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Well!  We had a FUN weekend!!  Saturday was especially nice as I was with my youngest scalawags for most of the day!!

securedownloadThe weather was so nice!  The day started out with my daughter and her friend running a 5k!  I do believe this was the first race she has done.  Later on that day she told me,”Mom, ya know, I really don’t like running.  I thought I would, running with my friends, but I really don’t.”  Ha ha!  I’ve told her many times that it’s o.k. if she doesn’t like to run.  She sees how much I like it and she thought she would like it.  That might change.  I didn’t really like to run at 12 either!

securedownload-1I didn’t run.  I cheered them along the race course and yelled as they ran through the finish line!  This morning however, I thought I’d give my 6 miler a go!  My body didn’t like that and my brain was remembering what I did a little over a week ago.  My heel started bugging me and my legs still felt rather weary.  I gave it a good effort, but I think I’ll be spinning and lifting this week.

I ate WAY too much this weekend and I am SERIOUS this time about not giving in on my goals!!  Only healthy eating for me.  I MIGHT give myself a 3 hr. eat whatever I want window on Sunday!  Here is the usual list (:

  • Write down what I eat
  • 5 fruits and vegetables a day
  • No eating past 7:30 p.m.
  • Jamie Eason weights 6 days a week

And of course NO SUGAR!!!  I want to keep this up till the last 3 days of October.  AND…if I do, I’m going to the GAP and buying myself a new outfit.  They have the cutest stuff right now!

Back to my fun weekend with the kids!!!  After our 7 am 5k, I hurried home to gather up my 2 kidlets and we went to brother’s football game, which they LOST!!  First loss of the season and the other team was super awful!  We had a yummy lunch after and then we went home for a bit.  I had to sit out back in the sun for a half hour or so!!!  We ran up to Lagoon a little bit later and had such a fun time riding the rides, walking around, and enjoying all the Halloween decorations!  AFTER Lagoon, we made a quick stop at a new shopping center close by.  Loved it!!!  I need to go back with my girlfriends.  We bought pumpkins at the grocery store!  We didn’t get home till dinner time.  The BIG football game was at 8:30 and we went over to the cousins to watch that.  Fun times with a bunch of little league football boys rooting for the wrong team (:  UTAH won (as usual)  Hee hee!

2 songs I LOVE today.  An oldie Bon Jovi-Always * and the funniest video my daughter showed me.  Makes me smile (:  Brave by Sara Bareilles.  Love it!!  Be BRAVE!!


To workout or not to workout

Do you work out when you are sick?  What if you have a marathon in less than 3 weeks and you REALLY want to do well?  What if you feel soooooo much better on drugs?  Are you really better?  (:  This is the boat I am in.  I’ve got a head cold or maybe a sinus infection.  I don’t like to take time off.  I want to run fast this week.  I have an 8 and a 12 miler to run  and I’m hoping to keep my pace at an 8 or under for most of it.  Nutrition and wellness are key here.  SO, I will be eating VERY healthy till the race and striving towards at least 7 hours of sleep each night.  I’m also hoping my order at bodybuilding.com will help keep me fueled with energy.  I was in need of protein powder and vitamins and I found this awesome deal!

image_prodprod220034_largeImage_X_130_whiteIt includes 5 lbs. of chocolate coconut whey protein, 2 lbs. casein, 60 multi vitamins, and 30 servings of essential amino acids for energy!  You can pick between tons of flavors.

I was talking with my friends today at the park and one of my fastie friends just signed up for the marathon!  Now, I feel pressure to keep up with her (:  She wants to have a goal for the month of September to go off Diet Coke.  I’m going to do it with her, except I’ll go off SUGAR for the month!  30 days sounds better than 100!  Baby steps here.  For the rest of the year I’m going to try a different one month goal.  We’ll see how it goes.

We were also talking about what to wear for the race.  That’s a big deal you know.  We have twinner red shorts and I think we’ll purchase matching tops!  So far there are 4 of us signed up and I think one more will join us!  PARTY!!

Here are the lululemon shorts we have:

199e890a-3f86-40c2-801e-7e82e181e240-LW7413S_0847_1-mediumMy husband gave me a gift card to Athleta and I think I’ll use it for the top!  Which one should we wear?

