You can do it – call me a runner.


Growing up, I swore I would never be a runner.  I wasn’t very fast, I couldn’t run for a long time, and I didn’t understand how anyone thought it was fun.  I soon learned to “never say never”.  I began running a few years ago when I switched careers.  I was entering a field in which physical fitness standards were set and required to be met. 

A timed mile and a half run?  Really?  And sprints?  Are you sure?

So the running began in class.  In order to pass the class, we had to pass the fitness standards.  This was the first time I ran outside of a gym class, and I didn’t want to admit I was beginning to maybe, kinda sorta like it.  “Never” was biting me in the butt.  I ran with military cadences (thank you J for getting me started with them) to keep a steady pace.  By the time of testing at the end of the semester, I surprised even myself by beating the time required!

That’s when it all started.  I began going for runs outside, planning time after work to run on the treadmill (since I get off late – like pitch dark late), and missing it when I haven’t been able to run for a few days.

What??  Who am I??  “Never” was really biting me in the butt, and leaving marks!

I even enjoy running enough now that I am getting the itch to sign up for a couple 5ks this summer.  And I’m talking real 5ks, not ones with obstacles like the Warrior Dash (I’ve tackled that guy twice-and he liked it).

So, I’ve done it – I’ve converted.  You can call me a runner. Womp, womp…  Heck, I’ll even call myself a runner!

My next task in this running journey is to find some good running music.

What is your favorite music to run to??

** For this post, I am linking up with Amanda and Beka, and others for the Runners Tell All Monthly Link-Up!  Have a story of how your running journey started?  Be sure to link-up!

Run ‘n Fun


Well golly gee, Sally.  It looks like I’ve become a runner!

I remember back when I used to say that I hated running, I would never be a runner.  And here we are.  My, how the tides have turned.  I started running this past year knowing that I needed to get times down in case I was tested for work.  I began training, and what do you know…I like it!

I’m at the point now that if I go too many days without a run, my body starts to yearn for it.  Weird?  Maybe, yes.  But I like it!

Monday, I had one of the best runs that I have ever had.  I set the treadmill to random (hills), set it for 40 minutes (also longest I’ve been on a treadmill), and went.  I will say, there are a couple times I did a short power walk, but I also threw a few sprints in there too.  And I liked it!


I knocked off 3.10 miles in 45 minutes.  That puts me at about a 14:30 min/mile, but I wasn’t going for speed, so I’m okay with that.  Plus, I figure I’m working my way to becoming a runner.  And I looked at that amount of miles I ran – hey, that’s close to a 5k, maybe I’m not that far from running one as I thought!  Now I really can’t wait for the weather to get nice so I can go for some runs outside.


So a new goal for 2014, participate in a 5k.  I now see I can actually do it!!

What has surprised you in your workouts lately?

On the right track

It looks like today is confessional day. Stop on over to Girl Meets Debt for my Debt Confessionals guest post.

Get ready, we are about to get a little serious here.

This summer, I hit my all-time high weight.  I knew things needed to change when I was not watching what I was eating, my clothes were getting a bit tight, and my hypoglycemia was beginning to act up.  My snacks and meals were not scheduled as they should have been, my sleep patterns were off, and I just felt flubby.  Then the dreaded day came when I stepped on the scale in the locker room at work.  It is the type of scale like the doctor has, the one where you have to move the weights yourself.  That was a bit sobering.  The weights did not stop where I thought they would.  They kept going, and stopped at 175 lbs.  Whoa.

Around this same time, I received a letter in the mail with my test results from my yearly blood test to check blood glucose and cholesterol.  The envelope was a bit thicker than normal.  Along with the letter was a pamphlet on how to lower cholesterol.  My cholesterol levels were too high.  Whoa.

