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How to lace up your sneakers.

If you clicked on this link thinking you'd find a tutorial on how to teach your children (or students) to tie their shoes... um... Sorry. This isn't the blog.  I did  teach a lesson on tying shoes during my undergraduate days BUT that was another life (maybe i'll dig up that lesson plan and blog about that if my life gets boring!) anyways!  Today, i'd like to share with you a couple of my tips for lacing up my sneakers and heading out the door. Ooookay, if you are following my #weeklychase  you might be asking why I'm blogging about running and not actually - you know - RUNNING!

Truth is, this is a topic I've been thinking about for quite a while.

Motivation.  Alright, raise your hand if you've ever struggled with motivation. That little tiny desire to actually put ON your  running shoes and head out the door.

We've all seen this pin.

Source: Uploaded by user via Brittney on Pinterest
... and this one. 
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Weekly Chase - March 25

Hello Friends, 
It's that time of the week again!! Yep, another special shout out to Mindy and Molly for hosting the Weekly Chase. Honestly, I LOVE the weekly chase so much. Please, head on over to their blogs for more great chases. 
Mindy: Molly: http://mollyritterbeck.
Last week was a little rough for me. I didn't get much sleep and it felt like everything in my life was moving way too fast! But, the week is over and NOW it's time to come clean on how I did with my goals! 
Catch up - Here! 
How did I do?  1) Paint my nails. - YESS!!! I finally painted them. Actually, I tweeted to Mindy as I was giving myself a manicure. (Are you following her on Twitter, blog, instagram? She's so great!) 
2) Run one of my #13in2013 Virtual Races - DONE! I was a day late, but... I got it done. Proof Post!
3) Re-arrange the living room.  - not really. BUT, that is because Mr. Handsome and I thought through every possible arrangement and decided that for our…

13 in 2013 - St. Patrick's Day Virtual!

In honor of my St. Patrick's Day virtual 5K, please notice I have changed my text color to GREEN! St. Patty's Day is one of my husband's favorite holidays (no, we are not known to be found in the party-scene.. BUT for some reason, ... he just loves the holiday!) [His Recent Postanyways!  I was very excited that one of Jill Conyers 13 in 2013 Virtual races was a St. Patrick's Day theme!! I had BIG plans! Mr. Handsome and I were going to run the race together, we were going to eat some corn beef and wear green (blah-blah-blah). Well,... life sometimes happens and we aren't always able to accomplish our plans. 

Life was so busy I didn't even get to do the race during the scheduled time! (I was one day late.)
I tagged Jill in a photo on Instagram and asked for her forgiveness, and of course (being the fantastic lady she is) she gave it! 

She reminded me that "It's all about the run". So, thank you Jill for the opportunity to virtually run with you and …

Weekly Chase

Monday, Monday!

Now it's time for another Weekly Chase!! Thank You Mindy & Molly for hosting the weekly chase each week. It really helps keep me focused on my goals!

Last week, I had every intention of sleeping, running and eating.Remember ...   Well, lets re-cap!  1) Sleep 7 Hours per night.  - No. Ugh! Sooo Frustrating!! My neighbors were up late playing the bass most nights. So, even though I'd go to bed on time ... I didn't get any more sleep than if i'd stayed up late and watched movies! 
2) Actually follow a running plan. HAHAHAHAHAHA (Okay, I didn't follow the plan... - I only ran once!)
3) Rest - YEP! totally rested! 
4) Paint my nails - NOOO (so sad, I didn't paint my nails.) 
So, here's the deal. I didn't actually do very well with my goals - BUT I had a great week!! 
Now that I have openly and honestly confessed that I didn't exercise that much last week, I will also gladly admit that I cleaned my bathroom, mopped my floors, kept up w…

Recipe for Chili-fied chicken Salad

Yesterday I made chicken salad and it was DELICIOUS!

I'm posting from my phone, but will update this post with a picture tomorrow evening!

Chicken breast (I used 3)
Chili powder
Quarter of an onion
Honey crisp apple

Cover chicken with chili power and bake.
(Let cool)
Finely dice onion
Chop apple
Chop chicken
Olive oil Mayonnaise (I just put a little bit - but whatever you like)

(It made about 4 large servings)

That's it!

Suuuuper easy, and suuuuuper yummy! I ate my chicken salad inside a spinach and herb wrap - it was delicious!

What's your recipe for chicken salad?

Goofy Girl!

It's official, I'm going Goofy.