I know this is green but I like it (:

I know this is green but I like it (:

I gotta see if this is the same red.

I gotta see if this is the same red.

This one looks like the best one.  I don't love black, but it does go with everything!

This looks like the best one. I don’t love black, but it does go with everything!

Looking through the website, I found out Athleta sells TONS of running accessories too such as sunglasses, water bottles, reflector vests, socks, and headbands.  Love that!

Keep moving and plugging along!  It’s all worth it.  Time to go clean my fridge out and figure out dinner before the CREW comes home!


100 day goal

It is time to reclaim my former life!  We have been in a whirlwind for the last week or so!  My parent’s celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and it was spectacular!  To see them so happy was wonderful to me!  I must say we know how to throw a party.  It was perfect!!  Such a great reunion of past friends and family!  Here are my parents and their 7 kids and a cut out picture of them 50 years ago!

47a3d908b3127cce98541b6aedad00000035100AcMnLhkzbNWPgMy oldest brother and I played the part of MC.  My Dad sang “Some Enchanted Evening” to my Mom and it was so sweet!!  I’m grateful for these parents of mine and proud to be a part of our family!

Now, it is back to REAL life!  I’m completely disoriented from my normal, predictable routine.  The only fit thing I’ve been able to keep up on is my running!  We had a great 16 miler down Immigration Canyon over the weekend and today our usual 6 miles felt like a walk in the park!  I want to get back to eating healthy and lifting.  I have to SAY to my dear friend that will be reading this…I did not keep our 9 week fitness plan.  If you remember 9 weeks ago we were gung ho on shaping up!  I wanted to be at 125 and all ripped (:  HA HA !!!  July has been worse than the Christmas season!  So….that brings me to my next goal of course.  After talking with a cousin at the party this weekend, I have decided to go without sugar for 100 days!!!  Officially starting on AUGUST 1st!!!!  That means: no cookies, brownies, white bread, or candy!!!  It’ll be awesome!!  I also need to spend less money!!  So, that will be part of the plan too!!  I’ll be SERIOUSLY on this time!!  🙂  Today is hopping!  I’ve got to get moving in many directions!


A Peaceful Refuge

Last night my son and I went on a little walk to the MOON!  I was expecting to see something like this, but what we really saw was…a normal moon.  Either way I had a great time with my little PEANUT who

thcelebrates his 15th birthday this week!!!  I have a extra soft spot for my first born.  He was my whole life and all I thought about for 2 1/2 years until the next one came along!  LOVE!

15 years ago!

15 years ago!

What a whirlwind weekend as usual.  I had a break from the strict diet and it felt GREAT!!!  I’m not beating myself up about it either.  Of course I have a new set of commitments laid out, but I enjoyed a food filled weekend.  We had a wonderful all you can eat work party on the same night of the biggest fancy pants wedding reception I’ve ever been to.  We felt like we were in a movie!  We had a wonderful night visiting with FAMILY!   Sunday was especially AMAZING!!!  I have to share so many pictures.  We got together with our greatest friends and enjoyed the beautiful summer night while the kids played and ran around the yard.  We cooked smores and I saw the most incredible garden they built in their back yard.  My friend is Martha Stewart and I have to brag about her to everyone!!!  First off, she has herb boxes on her deck and along the side of her house she has corn and tomatoes.  They’ve planted many fruit trees, all with keep away deer and squirrel fences and at the top of their yard my jaw dropped when I saw this:

photo-7This picture doesn’t even do it justice.  They excavated a big section in the yard, fenced the whole thing, put a small barn like shed on one end and a chicken coop on the other.  They’ve planted beans, squash, zucchini, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cucumbers.  I know I’m forgetting something.  Everything is plumbed with water hoses and she uses all organic ingredients to tend to it.  As we talked she explained to me how peaceful it is for her to get up in the garden and work and see the plants grow.  Ohhh…I have a something new I want to do now!!  I’m so lucky to have her to teach me everything I need to know.  The chickens were the funniest.  They got out at one time and were running around trying to eat the plants.  We had to corral them back in.  What  a beautiful and rewarding refuge I hope I can do at my own house!!  These little guys are the cutest!

photo-7 photo-7 photo-7 photo-7 It was a happy night for me!  I love family and friends!

