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Monday, December 22, 2008

I lied, I have to post this before I leave town.

My friends Tara and Steve had a baby boy a few weeks ago and Chloe and I finally made it over to their house to see him since he was born. Oh man, he is SO CUTE!! He was so good, we just held him and he made funny faces and didn't make a sound. Just looked around at us and stared at us intently.

Here are a couple of pics of Cade Jaxon.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Signing off for a couple of weeks!

I realized I have been so busy recently with Christmas and husband and I's ski trip around the corner and this part-time job they call marathon training that my blog has been neglected. I have decided to just not worry about updating it for a couple of weeks. I still have a few Christmas gifts to get, not many. We are packing for our trip this weekend. We need to wrap all of the presents this weekend too. Just so much to do and such little time. But I am going to "live in the moment" as Phil from biggest loser told Vicky. I need to enjoy each moment. The packing, the wraping gifts with my kids, the last minute shopping, the running and so on. Enjoy each thing and take it all in b/c as we know EVERYTHING goes by too fast.

I am running 14 miles this Saturday with my friend Jessica. Not even dreading it since I will have company. Then it is laundry, packing and wrapping. FUN TIMES!!

I wish all of you a very Merry and blessed Chrismtas. LIVE IN THE MOMENT!!! I will see all of you after the new year.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

This and that

Oh my how time flies. It is the week before Christmas. As always so much last minute stuff to do. I have my list and hope to get it all done by Monday.

My 14 miler this past weekend was cut a tad short to 12.5. It went o.k. Could have been better but I guess 12.5 miles is nothing to sneeze at. I should just be happy with it and go with it.

I am off to a great start this week though with a 4 miler done this morning before work. I have 2 more 4 milers to do then a 14 miler that I will do with Jessica this weekend.

Tonight is the BIGGET LOSER FINALE and I can't wait!! I only watch 2 show religiously and this is one of them. The other is Desperate Housewives. BL starts at 7. I will probably eat dinner, get the girls to bed and then start watching it around 8:30. I can't wait! I am pulling for Michelle. GO MICHELLE GO!! Kick the rest of the whiny hateful booties that are on the show.

Friday, December 12, 2008

14 miles on Saturday

I am getting geared up for my longest distance so far of 14 miles that I will do on Saturday. Between the two people that I am running the marathon with, Jess and Corinne, we decided to shoot for a 13 minute mile so that is what I will do this lon training run at. So it will take about 3 hours. It does seem like forever sometimes but I just have to do it. It just comes a long with the training. Once it is over with I will be beyond proud of myself and just so happy so I know it will be worth it. When you are just thinking about it though it is extremely overwhelming. o.k. I have to quit thinking about it now.

I had a work Christmas party today at an italian place. It was delicious. I got in some good pasta carbs and I even ate a piece of cheesecake. YUM!! I have antoher Christmas party tonight with husbands work friends. It should be fun too. They are always good for a heart laugh or two or ten. I am just concerned about getting home too late and not being rested for my run. Hopefully, I can get husband out of there at a decent hour. We shall see how that goes.

o.k say a little prayer for me mid-morning on Saturday that I am started and doing well and as always avoiding injury.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pictures - St. Jude half marathon

Instead of duplicating the work that Jessica already did. Go to her blog to see the pictures that she posted of the event. Man, we had a good time if you can't tell.

Jessica's blog.

Officially training for a FULL MARATHON!

I am NOW officially training for a FULL MARATHON! I just completed my 3rd half marathon on Saturday in Memphis and it was GREAT!! It was so much fun and the route was VERY scenic. There were 6 of us that stuck together so we chatted the whole way and it made the time pass by really fast.

What a pleasure it was to complete it with 2 people (a husband and a wife) that this was their first 1/2 marathon. What an amazing accomplishement for them and to experience it with them was an unforgetable experience.

So now I will run 4 days a week, 3 short runs of 3-5 miles and one long run anywhere from 10-20 miles. Getting in the 4 days a week is going to be my biggest challenge. I have to MAKE it happen. I WILL NOT go into this marathon un prepared. My heart will get me through it b/c I have trained my cardivascular system to withstand the long endurance distances. So no problem there. Over time my legs and feet should be ready b/c of the training I will be doing. The only thing that might get in my way from time to time will be my MIND!! It really crazy what a mental battle this is with yourself. Running anything beyond 13 miles at this point just seems so difficult b/c that is the farthest distance I have gone so far. I have to take this just one week at a time. Looking at the overall picture is just to overwhelming for me right now.

Here is my plan for this week:

Tuesday - 4 mile run
Wednesday - 4 mile run
Thursday - 3 mile run
Friday - off
Saturday - 14 mile run
Sunday - off

Each of these nights I will spend 10 minutes before bed stretching. A friend from PNP that I met in Memphis shared the importance of stretching and shared some good stretches for runners so I am going to do that. Also, 3 days a week I will do some pushups, planks, supermans and this other lower back strengthening exercise. I really should be doing some upper body ST but I am just not certain I will get it in so I will do these few basic exercises to keep my upper body and core strong enough to complete the race.

Stay tuned for the next 14 weeks. I will keep you updated on my continued progress or lack there of.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Memphis bound!

