Balancing life and fitness and adventures

Hello all.  I wanted to drop and get a little informal with you and just give you a catch up post on life.  It’s been a while since I’ve really checked in.

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First off, thanks to everyone who sent in their birthday wishes.  It was a great day even though I spent most of it in the car.  I asked if I should have cake but I eventually decided against it.  I probably should have suggested a cupcake because I probably wouldn’t have eaten half the cupcake anyway.  It’s lost on me.  But that doesn’t mean I didn’t live it up.  I filled up my yogurt cup with birthday cake froyo. It was definitely delicious.

So this happened today! Isn't that cool? The Surgeon General knows about me and @fueledxrunning! #weightloss may seem impossible but it's possible if you gain the knowledge and work hard. It happens one pound at a time. You can do it! #motivation #slimmin

Yesterday, something really amazing happened.  The Surgeon General of the United States tweeted about Willie and I!  I don’t know how that office even found out about us, but that was something really cool and unexpected.  It’s just weird how things like that happen.  It was really exciting.

I know you think ALL I like to do is workout and/or run.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to run but I can’t run all day.  I think I would be really tired and my legs would fall off.  I do like to workout, but I can’t do that all day either.  Here you only see parts of my life that I am comfortable sharing, but I think I am lacking on showing other parts of my life too.  I’ll have to do better.

In the end, it’s all about balancing life and fitness and adventures.

I’m always in search of an adventure though. Yes, it’s about the running, but it’s really about being able to go different places and see/do new things. I was always a wanderer. I do like to get out and have some LOTS of fun.

We went to visit #UofMemphis. I'd never been and that's where @fueledxrunning went to school! I like all the #tigers on campus. This tiger had #Elvis on it but there were lots of different variations.
The plan for Memphis was to go out and do all the things that we never do when we are there. The weather gods had something else in mind because it was a horrible rain storm pretty much the entire time we were there. The rain broke for an hour or two but always seemed to pick right back up. But I did get a chance to walk around to see all the tigers on University of Memphis campus.

Growl like a tiger
I wanted Willie to growl like a tiger but he wouldn’t. I gladly stepped in to show him how it was done. He probably didn’t want to do it in fear of me posting something about it on the blog. I never really looked at this picture until now, but Willie really captured the moment.

I didn't get a chance to post my #workout yesterday so I'll post it now with this mornings #cardio! I ran 4 miles yesterday and did some #strengthtraining when I was done. It's not fun running at 5pm in #Texas heat but the humidity was minimal. This morni

If you didn’t know, I’m training for the Chicago Marathon.  Also, I’ve decided that I’m 90% sure that I’m not running another marathon until the Chicago Marathon in October.  Well, there is a trail race I want to do in August which is 50K but that doesn’t count, right? I will run some half marathons in between now and then for sure though.  I’m running one this weekend to motivate me to get out and run 13 miles in the heat.  I need to get over this hump and just do it.  Water on course and maybe a cute medal at the end is all the motivation I need right now.  It’s ridiculously hot right now, but I need to get my training on track.

There are serious dangers to running in the heat and this past Friday I suffered a major blow: chaffing. I got really sweaty running and I became a victim of a really horrible case of the chafe. I didn’t put on my Vaseline. I won’t make the mistake again! The worst part about chaffing is sometimes you don’t know that it’s occurred until you’ve gotten in the shower.

I’m working on some big projects right now for the blog and personal stuff.  The one thing I am interested in doing is bringing more video to the site.  I want to answer your questions, get ideas for topics you want to hear discussed and really help people get the answers to their weight loss questions.  Use the contact form to send me your questions or suggestions.  I am all about moving forward and putting the information out there for you but I’m going to need your help! Hopefully, you can learn from some of our experiences.

Friday Five: Things I’m looking forward to …

Friday Five: Things I’m looking forward to happening.

Hello!  Happy Friday! It’s time for those five things on Friday and I’m kind of stumped at what five things I should talk about this week.  Last week, I did something kind of serious and helpful for others but I think this week I want to make it a little more casual.  Without anymore chit chat, the Friday Five: I’m looking forward to happening: 1. Enjoy the weekend.  It’s been a rough few weeks for me.  It’s been VERY stressful and I don’t think I handled things so well.  I am really hard on myself so maybe it’s not that bad… View Post

Week in review: best friends, grapes and the …

Week in review: best friends, grapes and the half ironman

Happy Friday y’all.  I don’t know about you but I’m glad it’s Friday.  I’ve been really busy at work so life has been a bit hectic this week.  It hasn’t been a bad week at all, but it hasn’t been the best week of my life either…it’s just a week! Yesterday I did have a chance to catch up with one of my best friends.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen her so it was nice just to talk.  I guess we’ll just call September best friend reunion month because I haven’t seen any of them in awhile but… View Post

Dos and don’ts of strength training

Dos and don’ts of strength training

I’m not expert but I had to figure a couple of things out on my own. (Always remember to consult your physician before starting a new diet and/or workout routine.) I wanted to share with you some of my personal rules for strength training. Incorporating strength training into your fitness routine will only make you stronger and better. Whatever goal you’re trying to reach, these workouts will help you get there. But first, it’s time for a little personal time. This morning was the first day back into a new/old routine. I try to change my workouts up just a… View Post

Snappy Saturday: Mug cakes and big ole salad …

Snappy Saturday: Mug cakes and big ole salad bowls

Good morning everyone!  I hope the weekend is starting off just right for you.  Guess what I did this morning? I ran my taper run this morning. Taper is a blessing and a curse because I’ve been on a running high (mileage) lately but now it’s time to wind that down because the 26.2 is coming soon. I wanted to run more but I stopped for many reasons. I’m kind of battling some fatigue right now too. This week I attempted the to make my first “brownie” in a mug. It’s one of those things I don’t feel horrible about… View Post