October Running Update

October Running Update: This past month, I ran a total of 61.8 miles. A lot more miles than I did in September. I’m so excited. Finally, I’m adding more miles each month and starting to feel like a runner again.

According to Runkeeper, I had a total of 61.8 miles completed. My average pace was 11.06.
I completed 18 activities. I burned 6,420.3 calories. Elevation climbed 996.8 feet.
I spent 11:26 hours doing some sort of activity.

I’m still on track with my half marathon training program with the NRC app. Finished the month of October on week 6. I had one week where I didn’t get the green check mark and the old me would have stopped the program and started over, but I’m tired of being that girl. The only day I missed was an NTC workout and because I had been at the gym that week, I let it slide. During the month of October, I also completed my longest run, in a while. I hit 7plus miles. It wasn’t easy, but when it was over, I felt wonderful. So excited to start adding those miles in the upcoming weeks.

Sadly, during the month of October, I didn’t hit my 10,000 step goal in one day and it ruined my streak. I’ve tried to start a new one, but something happens and one day I blow it. It’s okay. I guess it’s my body’s way of saying it needs rest. I also didn’t do well updating on the #TIU challenge. I completed the month and although I didn’t follow the plan precisely, I felt that I made great strides with my exercise and my eating choices.

Below are some photos from my “runningwithtiu” Instagram account. Please follow for future training updates.

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Wednesday Writing Challenge


Wednesday Writing Challenge Week 8: #29.
5 Ways to Win My Heart

WOW! It’s been a while since I’ve written a WWC entry. This Wednesday, I’m going with #29: 5 ways to win your heart! or rather, my heart. This should be fun! <3

1. Buy me a Starbucks sweet green tea with 1/2 the sweetener. My favorite drink to order and it’s oh so yummy and delicious. It’s the easiest way to win my heart and even make me smile.

2.  Take me to a Texas Longhorn football game. Growing up in Austin, Texas, I loved Saturdays in the fall, college football time. I remember being a child listening to the game on the radio, feeling that excitement when they would score and when I was older, I would go to many games as I could with friends and after Danny and I started dating, we enjoyed games as a family! I miss my home so much, especially during the fall. It’s my favorite time of year and the Longhorn experience is one I wish I could share with the rest of my family. #hookem

3. Give me an Etsy gift certificate. Right now, I’m obsessed with wanting to decorate our home, but unfortunately, since the funds are low, I spend the majority of my time searching Etsy for wall decorations and dreaming of art that would fit my color scheme and make our house a home. I totally dream about having enough money to just pick and choose what I want and right now I’m loving the farmhouse style, quotes, and anything navy and cream inspired. Do you have any favorite Etsy shops? Definitely, share with me.

4. Encourage me while I’m in this never-ending fitness journey. Going through any fitness journey is difficult and the support would definitely be amazing and wonderful. Sometimes we want our partner or family to just know and read our minds when it comes to situations like this. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. Until then I’ll just keep working hard to fulfill my goals with a smile on my face.

5. The final way to win my heart would be surprising me with a trip to New York City. I’ve dreamed about visiting the city ever since I was in high school. I remember hanging out with my friend Blair,writing down all the places Duran Duran went in hopes of meeting them. Well, high school was a long time ago and although the reasons why I want to visit have changed, It’s still the #1 city on my list to visit. I would love to see many Broadway shows, eat at Serendipity, stand in Times Square, visit as many boroughs as I can, finally meet my friend Adria and her family and run through Central Park. Maybe someday this dream will come true.

Most of the ways listed are a bit superficial, but that’s okay. I’m very fortunate that my life is pretty great. I have 5 amazing children and a wonderful husband who are healthy, smart and loving. I love my job and I love my friends. Life isn’t perfect. We have bills to pay and our schedules are hectic, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love my big family, I love that when my children get older they will have instant best friends and someone who will be there for them when life gets hard. It’s comforting as a parent and I’m so happy.

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#TIU31 Challenge – Week One Progress and 1/2 Marathon Training Update



Update on my #tiu31 challenge!! Week One ended so perfectly!! I have been making great food choices and continuing to exercise. Not running every day, but putting in the effort to exercise and try to tone up this body!! I’m so excited for the next 3 weeks. This week I ran 15plus miles and it felt wonderful. I’m so glad to be able to run more and to feel like I’m getting back in shape.