On February 27th, 2012 there was NO way I was expecting to be thinking about running a Marathon in January of 2014. I mean, lets be honest. ... training for the 5K was challenging (see proof post!) BUT, in less than 1 year I did run a Half Marathon and my running confidence level is kind of high right now So ... Why not?

The first step to going Goofy was to request budget it out with Mr. Moola-Man. Once we made a plan to save for the week at Disney (on property - no off property deals for me!) Mr. Moola-Man turned BACK into Prince Charming and we moved on to step 2.

Request the time off of work ... 

On Monday I was approved for the time off.

Say WHAT? (pretty sure that was how I reacted.)  I was SO excited I wanted to go for a run (To be honest,  I had a feeling i'd get it off, my office is SO supportive of my running!!) The only problem was, Monday was my rest day and I'm really trying to stick with my rest days and work hard on my run d…

Weekly Chase - March 11 Edition

Another week, another chase. Shout out to Molly and Mindy for helping me make weekly goals, and CHASE them! Need to catch up? Here is what I chased last week

Accountability Time: 1) Meal Plan - Done. I was very proud that we stick with our meal plan too! 2) Run only 1 time - well, I went out for a run on Saturday and ended up walking and talking with my husband instead. (The intent was there though!) 3) Do push ups two days this week - Done! 
Also I felt a whole lot better by Wednesday. Thanks to everyone who expressed their concern. Sometimes I feel like I over do it (Staying up too late, training hard, and NOT resting enough).
My next Half Marathon is coming up, and I need to get back to training. I won a registration on Mindy's (Mindy's Fitness Journey) blog, and i'm really excited for the run! So, here we go with my goals! 
1) Sleep a minimum of 7 hours per night.  2) Actually follow my running plan (Run Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday)  3) Rest on …

Lessons from my Rat Terrier.

I've heard it said that when you have children you understand more fully God's love. I've heard that you understand and know unconditional love in a more real way, I've heard that as a parent you learn lessons in the most unlikely situations. I am not able to confirm that to be accurate as I have not been given the gift of children. I have adopted two very special Rat Terriers who keep me busy and sometimes -when I least expect it - teach me a lesson or two.

I'm going to be honest with you, sometimes it's hard not to play favorites with my dogs. Romeo is the neediest dog EVER and with his big brown eyes, and silky soft hair and plump belly how can you resist allowing him to cuddle up on your lap or playing a quick game of chase?

Juliet is the complete opposite. Her hair is course, she's very skinny and more often than not she prefers to to be alone. That's right, Hello Ms. Independent - She's the one searching for adventures and she just doesn'…

Destination Tampa & a 5-by-the-5th Challenge!!

Who can turn down a challenge? I know I have trouble. I also am pretty good at finding ways to spend money on things I love (a.k.a. running). That's why I am thankful that Laura over on Mommy Run Fast is hosting a monthly challenge to run with a 5K OR 5 Miles by the first of each month!  This also helps me accomplish my goal of 13 races in 2013 (hosted by Jill and Marathon Mom)! The commitment to run 13 events can be a little pricey, SO running free virtual races is a GREAT way to stay motivated and involved with the running world!


On the 24th of February I ran my very first Half Marathon and THAT was Uh-MAZING! Alright, ... so here's the truth. ... I was a little scared that after I made it to the goal of 13.1 I wouldn't want to run anymore. I was also afraid that I'd run terribly my first run out. One of my new health goals is to think positive. It's so easy to get caught up in negativity, but there is not reason for it. I am very blessed and who am I to s…

Weekly Chase - March

Shout out to Molly and Mindy for helping me make weekly goals, and CHASE them! Last week was absolutely NUTS trying to recover from the Princess Half and I never actually got around to setting my goals. To be honest, if it weren't for my sore throat I probably wouldn't have gotten my goals posted today either.

So, I am home from work today. I'm bundled in bed with a lap top and my iphone. As of 9:30 a.m., I had already woken up and fallen back asleep 3 times. I gotta tell you, I'm pretty sure the worst feeling in the world is post-nasal drip combined with sore ears. Seriously, I forgot how this feels - and would like to soon forget again. Alright, this is getting boring. Back to my goals!! (The fun stuff).

Molly has given us the challenge of "Make it Happen". This goal could NOT have come at a better time for me. The goal that I want to "Make Happen" is healthy eating.  IN 2012. I lost 60 pounds through exercise and hardly changing much of my eatin…