Fueling my Runs

Happy Aloha Friday!

How is everyone in the world doing? Me...just swell! I have been sleeping more the past couple of weeks, eating well, and trying my best to stick to my running plans. My mileage has been increasing, my yoga time decreasing (I should try to do something about that), and my fueling changing.

Today when I say fueling I am not talking about what gels, sports drinks, etc. I may use while running. I am talking daily fuel. Yes, my breakfast, lunch, and dinner fueling. My smaller snacks have fallen to the wayside. I used to have a morning and afternoon snack but now, not so much. My fueling has changed not by a mental decision but by following my gut....literally.

It is not a new occurrence to me but when my miles start going up my tummy starts saying no to things. Like coffee. I can no longer stomach the taste of a cup of coffee. It was sad for a minute but I have discovered the wonders of herbals teas for the Keuring. I bought a variety pack from Amazon (yes, K-cup shopping on island is quite limited) and darling daughter and I have been having a hay day! I also picked up a pack of plain green tea and another pack of a nighttime tea. I drink that most nights to help keep me asleep. It works really good....when I drink it!

Another thing that has gone to the wayside is my almost daily nightly snack of graham crackers and peanut butter. I just don't want or crave it anymore and that is okay. In all reality, I have been consuming less peanut butter and prefer almond butter now. I really need to get a new bottle for at work since mine is all gone and I love a dollop in my daily oats.

That brings me to...what am I eating?

I tend to eat a bowl of steel cut oats every day for breakfast...at least every work day. On the weekends I make waffles. I love waffles! But back to the oats - I do one serving of oats (yes, I measured it out to find how much it would be) and add cinnamon, bananas, berries (I keep a good stock of frozen berries at all times and I usually eat blueberries), and a dollop of nut butter...when I have it. This is what I start my day with and I eat it at work. The only difference is if I run longer than a mile I will drink a protein drink on my drive into work. I go for VegaSport since it is dairy free.

For lunch I go with a salad most days. Again, I mix things up on the weekends. I pre-make my salads and then make sure I have an added protein with chicken I have cooked, tuna, turkey sandwich, hard boiled eggs (not too much though since my tummy can only eat so many eggs), or a bit of leftovers from dinner.

Dinner time is scheduled ahead of time when I make our weekly menu but we did stick to a few tried and true meals: turkey tacos with homemade tortillas, pasta, Chinese chicken salad, chicken and veggies, fish and veggies, homemade soups (usually bean)....

I don't eat as much bread as I used to and that is okay. I am getting carbs in other ways and it wasn't a deliberate decision...just my body is craving more freggies and proteins....that's all.

Sweets are pretty much non-existent except for those special occasions when I make a cake, cookies, muffins, or cinnamon rolls and then yes, I enjoy every bite!

I am happy that my body naturally craves healthier foods when I run more. I love that I am drinking more tea and less coffee and no, I do not sweeten my tea. Yuck! Sorry if you like yours that way. I grew up in southern Texas and we drank our tea plain...or with lemon if we were being fancy. And yes, I bring a mason jar full of ice tea to work...with lemon squeezed inside!

Have you noticed your food desires change the more you run?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for herbal tea K-cups.
Daily Affirmation: I listen to my body and that makes me stronger.


Body Glide and Diaper Rash Cream

I am a kindrunner ambassador and as a special thank you gift, they sent me some Body Glide. This product wasn't new to me and I was very happy to receive it since my bottle was getting low.

But now the confession.

First, you should understand I don't apply Body Glide for all runs. Typically just my long runs and races. But I got lazy or forgetful and started applying less and less while on vacation. I got the chafing and painful reminder that this product does make a huge difference in running and taking a pain free shower later on. I got back on track with applying my Body Glide.

Chafing used to be a huge problem and I learned to apply Body Glide on my skin and on my garments along seam lines, rough edges, etc. After 972 days of continuous running, I know where my weak points are and make sure they are protected. I would finish my runs with no wounds and life was wonderful. Until about a month ago.