With the ending of Week 1 of the #tiu31 challenge, I also finished Week 3 of my Half Marathon Training. I’m feeling wonderful and with the addition of this challenge, I am enjoying my running workouts and honestly, I can tell my breathing has changed and I’m getting faster! I’m so excited! Now I  just need to finish a few more weeks of the program and then I can pick a race.  Wish me luck! 🙂

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September Running Update

September Running Update: This past month, I ran a total of 39.5 miles. A little less than August, but not by much. I know that from now on, each month will get higher and soon I’ll be back to my normal running schedule. Sadly, during the month of September, I started and stopped my half training again. I am determined to finish and I just completed week 2 and feel great.

According to Runkeeper, I had a total of 39.5miles completed. My average pace was 14.03.
I completed 18 activities. I burned 3,510.7 calories. Elevation climbed 580.4 feet.
I spent 9:15 hours doing some sort of activity.

Below are some photos from my “runningwithtiu” Instagram account. Please follow for future training updates. As you can see, I finally hit 100plus steps on my Fitbit. I’ve been working hard to hit the 10,000plus each day and it paid off one week in September. I’m on a roll right now pushing each day to get the steps and I’m at 21 days makig that goal. Also, I’m sharing a photo of my favorite meal to eat, salads! I love them! I love them with mixed greens, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocados, carrots, cucumbers, etc. I can eat them every day and I just about do. Do you love salads? Do you have any recommendations on some to try?? If not salads, what’s your go-to favorite healthy dish?? Share!! I’d love to try out some new recipes.

Also, I added some running Nike photos. I’m loving their new backgrounds. They are so much fun and how cute are the stickers. I also completed my Week 1 of Half Marathon Training! I’m so excited to be starting and hopefully completing this challenge with a half marathon event. My longest run of the week was the 6plus miles. Slowly but surely, I’ll be adding more miles. I’ll for sure keep you posted.

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#TIU31 Fall Challenge – Day Two

2Day 2/31:

Day Two of the challenge went great! Woke up late, but still went out and ran 6 miles. It was a little humid from the rain that morning, but I still rocked it. I’m so excited I’m increasing my miles each week. With that run, week 2 of the half marathon training is over. On to week 3. Meals consisted of a banana and grapes for M1. M2 was a salad. Snacked on some cheese and my favorite chips in the afternoon and then dinner was brown rice with green beans. One of my favorite meals! untitled-1

Besides the run in the morning, I attempted the 5 Daily Moves from the plan. I’m still a bit sore from Day 1 especially in my shoulders, but I’m working hard and hopefully it will get easier.

I also posted that I want to add encouraging quotes. With it being a Sunday, I love this one:

This is your Sunday evening reminder, that you can handle anything the week throws at you!


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#TIU31 Fall Challenge – Day One!


Day 1/31:

Started my day with a 4-mile run. It was warm and a bit rough, but I did it! I’m so happy I’m starting to increase my miles and work hard towards my half marathon training.  Then, it was off to Chloe’s soccer game. A peach and a healthy bar for M1. Avocado on toast for M2, a banana for M3. It was yum! A great start for Day One! Tonight, I’m going to dinner and a movie with my co-workers/friends and I am excited but nervous that I won’t be able to stay healthy. I’m prepped for the movies, it’s dinner that I’m worried about. Wish me luck! We can do this!

ETA: Just arrived home from my night out with the gals! It was a blast! Wetumblr_o4i9easycu1u75zd2o8_r1_250nt to a new restaurant in town and I chose a salad with chicken pieces. Asked for the lite dressing on the side and I didn’t even use the whole cup. It was yummy and I’m glad I made a great choice. At the movies, we ordered a medium and shared. I put my portion in a box and mixed it with some Goobers. Not the best treat, but I felt good and I didn’t over do it.  Oh, we saw Bridget Jones’s Baby! Such a cute movie. Definitely go see it, especially if you loved the first one. Mark Darcy FTW! 🙂

Overall it was a great day! I feel like this #tiu31 challenge will be what I need to get my butt in shape!

Exercise for the day was a 4-mile run and then completing the 5 Daily Moves from the TIU workout plan. I feel great and I’m excited for Day 2.

