Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New Roads, New Races

After having a series of health related issues, I decided to take a month off from running. It's one of those decisions you know you'll regret at some point, but you also know the re-percussions  from not listening to your body.


 If you're a runner or an athlete, you totally understand. Running is my drug of choice; it helps me relax, return to being a human and relieves incredible amounts of stress. Without running, I'm a much more grumpy, tired, stressed and highly anxious person. My poor husband has had to live with me the past three weeks and he can vouch, I'm completely different when I stop running.

The time off has allowed my body to re-focus, adjust to new ant-ileptics meds and gain a better perspective about running. Funny how that happens huh? 

Yesterday, I was feeling sorry for myself, especially since I hadn't been running. I decided I needed to throw on my new pair of Saucony and get out there. 

I love Saucony Pro Grid Guides! I heard the new Guides have a smaller toe box, which makes me disappointed. I use to love ASICS, but they went a smaller toe box, which is why I switched to Saucony. No worries. I have another pair stocked up.

Also, I need new running pants! Mine don't fit. They are too big, such sad problems to have, I know.

 But seriously, what are your favorite pants? 

I need recommendations! ASAP!  


After completing 2.5 miles, which is nothing, but is a run, I'm ready to get back out there. I have committed to running 2x a week for the next month. This will help my body get back in the groove without over doing it and hopefully this is the beginning of new roads, new races and lots of fun!

Ps. Christine over at We Run Disney ran her FIRST marathon this weekend! Such an accomplishment! So proud of you girl!! Her re-cap is up and I'm so excited to read it! Check it out!  

Happy Tuesday! 



Monday, October 28, 2013

Fifteen Minutes + Goodmail = happy girl

In the wake of dealing with crisis after crisis last week with students, I needed MAJOR down time. The less human interaction this past weekend, the better, so I could cope. Usually, I cope with running, but my body has been on major shutdown mode from running. I'm hoping to start November back running again. Anyways, I was thrilled beyond words to receive this in the mail! 
I love mail. 
 Do you love mail? 
Am I the only one who knows my postman on a first name basis?


Karen Kingsbury will be an author for years to come known as a writer who can weave an inspirational story into another one. She is so very talented at writing books and making characters come to life. Recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to read " Fifteen Minutes" before its release date and I LOVE it!

This book is about a young man named Zach who goes off to a show called "Fifteen Minutes" in hopes to help his family farm survive and get the right treatment for his younger sister with Down Syndrome. He leaves home his precious girlfriend and promises to show the world the love for his creator. Upon getting on the famous singing show, he meets a girl who promises to be his friend, but the show turns their friendship into a T.V romance, which ruins his relationship with his girlfriend. His family is completed disappointed with his behavior and doesn't even recognize him anymore. He doesn't even recognize himself anymore.

Is Zack willing to risk everything to lose his life, to help gain his life or will his loss be temporary?  
This book was great and I don't believe the ending ties up all my questions. I wonder if a sequel will be available to this book? If so, I want to read it.  Big Thank you to Howard Books for providing me a review copy for my honest review.

Need a good book recommendation? Maybe you're getting on a plane or need something to fill your time during lunch? This is a great book and I give it five stars completely

Happy Reading!

What is your favorite kind of mail?? Would you rather get email?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A little Magical Inspiration

I think it's just best for me to say, I've been a hot mess lately. Without a lot of details and breaking confidentiality, I am going through a lot of difficult things with many of my students and it had left me drained.  Much so, that three night ago on Pinterest, I pinned for three hours. Who knows if ill ever actually make the pins, but I needed to go to a "nothing" box, you know the kind your husband has when he sits in front of the T.V.? Yea, I had to do that. This past week beat me up.


After having some time off running, I really miss it, especially when things get stressful. It's the best way to burn off stress. I do miss it and hope to find the motivation to get back out there and run.

This whole month I have been studying for my licensure exam, it's the reason Im off Facebook and I gotta say, I love bring off Facebook. That might sound crazy, but it sure is great! I'm not wasting hours daily wondering what other people are doing, but instead I'm studying with that gained amount of time. It's wonderful!
#Disney #KeepCalm #Blue #MickeyEars #Quotes, also wanted to show you a new amazing weight loss product sponsored by Pinterest! It worked for me and I didnt even change my diet

What have you been doing this weekend? 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

10 Ways to stay healthy for races

Lots of people are getting sick right now, I don't know if it's the season or the fact that we are starting to see the snowflakes here in Michigan. I know many of you are running Wine & Dine coming up and will be making travels from different areas or maybe you're just trying to maintain health for a big race, these are my tops tips to staying healthy...



1) Wash your hands frequently.  Our hands are the main carries of germs and viruses, make sure to wash them frequently throughout the day.