I did my long runs with Body Glide in all the right places and have been getting chafing wounds in new places. I got more diligent about applying the protection on skin and fabric and then another new place would show up. I was taking painful showers, darling daughter was noticing my patches, and I continued to analyze out what was going on.

First, I went to less moisturizing soap. Perhaps my skin is too soft. That didn't make a difference so I really sat down and thought about what was I doing that was different. New clothes? Nope, not linked to just new running clothes. Old clothes that are broken down? Nope, not just linked to older clothes. It didn't matter what I wore. I kept analyzing and then it dawned on me. The only difference is that in the past month my long runs of 16, 18, 19, 22 miles have been indoors on a treadmill. Aha!

Yes, I have a fan blowing on me but I truly feel running outside with the breezes aids in some of the wicking capabilities of fabric. I truly attribute the chafing to me getting sweatier not the product itself. After all, I have used Body Glide for years and have always been happy and this only means, chafing will be an issue with long runs on the treadmill.

But all clouds have silver linings - through past experiences I have discovered that diaper rash cream is the best thing ever to apply to chafing. It keeps the shower water away from the open wounds resulting in less pain and now I look for those red marks before taking that first post-run shower.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for Body Glide and diaper rash cream.
Daily Affirmation: I love my analytical mind!


Pineapple Waffles

Dear hubby loves pineapple upside down cake and I hate to waste anything. So the last time I made him his favorite cake for a surprise it made perfect sense to use the pineapple juice in waffles! Okay, no it didn't. At first I told dear hubby he could use it in his smoothie. He makes them every day but when two days passed and the pineapple juice was still there, I dreamed up pineapple waffles! Just writing this post is making me want some more. Perhaps it is time to surprise dear hubby with another pineapple upside down cake! Although I am sure these waffles would be even more delicious with crushed pineapple chunks inside. Anyone want to guess what kind of waffles I will be making this weekend????

1 egg
1 cup flour
1/4 cup oil
1 cup pineapple juice
2 tsp baking powder (please note: some baking powders can me made on equipment that may contribute to milk contamination)
4 tsp brown sugar (optional)

Really easy. I plug in my waffle iron and do a quick squirt with oil to prevent sticking. I then toss all the ingredients into my mixing bowl and mix. By the time I am done measuring and mixing the waffle iron is hot and ready. I then put about 3/4 cup of batter onto the iron for each waffle and make sure I have berries throughout.

Servings: Makes about 2-3 waffles depending on your waffle iron size and how big you make your waffles.

P.S. Dear hubby did ask about that leftover pineapple juice about a week later. Oops....snooze and you lose!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for family.
Daily Affirmation: I may not be the woman I was years ago and that is okay. I am a better woman today. I am worthy.


Maui Marathon: T-27 Days

Race day is just around the corner and I can't say I am overflowing with joy. Don't get me wrong, I am excited and I want to race but I am also nervous. I have even stated that this race is my nemesis. You can read how I did last year HERE.

The pain of last year is still fresh. Texting my friend saying I am dying is still fresh in my mind. Her words of encouragement still uplifting. The tears as I crossed the finish line and huddled against the wall for a few minutes still sting with the thoughts running through my mind....this is my second slowest marathon ever!

Let's take the Honolulu Marathon out of all of this and just look at this course. Last year was my third time to run it. I have done it each year from my first marathon in 2011. My times have been 4:46:40, 4:36:16, 4:39:46. I have a smart coach who recently pointed out to me that last year my time was only about 3 1/2 minutes off. Oh...in my mind it was so much bigger.

Negative thoughts are powerful and they can take hold of you...myself included. I have been told I am always so positive. Well, sure. I'm positive when I am not beating myself up unnecessarily. I can give into negative thoughts just as well as anyone else but I strive to not let them take hold of me.

