Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Recap

2012 has been an exciting year for me. Many things have happened..and I don't want to forget how great 2012 has been to me and my family. Top ten greatest moments of 2012

10) Joined a gym in January, and got serious about fitness. Ran 5 miles for the first time ever on a treadmill and I can still remember how awesome it felt.
9) Ran my first 10k..Swamp Rats 10k at the YMCA
8) Found out I could graduate a semester early if I took summer classes and a major workload in the fall. I took 15 classes between January to December. Worth. All. The. Stress.
7) Ran the Color Run in St. Louis. Awesome.
6) Finished Chalean Extreme. Lost 25 lbs and have kept it off for the last six months
5) Baby Boy turned One and our girl turned 5. Our family is complete..for now.
4) Our little girl started Preschool
3) Jason's business has grown tremendously. Thankful he is such a hardworker and provider
2) Got a new vehicle
1) Finished a half marathon, one year and two months after running my first 5k since having a baby.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Shakeology Update

In attempting to to run a half marathon, finish classes for my bachelors, I also remained devoted to my experiment with Shakeology. I've been drinking it for a couple of months now, so I feel it's time to update everyone on what I think about it.
First. I still only use 1/2 a scoop instead of a full scoop of powder. I just can't handle the thickness of a full scoop. So, I either have a shake for breakfast, and one after I workout, or just 1/2 scoop shake a day.
Using 1/2 a scoop makes it go a little further as well, giving me more bang for my buck. A 1/2 scoop shake only costs about $2 a shake ($2.50 if using the individual packets).
Second. I can tell a shift in my energy when I don't drink my shake. I have a little less energy than if I start my morning off with a shake and a piece of fruit.
Third. Sometimes, I choose not to drink it for breakfast, but have it in the afternoon between lunch and supper. When I do this, it helps me fight off the urge to turn a late afternoon snack into a 7 course meal. Seriously, 3:30-4:30 is my weak time. That's the time where I try to drink as much water as possible, eat healthy, and not crash and burn. Sometimes, its a huge struggle, other times  I'm ok. But the shake has really helped out in this area.
Fourth and final thing I like about the shakes; variety. I have tried the chocolate, tropical strawberry and greenberry. My favorite is the tropical strawberry. I have added blueberries, bananas, yogurt, pears, etc. Every time I add additional fruit, not only do I stay full even longer, but it is delicious. With the chocolate, I have added peanut butter, and my favorite shake is mint chocolate shakeology. 8 oz skim milk, 1/8 teaspoon mint extract, 1/2 scoop chocolate shakeology and a cup of ice. Blend in a blender. It remind me of a healthy version of an iced peppermint mocha. I've already had it twice this week.
So there you have it. Honestly, its worth the hype. It's worth the investment because I feel good, and I know I'm putting good stuff in my body.
Thanks for reading, have a great day and Merry Christmas!
Phil 4:13

Thursday, December 20, 2012

St Jude Half Marathon

So, its been almost three weeks since the half marathon, but between end of the semester projects and finals this is the first day I have had time to actually post about the race. I started getting butterflies in my stomach that Thursday night . Friday morning, I packed our bags, double checking that my Ipod was there every five seconds. After Jason got off work at lunch, he packed his things, we took the kids out for lunch, then finally got on the road by 3 that afternoon. We drove about two and a half hours to Memphis, went straight to the Cook Expo center to pick up my packet and buy my first half marathon sicker and t shirt. If it said half marathon on it, I shamelessly bought it. Thankfully Jason was as excited as I was about this, so I didn’t get too many snarky remarks from him.
We checked into the hotel room, met with some friends and went to a nearby restaurant to get a good meal before the race. Our waitress was ridiculously trying to flirt and acted like an idiot the entire time she waited on us, which was pretty humorous, but annoying at the same time. I decided I needed to rest, so we went back to the hotel around 9:30, set the alarm for 5 and I literally fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.  
The next morning, I woke up pretty easy, took a shower and as silly as this sounds, I put my makeup on before the race. I hate my uneven complexion, so I usually wear foundation all the time. And, like every other woman I know, I have to have my mascara. As soon as I put my makeup on, I dressed, and went downstairs to catch the shuttle to the race.
I was nervous, but no so much as I was EXCITED about the race. All the runners walking around, seeing their bibs, their gear, their CALVES, was...overwhelming.  All this time I had been focusing on the half marathon, that I completely forgot there was a full marathon going on as well.
The weather was PERFECT. It was about 65 degrees, no wind. The 5k started first, and we cheered on the runners.Next, we found our corral. We went to the 11 minute mile corral, even though we can usually start off at a 8:45 or 9 minute mile. As the race started, I was overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with excitement, and disbelief that I was actually doing this.
The first four miles were cake. I stuck to my 4:1 and felt great. Mile 6 was challenging, but exciting because I knew I was halfway finished. 7-9 were starting to get harder. There were less people in the park cheering, and that was hard. But, every time I would start to feel exhaustion set in, we would come up on another group of people with their witty signs, yelling and screaming for us to keep going. It worked, everytime. At mile 10, I was very tired, I opted for the gatorade instead of water. I knew my sugar was low. I didn’t use the gel they were passing out because I didn’t want to gag. Mile 11, I pushed myself to keep going. When I reached 12, my goal was to run until I reached the finish line. I almost made it, but I had to walk a few seconds. When I reached the baseball stadium, I was completley exhausted, but then I heard my husband yell my name, and it gave me that last boost I needed to make it to the end. At the end, I made it in 2:30:40. I had no time goal for this race, but I was satisfied

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Why I Run Part 1

A few things have made me stop and reflect on the past year. So many good things have happened in our lives, and with Thanksgiving being tomorrow, I have been thinking about all the good in my crazy, hectic life.

This past weekend, I ran the One World Run for orphans in Kenya. This race is special to me, because it was the first 5k that I decided to run after having my son. I mark this as a one year point in my journey to become healthier, stronger, and a positive role model for my children to follow. Last year, I finished the race around 34 minutes ( I think) and one year later...I finished under thirty minutes again. I never thought I would run under 30 minutes, but this is proof that in just one year, you can do anything you set your mind to.

It also got me thinking back to why I starting running in the first place. The first reason I started running was to prove to myself I could. I have never thought of myself as athletic, and even to this day I don't. But I always admired people who could run, and I told myself one day, I would be running, too. So I took the first steps, with a friend and made the change. The first six weeks were the hardest. It was cold, I was tired, and I didn't want to run. But every night, we would run. Having someone to motivate me was huge. It made me accountable to someone else, and I didn't want to let her down.

Another thing I did was find races. I found a race a month ahead of time, and signed up for it. I wasn't "ready" when I signed up, but I knew I COULD be in a month. So I gave myself a deadline, a PAID deadline. I was going to run, and I was going to earn that tshirt that said I had run something. Slowly, but surely, I did it.

Come back to tomorrow for part 2
Phil 4:13

Saturday, November 10, 2012

In almost 4 week my first challenge group will start up. That means, you have two weeks to get a beachbody workout program and get healthy with me! Want to get healthy this holiday season, instead of gaining extra weight? Send your email address to and get ready to get healthy!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November 6 2012

Well, it has been about a month since I decided to become a beachbody coach. Initially, I wanted the shakeology discount and a discount on a few programs I have had my eye one. But, one thing led to another and I ended up completing the entire coach training this month! I am officially an Independent BeachBody Consultant/ Fitness Coach. Wow..who would have thought my laffy taffy/ milkshake loving self would be a fitness coach 15 months after having my second child! AND who would have thought I would be running my first half marathon in less than a month!
I have consumed myself with learning about healthy eating habits, the right way to exercise, good calories/bad,running, everything over the past 15 months. I have found a passion in eating right ( MOST of the time...) exercising, and encouraging others to be a healthy as they can be. My daughter has started running, my husband has been (slowly) making healthier choices, and many of my friends and family members are doing the same.
I am so excited to be able to coach people from literally all across the United States. While my dream job is to be a teacher, I will have to admit, this is a very close second. I have a passion for helping people become healthier, whether it is by offering encouragement, telling them things that has helped me, or pointing them in the direction of others. I know what it is like to be scared, or feel like you can't do something. But I also know how amazing it is when you reach goals you never thought you would be able to reach, and see changes in your body that you never thought were possible.
After the half, I will be starting my first Challenge group as a beachbody coach. 30 days of support, motivation, and the tools to help other people reach their goals as well. If you have wanted to exercise, but lost motivation, this challenge group is for you. If you need a support system to hold you accountable, this is for YOU. I would have never been able to make it at the beginning if it wasn't for my amazing support system of friends, and my own coach who helped me believe in myself.
Mommys....we are loosing the baby weight once and for all.
Friends...we are loosing the freshman 15 that we gained a few years ago.
We are getting healthy, adding years to our lives, and feeling good about ourselves.

