Randomness #JustBecause

Happy Wednesday! 

It’s two o’clock in the morning….

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Just Kidding! I just can’t sleep! I am not at home, I am watching my friends kids while her parents have surgery. It just so happens that the strongest windstorm ever recorded hit Washington State and the worst is where my friend is at, poor girl in a Hotel in the dark! (I would HATE that!) Luckily, her dad’s surgery was today and she had to spend the night, and she didn’t have to drive back home (which would of been REALLY bad,) because her mom’s pre-op appointment is tomorrow.

If I had my Journal this would be a major Brain Dump moment, but I don’t I have my blog — and here I am.

I have so much to be thankful for and so many exciting things are happening over the next few months, well… the randomness never ends!

I’m currently doing the Holiday Sweat Challenge with Run To The Finish and Fit Approach. I have my 5 miler Virtual Race Next week with Running on The Wall #EarnYourTurkey race. I’m kind of EXCITED! I’ve been getting in shape and my running is improving each and every time I run! This week, Holiday Sweat is focused on Core, which I have been neglecting lately! Something I realized I need to focus more attention on!

Side Random Note: I have another giveaway starting soon! Be on the lookout!

My last giveaway was so much fun I LOVE doing them! My winner Was Sandra from A Promise To Dad Blog.  I am loving her blog!

On another note I WON a giveaway! (I guess what goes around, comes around!) I won the Sunwarrior Giveaway from Susie’s amazing blog Suz Lyfe.

Geez… I could write forever right now, but I need to try to get a couple hours sleep before these kids wake up and have to be taken to all different schools!

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

Nameste

 

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Perfectly Imperfect Race Day –10K YAY #RunningOnTheWall — Halloween Edition

Happy Saturday & Happy Halloween! 

Today… I got up early (4:30, but with the time Falling Back tonight that 4-5 AM wake-up is going to feel like 3 AM!

I already had my running clothes laid out the night before. But, wait where is my SHOE!

Hobbling around room in the dark, one shoe on, turn on the lights, still can’t find it, (note to self today is the day to clean my bedroom…thoroughly!) My running shoe is MIA! so my old, old, shoes had to make due! 

This Virtual Race Day was not off to a great start. at least I looked cute this morning. Super Cute Hat with my Running on The Wall Gear (my camera on this old phone I’m using, is pathetic! For real the camera is so bad, it’s enough to make me cry!) I didn’t even really realize that it was Halloween, until I was done with my race (people were in costumes and I really wasn’t paying attention lol) …YES MY RACE WAS on a treadmill! I was extremely grateful, that I just had to jump in my car and go to the gym!!! I am loving the Virtual Race aspect of this as well as my monthly commitment to it.

However, the treadmill shut off like 3 times and re-started my time/pace/distance. So, all my race time is iffy I know Jogged/Walked under a Hour and a half. And, that’s all I need to know really! My only competition is myself and right now my GOALS are setting the bar and work on self-improvement…everyday!

Distance… I kept track of with my phone and about 99,9% sure I got the distance right.

However, in my heart ❤ I did the best I could! As far as distance, (may be a little sore, but not too bad.) I have completed a 5K and now 10K. And, feeling more comfortable to really start my “training and work on getting BETTER! Also, I know I have been working on this for years, but getting OUTSIDE and running, I am in the perfect time of year for this. Summer, I have the worst allergies and running in heat is harder for me.

Confession: I had the flu for two weeks +, this is my first real week back to feeling like myself and so no real training was performed! I did yoga when I could and practiced lots and lots of Self-Care.

I did way better than I expected, my time flew by fast, my body felt OK, I did the whole marathon more like a HIIT running/walking. With a couple longer jogs. The treadmill was fine today.

My goal for next month is to do my race outside! And, focus on real training.

Does anyone want to Virtual Race with me?!?!? If so sign up for November on Running on the Wall!

Cold Weather tips and favorite things (like shoes that don’t get wet,) would be graciously appreciated!!! 

One More Thing!!! I have a awesome GIVEAWAY  with 5 days left to enter! 

You can also enter to win Here!