Here we are at the start of a new week.  I’m going to try to make a goal one week at a time!  This week I want to work on eating every 2-3 hours and drinking a gallon of water a day or close to it!  I really want to stay sugar free again for 5 weeks.  I can do it!!!  I found a GREAT website through one of my followers!!  THANK YOU!!! Its called Cross my Heart Fitness!  She’s a little bit more of a runner than me, but the part I loved was a HUGE list of healthy food options for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner.  I’m going to print it out for myself and my clients!  Here is an example of just the breakfast part!

Eat-Clean Sample Breakfast Menu

1 cup melon
with ¾ cup low fat cottage cheese
cinnamon and ¼ cup Kashi granola

¾ cup cooked oatmeal
with cinnamon, ½ cup diced apple
2 tbsp chopped walnuts, ½ cup lowfat milk

½ Cup Nature’s Path cereal
1 Cup greek Yogurt (plain non-fat)
½ sliced banana
½ cup blueberries

1 oz diced ham, scrambled 2 egg whites
1 Tbsp Mexican blend shredded cheese
1 slice rye toast or Ezekiel bread
6 oz Orange juice or peace of fruit

½ cup lowfat ricotta cheese mixed with ½ cup
lowfat cottage cheese and 1 tsp 100% pure Maple Syrup
Top with ½ cup frozen unsweetened cherries or berries,
Thawed, and ½ tsp sesame seeds

1 whole wheat tortilla with 1 Tbsp peanut butter
and ½ slice banana

¾ cup cooked oatmeal mixed with ¼ cup lowfat
milk, 1oz chocolate protein powder, ½ chopped banana
¼ cup frozen unsweetened cherries, thawed

Scrambled 3 egg whites with 3 cups fresh spinach
And 1 chopped roma tomato topped with 1 Tbsp
Fat free feta cheese, 1 slice Ezekiel break toasted

¾ cup cooked oatmeal, 1 Tbsp chopped nuts,
½ cup thawed frozen unsweetened berries, dash
of cinnamon and drizzle of honey, 3 hard boiled egg whites

Cream of Wheat made with water, ½ cup thawed frozen berries
3 egg whites cooked to your liking

Ezekiel English muffin toasted, topped with cottage cheese
Fresh spinach, tomato slices, 1 poached egg, 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

Granola with nonfat plain yogurt  and frozen, thawed berries
Layer in glass bowl, sprinkle with  cinnamon and chopped nuts

Ultimate smoothie: 1 cup ice cubes, 1 cup non fat, soy , rice or almond milk
¼ cup low fat cottage cheese, ½ cup fresh or frozen berries, 1 kiwi peeled and chopped
½ cup chilled green tea.  Blend all in blender until smooth.

WOW!!  Check it out!


So…here we go again.  Recommitted to health!  I ran 5 1/2 miles today and it felt so good.  Then I met a friend at the gym for a back workout.  I know I change my mind a lot, but my new exercise schedule is running 3 days a week, one of those on the trail, Jamie Eason weight program 6 days a week.  I keep trying to follow my weight program and I keep failing.  It’s 8 weeks long and I don’t want to miss a day!  So far so good on DAY 1!!!


Get er done!



We need a bit of motivation today!!  My Mom group met at the track today for a much needed workout in the glorious morning sun!  Our warm up was lugging our weights and mat around the entire field to find a way in!  I don’t know what it is about running on a track, but I feel like a fastie olympic runner.  Ha Ha!  Here was the workout!!!  It was a GREAT all over body deal!













We also did my favorite ab warmup with 20 sets of Tabata planks.  20 seconds on and 10 seconds off for 20 rounds!!  Killer soreness for tomorrow!  

THEN, I had to run to the gym to do the WOD so I can teach that tonight!!  I feel happily spent!  

K!  Now my soap box.  I just read an email from a friend who is needing a boost in the exercise department.  So, I’m thinking…what motivates me to exercise?  The list is long!  Here are a few:

 I love how I feel accomplishing something that is hard.  I must have a huge endorphin rush because I feel so great during and after!  I like the results.  I have more energy for the day.  It makes me happy.  Me time.  I feel healthy.  

