Wednesday, August 6, 2014


My Mother in Law passed away on Thursday. She had been battling lung cancer since March. So much of our time during the past 5 months had been spent with her, so please say some extra prayers for us as we make the transition into life without her.

Friday, July 25, 2014

5 Things Friday

1. Tommy and I spent last weekend in the mountains attending a wedding at the Biltmore. His Uncle came in from Chicago so that we could get away for a couple of days. We left after work on Friday and got back on Sunday night. It was a lot of time in the car, but very nice.

2. One of my favorite things about the trip was the dinner and wine after the ceremony. Seriously the best food I have ever put in my mouth! I knew this was a once in a lifetime, and took advantage of all 7 courses and more than my share of wine. I was up .6 this week at my WI, but it was worth every bite, and Monday I was right back on track.

3. I had planned on getting in some extra exercise in the beauty of the Smoky Mountain National Park, but when I got up at 5:30 (4:30 our time) and dressed quietly so I wouldn't wake Tommy, I had no idea there was a flood pouring down outside! Our Friday night hotel didn't offer a fitness room, but I managed 2.25 miles on the treadmill Sunday morning (ugh after the meal the night before it wasn't pretty.)

4. This weekend will be much more low key than last weekend. Tomorrow morning, I am planning to attempt 5.5 miles. I have never done that distance before in one outing. I am excited and nervous.

5. I *believe* a 10k is in my future. But I gotta get that September 5 miler out of the way first.

:) Have a good weekend!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Since I've Been Gone...

Hi Bloggy Friends-

It has been forever since I have posted, but you all know I love reading your blogs. I have been very encouraged by the return of some of my original blog buddies and have recently discovered some awesome new buddies, too! In the last two weeks, I have had multiple friends ask why I haven't blogged, so I wanted to stop in and say "hey!"

I also wanted to catch you up on what has been going on since my last post in January. I have been RUNNING!!! :) Yep, even though I haven't been around here, I have had my most successful year of running so far. In fact, I hit a new PR during my 4th of July race! I was stoked! My Goal at the beginning of the year was to participate in a 5k every month...and I have (except Feb. when my race was cancelled because of icy weather) and even did a 7k during the spring!

This year's Runs :)

Run for Cookies Virtual 5k


Circle K March of Dimes 5k w/Kelly
Super Hero Dash 5k- 42:46
Diabetes Dash - First in Age Group! 40:42

Little Red School House 5k w/Kelly-42:07
Kiwanis River Run 7k- 58:55  7k PR

Wise “Yes We Can” 5k- 41:36:53
Jeff Dropo 5k- 41:10:54

Walk for Justice- Not timed
Firecracker Chase 5k-41:11

Sacred Heart Independence Day 5k   -PR 38:52
St. Jude Making Tracks (walk w/Erin)-53:09

I am definitely not a speed demon, but I have learned to really enjoy running and that is what is most important for me right now. 

I also joined Weight Watchers in March. Can you believe I had never been a Weight Watcher?? My friend Kelly had joined last year and had been successful, and the more I talked to her about it the more intrigued I was by the program. I joined the last week in March and so far I have lost 25lbs! This is HUGE for me. I started by following the Simple Start plan and transitioned into Simply Filling. Basically I follow a list of foods to eat by...fruits, veggies, lean meats, Whole wheat pastas,  Fat Free dairy (I honestly don't do much dairy these days) and then I get points for indulgences. Some of my indulgences come in the form of higher calorie meals such as an occasional dinner of pizza once in a blue moon, but usually I use my indulgence points for avocado or PB2. 
This has worked for me, and I am very excited to find something that works for me. I have toyed with the idea of trying the points program, but since SF is working for me, I am going to just stick with it.

So yeah, a ton of great things have happened since my last post, but life hasn't been all rainbows and unicorns. This spring, my Mother In Law was diagnosed with lung cancer. It has been a difficult time in that regards. So if you have any extra prayers, please send them her way.

