Monday, November 4, 2013

BEDN Day 3 & 4: Light and Food

I missed posting yesterday so I am going to combine the 2 topics today.

The 3rd topic is light. The first thing I think of when I hear the word light is Jesus. He's our light and way. It paints a picture in my mind of wandering through the dark with nothing but a single candle. Sometimes that's all we have, but that's all we need. If we follow the right light, we will find our way no matter how dark and drear the path is that we are wandering down.

The 4th topic is food. Food is a big topic in my life. Mainly because I have poor food habits, but I am working on that. Tonight was actually a night full of food. I made 3 recipes that I found on Pinterest: Taco Soup, Overnight Oats and Pumpkin Pie Dip. I won't know how the soup and oats will turn out until tomorrow, but the dip was delicious!

Tomorrow I am going to start the training for the upcoming races. Any ideas for training plans? The longest race is 10 miles. I'm looking, but any advice would be appreciated!


Saturday, November 2, 2013

BEDN Day 2: Something You Made

Today's theme is something you made. This is a collection of things I have made the past couple of years. 

Pirates Birthday Cake

Skylander Birthday Cake

Painting

Monkey made out of diapers.

Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

Peeps Easter Cupcakes

Valentine's  Day Cake Pops

Friday, November 1, 2013

BEDN Day 1: Introduction

This month I am participating in Blog Every Day in November. As the name implies, I am going to attempt to write a blog post every day this month. Several of the blogs I follow participated in Blogtober and wrote a post every day in October. I missed out on that and so I searched the interwebs to find a November challenge to join.

To kick it off, today's theme is Introduction. For those of you who may be new to my blog, I started blogging last year as a way to hold myself accountable on my journey to get healthy. I write mostly about that journey, but also about other things that happen in every day life, trips and concerts. It has a little bit of everything.

I work in the accounting field. I love to read and write (pretty much the opposite of accounting, but I do enjoy my job.) I love music and going to concerts and I love to travel even if it's somewhere close. I call myself a runner, but that is debatable.

I'm looking forward to this challenge. Let's see what happens...






Thursday, October 31, 2013

What's Been Going On?

 Last week Lucas and I went to see Nine Inch Nails in Nashville. It was a quick trip, but it was a lot of fun! They used laser lights for the effects for all of their songs and it was pretty neat.

video



This was when we were leaving, but I love this picture of us. It's become a tradition to take our picture before we leave to head back home on our trips. 


For Halloween the past few years we have been carving pumpkins. It's something fun to do every year. These are this year's pumpkins. 


So, I did something crazy the other night. I signed up for The Louisville Triple Crown of Running. I may have lost my mind. It include a 5k, 10k and 10 mile run. I need something to motivate me and what better way than to sign up for races that I will have to train to be able to do. I even have proof.


The goal is to start eating healthy again and run, run, run!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

September Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

September Foodie Pen Pals was a lot of fun! I was paired with Chrystal at Yum Eating. This month for the 1st time we were just paired with one person and sent each other packages instead of having 2 different partners. I really liked this and it was much easier talking to one person and getting to know her as opposed to 2.

It was great getting to know Chrystal. We actually have a lot in common including a love for Shinedown!
She sent this awesome magnet from the Shinedown Fanclub.


On to the food... Chrystal recently visited Canada and sent some treats that she picked up while there including maple syrup, maple sugar, maple creme chocolate bar and a hand mask.  She also sent a variety of teas, applesauce and some jerky. I am looking forward to trying everything!





Overall, this has been another fantastic experience with this program. This month I was thankful to meet someone I have so much in common with. (Especially the love for Shinedown.)

If you are interested in participating, you can find out more here



Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fall In Love With Running

The itch to run returned with the change of the seasons. How can I stay inside and do Insanity when it is so beautiful outside? I went for a run Thursday morning and just wanted to run 3.1 miles. It wasn't about running a certain pace/time, it was just about finishing. This is what happened...
 

I guess Insanity has helped get me into shape a little bit. I was so surprised! So then I thought, might as well try to train for a 10k. It will give me a new goal and motivation to keep going. Friday morning I followed the first day of training and was able to run even a little farther. 


