Happy Easter!

Happy Easter y’all! I hope you have a wonderful and blessed day πŸ™‚
Hallelujah, hallelujah Christ is Risen!
Easter 2011
Easter 2012
The whole fam! Easter 2012

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

Diet-to-Go Review

Recently I was asked to test and review some diet meals from Diet-to-Go through Fitfluential. Free food? Heck yes! Before I get started, here’s a few fun facts about www.diettogo.com

“Diet-to-Go was founded in 1991, to deliver delicious, healthy weight loss meal plans at an affordable price. In a nation that has grown accustom to super-size portions, processed foods, empty calories and way too much sugar and salt, Diet-to-Go offers a simple, scientifically-proven approach to healthy, natural weight loss. Our approach does not chase the latest trends or top of the market practices; instead Diet-to-Go focuses on the common sense habits of a healthy diet – fully in-line with mainstream scientific thinking on healthy nutrition – and makes it affordable for the average person. Our diet meal plans includes portion control (restricted calories), balanced nutrition (protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and fiber) and real, whole foods that are low in sodium and sugar.”

Facts about Diet-to-Go:

  • Most inexpensive fresh diet delivery service on the market (doesn’t compare to nutrisystem because they don’t ship fresh meals, they ship meals that don’t have to be refrigerated).
  • Diet-to-Go has a new customer meal plan management tool {just launched this month}. Customers can now log in and make as many meal substitutions as they want, change their plan, and can pause their plan and restart easily. 
  • Recently rated #1 diet delivery company by Epicurious
  • There are no cancellation fees or gimmick pricing. There is no commitment or contract, and they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can pause, stop, or restart your plan at any time. You are in control.
  • There are 3 unique menus(low-fat, vegetarian & low-carb) and 20 plans to choose from.
  • According to a University of Washington study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, high-quality, healthy foods cost on average $18.16 per 1,000 calories – just for the ingredients! That’s why eating healthy with Diet-to-Go is such a great value.
  • Everything you need is included. No shopping, no complicated recipes, and no messy clean-up – It’s like having your own personal chef. Best of all, it may be less expensive than trying to do it on your own.

I decided to try out their Vegetarian plan and I was plesantly surprised by how tasty these meals were! Here’s a look at some…

Veggie Burrito, Polenta and Green Beans
I loved this meal! I loved grilled veggies and the ones in the burrito had a lot of flavor! I’m also a big fan of polenta. This polenta was yummy and creamy.
Curried Cous Cous with Creamy Spinach and a Roll
This was a quick and easy lunch for me! I brought this meal in to work, heated it up in the microwave and was on my way! There was more than enough food that’s for sure. I didn’t even finish all the cous cous and it kept me feeling full for the rest of the day.

Bean Burritos, Rice and Veggies
These were so good! My mail complaint was that there were barely any veggies! Only a few pieces of broccoli and some carrots with one little bit of cauliflower! I ended up adding more veggies to my meal since I can’t eat rice. The burritos were delicious though. I mean who doesn’t love a bean and cheese burrito? Plus they used whole wheat tortillas. Sold.

Lentil Loaf, Green Beans and Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This was my favorite meal so far. I’ve never had lentil loaf before, but this was so tasty. The green beans were delicious as well, but I’ll admit that I was a bit bummed about the sweet potatoes. I loved sweet potatoes and these just were not good to me.

So there you have it, my honest opinion on a few of the diet meals that I tried! Overall, I highly approve. I’m not sure I would be able to follow the meal plan and eat these for every meal, but that’s just because I’m picky. If you’re looking to lose weight, work on portion control and eat healthier, Diet-to-Go is the way to go! Quick, easy, yummy meals at your fingertips.

Want to try Diet-to-Go?  All my readers can get 20% off any meal plan! Just use the Coupon code: fitfluential at www.diettogo.com!

