Posted in: For The Soul, Personal Goals

Happy Monday!  We got in from St. Louis late last night.  It was a good weekend and I’ll recap it later in another post.  This post isn’t for that that.  Traveling to St. Louis with Willie was kind of an eye opening experience for me. Or maybe just a huge surge of energy into my system.

I’ve been floundering through life for the past couple of months.  I really thought it had only been a few weeks but if I look back on big picture, this moment has been coming for a long time. I’ve felt like I’ve been stuck on a path that isn’t leading to a path of happiness.  With the weight loss, I feel like I was given a second chance to really love life.  I feel like I can do anything if I try hard enough.  I just don’t feel like I’ve been trying.  I’m not a risk taker.  I’m a rule follower.  I do what I’m supposed to do and that’s that.

I’ve been on a quest to really find my happiness and to find myself.  I’ve been living my life doing the things that truly make me happy with the people who make me the happiest!

I felt like for so long I was unhappy with life, relationships, my weight, my job that I needed to be happy ALL the time.  The sad reality is: no one is happy all the time.  The more times I spent trying to make myself the best and happiest version of myself, the more I failed.  It was like I was trying to prove something instead of just being happy.

St. Louis RNR

This weekend as I walked the St. Louis streets with my husband, I knew exactly what my happiness is in life.  Yesterday, sitting at a table enjoying a snack with Willie as we plotted out life, I knew my happiness would be achievable. I knew would find our happiness together.

Willie is my best friend.  This is nothing new.  But I know that I am truly blessed to have married my best friend because we sat at a table plotting out life and happiness and he didn’t even blink an eye thinking about how crazy the plans we were setting in stone. Willie said, “It’s time to explore the off beaten path.”  In that moment, everything came into perspective because he got it and there was no explanation needed.

The explanation of it all sometimes leads to more discomfort.

Playing around at the ballpark...#rnrstl #stlouis #travelgram

I’m getting to the point now, I promise.  My happiness lies with pushing myself past what I thought could ever be done.  It’s personal.  You may not understand it.  It may not appeal to you.  But 4 years ago, I was 338 pounds and growing and I never thought I would travel, walk the streets of a city without fatigue or even want to run. It’s time for me to step out of my box and live.

I’ve decided I am going to try to join the 50 states marathon club.  Willie and I are happy to explore and see new things.  We definitely happiest when we are doing these types of things.  And we all know that I LOVE to run so I will attempt the 50 states marathon club and travel our beautiful country with my husband (most of the time)!

Travel and running are a passion.  I can’t explain it but it’s something I think about ALL the time.  It’s probably not normal.  My free time is spent looking through travel guides and finding new places to visit…and then immediately looking up to see if they have a race for me to run and some great local culture for Willie. Most people won’t identify with it and I know people won’t understand it. At the end of the day, it’s not for you really to understand, but I would appreciate you taking the journey with me. I want to talk to different people, I want to hear their stories and I want us to share ours.  I need to get out and live life!

This is my goal.  This is going to make me happy.

If you really stop to think about it, what is the one thing in life that will make you truly happy?

Never stop growing.

Posted in: For The Soul

Continue to grow your hopes and dreams. I wish I could grow a couple of inches taller but that’s not the type of growth I’m talking about here.  The minute allow yourself to stop growing is the moment you shut yourself down.

That’s the moment you start to settle for being mediocre. Don’t settle for mediocrity.

Willie use to call me an overachiever; he has stopped that now.  I think he understands the inner workings of mind a little better now.  He too wants to keep pushing past the walls he set for himself.  I remember Willie telling me he would never want to run a marathon.  Guess what? Now he’s training for a marathon!

There’s nothing wrong with being an overachiever.  It’s used by people as an insult, but what is so insulting about wanting to achieve more than I’ve already done?  To me that’s nothing.  That’s me growing as a person, discovering new things and wanting to experience all that life has to offer.

Never stop growing. #fitfluential #sweatpink #fitBloggin #growth #dreambig #dream

Don’t pigeon hole yourself in the “idea” of what should.  There’s no harm in trying something new.  You might discover that you LOVE it or really decide that you hate it.  But you will never know until you try and it will end up being a learning experience in the end.  This is the perfect chance for some personal growth.