Now I just want to run. I pushed through the 1st month of Insanity and started the 2nd month, but that runner's high you hear about is so much better than how I feel after Insanity. I may try to combine them because the 10k training is 3 days a week so I can do Insanity workouts the other 3 days and rest one day a week. We'll see what happens. 

After my run on Friday.
Tomorrow morning I am teaching a Junior Achievement class for the 1st time. It's exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time. It should be a good experience, but I just don't know what to expect with the students. Hopefully it all goes well...

Sunday, September 15, 2013

1 Month

It's hard to believe that I actually finished an entire month of Insanity. I really was afraid that it wouldn't happen, but something was different and my determination was strong. Hopefully it continues into this recovery week and the 2nd month of Insanity workouts. I'm not really sure how much harder the 2nd month is going to be, but I'm going to give it my best effort.

This week we were blessed to be able to attend the National Quartet Convention Thursday and Saturday. It was an amazing time filled with beautiful singing and many great messages. The pictures didn't turn out too well, but I wanted to share a few of the better ones.

Dad and Mom. Awwwww...
 
The Isaacs

Grand Finale
Unfortunately the NQC is moving to Pigeon Forge next year, but they are having a Spring Break show instead so we will still be able to see a few of the groups perform. 

Tomorrow I will start the week Core Cardio and Balance. We'll see what happens from there. No matter what...I will finish!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Weighing In and Random Thoughts

Down 1 pound this week. I am almost back under 190! It's better than last week. A friend told me on Sunday that I am too hard on myself. This is something that I have always had a problem with. I've never been satisfied with myself. It's something I'm working on, but it's tough.

Today I was talking with someone at work about where we are and what brought us there. I've always wondered where I would be if I had made different choices throughout my life. I know that I'm where I'm supposed to be now and there's a reason I've crossed paths with all of the people I have met along the way (good or bad.) I've definitely been challenged by some of the people I've met and hopefully I have had a positive impact on them as I've passed through. I wanted to be several different things after I graduated and I don't know that I ever considered accounting. (I may have and just don't remember.) I wanted to be a youth minister, a psychiatrist or counselor and a writer. It's interesting to look at my life now: I teach the teenagers at church, I like to think that I help people by talking to them and more importantly listening and now I have a blog. So maybe I am doing all the things I wanted to do, just probably not the way I envisioned.

It's funny the way things work out.


Monday, September 9, 2013

National Suicide Prevention Week

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. To Write Love on Her Arms is doing a lot of things this week to bring awareness to the cause. Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day so wear orange to show your support.

Here are some facts from The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention from 2010:

  • In 2010, 38,634 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. In that year, someone in the country died by suicide every 13.7 minutes.
  • In 2010, the highest suicide rate (18.6) was among people 45 to 64 years old. The second highest rate (17.6) occurred in those 85 years and older. Younger groups have had consistently lower suicide rates than middle-ages and older adults. In 2010, adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 had a suicide rate of 10.5.
  • In 2010, 464,995 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm behavior, suggesting that approximately 12 people harm themselves (not necessarily intending to take their lives) for every reported death by suicide. Together, those harming themselves made an estimated total of more than 650,000 hospital visits related to injuries sustained in one or more separate incidents of self-harm behavior.
Suicide is a serious issue that people tend to shy away from talking about. It's also something that people associate with teenagers, but adults struggle with suicidal thoughts too. If you know someone you think is having thoughts/tendencies towards suicide, check out this page.

If you are contemplating suicide or having any type of suicidal thoughts please check out this page.

And always remember: 



Thursday, September 5, 2013

Disappointed

As the title implies, I was disappointed with this week's weigh in. I weighed in the same as last week. I really thought I would lose this week because I exercised every day and counted my calories. We did go out to eat a couple of times and I had to estimate how many calories I ate and maybe I didn't estimate correctly. That's the only thing that I can really come up with.

So now I need to focus on this week. I'm pretty sure I went over my calorie limit today. We had a food truck at work today for lunch and we went out to dinner. Ugh. I frustrate myself so badly sometimes. Do I want to lose weight? Yes. Am I making the choices I need to make in order to do that? No. See the problem? I've always been really hard on myself. It's a blessing and a curse. In the past, I have not always reacted rationally when I am disappointed in myself, but thankfully I have moved beyond that for the most part. There's nothing I can do to change the past, all I can do is focus and make better decisions now.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

101

Since I didn't realize I posted my 100th post until I was done writing it yesterday, I thought I'd do something special for it today. So what did I decide to do? Run. I thought it would be the best thing to do since I had a rest day for Insanity and it's one of the reasons I started blogging. Running got me through most of my weight loss so far and I was curious to see how I would do considering I haven't run since my race in June.