I am headed to Memphis this weekend to run in the St. Jude half marathon. I will be doing it with several fellow Phit-N-Phat'ers. A few of which have never run a race at all much less a half marathon. I am looking SO FORWARD TO IT!! As crazy as it sounds this will be my 3rd half marathon so I am not really worried about since I obviously know I can finish it. I am really looking forward to enjoying the experience with those that this is their first time b/c it is an amazing experience to push yourself to do something like this. When you think of all of the time, training, thought and preparation that went into training for a half marathon and then when you actually cross the finish line there are just few experiences like it.

As for me, I am doing SO MUCH BETTER! I ran 3 times last week and then I ran this morning and so far so good with my foot. I put it in ice water for about 5 minutes after every run and it hasn't bothered me yet. After my long run of 13 miles on Saturday that will be a true test to see how it will hold up for the longer distances. My neck has much improved and I still do the massage to it every few days then I do my neti pot once a day at night to keep my sinuses cleaned out so I can keep breathing good. So far so good.

BIGGEST LOSER is no tonight. This is where they get the big makeovers and then they are revealing their new looks on the Tyra Banks show. That entire show will air on Wednesday. I already have the DVR set to record. Oh, I can't wait to see them. I really can't wait to see Michelle and Renee, the Mom and Daughter team. They are so beautiful already and were when they started the show. I can't wait to see them all fixed up and with nice clothes that actually fit them. CAN'T WAIT!!

I got my 3 mile run done this AM so nothing would get in my way of watching the show. I will start it though late after my girls go to bed. Love the DVR!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I am SO MUCH better!

It has taken me some time but I am feeling better. My neck has dramatically improved, my foot seems to be doing o.k. and my congestion is pretty much gone. With these three things on the up and up it just totally changes how I feel and my attitude. I was just in a slump last week b/c my body was feeling so bad.

I have been putting a heating pad on my neck and upper back at night and then massaging it with an electric massager that I have (I love this thing) and then I repeat this process 3 times. A little heat then a little massage.

I continue to do the neti pot once a day and use a nasal spray. I am really hoping these two things each day might fend off sinus issues for a while to keep my nose clear for the runs.

I ran this morning on the TM for 25 minutes and I didn't have any foot pain during the run. I put it in ice water for 5 minutes while I ate my orange this AM and so far no pain but only time will tell how it will do.

I am off work Thursday and Friday and I have big plans to get some things done around the house. I will have to work hard and not much sitting around to make them happen.

My running plan for the rest of the week is:

Thursday - run for 40 minutes
Friday - off
Saturday - run for 70 minutes

Friday, November 21, 2008

Slight improvement

I am slightly better today. YEAH!! I think when you get to not feeling well and then you have a slight injury it just really brings you down. I went back to the chiro yesterday and he did some treatments on my foot and my neck and both feel better today. He suggested I take a few more days off from running to rest my foot and ice it twice a day and then with my neck he said to use bio freeze and also a heating pad at night before bed. I plan to run on Monday or Tuesday and continue to ice my foot throughout the marathon training. He told me this is not a permanent injury by any means but it might continue to bother me slighlty through my running but nothing I shouldn't be able to deal with. So that is good news.

I am actually looking forward to not running a long run this weekend. I will take advantage of my rest so that I will hopefully be able to hit it hard next week. The great thing is this is perfect timing for my half marathon that is in 2 weeks so the next two weeks are taper weeks with less running anyway so it works out perfectly.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I am struggling a little bit here!!! My congestion is slightly better but not great. I do still love my neti pot and I am amazed at what it gets out of my nose. I just wish it would go away completely. My neck is bothering me from dancing and holding my daughter last Saturday night at a wedding. She was a Momma's girl for 3 hours and wanted me to hold her and dance to every song. Although she is only 21 pounds I had to switch her from side to side and I know the strain of that has made me have a crick in my neck. I have been putting a heat pad on it at night for a while and then my husband has been using a massager to massage it. Although it is slightly better it is not completly well. UGH!! THEN, to make matters worse my right foot started bothering me Saturday afternoon after my 10 mile run. I did dance on it Saturday night and I know that really aggravated it then on Sunday it was swollen a tad. I went to the chripractor on Monday and he said it was an inflamed joint and that was fluid around it that was making it swollen. He said I just needed to put both of my feet in ice water after every run even if it was a 3 mile run. So I ran on Tuesday morning 2 miles and iced them and that went fine. Well, as of yesterday it feels like the pain has moved up into my ankle. So now I don't know what to think. It isn't bad just kind of uncomofortable. I just can't win right now.

So of course since I feel so blah and am aching in a few places I am questioning my ability to complete this marathon training. I am not even into the bulk of it yet and I am struggling. I just pray that my body will be able to withstand the pressure. So many other people do it so surely I can. I am just a little bit worried. I have thought about taking off this week and just resting and seeing how that does. Maybe that is what I need to do. I am just learning as I go here so I don't know what is best.

Running is such a mental game and your head can get in the way really easily and I think that is what is happening with me. I am going to have to just sort through this quickly and move on. UGH!!! Just frustrating!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Neti pot where have you been all of my life?

I have been having sinus congestion issues. Several weeks ago it persisted and developed into an infection and I had to get a cortisone shot and antibiotics. I was free and clear for about 2 weeks then it came back. Well, I didn't want to have to get antibiotics again and I also didnt' want to ride it out so I did some research and some asking around and realized I needed a neti pot. I have heard good things about them so I thought I would give it a try.

