Monthly Archives: February 2014

Foodie Pen Pals February!

Foodie Pen Pals are back for 2014!  I failed to sign up in January, but I did remember to sign up in February!  I am SO glad I did!!
This month I was paired up with Arlette from New Orleans!! She is such a sweetheart!  When I got the package I opened it and was so thrilled! She followed all my food guidelines (which I know is not always easy), and she even through in a few surprises!!

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A lovely note AND a purple Mardi Gras mask!!!
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I had to try it on 🙂

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A fun magazine with some yummy recipes!

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A delicious apple snack and some Refreshing cherry lemonade!
The hubs and I opened the apple snack right away and had a little taste!

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Enough said!! I will be making some cupcakes this weekend after my half marathon!

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I have never seen chocolate like this before!  Not only did it taste amazing, but the wrappers had cool literature on them, and the chocolate had hearts on it!! So cool! XOXO

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I am a fan of figs!  I can not wait to try this out!

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This nut and fruit mix is AWESOME!  I am surprised I have any left! I have paired a handful with my breakfasts and snacks the last few days and WOW!  I love the simplicity of the ingredients too!

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I am really excited to try this!  It will be going with me to my race tomorrow!

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Perfect timing as I am almost out of honey in my pantry! Love the bear!

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Um WOW! How have I never had cacao lip balm before!! It smells good enough to eat!!!! It was a bonus for sure on top of all the other amazing stuff I received from Arlette!!!!

Thank you SO much Arlette for your amazing package!  You went above and beyond!!!

Foodie Pen Pals is a program that Lindsay began over 2 years ago!

Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

***If you’re in Europe, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at rocksalt@thisisrocksalt.com to get involved!

If you would like to be a part of this amazing program you can sign up HERE

-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Freedom Friday!

I have been honored to read many stories this week about so many people who have found freedom in recovery from an eating disorder.  Every story has had different elements, but each story also has had hope!  It is my privilege today to share Lauren’s story!