2) Take Vitamin C daily- I take a Vitamin C tablet 2-3x a week or Emergecy C.

3) Avoid touching doorknobs and use cleaner on them frequently at home.

4) Make sure you're getting plenty of rest each night. Get between 8-10 hours of sleep, this will help avoid compromising your immune system.

5) Drink plenty of fluids- I aim for 48oz a day. I have a hard time drinking more than that, but a lot of people I know drink way more water. Water will flush the toxins out of your body.

6) Avoid touching your face, rubbing your eyes or picking your teeth.

7) Make sure you're eating fresh fruits and vegetables to keep your digestive system on track, which will help your immunity.

8) Avoid touching things in public places like rails, shelves, sanitizing the shopping cart to the grocery store.

9) Soak in Epsom salt in the bath tub. It draws toxins away from your body.

10) Listen to your body. I can't stress that enough. If you're out on a run and your body isn't feeling it, go home and rest it up. Decrease the mileage and speed that day.


 What are your tips for staying healthy?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Catscan

This morning, I am going to have a catscan done on my lower right quadrin of my stomach. The procedure itself should be pretty painless, but the prep is awful!

To prep for the procedure, you have to drink 1 full bottle of this chalky milk crap and then it's suppose to clear the system, as well as light up your organs during the scan. In addition, you have to drink a full bottle the morning of your procedure, as well. 

My stomach is soo full and uncomfortable with all this liquid. Nothing else has happened, which shows me a problem. Welp, I guess we will wait and see if they will give me results there of if I will have to wait a couple of days. I'm hoping this will explain a lot of my weird symptoms and ultimately get me back in the game to RUN!!!

Happy Monday! 

What did y'all do this weekend?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ms. Gosselin, I love your cookbook!!!

I admit, I have NEVER been a cook. It's just not been my thing, 
until.... 

I'm getting ready for my blog to hit some controversy right now and I've endured the hater twitter comments, so I'm ready...


I love this cookbook.
I know a lot of people are not fond of Ms. Kate Gosselin and we can all admit she made parenting mistakes, but who hasn't? I can't imagine raising 8 children all in one household and 6 of them the same age? I have a lot of respect for her, despite her flaws and believe me, look in the mirror, you have them too. I know, I do. 
When her cookbook released, I was hesitant, but I always wondered how she fed her family healthy meals, organic as much as possible and with 10 people? How do you even being to budget that? So, I decided to get it and take a stab at this whole "cooking thing" and I have found it to be quite fun!

Her recipes are simple, easy and I have the ingredients. I don't have to have my entire grocery budget filled with different spices and odd ingredients that I will never use, except for one recipe. Don't you hate that?

We love her CHICKEN ENCHALIDA'S RECIPE! Delicious! I am also in the process of making her delicious MONKEY BREAD! If you watched her TLC show, she made this on one of her episodes, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this recipe!


 All in all, I love this cookbook and it's great to see the pictures of how grown up her kids are. You may not like her and that is fine, but give her recipes a try!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Round 4!

I updated you all on Monday of some weird and serious health issues, that have no ANSWERS!  
REALLY? 

The doctors can't figure me out. I need to see HOUSE! Maybe he can diagnosis me. 

Blood work- normal
mono screen- normal
rash- unidentified, not clearing up despite steroid treatment.



However, I went to see my Neuro Monday, because of the oddities, they got me in to see him and we are on a new seizure medication.
 Keppra, come wreck havoc on my body, like every other medication does! 

I can't say I'm excited about being on a third medication in the past 5 months, but maybe  was having allergic reaction and  finally all the symptoms were adding up?

Possible, sure.

Might explain the rash.
Odd blood work from September.
Crazy swollen lymph nodes.


Who knows? On medication #4

Here goes nothing! Let's hope I can manage a medication for more than 2 months or else, well, I'm not sure.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Christmas Candle

Max Lucado is an author that never disappoints. You never have to wonder if his book is going to be good or not, they all are.

  


This little fiction novel took me 1 hour to read from start to finish. It is such a cute Christmas tale and it took me into a different world. The story has several families who are hoping for a Christmas miracle. One particular family has held the tradition of having the candle, which has been passed down year after year. Every twenty five years, the angel visits and blesses someone's family.
The whole towns get involved and knows of this tradition. Several families in the community are needing the miracle of The Christmas Candle, but only one family can receive the miracle. Many families are asking the candle maker and his wife for the special Christmas candle, so they are able to receive the blessing. 

The book ends in a very expecting way, but ties the miracle of the Christmas Candle and each family experiences a miracle. This book is such a great story and will become a traditional December read!

Thanks Booksneeze for a great book!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Dr. please figure me out!

