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Discounts, New Year’s Message, Decisions and Plans

Discounts, New Year’s Message, Decisions and Plans


Before I get to some discounts and other stuff, I totally forgot to announce the Love Grown Foods giveaway winner so here it is:


Congrats Melissa. Email me your mailing address and I’ll forward it along.


Oh and I guess there are a lot of people out there that do a lot of end of the year shopping, so in case that’s you, here are some sales from a couple of my favorite things:


Scotty B’s hot sauce sale:

  Receive 18% OFF your order with Coupon code GRT2013 through DECEMBER 31st.  We will be sending out orders Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday so get yours in FAST.


In case you need some new jugs for the new year (you know, the egg white kind), here is a code for free shipping too!

Only 3 days left for Free Shipping on all Egg Whites International Products.

CODES need to be entered during checkout:

4 Gallon Case- ESACLAG

2 Gallon Case- SNOLLAG

6 Half-Gallon Case- ESACFLAH


With all the holiday and birthday activities we’ve had lately, we haven’t had our usual bedtime routine. Last night we did though.

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The highlight of my every day.

After the boys were in bed Andrew and I tried a new wine that I had found at Costco.

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Yeah, Costco didn’t have any frosting for their red velvet cakes, but they did have this Apothic Red wine on sale. I guess that kind of made up for it.

It was really good and went quite nicely with the leftover pizza.

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Nothing healthy about it, but it was marvelous.


This morning was a slow one. One that needed a little extra time in pajamas.

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One that also needed a big old egg white scramble and a baked purple sweet potato.

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I have one purple sweet potato left from my package of goodies from Frieda’s. Darn it they go too fast.


I didn’t run today. I taught a few classes throughout that day, but no running.




I’m sure I’m not the only one having some deep thoughts about what went down in 2013 and what personal goals are in the works for 2014.

My head is actually a bit of a mess at the moment because I can’t figure out what my goals are for next year.

This year has been such a roller coaster from getting a marathon PR to the whole hip dysplasia thing. From over training to not being able to run at all for 5 months. Crazy.


I want to make some goals and really focus on them, but I haven’t figured out just what I really want for this upcoming year yet.

I know I want running to be a big part of it and I already have a few races on the schedule, but I’m not sure if I want to be racing them for fun or if I want to put in some quality work and really race them.




I mentioned that I ran into my friend Dr. Jason Karp (coach Jason) yesterday at the finish on the race. We worked together last year a bit for the Carlsbad Marathon.

Well, I didn’t really elaborate about our whole conversation yesterday. We’ve been talking about working together quite a bit lately. Last year I was begging him to be my coach, this year he’s offering, but I’m hesitant.

In all honesty, I’m scared. Not sure if I want to go all out. Scared to fail. Scared I’m not really as fast as he thinks I can be.

Also, I’m pretty content where I am. Confortable, you know. But, is that when you take that leap? Darn it, I don’t know.

I DO know that being “Mama” is my priority, but maybe it’s worth a shot to see what I can do?


He wrote a great blog post here.

Coach Jason’s New Year’s Message




Yep, he’s totally talking about me in the first paragraph. Darn it.


I’m torn. I’m curious to see how fast I could be if I really gave my all into training.

On the other hand, right now I kind of like where things are.

And, as he says in his post, heck yes I’m totally scared to fail if I go all out and give it my all. I do not do well under pressure or when people are expecting more from me. I do my best when expectations are low. Seriously.

I know life is all about taking risks and getting out of your comfort zone. I encourage others to do that every single day, but is this the right risk for me? I’m just not quite sure it is.

I’ve got some things to think about in the next day. I want to have a clear view of my plans and goals for the year before it actually gets here.

Not just running plans either.

Mom plans. Wife plans. Those are at the top of my list.

All kinds of fun stuff to ponder.



Happy New Year’s Eve!


What plans or goals do you have for 2014?

Is anyone else still trying to figure some out?

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  1. 1
    Apryle says:

    I totally get what you are talking about. Wanting to commit, not wanting to commit. You say being a mom is your priority and with that in mind, I know from experience it is so hard to run/workout , really push yourself AND still have enough energy to show up and be there physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc. for your family. Being a mom is draining and apparently, it doesn’t get easier as they get older!
    For me, my hope is that once I get my youngest in kindergarten this coming school year, I will have more time to pursue my personal fitness goals. Until then, I know I have to hold back, just a tad and hope that when I really push myself that I will be able to do what I think I am capable of.

  2. 2
    aldona says:

    Hello! Are you still on a low carb diet? sugar? how do you feel about it? Nice pictures! Nice blog!

  3. 3
    Emmeline says:

    Take this with a grain of salt but I think you should go for it. Obviously, raising your boys is the priority but achieving things for yourself and having bigger dreams you’re brave enough to follow is a WONDERFUL thing for them to see, and at 4 they’re old enough to grasp it. My mom went back to school when I was about 6 to pursue a career change and she took up a new sport (tennis) when I was young and pursued it all the way until national masters level. It was wonderful for me growing up to see her going for those dreams so I always went for mine, it never occurred to me not to. And I’m sure she missed the occasional hour of free time with me after school for practices and such but I honestly don’t remember any of that, I just remember going to her matches at 6 and 7 years old and being so proud that my mama was so different than other mamas 🙂 just something to think about if you’re feeling guilty about the I,pact on J&J but you have to do what’s best for you and the family

  4. 4
    Kathy says:

    It seems you answered your own question….”Mom plans. Wife plans. Those are your top priority right now”

    You are coming back, having fun, enjoying the family too….2014 can put it all together for you and maybe you focus on 2015 as your running progresses. After all look how fast a year really does go. Dare I say 2015 may be here before we know it too?