**Disclaimer: All opinions stated are my own. Diet-to-Go provided me with free meals via Fitfluential to review. Post is sponsored by Diet-to-Go.**

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

Time for a Brain Break

For the most part, I’ll admit, I like my job. I like my boss. I like some of the people I work with. I like using my brain and challenging myself. But sometimes, you just need a brain break. I’ll be honest, I can’t do actually work all day long. It’s too hard and tiring. Every once in a while you need something to distract yourself from the task at hand because that’s what we millennials do {apparently that’s what older people in the workforce call us 20 somethings and early 30 somethings}. So for your viewing pleasure, I’ve found a few awesome things that you should read or watch for an awesome brain break.

Because you know you need a break from work to laugh your bootie off:
And if you’re a fan of The Office…
Have you watched any My Drunk Kitchen on You Tube? I’m not even a huge You Tube video watcher, but y’all this girl is hilarious. I may have watched 5 episodes one day…
Because you know I love Disney…
Since we’re getting old, we feel sad that children will no longer get to experience phone cords or dial up internet.
Now when you need a little brain break at work today, you have me to thank.
You’re welcome.

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

My Name Is…Cara Box Reveal!

2 posts. 1 day. WHOA. That rarely happens, but I had already planned my ABC’s of Amy post then I realized that today is the Cara Box reveal day! I had to link up because I met some pretty fabulous women because of this swap! This month’s theme was “My Name Is…” and we had to get our partner gifts that started with the first letter of their name! Fun but definitely challenging!

cara (car-rah) noun   :   beloved friend
Awesome things in the mail + Meeting new women + Encouragement = Cara Box
Find out how to participate in April!

First of all, I sent my goodies to Amberly of Life with Amberly and Joe. For starters, this girl is an absolute doll. Even though she was not buying me a gift, she really wanted to get to know me just because! I think that is so important in these swaps because what’s the point really if you don’t get to know one another! Her blog is adorable and you should go check it out! Here’s a sneak peak of what I got Amberly:

Stolen from Amberly’s blog because I forgot to take a picture! Read more here.

I received my “A” package from My So-Called Chaos. She was super sweet and so creative!

First of all, upon receiving my package, I read the sweetest note from Miss Angie! Before even opening my gifts you can tell she took to heart that my favorite color is pink!

A is for Awesome…she didn’t even know that Awesome is my favorite word πŸ™‚

A is for Argyle

A is for All About Amy

A is for Amethyst Ablaze {nail polish}

A is for Always Lovely Stay Glossy {I got this for my swap partner too!}

That’s a lot of A‘s y’all!

Here’s a peak a what was behind those wrappers! So much pink glory! I’m obsessed. Since I got my gift the day before I shipped Amberly’s off, I already was able to use one of my awesome note cards! My A journal is actually my new notebook for work so I can use it every day! You can’t tell in this picture, but the nail polish is this gorgeous, shimmery purple that is great for Spring! I love all of my gifts and can’t say thank you enough Angie! You are so creative.

A big thank you to Kaitlyn at Wifessionals for hosting this swap πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely be doing it again! Did you participate in this month’s Cara Box? Don’t forget to link up!

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

ABC’s of Amy

I love that I have to say this…some how, some way this little blog of mine reached over 500 followers! How did that happen? I am completely amazed at how many people are actually interested {or pretend to be interested πŸ™‚} in all my crazy ramblings! Now, I wouldn’t be a good host if I didn’t divulge a little bit of information about myself! I mean, you want to know more about me, right? Of course you do. So let’s dive into the ABC’s of yours truly!

A is for Age: 25 1/2 years old. Yes, I added the half. My half birthday is actually tomorrow! Still trying to convince my husband that this is indeed something to celebrate!

Me and the hubs the day after my 25th birthday! Heading to watch the Ags BTHO Arkansas especially for me!

B is for Book: My favorite book of all time is Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. I love all of his books. My recent obsession is The Divergent Trilogy: Divergent – Insurgent – 3rd to be released in October. I can’t wait! I’m currently reading the 3rd book in The Mached Trilogy: Reached. I really love to read πŸ™‚

C is for Chore You Hate: Doing the dishes. I just can’t stand it. Luckily the hubs and I have a she who cooks does not clean policy!

