February 8, 2017

Hello 2017!

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It’s been THREE years since I’ve posted. I’m feeling the urge to start again. And who knows… perhaps video some on YouTube too?!? What to write about? What to video? I don’t think anyone can find what I have to say very interesting.


January 5, 2014

Our South America Vacation

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Our bags are packed. The checklists are complete. The house is tidy. Travel plans have been made. After 18 months of dreaming, hoping and planning, our trip starts NOW!
I have lofty ideas of writing a travel blog and sharing our experience with friends and family while we are overseas. The journaling is not new. What’s new is writing my thoughts, experiences and feelings for others to read too. However, the main purpose is the same. I want to capture the moments with photos, words and video to have it for myself to relive in my mind and heart. Come join me in your mind and heart. It might be fun for you too.

Our Itinerary for January 4 – January 28, 2014


Here is a video that show our ships route. It’s really cool in that it uses google map and gives a sense of the thousands of miles that we will travel.

THU 09 JAN at sea
SAT 11 JAN at sea
MON 13 JAN USHUAIA, Argentina


I put this together to show the places that we will be staying or visiting while in Chile. This is the central region of Chile.

19 Jan – 21 Jan VALPARAISO
21 Jan – 22 Jan ALGARROBO
22 Jan – 23 Jan CASA BLANCA
23 Jan – 26 Jan SANTIAGO

That’s my mom and dad, Elba and Bill

25 Jan – 27 Jan
At Vikky’s Parents House
27 Jan – Jan 28
28 Jan return to FRIDAY HARBOR

September 1, 2011

Enjoying Fruits and Vegetables? Yeah, Right!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:49 pm by vikkyd

I never liked eating fruit and vegetables. Sure, my mom would make me eat them when I was growing up, but the first chance I was on my own and in college, I ditched them in favor of pizza, hamburgers, French fries, garlic bread, ice cream, pasta and more pasta. I never really craved the sweets (although some dark chocolate sounds wonderful right about now!). My vices were mostly creamy and savory.

Over the next 25+ years I struggled with my weight, reaching a high of 200 pounds! I joined Weight Watchers a bunch of  times, only to lose a few pounds and quitting several weeks after joining. Two years ago I was turning fifty and couldn’t bear being ‘Fifty and Fat’. I dusted off all my Weight Watchers literature and joined Weight Watchers online for a 7-days trial to see what’s new. Nothing much has changed at the time, so I started the program on my own with the support of a ‘Community Healthy Weight Challenge’ program at my local fitness club.

It took many months, but I was very disciplined in keeping track of my food and exercise – not going over the allotted points. I lost 40 lbs, while still managing to eat… you guessed it… pizza, hamburger, French fries, garlic bread, ice cream, pasta and more pasta! Unfortunately, the weight started creeping up again, so I decided to join Weight Watchers – again. This time, I went to the meetings every week and I paid closer attention to the Good Health Guidelines. I had no choice but to eat healthier. After all, the NEW Weight Watchers Point Plus program totally sabotaged my eating habits – making my favorites a GAZILLION points and making fruits and vegetables ZERO points! How dare they!!

Slowly, I changed my evil ways. I switched fruit juice for breakfast (too many points) to fresh fruit. I was amazed at how much more filling fresh fruits are and I didn’t even miss the fruit juice. Then I made a pact with myself that I would have AT LEAST two, often three, servings of vegetables for lunch, while I still was motivated. I knew if I waited until dinner, I would never do it. I’m always tired by the time I get home, with no will power. I’ve had so much fun discovering interesting (and yummy) ways to eat my vegetables for lunch. With these new ‘habits’, I am back at my goal weight – Woo-Hoo!! And you know what? I found a way to still eat SOME of my vices too! Check out these recipes for ice cream and pasta… eat these AND you will be eating your fruits and vegetables. No kidding!

Banana Soft Serve ‘Ice Cream’ (from Green Lite Bites)

Broccoli Pasta (‘Slaw and Order’ from Hungry Girl)

June 18, 2011

Good Sleep is the Best Medicine

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:15 am by vikkyd

I have been MIA from the blogsphere for a long time, but this podcast that I listened to from Jillian Michaels compelled me to blog about it. Take a listen… you might find yourself as AMAZED as I was in learning how CRITICAL it is to your health to get a good night’s sleep! It’s “The Jillian Micheals Show” podcast dated 4-15-11 and titled “Hello super bugs and Dr. V’s Top 7”.

The Dr. V on Jillian’s show is Dr. Van Herle – an Internist and Endocrinologist at UCLA School of Medicine. She discussed the top 7 reasons why you should get good sleep. She backs these 7 reasons with comprehensive research and persuasive arguments.

  1. Good sleep can improve your ability to learn and can improve your memory.
  2. Good sleep can help you maintain a healthy weight.
  3. Good sleep can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
  4. Good sleep can reduce your risk of diabetes.
  5. Good sleep can reduce your risk of accidents and falls.
  6. Good sleep can make you live longer (as compared to those who don’t get enough sleep).
  7. Good sleep provides immune protection from all kinds of diseases (i.e. infection, autoimmune diseases, cancer, etc.) and produces growth hormones that are critical to rejuvenate your body.

So what is a good night sleep? Dr. Van Herle recommends 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Basically, she says that sleep is probably the best preventive medicine that we can take!

On that note… good night and pleasant dreams.

January 14, 2010

Loving 50!

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Last month I turned 50! For months before my birthday I reflected on my life and what I have accomplished and where I wished I’ve done better. One area that I have struggled for all of my adult life and much of my adolescent years is my weight and physical fitness. Since my teenage years, I always thought of myself as being too heavy. It’s ironic, I was looking at photos of me as a teenager and in my 20s and I was NOT heavy! Sure, I wasn’t model-thin, but I was definitely in a healthy weight range.

