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Monday, April 1, 2013


Hello everyone. This blog is officially closing. I want to take the chance to thank everyone who has read it over the past 4 years and encouraged me along the way. Life is always in a season and it is time for this season to come to an end, but the blog will remain up for the time being.

I will still be working on my ministry at and always striving for a healthy body, mind, and soul. God bless you all!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Book Review: The Ultimate Beginners Running Guide

I recently received an email from the author of The Ultimate Beginners Running Guide and was asked if I would kindly review it. I don't really consider myself a beginner in the running world, but I know there's always room to grow so I agreed.

Right away I liked what the author had to say about the beginning of running being the result of an ending. The ending of a way of life that was unsatisfactory, or maybe unhealthy. As the chapters went on I found myself becoming easily distracted or skimming the pages because most of this information was something I already knew or had read about before. Every now and then a new piece of information would jump out at me which kept me going.
If I was a complete newbie to running this book is a great jumping off point. Like the title says it is a great beginners guide. What this book does lack is outside sources or places to assist you with things like nutrition or tracking miles. They are occasionally hinted at, but not listed.
However, what it does have is a very different spin on training cycles which are available on the website . Training plans are available for:
  • Beginners
  • Non-Exercisers
  • Weight-loss purposes
  • People 50+
Overall the book is positive, generally informative, and encouraging. It answers most typical questions that new runners have and provides tips on form and other aspects most runners, new to the sport, would not be aware of. For $4.99 on Kindle, it's not too shabby in price either.
Thank you Ryan Robert for providing me with a copy and for your dedication to the sport.
Remember with any new program or fitness endeavor, please consult with your personal medical professional and take every piece of advice with a grain of salt. Listen to your body and do what is best for you.
If you would like to purchase this book it is available for Kindle and in Paper back on Amazon HERE

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


So I've been having so much fun challenging myself to get active that I either forget to bring my camera or I remember after I'm done that I needed to take a picture. Either way I'm moving!! and that's what counts. So far in the past week I...

Have run 3 times

Took a nice long 4+ mile walk/hike

And made it back to the gym

My pants are already fitting much better. I decided I needed to be thinking of ways to reward myself for the weight loss. Even though I am re-losing the weight I already worked hard to take off, I still need to honor my hard work with a reward.

I decided on pedicures and a special coffee. I have removed sugary treats and trips to Starbucks from my diet. I just know that these items are holding me back from losing the weight and I lose track of how much sugar I've taken in over the course of a day so it's easier to remove those items.

For every 10lbs I lose on the scale I will go enjoy an hour or two alone getting my piggies pampered and a sensible treat. We will see how close I am on Friday to that reward. It will definitely help me stay on track this week.

I never got around to posting this but my official starting weight was:


Yikes that is really hard to write, but it's the truth. It's especially hard because being under 200lbs was always something I valued very much. I know that number says nothing about me personally, it's just where I am right now and if I stay focused and work hard it won't be that way for long.

How do you reward yourself when you've lost weight/ stayed on track/or trained really hard?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Exercise 1/28- Interval Run Wk 1

Exercise Accountability Photo
Week 1 Running Intervals 3-5x per week.

I started a couch to 5k type running program again. I just needed a guide to help me build up. It might be easier than when I first started running, but it's giving me confidence to pick up the pace.

I ran 60 seconds, walked 90 seconds 8 times. Here are the splits:

#7-10:38 yes!!

We went 2.37 miles in 48 minutes. The Hubbs and Kid#2 came with me. We walked down to the trail and Kid#2 rode his bike while we ran our intervals. We ended up in a parking lot on the hill that was closed off to traffic for the winter and we finished up our intervals running them at a slight uphill.

I felt really great and it was nice to have part of my family with me as we commit to being healthy.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Post #500

Post #500!!! That's about it, I don't have a cool giveaway or anything to celebrate it, but maybe soon :)

However, I will share with you a couple photos that will be a part of my new accountability plan for myself.

Yesterday I saved a picture that I won't even put up. All I'll tell you is that it said, "Closed". I was really considering shutting this blog down. Why? Well I have a lot of different reasons, but I decided those were not good enough reasons and that this blog has been the way I've kept going. Even though having about 78 followers is not a huge number, it still represents people that may or may not be reading, but it's people I can be accountable to. 

The new plan is to post a picture each day with the theme of what I did for exercise which is the area I most struggle with right now. Knowing that I need to post a picture will help me get it in no matter what. I would appreciate and love your comments and support. Share with me what you've done for exercise for the day or give me challenges and ideas of what to do for the next day!

Today's pictures are:

Today my workout was: Insanity Cardio Abs and a portion of the workout above.
My plan for building my running base back up is this :

I feel: Strong and inspired today.
So far so good. :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Starting out Right

I knew if I was going to make a snowball it needed to be today. I had to start the year out right. I knew this was the day to pick up that chunk of snow and pack it in tight and get it rolling down the hill.

The day had it's own worries already, but I got that crock pot filled with a healthy dinner and at 3pm I told the Hubbs I was going for a run. I chose a small loop that would get me about 30 minutes of exercise and I walked to the trail from my house. I decided to walk until the trail entrance and then run the full length of the trail and then walk home.

Pushing myself about a mile is really tough right now. I keep thinking about my last successful and strong training run of 2011 where I ran over 13 miles for the first time, 14 miles, then 16. I felt amazing. I can't wait to get back to that point of strength. I know I can do it and I will keep focused.

After 1.5 miles I was back at home and feeling great. It was just the way to get 2013 started.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Open Letter to Myself

Dear Amanda,

Maybe this year didn't quite go as you thought it would. Maybe this year you felt really disappointed with the way some things panned out. Maybe you thought you were failing...I'm here to tell you,

you didn't.

This year you learned a lot about balance and being unbalanced.

You learned that this weight loss/fitness thing is only one facet of this life diamond.

 You learned that sometimes friends are only friendly when they are receiving things and that you should just keep being yourself. Apologize when you need to and move on when you have to.

You learned that motherhood has always been you're most important assignment. Your boys needed you a lot this year and once you embraced that sacrifice of time and energy you found joy.

You learned your body will run out of gas eventually if you do not feed it properly.

You learned through not being able to run that you still love to run and this passion isn't going anywhere! I know you're ready to run over those finish lines again, but we are going to be smart and open to regaining our running abilities. You will not be discouraged or compare yourself to others. This race is yours and yours alone. Run to Inspire, Run to Save.

Lastly, I know you are really disappointed with the weight gain and you don't want to sound like a broken record. This might take awhile, but with each sunrise and sunset vow to be your best and then some. Don't give up just because the mountains look steep, you never know the power within you until you let it take hold.

This year may not ring with the same successes as previous years have, but this was a good year and you are blessed.

Whatever you set your feet to do, go out and get it girl :)

I hope everyone has a blessed and happy new year! I know many of us have fitness related goals on our minds and this blog is a candle that's ready to be re-lit. If you're still a reader, Thanks! If you're new here I'm going to do my best to keep going in 2013 towards health, happiness, and inspiration.

2013 Here We Come!