Like today. I was at work feeling tired. I could barely hold my eyes open. My head was pounding and I was thinking all kinds of pitiful thoughts until it hit me. Why am I doing this to myself? If I think I am tired, I will feel tired. If I tell myself I will get over it, I will get over it. And I did.

Weekly miles starting 3/3/14
Running is a mental game as well as a physical game. I have been running hard and training well. Do I wish I could do more? Always. Have I done better than ever before? Yes. Am I tired? Yes. And that is okay.

Last week I ran a few less miles than I should have according to my plan. I have no regrets. I was tired and mentally fatigued. I needed to rest. Saturday I ran my long run of 16 miles and realized my dinner the night before was a mistake. I couldn't fuel on my run. I took no gels and drank limited sports drink. Thank goodness I was at home running on the treadmill due to necessary pit stops. It took a lot out of me but I got it done and I am stronger because of it.

T-27 days. Race day is just around the corner. I will focus on getting my mental game in check and I will continue to sneak in some extra go to bed early nights. Sorry dear hubby. I am tired. I need sleep.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful I can run.
Daily Affirmation: My mental game is getting stronger each and every day!


Breaking down {emotional} walls

I heard this song on the radio this morning and it really touched me.

You see, it got me thinking. I am someone who never wants to ever give up and the idea of giving up on someone stings my soul but I get it. I totally can envision trying to reach out to someone, to offer unconditional love, companionship, and respect. To offer your heart and soul and not seeing any sign that all the love you offer does any good.

I know people pull away from people in their lives. I guess sometimes there might be good reason but I fear often times the issues are really small things that have been allowed to fester into big nasty things and no one really wins. Choosing to walk away must really be a desperate final last resort.

I may see things through rose-colored glasses a bit too often but I do believe that good does overpower evil. That kindness is returned. That the Golden Rule is golden. I believe in karma and the power of starting ripples of kindness.

On the reverse, I feel negativity is like cancerous cells that can grow like wildfire. I believe in speaking your mind but using respect and choosing words wisely. I believe words can be awful weapons and that we all, myself included, can slip up at times and say things we will regret later. I believe apologizing is more for your own heart than for the other person. I appeciate when someone does say I'm sorry to me.

I am striving to teach my daughter to think before she speaks. To use kind words. To build each other up and to open her heart to love and to be loved.

Go figure! All of this from a song on the radio this morning.

Have a great day!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the freedom of speech.
Daily Affirmation: My spirituality is blossoming!


Love...it is everlasting

Today would have been my parent's anniversary, their 48th to be exact. I lost my Dad to leukemia and even though it seems like just yesterday as I miss him so much, his fight ended on March 31, 2010. My daughter was 2. She was by my side when I gave him our last hug. It still brings tears to my eyes. I am always there for my daughter and when she made it known she was ready to go I said, not yet. I wasn't ready to stop hugging my Daddy.

Today my Dad is one of my many angels in Heaven above watching over me and bringing me strength in my daily life and runs. In lieu of a teary-eyed post I will leave you with this one quote....

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for unconditional love.
Daily Affirmation: My mind is open to learning.


Blog of the Month!


I am happy to introduce you to Coco from Running with Perserverance. She is a 40-something wife, mom, and attorney who has been running since 2001, through the trials of injuries, raising teenagers, and managing a successful but stressful career. She blogs about how she balances her hectic life with fitness and faith (sounds a lot like me!). Coco will share new things she has tried, from workouts to exercise classes, to new foods and recipes. She hopes to motivate and inspire others as she holds herself accountable to a generally healthy lifestyle.

I must confess, when I dreamed up this Blog of the Month idea my goal was to introduce my readers to new blogs and spread some blogger love. In all reality, each month I feel I am meeting someone new that is like me in so many ways. How is that possible? Well, I opened up this journey by asking for submissions to be featured versus just highlighting blogs I already loved.