This group will start in about a month, so you have a month to decide if it is a right fit for you. Think about it. Pray about it. Talk to me.
my email is send me a message on FB. I am so excited for this new journey.
Phil 4:13

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Almost Ready!

So for the past few weeks, I have been making it a priority to get my long runs in on the weekend. Last weekend, I finally made it to ten miles, with five weeks left before the half!
Somewhere, a while ago, I read that if you can make it to ten miles, you can do 13 the day of the race. So my goal is to continue running ten miles every week until closer to time. I may try to do eleven or twelve a week or so before, but now I have the mindset that I can do this. I have made it to ten!
I'm still training with the Jeff Galloway method, and so far, it has worked great for me. I run 3 minutes, walk 1 the entire time. Even at the beginning when I feel like I can go a few miles without stopping. I do this, so that by mile 9 or 10, I am tired, but not completed exhausted. A few weeks ago I tried to run 9 without stopping. I ended up very sore for almost three days, and exhausted the rest of the day. I feel so much better when I take the walk breaks, but different training programs work for different people. 
I'm also still trying out the shakeology. I have been using it for a few weeks now. I do find that I have more energy and make healthier choices, especially if I have it for breakfast. It gets my day off to a good start. I am the type of person that literally the first thing that goes into my  mouth, determines how my day will go. If I grab a candy bar or something unhealthy and eat it, I will eat horrible the rest of the day! 
I haven't been able to use a full scoop, I feel like it doesn't mix as well, and it makes the shake into a thicker texture than I like. So I use half a scoop, skim milk and three ice cubes; blend well, and I have a healthy smoothie as I walk out the door. By using half a scoop, I can have another shake later on in the day, especially around 4pm when I tend to want to snack on junk.
I also haven't found any fruit that I particularly like to mix with it. I tried a banana and that was ok, peanut butter was aweful, and applesauce was so-so. Maybe those types of fruits and protein might pair well with another flavor, but as far as the greenberry goes, I will just continue to use milk. 
That's all for now, hopefully there will be more good news in the future ;)
Phil 4:13

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Shakeology Day 1

Last night I was so happy to come home and see that my Rev Abs and shakeology had arrived. I decided I will start RevAbs tonight, since I was only able  to get in one mile this morning. The weather change has really messed with my sinuses, and my throat was killing me.
First off, let me say that I am going to be completely honest about this stuff. I researched shakeology for myself for months before I decided to try it, and I fully intend on returning it IF it turns out not to be a good fit for me. I really liked the GNC shakes, but the chemicals and long list of ingredients that I couldn't pronounce started to bother me after a few months. I want to KNOW what I am putting in my body, ya know?
That being said, the first thing I did was look at the ingredient list when I opened the package. This is what it looks like :
Phytonutrient super greens blend: Chlorella, Blue green Algae, spinach, barley, kamut grass. HEY, I know those words!
Super Fruit Blend: Camu-Camu, Pomegranate, Blueberry.....ok, know those as well!
Flax see, chia meal, pea fiber....ok, not sure EXACTLY what that is, but at least I can pronounce it??

There are other ingredients as well, this is just a short list to get my point across. I can understand what I am taking in, which is a plus for me! ( do we really know all the ingredients in a chicken nugget, BTW??)

Next, I opened the bag. I opted for the greenberry shakeology. I'll be honest, the smell was awful  I thought oh no, what have I done. But, I used half of a scoop ( meal shakes call for an entire scoop, but I was just "testing" this shake) 1 cup of 2% milk, and 2 icecubes. I blended it in the blender.

The taste was actually quite good. It didn't have an artificial taste at all. Just a hint of berry, not too overpowering. I had it for lunch, and while it didn't leave me full, it did leave me satisfied.

I'm anxious to see how I feel after giving this shake a week or so. I love that beachbody sent me a calendar with an entire months worth of "recipes" on things I could add to the Greenberry Shakeology. Tomorrow I will try the full shake as a meal replacer, probably breakfast. Thanks for reading!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Upcoming 5k's

Here is a list of upcoming 5k's in the area. I am so sorry that I have been slacking in this area lately!

2nd Annual Cats' Run for Kettles

Noble Park and Greenway Trail

Saturday, October 27, 2012 @ 8:30 AM


Start: Saturday, October 27, 2012 @ 8:30 AM


Noble Park and Greenway Trail
Paducah, KY

Registration Closing Date

Thursday, October 25, 2012 @ 11:59 PM PST

Western KY State Parks Race Series-Trick or Trot 5K

Lake Barkley State Resort Park

  • Oct 27, 2012
         8:30 A.M. -
3500 State Park Rd,
Lake Barkley State Resort Park,
Cadiz, KY 42211
Phone: (270) 924-1131

Battle for the Bluff

Columbus Belmont State Park 
Clinton, Kentucky

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Getting ready for REV ABS

If you read my blog a few months ago, then you followed me with my experience with Chalean Extreme. I love LOVE LOVED that workout program. You completed a different phase every thirty days, which meant 1) you didn't get tired of the same, mundane routine, and 2) you would see different results every thirty days. Most articles that I have read say that in order to achieve results and not plateau, change it up every month. So now, I am starting Rev Abs.
Honestly, I would have probably not bought Rev Abs as a first choice workout program. But, since Beachbody had such an awesome sale, I couldn't pass up a chance to save over 70 bucks.
So, this is my beginning post. Hopefully it will arrive at my house sometime this week. I plan on updating my blog once a week, like I did when I started Chalean Extreme. I hope you guys will keep up with me, it really holds me accountable when I know people are reading what I have to say about it.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Alot of changes!

Normally, I don't post this late at night, but I am excited.
When I started Chalean Extreme back in May, I looked at the beach body coach information they had available. But I thought I was just starting out myself, I wanted to make sure I could actually commit to this stuff, without having other people relying on me at well.
Fast forward 3 months later, I FINISHED chalean extreme, lost over 20 lbs and gained so much confidence in myself. I feel confident when I shop for clothes, I feel confident when I teach, and I feel confident that I am doing something right when I go to the gym.
After finishing Chalean Extreme, I wanted to give the at home programs a break and focus on training for the half. So, that is what I have been doing for the last month and a half, just lifting at the gym, and running.
Now, the weight on the scales hasn't changed very much, I vary from 116-120 lbs. But, over the past few weeks, my diet has sorta been slipping. I'm not getting in as much veggies, and I am snacking on chocolate and other snacks a little bit more than I should.
This week has been a major game changer for me. I was starting to get the " I wanna do another program" itch. And, beachbody was having a HUGE sale on REV ABS for only 29 dollars. So I researched the program, purchased it, and shakeology.
If you remember a few months ago, I did my research between shakeology and the GNC lean shake. I stayed with the lean shake because initially it was cheaper and more easy to buy. But, as I started doing more research, I kinda got a little concerned. There were so many chemicals in the lean shake. That started to freak me out a little bit, especially since I like to consume as little processed foods as possible. The shakeology doesn't have fillers like other shakes. And, it's not so much of a protein shake as it is a health shake. The health benefits really out way the extra cost.
And, speaking of extra cost, let's face it...workout programs can get expensive. I love the beachbody programs because I can see results from them. If you stick with it, the programs work. And now with shakeology, I could really use a little bit of discount on these things.
The final reason I became a coach is the most important one. I want to pay it forward. My coach that I have had since beginning this workout journey has been wonderful, a true God send! She truly cares about the health and well being of those she coaches. She has made this journey easier for me. AND, she has never pressured me into buying anything, or getting another program. I want to coach others out there the same way she coached me.
So, here is the really fun part. You guys can help me by letting me coach you. What I am asking you guys to do it totally FREE. Basic club membership, which is what I have been using for the past several months is totally, 100% free. I need people to coach! If you want to order a workout program or shakeology from me, that is fine, but that is not what I am asking you to do. I need as many friends as possible to log in, and let me help you, like she has helped me.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Finally trying shakeology