My story starts at a very early age, at about 4 years old. For as long as I can remember I have been bullied- for multiple reasons(and no, being in college doesn’t stop it). One of those reasons was how I looked. Don’t get me wrong, I was a pretty cute kid. I mean who isn’t? But my classmates didn’t seem to see me the way my family did. I was called names all the time; mostly by boys. I was called ugly and fat. I had things thrown and me, and in middle school boys would pretend to ask me out, thinking it was a big game. Needless to say, I grew up with the worst self-esteem ever. And it carried over into the first few years of college. I grew up thinking I wasn’t good enough. That I wasn’t pretty enough. That no boy would ever be attracted to me or want to be with me- all based on how I looked. And I believed all of that 100%. By the time high school rolled around, not only was I being bullied at school, but I was being emotional abused by my father. I felt like my only safe place was the dance studio-it had become my second home- but even that would end up being hurtful to me. By my sophomore year of high school my body started “filling out”. I was getting slight curves and starting to grow up and look like a woman. And as some one who has always been the tiniest of her friends, this was a hard adjustment for me. I thought I was getting fat. And it freaked me out.
Now, I’ll save you the somewhat boring details, but let’s just say that one negative thought leads to another. And then another. And then another. And then before you know it, you mind is consumed by negativity and lies. And that’s exactly what happened with me. By the time my senior year came I had no self-esteem, self-worth or self confidence. If you were to ask me what I liked about myself at the time, I would have lied or made something up because I honestly couldn’t think of anything. All these lies lead to me skipping meals and becoming obsessed with my appearance. By senior year I maybe at one meal a day. And if I didn’t eat a meal I had least had some form of a snack during the day.(Ignoring hunger pains was never my strong point.) I wanted to lose weight. I wanted to get thinner. I wanted to be beautiful. But how I was feeling at the time was nothing compared to what was to come.
I took the spring semester of my freshman year at college off after a suicide attempt. During this time, and the semester before, all of my mental health problems had gotten a lot worse. When I wasn’t focused on the depression or wanting to self harm, I was focused on food. I did everything I could to not eat. And college made it easy. I didn’t have parents telling me to eat dinner and I wasn’t close enough with the girls on my floor for them to notice my poor eating habits or say anything about them. All of this fed the eating disorder. Soon I gave it a name, Ana. And Ana became my best friend. She helped kept me on track, or at least that’s what I thought she was doing. In all actuality, Ana made me feel like trash and wasn’t a good friend at all. I started counting Calories and weighing myself multiple times a day. I had numbers constantly going around in my head. I was worried that if I ate more Calories than I was “allowed” to I would gain weight or get fat. I strived to get to my goal weight, thinking that I would finally be happy and like myself if I reached it. Side note: I should probably point out that by this time I had become a Christian and was attending a Christian college. But being a Christian doesn’t mean you won’t struggle-and this was something I found out the hard way. As I was saying, my thoughts gave me constant anxiety and I had the constant fear of getting fat. Or fatter depending on how I was feeling that day. I even tried to purge multiple times, but for some reason I just couldn’t do it. (Which I’m very thankful for now.) I was caught in a vicious cycle of self hatred. I felt bad if I ate and I felt bad if I didn’t eat. I wanted nothing more than all the pain to stop. I wanted to finally look and feel beautiful. I wanted guys to notice I existed and to think I was pretty. I wanted to get better at dance. I wanted to be loved and feel like I deserved that love. And I thought I would gain all of that by skipping meals, counting Calories, compulsively weighing myself, and getting thinner. I was in denial for a really long time and didn’t see anything wrong with what I was doing to myself. And even once I realized that I really did have a problem, I went back and forth with wanting to get help. I hated the hell I was in and couldn’t live with it anymore, but I had been anorexic for almost 5 years at this point. I didn’t exactly know how to live without it. And the thought of living a “normal” life was scary.
Throughout all of this I managed to not fail out of college and keep some of the friendships I had formed. But my academic life was a mess and my friendships were unhealthy. The fact that those things survived as they did and have only gotten better since recovery is easily explained by the grace of God. But not everyone is as lucky as I am. Most people with an eating disorder loose friends and family members and jobs and do worse than I did in school. I never looked emaciated, but I was unhealthy. And it was obvious. My “before” and “after” pictures don’t look drastically different. And in a way, I’m blessed because of that. And in all honesty, I should have been emaciated. And I don’t have an answer as to why I didn’t except, but God. My point is, no matter what I looked like or what the number on the scale was, anorexia took 6 years away from me. I had a slow suicide for 6 years. I was living in my own personal hell for 6 years. Eating disorders are no joke, they really damage lives in multiple ways. I can’t get those 6 years back. I can’t go back in time or meet my past self to change what I did. But its a lesson I had to learn from. I test I had to go through. And I honestly don’t think I’d be the person I am today if I didn’t go through that.
Fast forward to now: I have been living in freedom for just over a year. I graduated from a treatment program called Mercy Ministries in November 2012. I’m back at school and getting decent grades. I’m heavily involved on campus, including running a dance ministry. I’m even going on my first missions trip in 2 weeks to Mississippi. All of this wouldn’t be possible if I was still in bondage to the eating disorder. This wouldn’t be happening if I hadn’t taken that first step and applied to Mercy. If I hadn’t reached out, gotten the help I needed, and let God work in me and free me. I’m here to tell you that there is life after an eating disorder. There is life after recovery. Recovery is possible. Freedom is possible. All it takes is that first step of reaching out. Please, if you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, get help. Not everyone needs to go to a treatment center like I did, but everyone needs and deserves help. Because everyone is beautiful, just the way there are.

Thank you for sharing your story Lauren!  You are a courageous woman!  It is true that the first step in recovery is reaching out.
If you, or someone you know is struggling, please reach out.  There are so many places who offer help.  If you need recommendations feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help.  Your life IS worth living with out an eating disorder!

NEDAawareness– Chocolate Runner Girl-

Eating Disorder Awareness Week!

It is Eating Disorder Awareness Week! It is a week that holds a very special place in my heart.  I will share my story a little later this week…but today I want to share a story from my dear friend Elizabeth!  We ‘met’ when we were both in a rough place of life, and I know we have both come a long way since 2006! I am so proud of the work she has done, and I am thankful that she keeps working to be healthier!

