Disney 2016

Disney 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016


Christmas is finished and days later, I am sitting amidst the aftermath and reflecting.  This was such a busy season in so many ways and it passed in such a blur.  I wish I would have slowed down to enjoy it more.

It gets so busy because of the extra things that I need to do in addition to things that I like to do to make Christmas special.  Shopping (lots of shopping!), Christmas cards, decorating, baking (and eating!!), wrapping, Christmas parties, all in addition to my already busy life.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas!  It is one of my favorite times of the year.

In addition to adding those "extras" into my life, working for a church makes this season extra busy too.  Christmas and Easter are two of our busiest times of the year and we get busy preparing for all of the guests who will come through our doors.  This being the first Christmas that I am full-time on staff played a big part in how much time I had to squeeze the extra things in too.

Add in there that Bradley finished his classes on campus and we moved him and his roommate completely out of their dorm room (permanently).  Now we are getting everything ready to move Bradley across the country for a 2 semester internship in Utah (more on that in another post). 

The thing is, I'm sad it's over so soon.  I feel like I missed it.  I think next year I need to go into the season with a plan.

How was your Christmas?  Do you have any traditions that you want to share?

Friday, November 18, 2016

Training Again

My favorite race weekend of the year is coming!! 

Ok, truth be told, it has been almost my ONLY race weekend of the year for the last few years (with the exception of a Disney half in there somewhere). 

Every year I have great intentions of losing weight and training well and rocking the race.  My full marathon and half marathon PR's are both from this race.  Trouble is, we don't run this one for time.  We run it with friends and have fun and the fact that it is for a great cause just sweetens it. 

Now that I am a bit into my training, I am hitting mileage that actually takes time for me to run.  Today was 7 miles.  I felt good and kept up my intervals until the very end.  I consider that a success. The weight loss and calorie counting haven't been going well and I can tell the extra weight I am carrying is slowing me down.  I need to get a grip on my self control where eating is concerned.  I am a stress eater and work is extra stressful right now and by lunch-time, I find myself saying screw it, eat what you want.  That needs to stop.

Ok, now that I typed that, I have to stick to it.  Right?  I'm headed out to lunch with a friend and I need to not eat all of the calories I just burned.

If you are looking for a great race and an excuse to get away to Florida in February, you should seriously consider running the Donna Breast Cancer Marathon or Half Marathon.  For more information, go to:


Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Starting Over...Again

I have started over.  I fell off the wagon hard over the past 18 months and gained back a large percentage of the weight that I lost.  I also stopped running (or exercising of any type).  A few months ago, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Time to wake up and take action.  That is not how I want to be.  I have started running again and started counting my calories again.  We are still working on the right mix of medicines to control my blood pressure.  One single medicine hasn't worked for me so we are working with combinations of two different meds right now and that seems to be working better.  Save the rash I am dealing with that we think could be an allergic reaction.  I know, it's a process and we will get there.  I am still fighting the fact that I have to be on meds at all.  Yes, it's hereditary but that isn't making me feel any better about it.

I also feel like I am fighting an uphill battle with the weight thing.  I waited a little too late in life and apparently being a "middle age woman" makes it twice as difficult.  Wahoo.

Time to count my blessings.  Today I am going to focus on the fact that I can run.  I am healthy enough and my legs work and I have actually found pleasure in running again.  It is my alone-in-my-head time.  If I want I can get lost in my favorite music.  I feel great when I get that endorphin high after I'm done.  I have some races coming up that I get to travel to.  I am blessed.

Have a great day!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Testing Out The Blog...

Does it still work?  I may have forgotten how to do this blog thing it has been so many years since I have written anything.  As life is taking some unexpected turns, I thought now might be a good time to jump back in.

More to follow...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

500+ Days And Going Strong

I realized a few days ago that I have been using my fitbit and have been tracking my food for well over 500 days now (522 to be exact).  I may have missed the mark on getting my 10,000 steps on some of those days and I have gone way over my calories on many of those days, but I have not skipped even 1 day of tracking my food. 

I am cautiously optimistic that I have learned how to maintain my current weight (something I have never before been able to do).

Now I need to find the motivation to get down to business.  I have 10 pounds to go to hit my original goal.  Where oh where has that motivation gone? 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

1 Year of Tracking

Today marks the 365th day of tracking my food on My Fitness Pal.  1 year of never missing a day.  I'm quite proud I made it to this milestone.  I think it is safe to say that it is a habit at this point and I have every intention of keeping it up.

Yes, I have had many, many discouraging days where I went so far over my calories I was completely embarrassed (even though no one could see my food diary but me).

Yes, I have had success.  I've lost 27 lbs since I started (that was 1 year back in August).

I still have 6 pounds to go to get to my goal weight but I was weakening in my resolve and was fearful of giving up so I went into maintain mode for the summer.  I haven't quite worked up the motivation to get back to losing but I am proud to say that tracking my food has helped me maintain.  This is the first time in my life that I have maintained a loss as opposed to gaining it back as soon as I stopped losing it.

Anyway, I know I haven't been blogging much but this was a notable achievement for me and I needed to pat myself on the back.  :insertgrinhere:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I've lost it...

My resolve...

It seems to have fled somewhere and I cannot find it.

I have been on this weight loss journey for over a year.  I'm tired.

There was success.  Very slow and hard earned success.  I lost a total of 27 pounds (2 sizes) before I hit a plateau and lost my resolve.

Earlier this summer I realized I was teetering on the edge of falling off the wagon so I switched from trying to lose to trying to maintain. That gave me enough extra calories each day to not feel quite as deprived.  In the last couple of weeks, I have noticed that at some point, I began allowing myself to pop a bite or two of something in my mouth and I wasn't tracking it.

Not good.

I refuse to allow myself to go backwards.

I haven't gained any weight back, I'm still at my low, but I'm afraid if I don't find my motivation soon, I will begin to move backwards.  I absolutely do not want to do that.

I also have not been running lately.  No excuse, I've just let myself get so busy that I haven't made time.

I don't have an answer yet and I'm still searching for that resolve that was so strong for most of the last year.  If you find it, could you please send it my way?