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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Soup Sunday-French Onion Soup



French Onion Soup










2 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
2 tablespoons butter
4 cups beef bone broth
2 tablespoons brandy
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 slices whole grain French bread, toasted
1 cup Swiss cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook covered for 8 to 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep from burning.  Add the broth, brandy, and Worcestershire sauce.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Divide the soup into 4 oven proof bowls.  Top each with a toast slice and a 1/4 cup of the cheese.
Broil until the cheese is brown and bubbly.

Serves 4

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 213 members in 39 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Superfood Saturday Low Carb Avocado Crisps


Today's recipe is one I adapted from the Dr. Axe web site. I added a lot more spice these to make them a little more interesting.

Low Carb Avocado Crisps

2 ripe Hass avocados
1/2 teapoons sea salt
1 1/2 cup parmesan cheese finely grated
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
2 teaspoons lime juice

Preheat oven to 300 F. Line a pan with parchment paper
Mash the avocado's, then add the rest of the ingredients.

Place teaspoon size dollops onto the baking tray.  Flatten into thin disks.


Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. The crisps should turn a golden color but not too brown.  Remove from the oven and allow them to cool and crisp up.



Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 213 members in 39 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Fair Friday- Epsom Salts Cosmetic



Epsom salts are inexpensive and have a variety of uses for health and personal grooming.  They are a mineral compound made up of magnesium and sulfate  I got several great ideas for using them from an on-line article by Health and Wellness titled " 17 Amazing Uses for Epsom Salt...Some You Won't Believe".

The article discussed Epsom salts help reduce inflammation, alleviate hardening of the arteries and improve function to muscles and nerves. Over 325 enzymes in the body are regulated by magnesium, one of the key components of Epsom salts.

Sulfates in Epsom salts improve the rate at which nutrients are absorbed and help to flush out toxins.

Here a few options for beauty:


  • Exfoliate Skin- Use a handful of Epsom salts all over the body in the shower or your bath. This helps to exfoliate skin and unclog pores.
  • Hand Wash- Mix 1/2 cup carrier oi such as almond or grape seed oil with 1/2 cup water. Add 1/2 cup Epsom salts and a few drops of essential oil.
  • Insect Bites- Mix two tablespoons of salt with one cup of warm water. Soak a clean cloth in the mixture and hold on the affected area to reduce pain, burning and itching.
  • Face Cleaner- Use a teaspoon of Epsom salts and mix with a little water. Scrub your face and rinse clean. This exfoliates, rejuvenates and helps to remove blackheads and prevent acne.
  • Soften Hands- Add 1/4 cup of Epsom salts to a large bowl. Soak hands for 5 to 10 minutes.  This will help to remove rough skin, sooth joints and remove dirt from under finger nails. It may also remove or partially remove nail polish, so take care if you want to preserve a manicure.
  • Lip Balm- Mix equal parts of Epsom salts and organic coconut oil. Apply to lips to exfoliate and moisturize.

I hope you will give some of these a try. It is easy to get Epsom salts.  They are stocked in grocery stores and pharmacies. You can also order on Amazon.  I get mine there because I can order larger sizes than my local stores carry.



Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and 2016

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6


Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 183 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org


CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cullen 8 K Run, Slip and Slide



"Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going."- Jim Ryun

The Steve Cullen 8 K is a named after a local news reporter that dies in his early 40's from heart disease.  The race is a fund raiser for heart research and the 2nd in my local running clubs championship series.

The race was scheduled for Saturday morning February 10th.  Running a race on a weekend is pretty routine and usually does not require much thought. However when I woke up on Saturday it was 6 degrees.

I did not want to even get out of bed, but there were series points on the line. On a really cold day lots of runners will decide to stay how. I used that fact to motivate myself.   Last year I built up a lead because my competition did not show up for some very cold early races.

We also got 6 inches of fresh snow the night before. The course is near Hansen golf course on city streets. The course has rolling hills with one really big one right at the finish. I knew the course would be slippery.

I had to also get the layers right, enough to be warm but not too many so that I would sweat and then be cold.

I did a base layer top and bottom, wool socks, hat, thermal gloves, smart wool pullover and a fleece lined jacket.

Everyone at the race seemed to be dressed about the same.
With the cold and slipper conditions I decided to take it easy.  At race time it was sunny with little wind. It really was a beautiful day.

The race was pretty routine.  I saw a couple of women from my age group. That always motivates me to pick up my pace. The course was slippery and I shuffled and slide my feet to keep my footing.

I felt a little tired the whole time.  I have been hitting the weight training pretty hard, so it may be a bit before I bounce back. My times in cold weather are always slow. I finished in 54:45 in 8th place.