Elizabeth’s story:
I’ve been known to tell people that I ran my way out of anorexia. I struggled with an eating disorder for about three years before I started running. At first, running was merely a way to burn calories, but gradually I started to love it. As my daily and weekly mileage increased, I started eating more. I had to–I couldn’t starve myself and run the mileage I wanted to. That was the way things continued for several years; I ate “just enough” to sustain the running I loved, and if you had asked me then, I would have said I was recovered from an eating disorder.
    No matter what I did, though, I couldn’t make myself eat more than a certain number of calories each day. Even while training for a marathon three separate times, I would not allow myself to eat more than a specific number of calories each day. I had a mental block about eating more than that number–a holdover from my years of being anorexic. People tried to gently encourage me to eat more, but I was terrified. To me, eating THAT many calories would signal a loss of control and guaranteed weight gain. Deep down I knew they were right and I needed to eat more, but I kept putting it off.
    In January of last year, my dear friend Esther told me about the 24-hour burn test that she had taken. She suggested that I try it, “just to see. You may find out that you burn a lot more calories than you think.” I decided to give it a try, and I was shocked at the results. I burned a lot more calories in a day than I thought…and that was on a day when I wasn’t running! I was in the middle of training for a half-marathon at the time, with plans to run 3-4 more over the course of this year, and the burn test clearly showed that I was eating way too little for the amount of exercise I was doing. I realized that I had to start eating more, as much as it scared me.
    That was eight weeks ago. On the advice of both Esther and my nutritionist, I stayed away from the scale for the first six weeks and increased my calories gradually. The first couple weeks were very hard for me emotionally, because eating that much quite honestly terrified me, but I started seeing a physical difference almost immediately. I had more energy and didn’t feel exhausted all the time. I’ve struggled with insomnia for years, and that started to get better as I ate more. Also, my running improved: I had the ability to run faster and longer after just a couple weeks of eating more.
    When I weighed myself after six weeks, I was pleasantly surprised: I had only gained 3 pounds, which I knew was probably all muscle (based on the amount of training I was doing). More than anything, though, I knew that eating more was the best possible thing for me because I felt so much better. It’s been a difficult transition, and there have been times when the old eating-disordered thoughts try to resurrect themselves and torment me, but I know that I’m healthier and happier now, and much closer to making a full recovery than I was when I wasn’t eating more than a certain number of calories each day.
    I’ve learned over the past eight weeks that listening to my body is the most important thing I can do; when I’m hungry, I should eat, regardless of what time of day it is or if I’m over my calorie “limit” or not. Taking those restrictions off myself has given me so much peace and a greater sense of freedom. I think I’m a better runner and overall a nicer person to be around now that I’m not hungry all the time!

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Motivation Monday….

Hello all!  Hope your weekend was fabulous.  They always seem to go too fast these days!  Hard to believe we just finished the last weekend in February! Where is the time going?
Last week I was sick and unable to really workout.  I did manage to get in a short Body Pump class on Thursday evening.  I also tried to run and only got in half a mile before my cough was out of control.  Needless to say I was pretty nervous about my run on Saturday as I was scheduled for 10 miles!  I have not gone more than 7 during this training, and I have only been able to run 2 times in the last few weeks!
I headed out Saturday early afternoon.  The weather was really beautiful.  I started at a park that I was familiar with which included bathrooms.  I planned to go out 2.5 miles, that way, out and back would be at least 5 miles.  I hoped that I would be able to do that!  If I was able to do all 10 miles it would be a miracle.  I had not gone 10 miles in a LONG time.  Well, since my last half race 2 years ago this weekend!  The first few miles were hard, as they usually are.  After I hit the 5k mark I settled into a groove.  2-3 min running and 1 min walking.  I was feeling pretty good till about mile 6, then I felt sluggish and like my legs were going to stop moving.  I slowed down and walked for a a bit.  I headed back to my car and decided to refill my water and Energy Bits!  I got going again and I felt a little better.  I did one more lap around the park and I was closing in on the 10 miles.  I did some sprints back and forth in the parking lot, and I am sure I looked pretty silly.
I wanted to collapse, but got in my car, drove home, showered and headed to babysit 2 of my favorite kiddos 🙂
I took a hot soak Saturday night and did some stretching.  More stretching yesterday, and I am feeling pretty good today except for a tight left hamstring.
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10 miles in the books.  It wasn’t as fast as I was hoping, but I am sure I will finish my first half of 2014 this coming Saturday!!!

Speaking of running, I met an incredible woman thanks to Twitter, and she has a story to share about how running saved her life!  I have read over her story several times, and I just am amazed at how she took back her life and has made fabulous progress thanks to running and staying active!  Remember it is never too late!
Take it away Michelle!

How Running Changed My Life
I should really title this “How Running Saved My Life” because it is absolutely true! A little backstory on me: I didn’t really struggle with my weight until my senior year of high school.  I had been pretty active up until that point playing softball and I could really eat whatever I wanted and maintain a healthy weight.  Slowly the weight just kept coming on and I had no clue how to stop or how to eat healthy.  By my junior year of college I was about 40 pounds overweight and decided to join Weight Watchers.  I got down to my goal weight and maintained that for about 2 years.  But as I started teaching and then got married I kept gaining about 15-20 pounds a year until I was pregnant and my starting weight was 220.  I gained a lot of weight when I was pregnant.  I took the whole “eating for two” thing quite seriously! At my 6 week checkup after our son was born I weighed in at 230 pounds.  That should have been my wake up call but it wasn’t.

