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Happy Thanksgiving!

27 Nov

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13.1 Things I am Thankful For

26 Nov

Since before I started this blog I made a goal to run a half marathon in each state. I have come far since making that goal a handful of years ago but I still have so much more to go. One of my favorite quotes, and one I actually posted recently for a Motivational Monday, goes like this.

“When you start doubting yourself, remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.”

This is one of my favorite quotes because as stressed as I get sometimes about getting out of shape or having a ‘lazy day’, I just remember all that I have accomplished thus far and everything I’m thankful for. Which brings me into todays message about thankfulness. I have many many things to be thankful for so I’ve made a list of 13.1 of them, in no particular order. :)

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1) My Health

I can’t express how incredibly thankful I am everyday that I am in good health. I’ve had my ups and downs but I’ve gotten through each sickness and injury and thankfully nothing in my past has been really bad. The worst of it all was probably when I broke my ankle and was out of running for months but even that time on crutches was an adventure of its own.

2) The Ability to Run

Brings me into my second note here, without running and fitness I would be a mess. Something about getting up and moving just brightens my day. Even just researching new exercise routines or healthy snacks, it always puts me in a good mood to think healthy!

3) Food!

Let’s be real… who ISN’T thankful for some good food! Granted, I’m not the best cook in the world ::insert sarcastic laugh here:: but I do enjoy what I can cook and an thankful that I have food to fill my fridge. The best food is always the warm, home-cooked meal you find when you get home from a long day!

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4) My Parents

I wouldn’t be where I am in life without my Mom and Dad. I have had some pretty great challenges in my life but I am grateful to say both my parents have been there to support me through anything and everything I’ve been through. I tell myself everyday that I am so blessed to have such a great Mom and Dad!

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5) My Sister and Brother

Yep, can’t leave out these two! We may not have always gotten along as kids (or even now) but truth be told, they are pretty great. My sister is so smart and I’ve always looked up to her, plus she laughs at my corny jokes! My brother is nerdy smart, meaning he is always spitting out the most random and useless information you will ever want (or not want) to know, and we have definitely grown closer these past few years.

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6) My ‘I Run 4′ Buddy, Sara

It’s crazy to think I was paired with Sara about nine months ago but she has certainly brought so much joy and happiness into my life. I smile every time I get a post from her parents on Facebook and absolutely love getting updates about her and her family and how much hard work she is doing!

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7) My Blog Readers 

Sometimes when I look back at my blog I can’t believe how much I’ve grown in the past year and how many more followers I have now! It’s such a great feeling when I get a comment from a reader or even just looking at my views in the day, I am sometimes blown away by the love and support I get from everyone! Such a great feeling!

8) Friends

It hasn’t always been easy for me to make friends because I’m so shy, but the ones I have now are people I wouldn’t trade for anything! They’ve taught me the importance of a good friendship and so much more! They’ve supported me through my ups and downs and they are people I can truly always count on!

9) My Job

It’s not a full time job yet but at least it’s something and I sure am thankful for this “something” of a job! Actually, I feel really lucky to have the job that I do. I work in a non-profit organization where sometimes I do have to be in the office but other times I get to be in the wonderful outdoors with groups of children teaching them about the wilderness and watching them grow! It really is a rewarding job and I’m blessed to be part of this organization!

10) My Pets

It isn’t always easy cleaning up after your dogs accident inside, or waking up to cat puke on your bed sheets, or thinking you killed your Dad’s fish while he was away for a week… but it’s all rewarding in the end (after you find the fish is alive and well!). Anyone else who has pets, whatever the kind, will probably agree that not every moment is splendid but you forget about all the bad moments when you sit to watch TV at the end of the day and your dog comes to cuddle with you on the couch. So worth it!

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11) Coffee

Yes, I am thankful for coffee! It wasn’t until college that I drank my first cup of coffee (and weeks later when I made my very first pot of coffee all by myself) but ever since than I have been hooked! I am thankful there is such a drink that I look forward to every morning and will put me in a good mood to start my day right!

12) The Opportunity to Travel

I am so incredibly blessed for the places I have traveled to with friends and family!!!! When I was younger I always loved the idea of traveling. At the age of 20 I was able to travel out of the country with my sister for a month which was amazing! Than just earlier this year I was able to take my dream trip to Australia and New Zealand with my Mom! There were many little trips in-between that were amazing and beautiful as well. I have my next trip planned and hope one day to be able to go to the next country on my list!

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13) A Place to Call Home

Home. It’s somewhere I come home to at the end of the day, somewhere I can keep dry from a storm, or warm from the snow, or relax with my family. When you think about all the people who are homeless or have had a tremendous disasters wipe away the place they called home it really sets in and makes me thankful for this place I have lived in since I was little. Home.

.1) Sunrises 

It’s something so small and yet sunrises are one of my favorite things. There are many reasons for this but one of the biggest reasons is that it means I have lived to see another day here on Earth with the ones I love.

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What are YOU thankful for? Happy Thanksgiving!

Motivational Monday

24 Nov

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This is something I need to remind myself each and every day. I tend to get so discouraged by how much farther I have in my trainings that I don’t remember where I started years ago and how far I’ve come. What a great reminder! Happy Monday!

Fitness Friday

21 Nov

Let’s start by celebrating that the end of the week is here and it’s finally Friday!!! It has been a busy week on my end and though this weekend is going to be pretty jam packed I’m glad I get a little free time in. I have to admit that because my week has been quite busy, and the cold weather has decided to really kick in this week, I haven’t exercised a lot. This isn’t that much of a shocker for those who know me and know I dislike cold weather!