D is for Drink of Choice: 

  • Non-alcoholic: Water – no lies, love that stuff 
  • Alcoholic: Wine – red, white or sparking {aka champagne}depending on my mood πŸ™‚ or Vodka water with lime
Sippin’ some bubbly on NYE with Alison and Travis!

E is for Essential Start to Your Day: Washing my face and brushing my teeth. I don’t feel like a human without doing this. I also love my morning cup of coffee. I only have one, no need for more. I think I enjoy it most for the flavor and warmth in the morning. It’s comforting. I have so much natural energy that I don’t really need caffeine πŸ™‚

F is for Favorite Color: Pink, no ifs, ands or buts about it.

G is for Game to Play or Watch: Football. I love to play flag football and watch real football. College – Texas A&M Aggies and Pro – Green Bay Packers!

Running back extraordinaire right there! Yes, I’m the one in the pink sleeves with the ball.

H is for Height: 5’6″

I is for Instruments You Play: I played the clarinet in middle school and took a piano lessons when I was younger. Pretty much I can just read music these days.

J is for Job: Sales Operations Analyst for a business consulting firm. Basically I do sales analytics & reporting, CRM admin and configuration, assist in sales strategy and planning and do whatever I can to help my boss keep everything in order!

K is for Kids and Names: No human kids…yet. For several more years. That’s the current goal at least. I do have my fur child though. Miss Maggie. She’s the best πŸ™‚

L is for Life is Incomplete Without: My friends and family. I know it’s cheesy and cliche, but it’s just the truth. I don’t think I could be who I am today without them. They help me to be the best version of me. That’s what friends and family are for right? On another random note, I’m not sure life would be very complete without peanut butter or running. They’re big parts of my life. What can I say?

M is for Marriage: I’m beyond bless to have found my soul mate at an early age. We’ve been together since 2006 just after I turned 19. We’ll celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary exactly 2 weeks from today! April 10th

N is for Number of Siblings: five.

  • Emily – Biological sister, 22
  • Charlotte – Norwegian sister, 23 – Happy birthday Char Char!!!! 
  • Kate – Sister-in-law, 22
  • Ben – Biological brother, 21
  • Matt – Biological brother, 15

Kate – Char – me – Emily at my bachelorette!
Ben – me as Madonna – Matt

O is for Other Names: Ames, Amester, Amy Cat, Cat, Kitten, Cheer Butt, Knothead, the list goes on and on. Rarely does anyone in my family call me Amy πŸ™‚

P is for Phobias/Fears: I am terrified of the dark. No way, no thank you. I literally panic. I also can’t stand spiders, large bugs and snakes. Lastly, I have a crazy fear of becoming fat – Obesophobia – it’s real.

Q is for Favorite Quote:

Source: 9gag.com viaAmy on Pinterest

R is for Reason to Smile: Each day is another day for me to wake up, pursue my dreams, grow in my faith, love my family and live my life exactly the way I want to.

S is for Season: Fall. It starts out warm down south, but that’s also when cooler days start to find their way to Houston. It’s also the most beautiful season up north. I have the best fall pictures from Pittsburgh. Oh and my birthday is in the fall. Number 1 reason right there.

Love the changing colors of the trees heading up the Duquesne Incline!

T is for Time You Wake Up: Between 5am and 7am depending on the day. If I’m not working out, usually 6:15-6:30am. I get to sleep in on Fridays! Saturday and Sunday I’m easily up by 8:00am. Darn internal clock!

U is for Unknown Fact About Me: My elbows are double jointed and I can turn my belly button inside out. My sister can do it too. She taught me πŸ™‚ Another random bit, I love being the center of attention {no stage fright or shyness here} what that doesn’t come as a surprise to y’all? Well, I’ve been like that my whole life. See exhibit A.

Exhibit A: Yes, I’ve been sassy and not camera shy my whole life.

V is for Vegetable You Dislike: Peas. Like regular frozen peas or the kind from a can. Sick nasty.

W is for Worst Habit: Playing with/twirling my hair. It’s habit for me to just start messing with it when I’m bored or don’t know what to do with my hands!