I also aim to feature the most recent post of the month's blog - meaning the post from the day I wrote this or as close as possible. This time I took pause. Not because Coco's post wasn't awesome but because I questioned if the topic is one we will all love. You see, my goal was to highlight fitness and well-being and today Coco posted on Blogging by the Rules. But then I got to thinking, this is a really cool post! Go ahead, check it out and let her know Life as a Running Mom sent you! And Coco, I get no-follow links. I use them for my product reviews, etc. but I  must confess, I don't when I direct readers to other blogs. Should I? What do all of you think? Comment below and let me know!

Thanks Coco for submitting your blog and I can't wait to follow your journey!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful to find another 40-something mom to follow!
Daily Affirmation: I am not alone in the world but am supported beyond belief!


Mid-Week Long Run & Intervals

My mid-week long runs are scheduled for Wednesdays. That doesn't always happen as sometimes I procrastinate, or life gets in the way, and I do my mid-week long run on Thursdays.

This week was one of those weeks. Wednesday I just didn't have it in me and Thursday was to be the day. No problem, right? Well, sort of. Dear hubby wasn't 100% keen on me doing my mid-week long runs at home in the mornings and I was cancelling my gym membership. There is no real need for me to pay $30 a month in dues, plus Kids' Club fees on most Saturdays, when I have an amazing treadmill at home. I got away with it when I felt my treadmill was sub-par but now, I felt like I was wasting money.

Why am I telling you this? Because it meant my mid-week long run wasn't just happening on Thursday but on Thursday after work. Oh my! It weighed me down all day long and by the time I got to my treadmill I was a bit cranky with nerves. I asked darling daughter if she thought I could do my 10 miles. She said maybe. Not the vote of confidence I wanted.

I told myself just start running and at least run long enough to get the scheduled intervals done - four 1/2 mile repeats at a 8'00" pace. Okay, I can do that after my mile warm up and take it from there.

I did my first mile and was halfway into my first repeat thinking, man, this is a breeze! Then it dawned on me. I made a mistake. I set the treadmill to my GMP pace of 8'57" not my interval pace. Oops. I finished the interval and said, go with the flow.

I tried to tell myself it would be fine and just do the final three repeats at the right pace. I felt like I was cheating. I did four more repeats at the correct interval pace bringing me to 5.5 miles. Well, 10 miles is only 4.5 miles away. I can do that, right?!

And I did. I ran 10.05 miles with an overall pace of 9'31". My warm up, rest periods, and final miles were at a 10'00" pace. Later that night my legs felt tired and that is good although that seed of doubt is still trying to take hold - if running 10 miles at a 9'31" pace wears my legs out how will I do 26.2 miles at a 9'00"? I really need to battle these seeds of doubt.

I will find strength and solace in two verses my buddy's mom shared with me:

  • Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1
  • I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength! Philippians 4:13
Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for my faith.
Daily Affirmation: I will battle the seeds of doubt.


Recipe: Bean & Sausage Soup

I have been on a roll this week sharing recipes. I started with Flaxseed Waffles, continued on with an easy go to for lunch - salads in a jar, and now, how about dinner?

I love my slow cooker about as much as I love waffles! I can't imagine life without my slow cooker. Okay, I can. I have been there but having one, and using it, is one of my best decisions ever. I truly love starting dinner on a Saturday or Sunday morning and letting it simmer away all day while I play, run, and do a million other errands or chores.

Last Sunday I made this for dinner - Bean & Sausage Soup. I started it after church and it simmered away throughout the day. I do have to confess, towards the end of my 19 mile run on the treadmill the smell of sausage in the air was driving me nuts. Usually it makes me hungry. Last week, it made me not want sausage. But by the time dinner came around, I was ready to eat up!

This soup is a compromise for my family. Darling daughter LOVES beans. Dear hubby, not so much. I put the sausage in for him because if there is meat with his beans he is happier. Darling daughter picks out the sausage and assures me she is getting plenty protein from the beans. Agreed! Me? I love both!

The recipe is easy and feel free to adjust to suit your needs or desires.