So far so good, I really like it. It is a weird thing to do and you actually put this saline solution in the pot then mix it with luke warm water then you stick the spout of the pot in one nostril and then tip your head to the side and water will run out the other side of your nose. Then you blow your nose and then do it to the other side. It is amazing all of the stuff it gets out. It has helped me to be able to sleep at night b/c I can breathe through my nose. I am also taking clairitin and a nasal spray so with those 3 things together I am on the mend. I plan to continue to use the neti pot at least once a day and maybe in the morning and night. It can't hurt you and if it keeps congestion at bay then it is worth it.

If you have sinus trouble often I encourage you to give a try. Just remember to do it over a sink and to breathe in/out your mouth. It gets easier and less uncomfortable each time you do it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Visited the scale...finallly!

Well, it had been a while since I had weighed so I finally decided to step on the scale the other day and it was up 2 pounds. I am not upset or disappointed or anything though. In fact I am completely fine with it. The last time I weighed several weeks ago it was at 148.4 and then last Friday it was at 150.4.

I am switching my focus and continuing not to weigh very often. Since I am not in fat loss mode and am concentrating on the running and preparing myself and my body for the hard core marathon training that will ramp up in mid-December I just can't let myself get caught up in the number on the scale. Crossing a line of a marathon and checking my weight daily and stressing if it goes up just do not go together. I will have plenty of time, years in fact to tone up and get the fat off after March 15has come and gone. So for now, it is running and fueling my runs so my body can withstand the stress and pressure. I obviously hope to range from 148-153 over the next few months and I really think I will then after this is over IT IS ON with me and the weights and the fat burning!!!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

11 miles DONE!!

Woot!!! I did 11 miles this morning, my longest distance that I will do before my half marathon in December. I am glad to have that out of the way. I ran with a marathon training group today in town on a trail(paved) that I had not done before. I was a little worried that there would not be people there that went my speed but luckily there was a couple (boyfriend/girlfriend) and they went just my speed so it was GREAT!!! I actually did 8 miles with them. The training plan they are on that is all they had to do today then I did another 3 miles by myself. It went by pretty fast though so that wasn't bad. We started at 6AM!!!! It was a little rough getting up that early to get started but it was worth it and I was so glad I got it over with. I hope I can run with them in the future again. As long as that couple continues to run with them anyway. There were 2 other ladies but they went pretty fast. Much faster than I like to or can go. It was a GREAT trail though. I just really enjoyed the whole experience.

My girls are taking a nap. I had an awesome baked potato and some deer summer sausage for lunch now I am headed to the shower and going to lay down and possibly fall asleep myself.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Shoot! I fizzled out.

I had such a great start to my week with 2 AM exercises in a row. Then Wednesday and Thursday I got lazy and did not get up. Soooooo I am having to make up for it tonight and I will do back/chest ST and an intenese 20-25 minute run on the TM tonight after I get home from J's football game and the girls are in bed. That is my plan! Now I just have to follow through.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Great start to my week!

I have gotten up both Monday and Tuesday early to do my exercise. I FEEL GREAT!! The time change is good to me. It is light in the mornings much earlier and then my body just feels like it is later in the morning so just easier to get out of bed. I did 30 minute easy run on Monday and then shoulder ST workout today. Gosh, I feel so good just knowing I got it done.

My good has been on target too. I started working with a friend of mine that is a fellow Phit-N-Phater' named Trish, she has an on-line nutrition business called Phit Nutrition. Since I am venturing into the unknown of marathon training I thought I needed a little expertise in the food department so that I am eating enough and eating the right foods. I think I am really going to enjoy this.

I still havne't weighed. If you remember the last time I weighed was October 8th. I had planned to weigh on November 1st but I was doing a long run on that day and I don't make it a habit to weigh within several days of my long run just b/c the scale is always up so I am giving it a few days. I will most likely weigh on Thursday or Friday of this week though.

I have to gear up for a long run of 11 miles this weekend. Not sure exactly when I will do it but I will get it done for sure.

Friday, October 31, 2008


You read it right, I just registered for my very first (and will determine after if it is my only) FULL MARATHON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been contemplating the thought of running a full marathon ever since last April after I ran 2 half marathons. I just got to thinking that I really wanted to do it at least once in my life just so I can say I did it and prove it to myself that I can do it. The thought of a marathon has never crossed my mind until I started running about 3 years ago. I was just up to a 5K and I thought "I wonder what it would be like to run a marathon". Then I had a baby and was not running for about 1 year then I got back to it and have gradually been increasing my distance and I finally realized that if I want to do it then I can do it. Sooooooooo...I AM DOING IT!!

I have always thought people that run marathons are just crazy, I mean why in the world would you want to do something like that. I am still not sure I can answer it with anything besides saying "BECAUSE I CAN".

I was originally going to do it in about 2-3 more years then my friend Jess and Corinne said they would do it too so here we are preparing for the Little Rock, AR FULL MARATHON on March 15, 2009.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Nothing new

I am feeling better from my sickness but I am SO SLEEPY. I haven't been sleeping well. I have no idea why. I just lay there and I want to go to sleep but I don't. Then eventually I do then I wake up later and can't get back to sleep. It is just so frustrating. I made myself get up early this morning and do 25 minutes on the treadmill. I was thinking it might make me sleepier tonight. I had a good run. I felt good once I got going.

