Friday, October 30, 2015

FITNESS FRIDAY - Monster Dash - 10K Recap

Hello Friends,

Thank you SO much for all the love on the other days post. I didn't set out to be an inspiration, I set out to be a healthier version of me. It's a journey I'm still on.

Last weekend my husband attended a Bible Conference with Missionary to Niger Nate Bramsen. I had the opportunity to hear some of the messages, but mostly I was watching the girls.  I mentioned to my sister that I needed a to run a 10K for a submission time for the Princess Half Marathon and she recommended that I run a 10K at my former school (Lake Sumter Community College).

Since she agreed to watch my oldest, I registered! $30 for a 10K isn't a bad deal when you just paid 200+ over to Mickey Mouse.

The two nights before the race I couldn't sleep, at all. The first night (Thursday) I was at my inlaws house in South Florida because the girls had pediatrician appointments on Friday (yes, we kept our pediatrician in Miami...even after the move). Friday we made it to camp for the conference and both girls were WIDE awake from the excitement of being with family and in a new place - basically I didn't fall asleep until about 2 a.m. and baby love (6 month old) woke up at 5 a.m. when Daddy went to go for his long run.

6:45 a.m. (ish) I headed out with our oldest daughter and my sister to the race.

They had some stretching before the race, but I am more of a dynamic stretching type of girl so I warmed up on my own. I noticed my FAVORITE professor (who is now retired) has a bench in her honor near the track. It made me smile, and reminded me of the time I clocked a 22 minute mile in Fitness class and she told me I needed to work on that.

The race started around 8:00 a.m., and I along with about 30 other people headed out around Silver Lake. The 10K course was two laps around the lake and the 5K was one time around the lake.

I'd forgotten my visor  but I didn't think I'd miss it. Well, I did. If you don't have a Sparkle Athletic visor, GO GET ONE. It was no fun having sweat dripping into my eyes for the 10K.

Since it was a small race, I ran by myself for most of the time. I could see some people a little in front of me, and some people behind me but for the most part I was alone. There were two water stops around the lake staffed by the college's baseball players (I think...)

The race ended through a giant blow up cat with plenty of water and snacks for the finishers!

I was excited to PR on this race, especially since I'm using it as a submission time for corral placement in the Princess Half!

Time: 1:12:58
Overall Place: 26/28

Would I participate in this event again?
Probably not. It was fun to do once but I'm not sure I'd do it again unless someone did it with me. I was a little bored and lonely on the course.

Question of the day: Do you like to run in costume?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

2015-2016 Running Events

April 2013
Colorado Springs, CO
I was looking over my racing schedule and couldn't help but notice how 2013 was my biggest year of running. I was completely addicted! Then with back-to-back pregnancies and life with two babies I started to focus on a couple of bigger races.

Perhaps soon we will be back out there running a 5K every weekend but for now, we will just run a few.

Are we running any races together?

Running Event Schedule. 

Feb. 2013
My First Half Marathon. 

Feb, 2013
Princess Half, WDW

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Who is StorybookErin?

Today on the blog, I'm answer that question. Who is this Storybook Erin girl and what's she all about?

I started blogging in 2011 as a hobby, I blogged about movies and just general daily adventures. At the time health wasn't a priority in my life. It's scary (and sad) to admit, but it wasn't. I was in graduate school, working full time and dreaming of starting a family. Through all of that, I went from overweight to obese.

From the time I got married in 2008 until the end of 2011 I had gained a good 50-60 pounds and was completely uncomfortable in my own skin. I asked my husband if he would start walking with me to help me lose some weight and he agreed.

In January of 2012 we started walking a few miles a couple days a week, and limiting our junk food intake. It was around this time my blog started to shift focus and become more of a weight loss journey.

By April of 2013 I had fallen in love with running, ran two half marathons, countless 5k's, lost about 60 pounds and was finally pregnant with baby number one.
Baby # 1 Pregnancy

My blog took a little shift again, and now was all about my pregnancy and running. After baby number one (Little Lady) was born, I continued to blog about running, being a mom and training for the Goofy Challenge at Walt Disney World.  In September of 2014 we found out that I was expecting again, so the blog went back to pregnancy posts, mom life and training for the Goofy Challenge.
Baby # 2 Pregnancy

Now here we are.

