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Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Funnies...brought to you by Pinterest

Since I haven't been running, I've been finding myself on Pinterest a lot more. I don't know if it's because I follow so many runners on Instagram so I have subconsciously (and maybe a little consciously) distanced myself from it and Facebook, but whatever the reason, Pinterest is where it's at for me lately.

It's where I found this:

Which made me laugh out loud. And is exactly how my girls would react if someone touched our elf, Tinsel.

And this:

Which would probably be me. Yet another reason why I don't have a gym membership.

And this:

Or for the other 3000+ things I have pinned.


However, this was found in a wandering moment on good old Instagram, and it couldn't describe my relationship with my phone more perfectly:


Happy Friday!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Life is full of highs and lows...

It has been a busy couple of days, full of highs and lows.

Getting my cycling sweat on (plus still getting my strength training done) every day has really helped me with everything happening lately. I feel like my ankle is one the mend, although there are still times when it aches and I go into panic mode. I'm hoping those times happen less and less often!

Grace had a gymnastics meet on Saturday and got blue ribbons in all four events. She is really rocking it in gymnastics. I love her commitment and dedication to what she loves so much. And the fact that she does cartwheels and round-offs everywhere we go is pretty entertaining.

To make the most of the last day of summer, Scott suggested we all get pedicures. Since it is one of my girls' favorite things to do, they were beyond excited when I suggested it. Can you tell we like pink?

Because my girls aren't allowed to wear polish on their fingernails at their school, we decided to do manicures at home. They wanted white tips to make the most of their lack of colorful polish, so I obliged. At home tip, a little tape works wonders for keeping the white in a nice straight line.

Then Tuesday, my ninjas went back to school. They seriously are the best little people on the planet. Grace was pretty nervous, but Ellie was super excited and was a little ball of helpful energy all morning. I'm sure going to miss my little buddies.

Remember I mentioned there have been some lows the past few days? Well a full blown case of shingles qualifies in this category. It is my second time having shingles. Not only that, but I've had chronic nerve pain since the last time I had shingles. Don't be too jealous. Feeling like my back is on fire from the inside out actually isn't as fun as it sounds.

The other low was my Grandpa died on Saturday. He was one of the most loving, selfless, absolutely good men I have ever known. It's hard to even do justice in words to the amazing person he was. My faith and the knowledge that I will see him again has been a great comfort the last few days. Scott, my girls and I spent some time with him the night before he died, and I feel blessed to have been able to spend that time with him. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Some things are just no-brainers

The only injury related thing I'll include in this post is that I find out today if I can stop wearing "the boot" and what the plan is moving forward as far as doing exercise, besides strength training. Fingers crossed!

Now on to more interesting things. At least to me.

My girls start school on Tuesday. Because they wear uniforms, their backpack choice is very important each year. This year, their choices couldn't reflect their personalities more:

I have been trying to really push myself with each workout lately. This one was really tough in the best way:

I am super excited about The Peanuts Movie coming out later this year. I might have to add these to my wardrobe:

I love fruit. Give me fruit over veggies any day. And for some reason, when you combine some of my favorites into a fruit salad, everything tastes even better:

Some weeks just call for froyo. This has been one of those weeks. Knowing Yogurtland has a Salted Caramel Gelato flavor right now made it a no-brainer:

Since strength training has been my thing lately, being part of Skinny Mom's Free Weights Challenge was also a no-brained. You should join us! The ab exercises from last week's Wednesday workout made my obliques sore for days afterward:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Upside of Being Injured

Being injured isn't ALL bad...

I can go more than two days without washing my hair. The level of sweat produced while strength training doesn't come close to the sweatfest that is running.

I can get strong. I have definitely noticed more definition since I started strength training 5-6 times/week. I even had to break out the 10 lb dumbbells a few weeks ago!

I can focus on cleaning up my diet without being rungry all the time. The level of hunger I was experiencing while marathon training was out. of. control.

I don't take things for granted. Not just running. But little things. Like chasing my girls up the stairs. Having a dance party in the living room. Even kneeling down to help my girls do simple things.

I save money. I have only done one race this year, and I haven't bought any new running clothes or shoes since April. That is a good thing, right?!?

Friday, August 7, 2015

Caution: Injured Runner

I have tried to stay positive while being injured. But it isn't always easy. I'll be honest. I am human after all.

I have moments when I get super sad I can't run. Like the other morning. For some reason, I noticed the strap that goes on my handheld water bottle even though it has been sitting in the same (clearly visible) spot since I had to stop running. Just seeing it overwhelmed me with sadness.

And I have days when the positive thoughts just can't win out over the frustration, sadness, anger and discouragement I feel. Yesterday was one of those days.

I made the mistake of getting on social media in the morning. Something I saw triggered my frustration, and it just built from there.

I am frustrated that I have cut my calories quite a bit but feel like my legs they are bigger (and not in a good way from all the weight training).

I get discouraged when strength training doesn't leave me feeling exhausted in the way a good run does. In fact, I actually get a little too excited during each workout when I finally break a sweat. Which is just sad.

I am discouraged because I feel like I will never lose the weight around my midsection that causes me so much frustration. And not being able to do any kind of cardio isn't helping my efforts. So all those who say strength training is the magic key and that you don't even need cardio can just...well just stop saying that. It isn't true.

I am angry that I got injured. I am angry at myself and sometimes even angry at other runners (insert ashamed face emoji here).

I am frustrated because wearing this boot is making other parts of my foot hurt so I feel like it's doing good in some ways but also setting me up for other problems.

So there you have it. Being injured is hard. Staying positive is hard. But like everything else, all I can do is take things one day at a time and TRY. TRY. TRY. to stay positive.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The secrets to life can be found on Instagram

My new favorite treat lately? A sliced apple. Sprinkled with cinnamon, drizzled with a little melted peanut butter, sprinkled with a teaspoon of mini chocolate chips, and heated for 20-30 seconds in the microwave. I am always so reoccupied with enjoying every bite that I have yet to take a picture of this deliciousness.

My favorite book right now? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I decided to re-read the Harry Potter series after finishing Go Set a Watchman. The Harper Lee novel reminded me what it feels like to enjoy a book so much you don't want it to end and when it does you feel like you've just said goodbye to some dear friends. I wanted to feel that way again, and I know I can count on that with good old Harry.

My favorite cup and what's inside? This one. With water inside. The minions are helping me get all the water my body needs lately.

My favorite Instagram account? @snoopygrams. I have always loved Snoopy. Since I was a little girl. That love has not wavered. And that Peanuts gang knows all the secrets to life.

My favorite workout? This one topped my list last week. My arms were toast when I was finished. I'll be doing it again on Thursday!

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