I know I haven't posted since last week, but dang it was a week! It's hard to believe how fast time flies and I can't believe we are in the middle of October already! Soon we will start putting up Christmas trees. I found Christmas ornaments are our local food store!

Remember when I said my running has been off? I decided to take a couple weeks off, which I thought was going to be really hard, but instead it has been quite easy. The hardest part- finding a different stress reliever. 

Friday, I found myself in urgent care, where I waited 1.5 hrs to see the Dr.  My physician did not have any appointments, so it was either wait, go to the Emergency room or hope nothing else went wrong and wait for a Tuesday appointment. I decided I did not want to wait with the crazy symptoms I was having.

The physician at urgent care spent two hours running several tests. My throat was swollen, but my strep came back negative,
 although she felt that my lympth notes were enlarged and tender. 
Like they were a couple of weeks ago, when nothing was
wrong..

She noted all of my body changes, the constant fatigue, the pain and a couple of other symptoms, ran a bunch of tests and sent off several blood work labs.

I'm hoping something will show up in the blood work. I need something to show up! I'll keep you posted!

Have you ever experienced symptoms as a runner and new something wasn't quite right with your body? What did you do?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Ramblings from a runner...

Something is off with my running game and I'm not sure what's going on. As a runner, you know when your body is in trouble and when you can fight through it. You know some days are just emotionally and physically draining out there. You know how hard is too hard.
  


On Saturday, I had ever intention of running 5 miles and upon completing the first mile, I was dying. My breathing was awful, my chest hurt and I just felt completely drained. It took all that I had to complete 3 miles and I was so frustrated. Something has been going on with my runs lately and it SUCKS! Either my immune system is compromised or, my body is just physically exhausted and is not catching up.. 

I'm not sure what it is, but it's FRUSTRATING!

However, it was so cool to see all the tweets about Run Disney's Tower of Terror 10 mile race this weekend! The medals are so stinking fun! 



I loved the Stich shirts. I would pay someone just for the shirt. I want to earn my own shirt and medal someday, but so stinking cute!  I just love the color!!!!!


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Someday, I will get there and run this event. It's on the bucket-list for Rundisney events to run.
This weekend, I spent sometime reading " Running for Recovery," written by Arthur Coffey.


 Running for Recovery
This book is about a man name Arthur who was in a motorcycle accident. They did not believe he would make it, let alone recover, especially with an IQ of 39. With an IQ this low, he would have been severely impaired. Due to brain damage that occurred from the accident, Arthur suffers from severe memory loss. 

However, Arthur was determined to keep going and began researching about Alzheimer's/ brain damage. He would not give up and began to research/ present his findings. In addition, he felt that God had a strong purpose for his life and he was determined to lean on God. During this time, he started confessing his sin to his family and he learned of God's forgiveness. Through all of this, he started to have his memory come back. He continues to lose his memory, forget things and still struggle with memory. When I picked this book to review, I thought the content was going to be very different. I was not displeased with this book, but rather what I read was unexpectant.




 


 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Happy Birthday, Drew

It's my husband's Birthday today! Happy Birthday, ANDY! I mean, Drew.


It wouldn't be a Birthday without a little Disney flare! Last night while he was at work, I baked him a cake. He loves confetti cake mix!


While we were at Disney World for vacation this summer, I purchased this awesome bake-ware. You can put it in the oven or microwave. It would be awesome for pot-pies, brownies, cakes or anything else fun.

 I decided I should try it out for Drew's Birthday!



Poured in the mix and stuck it in the oven. My fingers were crossed, hoping it would turn out awesome. I checked the oven every so often, just to be sure.


 It came out really poofy. The cake was rising so much higher than I expected. Note to self: Don't put so much mix in.


I let it cool and then frosted and of course, dumped tons of sprinkles! 
YUM-0!

 I love SPRINKLES!


Do you ever wonder what you should do with all of these gold seals they give you when your purchase a card from Hallmark? I love to make fun decorations on cards! I stock up on them and even ask for EXTRA!




This was my attempt at MICKEY EARS...

 Next time, I think I will make one giant mickey head!

What are some of your Birthday traditions???

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Decisions- Road Warrior Application or Not?

Our community has this awesome run called the 5th Third River Bank run. It is the largest 25k (15.5miles) in the world. I have ran this sucker four times in the craziest conditions! 
 My bling from 4 races.
 First RiverBank


 Second Riverbank



 Third Riverbank

 
 2012 Riverbank


So, they have this awesome thing called being a Road Warrior..

You're asking, what is a Road Warrior? It's a team of 10 people handpicked to represent the community and run this race and several other races. The "road warrior" participates in tons of sponsored events, receives some awesome running gear and meets some cool peeps along the way.  It sounds like a pretty sweet gig.

