From Tears to Smiles (or I can do anything for 2.5 min)

I can do anything for 2.5 min! Even running with a cramp - bringing my tears to smiles :)

On Saturday afternoon I was really feeling sorry for myself. My extended family has been going through some stuff lately, and it’s been hard for me to watch. My husband’s grandparents (whom I love dearly) have been visiting for the last month, and they are leaving today. I had spent a couple hours trying to get a project done on the house, and it just wasn’t going well. The neighbor kid was over playing with my kids, and they left a tornado zone behind them. There was just a lot of stuff on my mind, and it was really bringing me down.

And so, I was laying on the sofa crying, and wishing I had a bag of chips to eat. (Is that honest enough for you? ) As I was laying there, I remembered how much running relieves my stress. I had

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Running with The Husband and a Pinterest Party!

Running the Couch to 5k with The Husband at the Softball Field

This new addiction that I have, working out, is becoming contagious. Last week The Husband decided to join me on this adventure.

Three evenings a week we load up the kids, and their bikes, and drive 5 blocks to the other side of town. (Yes, my town is about 5 blocks wide. And maybe 10 blocks long. With a population of about 800. Jealous?) The softball field has become our “running spot”. The kids play in the dirt part (what is that called? Where the bases are?) on their bikes while The Husband and I do Couch to 5k (C25K) around the entire field. The kids think it is great fun. They occasionally run/walk with us, and think it’s funny when they can catch us. This exercise thing is becoming a family thing. I think I like it.

When I first started C25K

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Hydration. Fluid. Water.

Hydration through fluid (more specifically water) is SO important to your health!!!

What do you do to ensure that you drink enough water, and just how much a day do you drink? Right now I’m drinking around 42-48 oz a day. I’m pretty sure that is about 20 oz less than what I need, right? This is an area that, oddly, I am really struggling in. I love water, so I don’t get it. I think I just get too busy and don’t realize that time is going by… So today, I’m asking for help!

Do you just carry a water with you all the time and drink it throughout the day? Or do you set a timer for once an hour and drink a certain amount as it goes off? Do you find that it is easier to get enough if you use a larger container over a smaller one (or vice versa)? I am looking

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WooHoo! Savanna!

WooHoo to Savanna of Savvy & Sweet! :)

Today’s WooHoo story is Savanna! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Congratulations on meeting your goals, Savanna, and be sure to check back in after your 25k!

FtoH: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? Savanna: I’m a 26 year old wife, mother, dog-owner, blogger at Savvy & Sweet, and employed full-time in the non-profit sector. I love the outdoors, working with people, making connections, and organizing things. I’ve officially been a mom for a full year now!

FtoH: What was your starting weight? Savanna: Pre-pregnancy I weighed 145 lbs- a good, constant weight for my 5’9″ frame that I maintained since high school. By the day of my delivery, I weighed approximately 195 lbs, giving me a 50 lb weight gain from throughout my pregnancy.

FtoH: What was your goal weight? Savanna: Even at the beginning of my pregnancy, I

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Healthy Sloppy Joes Recipe

Getting a Sloppy Joe before breakfast makes The Husband happy

Tonight for dinner we are eating sloppy joes. This recipe is not completely clean, though I still think it is healthy. And it is very versatile, change it up any way you want!

First I started with some veggies, diced up (except the carrot, which was shredded). I used onion (this should be a large onion. I forgot to buy them, and only had one small one left in the pantry. oops!), red pepper, celery, garlic, and carrot. This is easy to change as you desire. Add more veggies, cut some out completely, change the red pepper for green, use onion or garlic powder instead of fresh. I just looked in my fridge and used what I had on hand.

In a large skillet I melted a tsp or so of coconut oil,

and cooked the veggies on medium heat  for

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I AM A WRITER! (or Artificial Motivation via Support)

Having the willpower to write through a motivating support system.

Way back when I was in school (almost 15 years ago!) I was a writer. I took every writing class I could. As a junior, I took a college level writing class, and was the only one in the class who received an A. I still have the papers I wrote for that class. When I was in junior high I took a writing class called Artists and Authors, and had the chance to publish a book. I still have that as well.

But that was then. Ever since I finished school I have said, “I am not a writer”. The husband has read some of the stuff I wrote in school, and has been telling me for several years now that I should start a blog. My answer was “I am not a writer”. I still feel like I’m not a

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Heavy Breathing of a Distracted Cardio Instructor

Distracted Cardio Instructor (Dulcinea Lee Hellings) Breathing Heavy

I have had a really hard time writing this review. I don’t like to say anything bad about anyone. I try to always be kind, and polite. But as I’ve thought about it, I’ve realized that if I write only GOOD reviews, then maybe I won’t be as credible. So when I find a workout that isn’t great, I still need to let you know about it. That way you can decide for yourself, and we can all be happy. Right?