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Tone It Up 2016 Fall Challenge


I’m so excited, but so nervous. The Tone It Up 31 Day Fall Challenge begins today!! Lately, I don’t feel that I’ve fully committed myself to these challenges, but I’m ready, dedicated and excited! Along with training for the half marathon using the Nike Running Club app, this will be the extra push I need during this in/out/in/out exercise journey. FYI, I do want to state that although I’ve been following this community for over 2 years, I have still not bought the plan and become a member. I want to, but financially, I just can’t afford it. I started working full time in August, so little by little, each payday, I’m saving money. I’m hoping for a great bundle deal during Black Friday or Cyber Monday!  Come on K&K! I know you’re planning something great!

Part One is to answer some questions related to my journey. I will be blogging for 31 days consecutively, so here we go!

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August Running Update

August Running Update: This past month, I ran a total of 44.23 miles. More than July, but not what I had hoped for. September will definitely be a game changer. I’m back to my half marathon training and I’m determined to stick with the plan this go round.

According to Runkeeper, I had a total of 44.23 miles completed. My average pace was 14.03.
I completed 20 activities. I burned 3,068 calories. Elevation climbed 896 feet.
I spent 10:22 hours doing some sort of activity.

This past month, I didn’t reach the number of miles I wanted, but I did increase the activity by 10. I’ve started to incorporate a lot of running/walking. I’ve been trying to encourage my daughter to start exercising more and when I run with her, we spend  more time walking. I’ve also started walking with some other ladies from the gym. I have a lot of fun walking and chatting with them and we are planning on participating in some upcoming races in Phoenix. I really hope it happens. It would be great to have some running buddies. Below are some photos from my “runningwithtiu” Instagram account. Please follow for future training updates.

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So September is my new game changer month. I really love this time of year in Arizona. Fall is approaching and so are the cooler temps in the morning. So exciting!! I recently added the update to the Nike Running Club. The app provides a training coach and tomorrow I start my half marathon plan. The plan is set up for 3-4 runs per week with being ready for the half by the end of December.  It’s a combination of 65 workouts with a total of 178 total miles. I hope to start blogging more about my runs and if you have any advice, I totally welcome the comments.

Week one has 3 rest days, 1 benchmark day, 2 recovery days and a long run day. I’m so excited. Please come along this journey with me. If you have the NRC app, let me know your information. We can be virtual running buddies. 🙂

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Wednesday Writing Challenge

wwcWOW! It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post. It crosses my mind all the time, unfortunately, I never make the time to post what I’m thinking about. Since today is Wednesday, I figured I’d jump back in with a writing prompt. It’s been a while, so here it goes.

Wednesday Writing Challenge Week 7: #17.
Your favorite color and why.

My favorite color is blue. It’s a color I’ve loved and been passionate about since I was a little girl. I don’t remember how it all started, but there is something about the color that just makes me smile. I love all blue color types, but my favorite is navy. Throughout my life, I’ve wanted to incorporate navy throughout my house and finally, after many years, I’m on the right track. I have so many ideas, and I can’t wait to see them all come to life. I even have a Pinterest page devoted to decorating with navy. You can check out the living area ideas here.

Almost daily, my wardrobe and accessories are navy or have navy accents. I carry a navy purse and at the moment my nails are polished navy. See, I told you I was in love.

Below the cut, are a few photos of me and one of my family room accents. Like I said, it’s a work in progress. I hope to share more house photos soon. In the meantime, share your favorite color. I’d love to read/see if anyone share’s my love of navy or blue.

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July Running Update

July Running Update: This past month, I ran a sad total of 35 miles. This month was horrible! I was happy that I was able to run in this heat, just didn’t go often enough. During the month of July, I also went to visit my mom in Texas. I packed my workout clothes and had the best of intentions, but sadly, I didn’t exercise or run at all during the visit. We had a great time catching up and I’ll cherish all the moments we spent together forever.

According to Runkeeper, I had a total of 35.6 miles completed. My average pace was 11:03.
I completed 10 activities. I burned 3,796 calories. I elevation climbed 859.3 feet.
I spent 6.33 hours doing some sort of activity.

Here are a few photos from before I went to Texas.  I feel I was still on the track with my running and eating so, despite the fact that I didn’t come out with the number of miles I wanted, I’m ready to start back up in August and kick butt without any hesitation! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

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