It’s also important to learn more about yourself.  You communication style, anger management, self esteem level, etc. so they you can continue to grow as a person.  Learning and adapting the good and bad behaviors can and will make a difference in your relationships with others and the relationship you have with yourself.

You are your own best friend.  Love yourself and growth is just a way to do it.

 I want to be better than I was yesterday and the day before that.

Every day, I say those words to myself. It’s important for me to keep looking forward to the ways I want to grow in the future.  That is what keeps me going and pushing past my fears and the walls I put up that I thought I would never climb.

Don’t settle.  Just keep moving.

Posted in: Daily Life

Writers block has got me down.  I don’t know what to post here.  I have lots of things going around in my head but I can’t narrow it down.  Maybe I’m lacking focus…or maybe I just want to share something new with you but I just don’t know what.  It’s about evolution, but I guess I’m still trying to narrow in on who exactly I am. I’ve been taking it easy because I know the next couple of weeks are going to crazy BUT exciting.  Yes, there will be more travel and running posts.

So what’s been going on in my little boring life?

80s day spinning
It was launch week last week at the gym which means I was busy teaching a lot more classes than normal. In my classes, I had a 80s spin day which went over really well. Everyone loved the glow sticks!

Buying lowfat @gotchocolatemilk for my #cycle class. It's a hard workout that needs a good #recovery! The right ratio of carbs to protein to get you moving. #workout #teamchocolatemilk
The next class, we refueled with lowfat chocolate milk and granola bars! That’s what everyone wants to eat after a good 5am workout, right? Lowfat chocolate milk has the right mix of protein and carbs scientifically shown to refuel exhausted muscles and help return to peak potential.  Plus it’s a tasty way to rehydrate and help replenish critical nutrients lost in sweat.  Everyone knows I sweat A LOT!

Sleeping #dogs on a rainy day! #lazy #instadogs #petstagram #rescuedogs #muttstagram
Yesterday was a slow work day so I went home early to play with the dogs. Except we must have gotten our signals mixed up because when I wanted to play, they wanted to sleep and vice versa.  Oh to live the dog life.

And lastly, I got some good stuff in the mail. Let me tell you about it:

Mail goodies
First off, I finally got my NutriNinja. This has been a long time coming but it just popped up on the doorstep last week. I was pleasantly surprised but now I don’t know what to do with it. I think my first Nutri Ninja project is going to make salad dressings that I can share with my wonderful readers.

I won a copy of The Happiness of Pursuit from Kimberly at Manifest Yourself. I was so happy to get it and wanted to read it immediately, but life has gotten in the way. But I just realized I’ll have plenty of time to read it on my flights soon! I will report back on the goodness in the book.

And lastly, I got my Team Inspiration shirt! I am running the Marine Corp Marathon representing Team Inspiration. I am very excited and honor to run for such a great cause. Cancer is something that has struck my family with my mom’s diagnosis 3 years ago. This is my time to honor all those who are beating cancer every day and still challenging themselves through endurance sports. It’s an amazing charity! A big thank you again to everyone who donated to the cause. It did not go unnoticed!

So I guess that is all for right now. What’s the best thing you’ve gotten in the mail lately?

Posted in: Daily Life, Foodie, Fooducation

Good morning everyone!  I’m getting back on my workout routine.  I went to Group Power class this morning and I almost died.  Everything is an increased weight factor and it was hard.  But I made it through.

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I wanted to stay in bed but I got up to go.  Sometimes you just have to make yourself get up and do it. I was definitely feeling this way this morning.  I hate these ecards but it was the best thing to use this morning.

Yesterday was a nice day because I actually had time to do stuff.  We did our grocery shopping and made all the food for the week very quickly.  Maybe because it’s going to be short week for us.

I'm making chili. #sundaysetup #fitfluential

I made chili because I desperately want it to get cooler.  By making this pot of chili, I hope the weather drastically changes so I don’t feel bad about eating chili when it’s 87 degrees with 100% humidity outside. I will post the chili recipe soon, I promise!

