Remember Me?

I know it seems like I don’t blog anymore, but I actually do. I just never post them. A lot of pretty lame stuff has been happening and I didn’t want to be a bummer, so I just did what I’ve always been taught: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. This is actually super-not helpful advice to give to a writer. I mean, some writers make fortunes out of writing about every horrible thing that can happen on this planet–or even in space, come to think of it.

It all started when I lost my job. That sucked, and even though I tried not to panic and we were okay and I knew everything would turn out just fine, I was still a ball of stress. I threw myself into working out in August and then I had the wonderful distraction of my mom and nephew coming to visit, and then a family vacay to Disney World. But then school started and the reality hit that I still did not have a job and…now what?

Luckily, it wasn’t too much longer before I suddenly had three interviews scheduled–and they all happened within two days. Shortly after that, I accepted one of them. It’s part-time, and it’s great, except I have to commute (twice as far as I used to)…but, thankfully, only two days a week. Those two days, however, really throw my body off. My hormones are all messed up (mostly because of sleep), and I have still been a little stressed trying to adjust to the pace of a new job, plus keep up with being a mom, working out, eating healthy…you know the drill. I just was not feeling well, and was occasionally throwing myself a pity party.

And then my friend killed herself. I found out because I was on a list of friends she wanted to notify. My heart is broken–especially for her family. And I am full of regret for not being a better friend–the last time I talked to her was right around when I lost my job over the summer. My friend was suffering from some health issues that kept her in near-debilitating pain. She’d been hurting for close to a decade, and it is my opinion that she simply could not deal with it anymore. That doesn’t make it easier to accept, however. Her memorial was last weekend, and I wasn’t going to talk about all this, but I just need to. She is gone and everyone who loved her is hurting.

The plus-side (if there is one), is that her being gone has put some things into perspective for me. This is why you don’t see me as much here or on Instagram or on Facebook or Twitter or on–yikes–SnapChat. I am more focused on living in the moment, and being a better person in real life. I love social media, and I love meeting people through the wonderful Interwebs, but I also need to be present in my off-line life.

That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop blogging. I do like having this space. And, wow, I’m behind on my Halloween race recap. So, signing off for now, but hoping to be back soon…thanks for reading. xo

What’s Next?

I haven’t been around for a while, and I’m feeling a little vulnerable right now writing this post.

I haven’t been around because, along with work and laundry and making school lunches, I’ve been contemplating my next move. Life is like chess, right? By that I mean that I have no idea how to play chess. (People have tried to teach me and nope.)

I feel like I’m about to start a new chapter in my life. Sorry to switch metaphors, but do you ever feel that way?

You’re going along doing your thing, then something outside of your control happens and throws everything off. You try to get back to that comfy space, but the more you try, the harder it becomes. And then more things you didn’t expect at all just keep happening, which leaves you wondering if maybe the universe is trying to tell you something.

Today, I have been thinking a lot about compassion and empathy. I have been thinking about what I can do to show more of those things. I have been thinking about family and friendships and our country and the world. I have been thinking about being open and giving and living without fear, which is really damn scary.

Helping Others

I feel like reading Anne Lamott. I feel like I should buy a desk calendar of Dalai Lama quotes. I crave Mary Engelbreit drawings and Nora Ephron movies. I need my husband and my son. I need my mom, my dad and my sisters. I need girls nights. I need to write. I need to move my body. I need hugs and twinkle lights. Also chocolate.

I am not someone who can come up with answers or solutions easily. It takes me a long time to figure things out…like decades. So, I won’t be deciding what’s next tonight. That is unless it’s which Nora movie should I watch—that’s simple.

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Unbroken is on Sale on Kindle!

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Last week I posted some Kindle deals on fitness books. Today, one of my favorite “running” books of all time is on sale, so I felt I needed to post about it!

Technically, this isn’t a running book, but it is an amazing story about an Olympic runner. If you have not read Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, you are missing out.