At that moment, I made a commitment to myself that I would focus on my health and fitness to work at shedding the pounds and bringing my cholesterol back to normal levels.  I began planning snacks for work, I decreased the amount of pop I was drinking, I cut down on the intake of fruffy coffee drinks, and I hit the gym.  It started with running, rowing and some body weight exercises.  I have now added in aerobic cardio and weights.  I also joined my first 30-day fitness challenge that my sister-in-law put together in mid-October.  I would say I killed it with losing a total of 11 inches in the 30-days!  Trust me, if you are doing any tracking – track inches, not pounds.  Fat turns to muscle – you become more toned, but muscle weighs more than fat.  Your body will change and become more toned, but the scale may not change like you think it would.

I am now on Day 20 of my second fitness challenge, and have lost another 2 inches.  I’ve hit a plateu, time to re-evaluate a bit.  Unfortunately, I have also been dealing with a knee injury this time around, so I haven’t been able to hit it as hard as I would have liked so far – but I’m on the mend.  Another week and a half to push it.  I have decrease my pop intake to one a day, and my fruffy coffee intake to one a week.  I am drinking a lot more water and green/herbal tea, and eating a lot more fruits and vegetables.  It has been at least a month and a half since I bought something from the vending machine.  I track my calorie intake.  I allow myself one cheat meal a week without feeling guilty about it, and I plan for it.

After this fitness challenge is over I may not join another, but I am going to continue with tracking measurements and photos once a week.  It is astonishing to look at my first photos from October 13th, and to look at the photos from this past Sunday.  I will also be continuing to make my monthly fitness goals each month, and check in with my accountability group of ladies from the challenges.

The other thing that I will continue with that we have done during these challenges is Flex Friday.   Enter Flex Friday comparison photo from Week 2 of the first challenge and Week 2 of the second challenge.


Top weight – 175 lbs
Current weight – 164 lbs
Goal weight – 140 lbs
Inches down since 10/13/13 – 13 inches

I still have a ways to go, but at least I am on the right track!

Update for the first fitness challenge

We are almost finished with our second week of the second 30-day fitness challenge that I joined.  I am still doing it with my sister-in-law, but a few other different ladies.  Mom even joined this one!  Wahoo!  Nothing like a family effort, eh?

You may remember the first 30-day fitness challenge that I was a part of.  It was a group challenge through Beachbody, and online with others.  It was mid-October through mid-November.  I was pretty happy with the results during that challenge.  I did P90X as my workout, and subtituted one Shakeology drink for a meal each day.  I used the Vanilla flavored Shakeology so that I could try all different things mixed in.  My shakes were typically for breakfast, I never was good at making sure I ate breakfast in the morning, and I sometimes had one after my workout at night so I wasn’t snacking on other items.  I had a few go-to shakes that I made, and boy were they delicious!

One of my absolute favorite mixes has been 1 scoop of Shakeology, mandarin oranges, pineapple, peanut butter, a little skim milk, and ice.  It was such a fresh and light shake!  Yum!

Lately, another favorite has been 1 scoop of Shakeology, skim milk, a bit of Coffee-mate’s Peppermint Mocha, and ice.  It makes a delicious holiday drink, and is almost as substitute for my Caribou Coffee drinks that I am trying so hard to give up!  The definitely do help to curb the cravings though!

As far as the workouts and fitness portion of the challenge, I worked out about 4-5 days a week, and lost a total of 11 inches!  Needless to say, clothes are fitting better, I’m getting a bit more toned, and just all around feeling better!  It has even been nice to have family say they are able to notice that I’ve toned up.  My family is a hugging family, and Dad even said one weekend, “Hey, there’s less for me to hug!”  That may sound weird to others, but I was happy to hear it!

Stay tuned for the next few weeks and I will update how this second challenge has been!

Fitness Challenge Day 4-8

I seem to have lost something this week.  A few inches are gone, and I’m not about to go find them!

It all started October 13, 2013.  The Before pictures, and initial measurements.  To check how Day 1-3 went, go here.


