Friday File: podcasting, running, essential oils and more

Happy Friday!  I’m starting something “new” on the blog called the Friday File.  I’ll be honest, it’s just the Friday Five but without the five.  The pressure to produce a list of the five things sometimes made me not want to do a weekly roundup.

I feel like I’ve been hitting my stride this week in life, which means next week everything is going to fall apart.  I’m ok with that though.  I did some great things this week.

If you haven’t listened to the podcast, you definitely should.  Having this podcast will add more content to the site and provide more information that people want for weight loss and such. I am very excited about the future of the podcast.

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Last week I couldn’t run due to extreme calf pain.  I was worried I was down for the count but I managed to get better and I was about to run this week. I owe my being able to run this week after last week to use of my Pro Compression socks and the Panaway essential oil.  I don’t want you to think I’m trying to sell you anything or push products on you because I’m not.  My pain was unreal last week which even made me think I needed to take some otc drugs.  I did but it didn’t work.  I wore my compression socks every day but on Thursday I decided to mix the Panaway oil with a carrier oil and Friday was a different day for me.  It wasn’t tight and I felt like it was on the mend.

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This week I was back to running with no pain.  The only pain I felt this week was the 78 degrees on Wednesday and then the 37 degrees running weather today.  It’s crazy how different the weather has been just this week. Please excuse the muffin top in the photos. I guess sometimes you just have to keep it real in the photos.

I did invest in a running coach because I feel like I needed a running friend since I do end up running a lot by myself.  I’ve been trying to make it a goal to go to make it to the running group during the week.  The only problem with that is I have to run when I can and waiting until 6:30 pm might mean not making a run.  I try to show up to be social with everyone, but life with a child puts me on a different schedule.

My workouts this week were great considering last week I had to keep it easy.  I didn’t want to blow it out of the water but I did go back to a normal workout schedule.  The one thing I did learn this week is I need to work on my core to improve my running form.

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Did you listen to the podcast?  If you did, you heard about how I haven’t really been prepping all of my meals which has led me to eat out a lot.  This week I did prep an easy lunch and I’m proud to say I ate it all week.  And it’s been a lot easier on me.  I’ve just felt a little better on the inside this week and this is the biggest reason you should meal prep.  Not having to worry about finding food or what I’m going to eat has been a huge load off of my shoulders.  Plus, you may have noticed that I’ve had more time and energy to work on my side hustle here.

I’ve also been working on doing some different things with veggies instead of eating everything steamed.  Maybe steaming veggies all the time is why people don’t like them?

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My Tiny Tot has been keeping me busy this week.  She’s super active and it’s hard to keep up with her.  Some days I think it’s going to be fine but by night time I’m just exhausted.  Where does she find all of the energy?  Wish she could pass it on to me! It’s been great watching her grow and learn new things every day.

That’s a wrap on my week.

How did your week go?  What workouts did you do?  What food did you eat? What did is something new you learned this week?

Race Recap: Louisiana Marathon 2019 Weekend – Half Marathon

Race Recap: Louisiana Marathon 2019 Weekend – Half Marathon

Louisiana Marathon weekend happened a couple of weeks ago, but I never got around to talking about the events of the weekend. The event happened January 18-20, 2019 in Baton Rouge. The event didn’t go exactly as planned, but the weekend turned out great. This is the race weekend I look forward to every year. The atmosphere is great! The expo isn’t my favorite part because it’s very small. There isn’t really much to see or do so it’s really just a place to pick up your bib and see friends. There were a few extra things this year but…

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I am making changes

I am making changes

I am making changes.  I’ve been hanging out without a plan for too long so now it’s time to change.  It’s ok to not have a plan, but I know I need a plan to get back on track. Before I get too far into this post, I want to tell you about the biggest change I’ve made.  Yesterday during the Super Bowl, I finally dropped my podcast.  Back in the day, I did podcasting before it cool and I talked about Gossip Girl.  This time around I’ll be talking self-improvement, weight loss, and some other things.  My co-host of…