I took 2nd in my age group for the club championship. The first place women is much faster.  I think she was three minutes ahead of me.  Catching her will have to be my motivation. I have some work to do.

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 213 members in 39 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
CMT and running, CMT and triathlon, CMT and athlete, Charcot-Marie-Tooth and running, Charcot-Marie-Tooth and triathlon, Team USA and Team CMT, Running for my life-Winning for CMT, CMT athlete, athlete and CMT, triathlete and CMT, Boston Marathon Bombing, CMT disease, CMT and exercise, exercise and CMT, CMT, athlete and CMT.Team CMT, CMT athlete, athlete and CMT, bike4CMT, walk4CMT,  CMTA, HNF, Tri4CMT, Walk4CMT, MDA


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Beef Soup with Quinoa


6 cups beef bone broth
1 bay leaf
2 cups beef pieces

1 cup  frozen whole kernel corn
1 ½ cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 ½ cups frozen green beans
1 cup ground zucchini
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup quinoa
Put the beef broth and bay leaf  into a stock pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Add the beef and vegetables.  Cook for 5 minutes.  Add the quinoa.  Cook for 20 minutes until the quinoa is done. Salt and pepper to taste. Remove the bay leaf.
Serves 8



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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 213 members in 39 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Fair Friday Epsom Salts for Your Health




Epsom salts are inexpensive and have a variety of uses for health and personal grooming.  They are a mineral compound made up of magnesium and sulfate  I got several great ideas for using them from an on-line article by Health and Wellness titled " 17 Amazing Uses for Epsom Salt...Some You Won't Believe".

The article discussed Epsom salts help reduce inflammation, alleviate hardening of the arteries and improve function to muscles and nerves. Over 325 enzymes in the body are regulated by magnesium, one of the key components of Epsom salts.

Sulfates in Epsom salts improve the rate at which nutrients are absorbed and help to flush out toxins.

Here a few option for your health:


  • Sleep Aid- Take an Epsom salt bath as describe in the sore muscles use to promote better sleep.
  • Sore Muscles- Put Epsom salts to sooth sore muscles. Add 1 cup of the salts to a warm bath.  Adding essential oils like peppermint, wintergreen and eucalyptus can help with soreness. If you want to relax, also add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes for best results.
  • Constipation- Mix 2 teaspoons of Epsom salt in a glass of water or juice. Drink the entire glass for best results.
  • Toxins and Swelling- Soak in a warm bath made with 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salts to help draw out toxins and reduce swelling. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Treat Sunburn- Mix 1 cup of Epsom salts in cool water. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes to soothe irritated skin.
I hope you will give some of these a try. Epsom salts are easy to get at your local grocery store or pharmacy. I order mine in bulk from Amazon.com

*****************************



Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and 2016

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6


Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 183 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org


CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
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hlete and CMT, Boston 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Gratitude Diaries Book Review



"A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker than a germ."  - John Steinbeck

The author of "The Gratitude Diaries"  Janice Kaplan made a resolution one year to practice gratitude in a different area of her life each month. She decided she would keep a diary of the results. This book is the result of her year of living with gratitude.

She decided to look at the positive side of life by expressing gratitude in writing for major areas of her life such as her marriage, her career, her health and her reletionships.

She also talked to experts in the field of gratitude and the book is full of their quotes.

She cites some of the positive effects research has shown gratitude can have.  Some of the positive people experience when they practice gratitude include.:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Stronger immune system
  • Higher levels of positive emotions
  • Less feelings of lonliness
  • Less depression
  • Better able to overcome negative life events
  • Are more compassionate
  • Act with more generosity
  • Are more optimisit


She made a couple of interesting observations, the first that whatever part of the body we use more regularly gets more cortisol. That helps us to feel our best.

She also talks about how people typically offered three times as much help to an individual needing help, than to a general tragic global problem. This is why I have always thought telling our personal stories of our stuggles are so powerful in raising funds for research. People will respond to a face and a name attached to CMT.

Kaplan claims the reason this works is when face to face with another person we recognize our own good fortune and know the random hand could just as easily have taken a turn in another direction.

That re-enforced to me the importance of being open about having CMT and telling our stories.  No one is going to give to a disease they have never heard of, but they will give to help or friend for family member with CMT.

********************

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 213 members in 39 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


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Monday, February 5, 2018

USAT Ambassador



I am pleased to say I was recently named as a USA Triathlon Ambassador.  There were 40 selected from a field of over 3300 former Team USA age group athletes.

