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January Update


Well what do you know we’re in the middle of the month already. How did that happen?


I notified the winners of the Jamba Juice Gift Cards on my last post.



Before I get into some running news and stuff like that, I feel like I need to confess two things to you. First of all my Christmas gift from the hubby, the Instant Pot, that I’m super excited about is still in the box. I’m not proud and I really, REALLY need to get it out and experiment, but man, we have just been “go, go, go” since being back at school and work and I haven’t made time to do it.

I DID however paint the boys room all by myself which I realized was a terrible idea about 5 minutes into it. Last weekend I finally just threw in the towel with my mediocre painting job and figured they’re boys and don’t care and are going to ruin it anyway. Ha ha.

We did purchase some pretty cool Fathead stickers though to distract from my bad painting job.

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Cool right? Yes, we went with the Star Wars theme. It’s much better than the pale yellow baby room we had for 7 years. See.

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Oh yes, and you better believe a lot of Motivate went down during my “little” project. Ha.


I have not made use of the Instant Pot just yet, but I did throw together pizzas with string cheese the other night by request from the boys. Impressive, yes I know.

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Really though, this year is off to a good start.

I’ve stuck to my goal of starting the day with a short “power hour” (which is really about a half hour) and some devotional time before my morning workout. This is my morning devotional of choice. I bought it on Amazon after seeing someone else post about it on Instagram.

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It usually looks a little something like this at 4:30 am.

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We’ve been all about the probiotics with being back to school and everyone else being sick.

The boys love these flavored packets that they just sprinkle on their tongue from doTERRA.

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I’ve always taken probiotics, but have recently added daily kombucha drinking and yes, I have the hubby on his nightly probiotics also.

I’ve also added in these Vega vitamins for those days when I’m really fatigued or around lots of sick kids.

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I spotted this new Vega protein flavor at Target the other night.

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I didn’t buy it, but am really excited to try it. That might have to be my next one. I’m currently obsessed with the sport vanilla one, but you can’t go wrong with coconut almond, right?


Although we were all hesitant to go back to school, the first two weeks have been a success.

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Interesting, I’m just now realizing that is a light switch drawing. Hmmm….


Joaquin finally lost his first took and it happened at school. He’s the older twin by 14 minutes and has been waiting and waiting to lose his first tooth since Judah (the younger brother) has already lost 6.

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We took a new route for practicing spelling words this past week.

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We haven’t got the tests back yet, but if they did well we may just be on to something. I actually tried to have them spell the words in shaving cream on the wall first, but that didn’t work out so well so we turned to flash cards.


Okay, so let’s talk running.

I told myself this past week was decision week as to whether or not I was going to try to get to any of the races that are on my schedule this year or just embrace this new non racing life I’ve recently become accustomed to. I really thought after a week of dabbling with some runs and lots and lots of prayers that all the answers would come to me.

Well, they haven’t. So, I’m giving myself one more week to figure it out and let my body kind of tell me how it feels about running. I’m really okay with both sides of the road, the non running side and the running side. Either way I’ll be fine and happy, but I just wish I knew if I should get to Boston one last time, you know? I kind of want it a little more each day, but at the same time am totally okay if it’s not meant to be and I already had my three consecutive Boston Marathons and that’s that.


Yes, that’s a lot going on in my head and I don’t think anyone wants to be there. Ha. Too bad, I’m bringing you all in. You get to go on this journey of discovery with me to figure out if it’s time to close that door or not.

So, last week was really the first solid week of runs since July. They were all short and somewhere between a 9:20-10:00 mile pace. Most of them were on the treadmill with Bad Moms and Parenthood for entertainment.

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I got to break in these bad boys. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13s. They are freaking fabulous! They will always be my go to shoe.

I did get to venture out for two four mile runs outside which also hadn’t been done since July.

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It was such a weird feeling to just run outside again.


I ran a total of around 24 miles last week. I’m not really keeping track as I’m just feeling things out and taking it day by day, but I’m going to keep testing the waters this week and see what happens. I think maybe next Sunday should be decision day.

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We’ll see.


With the return of some more running comes the return of Frieda’s Stokes purple sweet potatoes with NuttZo.

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They are at Trader Joe’s for the first time ever (for a limited time only). If you have a Trader Joe’s near by it’s big news! Smile


I’m putting this picture in here because it looks like a purple sweet potato, but in fact is Daddy’s wooden bird that Bear got his mouth on the other day. He really knows how to ruin things around here.

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Two things I’m leaving you with…

My new lotion routine is adding a couple drops of essential oil to this hand and body lotion so I can get the added benefits of the oils all day instead of using those other scented lotions.

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My current rotation is Passion, Whisper and Balance. It all kind of depends on the day ahead and how I’m feeling.


Let’s go tackle this short week, shall we?


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You are beautiful! Thanks for being here!

Have a good one!

The Last Day of the Year, My Favorite Discount, a New Year’s Cleanse and a Jamba Juice Gift Card Giveaway


Oh my word. Can you believe this is that last day of the year? Where the heck has this year gone?