It is on sale on Kindle for $3.99, so I wanted to let you all know! It’s normally $11.99! Hillenbrand is an amazing writer, and I highly recommend this book.

Here’s the descripton from Amazon: In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

Great Deals on Health and Fitness Books

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Happy Sunday! Looking for a new nutrition, fitness or running book?

I want to try a new weekly post inspired by the blog, The Modern Mrs. Darcy. She does a great list of fiction and non-fiction Amazon deals every day. Highly recommend signing up for her daily deals email!

I’m going to attempt a version of this for people who love reading health and fitness books like me. Right now, it’ll just be a weekly blog post, but someday I’ll figure out how to do an email. The following post includes affiliate links.

Never Binge Again

Never Binge Again(tm): Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person(tm). Stop Overeating and Binge Eating and Stick to the Food Plan of Your Choice!

By Glenn Livingston, PhD, Kindle Edition: Free

“Disillusioned by what traditional psychology had to offer the overweight and/or food obsessed male, Dr. Livingston spent several decades researching the nature of binging and overeating via work with his own patients AND a self-funded research program with more than 40,000 participants. Most importantly, however, is Dr. Livingston’s own personal journey out of obesity and “food prison” to a normal, healthy weight and a much more lighthearted relationship with food.”

My thoughts: I have not read this, but will be downloading it for help with my tortilla chip problem.

Amazon reviews: 4.5 stars/397 reviews

Racing Dawn

Racing Dawn: How A Crazy Mom With 5 Kids Ran 12 Marathons In 12 Months

By Dawn Lauti, Kindle Edition: $1.99

From Amazon: “A revealing, funny, honest, and inspiring memoir from a self-described ‘ordinary person’ who tackled 12 marathons in 12 months with a devoted husband and 5 kids in tow.”

My thoughts: I remember reading her blog! If you love reading about running, this might be worth checking out.

Amazon reviews: 4.5 stars/65 reviews

Performance Nutrition for Runners

Runner’s World Performance Nutrition for Runners: How to Fuel Your Body for Stronger Workouts, Faster Recovery, and Your Best Race Times Ever

By Matt Fitzgerald, Kindle Edition: $1.99

From Amazon: “Runners have different nutrition and recovery needs than other endurance athletes. Yet until now, they’ve had no nutritional resource specifically addressing their concerns. This comprehensive guide distills the newest thinking in the science of exercise nutrition into practical, hands-on tips that will help runners stay healthy, recover faster, enjoy better workouts, and race successfully.”

My thoughts: While this book is a little older, there are recent reviews that say it was helpful for them. I’m a fan of Matt Fitzgerald, and think he does thorough research and he presents information in a way that is easy to digest (pun intended!).

Amazon reviews: 4.5 stars/40 reviews

Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss

Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss

By Dean Karnazes, Kindle Edition: $1.99

From Amazon: “In his follow-up to the best-selling Ultra-Marathon Man, world-renowned ultra marathoner Dean Karnazes chronicles his unbelievable exploits and explorations in gripping detail; Karnazes runs for days on end without rest, across some of the most exotic and inhospitable places on earth, including the Australian Outback, Antarctica, and the back alleys of New Jersey.”

My thoughts: I have mixed feelings about this book, but if you love ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, it is worth $1.99!

Amazon reviews: 4 stars/116 reviews

Friday Recap and Results: Forgiveness

Well, this week went fast. The first week of my fourth round of Metabolic Prime is done and DONE. We are expecting a big rain and wind storm here in the Pacific Northwest, so I’m going to make this recap and results post quick.

Recap:

My nutrition choices this week were off-point. More of an oval shape. I have a serious tortilla chip problem that I will probably have to seek help for.

My workouts got done. Earlier in the week was tough, though, because my sleep was so bad, but it got better. Today, I had a great workout. I switched to 20-pound dumbbells for a majority of the lifts, too, so that’s a win.