I still LOVE MY HAIRCUT!!! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!! It is so easy. Chloe said she wants her haircut like mine too. Hmmm, probably won't cut hers this short although it would look cute and be much easier to manage. I might take hers a little shorter though. She has SO MUCH hair and it takes forever to blow dry then in the mornings you have to re-wet it and blow dry it again to make it lay right. I am not complaining, I am glad she has great hair.

I just don't have much interesting to share these days. Just same ol' same ol. Can't believe Thanksgiving and then Christmas is quickly approaching. I am looking forward to it though.

Friday, October 24, 2008

It's FRIDAY!!!!!!!

Well I am already feeling so much better. I went to the Dr. yesterday morning and they gave me a cortisone shot, praise the lord! This helped quickly and then gave me some antibiotics. It am already so much better so I should be 100% by Monday for sure.

My friend Jess is in town on business and she stayed the night with us last night and again tonight. It is so nice to get to visit with her more. We are doing our long run of 6 miles tonight. Oh man, just 6 miles, this will be GREAT!! AND to have someone to do it with. The hour or so will fly by. I can't wait.

Tomorrow the Razorbacks play Ole Miss and that is where our old coach of 10 years, Houston Nutt went to as of this past Spring. So it should be interesting. I hope we can pull out a win. We have it in us if we play smart. We shall see what happens.

This will be the first game I have gotten to go to. We haven't had child care for the others so I have stayed home with the girls and let J go to the games. I don't mind though. Most of them have been on TV.

I hope all of you have a nice weekend!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I DID IT!! I finally cut my hair short. I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!! It feels so good to be off my neck and I love the look of it. I am just thrilled. I have an awesome hairdresser and I am just so pleased with it. Happy that I had the guts to do it. I was nervous but I am thrilled with the way it turned out.

Monday, October 20, 2008

10 mile run, my birthday present to myself

Yesterday was my 34th birthday and I was scheduled to do a 10 mile run. IT WENT GREAT!!! If you remember I had to cut my 9 miler short last weekend b/c I didn't feel well I rested up this week and did 1 ST session and 1 short run and I felt ready to go on Sunday morning. I got a really good nights rest on Saturday night, 10 hours of sleep, so I now that attributed to my good run. I went on a trail that has a lot of hills so I would run the flats and walk the hills and it worked out really well. There was a breeze the whole time and 1/2 the trail is shaded and it was a steady 60 degrees the entire time. It was just so nice. I even felt good the rest of the day and then today too. I think I just fueled properly and got plenty of rest and that really helped me out.

My long run next week is only 6 miles so that won't be bad at all.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Busy Bee!

Sorry I haven't been around and updating my blog very frequently. This week has been busier than most. I am feeling a better though so that is a plus. I am not 100% but improving daily so hopefully it continues. I need to be 100% by Sunday when I have to run 10 miles. Whew, it seems like a lot but I know I can do it.

I spent my entire morning getting a beef that we had processed and splitting it up with my parents and getting it in their freezer then putting up my in-laws 1/2 also then putting ours up. It was a job but I got it done. Also, had to get pig feed ready for Chloe's pig show that is on Saturday. Can't wait for that. It will be fun. She is looking so forward to it.

ok, sorry so short but I have work to get done.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Under the weather!

This has been my new best friend for the last 2 1/2 days. Where oh where does all of the snot come from? I mean really, how can it just keep producing. It is like it never ends.

The really bad news is that I was not able to do my 9 mile run. I made it 4 miles with mostly walking. I made every attempt to do it though. I got up at 6:20 Sunday morning after not sleeping well at all and I ate my b-fast, got dressed and headed out the door at 7. I really wanted to be able to do it. My energy level was non-existent and I couldn't breathe. If you run you know how important breathing is. In fact it is the main thing you have to adjust to as you become a runner and when your nose is so clogged it makes it very difficult. I went as long as I could then I just had to cut it short. I figured I was not doing my body any good and I really needed to rest. Let's just pray that I will be 100% for this coming weekends 10 mile run.

I took a short nap on Sunday and then I slept really good last night so that helped. I am feeling slightly better today which makes me think I either have allergies or a cold. I kind of thought it might be a sinus infection but since I am feeling better today I think that is not what it is. Just taking some over the counter meds and blowing my nose like crazy to try to get this junk out.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

3 days strong

3 days straight of no weighing! GO ME!! This is tough. I have to consciously think not to weigh in the mornings. It is such habit for me. I am feeling good though and I really think it is making me think twice about my food and getting in my exercise.

I have a 9 miler planned for Sunday morning. I am ready. Been eating more today and drinking my water. I am feeling sluggish and congested today. I hope it goes away by morning. I think I am just tired from a busy week and staying up late last night. I have rested some today so maybe that will make me feel better tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

No scale for me!

Yes, you read it, I am not weighing myself until November 1st. I was reading an article that my trainer at Phit-N-Phat posted and I realized that I needed and wanted to prove to myself that I am not a slave to the scale and it does not control me. So in order to do that I am not stepping on the scale until November 1. I know how to eat and I know how to exercise in order to lose or maintain my weight so that is what I am going to do without pressure or reassurance from the scale.

I am currently taking on a NO CANDY challenge through Halloween and I did that last year so I know it can be done but this, not weighing is going to be a really HUGE challenge for me. Since I have been on the health and fitness wagon for 2 years I have weighed at least 4-5 times a week. I typically do not let the scale ruin my attitude or mood and I am completley aware that weight fluctuates daily but if through the week I see a general downward movement in it then I am pleased. I just think it will be a good idea for 24 days to prove to myself that the scale really does not control me and the choices I make are what control my weight and attitude.