So here’s what is cooking this week at our house:

Breakfast: No surprise. Egg white muffins and overnight oats.

Lunch: Chicken sausage chili with wild rice and OKRA!

Dinner: Chicken and rice.

Snacks: hummus, greek yogurt, celery, luna bars and fruit

Willie made this chicken and rice dish that smelled amazing. I really wanted to eat it last night and I could have but we had left over chili. It smelled so great! He really knows how to develop some flavors. Hopefully, he’ll tell you all about it soon. If he doesn’t, I’m going to post about it.

I think I’m going to give up on Larabars for a few weeks. They are delicious and good but for me, they aren’t filling. It doesn’t stick with me and sometimes a girl just needs a snack that is going to stay with her for awhile. Now, I’m in search of new snack ideas.

This week we’re headed to St. Louis so it’s a short week!  I am very excited for the next few weeks of my life.  It’s going to be filled with some amazing moments!

What’s cooking for you this week?

Posted in: Daily Life, Health

Since I’m going to be doing A LOT of traveling from now until the end of the year.  I decided that I should get a flu shot.  I think everyone should get a flu shot.  I also thought it was wise to get a flu shot because I’m also running a few marathons and that’s going to tear down my immune system.  After running these marathons, I’m going to have to get on a plane too.

Before I got any further, GET A FLU SHOT!

Flu shot

I got my flu shot. I first went to Walgreens because I wanted to get some points for getting my shot but apparently, they don’t take my insurance. It took them almost an hour to figure out they don’t take my insurance. So I drove on over to the CVS Minute Clinic, waited 20 minutes to see the nurse, 1 min to discover they DO accept my insurance and 1 min to get my shot! My point is, it doesn’t take long at all to make sure you don’t get flu.

There are two options when it comes to getting your flu shot: the regular flu shot or the high-dosage shot which contains two strains of A & B flu viruses. Without insurance, the cost of the flu was $31.99 for the regular vaccination and %51.99 for the high dosage. I was prepared to pay for the full amount because I know I really needed a flu shot. I haven’t gotten a flu shot in 3 years. Don’t make my mistake.

I was so glad it didn’t take too long to get the shot because I was starving. I ran out of there and wanted to eat everything in sight. I should have eaten a snack. But now that I think about it, I had a snack in my car. Epic Angie Fail.

But I got the shot.  Have you gotten your flu shot?

Posted in: Daily Life, For The Soul

It’s time to stop and think for a moment.  What’s the best thing about you?

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So many times we get lost in the shuffle of worrying about every day life or caring for others that we don’t stop to think about ourselves.  There are many times when we admire so much about others but don’t take the time to see what others might see in you.

This week someone special posted this on my facebook wall:

Hi.
In case no one has told you lately you are amazing and inspiring.

My first thought was this was so nice of her to say this to me, but I am neither amazing or inspiring.

I just don’t see myself in that manner. I don’t do anything special and I just hustle my way through life doing the things that I want to do. That’s the honest truth. I really don’t think about myself that much.  I think about me accomplishing my to do list everyday, but outside of that…nothing.  That’s probably really bad.

Others see this as something special and I’m learning I need to take note. I guess this is a lesson to everyone, even when you think people aren’t watching…they are. Sometimes they are following your lead and sometimes you just might be giving them the push that they need.

To me, I’m ordinary. I’m boring. I’m overly sensitive. I’m the girl standing in the back of the room who doesn’t know how to talk to people.

I sometimes come across stand off-ish, but I have a serious case of BRF!

But for all those things I know I am so much for than that. I’m extremely loyal. I care deeply about the people in my life. I like helping people (even though it frustrates me to no end when I can’t help someone). And I know I’m one determined person. So that’s the best thing about me.

What’s the best thing about you?

Posted in: Foodie, Fooducation

Hello my friends!  I’m boring this week.  I’m living for the little things.  I’ve been really busy at work (both jobs) so I have been looking forward to spending a minute at home.  Meal prep happened very quickly this week by eating some old favorites.  But I was looking forward to making something with my pumpkin that has been sitting on my counter since Friday.

