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jumping in

Wow.  My last post was back in March.  I’ve thought about posting periodically in these last five months… but then I haven’t because I’ve been overwhelmed by a)thinking I need to have a plan for my posts; b)not feeling witty or interesting; and c)not feeling like I can commit to blogging regularly.


I’m just going to jump in and say hello.

And leave you with a recent picture.

at a recent wedding in Maryland

Maybe, I’ll be back soon.


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A few things to know about me: I love food.  I am not an athlete.  I struggle with my weight.

In my 9 year journey of becoming more healthy I have set many goals for myself (several of which I have accomplished) – and one that I thought would never really happen was to run a 5k race.  You see, I was not a runner.  I could never pass the Presidential Fitness Test in school.  I hated gym.  I was in the band. 

In my 20s I began to set some healthy goals for myself.  I would workout quite a bit… but I would never run.  I loved the elliptical, the stairmaster, and walking on the treadmill.  But I would never run.  I just didn’t think I could do it.  When I would be daring enough to try, I could never go for more than 5 minutes max… and after those 5 min I thought I was going to die.

After my second miscarriage a few years ago, I faced a period of time (months) that I was going to have to wait before I could have some testing  done (in regards to the multiple losses) and I was going to have to wait to try to get pregnant as well.  I decided I need something else to focus on besides my fertility issues.  I set two goals for myself: 1) get back to my WW goal weight and 2) run a 5k race.  It was just the thing I needed to get my mind off my other health issues.  And as a bonus, running provided a sweet time of mental processing. 

I had no idea how I was going to train to run a 5k until I found thisThe Couch to 5k Running Plan works!  Within weeks I (the non-runner) was running for 10-15 minutes straight!  About 10 weeks after starting my training I ran in my first 5k.  I finished the race and ran the whole time.

me - right before my first 5k

If you are a new runner and want to try to run a 5k race here are my humble suggestions:

1) Use a training plan like The Couch to 5k Running Plan.  Unless you are a trainer, people like myself don’t have the knowledge to know how to reach these fitness goals.  Plans like this are great resources to help you reach your goal with reasonable expectations!

2) Run with someone!  Find a friend that you can train with.  Not only will this hold you accountable on those days that you just don’t feel like running, but it will give you someone that can help you process through this experience with.  Plus, I think it is just more fun to run with someone than it is to run alone.

3) Celebrate small accomplishments.  For me it was very helpful to set small goals and to celebrate when I reached them.  When I was able to run a mile without walking that was a huge milestone for me!  Focusing on the short-term goals helped me to not get overwhelmed.

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Little late in the day but I’m still linking up to ohamanda’s top ten tuesday!  In honor of Valentine’s Day here are the top ten reasons I love my husband:

10. he looks like someone famous
People always say my husband looks like someone famous.  The top 3 are Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael J. Fox, and David Spade.  Which one do you think?

my hubby - Erik


9. he does the dishes
Like every night.  Enough said.

8. he plays guitar
That’s right.  He’s a rockstar.  Actually, when I first met him, I thought he was a little too SCC for my FIF taste.  But I was quickly won over, and chose my seat in church each Sunday so that I could get a good view of him on the platform during worship.   I know… not my proudest moment… but this was my biggest crush ever.

7. he laughs with me
We share the same quirky humor, which works out well when it comes to tv and movies.  I love to laugh with him.

6. he is a computer geek
He amazes me with the things he understands and can do when it comes to technology.  He basically developed this.  His name is on the patent.

5. he is humble
He has so many amazing attributes, but this one is one of my favorites. 

4. he loves God
I can’t say enough about how wonderful it is to share our faith and values.

3. he can sleep through my snoring
Big bonus for me.  Although, I guess when I was pregnant it got worse… and we exchanged some words.  But it has not been an issue since.

2. he loves his family
My husband has a great relationship with his family which has allowed me to develop some wonderful relationships with them as well.  I love my in-laws!

1. he loves me
We pre-dated and dated for over 3 years, but I knew when he made the choice to spend his life with me, he was all mine.  Forever and ever. Amen.

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starting fresh

I’ve taken a little hiatus from posting… not intentional, just busy and a tad bit lazy.  But I’m working on some design changes, updates, and lots of pictures to share so don’t give up on me yet!

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my new favorite snack:



mix and enjoy!

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This weekend I peeled a 1/2 bushel of apples (by hand, no fancy apple peeler gizmo), and one of the things I made with them was applesauce.  I wanted to make a no-sugar applesauce but I couldn’t really find a recipe that would work for me.  I found several recipes but they called for things like “3 pounds of apples”.  This didn’t quite work for me because I had no idea how to figure out how many pounds of apples I was working with at the time.  How was I supposed to do that?  So I just kind of gleaned what I could from recipes that I found and things friends and my mom had told me and I made it up as I went along.  My biggest fear was that I wasn’t quite sure what the water to apple ratio should be when I was cooking them.

This tends to happen to me a lot.  Especially when it comes to cooking and crafting.  I want to make or create something but I don’t always have exactly everything I need so I change the recipe or pattern.  My mom would say it is the ‘artist’ in me but I wonder if it is just the ‘lazy’ in me… or maybe I’m just being a ‘maverick’ when it comes to this stuff.  Is it that I’m rebellious and don’t want to follow the rules?  I usually end up trying to do it my way by substituting items or just making it up as I go along.  I made pesto with almonds instead of pine nuts (creative?), I have attempted endless knitting projects with the wrong needles and never checked my gauge (lazy), and I combined about 5 recipes for butternut squash soup because none of them seemed just right (maverick).

Often this routine works out ok for me… but there are times that it is just a disaster and I renew my commitment to following the rules.  I think that the applesauce turned out ok, it didn’t seem too watery to me and I just ended up tasting it until I liked the spices… and I didn’t have to use any sugar (yay!). 

Here’s my recipe (could it be more vague?):
-a pot full of peeled & cored apple slices
-about a 1/4 pot full of water
-shake in cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumkin pie spice until you like the taste
-bring to a boil for a while and then mush with a potato masher

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Today I cut my hair!  Not a big deal usually… but today I went short.  Throughout my life I have gone back and forth between long hair and shorter hair.  But when it is long, it usually stays long for awhile.  So whenever I go short it takes me a few weeks (this time a few months) to psych myself up for it. 

And when I cut it short it is usually a big deal.  The first time I think I was 6 or 7 when I cut off my long locks.  When I was in high school I had long, long, hair all throughout… in fact it became kind of an identity thing for me… I was the girl with the long hair.  About a week before graduation I cut my hair short and shocked everyone and it was a great way to celebrate that milestone in my life.  This time I think I have had long hair for about five or six years… pretty much the whole time I have dated/been married to Erik.  He wasn’t so sure about me cutting my hair short today.  When I asked him what his favorite hairstyle of mine was he said… “Umm.. the wedding”.  Well, that’s sweet (and I did look hot that day) but there is no way that I’m going to attempt (or acheive) that cascade of curls on a daily basis. 

So I went to My Liege armed with my print out of celebrity hairstyles and had Meiliege (the gal who did my wedding hair-do) cut my hair.  I was even able to donate my hair. 

Before (I know I look kind of weird)

My donated locks…

After (please excuse the random self portraits… Erik isn’t home yet)

What do you think?

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