  • 1/2 bag of mixed dried beans - I love the 15 bean mix and often bring bags home from Texas when I visit my mom
  • 3 large links of sausage sliced  - I like the Louisiana Sausage that I can find at Costco
  • 2 Tbl minced garlic
  • Water: I would imagine 4-6 cups but honestly I just fill my slow cooker up just over halfway
  • 1 heaping spoonful of Bouillon - I use Better than Bouillon (again, I get it at our Costco) - Feel free to substitute pre-made broth for the water and bouillon. I will do this if I have homemade chicken broth in the freezer. 
  • 2 Tbl seasoning - I don't like what comes with the beans but feel free to use it if you want. I buy a no-salt spice mix and use that. 
  • A pinch of sea salt (optional)
  • Red pepper flakes (optional) - My family doesn't like things as hot as me so I just add to my bowl later on.
  1. Soak the beans overnight.
  2. Drain the water off the beans and add them and all the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker.
  3. I set it to cook for 10 hours.
  4. Enjoy!
Makes 4-6 servings. I like to serve it with nice toasty bread!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for my buddy, Toby.
Daily Affirmation: I am on the right path of life.


Easy, Healthy Lunches: Salads in a jar

First, I want to say this is nothing new. I did not invent putting salads in a mason jar. I saw others doing it, my aunt said they lasted a week, and with doubts I gave it a try. Really, that salad will still be crispy a week from now? My veggies don't stay crispy in the drawer that long. Okay, some will, some don't, but I am sure you understand.

Through trial and error I found a secret to success that not only leaves me with a crispy, healthy salad for lunch but makes my week easier too.

On Sundays I pull out the jars and start chopping. I used to start by putting the lettuce in first. Okay, not the best idea. Don't get me wrong, it works but then when I put the salad on my plate all the fixings are under the lettuce that I have to help out of the jar with a fork. I realize this isn't the worst problem in the world but still, every minute counts in my life. Why struggle? And I am crazy enough to actually want the fixings on top of my lettuce. Sorry, it's true.

I now put my fixings on the bottom. Right now my current craze is black olives. I am in love with them beyond belief and so is darling daughter. We open a can, she gets a few right away, and I toss the rest in the jars trying to be somewhat equal but realize it is okay to have more olives one day. And yes, I drain the olives first.

Next, the tomatoes. I usually buy grape tomatoes since they are a good bite size and I like not cutting my tomatoes. I really don't like the idea of the tomato juice in the jar for days with my salad. This week I used freshly picked cherry tomatoes from our garden - yum!

Then, peppers. I always have sweet peppers - red, orange, and yellow at home. I usually turn to orange or yellow in my salads and use the red for my pasta sauces. I slice them up, give darling daughter a couple of bites (she always comes running for peppers) and split the rest between the jars.

This is where my structure ends. I then add other veggies I have and I try to mix things up a bit week by week. Sometimes I add cucumber (peeled and sliced), sometimes sliced carrots (this week I used carrots we harvested from our garden - delicious!), and sometimes celery. I haven't tried mushrooms yet. I just think they would get too brown but I should give it a try one day.

Finally, I fill the rest of the jar with whatever lettuces or spinach I have in the house. Again, I vary this in my shopping adventures to keep things fresh and interesting. A salad every day could become boring to me if I didn't mix things up.

But what good is a salad without dressing? I have these awesome little containers from Laptop Lunches. I fill one for each day with a dressing and toss it on top of the lettuce and then seal the jar. You may have thought what if the dressing is different? It is sometimes and that just means once at work I get a surprise dressing! Fortunately, I don't mind not knowing until I open it up. I could get color coded and all structured but where is the fun in that?