So I did the workout ‘Cardio Insanity with Dulcinea Lee Hellings’ earlier in the week. First I want to say that it is a GREAT workout for someone at my fitness level. She did 4 rounds of 3-4 different cardio moves. Some of them were easy, like the butt kicks. Some were too advanced for me, like the tuck jumps. By the

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Apple Juice: Three Way Comparison

Comparison between three Apple Juices

Last week while I was grocery shopping I noticed that “Simply Apple” juice was on sale, so I bought a bottle. The Husband used to buy their grapefruit one often, but it’s been a long time. Anyway.

I decided to run a little test. While at the store I also bought a can of frozen apple juice concentrate, and a 3 pound bag of red delicious apples.

I came home and made the frozen juice.

And then I poured the simply juice into a jar.

Then I got out the juicer and juiced the entire bag of apples.

Notice a difference? Let’s put them side by side and compare.

Which one would you want to drink? I also put a pencil behind the frozen and juiced to show just how clear the frozen is.

I tasted all three. The

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WooHoo! Nancy!

Nancy on her Bike

Today’s WooHoo story is my friend Nancy. Thank you for sharing your story with us and congratulations on all your progress, Nancy! I want to ask readers to pay extra attention to her parting words – such a valuable perspective

FtoH: Can you tell me a little bit about you? Nancy: I am a 39 yr old working mother of 2. I currently am a nanny for my adorable twin niece and nephew. When I was young I was an athlete and I let life get in the way of living and let myself get very out of shape and technically obese.   FtoH: What was your starting weight and height? Nancy: 237 lbs and I am 5’9″

FtoH: What was your goal weight? Nancy: I am shooting for about 160, but truly just want to be healthy and happy with myself in the mirror!

FtoH:

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Homemade Teriyaki Recipe – Simple, Healthy, Good :)

Teriyaki Recipe - Simple, Healthy, Good :)

I don’t know about you, but I love teriyaki. I love it for stir fry. I love it for marinade. Sometimes I even mix a bit of it with cabbage and use it as a dressing (I know, I’m a bit odd). Imagine my horror when I started to clean up my eating and reached for my favorite bottle of teriyaki at the store. This is what I found in the ingredients:

Naturally brewed soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), wine, high fructose corn syrup, water, vinegar, salt, spices, onion powder, succinic acid, garlic powder, sodium benzoate: less than 1/10 of 1% as a preservative.

sigh. I moved to the next bottle, a new brand. Basically the same thing. High fructose corn syrup was high on the list. On to the next. HFCS was FIRST on the list. I checked every brand in the

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Turning 30 and a Motivation Checkup

Motivation Checkup before Working Out

As I am sitting down on this beautiful Monday morning to write about motivation, I am finding that I have none. Yesterday was my 30th birthday. I had a fantastic day! But health-wise it was not so great…

Cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Good thing they were made from scratch, with no yucky stuff in them. Chinese buffet with a tall Coke for lunch. It was SO good. And yet, kinda gross at the same time. After a while, even the cheat meals that I look forward to aren’t as good as they once were. For dinner I made a homemade Italian Wedding Soup. It was so good! My birthday dessert was a homemade cheesecake with blueberry sauce, made by The Husband. It was sooo good! And to finish the day off, a bit too much wine. I’ll only turn 30 once, right?

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Pushing through a Hard Week with Firm Support

Push Hard with Support

I know this is supposed to be Fitness Friday, but like I said yesterday, this has been a hard week. I haven’t tried anything new this week, so I have nothing to review for you. I hope you are okay with that.

When I began this journey I knew that there would be hard days, and that I would need to push through them… I did not realize there would be hard weeks. I’ve learned something this week, though.

I am so capable. Even things I thought I couldn’t do. I can. When it is 9 pm and my eyes are heavy from my long day and my pillow is calling my name… I can still choose to workout. This happened not once, but twice this week. Remember when I said that I needed to work out right away in the morning or it

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Sipping Dirt (or Busy Apple Beet Juice)

Dirty Produce

This week has been a long week. Busy Boy has been sick with a cold for the past couple of days. I’ve been feeling a bit down as well. Some friends are remodeling their kitchen, so we have been trying to help them out when we can, and have had their kids at our house quite a bit (because who wants kids in a house where construction is going on?). My knees and ankles are back to hurting again, so no running. And it’s been freezing outside, so I wouldn’t want to be out there running anyway. Everything just keeps adding up. I was supposed to go to the grocery store on Tuesday, but life was busy on Tuesday and it didn’t happen.

So all day today (Wednesday) I have been trying to figure out what to write about for Thirsty Thursday. I wasn’t

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