Category Archives: Fitness

Like a long-lost friend!

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I got out to pound a little pavement this morning!  It has been quite a while since I’ve done that.  It was like reconnecting with a long-lost friend!   It felt great, even though I wasn’t able to run like I use to.  Just another reason for me to get back to it, by the way.  I have such a hard time finding the motivation to run on a regular basis, but when I do go for a run, I love it and I’m so glad I do it.  What is the deal?  Anyone else out there struggle with this?  I’m sure if I could make it a habit I would have no issue with this, but the problem is getting to the point where this is a habit.   All advice is welcome!

Oh, before I run off, I have to mention that tomorrow will be my first field trip with my little pre-k’er.  I know, “it’s the end of the year and this is your first field trip with her?” is what you’re thinking.  But I worked the first half of the school year, and my husband went on all of them.  This is the first trip since I’ve been back home.  And let me just tell you, I am super excited!

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New Smoothie!

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Okay, I’ve been doing smoothies for some of my meals, and here is one I did for breakfast today.

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

Makes: 1 servings View Nutrition Facts

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces skim milk or plain soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1 medium banana

Directions:

In a blender, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Use 6 ice cubes for a thicker consistency.

 

Let me just tell you, this is AMAZING!  How can something so simple taste so good!?

Have a blessed day!

Back to Business!

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Sorry I’ve been away so long.  My sister gets married on March 31st, so wedding planning, shower planning, etc. is in full swing.  I’m working on stuff for her wedding shower and bridal shower, as well getting ready for 5th birthday party next month.  So yes, lots of activities around this household.  On top of that, my daughter as a Valentine’s day party at school we are preparing for, as well as a Mardi Gra parade, and 100th day of school celebration.  It is like a 3 ring circus in the Kees home.  lol…but we wouldn’t have it any other way!  Oh…and I’m making a birthday cake tomorrow for my brother-in-law’s birthday dinner tomorrow night.  Whew!!

Enough about all that…I wanted to update ya’ll and let you know that I have jumped back on the weight loss train.  I bailed a few months back, but last week I caught up with it and got on.  So far I have lost 3 pounds.  I hope to add another 5lbs to that loss after this week.  I’m eating as clean as I possibly can.  Lots of veggies, salads, fruits, whole grain, and smoothies.  I am also really working on portion control, because I think that is my biggest struggle…mainly due to the fact that I east so stinking fast.  So in addition, I am learning to slow down and enjoy my food.  I am also doing some strengthening/cardio workouts at least 5 days a week.  Hopefully I will get my muscle back and get back to running again soon.  I can definitely feel myself getting stronger already, which is great.  I really need to see/feel some quick progress to really be able to stay 100% motivated, so it is so nice to have that.  I hope to be healthy, strong, and lean by the end of all of this.  So what are your health and fitness routines?  What do you do to lose weight?  What do eat?  I love getting some insight and advice from others, so please, chime in!

Thanks for reading & God Bless!

Running Update!

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I am soo sorry!!!!!

I know I have not updated you guys in forever.  I’m really sorry about that.  Its been crazy!  My kid was sick, and I’ve been sick, and our schedule has been a bit crazy.

Anyhow, I had my first 5k on Saturday in Ruston, La.  It was super hard between the hills, the heat, and being sick.  However, I finished and didn’t come in last!  Those were my top goals!  My time was 52:12.  That def. is not good, but at least I did it.  I am back into the training.  My goal is to be able to run 3 miles by the time we leave for vacation on July 30th.  I think I can do that!  Again, the weight loss isn’t going so well.  I think I’m going to have to buff up the diet.  I really would like to lose some more weight before vacation.  Any advice is welcome btw!!

Love ya & keep on runnin’

C25K Week 6 Day 1

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Please forgive me for not writing in so long!  I taught VBS last week…Kindergarten…and it was a killer.  The kids weren’t bad, but there is something about VBS that just drains your energy.  Any moment I was at home was spent catching up on sleep/energy.  This morning we ran 2 miles!  Yay Me!!  (lol)  By the last lap, I was pretty worn down, but I plan on building myself up everyday.  I have 2 weeks until my 5k, and I really want to hit 3 miles by that point.  Hopefully tomorrow morning will not require me to plead for strength with God in order to finish.  I guess it doesn’t help me any that I sweat like a pig.  Of course in that 2 miles I still walked part of the big hill.  I can walk it faster than I run it, and without making my shin splints flare up as well.  Either way, we have come a long way from where we were that first dreadful morning.  I will never forget that day.  The pain and emotions I felt that day still motivate me to keep on running.  I never want to go back to that day….EVER!!

Again, thanks so much for reading & keep on running for Jesus!

C25K Week 6 Day 1

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Well, since we werent’ able to get too many day of running in last week, we did Week 5 Day 3 (run 2 miles) this morning.  Unfortunately we ended up 1 lap short (1/2 mile) because my hubby had to leave early this morning to drive the bus for football practice.  We def. could have done that last 1/2 mile; we were doing great!  Since it had been so many days since I had run last, it wasn’t an easy task, but I pushed through.  I didn’t eat the best either this weekend, so I’ve really gotta get back on it this week.  So far today I’ve done okay with my eating.  I’m ready to shed some more lbs already!  Tomorrow I WILL run a minumum of 2 miles!! 