Got a #pumpkin to make some pumpkin butter this weekend. What would you make with pumpkin? #fitfluential
Last Friday, we did the grocery shopping for the week because we went to Tyler for the race. We wanted to make sure we had our groceries when we returned. That’s when I decided to get a pumpkin. I’ve never done anything with a real pumpkin before so it was exciting.

Tip: Don’t get the big pumpkins because those aren’t for cooking. Those are more for decorating. Find the small sweet pumpkins or pie pumpkins.

#pumpkin in the oven. I'm making something but in not sure yet. Any suggestions? #fall #fitfluential #healthyeats
So last night I finally roasted the sucker. I Willie cut it in half and I scooped all the seeds and guts out. I saved the seeds for a nice roasted snack. I sprinkled it with cinnamon because I LOVE cinnamon and I let it roast in a 375 degree oven for 35 minutes. I think my oven was running hot yesterday because I didn’t have to scoop anything out. The skin just came right off. I’m not complaining.

But now I have a conundrum. I don’t know what to make with the pumpkin. I pureed it down and let it cool so now I have a pumpkin puree. I also have a butternut squash puree too. I took it to social media yesterday about what to make and I got a lot of soup suggestions. The only problem is, I live in Texas and it’s still hot. I’m not in the mood for soup. Any other suggestions?

I was thinking of making a pumpkin butter but if I do that, I’m going to need a lot more pumpkin to fill up my crockpot.  A lighter version of pumpkin butter because all that kind of stuff is soo good.

Have you ever roasted your own pumpkin? Do you like pumpkin at all? Willie hates it but I have a feeling he’ll end up eating it anyway.

Posted in: Race Recap, Running

I was provided a free bib to the Tyler Rose Marathon in exchange for a race review.

On Sunday, I ran the Tyler Rose Marathon!  Last year I ran the half marathon and I kind of enjoyed it.  The course was really hilly and I remember thinking, “I would never run a marathon out here.” Fast forward to this year, I ran the marathon. Tyler is about 3.5 hours from home and a great excuse to hang out with some great people!

I'm running a marathon this morning and Willie is rubbing the half. Nice breezy morning!

There’s a method to my madness though.  I was supposed to run 20-22 miles for the Marine Corp Marathon training anyway.  I thought it would be good to do it while it was supported with people, water and snacks.  Plus, I knew I could sag out after I reached my mileage and still get a medal.  I wasn’t really sure if I was going to run the full marathon or not, but I knew I was going to get my miles.

Willie ran the half marathon.  I tried to give him tips about the course beforehand, but we all know no one listens to that stuff.  He had to learn for himself.

The race went better than expected.  I ran with the 4:40 pacer the first half but the hills kept getting steeper and I couldn’t keep up like that.  Plus, I have to stop at water stations and pacers typically don’t do that.  I wasn’t going to stress myself out trying to stay with the pacer after that point.  And honestly, I really didn’t want to run the first half of the course by myself.  The second half of the course intersected with the half marathon course so I knew I would at least see people there.

Here’s what I liked about the race:

  • The weather was spot on this year.  It was breezy and cool.
  • The route was pretty shaded and pretty.
  • The water stations actually had cold water and snacks!  Bananas and pretzels are always great.
  • The people were very nice.
  • The rose garden finish is beautiful.  There’s nothing like running in to a scene of pretty roses.
  • I got a rose bush at the finish.

What I didn’t like about the race:

  • The hills. You were either going up or going down. Nothing was ever flat. This irritated my ITBFS but I made it through.
  • The course was open to live traffic at some points and I think people were confused about what side to run on the road. I was almost hit by a car. When the course met with the half course, it was confusing what side of the road the marathoners should be running.
  • The streets of Tyler are not in good condition. Watching your footing was important and I’m not just talking about the red brick streets.
  • The medal isn’t the prettiest thing to look at BUT it’s better than last year’s medal so I guess I’m going to go neutral on this one.

I finished. No idea what my time was but I finished. Got my rose bush. #teamchocolatemilk #runchat #fitfluential #tylerrose #marathon
My official time was 5:15:18 which wasn’t bad for me considering it was really hilly. Take a look at my tights my friends. That is all the salt I was sweating out of my body. I didn’t realize it was that bad until looking at the picture. Willie told me it was all over my face but my legs. I’m going to have to find something to help me out with this problem.