This morning I weighed and the scale said 148.4 so on November 1 we will see what it says and I will let you know. I am really thinking that it might make me work a little harder on the exercise and keep the food extra clean b/c I won't have the scale to give me the reassurance.

I can do it! If I can not eat one piece of candy through Halloween then I can do this. The scale is in front of my sink in the bathroom. I am going home to move it to the cabinet under J's sink so that I won't be tempted to step on it. Out of sight out of mind. Wish me luck!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Cheerleader Chloe

I wanted to share some recent pics of Chloe in her red/white cheerleading outfit. She is obsessed. Red and White goes with J's team as well as the Razorbacks so it works out really nice. A few pics were taken at my parents house and the others were taken at the Ramay football game last Thursday with the other cheerleaders. She was in heaven. Only one pic of Lizzie b/c she would not cooperate. As you can see in this pic she has a mischievous look on her face and she is trying to get away and I am trying to hold her. It was rather funny if you can't tell from the laughter on my face.

Friday, October 3, 2008


Sorry, I have been MIA!! I have been the lady of leisure this week while my parents have been out of town. I have been working part time basically (taking some vacation) and taking care of my girls when they aren't in school. It has been GREAT!!!

I am doing really well. Eating has been GREAT and exercise has been good too. I will run 8 miles this weekend.

Just not much going on with me. I have tons of pictures to post I just can't seem to get around to downloading them.

I hope all of you have a good weekend.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Oh the JOY of hunting season!

Sorry I have been MIA. Just a lot going on here in beautiful NW Arkansas. Chloe was sick but it seemed to pass quickly though. I hope it is gone at least. We shall see.

It is prime football season and deer season opens tomorrow. JOY JOY!! I love the Fall weather (it is my favorite actually) but that is about all I like about Fall. My husbands two favorite things besides his wife and girls happen in the fall...FOOTBALL and HUNTING!! If we thought we saw him a little bit now it is getting ready to end all together. Any spare time he has he is in the deer woods. It is actually rather annoying. I know he loves it but I still get annoyed. You would think that after 5 years I would be used to it and and not let it get to me but it still does and we still argue about it all season long. I have just come to accept that we will just have to agree to disagree. There will never be a middle ground. Oh well, such is life and there are bigger things to worry about.

Friday, September 26, 2008

WOOT WOOT!! Ramay got a WIN!!

YEAH!! Last night J's team won their game. 16 - 6. We were so excited. It is the first one they won. The kids were thrilled and of course J was beyond thrilled. We were asking our selves "do they fire 8th grade football coaches if they don't win". We don't think they do b/c you can only work with what you got but you just never know. It is always best to hopefully get a few wins in there so you don't have to worry about that. Not that we're worried, we really are kidding. I hope this gives the team some confidence going into the rest of the games and they can maybe get a few more wins. Only time will tell.

I will be doing a 6 mile run this weekend. Not sure when though yet. Saturday or Sunday though.

I did get up yesterday and did some ST. I did not get up this morning though. I need to plan to make Friday a DOR b/c after the football games and not relaxing at all at them from chasing around my 18 month old I am exhausted. I can't relax with her climbing around on bleachers and going as fast as she can to the end of them.

Last night at the game Chloe got to go down with the 9th grade cheerleaders (she wears a red/white cheerleading outfit to the games and has the same red metallic pom poms as the cheerleaders) and warm up with them before the game. They lifted her up by both feet you know like she is standing and she cheered then she got to stand there when the 9th grade did their run through. She was SO EXCITED!! She wanted to cheer with them the rest of the game but I tried to explain that it isn't fair to all of the other little girls that they don't get to cheer so she can't. Yes, she doesn't understand that of course. Being the coaches daughter only gets you so far but she got to do that little part so that is better than nothing. She just absolutely loved it. She is a cheerleader in the making for sure.

o.k. I better get off here and get some work done. I hope everyone has a GREAT weekend!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Finally an AM workout

If you follow my blog you will have read that the month of July I was the dedicated AM exerciser getting up at 5 AM and sometimes at 4:50 AM. Well, ever since August got here and the Olympics and then school started I have not been as dedicated of an exerciser and for sure not doing it in the AM. Well believe it or not I got up this morning at 5:20 and did a 3 mile run. Yes, you read that right, it is over and done with for the day and I am thrilled. I did not want to have to do it tonight b/c I can't stand evening exercise even more so I made myself with a little push from my husband.

Monday, September 22, 2008

"Mom I am 4"

Do you remember the days (you probably don't b/c I don't either) that you were SO EXCITED about your birthday and you talked about it for days before and just had the time of your life during and still talked about getting older afterwards. Well, if you don't remember it I am confident that life was that way when you were under the age of 20. My now 4 year old little girl said this morning in her most excited morning voice "Mom, I am 4". It was SO CUTE!! Saturday teh 20th was her birthday and we hung out all day and played and watched cartoons then at night we went to see her pig, Molly then we went to eat pizza at her fav pizza place. While we were there she said "If you would sing Happy Birthday to me I would really love it." Oh my gosh is that not the sweetest thing you have ever heard. Well, I was all for it and it would not have bothered me a bit to stand up in the restaurant and get everyone's attention and ask them to sing Happy Birthday to her but for my kind of shy husband that was not going to happen. I really should have done it anyway, next time I will. He didn't want that kind of attention I guess, no one would have been looking at him anyway they would have been looking at our adorable 4 year old who was grinning ear to ear. Next time I am doing it. Oh well, so anyway, we didn't but we had sang to her several other times that day and then her party was going to be Sunday and we would sing then. Speaking of her party, it was SO MUCH FUN! She had a BLAST!! She got lots of great toys and some clothes and over $50 in cash! I will post pictures soon.