OK, Two more things! I forgot to add my Overnight Chia Pudding recipe that was my before and after meal before my own race today!

My Overnight Chia Pudding! 

  • One Banana Smashed
  • 2 TBSP Mighty Nut Powered Peanut Butter Protein Don’t forget to enter giveaway! HERE! 
  • 2 TBSP of Chia Seeds (fold in)
  • I use Almond Milk, whatever you like/use will be fine about 4- 8 oz. (depending on how thick you like your Chia Pudding.)
  • Splash of Vanilla Extract.
  • Dash Cinnamon and Turmeric
  • Top with Blueberries and Toasted Coconut just for fun!
  • Added Blueberries + Coconut in the morning

Anyways, even if it was a 10K walk/run it is still a success!!!

XOXO,

Laurie~

 

Completely Random Saturday’s — Coffee Talk — Running, Yoga, and Healing

Good Morning & Happy Saturday! 

Day Before, my Virtual 5K with Running On The Wall. 

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This is my Swag! Love it ALL! OMG those sandals are to die for. And the shirt is so soft and perfectly fit. But I will tell you more after my virtual race tomorrow. Sunday Runday’s are on a big-time comeback for me.

Long story short + *disclaimer I was offered a chance to run a Virtual Race a month, tell about it for a sawg pack like posted the above, once a month for a year. (Can I get a heck YES?!) Talk about some running motivation! This opportunity came to me last weekend at the Seabrook Retreat, during my brief spot of internet, after a horrid attempt at a run. What really stood out to me was the thought, perfect timing! because, I had actually cried after a asthma attack at the beginning of a beach run. I made it to top of steps and kept on going back to the house to get calm, I didn’t think to bring a inhaler, I have only had a asthma attract a couple times in my life. And, this was  at the very beginning of the workout. (TOTALLY WILL HAVE A POST ON SEABROOK with For The Glow….It was an amazing, life-changing trip that deserves a whole blog post for itself, just like my Running recap will be tomorrow!) 

To add to that *Disclaimer, all opinions are my own. I would totally do this, get a bunch of friends from all over the world, to Virtually race with me. With that amazing quality of “Swag” involved and it’s cheaper than a real race and if the weather does not cooperate and you can sort of pick your own date close to that of the event time.

And then I cried, and cried, and cried, in a nice warm shower. It wasn’t just the attack, it was the fact I gave up and I really need to make running and consistently running back in my life.

So, I seen the opportunity to run a virtual race and commit for a year…. I was all over that…. DONE! It said run, walk or crawl! So, my first race will be my starting point basically!

Oh man, it looks beautiful out, but Oh man, my allergies really “turned on” this morning. I am really contemplating the weekly allergies shots. It feels like every season is a season that I have a different allergy.

So, for me “right now” running outdoors is what completely flares my allergies up is out of the question. It sucks because it would be optimal outside running weather! (Shhhhh I am a fair weather runner!) Lucky for me, that’s exactly why I joined the gym!

And, the beauty of a Virtual 5K!

I just got done doing something totally crazy…

Ready for it…

I did my “own” yoga workout early this A.M. No planning ,just flowing this morning. Giving lots of extra attention to what I have been working on healing and stretching what needs to be stretched. I finished…..

… and I just sat there. And, then I meditated for a while no time limit, just until I felt like stopping… and felt this overwhelming sense of gratitude, that I just did something very special for myself.

I have not done that in a long time. My body is so happy right now.

I truly believe that everyone should take their yoga & meditation practice HOME with them!

Also, side note I had to get in and get some Spa Time at Espri Corps Ame’ I told her what hurts where, and had the most AMAZING Massage, and then did an AMAZING Infrared Sauna treatment. Another light-bulb moment from Seabrook, I needed to fix my back and hips AND clear out my lungs or I won’t have any good workouts!

Now I have no plans today except cleaning in my PJ’s! Yes, I took a shower and put new PJ’s on, because … it’s freakin Saturday! It’s my planning day and R & R “personal” spa day.

Anyways, gonna enjoy me some “Wonderful Saturday!” 