X is for X-rays You’ve Had: Multiple on my arm from where I broke it in several places and my bone came through my skin. I had to have surgery twice for that one. I also had my toe x-rayed when I nearly severed it by dropping a glass jar of spaghetti sauce on my foot.

Y is for Yummy Food: I actually enjoy eating healthy. I love vegetables and fruit. My guilty pleasures are Mexican food, pizza and sweets! I have the worst sweet tooth in the world!

Z is for Zoo Animal: This one is tough. I love the zoo. Love. Y’all I have a season pass to the zoo and can go whenever my heart desires. I would say my faves are the giraffes or elephants!

So there you have it! The ABC’s of Amy! Maybe you learned something new, maybe I’m completely predictable and you didn’t either way it’s kind of entertaining! Now it’s time for me to get to know you!

Leave me a comment with something that I don’t know about you and a link to your blog if I’m not already following!!!

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

Rock ‘n Roll Dallas Half Marathon Recap

It all started on a chilly, windy Sunday morning. Of course I woke up at 5:00am since my alarm was supposed to go off at 6:00am. My body has a tendency to freak out on race days and my brain always assumes the worst. aka I think I won’t hear my alarm go off.  I’m a light sleeper. I always hear my alarm. No idea why I have this irrational fear. Once the alarm went off, the hubs and I were up and at ’em getting ready for our adventure.

By 7:00am, we were walking towards the start from our hotel! It was only about a mile away so we decided to walk. It was cold. So windy. I was not happy. I thought the walk would be a nice warm up, but all it did was mentally drain me. I don’t do well with being cold. The wind made me not even want to run! Luckily, we were able to take refuge at a swanky little hotel just by the corrals! It was warm, not windy and had toilets that flush. Win – Win -WIN in my book! Luckily I was able to calm down and re-get excited about the race. Until we had to go outside for the actual start. The hubs was in corral 9 and I was in corral 3. We decided to average them and just jumped in with the corral 6-ers!

Side Story: The hubs was not actually supposed to be running this race! About a week before the race, my sister heard back from a PT school that they wanted her to come in for interviews! It just so happened to be the same weekend as the race. Whomp whomp for the race, but HOORAY for Em getting the interview! So I asked the hubs if he wanted to run. He said why the hell not and called it a day. He didn’t train. He has barely ran since the Houston half. But of course, he’s a rockstar and did awesome!

My eyes say it all…I didn’t want to run in the cold wind! That and I’m tired πŸ™‚

Okay back to the race. Corral 6. We finally get to start. Thank goodness. I was nearly in tears from being so cold. I knew I would be fine once I got started. And of course I was. As soon as I took off, I knew it was going to be a good race. I was already shedding my thin sweatshirt/jacket thing that I bought on clearance at Target for a little extra warmth pre-race, by mile 1.5. I don’t know what it was, but I was on a roll and I knew it. I did a great job of starting slow which is so hard for me. I don’t like going slow. I managed to keep my first mile around a 9:10 pace. Once I hit that, I really knew it would be a good race.

I managed to keep a solid 8:40 pace through mile 7. The views were beautiful and I forgot everything that Dallas has to offer! I also forgot that Dallas has hills. Not a ton of hills, it’s not Austin, but it’s definitely not Houston aka the flatest city ever. I’m not sure why I didn’t expect them, but they were actually a pleasant surprise. One of my favorite areas to run through was miles 6-7 when we ventured through Highland Park. Oh my mansions! Seriously, these houses are ridic. I pretended that I was going to live in one some day πŸ™‚

When mile 8 rolled around, I had this second wind. Mile 8 can usually make me or break me. If it’s hot and humid and I’m having breathing problems, then mile 8 is where I start to hurt pretty bad and I’m in dire need of my inhaler. Because of this, mile 8 is always where I feel on cloud 9. What I don’t need my inhaler? What I still feel great? Oh yes, I’m awesome. Luckily this is what went through my brain on Sunday! After this awesome pump me up, there was a huge crowd of people with a bunch of little girls {dance team or cheer squad I’m thinking} with their hands out for high 5’s. I went down the row, ducking low, hitting everyone’s hand. Then all the other people in the crowd started putting their hands out for me to continue down the line. I’m not going to lie, it felt pretty awesome. My pace jumped up to a 8:20 and it felt easy!