I began to gain more weight in my 30s and 40s, and I lost some of it — many times — only to gain it back plus more!  By medical standards — I was obese! Yikes! (Obesity is defined at being 20% over your ideal weight.) I would join Weight Watchers and I would quit Weight Watchers. I would start exercising and train for some event… Danskin Triathlon, 1/2 marathons, 10Ks. I would complete the events and then I would quit exercising, quickly returning to the couch potato state.

In September, I joined a program at our local fitness club — Community Healthy Weight Challenge (CHWC). Along with the progam, I followed Weight Watchers (again!) and started listening to the Inside Out Weight Loss podcasts. I am thrilled to report that I lost 16 pounds in 12 weeks and I won 3rd place at the club! When I started in September, I made a goal for myself to stick with CHWC and that I would give myself a shopping spree as a gift for my 50th birthday. Okay — it wasn’t the kind of shopping spree that Progresso Soup is currently offering, but a $500 spree at a nearby outlet center with great shops like Coldwater Creek, Liz Clarborne and many more! (Thanks Mom and Dad for the generous birthday gift of the money for my spree!)

I had so much fun! My birthday was on a Tuesday and I discovered that the outlet center offers a 10% discount for seniors 50 and over on Tuesdays!! I had to show my driver’s license for proof of age and heard many “Happy Birthdays”. I spent SIX hours shopping! I felt like that scene from “Pretty Woman” where Julia Roberts was shopping on Rodeo Drive. And I fit into clothes 2 size smaller than before.

I managed to lose another 4 pounds over the holidays and in the beginning of January. I’m half way to my weight goal. The club is starting another session of CHWC and I plan to do it again. This time, I want to focus on exercising regularly.  I am discovering so many wonderful resources on the internet. In future posts I will share these resources with you, along with my progress… my story.

I entered Roni’s Souper Duper Contest!

Check out Roni’s Weight Loss Blog for more information.

March 28, 2009

Why I Became a Personal Historian

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I started in video over ten years ago as a creative outlet. I received my Certificate in Multimedia from the University of California Santa Cruz extension and was fortunate enough to live in Palo Alto and as a resident could use the MidPenisula Media Center facilities for my video productions. Annie, Jessie, Elliot, Mrs. Roddy and crew — both staff and volunteers — were great and I learned so much there. I was involved with many productions, including some of my own… but, let’s fast forward several years.

I was asked to create a video tribute for my parents 50th anniversary celebration. This was a life changing experience for me. In going through the many photo albums and 8mm film in my parents attic, I found a treasure trove of untold stories. With every photo that turned into a story, I learned more about my parents. I had no idea (nor did I remember) that my parents enjoyed getting together with friends, who brought their own instruments (e.g. clarinet, drums, tambourine) and played along with the music until the very early hours in the morning! They sure knew how to have a good time — much more fun than the parties I’ve been too!

The personal satisfaction and joy that I got from this production drove me to focus my creative outlet. With a few Google searches I found out about the Association of Personal Historians. They were planning to have their annual conference in Portland, Oregon that year — only a few month away. I continued my research, developed a business plan and decided to start my own Personal History business: Vikkyd Productions, Inc. Attending the conference was invaluable to get me started on a successful course. It provided limitless opportunities for me to develop my skills and network amongst like-minds.

It’s been several years since my parents 50th anniversary celebration video (video tribute) and I have had the priviledge to produce many tributes since then. I have also produced Oral Histories, Video Biographies and many other video, audio and print productions — all about telling stories. Through each story, I have grown closer to the people involved and to my community. This year, Friday Harbor is celebrating their centennial. Providing my services to the community is the high point of my business — thus far. Too bad we can’t be celebrating 100 years — every year!

March 17, 2009

How to finish a half marathon last.

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:26 pm by vikkyd

This is my very first post. I have hesitated setting up a blog because I couldn’t think of anything that people would like to read about. Then, I got an ‘ah-ha’ and realized that I can create a blog and it doesn’t really matter whether it’s read by the masses. Instead, I’m going to just jump into this world of blogging and write what I feel like writing. Here goes…

I am trying to get myself motivated to train for my 5th half marathon — two a year for the past two years. A couple of friends asked for my training schedule, so here it is. Am I an expert? NO! I’m just a slow, overweight, lazy gal that was able to make it pass the finish line a few times now. Okay. I wasn’t last, but pretty close to it! My half marathon pace is between 3.5 – 4  hours. This training schedule has worked for me in the past, and hopefully it will help you too. It’s been modified from Hal Higdon’s training schedule. I’m training for the San Juan Half Marathon that’s on June 7th. What I have learned about training for the half marathon is DO NOT miss a distance walk. You can get away with missing a maintenance walk occasionally, but it’s very difficult to catch up once you miss your long walk for the week.

If you are on San Juan Island and would like to train with me — please do! I will probably ask you to slow down, but it’s about finishing… right?

Maintenance walk – twice a week; distance walk – once a week



Week 1 – March 16-22

3 miles

4 miles

Week 2 – March 23-29

3 miles

4 miles

Week 3 – Mar 30-April 5

3.5 miles

5 miles

Week 4 – April 6 – 12

3.5 miles

5 miles

Week 5 – April 13 – 19

4 miles

6 miles

Week 6 – April 20 – 26

4 miles

6 miles

Week 7 – Apr 27 – May 3

4.5 miles

7 miles

Week 8 – May 4 – 10

4.5 miles

8 miles

Week 9 – May 11 – 17

5 miles

9 miles

Week 10 – May 18 – 24

5 miles

10 miles

Week 11 – May 25 – 31

5 miles

11 miles

Week 12 – June 1-7

4 miles