    I can’t believe my oldest will graduate in 2015 and hubby will turn 50!! Just think when you get to write a post about that?! Enjoy!

  5. 5

    I thought I was the only one that doesn’t know what my goals are for the next year. Obvi I want to improve my running but not sure what I want to focus on (quality, quantity, speed, etc). I think my general goal is to go with my gut and have FUN.

  6. 6
    lindsay says:

    i think if you set your heart on what’s above and being a mom/wife first, then things will fall into place. Maybe not this year, maybe so. I still think you need rest. haha But i’m being a mom/sherpa friend here.

    Love that wine!

  7. 7
    Tess says:

    My boys are two in college and the youngest is a junior in high school. I work with a teacher who keeps her child at a very good day care during the day. I am GRATEFUL everyday I was able to stay home with my boys and cherish every fun-filled memory-filled day. I was able to go back to work once they were all in school and loved that part of my life too. I’m not a very talented runner like you but it could easily be your “job” when the boys are in school full time.Just some thoughts….. I know you will make the right decision for you and what works for your family.

  8. 8
    Sharron Mitchell says:

    I know for me when it has come to making big decisions, I’ve learned to listen to my gut (Holy Spirit that is our guide!). If you are suppose to do something, you will be excited about it. I’m not saying you won’t have some “what if’s” but you will get that excited feeling in your spirit. The times I’ve done something that I knew down deep wasn’t what I was suppose to do ended up being a waste of time, money, effort and life! Just have some quiet time and listen to that voice that is in you. Don’t be afraid of which way it goes because it will be the right way.

  9. 9

    I am actually working right now on coming up with my goals for 2014. There are going to be a lot of changes in my life but I am determined to make this the best year yet. My goals are focused around personal (wife and fur mother for now – maybe more to come soon!?), career, and running. They all are going to play a huge part in 2014!

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    Adrienne says:

    On a note not related to this post, but did the winner of the Handful bra get picked?
    I am working with a coach this year for my triathlons and I am so excited. My friend on the other hand is more like you. Apprehensive.
    I waited until my youngest was 8 before I really started to train and enjoy training. So hard with the little ones and I kept thinking I wanted a fourth baby.

  11. 11
    Michelle says:

    I can so relate to you! (not the speedy part, but the balance part) My kids are now 14, 13, and 9. When my youngest was 2, I ran my first marathon and caught the bug. I threw myself into marathon and Ironman training until two years ago when I had a spiritual crisis. I had to re-evaluate what my priorities were….the truth was, it was training and being with training friends, and not God or my family. I re-focused over the course of a year, and I can say that now I’m much happier and more balanced. I used to NEVER skip a workout–or would feel SO guilty if I did, but now I realize that my family is a gift God has given me, and I need to value them, putting them ahead of any workouts or race goals (or pressure from what other people say my goals should be). I’ve been much happier.

    It does get easier once your kids are in school…but maybe you’re thinking about another pregnancy?

    I don’t know what your right answer is–only you can answer that with help from the Holy Spirit, but it seems to me you are on the right track. I admire your discipline of getting your runs done early and the way you incorporate your kids into your active lifestyle, your enjoyment of your kids and fun things your family does together, and your ability to throw some fast races in there, too. You’ve also inspired me to eat more squash!

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    Michelle says:

    Oh–one more point…I read Coach Jason’s stuff, too, and really like what he has to say about running and life, but you have to remember, he’s not a mom or wife, so he has NO idea what a balancing act it is or how much your kids need you to be present and have energy. Even my husband has no idea…and he lives with me.

  13. 13
    nina says:

    michelle put it perfectly – coach jason is probably an AMAZING coach, and yes, what an amazing opportunity, but he is not a wife, a mother, and an athlete, all of which can be depleting beyond words. and in my experience, when even one job gets just slightly out of balance, for whatever reason, it affects everything. you are so very talented, so very driven. i only know for myself, with my 2 boys who are now 5 and 7, i need to be there for them first, or i don’t much like myself and REALLY feel like i have let them down, let god down. and they grow so very very fast. good luck with your decisions. it can be so hard. i wish you the very best. and yeah, my husband, who travels A LOT, also has no clue what a balancing act it is;)

  14. 14

    Feeling much the same way you are about goals for 2014. I feel like I’m all over the place. Hoping I can focus and figure it out. Good luck with your decisions. I’m facing similar challenges with decisions regarding work and children. My boys are 5 and 3 and I totally agree with Nina and Michelle on this. Happy New Year.

  15. 15

    Kristin, I so get this!!!! You said this: I do my best when expectations are low. Seriously. ME TOO!!!! When people expect so much of me it really stresses me out. I rather go for something secretly & then tell people I did it… otherwise the pressure to do great is crazy & another “fail” weighs on my mind…

    I love your blog & all the family love – whatever you do – do it for you. 🙂

  16. 16

    I’m still trying to figure out what my fitness goals for 2014 will be. My mind really wants to make some big running goals, but my body has told me I need to take a break in the past few months. I’m torn! Deep down I know resting more is what my body probably needs, but my mind loves running so much it’s hard to say I’ll actually take a big break from it!

  17. 17
    Sarah says:

    I have to commit to myself more.
    I love your blog. You have the same stressful life we all lead but you have a nice family and are inspirational. If you lived near me, I would ask you to train me.
    Have a wonderful new year.

  18. 18
    Amy says:

    Hmmm – I think it is one thing to say that now isn’t the time to go for big goals due to other commitments or priorities, but it makes me sad to hear you say that fear of trying/putting it out there is holding you back. I’m not one to shout my goals from the rooftop, but I definitely have big goals and love going after them – even when I don’t make it. I think that is one of the things I like about running – you get that chance to objectively measure how you are doing against your own goals.and that is what inspires me to do the work. So I think you should go for it. 🙂


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