I struggled deeply with postpartum depression.  When my son was around 2 months old the depression really took hold.  I didn’t care about anything unless it had to do with taking care of Colton.  I focused all my energy on him because that was all I could do.  I didn’t care what I ate or what I looked like and I certainly didn’t care about my health. I just kept putting weight on and continued to feel worse about myself.  My husband could see how depressed I was and he struggled so much just watching me slip farther and farther away.  By the time Colton was around 18 months old he was desperate to help and one afternoon suggested I try running to try to help me feel better.  He had been a runner and he thought it would help me to get outside.  I honestly figured I would try it and after one time just be able to say it wasn’t for me and it just wasn’t something I could do.  I was in a place of constant negative talk for myself so I had already doomed running before I even started.  

So the next day we set out with the jogging stroller.  I warmed up with a 5 minute walk and then my husband said “Ok, lets try to run for a minute or two.” I couldn’t make it to the next mailbox.  I have never been so defeated and upset at myself as I was in that moment.  But somewhere in the back of my mind there was a little voice telling me to try again.  So the next day we went back out and I made it to the next mailbox.  This time I got home and I felt determined.  Something was happening to me while I was out pushing my body and forcing myself to move and have time to clear my head.  I continued to go out and push myself a little farther each day.  I started to go alone because I knew this was a journey I needed to take for myself and I needed to have time to think.  I will never forget the first time I ran a mile.  I felt unstoppable and immediately went home to sign up for my first 5K.  Every single time I went out for a run I felt like I was running away from the depression that had had such a strong hold on me for over a year.  I was running to find myself again.  I would come back from every run and feel a little bit more like me.  

I continued to train for my first 5K and in October of 2010 I did it! I was so proud crossing that finish line.  I had begun to notice that I was losing weight because of all my training.  I really hadn’t changed much in the way of my eating so I decided I would start to make small changes to try to help lose the rest of my weight.  My main motivation at that point was because I wanted to run faster! I have now lost 70 pounds and have 10 pounds left to reach my goal weight.  In the almost 4 years since I’ve started running I have ran many half marathons and this past November I finished my first marathon.  As I crossed the finish line I finally felt like I had beat my postpartum depression.  I had found myself again.  

Running truly saved me.  I don’t know where I would be right now if I hadn’t gone out for that first run and then the next day to make it to one more mailbox.  I feel better than I ever have and know without a doubt I wouldn’t be in such a great place if it hadn’t been for running! My journey certainly wasn’t easy but every step has been worth it.
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before & after

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My marathon medal! I would wear it every day if I could!

Way to go Michelle!  I am so happy for you and proud of your accomplishments!  You should wear your medal everyday!!
Thank you for sharing your story!! I am sure it will encourage and inspire many!

Leave some love for Michelle if her story touched your life like it did mine!

You can connect with Michelle on social media

Blog: http://www.babybluestorunningshoes.blogspot.com
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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/babybluestorunningshoes
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/s_michelle_t

If you want to share your story of how running, or any exercise, changed your life, email me at chocolaterunnergirl at gmail (dot) com.

Have a great day!

Your Chocolate Runner Girl

Move, Nourish, Believe Challenge weeks 2 & 3 recap!

Well the last few weeks have been pretty crazy with sick kiddos, lots of work and getting sick myself. I managed to keep up with the challenges (for the most part) for the Move, Nourish, Believe challenge, and am finally getting a chance to write about it!
It was really fun to have a challenge through most of the month of February. I really enjoy having a new challenge each day to keep things fresh, and to try new things!

Week 2: Nourish!

Monday – Go Meatless – Skip meat today! Try vegetarian/vegan meals.
Today was filled with lots of yummy meatless meals! I was especially excited about making blueberry pancakes!
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Tuesday – TYLTW! – Take Your Lunch to Work today! Choose a recipe from movenourishbelieve.com to inspire your packed lunch!
I always take my lunch to work, so this wasn’t anything new for me. However, I was sick all day with nauseousness and no appetite, so I didn’t get a chance to eat it.

