Friday, June 19, 2015


 I normally post about my physical journey to become half the woman I started. I am still working on that, although recent health issues have caused me to slow down a bit.  But as I'm learning in my Health and Wellness class, spiritual wellness is a key ingredient to achieving wellness. This week I've been experimenting with Bible journaling. I'm doing a study on the book of Proverbs and I'm journaling as go. I'm not the greatest artist (especially of people), but I'm not letting that stop me. I started with simple supplies: a $4 sketch book, a box of 16 crayons, a dozen colored pencils, a fine Sharpie, and a pencil with a good eraser.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015


This is totally off topic. Just some of my favorite pictures. In no specific order.

Licking the beater

Three brothers

Balloons lift off

Building at Home Depot

Are you following me?

Carlsbad Caverns

Concentrating Deeply

Cuddling with Mamaw

Caught some friends dancing

First day of 4th grade

Aidan and the icicle

My patriotic firecracker

My tiger

Pinewood derby

Beautiful sky

Snow at night

Snow on the rosebush

White Sands


Monday, June 1, 2015

Not according to plan

I had a plan. But sometimes life intervenes.  I am so ready to get back on board with fitness. I have taken some steps forward, but I've also had some delays.

I'm on the 3rd of 8 weeks of my class (Health and Wellness Coaching). Here were my goals:

  • Drink no Diet Coke 
  • Drink lots of water
  • Eat at 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day
  • Log at least 60,000 steps a week (average of 10,000 steps 5 days a week and 5000 steps 2 days a week).
  • Run at least 2 times a week
  • Check in on my blog at least 3 times a week
  • Lose 10 pounds
I have done well on the Diet Coke.  Except for one day when I broke down and bought one.  I only drank a few sips of it.  It's been almost 2 weeks, and for the most part I am not craving it. 

I've been drinking lots of water.  Although I was so busy at work last week that I kept forgetting to drink. I have been drinking water all day.

The fruits and veggies have been hit and miss. Some days I get them, others not so much.
The first week, I logged a lot of steps. (18,000 one day!!). Last week, I didn't do as well, but I got a few.

Running....welll...that's on the back burner for a while.  (More below).  A huge NSV regarding running: I have now run a mile in less than 15 minutes! (My average had been between 18 and 19 minutes). I can't keep up the pace for more than a mile, but that is one step closer to a Disney run!

Checking in on my blog 3 times a week.  Um....not happening.  Things have been very crazy at work (did I mention that!?) I normally have 3-5 kids "pending".  Lately I've had 30 kids "pending".  That means a lot of appointments and a lot of paperwork. (And a lot of overtime!)

When I got to the hospital today, my weight was 241.8 which is about a 6 or 7 pound loss.

Oh yeah. I told you I'd get back to that.  Last week I was in the emergency room with chest pains (again!).  I've never had chest pains while running or working out.  Anyway, test all looked good (x-ray, blood work, EKG), but my primary doctor sent me to the cardiologist. He wanted to take a look inside since we couldn't find a reason for the chest pains.  So this morning, I had an angiogram (aka heart catherization).  My heart looks good!  No blockage. No leaks. Very little plaque--nothing to be concerned about.  But I won't be able to run for at least a week.  (I'm hoping my doctor will clear me to run after that.)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Today I had a rough day at work. Frankly, it's been a rough few months. Change is never fun. About 3 pm, I wondered why in the world I decided to stop drinking Diet Coke right now?!?! I decided to get one. I used to drink 64 oz sodas (formerly regular Pepsi--then Diet Coke 2 years ago.) about a year ago I switched to 46 oz ones with lots of ice. Today, I just got a 32 ounce one. I got to my car and took a sip, and it just didn't taste good. I had a few sips over the next couple of (crazy) hours at work and took it home for dinner. Three hours later, it looked like this. 

Almost completely full. It was not refreshing. 

I told my husband yesterday thatI really  NEEDED a run tonight. He asked if I needed or wanted one. I assured him it was necessary. This afternoon I told  him I thought  I might run a half marathon tonight--due to all the stress.

I ended up running only 1 1/2 miles because the Mosquitos were eating up my sensory overload distressed baby girl. So we came home. But, not before I had a PR! I ran my first mile in 15:07!!! Down from almost 18 minute average!!

Now I'm having a bowl of frozen banana "ice cream from my YoNanas that I dug outbid the garage last night.