So, how do you get it in and how do you stick with it?  Years ago I worked for a time management company and I went to many seminars on prioritizing, organizing, and planning your life by days, weeks, months, and years.  I learned lots about setting and achieving goals.  From what you read of me, I loved it!  One thing has always stuck with me.  Whatever you want to get done the very most, schedule it before 11 a.m.  So, to get in your exercise, make it happen before 11 a.m.  If you are not a morning person and like to stay up late, that can be difficult.  Try looking at your week on Sunday night and scheduling in when you will exercise.  If the day gets away from you, try a 20 minute workout or go on a brisk walk uphill at night.  Here are a few quick and easy workouts that you can do anywhere!

f30b8966e71ed19f60179193287b70f5 d68f3cbe8e00415472ad20c5796ccb22The ultimate helper for me is a workout buddy!!!  I have said this before and I know from experience, but when you have a friend to workout with it is sooooooooooooooo much more fun!!!!  Find a friend to walk with, join an exercise group or gym, take the kids out exercising.  It is much much better than sitting by yourself in front of a workout video or in the lonely basement.  Some people are fine with that, but I have found more success with FRIENDS!!!  Pics of toned people make me work harder too.  DANG!!  Is all I can say about these two.

CrossFit South Central Regional 2012 Women Workout 4 14c4a78d44bf3c32e461ffbe87c3249fDon’t beat yourself up!!  I’m constantly falling down and no matter what I pick myself back up!  ALWAYS.  Keep it up!  It’s worth it!!  Enjoy the SUN.  Life is GOOD (:


Strike a chord


Ha ha!  I love this quote and need to put it on my mirror!

I read articles on super fit women and find ways to emulate them.  I struck a chord with my workout class when I told them about an article I read from a VERY perfectly fit woman.  She had perfect abs and she said that she only worked them once a week!!  We had a little ungluing going on.  I guess I shouldn’t say that to a group of highly motivated mothers with a little competitive edge to them (:  GENETICS is all that is!  She hasn’t had twins!  Some people build muscle better than others!  And when I said it’s because she eats well, that was blown off as if it was of no consequence.  HMMMM….is Easter around the corner and we all want to eat chocolate bunnies and Cadbury eggs?  I’m sure glad Easter is early this year because I will eat more than I should this weekend and luckily Monday is APRIL 1st, which is when I especially love making new goals.  I need to go back to my NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS and review them again.  I need to regroup and get back to my 3 treat days a month!  Look for another list of GOALS and SUPER CLEANSE I’ll post about on MONDAY!!

O.K. enough of that.  Here is the GREAT workout we did on WEDNESDAY!!!!!  We did supersets and triplesets.

WARMUP-75 walking lunges, 50 jumping jacks

Alternate PUSHUPS and LUNGE SWITCHES 20 reps each and repeat 3 times with no rest


Do the next 3 exercises for 20 reps each, 3 times

HIP LIFTS (lay on back with one foot in the air and lower hips up and down.  20 each leg)



Sprint 1 lap around the church

I hope that makes sense.  After you go through that once, DO IT AGAIN!!!  We finished with 10 MINUTE POWER WORK.

Do 8 overhead presses, 5 burpees, and 8 sit ups on the minute for 10 minutes.  The GYMBOSS trainer works GREAT here!

We felt great after!!!  This will be a FUN weekend.  Saturday, my husband and I are going to a NPC bodybuilding show!  His secretary will be in it and I’d love to see what one is like!  I’ll let you know what I think.  We’ll see which side of the fence I fall on for doing a body building competition!

Hope everyone has a fun weekend.  I’ll be running a lot, which I LOVE now that SPRING is in the air.  I need to get out to my yard now and the rest of the housework.  Keep it uP 10+++ times more than before!  (;  


Do you want the good news or the bad news first?

WELL, happy new month, February 1st!!!  One month into the year and I’m needing to evaluate my goals.  Here are my fitness goals I posted at the end of the year and the grade I give myself after one month.

