When I run on the elliptical in the morning I like to watch something to keep my mind off running. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†It is hard to find new things all the time, but I recently chose the movie Unconditional. ¬†I really like it! ¬†I love that one of the main characters is based on the life of a real life person. ¬†This man changed the lives of so many kids. ¬†I love kids! ¬†So when a person puts his/her comforts on the line to change the lives of our future…well, it is a winning story for me and I highly recommend that you watch it!

Speaking of the elliptical…kind of…I was so good eating healthy since the summer and even through Christmas and New Years, but I got burned out of eating healthy and took a brief hiatus. ¬†Amazing how all that progress can go away so quickly. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†Therefore… I am back to healthy starting today. ¬†I had a healthy breakfast and a great run on the elliptical this morning. ¬†I feel good and am actually ready to get back into the healthy routine. ¬†As yummy as being unhealthy can be, my body really doesn’t feel good when I am unhealthy. ¬†So I am ready to feel good again. ¬†ūüôā

Cake and Letters

Here is the latest cake.  So funny, when I set it out, everyone thought it was just a bowl of Reeses Pieces.  I made my favorite chocolate cake, chocolate frosting and surrounded it with candy!  The idea is not mine, but it was really fun to make.

On another note, this morning while on the elliptical, I was watching Letters to God.  Highly recommend this movie!  Very touching.

No big news today, just a couple tidbits.  Enjoy your week!

(made for a going away party)


1 Corinthians 9:24-25

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

working out

What do you like to do to keep in shape?

I have had a few conversations lately and am curious to know your favorite routines, HIITS, etc.

I like to switch it up.  I get bored with things like running (yes I did train for a half) and yoga, not because they are easy, because they certainly are not, but because my mind focuses on what I am doing and then I realize I am not enjoying it.

I like weight training ¬†A LOT! ¬†I tolerate running and elliptical because it is great cardio, but I entertain myself with music or tv of some sort. ¬†I really enjoy HIIT routines, but with my aging body those routines often cause aching joints. ¬†Jillian and Cassey Ho are my favorite videos…Jillian for longer and Cassey for shorter targeted areas. ¬†I have also recently gotten into some dancing workout videos, which I am having a lot of fun with!

What do you like?  Let me know below.


day 26

So I am adding a challenge to my weight loss challenge. ¬†It is going to be hard to reach my reward foods if I keep cheating and eating high calories in foods that aren’t my reward foods. ¬†I might as well just eat the reward ones, but I won’t…alas…someday my will power will work again. ¬†ūüėČ

Anyway, my downfall is, and always has been, sugar. ¬†I have tried many times to do a paleo or primal diet and fail after a few days. ¬†This time around I am going to avoid refined sugars for 30 days. ¬†Beginning today and taking me to September 9th, my food intake will be almost devoid of refined sugars. ¬†I am making an exception with my cottage cheese and greek yogurt (they aren’t high in sugar content, but have a little)…for me the protein and dairy are important.

My meals will consist primarily of fruits and veggies, nuts, fish, egg whites and chicken. ¬†As with each new venture in being healthy I am excited, but I am nervous that I don’t have what it takes to do it. ¬†I have no intentions of giving sugar up completely in the long run, but know giving it up short term will be healthy and will hopefully (hopefully!) make me more controlled in my sugar intake in the future. ¬†Since it is a 30 day challenge and I am making it public, I have a better chance of success.

Sugar has a bad rep, but tastes so good.  I know it is blamed for myriad of diseases and health issues, so getting it under control would be a big benefit.

Here’s to another attempt at being healthy! ¬†ūüôā

AM workout: run on elliptical = 500 calories burned

PM workout: will do weight lifting for arms

Calories planned around 1500

I went over yesterday, but if I stick to my sugar free challenge (I mapped out a daily menu plan for that) I should remain between 1400 and 1600 for daily caloric intake.

The Goal

The Good News: This was my last long run before the half marathon.

The Bad News: It was a horrible long run.

The Good News: ¬†My goal is to finish the half in under 2 hours (from the starting line…I will be quite a distance from there). ¬†Even if I run as poorly as I did today, my time would still put me under 2 hours.

The Good News: This weekend is not race weekend…7 days to go.

I do realize that there are runners who will likely ¬†complete the full marathon before I finish the half. ¬†That’s okay. ¬†I do realize that if I don’t make my goal, that is okay too. ¬†But it is always fun to meet and beat personal goals, so even if I am under by one hundredth of a second, it would be fun to be under 2 hours ¬†To do this I need to run a 9 minute mile or less. ¬†For my 10 mile runs I have been averaging 8 1/2 minute miles, so hopefully the last 3 miles won’t raise that too much. ¬†Today, on my horrible rotten run where I walked some (gasp)…I was still under 9 minutes. ¬†So here is hoping to a successful time next week. ¬†ūüôā

The Really Good News: I am blessed to be able to run.  Not everyone is able to.  I am blessed with the health to do so.

The Really Really Good News: No matter what happens next week I have awesome family and friends that love me and know I am doing my best and love me despite my finish time.

The Really Really Really Good News: I have The Lord and Savior who loves me even more than this and died for me so that I could live for Him and with Him.

In a world that is filled with tragedies and sorrows, it is nice to ¬†be able to put things in perspective. ¬†In perspective, this race is not a big deal. ¬†Even though it is challenging and a big deal to me, it is far down on the scale of life’s concerns. ¬†It is fun to blog about, though, and assuming/hoping/believing I will finish…it will feel good to have accomplished it.


I tried.  I pushed.  I fought against it.

At 5:42 this morning, the road won.

Training had been going very well! ¬†I shed the shin splints, I built up to 9 miles…in a way, I actually enjoyed the 9 mile run! ¬†Last week, perfect weather, headphones stayed in, different scenery…all made for a great run.

Before that run I was bothered by my knee…seemingly with bursitis. ¬†After that run, it was rough walking the rest of the day…forced to elliptical training for a couple days, but was also able to get some treadmill time in and geared up for my 10 mile run this morning.

As I limped up the road to my starting point my knee hurt, but I was determined it would feel better when the running began.  My 10 miles were reduced to 10 feet.

I tried to put full weight on and run through it, but it wasn’t happening. ¬†My body was not allowing me to put full weight on that leg.

I am disappointed.  I really was looking forward to my long run this week.

I am nervous.  The closer the race day gets the less I want my training to be on hold.

I am benched for not and so this morning the road won the battle.

One battle.

I am determined to win the war.