Moral of the story, do your best to remember back then when you LOVED your birthday and just be thankful you made it one more year. Now, THAT is A LOT to be thankful for.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Fun weekend in store!

You will be glad to know that I got my 2nd short run in for the week last night. I will do 7 miles at some point this weekend. Tomorrow is our oldest daughters 4th birthday. She is so excited! I can hardly believe it but it is true. We are having a party for her on Sunday. She has asked me everyday this week if it is her birthday yet. I was finally able to tell her this morning that when she wakes up tomorrow that it will be her birthday. We are getting her a bike. I think she will be really excited about that. Can't wait to give it to her. I plan on having my splurge meal at her party on Sunday. We will have cake, ice cream, hot dogs and chips. It will be worth it b/c I love a good grilled hot dog and chips and of course I love me some ice cream. Not as crazy about cake but I am sure I will have a small piece, it just kind of goes with ice cream ya know.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Back in the game!

Well, I am back in the game. I did my upper body strength training before bed last night. My sweet husband said he was proud of me. That made me feel good. I mean I could SO easily go to bed but NO, I did my workout. I really want to get up in the AM and get it over with but I haven't been making myself so if I don't then at night before bed is when I must do it. I told my husband that I didn't have a choice that I have already signed up for the St. Jude half marathon and I will NOT be un-prepared so if this is what I have to do at 10 PM at night then that is what I have to do. I will do another 3 mile run tonight then I will take a DOR on Thursday then I will do my long run of 7-8 miles either Friday or Saturday, not sure yet. I would love to get it done on Friday so maybe I can work that out. If was crazy ambitious I could get up around 5:30 AM and do it b/c I don't have to leave the houes until 8:15 to take the girls to school. That probably won't happen though but in a perfect world that is when I would do it. It will probalby take place Saturday afternoon/evening. I will let you know though after it is complete. After I get in my 4 workouts this week that will be about as much as I have done over the last 5 weeks. I know, I was bad but not any longer. I AM BACK!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Monday started off right!

Well, I made a promise to myself that I would not go to bed until I got a 3 mile run in and that is exactly what I did. I got on the treadmill at 10:10 and did a good pretty fast 3 miles and got off at 10:42. It felt GREAT!! I really pushed myself and I was trying to hurry as much as I could. I actually only took 1 1- minute walk break and I increased my pace each mile. First mile was at 5.0, second mile was at 6.0, 1st half of 3rd mile was at 6.5 then I really ramped it up and did 1/4 mile at 7.0 then the last 1/4 of a mile at 8.0. WHEW!!! I was glad when it was over but it felt good doing it.

So far today food is right on plan. Tonight before bed I will do upper body strength training. Since I can't seem to make myself get out of bed in the AM I just have to do it in the PM.

Monday, September 15, 2008


I am struggling. Food hasn't been good and exercise has been non-existent. Food choices have just put me in mainteance mode. I have actually maintained the same weight for the past 3 weeks. So I haven't gained which is a major plus but my goal is fat loss and that just isn't happening with the extra foods I have been eating. Then, I am registered to run in a 1/2 marathon in Memphis on December 6th well in order to that one must TRAIN!! So that means practice runs and that hasn't been happening consistently. I ran 1 day last week and that won't cut it. I am not sure what is up with me. Just my mindset/attitude I am sure. I just need to re-focus and get back to it. The only way to do it is to JUST DO IT!

Back to the basics this week:

-I have logged my food in sparkpeople today and I will every other day this week as
-I am chugging the water
- I have 2 challenges this week with work luncheons so will make the best choices as I possibly can and I think there will be decent healthy choices to choose from and I will not have the dessert.
- Thursday will be an all day meeting so I won't have access to as much water so I will just do the best I can.

Exercise plan: goal is 4 day, 3 runs and 1 ST
Monday - run 3 miles
Tuesday - upper body strength train
Wednesday - run 3 miles
Thursday - off
Friday, Saturday or Sunday run long run of 7-8 miles.

I will keep you posted on how I am doing. This too shall pass and I will get over this speed bump.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

GREAT Wednesday evening...

I did my run!! WOOT WOOT 3 miles = DONE!!! Just wanted to let you know that no one needed to check up on me in the morning b/c I did it.

Good Wednesday Morning!

Well it is Wednesday already and I haven't exercised even one drop this week. THIS IS GOING TO STOP RIGHT NOW!! I am telling anyone that reads my blog that I am not going to bed tonight until I run 3 miles. If I can't start my run until 10 then that is what I am going to do. I have a treadmill in the garage so I don't have to run in the dark and I have no excuse. I WILL GET IT DONE!!! Please follow up with me tomorrow to make sure that I did it. If I know people are going to ask me about it I don't want to let them down so I will do it.