FINALLY!! I have been wanting to try shakeology since I started Chalean Extreme. But to be totally honest, the cost was scaring me away. I am a full time college student, with two kids. Money is...tight! So what made me take the leap?
The breakdown of cost. The break down is 4 dollars a shake. Which, equals 4 dollars a meal. I spend at least 5 every day at lunch now, about 7 or 8 if i splurge for sushi, which is very rare, but usually, about 5 dollars for lunch. So that's already one dollar more than I would with a shake. 
Next, even though I am maintaining my weightloss, and working out daily, I have noticed I am starting to feel sluggish. Its hard for me to get out of bed sometimes. I get tired in the afternoon as well. My diet is ok, healthier than some of the people I am around, but it's still not GREAT. I splurge on the occasional cookie, pie, a margarita here or there. I need something to keep me accountable.
Did I mention I am SUPER busy? Which, was one of the reason I thought at first I didn't have time for shakeology. 2 kids, 19 hours of college, a husband, student organizations, substitute teaching, plus training for a half marathon. Whew!
But it's getting hard to eat healthy all the time. I need something that I can grab on the go, I need something I can fix in less than 5 minutes. that! 
So I ordered it today, and I'm giving it a try. It should be here by next week. I will keep you guys up to date on what I honestly think about this product. Thanks for reading, God Bless
Phil 4:13

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Shamless Plug

Since loosing about 20 lbs this summer, alot of people have asked me about the foods I eat. I wanted to recommend a few low calorie foods that I like to keep on hand for when hunger strikes.

1. PB2...this is a powdered form of peanut butter. 2tbsp equals 45 calories. It's perfect on apple slices or banana. They also have a chocolate version as well, but I prefer the original.

2. Greek yogurt. I love Oikos honey flavored greek yogurt. It's sweet, and its about 170 calories. Yogurt has so many health benefits, and its a main source of how I try to get my calcium in everyday.

3. Protein Bars. Protein Bars are a little higher in calories, usually around 200 or so. But I try to keep them in hand. BeachBody has an excellent protein bar that is around 200-250 calories. A little more expensive, but worth the money, trust me!

4. Chaquita Apple Slices. Yeah, I know, it sounds pretty lazy that I buy already sliced apples instead of slicing them myself, but they are so good and juicy! 14 slices is about 80 calories. These things don't last long at our house, everyone loves them!

Thanks for keeping up with my blog, I plan to update again real soon and give you guys an update on training for the half, and to let you guys know about some upcoming races that I think are very important. Thanks for reading!
Phil 4:13

Sunday, September 30, 2012

New Time!

Yesterday, my little family and I sat out on an adventure to run together as a family. I was doing my monthly 5k and this time, Ava did the kids one mile run. We signed up for the BBQ on the river United Way 5k in Paducah. 
To start, as usual I still get butterflies in my stomach the morning of a race . I woke up at 5, got ready for the race and packed Jameson's diaper bag because he was going to stay with my soon to be sister in law. Then I got Ava ready, and finally Jason woke up. We left and headed to Paducah.
When we got to the race, I started my Lady Gaga playlist. Somehow that is the music I always stick with on race days, and thankfully my friend Meghan had just put 1400 new songs on my ipod for me. She is great! 
So I started the race, and I decided this time, I would run at least 2 miles, then if I got tired I would walk for 30 seconds to a minute after the two mile mark. 
As I approached the one mile mark, the time said 8:45. I thought, that could NOT be right. I have never in my life ran a 8:45 mile! That, along with adrenaline had me super excited. So I kept on, running with a ridiculous smile on my face. Then, two mile came up and they said 18:00. I was still in total shock. Then I got to thinking, "omg, if I don't stop, I could actually run this thing in under thirty minutes". So, as tired as I was, I pushed on. I could tell around 2.7 miles I was starting to slow down. Finally, when the finish line was in view, I saw 28:?? and my second wind came into place! I knew I had to finish under 30! So as I passed the finish line, I saw 28:40. 
Today, I am extremely tired. That race, along with running about 8.5 miles this morning for my long run has made my legs extremely sore. It has taken every bit of energy I have to go to church, come home and clean and do homework most of the day. But, I am thankful that my body has aloud me to train this much, and I am ready to get to the point where I can run 13. Thanks for reading
Phil 4:13

Friday, September 14, 2012

It has been FOREVER

It has been almost an entire month since I last updated this blog! I have been so busy with school, my family and of course working out! SO here is a brief update
Last month, I ran the color run in ST. Louis with my good friend Meghan. It was so awesome to see her after almost a year! The color run was awesome, and I encourage everyone to do it if you get the opportunity! The course was very easy, and it was the largest race I have yet to be in, with about 15, 000 people. It was a great experience. But one thing to remember: this race is NOT timed. We timed ourselves, and we ran it in 32 minutes.
As for working out, a lot has changed since school has started back. Every single day is different, because my schedule is so busy. I try to run about 2 days a week during the week early in the mornings. I run between two and three miles on these runs. On the days I don't run, I go to the gym and lift weights. The weekends are usually when I get my long runs in, right now I am between 5 and 6 miles, but hopefully this weekend I can shoot for 7!
So basically my life consists of school, working out, my family and being with friends as much as possible. This is a hectic and busy semester for me, but  I know it will be well worth it when it is finished! Thanks for reading, and hopefully it is not another month before I can sit down and write another post!
Phil 4:13

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Running, Calories and a Journal

I've been at the gym more these past two weeks, and trying to run at least three days a week. I wanted to start something new to help me get ready for the half. I'm going to be journaling my running, including distance, time, etc. Recently, Jeff Galloway tweeted that runners who journal their experience are more likely to be lifetime runners. That is what I want to be, a life time runner.
I already journal my food intake, and that has made a huge difference in my diet. Not loose 10 lbs diet, but diet as in eating style. I don't want to write down that I had a king size payday or a big gulp icee. So I usually opt for something a little healthier. I keep them on notecards so I can look at what I ate throughout the week.   Journaling works, guys. It holds you accountable and you can actually see what it is you are eating. There's little room for, "mindless eating" when you make the decision to keep track of everything that goes into your body.
I havent decided if I am going to journal on my blog, or just write it down at home. Probably a mixture of the two. I haven't ran past 3 miles yet, and I was really hoping to be at 4 or 5 by now. So hopefully this will help me out, and if you are beginning to run, I hope this is some helpful advice for you as well.
I will also be posting upcoming 5ks in our area as well, so look forward to that also!
Thanks for reading
So I run-but not without a clear goal ahead of me. So I box-but not as if I were just shadow boxing. 1 Corinthians 9:26

Friday, August 10, 2012

update on this week

My Lean circuit DVD broke this past week. I'm not sure if it came that way, the kids got a hold of it or what, but it skips on each exercise now. Beachbody is replacing the DVD, so I've kinda been on my own this week. I've gone to the gym a lot, weight lifted and done some of the burn circuit DVDs. So technically there are three weeks left in this program, but between the DVD issues and training for the half, I'm not sure how much of the lean month I will actually get to do.
At the gym I have been focusing a lot on biceps and triceps. When I was in the burn month, I quickly realized these are my weaker muscles. So my focus has been on these two muscle group recently. I've also been running between 2-3 miles at a time. I have a 5k next weekend, and I am looking for a 10k to around September or early October in order to train.
I REALLY want to start another beach body program as well. I loved the results I got with Chalean Extreme. I'm thinking about starting another program around October, and just do my own thing until then. I'm debating between turbo fire, and the Les Mills workout program. Since Extreme, I love lifting weights, and the Les Mills program would be a continuation of that. However, if I did the Turbo Fire, I could still incorporate Chalean Extreme, since there is also a hybrid program. Decisions, Decisions. Ultimately, I will probably leave it up to my husband, since he will be the one buying it since it will be my birthday present :)
I'm still maintaining my weight, and trying to eat as "clean" as I possibly can. This morning my kids and I made "green" smoothies with kale, banana and apples. It was very good!
As always, thanks for reading my blog!
Phil 4:13

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Baking my life away

Yesterday, I spent the majority of my afternoon in the kitchen, baking, baking, and baking some more!

