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It happened in a Jamaican Jungle

Today's post is going to be a long one, but bear with me as it explains...well...everything. I also bounce around a little but it will come together, I promise. 

I lost my voice. Well, my bloggers voice. I lost the tone for my blog, I lost my motivation for working out. I just wanted to eat junk food and chocolate non-stop and it wasn't just because I spent 7 months training for a full marathon. I couldn't motivate others because I myself was not motivated.

I think I was losing my vision and my voice due to two major major factors.

The first being, that I will soon be making a big life transition. I'm not sure if you remember this post-- Head Space? About  how I could feel this change coming but I wasn't sure what it meant. I now have my answer.

Just like Eric Church's song "I set my sails in a new direction, but the wind got in my way. I changed my course but my definition of change just ain't the same."

As a teenager, after ditching the idea …
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International Womans' Day and blog update

To say it's been awhile is putting it lightly. So much has happened in the last month.  Most I can't wait to tell you about,  some I will vent about,  but mostly,  I've been figuring out what I need.

I thank you for being awesome readers and staying with me during this unplanned process. I will have updates on life, and a new blogging schedule the week of April 1st.

Before I go though,  I want to recognize that it is International Woman's Day. My mother raised me to be strong and stand up for myself.  She always encourages me find the best way to be happy.  My parents never let me forget I can do anything I set my mind too. Including having differing opinions on politics. I want to celebrate all the people who helped shape into the free person that I am today.

My husband, also helps me remember that I have a drive and tenacity to speak my mind.  He has never held me back from my dreams. He's always helped me with realistic expectations, lol, but he is also a const…

What does success mean to you?

 Okay, I'm mostly talking about success with your health? What constitutes a great week? Making meals ahead of time? Working out every day? Having the perfect week? Losing weight? Maintaining weight?

I was thinking about that while shoveling salmon in my mouth. I can't type, I've been bad. I had cookies again today! AH! FAIL! I didn't eat like I was supposed to. I can't blame it on anyone but myself.

So, how do I fix this? Well, thinking ahead helps. Breakfast is planned out. I don't know what it is about peanut butter, toast, and sliced apples that makes me want to pop out of bed in the morning. It's so savory. Sweet/Salty. It's a perfect mix of crunch with fresh tasting apples...I could go on. While I have been attempting to go back to a more paleo diet, I needed breakfast food fast! Udi's Gluten Free Bread to the rescue.

I did it again, I detoured on topic.

Basically making sure I have my meals planned out for the next week. Then acting on those…

Anxious Heart

I started going to a women's bible study group here in town recently. The book is called Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow.

Stick with me on this, because I promise it's health related.

I have been feeling under the weather the last few days. Weather changes bring on sinus problems mixed with a minor head cold. It was bad news bears the last two days. It was all I could to keep my eyes open after taking some nyquil. Throat was on fire. Head was pounding.

Anyway, the point is my focus was on how bad I felt. Which naturally led to me making some questionable food choices yesterday. I don't feel well, so all I really want is sugar for energy. It's a backwards way of thinking, but sugar delivers quick, fast energy. Unfortunately it's not the good kind of sugar you get from say fruits and vegetables, the naturally occurring kind, it's the bad kind. The refined, heavily processed chocolate (ALWAYS THE CHOCOLATE) that always sounds good during times like these. I…

Monday Motivation 20

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 Here are some snapshots, quotes, and moments that brought me happiness, joy, and reminded to be healthy. (A new recurring post, check the magic behind the post here.
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Feeling pretty good with a start to this week. Got a solid mile in yesterday then walked half a mile. No pain in my knee! However, I had to push it with my cardio, my breathing was more labored then I liked, but I was really hoofing it.

Iron Woman and I are going to sign up for a half in May. How crazy is that? Less than a month out from our Marathon and we've decided to go ahead and start training for another half. I'm making better decisions food wise.




My salad was delicious! Hard boiled eggs with baby tomatoes and sliced carrots. I used Tessemae's Lemon Garlic dressing

The Pitfall of Bad Decisions

I had leftover pizza for lunch. It was from domino's. Gluten Free chicken bacon ranch. I have to say, Domino's actually has REALLY good gluten free pizza. However, I'm trying to cut down on dairy and reduce my sugar intake, so it wasn't the smartest choice. But work had ordered it especially for me, yesterday for work and I didn't want to let it go to waste.

Well, I had pizza for lunch and guess what? I didn't exactly come home and eat the best thing either. Didn't finish my dinner then followed it up with some chips. Not the healthy kind either. Before I reached for the 3rd handful of chips + salsa, I decided to heat up some water, add lemon and come sit here and talk to you guys.

Again, not trying to lose weight, just try to detox my body from all the sugar I've had lately. Get back to feeling like myself. Another idea I have been kicking around is meatless Mondays. To reduce my animal fat intake. I would like to try it but we'll see how it goes. …

I Deserve a Donut

I'm not sure how I came across it but the other day I came across this app in Google Play called I Deserve a Donut and Other Lies That Make You Eat.

The title really cracked me up. I honestly didn't even read through what the app was about. I assumed it was just a silly yes or no game to help you decide if you actually did indeed deserve a donut. Much to my surprise, it wasn't. It's actually a wonderful Christian Weight Loss App for people, like me, who eat due to emotions and lies that I sometimes tell myself to make me eat. Mostly, it's the emotions.





You click on one of the tabs below the title, and go from there. Do you know how hard it is to come home and not automatically eat chocolate? When did I start needing desert every night? I'm telling you, I'm not a happy camper because I am doing my best to stay strong and not go into the kitchen to scrounge something up.
Instead, I'm eating hearty Paleo Beef Stew, it's actually quite comforting. But i…