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Closing out 2018

Closing out 2018

Hey all!  It’s the last post of 2018.  It’s been a year and I would like do a rundown of 2018.  This post is going to be extremely personal, so if it’s something you would like to skip, I understand.  I’ll just see you in 2019!  If you want to keep reading, that is always welcome. I ended the year with a strong workout.  Let me tell you, I didn’t want to get up to do this workout but it’s important to me to finish out the year strong.  This isn’t the time to slack off.  It’s time to start…

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Merry Late Christmas

Merry Late Christmas

Hello all!  I was super busy cooking a bunch of food for Christmas and getting things ready for Tiny Tot that I didn’t have enough time to post. It’s wicked hard to be a parent at Christmas. I never really understood the pressure, but I’m going to try to keep it real. Gift giving is hard for me because I never know when enough is enough.  She is a child and deserves to have gifts on Christmas but she doesn’t need an overabundance. I can’t control what other people buy her, but I can keep my spending in check. I…

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Preparing for Christmas

Preparing for Christmas

I missed blogging yesterday because I was just too tired. From Tiny Tot’s birthday and now planning for Christmas, I kind of screwed the pooch on the blogging thing. I did have a very productive day yesterday which has eased up on my Sunday a bit. Normally I would tell you about the meal prep I would be doing this week, but that’s isn’t going to happen today. I can’t fit any more food in my fridge. My fridge is packed to the brim with things for Christmas dinner and some essentials we need to last until then. It’s been…

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Should I make broccoli salad for Christmas?

Should I make broccoli salad for Christmas?

I don’t know why I’ve been thinking about broccoli salad all day, but I think I want to make one for a side dish for Christmas.  I haven’t really decided what we will be eating at this meal.  I’m just now starting to put the pieces together.  I’m sure Tiny Tot would prefer to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I didn’t know there were so many variations of a broccoli salad.  There are options with mayo and mayo substitutes.  I need to decide between grapes, blueberries, apples, and oranges.  There is a bacon and cheddar combination.  I didn’t think…

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Holiday indulgence gulit

Holiday indulgence gulit

Holiday indulgence guilt comes full force this time year, but I don’t want anyone to feel down about wanting to enjoy it.  The holidays bring cooler weather, gingerbread lattes, parties, alcoholic drinks, cakes, and pies.  I don’t want anyone feeling like they can’t have any of these things. My weakness has been the holiday flavors of coffee at Dunkin Donuts. Enjoy all the holiday goodness because it’s about living a lifestyle.  No one’s lifestyle should ONLY include chicken breast, broccoli, and basic rice.  I understand there are times for this type of daily living like during a training cycle or something…

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Blogging into the New Year update

Blogging into the New Year update

Good afternoon, everyone!  I’m keeping my blogging streak alive.  I barely got it done yesterday, but I’m still blogging strong today.  This whole thing has me really excited and it’s really stretching my thought process for the blog.  There have been some days it’s been hard to come up with something to blog about but I’ve come through in the pinch.  I will only blog every day until the new year.  This is just an exercise is helping me get into the routine of blogging.  I will go back to this when I need to do it. It’s been a…

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Cookbooks make great gifts

Cookbooks make great gifts

The holiday season is here and I know you’re thinking about gifts for your family and friends.  I’m here to tell you that cookbooks make great gifts.  Buy someone a cookbook because it’s not something people will normally buy for themselves.  People do buy cookbooks but there are lots of really great cookbooks out there and we can’t buy them all. Ok, maybe it’s just me that goes to the bookstore on my free time to look at the cookbooks and leaves with nothing. I believe cookbooks are the gifts that keep on giving. Everyone needs a cookbook for meal ideas…

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Blogging into the new year

Blogging into the new year

Did you catch my post yesterday about sharing your goals? If you didn’t go back and read it because now I’m going to share my goal with you.  I did a run streak to help me get back into running so now I’m going to go into a blogging streak.  It’s been said that you should focus on one goal at a time and now that the marathon is over, I want to focus on rebuilding the blog. I am sharing this goal with you for accountability.  The plan is to blog every day to sharpen the saw and to…

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