I wish this would be enough for me but I need protein. I handle this in many ways. I hard boil eggs ahead of time and can grab one to add to my lunch bag (and darling daughter loves them too!). I have even pre-cooked chicken in my slow cooker on the weekends and have divided that up between containers so I can grab one each day. Thankfully, prepping some protein each day isn't a big chore. If I have a pasta night on the menu I will make a little extra so I have a small portion to go with my salad. Leftover chicken works well too if that is on the menu one night. Plus don't forget tuna! I still have to make my daughter's lunch almost daily so if I make her a tuna salad sandwich there is always some tuna left for me.

It has saved me time on my work nights to have a good portion of my lunch made. As easy as making salads are all the cutting, dicing, and cleaning up takes time. Why clean that mess five times when you can do it just once? And like I said, the veggies are indeed staying nice and crisp in their mason jars. To make things even better, almost every day someone at works comments on how delicious my lunch looks!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for mason jars.
Daily Affirmation: I am happy.


Flaxseed Waffles Recipe - #dairyfree #eggfree

I love waffes! They are fun and easy to make and on the weekends darling daughter and I often eat waffles! I do try to mix up my recipes here and there just so they do not get boring. We often return to our #dairyfree Blueberry Waffles and love it when I can make Cranberry Sauce Waffles. Yes, I have even made cranberry sauce for dinner just so I can have leftovers to make the waffles with!

This past weekend I ran into a hiccup I have encountered before. I was about to start my waffles, darling daughter was excited, and I had no eggs. I could not tell her those lovely waffles she was craving, "plain this time mom!", weren't going to happen. So I made my egg free version. The 1 tablespoon spoon of ground flaxseed and 3 tablespoons of water makes a wonderful egg substitute in this case. I do notice the waffles are denser and darling daughter spotted the flecks of flaxseed. I assured her it was not berries, it was a plain recipe, and she devoured them up. Berries on the side of course! She loves a hint of maple syrup on her waffles and berries on the side. I pile my banana slices and berries on top and yes, I do a hint of syrup too. Dear hubby, he has started loving waffles just as much but he will go for a pool of syrup. We are all so different!

Trust me, making waffles are easy! Just get yourself a waffle iron and start mixing! There is no need to buy pre-made batters. Make it from scratch and have fun with it!

1 Tbl ground flaxseed
3 Tbl water
1 cup flour
1/4 cup oil
1 cup almond milk 
2 tsp baking powder (please note: some baking powders can me made on equipment that may contribute to milk contamination)
4 tsp brown sugar (optional)

Really easy. I plug in my waffle iron and do a quick squirt with oil to prevent sticking. I measure out the ground flaxseed and water and let it rest in the bowl while I gather my remaining ingredients. I add the remaining ingredients into my mixing bowl and mix. By the time I am done measuring and mixing the waffle iron is hot and ready. I then put about 3/4 cup of batter onto the iron for each waffle.

Servings: Makes about 2 waffles depending on your waffle iron size and how big you make your waffles.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for waffle irons!
Daily Affirmation: The only one putting limits on me is myself so I will stop limiting myself!


Sharing Maui

I am so blessed to live in paradise...even when the price of water is skyrocketing. I have faith all will turn out exactly how it should and am happy to say my family had no ill effects from Iselle and that Julio left Hawaii alone. Thank you God!

But today I don't want to dwell too much on words. I think nature can do all the talking today. All photos are unedited.

Are you looking for tips on visiting Maui? Check this article out. Have a great day.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for unconditional love.
Daily Affirmation: I forgive myself for the mistakes I have made in life.


A hurricane {correction, 2} heading to Hawaii

10 miles done!
Aloha All!

Just wanted to say HI and give you my two cents on the two storms heading our way. I would be lying if I didn't say I wasn't a bit nervous. I was fine earlier but I am already getting gusts and rain and the first storm isn't officially due for another 12+ hours.

That said, here are a couple of things that are bugging me. Two days ago my husband came home from a local store and commented that none of the wine or beer is no longer on sale. They always have wine and beer on sale. Always. I was a bit annoyed a store would pull sales down just because a storm, okay two, were coming. But it was just alcohol. Get over it.

