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I’m alive :)

First of all, Happy New Year!  I know its been awhile since I’ve posted anything.  My sister has been occasionally saying “I haven’t seen a blog post from you in awhile…”  So here it is! Overall I’ve been cranking away and exercise and eating well, with some exception. ;-)  I was inspired to keep on […]

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!

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 […]

The results are in!

I’ve been a bit absent ~ I apologize! The past 2 weeks have been busy.  One week I was spending lots of time with the kids during their last week of summer break, and this past week was their first week back!  I imagined that I would have loads of “free” time…and with the girls […]

Oh Vacation!

Happy Monday! So last Wed we set out on a mini trip to visit some relatives a day’s drive away.  It was a great trip!  We don’t get down that way nearly enough, so it was fun to see everyone and spend time with them.  My girls were thrilled to drive through downtown Chicago. On […]

What is it with pain?

Well I’m happy to report that my back pain has now vanished.  Many thanks to my chiropractor. :)  And while last week was a bust for exercise and fitness, I was very pleased to weigh in on Monday and find myself with zero gained [or lost].  I can live with that! So I got back […]

Week 11 is a bust!

Well what started out as a new, productive week is now a very unproductive week – at least in the area of exercise.  For the past few months I have occasionally been getting back pain in my mid back.  Not always, but often after doing the workouts that work the back.  It seems [feels] to […]

Done with Phase 2!

Wow…just wow.  I swear it was just yesterday I was posting that I finished Phase 1 of Body Revolution and now I’m done with Phase 2.  I’m happy because that means I’ve made it this far, but sad because it means summer is just FLYING by!  We’ve been having a great summer filled with pool […]

Review: Ecover Laundry Soap

Happy Sunday! :)  I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  I’ll share more about mine tomorrow, but for today, I want to share a new product I tried recently.  As part of the Naturally Savvy Blogger Program, I received a bottle of Ecover Laundry Liquid in the Sunny Day scent. I have been working […]

Week 7? Check!

As it always happens in summer, time is flying.  Its the only thing I DON’T like about summer – it goes too fast!  On top of just realizing its July already, we saw school supplies out at Target the other day.  Boooo! :(  We’re trying to slow summer down and enjoy the days, though.  We […]