  • Follow 8 week program.  Do not miss a day!  That’s lifting 6 days a week.  C  I followed the program for 2 weeks.
  • Run 3-4 days a week. (I’m signed up for a half in January).  D  I don’t think that EVER happened.  I’ll give myself a little credit since I ran a half.  
  • EAT CLEAN!  No white flour, white sugar, or processed foods.  C  Excuses, excuses, but moving into an unfinished house is more stressful than I thought.
  • 3 treat days a month.  This equals out to 10% of the year.  F  I tried for 3/4 of the month I would say.  That’s an F in my book.
  • Body fat at 15% by end of March (My husband won’t like that one).  B  Not sure on this one yet, but I ended the month strong because I was fed up with myself.  I’ll get there!!
  • Finish my personal trainer course by March.  B  I started studying again this week, and I’m on track.  We’ll get it done.

That is pathetic, agreed?  I’m not a giver upper and I have a new and revised set of goals to start for February.  Here they are:

  • Increase my running miles.  I’m going to start next week with a goal to run 15 miles a week and each week I’ll increase the number by 5.  So, the last week of February I should be running 30 miles a week.  I miss running and I am hopeful the weather will cooperate this month.  I also want to run a 16 mile trail run with my friend the end of March.  I need to get my butt in gear.  I will still lift 3 days a week.
  • STRICT EATING!!  Back to no more than 3 treat days a month.  I WILL do this!  Let’s say my weight will be between 125-128 by the end of the month too!  Make it even more exciting.
  • Continue with the 15% body fat and personal training studying.

Sounds easy enough.  I weighed in at 131 today and I’m fine with that.  I’m also doing something fun for the year with my Sunday outfits.  I’ll put this post under TUESDAY THREADS as well.  I’m not a fashionista, but I love clothes.  I want to see if I can wear a different outfit every Sunday for the whole year.  For January, I added blue with each outfit.  Here they are:


IMG_3606IMG_3615I’m obviously no professional photographer with my vacuum and boxes in the shot.  This will be my fun challenge for the year.

NOW, to the good and bad news.  Good news first!  I have cabinet doors with knobs and handles being installed right now and my granite is IN!!  The appliances were also delivered this morning!!  BIG HUGE YAY!!!  Bad news…both homes have damage from the snow.  Our awning fell down at the old home which we are renting out and the gutter has fallen off our new home and the window wells are filled with snow.  Take a look!
IMG_3627IMG_3629I’ll be going outside to DIG now!!  Have a Heck of a weeKend!

How to rebound from a wicked chocolate day

I write this post as I eat a Crunch bar, Kit Kat, and a Mounds.  It’s kind of sad that I can take A LOT of chocolate without getting real sick!  It is also the end of a month and that means I like to start new goals!!!  So, I bought a prize for me!  It will sit with the tags on them until Nov.30 is over!!  For one month I will have NO sugar (meaning no white flour or white sugar).  I get ONE day off, THANKSGIVING of course.  Which is by the way, my favorite holiday!  Here is my cute prize:

Lululemon studio crops

I have these in red and I love them!  Another totally CRAZY challenge I’m kicking around is to compete in a body building contest.  I can’t believe I actually said that!  I’ve wondered about them off and on but never thought I’d really do it and then I was talking to a girl at my husband’s work who just competed in one and is going to do another one in March.  It sounded exciting and if I can have her show me how it’s done, I think I’d be fine.  Plus, it would help in my personal training expertise.  So, I might have my work cut out for me in the next few months.  I think it would be WAY COOL to do something like that before my big 4-0 birthday!!

Today is not really a workout Wednesday since it’s Halloween.  It’s a jabber day.  Tomorrow I’ll post a seriously sweaty workout to help us burn off all this candy!  I was thinking about wearing a costume for Halloween.  I don’t do that very often.  It made me think of some old dresses I’ve kept over the years.  Maybe one of them could be a good Halloween costume?  Every few years or so I try on my old prom and choir dresses to see if they still fit!  I even snapped a picture of me in this one!  A very SWEET choir dress from high school!

Don’t you love the shoes?  I hadn’t changed yet from my run!  I don’t know how to make this into a costume though.  What would I be?  This is who I would like to be:

EPHABA, green and all!  One day I’ll have to do that.