The latest news is that water is in short supply and completely gone in stores. Some stores were rationing, thank you, but some were increasing the cost of water. My mom heard $17.99 for a case on the news in Texas. Friends here on the islands said up too $20 for a case. Okay, normally we can get a case for $4.50. This is bugging me to the core. Increasing the price in a time of need seems greedy. I am not one to stir the nest and complain but this is just plain wrong.

Add to it that many families live paycheck to paycheck here as I am sure is the case elsewhere. I know many employees next paycheck is this coming Friday. It just makes me sad/mad and I hope and pray all have what the need and yes, we can all bottle our own water at home assuming we have jugs and reusable bottles.

I am happy to report my house is okay. We have food and water and our new bunny will be coming in soon to spend the storm with us inside. Yep, the bunny that was to only be outside is coming in and we have only had the little, okay big, girl for less than a week. My biggest concern is the winds so hopefully we will continue to be blessed and I am finding comfort in the rainbows.

For those in Hawaii, be safe. For all, please pray for Hawaii and perhaps a little extra love to the Big Island. That will be the first direct hit.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful to be home today with my daughter.
Daily Affirmation: My faith in God makes me strong.


Life is a Whirlwind

School started last Friday and it seems ever since then I have been running around like crazy trying to do what I should but failing miserably. My weekend food prep...never happened! It is Tuesday and once again I have no lunch. I miss my salads. My body feels yucky without them. I need to get back on track. I do.

But I am not complaining. We are busy but great things are happening.

I said goodbye to my old treadmill. I will miss you....NOT!

I have a fabulous new treadmill! YAY! One day I will share some more on this beauty. I love it! Dear hubby says it is quiet. Life is great!

We got a bunny! The sister of a co-worker was moving back to the mainland and this little lady needed a home. Okay! We can help! Yes, it adds more to be done each day but it is worth it. They gave us the hutch and everything so we are good to go.

And we have been battling dinosaurs! Okay, not really but they are the reason I did no weekend food prep.

After running 17 miles on Sunday I took darling daughter to T-Rex Planet and we spent hours here! By the time we got home it was too close to dinner time to think about much more.

So why not just get back on track last night? It was Monday! Mondays are going to be crazy days for us so doing extra on Mondays is out of the question. It is horseback riding lesson day!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the blessings in my life.
Daily Affirmation: I will adjust to the school schedule.


Smile and the whole world smiles with you!


It is a choice but it is also pretty contagious. You have the power to spread happiness around and yesterday I really felt I was bouncing on clouds. I was so happy I could sleep in just past 4:00 am and only had 3 miles to run. Yes, I love to run but having a short run before work is a delight! I was happy on my way to the gym. Once I checked in the staff asked how far I was running today. I happily said an easy three and headed off. When I left the gym I was smiling. I could feel myself bubbling over with happiness and guess what? A zillion people smiled back! Okay, I exaggerated a bit but everyone I passed smiled back.

Today I am not feeling as bubbly but I know I need to find that smile and put it on. What is holding me back? It is the first day of school for my daughter. Oh I hope it goes well for her! I think I have all the nervous jitters as she is just one bundle of pure joy and excitement. This reassures me since I was the bubble of happiness yesterday and got tons of smiles back. It will be a good day for her. I am confident and yes, I am smiling from ear to ear now. Writing can be so soothing as it helps me process my thoughts. Between that, running, and yoga no wonder I see the glass half full and look through rose colored glasses most of the time!

That positivity is essential in my life. It spurs me to start crazy missions and do amazing things. My new mission - RUN TO TOBY! Oh yes I am! I will be logging my miles on yet another website to track my miles that I have run for Toby and see just how long it takes me to get to him. Be patient. This is a LONG journey as I do need to cross the Pacific Ocean. That will be really cool running over water! You can't do that in real life! I am so full of joy and happiness!

What makes you happy?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful that Toby's parents opened their hearts and are sharing their precious son with me.
Daily Affirmation: I am a happy person!