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I am determined to get out and do some sort of fitness this weekend! I loved doing the Once Upon a Time workout I did a few weeks ago and I can really do that type of workout with any TV show. I’m seeing a lot of those in the near future for me since I don’t like running outside in cold weather.

I’m excited that I have a few races coming up though! My dad and I participated in the Palm City Turkey Trot a few years ago which was our first, and only, turkey trot. It was so great though! Probably one of my favorites races I’ve ever done! I’m sure a lot of that has to do with the fact that it was in Florida where cold weather rarely exist! The race was only a 5k but regardless the distance, it felt good to get out and do some sort of exercise right before a huge Thanksgiving meal! We’ve found a few in our area that we are still debating between but hopefully we can decide on one and sign up shortly as Thanksgiving in a few days away!

I have signed up for a virtual 5k in December that I’m pretty excited about! Run with Jess is an amazing blogger and host some pretty sweet virtual runs throughout the year. Right now she is advertising for the Virtual Elf Run that raises money for the St. Judes Foundation benefiting children with cancer.

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Though the race takes place in the middle of December I believe that I can pull up the energy and determination to run this virtual race for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. I also signed up both my parents for the race as well so I’m sure the encouragement from them will also get me up and moving in order to run this! It’s not too late to sign up so if you’re looking for a virtual run for the month of December go check it out now!

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I think the weather this weekend is suppose to be on the warmer side, as warm as it gets in November, so that will be a good incentive to try and get out and go running! HAPPY FRIDAY!

Motivational Monday

17 Nov

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The Starbucks Struggle is Real

15 Nov

As you all know I’ve limited myself to ONE Starbucks Coffee a week this month and let me say… the struggle is coming in loud and clear right about now!

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I have learned a lesson this week… don’t get Starbucks on the first day of the week! Last week I bought a coffee on the way to work Saturday morning since we had an early start to the day and than I went to coffee with a few friends from high school on Sunday where we got Starbucks. They both asked me if I could last the whole week without buying a coffee from Starbucks and I very confidently said, “Yea! Of course!”. Little did I know Friday was going to come around and the temptation for that delicious coffee would hit me.

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I’m suppose to get Starbucks later today with a different friend from high school who I haven’t seen in a few years. We are both addicted to Starbucks so when she suggested it while planning our catch up date I, without thinking about it, replied, “Starbucks sounds great!” ::Insert dilemma::

Here’s my solution… I have an empty coffee bean bag from Starbucks and if you bring it into a Starbucks coffee shop you receive a free coffee. I think this is a wise solution because,

1) That will save me money I would have used on a coffee and

2) There won’t be a lot of extra fix-ins in my coffee which means no extra calories.

Every time I’ve pasted a Starbucks in the past few days I’ve felt a very big urge to turn about and smell the amazing aromas of that amazing coffee smell!

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This lack of Starbucks reminds me of the time my Mom & I traveled to Uluru, Australia (aka the middle of nowhere desert in the middle of the country). My mom and I had been traveling through New Zealand & Australia for nearly two and a half weeks at this point and didn’t find a Starbucks at all in New Zealand! The first one we found was in Melbourne, Australia where I indulged in this delicious coffee!

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After we left Melbourne we traveled to Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. My mom did a lot of research in this location and wanted so badly to visit. I didn’t know much about the location but was all in visiting someplace new! Little did I know that it was literally in a desert and there was no Starbucks anywhere close!

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I ended up getting an iced coffee at the ONLY coffee shop they had in the area. Though it wasn’t a Starbucks coffee it was still DELICIOUS!

This was in Cairns, Australia but you seem to get the same thing anywhere in Australia when you order an iced coffee.

This was in Cairns, Australia but you seem to get the same thing anywhere in Australia when you order an iced coffee.

During the month that my Mom & I traveled I went a good amount of that time without a Starbucks coffee so I know I can do it here. At least there weren’t Starbucks at every corner tempting me in New Zealand & Australia…

Once Upon a Time Workout

12 Nov

First of all I want to share that I hit a small victory yesterday! So proud that I made it to 10,000 steps and only by 7:30! I was so excited when I hit this milestone that I texted a photo to my parents saying, “Hit 10,000 and it’s only 7:30!” I was so excited about this until I realized that this pedometer resets at midnight and I’d have to do it all over again tomorrow. At least now I know roughly what I need to do to hit that goal.

image_1On another positive note, last night was my first night doing a tv show workout! “What is that?” you may ask. You can pretty much google ANY TV show and find a workout for it that you do at certain times in the show or you can make your own! I decided since this was my first time doing a tv show workout I would use one that I found online and see how easy / hard it was and than next time around I could alter it my own abilities.

My friend and I love watching Once Upon a Time and, though she is caught up on watching the current season and I’m not, we decided to pick up where she was and watch an episode from the new Frozen season!

Once-Upon-A-Time-Season-4-Poster-Frozen_2014-09-12_20-11-33We decided to use this workout plan I found online as a set plan for last nights episode. We found that we had to look some of the exercises up to make sure we were doing them correct but once we did that we were good to go!

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I have to say the worst one for me was the burpees! I’ve done those before (a long time ago) when I took a stab at trying P-90X with a friend in Wilmington but that was years ago! I still need a lot of work to do these correct but at least I tried last night. My burpees looked nothing like this one pictured!!!

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It took me twice as long to complete these and we found we had to pause the episode a few times so I could catch up. Definitely something I need to improve on!

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As much as I did NOT like the burpees, everything else wasn’t bad! One thing I didn’t think about doing before the show started was stretching which is something I will do next time! I love the fact that you can pretty much find a workout for any TV show online OR you can make your own! I can see myself doing this more often in the near future!!!

Anyone ever done a TV show workout? 

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