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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

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Finding my stride

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One Sunny Thursday

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Holiday = Busy Time

Every year when the middle of November rolls around I start to feel that holiday rush.  I have to admit, I’m not crazy about it.  The rush I mean…I love the holidays….Thanksgiving meals, Christmas gatherings, and New Years Eve celebrations. But despite my “plans” to do more ahead of time, not commit to as much, […]


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The need for speed!

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Excuses, Excuses…

Today on my exercise schedule was going for a run.  I woke up, I was dressed for the part … but when the time came I just wasn’t feeling it.  Call it a mix of tired/back pain/whatever but I just knew if I headed out then that it would be a bad experience! So instead […]

Setting Goals, Zumba, & I’m Going To Be Sore Tomorrow

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New Adventures…

Today I got the call…and after about 10 minutes of chatting and scheduling, its official.  I have myself a personal trainer! Yikes… That’s yikes in a good way.  [I think.]   This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.  I don’t know about you, but when it comes to strength training, I feel […]