Thanks for reading!!     ….and keep on running….

C25K Week 5 Day 3

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Okay, so I’m really sorry I’ve fallen behind on the postings.  I’ve been busy with kiddos, softball, church stuff, etc.  Yes, I am still running.  This morning was my third day of week five.  This is the week where it really gets tough.  This morning we ran 3/4 mile, walked for 3 mins, and then ran another 3/4 mile.  That is all it called for, which wasn’t too bad, and we finished in pretty good time.  Now the last day of this week calls for us to run like 2 miles without stopping.  Ick!!  It will be a bit tough, but I’m confident that we can do it.  The weight loss is still slow, but my clothes are fitting way better, lot of things are no longer tight fitting, and I can see that I’m toning up.  Hopefully I can build more muscle over the next couple of weeks, and blast away some more fat.  I also did some swimming this afternoon, which is a great form of excercise.  So that is sort of where I am right now.  Sorry for the short post this time.  I’ll try not to get too far behind in my posts next time.  lol

23 days until my 1st 5k

C25K Week 4 Day 3

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As you see from the title, we only got 3 days in this week.  On Wednesday M was feeling under the weather, and I honestly didn’t have the motivation at 4am to get up and go alone.  However, I did get my husband out with me that evening for a mile and a half.  He walked, I ran a little.  It was better than nothing.  Wednesday night we had some icky weather which kept us up with the dogs until after 1:00am, so by the time we got the dogs back out, in bed and asleep, it was a good 2:00am.  By this point I wasn’t feeling hot and was super tired, so Thursday was a no go.  This morning however, we started our run with prayer.  What an awesome way to start the morning!  We were able to run every bit that the program calls for!  That means we ran 1/2 mile without stopping!  I’m so proud of us!  That 1/2 mile was the 5 minute stint, which we did again at the end.  In total we ran 16 minutes – 20 minutes, which was equal to about 2 miles.  Isn’t that great!!  For the first 5 minutes of running, we started going up a hill with a slight, steady incline.  It is so tough, but I was determined to do it!  The whole way up that hill I prayed, and thanked God for many things.  With every step, I praised him!  I thanked him for family members, for having M to run with and push me, for having the ability to run, for having such support from friends and family, for having the motivation and desire to get healthy, for having the motivation to get up every morning at 4:30am….I just spent that time praising Him!  It helped me and empowered me so much!  It was nice to have my mind on something other than, “when is 5 minutes going to be up?!” for once.   Now the numbers on the scale are at a standstill again this week, but I can hear God telling me not to worry about the number.  If I become worried about numbers, like weight and size, I will become obsessed, which will result in me using unhealthy methods to get the numbers down.  I know that, and God knows that.  And I know that does not please God, and it does not lift Him up in any way.  As long as I am working hard, and getting my body healthy, that is all that matters.  I will continue to check my weight because this does give me an idea of what my body is doing, as well as some extra motivation, but I most def. can’t make this all about the numbers, and for once in my life….I’m okay with that.  I know that God will continue to reveal things to me, and motivate me, and work in and through me.

Have a blessed Memorial Day weekend!  Thanks for reading!  On to Week 5 on Monday!

C25K Week 4 Day 2

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This morning’s run was slightly easier overall than yesterday’s, and we were able to run more than we had.  Now, that last 5 minute stint about killed me.  It was really tough!  Surely it will be a little easier tomorrow morning.  They are predicting rain for us here on Thursday, so I fear that we may miss a day of running this week.  This morning during our run, one of my neighbors came out for an early morning run as well.  She usually runs in the afternoons, but said with it getting so hot, she thought she might do better going in the mornings.  She told us that she just ran her first marathon in Feb. and that she is involved in a running group.  A running group sounds great, but we aren’t quite ready for something like that.  She was thrilled to see someone else out training like herself, and said we were def. doing it right.  That was nice to hear, because lets face it, sometimes we really doubt ourselves and what we are doing, esp. when it comes to running.  Sometimes I wonder if this program will really work for me and if I will ever work up to where I want to be.  So needless to say, her words were very comforting and encouraging for me.  The 5k my husband and I hope to run is in about a month.  I hope I can do it!  Then I would like to continue training to run the Mardi Gra Marathon with a friend of mine who is also training right now.  Of course I will keep everyone updated on it all.  Let’s just hope that my weight loss picks up this week!

67 days until Panama City Beach, FL!! 

C25K Week 4 Day 1

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Well, todays run was def. harder than last week.  On the 5 minute run we only made 4 minutes, which irritated me.  We could have made it, but didn’t realize how close we were to finishing.  Oh well!  In total we ran 11 minutes today, compared to our 9 last week.  Hopefully tomorrow it will be 12.  Weight loss stood at a stand still last week, so lets hope that this week I can put up a good number.  I’m pretty disappointed about last week, so I really need that motivation again.

Just wanted to remind everyone to continue praying for Brandon Ryland’s family.  His funeral is today, and I can’t even imagine what his family must be feeling.  They def. need lots of prayers and support today, and in the days to come.  Thanks for remembering them!

Have a blessed day!