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I have to say, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I love the family time that is spent together, having fun, without the whole presents thing of Christmas.  I love the 4 day weekend!  I love… the food! My husband and I were watching Mythbusters the other night and on this episode they were […]

A record breaking weekend!

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Ours was a good one and, as always, too fast!  I vote for 4 day weekends.  ;-)

The first part of our weekend was a race!  Not only was it my first race of this year, but it was my daughter’s first EVER race!  It had taken a little convincing to get her to enter ~ mostly because she was unsure that she could do well.  But we told her: no matter what, just have fun!  That’s what its about.  Trying new things, having a good time – and getting exercise while you do it! :)  This race was particularly nice, because it is very small.   And because it was small, there was a very good chance she would place in her age group and get a medal [a big motivator for a 10 yr old ;-)  ].

[caption id="attachment_787" align="aligncenter" width="436"] Starting line! [She’s #33][/caption]

She did great!  I’m so proud of her! Next up, Dave and I ran the 5K portion.  This was my first time running this race, and Dave’s 3rd.  I have been doing my training runs on flat ground and this course has two hills ~ 1 long one and 1 steep one.  Killer!  Despite it all, though, I finished strong and knocked my old PR out of the water by 1 min 33 sec!

Woo hoo!  It was really exciting, because it was some real proof of how strength training and hard work have paid off.  I broke under 30 min for a 5K!  A big goal of mine! The results – Emily and I both placed 3rd in our age group! :)  [gotta love a small race! ;-)  ha!]

She was so proud that she wore the medal all weekend and was singing songs about how she won it. <3    She’s now excited about trying future races.  And maybe, just maybe, I can finally convince her to hit the road with me for a run. ;-) The rest of our Sat was filled with my sweet little niece’s 3rd birthday party [Happy Birthday, Rae!], followed by a few errands.  One of them being a trip to the Y to finally get scan tags and pics done of Dave and the kids.  We also got a full tour so the kids could see everything there.  Needless to say, they are quite excited.  I think they will be begging me next summer to go workout so that they can go to the kids fun area. :)

Now its Monday and onto a new week!  October only has a week and a half left – I can hardly believe it!  That also means that the month of October Unprocessed is coming to a close.  Overall I’ve done pretty well, with a few exceptions.  But just being mindful of it has really been eye opening so far.  Even if you aren’t ready to jump on the “all unprocessed bandwagon” for a month, I’d encourage you to look at all of the food you eat each day.  Write it down and make 3 lists:  Totally Unprocessed, Mostly Unprocessed, and Processed.  List the food you eat in that and see how you do!  It will give you some idea of where you’re at and maybe you can look at some places to start changing.  Baby steps! :) Have a great week!

Another Tuesday

Welcome, October!  You are beautiful!   So I feel like I’ve had a great start to my Unprocessed October.  I haven’t taken the time to weed anything out of the cupboards but I’ve been reevaluating the foods I eat during the day.  So far I’ve been happy to see that the things I chose were […]

Eating Clean(er)

Well fall is here I guess ~ both on the calendar and in the air.  My tress are starting to change a bit already, and we’ve had a few frost warnings!  I do love fall, but I’m still not loving the cool air.  Today I put off my run until early afternoon so that the […]


Boy my metabolism must be really going.  I thought for sure this was going to be a bad week…a bad weigh in.  And I can fully deal with that.  After all I was the one who missed 3 days of exercise and I was the one who ate a little more snack than I should […]

What I eat & a weekly update

Just a quick check in for the end of week 10!  Last week I was bad and I didn’t track my calories AT ALL!  But I did watch what I ate, limited evening snacks, and ate healthy, well portioned meals full of veggies.  The result is a big fat ZERO…as in nothing gained, nothing lost.  […]

Week 2 Wrap Up

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Mine was good, but REALLY busy!  Fortunately most of the early part of the week was not so crazy so I was able to stay on track all week.  I only missed one day of exercise ~ Sat morning. I spent all day Fri with my husband at […]

Book Review: Unjunk Your Junk Food

If you’ve been reading my blog, or have talked to me in the last couple years regarding food, you know that I’ve been working a lot to change how & what my family eats.  I’ve read numerous books, blogs, articles, etc. touching on the subject and there is such a wealth of information out there.  […]

Feeling Overwhelmed?

I love talking about food – especially REAL food.  I love to share what I’ve learned with others.  What we choose to eat and to what extreme we take our healthy eating is a personal decision, so I tend to give input when asked and share via this blog.  I can’t tell anyone what to […]

Making Vanilla Extract

Not only do I like to eat real food, but I also like to save money while doing it.  I kept coming across recipes for homemade vanilla extract a couple years ago and I decided to give it a whirl.  I am very happy with the results!  There is nothing quite like pure vanilla extract.  […]