Healthy Living

Thursday, April 3, 2014

How I Became a Runner

**This is all about my personal experience. If you are thinking of joining the world of running, you should always ask your doctor first! 

Am I even a "runner?" It is sometimes hard to call myself a "runner." But this post is going to focus on how I taught myself to LOVE running. Seriously. It is a love.

I think it started in 2011. The year I got married. Two weeks before my wedding my BFF and I ran our first half marathon. Well, I won't speak for her, but I almost died. At the finish line Coach admitted to me that he was praying that I didn't accidentally get on the 26.2 path. No sweet future husband, it just took me about 4 hours to finish 13.1 miles.

I am not going to bash myself. I am going to sit in amazement because my body was able to finish 13.1 miles with ZERO proper training and ZERO proper nourishment. I kinda laugh because I even wore a cotton shirt and knew nothing of Body Glide or Garmin. What runner commits such running crimes?!?!?

Anyway, with this little running I was doing (daily 3 mile runs) I thought I was in the best shape of my life. No.

Now that I've given you the background on what DIDN'T make me a runner, now I shall tell you what actually made me a runner. The desire to do more. I did finish a half. But I know I didn't train for it. I wanted that sticker. I wanted to earn that sticker. I wanted my body to be trained and nourished as a runner. So I began to register for more races. Smaller races. 5ks, 10ks.

 I started reading anything and everything about  running. I researched the right running shoes and equipment. My life was forever changed by Body Glide. Seriously, what did I do without this stuff!?
I even changed the socks that I was wearing. I eliminated cotton from every single piece of running gear I ever had. Coach bought me a Garmin to keep up with the miles.

I researched the proper training schedule for my lifestyle and ability. I made it 100% no matter what a priority to run. I also searched Pinterest for some amazing running inspiration.

I joined online running boards where people share advice and product reviews. All of this made me feel comfortable while running. So now I KINDA like running.

 Getting closer.

Then came the game changer. Nutrition. Fueling my body. I NEVER fueled my body like a real runner should. Once I learned how to fuel, I then fell in love with running. LOVE.

 I love Advocare products. I trust them. I love them. I know what to take, and why to take it. Rehydrate was a lifesaver.

Now when I run, I know I have the fuel  my body needs. I don't feel sluggish, and if I do, I know I didn't do what my body needed for fuel that day. It keeps me balanced.

I've now earned my sticker with more races, AND proper training!!!

I now LOVE running. 

This is how I fell in love with running. Most people ask me why I run. My answer is and always will be the same....

"To be smokin' hott for my husband!"  :) 

Love love, 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Home Sweet Home

Spring Break can slow down just a tad! This week has been spent hanging some pictures, and planting some flowers. Here are some home updates. I fall more and more in love with this home each day!

What you see here is a spoiled dog. A spoiled dog on my new couch!!!!

So excited to be helping. 

Formal dining room. 

I love this pillow cover. It just matches so perfectly! 

One day, this wall will be covered with pictures. I just need some littles to take pictures of. ;) 

A new rug. Dub said he likes it enough to keep it. 

Now, my favorite spring break tradition is getting my flowers. I didn't get many this year because such beautiful landscaping has already been done here. My plan is to document everything that comes up this year, then add/remove what's needed next year. What's the rush?! We have forever. :)

We just wanted to document this beautiful dirt. Doesn't it look just so fullllll of nutrients?! 

I love this place. It makes my heart smile. 

Coach is cutting "HIS" grass. Thanks, D for teaching him so well! 

Who needs to buy plants when your in-laws are willing to just dig some of theirs up and bring them to you?!?!

For the rest of the break I plan to fully enjoy the Chaco weather. These shoes make me miss college. 

Love love,

Friday, March 28, 2014

Five on Friday.

Here it is 4:30 on Friday, and I am in my pajamas. Legit. This Friday isn't just any old Friday... IT'S SPRING BREAK! WHHHHHOOOOOOOOO. The level of excitement is just too much. TOOOO MUCH. 

We have BIG plans for the week off. Are you ready for it?! Sleeping late!!!!! Gah. So pumped!! 

Fridays are my favorite days to blog. I love Five on Friday. I love having a reason to write meaningless posts of great randomness. 
  I give you... Five. 

When I pulled in the driveway at 3:30, a red truck was in the driveway. It startled me for a minute. Then I remembered that I am indeed married to a man that just so happens to drive a red truck. It's just soooooooo unusual for him to beat me home. Well, now we sit here watching our current "watch it every single time it is on TV" movie: Armageddon. I'll cry at the end. I always do. 

This dog. He is a mess. All of my sweet friends are posting great pictures of their sweet babies... I am just like: Oh, here is Dub! Isn't he PRECIOUS?!?!? #obsessed  

This shirt. Nothing beats a baseball tee... well, maybe a baseball tee with a monogram?!? Thank you, Mom! 
 mirror selfie. I can see my husband huff with disapproval. 

My closet. I fall more and more with this house every single day! However, I'm madly in love with my closet that is super wonderful and free of bossy/clean freak husbands. I just shut the door... and I'm like: "What out of control mess?!"  Love. Love. Love. 
Super awesome uncle made these for me!!! :) 

Our house in general. We are slowly adding pictures to the walls now. I am sure it'll change before the summer... but we have Larry hanging and some super amazing patterns going on... 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mr. vs. Mrs.

This is just a simple quick post to document some more of this "First House" experience. Today I shall bring you a brand new edition of, "What Makes Mr. Happy Vs. What Makes Mrs. Happy."

They always say it is the little things that make two couples perfect for each other. Here is our perfection.

What makes Mr. Happy: 

Shelves filled with red & black, books about winning, and autographs. 

TVs properly hung in their place on the wall for maximum viewing potential.... 

...and finding $40 cash while moving!!!!

What Makes Mrs. Happy: 

Deliveries from this new fave store that are on time and very very helpful and polite folks... 

deliveries that contain a beautiful much needed brand spanking new washer and dryer... 

and my absolute favorite part.....

See that "sanitize" setting?!?!? Ahhhhh. Perfection. 

Now, for the things that make us BOTH happy....

Friends that are super wonderful and help us do things like build shelves and hang TVs. 

Sooooo happy! 

Love love,