This “runner’s high” continued on through mile 10. At that point, I knew I was going to easily finish under 2 hours, but the question was – could I finish under 1:55? I knew I wasn’t going to PR. At this point, in order for me to PR I’m going to need to see 1:4X:XX. That 4 is intimidating and it’s going to take some solid training! At mile 11, I got a nasty side stitch. Not just a little one I could rub out, it was deep. Oh and of course there was a photographer right there to catch me in my only awful moment of the race.


You can see I’m digging my fingers into my right side trying to make the pain subside. Luckily just after the photographer was a water station. A quick walk, a sip of water and a few deep breaths later, I was good to go! At that point, I knew the end was near and was able to get back to my original 8:40 pace despite the walking break. Mile 12 flew by. I was back to that solid 8:20 pace that found me at mile 8! {Think of how fast I would have finished had I picked it up a few miles sooner!} Before I knew it, we were winding our way into Fair Pack, passing the frozen Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and crossing the finish line!


My fingers were still frozen despite my gloves and it took me several tries to actually stop my watch. At that point, I knew I finished in either 1:53 or 1:54. Not too shabby! No watch pictures were taken because I was too cold to do anything but eat a banana and drink water post race. As soon as I stopped running, the miserable-ness hit me.

As I was heading to get some delicious free post-race goodies, I was Emily Grunninger! Emily was one of the co-chairs for the fish camp that JP and I were counselors in! I guess you could say it’s because of Emily, with the help of Debbie, that we ended up meeting in the first place! I was beyond thrilled to see her, chat and catch up a bit. While we were chatting, JP finished and found his way to us!

Once we gathered our goodies, we were out in an open space where the wind was free to torture me in all ways possible. No seriously, it was miserable. We only had to wait about 25-30 minutes after we finished before we were in the car with Kate {best SIL of the year award!}, but it felt like 1,000 hours because I was so cold. The problem was at this point, I was wet with sweat! I had one of those space blankets but with the whipping wind it didn’t help much. I was thrilled when Kate arrive and had her seat heaters on full blast for me πŸ™‚ I’m serious about the best SIL of the year award. She may be my only one, but she’s the best. No lies. We made it back tot he hotel where I proceeded to take a scalding hot shower for probably about 30 minutes depriving my hubby from the glorious warmth.

In the end, the race was fantastic. My official time was 1:53:45 which I didn’t expect at all. I’m not sure what I expected, but I suppose it makes sense. It’s 4 minutes faster than the Rhythm and Blue half which was hot and humid. I’ll take it!

I’m pretty sure this is my last distance race of the season. If someone asks me to run something else though, I’ll definitely consider it. I won’t be pushing for any PRs until probably the fall though. I love running and I want to continue to love it as much as I do now. Running in Houston summer. No fun. I’ll definitely sign up for some 5K’s and 10K’s though! Maybe I can focus on speed over distance and get some new short distance PRs! I guess we’ll see where my journey takes me πŸ™‚

Have you run any races recently?
What’s your favorite way to exercise?

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

Weekend in The Big D

This weekend the hubs and I ventured up to Dallas to see my wonderful SIL and run the Rock ‘n Roll Dallas Half Marathon!

Friday started with the drive up to Dallas. Not exactly a fun one. I-45 all the way. One pit stop at Bucee’s of course for some drinks, banana chips and a potty/stretch break! We made pretty good time getting to Dallas, so we checked into our hotel and met up with Kate {my SIL} for some drinks and Mexican food at Taco Bar in Uptown!

That drink you see in the top left is a Mambo Taxi – margarita and sangria swirled together. Delicious and strong. I may have had one too many. Ooops. By about midnight, we had to call it a night because we’re old. I started at 9pm in my defense πŸ™‚

Saturday morning started with Starbucks and a brisk walk through downtown Dallas from our hotel to the Dallas Convention Center for the race expo! I love Rock ‘n Roll race expos. They always have tons of great vendors and awesome freebies. Luckily, Dallas did not disappoint at all. I wish I would have taken a picture of all my swag but I forgot! We have a bunch of granola bars, healthy chips, dog food samples {for Maggie, duh}, free Jamba Juice, and so much more! Since we got there early, it wasn’t nearly as crowded as many race expos and free samples were all stocked and ready for us to fill our bags!

