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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!

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 […]

Finding my stride

I think we may be in the start of fall here ~ the temps are actually in the 60’s this week.  I have mixed feelings on this.  I am pretty happy with it staying in the 70’s indefinitely [why did we move from San Diego again??? ;-)  ], but I do love fall.  I love […]

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 […]

I made it!

Well today marks the “official” end of the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution for me!  I still can’t believe how fast these last 3 months have gone.   Summer always goes fast, though.  My girls will be back to school in about a week! :(  My oldest keeps telling me that we really should have at least […]

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 […]

Metabolism!

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 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 […]