Have a BLESSED DAY,

Laurie~*

Thankful Thursday — Back to Basics

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Today I am thankful for….

Life.

Good Morning. If you read my blog you would know, I complained in the past, a lot about “SUPER” early morning wake-ups! Lately, I had been waking up around 9-10 A.M. My sleep schedule is all messed up and it feels like the days have been flying by and I am just not getting anything done by sleeping in that late, when I am waking up so late groggy . This morning I woke up around 4:45 A.M. and got out of bed a little after 5 A.M. A perfect time in my opinion. I had been on one extreme or another. Need to find my middle ground and start waking up on my own, somewhere between 5-6 A.M would be ideal.

I decided, I am in desperate need to get back on a  sleep schedule with early wake-ups and get my motivation and energy back!

I am still grieving the loss of my Mother In Law. I really didn’t know that it would hit me so hard. Ever since my Mother in Law was released from the hospital straight to my house, at the very beginning of January, I feel like my “LIFE” has been on hold. There has been non-stop stress in my life, and that needs to change. My Mother and Father in Law, have not lived more than five minuets away my entire marriage. I did not grow up here. When I was seventeen I got on a Greyhound Bus to go visit my future husband and family in Washington State from Michigan and never really looked back. I took on his family as my own with all the family drama and love, that come along with it. Now, with both parents gone, I feel lost. I have ALL of her stuff in my house, her things, literally take up three rooms in my house.  I have not been able to “deal” with her stuff yet. I think I sunk into a little bit of depression. I’m lucky to keep up on the dailies and keeping the main areas clear. However, moving forward has been harder than I could ever have imagined. It’s felt like I have been overwhelmed and stressed out since this year has started.

My daughter just had foot surgery a couple days ago and is non-weight bearing for 6 weeks and at least three months recovery time. Then she will do the other foot. So, now I am taking care of her. And, trust me she is more work than my Mother in Law was while she was dying. I feel like I just haven’t had a chance to “Just Breathe!”

This morning, while everyone is sleeping, I finally feel ready to get back to life. I am ready to enjoy life. I am ready to live each day to it’s fullest. I am ready to take back control of my home, health, and other responsibilities.

Moving Forward…..

Goals, Dreams, Life, Success, It’s MY time. Time to get back to putting myself first. The first step is just “showing up!” The second step, “showing up!” And, the third step, “showing up!” I am still on Spring break, and ready to “deal” with all the stuff of my Mother In Laws. This is going to require a LOT of work and a BIG yard sale.

Back on the Mat and back on the road! Signing up today for the Bloomsday Marathon in Spokane Washington. It’s at the beginning of May, so I am starting my training NOW. I have 38 days to prepare for this. Working out everyday, and stopping stress eating is one of my main priorities. A daily session with my Yoga Mat to avoid injury and get myself centered and grounded again is TOP Priority!

One day at a time!!!!!!

Daily blogging is also on my priority list. Also, my own personal writing, some awesome freelance opportunities, and continue writing my book. I’ve had days the past few months, where I couldn’t even bring myself to turn on my computer. Also, there are some awesome giveaways, and a total blog “make-over” coming SOON!

As ALWAYS, my plate is full. But, full of wonderful things to look forward to. Accomplishments to achieve and GOALS to focus on, to keep me busy and LIVE my life with the intention of finding balance and just jumping right back in with 110% effort to accomplish what I want and need!

So, Thankful Thursday! I am thankful that I have a renewed focus and new appreciation of living each day to it’s fullest.

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Question of the day!?!?!

What are you Thankful for today?! What can you do today that your future self will thank you for????

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving Forward Monday

Happy Monday~*

Ahhhhh… a fresh New Monday in a fresh new Month!

It started off good, I woke up at a decent time 5am. Which is good! I typically had been waking up everyday at 4 and dragging all day! This has been the time for the last few days. Before the time change all of a sudden, I went from 4am to 6 am, and then with the time change BAM 5am feeling like 6am! I FREAKIN LOVE it!