A major factor today was the weather. It was pretty warm and I know the app says cloudy, but the clouds were not hiding the sun when I was running.


I only ran 2.19 miles and it wasn't very fast, but it still felt good to just be running and it helped me remember why I hate running in the heat. I am looking forward to running in the fall/winter again. Overall, I'm okay with the run because it wasn't that long ago that I wouldn't have even taken the 1st step out the door. It's amazing the changes that can happen when you make up your mind to do it. 

It's a pretty big milestone to have 100 posts on this blog. Even though I have taken breaks from it, I always want to come back. Writing is a passion of mine and I've enjoyed writing each and every post (even the ones where I have had to report a bad day/week/month.) Thank you for taking the time to read and share in this with me. It really means a lot. Sharing this journey with you is amazing and I hope to be able to encourage you in your journeys just as you are an encouragement to me!



Saturday, August 31, 2013

Cardio AND Abs

Today's workout was extra insane. The normal Pure Cardio workout was on the schedule plus Cardio Abs. Pure Cardio has been the toughest workout of Insanity so far. It is very intense so I was kind of nervous to have to do the ab workout as well. It was not easy (not that I expected it to be.) I have been able to see improvements in my endurance, but I also know I have to keep pushing myself harder to get ready for the second 30 days of Insanity which are going to be even more challenging.

During today's workout I took 3,405 steps and burned  914 calories according to my Fitbit.



We didn't have any big plans this weekend, just looking forward to spending some time relaxing at home. Tomorrow is a rest day for Insanity and I have been itching to go for a run so we'll say what happens. It's supposed to be pretty warm here, but maybe it will be a good challenge. 

I don't know if any of you have ever watched the show 24, but we started it on Netflix last night and now I am hooked. As I am typing we are watching episode 8 of the first season. 

Hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend so far! 

BTW-I just realized this is my 100th blog post!!! Tomorrow I will have to do something special to commemorate! Thanks for reading!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Foodie Pen Pal Reveal



It's reveal day for Foodie Pen Pals. This is a great program for you to exchange some of your favorite food finds with a partner. This month my package was sent from Nicole at A Wild Hope. Be sure to check out her blog!

Nicole sent some wonderful things to me that were all new.


So far I have tried the dark chocolate acai with blueberry snacks and the caramel with sea salt dark chocolate. (Notice a theme there?) Both are delicious. I am still looking forward to trying the different almonds, tea and the nut butter. I have had great experiences with my pen pals so far and have received some awesome things that I've never tried. 

If you've never participated in Foodie Pen Pals, definitely check it out. You have until September 4th to sign up at The Lean Green Bean and you don't have to have a blog to participate. I highly recommend it!



Thursday, August 29, 2013

Weigh In

Yesterday was Cara Box reveal day so I wasn't able to post about my weigh in. I did post my weight and.... I lose 2.8 pounds this week! It's amazing what happens when you exercise, count your calories and stay within your range. It's exciting to see the scale moving down again. A small part of me is also frustrated because I look at what I'm doing now and think that I could have reached my goal weight if I would have stuck with it last year. I know I can't do anything about it now, but I am going to use it as motivation for this time. I want this time to be the final time I need to lose weight.

I haven't posted about my workouts this week, but I have done them every day. I post a picture after my workout in the morning on all the social media sites as an accountability thing because I don't always get to talk about it here.

This was after today's Cardio Recovery. On a regular workout day me Fitbit says I took between 2500 and 3500 steps, today's recovery I only took 170. Recovery is deep stretching, planks and things like that. It's still tough, but nothing like a workout day. 

I went to Trader Joe's on Tuesday. That place is wonderful. Everything I have tried from there I have liked so far.

Tonight we had organic pasta noodles, organic pasta sauce and organic chicken all from Trader Joe's. (We also had garlic bread that was not organic.) This pasta meal was delicious! The picture doesn't make it look too tasty, but it was.