The protein bars that I made were very good!! I froze the bars in my freezer so that we would have them for a while. I also made flax seed crackers. They had a very good taste, but I should have rolled them out and made them flatter when I baked them so they would be crunchier like an actual cracker. The awesome thing about the flax seed crackers is that you can make any flavor you want. I stuck to basil and garlic to be safe this time, but I cant wait to try my own version of sundried tomato and basil next time I bake these.
The final raw food creation I made yesterday was a spanish rice without the rice! Cauliflower was used instead of rice, along with avocados, tomatoes, green onions and a wide array of spices. The recipe is below this post. It was surprisingly very good! I made a huge bowl that was more than I could eat. The entire bowl was a little over 300 calories. It was a great way to get full without going overboard on the calories.
I want to start cooking more "raw" meals, but I am also trying to be realistic about it. Right now, our family is moving at a slower pace, so I have less responsibility and more time to cook the things I would like to cook. But when we are both gone 10-12 hours of the day, its hard to want to come home and cook up foods like the spanish rice that took a little longer to prepare. So I'm going to go at it gradually, maybe one or two raw meals a week? Its honestly amazing what these raw chefs can do with a bunch of vegetables and spices, you would be amazed! This link here has some amazing recipes, but some are kind of difficult and time consuming. You could also just google raw recipes for whatever vegetables you have on hand.
Thanks for reading about my crazy journey! Hope you enjoy the recipes as much as my family and I did!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Spanish rice made with califlower

I am so excited to try this recipe! I love spanish rice, but this is made with cauliflower instead of rice, making it more nutritious because you are getting an extra dose of vegetables! Below is this recipe link. If I do make this recipe this week, I will be sure to update the blog and let everyone know if it was a success or not.

Flax Crackers

This is an awesome recipe for Flax Crackers. This is actually my first ,"raw" recipe to cook and it is super easy!

Homemade protein bars

I love post workout snacks, but I hate paying three dollars for a protein bar. So I decided today I would make and freeze protein bars to have on hand, especially with school starting back up. There are tons of recipes out there, but I tried to use recipes with little sugar ( I substituted Agave Nectar for the sugar in the recipes) and looked for recipes that used protein powder, since I have plenty at my house. My goal is to make and freeze as many healthy, on the go snacks as I can so that I can stay healthy when I'm on the go. I also plan on making snacks with flax seed and oats as well. Even though these snacks are a little high in calorie and carb, they can be a great lunch, paired with a banana or cup of berries. Here is a link to one of the recipes I used today.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Early Morning workout

This morning, my alarm went off to get up to exercise and just couldn't get up. I tried to go back to sleep for twenty minutes, finally getting up to go to the bathroom to turn my alarm off. I've been trying to put my alarm in another room this week so that when it goes off, I at least have to get up to turn it off. I finally got up, turned off the alarm, slowly put my sock and shoes on and went to the den to put in my dvd. I finished the workout, made some coffee and read my daily devotion.
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Then I went about my day, getting the kids up, fixing breakfast and talking to my husband before he left for work. Then it hit me..I mean REALLY hit me. Why is it so hard for me to get up and get moving in the morning? When I wake up at six, exercise either alone or run with my good friend, have my quiet time with God, my day goes so much better. I am one of those people who admittedly like my "me time".  Which, was no problem when I was a mommy to one. But now that we have another, me time is nearly impossible, or so I thought. My me time activities vary between shopping, exercising, or just wanting an hour or so to crawl in my bed and read a good book without being uninterrupted. But having time to myself just wasn't possible when I would sleep until one of them woke me up. Then, I would hurry to get them both dressed, fed, grab a quick shower and try to accomplish everything we had going on that day. I would end the day exhausted, snappy, and feeling defeated.
So why do I constantly fight my alarm clock waking me up an hour early when in reality it makes everyone happier and things run better as a family? One word my friends, DEVIL. I realized this morning that it wasn't me who wanted to sleep in every morning, (I usually get at least 8 hours of sleep!) but it was the devil. You see, when I don't take time for myself first thing in the morning and have my time with God, the devil has a stronghold on my day. He knows I will be more impatient with my kids and my husband, that I will stress out more and be more anxious about things that I have no control over.
It wasn't by luck that I happened to stumble across this blog today either.  This wife was talking about a conversation she had with her husband about how she could be a better wife. She suggested things like keeping the house clean, having home made meals for him, etc. His response was this "Thanks, but I would rather have you put aside anything/everything you have to do in order to start each day with the assumption that I LOVE YOU, and therefore anything I do or say is given the benefit of the doubt that I LOVE YOU.
 Get enough rest and say no to enough activities so that you have the energy to be NICE TO ME (and the kids) when I’m home."
 This really hit home with me and God spoke to me in a different way than the authors probable intended meaning of her blog. I need to take care of myself first thing in the morning, my workout time and my time with God, so that I can devote the rest of my day to serving my family and others. I need to remember this when  school starts back as well. By taking the first hour of my day for me, I can give the rest of my time to my family, and be a better mom and wife. Thanks for reading today, and please pray for me that I can work on this area of my life. Knowing that taking time for myself (working out, shopping,tanning) is not selfish, but to prioritize it so that I can better serve my family. Also pray that no matter how hectic my life can get, and even if getting in "me time" first thing in the morning is not an option that day, that I can continue to always start my day off in some way by taking time with God.
Phil 4:13

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Shakeology VS GNC Lean Shake?

For the past few weeks, I have been using GNC Lean Shake as my post workout snack. I've tried the banana, french vanilla, and chocolate peanut butter. I love them all! They are so good and surprisingly very filling. I used them as a meal replacer when I was loosing weight, and it did help me with the last 4-5 lbs that I needed to loose. Its also handy that the GNC store is literally 2 miles from my house. GNC has great sales, and I could have 2 shakes a day for about $4 total. 
My beachbody coach, who is (almost) vegan recommended  shakeology as a post workout meal. A few months ago, I tried to switch my family to a more vegan lifestyle. Unfortunately, it didnt last very long. Well, the shakeology now has a vegan option, so by using this shake, I could ensure at least one vegan meal a day, which is more than I am doing now. I'm still thinking it over, weighing the pros and the cons. Anyone who knows me knows that I do my research about EVERYTHING. Its the inner geek inside of me. 
Thanks for reading
Phil 4:13 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

PUSH completed!

Yesterday, I finished my last exercise in the push month. I will be taking after pictures for beachbody and my own records, and will probably post them on here as well. Total weight loss 18 lbs :) Now for maintenance, and the lean stages. Next month will be both lean circuit and a mixture of training for the half. I went for a two mile run yesterday for the first time in almost two months. The run was surprisingly easy, but I did wake up sore this morning. Today is my off day from exercising, but I may try some yoga since my legs are so stiff and sore.
I'm using the Jeff Galloway half marathon training plan. His plan consists of several walk breaks to help decrease your risk of injury. Based on my running pace, I run 3 minutes and walk 1. I really like this plan because I'm not totally exhausted when I finish a run. For me, it makes running more enjoyable.
Thanks for reading.
Phil 4:13

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Raw food articles

Today I will be posting several articles on raw food diets, as well as some yummy recipes I will be trying out. Here is the first article

And here is another one

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

(one) goal reached!