Wednesday – Write it down! – Journal your food today and share your WIAW with us!One thing I love about apps is the My Fitness Pal app! It helps me keep track of what I am intaking and keeps me accountable with many other healthy minded friends! If you are looking for a simple way to track your intake, check it out! You can enter the information on a smart phone or a computer!
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Thursday – Smoothie Day! – Happy Thirsty Thursday! Make a healthy smoothie today!
Smoothies are my FAV way to get a healthy dose of fruits and veggies! I love that you can mix and match so many combinations to make delicious drinks!

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Friday – Go Raw Friday! – Choose a recipe from movenourishbelieve.com and go raw!
This was a great day filled with yummy raw foods. Even though it was Valentine’s day, I did manage to stay raw!
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Week Three: Believe!

Monday – Spoil Yourself! – Do something just for you today! Take a walk, go to yoga, spoil yourself!
I was not feeling great and I took full advantage of the twins nap time and I took a 2 hour nap! It was so wonderful!!

Tuesday – 5 Mindful Minutes – Do good to your body, meditate for 5 minutes and find your zen.
The twins were sick and Mr. R did NOT want to take a nap, so my meditating minutes happened while he finally fell asleep in my arms. There is just something so peaceful about a little one asleep in your arms!
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Wednesday – Be Happy – Show us your happy place!
I have several happy places. For the most part, it is the BEACH for me. Especially the beaches in Costa Rica!

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The beach, private beach in Costa Rica, finishing a race, the beach, the hubs, traveling, meeting people I admire, the beach and more beach!

Thursday – Thankful Thursday – Let us know what you are thankful for!
I have much to be thankful for!
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The beach, friends, flowers/nature/my faith, ability to run races, my hubs, quiet time, health, ability and resources to travel, my education.

Friday – Share the love – S/O to your #1 supporter/motivator!

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My #1 supporter is my hubs! He has been there for me through so much the last few years. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful supportive man by my side!

I hope everyone who participated had a really great time, and enjoyed the challenges as much as I did! I am really looking forward to the Twitter party this coming week and to see who the winner of the $1,000 shopping spree to Lorna Jane is! I know I was encouraged and inspired each day by the amazing entries in the challenge, and I have no doubt the winner will be tough to pick!

Thank you to the Fit Approach ladies and Lorna Jane for putting together such a fabulous 3 week challenge! You all are a daily inspiration 🙂

Move, Nourish, Believe Challenge Week 1 Recap!

Move: This week was the first week of the Move, Nourish, Believe challenge from Fit Approach & Lorna Jane! It was a great week full of fun challenges to mix up my normal workout routines!

Day 1: Sweat it out – Show your favorite way to sweat.
I love to sweat in so many ways, but the one way that really makes me feel alive is to lift weights! I am amazed at how strong my body feels when I am consistent with lifting weights! On Monday I also rode the bike which I also enjoy doing!
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Day 2: Change it up – Pick a new way to sweat.
Since it was a running training day for me I decided to change up the type of run I did! I was able to get my 5 miles in, but I did a different workout! It was really good for me to change up what I was doing with running! I will have to add this pyramid workout in more often!

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Day 3: Let’s Get Planking! – Plank for 5 min today.
I have not been as consistent with planks as I should be with my workouts. I was curious as to how many sets it would take me to get to 5 min! Surprisingly, only 5!|

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Day 4: Buddy Up! – Workout with a buddy!
I get the privilege of doing this pretty much every day. The sweet twins I nanny for love to workout with me! We go on runs, play lots of games at the park, do yoga, lift weights and stretch! They keep me going for sure!

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Day 5: Fave Friday! – My five fitness favorites!
There are many things that I love about fitness, and there are a few tools and people that really make me smile!

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#1 – Last summer I was introduced to an amazing group on Facebook called IR4, I Run For! It is an organization that pairs runners up with kiddos who have a variety of special needs!  The kids are such an inspiration and all the stories keep me going!  I was paired up with the sweetest girl Aliceia who is an inspiration to me every single day!
#2 – My husband is my biggest cheerleader with anything I do with health and fitness! He is such an encouragement to me and keeps me going with new challenges and goals!
#3 – My heart rate monitor is one of my favorite tools. It helps me with my training and keeps me focused on reaching new levels of fitness.
#4 – Since I have been at my gym I have met some of the most amazing people who are constantly there for me! They are some of the most supportive, helpful, loving, encouraging and fabulous people I know!! So thankful for them!
#5 – Body Pump! This class has been the most life-changing class I have ever taken. I started taking it a year ago this month! In all my years of lifting weights, this class has helped me gain the most progress in the shortest amount of time! I saw results in a few months that I never saw in years of other weight lifting work!

