Finding my way back to running…

Finding my way back to running…

A few weeks ago, I started running regularly again. I started out with about 15-20 minutes, because I didn’t want to overdo it and get injured. It was hard…really hard. I got very discouraged, because I thought “If I can’t run for 15 minutes without wanting to quit, how will I ever run a half marathon again?” I kept pushing forward, gradually increasing the time, but it wasn’t really getting any easier. I really thought about giving up. I told…

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Doing Nothing, but Staying Strong

Doing Nothing, but Staying Strong

As you may have noticed, I have been absent from this blog and from most social media. In February, I completed the Glass Slipper Challenge (10K plus a half marathon…also the 5K for kicks) at Walt Disney World. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt more accomplished. I will write a full post on this (with pictures!) at a later date. I returned from that trip, and almost immediately got…

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Spaghetti Squash = Awesome!

Spaghetti Squash = Awesome!

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed your holidays! If you REALLY enjoyed your holidays, a new year is a great time for a fresh start! Let’s start off this year with a new recipe! My new go-to food is spaghetti squash. For those of you who have never had it, spaghetti squash is magical! All you have to do is cut it in half lengthwise, rub a little bit of olive oil on it, turn it face down on a…

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Healthy Holiday Survival Guide!

Healthy Holiday Survival Guide!

It is Christmastime, the busiest time of the year! As you have probably noticed, I have been crazy busy the last few months, and have unfortunately neglected this blog more than I’d like. I am hoping that over the next several weeks, and into the new year, I will be able to focus more on writing new tips, tricks, recipes, reviews, and motivation for everyone to enjoy! With everything we try to accomplish in the fall/winter months, sometimes we can…

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The Roller Coaster We Call Maintenance

The Roller Coaster We Call Maintenance

This spring, I reached my goal weight. I was thrilled, relieved, and terrified. Thrilled, because I had worked so long and hard, and had finally achieved my goal. Relieved, because I once thought it wasn’t possible. Terrified, because I had absolutely no clue how to maintain. Losing weight? I had become pretty confident in my ability to do that (finally), after I lost over 100 pounds. Gaining weight? I think we all know I was confident I could do that…

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Running to Remember…

Running to Remember…

Twelve years ago today, I was on my college campus, just minutes after I heard the news of the terrorist attacks. I stood in the student union and watched the footage of the first plane hitting, then the second. Everyone crowded around the televisions in shock and disbelief. Could this really happen on our soil? This was the land of the free, the home of the brave. If something like this could happen here, what would happen next? What were…

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What’s on my running playlist? 9-2-13

What’s on my running playlist? 9-2-13

Hello, everyone! I’m sorry I have missed a few weeks of posting my music! I am less than one week away from my first 10K. I am a little nervous, but I’m ready! I have already gone further than the 10K distance on training runs, so I know I am prepared. Let’s get to the music! The next five songs from my running playlist are: Toxic Britney Spears Down Miranda Lambert Poor Unfortunate Souls (from The Little Mermaid) Pat Carroll…

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A Disney & Fitness Nerd’s Dream at the D23 Expo!

A Disney & Fitness Nerd’s Dream at the D23 Expo!

Some of you may know know that I am a certified (or is it certifiable?) Disney nerd. So of course this year, I attended the D23 Expo. The Expo is basically like Comi-Con for Disney. Anything and everything Disney-related can be found there. Since this isn’t really a Disney blog, I won’t give you the full rundown, but I will tell you about the fitness-related portion. I had the amazing opportunity to meet Ali Vincent, the first female winner of…

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Long overdue update…Give Kids the World!

Long overdue update…Give Kids the World!

My fundraiser for Give Kids the World ended a couple of months ago, and I deeply apologize for not updating it until now. Thanks to so many generous family, friends, and readers, $410 was raised for Give Kids the World. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support. Here is a link to the donation page for more information on Give Kids the World: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/Kendra_G/weightlosschallengegktw You can also find more information on their website at…

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What’s on my running playlist? 7-29-13

What’s on my running playlist? 7-29-13

Hello, everyone! Another long run yesterday! This week, it was 5.31 miles at 12.6 minutes per mile. I got an Addaday roller and used it for the first time! It seemed to really help loosen up my legs. I will be writing a blog post with photos and first impressions of it very soon. Now, on with my running playlist! This weeks songs are: What Faith Can Do Kutless (This one is a little slow for running, but just “happened”…

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