The nike quote below this post could sum this up perfectly. Today, and for the past 8 weeks, I redefined impossible, not on my own strength, but through HIM. I finally reached my goal weight, which was the weight I was before I had my daughter, four and a half years ago. I may not look exactly the same as I did back  then, four years, 2 kids and a happy marriage will take a tole on your body. But I can wear the same size pants that I could four years ago, and that makes me happy!
This journey is not over, far from it. Along with maintaining my weight, exercise has become a vital part of who I am now. I have learned so much about myself along the way. I am stronger than I thought I was, I have more will power, and I can say NO to things like chocolate, sweets, and ice cream. But it is time to start new goals. My new goals are to finish Chalean Extreme, (hey! I still have an entire month to go!) and to train for the St. Jude Half Marathon. I also want to get my turbo kick instructor training certification, and hopefully one day be able to teach a class of my own.
I want to continue to focus on good health for myself, my family, and those around me. Eating healthy is essential. I want to crave healthy foods, even more than I do now. I want to experience new recipes, try new foods, and enjoy being healthy. I want to introduce more "raw foods" into my families diet. I want my kids to be able to go into the kitchen, and grab a carrot because they love eating them. While I'm not banning sweets forever (HELLO, I have a 3 lb bag of skittles left over from my sons birthday in the pantry right now!!), I want them to be used sparingly in my diet, and not an every day indulgence.
Thanks for continuing to read my blog. I can't wait to post my running progress, chalean progress and hopefully more healthy recipes that my family has tried and approves of.
Phil 4:13

Monday, July 23, 2012

Getting ready to train for the half

In about a week, I will start training for the St. Jude Half Marathon. Since I have never ran a half before, I am 1)very, very, VERY nervous, and 2) researching like crazy the best way to do this thing. I know so many runners who end up getting hurt, having knee surgery, and do serious damage to their body because they pushed themselves too hard. My goal is not speed, but endurance. I want to finish this thing with a healthy body. Check out the following link for some long distance running advice.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Week 3 Push Update and MORE

This week has been a great week! Technically tomorrow will be the last day of the this weeks exercising since I had to skip a day. The lifting has gotten easier, as I was actually able to make it all the way to 8 on MOST of the exercises this week. No weight loss this week, but I am ok with that because I am maintaining the weight I have lost.I want these results to be permanent, so I am ok with not seeing the numbers go down on the scale every week. The Fat Burner Challenge was AWESOME. I am so glad I decided to do that workout. My arms are a little sore, so thankfully there is no lifting tomorrow, so they can have a chance to rest.
I was finally able to get to the gym this morning, for the first time since the summer started. I woke up at 5 and made myself go. Since I wanted to do Chalean as soon as I got home, I decided to only stay for 30 minutes. I rode the bicycle, and used some 10 lb weights to do some of the exercises I felt I needed to work on. 8lbs is too light for the triceps exercises Chalean Extreme does, but there is no way I can use 15 lb weights yet. When I came home, I did Chalean Exreme ,was finished with both workouts by 6:45 and even had my daily bible time before the kids woke up. I have had so much energy throughout the day, it is amazing. I cleaned house, cooked breakfast and lunch and even tackled some organizing I had been putting off. Why do I hit the snooze button and save my exercises for evenings when the benefit me so much more by doing them in the morning?? My goal is to start doing them as much as I can in the mornings. You don't need a 5 hour energy shot when you start your day thirty minutes earlier with a little cardio. Thats all for now. Thank you so much for continuing to read my blog and being an encouragement!
Remember Phil 4:13

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Crunch: An Ineffective Ab Exercise

Crunch: An Ineffective Ab Exercise

Check out this article for tips on great ab workouts. Just remember, having a great stomach is a two part process. Its part exercise but also equal parts diet! So cut back those carbs at suppertime!

Fat Burner Challenge

There are still a few workouts I haven't had the chance to do yet. They are bonus workouts that don't follow along with the program, but you can supplement them in to spice things up every once in a while. Today I was supposed to do the Burn Interval, and for some reason, this one is my least favorite out of all the workouts. I'm not sure why, but I just can't get into it. So I put in the Fat Burner Challenge to switch things up today. 32 minutes of INTENSE cardio. I was so out of breath when I finished it! There was tons of kickboxing in this, which made it really fun. My 4 year old daughter was even doing it with me, and she was sweating! It was a good change up from the burn intervals. It also made me really interested in doing Turbo Jam because she said alot of the exercises that were kickboxing were on her turbo jam DVD's. After completing Extreme, I plan on focusing on getting ready for the half marathon. However, Turbo Jam would be a good Christmas present!!  Hint Hint, Hubby! I will definitely be  adding the Fat Burner into the mix from now on. Thanks for reading!
Phil 4:13

Monday, July 16, 2012


No one will probably find this as exciting as I did, but I recently liked Janelle from Chalean Extreme's fitness page. Since I am very close to my goal, I messaged her to see her best recommendations for maintaining  my weight after I reach my goal. To my surprise, SHE MESSAGED ME BACK! How awesome is that? She sent me to the link I am about to give to you guys and recommended I become a beachbody coach. I don't think I have time for that, but the motivation was totally awesome, and just what I needed. Here is the link she gave me, hope it helps someone out there!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Half way through the PUSH month

After today, I will be halfway finished with the PUSH month. It's still just as hard as it was during week 1. I probably should have bought 12 lb weights instead of 15, but hopefully it will have paid off at the end of the month to do the 15! Push circuit 3 is my favorite so far, I love that workout! Its legs, chest, and shoulders and I find myself being able to go to 8 instead of having to stop at 6.
6 weeks into this workout, and I have lost 14 lbs! This is partly because of the workouts, but also equal part changing my diet. Fast food has almost completely been eliminated from my diet, except for Subway. Subway has been my go to fast food restaurant when I am too busy to cook. Usually I can eat an entire meal for under 400 calories. I have also cut out soft drinks completely and six weeks later, I can honestly say that I do not crave a Sundrop or Dr. Pepper. I also try to not eat bread or pasta after lunch. However, I do make sure that my breakfast and lunch both contain carbs. Alot of times, people will cut carbs out of their diets completely, loose alot of weight, then gain it all back after they reintroduce carbs back into their diets. With this diet, carbs are still a vital part of my diet, I just modify what time of day I eat them, so I have enough time to burn them off. Supper is usually loaded with vegetables and a meat.
Yesterday, I went shopping with my best friend. We went to the mall and tried on so many clothes. This has been a torture for me for the last 4 years because of belly fat, not being able to find clothes that fit or look right on me. As a result, I barely buy clothes for myself and my closet has been in serious need of a little TLC. But yesterday for the first time, I was able to shop without leaving the mall totally depressed. I even bought myself some new outfits that I can not wait to wear. My best friend was such a awesome motivator for me while I was  trying on clothes. It felt so good to leave the mall with a few things for myself. This is a drastic change from back in May, when my husband took me to Nashville to go shopping for mothers day. While waiting for him to bring the baby back from the bathroom, a woman came up to me and complimented my "maternity" dress and asked where I bought it, because her daughter was having a hard time finding cute maternity clothes and was due in a few short months. I was speechless. Needless to say, it put a damper on the shopping trip, but prompted me to make the investment in Chalean Extreme. Maybe that was the push I needed. Needless to say, I feel better than I have in years, and I am so thankful to be on the road to a much healthier lifestyle. Thanks for reading!
Phil 4:13

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

End of Push Week 1

Today I will finish the last week of the Push circuit. My muscles have been pretty sore all week, but I am proud of what I have accomplished so far. Chalene wants you to fail between 6-8 reps, and most of the time I can only make it to six this week. However, I can tell that I am getting stronger with every workout. What I love the most about this workout is there are 8 DVDs and most have between two to three workouts per DVD. You never get tired of doing the same thing because you never actually do the same thing. Your workouts are constantly changing, and your body is not getting used to the same ole workout. Today I will do the cardio workout, which is one of my favorites.
I have also bought some protein powder. For the first time, I feel extremely hungry after lifting, and I wanted something low carb, high protein to use post workout. I went to GNC and bought their lean shake 25. It has 17g of carbs and 25g of protein, compared to 30g of carbs in their regular lean shake. I plan on replacing one meal a day, and using this after I workout as a healthy snack.
One more thing. It has been a little over a month since I have regularly had a soda of any kind. I feel so much better after giving them up. Example, in  my first summer class in may, I would have to have at least one sundrop, coke, etc to make it through the class. By the end of the two weeks, I had a headache that lasted three days and I looked exhausted. Just last week, I finished the last set of my two week summer classes, and I actually took two classes instead of just one like I did in May. I didn't drink much caffeine, only a cup of coffee a day or two during the whole two weeks. I also made sure I stayed on my diet, and didn't snack on candy or chips. I was able to finish the classes without the exhausting headaches, and I continued to loose weight like I had been. During my first summer class, I put running on the backburner, but with these classes, I made a point to keep exercising at least 3-4 of the 5 days a week I was in class. I actually did better in these classes than I did in May. In May, I finished the class with a B, and in June, I finished both classes, which were higher level classes with A's, and in one class I made a 100. Exercise and healthy eating helps in every aspect of your life! From having more energy with my kids, to being able to perform better on the job, at school, whatever you do, I promise if you commit to a healthy diet and exercise of some kind, you will see all around improvements in your life.
Thanks for reading and encouraging me!
Phil 4:13