Week one was so fun and a great addition to my fitness routine!  I love that this challenge encouraged me to step outside the box of my normal routine!

I am so excited for week 2: Nourish!!

Distraction…

Happy Tuesday y’all!
Yes, I have only lived in the south for 6 years, but I like to say y’all! It makes me giggle just a little inside!

So I came across this survey on Sunday evening, but have not had a chance to fill it out till now. I found it on Presley’s blog, and it looks like she got it from another blogger who got it from another blogger etc, etc. I am not really sure where it started but thank you to whoever took the time to make it!

Since I need a distraction from the fact my first half of the year is in 25 days (ahhhhh), I decided now is the best time to fill this out! So here we go!

1. Were you named after anyone? I was named after Queen Esther from the Bible. My middle name is a family name that also is very popular – Marie!

2. When was the last time you cried? Saturday night. I was a big ball of emotions after not really having much sleep last week.

3. Do you like your handwriting? Sometimes. My handwriting seems to change with my mood, and the weather!

4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Turkey

5. Do you have kids? Not yet…but I feel like I have raised about 25 kids with my nanny career.

6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you? Maybe. Especially if this person would cook and bake for me 😉

7. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Pretty much every day…although I use it less than I used to.

8. Do you still have your tonsils? Haha, when I first read that I thought it said TOENAILS! Lol
Yes, I do have my tonsils (and toenails most of the time).

9. Would you bungee jump? Right now, no. Maybe when I reach my goal weight and feel more comfortable in my skin and not have the fear of breaking anything.

10. What is your favorite cereal? When I used to eat cereal I LOVED Quaker oatmeal squares.

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Pretty much never…it is a terrible habit.

12. Do you think you are strong? Oh yeah! None of my guy friends ever want to arm wrestle me!! Ha

13. What is your favorite ice cream? I am really not too picky when it comes to ice cream. But I usually stick to anything with chocolate or vanilla based with peanut butter and/or caramel in it!

14. What is the first thing you notice about other people? If they make eye contact. Then their facial expression.

15. Red or pink? Pink pink pink. I was traumatized about the color red when I was in 4th grade. Still getting over that one.

16. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? Being a perfectionist…

17. Any tattoos? Not yet…maybe one day…

18. Do you have any hobbies? Making cards, singing, recipe experimentation, reading, Pinterest crafts, bargain shopping!

19. What color shoes are you wearing? None…Wore grey Uggs to work and will wear purple New Balance to the gym after work. I am blessed to have a job that does not require shoes!

20. What was the last thing you ate? Lunch – Left over spaghetti from last night, chicken sausage, blueberries & water.

21. What are you listening to right now? Twin toddlers babbling back and forth as they settle into nap time!

22. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Neon pink! Or really any neon color for that matter!

23. Favorite smells? The beach, clean babies, fresh laundry, baked goods, BBQ!

24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? The hubs…my call log is pretty much all him…

25. Mountain hideaway or beach house? How about a mountain hideaway over looking the beach. Yes, please!

26. Favorite sport to watch? Volleyball is my #1, but I also love track & field events, the olympics (most anything), ice skating, & gymnastics.

27. Hair color? Some random shade of brown/red mix and too many gray hairs than I want to admit too.

28. Eye color? Med brown/hazelish

29. Do you wear contacts? Nope! I don’t think I could even put them into my eyes. I am too squeamish when it comes to touching my eyes!

30. Scary movies or happy endings? Never scary. I like happy endings, but sometimes a movie is good with a sad ending.

31. Last movie you watched? Frozen. It was fabulous!

 

32. What color shirt are you wearing? Blue 8k Snowball Shuffle hoodie!

33. Summer or winter? As a northern girl who has moved south, I still like summer more than winter!

34. Hugs or kisses? Depends on who they are from…haha

35. Computer or television? So you are making me choose between my DVR and Netflix?? Hmmm I guess I would say computer! I can do a lot more on my computer 😉

36. What book are you reading right now? Love and Respect, by Emerson Eggerichs.

37. What’s on your mouse pad? I think I have one for our desktop…which I haven’t used in months…but on my laptop I have a cute little stick on mustache!

38. What color is your house?
During non-pollen times it is white, otherwise it his a yellow-greenish color.

39. What color is your car? Silver!
Feel free to answer the survey!  What was your fav question/answer?
If you could ask me one question what would it be?