Well, it was nice touching base, and I will try not to let months pass by without another check in, who knows,you may even see me around here more often :)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

January in Review

January was a great month! I ended the month with 20 days of workouts which included runs, walking, Zumba, my recumbent bike, and Leslie Sansone's HIIT DVDs. I have always enjoyed Leslie's Walk Away the Pounds DVDs, and these HIIT workouts are a fun twist to the same old great Leslie!  I also chose to be dairy and grain free during the month of January and kept a record of all my food at Jessica's Plate. There are no pictures or recipes there, but a diary of my food for the day. Keeping this record kept me mindful of what I was eating. As I said in my last post, I have stayed away from the scale, so I don't know if I have lost weight, but I have definitely felt healthier!


Friday, January 31, 2014

"Have you lost weight?"

In January I threw out the scale. Well, I didn't throw it out. It is still hanging out in the utility room, but I haven't stepped on it. Actually, I haven't stepped on it since I fractured my foot in the fall. But when I refocused after Christmas, I decided that the scale was not going to be part of my daily life, or even my weekly life. I lose slow. If I lose 4 lbs in a month, it is a small wonder. Watching the scale can be devastating for me mentally. Especially when I am blog hopping and read about others that are upset by 5lb per week losses. I know that everyone's journey is different and I shouldn't compare my losses to others, but that is easier said than done. So, I threw out the scale. And it has been great. That silly number doesn't dictate my mood. That silly number doesn't throw me into a binge. That silly number doesn't effect me because I don't know what it is. I had thought about hopping on the scale tomorrow because it is the first of the month. I thought about it all week. I agonized over that that number might be. And then today I got it. Something that is so much more exciting than losing half a pound in four weeks. My Neene asked me if I had lost weight. And it made my day! So tomorrow, I am not stepping on the scales. Because I don't want that number to change the way I have been feeling. Tomorrow I am going to get up and do the same things I have been doing for the past 5 weeks...I am going to be mindful of what I eat and write it down. I am going to drink my water. I am going to have an awesome workout...and since it is Saturday, I might even have two. And I am going to be proud of what I have accomplished during the past few weeks!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Vote for Pugsley

 Our little Pugsley is competing in a Pet Photo Contest! I would love for you to vote for him.

Just follow this link to vote for him. For the vote to count, they will email you and you then have to click a link to verify the vote. (Too much clicking around!)

We rescued Pugsley two years ago after our sweet little Humphrey passed away unexpectedly. He was new to the rescue (we used Russell Rescue our of Columbia, TN.) and absolutely pitiful. He was terrified of everything...especially me, and very underweight. Our original plan was to just foster him and help to socialize him, but we were foster failures with him.  Now he is a sweet, happy (though a bit moody, but who is not) dog :)
In his Christmas PJs
Dressed to the 9s

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Runs for Cookies Virtual 5k

Today I participated in Runs for Cookies Virtual 5k to celebrate her birthday! I appreciate you guys telling me about this virtual. It is my official race for the month of January. (I want to run at least one 5k each month.)

I currently don't have access to a treadmill, so I knew I would be running outside. The weather has been super cold this week, especially by Alabama standards. We had two days that started in the single digits, and we haven't been above freezing since Monday. But today was so much better. I headed out at 11 this morning and it was 37 degrees and sunny.

Right before we headed out.
I decided that I would take Pugsley along for my run and we headed to a local park with a track. I usually don't run on the track, but thought it would be a nice change. My plan was to do quarter-mile intervals and that worked out great. Pugsley was a true sport, too. He accompanies me on walks all the time, but this was the first time he has ran with me. HE LOVED IT! Those little legs can move!
My official time was 37:22, but I almost wonder if the track may be off a bit because that is faster than usual. Of course, the track was flat, I stuck to the middle and inner lanes (sometimes Pugs wanted to trade), and there were no obstacles to swerve.
The run was great. I ran all of my intervals (on the last one I walked about 15 seconds because I wanted to run through the .1 along with the last quarter mile.)  It was windy so I was a mess when I finished..a snotty nose, watery eyes, crazy hair mess, but I felt awesome!

Did anyone else do this virtual? I would love to know how your runs went today!