As for the food that is still going well. I just don't struggle with the food thank goodness since I can't seem to get my head on straight with the exercise.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Great productive weekend

I got everything done on my list that I wanted to this past week. I was so excited. Cleaned the garage, weeded the flower bed, ran 5 miles, did the laundry, vacummed the house, mopped the floor, visited with friends and family. YEAH!!

I don't have really anything exciting going on just our regular ol' lives.

Friday, September 5, 2008

We lost but we have potential!

The 8th grade team lost 8-21 but I see room for improvement. We shall see as the season goes on. They are bound to get better and more confident though. J wasn't too upset. It doesn't bother him as bad as long as he knows his kids played hard and did the best they could. If you get beat you just get beat. Now he has something to go off though and can see where their weaknesses are and do what he needs to do to improve upon those.

This weekend we are hopefully cleaning out the garage and mowing the yard. I need to weed my flower bed too so I can stay on top of that so I think I will try to get that done also. We are going to some friends house on Saturday night to watch our beloved Razorbacks play on TV so that will be fun.

I plan to have a small splurge meal on Saturday night at our friends house but I am going to keep it under control and not go hog wild.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Tonight is J's first football game. He is coaching 8th grad this year. They play their across town rival for the first game. This one is actually not a conference game though. They play them again the last game of the season and it counts towards the conference number. But regardless you want to beat them! We will see how it goes. It is hard to tell how good/bad you are until you actually play someone. Of course as the season goes on your are bound to get better so that is always good to remember.

I still need to post pictures from this past weekends pig show in Texas. I just haven't had time. I will get to it as soon as I can though.

Chloe is actually sick now with double ear infections and fever. Bless hear heart, I hate when she feels bad. She has some antibiotics and tylenol/ibuprofen so hopefully she will be on the mend soon.

Have a great Thursday! It is finally just drizzling here from all of the rain we had from Gustav. Shew, I didn't think it would ever stop of course it could be worse and I could be in LA with floods and no electricity. I am going to quit complaining now about the rain. Now my yard really does look like a jungle and it will take days for it to dry out, oh well, it is just a yard, we will get it done.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Making new habits = EASY

Here is a blog I wrote for my trainers website, Phit-N-Phat that was posted today.

While I'm away, Dawn has these words of wisdom for the PNP world. She is also the same moderator to take down TWO STRAIGHT CHALLENGES! Go Dawn and yay for your lifestyle.

Making New Habits = EASY

A few days ago a PNP member posed a question “Does it get easier”. I thought about that and answered quickly with an emphatic, YES! Then other members spoke up and put their two cents in and some answered yes and some actually said no.
As I thought about this a little longer I realized that it doesn’t necessarily become easy. I feel we actually form new habits and making new habits simply makes things easier. After a awhile you learn to do what you do and you learn to fit your healthy eating and exercise into your life. In essence it becomes easier.

Forming new habits takes time and none of us will form the habits in the same time frame. It took a good 6 months to really get it and realize that I could put these new healthy eating habits and new exercise habits into my regular life. Now that I have been with PNP for a little over a year, my new habits are just a part of my daily life. I don’t even think about not eating good I just do it because that is what I do and how I live my life.

I have a routine (other wise known as habits) and I do the same thing each week and each night to make sure that I have the proper foods to eat each day. At times it seems like a lot of work. Each night after my girls go to bed and I am get all of our lunches together. Somtimes I think “I would rather be sitting in the living room watching TV”. Then I realize that if I don’t prepare my food for the next day then what will I do?

For many years I didn’t prep or plan my food and I was overweight, un-healthy and not happy with my body. Oh, now I get it.

Don't plan and prep for the next day = starve, binge, and make poor choices just enough to never make any progress (or go the wrong way)

Take some time to prepare for healthy living: 30 minutes on the weekend to plan your menu, go to the store with a list, and 1 to 2 hours cutting up your food, putting it into baggies, and pre-cooking snacks and meals so you are on auto-pilot for a week.

It is just a brilliant idea to plan and prep and I wonder why I didn’t come up with it about 10 years ago? So in all reality it is not that much trouble and the alternative is not a place I ever want to be again. I am now HEALTHY and HAPPY with my body just because of some pre-planning, execution and habit forming.
In conclusion, if you haven’t taken the steps to form new habits which in return make things easier I highly recommend that you try it. I promise it is WORTH IT!

Thanks, Dawn, for sharing you wisdom and winning attitude!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Long weekend

I am SO looking forward to this long weekend and having Monday off. We are headed to take Chloe to a pig show this weekend in Wichita Falls, TX. It should be fun. I am looking foward to the weekend away. I will have 4 adults to help take care of my one child so I am hoping for a little relaxing and maybe just sitting. Oh to just sit down and not think for a bit sounds REALLY NICE!! I have just been on the go go go so much the past month that I haven't had much time to relax. I would take just 30minutes if it was sent my way. I think I might get it this weekend. Chloe is so excited to go to Texas and show her pig. It will be a big one with lots of competititon so we will just be there to compete with the best of them. I promise to take pictures and post them as soon as I can.

I hope all of you have a wondeful Labor Day weekend.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

5 year wedding anniversary

This past Friday was J and I's 5 year wedding anniversary. I CANNOT BELIEVE it has been 5 years. As my husband called it "highly average" I said well I guess that is better than "lowly average". HAHA It really has been great. We really have so much fun together. We LAUGH A LOT!! At each other mainly and the goofy things we do. Last night J said something backwards and it was hilarious, we both died laughing. We really try to find the humor in things and we make fun of each other a lot. With the stress that I feel sometimes from having 2 younger kids and a coach as a husband humor is ALWAYS needed. We are both anxious to see what the next 5 years will bring. I am sure it will be FUN no matter what it is.