I'm feeling good about the changes that are happening and I plan on seeing the scale go down again next week!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cara Box Reveal

This month I participated in the Cara Box program again. It is a wonderful way to get to know other people and hopefully make new friends. This month, I was paired up with 2 fantastic people: I sent a Cara Box to Melissa at Honey Sweet Bee and Jennifer Blake sent mine. 

I absolutely loved everything that she picked out for me. This month's theme was seasons of life. We were paired up based on age and what season of life you were in (kids, no kids, etc.).




Jennifer was very thoughtful in everything she picked out. A pedometer and water battle for my fitness as well as some earbuds which I love. She also appealed to the pen addict in me by sending my favorite pens (even though she didn't know it) and a cute notebook. Also included is the card game Phase 10 which I am looking forward to playing and some magnetic notes. Thank you so much, Jennifer for the great package!

If you want to participate next time check it out here. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Liebster Award



Jo over at Diary of a Hungry Quebecoise nominated me for a Liebster Award. We were foodie pen pals one month and you should definitely check out her blog for some great food finds. So what is the Liebster Award? It's an award from a fellow blogger to try to get smaller blogs recognized. It's something you give to some of your favorite blogs so thank you, Jo!

11 Random Facts About Myself
   1. I enjoy running, but I hate running on the treadmill.
   2. I have a fear of spiders.
   3. I'm the middle child between 2 brothers.
   4. I've had 3 knee surgeries on the same knee.
   5. I love the band Shinedown.
   6. Reading is one of my favorite things to do.
   7. I enjoy writing poetry.
   8. Going to concerts is probably my favorite thing to do right now.
   9. I love to shop on-line and I hate going to the store to have to buy anything.
  10. I grew up in Louisiana.
  11. We drove across the country to California and back last year.

11 Bloggers I am Nominating
   1. The Adventures of Teresa and Luna
   2. Honey Sweet Bee
   3. Jennifer Blake
   4. A Wild Hope
   5. Growing in Faith, Shrinking in Size
   6. Run This Weigh
   7. Running with Mickey
   8. Something Infinitely Interesting
   9. The Carrie Gland
  10. The Health Habit
  11. Wine Cheese and Workout Capris

11 Questions from Diary of a Hungry Quebecoise 
   1. What is your favorite childhood dish?
       Red Beans and Rice with Cornbread
   2. If you were stranded on a magical island (as in, it doesn't need to be realistic) deserted island, what food would you hope to find there?
       Chocolate
   3. What is your go-to meal on busy weeknights?
       Unfortunately, Taco Bell cooks a lot on those nights.
   4. What is your favorite dish to bring to potlucks/parties?
       Chili Cheese Dip
   5. If the internet disappeared and you could only rely on one cookbook, which one would it be?
       "My Favorite Recipes" - A book that has recipes I've written down over the years.
   6. What is your favorite food/cooking show?
       Chopped
   7. What do you like to eat after a workout?
       Luna or Clif Bars
   8. What is your favorite meal of the day?
       Supper
   9. Sweet or salty?
       A little bit of both
  10. What is your favorite place to look for new recipes?
        Pinterest
  11. If you could travel to any country for one authentic meal, where would you go?
        Italy

11 Questions for the Nominated Bloggers
   1. What is your favorite book?
   2. Why did you start blogging?
   3. Who inspires you the most?
   4. Any advice for new bloggers?
   5. What do you like to do in your free time?
   6. Do you have a favorite workout? If so, what?
   7. What is your greatest achievement so far?
   8. What is your favorite movie?
   9. What is one of your goals for the future?
  10. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?
  11. What is your favorite TV show?

To the nominated bloggers, here are the rules to follow:
   1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
   2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
   3. Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
   4. Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers. They should be bloggers that you believe     deserve some recognition and a little blogging love.
   5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers that you nominated to answer.
   6. Let all of the bloggers know that they've been nominated. You cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fears vs Dreams

This Summer at the Metallica concert, there was a booth set up for the organization To Write Love on Her Arms. You can check it out here. They help people who are struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and suicide. I bought this bracelet to support the organization and it basically describes my life in 3 words.