Four were selected from the state of Wisconsin which reflects how popular triathlon is in my state.
It was a fairly rigorous process. I had to fill out a multi page application detailing my multi-sport experience and my personal story. I also had to submit two letters of recommendation and a video.  My co-worker,  Steve Brown did the video when we were on a business trip.  Thanks to Alison Moore CEO of the HNF and Joy DeCaro for submitting letters for me. I am so thankful for their support.

My job will be to do at least three speaking engagements throughout the year and to support multi-sport athletes in the Milwaukee area.  Part of the speech will be to tell my own personal story, so I will get a chance to raise awareness of CMT.

I've got lots of ideas and have already started working with the other two ambassadors in the Milwaukee area.   All three of us belong to Tri Wisconsin and the Badgerland Strider's.

I am really excited about meeting them and bringing new athletes into the sport.

USAT has been so supportive of me as a para-triathlete. I want to give back to the sport that has given so much to me.

Triathlon is the only support that allows para-triathletes to compete at the grassroots level. There are also so many opportunities to compete in National and World Championships.  I was so proud to cross the finish line at the World Championships waving the American flag.  It will be a great feeling to help others get there as well.

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 213 members in 39 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Soup Sunday- Bone Broth



I had my teeth cleaned Friday and my hygienist Patty mentioned she wanted to try making bone broth.  There are many health benefits to consuming bone broth. I is full of vitamins, minerals and collagen.  I've posted the recipe before, but I thought it was worth repeating because I use it as my base to make soups every week.

For the best taste be sure to use bones that are meaty. I often find that bones sold for soup have been stripped of all the meat. I use ox tails and beef short ribs when making beef bone broth.

I always roast the meat first to add depth of flavor to the broth.  I make broth about once a month and freeze what I do not use immediately.

Bone Broth
3 lbs of beef or chick pieces (use meaty bones)
3 bay leaves
1/4 apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon whole pepper corns

Optional
2 stalks celery
1 onion chopped
3 carrots chopped
2 tablespoons "Better than Broth Beef or Chicken"

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with foil and arrange the bones on the foil lined pan.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Add all of the ingredients and the roasted bones to the crock-pot. Fill to the top with water.  Cook on low for 24 hours.  Remove from the heat and cool slightly.  Put the broth through a strainer.  Take the meat off of the bones and reserve for later use.

Refrigerate the broth overnight. Skim off of the fat.  The broth will look like jelly. This is normal and due to the collagen from the bones.  The broth can be frozen or used as the base for soups.

Makes about 3 quarts

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 213 members in 39 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Super Food Saturday- Chia Seed Pudding



My New Year resolution was to cut back on my sugar intake.  I still can have honey, maple syrup and stevia in moderation. This recipe fits the bill and it takes like tapioca.

Chia Seed Pudding



3/4 cup chia seeds
4 cups coconut milk
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
6 tablespoons stevia
zest from one orange

Add coconut milk, vanilla, chia seeds, orange zest and stevia in a blender.  Transfer to a bowl. Stir every 5 minutes for the first 15 minutes, then let site for 30 minutes to an hour.  Transfer to the refrigerator. Serve topped with whipped cream or lemon curd.

Serves 6

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 213 members in 39 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


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Friday, February 2, 2018

Fair Friday- Epsom Salts for Your Home




Epsom salts are inexpensive and have a variety of uses for health and personal grooming.  They are a mineral compound made up of magnesium and sulfate  I got several great ideas for using them from an on-line article by Health and Wellness titled " 17 Amazing Uses for Epsom Salt...Some You Won't Believe".

The article discussed Epsom salts help reduce inflammation, alleviate hardening of the arteries and improve function to muscles and nerves. Over 325 enzymes in the body are regulated by magnesium, one of the key components of Epsom salts.

Sulfates in Epsom salts improve the rate at which nutrients are absorbed and help to flush out toxins.

Here a few option for use around your home:


  • Remove Splinters- Soak the splintered skin in an Epsom salt bath. The mixture will help to draw out the splinter and leave the skin clean.
  • Tile Cleaner- Mix equal parts of liquid dish soap with Epsom salts. Scrub tiles using a sponge and rinse with clean water. You get cleaning without harsh chemicals.
  • Fertilize Plants- Sprinkle Epsom salts around the base of plants once every week. Works great for tomatoes and vegetables.  This is also suitable for potted plants.
  • Insecticide- Mix 1/4 cup of Epsom salts with 2 cups of water. Put the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture around the home to deter insects.
  • Improve Laundry- Use Epsom salts and essential oils as a fabric softener. Mix 4 cups of Epsom salts with 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Add 1/4 cup to each load of laundry. Add this helps to prevent detergent build-up.
Give them a try and let me know how you like them, Epsom salts are stocked in the beauty section of grocery stores and pharmacies. I order them in bulk from Amazon.com

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 213 members in 39 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
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