The winner of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Card is Kelly C. Woot!

Stay tuned though friends because there’s another giveaway here!


So many people are doing the whole year in review on Instagram and such, but I’m not sure if my heart is into doing that. I’m kind of ready to just move on and start a new year. I mean, this year has been wonderful with so many ups and downs and life lessons, but it’s been a tough one on me and I’m really ready to just start a new one with a clear set of goals and new priorities. You know?


Let’s play catch up first before we talk about the new year, shall we?

I forgot to tell you that the Monday before Christmas the boys and I went to the post office to ship some things and get a few last minute packages and stamps and such. Well, we saw the local news out there. I was really not looking my finest and I told the boys that I had a feeling they were going to try to talk to us.

Well, on our way out the nice man, Jared, approached me and asked it he could ask me a few questions. I wanted to run away, but instead I said yes. He miked me all up and everything. Pretty funny. Here’s the link to the short clip.

Ugh. The very next day was the day I got my hair done and told her to really help me out. Ha ha.


Okay, moving on.

Since I’m still in recovery mode and taking things easy with my hip and the healing stress fracture and such, I’ve been choosing sleeping in rather than getting up early to get my workout done before anyone wakes up. My workouts have been a good mix of elliptical time and strength, but have been relatively short. Just enough to get it done. And I haven’t been alone.

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And yes, sometimes I have been in my pajamas while they build LEGOS.

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Other than my home workouts I’ve walked Bear and been teaching at the gym.

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I was going to attempt a few miles outside yesterday morning and while I was telling the boys Judah sighed, turned over, got out of his cozy bed and said, “I’m coming with you.” My heart just about melted.

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We didn’t even make it a mile, but it was still fabulous.

I got my first actual jogging miles in on the treadmill afterwards and did my annual watching on Love Actually.

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It already feels like Christmas was so long ago which is so strange to me. I hope you had a magical Christmas.

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Ours was amazing, but full of random not so great things happening as well. One of them being poor Joaquin getting bit in the face by a dog on Christmas morning. No, NOT our dog.  This guy is rocks.

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So does this guy. Ha ha.

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We’ve been having our fair share of coffee and hot cocoa the past couple of weeks. There was one secret Starbucks stop with just the two of us, but only because it was right next to the cleaners where we were picking up clothes.

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Other than that it’s been daily morning cheers in pajamas.

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Speaking of morning cheers, I’ve been doing the whole SunButter in coffee with Vital Proteins collagen and Nutpods creamer daily.

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The boys turned 7 on Wednesday. It seems like just yesterday they were little babies.

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I got an Instant Pot for Christmas from the hubs (along with a sweatshirt that says “Always Running Late”).

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I have definitely taken the hint and need some fun things to try in this Instant Pot. I’ve been wanting one for so long, but now that I have it I’m a little intimidated. I’ve got some work to do.


Before we get to the giveaway I have to pass along my favorite deal that’s out there right now. It’s from Handful and it’s awesome.


Heck yes you can save a ton of money! Woot!

I’m currently obsessed with the Handful Flippin’ Long Sleeve Shirt. I may need to stock up for the new year with these discounts.



We’re doing a really awesome doTERRA New Year Cleanse with our team.



I’m really excited about it! It starts January 16th and you’ll get everything you need for 30 days.

Your program will include:

– Natural supplements and vitamins to fuel and reset your body and shed toxins

– Support & guidance during your 30 day journey

– Education on why cleansing your body 3-4x a year is KEY for optimal health

– Food guidance and recommendations (not required to follow but very much encouraged for optimal results)

– Health tips & tricks to staying your best no matter what age or stage of life you


Join us HERE.

Feel free to email me with any questions or anything too. I’m pumped!


My personal goals for 2017 aren’t down on paper just yet (I still have a few more hours to get that done), but taking time to do devotionals at night is one of them. I came across this last night.

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How awesome is that? Finding the strength to start all over again is that hardest part sometimes, isn’t it?


Okay and finally, before I say good bye for the year of 2016, I have a little something for you.

We got sent a really sweet package and gift card from Jamba Juice.

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They also gave us some extra $10 gift cards to give away.

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Fun, right?


I loved reading your comments on the last giveaway and your fitness goals for 2017 so now I want to hear about a personal goal of yours.

Mine is to start saying “no” more often, give myself 20 minutes in the morning to plan out the day and do my devotional, be more kind to myself and others, stop eating so much sugar (the cleanse will give me a good start for that) and make more healthy family meals with my Instant Pot.


Speaking of goals, I came across this last night.

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How awesome is that? Finding the strength to start all over again is that hardest part sometimes, isn’t it?


To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment below with a personal goal or two of yours.

*This is not a sponsored giveaway, I just have 4 extra gift cards they sent me and I want to give them to you.

*Giveaway ends 1/3 at 11:59 PM and winners will be chosen at random.

Have a wonderful New Year and I’ll see you on the other side! Let’s let 2017 be a year we are proud of!

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