Monday, May 11, 2015


I've been slowly (too slowly!) trying to get back on track. I've been running more, walking more, and eating better, but not consistently overall. I am within 10 pounds of the lowest weight I've had since starting.  This changes today.  I am starting class five of my masters program.  (By the way, I'm maintaining a 4.0 GPA!!). For the next 8 weeks, I will be focusing on Health and Wellness Coaching.   My goals for the next 8 weeks:

  • Drink no Diet Coke 
  • Drink lots of water
  • Eat at 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day
  • Log at least 60,000 steps a week (average of 10,000 steps 5 days a week and 5000 steps 2 days a week).
  • Run at least 2 times a week
  • Check in on my blog at least 3 times a week
  • Lose 10 pounds
Starting stats:
  • Weight 248.3
  • Waist 47
  • Hips 55.5
  • Ribs 42
  • Chest 50

Friday, May 8, 2015

What's age got to do with it?

Lately I've been a little lost. Who exactly am I? Does my age define me? Or is age just a number? Recently a young mom was talking about the moms group at church. She mentioned that they were glad to see some of the older moms at their last "Mom's Night Out". She looked at me. Me?!? An "older" mom?!?! What?!?!

When I picked my ego up off the floor I realized she was right. I am 45 years old. According to psychologist Erik Erickson, I am 5 years into the "middle adult" stage of my life (generativity vs. stagnation, in case you were wondering!). In fact, in 5 years, I can run in the senior Olympics! 

This has really been playing over in my head over the past couple of months. Most of the time I don't feel old. But when does one become "old"? When my aunts were approaching 50, they seemed old. I remember shortly after college when my father-in-law and all of his old friends celebrated their 50th birthdays. In less than 6 months, I'll be married to an "old" man of 50.

I guess I just want to say that you are never too old to make a change. I began my journey to become half of the old me when I was 43 years old. Noah was about 600 years old when it started to rain. As long as I still have a beating heart, there is still time to make a difference.

By the way, the friend who stated the obvious and started me down this rabbit trail was born almost two years after I got married. I could be her Mama!

Below are some pictures from an website called that guesses your age from facial recognition. My first guess was a 78 year old man! But the before and during picture had me dropping 60 pounds and 16 years! 

So, how old do you feel? When did you start feeling old?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A few of my favorite things

Note: None of these items were given to me to review. I bought all of them (or my husband bought them for me!) But, I'd love to be an ambassador for any of them!

Shoes: Brooks.  When I first started running, I visited Fleet Feet in Albuquerque. They watched me run, and recommended Brooks.  These are my 4th pair.  My 5th pair is in a box. My husband bought me 2 pairs so I would never run out. (My 2nd pair I won in a contest, and my 3rd pair was sent because the 2nd pair had issues with the sole coming loose. Even though Brooks customer service explained that Brooks were for running and hiking--not Zumba--they sent me a replacement pair!)
Insoles: SuperFeet: Green.  When I bought my first pair of Brooks, these were recommended for my plantar fascitis.  I wear these every day--whether I'm walking, running, or just living life.

Laces: Hickies.  I was skeptical when I first tried these, but I hate stopping to tie my shoes. And I really like slip on shoes.  Hickies are elastic bands that replace your shoe laces. They come in a variety of colors. You can lace them in a different ways depending on how tight you want them. I have never had to stop and "button" them while running.  They even worked for my 76 year old Mama! (No, Mama was not running!).  Customer service is great. One of my laces broke and when contacted, they quickly sent me a pack of my choice.
Sports Bra: Enell. I finally (after about 5 or 6 years?!?!) got my second Enell sports bra.  They are expensive, but well worth it.  It fits like a straight jacket, but it does the job.  Thanks for you the support!
Inspirational Running shirts: Active Faith  I found these shirts and just love them! I ordered two: Pink "I am fearfully and wonderfully made" and gray Isaiah 40:31 including "They will RUN and not be weary".  They have a new one "Thanks be to God who gives us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ". 

Their motto is:

"Whatsoever you do in word or deed, do in the name of the Lord"

~Colossians 3:17

I wasn't thrilled with the picture in the pink shirt until I compared it to my before picture.

Headbands: Hippie  Runner.  This is my latest acquisitio--they arrived yesterday!  This one says, "And she ran happily ever after". I got a few, including an Autism awareness one. They are cute and comfortable. I did have a little trouble with it sliding off the back, but I eventually got it settled in the right place.  It stayed on well during my run.  

What are your favorite running or workout items? Any brands or products I should try?