I'm a stay at home mom to two beautiful girls and on the blog you will find a combination of mom life, training, weight loss and all our adventures as a family of four living in Florida.

If you're interested in following our story, please check out my social media channels linked below!

Question of the day: What's your favorite fall activity?


Please leave the link to your blog in the comment section so I can stop by and say hello!  

Monday, October 26, 2015

Hooray for Monday: 2 Weeks until Race Day!

Two more weeks people, TWO more weeks. I'm super excited about this upcoming half marathon as it will be my first NON-pregnant Half Marathon since April 2013. I had two (mostly) healthy pregnancies and have two amazing children, I am forever thankful. BUT ... It's time to enjoy some non-preggo running!

Over the weekend I indulged on quite a few treats, and it caught up to me by Sunday night. Right in the middle of two fussy babies fighting sleep I was in the bathroom throwing up. I was miserably sick, and didn't know if I'd feel better by morning.

I didn't. I was sick on Monday too.

Since I wasn't feeling myself, I skipped my run and opted to do some strength training and a walk with the girls.

On Tuesday the training plan calls for a 4 mile run, but I was still feeling pretty sick so I only ran a little more than 2.

Wednesday - I was supposed to be a 5 mile run. 

I ended up walking with the girls and doing some strength training. 

Thursday - 3 miles on the agenda... 0 miles ran. We were packing for a weekend away so I just couldn't get everything in. 

Friday - Rest Day. 


Saturday - Monster Dash 10K. 

I'll be posting more on that later, but here's a sneak peak. 

Sunday - Rest Day 

This was a rough week for running, but  I was active every day and I tracked my calories to help stay on track. 

Question of the day: How was your week? 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fitness Friday - Pinterest Workout Edition

I'm back with another one of those "quick workouts" pinned onto my Pinterest Board.  The original source of this is, I clicked the link directly from Pinterest, but couldn't find the original post so I've linked the tumblr page and pinterest link for you.

Anyway... This is one I pinned a LONG time ago and it looked like something fun I could do with my toddler, so we did it - and loved it!

There really isn't anything cuter (or more motivating) than watching your 1.5 year old exercise with you! 

Question of the day: What's your favorite way to exercise with kids?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Nike Outlet Haul: Fall 2015

Living in Southwest Florida, it's very easy to make it to a Nike Outlet. A few weeks ago we went down to the Miramar Outlets and looked for some new running shirts.

I picked up two nice pieces at great prices!

Strappy Purple Tank - 8.37 (Original Price: 35.00)

UV Protect 50+ Orange Shirt - 15.37 (Original Price: 38.00)

Question of the day: What's your favorite way to save money on fitness gear?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hooray for Monday: 3 Weeks until Race Day!

Time is zooming! I can't believe we are already three weeks away from race day!!!

Here's a quick re-cap of my week.

Monday: 3 miles.

My husband and I both needed to run so we pulled out the double jogger and went for a run. Nothing really exciting, just a 5K at a pretty fast (for me) pace to end the day.

Tuesday: Strength Training

On Tuesday I walked with the girls (.75 miles) and did some push ups and other core training. Little Lady discovered the benches around the pond, so we spent some time just watching the birds fly around. Baby girl was sleeping in the stroller so I didn't mind sitting with my girl talking about all the animals we saw.

Wednesday: 6 Miles.

My intention was to get up early and run the 6 miles before my husband left for work. Unfortunately, we are working on some teeth, so the babies aren't sleeping well (read - the momma is not sleeping well). I knew that by the time my husband got home from work and the family was fed I'd not be able to get all the miles in sooooo.... I took the double jogger out during the day and ran the 6 miles before he got home.