I did not walk as much as I wanted to this week. I often got only 5,000-7,000 steps. The goal is 10,000 or more.

Friday recap

I’m keeping up with my bullet journaling! I just got a new one–a real one–and am busy setting it up. It has helped me stay on task most days. The one thing I’ve been ignoring, however, is my daily goals chart. Which reminds me…

I just finished reading Ann Patchett’s book The Getaway Car (<-affiliate link, thank you), which is about her experience becoming a novelist. In it, she talks about forgiving herself during the writing process, but I believe it applies to many things in our lives, including our fitness journeys:

“Forgiveness. The ability to forgive oneself. Stop here for a few breaths and think about this, because it is the key to making art and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life.”

I forgive myself for those days when I ate so many chips I made myself sick. I forgive myself for not getting all my walks in. Life is too short to dwell on what happened last week. Tomorrow is a new day. Onward and upward. (Hope I take my own advice.)

Results:

Somehow, despite my poor choices, my weight stayed the same as last week at 151.6 and I lost a half inch on my hips and waist. So, I don’t know. I think my body is super comfy at 151.6 right now. I don’t mind. What I’d like is for some inches to come off my belly and hips and thighs. The answer, I know, is nutrition. I can’t eat half a bag of chips if I want better results.

Here’s my pic after my first week of my fourth round of Metabolic Prime:

Metabolic Prime Results Round 4
Metabolic Prime: Round 4, Phase 1, Week 1

Plan:

So, next week, I plan to focus on nutrition. The good news is that I’m starting a new part-time job and so there’ll be less opportunity to seek out the chips. (Of course, I could just not buy the chips.) However, there’ll be more opportunities to stress eat.

Forgiveness. Forgiveness. Forgiveness.

Captain Jack’s Treasure Run 5K and 8K

Captain Jack Treasure Run 5K and 8K
My son will wear his Capt. Hook costume and I will be Smee.

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I’m so excited! My son is going to run his first 5K with me on Oct. 30 at Captain Jack’s Treaure Run in Woodinville.

He wasn’t sure at first, but I told him all about how fun running races are. (And that we could dress up as pirates, which is when he came on board.)

About Captain Jack’s Treasure Run

The race is partnering with Red Hook Brewery. There are two distances, 5k and 8k, to choose from. Everyone gets a finisher’s medal, a race shirt (long sleeve), FREE race photos, post-race grub, and access to the post-race shenanigans: beer garden, music, food trucks and the Treasure Chest.

Want to run with us? Go here to register and get 10% off of your entry with the code MOMVSMARATHON.

Note: I am an ambassador for Orca Running and am receiving entry to the race. Orca Running is excellent at putting on super fun races!


Recipe: Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie

Recipe for Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie without protein powder

We ran out of  protein powder recently, but I wanted a smoothie! Luckily, I have pastuerized egg whites in my fridge, so I made something up and, guess what? It didn’t taste gross. It was actually really good. So, I’m sharing the recipe with you in case you want to try it! (Guys, it tasted like ice cream.)

Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie

8 ounces pasteurized egg whites

2 ounces water

1/2 cup frozen unsweetened cherries

1/2 Tablespoon almond butter

1 Tablespoon sliced almonds

1 Tablespoon coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 Tablespoon Truvia

1 cup crushed ice

Blend!

We use a (affiliate link coming up for a product I love…wait for it…) BlendTec Professional Series blender — we’ve made more than 2,000 smoothies in it without any problems with the base (I think we’ve had it for 3 or 4 years)! We absolutely love it. About a year ago, one of the jars broke and BlendTec replaced it with two jars for free.

We tried a competing blender before we bought the BlendTec and it just didn’t blend everything up like it should. This was an investment I’m glad we made because we use our blender almost every single day.

In case you’re interested, here’s the approximate nutritional facts for the smoothie:

Calories: 303

Fat: 8.8g

Carbs: 21.5g

Protein: 32.9g