I woke up got my morning pages done and was dressed and out the door heading to the gym ay 6am. Got my “test run” in. Let’s just say I have a starting point. Came home and took a nice shower that turned into a detox bath, because my body felt achy today.  When I was doing dishes, I briefly noticed my back pain radiating through my back, legs, hips! BUT, when I got into my real workout, I realized… “Houston We Have a Problem Here!” My Hips/Back/Legs are off and the back pain was/is horrible. I made the decision to quit messing around and get in for Physical Therapy. I’ve been trying to avoid this. Been seeing a Chiropractor sporadically, and thanks to insurance I get a massage once a month. But, It’s just not enough. My problem is way bigger than that. I haven’t been listening to my body and the problem has been progressively been getting worse. No wonder I have been skipping certain workouts on purpose and sticking with stuff that won’t hurt. OK sorry that was a long rant, bottom line I listened and now it’s time to fix the problem! and, my point being that I haven’t been listening. Or if I have I’ve been ignoring the voice!

In other news, I actually met my word goal of 2500 words a day towards my Novel Challenge for NaNowrimo. Basic goal was like 1667 words a day, but I decided 2500 was the number I need. It was super fun, and it didn’t even feel like a chore.  I am so relived that this isn’t as hard as I had been making it out to be, like UM, my whole life. I have always wanted to write a Novel or two or 5! I wasn’t so sure how everything was going to balance out by me taking on this challenge. If I could still have time to workout, blog, and homework! But, as it turns out adding this one thing that is time consuming, that I LOVE to do, was the key to me completing other tasks. I planned really good, did food prep etc. 🙂

Now, I have to re-vamp my workout schedule and claim this as “Yoga Week!”

Maybe, I have found my balance?!?!? 🙂

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Yes! Yes! Yes!!!!! Right freakin now!!! No more excuses!!!!!

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Anyways, had to lock myself in my room to write this and next up in homework!

Hope you all are having a great start to the week!

TGIF — AmrapBar Review + Giveaway

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Busy? On the go all the time? These bars from Amrap Nutrition are so delicious and packed with nutrition!

I got the opportunity to try each of these new flavors and review through Fit Approach AKA. Sweat Pink and AmrapBars they are SO YUMMY!!! I couldn’t even pick a favorite! (Allergy warning contains protein from egg whites and also contains nuts.)

They have a AMAZING Blog. Check it out an be sure to leave me a comment with which blog you liked the most! I really liked this blog post on, “How the Paleo Diet Benefits Runners.”

I am doing a Giveaway!!! Be sure to enter to win to try these delicious who food Nutrition bars! Enter to win Here.

Here are some links to check them out!

 

Good Luck everyone! You can also enter to win from my Facebook Page!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!!! XOXO

 

 

 

 

Motivation –ME — Monday

Happy Monday!

I said, I wasn’t gonna blog this week! I was just Kidding! LOL

I have a successful week all planned out! I CAN do this!! I absolutely hate the word Can’t! My ego keeps popping in my head randomly and has NOT been being very nice. Luckily the other voices told my ego to STFU!

I put a sticky note on my bathroom mirror last night that says, “YOU GOT THIS”

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So what is going on this week!?!?!?!

I have a few priorities this week, listed in order!

1.) Study for CPT Exam, exactly one week from today is when I take it!

2.) Workout EVERYDAY!

3.) Meals are planed, stick to them!

4.) Continue to look for Sponsors for my Team In Training Raffle for my fundraising for the Nike Women’s Half in SF! So far it’s gonna be pretty AWESOME! You don’t have to wait until my prizes are announced to be entered in the raffle. I will say it will be a awesome prize package that I will add stuff to myself as well, and also a separate raffle for those that can only donate a dollar. Five Dollars gets you one Raffle entry! Each One dollar gets you into a separate drawing for Amazon, iTunes, and Starbucks Gift Cards! What are you waiting for I need your help!?!?!? Enter Here. I think my chances of getting even better sponsors will go up if I get some donations. It’s for an amazing cause!!!! Even if all you can do is one dollar I totally appreciate it!

5.) Wake up and BE AWESOME!

Sound like a great week?!?!?