THAT was not easy, but I was SO proud of myself.  The girls both slept through most of the run, and then when we got back into the neighborhood we stopped at the gazebo to say hello to the turtles and fish before walking the rest of the way home.

Thursday: 3 miles.

I didn't run on Thursday because I had rolled my ankle during the run on the previous day and wanted to be sure it wasn't injured (doesn't seem to be). I didn't want to skip the day so I did some planking and sit ups.

Friday: Rest Day.

I took my walk with the girls in the morning and then in the evening daddy wanted to go for a walk after dinner so out we went.

Saturday: 9 miles.

Our typical Saturday morning routine is to get up with the baby and run. So, baby girl got up at 4:45... (seriously? why so early!!) anyway... I got up with the baby fed her, changed her diaper and had some play time before waking up my husband to get ready for our run.

A little bit later our oldest woke up, had her snack and we were ready to load up the jogger and run.

I was feeling pretty tired from a week of two teething babies so I wanted to keep my pace comfortable. I was afraid if I pushed myself too hard I would get too tired and quit.  My plan obviously worked because I felt so good I ran an extra half mile.

In the afternoon my parents came over for the rest of the weekend, and we (they) decided to go swimming! We were all pretty tired from the day and ended up going to sleep at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: Rest Day.

After church, lunch and a movie (Big Hero 6) we loaded up and went to a local pumpkin patch for some pictures.

It was a full week of training and fun, I'm looking forward to what next week has in store!

Question of the day: When's the last time you went to bed at 8:00 p.m.?

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Fitness Friday - October 16

As a mom of two very young children I often feel over-whelmed with all my responsibilities and often think about dropping fitness from my day. Anyone else?

Now that the weather is cool-er we have been going on walks together. Our loop is about .75 miles, and my oldest daughter loves to search for animals, look at the flowers and most recently she has discovered leaves.

At first I felt kind of silly tracking our walks on Endomondo (free app), but it's kind of inspiring to go back and see how much activity you've actually done.

So moms, don't get stuck inside all day watching the clock, go for a walk!

Question of the day: What are some of your favorite ways to add fitness into your daily routine?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Just a dorky visor? - My Review of Sparkle Athletic Visor.

Can I just brag on my sisters for a minute? They watched me finish the Goofy Challenge in January and decided they wanted to run a race. So, Princess Half here we come! Neither one of them have ever ran, but they have both been training and even did a 10K to get a good time to submit.

I'm so proud! 

My sister (Ruth) and I are doing the Glass Slipper Challenge (GSC) but my younger sister (Dana) is "only" doing the 10k. Since it's just Ruth and I for the half, we decided to be the Eels from The Little Mermaid. 

So, for our costume we ordered green visors from Sparkle Athletic . When it came, I just kind of looked at it and thought "why did I order this? I hate anything around my head when I'm running" 


the things you buy for a RunDisney race. 

I've worn the visor a few times for both running, and at the beach and I can officially say, I love it! No, it's not just a dorky visor, it's adorable! 

The reasons why I previously didn't like Visors:
  • um...silly looking (or dorky).
  • the velcro yanks half my hair out
  • weird fit
The reasons why I am in love with my Sparkle Athletic Visor:
  • Comfortable fit with NO velcro yanking out my hair
  • no velcro
  • it sparkles
  • glitter? 
  • keeps the sweat from dripping into my eyes
  • shades my face from the sun 
So, if you are in the market for a comfortable visor for training runs or an upcoming race, I highly recommend you check out the Sparkle Athletic website. They even have visors with Tiara's... (just sayin')

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, I purchased this product with my own money and genuinely wanted to share my thoughts. Enjoy! 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hooray for Monday: 4 weeks until Race Day!

Can I get a Boo Ya for Monday?

:::BOO YA!:::

I'm excited an nervous for the upcoming Half Marathon, but I've been training so I really don't need to be nervous. Here's a recap of my training from last week. 

Monday - 
The training plan called for 4 miles, so reluctantly... I headed to the treadmill and ran 4 miles! This was a struggle for me because I also had to go get the weekly groceries and we like to do our bedtime routines as a family. Thankfully the girls didn't need a bath on Monday, so I didn't miss much of our evening family time. 