I've always said that I've lived my life based on my fears. The biggest of these fears is the fear of failing. My stance has always been to not even try because I don't want to fail. Why have I been so afraid? I dealt with these issues that TWLOHA helps people with as a teenager/young adult and it was hard. Who doesn't have fears at that age? Who isn't confused and looking for the right way out? Looking back on it I see it from a different perspective and just think, "What were you doing?" Then I look at me now and think, "What are you doing?"

I don't know when exactly I began to let my fears guide me, but it has kept me from following my dreams for far too long. I dream of writing a book, I dream of helping other people by sharing my story, I dream of singing, I dream so many things, but the fears always stifle the dreams. I am afraid of trying and failing. I am afraid of letting everyone around me down. I am afraid of not being good enough. I am afraid of falling into old habits. I am afraid that I will hate myself again if I fail. I've always set this impossible standard for myself. It's almost like I want to fail, but I don't. Deep down that's not what I want. I want to follow my dreams. I need to stop being so afraid of EVERYTHING and live my life. 

Fears vs Dreams... I don't want to look back on my life and ask myself, "Why?" "Why did you let your fears win?" "Why didn't you follow your dreams?" Life is scary. Especially as a teenager/young adult when you are trying to figure out who you are and when you start thinking for yourself. There are better ways to handle things than the way I handled them. There is hope. You can follow your dreams. You can live the life that you want to live. Stop living in fear! There are people you can talk to, there are people willing to help you. Don't let your fears win!

So now I am left thinking... "Is it too late?" "Have I wasted too much time?" "Where do I go from here?"...

To be cont...



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bargain Shopping

Insanity workout 2 was completed! I decided to take a picture trying to express how I was really feeling and not my typical smiling picture.


Yesterday, I went to Meijer for some things and picked up a couple of clearance workout tank tops. When I got to the checkout, they were even cheaper than they were marked. So I had to go back today and stock up.


I was able to get 8 tops for $19.00. They were all $2.00 except for 1 that was $5.00. It was an excellent deal. 

Weigh in Wednesday was not very successful. Of course, I just started exercising Tuesday so I wasn't expecting too much. I did lose .2 pounds and a loss is a loss, but .2 is not very much. I've also given up sodas again so that should help.  

FYI: I started an Instagram account so check it out if you get a chance: http://instagram.com/afeiock1

Until next time...

Monday, August 19, 2013

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm....

So we were watching Bizarre Foods this weekend and found out something pretty disgusting. Now, I've always known that the processed foods we eat have stuff in them that we should probably not be eating, but I never imagined how awful the things that are in them would be. Warning: Only click on this link if you are okay with never eating processed food again.

It definitely makes you rethink the things that we eat. I need to pay more attention about the things that I put in my body. Some of this cannot be good for you. Now I know when something says it has "Natural Flavors" that's not necessarily a good thing. It's so gross to even think about.

I am going to be doing some more research about food and what's in it and how it affects us. I've got to do better. There has to be a better way to eat than this.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Dreams Do Come True

Last night we saw Shinedown for the 3rd time! I don't think I could ever get tired of seeing them or listening to their music. You can read about the 1st time we saw them here. This time we were in the 5th row behind the pit so we could actually see everything that was going on. It was phenomenal. There is never a doubt that they love what they do when you watch them perform. You can tell it's not about the fame, it's not about the money, it's about the fans and being an inspiration.




So one of my dreams was realized last night/this morning. I met Shinedown!!! They did a meet and greet after the show and it was amazing. You always wonder what it would be like to meet someone who has inspired you so much. There aren't words for it. They were so friendly and humble and I respect them even more now. To meet some of your fans after you just performed for an hour and a half and it's mindnight, to shake our hands, give us hugs and genuinely seem like you want to be there doing that exact thing at that exact moment...what can I say?



I think this picture pretty much sums up how I was feeling. This was about an hour later and I was still glowing. I couldn't sleep last night I was so excited. 


I know this may all seem silly and you may not get it, but that's okay. I met the people who have inspired me to write again, who have helped inspire me to change and finally work on becoming the person I truly am and not the person that I have been. They've inspired me to want to be an inspiration to others, to find my calling and that life's too short to not love what you do. Shinedown has done this for me and I can't wait until next time...