especially moving to a new state. There were several days, I could not even get a run in and mentally, I think it set me back. What I will say is that the days I made myself run, even during the […]

Couch to 5K – Week Three

Hubby and I are now officially in Week 3 of the Couch to 5K program. One thing I’ve noticed, and I’m not sure why this is, but the second day of each transitional week seems to be tougher than the initial change day. My husband has noted this as well. I will say, though, that […]

Two More Reasons to Steer Clear of Meat

Yesterday, news reports stated a cow in California had died from Mad Cow Disease. It was the first confirmed case of the disease since 2006. Even though “officials” are assuring the public their meat and dairy products are safe, how do they know? From the LAT: The diseased cow “was never presented for slaughter for […]

Couch to 5K – Week Two – Redo!

Since my husband was out of town almost all last week, he didn’t get a chance to keep up with program (I think he did two days). Therefore, we are repeating Week Two before moving on to Week Three. So far, so good as far as any injuries/pain goes. I’m still loving my Vibram Five […]

Couch to 5K – Week Two

I am in the second week of the Couch to 5K program my husband and I started a little over a week ago. So far, so good. Saturday, my husband was leaving for a business trip, so we took our run earlier than usual. I think I liked that better. Anyway, with the second week, […]

Couch to 5K – I’m doing it! And I’m wearing those Vibram Five Finger Shoes too!

I don’t know how many people know the Couch to 5K plan to get started running, but it’s an ease-into-it approach for beginners. I’ve tried to run before, but never liked it. My shins would hurt, it wasn’t fun and after a couple of days, I’d quit. I decided I was a dancer and a […]

Can eating red meat really kill you?

When I first heard about the research that eating red meat appears to increase the risk of heart disease and cancer by a dramatic amount, I wasn’t surprised. Because I have a history of cardiovascular disease on my father’s side of the family, I am especially wary of red meat. Harvard University followed the health […]

Move It or Lose It

Is your physical fitness improving, staying the same or declining? Every day we make a choice whether or not to improve our physical condition either by pushing ourselves past what we think we can endure, doing something that makes us comfortable, or grabbing a bag of chips and zoning out in front of the television. […]

Top Ten Longevity Tips

The photo above is of Ikaria, Greece. It is considered one of the world’s “Blue Zones”. The Wikipedia definition of a Blue Zone is as follows: A Blue Zone is a region of the world where people commonly live active lives past the age of 100 years. Scientists and demographers have classified these longevity hot-spots […]

Going Vegetarian

My husband and I are Orthodox Christians and attend a local Greek Orthodox Church. Usually twice a week and during certain times of the year (like Lent), we abstain from meat (and if you’re strict, dairy as well). We were usually pretty good about abstaining from meat; however, my meatless menu would include things like […]

My Inspiration

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. – Woodrow Wilson  My late mother […]