Fratelli’s Bakery

Sunday, August 20, 2006 by Michelle

After my run today, I went to Vancouver's most fabulous bakery at Commercial Drive and East 2nd Street, Fratelli's (we call it Fat Bellies for very good reason). One of the women who works there is a tiny person; around my height but about 110 lbs soaking wet. She commented that I was getting tinier every time she sees me (I buy bread there regularly). We talked for a few minutes about running and going to the gym and how good that feels, and she said she was 220 lbs a number of years ago. She decided she didn't want to be a bad example to her daughter, so she lost weight through exercise too (working at a place like Fratelli's, I imagine that would be quite difficult). It was very inspiring and motivating to know she was at one time heavier than I had been when I started getting fit, and you'd never know by looking at her now she was ever overweight! There was an extra spring in my step when I left there today.

And it's amazing I can go into that place and just buy bread, or today just a scone for Chris' breakfast. In the past, Chris and I used to buy a lot of very fattening food there and I'm sure I gained about 20lbs in one year because of it (Chris probably didn't gain a pound). Now Fratelli's is just a place to buy bread and a very occasional awesomely delicious treat. My advice: go there, buy bread or a special occasion cake, and support their bakery. They support the community both officially through contributions to a local charity (check out their website), as well as a local homeless man who is treated respectfully and generously by staff. It's lovely.

More on Running

Sunday, August 20, 2006 by Michelle

I went for a run with Warren on Friday, but he set a faster pace than I usually go. It was good for me, as I've developed a bit of a "runner's shuffle"; you know, the least amount of effort/path of least resistance kind of stuff. Our run shook me out of that in a hurry. I ended red-faced and more out of breath than my last 5km run, even though there were a few rest walks thrown in. I was pretty damn motivated when the smart ass ran backwards a few times; having a bit of a competitive spirit, which he obviously has figured out, that sure stuck in my craw!

Today I ran slower than Friday but a helluva lot farther than I've gone before. Seven kilometres in fact, and I felt fantastic when I finished. I've got a goal of being able to run 10km by next March. If I keep this up, I may be able to do it by the end of 2006. And perhaps a bit faster than I have been if I stop shuffling along and get moving!

The Incredible Art of Quilting

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 by Michelle

I love quilting more than I hate buses, so I went on a bus trip to Seattle with a group from the Vancouver Quilters' Guild for the APNQ 2006 show. I took a few photos of some of my favourites, but Yahoo photos closed down so email me if you want to see some. Attendees got to select her/his favourite and I don't yet know who has won the Viewer's Choice Award, but I put my money on the Kodiak one. PHENOMENAL let me tell you! It was an inspiring way to spend a Saturday.