Tuesday - 
I was supposed to do strength training, and literally EVERY time I started to watch a fitness movie, or do anything someone was having a meltdown. I did squeeze in a 3 minute arm workout and of course our daily walk to feed the turtles. It wasn't what I had hoped for, but I was active. 

Wednesday -
I got up early ready to run 5 miles. The weather was perfect! I got just outside our neighborhood and saw there was limited street lights, so I turned around and went to the treadmill. I was all set on the treadmill and my stomach started hurting so I finished a mile and ran back to our apartment - pretty defeated.  We did go on our walk to feed the turtles and get the mail, but I didn't get close to the 5 mile training run I was supposed to do. 

Thursday - 
The plan calls for 3 miles, but my husband runs three miles on Thursdays and I push the jogger. So,...since I can't run 3 miles with the jogger in the same time he can run it, I only run 2. I typically finish a little before him and so the girls and I head over to the park for some fun while we wait for dad! 

Friday - 
Rest day. 
I didn't run, but I did re-arrange our living room and re-sort the girls toys (for the 9,000 time this week). We also went for our walk and played outside before dinner. 

Saturday - 
The plan called for 8 miles, so when the baby got up to eat at 5:30 so did we. I set out to run 8 and my husband grabbed the jogger to run 5 with the girls. 

It was dark and even at 6 in the morning the humidity was at 86%... Seriously. SO. HOT.

At mile 2.5 I wanted to turn around and go home, I was so tired and my legs were feeling heavy but just ahead I heard that sweet little daughter of mine cheering! 

It was enough to push me through a rough patch and then I saw Target. I thought it was fun that I literally ran to target so I took a picture and continued on. 

At 4 miles I turned around and started heading home. The sun was coming up the sun plus humidity started to get to me. I drank some water and ate a shot block or two and pushed through until the end. 

I was pretty tired but so proud of myself for pushing through until the 8 miles were DONE!

Full details of my outfit here. 

Sunday - 
Another day of rest. It was nice to all wake up naturally and have time to eat breakfast as a family. We even made it to church on time (for the first time as a family of 4 - only took us 5 months) and after church satisfied my craving for Mac & Cheese from Fords Diner! 

After dinner we did some shopping and headed home for some more family time. 

We had such a fun weekend. 

Question of the day: how was your weekend? 

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

OOTD: 8 Mile Run

Outfit of the Day! 
  • Sparkle Athletic Visor - Green
  • Nike Tennis Shirt - Blue 
  • UA Compression Shorts 7 inch - Black
  • Sparkle Athletic Skirt - Gunmetal 
  • Nathan's  Running Belt 
  • Pro Compression Socks - Black
  • Nike Lunar Glides

How I felt during the run: 
This was a very comfortable outfit for my 8 mile run. The visor helped keep the sweat out of my eyes, and the shirt was a mesh back so I was able to keep cool that way too.

I was having a little trouble with the sparkle skirt and the running belt today, for some reason the skirt just wasn't sitting right on my hips and I felt like I was pulling it down the whole run.

Overall it was pretty comfortable and the compression socks help keep my legs feeling strong for those miles.

Question of the day: Do you run with a running belt?

All products were purchased by myself (or gifted to me from my husband). 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Fitness Friday - 3 Minutes for toned Arms?

Raise your hand if you are guilty of pinning a BUNCH of quick workouts and then NEVER trying them?

:::Raises Hand:::

Just me? 

I highly doubt that. Today I was scrolling through my Pinterest and found a Buzzfeed article with workouts to have toned arms with just three minutes! I was a little skeptical that my arms would feel the burn with just three minutes of toning activities, and also feeling a little convicted about all the things I've pinned over the years and never tried - so I tried it! 

The article gives three options for people to try, each of them range from beginner to advanced and can be done without any equipment and only last 3 minutes! 

I did the beginner workout while my husband finished getting ready for work, and found that it didn't take long for my arms to feel the burn! 