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Day one of Push

Today I started Push circuit 1. The point of this exercise is to lift heavier than you did during the burn phase. Since the heaviest weight I used in the last circuit was 8 lbs, I bought 15 lbs for this one. The first workout was only 32 minutes long, but it was intense. You go for 6-8 reps instead of 12, but you are hopefully doubling the weights. My arms were spent by the end of the workout, and my heart was pounding when I was finished. It felt like I just finished running. I love that I can use 15 lb weights now, even though it was incredibly tough. I know by the end of the this phase, the 15 lbs will be a peice of cake. This workout is amazing, and worth every penny. So, if you are considering buying it, but hesitant about putting the money into it, I say go for it. I researched for a couple of months before I finally broke down and bought this system, and I'm so glad I made the investment. Thanks for reading, and I hope to keep updating the blog as I  continue the Push circuit. As for running, I had originally said I would start back up as soon as my summer classes were up, but the weather has been 105-109 all week, so Im waiting for a break in temperature before getting back out there. Thanks for reading
Phil 4:13

Friday, June 29, 2012

End of "Burn" Phase

 Today marks the last workout in the "Burn" Phase. I'm thirty days into this program, and next I will start the Push phase. So tonight I plan on buying at least a 15lb set of free weights, because the Push phase is all about lifting about double than you did during burn.
My results.... So far I have lost 11 pounds! This leaves me with 7 lbs to go until I reach my goal. I've lost about 1 pant size, and I currently weigh about six pounds less than I did before I had Jameson. Reaching these goals mean so much to me, and its not just about a number on the scale. I actually feel SO much better since I have cut out most processed foods. I have more energy, even though for the past two weeks I have been stuck inside a classroom for eight hours a day. I'm not hungry between meal, and my body actually craves healthy foods instead of junk.
This is all for now, tomorrow I will post after doing the first Push workout. Thanks for reading!
Phil 4:13

Friday, June 22, 2012

Beginning week 4

Today begins week 4, day 1 of Chalean Extreme. Getting these workouts in while taking two, two week summer classes has been difficult. But I am happy to say that I kept it up this first week. It helped to do these workouts in the morning, getting up about 30 minutes earlier than I needed to, and just getting them out of the way first thing. That way, when I came home, I could focus on my family and studying.
The workouts are getting easier, and I am getting stronger. Ive noticed on the workouts that I could only do with 5 lbs weights when I started out, I am now using 8 lbs and could probably even go to 10- 12 on some exercises. Another area that I am starting to notice improvements in is pushups. When I started on day 1, I could barely do one pushup (boy style). Now I am able to do several in a row.
As far as weight loss, I've lost around 7 or 8 lbs. This has more to do with finally getting my diet in check, but the workouts are definitely toning me up. My  legs and arms have more definition and my stomach is getting smaller. I still have a long way to go in all areas though. One thing I have noticed is that it doesnt take as much food to fill me up. This week, its been especially hard to find healthy food to eat on my lunchbreaks.  I would usually go to subway on break. However, yesterday I went to Zaxby's because I thought I was craving chicken tenders. I hadn't had any fast food in a few weeks. It was horrible, I couldn't even finish a kids meal it was so disgusting. This is a good thing! This means my body is rejecting processed, unhealthy foods, finally! So if I can do it, you can do! I promise!
Another thing that I have noticed is how much energy I have, even considering that I am stuck in a classroom for about 8 hours everyday. Back in May, before I changed my eating habits and starting this workout program, I would leave my first two week summer class with a horrible headache everyday. I couldn't focus as well, and I "had" to have snacks to make it through the four hours I sat listening to lecture about ancient history. I made it through the class fine, but I was dreading these next two classes. Now, when I am in class I am only hungry around lunchtime, I am focused, and listening to the teacher is no problem. I honestly believe it is because my body is healthier. So making these lifestyle changes have changed other areas in my life, besides my closet. If I can do this, I promise you can do. And I can't even begin to describe how awesome I feel and how much energy I have. It's super hard at first to make the changes, to overcome to addiction to fast food, candy, etc. There would be days where all I would want would be a milkshake, or candy bar. But I tried to replace those cravings with something a little healthier. Then, the next morning, I would feel so much  better. Usually my cravings hit me at night, when I am relaxing, studying. That's all for now, Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!
Phil 4:13

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A week and a half into CLX

So now, I am a week and a half into Chalean Extreme. I have to say, this program is going really well! I believe its the combination of both the diet and workout, but I have lost around 6 lbs so far. This puts me one pound below my pre pregnancy weight with Jameson. I still have around twelve pounds to loose, but there's hope because there are about 75 days left of this program!
One of the best things, is that I am loosing weight  in my stomach, my major problem area. This is because I have drastically cut down my carb intake. Not only do I notice the difference, but my husband does as well! He told me last night that he was really proud of me for sticking with it, and that even thought it hadn't been very long, he could see results. THAT is motivation right there for me to stick with this!
Running has been put on the back burner right now. I was trying to do both, or run on my days off from Chalean Extreme. It was wearing me out, so I just decided to focus on this, and pick back up on the running in a few weeks.
One thing I have noticed is that I am really gaining muscle. My legs, which I thought had definition from running, seem to be toning up more. I've also noticed my arms seem to have more muscle as well, but they have a long way to go.
Some people have texted me asking about my diet and what all it contains. I stay on a 1300 calorie diet. That leaves little room for fast food and candy bars and ice cream! The carbs I do eat, I eat for either breakfast or lunch, so I have time to burn them off throughout the rest of the day. Supper is a meat and vegetables. I eat fruit for snacks when I am hungry. I also buy bag salad and keep it in my house, stocked fresh at all times. This way, when I am feeling hungry, I go to the salad and use a light, oil based dressing with few calories. Usually I can make a salad for less than 100 calories. Keeping the salad in the house has been a craving saver! It helps me resist the urge to go for the ice cream or pecan swirls that my husband loves to keep in the house.
That's all for now. Thanks for reading!
Phil 4:13

Monday, June 4, 2012

Chalean workout 3

This is the 4th day of chalean extreme, but the third workout because after day one, she gives you a rest day. The first two days have been pretty easy, intense weight lifting but not alot of cardio. But she made up for it tonight with the 45 minute cardio session/weight lifting. OMG. I am so exhausted I can barely type this. My arms are burning and my legs are like jelly. This woman is for real. So far I have lost about a half a pound, setting at 136. This has been the number that I can not get past. My goal is to not look at the scales until at least sometime next week.
One other thing to mention, and I will try to post pics at a later date; The 5k my stepdad and I did this weekend. Dash for the Dogs 5k. Dad came in first in his age group and I came in 3rd in mine! It was the first time I have ever placed in a race, and it felt pretty good.
Thanks for reading
Phil 4:13

