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16 in 16 & a training update

Hello friends!  If you are here from the blog hop and/or her for the first time, welcome!  I am so glad to have you!  I am honored to once again be a part of the blog hop that Kristy from Runaway Bridal Planner put together.  Three cheers for Kristy! Hip, Hip, Hooray!
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If you missed my post from the last hop, you can check it out and learn a few more facts about me.

I have really enjoyed getting to meet new bloggers and see some familiar faces on this hop!

It has been a crazy few weeks in my real life.  If you missed some of the news, you can see it here & here.

We are only in month 2 of 2016, but I feel I have already learned a lot.  My goal the rest of the year is to take what I have learned and make changes, accept the facts, and continue to be the best me I can be.

So 16 things I have learned (or rediscovered) in 2016 (so far)…

  1. My need for things to be organized.  I have always been more of a neat person, but when life happens, my organization seems to be put on the back burner.  I was invited by some friends to participate in a 30 day cleaning/organizing challenge.  Even though I have not been able to participate each day, I have made some major headway on several areas of my life/home!  My heart feels happy when things are clean and organized! Plus I discovered a bunch of clothes I forgot about 😉
  2. I feel I am reminded of this each year…but really hits home during challenging times, who my true friends are. Friends who don’t care what I look like, but who care about and for my heart!  I am forever grateful for these friends, and it is my goal to be this kind of friend too!
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  3. A greater appreciation for my husband and how he loves & cares for me.
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  4. I left part of my heart in Costa Rica. {This is not a new discovery, but just a reminder to myself that I can be 2 places at once…at least in my heart}
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  5. I am learning to love yoga…and to not be so scared to try new moves!  {But I am still trying to find a REALLY good mat that won’t fall apart after a few weeks and also won’t cost a ton! Any tips appreciated!!}
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  6.  Pinterest hair designs for little kiddos…I really don’t know why I am late to the party on this one, but I have been having fun with all the little girl hair designs I get to do!
  7. After struggling with insomnia for YEARS, I finally found something that works for me!  A friend suggested this recipe to me! I was missing one ingredient, and I added one of my own, but this little gem is AMAZING!  I literally can be asleep in 5 min after putting this on! img_7684
  8. I have really been enjoying eating some all fruit/veggie meals lately, especially when it is go-go-go!
  9.  I might have put all the Christmas decorations away on Dec 26th in 2015 (to make room for a new couch), but this message just has to stay up year round! {And props to my hubby who thought I made it…I wish.}
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  10. I have never been a fan of plastic bags at the grocery store.  My sweet friend Candace introduced me to THESE, and they are a lifesaver! Plus they look really cute 😉
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  11. Trying new recipes from other awesome bloggers after I pin them…It has been turning out rather deliciously!
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  12. My elephant collection keeps growing…thanks to my husband!
  13.  I still am not that great with grief.  I am working on facing that better this year as I remember several sweet friends I lost in 2015.
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  14. Lifting weights and working on my form has caused me to get stronger {logical, yet I was missing the beat before}
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  15. As this is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I feel it is my opportunity to share!  I am a survivor! I have been in solid recovery for the past 8 years(!!) after battling for more than 20! If you have any concerns or are struggling, or know someone who struggles, please reach out. You are WORTH fighting for, and for getting any help needed! NEDA has a great website with tools, and although I am not an expert, I am willing to share with you what I have learned from my experience!
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  16. One wonderful point that I have rediscovered yet again is the amazing blogging community!  I am so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful group of people! You all make my heart smile and I love reading about your life adventures!  Thank you for including me on your journeys!

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Just a bit of a training update real quick as I join up for the Wild Workout Wednesday link-up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus for another workout recap!  Feel free to add to the link up and join in the fun!
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My next race is in 10 days!  Eek! I officially changed from the half marathon to the 5k.  I know that pushing myself would have only done harm to my hip and now foot, and it would not have been the PR I am seeking this year! So even though I am still somewhat disappointed, I am thankful that I can still race! And my dr is happy with my choice, so I guess there is that 😉
I had a REALLY great workout week last week! I would say it was probably the best week of workouts I have had in a long time.
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Monday- Piyo and Zumba
Tuesday- Zumba and 6 mile bike recovery
Wednesday- Body pump and yoga
Thursday- Body pump
Friday- Piyo
Saturday- Full REST! I even got a 2 hour nap!
Sunday- 3.5 elliptical recovery miles

I have been able to do Body Pump 2-3 times a week as well as a yoga class 2-3 times a week and I have been able to see a difference in my strength, confidence and stamina!

Thank you for taking time to read so much today!  Can’t wait to see you all on Friday for Foodie Friday!  It is national pancake week so stay tuned for some awesome pancakes!

QOTD: What is something that 2016 has taught you?

Be filled with joy and health!
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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!!