We had the pleasure of attending a wedding of a dear friend of mine, Caroline. We have been friends since we were 14. She is now 33 and her fiance was 33 also and neither of them have been married. They looked very happy.

Here are some pics.
I tried to get a picture of her dress b/c it was beautiful. One of the pics is of her wedding portrait. That picture turned out GREAT!! One of the other pics is of my friend since I was 14 too, Cameron. Then you will see Jeremy enjoying his piece of wedding cake as a splurge. I withstood the temptation and passed it up.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I'm doing it again!

I am running a half marathon on December 6th. It is the St. Jude half/marathon in Memphis. A lot of my Phit-N-Phat friends will be along for the ride and I can't wait. I started my running training yesterday with a 3 miles run/walk. It went really well. I thought I would be sore this morning since I hadn't run over 1 1/2 at one time in 3 1/2 months but I have been exercising so I think that just made me stronger and getting back to it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I am glad to be back to the running. I really enjoy it. Having a goal/race in mind keeps me more focused and consistent with my exercise b/c if you don't do the running/strength training then you will never be able to finish the race and that certainly is not an option. I will be doing 1-2 upper body strength training days to keep my upper body and core strong.

I might not be a consistent poster over the next few weeks. Work and life just have me busy for now. I will do my best to keep you updated on how I am doing though.

Friday, August 22, 2008

My dear Olympics...

Are coming to an end. Sunday night will be the closing ceremonies. My exercise schedule can resume. I have unintentionally had a break from exercise b/c I have stayed up WAY too late to get up early but come Monday morning that will no longer be the case. Cute as a button Miss Shawn Johson finally got her beloved GOLD medal a few nights ago on the balance beam. She is just precious. Love her big smile.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Chloe's pig show!

Chloe had her 2nd pig show this past Saturday at the County Fair in our area. She did GREAT again and as an added bonus the judge thought her pig looked good and she won her class and overall for the gilts (Momma pigs).

Here are some of the pics in random order. I am not labeling each one b/c that takes a while. Some are of her sweet sister, Lizzie who can't wait to get out in the ring and show her own pig and then "NO" the pig was not dead at the end just very tired. They can't do much activity at one time so she was tired.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

First day of school!

Chloe and Lizzie started their first day of school yesterday. This is a part-time school and they go 3 days a week. Chloe is starting her 3rd year there and this is Lizzie's first year. The first day drop off went great. I was really worried about Lizzie and I just knew she would cry. So I took Chloe to her class first and she be-popped in like an ol' pro. She goes to sunday school in the same class and has one of the same teachers that teaches sunday school so that was easy. I mean she was just there on Sunday morning so no problems at all with her. Then I go to take Lizzie. I did not want to cry and I knew that if Lizzie cried that I would so I handed her to the teacher and I bolted. I got out of there so fast so if she cried I did not hear it. So the first day was a success. That is not to say the next few days or weeks will be but at least we are off to a good start. My parents picked them up and they said they both did very well. YEAH!! I have good kids, I am so proud!

Here is a pic of Chloe, Lizzie and I before we went into school yesterday:

Friday, August 15, 2008

I have an addiction!

Hi, my name is Dawn and I am addicted to the Olympics! I simply cannot get enough of them and I will stay up to whatever time necessary to be able to watch them. Thank goodness I am not a stay at home Mom b/c I would be in a TV coma from all of the Olympic watching I would do. Last night was SO GOOD! Michael Phelps is a swimming maniac. Can you believe the natural ability this guy has. He really is un real. Then women's USA gymnastics ROCKS!! We are the BOMB! Nastia earned every bit of that gold medal around her neck and Shawn came in a very close second. I was just so glad for both of them.

On a completely different note, Chloe has a pig show on Saturday. It was originally scheduled for next Saturday the 23rd but the changed the dates of the fair about a month ago and we just learned about it Wednesday night so Molly and Chloe will be in action Saturday mid-day. I will post pictures on Monday for sure.

Have a great weekend and WATCH THE OLYMPICS b/c I will be.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


I was looking through pictures of the beach vacation again and I came across a few more pictures that I love so I thought I would share them. Man, my kids are the cutest things on earth aren't they? (YOU BETTER SAY YES!!)

Nothing wrong with SILVER!!!

Well, of course I stayed up until 11:30 last night b/c I could not miss seeing the women's gymnastic team compete. They made a few minor errors but still pulled out the silver medals. No shame in that!

Of course I didn't make it up this morning to exercise b/c this girl doesn't function on 6 hours or less of sleep. Tonight is the men's gymnastics and I am not as into that so I should be able to turn off the TV at a decent time. I am getting up and heading to Lesley's house in the morning so NO EXCUSES, I have to get there.

On the plus side my food is GREAT!!!
B - 3 egg whites, oatmeal, 1/2 cup of strawberries and 10 almonds
S - I actually didn't have one b/c I ate my b-fast later than usual
L - chicken fajita salad w/ quacamole and hot sauce as the dressing, NO CHIPS
S - atkins bar
D - chef salad w/ vinegar and oil dressing and half of a half piece of a roll