Friday, June 1, 2012

Chalean Extreme Day 1

Along with keeping progress with my running, I thought the blog would be a good motivator and place to keep record of my attempts at Chalean Extreme. I bought this program from Amazon, partly because making it to kickboxing at the gym hasn't been happening lately. Between Ava's tball games, 5k's, and being out of town, it's hard to make it, plus my gym only offers it three times a week. So I researched the beachbody programs. I really wanted to do Insanity, but I know my body isn't up to it yet. So I thought this one would be a good starting point, plus I really want to try to get better at lifting weights, which is the focus of this exercise.
When it came in the mail yesterday, I really took the time to look over everything. I looked at the nutrition, calorie counter and recipes. I also really liked that it came with a journal that you can record your progress. I took the challenge and did the "before " pictures. Wow. Some people look into the mirror and see themselves as fatter than they really are. Well, I think I have the reverse effect. My legs, they look pretty good thanks to almost 7 months of dedicated running. My arms are small, but they always have been. However, my mid section, belly, abs ( or lack there of) WHATEVER you want to call it, definitely is not proportionate to the rest of my body. No amount of money could persuade me to put those before pictures on the blog. But it was definitely a wake up call that I need to get serious. If my legs can look tone after 7 months of attention, what can the rest of me look like with a little help?
So onto Day 1 of Chalean Extreme. It was 35 minutes long, which I thought was perfect. Today was Burn Circuit 1. I mainly worked on upper arms and thighs. My muscles were sore afterwards, but not exhausted. I think this is because I need heavier weights. The heaviest I have are 8lbs; Thankfully my aunt is going to let me borrow her 15 lb weights.  
I'm also going to try to stick with the diet part of this workout. It has me on a 1300 calorie a day diet, eating five small meals a day. I had oatmeal after the workout for my breakfast and some water. My goal is to also drink as much water as possible, and little to none soft drinks.
Encourage me along the way, please. I'll need as much encouragement as possible to actually stick with this. Thanks for reading!
Phil 4:13

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

An Introduction to 5K Speed Workouts |

An Introduction to 5K Speed Workouts |

Check out the above link. Great information on increasing your speed. Since I am a pretty slow runner, I am going to try this out this week and see if I see any improvements this saturday.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Update 5/27/2012

I haven't updated the blog in almost a month. It's been crazy busy around here with finals, then a two week summer class, tball is starting up, and Jason's business expanding. Who knew that I would be even more busy without a "full time job"?So where does that leave time for running?
I will admit, during my two week class, I took a major break from running. I ran maybe four or five times during the entire two week period. That class was intense, so much so that I had a 3 day headache at the end of it. But, it's over, and I am one more step being finished with my Bachelor's degree.
But after class was over, I got straight back into running. I ran a total of seven miles yesterday. Five miles in the morning with a group of girls from my church, and two miles in the evening. Then this evening, I ran a mile after I put the kids to bed.
Dad and I are running a 5k next weekend, its in Murray, running for the Humane Society. I love a good cause, and this is, without a doubt an excellent cause to run for. With the weather being so hot and humid already this year, I think I am going to have to start running in the mornings. This is a problem for me because I am not a morning person at all. But when I run in the evenings, I can't seem to do more than a mile or two without being exhausted and covered in sweat. So here's to trying to get up earlier! I've always admired those who can get up without an alarm clock and start their day. I'm usually in bed until the first baby cries and wakes me up. Well, hopefully that can be a habit I kick for good this summer!
I've also invested in a home workout plan. Charlene Johnson Chalean Extreme. Its from beachbody, and I feel like its something do-able. Plus, the only equipment you need are hand weights and some resistance bands. My goal is after I finish this, to be able to do Insanity. I love going to kickboxing at the gym, but it's seems like because of our busy schedule I can never make it on the days and times they offer it. My goal is to do the Chalean Extreme in the mornings that I don't run.
So that's an update on how the exercising is going. I'll update this blog after the race, and to give my feedback on Chalean Extreme. Thanks for reading!
Phil 4:13

Thursday, May 10, 2012

10 Steps to a Successful 10K |

10 Steps to a Successful 10K |

Check this article out. There's a 10k at the end of the month that I REALLY want to do. My first 10k was back in March, and I wish I had know then what I know now

10 Steps to a Successful 10K |

10 Steps to a Successful 10K |

Check this article out. There's a 10k at the end of the month that I REALLY want to do. My first 10k was back in March, and I wish I had know then what I know now

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dad and I finished the Sedalia Day 5k. He ran it in 31:3?, beating his time the week before by almost an entire minute. So proud of him! This was the first race that I didn't beat my time, I actually ran it in 34:12. I wasn't that upset about it, just using it as a learning experience.

In other exciting news, I registered for the St. Jude's Half Marathon! It's not until December, so I have some time to train. It's amazing at how much motivation I have to increase my distance, just knowing that in a little over six months I am going to be running 13.1 miles for such an amazing cause.

I'm still trying to run at least one 5k a month. May is technically behind me, even though I found a 10k at the end of the month in Paducah. I really want to run it, but I can't afford to run every race I find. Maybe that could be my mother's day present from my husband...sounds like a good idea to me!

If you find any good races for June, let me know, and I will post them to the blog. Thanks for reading!
Phil 4:13

Monday, April 30, 2012

Races for May

If you're wanting to run a 5k or any other type of race, I've looked online and tried to find some upcoming races for the surrounding area in May.

Run for the Roses 5k
Sedalia Ky
Registration 7am/$20
Race begins at 8AM

Paducah Ironmom Half Marathon and Relay
Race Info
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Time: 6:30 AM Half Marathon & Half Marathon Relay Start
Location: Water & Jefferson St, Paducah, Kentucky

Sacred Steps to Change the World
May 19, 2012
9:00 am
5K Run/Walk/Stroll
Registration $25

All proceeds will go to support the Marshall County Safe House and the House of Hope in Honduras.

To register send name, address and tee shirt size to :
Benton First UMC
845 US Highway 641 S
Benton, KY 42025

If you know of any other races I may have left out, feel free to email me or get in touch with me and I will add them to the list!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Us after the race!

And the results are in!

Before telling you about my race..let me back up and talk about two things that happend this week.

Wednesday, I decided my stepdad and I needed a practice run. So we ran at my parent's house. Their house is back in the country, on a long, winding, hilly road. So we sat off for a three mile run. I have never ran a harder trail than I did at my parent's place. OmG! I was exhausted by the time I reached 2.5 miles. Also, our time wasn't very good for us either, 37 minutes. I was devistated, almost to the point of tears. I just knew this would be the race that I wouldn't beat my previous time at.

So Thursday comes and after class I went over to the big consignment sale at the RSEC ( opps, CFBS center) to check out some deals for the kids. My friend Jessica was there at her 31 booth and she introduced me to someone she knew working the sale. This girl ( Im terrible with names, and faces, which really sucks!) saw my 5k tshirt and we got to talking about running. She had just done the Murray Half Marathon last weekend. We were talking about it, and she mentioned Jeff Galloway. Now, I knew he had taught a running class before the Half, but I also knew it was something I didnt think I would be interested in. Sometimes, I just want to slap myself for not knowing anything about anything.
Turns out, this girl took the class and she said it was AMAZING. She learned so much about running, and she increased her time by 5 minutes the next day at the race. So when I went home, I googled him to see what all the fuss was about. Apparently, this guy strongly believes in taking walk breaks while running. He swears it helps performance. So, while I was looking at this website, I called my dad to talk it over with him. Previously, the only running training I had looked at was C25k and Hal Higdon, both of which are really good.
So, Jeff has this calculator on his website where you put in your one mile pace. Then it tells you how many minutes you need to run and how many you need to walk to increase you pace and finish the race in as good of shape as you start out in. According to his calculator, I could finish the 5k at 32:42. This would beat my last 5k which was 33:31.
The whole way to the race this morning, I debated on if I should try his approach or not. Finally, dad and I decided what the heck, we'll try it. So we ran the entire race 3 minutes running, 1 minute walking.
My ending time 33:00. Pretty darn close! AND..I beat my last time. But the best part is ...My stepdad ran his first 5k in 32:36!! Pretty awesome!!! We both couldn't get over how GREAT we felt after the race. Much better than how I usually feel.
So God answered my prayers, I had a good run, dad finished extremely well. I had the most fun at this race! Can't wait for the next one. Oh, and maybe..just maybe Jeff Galloway has given me the boost I needed in order to start training for a half marathon. I really think I can do this!
P.S Here is a link to his website
Thanks for reading,
God Bless!
Phil 4:13

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Just a little update on what's going on ..
This saturday is the Relay for Life 5k at Murray State. My step dad and I are running this one. This will be the first 5k he has actually ran, he and my mom walked the Run 4 Another back in early March. I'm excited about this race. I have been trying other forms of exercise besides running these last few weeks, so it will be interesting to see if cross training will help or hurt my performance on Saturday. Right now I have been running once or twice a week, weight lifting twice a week, zumba once a week and then kickboxing once a week. However, for the rest of this week I am going to just run and weight lift.