Day 4 (10/16): Shakeology made with peaches, mandarin oranges, and a bit of milk.  P90X X Stretch.

Day 5 (10/17): Shakeology made with peanut butter, mini chocolate chips, banana, and a bit of milk.  P90X Shoulder & Back.

Day 6 (10/18): Shakeology made with strawberries and blackberries.  3 mile walk around the lake with Lovie and our sister-in-law (his side).

Day 7 (10/19): Shakeology made with strawberries, blackberries, peanut butter, and a bit of milk.  No workout.  Rest Day

Day 8 (10/20): Shakeology made with pineapple, mandarin oranges, peanut butter and milk.  P90X Kenpo.


Today was also Week 2 photos and measurements.  So far, I can feel a change, my clothes are a bit loose, you can start to see a change in my photos, no real change in weight, but I’ve lost 5 inches so far!

And a reminder of my goals for this 30-day challenge:

My main goals for the 30-day challenge are:

  • Lose 15 lbs (almost my goal weight for #20 on my 30 Before Thirty list!)

  • Get definition in my back and arms, tone up the thunder thighs.

  • Meet and surpass fitness standards for work.

  • Reduce Caribou Coffee intake to 0-1 Caribou drink a week (which will also help the wallet!)

I’ll do another update as we go, at least to keep me going!  Encouraging words always welcome 🙂

Fitness Challenge Day 1-3

I may have mentioned already that I joined a 30-day fitness challenge with my sister-in-law and a group of others.  We are doing the BeachBody challenge, which includes a fitness program of our choice (I chose to do P90X) and substituting one meal with Shakeology (I chose Vanilla).  The challenge is being done online with group motivation and check-ins.

My main goals for the 30-day challenge are:

  • Lose 15 lbs (almost my goal weight for #20 on my 30 Before Thirty list!)
  • Get definition in my back and arms, tone up the thunder thighs.
  • Meet and surpass fitness standards for work.
  • Reduce Caribou Coffee intake to 0-1 Caribou drink a week (which will also help the wallet!)

It all started this past Sunday, (10/13/13), so that brings us to Day 3 today.


Day 1 (10/13): Rest Day, just Vanilla Shake mixed with milk.  This was also our Before photos, weigh-in, and measurements day.  Oh my, was that a bit of an eye opener.

Day 2 (10/14): Shakeology made with peanut butter, grapes, blackberries, strawberries, peaches, and a bit of milk.  Holy awesome sauce, it was amazing!  P90X Chest & Back, and Ab Ripper X.

Day 3 (10/15): Shakeology made with milk and grapes (mighty tasty).  Tonight will be P90X Plyometrics.


On the money side, the challenge was a bit of green, but I am willing to spend a little to try something different to lose those pesky pounds.  Afterall, what I had been doing wasn’t making the difference I had hoped.  So far, I have purchased:

  • Vanilla Shakeology (thankfully borrowing P90X from my lovely sister-in-law)
  • Hamilton Beach Single Serve Blender
  • New tennis shoes (it was time to replace anyways)
  • New workout socks (time to replace anyways)

I’ll do another update as we go, at least to keep me going!  Encouraging words always welcome 🙂


Friday Life Update – Instagram Style!

Saturday and Sunday were busy, busy with the Art Crawl for Lovie and I. The Gear Works and Recut Designs made an epic show, once again! Stay tuned for more additions coming to Etsy stores near you!



We also spent a bit of time at the Farmers Market and got the news that we make too much to live where we’ve dreamt of living.


I received my package of Shakeology for my upcoming fitness challenge my sister-in-law has roped me in for.


I’ve also been working at getting back in the gym (or at least some form of cardio) at least 4 times a week. Even on those days I really don’t want to – but they always end up being the best days.


And today I treated myself to a Caramel Cooler at Caribou today after a week of work and commitment at the gym. I haven’t had one all week!! That’s a record for me, really!


A pretty good week all around I must say.

How was your week?