Only in Texas would you find a lovely scene of cowboys and cattle. I love my home state πŸ™‚

After the expo we met up with Kate for a late lunch at Bread Winners! {Pictures are above in the first collage!} It was delicious! I absolutely over ate because we were starving by the time we were seated. In fact, while we were waiting, Kate and I had to eat a peanut butter cookie. It was a travesty! But seriously, I have the turkey club with sprouts and guacamole and it was amazing. The side of sweet potato fries was a lovely addition πŸ™‚ Then we walked over to Frankie’s Sports Bar where we met up with Brandon and watched March Madness for a few hours.

Somehow Sunday came around too quickly. We woke up to 40 degree temps with gusts of wind up to 30 mph. Not exactly what I would call idea running weather, but it wasn’t hot!

Oh hello there sleepy eyes!

I think this is supposed to be a picture of me saying I’m ready to go. As you can see from this picture, I was not. I did not want to be outside in the frozen, crazy windy air. But I did it. Some how, some way I managed to suck it up. More on the actual race tomorrow. For now I’ll let you know that despite my lack of desire to run pre-race, as soon as I started I was happy and in the zone.

Post-race, Kate picked the hubs and I up and took us back to our hotel. Can you say amazing sister? We were frozen and miserable after running and she was our saving grace. Otherwise it was a 2.5 mile walk back to the hotel. No thank you! After a steaming hot, long shower and some fresh, comfy clothes, it was time to grab some food and get on the road. We met Kate at a Panera Bread – nice and easy on the tummy post-race! Plus, they have cookies.

Cookies make everything better. Then we had to say our goodbyes and make the 4+ hour drive back to H-town. We were pooped and pretty much just sat on the couch the rest of the evening. Even though it was a quick trip, this weekend ended up being even better than expected. We’ll definitely have to plan another mini getaway up to Dallas again this year!

Where do you like to go for weekend getaways?
What’s your favorite post-race or post-awesome workout treat?

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

Weekly Workout Roundup

So I don’t usually post on Sundays mostly because I generally avoid the computer during the weekends. I guess this is because I am behind the computer for most of the work week. #workingirlproblems I really want to link up with Meghan for Weekly Workout Roundup, so I’m going to try hard to make it happen πŸ™‚

Let’s get right to it…

This Week’s Workouts
Monday: 1000’s workout…killer {see below}
Tuesday: Modified AMRAP workout {see below} +2 miles ~ 8:10 pace
Wednesday: OFF
Thursday: 2.5 mile power walk with the pup
Friday: OFF
Saturday: Does going to the race expo count?
Sunday: 13.1 Miles – Dallas Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon {recap to come this week!}

Not terrible, but not great. I haven’t been able to run too much due to stupid allergies. No fun y’all. No fun at all. I’m hoping to start adding more variety to my workouts because I won’t be able to run as much during the summer. Plus it’s not a bad break. I don’t want to get burnt out on my favorite form of exercise! Not to mention, variety makes you stronger and increases your endurance!

So here are the two workouts that I mentioned from Monday and Tuesday!

This 1000’s workout is serious. I did it Monday and the hubs tried it out on Tuesday. I felt kind of jello-y if you know what I mean! Totally worth it though. It took me just barely under 20 minutes to complete!
Another serious workout! I knocked it from 7 to 5 minutes since I was running in between each set. I started with a 1/2 mile lap and then did a lap after each set. This took me around 30 minutes then I took Maggie on a little walk to get me close to 40 minutes of moving!
How did you’re workouts go this week? Don’t forget to linkup with Meghan!