I am suprised at how much I actually enjoy weight lifting. This was something that I previously had no desire to do. But as my calf and thigh muscles began to really take definition, I wanted that same results for my arms as well. I've been going to an all womens weight lifting class the past few weeks, and I can already tell a slight difference in my arms. And this past sunday when we went bowling with some friends, for the first time I was actually able to throw a ten pound ball and had a pretty decent game. In fact, I only came in 3 points below my husband, who is an excellent bowler.

I'll be sure to post the results from the 5k this weekend. Pray for good weather and that we have a fun time doing this race!
Phil 4:13

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bike around Mayfield Century Bike Ride | Mayfield, KY 42066 | Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Bike around Mayfield Century Bike Ride | Mayfield, KY 42066 | Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Along with running, a goal I have for this year is to try to be able to do at least one bike tour this summer. Hopefully, this is something that my husband and I can do together, since he is not into running. I found this today, and I'm really excited about the possibility of doing it.

If you have ever done a bike tour, I'd love to know some tips or advice. Just leave a comment on this post!

Monday, April 16, 2012


I am all about setting a goal then achieving it. Since working out, the scales have stopped at 135. I can't loose weight no matter how hard I try. I can count calories, work out for hours, forbid myself from eating carbs, whatever it is, I've tried it and it hasn't worked. So, I'm just going to forget the scales for a while. I'm going to concentrate on working out, getting fit and staying HEALTHY. Tonight, I am going to a Power Pump Class. Since starting kickboxing, I have found that I love lifting weights. When I first started, the heaviest weight I was using was a 5lb weight. Now, I am up to alternating between 5, 8, and 10 lb weight. To most, this isn't a big deal, but to me, its pretty big!

Another goal I have is a ten hour endurance run in June. You can run as much or as little as you want. Another cool thing about this run is that its at night, from like 8 pm to 6 am. My goal is anywhere between 6-8 miles. You don't have to run the entire 10 hours, and I don't plan too. I will post a link to this race sometime today!

I'm also doing a 5k on April 18th. Its for Relay for Life. Then, the next weekend there is a 5k in Sedalia called Run for The Roses. It starts at 8 am, with a kids run at 9. The registration fee is 15 dollars if you preregister, 20 on race day. I'm thinking about running this race also!

If you have noticed Im not on facebook, I deleted my account until after finals. FB tends to distract me, especially when I have as many papers and projects as I do right now.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April 5k's!

I have been slacking a little in this blog. After the 10k, I took a few days off from running. This week, Im running between 2 and 3 miles a run. I bought some new running shoes this past weekend. I had been running in my Reebok Zigs, but after having my son, my feet literally grew a half size! After running the 10k, I took off my shoes to find that my toes were actually bleeding. EWW. So I bought some Asics gel nimbus 13's. So far, I really like how they feel on my feet. I have a high arch, and they have so much cushion and support.
On to the two 5k's that I found...

Autism Awareness 5 K

E.W.James And Sons

Saturday, April 7, 2012 @ 9:00 AM


Start: Saturday, April 7, 2012 @ 9:00 AM


E.W.James And Sons
705 East Reelfoot Avenue Union City, TN

Registration Closing Date

Thursday, April 5, 2012 @ 11:59 PM PST
Cost: 20.00

Racing for a Cause 5k to benefit Relay for Life

Murray State University Campus

Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 7:30 AM


Start: Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 7:30 AM


Murray State University Campus
Corner of 15th and Olive Murray, KY

Registration Closing Date

Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 11:59 PM PST
Cost: 20.00

Get out there and run!
Phil 4:13

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Vegan Burgers

One thing that I love to eat is a cheeseburger. Im not really a big meat eater anyway, but a BBQ cheeseburger from somewhere like Cheeseburger Paradise or of my biggest weaknesses. Or a Jack Daniels cheeseburger...yumm. So this morning I decided to try to cook a "vegan" hamburger. I tried " Candle Cafe Brown Rice and Lentil Burger". Candle Cafe is a vegan restaurant in New York City.
One thing that really sucks about living in the midwest, is that it is so hard to go out to eat and find food that is considered "vegan". Even if I find a vegetarian dish, it's usually covered in cheese of some kind. So I find myself doing pretty good during the week, but eating alot of meat on the weekends. I wish there were more health friendly restaurants around here.
Back to the burger. It consisted of Brown rice, lentils, chopped onions, green peppers and garlic. I baked them, and they were delicious! Even my husband and daughter ate them. My husband's response, " Well, they're not aweful, they're ok". They really did have a wonderful flavor.
Another thing I have been worried about is that this whole vegan experiement would get a little costly. I am actually suprised at how cheap it has been! My burgers I made today cost less than a dollar for each burger. Soy meat, and tofu, is actually cheaper than other meat. Soy yogart is also the same price as regular yogart. Soy milk is also about the same price, maybe a little more, but not much. I really love the Engine 2 book, it gives so many recipes with every day ingredients that you could find at places like Walmart, Krogers, and Aldi's.
Tonight, I am attempting Tofu Steaks. This will be my first time cooking Tofu, and I am a little nervous at how it will taste.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Found another 5k!

I love when people tell me about a 5k and then ask me to post it on my blog!

Ugandathon 5k and 1 mile kids run
Saturday May 12, 2012
Trace Creek Baptist Church
Registration fee: $20 / $25 after April 28
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m
Race begins at 8:00 a.m.

You can pick up a registration form at Hibbett in Mayfield.

How to Overcome Shin Pain |

How to Overcome Shin Pain |

A few weeks ago, my shin pain was so intense I could barely run two miles. This article has pretty good advice about what to do if you experience shin splints or shin pain.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

First 10k : )

So if you're reading this blog, my guess is that you're just dying to know how my first 10k, or at least. Slightly curious. Well.. last night I started feeling very anxious about it. I hadn't had a "good" run all week, in fact I had only ran 3.5 miles all week long. As the night grew, my anxiety turned to dread. I didn't want to do the race. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to finish it, or that I would have to walk a good part of it. I went to sleep about ten, but woke up at 5:30 and couldn't get back to sleep. So after laying there for about an hour and half I finally decided to just get up and get ready.

My itunes hasn't been working on my computer, and I didn’t have much music to listen to on my ipod. I didn't want to chance the radio on the ipod, so I begged mom to let me borrow her iphone for the race. She agreed, and thankfully I had good music to run to. I got to the race about thirty minutes early. I was so anxious.

About ten minutes before the race started, it started to rain. The temperature was already colder than it had been all week, and I thought oh no, this isn't going to be good. We started with the 5k's and the ran was POURING on us. In a matter of minutes, my hair, shirt and shorts were soaked. It was at this point that I decided screw it, I'm just going to go with the 5k people. I have class next week, with two very important observations, one that I can not make up. I also have a test and a bunch of other stuff I have to turn in. I mean, what if I get sick because of all this rain? It wasn't worth getting pneumonia over a race, school is more important. This is everything I was telling myself as the rain was covering my body. As soon as it came time for us to turn and go a different route than the 5kers, the rain immediately stopped, and the sun started shining. I took that as my sign to keep on. I made it about 2 1/2 miles without needing to stop to walk. This is excellent for me. I kept on through the 10k route, keeping my normal pace ( which is pretty slow compared to most everyone else) and didn’t really stop to walk again until about mile 4.

At this point a lady who had been behind me caught up with me. We went the rest of the way together. Turns out, this was her first 10k also. She was such an encouragement, I know I would not have kept the pace I did at the end if it wasn't for her. She was wonderful. The last half mile of the race was hard. I was so exhausted, and my calves were killing me. They felt like they were on fire. But I made it. I came in at 1:15:22 ( maybe, not sure on the seconds, but I do know it was 1:15. Which, to many people I know it is slow. But I am fine with slow, right now. As long as I can see improvement in some way during each race, I am ok with that. Whether it be mileage, speed, or consistency, as long as there is some sort of improvement, I am ok. So there you have it. My first 10k!