Bottom line, you won't have sexy-toned arms in three minutes. It won't happen. 

However, just as with all fitness, if you were to work at it every day and continue to make healthy choices, you will have those strong and sleek tank top arms we all desire. 

I've been incorporating some of the moves into my day as I play with the girls. They think we are just adding some new dance moves, but really we are working on building strong arms! 

What about you, how do you incorporate fun into your fitness? 

Find the workout here!

Are we friends on Pinterest?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Recipe Review: Black Bean Smothered Sweet Potatoes

It's been a while since I tried a new recipe. I'd gotten into a groove of buying the same groceries over and over again, it made meal planning easy and groceries faster. The only problem, I was sick of eating my own cooking. Truth is, if I AM  sick of my own cooking, I knew my husband probably was too. He doesn't like routine when it comes to meals, he likes more of a variety.

I knew I had sweet potatoes roasting in the crock pot and some black beans in the pantry.

So, off to google I went and a quick google search landed me on the website where I found a recipe for smothered sweet potatoes! 

This recipe can be done over the stove or if you are in a hurry it can be done in the microwave.  My husband and toddler (1.5 years) and I really enjoyed this meal. I loved that it was something new to try with ingredients we already had in our pantry. It's also a great meal if you are trying to eat less meat.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Influenster Unboxing: Apple & Eve Organics

Influenster and Apple and Eve Organics was kind enough to send our family some juice to try, check out our unboxing video to see what flavors we will be sampling!

Disclaimer: these products were sent to our family for review purposes free of charge, all opinions expressed are my very own.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hooray for Monday: 5 Weeks until Race Day!

Last week, I shared the training plan I am following with all of you. I was pretty scared that I'd totally flop, both girls seem to have stuffy noses and have been refusing to sleep on a regular schedule (due to the running noses I'm assuming). However, I didn't flop. I actually followed my plan (mostly).

On Monday the training plan called for 3 miles, so I headed to the treadmill and ran a 5k.
Distance: 3.12 miles
Pace: 12:17 minute pace

On Tuesday the training plan called for Strength Training, so I went to YouTube and found a 10-minute workout.
Fat Blast - 10 minutes

On Wednesday the training plan called for 4 miles. My intent was to get up very early and go running, but we were on day 3 of my oldest daughter waking up at all hours of the night hungry and I just couldn't. My husband works late on Wednesdays, so I knew an evening 4 mile run wouldn't happen. So, I ran 1.
Distance: 1.03 miles
Pace: 11:26 minute pace

On Thursday the plan called for a 3 mile run. My husband is also training (for a Marathon) and needed to run, so we pulled out the double jogger and I pushed the double jogger. I was only able to run 2 miles with the jogger, the heat and humidity were so high and my whole body was sore from pushing almost 40 pounds of kid plus the weight of the jogger - but, 2 miles wasn't bad!
2:02 miles
Pace: 13:47 minute pace, pushing double jogger

Friday - REST DAY!!!!! 

I didn't go for a run but I've been walking with the girls each day, so we went for our walk together and that was a lot of fun.

On Saturday the training plan called for a 7 mile run.  The longest I've run since January was 5, so 7 was a little scary but I was going to try. We were out late having dinner with friends, and the girls slept in, so I did too.  My husband got up around 8 and went for a 5 mile run, and I went out for my 7 miles around 10.  It started out nice, but the heat and humidity started to get to me. I was feeling pretty nauseated and my hands were swelling from the heat so I turned around a little less than a mile before I wanted to and headed back. I ended up with only 6 miles and a pretty slow pace, BUT due to the heat I was pretty proud of myself for going 6 miles.

In the late afternoon we took the girls over to the park for some fresh air and exercise, they both LOVE to be outside and we enjoy seeing them laugh and play.

Sunday was another rest day, but I wanted to take the girls our for some of our "cool front" fresh air (a.k.a. 85 instead of 95 degrees) so while daddy cooked dinner we went for a little walk.

How was your week? 

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