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Rainy 1/2, fitness pal, and birds

Happy MAY!!!  We have sure had a cold and wet month.  It’s almost funny how much it’s been raining around here.  Last week we planted some flowers for an older couple in our neighborhood.  He was so happy and grateful and loved having us there to show off his garden to.  He had irises all along his back fence.  He started cutting them and giving them to me and the girls that were helping me.  I’ve had a vase full of irises all week on my kitchen table!  I’ll have to remember to plant irises and holly hocks along my fence in the backyard!

yellow-tulip-and-purple-iris-bouquet e02d19cbe2d0e6ac3d38e3fceaec61b5Another week has gone by and I’m glad it’s not last week at this time!!!  Number one reason for that was the 1/2 marathon that I ran last Saturday!  Let me be positive first!  Everything around me was beautiful!  The mountains, trees, green, rainbow, canyon, sky, smell, etc…only one MAJOR mother nature issue was the torrential downpour that we ran through the entire time!  I felt good even though I hadn’t ran that slow in years, 2:02.  The energy was great!  Here is ONE pic. that my friend and I took at the end.  We look so happy, but that’s only because we were done!  I ran with a garbage bag the whole time and I’ve never been more soaked.  I was home by 10:00 a.m. and in my steam room.  Heaven!  It always feels good though to run a race.  Major high for me!

IMG_6876After the race I really wasn’t that sore.  My body seemed like it was recovering well so when Monday rolled around and my friends wanted to run our usual 6, I said SURE!  Apparently my body wasn’t recovered because now my right achilles tendon has been bugging me all week.  I should really stay off it, but that’s not possible (:  I started my Jamie Eason 8 week program and I’m happy to say I lifted every day this week!  Back, Chest/Abs, Legs, Bis/Tris/Abs, Shoulders, and tomorrow will be Legs again.  Legs day was killer.  People that think running is enough for your legs, think again.  I hadn’t lifted like that for awhile and I’m still super sore two days later.  You want Carrie Underwood legs, you have to do lunges and squats and a lot of them (:

UnknownMy last exciting fitness topic of the day is I started using MY FITNESS PAL!  Yes I know I’m super slow to get on board with that one!  I have loved it!!!  I am on Day 4 and already down 3 lbs. and only 2 away from my goal.  I want to eat healthier and it holds me accountable.  Check it out!  It’s a FREE and easy app to navigate right on your phone.  I type in my weight each day, everything I eat, and what I do for exercise.  Maybe this will help with my binge problem!

Alrighty, I gotta get packin!  I’m leaving for St. George for a girl weekend with my daughters and their friends.  I guess I’ll just have to lay out by the pool to recover (: I’m making an awesome CD to listen to in the car too.  I’ll end with something small that’s been making me smile lately.  The other day I went to water my hanging baskets and something rustled out of the basket causing flowers and leaves to fall and I noticed a baby bird skitter across my porch and hide behind a flower pot!  I didn’t realize a bird was in the basket!  I peeked inside and noticed two other birds hanging out in there.  I hope the little bird made it back to it’s nest o.k.  Over the next few days I’ve been watching birds flying in and out from under my porch.  They hang out on the chain of our swing and then hop in the baskets. I love my flower garden and I’ve been wanting a bird bath for awhile so the birds would come around and now they’ve decided to visit me anyway!  I’m not sure how I’ll water my baskets, but I know the birds are happy to be out of the rain storms.  Stop and enjoy the little things around you!

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I tried to take a picture with the birds, but my dogs scare them away.  They understand the word bird and want to chase them!  Last pic was taken last night at my daughter’s choir concert.  Fun and crazy time of year with performances every night!  Have a wonderful weekend.  Keep sticking to the plan and enjoy the golden sunshine!

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1/2 banana and a shot of adrenaline

Today started off like any other day.  I met my friends for a morning run at 5:45 a.m.  It’s still dark.  We run on a very popular road with lots of other runners.  We wear reflector vests and run towards traffic so we can jump out of the way when a car comes at you head on and doesn’t stop, slow down, or swerve to get out of the way!  3 of us were running together.  I was in the middle.  A car turned towards us and was either trying to kill us on purpose or was completely oblivious to us, because next thing I know, I’m staring at the hood of his car and jumping out of the way.  I thought for sure he was going to hit my friend on the outside.  She screamed and we survived the near miss as the car sped away.  After that we thought every car was going to hit us!  I was feeling great with my 1/2 banana and a dose of adrenaline.  We finished our 6 miles.  I’m anxious to be on the trails in the sun, away from speeding cars!

Take A Back RoadI’m feeling good with my eating and exercise regimen.  I’m 2 1/2 weeks in and my clothes feel looser everywhere.  I’m sore everywhere too.  I must be doing something right.  I have come up with a NEW reward too.  This is kind of a BIG one and I will forego many other purchases I’d like for my house for this one.  I want to take my two daughters to see Taylor Swift in June.  The concert is sold out and I’m going to have to pay a pretty penny for 3 tickets.  It’s worth it to me.  Pictures, tables, chairs, clothes…do not compare to the memories of sharing the night with my sweetest girls who LOVE Taylor Swift so much!!!!  I kind of do too (:  My little 4 year old gave me a compliment in the car today when we were singing along to one of her songs.  He said I sounded just like her voice!  What a cutie!  I think the ONLY thing I want more than the concert tickets is a water softener.  Other than that, I want nothing.  I want to surprise them with the tickets on my daughter’s birthday in May.  That will be the HARD part!!!

Me and my girls!

Me and my girls!

Sorry for the on and on jabbering today!  We had such a GREAT WORKOUT today!!!  I called it LOWER BODY LOVE!!!!!  My legs are dying.  I’m worried about everyone else!!!  Check it out!

50 Prisoner Squats

50 Side Curtsy Lunges

25 Push Ups

50 Hamstrings

50 Split Lunges



50 Thrusters or High Sumos

50 Hip Raises

25 Rear Delt Lifts

50 Walking Lunges

50 Snow Boarders




30 REP ABS (Do 30 reps of each exercise)

Full Sit Ups

Hands on Hammie Sit Ups

Side to Side Sit Ups

Butterfly Sit Ups

2 Minute Plank

Leg Raises (Right and Left Side, on elbows, hold bent leg above ground for harder version)

Knee Ups

Knee Ups (Right and Left Side)

Today is a beautiful rainy day!  Here’s a song from Taylor to add to your playlist.  I need to memorize the words now so we can sing along at the concert!  Have a Marvelous Fantastic Happy day!!!  KeeP moving Brightly forward!