I also pulled out an old photo from a Halloween past.  This is me (yes, I’m blonde) and my 4 brothers.  I’m sure I’m mad that my Mom made me wear the “hand me down” clown costume!  I’m such a pouter!

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween with the kiddies!

We will be enjoying a Super Pleasantly sunny and Bright day.  SMILE (:


Well, I had great intentions of several exciting posts this weekend and it did not happen.  I don’t usually like to expound on my busyness but I think I have maxed myself out to about 99.9% capacity this weekend.  My brain is tired and I still have 3 more Halloween parties next week.  That doesn’t even include each classroom Halloween party that each of my kids have.  Hurt me.

Biggest surprise of the weekend was this:

Ha ha!  I love the scale.  I’m going against all trendy fitness mantras.  I’m not a secret anorexic either.  In fact, the day before I weighed myself I didn’t even exercise and I ate a slice of pizza and 2 slices of chocolate chip banana bread!  What a diet!  I did however run 9 miles the morning of my weigh in!  Either way, I did not cheat.  I let go of the counter and even jumped on the scale 3 times.  It did not change!  So….I didn’t have to send my hot pink “barbie” shoes back.  The girls at church nicknamed them barbie shoes!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go to this POST!

Lately I’ve been eating crazy healthy all week and having a 24 hour eat whatever I want break on the weekend!  For the last 3 weeks it’s been great.  I don’t know why I have to binge because I feel disgusting every time, but it’s working.  7 sugar cookies for dinner is what I’m talking about!

Here is my power tip for the week.  Find 1 goal you’d like to work on for the week and DO IT!!!  Whether it be get to bed at 10 p.m., run 3 days a week, eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day, tell your kids you love them and give them a big hug every day, whatever!!  It’s not so overwhelming when you choose ONE goal for ONE week to improve on.  See if you can do it 6 out of the 7 days!  You’ll feel so proud of yourself and be happier that you accomplished something important to you!!

Spiritual thought for this great day.  I was driving today and witnessed a most inspiring sunset to the west and then I noticed to the east the moon rising over the mountain.  I didn’t know how to take a picture of both of them at the same time, but it was a beautiful gift to see.

Enjoy this peaceful song that I love.  I’m teaching the girls in my church several of the Jenny Phillips songs.  They are exceptional!  I couldn’t decide which one to put on here.  Look up a few others if you’d like.

Lighthouse in the Night, Fit for His Kingdom, and Light Keeper.

Goodnight and sweet dreams *



So, this will be quick since it’s really after midnight and I skipped a day!  I took my girls to see the new KATY PERRY movie today.  I like several of her songs and I love movies and books about real people.  Learning about her life and upbringing, the ups and downs of her career and personal life were truly INSPIRING!  I love music as well and to give so much to others through your talents is impressive.

A friend of mine gave me this sign that I keep in my kitchen.  There are so many people in my life that inspire me to be better, to keep going, and to never give up!  I want to live an inspiring life, to bring happiness and hope into others lives.  We’re all just people learning from our experiences and mistakes.  When all is said and done I hope I can live a life that portrays the quote,”Good enough isn’t good enough when there is greatness in you!”  My son’s football coach shared this with his team and it’s stuck with our family and we say it often to our kids.

Here is the run down of the day.  Exercise was a 10 mile run with 2 of my friends!  I went to the gym later and worked arms mostly, but a little bit of everything.  


1/2 pancake with peanut butter before my run

2 whole wheat french toast with agave nectar, 3/4 c. canteloupe

protein shake after weight workout

apple and a Zone bar

1 1/2 c. quinoa and veges

1/2 banana, 1/2 protein bar, string cheese

salmon, veges, and 1/2 a low carb cheesecake

We had dinner at The Cheesecake Factory tonight!  My food looked so pretty, I had to take a pic.

I also weighed myself after my LONG run of course and weighed 133 (: I’m silly I know.  I’ll post again tomorrow and then I’ll be camping for a few days so I’ll have to miss a few posts.  I’ll still record what I eat though.  Adios! 

 “Ignite the light and let it shine”