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

My Random Thoughts on Distance Running

Disclaimer: It’s the Friday before race weekend and running is on my brain. Be prepared for some random thoughts πŸ™‚

This coming Sunday I’m running my 4th distance race and my 3rd half marathon of 2013. I’m pretty pumped. I don’t have a set time goal. {But let’s be honest, as always, I want it to be under 2 hours.} I haven’t been training super hard. {Thanks to these stupid allergies that have knocked me out of running the last week and a half.} I don’t have pressure to PR. {I’m saving that for later.} I’m just going to run, have fun, cross the finish line and be proud of myself for yet another accomplishment. Why? Because it’s fun.

Those of you that have been around here for a while know how much I love running. It’s my stress reliever, a calming force and my way to feel free. I’m good at it. When it comes to running, as long as you feel like you’re good at it, then you are. It’s as simple as that. You don’t have to always be “the best.” When running races, most normal people are not running to win or to beat all of the random people. Most people run distance races to challenge themselves, beat their previous PR or just have fun. That’s the beauty of running.

I ran this race on a whim. I didn’t sign up until the Monday before.

I’m still beyond happy that I decided to randomly pick up this sport 4 years ago. For those of you thinking about starting to run. Just do it. Honestly, what do you have to lose? Worst thing that can happen is that you absolutely hate it. You know what? That’s okay. I’ll be the first to admit that running isn’t for everyone. But if you’re thinking about it or you want to go for it, why not just give it a try? In the summer of 2009, Julie, Andrea and I decided to run a half marathon just because we wanted to give it a go. Andrea’s mom is a runner, we’re all athletic women, so we did it. To top it off, we’re all still running today! That one little decision to train with two of my closest friends changed my life.

Yes, I just said changed my life. I’m not being over-dramatic though that would not be surprising. Running truly has changed my life. I have made some of the greatest friends, met some amazing people and accomplished things I didn’t know my body could do. I have the best coaches and motivators that have helped me reach my goals. Running makes me feel good about myself. I workout and stay fit. I eat healthier to fuel my body. I get more sleep. {Except for those pesky 5:00am long runs.} I push myself to be the best version of myself that I can be.

My awesome 3:45 training group for the Houston Marathon

Now that Spring is here, Houston will quickly find its way to warmer temperatures. Temps that as an asthmatic, I can’t run outside in. Boo. This may be my last distance race of the season. I’m not positive because if something awesome comes up that I cannot refuse then of course I’ll run. This is however, the last race I have already registered for. I’m a little sad, but at the same time, I don’t want to get burnt out. I’ve been in training mode since last August. 7 months is a long time. I’m looking forward to more cross training and changing up my workout schedule in the coming months. Summer in Houston is quite the doozie, so I’ll be joining a gym for sure!

Until then, I’m going to enjoy this race, soak it all up and start thinking about which races I’ll do this fall πŸ™‚

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

Hey, It’s OKAY Jack

It’s OKAY…

…to be sad that even though I’ll be having a blast in Dallas this weekend, I’m totally bummed that I’m not at Blissdom meeting all my wonderful bloggy friends!

…to be totally pumped about running a race in a new city! aka I’ve never run in Dallas before.

…to be a huge running nerd. Whatever keeps you going right?

…to be a hot snotty mess when Springtime arrives in Texas. Darn you allergies!

…to sit on your bum all night long watching DVR and reading on a Wednesday night because you’re too sore to move!

…to wish I was outside all week long. It’s been so gorgeous.

…to love Duck Dynasty and Uncle Si with all his random ramblings!

…to want to read 50 Shades of Grey again now πŸ˜‰

..to read nearly 5 books in the last 4 weeks!

…to realize that as you grow as a person, life changes. You may not always like it at first, but you’ll always learn to keep moving forward.

…to always be you.

…to bask in the little things that make life enjoyable. Like the beautiful lilies the hubs picked up from the grocery store for me just because he knows I like lilies. He’s a keeper.

…to wish I could spend more time with the hubs when he’s on nights!

…to be nervous for my baby sister who is leaving for Austin today for her first PT {physical therepy} school interview! If you can, say a pray for her! I know they’ll love her, but not as much as I do πŸ™‚

…to be ready for Friday. Road trip!!! 

Its Ok Thursdays

Until next time…
With love and God bless,