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October Challenge

Happy October!!  One of my favorite months of the year!!  The weather turns, the leaves change, and the air smells crisp.  I love FALL!!  I’m going to make October my healthiest month yet!  I LOVED my 21 day challenge of healthy eating, so for OCTOBER, I’m back at the challenge.  This one will be for 31 days!!  I have a few additional rules and goals attached to this one.  My diet will include everything from the 21 day challenge.  I will only be adding 2 servings of fruit a day and 2-3 servings of starches.  Starches include: sweet potatoes, oats, legumes, brown rice, quinoa etc…  Bread will be out for the month and most dairy.  I’m not a dairy fan anyway(besides ice cream)!  No white sugar or white flour.  My favorite saying!  AND…I’m going to be following Jamie Eason’s Live Fit weight lifting plan phase 2 and 3.  I’m only taking TWO days off!!  One will be when I go to St. George and the other is on a friend’s birthday!  WISH ME LUCK!!!  I love seeing the results of eating healthy and lifting weights, but more than that, I love how much better I feel!

I have a race recap to share from this last weekend.  Me and a few friends ran the Huntsville half marathon.  Our friends have a home up there.  It is such a beautiful place.  I love being there.  The run was perfect.  Can I tell you how much I love HALFS??  The day was rainy which turned out being a fun twist to the day.  It was still beautiful.  I loved the views, especially at the finish line.  I felt strong and happy!  My kids like to lay out all my medals over the years.  I need to take a snap shot of them.  I’m sure I have over a dozen.  I’m grateful for a healthy body that can RUN!!  Here we are at the start line!

IMG_0254.PNGAfter the race I immediately wanted to get back home to shower and warm up!!  Of course AFTER a 13 mile run through the beautiful mountains I would LOVE to add a warm bath, snickerdoodles by the fire, and a crisp walk through the FALL leaves.  Heavenly day!!  Look for the good and the happy around you.  My sweet friend has already got me excited about another FALL race at the end of October that I’m contemplating doing.  Crazy me!  Another half marathon down another favorite place of mine.  Provo Canyon.  We’ll see about that!  WORK HARD, PLAY HARD!

d0d508f37e09a97c841d0e3524ae9673 snickerdoodles-16 f3a48b2e117cc0d6e68f29fed1c0424a 93fddd9336b0fd7c3a104a4014fe9802I also need to add a little music in here.  I love love my new ipod and have added a few new songs on it.  I was having a hard time keeping my ear buds in during the race with all the rain.  My son showed me some new ear phones he bought called Beats.  I didn’t know they were that big a deal until I listened to them.  Oh my!!  Incredible sound.  We listened to a few One Republic songs.  Listen to this one on some Beats if you have them.  Geez!  Do people run in these??


A few favorites and the #1 highest endorphin producing food

Today has been a great catch up day!  I had Grandma lined up to watch my kindergartener while I went to a field trip.  Happy day!  The field trip was rained out and my son still wanted to go to Grandmas.  I don’t think I’ve had this many hours in an empty house, ever!  So, I got caught up on my housework, emails and scheduling.  While I was ironing, which I almost never do, I watched Dr. Oz.  Again, something I never do.  I like Dr. Oz.  He speaks my language.  He talked about hair care, the benefits of fiber, the superfood quinoa, and cocoa!  Besides exercise, the #1 endorphin producing food is COCOA.  Not chocolate, the bitter 70% or more pure cocoa.  I love this stuff!

3_035_CocoaCheatSheet720All this info. is on Dr. Oz’s website.  Here are some of the benefits of cocoa!

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Skin softener
  • Mood booster

Try this Dr. Oz Hot Cocoa recipe!


1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp raw cacao powder
1/4-1/2 tsp powdered stevia, to taste
Mix all of the ingredients together and heat on the stove over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes.

Let cool for a few minutes and serve!

This will be my yummy winter treat when it’s cold!

Yesterday, we went to Park City to shop around.  The leaves are changing and this is one of my most favorite sites to see!



This led me to think of a few favorites as of late!  Number 1!!!  I found a new favorite smell.  I walked into Bath and Body works and immediately smelled the best thing ever!!  I found a candle burning and it was called Pumpkin Pecan Waffle.

m8AsSdDDHZSBIdefI5gkndwI bought the candle and the lotion.  Heavenly!  I need to make pumpkin pecan waffles now!  Instead, I found this favorite fall recipe to try!  Cream cheese filled pumpkin bread!
8cca73212597476bd09d6743dc742848Lastly, and mostly because I need to pick up kids and my son needs the computer, my favorite LULU BRA!!  It’s called the Top Speed bra!  Love everything about it!  This will be my next Lulu purchase!

Top Speed Lulu bra

Top Speed Lulu bra

I’ll be back soon to chat more about my running life and healthy eating.  I’m lovin’ it!  Have a happy Fall day!!