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THANKSgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving friends!  It is my hope and prayer that you were able to celebrate today with the ones you love!  I know this time of year is not always one that brings good memories for everyone.  I have had my share of Thanksgiving days over the years that I do not care to remember.
This year I am choosing to focus on the good times.  As the Hubs and I drove to meet up with some of his family today, I drove passed the hospital where he spent over 2 weeks in 2013 with major heart surgery.  I busted him out on Thanksgiving eve that year.  It was a tough time, but I am OH so thankful we were driving BY the hospital and not TO the hospital today.  I said a prayer for all those who are in the hospital or not with their loved ones today.

You may have noticed I have been a little more absent on the blog the past few weeks.  Part of me wants to apologize, but I know that I taking some time to refocus and make some shifts in my life.  The Hubs and I are embarking on some new journeys (more coming when the time is right), and as that happens I feel I need to scale back in some areas of life and refocus my time and energy to others.  I am still going to be here as I work out the ever changing balance in this life that I am living!

So I will leave you with some of the memories that I/we have been making!

Delightful time with friends celebrating their wedding and start to a fantastic and blessed marriage!

Date night in!  So fun! (More about this soon!)

Always fun making turkey art!

And baking cookies!

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And spending time with my family!

Much love from our home to yours!

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1,461 days

1,461 days ago I woke for the last time as a Miss. It was wedding day! We didn’t have the most traditional wedding, and many of our friends and family weren’t able to make it on such short notice. Planning a wedding in a little over 2 weeks (in the midst of me finishing up grad school classes in Chicago, ending the school year teaching and finding a new home) seemed crazy, but we made it work! 

It has been a journey for sure! So thankful for this man of mine and how he loves me despite all my flaws! 

Love you always and forever WSM!! 

   
           

Proud to Be Me…

So last week I got off track with the Proud To Be Me campaign!  I am getting back on track today, but I wanted to take some time to go back over the days I missed!  I have to be honest that some of these have been more challenging than others!

Nov. 11 – 1 unique quality about myself is that I ___________
I am determined!
Nov. 12 – Today I will focus on my (name a positive trait) ___________
I actually did focus on my kindness last week, just forgot to post about it!
Nov. 13 – 1 positive thing my body allows me to do is ________
RUN!
Nov. 14 – I love my (1 positive thing in your life) ________
Job!
Nov. 15 – I am a great friend because I __________
I am a good listener
Nov. 16 – My (body part) is/are perfect
Hair
Nov. 17 – I’m thankful for my _________
Muscles/strength

Have you been participating in the campaign?  What are some things you are embracing and loving about your body and life?  Fill me in!!!

XO,
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Life…ups and downs…

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Beautiful sunset reminding me my auntie is always with me…

This past weekend was full of ups and downs.
The ups included the hubs and I getting away for a little trip to celebrate our anniversary.  Overall it was a good trip.  We had yummy food, I got to run with the ocean (gulf) next to me, and I even got a little bit of sleep.  The downside to the trip was that our hotel lost power for a few hours Friday evening, so it threw our plans off a bit.
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The drive in, and our view from lunch!
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The BEST burger place we have yet to eat at!  Cafe Michale Burger! We eat every time we are in Galveston 🙂
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More of our view from lunch 🙂
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Hotel ‘fitness center.’ Yeah, I ran outside instead…
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View from our room.  We were able to check in a little early, so we got one of the good rooms.
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Chilling by the pool…we never actually got in cause there were about 20 kids in there while we sat and read for a bit.
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View from dinner 🙂
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We tried a new spot, called The Spot.  I had the most amazing salad 🙂
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Walk on by the beach at night! Love hearing the waves 🙂
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Morning run and some fun in the sun.

I am so thankful we were able to get away, even just for 24 hours.

The downs:
On my way to babysitting Sat afternoon my mom called to say her sister passed away.  It was (and still is) a huge shock that she is no longer here.  I miss her so much!!  I will cherish the memories and always hold her in my heart.
Thankful that these kiddos brought me many smiles and gave lots of hugs on Saturday!
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The last pic of all of us together from my sister’s wedding.
Sis, auntie, grandma, mom and me.
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Till we meet again…Love you always…

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 🙂

True beauty!!

(Side note…I am a little behind with my posts due to my husband having heart surgery and being in the hospital for a few weeks, and then my computer broke! Ahh.  Be back to normal soon!)

Today the challenge for Elf4Health was to be make-up free! It really got me thinking…
I don’t really ever wear make-up to work. Mornings are not my favorite and since I am with little ones all day, it doesn’t make sense to me to even bother putting any on. Yoga pants and sweatshirts are what I usually wear too. I am all about being comfy!
As I scrolled through the pictures that were popping up on Facebook, twitter and instagram, my heart was happy with all the beautiful faces that I was seeing! Some, like me, don’t wear much make-up, and then there were others who found it more challenging to go make-up free. Whatever the case, I could tell that each and every person was beautiful!
Over the last few years I have really learned more about what beauty really means to me. As a result of some painful events early on in life, I struggled with terrible self-esteem issues, and even a horrible eating disorder for most of my life (20 of my 32 years). I am really thankful that I have been able to heal from those events, and learn to see myself, and others differently! I have been blessed to learn the valuable lesson that beauty is more than just what someone looks like! Yes, I feel all my friends are beautiful, but it goes deeper than the smile on their faces. It comes from the heart, the depth of friendship, and how people sacrificed so much to contribute to my life in big and small ways! My life has turned from shattered darkness into a beautiful light!
If you look in the mirror and might not like what you see, please remember that you are indeed beautiful!! You are worth SO much more than being a certain size or looking a certain way! You are a stunning masterpiece who was made to shine!!!
No matter what I am wearing, or if I have makeup on or not…I am ALWAYS beautiful! I am very thankful for all those in my life who remind me of that often!!

(I know I am missing MANY people, but this is what I had to work with today….Know that if you are in my life you are very important to me, and I am so blessed by you!)

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