Applications are currently out and the deadline is the end of this month. I am contemplating applying. My husband says that I have a good story and that people might be inspired by my story. Who knows? MAYBE.... He says it will help me get faster too.. 

However, I'm struggling. I want my feet to heal, and I don't really want to try something new. I might not even get picked, so why spend this emotional energy and not get picked? They also have a community vote, where the community gets to pick 1 individual and the other 9 are picked by the Riverbank team. You must blog weekly and attend a bunch of trainings..


Should I apply for it? Would you go for it? Vote for me? 

Feeling insecure about this..

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Christmas Gift for Rose


 Tricia Goyer is the author of a new title called " A Rose for Christmas." If you know me, I love everything Christmas and anything to do with books. You might be thinking it's to early to be thinking about Christmas, but less than a month from now, we will be in full blown holiday mode.

Back to the book.. 

A Rose for Christmas is about this Amish girl named Rose who loved a man named Jonathan. Jonathan decided to go into the service as a medic. Rose loved him, but did not approve of his choice and she decided he was no longer the man of he dreams. Jonathan loved Rose and wrote him while he was away. This did not persuade Rose. Jonathan returned home shortly before Thanksgiving. As Rose and her mother begin to prepare for the Thanksgiving festivities, Rose learns that years ago when she was four, her family abandoned her and the family she lives with now, took her in. Rose is in complete shock by this news and feels completely alone. She discovers her real family was English.

A Christmas Gift for Rose

Now, I can't give a lot more of the story away, but the questions becomes does Rose truly discover the secret behind her real family? Are her and Jonathan destined to be together or he her brother? Better read the book to find out.

You can read this book in two hours. It's a small and quick read! Do I recommend it for the holidays? Totally!!

Thank you Zondervan books for allowing me to review this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Facebook fast


Over the past two months I have felt that Facebook has had a grip on me. You can relate, I'm sure of it.

You say, I will be only five minutes, but end up being on for thirty minutes. One post leads you to looking pictures, commenting, updating your status and checking your feed. I know you're guilty of this. I can't be the only one out there?? 



Facebook is a huge time waster and I have realized it's not always positive for me. As I write this post, I deeply feel the ache to install the application back on my IPad and forget this whole 1 month Facebook fast, but I want to get rid of the Facebook addiction.  
I don't need to know every detail of your life, nor do I really care about what you ate for breakfast. Is that really changing the world and do I really need to know it?

Already, I can feel the regret of deleting Facebook, but I hope my time away proves I don't NEED to know everything about you and I waste HOURS on it.

I will update you about all the extra time I now have!! Is Facebook a time waster for you?? Are you addicted??? Could you go a month without checking it???


2 books 1 review- Check em out!

Here are two of my latest reads:

Emotions: Charles Stanley

My guess is that if you have a pulse, you experience emotions. At some point we all feel mad, happy, scared, anger or a variety of other emotions. Some emotions are negative, others are positive, but why do we tend to remember negative emotions? I think it's because we let our negative emotions controls instead of allowing them to help us find purpose.

In his new book, "Emotions", written by Charles Stanley, he looks at five key emotions; Fear, rejection, bitterness, despair and guilt. He show about how each emotion can affect our lives and how we can feel trapped by them if we don't handle them in the correct way. He allows the reader to gain a perspective about why we have these emotions and how we can be set free from them.

Emotions
This book is very easy to read. You can immediately identify with Charles and feel as almost if the two of you are having a discussion over coffee about your feelings. I think he addresses these 5 emotions with such clarity and experience. You can't help walking away from the book feeling better about yourself. If you're looking to address emotions in your life like bitterness, fear or rejection, this book will move you along in your journey to finding peace.

 Preemptive Love- Pursuing one Love at a Time- Jeremy Courtney


Wow, is the only way I can put my feelings on this one. Jessica and Jeremy find themselves in the middle of the Iraq War when they meet children who have medical needs. A little girl with a hole in her heart is the first mission, but they soon realize the mission is bigger than they had expected. Thousands of other children are in line for life saving medical procedures as well. And not all of these stories turn out well. Not every child is saved, or doesn't make the surgery. The reality of life in Iraq is completely different than the states.
 

This is the story of love, God's love. It isn't a story of hero's or people doing good things, but a story of compassion, a story of redemption and forgiving enemies. It's a story of giving your life away and finding so much more.

Here in the states we are self- seeking and yearning to protect and creating financial security when if we chose to lose our life, we would gain so much more. This is the story of two people who have given everything to lose their life for something so MUCH MORE! 


In my opinion, both of these books are fantastic for different reasons. I recommend them both depending on where your life finds you right now.



Thank you Howard Publishing for allowing me to review these books. I am not compensated for positive reviews. These are my honest opinions.