I really enjoyed the race because of the people.  I was running with a group of people who had all lost weight 100+ pounds.  We shared our stories with each other and just had a really great time.  Everyone has a story that got them running, some of the scary some of them not, but we all go out there to run.  When you start running, you start talking and you discover a whole new side to people.  It’s truly an amazing thing!

This was a good race.  I really didn’t have any major complaints about it besides the medal.  I had a really good time and would run the race again.  I ended up giving my rose bush away because I would kill the thing.  I’m not a gardener!  Even if I was, I would be afraid my dogs would ruin the rose bush.

Do you have a green thumb?

Posted in: Working Out

I’m a firm believer in stretching but I know a lot of people who don’t stretch at all. I couldn’t imagine running a half marathon and not stretching…or doing a 45 minute spinning class and just walking out. I will admit, I wasn’t always a firm believer in stretching but then I noticed I started to get really tight and I had a couple of minor injuries.

Let’s just say I was scared straight into stretching and it was the best wake up call ever.

I’m sharing this information because a lot of you are just now starting on a weight loss/fitness journey and some things are just not as common sense as we believe them to be in the beginning.

Before we get to stretching, please take the time to warm up! If you attend a group fitness class, the warm up is kind of built in to your workout. It’s amazing what a difference 5 minutes of warming up will do for the body. But just as important is a warm up is, it’s important to have a cool down too. It’s important to bring your heart rate down.

This goes for any activity. Going for walk? Warm up and cool it down. Going to Zumba? Warm up and cool down. Running for you life? Warm up, cool down. And most importantly don’t forget to stretch.

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Here are some stretches I always do (in no particular order):
1. Quad stretch
2. Glute stretch
3. Calf stretch
4. Upper body stretches
5. Hamstring stretch

Meet my new best friend: the foam roller. Pesky IT band! #workoutproblems

And I’m a huge fan of foam rolling. I understand that it’s a controversial topic but it works for me. It helps loosen the muscles and keeps me going for my next workout it. Don’t get me wrong, foam rolling is not always fun but it’s a necessary evil.

Posted in: Foodie, Recipes

I like to share something from the kitchen every week so this week I’m sharing a super easy breakfast thing.

I think @williebeatfat makes a very pretty #egg muffin! #breakfast #eggwhites #healthyeats

I use to wake up every morning to make us egg white omelets. That was before I started teaching cycle at 5AM so I had to find a way to make breakfast in the morning easy and portable if needed to be. I decided on the egg white muffin because I can cook six at a time and it was a set it and forget it type of thing.

 

Egg White Muffins
 
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Try this quick and easy breakfast that you can make at the beginning of the week. Feel free to substitute a beaten egg instead of egg whites. You will need muffin pan not a cupcake pan because muffin pans are bigger.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ¼ c liquid egg whites
  • ⅛ c chopped red bell pepper
  • ¼ c chopped spinach
  • ¼ c chopped white mushrooms
  • 2 slices thin sliced deli meat (optional)
  • Mrs. Dash seasoning, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. These instructions are going to make one egg white muffin. If you're going to make six, then repeat the process.
  2. Preheat the over to 425 degrees.
  3. Spray the muffin pan so that the finished product doesn't stick.
  4. If you're using the lunch meat, put that in the bottom of the muffin pan.
  5. Add the bell pepper, mushrooms, and spinach.
  6. Pour the egg whites over the veggies.
  7. Add your seasonings.
  8. Repeat this until all six muffin containers are filled.
  9. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the egg whites are set.
  10. Store in an air tight container and reheat in the microwave.

I eat my egg white muffin with a side of oatmeal every morning. It’s an easy meal that is easy to take with you if you need.

What I love most about the egg white muffin is it’s versatile. You can add whatever you want to it to make it your own. It’s all wrapped up in a muffin form. You can have a different version of an egg white every day of the week if you choose. It’s truly something you can go wild with by using leftovers or just doing something not so simple.

We keep ours simple with just veggies but now my mind is turning with what I can do to make it better.

Do you prefer egg whites or just a regular egg?